Sep 1, 1974

Structural changes accompanying enzymatic activation of human Hageman factor

The Journal of Clinical Investigation
S D RevakT E Hugli


The structure of Hageman factor, isolated from human plasma, was analyzed before and after enzymatic activation. The purified molecule is a single polypeptide chain of 80,000 molecular weight (mol wt) sedimenting at 4.5S. An amino acid analysis has been performed. The concentration of Hageman factor in normal human plasma was found to be 29 mug/ml with variation between individuals ranging from 15 to 47 mug/ml. Treatment of the molecule with kallikrein, plasmin, or trypsin resulted in cleavage at two primary sites, yielding fragments of 52,000, 40,000, and 28,000 mol wt. No further changes occurred in the fragments with subsequent reduction. Prekallikrein-activating ability was associated exclusively with the 28,000 moiety.

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Human plasma
Chromatography, DEAE-Cellulose
Cytokinesis of the Fertilized Ovum
Electrophoresis, Disc

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