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  1. Management of Type 2B von Willebrand Disease during Pregnancy.

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    McLaughlin, David; Kerr, Ron

    2017-01-01

    Type 2B von Willebrand disease is a rare bleeding condition resulting in thrombocytopenia and a reduction in large VWF multimers. It usually has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. We report the management of a patient with type 2B von Willebrand disease, whose diagnosis was confirmed by demonstration of a R1306W mutation, through her first pregnancy. The patient's von Willebrand factor (VWF) antigen and VWF ristocetin cofactor levels rose throughout pregnancy, with an associated drop in the platelet count. The patient was successfully managed through labour to a surgical delivery with VWF concentrate, platelet transfusions and tranexamic acid. The patient delivered a male baby who was found to have inherited type 2B von Willebrand disease and had a significant cephalhaematoma at delivery. The baby was managed with VWF concentrate and platelet transfusions and made a full recovery. There is a lack of evidence to guide the best management of pregnant patients with type 2B von Willebrand disease. We adopted a pragmatic management plan, in keeping with other published case reports. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report in which the child was found to have inherited type 2B von Willebrand disease and encountered bleeding problems, making this case unique amongst the published literature.

  2. Altered megakaryocytopoiesis in von Willebrand type 2B disease.

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    Nurden, A T; Federici, A B; Nurden, P

    2009-07-01

    Type 2B von Willebrand disease (VWD2B) is caused by gain-of-function amino acid substitutions in the von Willebrand factor (VWF) A1 domain. These allow facilitated binding of mutated VWF to platelet GPIbalpha with prolonged lifetimes of VWF bonds and enhanced ADAMTS-13 cleavage of large VWF multimers. A bleeding rather than prothrombotic syndrome is due to: (i) decreased large VWF multimers in plasma; (ii) limited thrombus formation; and (iii) thrombocytopenia affecting some but not all patients. Accumulating evidence points to an altered megakaryocytopoiesis in VWD2B with the production of enlarged or giant platelets showing an abnormal ultrastructure and, in a cohort of patients, the presence of circulating platelet agglutinates. In fact, evidence from in vitro cultures and marrow aspirates suggests that the upregulated VWF function can lead to abnormal VWF trafficking in megakaryocytes, a modified platelet production with interacting proplatelets, and the presence or even release of platelet agglutinates in the bone marrow.

  3. An update on type 2B von Willebrand disease.

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    Mikhail, Sameh; Aldin, Ehab Saad; Streiff, Michael; Zeidan, Amer

    2014-04-01

    Type 2B von Willebrand disease (VWD) accounts for fewer than 5% of all VWD patients. In this disease, mutations in the A1 domain result in increased von Willebrand factor (VWF) binding to platelet GPIbα receptors, causing increased platelet clearance and preferential loss of high molecular weight VWF multimers. Diagnosis is complicated because of significant clinical variations even among patients with identical mutations. Platelet transfusion often provides suboptimal results since transfused platelets may be aggregated by the patients' abnormal VWF. Desmopressin may cause a transient decrease in platelet count that could lead to an increased risk of bleeding. Replacement therapy with factor VIII/VWF concentrates is the most effective approach to prevention and treatment of bleeding in type 2B VWD.

  4. von Willebrand Disease

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    ... from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Is Von Willebrand Disease? Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a bleeding disorder. ... while hemophilia mainly affects males. Types of von Willebrand Disease The three major types of VWD are called ...

  5. Type 2B von Willebrand Disease: A Matter of Plasma Plus Platelet Abnormality.

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    Castaman, Giancarlo; Federici, Augusto B

    2016-07-01

    Type 2B von Willebrand disease (VWD2B) is a rare, autosomal-dominant inherited bleeding disorder, characterized by an enhanced ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation in platelet-rich plasma and often with variable degree of thrombocytopenia and loss of high-molecular-weight multimers von Willebrand factor (VWF). All these phenomena are caused by a mutant VWF, normally synthesized and assembled by endothelial cells, but with heightened affinity binding to the platelet receptor glycoprotein Ib-α (GpIb-α). When this abnormal VWF is released into the circulation and under specific clinical circumstances, in vivo platelet clumping is observed. Mutations, invariably clustered in exon 28 of the VWF gene encoding for the VWF A1 domain involved in VWF binding to GpIb-α, are responsible for VWD2B phenotype. Clinical and laboratory phenotype appears strongly related to the type of VWF-causative mutations. However, recent evidences suggest that a true platelet defect is also present in this type, with several morphological and functional abnormalities being detected in a subset of VWD2B patients.

  6. LIM kinase/cofilin dysregulation promotes macrothrombocytopenia in severe von Willebrand disease-type 2B

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    Poirault-Chassac, Sonia; Adam, Frédéric; Muczynski, Vincent; Aymé, Gabriel; Casari, Caterina; Bordet, Jean-Claude; Soukaseum, Christelle; Rothschild, Chantal; Proulle, Valérie; Pietrzyk-Nivau, Audrey; Berrou, Eliane; Christophe, Olivier D.; Rosa, Jean-Philippe; Lenting, Peter J.; Bryckaert, Marijke; Baruch, Dominique

    2016-01-01

    von Willebrand disease type 2B (VWD-type 2B) is characterized by gain-of-function mutations of von Willebrand factor (vWF) that enhance its binding to platelet glycoprotein Ibα and alter the protein’s multimeric structure. Patients with VWD-type 2B display variable extents of bleeding associated with macrothrombocytopenia and sometimes with thrombopathy. Here, we addressed the molecular mechanism underlying the severe macrothrombocytopenia both in a knockin murine model for VWD-type 2B by introducing the p.V1316M mutation in the murine Vwf gene and in a patient bearing this mutation. We provide evidence of a profound defect in megakaryocyte (MK) function since: (a) the extent of proplatelet formation was drastically decreased in 2B MKs, with thick proplatelet extensions and large swellings; and (b) 2B MKs presented actin disorganization that was controlled by upregulation of the RhoA/LIM kinase (LIMK)/cofilin pathway. In vitro and in vivo inhibition of the LIMK/cofilin signaling pathway rescued actin turnover and restored normal proplatelet formation, platelet count, and platelet size. These data indicate, to our knowledge for the first time, that the severe macrothrombocytopenia in VWD-type 2B p.V1316M is due to an MK dysfunction that originates from a constitutive activation of the RhoA/LIMK/cofilin pathway and actin disorganization. This suggests a potentially new function of vWF during platelet formation that involves regulation of actin dynamics. PMID:27734030

  7. Impaired megakaryocytopoiesis in type 2B von Willebrand disease with severe thrombocytopenia.

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    Nurden, Paquita; Debili, Najet; Vainchenker, William; Bobe, Regis; Bredoux, Raymonde; Corvazier, Elisabeth; Combrie, Robert; Fressinaud, Edith; Meyer, Dominique; Nurden, Alan T; Enouf, Jocelyne

    2006-10-15

    In type 2B von Willebrand disease, there is spontaneous binding of mutated von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimers to platelets. Here we report a family in which severe thrombocytopenia may also be linked to abnormal megakaryocytopoiesis. A heterozygous mutation in the VWF A1 domain gave a R1308P substitution in an interactive site for glycoprotein Ibalpha (GPIbalpha). Electron microscopy showed clusters of platelets in close contact. Binding of antibodies to the GPIbalpha N-terminal domain was decreased, whereas GPIX and GPV were normally detected. In Western blotting (WB), GPIbalpha, alphaIIb, and beta3 were normally present. Proteins involved in Ca(2+) homeostasis were analyzed by quantitating platelet mRNA or by WB. Plasma membrane Ca(2+) ATPase (PMCA)-4b and type III inositol trisphosphate receptor (InsP(3)-R3) were selectively increased. The presence of degradation products of polyadenosine diphosphate (ADP)-ribose polymerase protein (PARP) suggested ongoing caspase-3 activity. These were findings typical of immature normal megakaryocytes cultured from peripheral blood CD34(+) cells with TPO. Significantly, megakaryocytes from the patients in culture produced self-associated and interwoven proplatelets. Immunolocalization showed VWF not only associated with platelets, but already on the megakaryocyte surface and within internal channels. In this family, type 2B VWD is clearly associated with abnormal platelet production.

  8. Type 2B von Willebrand disease associated with the release of platelet agglutinates from megakaryocytes in the bone marrow.

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    Slayton, William B; Patel, Milin; Sola-Visner, Martha; Harris, Neil; Rivers, Angela; Montgomery, Robert R; Friedman, Kenneth D

    2008-09-01

    We report a child with thrombocytopenia since birth, circulating platelet agglutinates, and a tendency to bleed. A bone marrow aspirate revealed large platelet clumps within the bone marrow and megakaryocyte nuclei surrounded by halos of clumped platelets. Laboratory evaluation revealed type 2B von Willebrand disease. Gene sequencing revealed a G to C mutation at base 3923 of the VWF gene. This mutation was previously described in a family with circulating platelet clumps and abnormal megakaryopoiesis with release of clumped platelets in culture. This same mutation was previously described in a family with circulating platelet aggregates and abnormalities of platelet release from megakaryocytes in vitro. Presence of megakaryocytes with halos of clumped platelets in our patient suggests that platelet agglutinate occurs in the bone marrow in some type 2B von Willebrand disease patients.

  9. Abnormal VWF modifies megakaryocytopoiesis: studies of platelets and megakaryocyte cultures from patients with von Willebrand disease type 2B.

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    Nurden, Paquita; Gobbi, Giuliana; Nurden, Alan; Enouf, Jocelyne; Youlyouz-Marfak, Ibtissam; Carubbi, Cecilia; La Marca, Silvia; Punzo, Margherita; Baronciani, Luciano; De Marco, Luigi; Vitale, Marco; Federici, Augusto B

    2010-04-01

    von Willebrand factor (VWF) is an essential mediator of platelet adhesion to the vessel wall, but little is known about its role in megakaryocytopoiesis. VWF and its platelet receptor, glycoprotein Ibalpha (GPIbalpha), are both expressed during megakaryocyte (MK) maturation. This study was designed to evaluate whether the enhanced VWF-GPIbalpha interactions typical of patients with von Willebrand disease type 2B (VWD2B) modify platelet production. Platelets from 9 patients with VWD2B with 7 different gain-of-function mutations were examined by electron microscopy (EM) and immunofluorescence labeling. For the patients with VWD2B, EM characteristically showed variable numbers of structurally abnormal giant platelets, sometimes in agglutinates. Cultures of MKs from controls performed with or without purified VWF confirmed a positive influence of VWF on platelet production with specific inhibition by an antibody blocking VWF binding to GPIbalpha. VWD2B MK cultures examined by EM showed a disorganized demarcation membrane system and abnormal granule distribution. They produced platelets with structural abnormalities typical of VWD2B. Confocal examination of MK revealed limited extension of pseudopods with few large proplatelets. These results confirm that megakaryocytopoiesis is modified by the enhanced VWF-GPIbalpha interactions. These data obtained for controls and patients with VWD2B suggest a novel regulatory role of VWF-GPIbalpha interactions in platelet production.

  10. Living with von Willebrand Disease

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    ... from the NHLBI on Twitter. Living With von Willebrand Disease If you have von Willebrand disease (VWD), you ... that they get tested too. Pregnancy and von Willebrand Disease Pregnancy can be a challenge for women who ...

  11. von Willebrand Disease.

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    Swami, Arjun; Kaur, Varinder

    2016-01-01

    von Willebrand disease (vWD) is the most common inherited disorder of hemostasis and comprises a spectrum of heterogeneous subtypes. Significant advances have been made in understanding von Willebrand factor ( vWF) gene mutations, resultant physiologic deficits in the vWF peptide, and their correlation to clinical presentation. Diagnostic tests for this disorder are complex, and interpretation requires a thorough understanding of the underlying pathophysiology by the practicing physician. The objective of this review is to summarize our current understanding of pathophysiology, laboratory investigations, and evolving treatment paradigm of vWD with the availability of recombinant von Willebrand factor.

  12. Von Willebrand disease

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    ... done to diagnose this disease include: Bleeding time Blood typing Factor VIII level Platelet function analysis Platelet count Ristocetin cofactor test Von Willebrand factor specific tests ... invasive procedure. Blood plasma or certain factor VIII preparations may also ...

  13. von Willebrand Factor Test

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    ... Was this page helpful? Also known as: VWF:Ag; VWF:RCo; von Willebrand Panel; Ristocetin Cofactor Formal ... may include: Ratio of VWF:RCo to VWF:Ag Factor VIII binding assay Platelet VWF studies Collagen ...

  14. A genetically-engineered von Willebrand disease type 2B mouse model displays defects in hemostasis and inflammation

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    Adam, Frédéric; Casari, Caterina; Prévost, Nicolas; Kauskot, Alexandre; Loubière, Cécile; Legendre, Paulette; Repérant, Christelle; Baruch, Dominique; Rosa, Jean-Philippe; Bryckaert, Marijke; de Groot, Philip G.; Christophe, Olivier D.; Lenting, Peter J.; Denis, Cécile V.

    2016-01-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD)-type 2B is characterized by gain-of-function mutations in the von Willebrand factor (VWF) A1-domain, leading to increased affinity for its platelet-receptor, glycoprotein Ibα. We engineered the first knock-in (KI) murine model for VWD-type 2B by introducing the p.V1316M mutation in murine VWF. Homozygous KI-mice replicated human VWD-type 2B with macrothrombocytopenia (platelet counts reduced by 55%, platelet volume increased by 44%), circulating platelet-aggregates and a severe bleeding tendency. Also, vessel occlusion was deficient in the FeCl3-induced thrombosis model. Platelet aggregation induced by thrombin or collagen was defective for KI-mice at all doses. KI-mice manifested a loss of high molecular weight multimers and increased multimer degradation. In a model of VWF-string formation, the number of platelets/string and string-lifetime were surprisingly enhanced in KI-mice, suggesting that proteolysis of VWF/p.V1316M is differentially regulated in the circulation versus the endothelial surface. Furthermore, we observed increased leukocyte recruitment during an inflammatory response induced by the reverse passive Arthus reaction. This points to an active role of VWF/p.V1316M in the exfiltration of leukocytes under inflammatory conditions. In conclusion, our genetically-engineered VWD-type 2B mice represent an original model to study the consequences of spontaneous VWF-platelet interactions and the physiopathology of this human disease. PMID:27212476

  15. von Willebrand factor and von Willebrand disease.

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    Matsui, Taei; Hamako, Jiharu

    von Willebrand factor (VWF) has two major roles in hemostasis, as a form of molecular glue which functions in platelet plug formation and as a protective transporter for coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). VWF shows a multimeric chain structure composed of 270 kDa subunits containing binding domains for FVIII, platelet and collagens. Biosynthesis, storage, secretion of VWF and the cleavage process by ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin-like and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type 1 repeats 13) regulating VWF activity have been elucidated. von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an autosomal bleeding disorder, first documented in 1926, caused by quantitative or qualitative deficiency of VWF. The classification and molecular pathogenesis of VWD have been developed during a 90-year period based on clinical laboratory analysis of VWF, and structure-function analysis of mutant VWF with amino acid substitutions (genetic changes). VWF is a unique and very large multifunctional plasma protein, the hemostatic activity of which is dynamically regulated by physiological shear stress in the blood stream.

  16. von Willebrand Disease (For Parents)

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    ... problems because the levels or functioning of these blood components needed for clotting are abnormal. continue Types of von Willebrand Disease As with many conditions, there are various forms ... of von Willebrand factor in the blood is reduced; the level of factor VIII also ...

  17. A novel platelet-type von Willebrand disease mutation (GP1BA p.Met255Ile) associated with type 2B "Malmö/New York" von Willebrand disease.

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    Lavenu-Bombled, Cécile; Guitton, Corinne; Dupuis, Arnaud; Baas, Marie-Jeanne; Desconclois, Céline; Dreyfus, Marie; Li, Renhao; Caron, Claudine; Gachet, Christian; Fressinaud, Edith; Lanza, François

    2016-11-30

    Interaction between von Willebrand factor (VWF) and platelet GPIbα is required for primary haemostasis. Lack or loss-of-function in the ligand-receptor pair results in bleeding complications. Paradoxically, gain-of-function mutations in VWF or GPIbα also result in bleeding complications as observed in type 2B von Willebrand disease (VWD) and platelet-type- (PT-) VWD, respectively. A similar phenotype is observed with increased ristocetin-induced platelet agglutination and disappearance of the highest molecular weight multimers of VWF. We evaluated a patient with a bleeding disorder and a biological presentation compatible with type 2B VWD. VWF and platelet functional assays, sequencing of the VWF and GP1BA genes, and expression studies in HEK cells were performed. Sequencing of the VWF gene in the propositus revealed a heterozygous p.Pro1266Leu mutation previously found in type 2B VWD Malmö/New York. These variants are characterised by a mild phenotype and a normal VWF multimer composition suggesting the presence of a second mutation in our propositus. Sequencing of the GP1BA gene revealed a heterozygous c.765G>A substitution changing Met at position 255 of GPIbα to Ile. This new mutation is located in the β-switch domain where five other gain-of-function mutations have been reported in PT-VWD. Expression of GPIbα Ile255 in HEK GPIb-IX cells resulted in enhanced VWF binding compared to wild-type, similar to known PT-VWD mutations (p.Val249, p.Ser249 and p.Val255) indicating that it contributes to the propositus defects. This first report associating PT- with type 2B VWD illustrates the importance of combining biological assays with genetic testing to better understand the clinical phenotype.

  18. Von Willebrand factor processing.

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    Brehm, Maria A

    2017-01-31

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a multimeric glycoprotein essential for primary haemostasis that is produced only in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. Key to VWF's function in recruitment of platelets to the site of vascular injury is its multimeric structure. The individual steps of VWF multimer biosynthesis rely on distinct posttranslational modifications at specific pH conditions, which are realized by spatial separation of the involved processes to different cell organelles. Production of multimers starts with translocation and modification of the VWF prepropolypeptide in the endoplasmic reticulum to produce dimers primed for glycosylation. In the Golgi apparatus they are further processed to multimers that carry more than 300 complex glycan structures functionalized by sialylation, sulfation and blood group determinants. Of special importance is the sequential formation of disulfide bonds with different functions in structural support of VWF multimers, which are packaged, stored and further processed after secretion. Here, all these processes are being reviewed in detail including background information on the occurring biochemical reactions.

  19. Phenotypic Parameters in Genotypically Selected Type 2B von Willebrand Disease Patients: A Large, Single-Center Experience Including a New Novel Mutation.

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    Woods, Adriana Ines; Kempfer, Ana Catalina; Paiva, Juvenal; Sanchez-Luceros, Analia; Bermejo, Emilse; Chuit, Roberto; Alberto, Maria Fabiana; Blanco, Alicia Noemi; Lazzari, Maria Angela

    2017-02-01

    von Willebrand disease type 2B (VWD2B) expresses gain-of-function mutations that enhance binding of an individual's von Willebrand factor (VWF) to its platelet ligand, glycoprotein Ib (GPIb), and which are usually identified by increased ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation (RIPA). We describe here the phenotypic profile of 38 genotypically selected VWD2B-affected family members (AFMs) belonging to 19 unrelated families. Major bleeding was observed in 68.4% of AFMs (previous to their diagnosis and registered by lifetime interviews), with a total of 46 episodes (1.21/patient), and was found to be highly related to the individual bleeding score and presence of thrombocytopenia, but otherwise unrelated to other laboratory parameters. Excessive muco-cutaneous bleeding symptoms were often reported, the most frequent of which comprised menorrhagia, epistaxis, easy bruising, and bleeding after teeth extraction/in oral cavity. Eight unaffected family members were also studied. The prevalence of VWD2B within families was 0.826, and the penetrance of mutations was complete, making it mandatory to study entire family sets to complete diagnostic profiles. Seven heterozygous missense mutations were found, the most common being p.V1316M. In the p.R1308C group, 75% of the AFMs showed absence of RIPA at 0.5 mg/mL, 66.6% of whom had VWF:RCo < 10 IU/dL, and 50% of whom had VWF:CB < 10 IU/dL. In the p.S1310F group, none of the AFMs had VWF:RCo/VWF:Ag < 0.6 (RCo/Ag), but 100% had VWF:CB/VWF:Ag < 0.6/(CB/Ag). Patients with p.P1266L and p.R1304V were characterized as atypical VWD2B. Two de novo mutations were found in four AFMs belonging to two families. We also describe a novel mutation: p.Y1258C. Of our patients, 70.5% had O blood group. In conclusion, a normal RCo/Ag and a negative RIPA at 0.5 mg/mL do not necessarily rule out a diagnosis of VWD2B.

  20. [Von Willebrand disease. Molecular biology and diagnosis].

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    Hernández-Zamora, Edgar; Zavala-Hernández, Cesar; Quintana-González, Sandra; Reyes-Maldonado, Elba

    2015-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease is the most common inherited disorder of the coagulation proteins in humans. There are three types: 1, 2A, 2B, 2N, 2M and 3. It is associated with mutations on chromosome 12 in the region p13.2, encoding the von Willebrand factor (VWF), which is synthesized in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. The VWF gene has been characterised using molecular biology techniques, which have acquired an important role in diagnosis von Willebrand disease, as well as in the investigation of alterations in other genes, which may be involved in regulating the synthesis, processing, and secretion of VWF. However, there are still no strategies to integrate the molecular biology diagnostic tests available. Analysis of VWF multimers is a methodology that meets the characteristics for diagnosis, but it is not easy to standardise. Considering that even in tertiary centres in our country, von Willebrand patients do not have a definitive diagnosis, it is necessary to implement these methodologies to study and improve diagnosis. Von Willebrand disease is highly heterogeneous due to the molecular mechanisms that produce the various clinical and laboratory phenotypes. In Mexico there are few studies related to this disease; therefore it is essential to conduct a comprehensive study including clinical, basic, and special testing laboratory tests, in order to establish a correct diagnosis, develop new therapeutic approaches, and offer the appropriate medical care and genetic counselling. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  1. Treatment of von Willebrand Disease.

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    Curnow, Jennifer; Pasalic, Leonardo; Favaloro, Emmanuel J

    2016-03-01

    Congenital von Willebrand disease (VWD) and acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) reflect conditions caused by von Willebrand factor (VWF) deficiency and/or defects. VWD is the most common inherited bleeding disorder and AVWS arises from a variety of causes. Since VWF stabilizes and protects factor VIII (FVIII) in the circulation, this is also reduced in many patients with VWD. The treatment of VWD and AVWS therefore primarily entails replacement of VWF, and sometimes FVIII, to protect against bleeding. This may entail the use of VWF concentrates (currently plasma-derived) and/or FVIII concentrates (currently plasma-derived or more increasingly recombinant forms), and/or desmopressin to release endogenous VWF in subgroups of patients. For AVWS additional treatment of the underlying condition is also required. Adjunct therapies include antifibrinolytics. Globally, various formulations exist for both VWF and FVIII concentrates and are differentially available based on manufacturer marketing or regulatory approvals/clearances in different geographies. Also, guidelines for treatment of VWD vary for different localities and recombinant VWF is undergoing clinical trials. The current review provides an overview of the treatment of VWD as currently practiced in developed countries, and also provides a glimpse towards the future.

  2. Current management of von Willebrand disease and von Willebrand syndrome.

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    Stone, Marc E; Mazzeffi, Michael; Derham, Jeffrey; Korshin, Andre

    2014-06-01

    Anesthesiologists frequently care for patients with altered hemostasis and coagulation. Where a clear history of familial and personal bleeding exists, a thoughtful plan can be developed in advance to manage the issue perioperatively. However, in some cases, it may not be known that the patient has a disorder until excessive bleeding is noted during or after surgery. Recognition of the issue and appropriate targeted therapy are the keys to successful management. With an estimated prevalence approaching 1% of the population, von Willebrand disease (vWD) is the most common hereditary bleeding diathesis, but the estimated prevalence of acquired vWD (often termed von Willebrand syndrome or vWS) is now believed to be significantly higher, especially in patients with malignancies, autoimmune diseases, cardiac valvular lesions, and in patients on mechanical circulatory support devices. Acquired vWD may also occur with certain medications. The mainstay of the diagnosis of vWD is laboratory testing. Preoperative clinical assessment and a high level of suspicion are often effective to alert the anesthesiologist to the possibility of vWS, thus allowing for appropriate testing and potential prophylaxis in elective situations, as well as appropriately targeted therapy of unexpected bleeding when a hemostatic derangement was not anticipated preoperatively.

  3. Clearance of von Willebrand factor.

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    Denis, Cécile V; Christophe, Olivier D; Oortwijn, Beatrijs D; Lenting, Peter J

    2008-02-01

    The life cycle of von Willebrand factor (VWF) comprises a number of distinct steps, ranging from the controlled expression of the VWF gene in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes to the removal of VWF from the circulation. The various aspects of VWF clearance have been the objects of intense research in the last few years, stimulated by observations that VWF clearance is a relatively common component of the pathogenesis of type 1 von Willebrand disease (VWD). Moreover, improving the survival of VWF is now considered as a viable therapeutic strategy to prolong the half-life of factor VIII in order to optimise treatment of haemophilia A. The present review aims to provide an overview of recent findings with regard to the molecular basis of VWF clearance. A number of parameters have been identified that influence VWF clearance, including its glycosylation profile and a number of VWF missense mutations. In addition, in-vivo studies have been used to identify cells that contribute to the catabolism of VWF, providing a starting point for the identification of receptors that mediate the cellular uptake of VWF. Finally, we discuss recent data describing chemically modification of VWF as an approach to prolong the half-life of the VWF/FVIII complex.

  4. Alloantibodies in von Willebrand disease.

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    James, Paula D; Lillicrap, David; Mannucci, Pier M

    2013-08-01

    The development of alloantibodies against von Willebrand factor (VWF) represents a rare but serious complication of treatment of von Willebrand disease (VWD), occurring in ~5% to 10% of type 3 VWD patients. Affected patients can present with a range of symptoms, including lack or loss of hemostatic response to infused VWF concentrates up to anaphylactic reactions in rare cases. It is classically reported in multitransfused patients and occurs most frequently in patients with partial or complete VWF gene deletions. A positive family history of anti-VWF antibodies also appears to be a risk factor. There is a lack of standardization of laboratory methods for antibody identification and characterization. Issues of variability in laboratory approaches as well as the rarity of the complication act as a barrier to future studies. Recombinant factor VIII as well as bypassing agents and immune tolerance have been reported as effective treatments; however, aside from case reports, little exists in the literature to guide management. The imminent clinical availability of recombinant VWF has prompted a resurgence of interest in this area. Additional study is warranted to address the deficiencies in our understanding of this treatment complication.

  5. [Determination of von Willebrand factor multimers in Mexican population].

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    Hernández-Zamora, Edgar; Zavala-Hernández, Cesar; Viveros-Sandoval, Martha Eva; Ochoa-Rico, Angeles; Martínez-Murillo, Carlos; Reyes-Maldonado, Elba

    2014-01-01

    Antecedentes: la enfermedad de von Willebrand es un padecimiento hereditario en el que la estructura, función y concentración del factor de von Willebrand están alteradas y, en consecuencia, también la interacción plaqueta-factor de von Willebrand-endotelio. En México no hay registros epidemiológicos de la enfermedad, sólo se han efectuado algunos estudios aislados desde el punto de vista clínico y hematológico. Material y métodos: estudio retrospectivo efectuado en 155 mexicanos mestizos, 75 de ellos con diagnóstico presuntivo de enfermedad de von Willebrand, 15 con sospecha de hemofilia A y 65 donadores sanos (testigos). Se realizaron pruebas: básicas de coagulación, especiales y de clasificación: análisis de la composición multimérica. Resultados: 15 pacientes se diagnosticaron con hemofilia A; de los 75 sujetos con sospecha de enfermedad de von Willebrand se diagnosticaron 50 de la manera siguiente: tipo 1 (62%), tipo 2 (22%) [subtipos: 2A (14%), 2B (2%) y 2N (6%)] y tipo 3 (16%). Conclusión: el análisis de los multímeros del factor de von Willebrand es un método que cumple con las características adecuadas para el diagnóstico de la enfermedad de von Willebrand, por lo que es necesario implementar esta metodología para su estudio y mejorar su diagnóstico específico.

