Biotechnology - Disorders - Discussion

Discussion :: Disorders - Section 1 (Q.No.4)


Which of the modification in hemoglobin is the cause of sickle cell anemia?

[A]. A mutation in the beta chain
[B]. A deletion in the beta chain
[C]. Replacement of the B chain by D chain
[D]. None of the above

Answer: Option A


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KRISHNA said: (Jun 13, 2015)  
The sickle-cell disease occurs when the sixth amino acid, glutamic acid, is replaced by valine to change its structure and function; as such, sickle-cell anemia is also known as E6V. Valine is hydrophobic, causing the haemoglobin to collapse on itself occasionally.

The structure is not changed otherwise. When enough haemoglobin collapses on itself the red blood cells become sickle-shaped.

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