Factor VII

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Coagulation factor VII (serum prothrombin conversion accelerator)
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Anchoring of coagulation factor VIIa to the mebrane through its Gla domain
Symbol(s) F7;
External IDs OMIM: 227500 MGI109325 Homologene7710
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Human Mouse
Entrez 2155 14068
Ensembl ENSG00000057593 ENSMUSG00000031443
Uniprot P08709 Q542C2
Refseq NM_000131 (mRNA)
NP_000122 (protein)
NM_010172 (mRNA)
NP_034302 (protein)
Location Chr 13: 112.81 - 112.82 Mb Chr 8: 13.03 - 13.04 Mb
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [3]

Factor VII (formerly known as proconvertin) is one of the central proteins in the coagulation cascade. It is an enzyme (EC of the serine protease class.


The main role of factor VII (FVII) is to initiate the process of coagulation in conjunction with tissue factor (TF). Tissue factor is found on the outside of blood vessels - normally not exposed to the bloodstream. Upon vessel injury, tissue factor is exposed to the blood and circulating factor VII. Once bound to TF, FVII is activated to FVIIa by different proteases, among which are thrombin (factor IIa), activated factor X and the FVIIa-TF complex itself. The most important substrates for FVIIa-TF are Factor X and Factor IX.

The action of the factor is impeded by tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI), which is released almost immediately after initiation of coagulation. Factor VII is vitamin K dependent; it is produced in the liver. Use of warfarin or similar anticoagulants impairs its function.


The gene for factor VII is located on chromosome 13 (13q34).

Role in disease

Deficiency is rare (congenital proconvertin deficiency) and inherits recessively.

Therapeutic use

Recombinant human factor VIIa (NovoSeven®, eptacog alfa [activated], ATC code B02BD08) has been introduced for use in uncontrollable bleeding in hemophilia patients (with Factor VIII or IX deficiency) who have developed inhibitors against replacement coagulation factor.

It is being increasingly used in uncontrollable hemorrhage.[1] The first report of its use was in an Israeli soldier with uncontrollable bleeding in 1999.[2] The rationale for its use in hemorrhage is, that it will only induce coagulation in those sites where tissue factor (TF) is also present. Still, O'Connell et al report an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and myocardial infarction in association with the use of rhFVIIa.[3]

According to a 2005 study, recombinant human factor VII improves outcomes in acute intracerebral hemorrhage.[4]


  1. Roberts H, Monroe D, White G (2004). "The use of recombinant factor VIIa in the treatment of bleeding disorders". Blood. 104 (13): 3858–64. PMID 15328151. 
  2. Kenet G, Walden R, Eldad A, Martinowitz U (1999). "Treatment of traumatic bleeding with recombinant factor VIIa". Lancet. 354 (9193): 1879. PMID 10584732. 
  3. O'Connell K, Wood J, Wise R, Lozier J, Braun M (2006). "Thromboembolic adverse events after use of recombinant human coagulation factor VIIa". JAMA. 295 (3): 293–8. PMID 16418464. 
  4. Mayer S, Brun N, Begtrup K, Broderick J, Davis S, Diringer M, Skolnick B, Steiner T (2005). "Recombinant activated factor VII for acute intracerebral hemorrhage". N. Engl. J. Med. 352 (8): 777–85. PMID 15728810. 

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Further reading

  • Versteeg HH, Peppelenbosch MP, Spek CA (2002). "The pleiotropic effects of tissue factor: a possible role for factor VIIa-induced intracellular signalling?". Thromb. Haemost. 86 (6): 1353–9. PMID 11776298. 
  • Golino P (2003). "The inhibitors of the tissue factor:factor VII pathway.". Thromb. Res. 106 (3): V257–65. PMID 12356487. 
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