Biochemistry (Moscow)

, 76:1155 | Cite as

Self-assembly of soluble unlinked and cross-linked fibrin oligomers

  • M. A. RosenfeldEmail author
  • V. B. Leonova
  • M. I. Biryukova
  • M. V. Vasileva


Self-assembly of soluble unlinked and cross-linked fibrin oligomers formed from desA-fibrin monomer under the influence of factor XIIIa was studied in the presence of non-denaturing urea concentrations. By methods of elastic and dynamic light scattering combined with analytical ultracentrifugation, desA-fibrin oligomers formed in both the presence and absence of the factor XIIIa were shown to be ensembles consisting of soluble rod-like double-stranded protofibrils with diverse weight and size. Unlinked and cross-linked soluble double-stranded protofibrils can reach the length of 350–450 nm. The structure of soluble covalently-linked protofibrils is stabilized by isopeptide γ-dimers. Electrophoretic data indicate a complete absence of isopeptide bonds between α-chains of desA-fibrin molecules. The molecular mechanism of formation of soluble rod-like fibrin structures and specific features of its covalent stabilization under the influence of factor XIIIa are discussed.

Key words

soluble fibrin double-stranded protofibrils factor XIIIa γ-dimers α-polymers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Rosenfeld
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. B. Leonova
    • 1
  • M. I. Biryukova
    • 1
  • M. V. Vasileva
    • 1
  1. 1.Emanuel Institute of Biochemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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