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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1983 Feb;56(2):359-62.

Human seminal plasma contains a protein that shares physicochemical, immunochemical, and immunosuppressive properties with pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A.


Pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A) was detected by RIA in human seminal plasma. This was not due to interference with proteases or binding to seminal plasma proteins, since immunoreactivity was not affected by treatment with protease inhibitors, and the elution of [125I]PAPP-A was not altered by preincubation with seminal plasma. The major component of the seminal plasma PAPP-A coeluted with pure PAPP-A or plasma PAPP-A from pregnant and nonpregnant women. In the RIA, serial dilutions of seminal plasma gave parallel displacement curves to pregnancy plasma. Removing PAPP-A-like material from seminal plasma by adsorbtion to heparin-Sepharose reduced the inhibitory effect of seminal plasma on phytohemagglutinin-induced lymphocyte transformation. The source of seminal plasma PAPP-A-like immunoreactive material remains to be elucidated, but it is unlikely to be the testis, since PAPP-A levels in semen of vasectomized men were similar to those in nonvasectomized men.

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