Myofibrillar protein catabolic rate was calculated in seven patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy from the amount of 3-methylhistidine excreted in the urine, and found to be over three times that found in a control series when expresses as the percentage of myofibrillar protein catabolised per day. It is suggested that measurement of myofibrillar protein catabolic rate may add a useful parameter in the study of muscle disorders.
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