Two separable steps in the development of platelet prothrombin-converting activity.

Platelets catalyze conversion of prothrombin to thrombin in the presence of coagulation Factors Va and Xa. Bovine Factor Va was found to bind to human and bovine platelets washed by centrifugal pelleting. Factor Va was bound to sites varying in affinities but only those sites saturated at approximately 1 mM are active. Platelets in citrate or benzamidine… (More)