  6. Rethinking the diagnosis of von Willebrand disease.

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    Favaloro, Emmanuel J

    2011-01-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder and arises from deficiencies and/or defects in the plasma protein von Willebrand factor (VWF). VWD is classified into 6 different types, with type 1 identified as a (partial) quantitative deficiency of VWF, type 3 defined by a (virtual) total deficiency of VWF, and type 2 identifying four separate types (2A, 2B, 2M, 2N) characterised by qualitative defects. The classification is based on phenotypic assays including FVIII, VWF:Ag and VWF activity, typically by ristocetin cofactor (VWF:RCo), but also increasingly by collagen binding (VWF:CB). Phenotypic testing may be supplemented by multimer analysis, RIPA, and VWF:FVIII binding. Although genetic analysis is not required to diagnose VWD or to define a classification type, it may be useful in discrete situations. The current review briefly covers this diagnostic process, with a focus on newer approaches, including extended test panels and the use of data from desmopressin challenges as a diagnostic tool. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. [Biology of von Willebrand factor].

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    Girma, Jean-Pierre

    2006-01-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a multimeric glycoprotein synthesized by megakaryocytes and endothelial cells. It is stored in platelets and endothelial cells and secreted towards subendothelium and plasma. VWF multimers consist of linear arrangements of identical subunits with a molecular weight of 270 kDa. The longest multimers reach more than 20 x 10(6) Da in storage granules. In the circulation, the multimer size is limited by the specific protease ADAMTS13. In primary hemostasis, VWF plays a key role as a molecular bridge in adhesion between platelets and subendothelium and between platelets during their aggregation. These functions, which involve the interaction with platelet glycoprotein lb, are mainly enhanced by VWF immobilization onto hydrophobic surfaces (collagen, cell membrane) and by high shear rates found in microcirculation and stenosed arteries. In these functions, the higher molecular weight forms are the most efficient. Under such hemodynamic conditions, proteolytic activity of ADAMTS13 is also optimal and limits the multimer size to about 15 x 10(6) Da as soon as their secretion. Thus ADAMTS13 appears as a key physiologic regulator of the VWF platelet functions. In the microcirculation, the lack of ADAMTS13 activity can result in the formation of VWF-rich platelet aggregates responsible for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

  8. Sulfation of von Willebrand factor

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    Carew, J.A.; Browning, P.J.; Lynch, D.C. )

    1990-12-15

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a multimeric adhesive glycoprotein essential for normal hemostasis. We have discovered that cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells incorporate inorganic sulfate into vWF. Following immunoisolation and analysis by polyacrylamide or agarose gel electrophoresis, metabolically labeled vWF was found to have incorporated (35S)-sulfate into all secreted multimer species. The time course of incorporation shows that sulfation occurs late in the biosynthesis of vWF, near the point at which multimerization occurs. Quantitative analysis suggests the presence, on average, of one molecule of sulfate per mature vWF subunit. Virtually all the detectable sulfate is released from the mature vWF subunit by treatment with endoglycosidases that remove asparagine-linked carbohydrates. Sulfated carbohydrate was localized first to the N-terminal half of the mature subunit (amino acids 1 through 1,365) by partial proteolytic digestion with protease V8; and subsequently to a smaller fragment within this region (amino acids 273 through 511) by sequential digestions with protease V8 and trypsin. Thus, the carbohydrate at asparagine 384 and/or 468 appears to be the site of sulfate modification. Sodium chlorate, an inhibitor of adenosine triphosphate-sulfurylase, blocks sulfation of vWF without affecting either the ability of vWF to assemble into high molecular weight multimers or the ability of vWF multimers to enter Weible-Palade bodies. The stability of vWF multimers in the presence of an endothelial cell monolayer also was unaffected by the sulfation state. Additionally, we have found that the cleaved propeptide of vWF is sulfated on asparagine-linked carbohydrate.

  9. State of the art: von Willebrand disease.

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    James, A H; Eikenboom, J; Federici, A B

    2016-07-01

    The State of the Art in von Willebrand disease (VWD) has been impacted not only by discoveries in the field of haemostasis, but also by changes in practice in other fields. The development of bleeding assessment tools has led to the clarification of bleeding symptoms and phenotype in VWD. New discoveries in the biology and genetics of von Willebrand factor (VWF) are challenging our existing diagnostics and classification(s). An improved understanding of reproductive physiology and the pathology of VWD along with changing obstetric, gynaecologic and haemostatic therapies necessitate an evolving response to the care of women with VWD. The survival of patients with autoimmune disease, malignancies and congenital heart disease along with increasing use of circulatory support devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is increasing the prevalence of acquired von Willebrand syndrome. In each of these challenges, there are opportunities to improve the care of our patients with VWD.

  10. Treatment of the acquired von Willebrand syndrome.

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    Budde, Ulrich; Scheppenheim, Sonja; Dittmer, Rita

    2015-12-01

    Acquired von Willebrand syndrome (aVWS) accounts for 22% of patients with abnormal von Willebrand factor. Most patients with known pathophysiological mechanisms suffer from cardiovascular, myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative disorders. Less frequent associations are of autoimmune origin, due to hyperfibrinolysis, adsorption to tumor cells, reduced synthesis and prolonged circulation. The mechanisms leading to aVWS is hitherto not known in patients with liver and kidney diseases, drug use, glycogen storage disease, virus infections and at least 18 other disease entities. Diagnosis is complicated by the battery of tests needed, and their inherent rather low sensitivity and specificity for aVWS. Thus, even in acute bleeding situations it may take days until a firm diagnosis is settled and specific therapies can be initiated. The main aim is to shed more light onto this, compared with inherited von Willebrand disease, rare disease which affects at least 2-3% of the older population.

  11. Biosynthesis, processing and secretion of von Willebrand factor: biological implications.

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    de Wit, T R; van Mourik, J A

    2001-06-01

    von Willebrand factor is a multimeric plasma glycoprotein that is required for normal haemostasis. von Willebrand factor is synthesized by endothelial cells and megakaryocytes, and originates from its precursor pro-von Willebrand factor. The endoproteolytic processing of pro-von Willebrand factor results in mature von Willebrand factor and von Willebrand factor propeptide (also known as von Willebrand Ag II). In endothelial cells, the propeptide controls the polymerization and subsequent targeting of von Willebrand factor to the storage vesicles, the so-called Weibel-Palade bodies. Upon stimulation of the endothelial cells, the Weibel-Palade bodies are translocated to the plasma membrane of the cell, and mature von Willebrand factor and its propeptide are co-secreted. After release, these polypeptides have divergent fates and serve different biological functions. Mature von Willebrand factor both controls platelet adhesion and aggregation at sites of vascular injury and acts as a chaperone protein for coagulation factor VIII. The von Willebrand factor propeptide may serve a role in modulating inflammatory processes. This still growing body of information indicates that the biological function of the von Willebrand factor gene product is more diverse than was previously thought.

  12. [Research advance in von Willebrand factor].

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    Li, Xue-Mei; Jiang, Miao; Zhao, Yi-Ming

    2013-06-01

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a multimeric glycoprotein exclusively synthesized in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. It plays important roles in the primary and secondary haemostasis. Deficiency or dysfunction of vWF may cause von Willebrand disease (vWD), and overexpression of vWF may cause thrombosis. Making an intensive study on vWF will help us to understand the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of vWF-related diseases, such as vWD, TTP, venous thrombosis, stroke, and so on. In this article, the regulation of vWF activity and its relation with diseases mentioned above are reviewed.

  13. Laboratory diagnosis of von Willebrand disease.

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    Roberts, J C; Flood, V H

    2015-05-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is considered the most common inherited bleeding disorder and may also be the most difficult to diagnose. Clinical symptoms of VWD include predominantly mild mucosal bleeding; surgical bleeding may occur with specific challenges and joint bleeding can occur in the most severe forms. A family history either of diagnosed VWD or of bleeding symptoms is typically present. Laboratory diagnosis requires a series of assays of von Willebrand factor (VWF) quantity and function, and factor VIII activity, with no single straightforward diagnostic test available to either confirm or exclude the diagnosis. Newer assays of VWF function are becoming more available and useful in determining the laboratory diagnosis of VWD.

  14. Diagnostic Value of Measuring Platelet Von Willebrand Factor in Von Willebrand Disease

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    Casonato, Alessandra; Cattini, Maria Grazia; Daidone, Viviana; Pontara, Elena; Bertomoro, Antonella; Prandoni, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) may be caused by an impaired von Willebrand factor (VWF) synthesis, its increased clearance or abnormal function, or combinations of these factors. It may be difficult to recognize the different contributions of these anomalies. Here we demonstrate that VWD diagnostics gains from measuring platelet VWF, which can reveal a defective VWF synthesis. Measuring platelet VWF revealed that: severe type 1 VWD always coincided with significantly lower platelet and plasma VWF levels, whereas mild forms revealed low plasma VWF levels associated with low or normal platelet VWF levels, and the latter were associated with a slightly shorter VWF survival; type Vicenza (the archetype VWD caused by a reduced VWF survival) featured normal platelet VWF levels despite significantly reduced plasma VWF levels; type 2B patients could have either normal platelet VWF levels associated with abnormal multimer patterns, or reduced platelet VWF levels associated with normal multimer patterns; type 2A patients could have reduced or normal platelet VWF levels, the former associated mainly with type 2A-I, the latter with type 2A-II; plasma and platelet VWF levels were normal in type 2N, except when the defect was associated with a quantitative VWF mutation. Our findings show that measuring platelet VWF helps to characterize VWD, especially the ambiguous phenotypes, shedding light on the mechanisms underlying the disorder. PMID:27532107

  15. [Type 2N von Willebrand disease (Normandy)].

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    Monpoux, F; Brunet, P; Fischer, F; Appert-Flory, A

    2011-01-01

    Willebrand disease is the most common constitutional abnormality of hemostasis. It reflects a qualitative or quantitative abnormality of von Willebrand factor (vWF) responsible for hemorrhagic syndrome, mainly mucosal, of variable expression. Type 2N (Normandy) is a rare form of von Willebrand disease due to a qualitative abnormality of vWF that disrupts its ability to bind to factor VIII. The disease biologically combines APTT prolongation, a lower level of factor VIII, and a normal or subnormal rate of vWF, which may suggest a mild form of hemophilia A. This confusion can lead not only to a misdiagnosis but also to inappropriate treatment. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  16. Search for mutations in a segment of the exon 28 of the human von Willebrand factor gene: new mutations, R1315C and R1341W, associated with type 2M and 2B variants.

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    Casaña, P; Martínez, F; Espinós, C; Haya, S; Lorenzo, J I; Aznar, J A

    1998-09-01

    von Willebrand Disease (vWD) is the most frequently inherited bleeding disorder in humans, and is caused by a qualitative and/or quantitative abnormality of the von Willebrand factor (vWF). A large number of defects that cause qualitative variants have been located in the A1 domain of the vWF, which contains sites for interaction with platelet glycoprotein Ib (GPIb). We have developed a new approach to detect mutations based on DdeI digestion and single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis. A segment of 487 nucleotides, extending from intron 27 to codon 1368 of the pre-pro vWF was amplified from genomic DNA. The cleavage with DdeI yields two fragments of appropriate size for this kind of analysis and confirms that the gene, rather than the pseudogene, is being investigated. Six families with type 2B vWD, one type 2M vWD family, and one another type 2A vWD family were studied. After sequencing the fragments with an altered electrophoretic pattern, we found four mutations previously described--R1308C, V1316M, P1337L, and R1306W--in patients with 2B vWD. The last one arose de novo in the patient. In addition, two new candidate mutations were observed: R1315C and R1341W. The first one was associated to type 2M vWD, whereas the one second cosegregated with type 2B vWD. The fact that these new mutations were not found in 100 normal alleles screened further supports their causal relationship with the disease. These mutations, which induce either a gain or a loss of function, further show an important regulatory role of this region in the binding of vWF to GPIb and its implications in causing disease.

  17. [Molecular biology of von Willebrand disease].

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    Melo-Nava, Brenda; Peñaloza, Rosenda

    2007-01-01

    Von Willebrand Factor (VWF) is a large multimeric glycoprotein expressed in the megakaryocytes and endothelial cells of all vertebrates. It participates fundamentally in the primary and secondary hemostasis because it induces the adhesion of platelets to vascular subendothelium and promotes aggregation of platelets when blood vessels and capillaries are damaged. In addition, VWF links to factor VIII which avoids its proteolysis. The deficiency or the inadequate synthesis of the VWF causes von Willebrand disease (VWD), which is the most common hereditary bleeding disorder in humans principally from mucous and cutaneous sites. VWD is difficult to detect with accuracy due to interrelation among VWF with different components of hemostasis, although it is performed by different tests of haemostatic system, and the basic mechanisms in VWD are herein emphasized. The diagnosis of VWD is difficult due to the heterogeneous manifestation of the disease, which also complicates its classification. This article focuses on the molecular aspects of the disease and discusses their possible clinical implications.

  18. Acquired von Willebrand syndrome: von Willebrand factor propeptide to von Willebrand factor antigen ratio predicts remission status

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    Lee, Adrienne; Sinclair, Gary; Valentine, Karen; James, Paula

    2014-01-01

    We investigated a case of acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) secondary to a nonneutralizing anti-von Willebrand factor (VWF) antibody associated with an autoimmune disorder. At diagnosis, VWF activity (VWF:Act), antigen (VWF:Ag), multimers, and factor VIII coagulant activity were virtually absent. VWF propeptide (VWFpp) was elevated with an infinitely high VWFpp to VWF:Ag ratio (VWFpp:Ag) consistent with rapid VWF clearance. Immunosuppressive treatment resulted in phenotypic remission 1 with normalization of VWF/factor VIII levels and multimer pattern. However, VWFpp:Ag remained elevated (∼2× normal), consistent with ongoing VWF clearance by the remaining anti-VWF antibody still present by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. This suggests that increased VWF secretion was compensating for the incomplete remission state. Relapse occurred when VWFpp:Ag was again infinitely high, with associated decreased VWFpp but unchanged anti-VWF titers; switching the balance to favor VWF clearance over secretion. Complete remission with undetectable anti-VWF occurred only when VWFpp:Ag was normal. This case of relapsing-remitting AVWS demonstrates the use of VWFpp:Ag for predicting remission status. PMID:24951428

  19. On the Versatility of von Willebrand Factor

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    Rauch, Antoine; Wohner, Nikolett; Christophe, Olivier D.; Denis, Cécile V.; Susen, Sophie; Lenting, Peter J.

    2013-01-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a large multimeric protein, the function of which has been demonstrated to be pivotal to the haemostatic system. Indeed, quantitative and/or qualitative abnormalities of VWF are associated with the bleeding disorder Von Willebrand disease (VWD). Moreover, increased plasma concentrations of VWF have been linked to an increased risk for thrombotic complications. In the previous decades, many studies have contributed to our understanding of how VWF is connected to the haemostatic system, particularly with regard to structure-function relationships. Interactive sites for important ligands of VWF (such as factor VIII, collagen, glycoprotein Ibα, integrin αIIbβ3 and protease ADAMTS13) have been identified, and mutagenesis studies have confirmed the physiological relevance of the interactions between VWF and these ligands. However, we have also become aware that VWF has a more versatile character than previously thought, given its potential role in various non-hemostatic processes, like intimal thickening, tumor cell apoptosis and inflammatory processes. In the presence review, a summary of our knowledge on VWF structure-function relationships is provided in the context of the “classical” haemostatic task of VWF and in perspective of pathological processes beyond haemostasis. PMID:23936617

  20. Molecular diagnosis of von Willebrand disease.

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    Baronciani, L; Goodeve, A; Peyvandi, F

    2017-03-01

    The role of molecular characterization in the diagnosis of von Willebrand disease (VWD) is not essential if the patients have been extensively investigated using phenotypic analysis. On the other hand, if some of these phenotype assays are not available, the identification of the mutation causing the disease could be crucial for an accurate diagnosis. Nevertheless, there are several reasons for performing molecular analysis in patients phenotypically well characterized, e.g. to identify the mutation causing VWD can be useful for patients and their family members when prenatal diagnosis is required (type 3 or severe type 2). In this manuscript, we report the techniques used for the molecular characterization of suspected VWD patients. We describe the use of online von Willebrand factor database and online single nucleotide variation databases, the former to verify whether a candidate mutation has been previously identified in other VWD patients and the latter to ascertain whether a putative mutation has been reported earlier in healthy individuals. We listed the available in silico analysis tools, to determine the predicted pathogenicity of a sequence variant and to establish its possible negative effect on the normal splicing process. We also report the strategy that can be used to identify VWD type 2 patients' mutations in subjects who have been fully characterized using the phenotype assays.

  1. Report on von Willebrand Disease in Malaysia

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    Periayah, Mercy Halleluyah; Halim, Ahmad Sukari; Saad, Arman Zaharil Mat; Yaacob, Nik Soriani; Karim, Faraizah Abdul

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is an inherited hemostatic disorder that affects the hemostasis pathway. The worldwide prevalence of vWD is estimated to be 1% of the general population but only 0.002% in Malaysia. AIM: Our present paper has been written to disclose the statistical counts on the number of vWD cases reported from 2011 to 2013. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This article is based on sociodemographic data, diagnoses and laboratory findings of vWD in Malaysia. A total of 92 patients were reported to have vWD in Malaysia from 2011 to 2013. RESULTS: Sociodemographic-analysis revealed that 60% were females, 63% were of the Malay ethnicity, 41.3% were in the 19-44 year old age group and 15.2% were from Sabah, with the East region having the highest registered number of vWD cases. In Malaysia, most patients are predominately affected by vWD type 1 (77.2%). Factor 8, von Willebrand factor: Antigen and vWF: Collagen-Binding was the strongest determinants in the laboratory profiles of vWD. CONCLUSION: This report has been done with great interest to provide an immense contribution from Malaysia, by revealing the statistical counts on vWD from 2011-2013. PMID:27275342

  2. [Von Willebrand disease in the Netherlands: the WiN study].

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    Sanders, Yvonne V; de Wee, Eva M; Meijer, Karina; Eikenboom, J; van der Bom, Jeroen G; Fijnvandraat, C J Karin; Laros-van Gorkom, Britta A P; Cnossen, Marjon H; Mauser-Bunschoten, Evelien P; Leebeek, Frank W G

    2014-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder and is characterised by mucocutaneous bleeding. Von Willebrand disease is caused by reduced levels or reduced function of von Willebrand factor. Depending on the cause, von Willebrand disease is distinguished into various types with their own characteristics and treatment options. The frequency and severity of bleeding in patients with von Willebrand disease is strongly determined by von Willebrand factor levels, factor VIII levels and the type of von Willebrand disease. Eighty-five percent of all adult females with von Willebrand disease reports menorrhagia. A high percentage have postpartum excessive blood loss (37% of all deliveries). The quality of life is reduced in patients with von Willebrand disease. Patients with von Willebrand disease have a reduced risk of arterial thrombosis such as a myocardial or cerebral infarction.

  3. Two novel anti-von Willebrand factor monoclonal antibodies.

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    Spadafora-Ferreira, M; Lopes, A A; Coelho, V; Guilherme, L; Kalil, J

    2000-01-15

    Von Willebrand Factor is a multimer produced by endothelial cells and megakaryocytes, being stored in intracellular organelles, such as the Weibel-Palade bodies and alpha-granules in endothelial cells and platelets, respectively. This molecule acts as a carrier protein for factor VIIIc, involved in the intrinsic pathway of blood coagulation maintaining its stability in circulation. Von Willebrand Factor also plays an important role in platelet aggregation and adhesion to injured vessel wall. It interacts with platelets through two distinct glycoproteins, GPIb and GPIIb/IIIa. We raised two monoclonal antibodies, ECA-3 and ECA-4, against human umbilical vascular endothelial cells that recognize and immunoprecipitate von Willebrand Factor. Interestingly, ECA-4 monoclonal antibody is able to completely inhibit platelet agglutination induced by ristocetin, suggesting that it binds to von Willebrand Factor close to platelet GPIb binding site. The use of monoclonal antibodies to identify von Willebrand Factor binding regions to factor VIII or platelets has been reported by others. In pulmonary hypertension, abnormalities have been detected on the multimeric structure of the molecule as well as on its proteolytic fragments, by using monoclonal antibodies. Moreover, monoclonal antibodies raised against specific regions of von Willebrand Factor molecule may allow studies of functional abnormalities of this protein in inherited and acquired disorders like subtypes of von Willebrand's disease.

  4. Interactions of von Willebrand factor and ADAMTS13 in von Willebrand disease and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Budde, U; Schneppenheim, R

    2014-01-01

    The function of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a huge multimeric protein and a key factor in platelet dependent primary haemostasis, is regulated by its specific protease ADAMTS13. The ADAMTS13 dependent degradation of VWF to its proteolytic fragments can be visualized as a characteristic so-called triplet structure of individual VWF oligomers by multimer analysis. Lack of VWF high molecular weight multimers (VWF-HMWM) or their pathologically enhanced degradation underlies a particular type of von Willebrand disease, VWD type 2A with a significant bleeding tendency, and may also be observed in acquired von Willebrand syndrome due to cardiovascular disease. In these conditions multimer analysis is an obligatory and powerful tool for diagnosis of VWD. The opposite condition, the persistence of ultralarge VWF (UL-VWF) multimers may cause the microangiopathic life-threatening disorder thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). During the course of active TTP, UL-VWF is consumed in the hyaline thrombi formed in the microvasculature which will ultimately result in the loss of UL-VWF and VWF-HMWM. Therefore, VWF multimer analysis is not a valid tool to diagnose TTP in the active phase of disease but may be helpful for the diagnosis of TTP patients in remission.

  5. Gastrointestinal angiodysplasia and bleeding in von Willebrand disease.

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    Franchini, M; Mannucci, P M

    2014-09-02

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD), the most common genetic bleeding disorder, is characterised by a quantitative or qualitative defect of von Willebrand factor (VWF). Patients with VWD suffer from mucocutaneous bleeding, of severity usually proportional to the degree of VWF defect. In particular, gastrointestinal bleeding associated with angiodysplasia is often a severe symptom of difficult management. This review focuses on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of VWD-associated gastrointestinal angiodysplasia and related bleeding.

  6. Significant linkage and non-linkage of type 1 von Willebrand disease to the von Willebrand factor gene.

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    Casaña, P; Martínez, F; Haya, S; Espinós, C; Aznar, J A

    2001-12-01

    Significant linkage of types 2A and 2B von Willebrand disease (VWD) to the von Willebrand factor (VWF) gene have been reported, as well as mutations in the VWF gene. However, data for the partial quantitative variant are less consistent. An inconsistency of association between the type 1 VWD phenotype and genotype has been reported recently. We undertook linkage analysis of 12 families with definite or possible type 1 VWD patients. One family with classic type 1 VWD had a high lod score (Z = 5.28, theta = 0.00). A total lod score of 10.68 was obtained for the four families with fully penetrant disease. In two families linkage was rejected, while three families did not show conclusive evidence of linkage. This study corroborates ABO blood group influence, especially in patients with mild deficiencies and/or incomplete penetrance. Indirect genetic analysis may be an option for diagnosing asymptomatic or presymptomatic type 1 VWD carriers, particularly in families showing higher penetrance. The study indicates defects of the VWF locus are to be expected in more than half of the families studied. However, as defects at different loci may be the cause of this phenotype, the results of the segregation analyses should be interpreted with caution, especially in studies involving small families, or mild expressions of the disorder or incomplete penetrance.

  7. Exponential Size Distribution of von Willebrand Factor

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    Lippok, Svenja; Obser, Tobias; Müller, Jochen P.; Stierle, Valentin K.; Benoit, Martin; Budde, Ulrich; Schneppenheim, Reinhard; Rädler, Joachim O.

    2013-01-01

    Von Willebrand Factor (VWF) is a multimeric protein crucial for hemostasis. Under shear flow, it acts as a mechanosensor responding with a size-dependent globule-stretch transition to increasing shear rates. Here, we quantify for the first time, to our knowledge, the size distribution of recombinant VWF and VWF-eGFP using a multilateral approach that involves quantitative gel analysis, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy. We find an exponentially decaying size distribution of multimers for recombinant VWF as well as for VWF derived from blood samples in accordance with the notion of a step-growth polymerization process during VWF biosynthesis. The distribution is solely described by the extent of polymerization, which was found to be reduced in the case of the pathologically relevant mutant VWF-IIC. The VWF-specific protease ADAMTS13 systematically shifts the VWF size distribution toward smaller sizes. This dynamic evolution is monitored using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and compared to a computer simulation of a random cleavage process relating ADAMTS13 concentration to the degree of VWF breakdown. Quantitative assessment of VWF size distribution in terms of an exponential might prove to be useful both as a valuable biophysical characterization and as a possible disease indicator for clinical applications. PMID:24010664

  8. [Type 2N von Willebrand disease (Normandy)].

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    Morales-De la Vega, Alejandro; Reyes-Maldonado, Elba; Martínez-Murillo, Carlos; Quintana-González, Sandra

    2008-01-01

    the results of the laboratory test for 2N von Willebrand disease (2N vWD) are indistinguishable from those of light or moderate haemophilia A, until the technique that evaluates the operation of the vWF: FVIII binding is performed. to determine the prevalence of type 2N vWD in patients diagnosed with light or moderate haemophilia A and type 1 vWD. twelve healthy donors and twenty-five patients diagnosed with haemophilia A (a carrier) and five suspected of type 1 vWD were included in the study. The common tests of haemostasis for this condition plus the technique of the relationship of the vWF: FVIII recombinant (F VIIIr) binding was performed. the laboratory results of the 30 patients were concordant with the previous diagnosis. However, three with a previous diagnosis of haemophilia A demonstrated a rate of relationship of the vWF: F VIIIr binding lower than the reference interval obtained from the healthy donors, which means it corresponds to 2N vWD. the screening method of 2N vWD employed in this study allowed to identify for first time in Mexico, the first cases of this variant with a prevalence of 10%. In our country, this method will allow to establishing accurate diagnosis of 2N vWD and to providing specific treatments.

  9. von Willebrand factor expression in osteosarcoma metastasis.

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    Eppert, Kolja; Wunder, Jay S; Aneliunas, Vicky; Kandel, Rita; Andrulis, Irene L

    2005-03-01

    A number of genes are implicated in the initiation and progression of osteosarcoma; however, cytogenetic and comparative genomic hybridization studies indicate the involvement of additional unidentified genes. An examination of gene expression profiles in 22 high-grade osteosarcoma tumor specimens from 15 patients (including paired primary and metastatic samples from five patients) indicated that von Willebrand factor (vWF) mRNA expression may increase during tumor progression. vWF, a large glycoprotein previously considered to be expressed exclusively by endothelial cells and megakaryocytes, is involved in platelet aggregation and adhesion to the subendothelial matrix, processes critical to hematogenous tumor cell metastasis to the lung. Analysis of paired primary and metastatic osteosarcoma tumor samples from 10 patients revealed an increase in vWF gene expression in metastases (P=0.005). Immunohistochemistry showed that, in addition to the endothelial cells, vWF protein was also detected in osteosarcoma cells in vivo in 13 of 29 tumor specimens as well as in SAOS2, an osteosarcoma cell line. The tumor cell staining correlated positively with high vWF expression in the sample (P=0.006). Although vascular endothelial cells contribute to the vWF mRNA detected in the tumor samples, there was neither any correlation between vascular density (VD) and vWF mRNA expression nor between VD and clinical outcome. These findings suggest that vWF expression is deregulated in osteosarcoma tumors, potentially contributing to metastasis.

