Clinical Utility of Fractionating Erythrocytes into “Percoll” Density Gradients
Two rapid methods for fractionating the RBC into five or nine layers of increasing density are reported. These procedures have been used to monitor the decline of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) and 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6PGD) activity during the process of red cell aging in normal subjects and in ß-thal carriers, to study transfused patients with G6PD and pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency and to test the effects of inositol hexaphosphate (IHP) encapsulation on RBC subpopulations.
KeywordsPyruvate Kinase G6PD Deficiency Blood Unit G6PD Activity Mean Cell Volume
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