Alpha-1-Acid Glycoprotein, Human Plasma
Found in human plasma in concentrations of 55-140 mg per 100 ml. Classical standard glycoprotein for studies on the structure of the oligosaccharide units. Carbohydrate content is 40percent. Its biological significance is unknown although it can bind progesterone 15 times as strongly as albumin. Sialic-acid-deficient alpha-1-AG has an affinity for vitamin B-12. Clinically, alpha 1 acid glycoprotein is an acute-phase reactant that together with haptoglobin is an indicator of acute inflammation. The alpha 1 acid glycoprotein:haptolobin ratio is useful in studies of bone marrow disorders, hemolytic processes and metastases. Prepared from plasma shown to be non reactive for HbsAG, anti-HCV, anti-HBc, and negative for anti-HIV 1 & 2 by FDA approved tests. >95percent pure by SDS-PAGE. Add deionized water to original volume, aliquot and freeze unused portion.