Haptoglobin Patterns in Cord Blood Serums


ALTHOUGH haptoglobin is almost always present in normal adult serums, it is demonstrable in only about 10 per cent of cord blood serums by the technique of starch-gel electrophoresis1. The factors accounting for this large percentage of ahaptoglobinæmic new-borns are obscure. The present communication is based on a survey of cord-blood serums undertaken in an attempt to evaluate some of the factors accounting for the high frequency of ahaptoglobinæmia in the new-born. At the same time, work was carried out to substantiate that the new-born baby with detectable haptoglobin produced it himself.

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RAUSEN, A., GERALD, P. & DIAMOND, L. Haptoglobin Patterns in Cord Blood Serums. Nature 191, 717 (1961). https://doi.org/10.1038/191717a0

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