The putative use of alpha-1-acid glycoprotein as a non-invasive marker of fibrosis.

The acute phase response to injury or infection results in alterations in the expression of the plasma proteins produced by the liver. Many of these biomolecules are glycosylated with oligosaccharide chains covalently attached to the polypeptide backbone and the extent and composition of this glycosylation can be altered in a disease-dependent manner. Of… (More)