  10. Unwinding the von Willebrand factor strings puzzle.

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    De Ceunynck, Karen; De Meyer, Simon F; Vanhoorelbeke, Karen

    2013-01-10

    von Willebrand factor (VWF) is amongst others synthesized by endothelial cells and stored as ultra-large (UL) VWF multimers in Weibel-Palade bodies. Although UL-VWF is proteolysed by ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin-like and metalloprotease domain with thrombospondin type-1 motif, number 13) on secretion from endothelial cells, in vitro experiments in the absence of ADAMTS13 have demonstrated that a proportion of these UL-VWF multimers remain anchored to the activated endothelium. These multimers unravel, bind platelets, and wave in the direction of the flow. These so-called VWF "strings" have also been visualized in vivo, lining the lumen of activated mesenteric veins of Adamts13(-/-) mice. Various studies have demonstrated the extraordinary length of these VWF strings, the availability of their platelet binding and ADAMTS13 cleavage sites, and the possible nature of their endothelial attachment. VWF strings are also capable of tethering leukocytes and parasite-infected red blood cells. However, the majority of studies have been performed in the absence of ADAMTS13, a condition only experienced in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. A normal functional role of VWF strings in healthy persons or in other disease pathologies remains unclear. In this review, we discuss some of the puzzling characteristics of VWF strings, and we debate whether the properties of VWF strings in the absence of ADAMTS13 might be relevant for understanding (patho)physiologic mechanisms.

  11. Recombinant von Willebrand factor: a first-of-its-kind product for von Willebrand disease.

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    Singal, M; Kouides, P A

    2016-12-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is caused by quantitative or qualitative defects in von Willebrand factor (VWF). The mainstay of therapy is desmopressin, which is, however, not useful in certain forms of VWD notwithstanding adverse events. For these patients, plasma-derived factor VIII (pdFVIII)/VWF concentrates have been available for close to three decades but have a theoretical risk of disease transmission, hypersensitivity/allergic reactions, inhibitors and thrombosis. A recombinant VWF (vonicog alfa, Vonvendi™; manufactured by Baxalta, now part of Shire) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2015. This review will survey the literature based on a MEDLINE review on the safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of Vonvendi. It will also summarize the ongoing studies on Vonvendi available in the public domain. Vonvendi may have an important role in the management of VWD. However, more studies are needed, especially in special populations such as surgical patients, patients with major gastrointestinal bleeding from arteriovenous malformations and pregnant women and children, who are most likely to benefit from it.

  12. Biosynthesis of von Willebrand protein by human megakaryocytes.

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    Sporn, L A; Chavin, S I; Marder, V J; Wagner, D D

    1985-09-01

    Immunofluorescence staining of buffy coat smears from a patient with chronic myelogenous leukemia in accelerated phase showed that approximately 13% of all nucleated cells contained von Willebrand protein and, therefore, appeared to be of megakaryocytic origin. This was confirmed by positive staining with antisera against platelet factor 4 and platelet glycoproteins. Short-term cultures of the buffy coat, which lacked endothelial cells, were metabolically labeled with [35S]methionine, and von Willebrand protein was immunopurified from cell lysates and culture medium. Cultures from this patient synthesized and secreted von Willebrand protein, in contrast with cultures from other patients with leukemia, who lacked circulating megakaryocytes, and from normal volunteers. The subunit composition of the megakaryocytic von Willebrand protein was very similar to that of human umbilical vein endothelial cells. The size of the processed subunit (220 kD) and of the cellular (260 kD) and secreted (275 kD) precursors from the two cell types were indistinguishable by gel electrophoresis. Furthermore, the ratio of precursor to processed subunit and the pattern of cellular and secreted nonreduced multimers were very similar. It appears, therefore, that the processing steps in biosynthesis of von Willebrand protein used by the megakaryocytes are very similar to those of umbilical vein endothelial cells.

  13. Thrombospondin-1 in von Willebrand factor function.

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    Bonnefoy, Arnaud; Hoylaerts, Marc F

    2008-10-01

    Thrombospondin-1 (TSP1), expressed in many cells and tissues is abundantly present in platelet alpha-granules, from where it is released upon platelet activation. Murine Tsp1(-/-) platelet studies have revealed that TSP1 is redundant for platelet aggregation, but that it reinforces platelet aggregate stabilization, especially in a shear field. von Willebrand factor (VWF), synthesized by megakaryocytes and endothelial cells is stored both in platelet alpha-granules and in endothelial Weibel-Palade bodies as ultralarge multimers. When released from endothelial cells, these multimers are temporarily retained on the endothelium, to be cleaved by the plasma protease ADAMTS13 into smaller and hemostatically less reactive multimers, released in plasma. This protease shows partial sequence identity with the type 1 (TSR1) and type 2 (TSR2) repeats of TSP1 and contains 1 TSR1 and 6 TSR2 repeats. TSP1, locally released by platelets, competes with ADAMTS13 during VWF proteolysis and controls the degree of VWF multimer processing. In addition, TSP1 and VWF both interact with the platelet GPIb/V/IX membrane complex, primarily in flow. These interactions control the recruitment of platelets to (sub) endothelial VWF and TSP1, exposed to the circulation, as a consequence of vascular inflammation and endothelial injury. TSP1-VWF interactions do not strictly enhance platelet recruitment and secreted TSP1 even weakly competes with the dynamic platelet rolling and adhesion onto VWF. Hence, TSP1 and VWF show partially related hemostatic functions, the most important one being the TSP1 role in the ADAMTS13 operated VWF multimer processing, in pro-inflammatory and thrombogenic conditions.

  14. Committee Opinion No.580: von Willebrand disease in women.

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    2013-12-01

    Von Willebrand disease, the most common inherited bleeding disorder among American women, is a common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding and other bleeding problems in women and adolescent girls. Von Willebrand disease and other inherited and acquired disorders of coagulation and hemostasis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of all patients being evaluated for heavy menstrual bleeding, regardless of age. There are many treatment options available for patients with von Willebrand disease and heavy menstrual bleeding, including hormonal and nonhormonal therapies. A multidisciplinary approach to management, which involves obstetrician-gynecologists and hematologists, results in optimal treatment outcomes. Many resources exist for patients and health care providers through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Hemophilia Foundation; and the American Society of Hematology.

  15. Weibel-Palade bodies: a window to von Willebrand disease.

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    Valentijn, K M; Eikenboom, J

    2013-04-01

    Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs) are the storage organelles for von Willebrand factor (VWF) in endothelial cells. VWF forms multimers that assemble into tubular structures in WPBs. Upon demand, VWF is secreted into the blood circulation, where it unfolds into strings that capture platelets during the onset of primary hemostasis. Numerous mutations affecting VWF lead to the bleeding disorder von Willebrand disease. This review reports the recent findings on the effects of VWF mutations on the biosynthetic pathway of VWF and its storage in WPBs. These new findings have deepened our understanding of VWF synthesis, storage, secretion, and function.

  16. Endothelial dysfunction in von Willebrand disease: angiogenesis and angiodysplasia.

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    Randi, Anna M

    2016-05-01

    In recent years, new functions for the haemostatic protein von Willebrand Factor (VWF) have emerged. Amongst these is the ability to modulate the development of new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis. The subtle effects that VWF exerts on blood vessel formation and stability may be relevant for the small but significant fraction of patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD) who also present with vascular malformations (angiodysplasia) in the gastrointestinal tract, often responsible for intractable bleeding. This review will briefly summarise the evidence and discuss the molecular pathways involved.

  17. Diagnostic Differentiation of von Willebrand Disease Types 1 and 2 by von Willebrand Factor Multimer Analysis and DDAVP Challenge Test.

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    Michiels, Jan Jacques; Smejkal, Petr; Penka, Miroslav; Batorova, Angelika; Pricangova, Tatiana; Budde, Ulrich; Vangenechten, Inge; Gadisseur, Alain

    2016-01-01

    The European Clinical Laboratory and Molecular (ECLM) classification of von Willebrand disease (vWD) is based on the splitting approach which uses sensitive and specific von Willebrand factor (vWF) assays with regard to the updated molecular data on structure and function of vWF gene and protein defects. A complete set of FVIII:C and vWF ristocetine cofactor, collagen binding, and antigen, vWF multimeric analysis in low- and medium-resolution gels, and responses to desmopressin (DDAVP) of FVIII:C and vWF parameters are mandatory. The ECLM classification distinguishes recessive types 1 and 3 vWD from recessive vWD 2C due to mutations in the D1 and D2 domains and vWD 2N due to mutations in the D'-FVIII-binding domain of vWF. The ECLM classification differentiates between mild vWD type 1 with variable penetrance of bleedings from symptomatic dominant type 1 vWD secretion defect and/or clearance defect with normal vWF multimers versus vWD 1M and 2M with normal or smeary vWF multimers in low- and medium-resolution gels. High-quality multimeric analysis of vWF in medium-resolution gels based on a DDAVP challenge test clearly delineates and distinguishes each of the dominant type 2 vWDs 1/2E, 2M, 2B, 2A, and 2D caused by vWF gene mutations in the D3 multimerization domain, loss or gain-of-function mutations in the glycoprotein Ib receptor A1 domain, gene mutations in the A2 proteolytic domain, and the C-terminal dimerization domain, respectively.

  18. Screening for von Willebrand disease: contribution of an automated assay for von Willebrand factor activity.

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    Lasne, D; Dey, C; Dautzenberg, M-D; Cherqaoui, Z; Monge, F; Aouba, A; Torchet, M-F; Geloen, D; Landais, P; Rothschild, C

    2012-05-01

    Measuring von Willebrand factor (VWF) activity is essential to the diagnosis of von Willebrand disease (VWD). The VWF activity is usually assessed based on measurement of the ristocetin cofactor (VWF:RCo). However, that test is technically challenging and has high intra- and inter-assay variabilities. The HemosIL VWF activity (VWF:AC) is a fully automated assay, recently proposed as a good alternative to VWF:RCo for VWD diagnosis. This study was undertaken to assess this new method. First, the analytical performance of VWF:AC on an automated coagulo-meter (ACLTop) was determined, and then this new method was compared with VWF:RCo and the platelet function analyzer (PFA100) for 160 patients referred for VWD screening. The VWF:AC achieved acceptable precision with within-run and between-run coefficients of variation ranging from 2.3% to 14.1%, and linearity from 10% to 100%. Despite some marked differences between VWF:AC and VWF:RCo for 10 plasmas tested, their agreement for VWD diagnosis was good. The VWF:AC had sensitivity similar to that of PFA100 (close to 100%), but better specificity (97.7% vs. 66% or 60%, depending on the cartridge used). The good analytical performance, and the sensitivity and specificity of VWF:AC to detect VWF deficiency renders it a suitable method for VWD screening. Our findings support VWF:AC use for the diagnostic work-up of VWD, paying close attention to concomitant clinical signs and bleeding score, as recommended for VWD. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  19. Current therapy in children and adolescents with von Willebrand disease.

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    Buga-Corbu, I; Arion, C

    2014-06-15

    The article represents a review of recent data about the therapy of von Willebrand disease in children and adolescents (hereditary as well as acquired forms of the disease). The treatment of bleeding events in these patients, the indications in different subtypes, and the future lines of research are mentioned.

  20. Changes in von Willebrand factor and ADAMTS13 during IVF.

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    Westerlund, Eli; Antovic, Aleksandra; Hovatta, Outi; Eberg, Karin P; Blombäck, Margareta; Wallén, Håkan; Henriksson, Peter

    2011-03-01

    During IVF, circulating estradiol concentrations are strongly increased, and this may have direct effects on hemostasis. Elevated von Willebrand factor levels represent an important risk factor for arterial and venous thrombosis. ADAMTS13, also known as von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease, has an important regulatory function of von Willebrand factor but has not been studied during IVF. Blood was sampled from 31 women at maximal downregulation of estradiol synthesis using gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogues and during high-level stimulation of estradiol synthesis using follicle-stimulating hormone during the first phase of IVF. Von Willebrand factor antigen, von Willebrand factor ristocetin cofactor activity, factor VIII and ADAMTS13 antigen and activity levels in plasma were determined at the time of downregulation and at high-level stimulation. Estradiol increased from a mean of 154 pg/ml at downregulation to 5889 pg/ml at high-level stimulation (range 1620-19 500 pg/ml). Factor VIII increased from 0.96 ± 0.34 to 1.26 ± 0.41 kIU/l (P < 0.001). Von Willebrand factor antigen and activity increased from 0.75 ± 0.22 to 1.06 ± 0.40 kIU/l (P < 0.001) and from 0.83 ± 0.26 to 1.24 ± 0.48 kIU/l (P < 0.001), respectively. ADAMTS13 antigen decreased from 72.2 ± 13.5 to 67.9 ± 9.9% (P < 0.05, P = 0.01) and ADAMTS13 activity from 88.6 ± 18.3 to 80.8 ± 15.7% (P < 0.01). The increments in estradiol and factor VIII during IVF were paralleled by an increase in von Willebrand factor antigen and activity, and a decrease in circulating ADAMTS13 antigen and activity, respectively. This could in part explain why these patients have an increased risk of thrombotic events.

  1. Expression of abnormal von Willebrand factor by endothelial cells from a patient with type IIA von Willebrand disease.

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    Levene, R B; Booyse, F M; Chediak, J; Zimmerman, T S; Livingston, D M; Lynch, D C

    1987-01-01

    Studies were conducted to characterize the biosynthesis of von Willebrand factor (vWf) by cultured endothelial cells (EC) derived from the umbilical vein of a patient with type IIA von Willebrand disease. The patient's EC, compared with those from normal individuals, produced vWf that had decreased amounts of large multimers and an increase in rapidly migrating satellite species, features characteristic of plasma vWf from patients with type IIA von Willebrand disease. The type IIA EC did produce a full spectrum of vWf multimers in both cell lysates and postculture medium, although the relative amounts of the largest species were decreased. The large multimers were degraded in conjunction with the appearance of rapidly migrating satellites that contained approximately equal to 170-kDa proteolytic fragments, suggesting that this patient's functional defect is due to abnormal proteolysis and not to a primary failure of vWf subunit oligomerization. Moreover, the observed degradation appears to result from an abnormal vWf molecule and not elevated protease levels. These results suggest that this patient's von Willebrand disease phenotype is caused by increased proteolytic sensitivity of his vWf protein. Images PMID:3306682

  2. Hemostatic efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of a recombinant von Willebrand factor in severe von Willebrand disease.

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    Gill, Joan C; Castaman, Giancarlo; Windyga, Jerzy; Kouides, Peter; Ragni, Margaret; Leebeek, Frank W G; Obermann-Slupetzky, Ortrun; Chapman, Miranda; Fritsch, Sandor; Pavlova, Borislava G; Presch, Isabella; Ewenstein, Bruce

    2015-10-22

    This phase 3 trial evaluated the safety and hemostatic efficacy of a recombinant von Willebrand factor (rVWF) for treatment of bleeds in severe von Willebrand disease (VWD). rVWF was initially administered together with recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) and subsequently alone, as long as hemostatic factor VIII activity (FVIII : C) levels were maintained. Pharmacokinetics (PK) were evaluated in a randomized cross-over design (rVWF vs rVWF:rFVIII at 50 IU VWF:ristocetin cofactor activity [RCo]/kg). Bleed control for all treated bleeds (N = 192 bleeds in 22 subjects) was rated good or excellent (96.9% excellent; 119 of 122 minor, 59 of 61 moderate, and 6 of 7 major bleeds) on a 4-point scale (4 = none to 1 = excellent). A single infusion was effective in 81.8% of bleeds. Treatment success, defined as the number of subjects with a mean efficacy rating of <2.5, was 100%. The PK profile of rVWF was not influenced by rFVIII (mean VWF:RCo terminal half-life: 21.9 hours for rVWF and 19.6 hours for rVWF:rFVIII). FVIII : C levels increased rapidly after rVWF alone, with hemostatic levels achieved within 6 hours and sustained through 72 hours after infusion. Eight adverse events (AEs; 6 nonserious AEs in 4 subjects and 2 serious AEs [chest discomfort and increased heart rate, without cardiac symptomatology] concurrently in 1 subject) were associated with rVWF. There were no thrombotic events or severe allergic reactions. No VWF or FVIII inhibitors, anti-VWF binding antibodies, or antibodies against host cell proteins were detected. These results show that rVWF was safe and effective in treating bleeds in VWD patients and stabilizes endogenous FVIII : C, which may eliminate the need for rFVIII after the first infusion. This trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT01410227.

  3. Hemostatic efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of a recombinant von Willebrand factor in severe von Willebrand disease

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    Gill, Joan C.; Castaman, Giancarlo; Windyga, Jerzy; Kouides, Peter; Ragni, Margaret; Leebeek, Frank W. G.; Obermann-Slupetzky, Ortrun; Chapman, Miranda; Fritsch, Sandor; Pavlova, Borislava G.; Presch, Isabella

    2015-01-01

    This phase 3 trial evaluated the safety and hemostatic efficacy of a recombinant von Willebrand factor (rVWF) for treatment of bleeds in severe von Willebrand disease (VWD). rVWF was initially administered together with recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) and subsequently alone, as long as hemostatic factor VIII activity (FVIII:C) levels were maintained. Pharmacokinetics (PK) were evaluated in a randomized cross-over design (rVWF vs rVWF:rFVIII at 50 IU VWF:ristocetin cofactor activity [RCo]/kg). Bleed control for all treated bleeds (N = 192 bleeds in 22 subjects) was rated good or excellent (96.9% excellent; 119 of 122 minor, 59 of 61 moderate, and 6 of 7 major bleeds) on a 4-point scale (4 = none to 1 = excellent). A single infusion was effective in 81.8% of bleeds. Treatment success, defined as the number of subjects with a mean efficacy rating of <2.5, was 100%. The PK profile of rVWF was not influenced by rFVIII (mean VWF:RCo terminal half-life: 21.9 hours for rVWF and 19.6 hours for rVWF:rFVIII). FVIII:C levels increased rapidly after rVWF alone, with hemostatic levels achieved within 6 hours and sustained through 72 hours after infusion. Eight adverse events (AEs; 6 nonserious AEs in 4 subjects and 2 serious AEs [chest discomfort and increased heart rate, without cardiac symptomatology] concurrently in 1 subject) were associated with rVWF. There were no thrombotic events or severe allergic reactions. No VWF or FVIII inhibitors, anti-VWF binding antibodies, or antibodies against host cell proteins were detected. These results show that rVWF was safe and effective in treating bleeds in VWD patients and stabilizes endogenous FVIII:C, which may eliminate the need for rFVIII after the first infusion. This trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT01410227. PMID:26239086

  4. Principles of care for the diagnosis and treatment of von Willebrand disease.

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    Castaman, Giancarlo; Goodeve, Anne; Eikenboom, Jeroen

    2013-05-01

    Von Willebrand disease is a common autosomal inherited bleeding disorder caused by quantitative or qualitative defects of von Willebrand factor, a multi-adhesive protein that binds platelets to exposed subendothelium and carries factor VIII in circulation. As a result of von Willebrand factor deficiency or abnormality, levels of factor VIII, the protein deficient in hemophilia A, may be variably reduced. Clinical manifestations are mainly represented by mucous membrane and of soft tissue bleeding. Their severity is variable depending on the degree of von Willebrand factor and factor VIII reduction. While a clear-cut diagnosis is easy in severe von Willebrand factor reductions, the advantage of pursuing a definite diagnosis in mild or dubious cases should be weighed against the risk of over-medicalization. The aim of treatment is to correct the dual defect of hemostasis caused by the abnormal/reduced von Willebrand factor and the concomitant deficiency of factor VIII. Desmopressin is the treatment of choice for type 1 von Willebrand disease patients with factor VIII and von Willebrand factor levels of 10 U/dL or over who have proved responsive to a test-infusion with the compound. Von Willebrand factor/factor VIII concentrates are needed when desmopressin is ineffective (mainly type 2 and 3 von Willebrand disease).

  5. Principles of care for the diagnosis and treatment of von Willebrand disease

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    Castaman, Giancarlo; Goodeve, Anne; Eikenboom, Jeroen

    2013-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease is a common autosomal inherited bleeding disorder caused by quantitative or qualitative defects of von Willebrand factor, a multi-adhesive protein that binds platelets to exposed subendothelium and carries factor VIII in circulation. As a result of von Willebrand factor deficiency or abnormality, levels of factor VIII, the protein deficient in hemophilia A, may be variably reduced. Clinical manifestations are mainly represented by mucous membrane and of soft tissue bleeding. Their severity is variable depending on the degree of von Willebrand factor and factor VIII reduction. While a clear-cut diagnosis is easy in severe von Willebrand factor reductions, the advantage of pursuing a definite diagnosis in mild or dubious cases should be weighed against the risk of over-medicalization. The aim of treatment is to correct the dual defect of hemostasis caused by the abnormal/reduced von Willebrand factor and the concomitant deficiency of factor VIII. Desmopressin is the treatment of choice for type 1 von Willebrand disease patients with factor VIII and von Willebrand factor levels of 10 U/dL or over who have proved responsive to a test-infusion with the compound. Von Willebrand factor/factor VIII concentrates are needed when desmopressin is ineffective (mainly type 2 and 3 von Willebrand disease). PMID:23633542

  6. Marshall-Stickler phenotype associated with von Willebrand disease

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    MacDonald, M.R.; Baker, K.S.; Schaefer, G.B.

    1997-01-20

    We report on 6 individuals from three different kindreds with Marshall-Stickler (MS) phenotype, with characteristic orofacial abnormalities, arthropathy, deafness, and eye findings, all of whom were discovered to have a mild bleeding diathesis and coagulation-study findings consistent with mild von Willebrand disease (vWD). MS syndrome has been linked in some cases to the type II procollagen gene (COL2A1) on chromosome 12q, and to the collagen XI gene (COL11A2) on chromosome 6. The von Willebrand factor (vWF) is encoded by a 180-Kb gene located on the short arm of chromosome 12. This is the first reported association of these two disorders. 26 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Subarachnoid hemorrhage associated with von Willebrand's disease--case report.

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    Nakau, Reiko; Nomura, Motohiro; Kida, Shinya; Yamashita, Junkoh; Kinoshita, Akira; Nitta, Hisashi; Muramatsu, Naoki

    2005-12-01

    A 59-year-old woman with type IIA von Willebrand's disease (VWD) presented with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Computed tomography showed SAH in the right sylvian fissure and intracranial hemorrhage in the right temporal lobe. Angiography demonstrated an aneurysm at the bifurcation of the right middle cerebral artery. Neck clipping was performed on the 3rd day after the onset with intra- and postoperative administration of factor VIII/von Willebrand factor concentrate. No excessive bleeding occurred. Patients with prolonged bleeding time should be screened for VWD before surgery. This is a rare case of VWD presenting with SAH secondary to ruptured intracranial aneurysm. The clinical characteristics and the management of SAH in a patient with VWD are discussed.

  8. The molecular characterization of von Willebrand disease: good in parts.

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    James, P D; Lillicrap, D

    2013-04-01

    Since the cloning of the gene that encodes von Willebrand factor (VWF), 27 years ago, significant progress has been made in our understanding of the molecular basis of the most common inherited bleeding disorder, von Willebrand disease (VWD). The molecular pathology of this condition represents a range of genetic mechanisms, some of which are now very well characterized, and others that are still under investigation. In general, our knowledge of the molecular basis of type 2 and 3 VWD is now well advanced, and in some instances this information is being used to enhance clinical management. In contrast, our understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of the most common form of VWD, type 1 disease, is still at an early stage, with preliminary evidence that this phenotype involves a complex interplay between environmental factors and the influence of genetic variability both within and outside of the VWF locus.

  9. Structure of von Willebrand factor and its function in platelet adhesion and thrombus formation.

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    Ruggeri, Z M

    2001-06-01

    The adhesive protein von Willebrand factor mediates the initiation and progression of thrombus formation at sites of vascular injury. von Willebrand factor is synthesized in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes as a very large polymer composed of identical subunits. In the plasma, it appears as a series of multimers of regularly decreasing molecular mass, from several thousand to 500 kDa. The size of circulating von Willebrand factor multimers is controlled by proteolytic cleavage carried out by a specific protease. The biological functions of von Willebrand factor are exerted through specific domains that interact with extracellular matrix components and cell membrane receptors to promote the initial tethering and adhesion of platelets to subendothelial surfaces, as well as platelet aggregation. Moreover, von Willebrand factor binds the procoagulant co-enzyme, factor VIII, contributing to its stability and, indirectly, to its function in the generation of fibrin. This chapter presents a review of current knowledge on the structure, biosynthesis and functions of von Willebrand factor.

  10. Screening of Von Willebrand Disease in Iranian Women With Menorrhagia

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    Rahbar, Nahid; Faranoush, Mohammad; Ghorbani, Raheb; Sadr Alsadat, Bahare

    2015-01-01

    Background: Menorrhagia is a common health problem in women, particularly those with bleeding disorders. Little is known about the course of menorrhagia or other bleeding symptoms in women with the most common congenital bleeding disorder, von Willebrand disease (vWD). Objectives: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of vWD in women with diagnosed menorrhagia. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 460 consecutive patients, presenting menorrhagia, were analyzed. The initial screening and confirmation tests for the diagnosis of vWD included determination of prothrombin time (PT), partial thromboplastin time (PTT), bleeding time (BT), fibrinogen, factor VIII, vWF antigen, and vWF activity. A questionnaire was filled for every patient. The data were then analyzed using the SPSS software. Results: Mean age of our patients was 32.5 ± 10.6 years. The level of von Willebrand factor in 22.5% and von Willebrand activity in 19.6% of patients was abnormal. The prevalence of vWD among patients with menorrhagia was 24%. Conclusions: The high prevalence of vWD among our patients was the same as other previous reports, suggesting low awareness about this disease and under diagnosis of mild cases. PMID:25763275

  11. Clumping factor A, von Willebrand factor-binding protein and von Willebrand factor anchor Staphylococcus aureus to the vessel wall.

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    Claes, J; Liesenborghs, L; Peetermans, M; Veloso, T R; Missiakas, D; Schneewind, O; Mancini, S; Entenza, J M; Hoylaerts, M F; Heying, R; Verhamme, P; Vanassche, T

    2017-02-09

    Essentials Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) binds to endothelium via von Willebrand factor (VWF). Secreted VWF-binding protein (vWbp) mediates S. aureus adhesion to VWF under shear stress. vWbp interacts with VWF and the Sortase A-dependent surface protein Clumping factor A (ClfA). VWF-vWbp-ClfA anchor S. aureus to vascular endothelium under shear stress.

