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Clin Exp Immunol. 1985 Jan;59(1):243-50.

In vivo turnover studies of C-reactive protein.


The in vivo plasma clearance rate of the acute phase reactant C-reactive protein (CRP) was studied in mice and rats. The clearance rate of 125I-human CRP in mice and 125I-rat CRP in rats showed a T1/2 of approximately 4 h. The T1/2 was independent of circulating levels of CRP and was not affected by the presence of C-polysaccharide (CPS), a ligand to which CRP binds. However, in mice receiving sufficient CPS, more radioactivity localized to the spleen compared to mice receiving 125I-CRP only. 125I-CPS was rapidly cleared at the same rate by normal mice and by mice undergoing an acute phase response while rats cleared 125I-CPS more slowly despite having high circulating CRP concentrations. These findings suggest that CRP does not provide a mechanism for extremely rapid clearance of its ligands from the circulation, although the handling and subsequent fate of these ligands may be affected.

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