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Definition

Protein found in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen around the body.

Use in clinical context

Haemoglobin is a complex protein made up of several polypeptide chains, the production of which involves multiple genes. Variants in any of these genes can potentially affect the resulting haemoglobin protein with important implications for oxygen transport. Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders that are caused by variants in a gene involved in the production of haemoglobin.

Related terms

Gene | Protein | Variant

Last updated on 31st May, 2019