Plasma albumin measurements in New Zealand white rabbits


  • G.O. Evans Wellcome Research Laboratories



Following reports in the literature of problems with serum albumin measurements using bromocresol green dye binding methods, the method was re-examined using fifty rabbit plasma samples and solutions of different rabbit fractionated proteins. The value found in this study (albumin: 33 ± 2 g/1) was generally lower than in most of the other studies (27 to 43 g/1) and the ranges narrower. None of the samples analysed gave values for albumin which were higher than those for total protein (53 ± 3 g/1).


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