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G6PD Deficiency: Etiology

by Carlo Raj, MD
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    00:01 This is G6PD deficiency.

    00:03 This is the first enzyme deficiency that we’re going to take a look at under normocytic anemia and we are dealing with, well, hemolytic where you have increased reticulocytosis.

    00:15 What is G6PD? It is glucose phosphate dehydrogenase.

    00:20 Where do you find this enzyme? Well, you find this, well, think about the glycolytic pathway and I want you to branch off the glycolytic pathway and go into what’s known as a hexose monophosphate shunt or HMP shunt.

    00:34 This particular shunt, HMP shunt, is responsible for producing your? NADPH.

    00:41 So you take the P in the pentose phosphate pathway and apply it to what kind of NAD—not NADH, but NADPH.

    00:52 And why do we in normal physiology require NADPH or biochemistry? It’s the fact that we need NADPH so that we can produce proper amounts of glutathione, right? Glutathione.

    01:04 And what does glutathione do for us? It then allows for us to then properly manage and protect ourselves.

    01:10 Why is this so important for the RBC? Well, the RBCs require proper months of NADPH and glutathione so it can protect itself against antioxidants, right? Antioxidants.

    01:22 Think about a normal mature RBC, central pallor, it is naked.

    01:27 It has no nucleus.

    01:28 It has no mitochondria.

    01:30 The only method by which it can truly protect itself is through this HMP shunt.

    01:34 So it is big deal.

    01:36 Now, something that I wish to bring to your attention about this very important rate-limiting enzyme of your HMP shunt is the fact that the half-life of a normal enzyme here is 62 days.

    01:48 So that’s over two months.

    01:50 So what then happens when you have G6PD deficiency? And we’ll talk about this as being an X-linked recessive disease and so therefore a male, such as myself, well, I have no choice, meaning to say that if I was to then inherit the X chromosome, and that’s where the mutation is, then I obviously will have G6PD deficiency.

    02:13 What about a female? With a female, maybe one X is the mutated one while the other X is perfectly normal.

    02:20 So therefore, she would have a trait, are we clear? Now, if there is such a mutation taking place with X-linked recessive, then what then happens to the enzyme? Take a look at the half-life here.

    02:30 The normal 62 drops all the way down to 13.

    02:34 That’s not a lot of time for an enzyme to remain active in one's body.


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    The lecture G6PD Deficiency: Etiology by Carlo Raj, MD is from the course Hemolytic Anemia – Red Blood Cell Pathology (RBC).


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Hexose monophosphate shunt pathway
    2. Glycolytic pathway
    3. Oxidative burst
    4. Lipid synthesis
    5. Kreb cycle
    1. Decreased half-life of the G6PD
    2. Complete depletion of G6PD
    3. Increased half-life of G6PD
    4. Reversal of G6PD functions
    5. Functional impairment of G6PD

    Author of lecture G6PD Deficiency: Etiology

     Carlo Raj, MD

    Carlo Raj, MD


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