Identification of alpha-fetoprotein polymers. Artifacts of the isolation procedure.


By combining polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and radioimmunoassay, a method has been developed to detect polymeric forms of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) during the isolation procedure. The method is capable of detecting AFP polymers in the presence of other serum proteins in serum samples that contain as little as 100 ng of AFP. Using this method, we have… (More)