Snake venom prothrombin activators homologous to blood coagulation factor Xa.

We have recently determined the complete amino acid sequence of trocarin, a group D prothrombin activator from the venom of Tropidechis carinatus (Australian rough-scaled snake). This proteinase is both functionally and structurally similar to mammalian blood coagulation factor Xa. It shows approximately 70% homology and possesses the characteristic Gla… CONTINUE READING