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IVD Test Reagent/Kits, Immunoassay, Endocrine Hormone, Catecholamine

Definition : Immunoassay reagents intended to perform qualitative and/or quantitative analyses of a sample of body fluids (typically serum or urine) to determine one or more of a group of hormones that consist of biogenic amines attached to a benzene ring bearing two hydroxyl groups (i.e., catecholamines). Catecholamines are mostly produced in the brain, the chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla, and the sympathetic neurons. The main catecholamines are epinephrine, norepinephrine (also known as adrenalin and noradrenalin, respectively), and dopamine. Increased levels of catecholamines (most serum and urinary assays measure active, free catecholamines) are associated with thyroid hormone deficiency, low blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and arrhythmias; low levels are associated with idiopathic postural hypotension. Measurements of catecholamines and their metabolites are also used for the diagnosis of catecholamine-secreting tumors.

Entry Terms : "Catecholamine Determination Reagents" , "Biogenic Amine Determination Reagents+B1178" , "Reagents, Immunoassay, Endocrine Hormone, Catecholamine"

UMDC code : 19135

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ALPCO Diagnostics

Company Type: Parent

ALPCO distributed one product in the United States. Within a decade of its founding, ALPCO partnered with more than 40 manufactures and grew its distribution network throughout North America. To further meet the needs of its customers, ALPCO expanded in 2004 with the advent of its Research and Development Division. Within three years, ALPCO launched its first line of organically developed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits for insulin. Since then, ALPCO has solidified its place in the domestic and international markets not only as a distributor, but also as a developer and manufacturer of immunoassays.

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