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PubMed Search: beta-2-microglobulin[title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Pernick N. Beta-2-microglobulin. website. Accessed August 15th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Forms light chain of HLA molecule
  • Present on surface of all nucleated cells
  • Increased levels in multiple myeloma
  • Beta 2 microglobulin amyloidosis is related to renal dialysis, increasing with duration of therapy and patient age
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