A series of plasma and ascitic fluid specimens withdrawn from patients with cirrhosis, and a series from one patient over a seven-week period prior to his death, were subjected to electrophoretic analysis. The results indicate a qualitative similarity between plasma and ascitic fluid protein patterns. In most instances, the ascitic fluid contained more albumin, alpha1 and gamma globulins than the plasma, whereas the plasma was richer in alpha2 and beta globulins and fibrinogen. Based on the molecular weights of the protein fractions, the values indicate that selective protein enrichment of ascitic fluid may be related to the molecular size of the protein components.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1960 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Routh, J. I. and Paul, W. D.
"Electrophoretic Studies of the Proteins of Plasma and Ascitic Fluid in Cirrhosis,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 67(1), 200-205.
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