Lactoferrin (LF)--in various quantities--is present in human milk, secretions and polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN). LF's significance lies in its bacteriostatic effect on its environment. Probably it prevents bacterial uptake of iron, leads to damage of bacteria and during phagocytosis helps the organism to combat pathogens. Most likely it regulates iron absorption, and during inflammation it takes part in the plasma iron transport. LF is believed to play an important role in the regulation of granulopoiesis in the bone-marrow. From its biological effects it appears that plasma LF determinations may be useful in the clinical diagnosis of leukaemia and other malignant diseases, as well as in the study of iron metabolism.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1985|
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