glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. A cytosolic enzyme encoded by a housekeeping X-linked gene whose main function is to produce NADPH, a key electron donor in the defense against oxidizing agents and in reductive biosynthetic reactions. G6PD is remarkable for its genetic diversity. Many variants of G6PD, mostly produced from missense mutations, have been described with wide ranging levels of enzyme activity and associated clinical symptoms. G6PD deficiency may cause neonatal jaundice, acute hemolysis, or severe chronic non-spherocytic hemolytic anemia. Two splice variant isoforms have been described. The long isoform is found in lymphoblasts, granulocytes and sperm. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: Carbohydrate Metabolism - pentose phosphate pathway; Cell development/differentiation; EC 220.127.116.11; Other Amino Acids Metabolism - glutathione; Oxidoreductase