Author(s): Gabriel DA, Muga K, Boothroyd EM, Gabriel DA, Muga K, Boothroyd EM, Gabriel DA, Muga K, Boothroyd EM, Gabriel DA, Muga K, Boothroyd EM
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Abstract Fibrin structure contributes to the regulation of the fibrinolytic rate. As the fibrin fiber size is decreased, the fibrinolytic rate also decreases. Fibrin structure was altered by either changing the ratio of thrombin to fibrinogen, i.e. altering the assembly rate or by adding a fibrin assembly inhibitor, iopamidol. Changes in the fibrinolytic rate were followed by measuring the time dependence of the decrease in the fiber mass/length ratio during fibrinolysis. A measure of the overall fibrinolytic rate was determined from the decrease in the mass/length ratio versus time. An 8-fold reduction in the fibrinolytic rate was seen on decreasing the mass/length ratio from 2.7 x 10(12) daltons/cm to 0.5 x 10(12) daltons/cm. It is shown that thin fibrin fibers have a decreased rate of conversion of plasminogen to plasmin by tissue plasminogen activator and that thin fibrin fibers are lysed more slowly than thick fibrin fibers.
This article was published in J Biol Chem
and referenced in Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy