Nov 15, 1989

The C-terminal sequences of the gamma 57.5 chain of human fibrinogen constitute a plasmin sensitive epitope that is exposed in crosslinked fibrin

P J HaidarisC W Francis


The gamma chain of human plasma fibrinogen is heterogeneous with three forms differing in length at the C-terminus. Alternative RNA splicing produces two gamma chain mRNAs encoding gamma 50 and gamma 57.5 polypeptides, while fibrinogen gamma 55 is produced by post-translational modification of the gamma 57.5 chain. The composition of purified variant gamma chain fibrinogens, which comprise 10% to 13% total plasma fibrinogen, is predominantly heterodimeric (A alpha, B beta, gamma 50/gamma 55 or A alpha, B beta, gamma 50/gamma 57.5), whereas the composition of purified fibrinogen with the major form of the gamma chain is homodimeric (A alpha, B beta, gamma 50/gamma 50). These gamma chain variations interrupt sequences that mediate platelet-fibrinogen interactions. Therefore, the structure and function of gamma 57.5 C-terminal sequences were investigated using synthetic peptides and a specific monoclonal antibody (MoAb), L2B. The L2B epitope was localized and included gamma 57.5 chain residues 409-412 (Arg-Pro-Glu-His), as determined by differential enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) reactivity with a His-412 deleted synthetic peptide and by Western blot analysis of plasmin cleaved fibrinogen gamma 57.5. L2B had no effect o...Continue Reading

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Monoclonal Antibodies
Fibrin Measurement
Adenosine Diphosphate Measurement
Carboxy-Terminal Amino Acid
Platelet Aggregation Measurement
Post-Translational Protein Processing
Fibrinogen Assay

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