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Hindered dissolution of fibrin formed under mechanical stress


Varju, I and Sotonyi, P and Machovich, R and Szabo, L and Tenekedjiev, KI and Silva, MMCG and Longstaff, C and Kolev, K, Hindered dissolution of fibrin formed under mechanical stress, Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 9 pp. 979-986. ISSN 1538-7836 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1538-7836.2011.04203.x


Background: Recent data indicate that stretching forces cause a dramatic decrease in clot volume accompanied by gross conformational changes of fibrin structure.

Objective: The present study attempts to characterize the lytic susceptibility of fibrin exposed to mechanical stress as a model for fibrin structures observed in vivo.

Methods and results: The relevance of stretched fibrin models was substantiated by scanning electron microscopic (SEM) evaluation of human thrombi removed during surgery, where surface fibrin fibers were observed to be oriented in the direction of shear forces, whereas interior fibers formed a random spatial meshwork. These structural variations were modeled in vitro with fibrin exposed to adjustable mechanical stress. After two‐ and three‐fold longitudinal stretching (2  S, 3  S) the median fiber diameter and pore area in SEM images of fibrin decreased two‐ to three‐fold. Application of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to the surface of model clots, which contained plasminogen, resulted in plasmin generation which was measured in the fluid phase. After 30‐min activation 12.6  0.46 pmol mm−2 plasmin was released from the non‐stretched clot (NS), 5.5  1.11 pmol mm−2 from 2  S and 2.3  0.36 pmol mm−2 from 3  S clot and this hampered plasmin generation was accompanied by decreased release of fibrin degradation products from stretched fibrins. Confocal microscopic images showed that a green fluorescent protein‐fusion variant of tPA accumulated in the superficial layer of NS, but not in stretched fibrin. Conclusion: Mechanical stress confers proteolytic resistance to fibrin, which is a result of impaired plasminogen activation coupled to lower plasmin sensitivity of the denser fibrin network.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fibrin dissolution
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Artificial intelligence
Research Field:Modelling and simulation
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
UTAS Author:Tenekedjiev, KI (Professor Kiril Tenekedjiev)
ID Code:127961
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:70
Deposited By:Governance Office
Deposited On:2018-08-26
Last Modified:2018-09-19

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