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PLASMA PROTEINS IN TOXEMIAS OF PREGNANCY (A Journal Article Review) Name of Student (author) PSY 256 Professor’s Name: Name of University (affiliation) Date of Submission: Introduction This paper is an article review of a research study conducted by Mack et al.
Results of their study entitled as “Plasma Proteins in Toxemias of Pregnancy” was first published in the prestigious peer-reviewed The Journal of Clinical Investigation on April 2, 1951. Based on their results, it is not very clear yet whether protein deficiency is the real cause of toxemia or if there are still other unidentified and elusive “toxic factors” such as higher tissue requirements for the proteins during pregnancy or interference with the absorption and uptake of protein intake. Their hypothesis was to determine the possible or probable factors of toxemia, and its manifestations in pregnant women, by studying the blood proteins of normal pregnant women and those of pregnant women who suffered mild eclampsia, severe pre-eclampsia, and eclampsia prior to actual delivery. The difficulty in the research study was how to separate various factors which could possibly be contributory to toxemia and eclampsia in some pregnant women while others did not suffer the same symptoms and manifestations. The main method utilized for this blood proteins analysis was electrophoresis, which is the process of using an electric field to look at the motion behavior of dispersed particles within a fluid, depending on their electric charge (if positively- or negatively-charged). ...
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