Anticoagulant activity of tissue factor pathway inhibitor in human plasma is preferentially associated with dense subspecies of LDL and HDL and with Lp(a).
Human plasma contains a multivalent, Kunitz-type proteinase inhibitor termed tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI), which specifically inhibits the action of the factor VII(a)-tissue factor complex in coagulation. In the present study, we examined the distribution and anticoagulant activity of TFPI among plasma lipoprotein subspecies separated by isopycnic density gradient ultracentrifugation; this procedure permitted the simultaneous fractionation of the major lipoprotein classes (very-low-density lipoprotein [VLDL], intermediate-density lipoprotein [IDL], low-density lipoprotein [LDL], high-density lipoprotein [HDL] 2 and 3, and very-high-density lipoprotein [VHDL]). Studies of eight normolipidemic subjects revealed two major lipoprotein carriers of TFPI activity: dense LDL subspecies (d = 1.039 to 1.063 g/mL) and both dense HDL particles and VHDL (d = 1.133 to 1.190 g/mL), representing 33.8% and 35.9%, respectively, of the total lipoprotein-associated TFPI activity in plasma. TFPI activity was also associated with lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a]), whose density distribution (d = 1.044 to 1.100 g/mL) overlapped that of LDL and HDL2; such association was related to Lp(a)'s particle size and phenotype. VLDL, IDL, and LDL1 through LDL3 (d = 1.019 to 1.039 g/mL), HDL2 (d = 1.063 to 1.100 g/mL), and light subfractions of HDL3 (d = 1.100 to 1.167 g/mL) conveyed only 1.8%, 10%, and 18.5%, respectively, of lipoprotein-associated TFPI activity. Such anticoagulant activity was dependent on the presence of TFPI protein. The dense subspecies of HDL3 (d = 1.133 to 1.167 g/mL) with which TFPI was preferentially associated were small, displayed a cholesteryl ester to protein ratio of approximately 0.2, and were deficient in phospholipid (13.6% to 18.3%). HDL subspecies of d = 1.110 to 1.167 g/mL mainly contained the higher relative molecular mass form of TFPI of 41 kD (a form that is known to be covalently associated with apolipoprotein [apo] A-II) and minor bands of the 35- and 52-kD forms. The second major localization of TFPI was within the hydrated density range of small, dense LDL particles (d = 1.033 to 1.063 g/mL), which in comparison with light LDL (d = 1.019 to 1.033 g/mL) exhibited a markedly lower proportion of triglyceride and enrichment in cholesteryl ester.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)
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