Author(s): Nyberg P, Dahlbck B, Garca de Frutos P, Nyberg P, Dahlbck B, Garca de Frutos P
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Abstract Activated protein C (APC) regulates blood coagulation by degrading factor Va (FVa) and factor VIIIa (FVIIIa). Protein S is a cofactor to APC in the FVa degradation, whereas FVIIIa degradation is potentiated by the synergistic APC-cofactor activity of protein S and factor V (FV). To elucidate the importance of the sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG)-like region in protein S for expression of anticoagulant activity, a recombinant protein S/Gas6 chimera was constructed. It comprised the amino-terminal half of protein S and the SHBG-like region of Gas6, a structurally similar protein having no known anticoagulant properties. The protein S/Gas6 chimera expressed 40-50\%, APC-cofactor activity in plasma as compared to wild-type protein S. In the degradation of FVa by APC, the protein S/Gas6 chimera was only slightly less efficient than wild-type protein S. In contrast, the protein S/Gas6 chimera expressed no FV-dependent APC-cofactor activity in a FVIIIa-degradation system. This demonstrates the SHBG-like region to be important for expression of APC-cofactor activity of protein S and suggests that the SHBG-like region of protein S interacts with FV during the APC-mediated inactivation of FVIIIa.
This article was published in FEBS Lett
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology