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The Hemoglobins

  • Enno Kleihauer

Abstract

The permanent change in the morphological, biochemical, and functional characteristics of the red cell during development is a physiologic event the significance of which is not precisely known. The changes in different erythrocyte properties are not strongly correlated with each other or limited to the production processes of cells in the various hematopoietic sites. Among the criteria used to differentiate between fetal and adult erythrocytes, the shorter life span and the high susceptibility to oxidation stress do not imply that these cells are of inferior value. No data exist to suggest functional immaturity of fetal red cells under normal developmental conditions.

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Fetal Hemoglobin Fetal Stage High Oxygen Affinity Hemoglobin Type Hereditary Persistence 
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  • Enno Kleihauer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of UlmD79 Ulm (Donau)West Germany

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