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Semin Thromb Hemost. 2006 Feb;32(1):71-6.

Pharmacological inhibition of tissue factor.

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Department of Critical Care Medicine, St. Luc University Hospital, Université Catholigue de Louvan, Brussels, Belgium. laterre@rean.ucl.ac.be

Abstract

Tissue factor plays an essential role in the initiation of coagulation in vivo. In severe conditions, including sepsis and acute lung injury, increased expression of tissue factor may induce disseminated intravascular coagulation and fibrin deposition in organs, which are believed to have a determining impact on patient outcome. Tissue factor also acts as a signaling receptor and is involved in the systemic inflammatory response, as in cancer progression and atherosclerosis. Interventions aiming at limiting tissue factor activities have been evaluated in multiple experimental studies and the observed results have supported the potential benefits for coagulation disorders, inflammation, and survival. The effects of the main physiological inhibitor of tissue factor, tissue factor pathway inhibitor, have been evaluated in two large clinical trials in sepsis. Even though they are not associated with an improved outcome, the observed data support further clinical studies.

PMID:
16479464
DOI:
10.1055/s-2006-933342
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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