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Disease Protein Deficiency

Name Protein Deficiency
Synonyms Deficiencies, Protein | Deficiency, Protein | Protein Deficiencies
Definition A nutritional condition produced by a deficiency of proteins in the diet, characterized by adaptive enzyme changes in the liver, increase in amino acid synthetases, and diminution of urea formation, thus conserving nitrogen and reducing its loss in the urine. Growth, immune response, repair, and production of enzymes and hormones are all impaired in severe protein deficiency. Protein deficiency may also arise in the face of adequate protein intake if the protein is of poor quality (i.e., the content of one or more amino acids is inadequate and thus becomes the limiting factor in protein utilization). (From Merck Manual, 16th ed; Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 12th ed, p406)
Categories Nutrition disorder
MeSH® ID D011488

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DiseasesNutritional and Metabolic Diseases Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Nutrition Disorders Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Malnutrition Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Deficiency Diseases Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Protein Deficiency Has associated chemicals Has associated genes

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Protein Deficiency Has associated chemicals Has associated genes
  Protein-Energy Malnutrition