Inhibition of Factor Xa in Prothrombinase Is Enhanced by Covalent Linkage of Antithrombin to Heparin. Conference Paper uri icon

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  • Abstract The rate of prothrombin to thrombin conversion by factor Xa (Xa) is enhanced when Xa is incorporated into the surface-bound prothrombinase complex. However, in comparison to the free state, Xa within the prothrombinase complex is afforded protection from antithrombin + heparin (AT+H) inactivation. We have shown that, unlike AT+H, a covalent conjugate of AT and H (ATH) can neutralize fibrin-bound thrombin. In this study, AT+H and ATH were compared in their reaction with Xa +/− prothrombinase complex. Mixtures of CaCl2, phospholipid vesicles, factor Va (Va) and prothrombin in TSP buffer, were combined with Xa. Following addition of either AT+H or ATH, time samples were neutralized with Na2EDTA + polybrene + substrate (S-2222) and residual Xa activity measured. Second order rate constants (k2) were calculated from plots of activity versus time. Results were compared to corresponding experiments with Xa alone. AT+H inactivation of Xa in prothrombinase occurred at a k2 (x 107 M−1min−1) of 2.34 +/− 0.09. In contrast, neutralization of free Xa by AT+H was significantly faster (k2 = 8.34 +/− 0.18, p = 0.03). Reaction with ATH showed no significant rate difference for Xa inhibition in either the complexed or free states (18.5 +/− 3.3 and 16.3 +/− 3.7, respectively). Intriguingly, the rates achieved for ATH inhibition of complexed and free Xa were significantly greater than that for AT+H with free Xa (p=0.03 and p=0.02, respectively). We conclude that covalent complexes of AT and H do not encounter resistance in the inhibition of Xa in prothrombinase, as seen for non-covalent AT+H mixtures. Thus, it is possible for ATH to effectively inhibit the propagation phase of thrombin generation and thus dampen thrombin production via neutralization of Xa in prothrombinase.

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  • November 16, 2006

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