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Breitenstein, A; Tanner, F C; Lüscher, T F (2010). Tissue factor and cardiovascular disease:Quo Vadis? Circulation Journal, 74(1):3-12.



The coagulation cascade represents a system of proteases responsible to maintain vascular integrity and to induce rapid clot formation after vessel injury. Tissue factor (TF), the key initiator of the coagulation cascade, binds to factor VIIa and thereby activates factor IX and factor X, resulting in thrombus formation. Different stimuli enhance TF gene expression in endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells. In addition to these vascular cells, TF has recently been detected in the bloodstream in circulating cells such as leukocytes and platelets, as a component of microparticles, and as a soluble, alternatively spliced form of TF. Various cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia, increase levels of TF. In line with this observation, enhanced vascular TF expression occurs during atherogenesis, particularly in patients with acute coronary syndromes.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic and Policlinic for Internal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiology
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 09:34
Last Modified:08 Dec 2013 03:46
Publisher:Japanese Circulation Society
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1253/circj.CJ-09-0818
PubMed ID:19996531
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 37
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