A 48-year-old member asked:
how was alpha thalassemia named?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Joseph Torkildson answered
39 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Conventional: As scientists investigated hemoglobin, the complicated compound in red blood cells that carries oxygen, they learned that it was made up of 5 parts; 4 of these are 2 copies each of 2 different proteins. They named these Alpha chains and beta chains. If you inherit a condition where the Alpha chains are produced in smaller amounts than normal, you have Alpha thalassemia.
Answered on Nov 8, 2014
Dr. Louis Cooper answered
48 years experience Pediatrics
Thanks: Alpha thalassemia is named for decreased alpha chains and beta thal is named for decreased beta chains. Usually normal blood is made of two alpha and two beta chains--these make up hemoglobin.
Answered on Aug 10, 2014
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