Polarity of constitutive and regulated von Willebrand factor secretion by transfected MDCK-II cells.

Von Willebrand factor (vWF), synthesized by endothelial cells, is both rapidly secreted by the constitutive pathway and stored in Weibel-Palade bodies. Secretion from these organelles occurs upon activation of the protein kinase C signal transduction pathway and yields highly multimerized vWF. Highly multimerized vWF acts as a more effective adhesive ligand… (More)