Electrophoretic Analysis of Young Alligator Serum

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Science  27 Jan 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3448, pp. 278-279
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3448.278


Serum from 30 young alligators was examined by free boundary, starch block, and cellulose acetate strip electrophoresis. The patterns obtained showed that the alligator serum proteins differ significantly from those of other chordates in that an α-globulin is the major component. The average ratio of α-globulin to albumin in the serum is 3.4. In this respect it resembles serum of human beings with renal disease in which the α-globulin ratio to albumin ratio reaches 3.0.