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While initially described as a characteristic of acute viral hepatitis where ALT was usually higher than AST, other authors have subsequently found it useful in alcoholic hepatitis, where AST is usually higher than ALT. These interpretations are far too simplistic however as acute viral hepatitis can have AST greater than ALT, and this can be a sign of fulminant disease, while alcoholic hepatitis can have ALT greater than AST when several days have elapsed since alcohol exposure.
The ratio therefore represents the time course and aggressiveness of disease that would be predicted from the relatively short half-life of AST 18 h compared to ALT 36 h. There are methodological issues, particularly whether or not pyridoxal phosphate is used in the transaminase assays, and although this can have specific effects when patient samples are deficient in this vitamin, these method differences generally have mild effects on the usefulness of the assays or the ratio. Ideally laboratories should be using pyridoxal phosphate supplemented assays in alcoholic, elderly and cancer patients who may be pyridoxine deplete.
Ideally all laboratories reporting abnormal ALT should also report AST and calculate the De Ritis ratio because it provides useful diagnostic and prognostic information.
These enzymes are normally released at a constant rate with their usual levels in health representing the equilibrium between the normal turnover of hepatocytes due to programmed cell death apoptosis and the clearance of the enzymes from plasma.
ALT is only present in the hepatocyte cytoplasm whereas AST is present in both the hepatocyte cytoplasm and mitochondria. The functions of both these transaminases represent important metabolic links between carbohydrate and protein metabolism. While these transaminase reactions are particularly important in the liver and muscle, they are important in all cells with a high metabolc activity and Table 1 lists their relative activities.
Furthermore, in health, circulating AST in blood consists mainly of cAST probably due to the process of cytoplasmic leakage believed to be a process of cytoplasmic budding or blebbing. The clinical measurement of serum transaminase activity was first described by Karmen et al.
Serum contains considerably more immunologically active than catalytically active transaminase enzyme 21 and the correlation between the serum concentration of AST protein and AST activity is generally poor. The most likely reason for laboratories selecting non-B6 supplemented transaminase methods is economical rather than technical or clinical.
The addition of B6 into transaminase reagents generally causes a small increase in the serum AST activity, and to a lesser degree ALT, in healthy persons or patients with liver disease.
Alcoholics often have malnutrition, including B6 deficiency, which would translate to decreased transaminase activities. Patients being treated for malignancy may also have low B6 levels and underestimated transaminase levels, so using supplemented assays in these patients has been suggested.
Otherwise an isolated elevation of AST values suggests a non-hepatic source of AST which often occurs artefactually due to release of AST from blood cells such as occurs in sample haemolysis. While isolated elevation of AST could also theoretically be due to a reduction in AST clearance, 38 in practice an in vivo isolated elevation of AST is usually due to injury to non-liver cells, particularly cells that contain mitochondria, and therefore is especially indicative of rhabdomyolysis.
Release of muscular AST and to a much lesser extent muscular ALT can occur with exercise leading to increased serum transaminases. The persistence of elevated ALT following rhabdomyloysis may also result in the misdiagnosis of hepatitis, such as when hepatitis is attributed to the hepatic effects of anabolic steroids 47 rather than the more obvious association of these substances with skeletal muscle dysfunction. Elevated serum ALT levels in the absence of other evidence of liver disease should lead to consideration of chronic or resolving muscle injury.
Nevertheless, even today, when transaminases are elevated several fold, a low De Ritis ratio still provides an important clue to aetiology of acute hepatitis. Knodel score. Chronic viral hepatitis may also progress to hepatocellular carcinoma, however GGT is the best predictor of this complication, while AST is not predictive in multivariate analysis and ALT is not predictive at all. While many of the studies of the De Ritis ratio in alcoholism are over 25 years old and used outdated formulations of the transaminase assays, more recent papers also quote these ratios of over 1.
The pathogenesis of obesity related NAFLD is known to be due to increased de novo hepatic lipogenesis, and the hepatic triglyceride production is increasingly thought to be a consequence of increasing sugar intake.
Dietary glucose can be stored as muscle and liver glycogen under the control of glucose stimulated insulin secretion. While the liver could convert fructose to glucose, this is not likely to occur when fructose is virtually always ingested with glucose, and obligatory insulin secretion will ensure that hepatic metabolism is directed to convert fructose to triglycerides.
