A sensitive cytochemical staining method for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity in individual erythrocytes. II. Further improvements of the staining procedure and some observations with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency

C. J. van Noorden, I. M. Vogels

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A cytochemical method for staining glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity in individual erythrocytes as reported previously has been optimized further by the incorporation of a number of technical improvements. Analysis of the enzyme content in erythrocytes of normal individuals as well as patients suffering from G6PD deficiency in the homozygous and heterozygous forms allows these three categories to be easily distinguished. Considerable formazan production occurs in most erythrocytes of a healthy person and only a small percentage of the cells appeared to be negative. Two cell populations of almost equal size could be discerned in heterozygotes for G6PD deficiency, one completely negative, the other with a variable amount of formazan per cell. Homozygous deficiency leads to a population of negative cells with a few positive ones after staining. It is concluded that a reliable method has been found for analysis of G6PD deficiency in erythrocytes at the single cell level
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-63
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1985

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