cDNA sequences for human von Willebrand factor reveal five types of repeated domains and five possible protein sequence polymorphisms

Biochemistry. 1986 Jun 3;25(11):3164-71. doi: 10.1021/bi00359a014.


A human umbilical vein endothelial cell cDNA library in lambda gt11 was screened with two previously described cDNA inserts for human von Willebrand factor. Among 16 positive isolates, two that hybridized with a probe corresponding to the amino terminus of von Willebrand factor were sequenced. Together, these four cDNA inserts span 6.5 kilobases of the von Willebrand factor mRNA sequence, completely specifying the 2050 amino acids of the subunit of mature, secreted von Willebrand factor and 24 residues of a precursor peptide. Approximately 77% of the sequence is contained in five types of repeated domains. Domain A consists of 193-220 amino acids and is present in three tandem copies between residues 497 and 1111. Domain B contains 25-35 amino acids and is present in three copies between residues 1533 and 1636. Domain C consists of 116-119 amino acids and is duplicated between residues 1637 and 1899. In contrast to the essentially contiguous repetition of domains A-C, the two copies of domains D and E are each separated by 804 and 1383 amino acids, respectively. Domain D1 contains 289 amino acids between residues 79 and 367, while domain D2 consists of 270 amino acids between residues 1171 and 1440. Domain E1 consists of 46 amino acids between residues 25 and 70, and domain E2 consists of 46 amino acids between residues 1453 and 1498. The triplicated A domains are notably poor in Cys content, while the remaining domains are Cys-rich. The A domains appear to be homologous to a 225-residue segment of complement factor B.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Composition
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular*
  • DNA / analysis*
  • Endothelium / metabolism
  • Female
  • Genes*
  • Humans
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Pregnancy
  • Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid
  • Umbilical Veins / metabolism
  • von Willebrand Factor / genetics*


  • von Willebrand Factor
  • DNA

Associated data

  • GENBANK/M10312
  • GENBANK/M10320
  • GENBANK/M10321
  • GENBANK/M12782