Lipoprotein-Associated Coagulation Inhibitor (LACI) is a factor Xa dependent inhibitor of the factor VII(a)/Tissue Factor catalytic complex. Deduced from partial cDNA sequence, LACI's amino acid sequence has recently been reported. Northern blot analysis showed LACI cDNA hybridizes to RNAs of 1.4 and 4.0 kb in size. To complete the characterization of the LACI message(s), overlapping LACI cDNAs were isolated from a human endothelial cell library. Sequence analysis revealed the clones' inserts span 4023 bases of sequence, consisting of 381 bases of 5' untranslated sequence, an open reading frame of 912 bases, 2682 bases of 3' untranslated sequence and 48 bases of poly(A) sequence. In addition, a short 1.4 kb insert which encodes for LACI was found to contain 49 bases of 3' untranslated sequence and a 3' poly(A) tail. The 1.4 kb of sequence is contained in the 4.0 kb sequence, except for 14 bases of 5' sequence, suggesting that the LACI messages arise by the use of alternative termination and polyadenylation signals during processing. Northern blot analysis of RNA isolated from cells treated with actinomycin D showed both RNA species appear to be relatively stable. Using a bovine papilloma virus vector, LACI cDNA was transfected into mouse C127 fibroblasts. The recombinant LACI is recognized by polyclonal anti-LACI IgG, binds to factor Xa and inhibits VII(a)/Tissue Factor activity in a similar fashion as LACI purified from HepG2 cell conditioned media.
- Lipoprotein-Associated Coagulation Inhibitor
- Tissue Factor