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Blood. 2010 Sep 9;116(10):1787-94. doi: 10.1182/blood-2009-10-250910. Epub 2010 Jun 1.

Endothelial-derived tissue factor pathway inhibitor regulates arterial thrombosis but is not required for development or hemostasis.

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Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


The antithrombotic surface of endothelium is regulated in a coordinated manner. Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) localized at the endothelial cell surface regulates the production of FXa by inhibiting the TF/VIIa complex. Systemic homozygotic deletion of the first Kunitz (K1) domain of TFPI results in intrauterine lethality in mice. Here we define the cellular sources of TFPI and their role in development, hemostasis, and thrombosis using TFPI conditional knockout mice. We used a Cre-lox strategy and generated mice with a floxed exon 4 (TFPI(Flox)) which encodes for the TFPI-K1 domain. Mice bred into Tie2-Cre and LysM-Cre lines to delete TFPI-K1 in endothelial (TFPI(Tie2)) and myelomonocytic (TFPI(LysM)) cells resulted in viable and fertile offspring. Plasma TFPI activity was reduced in the TFPI(Tie2) (71% ± 0.9%, P < .001) and TFPI(LysM) (19% ± 0.6%, P < .001) compared with TFPI(Flox) littermate controls. Tail and cuticle bleeding were unaffected. However, TFPI(Tie2) mice but not TFPI(LysM) mice had increased ferric chloride-induced arterial thrombosis. Taken together, the data reveal distinct roles for endothelial- and myelomonocytic-derived TFPI.

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