Many of the proteins of vertebrate blood plasma share common ancestry. As more sequences are reported, the network of relationships continues to expand in unexpected directions. Computer analysis now reveals that a minor plasma protein of unknown function, gamma-trace protein, is related to the kininogen family. Some other possible relationships have been uncovered also, including a resemblance between the histidine-rich hinge regions of high molecular weight kininogen and hemopexin and between Factor VIII and Von Willebrand Factor.

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