Membrane polypeptide aggregates in glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase-deficient and in vitro aged red blood cells

D. W. Allen, G. J. Johnson, S. Cadman, M. E. Kaplan

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Abstract

RBC membrane polypeptide aggregates have been quantitated by PAGE SDS and by gel filtration. Aggregates were absent in fresh RBC's from normal controls, but aggregates with MW 4.4 x 105 and greater than 50 x 106 increased progressively as GSH levels fell in RBC's incubated in PBS without added glucose or calcium. Aggregates of both MW ranges were also present in fresh RBC's from a patient with compensated congenital nonspherocytic hemolysis associated with a mutant RBC G-6-PD, Long Prairie. Since the aggregates were dissociable by treatment with mercaptoethanol or dithiothreitol, they are probably cross-linked by intermolecular disulfide bonds. Membranes containing these aggregates may represent an early and sensitive indicator of oxidative damage to red cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-327
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Volume91
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

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