Construction and characterization of a chimeric protein consisting of tissue-type plasminogen activator and the epidermal growth factor-like regions of thrombomodulin

M. A. Myers, H. H. Salem, P. Bird

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We have constructed and characterized a chimeric anticoagulant and fibrinolytic protein by inserting the portion of thrombomodulin (TM) carrying protein C (PC) activating cofactor activity into tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA). This was done by replacing the epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like domain of t-PA with the six EGF-like repeats from TM. The 105 kDa chimeric molecule was secreted from transfected COS-7 cells as a single-chain molecule that was recognised by both anti-TM and anti-t-PA antisera. It was shown to have similar PC activating cofactor activity to other soluble derivatives of TM (Km for Protein C of 2.2±0.4 μM), as well as amidolytic and plasminogen activating activity. However, the chimeric protein is not converted to a two chain molecule and is stimulated less by fibrin, due to a lower affinity for lysine. The demonstration that TM activity can be incorporated into a fibrinolytic enzyme is a step towards enhanced fibrinolysis in patients with thrombosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
JournalFibrinolysis and Proteolysis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994

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