  12. How I treat type 2 variant forms of von Willebrand disease.

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    Tosetto, Alberto; Castaman, Giancarlo

    2015-02-05

    Type 2 von Willebrand disease (VWD) includes a wide range of qualitative abnormalities of von Willebrand factor structure and function resulting in a variable bleeding tendency. According to the current classification, 4 different subtypes can be identified, each with distinctive phenotypic and therapeutic characteristics. Current available laboratory methods allow a straightforward approach to VWD subtyping, and although the precise molecular characterization remains complex, it is not required for appropriate treatment of the vast majority of cases. Desmopressin can be useful only in a few type 2 cases compared with patients with actual quantitative deficiency (type 1), most often in variants with a nearly normal multimeric pattern (type 2M). However, since no laboratory test accurately predicts response to desmopressin, a trial test should always be performed in all type 2 VWD patients, with the exception of type 2B ones. Replacement therapy with plasma-derived von Willebrand factor-factor VIII concentrates represents the safe mainstay of treatment of all patients, particularly those not responding to desmopressin or requiring a sustained hemostatic correction because of major surgery or bleeding. A significant patient bleeding history correlates with increased bleeding risk and should be considered in tailoring the optimal antihemorrhagic prophylaxis in the individual patient.

  13. New mutations in exon 28 of the von Willebrand factor gene detected in patients with different types of von Willebrand's disease.

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    Casaña, P; Martínez, F; Haya, S; Tavares, A; Aznar, J A

    2001-04-01

    von Willebrand's disease (vWD), the most common hereditary bleeding disorder in humans, is caused by qualitative and/or quantitative deficiencies of von Willebrand factor, and can manifest itself under several different phenotypes. Most of the molecular defects have been detected in qualitative variants involving exon 28 of the vWF gene. Patients from four unrelated families with different types of vWD were included in the mutation screening of this region. The whole exon 28 was analyzed in three gene specific fragments, two of them comprising the region involved in the platelet glycoprotein Ib vWF interaction. The search for mutations was carried out by single-stranded conformation polymorphism analysis. The mutations were then identified by automatic sequencing of the anomalous electrophoretic pattern samples. The following candidate mutations were detected. The 3941T-->A transversion, which predicts the amino acid change V1314D, was detected in a sporadic patient with type 2B vWD and severe thrombocytopenia. The 4309G-->A transition, resulting in the amino acid substitution A1437T, was identified in four patients classified as having type 2M vWD. Six unclassified patients from another family carry the 4135C-->T mutation, which gives rise to a cysteine instead of the normal arginine (R1379C) that segregates with the phenotype. The amino acid change C1227R, predicted by the mutation 4135C-->T, was identified as a compound heterozygote in a patient with moderately severe type 1 vWD. None of these mutations had been described previously. These findings confirm the importance already given to this region for the correct function of von Willebrand factor since the mutations detected, which affect the D3 and A1 domains, could give rise to different variants of the disease.

  14. Efficacy and safety of factor VIII/von Willebrand's factor concentrate (Haemate-P) in preventing bleeding during surgery or invasive procedures in patients with von Willebrand disease.

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    Franchini, Massimo; Rossetti, Gina; Tagliaferri, Annarita; Pattacini, Corrado; Pozzoli, Donatella; Lippi, Giuseppe; Manzato, Franco; Bertuzzo, Daniela; Gandini, Giorgio

    2003-11-01

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the factor VIII/von Willebrand factor concentrate Haemate-P as replacement therapy in patients with von Willebrand's disease (VWD) undergoing surgical or invasive procedures. Between January 1996 and October 2002, 26 patients (12 males and 14 females, median age 41.5 years, range 9-80 years), followed at three Italian Hemophilia Centers (Trento, Verona and Parma), with VWD type 1 (19 cases) and VWD type 2B (7 cases), underwent 43 surgical or invasive procedures: major surgery (14 cases), minor surgery (11 cases), dental extractions (11 cases), invasive diagnostic procedures (7 cases). Replacement therapy with factor VIII/von Willebrand factor concentrate (Haemate-P) was administered in the surgical setting as perioperative prophylaxis against excessive bleeding. The mean total dose (range) of Haemate-P used for major surgery was 284.1 IU VWF:RCo/kg (range 125.0-976.4), for minor surgery it was 120.8 IU VWF:RCo/kg (range 42.9-173.3), for dental extractions it was 38.4 IU VWF:RCo/kg (range 23.5-100.0) and for invasive procedures it was 87.3 VWF:RCo/kg (range 27.3-160.0). We recorded one bleeding episode 3 days after multiple dental extractions in a patient with severe periodontal disease; this bleeding was controlled with 2 further administrations of concentrate. We did not observe thrombotic episodes or other side effects following infusion of the concentrate. In conclusion, Haemate-P was effective and safe in preventing excessive bleeding after major and minor surgery or invasive procedures in VWD patients.

  15. Severe hyponatraemia secondary to desmopressin therapy in von Willebrand's disease.

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    Bertholini, D M; Butler, C S

    2000-04-01

    A 42-year-old female with von Willebrand's disease was managed with desmopressin and tranexamic acid to aid haemostasis following a vaginal hysterectomy. Severe acute hyponatraemia (134 to 108 mmol/l) developed over two days, culminating in a generalized tonic-clonic seizure and cerebral oedema. Fluid restriction, cessation of desmopressin and hypertonic saline administration led to a full recovery. Desmopressin is known to reduce free water elimination and produce hyponatraemia, but its extent and rate of development in this patient was surprising. Close monitoring of serum sodium and fluid balance is recommended in these patients.

  16. von Willebrand factor, Jedi knight of the bloodstream.

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    Springer, Timothy A

    2014-08-28

    When blood vessels are cut, the forces in the bloodstream increase and change character. The dark side of these forces causes hemorrhage and death. However, von Willebrand factor (VWF), with help from our circulatory system and platelets, harnesses the same forces to form a hemostatic plug. Force and VWF function are so closely intertwined that, like members of the Jedi Order in the movie Star Wars who learn to use "the Force" to do good, VWF may be considered the Jedi knight of the bloodstream. The long length of VWF enables responsiveness to flow. The shape of VWF is predicted to alter from irregularly coiled to extended thread-like in the transition from shear to elongational flow at sites of hemostasis and thrombosis. Elongational force propagated through the length of VWF in its thread-like shape exposes its monomers for multimeric binding to platelets and subendothelium and likely also increases affinity of the A1 domain for platelets. Specialized domains concatenate and compact VWF during biosynthesis. A2 domain unfolding by hydrodynamic force enables postsecretion regulation of VWF length. Mutations in VWF in von Willebrand disease contribute to and are illuminated by VWF biology. I attempt to integrate classic studies on the physiology of hemostatic plug formation into modern molecular understanding, and point out what remains to be learned.

  17. Von Willebrand factor and angiogenesis: basic and applied issues.

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    Randi, A M; Laffan, M A

    2017-01-01

    The recent discovery that von Willebrand factor (VWF) regulates blood vessel formation has opened a novel perspective on the function of this complex protein. VWF was discovered as a key component of hemostasis, capturing platelets at sites of endothelial damage and synthesized in megakaryocytes and endothelial cells (EC). In recent years, novel functions and binding partners have been identified for VWF. The finding that loss of VWF in EC results in enhanced, possibly dysfunctional, angiogenesis is consistent with the clinical observations that in some patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD), vascular malformations can cause severe gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. In vitro and in vivo studies indicate that VWF can regulate angiogenesis through multiple pathways, both intracellular and extracellular, although their relative importance is still unclear. Investigation of these pathways has been greatly facilitated by the ability to isolate EC from progenitors circulating in the peripheral blood of normal controls and patients with VWD. In the next few years, these will yield further evidence on the molecular pathways controlled by VWF and shed light on this novel and fascinating area of vascular biology. In this article, we will review the evidence supporting a role for VWF in blood vessel formation, the link between VWF dysfunction and vascular malformations causing GI bleeding and how they may be causally related. Finally, we will discuss how these findings point to novel therapeutic approaches to bleeding refractory to VWF replacement therapy in VWD.

  18. Interaction of the von Willebrand factor with platelets and thrombosis.

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    Perutelli, P; Mori, P G

    1997-11-01

    The human von Willebrand factor (vWf) is a multimeric glycoprotein present in plasma, platelets, endothelial cells and subendothelium and synthesized in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. vWf plays a pivotal role in the mechanisms of blood clotting and platelet thrombus formation; quantitative and qualitative abnormalities of vWf cause the most common congenital bleeding disorder in man, the von Willebrand disease. vWf stabilizes factor VIII and interacts with subendothelial components and with platelet membrane receptors. The multimeric structure of vWf provides an array of binding sites which allows multivalent interactions with its ligands, thus supporting the formation of stable platelet aggregates at the site of vascular injury, particularly under flow conditions characterized by high shear stress. In the last years, remarkable progress has been made toward understanding the structure of vWf protein and gene, and the elucidation of many structure-function relationships, which may result in improved therapeutic intervention for vWD patients, and in the development of effective strategies for antithrombotic therapy.

  19. von Willebrand disease: advances in pathogenetic understanding, diagnosis, and therapy.

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    Lillicrap, David

    2013-01-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common autosomally inherited bleeding disorder. The disease represents a range of quantitative and qualitative pathologies of the adhesive glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (VWF). The pathogenic mechanisms responsible for the type 2 qualitative variants of VWF are now well characterized, with most mutations representing missense substitutions influencing VWF multimer structure and interactions with platelet GPIbα and collagen and with factor VIII. The molecular pathology of type 3 VWD has been similarly well characterized, with an array of different mutation types producing either a null phenotype or the production of VWF that is not secreted. In contrast, the pathogenetic mechanisms responsible for type 1 VWD remain only partially resolved. In the hemostasis laboratory, the measurement of VWF:Ag and VWF:RCo are key components in the diagnostic algorithm for VWD, although the introduction of direct GPIbα-binding assays may become the functional assay of choice. Molecular genetic testing can provide additional benefit, but its utility is currently limited to type 2 and 3 VWD. The treatment of bleeding in VWD involves the use of desmopressin and plasma-derived VWF concentrates and a variety of adjunctive agents. Finally, a new recombinant VWF concentrate has just completed clinical trial evaluation and has demonstrated excellent hemostatic efficacy and safety.

  20. Developments in the diagnostic procedures for von Willebrand disease.

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    De Jong, A; Eikenboom, J

    2016-03-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder but its diagnosis can be challenging due to the heterogeneity of the disease. VWD is mainly associated with mild mucocutaneous bleeding, although there are more severe phenotypes with bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract or even the joints. Also, surgical interventions and trauma may lead to critical bleeding events. These bleeding episodes are all related to quantitative or qualitative defects of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a multimeric glycoprotein produced by endothelial cells and megakaryocytes, which mediates platelet adhesion and aggregation and binds factor VIII (FVIII) in the circulation. This review describes the diagnostic procedures required for correct diagnosis. Accurate diagnosis and classification is required for proper treatment and counseling. Assessment of bleeding starts with the medical history. After a positive bleeding or family history, subsequent laboratory investigations will start with a panel of standard screening tests for hemostatic defects. Patients suspected of having VWD will be tested for plasma VWF antigen levels, the ability of VWF to bind platelets and FVIII activity. When VWD is confirmed, a set of subtyping tests can classify the patients as VWD types 1, 2 (A, B, M or N) or 3. The performance of some additional assays and analyses, such as VWF propeptide measurement or genetic analysis, may help in identifying the pathological mechanism behind certain defects or can guide in the choice of treatment.

  1. Prophylaxis in von Willebrand Disease: Coming of Age?

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    Saccullo, Giorgia; Makris, Mike

    2016-07-01

    Although in most cases von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a mild disorder, a subgroup of patients experience frequent bleeding. In contrast to severe hemophilia in which prophylaxis is the accepted standard of care, this is less frequently used in VWD. Most type 1 VWD patients can be adequately managed with episodic desmopressin and tranexamic acid. In patients with more severe disease, especially those with type 3 VWD, joint bleeds, epistaxis, menorrhagia, and gastrointestinal bleeding are problematic and usually require treatment with von Willebrand factor/factor VIII (VWF/FVIII) concentrate. While in the past these patients were managed with on-demand VWF/FVIII concentrate, several recent reports have demonstrated the value of prophylactic treatment. Despite some uncertainties about the economic impact of treatment of severe VWD, prophylaxis with VWF concentrate should now be considered as the standard of care for the more severe end of the spectrum of affected individuals. The recent introduction of recombinant VWF concentrate is likely to improve the acceptability of prophylaxis in VWD.

  2. Acquired von Willebrand syndrome in patients with Gaucher disease.

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    Mitrovic, Mirjana; Elezovic, Ivo; Miljic, Predrag; Suvajdzic, Nada

    2014-04-01

    Although various coagulation abnormalities occur in patients with Gaucher disease (GD), von Willebrand factor (vWF) deficiency has rarely been reported. A retrospective review of six treatment naïve cases with GD and concomitant vWF deficiency over a 12-year-period in a single center is presented. All patients had a personal history of prior hemorrhages. Based on both reduced level of vWF antigen (vWF:Ag, range 14-56%) and ristocetin cofactor activity (vWF:RCo, range 12-53%), with a vWF:RCo/Ag ratio >0.7, the diagnosis of type 1 von Willebrand disease was made in all six cases. During enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) of a 2-year duration all patients normalized their vWF:Ag levels. Based on the positive ERT effect on vWF:Ag levels, vWF deficiency was assumed to be acquired. It should be noted that beside vWF deficiency four patients with GD exhibited mild thrombocytopenia (range 81-131×10(9)/L) and three had additional hemostatic defects (reduced collagen platelet aggregation, FV, FXI and FXII deficiencies).

  3. The "Normandy" variant of von Willebrand disease: characterization of a point mutation in the von Willebrand factor gene.

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    Gaucher, C; Jorieux, S; Mercier, B; Oufkir, D; Mazurier, C

    1991-05-01

    We previously reported a functional defect of von Willebrand factor (vWF) in a new variant of von Willebrand disease (vWD) tentatively named vWD "Normandy." The present work has attempted to characterize the molecular abnormality of this vWF that fails to bind factor VIII (FVIII). The immunopurified vWF from normal and patient's plasma were digested by trypsin and the resulting peptides were compared. The electrophoresis of "vWF Normandy" showed a shift in the band corresponding to a polypeptide from amino acid 1 to 272. Consequently, we performed the molecular analysis of the portion of the vWF gene of this patient encoding this amino acid sequence. Exons 18-24 were amplified by the use of polymerase chain reaction and their nucleotide sequences corresponding to 1.8 kb were determined. Our analysis showed a point mutation C to T at codon 791, resulting in the substitution of Methionine for Threonine at position 28 of the mature vWF subunit. Because this nucleotide substitution destroyed a Mae II restriction site, this mutation was conveniently sought in various individual DNAs. The patterns obtained were consistent with the homozygous and heterozygous state of this mutation in the patient and in her son, respectively, and with its absence in 28 normal individuals. We conclude that Threonine at position 28 in plasma vWF may be crucial for the conformation and FVIII-binding capacity of its cystine-rich N-terminal domain.

  4. Visualizing the von Willebrand factor/glycoprotein Ib-IX axis with a platelet-type von Willebrand disease mutation.

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    Guerrero, Jose A; Kyei, Mark; Russell, Susan; Liu, Junling; Gartner, T Kent; Storrie, Brian; Ware, Jerry

    2009-12-24

    Platelet-type von Willebrand disease (PT-VWD) is a bleeding disorder of the platelet glycoprotein Ib-IX/von Willebrand factor (VWF) axis caused by mutations in the glycoprotein Ib-IX receptor that lead to an increased affinity with VWF. In this report, platelets from a mouse expressing a mutation associated with PT-VWD have been visualized using state-of-the art image collection and processing. Confocal analysis revealed that VWF bound to the surface of single platelets and bridging micro-aggregates of platelets. Surface-bound VWF appears as a large, linear structure on the surface of 50% of the PT-VWD platelets. In vivo thrombus formation after chemical injury to the carotid artery revealed a severe impairment to occlusion as a consequence of the PT-VWD mutation. In vitro stimulation of PT-VWD platelets with adenosine diphosphate or thrombin demonstrates a significant block in their ability to bind fibrinogen. The impairment of in vivo thrombus formation and in vitro fibrinogen binding are more significant than might be expected from the observed platelet binding to VWF polymers over a small portion of the plasma membrane. Visualization of the receptor/ligand interaction and characterization of a severe antithrombotic phenotype provide a new understanding on the molecular basis of bleeding associated with the PT-VWD phenotype.

  5. Variable content of von Willebrand factor mutant monomer drives the phenotypic variability in a family with von Willebrand disease.

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    Chen, Junmei; Hinckley, Jesse D; Haberichter, Sandra; Jacobi, Paula; Montgomery, Robert; Flood, Veronica H; Wong, Randall; Interlandi, Gianluca; Chung, Dominic W; López, José A; Di Paola, Jorge

    2015-07-09

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an inherited bleeding disorder characterized by incomplete penetrance and variable expressivity. We evaluated a 24-member pedigree with VWD type 2 caused by a T>G mutation at position 3911 that predicts a methionine to arginine (M1304R) change in the platelet-binding A1 domain of von Willebrand factor (VWF). This mutation manifests as an autosomal-dominant trait, with clinical and biochemical phenotypic variability among affected individuals, including differences in bleeding tendency and VWF quantity, activity, and multimer pattern. Sequencing of all VWF coding regions in 3 affected individuals did not identify additional mutations. When expressed in heterologous cells, M1304R was secreted in lower quantities, failed to drive formation of storage granules, and was defective in multimerization and platelet binding. When cotransfected in equal quantities with the wild-type complementary DNA, the mutant complementary DNA depressed VWF secretion, although multimerization was only mildly affected. A llama nanobody (AU/VWFa-11) that detects the mutant A1 domain demonstrated highly variable binding to VWF from different affected members, indicating that the VWF contained different percentages of mutant monomers in different individuals. Thus, the observed variability in VWD phenotypes could in part be determined by the extent of mutant monomer incorporation in the final multimer structure of plasma VWF.

  6. [Structure and function of the factor VIII/von Willebrand factor complex].

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    Müller, G

    1990-03-01

    In the blood plasma factor VIII is bound to the von Willebrand factor. The primary structure of the two proteins were clarified by gene clonation. Factor VIII descends from a precursor protein with 2,351 amino acids by splitting of 19 amino acid residues and is activated by partial proteolysis. In the blood coagulation factor VIII acts as co-factor for the activation of factor X by factor IX in the presence of phospholipids and Ca++ within the intrinsic coagulation system. The formation of the von Willebrand factor takes place by splitting of 22 and 741 amino acid residues, respectively, from pre-pro-von Willebrand factor via pro-von Willebrand factor. The subunits of the von Willebrand factor consist od 2,050 amino acid residues. In the blood plasma the von Willebrand factor is existing as a mixture of multimeres. Receptors of the von Willebrand factor on the thrombocytic membrane are the glycoproteins GPIb and GPIIb/GPIIIa, by means of which the adhesion of thrombocytes at the subendoethelium of the vascular wall and the aggregation of thrombocytes are mediated.

  7. Is the activated partial thromboplastin time suitable to screen for von Willebrand factor deficiencies?

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    Lippi, Giuseppe; Franchini, Massimo; Poli, Giovanni; Salvagno, Gian Luca; Montagnana, Martina; Guidi, Gian Cesare

    2007-06-01

    The diagnostic approach to von Willebrand factor deficiencies is challenging and requires discretionary use of laboratory resources. Although extensive preoperative testing is not recommended, the activated partial thromboplastin time may be useful, especially in selected categories of patients. To establish the diagnostic sensitivity of this test to identify isolate von Willebrand factor deficiencies, 204 consecutive patients underwent a routine preoperative screening consisting of activated partial thromboplastin time, von Willebrand factor antigen, intrinsic pathway clotting factors activity, lupus anticoagulants and thrombin time. Thirty-seven patients were diagnosed with haemostasis disturbances other than von Willebrand factor deficiencies and were excluded from the evaluation. Isolated von Willebrand factor deficiency was diagnosed in 11 of the remaining 167 patients. A significant correlation was observed between von Willebrand factor antigen and activated partial thromboplastin time. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed an area under the curve of 0.982 (95% confidence interval: 0.972-0.992; P < 0.001). At the 1.17 upper limit of the activated partial thromboplastin time, sensitivity and specificity were 100 and 85%, respectively, with negative and positive predictive values of 100 and 31%, respectively. These results demonstrate that activated partial thromboplastin time has an excellent diagnostic sensitivity and a satisfactory specificity for identifying isolated von Willebrand factor deficiencies.

  8. Platelet-independent adhesion of calcium-loaded erythrocytes to von Willebrand factor

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    Bierings, Ruben; Meems, Henriet; Mul, Frederik P. J.; Geerts, Dirk; Vlaar, Alexander P. J.; Voorberg, Jan; Hordijk, Peter L.

    2017-01-01

    Adhesion of erythrocytes to endothelial cells lining the vascular wall can cause vaso-occlusive events that impair blood flow which in turn may result in ischemia and tissue damage. Adhesion of erythrocytes to vascular endothelial cells has been described in multiple hemolytic disorders, especially in sickle cell disease, but the adhesion of normal erythrocytes to endothelial cells has hardly been described. It was shown that calcium-loaded erythrocytes can adhere to endothelial cells. Because sickle erythrocyte adhesion to ECs can be enhanced by ultra-large von Willebrand factor multimers, we investigated whether calcium loading of erythrocytes could promote binding to endothelial cells via ultra-large von Willebrand factor multimers. We used (immunofluorescent) live-cell imaging of washed erythrocytes perfused over primary endothelial cells at venular flow rate. Using this approach, we show that calcium-loaded erythrocytes strongly adhere to histamine-stimulated primary human endothelial cells. This adhesion is mediated by ultra-large von Willebrand factor multimers. Von Willebrand factor knockdown or ADAMTS13 cleavage abolished the binding of erythrocytes to activated endothelial cells under flow. Platelet depletion did not interfere with erythrocyte binding to von Willebrand factor. Our results reveal platelet-independent adhesion of calcium-loaded erythrocytes to endothelium-derived von Willebrand factor. Erythrocyte adhesion to von Willebrand factor may be particularly relevant for venous thrombosis, which is characterized by the formation of erythrocyte-rich thrombi. PMID:28249049

  9. Von Willebrand Disease and Pregnancy: A Review of Evidence and Expert Opinion.

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    Reynen, Emily; James, Paula

    2016-10-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a common, inherited bleeding disorder. There are three main types of VWD, which result in a quantitative or qualitative deficiency in von Willebrand factor (VWF) and in severe cases, also Factor VIII (FVIII). The severity of bleeding depends on the underlying pathophysiology. Type 1 VWD is usually mild, while types 2 or 3 VWD can be associated with moderate or significant bleeding. Managing pregnant women with VWD requires a multidisciplinary approach. Such patients are at increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage. Whether women with VWD are at increased risk of spontaneous abortion remains unclear. Because of increased risk of bleeding, there are special considerations for delivery and obstetrical analgesia. There is a lack of high-quality evidence supporting monitoring and treatment of VWD in pregnancy. Most experts recommend that FVIII and VWF levels be monitored prior to delivery and treatment initiated when levels remain below 0.50 IU/mL. Some experts consider desmopressin (DDAVP) to be the preferred initial treatment in type 1 and most type 2 VWD. DDAVP is relatively contraindicated in type 2B disease. Plasma-derived FVIII and VWF replacements are the treatment of choice in type 2B and 3 VWD and in type 1 or 2 VWD when patients do not respond to DDAVP.

  10. von Willebrand factor binds to the surface of dendritic cells and modulates peptide presentation of factor VIII

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    Sorvillo, Nicoletta; Hartholt, Robin B.; Bloem, Esther; Sedek, Magdalena; Brinke, Anja ten; van der Zwaan, Carmen; van Alphen, Floris P.; Meijer, Alexander B.; Voorberg, Jan

    2016-01-01

    It has been proposed that von Willebrand factor might affect factor VIII immunogenicity by reducing factor VIII uptake by antigen presenting cells. Here we investigate the interaction of recombinant von Willebrand factor with immature monocyte-derived dendritic cells using flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. Surprisingly, von Willebrand factor was not internalized by immature dendritic cells, but remained bound to the cell surface. As von Willebrand factor reduces the uptake of factor VIII, we investigated the repertoire of factor VIII presented peptides when in complex with von Willebrand factor. Interestingly, factor VIII-derived peptides were still abundantly presented on major histocompatibility complex class II molecules, even though a reduction of factor VIII uptake by immature dendritic cells was observed. Inspection of peptide profiles from 5 different donors showed that different core factor VIII peptide sequences were presented upon incubation with factor VIII/von Willebrand factor complex when compared to factor VIII alone. No von Willebrand factor peptides were detected when immature dendritic cells were pulsed with different concentrations of von Willebrand factor, confirming lack of von Willebrand factor endocytosis. Several von Willebrand factor derived peptides were recovered when cells were pulsed with von Willebrand factor/factor VIII complex, suggesting that factor VIII promotes endocytosis of small amounts of von Willebrand factor by immature dendritic cells. Taken together, our results establish that von Willebrand factor is poorly internalized by immature dendritic cells. We also show that von Willebrand factor modulates the internalization and presentation of factor VIII-derived peptides on major histocompatibility complex class II. PMID:26635035

  11. ADAMTS13 and von Willebrand factor in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Zheng, X Long

    2015-01-01

    Pathogenesis of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) was a mystery for over half a century until the discovery of ADAMTS13. ADAMTS13 is primarily synthesized in the liver, and its main function is to cleave von Willebrand factor (VWF) anchored on the endothelial surface, in circulation, and at the sites of vascular injury. Deficiency of plasma ADAMTS13 activity (<10%) resulting from mutations of the ADAMTS13 gene or autoantibodies against ADAMTS13 causes hereditary or acquired (idiopathic) TTP. ADAMTS13 activity is usually normal or modestly reduced (>20%) in other forms of thrombotic microangiopathy secondary to hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation, infection, and disseminated malignancy or in hemolytic uremic syndrome. Plasma infusion or exchange remains the initial treatment of choice to date, but novel therapeutics such as recombinant ADAMTS13 and gene therapy are under development. Moreover, ADAMTS13 deficiency has been shown to be a risk factor for the development of myocardial infarction, stroke, cerebral malaria, and preeclampsia.

  12. Using genetic diagnostics in hemophilia and von Willebrand disease.

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    Swystun, Laura L; James, Paula

    2015-01-01

    Most bleeding disorders encountered in clinical practice will be diagnosed, at least initially, by phenotypic assays. However, since the characterization of the genes that encode coagulation factors in the 1980s, significant progress has been made in translating this knowledge for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. For hemophilia A and B, molecular genetic testing to determine carrier status, prenatal diagnosis, and likelihood of inhibitor development or anaphylaxis to infused coagulation factor concentrates is an established component of comprehensive clinical management. In contrast, although significant recent advances in our understanding of the molecular genetic basis of von Willebrand disease (VWD) have allowed for the development of rational approaches to genetic diagnostics, questions remain about this complex genetic disorder and how to incorporate emerging knowledge into diagnostic strategies. This article will review the state-of-the-art for molecular diagnostics for both hemophilia and VWD.

  13. The role of von Willebrand factor in thrombus formation.

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    Ruggeri, Zaverio M

    2007-01-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a large multimeric glycoprotein produced in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes and present in subendothelial matrix, blood plasma and platelets. VWF mediates adhesion and aggregation of platelets at sites of vascular injury, processes that are critical for both haemostasis and thrombosis. Thrombus formation involves complex events that are influenced by different environmental conditions. Progress in understanding the structure and function of VWF and the mechanisms that underlie its interactions with platelets has led to important insight into the differentiation between normal haemostasis and pathological arterial thrombosis. The conventional view of signalling-induced platelet aggregation has recently been extended to include activation-independent aggregation. A novel mechanism has been demonstrated for initiating thrombus formation under high haemodynamic forces that involves alpha(IIb)beta(3)-independent platelet aggregation at the interface between immobilised and soluble VWF. This VWF-mediated process may be a key determinant of platelet accumulation in stenotic arteries leading to acute thrombotic occlusion.

