α2-Macroglobulin from human plasma

≥90% (GE)

CAS Number:
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Quality Level

biological source

human plasma


≥90% (GE)

mol wt

~720 kDa (four glycoprotein subunits)


cell culture | mammalian: suitable


H2O: 1 mg/mL, clear to faintly turbid, colorless to faintly yellow

UniProt accession no.

shipped in

wet ice

storage temp.


Gene Information

human ... A2M(2)

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Inhibits all classes of endoproteases by forming a complex with the protease. When the protease cleaves the macroglobulin "bait" sequence, the macroglobulin rearranges and traps the protease.

Biochem/physiol Actions

α2-Macroglobulin is found abundantly in plasma and interstitial fluids. The protease-α2-M balance plays an important role in mediating inflammatory tissue destruction. Serum levels of α2-M and protease-α2-M complexes are increased in patients with sepsis, emphysema, periodontitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases, and oxidant inactivation of α2-M may contribute to tissue destruction during inflammation.

Analysis Note

Plasma from each donor has been tested and found negative for antibody to HIV-1/HIV-2, antibody to HCV and HbSAg.
100 mg solids are lyophilized with 1 mg glycine from 35.2 mL 30 mM sodium phosphate, pH 7.0

Other Notes

Conformational changes of α2-M

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

P A Roche et al.
Biochemistry, 28(19), 7629-7636 (1989-09-19)
Treatment of the human plasma proteinase inhibitor alpha 2-macroglobulin (alpha 2M) with proteinase results in conformational changes in the inhibitor and subsequent activation and cleavage of the internal thiolester bonds of alpha 2M. Previous studies from this laboratory have shown...
Alpha 2-macroglobulin.
H Ishibashi et al.
Methods in enzymology, 163, 485-495 (1988-01-01)
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Hormone research, 45(3-5), 227-232 (1996-01-01)
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