Cite this page: Antithrombin. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/coagulationantithrombinnormal.html. Accessed October 21st, 2016.
Definition / General
- Formerly called antithrombin III
- Member of serine protease inhibitor (serpin) gene family on #1q23-25
- Functions as anticoagulant by inhibiting activated factors II (thrombin), IX, X, XI, XII, kallikrein, plasmin and probably factor VII (all are serine proteases)
- Activity is accelerated 1000x by interaction with heparin or heparan sulfate (located on endothelial cells)