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Serum Alkaline Phosphatase

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  1. Serum Alkaline Phosphatase

  2. DESCRIPTION • Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) (EC 3.1.3.1) catalyzes the hydrolysis of phosphate esters in an alkaline environment, resulting in the formation of an organic radical and inorganic phosphate. • Optimum pH of alkaline phosphatase activity is9-10 Orthophosphoric monoester + H2O → alcohol + H3PO4

  3. Enzyme Secretion Sites In humans, alkaline phosphatase is present in all tissues throughout the entire body, but is particularly concentrated in liver, intestine, bone, and the placenta.

  4. Diagnostic use The normal range at 37 °C is • Men (U/l) 80-302 • Women (U/l) 64-302 Physiological Increase: • Growing children and pregnant women. Pathological Increase: • Marked increase in serum ALP levels,, has been associated with biliary obstruction (liver origin). • Also, elevated ALP indicates that there could be active bone deposition occurring as ALP is a by product of osteoblast activity such as the case in rickets and hyperparathyrodism (bone origin).

  5. Some examples of the signs and symptoms suggesting a liver involvement may include: • Weakness, fatigue • Loss of appetite • Nausea, vomiting • Abdominal swelling and/or pain • Jaundice • Dark urine, light colored stool • Itching (pruritus) Some examples of the signs and symptoms suggesting a bone disorder include: • Bone and/or joint pain • Increased frequency of fractures • Deformed bones

  6. Alkaline Phosphatase Assay • The Alkaline Phosphatase Assay method utilizes p-nitrophenyl phosphate that is hydrolyzed by ALP into a yellow colored product (maximal absorbance at 405nm) at 37°C. • The rate of the reaction is directly proportional to the enzyme activity. p-Nitrophenyl phosphate ALP p-nitrophenol +phosphate (yellow) Why Get Tested? To screen for or monitor treatment for a liver or bone disorder. Sample Required? Serum or heparinised plasma.

  7. Common Questions 1.  What other tests are used to evaluate liver disorders? Other commonly used liver tests include more enzymes found in liver cells, such as alanineaminotransferase (ALT) and aspartateaminotransferase (AST). A test for bilirubin, a substance produced by the breakdown of red blood cells and removed from the body by the liver, may also be done. Sometimes these tests are performed together as a liver panel. 2.  What other laboratory tests may be done if I have a bone disorder? Depending on the cause, your condition may be diagnosed and/or monitored using other tests such as calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, or bone markers.