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Thromb Haemost. 1992 Jan 23;67(1):42-5.

Recombinant tissue factor as substitute for conventional thromboplastin in the prothrombin time test.

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  • 1A. Bianchi Bonomi Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, IRCCS Maggiore Hospital and University, Milano, Italy.


Relipidated recombinant tissue factor (r-TF) has been assessed in comparison with conventional rabbit brain thromboplastin (Manchester Reagent) for its suitability for measurement of prothrombin time (PT). The International Sensitivity Index (ISI) of r-TF calibrated against the International Reference Preparation BCT/253 (human plain) was found to be 0.96 and 1.12 with instrumental and manual techniques. Our study of plasmas from patients with congenital deficiencies of clotting factors covering a wide range of severity demonstrates that r-TF is able to detect even minor deficiencies of factors involved in the extrinsic and common coagulation pathways. Patients with liver diseases were correctly diagnosed with a prevalence of abnormal results comparable for both reagents. Between-assay reproducibility expressed as coefficient of variation was 2.3% and 3.9% at normal and abnormal PT levels. In conclusion, our evaluation shows that relipidated r-TF possesses the necessary requisites of sensitivity, diagnostic accuracy and reproducibility which make it a suitable candidate for PT determination both for monitoring oral anticoagulant therapy and diagnosing congenital and acquired clotting factor deficiencies. Moreover, being a highly defined reagent it may constitute a step forward in the standardization of PT testing.

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