Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) has been recognized for over a century. This mysterious disease is now understood at the level of the gene and the protein. The pathophysiology is related to a class of cell surface proteins with distinctive biochemical and physical characteristics. Recently it has been acknowledged that PNH is not rare, and once sensitive assays--based on the chemistry of the proteins--can be applied to many patients. Written by international experts in the field, this book includes a number of distinctive characteristics, such as the clinical features of PNH, the mechanism of hemolysis, the biochemistry of glycosylphosphoinositol anchors, and the chemistry and biophysics of GPI-anchored proteins. This unique and timely volume will have a wide audience, including hematologists and oncologists with a clinical interest in this disease, as well as basic biochemists, immunologists, and cell biologists studying this class of proteins.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Outlines the chemical features of PNH * Explains the mechanism of hemolysis * Includes work on the biochemistry of glycophosphoinositol anchors * Contains descriptions of the chemistry and biophysics of GPI-anchored proteins


Hematologists, cell biologists, human geneticists.


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About the authors

Neal Young

Neal S. Young is Chief of the Hematology Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.