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Encyclopedia > Activated protein C resistance

Activated protein C resistance is a hemostatic disorder characterized by a poor anticoagulant response to activated protein C (APC). This results in an increased risk of venous thrombosis. An anticoagulant is a substance that prevents coagulation; that is, it stops blood from clotting. ... Protein C is a major physiological anticoagulant. ... A venous thrombosis is a blood clot that forms within a vein. ...

Activated protein C (with protein S as a cofactor) degrades Factor Va and Factor VIIIa. Activated protein C resistance is the inability of protein C to cleave factors V and/or VIII. This may be hereditary or acquired. The best known and most common hereditary form is Factor V Leiden. Acquired forms occur in the presence of elevated Factor VIII concentrations. Factor V is a protein of the coagulation system, rarely referred to as proaccelerin or labile factor. ... <<a href=b class=external free title=b>b>Factor VIII</<a href=b class=external free title=b>b> (FVIII) is an essential [clot]ting factor. ... Factor V Leiden (sometimes Factor VLeiden) is a hypercoagulability disorder in which Factor V, one of the coagulation factors, cannot be deactivated. ...

In most cases, APC resistance is associated with a single missense mutation in the gene for coagulation factor V (FV (Leiden)). It has been estimated that up to 64% of patients with venous thromboembolism might have activated protein C resistance.


  • Nicolaes GA, Dahlback B (2003). Congenital and acquired activated protein C resistance. Semin Vasc Med 3 (1): 33-46. PMID 15199491
  • Dahlback B (2003). The discovery of activated protein C resistance. J Thromb Haemost 1 (1): 3-9. PMID 12871530
  • Sheppard DR (2000). Activated protein C resistance: the most common risk factor for venous thromboembolism. J Am Board Fam Pract 13 (2): 111-5. PMID 10764192

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