Familial overexpression of β antithrombin caused by an Asn135Thr substitution

T. A. Bayston, A. Tripodi, P. M. Mannucci, E. Thompson, H. Ireland, A. C. Fitches, L. Hananeia, R. J. Olds, D. A. Lane

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We have investigated the basis of antithrombin deficiency in an asymptomatic individual (and family) with borderline levels (≃70% antigen and activity) of antithrombin. Direct sequencing of amplified DNA showed a mutation in codon 135, AAC to ACC, predicting a heterozygous Asn135Thr substitution. This substitution alters the predicted consensus sequence for glycosylation, Asn-X-Ser, adjacent to the heparin interaction site of antithrombin. The antithrombin isolated from plasma of the proband by heparin-Sepharose chromatography contained amounts of β antithrombin (the very high affinity fraction) greatly increased (≃20% to 30% of total) above the trace levels found in normals. Expression of the residue 135 variant in both a cell-free system and COS-7 cells confirmed altered glycosylation arising as a consequence of the mutation. Wild-type and variant protein were translated and exported from COS-7 cells with apparently equal efficiency, in contrast to the reduced level of variant observed in plasma of the affected individual. This case represents a novel cause of antithrombin deficiency, removal of glycosylation concensus sequence, and highlights the potentially important role of β antithrombin in regulating coagulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4242-4247
Number of pages6
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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