The detection of ceruloplasmin in avian plasma and its validity as a biochemical taxonomic index

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Roger Norman Schecter (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Herbert Hendrickson

Abstract: It was the purpose of this study to detect the copper-carrying protein ceruloplasmin by specific staining techniques after electrophoretic separation in polyacrylamide gel and then to assess its validity as a biochemical taxonomic index pertaining to avian classification. Several procedures for the electrophoretic separation of this plasma protein were attempted as were several techniques for ceruloplasmin specific staining. The best procedure and technique of those attempted was derived with the use of human plasma. Avian plasma samples were then treated in the same manner. It was the conclusion of this study, even though some positive results were recorded, that ceruloplasmin is an unusually elusive protein an avian plasma. Therefore in the present context, it cannot be used as a taxonomic index. Potentials do exist, however, for ceruloplasmins use as a taxonomic index in conjunction with other plasma proteins.

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Language: English
Date: 1971
Birds $v Classification
Plasma cells

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