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Transferrin human


Siderophilin, partially saturated
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Quality Level

biological source






Iron content

300-600 ppm


cell culture | stem cell: suitable


≤1.0 EU/mg endotoxin

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storage temp.


Gene Information

human ... TF(7018)

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General description

Transferrin is an 80 kDa serum glycoprotein, which has an half-life of 8 to 10 days. The gene is located on human chromosome 3q22.1. Transferrin is expressed in hepatocytes.


Transferrin has been used:
  • in isolation of epidermal stem cells and cell expansion
  • to study the effect of compound treatment on transferrin uptake
  • for transferrin uptake and confocal imaging

Biochem/physiol Actions

Transferrin facilitates the transfer of iron to erythron and peripheral tissues. Mutations in this gene is associated with atransferrinemia. Transferrin is required for fetal development. It is non immunogenic and transferrin-conjugated drugs inhibits cardiotoxicity and drug resistance.
Transferrin was shown to promote the proliferation of human lymphocytes. This effect is directly proportional to the level of iron present.

Analysis Note

Purity by agarose electrophoresis.

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids



Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

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  5. What is the carbohydrate content of human transferrin?

    We have found the information on transferrin in a reference book:The Plasma Proteins, F.W. Putnam, ed, volume 2, chapter 4, Table II.According to the table, Transferrin is 6 percent carbohydrate, citing G.A. Jamieson, J. Biol. Chem. 240(7), 2914-2920 (1965).The table also gives information on the percentage of each type of monosaccharide that is present.

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TFRC (transferrin receptor (p90, CD71))
Dorak MT
Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology (2009)
Severe hypochromic microcytic anemia in a patient with congenital atransferrinemia
Shamsian BS, et al.
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 26(5), 356-362 (2009)
Nutritional issues in the patient with diabetes and foot ulcers
Levin and O'Neal's The Diabetic Foot, 199-217 (2008)
Non-invasive in vivo imaging of near infrared-labeled transferrin in breast cancer cells and tumors using fluorescence lifetime FRET
Abe K, et al.
PLoS ONE, 8(11), e80269-e80269 (2013)
A Djeha et al.
British journal of haematology, 80(2), 235-241 (1992-02-01)
The effect of different forms of iron and iron-binding proteins on the proliferative response of human lymphocytes to phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) has been studied. Transferrin enhanced proliferation, the effect being proportional to the degree of iron saturation up to 100%, but

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