Encyclopedia of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

2009 Edition
| Editors: Florian Lang

Fibrinolytic Disorders

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29676-8_636


Fibrinolytic defects; Abnormalities of the fibrinolytic system; Disfibrinolysis

Definition and Characteristics

Congenital or acquired abnormalities of the fibrinolytic system leading to hypo- or hyperfibrinolysis due to impaired activity of plasmin, its inhibitors, or plasminogen (PLG) activators.


Primary genetic disorders of fibrinolysis are uncommon, acquired fibrinolytic disorders are frequent, and secondary to other primary disorders or therapeutic interventions.


PLG coding for the plasminogen, localized or chromosome 6q26-6q27; SERPINF2 – alpha-2-plasmin inhibitor, 17p13; SERPINE1 – plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1, 7q21.3; PLAT – tissue plasminogen activator, 8p12-8p11; PLAU – urokinase-type plasminogen activator, 10q24; CPB2 – carboxypeptidase B2 (plasma) (thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor), 13q14.1; UPAR – plasminogen activator receptor, urokinase-type (urokinase receptor), 19q13.2.

Molecular and Systemic Pathophysiology

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyShemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry RASMoscowRussia