von Willebrand factor

von Willebrand factor
von Wil·le·brand factor vän-'vil-ə-.bränt- n a protein secreted esp. by endothelial cells that circulates in blood plasma as a large variable aggregation consisting usu. of repeating dimers, that mediates platelet adhesion to collagen in subendothelial tissue at injury sites, that is often found complexed to factor VIII in plasma where it serves to protect it from degradation, and that is deficient or defective in individuals affected with von Willebrand's disease called also VW factor
Willebrand Erik Adolf von (1870-1949)
Finnish physician. He described von Willebrand's disease first in 1926 and again in 1931 in a follow-up article.

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(vWF) a glycoprotein synthesized in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes that circulates complexed to factor VIII (see under coagulation f's); it mediates adhesion of platelets to damaged epithelial surfaces and may participate in platelet aggregation. Deficiency results in the prolonged bleeding time seen in von Willebrand disease. NOTE: this factor was originally considered to be part of factor VIII, so that in older terminology the term factor VIII generally refers to the complex of the two factors.

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