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therapeutics for hemophilia a where we are how we got there and where i think we are going

Therapeutics for Hemophilia A – Where we are, how we got there and where I think we are going*

Roger L. Lundblad, Ph.D.

Consultant in Biotechnology

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

And Adjunct Professor, Department of Pathology,

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

*or Once Upon a Protein (Sir Dauntless the Drab)

conflict of interest
Conflict of Interest
  • I am a former employee/consultant for Baxter Healthcare – Baxter is a leading provider of therapeutic factor VIII
  • I have prior/active consulting relationships with Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Haematologic Technologies, Phoenix Regulatory, GLG consultants, St. Jude, Dade (Siemans), Phage Biotechnology, Cytomedix, and Neurologix – none have an active interest in factor VIII as a biopharmaceutical.
  • I am an author/editor for Taylor & Francis (CRC Press)
  • I am the (unpaid) editor-in-chief for Internet Journal of Genomics and Proteomics
  • I own 11.6 shares of Baxter stock
factor viii as a biopharmaceutical
Factor VIII as a Biopharmaceutical*
  • Factor VIII concentrates together with albumin and IgG concentrates are early examples of biopharmaceuticals* The concepts of parenteral therapy were derived from blood transfusion and the use of these products provided a basis for the development of recombinant DNA-based protein therapeutics.

* There is no such thing as a biopharmaceutical – this is really a marketing term

  • There is really no legal/regulatory definition – see R.A. Rader, What is a biopharmaceutical? Part 1. (Bio)Technology-Based Definitions, Bioprocess International, March, 2005
  • Most definitions would suggest that a biopharmaceutical is a drug “made” by biological/biotechnological processing
biotechnology products
Biotechnology Products
  • Biotechnology is an old technical approach
    • Wine (fermentation product)
    • Beer (fermentation product)
    • Bread (yeast product)
    • Plasma proteins are among the first biotechnology pharmaceutical products
hemophilia a a statement of the problem
Hemophilia A – A Statement of the Problem
  • Congenital Disorder affecting 1 in 10,000 males associated with the absence of factor VIII activity (severe, moderate, mild) – severe is less that 1% factor VIII with major problems – raise level to 5% (moderate) and clinical picture is markedly improved – should treatment be reactive (episodic) or prophylactic?
  • With a world population of 6 billion, there should be some 600,000 individuals with hemophilia A – my best guess is that there are likely 150,000 individuals being treated with high-purity or ultra-high purity products.
  • The dominant cost in the treatment of hemophilia A is the cost of therapeutic product – in the US, this is approximately $100,000 (US)/year – thus, despite a somewhat small consumer base, it is business with a cash flow of approximately 2.0 billion U.S./year – and this is only factor VIII products – does not consider products such as FEIBA™ or NOVOSEVEN™ which are used to treat factor VIII inhibitors
  • Prophylaxis seems to cost more than “on-demand”- there is substantial disagreement regarding value
    • Steen Carlsson, K. et al., Costs of on-demand and prophylactic treatment for severe haemophilia in Norway and Sweden, Haemophilia10, 515-526, 2004
    • Lippert, B. et al., Cost effectiveness of haemophilia treatment: a cross-national assessment, Blood Coag.Fibrin.16, 477-485, 2005
    • Geraghty, S., Practice patterns in haemophilia A therapy-global progress towards optimal care, Haemophilia 12, 73-81, 2006
  • Treatment is unique in the sense that, at present, there are no competing technologies other than replacement therapy unlike other disease conditions such as multiple sclerosis where there are competing technologies; having said that, it should be noted that the hemophiloid disorders make very attractive targets for gene therapy.
    • The downside of this is that there are no “niche” markets for factor VIII products such as exist for some monoclonal antibdies
  • A very active patient support group has been important in product approval and reimbursement issues
hemophilia in 1960 1970
Hemophilia in 1960-1970
  • University of North Carolina Experience
    • 53 hemophilia A patients with 91 bleeding episodes; 13.3 units plasma/episode
    • Roberts, H.R., Graham, J.B., Webster, W.P., and Penick, G.D., Plasma transfusion therapy in hemophlila, in The Hemophilias, ed. K.M.Brinkhous, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, 1964
  • Therapeutics Costs
    • 10 to 20 cents a unit
    • Green, D., Therapeutic materials, in Hemophilia, ed. D.Green, C.C. Thomas, Springfield, IL, USA,. 1972

From Britten, A.F.H., Prophylaxis in hemophilia, Bibl.Haem. 34, 104-110, 1970;

Taken from D. Green in Hemophilia, ed. D. Green. C.C.Thomas, Springfield, IL,


hemophilia 2009
Hemophilia -2009
  • Home Treatment
    • Mondorf W, Siegmund B, Mahnel R, Richter H, Westfeld M, Galler A, Pollmann H. Haemoassist--a hand-held electronic patient diary for haemophilia home care. Haemophilia. 2009 Mar;15(2):464-72.
  • Cryoprecipitate
  • Intermediate purity (1-50 U/mg)
  • High Purity (50-200 U/mg)
  • Ultra High Purity (~5000 U/mg)
  • Cost – $0.25 – $1.88/unit
    • Heemstra HE, Zwaan T, Hemels M, Feldman BM, Blanchette V, Kern M, Einarson TR. Cost of severe haemophilia in Toronto. Haemophilia. 2005 May;11(3):254-60.
    • Meeks SL, Josephson CD. Should hemophilia treaters switch to albumin-free recombinant factor VIII concentrates. Curr Opin Hematol. 2006 Nov;13(6):457-61.
biomarkers for factor viii
Biomarkers for Factor VIII
  • A biomarker is defined as “a characteristic that is objectively measured and evaluated as an indicator of normal biological processes, pathogenic processes, or pharmacological responses to a therapeutic intervention.” Downing, D.O. for the Biomarkers Definitions Working Group, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA, Biomarkers and surrogate endpoints: Preferred definitions and conceptual framework, Clin.Pharmacol.Therapeutics 69, 89-95, 2001. See also DeCaprio, A.P., Introduction to Toxicological Biomarkers, in Toxicological Biomarkers, ed. A.P. DeCaprio, Taylor & Francis, New York, NY, USA, 2006
  • The major biomarker for hemophilia A is the activated partial thromboplastin time
  • Clinical endpoint = stopping of bleeding
assay of factor viii
Assay of Factor VIII
  • Factor VIII is a cofactor (with apologies to hard-core biochemists) for the activation of factor X by factor IXa in a reaction which also requires calcium ions and platelets.
  • The partial thromboplastin time (PTT) (developed in Chapel Hill) is likely the most reliable assay.
  • There are all sorts of chromogenic assays which measure color and may or may not measure factor VIII.
  • The assay is very important since factor VIII is “sold” by the unit
  • Lundblad RL, Kingdon HS, Mann KG, White GC. Issues with the assay of factor VIII activity in plasma and factor VIII concentrates. Thromb Haemost. 2000 Dec;84(6):942-8.
early history of haemophila a
Early History of Haemophila A
  • Reports of excessive bleeding secondary to circumcision in the Babylonian Talmud of 400-500 A.D.
  • See Rosendaal, F.R., Smit, C., and Briet, E., Hemophilia treatment in historical perspective: a review of medical and social developments, Ann.Hematol.62, 5-15, 1991.
development of concept of blood transfusion
Development of Concept of Blood Transfusion
  • Development of transfusion medicine was critical to hemophilia therapy
  • Direct donor to recipient
    • Pope Innocent vii (1406) donors and recipient expired, physician left the country
  • 1628 – William Harvey, Concept of Circulation
  • 1665 – Richard Lower – Blood Transfusion in dogs
  • 1818 – James Blundell – first successful blood transfusion
    • Transfusion is species specific
    • Blood may be transfused directly from vessel to vessel
    • Blood may be passed into an intermediate container and remain for a short period of time before infusion into the recipient
first treatment of haemophilia a
First Treatment of Haemophilia A
  • Lane, S., (1840), Lancet I, 185-188
    • Treatment was reactive to a surgical procedure.
    • Use of Whole blood
    • Blood collected from a donor into a funnel/syringe device
    • 4-6 ounces – 100 – 250 mL
    • Within the scope of the article, the patient recovered and did reasonably well
technology advances required for the use of blood for haemophilia a
Technology Advances Required for the Use of Blood for Haemophilia A
  • J. Braxton Hicks – 1869 – use of sodium phosphate as an anticoagulant – although mechanism not understood. It was not very successful
    • Hicks, J.Braxton, Cases of transfusion with some remarks on a new method of performing the operation, Guys Hospital Reports, Series 3, Volume 14, 1-14, 1869
      • Compared phosphate with whipping to remove fibrine.
      • Transfusion used basin to collect blood and funnels for transfer.
      • Low success rate – use of phosphate was based on the development of salt solutions for infusion.
  • Duncan, J., On re-infusion of blood on primary and other amputations, Brit.Med.J. I, 192, 1886
  • Cotterill, J.M., Severe injury from dynamite, tranfusion of blood, four times, recovery, Brit.Med.J. ii, 630, 1886
technology advances required for the use of blood in the treatment of haemophilia a
Technology Advances Required for the Use of Blood in the Treatment of Haemophilia A
  • The development of anticoagulants for blood
    • As noted by P.L. Mollison in an excellent review, the use of citrate allowed the separation of donor and recipient in space while the use of glucose enabled separation in time.
    • Mollison, P.L., The introduction of citrate as an anticoagulant for transfusion and of glucose as a red cell preservative, Brit.J.Haematol.108, 13-18, 2000.
    • Boulton, F., A hundred years of cascading – started by Paul Morowitz (1879-1936), a pioneer of haemostasis and transfusion, Transfusion Medicine 16, 1-10, 2006.
factor viii therapy 1936 status
Factor VIII Therapy – 1936 Status
  • 1840 – Lane (London) – Successful transfusion of whole blood for hemophilia
  • 1886 – Contrill (Edinburgh)-Phosphate anticoagulant
  • 1900 – Landsteiner - ABO blood grouping
  • 1911 – Addis – Defective prothrombin conversion in hemophilia
  • 1911 – Todd and White – Citrated blood for transfusion
  • 1915 – Ottenberg – Citrated blood for transfusion in hemophilia – correction for several days
  • 1916 – Addis – blood (phosphate) and serum corrected hemophilia for 24 hrs
  • 1916 – Rous and Turner – sucrose and citrate
  • 1936 – Blood bank at Cook County Hospital
nonparenteral therapy for hemophilia
Nonparenteral Therapy for Hemophilia
  • Eley, R.C., Green, A.A., and McKhann, C.F., The use of a blood coagulant extract from the human placenta in the treatment of hemophilia, J.Pediat. 8, 135-147, 1936.
    • Alkaline (pH 8.5) dilute salt extract, pH adjusted to 5, ppt. collected which contained coagulant activity
      • Poorly soluble in pH 7.5 saline
      • Removed by Seitz filtration
      • Activity lost on oxidation, aging, and in the presence of serum
    • Oral administration preceded by fasting
      • Clotting time decreased from greater than an hour to approximately 600 seconds – effect persists for several days
      • Improvement of clinical signs
    • IM injection also showed promise – effect is delayed compared to oral administration
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Nonparenteral Therapy for Hemophilia
  • Bendien, W.M. and van Creveld, S., Investigations on Hemophilia, .J.Dis.Children 54, 713-725, 1937.
    • Globulin(with fibrinogen) with “activity precipitated from plasma (sodium sulfate precipitation); not obtained from serum
    • However, serum does have activity; activity not obtained from hemophilic serum
    • Showed some clinical effect with bovine serum globulin (oral administration)
cohn fractionation
Cohn Fractionation
  • Developed by E.J. Cohn and others at Harvard University in the late 1930’s
  • Major emphasis during WWII
  • Fractionation of plasma by organic solvents, pH, and ionic strength
  • Still forms the basis for most human plasma fractionation
  • Blombäcks developed derivatives of Cohn Fraction I such as I-0
  • Pavlovsky used tannic acid precipitation to prepare derivatives of Cohn Fraction I
early development of plasma protein therapeutics
Early Development of Plasma Protein Therapeutics
  • Dried Plasma – 1941
  • Formalin-stabilized plasma – 1942
  • Products from human placenta - 1952
  • Stable plasma protein fraction (PPF) –1952
  • Cohn Fraction I – 1958
  • Commercial IVIG – 1962 (although there were some studies in the 1940’s
  • Cryoprecipitate – 1963
  • Commercial Factor VIII Preparations-1965
  • Rh IgG – 1968
  • Factor IX Concentrates – 1970 (also inhibitor products)
economic drivers for plasma fractionation
Economic “Drivers” for Plasma Fractionation
  • 1940 – 1960 - Albumin
  • 1960 – 1990 - Factor VIII
  • 1900 – Present - IVIG
  • Recognize that, from the plasma protein perspective, plasma is a little bit like oil – there is a fixed cost for procurement unrelated to process cost/product sales.
development of modern factor viii therapeutics
Development of Modern Factor VIII Therapeutics
  • Despite the advances in chromatography, plasma fractionation was (and for that matter with one exception) is still dominated by precipitation technologies.
  • Chromatography did have an effect on plasma-derived therapeutic products until 1985 and that was immunoaffinity chromatography; immunoaffinity chromatography was developed in 1975 and successful in this context required the production of monoclonal antibodies.
  • Introducing chromatography into a plasma fractionation facility is a disruptive innovation – see Govindarajan, V. and Kopalle, P.K., The Usefulness of Measuring Disruptiveness of Innovations Ex Post in Making Ex Ante Predictions, J.Prod.Innov.Manag. 23, 12-18, 2006.
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Development of Modern Factor VIII Therapeutics
  • Various groups continued to attempt make more effective derivatives of Cohn Fraction I.
    • Jorpes, J.E., Blomback, B.,Blomback, M., and Magnusson, S., A pilot plant for the preparation of a human plasma fraction containing the human antihemophilic factor A (factor VIII) and v. Willebrand’s factor, Acta Med. Scand. Suppl. 379, 7-21, 1962
    • Steinbuch, M., Precipitation methods in plasma fractionation, Vox Sang. 23, 92-106, 1972
    • Newman, J., Johnson, A.J., Karpatkin, M.H., and Puszkin, S., Methods for the production of clinically effective intermediate- and high-purity factor VIII concentrates, Brit.J.Haematol.21, 1-20, 1971
    • Brinkhous, K.M., Wagner, R.H., Roberts, H.R., and Webster, W.P., Use of aliphatic amino acid precipitated antihemophilic factor in therapy of hemophilia, Bibl.Haemtol. 29, 1104-1108, 1968
  • Judith Pool - 1965 – Cryoprecipitate
    • Pool, J.G. and Robinson, J., Observations in plasma banking and transfusion procedures for haemophilic patients using a quantitative assay fo antihemophilic globulin (AHG), Brit.J.Haematol.5. 24-30, 1959.
    • Pool, J.G., Hershgold, E.J, and Pappenhaggen, A.R., High-potency antihemophilic factor concentrate prepared from cryoglobulin precipitate, Nature 203, 312, 1964.
    • Bennett, E., Dormandy, K.M., Churchill, W.G.L., Coward, A.R., Smith, M., and Cleghorn, T.E., Cryoprecipitate and the plastic blood-bag system: Provision of adquequate replacement therapy for routine treatment of haemophilia, Brit.Med.J.2, 88-91, 1967.
    • This enabled every blood bank to produce an effective therapeutic for hemophilia A.
    • It was not possible to scale up the cryoprecipitate step for commercial fractionation, it was possible to include a “cold drop” at the start of the conventional plasma fractionation process as the cryosupernatant fraction could be taken through the Cohn Fractionation process.
    • Still a useful approach (Kasper, C.K., Products for clotting factor replacement in developing countries, Semin.Thromb.Haemost.31, 507-512, 2005)
  • Immunoaffinity Chromatography
    • Pedro Cuatrecasas – 1960’s
    • Livingston, D.M., Immunoaffinity chromatography of proteins, Methods Enzymol.34, 723-731, 1974
    • Application to Factor VIII – 1982 – Baxter and Aventis
  • Recombinant DNA technology
    • Stanford recombinant DNA – Cohen-Boyer patent
      • Hughes, S.S., Making dollars out of DNA. The first major patent in biotechnology and the commercialization of molecular biology, 1974-1980, Isis 92, 541-575, 2001
    • Cutter/Genentech and Baxter/Genetics Institute
factor viii concentrates 1960 1983
Factor VIII Concentrates 1960-1983
  • Kenneth Brinkhous, Harold Roberts, Gilbert White set the standards for hemophilia A care for several decades.
    • Hemophilia dog colony
  • Robert Wagner and colleagues at UNC-CH
    • Amino Acid Precipitation – Method IV Factor VIII
  • Alan Johnson at NYU
    • PEG precipitation
  • Virus Problems
  • Hougie, C., Thrombosis & Bleeding: an era of discovery, Trafford Publications, Victoria, BC, 2004
development of ultrahigh purity concentrates
Development of Ultrahigh Purity Concentrates
  • Drivers for something better than high purity concentrates
    • Product safety –”non-A,non-B hepatitis” –was not solved by heat treatment
    • Fibrinogen overload – German regulatory agency – The circulatory half-life of factor VIII is approximately 14 hours; fibrinogen half-life is 4 days!
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Development of Ultrahigh Purity Concentrates
  • Immunoaffinity Chromatography
    • Isocratic method – best fit to manufacturing
    • Antibodies to factor VIII
    • Antibodies to von Willebrand Factor
    • Concomitant development of solvent/detergent technology at New York Blood Center.
manufacture of monoclonal purified factor viii
Manufacture of Monoclonal-Purified Factor VIII

Frozen Plasma


Cold Precipitate

Fibrinogen and Other Stuff

Thaw at 2-4oC/centrifuge

Supernatant Fraction to Cohn

Supernatant Fraction to

MAB-Affinity step

The highly purified factor VIII preparations no longer are effective for the

treatment of von Willebrand Disease – the high-molecular weight vWF is

found in the cold precipitate.

Aronson (Aronson, D.L. and Chang, P., Ultracentrifugal analysis

of factor VIII and von Willebrand factor in therapeutic preparations,

Vox.Sang.69, 8-13, 1995) suggests that the interaction is complex with data

suggesting while infused factor VIII associated randomly with vWF while material

purified from plasma using vWF affinity is unique

recombinant dna technology and factor viii
Recombinant DNA Technology and Factor VIII


    • Kogenate®
  • Baxter/Genetics Institute
    • Recombinate®
    • Advate®
  • Pharmacia/Wyeth(Genetics Institute)
    • ReFacto® (B-domainless factor VIII)
future directions for factor viii therapeutics
Future Directions for Factor VIII Therapeutics
  • Oldenburg, J., Dolan, G., and Lemm, G., Haemophilia care then, now and in the future, Haemophilia 15 (Suppl 1, 2-7, 2009
    • Life expectancy have moved from 11 years in 1939 to 68 years in 1980
    • Prophylactic use to prevent joint bleeding
    • Delivery of therapy
      • Gene therapy
      • Improved product
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Future Directions for Factor VIII Therapeutics
  • Current market is almost commodity in nature
    • Growth through product enhancement
    • Factor VIII as a biopharmaceutical
  • Growth into developing markets is constrained by infrastructure
  • Market needs
    • Product Safety
    • Product efficacy
    • Therapeutic effect driven by clinical endpoint
    • While a great product requires great science, great science does not make a great product
future directions for hemophilia a therapy delivery
Future Directions for Hemophilia A Therapy Delivery
  • “Cure”
    • Gene Therapy
      • Gene Fixing
      • Gene Augmentation
  • Delivery of current product (avoid venipuncture)
    • Transdermal
    • Oral
    • Pulmonary
    • Nasal
    • Continuous infusion
      • Implantable pumps
    • Formulation issues
    • Stability issues
  • Modified Product (fraught with technical challenges)
    • Engineered
    • Chemically Modified
gene therapy for hemophilia a
Gene Therapy for Hemophilia A
  • Why has this not happened??
    • Incredibly attractive commercial target for “proof of principle” for a technology
    • However, given the above, what is the “bottle?” – Is gene therapy a product or a service?
    • Despite all of our knowledge, we still don’t understand gene expression??
    • Addition cis-factors and trans-factors??
    • Unknown epigenetic factors??
    • Is there a specific cell type such that, for example, you cannot get sustained expression in muscle.
    • Is the expression of factor VIII and von Willebrand Factor linked??
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Gene Therapy for Hemophilia A
  • Linkage of vWF and Factor VIII
    • Fricke, W.A. and Yu, M.Y., Characterization of von Willebrand factor in factor VIII concentrates, Am.J.Hematol.31, 41-45, 1989.
      • Highly purified factor VIII from plasma associated with a small vWF multimer
      • Highly purified factor VIII preparations do not correct von Willebrand disease.
    • Montgomery, R.R. and Gill, J.C., Interactions between von Willebrand factor and Factor VIII: were did they first meet?, J.Pediatr.Hematol.Oncol. 22, 269-275, 2000.
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Gene Therapy for Hemophilia A
  • Co-expression of VIII and vWF required?
  • Need different approach
  • Gene Therapy needs a business model – is it a service, a drug, a combination product – in some ways, has the same business issues as stem cells.
  • Someone will make it work because
    • Great target – clear clinical endpoint and several animal model systems
    • Great “proof-of-principle” such that company does not have to make money off success as it would validate a platform technology for a larger clinical target.
future directions for hemophilia a therapeutics
Future Directions for Hemophilia A Therapeutics
  • Drug Delivery
    • Needle-less delivery (See Prabhu, S., et al., Needles and needleless devices for infusion of anti-hemophilic factor concentrate: impact on protein structure and function, Haemophilia12, 58-61, 2006)
    • Infusion pumps – problems with long-term product stability – if this was easy, it would have happened for insulin.
    • Need a new paradigm for this problem
futur e directions for hemophilia a therapeutics modified proteins
Future Directions for Hemophilia A Therapeutics – Modified Proteins
  • Saenko, E.L. and Pipe, S.W., Strategies towards a longer acting factor VIII, Haemophilia12(suppl. 3), 42-51, 2006
    • PEG Modification (Baxter and Nektar)
      • Kingdon and Lundblad worked on this at UNC in the 1970’s with a total lack of success
      • Modification of lysine with small reagents results in factor VIII inactivation and the one published study on PEG modification does not provide optimism
        • Manning, F., et al., Effects of chemical modification on recombinant factor VIII activity, Thromb.Res. 80, 247-254, 1995
        • Röstin, J., et al., B-domain deleted recombinant coagulation factor VIII modified with monomethoxy polyethylene glycol, Bioconjug.Chem.11, 387-386, 2000
    • PEGylated lipsomes (Bayer/Zilip (Amsterdam)/UC-Davis)
    • Engineering to Improve Stability
      • Pipe (Michigan)
      • Lollar (Emory)
future direction for hemophilia a therapeutics
Future Direction for Hemophilia A Therapeutics
  • Peptide Analogues
    • Approaches based on known contact areas between factor VIII and factor IXa/factor X
      • Lenting, P.J., et al., Ca2+ binding to the first epidermal growth factor-like domain of human blood coagulation factor IX promotes enzyme activity and factor VIII light chain binding, J.Biol.Chem. 271, 25332-25337, 1996
      • Fay, P.J., et al., The A1 and A2 subunits of Factor VIIIa synergistically stimulate factor IXa catalytic activity, J.Biol.Chem.274, 15401-15406, 1999
      • Kolkman, J.A., et al., Regions 301-303 and 333-339 in the catalytic domain of blood coagulation factor IX are factor VIII-interactive sites involved in stimulation of enzyme activity, Biochem.J.339, 217-221, 1999
      • Bajaj, S.P., Factor IXa:Factor VIIIa interaction. Helix 330-338 of factor IXa interacts with residues 558-565 and spatially adjacent regions of the A2 subunit of Factor VIIIa, J.Biol.Chem. 276, 16302-16309, 2001
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Future Direction for Hemophilia A Therapeutics
  • Peptide Analogues
    • Solubility issues
    • 1-5% activity depending on phase of moon, Santa Ana winds, and sense of urgency
    • Not dependent on platelets
    • Not subject to APC control
    • Possibly promoting thrombosis
    • Similarity to poly-lysine effect?
    • Success depend on continuous as opposed to discontinuous site(s)
    • Antibody binding - Scheiflinger F, Dockal M, Rosing J, Kerschbaumer RJ. Enhancement of the enzymatic activity of activated coagulation factor IX by anti-factor IX antibodies. J Thromb Haemost. 2008 Feb;6(2):315-22.
future directions for hemophila a therapeutics
Future Directions for Hemophila A Therapeutics
  • Carbohydrate Modification
    • Is carbohydrate heterogeneity a problem?
  • Carbohydrate Engineering
    • Dwek, R.A. et al., Targeting glycosylation as a therapeutic approach, Nat.Rev.Drug Disc.1, 65-75, 2002
    • Jones, J., Controlling N-linked glycan site occupancy, Biochim.Biophys.Acta 1726,121-137, 2005
some basic questions about factor viii
Some Basic Questions about Factor VIII
  • Why is proteolysis associated with secretion?
  • Why is factor VIII so big?
  • Why is circulatory half-life dependent on von Willebrand factor?
  • Why is half-life so short ?
    • Hours instead of days?
  • Why is there is a free sulfhydryl group?
  • Why is copper bound? – does bound copper have anything to do with the free sulfhydryl group?
  • What is the role of factor VIII in the activation of factor X by factor IXa?
    • Factor IXa as a regulatory protease – what are factors involved in the increase in V?
  • Is binding to platelets unique? Walsh PN, Camp E, Dende D. Different requirements for intrinsic factor-Xa forming activity and platelet factor 3 activity and their relationship to platelet aggregation and secretion. Br J Haematol. 1978 Oct;40(2):311-31.
why is secretion of factor viii associated with proteolysis
Why is secretion of factor VIII associated with proteolysis?
  • Activity (or lack thereof) of single chain material
    • Would single-chain material be a better product?
      • ReFacto™
  • Why is thrombin activation required for normal factor VIII function?
  • Is inactivation by activated protein C necessary?
  • You need the answers to these questions when you consider engineered/modified factor VIII
  • Factor VIII as a thrombotic risk factor
    • Pabinger I, Ay C. Biomarkers and venous thromboembolism. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2009 Mar;29(3):332-6.
extension of half life
Extension of Half-Life
  • Why t½ so short for factor VIII or factor IX or Factor VII?
  • Is the LDL receptor relevant?
free sulfhydryl group
Free Sulfhydryl Group
  • A majority of studies show that factor VIII is “inactivated” by reagents considered “specific” for sulfhydryl groups
  • Some evidence to show activity is enhanced by reducing agents
  • Is sulfhydryl involved in binding copper?
factor ixa as regulatory protease
Factor IXa as Regulatory Protease
  • Regulatory proteases versus digestive proteases
  • Factor IXa is a poor protease in the absence of cofactors
  • Does factor VIII/VIIIa affect factor IXa activity? If so, how?
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Factor IXa as thrombogenic?
  • My gratitude to all of the real enzymologists who have suffered through my explanation of the process of blood coagulation