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Albumin Competitively Inhibits Glycation of Less Abundant Proteins

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Glycation, a non-enzymatic reaction between glucose and protein is the primary cause of diabetic complications. Albumin, the most abundant plasma protein undergoes glycation both in vivo and in vitro. The influence of albumin on glycation of less abundant proteins has not been addressed. For the first time, we show that albumin competitively inhibits the glycation of less abundant proteins. This study suggests that at least in the initial stages of diabetes, albumin may protect other proteins from glycation.

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Keywords: MALDI-TOF-MS; diabetes; glucose; insulin; vascular complication

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-07-01

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