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Keywords:

  • ADAMTS13;
  • factor V Leiden;
  • genetic model;
  • hemostasis;
  • mice;
  • von Willebrand factor

Summary.  Most inherited hemostatic disorders exhibit incomplete penetrance and variable expressivity, which can be because of genetic or environmental interactions. This wide phenotypic variability for a given disease can be partly explained by modifier gene interactions. Modifier gene interactions have been described for VWD, TTP and venous thrombosis associated with the factor V Leiden mutation. We have exploited advances in mouse genetics in an effort to identify novel genetic loci that may serve as candidate genetic modifiers for bleeding and thrombosis in humans. We have identified several loci affecting plasma VWF levels and have identified and characterized mouse models of ADAMTS13 deficiency and Factor V Leiden that could be useful for identifying novel genes contributing to thrombosis risk in humans.