Identification of an inactivating cleavage site for alpha-thrombin on the heavy chain of factor Va.

Previous studies of factor (F)Va inactivation on human umbilical vein endothelial cells have shown that alpha-thrombin cleaves the heavy chain near the COOH-terminus to produce a M(r) 97,000 fragment containing the NH(2)-terminal portion of the heavy chain and a M(r) 8,000 peptide containing the rest of the molecule. The alpha-thrombin cleavage appeared to… CONTINUE READING