  14. Evaluation of a rapid von Willebrand factor activity latex immuno assay for monitoring of patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD) receiving DDAVP or VWF replacement therapy.

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    Vinayagam, S; Simons, L R; Chowdary, P; Thurlow, P; Brooks, S V; Riddell, A F

    2014-07-01

    Haemostatic management of surgery in patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD) includes DDAVP or von Willebrand factor (VWF)-containing concentrates. Although the recommendations are for monitoring by VWF activity assays, it is quite common for clinicians to use factor VIII due usually to longer turnaround times required for VWF ristocetin cofactor assay (VWF:RCo) measurements. The aim of this study was to evaluate use of the rapid HaemosIL VWF activity (VWF:Act) latex immuno assay (LIA) on an automated coagulometer (ACL TOP(™) 700; Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, MA, USA) compared to platelet-based VWF:RCo assays in this setting. One hundred and sixty-seven plasma samples from 42 patients [Type 1 (n = 22), Type 2A (n = 2), Type 2B (n = 3), Type 2M (n = 10), Type 3 (n = 3)] and acquired von Willebrand syndrome (n = 2) with VWD treated with DDAVP or VWF-containing concentrates were included in the study. Method comparison and method bias were evaluated by Bland-Altman analysis (BA) and Passing and Bablok regression modelling respectively. BA of baseline samples (n = 39) showed a mean difference of -3.0 (±1.96 SD -25.2 to +19.4). Post (treatment) samples (n = 120) were separated into two groups. Group 1 contained samples with VWF:RCo levels 10 to ≤175 IU dL(-1) (n = 97) and group 2, samples with VWF:RCo levels >175 IU dL(-1) (n = 23). BA of group 1 postsamples showed a mean difference of +3.4 (±1.96 SD -44.6 to +51.5), and the BA of Group 2 samples was -23.9 (±1.96 SD -136.1 to +88.3). In conclusion, use of HaemosIL VWF:Act LIA test on an automated coagulometer is a reproducible and rapid assay that can be used as an alternative test for monitoring VWF replacement therapy, facilitating dose adjustments on a real-time basis.

  15. Alpha granule proteins in type I von Willebrand's disease.

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    McKeown, L P; Williams, S B; Shafer, B; Murray, N; Gralnick, H R

    1993-02-01

    Platelet von Willebrand factor (vWf) is located in the alpha granules. Individuals with type I von Willebrand's disease (vWd) with prolonged bleeding times are best discriminated from those who have normal bleeding times by the normal level of platelet vWf ristocetin cofactor activity (vWf activity) and, to a lesser extent, by their platelet vWf antigen content. We have studied the content of adhesive proteins and platelet factor-4 (PF-4), and beta-thromboglobulin (beta TG) in the platelet alpha granules of types I and III vWd patients to determine if other alterations in alpha granule contents of proteins occur in vWd. We found that type I vWd patients with prolonged or normal bleeding times could not be differentiated on the basis of their platelet levels of beta TG, PF-4, fibronectin, or fibrinogen. The levels of the alpha granule constituents in the type I vWd patient were similar to normal except for the platelet fibrinogen concentration. Patients with type I vWd, regardless of the level of platelet vWf activity of antigen, had increased levels of platelet fibrinogen. The patients with type III vWd who had undetectable levels of platelet and plasma vWf also had increased levels of platelet fibrinogen. In our study we could not attribute the variation in the platelet vWf activity and antigen in type I vWd to the size of the alpha granule pool as determined by the measurement of other alpha granule proteins. The mechanism(s) of increased platelet fibrinogen in these vWd patients is at present unknown.

  16. Terminal platelet production is regulated by von Willebrand factor.

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    Poirault-Chassac, Sonia; Nguyen, Kim Anh; Pietrzyk, Audrey; Casari, Caterina; Veyradier, Agnes; Denis, Cecile V; Baruch, Dominique

    2013-01-01

    It is established that proplatelets are formed from mature megakaryocytes (MK) as intermediates before platelet production. Recently, the presence of proplatelets was described in blood incubated in static conditions. We have previously demonstrated that platelet and proplatelet formation is upregulated by MK exposure to high shear rates (1800 s(-1)) on immobilized von Willebrand factor (VWF). The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether VWF is involved in the regulation of terminal platelet production in blood. To this end, Vwf (-/-) mice, a model of severe von Willebrand disease, were used to create a situation in which blood cells circulate in a vascular tree that is completely devoid of VWF. Murine platelets were isolated from Vwf (-/-) and Vwf (+/+) blood, exposed to VWF at 1800 s(-1) in a microfluidic platform, and examined by means of videomicroscopy, as well as fluorescence and activation studies. Proplatelets became visible within 5 minutes, representing 38% of all platelets after 12 minutes and 46% after 28 min. The proportion of proplatelets was 1.8-fold higher in blood from Vwf(-/-) mice than from Vwf(+/+) mice, suggesting a role of VWF in vivo. Fragmentation of these proplatelets into smaller discoid platelets was also observed in real-time. Platelets remained fully activatable by thrombin. Compensation of plasmatic VWF following hydrodynamic gene transfer in Vwf(-/-) mice reduced the percentage of proplatelets to wild-type levels. A thrombocytopenic mouse model was studied in the flow system, 7 days after a single 5-FU injection. Compared to untreated mouse blood, a 2-fold increase in the percentage of proplatelets was detected following exposure to 1800 s(-1) on VWF of samples from mice treated with 5-FU. In conclusion, VWF and shear stress together appear to upregulate proplatelet reorganization and platelet formation. This suggests a new function for VWF in vivo as regulator of bloodstream thrombopoiesis.

  17. [Rhinoplasty in a patient with Von Willebrand disease: case report.].

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    Matos Junior, Roberto Martins; Godoy, Rogério da Costa; Gobbo, Mônica da Cunha; Lian Junior, João; Duz, Gilson Luis

    2007-12-01

    Patients with von Willebrand disease present abnormal bleeding after being wounded or during surgeries since it affects primary and secondary hemostasia due to changes in factor VIII. The objective of this report was to elucidate the pre-, peri-, and postoperative management of patients with this disorder. A 42-year old white female, with 165 cm, 61 kg, ASA II, with a diagnosis of type 1 von Willebrand disease, underwent pre-anesthetic evaluation for rhinoplasty. She was cleared for surgery after hematological evaluation with a positive DDAVP IN26 test. On the day of the surgery, the patient received pre-anesthetic medication, was adequately monitored, oxygen was administered through a nasal cannula and intravenous desmopressin (0.4 microg.kg-1 in 100 mL of normal saline) was administered 30 minutes before the surgery. Induction was accomplished with intravenous sufentanil (1 microg.kg-1), propofol (4 mg.kg-1), and rocuronium (0.6 mg.kg-1). The patient was intubated and installed on mechanical ventilation with a CO2 absorber system and maintenance consisted of O2, N2O and sevoflurane. The surgery lasted 90 minutes. During the surgery the patient remained hemodynamically stable with negligible blood loss. Infusion of cryoprecipitate or plasma, used in the prophylaxis and treatment of bleeding complications, produces peak concentrations of factor VIII after 48 hours and it is sustained for 72 hours; however, even though it has been approved by the FDA this has been used only in emergencies due to the relative risk of viral contamination. 1-Deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP-desmopressin) increases the concentration of factor VIII besides eliminating exposure to blood borne pathogens and it has the possibility of being administered by the nose, subcutaneous, and intravenous.

  18. Acquired von Willebrand syndrome in children with aorticand pulmonary stenosis

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    Binnetoğlu, Fatih Köksal; Babaoğlu, Kadir; Filiz, Şayegan Güven; Zengin, Emine; Sarper, Nazan; Altun, Gürkan; Kılıç, Suar Çakı

    2016-01-01

    Summary Introduction: This prospective study was planned to investigate the frequency and relationship of acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) with aortic and pulmonary stenosis in patients. Methods: A total of 84 children, ranging from two to 18 years of age, were enrolled in this study. Of these, 28 had isolated aortic stenosis, 32 had isolated pulmonary stenosis and 24 were healthy. Children with aortic and pulmonary stenosis associated with other congenital heart diseases were excluded. Children with hypothyroidism, renal or liver disease, malignancy or autoimmune disease were also excluded. Wholeblood count, blood group, factor VIII level, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF:Ag), ristocetin co-factor (VWF:RCo), and bleeding time using a platelet-function analyser (PFA-100) were performed in all patients. All of the children in the study underwent a detailed physical examination and echocardiographic evaluation. Results: A history of bleeding was positive in 18% of the aortic stenosis group, 9% of the pulmonary stenosis group, and 4% of the control group. Seven of 60 (12%) patients had laboratory findings that implied a diagnosis of AVWS, and two of these (28%) had a history of bleeding. The frequency of AVWS was 14% in patients with aortic stenosis and 9% in those with pulmonary stenosis. Conclusion: AVWS is not rare in stenotic obstructive cardiac diseases. A detailed history of bleeding should be taken from patients with valvular disease. Even if the history is negative, whole blood count, PT and aPTT should be performed. If necessary, PFA-100 closure time and further tests should be planned for the diagnosis of AVWS. PMID:27841910

  19. Structural Basis of Regulation of von Willebrand Factor Binding to Glycoprotein Ib*

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    Blenner, Mark A.; Dong, Xianchi; Springer, Timothy A.

    2014-01-01

    Activation by elongational flow of von Willebrand factor (VWF) is critical for primary hemostasis. Mutations causing type 2B von Willebrand disease (VWD), platelet-type VWD (PT-VWD), and tensile force each increase affinity of the VWF A1 domain and platelet glycoprotein Ibα (GPIbα) for one another; however, the structural basis for these observations remains elusive. Directed evolution was used to discover a further gain-of-function mutation in A1 that shifts the long range disulfide bond by one residue. We solved multiple crystal structures of this mutant A1 and A1 containing two VWD mutations complexed with GPIbα containing two PT-VWD mutations. We observed a gained interaction between A1 and the central leucine-rich repeats (LRRs) of GPIbα, previously shown to be important at high shear stress, and verified its importance mutationally. These findings suggest that structural changes, including central GPIbα LRR-A1 contact, contribute to VWF affinity regulation. Among the mutant complexes, variation in contacts and poor complementarity between the GPIbα β-finger and the region of A1 harboring VWD mutations lead us to hypothesize that the structures are on a pathway to, but have not yet reached, a force-induced super high affinity state. PMID:24391089

  20. Unconventional diagnosis of Normandy-type von Willebrand's disease in a blood donor.

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    Kashyap, S; Nesbitt, I M; Makris, M

    2004-04-01

    We report the case of a long-standing female blood donor whose blood donation was processed for cryoprecipitate. The cryoprecipitate unit was chosen at random for FVIII:C estimation as part of the quality control, and a low FVIII:C level was identified. The cause of this was subsequently shown to be the Normandy variant of type-2 von Willebrand's disease due to a homozygous Arg854Gln mutation in the von Willebrand factor gene.

  1. Postpartum von Willebrand factor levels in women with and without von Willebrand disease and implications for prophylaxis.

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    James, A H; Konkle, B A; Kouides, P; Ragni, M V; Thames, B; Gupta, S; Sood, S; Fletcher, S K; Philipp, C S

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to elucidate the fall in von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII activity (FVIII) after childbirth in women with and without von Willebrand disease (VWD). VWF:RCo, VWF:Ag, and FVIII were obtained in the third trimester of pregnancy, on admission for childbirth, and 10 times postpartum. Specimens were processed within 4 h and analysed centrally. Means were calculated at each time point. Forty women (40 pregnancies) without VWD and 32 women (35 pregnancies) with VWD were enrolled. 15/32 with VWD were treated (30% of those with type 1 and all of those with type 2) in 17 pregnancies. Treatments prior to delivery consisted of desmopressin (2/17), VWF concentrate (15/17) and after delivery VWF concentrate (16/17). Duration of treatment was 0-21 days (median 6). VWF levels peaked at 250% of baseline--4 h postpartum in women with VWD and 12 h postpartum in women without VWD. Thereafter, VWF levels fell rapidly, approached baseline at 1 week and reached baseline at 3 weeks. Except immediately postpartum, when the levels among treated cases were higher, levels among women with VWD appeared to parallel, but were lower than those among women without VWD. Levels were lowest among those who received treatment. VWF levels fall rapidly after childbirth. Except immediately postpartum, current treatment strategies do not raise VWF levels to the levels of women without VWD or even to the levels of women with milder, untreated VWD. Consequently, women with VWD may be at risk of postpartum haemorrhage despite treatment.

  2. Flow-induced elongation of von Willebrand factor precedes tension-dependent activation.

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    Fu, Hongxia; Jiang, Yan; Yang, Darren; Scheiflinger, Friedrich; Wong, Wesley P; Springer, Timothy A

    2017-08-23

    Von Willebrand factor, an ultralarge concatemeric blood protein, must bind to platelet GPIbα during bleeding to mediate hemostasis, but not in the normal circulation to avoid thrombosis. Von Willebrand factor is proposed to be mechanically activated by flow, but the mechanism remains unclear. Using microfluidics with single-molecule imaging, we simultaneously monitored reversible Von Willebrand factor extension and binding to GPIbα under flow. We show that Von Willebrand factor is activated through a two-step conformational transition: first, elongation from compact to linear form, and subsequently, a tension-dependent local transition to a state with high affinity for GPIbα. High-affinity sites develop only in upstream regions of VWF where tension exceeds ~21 pN and depend upon electrostatic interactions. Re-compaction of Von Willebrand factor is accelerated by intramolecular interactions and increases GPIbα dissociation rate. This mechanism enables VWF to be locally activated by hydrodynamic force in hemorrhage and rapidly deactivated downstream, providing a paradigm for hierarchical mechano-regulation of receptor-ligand binding.Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a blood protein involved in clotting and is proposed to be activated by flow, but the mechanism is unknown. Here the authors show that VWF is first converted from a compact to linear form by flow, and is subsequently activated to bind GPIbα in a tension-dependent manner.

  3. A novel ELISA-based diagnosis of acquired von Willebrand disease with increased VWF proteolysis.

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    Rauch, Antoine; Caron, Claudine; Vincent, Flavien; Jeanpierre, Emmanuelle; Ternisien, Catherine; Boisseau, Pierre; Zawadzki, Christophe; Fressinaud, Edith; Borel-Derlon, Annie; Hermoire, Sylvie; Paris, Camille; Lavenu-Bombled, Cécile; Veyradier, Agnès; Ung, Alexandre; Vincentelli, André; van Belle, Eric; Lenting, Peter J; Goudemand, Jenny; Susen, Sophie

    2016-05-02

    Von Willebrand disease-type 2A (VWD-2A) and acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) due to aortic stenosis (AS) or left ventricular assist device (LVAD) are associated with an increased proteolysis of von Willebrand factor (VWF). Analysis of VWF multimeric profile is the most sensitive way to assess such increased VWF-proteolysis. However, several technical aspects hamper a large diffusion among routine diagnosis laboratories. This makes early diagnosis and early appropriate care of increased proteolysis challenging. In this context of unmet medical need, we developed a new ELISA aiming a quick, easy and reliable assessment of VWF-proteolysis. This ELISA was assessed successively in a LVAD-model, healthy subjects (n=39), acquired TTP-patients (n=4), VWD-patients (including VWD-2A(IIA), n=22; VWD-2B, n=26; VWD-2A(IIE), n=21; and VWD-1C, n=8) and in AVWS-patients (AS, n=9; LVAD, n=9; and MGUS, n=8). A standard of VWF-proteolysis was specifically developed. Extent of VWF-proteolysis was expressed as relative percentage and as VWF proteolysis/VWF:Ag ratio. A speed-dependent increase in VWF-proteolysis was assessed in the LVAD model whereas no proteolysis was observed in TTP-patients. In VWD-patients, VWF-proteolysis was significantly increased in VWD-2A(IIA) and VWD-2B and significantly decreased in VWD-2A(IIE) versus controls (p< 0.0001). In AVWS-patients, VWF-proteolysis was significantly increased in AS- and LVAD-patients compared to controls (p< 0.0001) and not detectable in MGUS-patients. A significant increase in VWF-proteolysis was detected as soon as three hours after LVAD implantation (p< 0.01). In conclusion, we describe a new ELISA allowing a rapid and accurate diagnosis of VWF-proteolysis validated in three different clinical situations. This assay represents a helpful alternative to electrophoresis-based assay in the diagnosis and management of AVWS with increased VWF-proteolysis.

  4. Molecular and clinical profile of von Willebrand disease in Spain (PCM-EVW-ES): Proposal for a new diagnostic paradigm.

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    Batlle, Javier; Pérez-Rodríguez, Almudena; Corrales, Irene; López-Fernández, Maria Fernanda; Rodríguez-Trillo, Ángela; Lourés, Esther; Cid, Ana Rosa; Bonanad, Santiago; Cabrera, Noelia; Moret, Andrés; Parra, Rafael; Mingot-Castellano, María Eva; Balda, Ignacia; Altisent, Carmen; Pérez-Montes, Rocío; Fisac, Rosa María; Iruín, Gemma; Herrero, Sonia; Soto, Inmaculada; de Rueda, Beatriz; Jiménez-Yuste, Victor; Alonso, Nieves; Vilariño, Dolores; Arija, Olga; Campos, Rosa; Paloma, María José; Bermejo, Nuria; Toll, Teresa; Mateo, José; Arribalzaga, Karmele; Marco, Pascual; Palomo, Ángeles; Sarmiento, Lizheidy; Iñigo, Belén; Nieto, María del Mar; Vidal, Rosa; Martínez, María Paz; Aguinaco, Reyes; César, Jesús María; Ferreiro, María; García-Frade, Javier; Rodríguez-Huerta, Ana María; Cuesta, Jorge; Rodríguez-González, Ramón; García-Candel, Faustino; Cornudella, Rosa; Aguilar, Carlos; Borràs, Nina; Vidal, Francisco

    2016-01-01

    The diagnosis of von Willebrand disease (VWD) remains difficult in a significant proportion of patients. A Spanish multicentre study investigated a cohort of 556 patients from 330 families who were analysed centrally. VWD was confirmed in 480. Next generation sequencing (NGS) of the whole coding VWF was carried out in all recruited patients, compared with the phenotype, and a final diagnosis established. A total of 238 different VWF mutations were found, 154 were not included in the Leiden Open Variation Database (LOVD). Of the patients, 463 were found to have VWF mutation/s. A good phenotypic/genotypic association was estimated in 96.5% of the patients. One hundred seventy-four patients had two or more mutations. Occasionally a predominant phenotype masked the presence of a second abnormality. One hundred sixteen patients presented with mutations that had previously been associated with increased von Willebrand factor (VWF) clearance. RIPA unavailability, central phenotypic results disagreement and difficult distinction between severe type 1 and type 3 VWD prevented a clear diagnosis in 70 patients. The NGS study facilitated an appropriate classification in 63 of them. The remaining seven patients presented with a VWF novel mutation pending further investigation. In five patients with a type 3 and two with a type 2A or 2B phenotype with no mutation, an acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) was suspected/confirmed. These data seem to support NGS as a first line efficient and faster paradigm in VWD diagnosis.

  5. Higher and lower active circulating VWF levels: different facets of von Willebrand disease.

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    Casonato, Alessandra; Pontara, Elena; Morpurgo, Margherita; Sartorello, Francesca; De Groot, Philip G; Cattini, Maria G; Daidone, Viviana; De Marco, Luigi

    2015-12-01

    Most circulating von Willebrand factor (VWF) is normally inactive and incapable of binding platelets, but numerous disorders may modify the proportion of active VWF. We explored active VWF levels in patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD) whose VWF had a higher affinity for platelet glycoprotein (GP)Ib, but different susceptibilities to ADAMTS13 and multimer patterns (9 patients lacking large multimers, 10 with a normal pattern); 12 patients with VWF C2362F and R1819_C1948delinsS mutations, which make VWF resistant to ADAMTS13 were also studied. Type 2B patients with abnormal or normal multimers had significantly more active VWF (3·33 ± 1·6 and 3·74 ± 0·74, respectively; normal 0·99 ± 0·23). The type of VWF mutation influenced VWF activation: V1316M was associated with the highest levels in patients with abnormal multimers, and R1341W in those with normal multimers. Pregnancy induced gradually rising active VWF levels and declining platelet counts in one type 2B VWD patient without large multimers. Active VWF levels dropped significantly in patients homozygous for the C2362F mutation or heterozygous for R1819_C1948delinsS mutations (0·2 ± 0·03 and 0·23 ± 0·1, respectively), and less in cases heterozygous for the VWF C2362F mutation (0·55 ± 0·17). We demonstrate that VWF may be more or less activated, with or without any direct involvement of the A1 domain, and regardless of ADAMTS13.

  6. Keeping von Willebrand Factor under Control: Alternatives for ADAMTS13.

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    Tersteeg, Claudia; Fijnheer, Rob; Pasterkamp, Gerard; de Groot, Philip G; Vanhoorelbeke, Karen; de Maat, Steven; Maas, Coen

    2016-02-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is one of the most important proteins of the hemostatic system. Its multimeric state is essential for its natural function to guide platelets to sites of injury. ADAMTS13 is the key protease that regulates the multimeric state of VWF. Without ADAMTS13, VWF multimers can grow to pathologically large sizes. This is a risk factor for the life-threatening condition thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). In this condition, VWF-rich thrombi occlude the microvasculature of various tissues. Intriguingly, a complete ADAMTS13 deficiency does not cause continuous TTP, either in patients or genetically targeted mice. Instead, TTP occurs in episodes of disease, separated by extended periods of remission. This indicates that regulating factors beyond ADAMTS13 are likely involved in this pathologic cascade of events. This raises the question of what really happens when ADAMTS13 is (temporarily) unavailable. In this review, we explore the possible role of complementary mechanisms that are capable of modifying the thrombogenic potential of VWF.

  7. Allosteric activation of ADAMTS13 by von Willebrand factor.

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    Muia, Joshua; Zhu, Jian; Gupta, Garima; Haberichter, Sandra L; Friedman, Kenneth D; Feys, Hendrik B; Deforche, Louis; Vanhoorelbeke, Karen; Westfield, Lisa A; Roth, Robyn; Tolia, Niraj Harish; Heuser, John E; Sadler, J Evan

    2014-12-30

    The metalloprotease ADAMTS13 cleaves von Willebrand factor (VWF) within endovascular platelet aggregates, and ADAMTS13 deficiency causes fatal microvascular thrombosis. The proximal metalloprotease (M), disintegrin-like (D), thrombospondin-1 (T), Cys-rich (C), and spacer (S) domains of ADAMTS13 recognize a cryptic site in VWF that is exposed by tensile force. Another seven T and two complement C1r/C1s, sea urchin epidermal growth factor, and bone morphogenetic protein (CUB) domains of uncertain function are C-terminal to the MDTCS domains. We find that the distal T8-CUB2 domains markedly inhibit substrate cleavage, and binding of VWF or monoclonal antibodies to distal ADAMTS13 domains relieves this autoinhibition. Small angle X-ray scattering data indicate that distal T-CUB domains interact with proximal MDTCS domains. Thus, ADAMTS13 is regulated by substrate-induced allosteric activation, which may optimize VWF cleavage under fluid shear stress in vivo. Distal domains of other ADAMTS proteases may have similar allosteric properties.

  8. Molecular and cellular biology of von Willebrand factor.

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    Denis, Cécile V

    2002-01-01

    von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a plasma protein that performs 2 main functions in hemostasis: it mediates platelet adhesion to the injured vessel wall, and it carries and protects coagulation factor VIII. VWF is synthesized through a multistep process in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes as a very large polymer composed of identical disulfide-linked 250-kd subunits. In endothelial cells, VWF not only directs the formation of its own storage granules, the Weibel-Palade bodies, but it also acts as a chaperone molecule to direct other proteins, such as P-selectin, into these granules. Upon stimulation of the endothelium, the Weibel-Palade bodies will be translocated to the plasma membrane, and their contents will be secreted into the plasma milieu. The expression of VWF can be regulated at different levels by a number of genetic and environmental factors, resulting in control of its activity. New roles for VWF, especially in inflammatory processes, have recently been suggested, indicating that some aspects of this well-studied protein remain to be investigated.

  9. Characterization of the mouse von Willebrand factor promoter.

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    Guan, J; Guillot, P V; Aird, W C

    1999-11-15

    Expression of the von Willebrand factor (vWF) gene is restricted to the endothelial and megakaryocyte lineages. Within the endothelium, expression of vWF varies between different vascular beds. We have previously shown that the human vWF promoter spanning a region between -2182 (relative to the start site of transcription) and the end of the first intron contains information for environmentally responsive, vascular bed-specific expression in the heart, skeletal muscle, and brain. In the present study, we cloned the mouse vWF (mvWF) promoter and studied its function in cultured endothelial cells and transgenic mice. In transient transfection assays, the mvWF gene was found to be regulated by distinct mechanisms in different endothelial cell subtypes. In independent lines of transgenic mice, an mvWF promoter fragment containing DNA sequences between -2645 and the end of the first intron directed endothelial cell-specific expression in the microvascular beds of the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle as well as the endothelial lining of the aorta. In 1 line of mice, reporter gene activity was also detected in bone marrow megakaryocytes. Taken together, these findings suggest that both the mouse and human vWF promoters are regulated by vascular bed-specific mechanisms.

  10. Functional property of von Willebrand factor under flowing blood.

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    Sugimoto, Mitsuhiko; Miyata, Shigeki

    2002-01-01

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is produced in megakaryocytes and endothelial cells, is stored in the alpha-granule of platelets and in the Weibel-Palade body of endothelial cells, and is present in plasma and vascular subendothelium. This huge protein with a unique multimeric structure plays a pivotal role in both hemostasis and pathological intravascular thrombosis, in which vWF contributes to both platelet adhesion/aggregation and blood coagulation through its multiple adhesive functions for the platelet membrane receptors, glycoprotein Ib-IX-V complex, integrin alphaIIbbeta3, heparin, various types of collagen, and coagulation factor VIII. Among various functions, the most characteristic feature of vWF is its determinant role on platelet thrombus formation under high-shear-rate conditions. Indeed, at in vivo rheological situations where platelets are flowing with high speed in the bloodstream, the only reaction that can initiate mural thrombogenesis is the interaction of vWF with platelet glycoprotein Ibalpha. The recent x-ray analysis of the crystal structure of various functional domains and functional studies of this protein under experimental flow conditions have rapidly advanced and revised our knowledge of the structure-function relationships of vWF, a key protein for hemostasis and arterial thrombosis.

  11. Factor VIII-von Willebrand factor binding defects in autosomal recessive von Willebrand disease type Normandy and in mild hemophilia A. New insights into factor VIII-von Willebrand factor interactions.

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    Jacquemin, Marc

    2009-01-01

    This concise review is focused on genetic, molecular and clinical aspects of von Willebrand disease (VWD) type 2N and of mild hemophilia A due to mutations impairing FVIII-von Willebrand factor (VWF) interactions. Missense mutations in the VWF gene impairing the binding to FVIII do not impair the structure of VWF multimers nor the ability of VWF to aggregate platelets but causes an accelerated clearance of FVIII. Missense mutations in the FVIII gene impairing the binding to VWF are a common cause of mild/moderate hemophilia A. The implications of these observations for the treatment of patients with coagulation factor concentrates and desmopressin are discussed. Copyright (c) 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  12. Interaction of Platelet Membrane Receptors with von Willebrand Factor, Ristocetin, and the Fc Region of Immunoglobulin G

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    Moore, Anne; Ross, Gordon D.; Nachman, Ralph L.

