Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Level

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The alkaline phosphatases are a heterogeneous group of enzymes that are produced in many mammalian cells. Serum alkaline phosphatase activity is a useful serum biochemical indicator of certain diseases. Chimpanzees have a higher alkaline phosphatase level than that of humans. The alkaline phosphatase varies with age. It will be important to compare levels of particular isoenzymes to better understand and compare alkaline phosphatase levels between human and chimpanzees and across chimpanzee age categories.

Susan Howell, Kathleen Hoffman, Lyle Bartel, Melanie Schwandt, Joanne Morris, Jo Fritz. Normal hematologic and serum clinical chemistry values for captive chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes) Comparative Medicine August 2003, 414-423.

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