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Gum Arabic as fetal hemoglobin inducing agent in sickle cell anemia; in vivo study

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Hematology, December 2015
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Gum Arabic as fetal hemoglobin inducing agent in sickle cell anemia; in vivo study
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BMC Hematology, December 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12878-015-0040-6
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Lamis Kaddam, Imad FdleAlmula, Omer Ali Eisawi, Haydar Awad Abdelrazig, Mustafa Elnimeiri, Florian Lang, Amal M. Saeed


High levels of fetal haemoglobin (HbF) decrease sickle cell anaemia (SCA) severity and leads to improved survival. According to in vivo and in vitro studies, butyrate increases HbF production. Its utilization in clinical practice is hampered, however, by its short half-life. Serum butyrate concentrations could be enhanced by colonic bacterial fermentation of Gum Arabic (GA), edible, dried, gummy exudates from Acacia Senegal tree. We hypothesized that regular intake of GA increases serum butyrate levels, thus inducing HbF production and ameliorating symptoms of sickle cell anemia. Fourty seven patients (5-42 years) carrying hemoglobin SS were recruited from April 2014 to January 2015. Patients received 30 g/day GA for 12 weeks. HbF, blood count and erythropoietin level were measured. The main outcome of interest was the level of HbF after 12 weeks. The secondary outcomes were improvement in clinical and laboratory results. The study was ethically approved by Alneelain University IRB. The study revealed significant increase in HbF level P.V0.000 [95 % CI, 0.43-1.02], MCV P.V:000 [95 % CI, 2.312-6.058] and Hematocrit level P.V:0.026 [95 % CI, 0.124-1.902]. No significant difference was encountered in platelets count P.V: 0.346 [95 % CI,-25.76-71.94], and WBCs count P.V:0.194 [95 % CI,-8.035-1.68]. Thirty seven percent of patients experienced minor side effects which resolved within a week. These findings reveal a novel effect of GA, which may be used to foster fetal hemoglobin production. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02467257. Registered 3rd June 2015.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 18 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 7 39%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 17%
Researcher 2 11%
Professor 1 6%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 6%
Other 1 6%
Unknown 3 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 28%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 22%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 11%
Social Sciences 2 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 6%
Other 1 6%
Unknown 3 17%

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