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Nursing2015

June 2007, Volume 37 Number 6 , p 27 - 27 [FREE]

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Abstract

 

Newly discovered enzymes allow for blood types A, B, and AB to be converted to type O, the universal donor type. Converting various blood types to type O could increase the blood supply and improve safety.

 

The process employs two bacterial glycosidase gene families that produce enzymes capable of removing the A and B antigens. As an added benefit, the process occurs at neutral pH and doesn't require large amounts of enzymes, a problem with earlier attempts to convert blood types.

 

Source: Liu QP, et al., Bacterial glycosidases for the production of universal red blood cells, Nature Biotechnology, published online ahead of print April 1, 2007.

Newly discovered enzymes allow for blood types A, B, and AB to be converted to type O, the universal donor type. Converting various blood types to type O could increase the blood supply and improve safety.

The process employs two bacterial glycosidase gene families that produce enzymes capable of removing the A and B antigens. As an added benefit, the process occurs at neutral pH and doesn't require large amounts of enzymes, a problem with earlier attempts to convert blood types.

Source: Liu QP, et al., Bacterial glycosidases for the production of universal red blood cells, Nature Biotechnology, published online ahead of print April 1, 2007.