DiaPharma Human Factor Va

Participation of Factor Va in Prothrombinase

Factor Va Protein

Assembly and expression of the prothrombinase complex is illustrated.  Factor Va, composed of a heavy (VaH) and light (VaL) chain, binds to negatively charged phospholipid membranes and effectively serves as a receptor for membrane bound factor Xa (Xa).  The enzyme complex serves to convert the zymogen prothrombin (II) to the active serine protease thrombin (IIa), in a proteolytic event which removes the fragment 1.2 (F1.2) portion of prothrombin.

50% (vol/vol) glycerol/5 mM CaCl2

>95% by SDS-PAGE

NOT tissue/cell culture grade. Not tested for endotoxin.

Localization: Plasma and membrane surfaces
Mode of action: cofactor for factor Xa in the prothrombinase complex
Molecular weight: 168,000*
Extinction coefficient:
1 %
1 c m, 280 nm
= 17.4
Structure: two subunits, Mr~94,000 (heavy chain) and 74,000 (light chain)
Percent carbohydrate: approximately 8%**

*based upon the combined molecular weight of the subunits
**based upon the calculated molecular weight of human factor Va


Factor Va is a cofactor for the serine protease factor Xa, and in the presence of calcium ions they collectively assemble on a phospholipid surface to form the prothrombinase complex. The prothrombinase complex is responsible for the rapid conversion of prothrombin to thrombin. Factor Va is derived from the pro-cofactor, factor V, upon limited proteolysis by alpha-thrombin. The thrombin cleavage of factor V liberates two heavily glycosylated activation peptides from the central portion of the molecule which have no cofactor function. Factor Va is comprised of an NH2-terminal derived heavy chain (Mr=94,000) and a COOH-terminal derived light chain (Mr=74,000) which remain associated in the presence of calcium ions. The cofactor binds to phospholipid (cell membrane) surfaces and effectively serves as a receptor for membrane bound factor Xa. Complete assembly of the prothrombinase complex (factor Xa, factor Va, phospholipid, and calcium) results in a 300,000-fold increase in the rate of prothrombin conversion relative to the rate observed with factor Xa alone. The interaction between factor Va and factor Xa is mediated by both the heavy and light chain of factor Va, while the binding of prothrombin to factor Va is mediated solely by the heavy chain.

Factor Va is prepared by activating purified factor V with thrombin and is subsequently purified by immunoaffinity chromatography. This process results in cofactor preparations which are free of both activation peptides and thrombin. Purified factor Va is supplied in 50% glycerol (vol/vol), 5.0 mM CaCl2, and should be stored at -20°C. Purity is determined by SDS-PAGE analysis and activity is measured in a factor Va clotting assay.

Gel: Novex 4-12% Bis-Tris

Load: Human Factor Va, 1 µg per lane

Buffer: MOPS

Standard: SeeBluePlus 2; Myosin (191 kDa), Phosphorylase B (97 kDa), BSA (64 kDa), Glutamic Dehydrogenase (51 kDa), Alcohol Dehydrogenase (39 kDa), Carbonic Anhydrase (28 kDa), Myoglobin Red (19 kDa), Lysozyme (14 kDa)

*Factor V is a very labile protein. Some degraded fragments are usually noticeable in preparations.