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Gene Description


Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) produces reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH), which is required to protect erythrocytes from oxidative stress. Therefore, G6PD-deficient erythrocytes have reduced capacity in handling oxidative stress, and are therefore susceptible to drug induced lysis, clinically manifested as hemolytic anemia (AHA). In addition, oxidation of hemoglobin iron could result in condition called methemoglobinemia. In severe cases, methemoglobinemia might lead to arrhythmias, seizures and even death.1,2

Individuals with G6PD deficiency may have increased risks of adverse reactions to many drugs. The FDA has introduced warnings or precautions on the drug labeling of primaquine, chloroquine, dapsone, rasburicase, avandaryl tablets (glimepiride + rosiglitazone maleate) and glucovance tablets (metformin + glibenclamide).3 Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) provides guidelines for rasburicase therapy based on the G6PD deficiency genotypes.4


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  1. Cappellini MD, et al. Glucose-6-phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency. Lancet. 2008;371:64-74.
  2. McDonagh EM, et al. PharmGKB Summary: Very Important Pharmacogene Information for G6PD. Pharmacogenet Genom. 2012;22:219-28.
  3. Table of Pharmacogenomic Biomarkers in Drug Labeling; accessed in March 2019
  4. Relling MV, et al. Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guidelines for Rasburicase Therapy in the Context of G6PD Deficiency Genotype. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2014;96(2):169-74.