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Life Sci. 1989;45(25):2485-9.

Circadian rhythms of blood clotting time and coagulation factors II, VII, IX and X in rats.

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Ecole de Pharmacie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.


The 24-hr variations in clotting times and vitamin K-dependent blood coagulation factors were studied in rats kept on a 12-hr light-dark cycle (light on: 0600-1800 hours). Clotting times were determined under a binocular microscope by measuring the time required for the formation of the first fibrin thread. Factors II, VII and X were analyzed by the prothrombin test while the factor IX was quantified using the activated partial thromboplastin time assay. Results indicated that the clotting times were significantly longer during the dark (activity) period with a peak at 1:00 and a trough at 17:00. Similarly, a variation was found in factor activity levels: prothrombin (II), factor VII and factor X had higher activities during the light span (rest period). The highest activities found at 13:00 and 09:00 were statistically different from the minimum activity levels obtained at 21:00. Factor IX did not show a significant circadian variation.

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