Serum prolactin as a biomarker for the study of intracerebral dopamine effect in adult patients with phenylketonuria: A cross-sectional monocentric study

Eszter Juhász, Erika Kiss, Erika Simonova, Attila Patócs, Peter Reismann

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Background: It has been previously postulated that high phenylalanine (Phe) might disturb intracerebral dopamine production, which is the main regulator of prolactin secretion in the pituitary gland. Previously, various associations between Phe and hyperprolactinemia were revealed in studies performed in phenylketonuria (PKU) children and adolescents. The aim of the present study was to clarify whether any relation between serum phenylalanine and prolactin levels can be found in adult PKU patients. Patients and methods: We conducted a cross-sectional, monocentric study including 158 adult patients (male n = 68, female n = 90) with PKU. All patients were diagnosed during newborn screening and were treated since birth. Serum Phe, tyrosine (Tyr), prolactin (PRL), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels were measured, and Phe/Tyr ratio was calculated. Males and females were analyzed separately because the serum prolactin level is gender-dependent. Results: No significant correlations were found between serum phenylalanine, tyrosine, or the Phe/Tyr ratio and serum prolactin level either in the male or in the female group. Conclusions: In treated adult PKU patients, the serum prolactin level may not be significantly influenced by Phe or Tyr serum levels.

Original languageEnglish
Article number22
JournalEuropean journal of medical research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 11 2016



  • Dopamine
  • PKU
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Prolactin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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