The changes in propionate metabolism that accompany cobalt deficiency in sheep are described. Two groups of sheep, fed either a cobalt sufficient or deficient diet, were given an iv propionate load at intervals during a 14 w experiment. There was a tendency towards increased propionate half-life as the animals became cobalt deficient. However, significant changes in the area under the plasma methylmalonic acid-time curve occurred very early, indicating significant impairment of propionate metabolism. Despite this, the area under the plasma glucose-time curve was unaffected by cobalt deficiency, suggesting that the impairment of propionate metabolism, although significant, is not extensive.
- methylmalonic acid
- vitamin B