G6PD and Malaria

littleP nospam at nospam.nu
Tue Sep 15 20:18:15 EST 1998

skyamsen wrote:
> I stumbled across a sentence which said people with G6PDH deficiency has
> resistance to malaria and its infectious agent.  How far is this true and
> why?

It's true from what I have read. The marlaria parasite causes the rbc
hemoglobin to oxidize to methemoglobin. The oxidized becomes rigid and
eventually hemolyze. 

Hope that sums it up good enough for you.

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