    1978-01-01

    The agglutination of human platelets by ristocetin and von Willebrand factor was inhibited by aggregated immunoglobulin (Ig)G and by Fc fragments of IgG, but not by Fab, F(ab′)2 or pFc fragments of IgG. Because this inhibition occurred with formalin-fixed platelets as well as with normal platelets, a generalized aggregation of fluid membrane components by Fc fragments was not responsible for this inhibition of ristocetin and von Willebrand factor-induced agglutination. Reciprocal inhibition of platelet Fc receptors was produced by prior incubation of platelets with von Willebrand factor and ristocetin. Sucrose density gradient ultracentrifugation studies demonstrated that aggregated IgG did not form fluid-phase complexes with von Willebrand factor and ristocetin. Furthermore, passage of von Willebrand factor and ristocetin through a column of immobilized heat-aggregated IgG did not alter platelet agglutinating activity which indicates that aggregated IgG did not inactivate von Willebrand factor or ristocetin. Thus, it was likely that the IgG-mediated interference with platelet agglutination by ristocetin and von Willebrand factor did not occur in the fluid phase but at the platelet surface. These studies suggest that the platelet membrane Fc receptor may be either a part of, or sterically related to, the membrane glycoprotein I complex that interacts with von Willebrand factor, and that occupation of one of these surface components blocks the availability of the other. PMID:309473

  13. Technological advances in diagnostic testing for von Willebrand disease: new approaches and challenges.

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    Hayward, C P M; Moffat, K A; Graf, L

    2014-06-01

    Diagnostic tests for von Willebrand disease (VWD) are important for the assessment of VWD, which is a commonly encountered bleeding disorder worldwide. Technical innovations have been applied to improve the precision and lower limit of detection of von Willebrand factor (VWF) assays, including the ristocetin cofactor activity assay (VWF:RCo) that uses the antibiotic ristocetin to induce plasma VWF binding to glycoprotein (GP) IbIXV on target platelets. VWF-collagen-binding assays, depending on the type of collagen used, can improve the detection of forms of VWD with high molecular weight VWF multimer loss, although the best method is debatable. A number of innovations have been applied to VWF:RCo (which is commonly performed on an aggregometer), including replacing the target platelets with immobilized GPIbα, and quantification by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), immunoturbidimetric, or chemiluminescent end-point. Some common polymorphisms in the VWF gene that do not cause bleeding are associated with falsely low VWF activity by ristocetin-dependent methods. To overcome the need for ristocetin, some new VWF activity assays use gain-of-function GPIbα mutants that bind VWF without the need for ristocetin, with an improved precision and lower limit of detection than measuring VWF:RCo by aggregometry. ELISA of VWF binding to mutated GPIbα shows promise as a method to identify gain-of-function defects from type 2B VWD. The performance characteristics of many new VWF activity assays suggest that the detection of VWD, and monitoring of VWD therapy, by clinical laboratories could be improved through adopting newer generation VWF assays.

  14. Enhanced Local Disorder in a Clinically Elusive von Willebrand Factor Provokes High-Affinity Platelet Clumping.

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    Tischer, Alexander; Machha, Venkata R; Frontroth, Juan P; Brehm, Maria A; Obser, Tobias; Schneppenheim, Reinhard; Mayne, Leland; Walter Englander, S; Auton, Matthew

    2017-07-07

    Mutation of the cysteines forming the disulfide loop of the platelet GPIbα adhesive A1 domain of von Willebrand factor (VWF) causes quantitative VWF deficiencies in the blood and von Willebrand disease. We report two cases of transient severe thrombocytopenia induced by DDAVP treatment. Cys1272Trp and Cys1458Tyr mutations identified by genetic sequencing implicate an abnormal gain-of-function phenotype, evidenced by thrombocytopenia, which quickly relapses back to normal platelet counts and deficient plasma VWF. Using surface plasmon resonance, analytical rheology, and hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HXMS), we decipher mechanisms of A1-GPIbα-mediated platelet adhesion and resolve dynamic secondary structure elements that regulate the binding pathway. Constrained by the disulfide, conformational selection between weak and tight binding states of A1 takes precedence and drives normal platelet adhesion to VWF. Less restrained through mutation, loss of the disulfide preferentially diverts binding through an induced-fit disease pathway enabling high-affinity GPIbα binding and firm platelet adhesion to a partially disordered A1 domain. HXMS reveals a dynamic asymmetry of flexible and ordered regions common to both variants, indicating that the partially disordered A1 lacking the disulfide retains native-like structural dynamics. Both binding mechanisms share common structural and thermodynamic properties, but the enhanced local disorder in the disease state perpetuates high-affinity platelet agglutination, characteristic of type 2B VWD, upon DDAVP-stimulated secretion of VWF leading to transient thrombocytopenia and a subsequent deficiency of plasma VWF, characteristic of type 2A VWD. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Evaluation of von Willebrand factor in COPD patients*

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    Bártholo, Thiago Prudente; da Costa, Cláudia Henrique; Rufino, Rogério

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To compare the absolute serum von Willebrand factor (vWF) levels and relative serum vWF activity in patients with clinically stable COPD, smokers without airway obstruction, and healthy never-smokers. METHODS: The study included 57 subjects, in three groups: COPD (n = 36); smoker (n = 12); and control (n = 9). During the selection phase, all participants underwent chest X-rays, spirometry, and blood testing. Absolute serum vWF levels and relative serum vWF activity were obtained by turbidimetry and ELISA, respectively. The modified Medical Research Council scale (cut-off score = 2) was used in order to classify COPD patients as symptomatic or mildly symptomatic/asymptomatic. RESULTS: Absolute vWF levels were significantly lower in the control group than in the smoker and COPD groups: 989 ± 436 pg/mL vs. 2,220 ± 746 pg/mL (p < 0.001) and 1,865 ± 592 pg/mL (p < 0.01). Relative serum vWF activity was significantly higher in the COPD group than in the smoker group (136.7 ± 46.0% vs. 92.8 ± 34.0%; p < 0.05), as well as being significantly higher in the symptomatic COPD subgroup than in the mildly symptomatic/asymptomatic COPD subgroup (154 ± 48% vs. 119 ± 8%; p < 0.05). In all three groups, there was a negative correlation between FEV1 (% of predicted) and relative serum vWF activity (r2 = −0.13; p = 0.009). CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that increases in vWF levels and activity contribute to the persistence of systemic inflammation, as well as increasing cardiovascular risk, in COPD patients. PMID:25210959

  16. Posttonsillectomy hemorrhage in children with von Willebrand disease or hemophilia.

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    Sun, Gordon H; Auger, Katherine A; Aliu, Oluseyi; Patrick, Stephen W; DeMonner, Sonya; Davis, Matthew M

    2013-03-01

    It is uncertain whether children with bleeding disorders are at higher risk of posttonsillectomy hemorrhage compared with the general pediatric population. To estimate the national rate of posttonsillectomy hemorrhage in children previously diagnosed with von Willebrand disease (VWD) or hemophilia, and to analyze potential risk factors for postoperative bleeding in these children. A cross-sectional analysis of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009. Academic and community-based nonrehabilitation hospitals from 44 states participating in the KID project. An estimated 508 children with either VWD or hemophilia. Tonsillectomy with and without adenoidectomy, and subsequent hospitalization. Treatment for posttonsillectomy hemorrhage. We extracted all cases of tonsillectomy, adenotonsillectomy, and posttonsillectomy hemorrhage in patients with VWD or hemophilia using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision diagnostic and procedure codes and applied national weights to estimate rates of posttonsillectomy hemorrhage. Using data regarding patient demographic characteristics, surgical indication, blood transfusion, hospital length of stay, and mortality, we conducted bivariate analyses to identify associations between possible risk factors and posttonsillectomy hemorrhage. Mean age was 7 years, and most patients were male, white, urbanites who had private insurance and underwent tonsillectomy for airway obstruction. The hemorrhage rate within 1 day of tonsillectomy (immediate) was 1.6% while the hemorrhage rate at least 2 days after tonsillectomy (delayed) was estimated at 15%. Delayed hemorrhage was associated with older age (P < .001) and was as high as 35% in children at least 16 years old. The rate of blood transfusion was 2.4%. There were no fatalities. The frequency of immediate posttonsillectomy hemorrhage in children with VWD or

  17. Effect of von Willebrand factor on clot structure and lysis.

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    Marchi, Rita; Rojas, Héctor

    2015-07-01

    Von Willebrand Factor (vWF) is constitutively secreted by the endothelium and incorporated in the fibrin clots under slow clotting conditions. The aim of the present work was to study the effect of vWF on clot structure and lysis. Purified fibrinogen was mixed with vWF or Tris-buffered saline and clotted with thrombin - activated factor XIII. Fibrin polymerization was followed by turbidity at 350 nm during 2.5 h. After this time, plasmin was added on the top of the clots, and the optical density (OD) was read until baseline values. vWF effect on network[Combining Acute Accent]s porosity was evaluated by permeation using the same clotting conditions as for fibrin polymerization. Clot structure was visualized and analyzed by laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM). The rate of fibrin polymerization was 1.47 mOD/s in the presence of vWF and 0.5 mOD/s when vWF was not added (P < 0.05). The fibrin lysis rate was approximately four times faster when vWF was added to fibrinogen. The fibrin network porosity was (20.4 ± 1.6) × 10 cm with vWF and (8.3 ± 1.2) × 10 cm without external vWF (P < 0.05). The analysis of LSCM images showed that vWF increased fibrin fibers diameter and the networks[Combining Acute Accent] pores size. In conclusion, vWF covalently crosslinked to fibrin modify its structure (increases fibrin diameter and the pores filling space of the meshwork) that accelerates the fibrin lysis rate.

  18. von Willebrand factor storage requires intact prosequence cleavage site.

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    Journet, A M; Saffaripour, S; Cramer, E M; Tenza, D; Wagner, D D

    1993-02-01

    Large multimers of the adhesive glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (vWf) are stored in endothelial cells in rod-shaped granules called Weibel-Palade bodies, while small multimers are secreted constitutively. Expression of pro-vWf in other cells with a regulated pathway of secretion, results in formation of vWf-containing storage granules that have a morphology similar to Weibel-Palade bodies. vWf expressed without its prosequence is not stored. To evaluate the importance of prosequence cleavage in vWf storage, the Arg at position -1, known to be necessary for cleavage, was mutated to Gly. Transfection of this cleavage mutant into two cell lines with a regulated pathway of secretion (RIN 5F and AtT-20 cells) led to the formation of large multimers. However, treatment of the cell lysates by the enzyme endoglycosidase H (Endo-H) did not reveal significant amounts of intracellular Endo-H-resistant vWf, which indicates the absence of a pool of stored processed vWf. In addition, no Weibel-Palade body-like structure was detected in these cells by immunofluorescence labeling with anti-vWf antiserum. Electron microscopy and immunocytochemistry of RIN 5F cells expressing the pro-vWf mutant confirmed the absence of Weibel-Palade body-like structures. In addition, anti-vWf-linked gold particles were found in the ER, occasionally in rounded granules and particularly in lysosomal structures which were abundant. We conclude that the formation of large aggregates is not sufficient to induce efficient vWf storage, and that the lack of cleavage of the prosequence may direct the mutant pro-vWf molecule to a degradative pathway. Therefore, the prosequence cleavage is a requirement for vWf storage.

  19. Multimeric analysis of von Willebrand factor in megakaryocytes.

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    Kupinski, J M; Miller, J L

    1985-06-15

    Von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a glycoprotein that appears to play a major role in subserving the adhesion of platelets to subendothelium during hemostasis. Endothelial cells have been shown capable of synthesizing and releasing this large, multimeric glycoprotein that normally circulates in the plasma in association with the factor VIII coagulant molecule. Megakaryocytes, the precursor cells of blood platelets, also appear to possess vWF biosynthetic capacity, since cultured guinea pig megakaryocytes have been shown to produce a polypeptide precipitable by antibody to vWF. We now report a study of the multimeric structure of vWF in the megakaryocyte, as well as a quantitative comparison of megakaryocyte vWF with that of platelets and plasma in the guinea pig. Multimeric analysis on SDS agarose gels employing 125I-emu anti-human vWF revealed striking homology between human and guinea pig vWF. Platelets and megakaryocytes from the same guinea pigs contained vWF of highly comparable multimeric composition. Moreover, megakaryocytes and platelets both contained a subset of very high molecular weight multimers not present in plasma. Quantitation of vWF in megakaryocytes and platelets was achieved with a radioimmunoassay performed on detergent (NP-40) lysates of washed cells. These measurements showed that megakaryocytes and platelets contain 0.079 and 0.069 U of vWF per mg protein, respectively. The results of these studies suggest that megakaryocytes represent the primary, if in fact not sole, source of platelet vWF.

  20. Biology and Physics of von Willebrand Factor Concatamers

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    Springer, Timothy A

    2014-01-01

    Structural specialisations enable von Willebrand factor (VWF) to assemble during biosynthesis into helical tubules in Weibel-Palade bodies (WPB). Specialisations include a pH-regulated dimeric bouquet formed by the C-terminal half of VWF and helical assembly guided by the N-terminal half that templates inter-dimer disulphide bridges. Orderly assembly and storage of ultra-long concatamers in helical tubules, without crosslinking of neighboring tubules, enables unfurling during secretion without entanglement. Length regulation occurs post-secretion, by hydrodynamic force-regulated unfolding of the VWF A2 domain, and its cleavage by the plasma protease ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13). VWF is longest at its site of secretion, where its haemostatic function is most important. Moreover, elongational hydrodynamic forces on VWF are strongest just where needed, when bound to the vessel wall, or in elongational flow in the circulation at sites of vessel rupture or vasoconstriction in haemostasis. Elongational forces regulate haemostasis by activating binding of the A1 domain to platelet GPIbα, and over longer time periods, regulate VWF length by unfolding of the A2 domain for cleavage by ADAMTS13. Recent structures of A2 and single molecule measurements of A2 unfolding and cleavage by ADAMTS13 illuminate the mechanisms of VWF length regulation. Single molecule studies on the A1-GPIb receptor-ligand bond demonstrate a specialised flex-bond that enhances resistance to the strong hydrodynamic forces experienced at sites of haemorrhage. PMID:21781248

  1. Hemophilia and von Willebrand's disease: 2. Management. Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada.

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    1995-01-01

    of life. Economic gains are realized through the reduction of mortality and morbidity and their associated costs. The patient has a better opportunity to contribute to society through gainful employment and the fulfillment of social roles. Potential harms include HIV infection, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the development of inhibitor antibodies to clotting-factor concentrates. The risk of viral transmission has been minimized through the development of procedures for the viral inactivation of plasma-derived clotting-factor concentrates and through the use of recombinant coagulation-factor concentrates and other non-plasma-derived hemostatic agents. RECOMMENDATIONS: DDAVP is the drug of choice for patients with mild hemophilia or type 1 or 2 (except 2B) von Willebrand's disease whose response to DDAVP in previous testing has been found to be adequate. Therapeutic blood components of choice include recombinant products and virally inactivated plasma-derived products. In Canada the recommended products are recombinant Factor VIII for hemophilia A, high-purity plasma-derived Factor IX for hemophilia B and plasma-derived Factor VIII concentrates containing adequate von Willebrand factor (e.g., Haemate P) for von Willebrand's disease. Dosages vary according to specific indications. Adjunctive antifibrinolytic agents, topical thrombin and fibrin sealant are useful for the treatment of oral or dental bleeds and localized bleeds in accessible sites. In patients with inhibitor antibodies, high-dose human or porcine Factor VIII is usually effective when the inhibitor titre is less than 5 Bethesda units/mL. In nonresponsive patients, or in those whose inhibitor titre is higher, "bypassing" agents (e.g., activated prothrombin-complex concentrate and recombinant Factor VIIa) are useful. Long-term management may include immune-tolerance induction.VALIDATION: These recommendations were reviewed and approved by the Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada (AHCDC) and the

  2. P-selectin and von Willebrand factor in bovine mesenteric lymphatics: an immunofluorescent study.

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    Di Nucci, A; Marchetti, C; Serafini, S; Piovella, F

    1996-03-01

    P-selectin (PADGEM, GMP-140, CD62) is an integral membrane protein specific to alpha granules of platelets and Weibel-Palade bodies of blood vascular endothelial cells. The presence in lymphatic endothelial cells of numerous Weibel-Palade bodies and their positivity to immunocytochemical reaction for von Willebrand factor have previously been characterized and described. Because von Willebrand factor and P-selectin codistribute in Weibel-Palade bodies of blood vascular endothelial cells we investigated the presence of both P-selectin and von Willebrand factor in lymphatic endothelium. Lymphatic vessels expressed positive reaction to immunocytochemical assay thereby demonstrating the presence of P-selectin in the endothelium. Distribution and intensity of the reaction were similar to those observed in bovine blood vascular endothelium.

  3. Angiodysplasia in von Willebrand Disease: Understanding the Clinical and Basic Science.

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    Selvam, Soundarya; James, Paula

    2017-09-01

    Severe and intractable gastrointestinal bleeding caused by angiodysplasia is a debilitating problem for up to 20% of patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD). Currently, the lack of an optimal treatment for this recurrent problem presents an ongoing challenge for many physicians in their management of affected patients. Over the past few years, studies have pointed to a regulatory role for the hemostatic protein, von Willebrand factor (VWF), in angiogenesis, providing a novel target for the modulation of vessel development. This article will review the clinical implications and molecular pathology of angiodysplasia in VWD. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  4. An Integrated Approach to von Willebrand Disease and Surgical Myocardial Revascularization

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    Jiritano, Federica; Cristodoro, Lucia; Bevacqua, Egidio; Malta, Emanuele; Mastroroberto, Pasquale

    2015-01-01

    Cardiac surgery in patients with preexisting bleeding disorders can be a challenge. Cardiopulmonary bypass can lead to bleeding disorders, above all in patients with coagulopathy. We report the case of a 42-year-old woman, with type I von Willebrand disease, who underwent off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Beating heart surgery associated with an adequate replacement of von Willebrand factor and factor VIII levels were chosen to prevent bleeding disorders. Her postoperative course was uneventful and she was discharged home after 5 postoperative days. PMID:26693126

  5. Association of the 3467C>T mutation (T1156M) in the von Willebrand's factor gene with dominant type 1 von Willebrand's disease.

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    Casaña, P; Martínez, F; Haya, S; Espinós, C; Aznar, J A

    2001-07-01

    Type 1 is the most frequent form of von Willebrand's disease, which is characterized by a quantitative partial deficiency of von Willebrand's factor. At present, only two mutations located in the D3 domain (C1149R, C1130F) have been reported to cause the classic type 1 variant. The 3467C>T transition that predicts the T1156M amino acid change was detected in seven patients from one family and was not found in 110 normal alleles screened. This is a candidate mutation to cause dominant type 1 variant with complete penetrance. On the other hand, neither of the two mutations mentioned above has been detected in the other 15 families studied with type 1 or possible type 1 patients.

  6. Von Willebrand's disease: a novel mutation, P1824H and the incidence of R1205H defect among families with dominant quantitative von Willebrand factor deficiency.

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    Casaña, Pilar; Cabrera, Noelia; Haya, Saturnino; Cid, Ana Rosa; Aznar, José Antonio

    2006-08-01

    To date, few mutations associated with a dominant quantitative deficiency of von Willebrand factor (VWF) and a high penetrance have been reported. This phenotype was confirmed in seven unrelated families of several patients diagnosed with von Willebrand's disease out of 70 who requested genetic studies of the VWF gene. The mutations linked to this type were identified: R1205H in five families; T1156M in one family; and the new P1824H alteration in one other family. The R1205H mutation linked to the different haplotypes might well be frequent among this variant. The P1824H in the A3 domain is associated with very low VWF levels and with a moderate-to-severe bleeding tendency, unlike the other mutations reported in this domain.

  7. Human von Willebrand factor/factor VIII concentrates in the management of pediatric patients with von Willebrand disease/hemophilia A

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    Castaman, Giancarlo; Linari, Silvia

    2016-01-01

    Several plasma-derived intermediate and high-purity concentrates containing von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII (FVIII) are currently available. The main role of these products in the management of the pediatric population is represented by the replacement therapy in patients with severe or intermediate forms of von Willebrand disease, in whom other treatments are ineffective or contraindicated. Another important role of VWF/FVIII concentrates in children may be their use in immune tolerance induction (ITI) protocols. ITI is particularly recommended for hemophilia A children who have developed an inhibitor against FVIII, currently the most serious complication of substitutive treatment in hemophilia. Although recombinant concentrates may represent the preferred option in children with hemophilia A, VWF/FVIII concentrates may offer an advantage in rescuing patients who failed previous ITI. PMID:27445481

  8. Human von Willebrand factor/factor VIII concentrates in the management of pediatric patients with von Willebrand disease/hemophilia A.

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    Castaman, Giancarlo; Linari, Silvia

    2016-01-01

    Several plasma-derived intermediate and high-purity concentrates containing von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII (FVIII) are currently available. The main role of these products in the management of the pediatric population is represented by the replacement therapy in patients with severe or intermediate forms of von Willebrand disease, in whom other treatments are ineffective or contraindicated. Another important role of VWF/FVIII concentrates in children may be their use in immune tolerance induction (ITI) protocols. ITI is particularly recommended for hemophilia A children who have developed an inhibitor against FVIII, currently the most serious complication of substitutive treatment in hemophilia. Although recombinant concentrates may represent the preferred option in children with hemophilia A, VWF/FVIII concentrates may offer an advantage in rescuing patients who failed previous ITI.

  9. Function of von Willebrand factor after crossed bone marrow transplantation between normal and von Willebrand disease pigs: effect on arterial thrombosis in chimeras.

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    Nichols, T C; Samama, C M; Bellinger, D A; Roussi, J; Reddick, R L; Bonneau, M; Read, M S; Bailliart, O; Koch, G G; Vaiman, M

    1995-01-01

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is essential for the induction of occlusive thrombosis in stenosed and injured pig arteries and for normal hemostasis. To separate the relative contribution of plasma and platelet vWF to arterial thrombosis, we produced chimeric normal and von Willebrand disease pigs by crossed bone marrow transplantation; von Willebrand disease (vWD) pigs were engrafted with normal pig bone marrow and normal pigs were engrafted with vWD bone marrow. Thrombosis developed in the chimeric normal pigs that showed normal levels of plasma vWF and an absence of platelet vWF; but no thrombosis occurred in the chimeric vWD pigs that demonstrated normal platelet vWF and an absence of plasma vWF. The ear bleeding times of the chimeric pigs were partially corrected by endogenous plasma vWF but not by platelet vWF. Our animal model demonstrated that vWF in the plasma compartment is essential for the development of arterial thrombosis and that it also contributes to the maintenance of bleeding time and hemostasis. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 3 PMID:7708664

  10. Practical application of three polymorphic microsatellites in intron 40 of the human von Willebrand factor gene.

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    Casaña, P; Martinez, F; Aznar, J A; Lorenzo, J I; Jorquera, J I

    1995-01-01

    Intron 40 of the human von Willebrand factor gene contains a region with variable-number tandem repeats (VNTR), type (ATCT)n, showing length polymorphism. In order to carry out family studies of von Willebrand's disease, we performed PCR procedures to analyze 3 previously described microsatellites from that region, both in normal individuals and in von Willebrand disease patients. Three pairs of primers were used to amplify independently nucleotides 1890-1991 (VNTR 1), 2215-2380 (VNTR 2) and 1640-1794 (VNTR 3) from intron 40. The observed heterozygosities (0.75, 0.73 and 0.86 for VNTRs 1, 2 and 3, respectively) were in good agreement with the expected heterozygosities derived from the allele frequencies (0.70, 0.73 and 0.79, respectively). Furthermore, the combination of the 3 VNTRs showed 96% of heterozygosity, which correspond with the 98% expected value under linkage equilibrium. Therefore, our conclusion is that the use of these 3 markers, especially VNTR 3, constitutes a rapid and reliable method for performing segregation studies in von Willebrand disease families.

  11. Acquired von Willebrand syndrome in a patient with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance.

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    Puronen, Camille E; Josephson, Neil C; Broudy, Virginia C

    2013-06-01

    Acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) is a rare bleeding disorder that typically presents as mucocutaneous bleeding in individuals with no personal or family history of bleeding disorder. Here we present a case in which a patient presented with profound epistaxis and was found to have AVWS in the setting of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS).

  12. Definition of the affinity of binding between human von Willebrand factor and coagulation factor VIII.

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    Ganz, P R; Atkins, J S; Palmer, D S; Dudani, A K; Hashemi, S; Luison, F

    1991-10-15

    Factor VIII and von Willebrand factor are two plasma proteins essential for effective hemostasis. In vivo, they form a non-covalent complex whose association appears to be metal ion dependent. However, a precise definition of the nature of the molecular forces governing their association remains to be defined, as does their binding affinity. In this paper we have determined the dissociation constant and stoichiometry for Factor VIII binding to immobilized von Willebrand factor. The data demonstrate that these proteins interact saturably and with relatively high affinity. Computer assisted analyses of the Scatchard data favour a two site binding model. The higher affinity site was found to have a Kd of 62 (+/- 13) x 10(-12) M while that of the lower affinity site was 380 (+/- 92) x 10(-12) M. The density of Factor VIII binding sites (Bmax) present on von Willebrand factor was 31 (+/- 3) pM for the high affinity binding site and 46 (+/- 6) pM for the lower site, corresponding to a calculated Factor VIII: von Willebrand factor binding ratio of 1:33 and 1:23, respectively.

  13. Differential localization of P-selectin and von Willebrand factor during megakaryocyte maturation.

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    Zingariello, M; Fabucci, M E; Bosco, D; Migliaccio, A R; Martelli, F; Rana, R A; Zetterberg, E

    2010-04-28

    An important step in megakaryocyte maturation is the appropriate assembly of at least two distinct subsets of alpha-granules. The mechanism that sorts the alpha-granule components into distinct structures and mediates their release in response to specific stimuli is now emerging. P-selectin and von Willebrand factor are two proteins present in the alpha-granules that recognize P-selectin glycoprotein ligand on neutrophils and collagen in the subendothelial matrix. These proteins may play an important role in determining the differential release of the alpha-granule contents in response to external stimuli. If P-selectin and von Willebrand factor are localized in the same or different alpha-granules is not known. To clarify this question, we analyzed by immunoelectron microscopy the localization of von Willebrand factor and P-selectin during the maturation of wild-type and Gata1(low) megakaryocytes induced in vivo by treating animals with thrombopoietin. Gata1(low) is a hypomorphic mutation that blocks megakaryocyte maturation, reduces the levels of von Willebrand factor expression and displaces P-selectin on the demarcation membrane system. The maturation block induced by this mutation is partially rescued by treatment in vivo with thrombopoietin. In immature megakaryocytes, both wild-type and Gata1(low), the two receptors were co-localized in the same cytoplasmic structures. By contrast, the two proteins were segregated to separate alpha-granule subsets as the megakaryocytes matured. These observations support the hypothesis that P-selectin and von Willebrand factor may ensure differential release of the alpha-granule content in response to external stimuli.

