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Academic Editor: Francis Castellino
Factor VII (FVII), in concert with its natural cofactor and receptor, Tissue Factor (TF), initiates the process of blood coagulation following vascular injury. Mice completely deficient in FVII were generated via specific deletion of exons 2 to 8, thus deleting the entire coding region of the mature protein. In contrast to the early lethality observed in TF-deficient embryos (TF-/-), embryos deficient in FVII (FVII-/-) developed normally, without incidence of hemorrhage. However, FVII-/- neonates succumbed to either early intraabdominal or intracranial hemorrhage in later life.