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Autopsies on two native American Mummies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6998302     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An interdisciplinary team performed autopsies on an adult male and an infant male mummy from the American Southwest. Cause of death has not been determined for the infant. The presence of an unhealed skull fracture associated with an apparent hematoma in the adult male is suggestive of trauma as the cause of death in the adult. Evidence of disease is minimal. Analysis of powder thought to be dried blood from the thoracic cavity of the adult suggests the presence of human IgG. The instability of this protein may indicate the presence of proteolytic activity by enzymes that degrade immunoglobulins upon rehydration. The possibility of enzymatic degradation of proteins will be an important factor in future studies of such immunoglobulins in mummy remains and also indicates the importance of maintaining the desiccated condition of mummy tissues.
M Y El-Najjar; J Benitez; G Fry; G E Lynn; D J Ortner; T A Reyman; P A Small
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical anthropology     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0002-9483     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Phys. Anthropol.     Publication Date:  1980 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-11-20     Completed Date:  1980-11-20     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400654     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Anthropol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  197-202     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Enterobius / isolation & purification
Feces / parasitology
Hair / analysis
Hematoma / pathology
History, Ancient
Immunoglobulin G / analysis
Indians, North American*
Mites / isolation & purification
Skull Fractures / pathology
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Reg. No./Substance:
0/Immunoglobulin G

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