Production and characterization of saratin, an inhibitor of von Willebrand factor-dependent platelet adhesion to collagen.

Abstract

Platelets tether to collagen in both a von Willebrand factor (vWF)-dependent and a vWF-independent manner. We have recently characterized a recombinant protein, saratin, isolated from the saliva of the leech Hirudo medicinalis, expressed it in Hansenula polymorpha, and studied its effect on direct and indirect platelet-collagen interactions. Saratin dose… (More)

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