  14. The natural history of occult or angiodysplastic gastrointestinal bleeding in von Willebrand disease.

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    Makris, M; Federici, A B; Mannucci, P M; Bolton-Maggs, P H B; Yee, T T; Abshire, T; Berntorp, E

    2015-05-01

    Recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding is one of the most challenging complications encountered in the management of patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD). The commonest cause is angiodysplasia, but often no cause is identified due to the difficulty in making the diagnosis. The optimal treatment to prevent recurrences remains unknown. We performed a retrospective study of VWD patients with occult or angiodysplastic bleeding within the setting of the von Willebrand Disease Prophylaxis Network (VWD PN) to describe diagnostic and treatment strategies. Centres participating in the VWD PN recruited subjects under their care with a history of congenital VWD and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding due to angiodysplasia, or cases in which the cause was not identified despite investigation. Patients with acquired von Willebrand syndrome or those for whom the GI bleeding was due to another cause were excluded. Forty-eight patients from 18 centres in 10 countries were recruited. Seven individuals had a family history of GI bleeding and all VWD types except 2N were represented. Angiodysplasia was confirmed in 38%, with video capsule endoscopy and GI tract endoscopies being the most common methods of making the diagnosis. Recurrent GI bleeding in VWD is associated with significant morbidity and required hospital admission on up to 30 occasions. Patients were treated with multiple pharmacological agents with prophylactic von Willebrand factor concentrate being the most efficient in preventing recurrence of the GI bleeding. The diagnosis and treatment of recurrent GI bleeding in congenital VWD remains challenging and is associated with significant morbidity. Prophylactic treatment with von Willebrand factor concentrate was the most effective method of preventing recurrent bleeding but its efficacy remains to be confirmed in a prospective study.

  15. Refractory bleeding from intestinal angiodysplasias successfully treated with danazol in three patients with von Willebrand disease.

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    Botero, Juliana Perez; Pruthi, Rajiv K

    2013-12-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is associated with development of gastrointestinal (GI) vascular malformations that lead to chronic GI bleeding. Conventional management, including von Willebrand factor concentrate replacement and endoscopic ablation or bowel resection, does not consistently reduce hemorrhage. We describe three patients with VWD for whom conventional management failed to control GI bleeding. We retrospectively reviewed medical records of patients with VWD and GI bleeding. After patients began treatment with danazol, we observed long-term reductions in GI bleeding and packed red blood cell transfusion requirements. One patient had severe liver toxicity and was found to have concomitant primary biliary cirrhosis. Danazol use may be considered in patients with VWD and GI bleeding due to angiodysplasia that otherwise fails to respond to conventional treatment; the primary aim of treatment is to reduce transfusion dependence. The benefits are variable and possibly transient. Monitoring for toxicity is important when this treatment is pursued.

  16. Von Willebrand Factor Abnormalities Studied in the Mouse Model: What We Learned about VWF Functions

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    Casari, Caterina; Lenting, Peter J.; Christophe, Olivier D.; Denis, Cécile V.

    2013-01-01

    Up until recently, von Willebrand Factor (VWF) structure-function relationships have only been studied through in vitro approaches. A powerful technique known as hydrodynamic gene transfer, which allows transient expression of a transgene by mouse hepatocytes, has led to an important shift in VWF research. Indeed this approach has now enabled us to transiently express a number of VWF mutants in VWF-deficient mice in order to test the relative importance of specific residues in different aspects of VWF biology and functions in an in vivo setting. As a result, mice reproducing various types of von Willebrand disease have been generated, models that will be useful to test new therapies. This approach also allowed a more precise identification of the importance of VWF interaction with subendothelial collagens and with platelets receptors in hemostasis and thrombosis. The recent advances gathered from these studies as well as the pros and cons of the technique will be reviewed here. PMID:23936618

  17. Up to date concepts about Von Willebrand disease and the diagnose of this hemostatic disorder

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    Buga-Corbu, I; Arion, C

    2014-01-01

    Abstract The authors review the current data in literature regarding the recent knowledge about hemostase, coagulation and clinical and laboratory diagnostic algorithms of hemostatic disorders. They also present the pathological classification of bleeding disorders - the basis to clinical approach of these diseases. Abbreviations: AD=autosomal dominant; Ag=antigen; DNA=deoxyribonucleic acid; ADAMTS13=serum metalloproteinase; AR=autosomal recessive; Arg=arginine; RNA=ribonucleic acid; VWD=von Willebrand disease; Cys=cysteine; C1—C9=factors of the seric complement; ELISA=enzyme linked immuno assay; FI---FXIII=plasmatic factors of coagulation; Glu=glutamines; Pg=platelet glycoprotein; HMW=high molecular weight; IL=interleukin; SLE=systemic lupus erythematosus; Met=methionine; PFA=automated study test of platelets aggregation; RCo=ristocetin cofactor; RI PA=ristocetin induced platelet aggregation; Tyr=tyrosine; VWF= von Willebrand factor PMID:25408749

  18. Acquired von Willebrand disease and multiple myeloma: a case report of a breast cancer survivor.

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    Jin, Ning; Salahuddin, Farah F; Nesbitt, John A

    2014-12-01

    Acquired von Willebrand disease (aVWD) is rare disease and is associated with a variety of underlying diseases. We report a case of aVWD in the setting of multiple myeloma. The patient was a 63-year-old female with breast cancer in remission who was admitted for symptomatic anemia. She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. She also had subcutaneous bleeding before admission. Laboratory studies revealed isolated prolongation of the activated partial thromboplastin time, which corrected in a mixing study. Her factor VIII activity, von Willebrand factor (VWF) Ag, and VWF activity were low. VWF multimer study confirmed the patient had aVWD. The treatment of aVWD is discussed in this article, including the treatment of underlying diseases, and acute management in emergent situations. An intriguing question in this case is whether the patient's multiple myeloma is a chemotherapy-induced hematological malignancy or a second primary malignancy.

  19. Von Willebrand disease - the 'Dos' and 'Don'ts' in surgery.

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    Miesbach, Wolfgang; Berntorp, Erik

    2017-02-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common genetic bleeding disorder. VWD is caused by a deficiency or dysfunction of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a plasma protein that mediates the initial adhesion of platelets at sites of vascular injury and binds and stabilises coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) in the blood. Prophylaxis of surgical bleeding in patients with VWD requires consideration of the individual situation, including the type of procedure and the bleeding rate, before decisions about treatment type, dose, duration and adjunctive therapy with antifibrinolytics or antithrombotic prophylaxis can be made. Although desmopressin (DDAVP)-stimulated release of endogenous VWD is an effective treatment strategy in many patients, plasma concentrates containing VWF are the preferred option for most patients undergoing surgical procedures. Recommendations for the management of surgery in patients with VWD are summarised, including the severity of VWD and the type of the surgical procedure.

  20. Type 2M and Type 2A von Willebrand Disease: Similar but Different.

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    Favaloro, Emmanuel J; Pasalic, Leonardo; Curnow, Jennifer

    2016-07-01

    Analogous to the differentiation between hemophilia A and B, respectively, reflecting deficiency in factor VIII (FVIII) and FIX, and increasing being recognized as reflecting clinically different disorders, types 2A and 2M von Willebrand disease (VWD) can also be shown to express both similarities and differences in their prevalence, genetic defects, laboratory test results, clinical features, and treatment responses. In this narrative review, we explore these two "subtypes" of type 2 VWD, identifying parallels and dissimilarities in various aspects of their presentation to clinicians and to scientists/laboratories. This differential will become increasingly important as we strive to provide personalized approaches to future management of patients with VWD, particularly in the emerging landscape of recombinant von Willebrand factor.

  1. Current controversies in the diagnosis and management of von Willebrand disease.

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    Neff, Anne T

    2015-08-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder in the world. The spectrum of VWD spans quantitative and qualitative deficiencies of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a platelet adhesive protein. It manifests primarily as mucocutaneous bleeding, but severely affected patients may suffer soft tissue bleeding and hemarthroses. There is disagreement in the multiple guidelines published regarding diagnosis, especially of type 1 VWD, which also remains the most opaque with respect to molecular characterization. Treatment with desmopressin (DDAVP) is most effective in type 1 VWD, but regimens are not standardized. It is not clear which type 2 VWD patients with qualitative deficiencies can be treated with DDAVP and which ones should receive VWF concentrates. No guidelines stipulate which patients might benefit from prophylactic VWF infusions and how they should be dosed. These are some current controversies in VWD that are discussed in this review.

  2. Von Willebrand disease in sub-Saharan Africa: a first severe case reported in Cameroon.

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    Tagny, Claude T; Balôgôg, Pauline N; Boehlen, Francoise; Mbanya, Dora

    2016-10-01

    In Cameroon, the Yaoundé Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) has so far recorded 121 cases of hemophilia and only 10 cases of von Willebrand disease (VWD). We report the case of a 16-year-old girl, living in the north of Cameroon. She presented with severe meno-metrorrhagia, which had increased drastically within the past 3 months, associated more recently by gum bleeding and epistaxis. The coagulation screen showed a prolonged bleeding time. The clinical profile of this young girl and the findings of less than 5% for von Willebrand factor (VWF):Ag and 10% for VWF Ristocetin cofactor suggests a type 3 VWD. Screening for VWF:Ag and other inherited bleeding disorders in Cameroon is still rudimentary, and although VWD is more common than hemophilia, we report this case to highlight some of the challenges faced in resource-limited contexts.

  3. Small bowel angiodysplasia associated with von Willebrand's disease: report of a case.

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    Patti, Rosalia; Almasio, Piero L; Buscemi, Salvatore; Tripodo, Claudio; Di Vita, Gaetano

    2006-01-01

    The association between angiodysplasia (AD) and von Willebrand's disease (vWD) was first described by Quick in 1967. The clinical course of patients with vWD and AD is characterized by multiple admissions to hospital for gastrointestinal bleeding, necessitating transfusions of packed red cells, factor VIII, and von Willebrand factor concentrates. The therapeutic management of these patients is difficult. Both medical and endoscopic techniques have been tried, but no treatment modality has been completely successful. We describe the clinical course of a patient affected by vWD, who suffered repeated massive gastrointestinal bleeding caused by small bowel AD. Intestinal resection was the only effective treatment, resulting in complete remission of the gastrointestinal bleeding.

  4. Current controversies in the diagnosis and management of von Willebrand disease

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    2015-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder in the world. The spectrum of VWD spans quantitative and qualitative deficiencies of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a platelet adhesive protein. It manifests primarily as mucocutaneous bleeding, but severely affected patients may suffer soft tissue bleeding and hemarthroses. There is disagreement in the multiple guidelines published regarding diagnosis, especially of type 1 VWD, which also remains the most opaque with respect to molecular characterization. Treatment with desmopressin (DDAVP) is most effective in type 1 VWD, but regimens are not standardized. It is not clear which type 2 VWD patients with qualitative deficiencies can be treated with DDAVP and which ones should receive VWF concentrates. No guidelines stipulate which patients might benefit from prophylactic VWF infusions and how they should be dosed. These are some current controversies in VWD that are discussed in this review. PMID:26288715

  5. An integumentary mucin (FIM-B.1) from Xenopus laevis homologous with von Willebrand factor.

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    Probst, J C; Gertzen, E M; Hoffmann, W

    1990-07-03

    We present a new protein from X. laevis skin termed "frog integumentary mucin B.1" (FIM-B.1) with a general structure similar to FIM-A.1 (formerly "spasmolysin"). The central region consisting of tandem repeats of 11 amino acid residues is probably a target for extensive O-glycosylation, whereas the C-terminal cysteine-rich domain shows pronounced homology with the C1-C2 domains and the C-terminal end of von Willebrand factor. Furthermore, we describe homology with antistasin, an anticoagulant peptide from a leech. We also discuss some implications concerning the evolutionary origin of von Willebrand factor. In situ hybridization studies revealed the expression of FIM-B.1 exclusively in mucous glands of the skin. This is comparable with FIM-A.1 but is in contrast to all other physiologically active peptides, which are synthesized in granular glands.

  6. Differential proteolytic activation of factor VIII-von Willebrand factor complex by thrombin

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    Hill-Eubanks, D.C.; Parker, C.G.; Lollar, P. )

    1989-09-01

    Blood coagulation factor VIII (fVIII) is a plasma protein that is decreased or absent in hemophilia A. It is isolated as a mixture of heterodimers that contain a variably sized heavy chain and a common light chain. Thrombin catalyzes the activation of fVIII in a reaction that is associated with cleavages in both types of chain. The authors isolated a serine protease from Bothrops jararacussu snake venom that catalyzes thrombin-like heavy-chain cleavage but not light-chain cleavage in porcine fVIII as judged by NaDodSO{sub 4}/PAGE and N-terminal sequence analysis. Using a plasma-free assay of the ability of activated {sup 125}I-fVIII to function as a cofactor in the activation of factor X by factor IXa, they found that fVIII is activated by the venom enzyme. The venom enzyme-activated fVIII was isolated in stable form by cation-exchange HPLC. von Willebrand factor inhibited venom enzyme-activated fVIII but not thrombin-activated fVIII. These results suggest that the binding of fVIII to von Willebrand factor depends on the presence of an intact light chain and that activated fVIII must dissociate from von Willebrand factor to exert its cofactor effect. Thus, proteolytic activation of fVIII-von Willebrand factor complex appears to be differentially regulated by light-chain cleavage to dissociate the complex and heavy-chain cleavage to activate the cofactor function.

  7. Isoelectric focusing of human von Willebrand factor in urea-agarose gels

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    Fulcher, C.A.; Ruggeri, Z.M.; Zimmerman, T.S.

    1983-02-01

    An analytical technique has been developed for the isoelectric focusing (IEF) of plasma von Willebrand factor (vWF) in agarose gels containing urea. Under these conditions, vWF freely enters the gel and focuses without artifact. The focused vWF is visualized by staining fixed gels with /sup 125/I-labeled affinity-purified heterologous antibody. Utilizing a pH gradient of 5.0-6.5, normal vWF in plasma or purified preparations focuses into at least three bands with apparent isoelectric points (pI) between pH 5.7 and 5.9. A reproducible difference in the IEF pattern of vWF has been established between normal plasmas and those of individuals with variant von Willebrand's disease (vWd) type IIA and type IIB. In type IIA, vWF has a distinctly lower pI than normal. This difference may be related to the presence of smaller vWF multimers in IIA plasma because forms of vWF of corresponding size contained in normal cryoprecipitate supernatant have a similar pI. Type IIB von Willebrand factor has a pI intermediate between normal and IIA. Neuraminidase treatment of plasma samples before IEF results in an increase in pI in normal, type IIA, and type IIB vWF. The data suggest that none of the 16 type IIA and 9 IIB plasmas studied here contain significantly decreased amounts of sialic acid.

  8. [Anesthesia for septoplasty and turbinectomy in von Willebrand disease patient: case report].

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    Abreu, Múcio Paranhos de; Porto, André de Moraes; Minari, Alexandre Leite; Caseli, Henrique Gonçalves

    2003-06-01

    Although von Willebrands disease is the most common hereditary hemorrhagic disorder, there are few reports in Brazilian literature relating this disease to anesthesia. This report aimed at describing a case of general anesthesia for septoplasty and turbinectomy in a von Willebrands disease type I patient, prophylactically treated with desmopressin (1-deamine-8-D- arginine vasopressin, DDAVP) in the pre and postoperative period. A female patient, 19 years old, 58 kg, with hypothyroidism controlled with L-tiroxine (75 mg) had her von Willebrands disease manifested three years before after a wisdom tooth extraction with persistent bleeding in the postoperative period. To prevent new per and postoperative hemorrhagic episodes, patient was prophylactically treated with desmopressin (0.3 microg.kg-1). Anesthesia was induced with midazolam (2.5 mg), fentanyl (150 microg), droperidol (2.5 mg), lidocaine (60 mg), atracurium (30 mg) and metoprolol (4 mg), followed by tracheal intubation and ventilation under intermittent positive pressure. Anesthesia was maintained with 2% sevoflurane in a mixture of 50% oxygen and nitrous oxide. This technique provided a good heart rate and blood pressure control during surgery. Patient remained with a nasal tampon for 24 hours and no bleeding was observed at its removal. Patient was discharged the day after surgery uneventfully. There were no immediate or late postoperative bleeding. The prophylactic treatment with DDAVP associated to the anesthetic technique used in this case was effective in controlling peri and postoperative bleeding.

  9. Genetic mutations in von Willebrand disease identified by DHPLC and DNA sequence analysis.

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    Kakela, Justin K; Friedman, Kenneth D; Haberichter, Sandra L; Buchholz, Nadine P; Christopherson, Pam A; Kroner, Philip A; Gill, Joan Cox; Montgomery, Robert R; Bellissimo, Daniel B

    2006-03-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a common inherited bleeding disorder caused by quantitative (types 1 and 3) and qualitative (type 2) defects in von Willebrand factor (VWF). The VWF gene is a large gene containing 52 exons; except for type 2 VWD, the majority of mutations causing VWD are not localized to specific exons. We have used denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) to scan the coding region of the VWF gene for sequence variations. Primers were designed to amplify all 52 exons while avoiding amplification of the VWF pseudogene. Exon-specific primers were designed with sequencing primers, allowing direct sequencing of each VWF exon. Sequence variations in 33 previously characterized von Willebrand disease (VWD) samples were all detected using DHPLC demonstrating the high sensitivity of this technique. In addition, we analyzed 42 patients or family members with VWD. Thirty-two novel sequence variations were identified (2 deletions, 2 nonsense, 15 missense, 6 silent, and 7 intronic), some with clear functional consequences. A previously described deletion in exon 18, 2435delC, was also found in two unrelated type 3 patients. This DHPLC and DNA sequencing technique will enable the full length assessment of the VWF gene necessary to detect mutations causing types 1 and 3 VWD.

  10. Linkage disequilibrium patterns vary with chromosomal location: A case study from the von Willebrand factor region

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    Watkins, W.S.; Zenger, R.; O'Brien, E.; Jorde, L.B. ); Nyman, D. ); Eriksson, A.W. ); Renlund, M.

    1994-08-01

    Linkage disequilibrium analysis has been used as a tool for analyzing marker order and locating disease genes. Under appropriate circumstances, disequilibrium patterns reflect recombination events that have occurred throughput a population's history. As a result, disequilibrium mapping may be useful in genomic regions of <1 cM where the number of informative meioses needed to detect recombinant individuals within pedigrees is exceptionally high. Its utility for refining target areas for candidate disease genes before initiating chromosomal walks and cloning experiments will be enhanced as the relationship between linkage disequilibrium and physical distance is better understood. To address this issue, the authors have characterized linkage disequilibrium in a 144-kb region of the von Willebrand factor gene on chromosome 12. Sixty CEPH and 12 von Willebrand disease families were genotypes for five PCR-based markers, which include two microsatellite repeats and three single-base-pair substitutions. Linkage disequilibrium and physical distance between polymorphisms are highly correlated (r[sub m] = -.76; P<.05) within this region. None of the five markers showed significant disequilibrium with the von Willebrand disease phenotype. The linkage disequilibrium/physical distance relationship was also analyzed as a function of chromosomal location for this and eight previously characterized regions. This analysis revealed a general trend in which linkage disequilibrium dissipates more rapidly with physical distance in telomeric regions than in centromeric regions. This trend is consistent with higher recombination rates near telomeres. 52 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  11. The mutation Arg (53)----Trp causes von Willebrand disease Normandy by abolishing binding to factor VIII. Studies with recombinant von Willebrand factor.

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    Jorieux, S; Tuley, E A; Gaucher, C; Mazurier, C; Sadler, J E

    1992-02-01

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) and factor VIII (FVIII) circulate in plasma as a noncovalently linked protein complex. The FVIII/vWF interaction is required for the stabilization of procoagulant FVIII activity. Recently, we reported a new variant of von Willebrand disease (vWD) tentatively named "Normandy," characterized by plasma vWF that appears to be structurally and functionally normal except that it does not bind FVIII. Three patients from one family were found to be homozygous for a C----T transition at codon 816 converting Arg 53 to Trp in the mature vWF subunit. To firmly establish a causal relationship between this missense mutation and vWD Normandy phenotype, we have characterized the corresponding recombinant mutant vWF(R53W). Expressed in COS-7 cells or CHO cell lines, normal vWF and vWF(R53W) were processed and formed multimers with equal efficiency. However, vWF(R53W) exhibited the same defect in FVIII binding as did plasma vWF from patients with vWD Normandy, confirming that this mutation is responsible for the vWD Normandy phenotype. These results illustrate the importance of Arg 53 of the mature vWF subunit for the binding of FVIII to vWF, and identify an amino acid residue within a disulfide loop not previously known to be involved in this interaction.

  12. Characterization of the von Willebrand factor gene (VWF) in von Willebrand disease type III patients from 24 families of Swedish and Finnish origin

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    Zhang, Z.P.; Blomback, M.; Egberg, N.; Falk, G.; Anvret, M. )

    1994-05-01

    Twenty-four patients with von Willebrand disease type III were screened for mutations in the von Willebrand factor (VWF) gene using the PCR technique, followed by direct sequencing. More than 250 kb of genomic DNA were sequenced, including the promoter and coding regions (52 exons) of the VWF gene from 24 patients. In addition to the previously reported mutations of a single cytosine deletion in exon 18 and the nonsense mutations in exons 28, 32, and 45, nine new mutations were detected: two nonsense mutations in exons 15 and 16, one allele with a thymidine insertion in exon 14, one allele with a cytosine insertion in exon 28, one 20-bp deletion in exon 15, one mutation in the donor splice site of exon 43, and three missense mutations in exons 28, 49, and 51. Forty-two mutant chromosomes were identified (42/48); 11 probands are homozygous for the mutations, and 8 are compound heterozygous. In addition, a new subfamily of the Alu sequence in the promoter region and 10 new polymorphisms were identified. 15 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  13. Changes in bleeding patterns in von Willebrand disease after institution of long-term replacement therapy: results from the von Willebrand Disease Prophylaxis Network.

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    Holm, Elena; Abshire, Thomas C; Bowen, Joel; Álvarez, M Teresa; Bolton-Maggs, Paula; Carcao, Manuel; Federici, Augusto B; Gill, Joan Cox; Halimeh, Susan; Kempton, Christine; Key, Nigel S; Kouides, Peter; Lail, Alice; Landorph, Andrea; Leebeek, Frank; Makris, Michael; Mannucci, Pier; Mauser-Bunschoten, Eveline P; Nugent, Diane; Valentino, Leonard A; Winikoff, Rochelle; Berntorp, Erik

    2015-06-01

    Clinically, the leading symptom in von Willebrand disease (VWD) is bleeding, chiefly of mucosal type, for example, epistaxis, gingival, or gastrointestinal bleeding, and menorrhagia. In severe forms of VWD with secondary deficiency of factor VIII, spontaneous joint bleeding, resembling that observed in severe haemophilia A, may also be observed. The bleeding patterns of VWD can affect quality of life, and may be life-threatening. The von Willebrand Disease Prophylaxis Network is an international study group formed with the goal of investigating the role of prophylaxis in clinically severe VWD. The objective of the present study is to investigate the response to prophylaxis focusing primarily on epistaxis, joint bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, and heavy bleeding associated with menses. Data from 105 subjects, 10 enrolled in a prospective study and 95 in a retrospective study between 2008 and 2013, were available for analysis. The median annualized rate reductions in bleeding were significant for epistaxis (P < 0.0001), gastrointestinal bleeding (P = 0.0003), joint bleeding (P < 0.0001), and menorrhagia (P = 0.008). Doses on a group level were approximately the same prior to and during prophylaxis, but more patients with gastrointestinal bleeding had prophylaxis three or more times per week as well as higher dosages. Our study, which primarily used retrospective data, indicates that prospective studies are needed to better delineate the doses and dose intervals that should be used for prophylactic treatment of VWD.

  14. Bleeding prophylaxis for major surgery in patients with type 2 von Willebrand disease with an intermediate purity factor VIII-von Willebrand factor concentrate (Haemate-P).

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    Michiels, Jan Jacques; Berneman, Zwi N; van der Planken, Marc; Schroyens, Wilfried; Budde, Ulrich; van Vliet, Huub H D M

    2004-06-01

    The parameters to diagnose von Willebrand disease (vWD) include factor VIII coagulant activity (FVIII:C), von Willebrand factor antigen (vWF:Ag), von Willebrand factor ristocetin cofactor activity (vWF:RCo), and von Willebrand factor collagen binding activity (vWF:CB). Type 2 vWD is associated with a moderate bleeding diathesis due to low levels of vWF:RCo and vWF:CB as compared with near normal or normal values for FVIII:C and vWF:Ag. As the factor VIII/von Willebrand factor (vWF) concentrate, Haemate-P, is featured by a vWF:RCo/FVIII:C ratio of about 2.2, the recommended loading dose of 50 U/kg FVIII:C followed by 25 U/kg FVIII:C every 12 h for several days for bleeding prophylaxis in type 2 vWD patients undergoing major surgery demonstrated a predicted significant over-treatment reaching vWF:RCo levels above 2 U/ml. Therefore, we restricted Haemate-P substitution for major surgery to one loading dose of 40-50 U/kg FVIII:C (88-110 U/kg vWF:RCo) followed by 15-20 U/kg FVIII:C (33-44 U/kg vWF:RCo) every 12 h for several days and evaluated this strategy in a prospective pharmacokinetic and efficacy study for bleeding prophylaxis in five type 2 vWD patients. Pre-treatment and peak levels (1 h after Haemate-P loading dose) rose from 0.43-0.66 to 1.5-2.5 U/ml for FVIII:C, from 0.23-0.45 to 1.5-2.5 U/ml for vWF:Ag, from 0.10-< 0.20 to 1.5-2.5 U/ml for vWF:RCo, and from < 0.05-0.10 to 1.0-2.0 U/ml for vWF:CB. Mean in vivo recoveries per transfused IU FVIII:C/kg body weight were 3.2% for FVIII:C, 3.9% for vWF:RCo, and 2.8% for vWF:CB. Mean in vivo recoveries per transfused IU vWF:RCo/kg were 1.45% for FVIII:C, 1.7% for vWF:RCo and 1.25% for vWF:CB. The biological half-life times after transfused Haemate-P were about 12 h for both vWF:RCo and vWF:CB. Based on these pharmacokinetic data, we propose to adapt the loading dose factor VIII/vWF concentrate (Haemate-P) to 60-80 U/kg vWF:RCo followed by 30-40 U/kg vWF:RCo every 12 h for no longer than several days (less than 1

  15. The Prevalence of von Willebrand Disease and Significance of in Vitro Bleeding Time (PFA-100) in von Willebrand Disease Screening in the İzmir Region.

