Vaccines, Blood & Biologics

Studies of Clearance from the Circulation of the Blood Clotting Factor VIII, Aimed at Improving the Safety and Efficacy of FVIII Products

Principal Investigator: Andrey Sarafanov, PhD
Office / Division / Lab: OBRR / DH / LH

General Overview

Hemophilia A is a bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency of a protein called factor VIII (FVIII) in the blood. The condition occurs in about one in 10,000 males but is very rare in women.

The treatment for hemophilia A is replacement of FVIII, which compensates for the deficiency of this protein in the blood. Therapeutic FVIII is either obtained from human blood or artificially manufactured using recombinant DNA technology. FVIII obtained from human blood carries the risk of blood-borne infections that can be transmitted to the patient. Therefore, most physicians prefer to use FVIII that is made through recombinant DNA technology.

Another problem with hemophilia A treatment is that it is expensive, costing more than $100,000 per year. In addition, it is complicated, since the treatment includes as many as three to four infusions of FVIII each week. Thus, the treatment would be simpler and less expensive using an improved recombinant FVIII that lasts longer in the circulation and does not have to be infused as often.

The Division of Hematology is responsible for the review of FVIII products used for the treatment of hemophilia A patients. In order to better characterize these products, we are studying how the structure of FVIII affects the speed with which the liver removes it from the circulation. Our laboratory is currently studying the mechanisms by which the liver removes FVIII from the circulation by means of hepatic receptors--proteins on liver cells to which FVIII binds.

The results of this study could further improve our understanding of the mechanisms of FVIII removal from blood, and facilitate the FDA review and approval process for FVIII products, especially of those that are designed to have a long lifetime in the circulation.

Scientific Overview

Deficiency in factor VIII (FVIII) results in the blood coagulation disorder Hemophilia A, which is treated with infusions of either plasma-derived or recombinant FVIII. The hemophilia community has been hoping for improvements in FVIII products, in particular for products with a prolonged lifetime in the circulation. This would eliminate the need for frequent FVIII infusions and thus reduce both the complexity and cost of the treatment.

Several manufacturers modify the structure of the natural FVIII molecule in order to create a recombinant version that lasts longer in the circulation. Therefore, it is important for FDA regulatory scientists to understand the structure and catabolism of FVIII in order to effectively assess the efficacy and safety of licensed and emerging anti-hemophilic products being developed to improve the management of hemophilia A.

The half-life of FVIII in the circulation depends on a number of factors, among which is its interaction with hepatic clearance receptors, such as low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein (LRP). These proteins act in concert to catabolize FVIII, a process mediated by cell-surface heparin sulfate proteoglycans. We plan to map the liver receptor binding sites on FVIII using site-directed mutagenesis to express FVIII variants in a heterologous system and test their interactions with the receptors. We will further characterize these FVIII variant(s) for their activity, activation rate, ability to bind von Willebrand factor, and whether their half-life is increased compared to wild-type FVIII. Another part of the project aims to compare the immunogenicity of existing and new FVIII variants in animal models to evaluate the differential epitope specificity of induced FVIII inhibitors.


J Biol Chem 2013 Jul 26;288(30):22033-41
Mapping the binding region on the low density lipoprotein receptor for blood coagulation factor VIII.
Kurasawa JH, Shestopal SA, Karnaukhova E, Struble EB, Lee TK, Sarafanov AG

Protein Expr Purif 2013 Jan 7;88(2):201-6
Insect cell-based expression and characterization of a single-chain variable antibody fragment directed against blood coagulation factor VIII.
Kurasawa JH, Shestopal SA, Jha NK, Ovanesov MV, Lee TK, Sarafanov AG

Prostate 2011 Aug 1;71(11):1231-8
Prostate cancer outcome and tissue levels of metal ions.
Sarafanov AG, Todorov TI, Centeno JA, Macias V, Gao W, Liang WM, Beam C, Gray MA, Kajdacsy-Balla AA

J Virol Methods 2010 Nov;169(2):322-31
Repertoire of antibodies against type 1 poliovirus in human sera.
Rezapkin G, Neverov A, Cherkasova E, Vidor E, Sarafanov A, Kouiavskaia D, Dragunsky E, Chumakov K

J Infect Dis 2010 Jan 15;201(2):214-22
Preterm Infants' T Cell Responses to Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine.
Klein NP, Gans HA, Sung P, Yasukawa LL, Johnson J, Sarafanov A, Chumakov K, Hansen J, Black S, Dekker CL

Biol Trace Elem Res 2008 Oct;125(1):1-12
Clinical and analytical toxicology of dietary supplements: a case study and a review of the literature.
van der Voet GB, Sarafanov A, Todorov TI, Centeno JA, Jonas WB, Ives JA, Mullick FG

Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis 2008 Sep;19(6):543-55
Interaction of coagulation factor VIII with members of the low-density lipoprotein receptor family follows common mechanism and involves consensus residues within the A2 binding site 484-509.
Ananyeva NM, Makogonenko YM, Sarafanov AG, Pechik IV, Gorlatova N, Radtke KP, Shima M, Saenko EL

J Trace Elem Med Biol 2008;22(4):305-14
Analysis of iron, zinc, selenium and cadmium in paraffin-embedded prostate tissue specimens using inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry.
Sarafanov AG, Todorov TI, Kajdacsy-Balla A, Gray MA, Macias V, Centeno JA

Thromb Haemost 2007 Dec;98(6):1170-81
Localization of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein regions involved in binding to the A2 domain of coagulation factor VIII.
Sarafanov AG, Makogonenko EM, Andersen OM, Mikhailenko IA, Ananyeva NM, Khrenov AV, Shima M, Strickland DK, Saenko EL

Biochemistry 2006 Feb 14;45(6):1829-40
Identification of coagulation factor VIII A2 domain residues forming the binding epitope for low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein.
Sarafanov AG, Makogonenko EM, Pechik IV, Radtke KP, Khrenov AV, Ananyeva NM, Strickland DK, Saenko EL

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