Regulation of CD163 associated casein kinase II activity is haptoglobin genotype dependent

Free hemoglobin is now recognized as a major mediator of a variety of vascular diseases. The abundant serum protein haptoglobin irreversibly binds to hemoglobin and promotes the uptake of hemoglobin via the macrophage CD163 receptor. The haptoglobin gene is polymorphic in man with two common alleles denoted 1 and 2. The haptoglobin genotype specifies the… CONTINUE READING