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The copper-binding serum protein in human blood.
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a copper-containing protein of the α2-globulin fraction of blood plasma. It was first discovered and isolated by the Swedish scientists C. Holmberg and C. Laurell in 1948. Its content in human plasma is 0.2–0.3 mg/ml. Ceruloplas-min, which has a molecular weight of 130,000, is bound to 60–99 percent of all the plasma copper ions. Its two molecular forms differ in the number of carbohydrate chains, which consist of galactose, mannose, fucose, N-acetylglucosamine, and sialic-acid residues. Ceruloplasmin has some catalytic activity, oxidizing polyamines, polyphenols, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). It also takes part in hematopoiesis and the transport of copper to sites where other copper-containing proteins, such as cytochromoe oxidases, are synthesized. In addition, it apparently participates in the regulation of the level of biogenic amines.

There exist genetically determined variants of ceruloplasmin caused by the presence of mutant alleles. The level of ceruloplas-min in blood serum increases nonspecifically during pregnancy, infections, anemias, and malignancies but decreases during the Wilson-Konovalov disease and some other diseases.


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Automated measurement of serum ferroxidase activity.
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The expression of several genes involved in iron metabolism including lactotransferrin, ceruloplasmin ferroxidase, lipocalin 2 and ferroportin [12] upregulate during uterine growth and differentiation.
Whole cell protein was extracted and protein concentration was determined by Lowry method to proceed for ferroxidase assay by using a method as previously described.
Examples of proteins found in higher organisms include hemoglobin, cytochrome P450 and catalase .Most of the iron ([Fe.sup.2+]) is oxidized to ([Fe.sup.3+]) by the ferroxidase activity of ceruloplasmin (Cp) and /or spontaneous oxidization and then bind to transferrin and to be acquired by the cells.
In human plasma, more than 95% of total copper is associated with ceruloplasmin (Cp), copper carrier and a ferroxidase that is also responsible for iron metabolism, while less than 5% of copper ions are associated with other proteins (Heilman and Gitlin 2002).
Association of haptoglobin phenotypes with ceruloplasmin ferroxidase activity in AY-thalassemia major.