PMID: 46759Mar 1, 1975

Neutrophil alkaline phosphatase: comparison of enzymes from normal subjects and patients with polycythemia vera and chronic myelogenous leukemia

D Rosenblum, S J Petzold


To determine whether decreased alkaline phosphatase activity in the granules from neutrophils of patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) was due to an absence of enzyme or the production of defective enzyme, we compared the immunologic properties of granule alkaline phosphatase derived from patients with CML with that of normal subjects and patients with polycythemia vera (PRV). Antisera prepared in rabbits against granule alkaline phosphatase purified from the neutrophils of a patient with PRV produced a single precipitin line of antigenic identity when reacted with extracts of normal, PRV, and CML neutrophil granules. A histochemical stain for alkaline phosphatase activity (alpha-naphthyl acid phosphate coupled with Fast Blue RR) specifically stained the precipitin line. A variety of quantitative precipitin techniques failed to produce satisfactory precipitation of alkaline phosphatase activity. Comparative analyses were therefore performed by affinity chromatography using goat antirabbit-gammaglobulin linked to Sepharose 4B to adsorb alkaline phosphatase complexed with rabbit gamma globulin. With this method, 100% of CML, normal, and PRV alkaline phosphatase could be adsorbed. Using limiting concentrations of antibo...Continue Reading

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