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Structure and Function of Plasma Proteins

Volume 1

  • A. C. Allison

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. June K. Lloyd, Audrey S. Fosbrooke
    Pages 1-33
  3. Ursula Muller-Eberhard, Ham Heng Liem
    Pages 35-53
  4. E. Giblett
    Pages 55-72
  5. A. Koj
    Pages 73-131
  6. E. Regoeczi
    Pages 133-167
  7. D. E. G. Austen, C. R. Rizza
    Pages 169-193
  8. Chester A. Alper
    Pages 195-222
  9. G. T. Stevenson
    Pages 223-263
  10. Geoffrey Franglen
    Pages 265-281
  11. J. S. Garrow
    Pages 283-304
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 305-316

About this book

Introduction

Plasma proteins are of interest from many points of view. Biochemists have separated and purified numerous plasma proteins and studied their physical properties, aminoacid composition and sequence, the carbohydrate components of some, and binding of metals, hormones and other materials. Much work has also been carried out on the synthesis, rates of turnover and degradation of plasma proteins. Many plasma proteins show inherited variations, some of which (e.g. those of heptoglobins and transferrins) are common in various human populations while others (e.g. absence of lipoproteins or im­ munoglobins) are rare but important because of their association with clinical syndromes. Since blood is the most accessible bodily con­ stituent, geneticists have made good use of serum protein differences as genetic markers in family and population studies. Physiologists have long been interested in plasma proteins in relation to colloid osmotic pressure, transport of lipids, iron, hormones and other materials, the activities of renal glomeruli and tubules, the function of the liver, and many other bodily activities. Plasma proteins are also widely studied in relation to malnutrition and undernutrition, particularly that associated with defective intake of protein.

Keywords

Plasma biochemistry carbohydrate colloid degradation iron lipoprotein metals nutrition population protein proteins structure synthesis transport

Editors and affiliations

  • A. C. Allison
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical Research CentreHarrow, MiddlesexUK

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