Vitamin B6 - Research Article from World of Scientific Discovery

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In the 1930s, scientists began to search for a missing member of the B family--this one, a vitamin that could cure acrodynia, a skin disorder in rats that appeared to resemble the human disease, pellagra. Pellagra was already known to be a deficiency disease that could be prevented or cured by adding niacin (vitamin B3) to the diet. Logically, then, niacin should work on acrodynia as well. But in 1934, Paul György (1893-) discovered that it didn't work at all. Moreover, György--a Hungarian-born physician who emigrated to the United States--had earlier learned that neither vitamin B1 (thiamine) nor vitamin B2 (riboflavin) has much effect on the rat- pellagra either. György was so convinced that a curative factor did exist, however, that he proposed the name vitamin B6 for it, if and when it was found.

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