Hemoglobin A antibody reacts with the alpha chain of adult hemoglobin A. This antibody is useful in the detection of red blood cell precursors. Immunohistochemical localization of hemoglobin is excellent as an erythroid marker for the detection of immature, dysplastic, and megaloblastic erythroid cells in myeloproliferative disorders, such as erythroleukemia. In contrast, myeloid cells, lymphoid cells, plasma cells, histiocytes, and megakaryocytes stain negative with anti-hemoglobin A. Anti-hemoglobin A, combined with antibodies against CD34, CD117, CD68, and MPO can be helpful in distinguishing between reactive extramedullary hematopoiesis and that seen in neoplastic myeloid disorders in spleen. Anti-hemoglobin A is limited to expression by erythroid precursors in bone marrow and is therefore of assistance in calculating percentages of erythroid precursors.
- A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block is preferred specimen type
- One (1) unbaked, unstained slide for H&E staining (required) and two to three (2-3) positively charged unstained slides (all cut at 4-5 microns) for each test/antibody ordered
- Block and slide identifiers should be clearly written and match exactly with the specimen ID and specimen labeling as noted on the requisition.
Use cold pack for transport. Make sure cold pack is not in direct contact with specimen.