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Dye binding

Category Haematology
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The fluorescent dye EMA (eosin-5-maleimide ) is used to label band 3 protein, which indirectly interacts with the spectrin-based cytoskeleton and membrane lipid bilayer in red blood cells.

Deficiency or abnormality of band 3 is seen in hereditary spherocytosis red cells, and has also been observed in cases of Southeast Asian ovalocytosis, congenital dyserythropoietic anaemia type II, and the cryohydrocytosis variants of stomatocytosis.

Clinical Indications

Unexplained haemolysis Spherocytosis Suspected hereditary spherocytosis

Reference range

0.83-1.17 (ratio)

Sample & container required 4 mL EDTA (lavender top) adults 0.5 mL EDTA (lavender top) paediatrics
Sample volume 0.5 mL adult tube 0.2 mL paediatric tube
Turnaround time Within 4 working days

Please contact the laboratory on 0203 312 1084 (or ext 21084) to make prior arrangements before sending samples.