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Urinary zinc excretion and acute phase response in cancer patients

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We investigated urinary zinc and serum levels of C-reactive protein, alpha-1 acid glycoprotein, haptoglobin, transferrin and prealbumin in 55 patients with solid tumors and 20 controls. Urinary zinc, serum C-reactive protein, alpha-1 acid glycoprotein and haptoglobin were significantly higher, and serum prealbumin was significantly lower in cancer patients. A significant positive correlation between urinary zinc and C-reactive protein, alpha-1 acid glycoprotein and haptoglobin, as well as a negative correlation with transferrin and prealbumin were observed. Hyperzincuria in cancer patients appears to be linked to the acute phase response. Our data provide further evidence implicating systemic inflammatory response in increased urinary zinc excretion.

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Melichar, B., Jandik, P., Tichy, M. et al. Urinary zinc excretion and acute phase response in cancer patients. Clin Investig 72, 1012–1014 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00577746

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Key words

  • Acute phase response
  • Alpha-1 acid glycoprotein
  • Cancer
  • C-reactive protein
  • Haptoglobin
  • Prealbumin
  • Transferrin
  • Urine zinc