Epitope mapping of the von Willebrand factor subunit distinguishes fragments present in normal and type IIA von Willebrand disease from those generated by plasmin.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A small but consistent proportion of the von Willebrand factor (vWF) in normal plasma is composed of 189, 176, and 140 kD fragments cleaved from the 225 kD subunit. A monoclonal antibody map of vWF, based on the reactivity of individual antibodies with cyanogen bromide and tryptic fragments of known carboxy and/or amino termini, showed that in normal and IIA von Willebrand disease (vWD) plasmas the 140 kD fragment was derived from the amino-terminal region, whereas the 176 kD fragment was derived from the carboxy-terminal region of the subunit. In type IIA vWD, however, the fragments comprised a greater proportion of circulating vWF. In contrast, plasmin cleaved a 176 kD fragment from the amino terminus and a 145 kD fragment from the carboxy terminus of the subunit. Species similar to these plasmin-cleaved fragments were demonstrated in plasmas from four patients treated with fibrinolytic agents, but not in IIA vWD.

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Cited Authors

  • Berkowitz, SD; Dent, J; Roberts, J; Fujimura, Y; Plow, EF; Titani, K; Ruggeri, ZM; Zimmerman, TS

Published Date

  • February 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 79 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 524 - 531

PubMed ID

  • 2433308

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC424117

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9738

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1172/JCI112843


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States