A mutant prothrombin, designated prothrombin Tokushima, was purified from plasma of a proband with 12% of normal plasma clotting activity and 42% of normal prothrombin antigen. The purified preparation gave a single band with the same mobility as that of “prothrombin” by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). The factor Xa-catalyzed proteolysis of prothrombin Tokushima examined by SDS-PAGE was found to be identical to that of “prothrombin.” Subsequently thrombin Tokushima was prepared by CM-Sepharose CL-6B column chromatography after prothrombin activation by factor Xa. The molecular weight of thrombin Tokushima estimated by SDS-PAGE was identical to that of “thrombin.” Thrombin Tokushima exhibited less than 22% of normal clotting activity, and the value of kcat/Km (mumol/L-1 second-1) was less than one tenth of that of “thrombin” when Boc-Val- Pro-Arg-4-methylcoumaryl-7-amide was used as a substrate. However, active site titration using p-nitrophenyl-p′-guanidinobenzoate failed to detect any difference between the two. Thrombin Tokushima was 2.5% as effective as “thrombin” in inducing platelet aggregation. Interaction of thrombin Tokushima with antithrombin III was much slower than “thrombin” when followed by SDS-PAGE. Based on the residual thrombin activity, it was 33% as effective as “thrombin” in forming a complex with antithrombin III. These results indicate that the molecular defect resides in the thrombin portion of prothrombin Tokushima and that the binding sites for various substrates appear to be greatly impaired.
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