Distribution of plasma glucagon immunoreactivity in a patient with suspected glucagonoma

I. Valverde, H. M. Lemon, A. Kessinger, Roger H Unger

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Gel filtration of plasma from a patient with a clinical synDr.ome of glucagonoma and a total plasma glucagon level of 2600 pg/ml, revealed the four glucagon immunoreactive fractions found in normal subjects. The total hyperglucagonemia observed was due to high levels of true glucagon and proglucagon moieties. The so-called “big plasma glucagon” (BPG) measured 190 pg/ml (normal average 113 ± 79 pg/ml, Mean ± SD, N = 10); the large glucagon immunoreactivity, LGI (9000 mol wt), measured 625 pg/ml (normal average 11 ± 16 pg/ml); the true glucagon accounted for 1435 pg/ml (normal average 31 ± 29 pg/ml); and the small glucagon immunoreactive fraction (-2000 mol wt) measured 35 pg/ml (normal average 26 ± 18 pg/ml). The high levels of LGI, considered a candidate for proglucagon, may reflect the increased secretory activity of the tumor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)804-808
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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