Journal article

Albumin as a drug: its biological effects beyond volume expansion

Shailesh Bihari, Jonathan Bannard-Smith, Rinaldo Bellomo

Critical care and resuscitation : journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2020


Albumin is the most abundant and perhaps most important protein in human blood. Research has identified many of albumin's possible roles in modulating acid–base balance, modifying inflammation, maintaining vascular endothelial integrity, and binding endogenous and exogenous compounds. Albumin plays a key role in the homeostasis of vascular endothelium, offering protection from inflammation and damage to the glycocalyx. Albumin binds a diverse range of compounds. It transports, delivers and clears drugs, plus it helps with uptake, storage and disposal of potentially harmful biological products. The biological effects of albumin in critical illness are incompletely understood, but may enhance ..

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