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Role of plasmin in the degradation of the stroma-derived fibrin in human ovarian carcinoma.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the type of enzymes involved in tumor-associated fibrinolysis of the stroma component fibrin in ovarian cancer patients. For this purpose, the high-molecular-mass fibrin degradation products (HMM-XDP) were isolated from malignant ascitic fluid by protamine sulfate precipitation and further purified by gel filtration and acid precipitation. After reduction with 2-mercaptoethanol, the peptide chain components were separated by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). The nature of these components was elucidated by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and N-terminal amino acid sequence analysis and compared with fibrin-derived fragments formed in vitro. The results indicate that plasmin is the essential protease involved in the degradation of the stroma-derived fibrin portion found in ovarian cancer ascites.[1]


  1. Role of plasmin in the degradation of the stroma-derived fibrin in human ovarian carcinoma. Wilhelm, O., Hafter, R., Henschen, A., Schmitt, M., Graeff, H. Blood (1990) [Pubmed]
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