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Martin Houston, Claire Rinehart, Frank Toman, David Hartman

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Department of Biology

Degree Type

Master of Science


Hemoglobin Zurich is a rare blood condition which causes severe rupturing of erythrocytes upon the administration of sulfonamides. Hemoglobin Zurich is caused by a specific genetic mutation in which there is a single amino acid (histidine) substituted for arginine at position 63 in the beta chain of hemoglobin molecules [β 63 Histidine --> Arginine].

In this study, the membrane proteins of Hemoglobin Zurich erythrocytes were compared to membrane proteins from normal human erythrocytes employing sodium dodecyl sulfatepolyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and visualized by periodic-acid Schiff (PAS) and DZANDU staining. No differences were detected employing these techniques.

DNA was isolated from leucocytes of a Hemoglobin Zurich individual, amplified and subsequently seque-Iced by the dideoxynucleotide method. The actual mutation was identified as a substitution of a G at base 188 of the coding region for an A.


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