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Clin Appl Thromb Hemost. 2011 Oct;17(5):514-8. doi: 10.1177/1076029610375815. Epub 2010 Aug 3.

Polymorphisms and mutations in vWF and ADAMTS13 genes and their correlation with plasma levels of FVIII and vWF in patients with deep venous thrombosis.

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Molecular Biology and Hemostasis Laboratory, Hematology and Hemotherapy Center, Faculty of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil.



Increased levels of factor VIII (FVIII) are a prevalent and independent risk factor for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and are affected by von Willebrand factor (vWF) levels.


ADAMTS13 contributes to vWF levels, and we investigated genetic polymorphisms previously described to be associated with decreased levels of these proteins in 435 patients with DVT (126 M and 309 F; median age 37 years, range 18-68 years) and 580 controls (163 M and 417 F; median age 35 years, range 18-68 years). Subsequently, we investigated the relationship between the genotypes and plasma levels of FVIII, vWF, and DVT risk.


Patients with DVT showed higher plasma levels of FVIII:C, FVIII:Ag, and vWF:Ag (P < .001) when compared to controls. Patients and controls heterozygous for the 4751A>G polymorphism in the vWF gene presented decreased levels of vWF:Ag, FVIII:Ag, and FVIII:C (P < .001), but this was not a protective factor for DVT. Individuals heterozygous for 1852C>G polymorphism in ADAMTS13 gene, which is associated with reduced levels of ADAMTS13, had significantly elevated levels of vWF:Ag (P = .001), FVIII:Ag (P = .01), and FVIII:C (P = .02). However, this polymorphism was not a risk factor for DVT in our study. Heterozygosis for a new polymorphism identified in ADAMTS13 gene, 1787-26G>A, was significantly associated with elevated levels of FVIII:C (P = .02) when compared to wild type.


Despite the tempting assumption that genetic factors that change ADAMTS13 activity might modulate the risk of DVT by altering vWF and FVIII levels, the polymorphisms analyzed in this study did not correlate with DVT risk among patients investigated.

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