Procalcitonin: marker of systemic inflammation; differentiate sepsis from viral infections.

10 Jan, 2019


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Procalcitonin (PCT) is a small protein (~13 kDa) that is synthesized by the C-cells of the thyroid glands. It is considered to be the main marker of disorders that are accompanied by systemic inflammation and sepsis.

PCT is encoded by the CALC-1 gene and it is the precursor of the calcitonin hormone. It is produced from a 141 amino acid long pre-procalcitonin. After removal of the signal peptide (amino acids 1-25), the 116 amino acid long PCT undergoes successive cleavages to form three molecules: N-terminal fragment (N-terminal PCT, 57 amino acid residues (a.a.r.)), calcitonin (32 a.a.r.) and katacalcin (21 a.a.r.).

PCT belongs to a family of related proteins (the CAPA peptides family), which also includes calcitonin, the calcitonin gene-related peptides I and II, amylin and adrenomodulin.

Ordering Information:

Recombinant Human Procalcitonin

Monoclonal Mouse Anti-human Procalcitonin

Polyclonal Anti-Procalcitonin

Monoclonal Mouse Anti-human Calcitonin

Monoclonal Mouse Anti-human Calcitonin, in vitro


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