Role of Thrombin Activatable Fibrinolysis Inhibitor in Endocrine and Cardiovascular Disorders: An Update

Author(s): Baris Akinci

Journal Name: Recent Patents on Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Drug Discovery
Continued as New Advances on Endocrine Metabolic and Immune Diseases

Volume 6 , Issue 3 , 2012


Thrombin activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI) is a zymogene that potently inhibits fibrinolysis through the removal of the carboxy-terminal lysine and arginine residues from partially degraded fibrin polymers. In addition, TAFI has a suppressor effect on conversion of inactive plasminogen to plasmin. Since impaired fibrinolysis is a very well established risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, understanding the role of TAFI in cardiovascular disorders, insulin resistance, diabetes and other endocrine problems may hold promise for improving management of these diseases. This paper includes a review of current evidence on TAFI pathway and its alteration in endocrine and cardiovascular disorders and relevant patents.

Keywords: Coronary artery disease, diabetes, estrogen, stroke, TAFI, thyroid dysfunction.

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Year: 2012
Published on: 07 August, 2012
Page: [210 - 217]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/187221412802481748
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