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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Transient kinetics of heparin-catalyzed protease inactivation by antithrombin III. Characterization of assembly, product formation, and heparin dissociation steps in the factor Xa reaction.

The kinetics of alpha-factor Xa inhibition by antithrombin III (AT) were studied in the absence and presence of heparin (H) with high affinity for antithrombin by stopped-flow fluorometry at I 0.3, pH 7.4 and 25 degrees C, using the fluorescence probe p-aminobenzamidine (P) and intrinsic protein fluorescence to monitor the reactions. Active site binding of p-aminobenzamidine to factor Xa was characterized by a 200-fold enhancement and 4-nm blue shift of the probe fluorescence emission spectrum (lambda max 372 nm), 29-nm red shift of the excitation spectrum (lambda max 322 nm), and dissociation constant (KD) of about 80 microM. Under pseudo-first order conditions [( AT]0, [H]0, [P]0 much greater than [Xa]0), the observed factor Xa inactivation rate constant (kobs) measured by p-aminobenzamidine displacement or residual enzymatic activity increased linearly with the "effective" antithrombin concentration (i.e. corrected for probe competition) up to 300 microM in the absence of heparin, indicating a simple bimolecular process with a rate constant of 2.1 x 10(3) M-1 s-1. In the presence of heparin, a similar linear dependence of kobs on effective AT.H complex concentration was found up to 25 microM whether the reaction was followed by probe displacement or the quenching of AT.H complex protein fluorescence due to heparin dissociation, consistent with a bimolecular reaction between AT.H complex and free factor Xa with a 300-fold enhanced rate constant of 7 x 10(5) M-1 s-1. Above 25 microM AT.H complex, an increasing dead time displacement of p-aminobenzamidine and a downward deviation of kobs from the initial linear dependence on AT.H complex concentration were found, reflecting the saturation of an intermediate Xa.AT.H complex with a KD of 200 microM and a limiting rate of Xa-AT product complex formation of 140 s-1. Kinetic studies at catalytic heparin concentrations yielded a kcat/Km for factor Xa at saturating antithrombin of 7 x 10(5) M-1 s-1 in agreement with the bimolecular rate constant obtained in single heparin turnover experiments. These results demonstrate that 1) the accelerating effect of heparin on the AT/Xa reaction is at least partly due to heparin promoting the ordered assembly of antithrombin and factor Xa in an intermediate ternary complex and that 2) heparin catalytic turnover is limited by the rate of conversion of the ternary complex intermediate to the product Xa-AT complex with heparin dissociation occurring either concomitant with this step or in a subsequent faster step.[1]


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