Serum Glycoproteins in Schistosomiasis

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  • Biochemistry Department, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, Department of Nutrition and Foods, Auburn University, FPO New York 09527

Serum glycoprotein electrophoretic fractions as well as protein bound hexose and seromucoid levels were measured in 21 male Egyptian patients before and after treatment for schistosomiasis, and in 8 normal controls. Results indicate that α1 and γ-glycoprotein were significantly higher while β-glycoprotein was lower in bilharzial patients than in controls. Protein-bound hexose and seromucoid levels were also significantly elevated in the patients. After treatment, the levels of these fractions approached those of the controls.