Hereditary Nonspherocytic Hemolysis With Erythrocyte Phosphofructokinase Deficiency

Larry Waterbury and Eugene P. Frenkel


Hereditary nonspherocytic hemolysis associated with abnormal erythrocyte phosphofructokinase activity was demonstrated in a young man. Enzyme activity in the propositus, his mother, and maternal grandmother was approximately 60% of normal controls. There was markedly increased lability of enzyme activity on in vitro storage. Kinetic studies revealed increased sensitivity to adenosine triphosphate inhibition. Erythrocyte adenosine triphosphate levels were depressed. The absence of muscle disease and the presence of normal in vivo lactate production following ischemic exercise differentiated this kindred from those with Type VII glycogen storage disease.

  • Submitted July 16, 1971.
  • Revision received August 24, 1971.
  • Accepted August 31, 1971.