Human Alpha 2-M quantitates human Alpha 2-M in serum, plasma, supernatant. The assay will exclusively recognize both natural and recombinant human Alpha 2-M.
Alpha 2-Macroglobulin (a2M), is a approximately 720-kDa homotetrameric glycoprotein composed of four identical approximately 180 kDa subunits. aAlpha 2M shares with other alpha-macroglobulins, like the complement components C3 and C4 and the pregnancy zone protein PZP, an extraordinary binding capacity for a variety of ligands. This allows the alpha-macroglobulins to serve as humoral defense barriers against foreign peptides in the plasma. Alpha 2M interacts and captures virtually any proteinase, often referred to as a panprotease inhibitor. In the brain of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, Alpha 2M also has been localized to diffuse amyloid plaques, supporting an important role for alpha 2M in AD etiopathology.
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