This is the first real insight at an atomic level of how most of the blood-clotting proteins interact with membranes, an interaction that's known to be essential to blood clotting
," Morrissey said.
The thin covering of epithelial cells reduces the risk that a metal stent will trigger blood clotting
, she says.
A mutation in a gene for blood clotting
dramatically increases the risk of heart disease in black but not white Americans, according to results from an ongoing study of more than 15,000 people.
Such ready blood clotting
can trigger strokes and heart attacks.
Aspirin is known to inhibit blood clotting
, so people with a tendency to form clots could take this drug to offset their risk, Goldschmidt says.
He and Zheng propose that vitamin E quinone inhibits carboxylase by binding to the site on the enzyme where vitamin K--which activates the blood clotting