Alpha 2 Macroglobulin, Human Plasma, Fast Form

500 ug
1 mg
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MW: 725,000
Extinction Coefficient: 0.81

Lyophilized from 100 mM Na Phosphate, pH 7.2
Storage: <= -20°C

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Alpha 2 Macroglobulin (A2M) is a plasma protease inhibitor which has been shown to exist in two forms. The Slow Form of A2M (S-A2M) is the form which possesses the ability to bind and inhibit proteases by a “trap” method. The Fast Form of A2M (F-A2M) is generated when S-A2M undergoes a conformational change due to either entrapment of a protease in the A2M bait region, or chemical cleaveage of an internal thiol ester bond located near the bait region. F-A2M does not possess the ability to bind and inhibit protease activity. F-A2M is rapidly taken up by the liver, with a half life of 2-4 minutes.

In vivo, F-A2M typically represents only 0.17–0.7% of the total A2M in blood plasma of adults. The F-A2M plasma concentration is, however, increased in many disease states including pancreatitis, multiple sclerosis and sepsis. F-A2M has also been implicated in the inhibition of amyloid formation associated with Alzheimer’s disease and spongiform encephalopathies.

Purity: >=95% by SDS-PAGE

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.

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