Plasmin | Health Dictionary

Also called ?brinolysin, this is an ENZYME that digests the protein FIBRIN. It dissolves blood clots (see COAGULATION) and so is present in the blood in the form of PLASMINOGEN, an inactive precursor.


Plasmin | Health Dictionary

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PLASMINOGEN

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A precursor of PLASMIN, an ENZYME that digests the protein FIBRIN – the main constituent of blood clots (see COAGULATION). When tissue is damaged, activators are released which provoke the conversion of plasminogen into plasmin.... Medical Dictionary

TISSUE PLASMINOGEN ACTIVATOR (TPA, TPA)

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A natural PROTEIN that occurs in the body. It has the property of breaking down a THROMBUS in a blood vessel (see THROMBOLYSIS). It is e?ective only in the presence of FIBRIN and activates plasminogen, which occurs normally on the surface of the ?brin. TPA is an important thrombolytic treatment immediately after a myocardial infarction (see HEART, DISEASES OF).... Medical Dictionary