Albumin in Nutrition and Transport

  • Samuel Natelson
  • Ethan A. Natelson


As pointed out in Section 1.1, albumin literally means egg white. A distinctive characteristic of albumin, noted early, is the fact that it is coagulated by heat. This was observed when eggs were boiled. When milk was boiled, the film of coagulate, formed at the surface, was recognized as albumin, as distinct from casein which does not coagulate with heat. It was also recognized that urine from some patients formed a coagulate with heat. To distinguish this coagulate from other precipitates which form, the urine is heated after adding a few drops of acetic acid. The presence of albumin in the urine as an indication of kidney disease has been noted from the middle of the 19th century.


Human Serum Albumin Albumin Level Fatty Acid Binding Human Albumin Plasma Albumin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Natelson
    • 1
  • Ethan A. Natelson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Practice, College of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas Medical School and St. Joseph HospitalHoustonUSA

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