IMR Press / FBE / Volume 4 / Issue 4 / DOI: 10.2741/e452

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FVIIA as therapeutic agent in hemophilia and beyond

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1 Department of Medicine, Malmo University Hospital, University of Lund, Malmo, Sweden

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Academic Editor: L. Vijaya Mohan Rao

Front. Biosci. (Elite Ed) 2012, 4(4), 1210–1223;
Published: 1 January 2012

Around 20% of the patients with severe hemophilia develop inhibitory antibodies against the factor they lack. In these patients the administration of FVIII/FIXconcentrates are not hemostatically effective. Since FVIIa is not enzymatically active unless complexed with tissue factor (TF) exposed following an injury to the vessel wall, it was considered an attractive candidate for improved treatment of patients with inhibitors. Plasma-derived FVIIa was purified and shown to induce hemostasis in two hemophilia A patients with inhibitors. Later recombinant FVIIa (rFVIIa) was developed and pharmacological doses have an efficacy rate of around 90% in serious bleedings and permit major orthopaedic surgery. These findings were a breakthrough in understanding the FVII-TF pathway in hemostasis. The initially formed FVIIa-TF complexes provide a limited amount of thrombin, activating FVIII, FV, FXI as well as platelets. On the activated platelet surface the full burst of thrombin necessary for generating a firm fibrin hemostatic plug occurs. In case of impaired thrombin generation, loose fibrin plugs easily dissolved are formed. Extra rFVIIa enhances thrombin generation and generates tight fibrin plugs.

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