A tissue plasminogen activator is what?

Fibrinolytic. Tissue plasminogen activator (tpa) is a serine protease (enzyme) that catalyzes the reaction that converts plasminogen to plasmin. Plasmin is responsible for breaking down blood clots by cleaving molecules of fibrin, creating "fibrin degradation products".

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What are the differences between recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and tissue plasminogen activator?

Same aa sequence. tPA and its recombinant version (Activase) are identical with respect to the amino acid sequence. There have been reported some minor differences with respect to glycosylation of the protein, but this is well within the specifications of the cGMP production by the manufacturer. Read more...

Please explain plasminogen activator.?

Clot Buster. Tissue plasminogen activator (tpa (alteplase)) is a chemical that triggers rapid breakdown of blood clots. It is used in stroke patients in an attempt to restore bloodflow to the brain before cells die, but the risk of bleeding makes it safe to use only in very specific circumstances. The most common reason for not qualifying for tpa (alteplase) is not getting to the er quickly enough- don't wait! time is brain! Read more...