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Advances in Hematology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 398945, 10 pages
Research Article

Predicting the Kinetic Properties Associated with Redox Imbalance after Oxidative Crisis in G6PD-Deficient Erythrocytes: A Simulation Study

1Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University, 403-1, Daihoji, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0017, Japan
2Department of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Endo 5322, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-8520, Japan
3Systems Biology Program, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Endo 5322, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-8520, Japan

Received 30 April 2011; Revised 15 June 2011; Accepted 15 June 2011

Academic Editor: Ufuk Çakatay

Copyright © 2011 Hanae Shimo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


It is well known that G6PD-deficient individuals are highly susceptible to oxidative stress. However, the differences in the degree of metabolic alterations among patients during an oxidative crisis have not been extensively studied. In this study, we applied mathematical modeling to assess the metabolic changes in erythrocytes of various G6PD-deficient patients during hydrogen peroxide- (H2O2-) induced perturbation and predict the kinetic properties that elicit redox imbalance after exposure to an oxidative agent. Simulation results showed a discrepancy in the ability to restore regular metabolite levels and redox homeostasis among patients. Two trends were observed in the response of redox status (GSH/GSSG) to oxidative stress, a mild decrease associated with slow recovery and a drastic decline associated with rapid recovery. The former was concluded to apply to patients with severe clinical symptoms. Low 𝑉 m a x and high 𝐾 m G 6 P of G6PD were shown to be kinetic properties that enhance consequent redox imbalance.