Marie Claire Boffa

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The protein C anticoagulant system is mediated by thrombin and is highly accelerated by thrombomodulin. We studied the distribution of thrombomodulin antigen (TM Ag) in the rabbit using an affinity-purified antibody raised in a goat against rabbit thrombomodulin. The preservation of TM Ag was highly dependent on immediate fixation of the surface on which it(More)
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a serious complication that occurs in approximately 1-5% of patients treated with heparin and may be associated with severe thrombotic events. HIT is mediated by antibodies directed mostly to epitope(s) formed by complexes between heparin or other anionic mucopolysaccharides and platelet factor 4 (PF4).(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the risk factors associated with pregnancy failure in patients with APS treated with conventional therapy. METHODS A multicentre, case-control study was conducted to compare APS patients with successful and unsuccessful pregnancy outcomes. We retrospectively considered 410 pregnancies of women diagnosed with primary APS. The study(More)
Thrombomodulin isolated from rabbit lung was separated by ion-exchange chromatography on DEAE-cellulose into a retarded (acidic) and a nonretarded (nonacidic) fraction. Both fractions contained the cofactor required for the activation of protein C. In addition, the acidic fraction (but not the nonacidic fraction) prevented the clotting of fibrinogen by(More)
The interaction of snake venom phospholipases A2 with phospholipids has been studied by intrinsic fluorescence. This has been performed in order to understand why some enzymes possess anticoagulant properties while others have no action on blood clotting. We show that phospholipases A2 can be distinguished according to their binding properties to(More)
Two-hundred ninety five patients with the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) were studied for the presence of antibodies against six anti-β2GPI-related peptides Abs. The prevalence of a wide spectrum of clinical and laboratory parameters of APS was evaluated in all patients, and correlated with the presence of each anti-β2GPI peptide antibody. The rates of the(More)
Thrombomodulin (TM) is the endothelial cofactor of the anticoagulant protein C system. The distribution of TM in the organism was studied in the rabbit using a goat anti TM, affinity-purified antibody and a peroxidase-labelled antigoat immunoglobulin. TM antigen was found on the endothelial surface of all blood vessels: capillaries, arteries and veins. The(More)
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