Ionic modulation of the effects of heparin on plasminogen activation by tissue plasminogen activator: the effects of ionic strength, divalent cations, and chloride.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Ionic strength, divalent cations, and Cl- modulate the ability of the glycosaminoglycan heparin to stimulate the activation of human plasminogen (Pg) by tissue-type Pg activator. Kinetic analysis of Pg activation indicates that heparin is inhibitory, stimulatory, or nonstimulatory as a function of ionic strength. While increasing ionic strength inhibits Pg activation in the absence of heparin, in it presence an activation phase followed by an inhibitory phase is observed. Divalent cations, inhibitors of activation in the absence of heparin, increase the rate of activation in its presence. Kinetic analysis demonstrates that divalent cations augment the heparin stimulatory effect a maximum of 60-fold due to increases in kcat without changes in Km of the reaction. This effect is heparin-specific, since activation is not affected by Ca2+ in the presence of heparan sulfate or de-N-sulfated heparin. Also, Cl- inhibits Pg activation in the presence of heparin by acting as a competitive inhibitor (Kic of 100 mM). Furthermore, inhibition by Cl- reduces the overall magnitude of heparin stimulation of Pg activation. These results suggest that physiologic ions in combination with heparin may be significant effectors of Pg activation in the vascular microenvironment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Young, TN; Edelberg, JM; Stack, S; Pizzo, SV

Published Date

  • August 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 296 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 530 - 538

PubMed ID

  • 1385938

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9861

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0003-9861(92)90607-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States