Stimulation of fibrinogen biosynthesis by fibrinogen fragments D and E

William R. Bell, Craig M. Kessler, R. R. Townsend

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Summary. Infusions of either fibrinogen fragment D or fibrinogen fragment E into rabbits were followed by increases in fibrinogen synthesis determined by the rate of incorporation of 75Se‐selenomethionine into circulating fibrinogen. The degree of stimulation was proportional to the amount of protein infused. When 4.5 mg of each fibrinogen fragment was administered separately to different groups of animals, fibrinogen fragment D was associated with a fourfold increase in fibrinogen synthesis above that in the control animals compared with 1‐5‐fold increase induced by fragment E. Fragments D and E were assayed for bound sialic acid, the absence of which facilitates binding, transport and catabolism of many circulating glycoproteins by the liver. Fibrinogen fragment D contained 1–3% sialic acid compared to 1–4% in fragment E. These data indicate conservation of sialic acid during plasmic digestion of fibrinogen. The capacity of these glycopolypeptide fragments to stimulate fibrinogen synthesis appears unrelated to the nearly identical quantities of N‐acetyl neuraminic acid found in each fragment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-610
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1983


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