Characterization of human alpha 2-macroglobulin monomers obtained by reduction with dithiothreitol.

We compared the physicochemical characteristics of alpha 2-macroglobulin (alpha 2M) monomers produced by limited reduction and carboxamidomethylation to those of the naturally occurring monomeric alpha-macroglobulin homologue rat alpha 1-inhibitor 3 (alpha 1 I3). Unlike alpha 1 I3, alpha 2 M monomers fail to inhibit proteolysis of the high molecular weight… CONTINUE READING