Aug 1, 1996

Explicit constants for the dextran-sulfate-mediated activation and autoactivation of purified human factor XII (Hageman factor)

European Journal of Biochemistry
C LoiseauJ M Nigretto


The autoactivation kinetics of purified factor XII (FXII) in the presence of dextran sulfate of 500000 Da was reexamined assuming the existence of two preceding activation steps. Kinetics were numerically simulated by using rate and equilibrium constants related to surface-bound species. Relevant feature parameters related to the polymer (number of binding sites and concentration, dissociation constant of FXII from the surface) and the zymogen (concentration. Michaelis-Menten constant of the autoactivation reaction, catalytic rate constant) were accordingly introduced in the mechanisms. Depending on the rate-limiting step i.e. whether the polymer or FXII predominates, numerical simulation analysis led to obtain for the observed autoactivation rate constant (kobs) two explicit expressions which included the contributing variables. One of the two proposed models was in good accordance with the experimental data obtained in this study and with others published previously. We were able to estimate the mean number of the FXII-activating sites supported by the polymer chains (220) and the equilibrium dissociation constant of FXII from the surface (1 microM). Further treatment led us to determine surface-concentration-independent cons...Continue Reading

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Dextran Sulfate
Plasma Protein Binding Capacity
Serine Endopeptidases
Dextran Sulfate Sodium
Kobus kob
Factor XII
Enzyme Precursors

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