Initiation of proliferative events by human alpha-thrombin requires both receptor binding and enzymic activity.

To determine the role of thrombin high-affinity receptor occupancy and enzymic activity in thrombin initiation of cell proliferation, we have utilized thrombin derivatives which separate these functions. We previously showed that enzymically active gamma-thrombin stimulates ion fluxes without binding to high-affinity sites, whereas proteolytically inhibited… CONTINUE READING