von Willebrand factor (VWF) has two major roles in hemostasis, as a form of molecular glue which functions in platelet plug formation and as a protective transporter for coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). VWF shows a multimeric chain structure composed of 270 kDa subunits containing binding domains for FVIII, platelet and collagens. Biosynthesis, storage, secretion of VWF and the cleavage process by ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin-like and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type 1 repeats 13) regulating VWF activity have been elucidated. von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an autosomal bleeding disorder, first documented in 1926, caused by quantitative or qualitative deficiency of VWF. The classification and molecular pathogenesis of VWD have been developed during a 90-year period based on clinical laboratory analysis of VWF, and structure-function analysis of mutant VWF with amino acid substitutions (genetic changes). VWF is a unique and very large multifunctional plasma protein, the hemostatic activity of which is dynamically regulated by physiological shear stress in the blood stream.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||[Rinsho ketsueki] The Japanese journal of clinical hematology|
|Publication status||Published - 01-01-2016|
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