G6PD Disease

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Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency was discussed in the book and I wanted to research more about the prognosis and treatment. The deficiency is caused by a mutation in the G6PD gene. This disease is inherited from the X chromosome and passed on either from one or both parents. The enzyme, Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, is produced by the gene and is one of the many enzymes that takes part in the breakdown of carbohydrate. However, it is also known for its protective role in red blood cells against reactive oxygen species. The enzyme prevents the accumulation of reactive oxygen species within the red blood cells. Therefore, the mutation of the G6PD gene causes either a decrease in concentration or structural modification of the

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