Vitamin B6

Pyridoxal, pyridoxamine and pyridoxine are collectively known as vitamin B6. All three compounds are efficiently converted to the biologically active form of vitamin B6, pyridoxal phosphate.

Description:

Pyridoxal, pyridoxamine and pyridoxine are collectively known as vitamin B6. All three compounds are efficiently converted to the biologically active form of vitamin B6, pyridoxal phosphate.

Function:

Pyridoxal functions as a cofactor in transamination reactions required for the synthesis and catabolism of the amino acids and glycogenolysis (generation of glycogen, a muscle energy source). It may also bind to steroid hormone receptors and may regulate steroid hormone action.

Sources:

Biosynthesis by the gut microflora.

Requirements:

No requirement has been established.

Deficiency:

Not identified in the horse.

Excess:

Maximum tolerable limit not established, but no toxicity has been reported.

When problems may occur?

Apparently, never.

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