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Biomarker: Lipoprotein(a)

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Human K2 EDTA plasma

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Required Sample Volume:

25 µL/well


LLOQ: 0.075 U/L
ULOQ: 3.9 U/L

Biological or Clinical Significance:

Lipoprotein(a) is a lipoprotein subclass. Genetic studies and numerous epidemiologic studies have identified Lp(a) as a risk factor for atherosclerotic diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke. Lipoprotein(a) consists of an LDL-like particle and the specific apolipoprotein(a), which is covalently bound to the apoB of the LDL like particle. Lp(a) plasma concentrations are highly heritable and mainly controlled by the apolipoprotein(a) gene located on chromosome 6q26-27. The physiological function of Lp(a) is still unknown. A function within the coagulation system seems plausible, given the aspect of the high homology between apo(a) and plasminogen. In fact, the LPA gene derives from a duplication of the plasminogen gene.

The structure of lipoprotein (a) is similar to plasminogen and tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) and it competes with plasminogen for its binding site, leading to reduced fibrinolysis. Also, because Lp(a) stimulates secretion of PAI-1, it leads to thrombogenesis. Lp(a) also carries cholesterol and thus contributes to atherosclerosis. In addition, Lp(a) transports the more atherogenic proinflammatory oxidized phospholipids, which attract inflammatory cells to vessel walls, and leads to smooth muscle cell proliferation. Lipoprotein(a) has been shown to interact with Calnexin, Fibronectin and Fibrinogen beta chain.


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