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Molybdenum

Molybdenum

Molybdenum (Mo) is a transition metal that forms oxides and is a component of a pterin coenzyme essential for the activity of xanthine oxidase, sulfite oxidase, and aldehyde oxidase. Genetically conditioned sulfite oxidase deficiency was described in 1967 in a child with mental retardation, convulsions, opisthotonus, and lens dislocation. This disorder was due to the child's inability to form the molybdenum coenzyme despite the presence of adequate molybdenum.

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