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Déficit de DAO y sus patologías asociadas

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, mostly affecting young adults. Diamine oxidase is an enzyme essential for histamine production. Histamine which is produced mostly by mast cells can have effects on different aspects of immune system via its different histamine receptors (H1R, H2R, H3R and H4R).

Low-histamine diets are currently used to reduce symptoms of histamine intolerance, a disorder in histamine homeostasis that increases plasma levels, mainly due to reduced diamine-oxidase (DAO) activity. These diets exclude foods, many of them of plant origin, which patients associate with the onset of the symptomatology.

Histamine intolerance represents a controversially discussed disorder. Besides an impaired degradation of orally supplied histamine due to diamine oxidase (DAO) deficiency, a deranged gut flora may also contribute to elevated histamine levels

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Diagnosis of histamine intolerance (HIT) has been based on low serum diamine oxidase (DAO) values, functional gastrointestinal disorders and improvement of symptoms with a histamine-reduced diet (HRD). In a retrospective analysis of outpatients' charts we identified 101 patients with HIT. After a median of 13 months, a questionnaire was distributed to the patients so that they could be classified into four diet-compliance groups.

Low-histamine diets and/or exogenous diamine oxidase (DAO) supplementation are currently used to treat symptoms of histamine intolerance (IH), a disorder in histamine homeostasis that increases its plasma levels, mainly dou to DAO deficiency. Headache is the most recognized symptoms.

The use of exogenous diamine oxidase (DAO) enzyme has been recently postulated as a potential strategy for the treatment of histamine intolerance, a disorder in the homeostasis of histamine caused by a reduction of its intestinal degradation. Dietary supplements based on gastro-resistant encapsulated porcine kidney protein extract ara available on the market to reduce the symptoms of this intolerance. Although with scarce scientific research, there are some references about the potential of pea seedlings as a source of DAO.

The plasma DAO level of survivals [14.0 (7.1; 26.5) ng/mL] was significantly lower than the nonsurvivals [58.6 (32.5; 121.3) ng/mL, P < .001]. The plasma DAO level, hepatic encephalopathy, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score were independent factors associated with the 1-month mortality for ACHBLF.

Diamine oxidase (DAO) catabolizes and inactivates histamine, a key player in a wide range of invalidating conditions, such as migraine and chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). The highest expression of DAO occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, possibly to control the burden of histamine intake from food.


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