Factor Xa Activation of Factor V is of Paramount Importance in Initiating the Coagulation System: Lessons from a Tick Salivary Protein
Background—Generation of active procoagulant cofactor FVa and its subsequent association with the enzyme FXa to form the prothrombinase complex is a pivotal initial event in blood coagulation and has been the subject of investigative effort, speculation and controversy. The current paradigm assumes that FV activation is initiated by limited proteolysis by traces of (meizo) thrombin.
Methods and Results—Recombinant tick salivary protein TIX-5 was produced and anticoagulant properties were studied using plasma, whole blood and purified systems. Here we report that TIX-5 specifically inhibits FXa-mediated FV activation involving the B-domain of FV and show that FXa activation of FV is pivotal for plasma and blood clotting. In line, tick feeding is impaired on TIX-5 immune rabbits displaying the in vivo importance of TIX-5.
Conclusions—Our data elucidate a unique molecular mechanism by which ticks inhibit the host's coagulation system. Based on our data we propose a revised blood coagulation scheme wherein direct FXa-mediated FV activation occurs in the initiation phase during which thrombin-mediated FV activation is restrained by fibrinogen and inhibitors.
- Received April 12, 2013.
- Accepted May 10, 2013.