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Protein C

The PROC gene encodes a protein which plays an important role in taming blood coagulation, so inactivating mutations bring about a higher risk of intravascular coagulation, increased risk of thrombosis. Protein C deficiency is inherited either autosomal dominant or recessive.


The prevalence of protein C deficiency is 0,2-0,4%. This portion is higher, when patients with venous thrombosis are preselected an goes up to 2 to 13%.

Gene Structure

The gene is abreviated PROC. Its locus is on chromosom 2 (2q13-q14). Size is about 11kb. I consists of 9 exons but only 8 of them are translated.


Homozygous carrier of this mutation are extremely rare. They can be found when a newborn child suffers from some thromboembolic diseases. Heterozygous carriers develop venous Thrombosis. This occurs in 80% before age of 40. Most often the first such event occurs during pregnancy. Necrosi due to therapy with oral anticoagulants are most often in protein C deficiency. Sekundary protein C deficiencies have to be excluded.


The protein product is a vitamin K dependent proteinase. When activated this enzyme (APC) inactivates the active coagulation factors Va and VIIIa and in the same time it increases fibrinolytic activity. Cofactor for these processes is protein S.

Test Strategy

Patient with biochemical evidence of Protein C deficiency when a secondary reason is excluded. Family screening if a family member is a carrier.


The risk of venous thrombosis is elevated for about 7,3 in carriers of protein C mutations.


Clinic Method Carrier testing
Turnaround 5 days
Specimen type genomic DNA
Clinic Method Massive parallel sequencing
Turnaround 25 days
Specimen type genomic DNA
Clinic Method Genomic sequencing of the entire coding region
Turnaround 20 days
Specimen type genomic DNA
Clinic Method Multiplex Ligation-Dependent Probe Amplification
Turnaround 20 days
Specimen type genomic DNA

Related Diseases:

Autosomal dominant protein C deficiency
Autosomal recessive protein C deficiency



Foster DC et al. (1985) The nucleotide sequence of the gene for human protein C.

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None (1998) The anticoagulant potential of the protein C system in hereditary and acquired thrombophilia: pathomechanisms and new tools for assessing its clinical relevance.

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NCBI article

NCBI 5624 external link

OMIM.ORG article

Omim 612283 external link

Orphanet article

Orphanet ID 118030 external link

Wikipedia article

Wikipedia EN (Protein_C) external link
Update: Aug. 14, 2020
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