Humoral factor that specifically regulates factor X levels in rabbits (coagulopoietin-X)

D. Trauber, K. Hawkins, M. Karpatkin, S. Karpatkin

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A heat-stable humoral substance (coagulopoietin-X) (coag-ulopoietin-X) is present in rabbits partially depleted of Factor X, which is capable of raising Factor X levels when injected into recipient rabbits. Rabbits were partially depleted of Factor X by slow infusion of a globulin fraction of goat anti-rabbit Factor X antibody. This resulted in the reduction of Factor X to 40-50% of normal at 1 hr and 60-70% of normal at 6 hr. No effect was noted on levels of Factors II, V, or VII. Plasma from these animals, when injected into 10 recipients, specifically raised Factor X levels when measured by four different assays: one-stage assay with bovine VII- and X-deficient plasma and Russell's viper venom; one-stage assay with human X-deficient plasma and thromboplastin; chromogenic substrate assay with Russell's viper venom; and an immunologic assay (Laurell technique). No rise was noted in two control experiments in which normal plasma was injected into recipient rabbits from 2 rabbits injected with a globulin fraction of normal goat serum, nor in 12 rabbits injected with plasma from normal rabbits, nor in 5 rabbits injected with boiled plasma from normal rabbits. The rise in biologic activity of 120-150% of base line was significantly greater than the rise in immunologic activity of 114-117% of base line (P <0.05) on 3 different days, suggesting the production of a molecule with greater specific activity rather than increased protein synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1713-1716
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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