Fatigue, malaise, and vague right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort can antedate the diagnosis of NASH to medical attention in one third of cases however it is generally asymptomatic and frequently identified incidentally by blood liver function tests or abdominal imaging.
The five components that compose the metabolic syndrome are central truncal obesity, hyperglycaemia, low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, hypertriglyceridemia, and hypertension.
Subjects with specified values for at least three of these components are considered to have metabolic syndrome. All the components of metabolic syndrome are univariate factors associated with elevated ALT. Fasting serum insulin levels and other markers of insulin resistance were associated with elevated ALT independent of BMI and waist circumference. Increased aminotransferase activities are the most common abnormality reported in patients with NASH, however the true sensitivity and specificity of liver enzyme elevations for detection of NAFLD is unknown because of the interaction between the relatively small increases in ALT and AST but the relatively large differences in laboratory reference limits for these serum enzymes.
Reference limits have often been derived using reference populations that include high prevalence of obesity in the mistaken reassurance that excluding alcoholism or known chronic liver disease is a sufficient precaution to ensure the reference population does not have liver dysfunction.
While the elevation in ALT in fatty liver may be assumed to be due to liver damage, evidence of liver damage is not always evident. Cytokeratin fragment levels predict NASH and correlate with severity and both AST and ALT correlate with cytokeratin levels with some investigators also suggesting that transaminase transcription may be increased in fatty liver. While simple clinical decision limits have been established for the De Ritis ratio e.
We have listed the various limits that have been discussed in this review in Table 2. Clinical decision limits that can be applied to the De Ritis ratio. Healthy limits are derived from reference For example, it can also be affected by in vitro haemolysis.
However in our experience the reason why most laboratories omit AST is economical, which may also be the main reason why laboratories choose non-B6 supplemented transaminase reagents. We hope that this review provides the evidence that the De Ritis ratio has continued to stand the test of time and remains a useful indicator of liver disease.
Its relevance today may be strengthened because of the importance of hepatic diseases such as chronic viral disease and NAFLD. Furthermore serum transaminase estimations are now one of the cheapest laboratory tests available and all laboratory information systems are capable of calculating and comparing simple ratios.
Today, patient safety is paramount and practising medicine has also become increasingly litigious, we believe that use of both transaminases and the ratio between them, which has continued to be useful for almost half a century, provides important clinical information which is worth the small additional cost.
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Requests to do so should be addressed to the Editor. ISSN — This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Open in a separate window. Figure 1. The role of ALT in the glucose-alanine cycle between muscle to liver. Table 1. Relative activity of transaminases in human tissues. Practical Clinical Enzymology, Measurement of Serum Transaminases The clinical measurement of serum transaminase activity was first described by Karmen et al.
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It is measured with a blood test and is sometimes useful in medical diagnosis to differentiate between causes of liver damage, or hepatotoxicity. Most causes of liver cell injury are associated with a greater increase in ALT than AST; however, an AST to ALT ratio of or greater is suggestive of alcoholic liver disease , particularly in the setting of an elevated gamma-glutamyl transferase. The AST to ALT ratio can also occasionally be elevated in a liver disease pattern in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis , and it is frequently elevated in an alcoholic liver disease pattern in patients with hepatitis C who have developed cirrhosis. In addition, patients with Wilson's disease or cirrhosis due to viral hepatitis may have an AST that is greater than the ALT, though the ratio typically is not greater than two.
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PDF The evolution of the epidemiology of mortality in developing countries requires the use of indicators additional to cause specific mortality. We hope that this review provides the evidence that the De Ritis ratio has continued to stand the test of time and remains a useful indicator of liver disease. Multiple serum enzyme analyses in chronic alcoholics. For groups A and B, the day treatment period was followed by a day recovery period Purina diet. Furthermore, it is likely that hypoinsulinemic hypoglycemia in both subjects was triggered by severe liver injury, at least in part, due to possible limited liver glycogen store. These interpretations are far too simplistic however as acute viral cociejte can have AST greater than ALT, and this can be a sign of fulminant disease, while alcoholic hepatitis can have ALT greater than AST when several days have elapsed since alcohol exposure. The patient required hospitalisation and improved with supportive therapy.
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