Antibodies to Prekallikrein – Fletcher Factor

Affinity Biologicals, Inc. manufactures a broad range of Antibodies to Prekallikrein – Fletcher Factor which can be found in the listing below.   Further information about each individual Prekallikrein antibody is available by following the associated links.  Our Antibodies to Prekallikrein – Fletcher Factor are excellent for use in immunoassays where high sensitivity is required and are frequently the preferred reagent for immunopreciptaion techniques and activity neutralization assays.  These antibodies have proven to be extremely useful in the preparation of immune-adsorbent resins for use in immuno-depletion of specific proteins from plasma as well as immuno-affinity purification of proteins.  Affinity’s Antibodies to Prekallikrein – Fletcher Factor are manufactured for use in research applications.

Listing of Antibodies to Prekallikrein – Fletcher Factor

Description of Prekallikrein Fletcher Factor

Prekallikrein (PK), previously known as Fletcher Factor, is a single chain glycoprotein produced in the liver. The plasma concentration of PK is 50 μg/ml (550 nM), approximately 75% of which circulates in complex with high molecular weight kininogen (HK) and the remainder as free PK. Plasma PK is heterogeneous in both mass and charge due to variable degrees of glycosylation. Approximately 90% of plasma PK has an apparent molecular weight of 88 kDa as determined by SDS-PAGE and the remaining 10% has an apparent mass of 85 kDa. The catalytic site resides in the light chain. The heavy chain of PK contains four apple-domain structures similar to those found in FXI and these are required for binding of PK to HK. PK is the zymogen form of the enzyme kallikrein, which is involved in the proteolysis of kininogens with subsequent release of bradykinin, a potent vasodilator. PK participates in the contact phase of coagulation as a substrate for surface-bound activated factor XII (FXIIa) in the presence of the cofactor HK. As PK and factor XI (FXI) both circulate in complex with HK, both are localized to activating surfaces through their respective binding to HK. Limited proteolysis of PK by FXIIa generates kallikrein, a two-chain serine protease that initiates the reciprocal activation of PK and FXI. Kallikrein activity in plasma is regulated predominantly by C1-Inhibitor and α2macroglobulin, with relatively minor contributions by Protein C Inhibitor, α2antiplasmin, and antithrombin1-3.

References and Reviews

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