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Molecular mechanism and classification of von Willebrand disease.

Authors
  • Sadler, J E
  • Matsushita, T
  • Dong, Z
  • Tuley, E A
  • Westfield, L A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Thrombosis and haemostasis
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1995
Volume
74
Issue
1
Pages
161–166
Identifiers
PMID: 8578450
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The characterization of mutations in von Willebrand disease provides useful insight into the synthesis, structure, and function of von Willebrand factor. This growing body of information has prompted a reclassification of vWD types that is intended to reflect distinct pathophysiologic mechanisms. Despite this apparent progress, many aspects of vWF biology and pathophysiology remain poorly understood. These include the mechanism by which binding of vWF to platelets is induced at sites of vascular injury, and the factors that influence the likelihood of bleeding symptoms in patients with vWD type 1.

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