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Title: Serum concentrations of alpha-2-macroglobulin and other serum proteinase inhibitors in Thai vegetarians and omnivores
Authors: Praneet Pongpaew
Narumol Boonyakarnkul
Frank P. Schelp
Supranee Changbumrung
Venus Supawan
Somsak Tawprasert
Panata Migasena
Mahidol University
Freie Universitat Berlin
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;Medicine;Nursing
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1994
Citation: Nutrition Research. Vol.14, No.3 (1994), 337-345
Abstract: Serum concentrations of albumin, prealbumin together with the serum proteinase inhibitors α 1 -acid glycoprotein (α 1 GP), α 1 -antitrypsin (AT), α 2 -macgroglobulin (α 2 M), C1 inhibitor (C1) and inter-α-trypsininhibitor (IαT), nutritional anthropometry were determined in 132 vegetarians and 68 omnivores from Thailand. Serum concentrations of prealbumin, α 1 GP, AT, C1 and IαT were found to be lower and albumin and α 2 M to be higher in vegetarians than in omnivores. The parameters of nutritional anthropometry were lower but still in an acceptable range amongst the vegetarians. In both groups, a negative correlation of a number of anthropometric variables with α 2 M was observed. The higher α 2 M values in vegetarians compared with omnivores might be due to a mechanism which enables the the body to adjust its requirement to intake by slowing down catabolic rates. Lower C1 concentrations in vegetarians might hypothetically result in a higher risk of asthma and allergy. © 1994 Elsevier Science Ltd.
ISSN: 02715317
Appears in Collections:Scopus 1991-2000

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