Next Article in Journal
Next Article in Special Issue
Previous Article in Journal
Previous Article in Special Issue
Molecules 2010, 15(1), 442-459; doi:10.3390/molecules15010442
Review

Vitamin B6: A Molecule for Human Health?

*  and
Received: 5 November 2009; in revised form: 16 January 2010 / Accepted: 20 January 2010 / Published: 20 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vitamins)
Download PDF [634 KB, uploaded 18 June 2014]
Abstract: Vitamin B6 is an intriguing molecule that is involved in a wide range of metabolic, physiological and developmental processes. Based on its water solubility and high reactivity when phosphorylated, it is a suitable co-factor for many biochemical processes. Furthermore the vitamin is a potent antioxidant, rivaling carotenoids or tocopherols in its ability to quench reactive oxygen species. It is therefore not surprising that the vitamin is essential and unquestionably important for the cellular metabolism and well-being of all living organisms. The review briefly summarizes the biosynthetic pathways of vitamin B6 in pro- and eukaryotes and its diverse roles in enzymatic reactions. Finally, because in recent years the vitamin has often been considered beneficial for human health, the review will also sum up and critically reflect on current knowledge how human health can profit from vitamin B6.
Keywords: vitamin B6; PDX; de novo; salvage; health vitamin B6; PDX; de novo; salvage; health
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Export to BibTeX |
EndNote


MDPI and ACS Style

Hellmann, H.; Mooney, S. Vitamin B6: A Molecule for Human Health? Molecules 2010, 15, 442-459.

AMA Style

Hellmann H, Mooney S. Vitamin B6: A Molecule for Human Health? Molecules. 2010; 15(1):442-459.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Hellmann, Hanjo; Mooney, Sutton. 2010. "Vitamin B6: A Molecule for Human Health?" Molecules 15, no. 1: 442-459.


Molecules EISSN 1420-3049 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert