Evaluation of Clot Stability Induced by Solulin: Evaluation of New Solulin Mutants Lacking Protein C Activation Capacity

2016-09-22 20:53:29 | BioPortfolio


Hemophilia A is a rare X chromosome-linked recessive bleeding disorder that concerns one individual in 5000. In its severe form, hemophilia A is a life-threatening, crippling hemorrhagic disease. The treatment of bleeding episodes in hemophilia A patients involves the administration of exogenous human FVIII to restore normal hemostasis. The main complication of the substitutive treatment of hemophilia A is the development, in 15 to 30% of the cases, of anti-FVIII antibodies (FVIII inhibitors) that neutralize the pro-coagulant activity of therapeutically administered FVIII. In 2003, the average annual cost of care for a patient with hemophilia A was evaluated to be equal to 63,000 euros (2), which, in France (6000 patients), represents an annual budget of 378 million euros.

In order to reduce the cost of treatment and to bypass this complication, different therapeutic strategies (new products or adjunctive therapeutic options) have been explored, including platelet infusion, tranexamic acid, amino caproic acid, molecules that block tissue factor pathway inhibitor, combination of phospholipid -Factor Xa- Factor XIII and antibodies directed to the Tissue Factor Inhibitor Pathway (TFPI). Recently, Soluble thrombomodulin (Solulin) have been developed. This molecule may be used to partially correct the premature lysis defect in Factor VIII deficient plasma through an activated TAFI - dependent mechanism.

With a long half-life (15- to 30-hour) and effective dose range estimated to range from the sub-nanomolar to approximately 40nM, Solulin could potentially be administered on a weekly basis and provide the basis for a factor-sparing regime that would cut costs and make therapy more widely available. However, before proceeding to advanced trials, safety concerns stemming from the anticoagulant properties of Solulin must be addressed. The development of Solulin mutants lacking protein C activation capacity would make this concern redundant. At the same time, such mutant molecules are likely to possess an effective dose range.

Our project is to compare the behavior of recombinant Solulin and mutants of Solulin lacking protein C activation capacity with respect to their ability to stabilize fibrin clots in whole blood of humans with different coagulation factor deficiencies (hemophilia A, hemophilia B and rare blood coagulation deficiencies (factor X, VII, V).

Study Design

Time Perspective: Prospective


Hemophilia A




University Hospital




University Hospital, Caen

Results (where available)

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A deficiency of blood coagulation factor IX inherited as an X-linked disorder. (Also known as Christmas Disease, after the first patient studied in detail, not the holy day.) Historical and clinical features resemble those in classic hemophilia (HEMOPHILIA A), but patients present with fewer symptoms. Severity of bleeding is usually similar in members of a single family. Many patients are asymptomatic until the hemostatic system is stressed by surgery or trauma. Treatment is similar to that for hemophilia A. (From Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 19th ed, p1008)

The classic hemophilia resulting from a deficiency of factor VIII. It is an inherited disorder of blood coagulation characterized by a permanent tendency to hemorrhage.

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Bleeding into the joints. It may arise from trauma or spontaneously in patients with hemophilia.

Stable blood coagulation factor involved in the intrinsic pathway. The activated form XIa activates factor IX to IXa. Deficiency of factor XI is often called hemophilia C.

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