Major basic protein binding to thrombomodulin potentially contributes to the thrombosis in patients with eosinophilia

Br J Haematol. 1995 Aug;90(4):892-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2141.1995.tb05211.x.


The contribution of an eosinophil granule protein, major basic protein (MBP), to the pathogenesis of thrombosis seen in patients with eosinophilia was investigated. The sera from eosinophilic patients containing elevated levels of MBP inhibited thrombomodulin (TM) function as a cofactor for the thrombin-catalysed activation of protein C more significantly than those from normal individuals (means 48.5% v 17.4%, respectively). It was suggested that the binding of mature MBP in the sera to TM was electrostatic, because mature MBP (pI 10.9) bound to TM, whereas pro-MBP (pI 6.2) did not. The inhibition of TM cofactor activity by eosinophil granule proteins was mainly attributed to the mature MBP, because MBP-depleted eosinophil granule proteins did not inhibit TM cofactor activity significantly. This inhibition seemed to be due to the specific thrombin-binding to TM being blocked. We concluded that eosinophil granule proteins, particularly MBP, potentially contribute to the hypercoagulation seen in some conditions of eosinophilia, at least because of the inhibition of TM function as a cofactor of the anticoagulation system.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Proteins / metabolism*
  • Eosinophil Granule Proteins
  • Eosinophilia / complications*
  • Eosinophilia / metabolism
  • Eosinophils / metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Protein Binding
  • Ribonucleases*
  • Thrombin / metabolism
  • Thrombomodulin / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Thrombomodulin / metabolism*
  • Thrombosis / etiology*
  • Thrombosis / metabolism


  • Blood Proteins
  • Eosinophil Granule Proteins
  • Thrombomodulin
  • Ribonucleases
  • Thrombin