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    Sap, Fatih; Kavaklı, Tülay; Kavaklı, Kaan; Dizdarer, Ceyhun

    2013-03-01

    Amaç: von Willebrand hastalığı (vWH) en sık kalıtsal kanama bozukluğudur. Bu çalışmanın amacı, İzmir’de adolesanlarda vWH’nın sıklığını saptamak ve tarama yöntemi olarak PFA-100’ün bu hastalığı saptamada duyarlılık ve özgüllüğünü belirlemektir. Gereç ve Yöntemler: Çalışmamız İzmir İli’nde adolesanlarda Ekim 2006-Mart 2007 tarihleri arasında yapıldı. Yaşları 14-19 arasında olan yaklaşık 1500 lise öğrencisinin çalışmaya dahil edilmesi planlandı. Kanama diyatezini sorgulamaya yönelik hazırlanan anket formlarının cevapları 1339 (512 erkek, 827 kız) bireyden geri toplanabildi. Muhtemel kanama diyatezi olduğu düşünülen 40 bireyden yazılı onam formları alınarak gerekli laboratuvar testleri alındı. Bulgular: von Willebrand faktör antijen (vWF:Ag) ve ristosetin kofaktör aktivite (vWF:RCo) düzeyi ve kanama semptomları esas alınarak 14 bireyde (4 erkek, 10 kız) von Willebrand Hastalığı tip-1 tespit edildi (prevalans %1,04). Bu hastalarda saptanan en sık kanama semptomunun burun kanaması olduğu (10/14) görüldü. PFA-100 ile yapılan taramada ise 14 hastadan 3’ünde iki kartuşta da (Col/ADP ve Col/Epi) uzama görüldü. PFA-100’ün von Willebrand Hastalığı’nı saptamadaki duyarlılığı %21,4 ve özgüllüğü %100 olarak bulundu. Sonuç: Sonuç olarak PFA-100 cihazı yüksek oranda özgül olmakla birlikte düşük oranda duyarlı bulunmuştur. Hafif tip-1 vWH için tarama testi olarak kullanılması sorun yaratabilir. von Willebrand hastalığının mutlak tanısı için spesifik testler (vWF:RCo, vWF:Ag) gerekmektedir. Ancak daha fazla hastayı içeren ileri çalışmalara ihtiyaç vardır.

  16. Pathologic von Willebrand factor degradation with a left ventricular assist device occurs via two distinct mechanisms: mechanical demolition and enzymatic cleavage.

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    Bartoli, Carlo R; Restle, David J; Zhang, David M; Acker, Michael A; Atluri, Pavan

    2015-01-01

    Bleeding is an important source of morbidity in patients with a left ventricular assist device. Evidence suggests a major role for von Willebrand factor. However, limited data exist to explain the mechanism(s) of von Willebrand factor degradation during left ventricular assist device support. We investigated whether left ventricular assist device-related shear stress and a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13 (ADAMTS-13, the von Willebrand factor protease) altered von Willebrand factor metabolism. Whole blood was collected from patients (n = 8) with a left ventricular assist device. von Willebrand factor multimers and degradation fragments were characterized with electrophoresis and immunoblotting. To investigate mechanisms, an in vitro model was developed to generate the supraphysiologic shear stress of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device. Normal human blood (n = 8) was cycled in a laboratory vortexer (∼2400 rpm, shear stress ∼175 dyne/cm(2), 4 hours) to reproduce the pathologic degradation of von Willebrand factor that occurs during left ventricular assist device support. To investigate the specific mechanistic roles of shear stress and ADAMTS-13 in von Willebrand factor degradation, purified von Willebrand factor protein ± ADAMTS-13 protease were exposed to supraphysiologic shear stress in the vortexer. von Willebrand factor multimers and 11 von Willebrand factor degradation fragments were characterized with electrophoresis and immunoblotting. Left ventricular assist device support reduced large von Willebrand factor multimers and significantly increased 10/11 von Willebrand factor degradation fragments (P < .05). Normal human blood exposed to supraphysiologic shear stress in the vortexer demonstrated the same profile of von Willebrand factor degradation fragments as in a patient with a left ventricular assist device. Supraphysiologic shear stress alone caused modest mechanical demolition of

  17. Comparison of type I, type III and type VI collagen binding assays in diagnosis of von Willebrand disease.

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    Flood, V H; Gill, J C; Christopherson, P A; Wren, J S; Friedman, K D; Haberichter, S L; Hoffmann, R G; Montgomery, R R

    2012-07-01

    von Willebrand factor (VWF) plays a key role in coagulation by tethering platelets to injured subendothelium through binding sites for collagen and platelet GPIb. Collagen binding assays (VWF:CB), however, are not part of the routine work-up for von Willebrand disease (VWD). This study presents data on collagen binding for healthy controls and VWD subjects to compare three different collagens. VWF antigen (VWF:Ag), VWF ristocetin cofactor activity and VWF:CB with types I, III and VI collagen were examined for samples obtained from the Zimmerman Program. Mean VWF:CB in healthy controls was similar and highly correlated for types I, III and VI collagen. The mean VWF:CB/VWF:Ag ratios for types I, III and VI collagen were 1.31, 1.19 and 1.21, respectively. In type 1 VWD subjects, VWF:CB was similar to VWF:Ag with mean VWF:CB/VWF:Ag ratios for types I, III and VI collagen of 1.32, 1.08 and 1.1, respectively. For type 2A and 2B subjects, VWF:CB was uniformly low, with mean ratios of 0.62 and 0.7 for type I collagen, 0.38 and 0.4 for type III collagen, and 0.5 and 0.47 for type VI collagen. Normal ranges for type I, III and VI collagen are correlated, but higher values were obtained with type I collagen as compared with types III and VI. The low VWF:CB in type 2A and 2B subjects suggests that VWF:CB may also supplement analysis of multimer distribution. However, these results reflect only one set of assay conditions per collagen type and therefore may not be generalizable to all collagen assays. © 2012 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  18. Comparison of inhibitory and binding characteristics of an antibody causing acquired von Willebrand syndrome: an assay for von Willebrand factor binding by antibody.

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    Fricke, W A; Brinkhous, K M; Garris, J B; Roberts, H R

    1985-09-01

    An acquired inhibitor of von Willebrand factor (vWF) activity occurring in a patient with benign gammopathy and von Willebrand syndrome (vWS) has been partially characterized. The inhibitor-induced syndrome resulted in low to undetectable plasma levels of vWF/ristocetin, vWF/botrocetin, FVIIIR:Ag, and FVIII:C with a normal to slightly prolonged bleeding time. Platelet vWF was normal. Intensive and continuous infusion of a heat-treated factor VIII concentrate (Hemofil-T, Hyland, Glendale, Calif) elevated the FVIII:C plasma levels to about 100%, with an increase in FVIIIR:Ag levels to about 340% and vWF/ristocetin levels to about 40%, much lower than expected based on the dose of Hemofil-T and its content of vWF and FVIII:C activities. The inhibitor bound to staphylococcal protein A (SpA) with high affinity, indicating an IgG antibody (Ab). An assay for the vWF-binding capacity was developed on the basis of absorption of the Ab from serially diluted plasma by SpA and removal of vWF and FVIII:C activities from normal plasma by the SpA-Ab complex. The Ab-binding site was on the vWF component of the factor VIII complex. The Ab was unable to bind isolated FVIII:C. The combined use of the new vWF-binding assay and a battery of tests for inhibition of vWF-dependent platelet aggregation with ristocetin (which detects high molecular weight vWF), with botrocetin (which detects high and low molecular weight vWF), and with platelet-aggregating factor (which detects high molecular weight vWF) provided a means of analysis of Ab effect on in vitro vWF function. Using these tests, a comparison was made of the effects of the vWS Ab with those of an Ab inhibitor occurring in homozygous von Willebrand's disease. The Ab of the vWS patient had weak inhibitory action on vWF/ristocetin without having an effect on vWF/botrocetin and platelet-aggregating factor, a high titer vWF-binding capacity, and no anamnestic response following concentrate therapy. These findings contrasted with those

  19. von Willebrand disease type 2A phenotypes IIC, IID and IIE: A day in the life of shear-stressed mutant von Willebrand factor.

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    Brehm, M A; Huck, V; Aponte-Santamaría, C; Obser, T; Grässle, S; Oyen, F; Budde, U; Schneppenheim, S; Baldauf, C; Gräter, F; Schneider, S W; Schneppenheim, R

    2014-07-03

    The bleeding disorder von Willebrand disease (VWD) is caused by mutations of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a multimeric glycoprotein essential for platelet-dependent primary haemostasis. VWD type 2A-associated mutations each disrupt VWF biosynthesis and function at different stages, depending on the VWF domain altered by the mutation. These effects cause considerable heterogeneity in phenotypes and symptoms. To characterise the molecular mechanisms underlying the specific VWF deficiencies in VWD 2A/IIC, IID and IIE, we investigated VWF variants with patient-derived mutations either in the VWF pro-peptide or in domains D3 or CK. Additionally to static assays and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations we used microfluidic approaches to perform a detailed investigation of the shear-dependent function of VWD 2A mutants. For each group, we found distinct characteristics in their intracellular localisation visualising specific defects in biosynthesis which are correlated to respective multimer patterns. Using microfluidic assays we further determined shear flow-dependent characteristics in polymer-platelet-aggregate formation, platelet binding and string formation for all mutants. The phenotypes observed under flow conditions were not related to the mutated VWF domain. By MD simulations we further investigated how VWD 2A/IID mutations might alter the ability of VWF to form carboxy-terminal dimers. In conclusion, our study offers a comprehensive picture of shear-dependent and shear-independent dysfunction of VWD type 2A mutants. Furthermore, our microfluidic assay might open new possibilities for diagnosis of new VWD phenotypes and treatment choice for VWD patients with shear-dependent VWF dysfunctions that are currently not detectable by static tests.

  20. Evaluation of a von Willebrand factor three test panel and chemiluminescent-based assay system for identification of, and therapy monitoring in, von Willebrand disease.

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    Favaloro, Emmanuel J; Mohammed, Soma

    2016-05-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is reportedly the most common bleeding disorder and arises from deficiency and/or defects of von Willebrand factor (VWF). Laboratory diagnosis and typing of VWD has important management implications and requires a wide range of tests, including VWF antigen (VWF:Ag) and various activities, involving differential identification of qualitative vs quantitative VWF defects. We have assessed a new hemostasis instrument, the chemiluminescent assay based ACL AcuStar™, and an associated HemosIL AcuStar three test panel comprising VWF:Ag, VWF ristocetin cofactor (VWF:RCo) and VWF collagen binding (VWF:CB) (Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, Ma. USA) for ability to identify VWD, to help provisionally type VWD, and for potential use in therapy monitoring. This test system was compared to previously evaluated and validated test systems including VWF:RCo on CS-5100 and BCS analyzers, the new Siemens INNOVANCE assay (VWF Ac) on CS-5100, and VWF:Ag and VWF:CB assays performed by automated ELISA. We employed a large total sample test set (n=535) comprising plasma and platelet-lysate samples from individuals with and without VWD, some on treatment, normal plasmas, and normal and pathological controls. We also evaluated desmopressin (DDAVP) responsiveness, plus differential sensitivity to reduction in high molecular weight (HMW) VWF. The chemiluminescent test panel (VWF:Ag, VWF:RCo, VWF:CB) showed good comparability to similar assays performed by alternate methods, and broadly similar data for identification of VWD, provisional VWD type identification, DDAVP and VWD therapy, and HMW VWF sensitivity, although some notable differences were evident. The chemiluminescent system showed best low level VWF sensitivity, and lowest inter-assay variability, compared to all other systems. In conclusion, we have validated theACL AcuStar and the chemiluminescent HemosIL AcuStar VWF test panel for use in VWD diagnostics, and have identified some favorable

  1. Management of von Willebrand disease: a survey on current clinical practice from the haemophilia centres of North America.

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    Cohen, A J; Kessler, C M; Ewenstein, B M

    2001-05-01

    The optimal treatment of patients with von Willebrand's disease (vWD) remains to be defined. Moreover, it has not been firmly established which, if any, commonly measured parameters of von Willebrand factor (vWF) protein in the plasma are useful in guiding treatment. To better understand what guidelines physicians follow in the management of vWD, we surveyed 194 North American physicians who are members of the Hemophilia Research Society. Ninety-nine per cent of responding physicians depend on factor VIII (FVIII):C, vWF:RCo activity and vWF:AG to diagnose vWD, while only 49% use the bleeding time. The minimal goals of treatment for patients undergoing major surgery/trauma or central nervous system haemorrhage were FVIII:C and vWF:RCo activity greater than 80% while levels of more than 50% for minor surgery and dental extractions were considered adequate. Treatment of vWD was based on the type of vWD with type 1 patients being treated most often with desmopressin acetate (DDAVP) alone, types 2A and 2B patients with a combination of DDAVP and a vWF-containing FVIII product, type 3 patients with vWF-containing concentrate. Viral infections, including human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis A, B and C viruses, and parvovirus have been seen in vWD and the efficacy of viral attenuation processes is a major criterion for the selection of treatment by physicians. Based on this survey, prospective studies need to be designed to address the clinical efficacy, safety and predictive value of laboratory monitoring of patients with vWD.

  2. Structural basis of type 2A von Willebrand disease investigated by molecular dynamics simulations and experiments.

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    Interlandi, Gianluca; Ling, Minhua; Tu, An Yue; Chung, Dominic W; Thomas, Wendy E

    2012-01-01

    The hemostatic function of von Willebrand factor is downregulated by the metalloprotease ADAMTS13, which cleaves at a unique site normally buried in the A2 domain. Exposure of the proteolytic site is induced in the wild-type by shear stress as von Willebrand factor circulates in blood. Mutations in the A2 domain, which increase its susceptibility to cleavage, cause type 2A von Willebrand disease. In this study, molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the A2 domain unfolds under tensile force progressively through a series of steps. The simulation results also indicated that three type 2A mutations in the C-terminal half of the A2 domain, L1657I, I1628T and E1638K, destabilize the native state fold of the protein. Furthermore, all three type 2A mutations lowered in silico the tensile force necessary to undock the C-terminal helix α6 from the rest of the A2 domain, the first event in the unfolding pathway. The mutations F1520A, I1651A and A1661G were also predicted by simulations to destabilize the A2 domain and facilitate exposure of the cleavage site. Recombinant A2 domain proteins were expressed and cleavage assays were performed with the wild-type and single-point mutants. All three type 2A and two of the three predicted mutations exhibited increased rate of cleavage by ADAMTS13. These results confirm that destabilization of the helix α6 in the A2 domain facilitates exposure of the cleavage site and increases the rate of cleavage by ADAMTS13.

  3. WARP is a new member of the von Willebrand factor A-domain superfamily of extracellular matrix proteins.

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    Fitzgerald, Jamie; Tay Ting, Su; Bateman, John F

    2002-04-24

    We report a new member of the von Willebrand factor A-domain protein superfamily, WARP (for von Willebrand factor A-domain-related protein). The full-length mouse WARP cDNA is 2.3 kb in size and predicts a protein of 415 amino acids which contains a signal sequence, a VA-like domain, two fibronectin type III-like repeats, and a short proline- and arginine-rich segment. WARP mRNA was expressed predominantly in chondrocytes and in vitro expression experiments in transfected 293 cells indicated that WARP is a secreted glycoprotein that forms disulphide-bonded oligomers. We conclude that WARP is a new member of the von Willebrand factor A-domain (VA-domain) superfamily of extracellular matrix proteins which may play a role in cartilage structure and function.

  4. Third Åland islands conference on von Willebrand disease, 26–28 September 2012: meeting report

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    BERNTORP, E.; FUCHS, B.; MAKRIS, M.; MONTGOMERY, R.; FLOOD, V.; O’DONNELL, J. S.; FEDERICI, A. B.; LILLICRAP, D.; JAMES, P.; BUDDE, U.; MORFINI, M.; PETRINI, P.; AUSTIN, S.; KANNICHT, C.; JIMÉNEZ-YUSTE, V.; LEE, C.

    2014-01-01

    Summary The first meeting of international specialists in the field of von Willebrand disease (VWD) was held in the Åland islands in 1998 where Erik von Willebrand had first observed a bleeding disorder in some members of a family from Föglö and a summary of the meeting was published in 1999. The second meeting was held in 2010 and a report of the meeting was published in 2012. Topics covered included progress in understanding of VWD over the last 50 years; multimers; classification of VWD; pharmacokinetics and laboratory assays; genetics; treating the paediatric patient; prophylaxis; geriatrics; gene therapy and treatment guidelines. This third meeting held over 3 days covered the structure and function of von Willebrand factor (VWF); type 1 VWD, the most common form of the disease; a lifespan of pharmacokinetics in VWD; detecting inhibitors in VWD patients; and special challenges in understanding and treating the female VWD patient. PMID:23383607

  5. Interaction of blood platelets with a microfibrillar extract from adult bovine aorta: requirement for von Willebrand factor.

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    Fauvel, F; Grant, M E; Legrand, Y J; Souchon, H; Tobelem, G; Jackson, D S; Caen, J P

    1983-01-01

    Adult bovine aortic tissue was treated with 6 M guanidinium chloride in the presence of proteinase inhibitors to obtain an extract that was essentially devoid of collagenous components and appeared homogeneous by electron microscopy. When this extract was dispersed by sonication it was found to be a very potent inducer of human platelet aggregation. This interaction required the presence of von Willebrand factor and of its receptor (glycoprotein Ib) on platelet membrane. This was demonstrated by the fact that the aggregation of normal blood platelets resuspended in plasmas deficient in von Willebrand factor was significantly diminished as compared to aggregation in control plasma. Moreover, this aggregation was inhibited by a monoclonal antibody, IgG AN51, to platelet glycoprotein Ib. These studies provide direct biochemical evidence for the existence of a thrombogenic constituent of the vessel wall that is noncollagenous and von Willebrand factor-dependent. Images PMID:6601274

  6. N-linked glycan truncation causes enhanced clearance of plasma-derived von Willebrand factor.

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    O'Sullivan, J M; Aguila, S; McRae, E; Ward, S E; Rawley, O; Fallon, P G; Brophy, T M; Preston, R J S; Brady, L; Sheils, O; Chion, A; O'Donnell, J S

    2016-12-01

    Essentials von Willebrands factor (VWF) glycosylation plays a key role in modulating in vivo clearance. VWF glycoforms were used to examine the role of specific glycan moieties in regulating clearance. Reduction in sialylation resulted in enhanced VWF clearance through asialoglycoprotein receptor. Progressive VWF N-linked glycan trimming resulted in increased macrophage-mediated clearance. Click to hear Dr Denis discuss clearance of von Willebrand factor in a free presentation from the ISTH Academy SUMMARY: Background Enhanced von Willebrand factor (VWF) clearance is important in the etiology of both type 1 and type 2 von Willebrand disease (VWD). In addition, previous studies have demonstrated that VWF glycans play a key role in regulating in vivo clearance. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying VWF clearance remain poorly understood. Objective To define the molecular mechanisms through which VWF N-linked glycan structures influence in vivo clearance. Methods By use of a series of exoglycosidases, different plasma-derived VWF (pd-VWF) glycoforms were generated. In vivo clearance of these glycoforms was then assessed in VWF(-/-) mice in the presence or absence of inhibitors of asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR), or following clodronate-induced macrophage depletion. Results Reduced amounts of N-linked and O-linked sialylation resulted in enhanced pd-VWF clearance modulated via ASGPR. In addition to this role of terminal sialylation, we further observed that progressive N-linked glycan trimming also resulted in markedly enhanced VWF clearance. Furthermore, these additional N-linked glycan effects on clearance were ASGPR-independent, and instead involved enhanced macrophage clearance that was mediated, at least in part, through LDL receptor-related protein 1. Conclusion The carbohydrate determinants expressed on VWF regulate susceptibility to proteolysis by ADAMTS-13. In addition, our findings now further demonstrate that non-sialic acid carbohydrate

  7. von Willebrand disease and other disorders of hemostasis in the patient with menorrhagia.

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    Kouides, Peter A

    2005-09-01

    Separately, von Willebrand disease and menorrhagia are two relatively common conditions; in combination they occur at a prevalence of approximately 11-16%. Such patients exhibit a reduced quality of life and can incur a relatively high rate of gynecologic interventions; for example dilatation and curettage, endometrial ablation and hysterectomy. Initial evaluation involves a focused history for the following bleeding symptoms: menorrhagia since menarche, easy bruising of greater than 5 cm 1-2 times/month, frequent gum bleeding when flossing or brushing teeth or epistaxis 1-2 times/month. In addition, for those who have already undergone invasive interventions with the subsequent risk for hemorrhage, inquiry should be made regarding excessive bleeding with childbirth, dental tooth extraction and/or surgery. Step-wise testing includes a complete blood cell count and an assessment of the prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, iron profile, serum creatinine and thyroid-stimulating hormone level, followed by Factor VIII level, von Willebrand factor antigen and ristocetin cofactor, followed by consideration of platelet aggregation studies. Additional hemostatic studies may include obtaining a Factor XI level and euglobulin clot lysis time. Intuitively, failure to diagnose an underlying hemostatic disorder may lead to continued menorrhagia and diminished quality of life, as well as unnecessary surgical interventions that may in turn be fraught with an increased risk of bleeding. The management of von Willebrand disease-related menorrhagia involves consideration of the patient's age, childbearing status and preference. In the adolescent, surgical intervention is not an option, whereas an older patient beyond her childbearing years may choose a hysterectomy as a definitive treatment in lieu of continued medical therapy with intranasal/subcutaneous 1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP), oral antifibrinolytic agents or oral contraceptive. The sexually

  8. Life-threatening bleeding in a patient with mild hemophilia A and heterozygosity for von Willebrand disease Type 2N.

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    Allan, John N; Friedman, Kenneth D; DeSancho, Maria T

    2014-12-01

    Hemophilia A and von Willebrand disease (VWD) are distinct bleeding disorders with a spectrum of clinical phenotypes. They are characterized by mutations in either factor VIII (F8) or von Willebrand factor (VWF) genes, respectively. The pattern of inheritance and appropriate laboratory evaluation differentiates these diseases, and treatment strategies for both are different. Here, we report a male patient with hemophilia A and VWD Type 2 Normandy (N) mutations who presented with life-threatening bleeding. We document his medical history, clinical course, management, and diagnostic work up.

  9. A Laboratory Phenotype/Genotype Correlation of 1167 French Patients From 670 Families With von Willebrand Disease

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    Veyradier, Agnès; Boisseau, Pierre; Fressinaud, Edith; Caron, Claudine; Ternisien, Catherine; Giraud, Mathilde; Zawadzki, Christophe; Trossaert, Marc; Itzhar-Baïkian, Nathalie; Dreyfus, Marie; d’Oiron, Roseline; Borel-Derlon, Annie; Susen, Sophie; Bezieau, Stéphane; Denis, Cécile V.; Goudemand, Jenny

    2016-01-01

    Abstract von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a genetic bleeding disease due to a defect of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a glycoprotein crucial for platelet adhesion to the subendothelium after vascular injury. VWD include quantitative defects of VWF, either partial (type 1 with VWF levels <50 IU/dL) or virtually total (type 3 with undetectable VWF levels) and also qualitative defects of VWF (type 2 variants with discrepant antigenic and functional VWF levels). The most bleeding forms of VWD usually do not concern type 1 patients with the mildest VWF defects (VWF levels between 30 and 50 IU/dL). The French reference center for VWD performed a laboratory phenotypic and genotypic analysis in 1167 VWD patients (670 families) selected by their basic biologic phenotype: type 3, type 2, and type 1 with VWF levels <30 IU/dL. In these patients indeed, to achieve an accurate diagnosis of VWD type and subtype is crucial for the management (treatment and genetic counseling). A phenotype/genotype correlation was present in 99.3% of cases; 323 distinct VWF sequence variations (58% of novel) were identified (missense 67% versus truncating 33%). The distribution of VWD types was: 25% of type 1, 8% of type 3, 66% of type 2 (2A: 18%, 2B: 17%, 2M: 19%, 2N: 12%), and 1% of undetermined type. Type 1 VWD was related either to a defective synthesis/secretion or to an accelerated clearance of VWF. In type 3 VWD, bi-allelic mutations of VWF were found in almost all patients. In type 2A, the most frequent mechanism was a hyper-proteolysis of VWF. Type 2B showed 85% of patients with deleterious mutations (distinct from type 2B New York). Type 2M was linked to a defective binding of VWF to platelet glycoprotein Ib or to collagen. Type 2N VWD included almost half type 2N/3. This biologic study emphasizes the complex mechanisms for both quantitative and qualitative VWF defects in VWD. In addition, this study provides a new epidemiologic picture of the most bleeding forms of VWD in which

  10. [Obstetric analgesia and anesthesia with remifentanyl in a patient with von Willebrand disease].

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    Novoa, L; Navarro Egea, M; Vieito Amor, M; Hernández Iniesta, J; Arxer, A; Villalonga, A

    2003-05-01

    A 30-year-old woman with von Willebrand's disease was admitted in labor. As epidural analgesia was ruled out due to risk of spinal hematoma, a pump for patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) was provided with boluses of remifentanil and set for intravenous infusion of 24 micrograms with a lockout time of 5 minutes. The patient reported analgesia to be satisfactory. Later, because of abnormal fetal positioning, an emergency cesarean was performed with the patient under general anesthesia with remifentanil, with propofol and succinylcholine for induction. A healthy girl was born free of respiratory depression. Von Willebrand's disease is a hemorrhagic disorder of autosomal dominant inheritance due to a quantitative or functional factor VIII deficit. Various subtypes and degrees of severity of abnormal bleeding have been described. It is the most common genetic hemostatic disorder affecting obstetric procedures, and although epidural analgesia has been used with strict hematologic monitoring, that technique carries a risk of hematoma. PCA is useful in patients for whom regional techniques are contraindicated. With adequate fetal and maternal monitoring, remifentanil in PCA is safe and more effective than other opiates for labor pain.

  11. Mutational Constraints on Local Unfolding Inhibit the Rheological Adaptation of von Willebrand Factor

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    Tischer, Alexander; Campbell, James C.; Machha, Venkata R.; Moon-Tasson, Laurie; Benson, Linda M.; Sankaran, Banumathi; Kim, Choel; Auton, Matthew

    2015-12-16

    Unusually large von Willebrand factor (VWF), the first responder to vascular injury in primary hemostasis, is designed to capture platelets under the high shear stress of rheological blood flow. In type 2M von Willebrand disease, two rare mutations (G1324A and G1324S) within the platelet GPIbα binding interface of the VWF A1 domain impair the hemostatic function of VWF. We investigate structural and conformational effects of these mutations on the A1 domain's efficacy to bind collagen and adhere platelets under shear flow. These mutations enhance the thermodynamic stability, reduce the rate of unfolding, and enhance the A1 domain's resistance to limited proteolysis. Collagen binding affinity is not significantly affected indicating that the primary stabilizing effect of these mutations is to diminish the platelet binding efficiency under shear flow. The better stability stems from the steric consequences of adding a side chain (G1324A) and additionally a hydrogen bond (G1324S) to His1322 across the β2-β3 hairpin in the GPIbα binding interface, which restrains the conformational degrees of freedom and the overall flexibility of the native state. These studies reveal a novel rheological strategy in which the incorporation of a single glycine within the GPIbα binding interface of normal VWF enhances the probability of local unfolding that enables the A1 domain to conformationally adapt to shear flow while maintaining its overall native structure.

  12. Mutational Constraints on Local Unfolding Inhibit the Rheological Adaptation of von Willebrand Factor

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    Tischer, Alexander; Campbell, James C.; Machha, Venkata R.; ...

    2015-12-16

    Unusually large von Willebrand factor (VWF), the first responder to vascular injury in primary hemostasis, is designed to capture platelets under the high shear stress of rheological blood flow. In type 2M von Willebrand disease, two rare mutations (G1324A and G1324S) within the platelet GPIbα binding interface of the VWF A1 domain impair the hemostatic function of VWF. We investigate structural and conformational effects of these mutations on the A1 domain's efficacy to bind collagen and adhere platelets under shear flow. These mutations enhance the thermodynamic stability, reduce the rate of unfolding, and enhance the A1 domain's resistance to limitedmore » proteolysis. Collagen binding affinity is not significantly affected indicating that the primary stabilizing effect of these mutations is to diminish the platelet binding efficiency under shear flow. The better stability stems from the steric consequences of adding a side chain (G1324A) and additionally a hydrogen bond (G1324S) to His1322 across the β2-β3 hairpin in the GPIbα binding interface, which restrains the conformational degrees of freedom and the overall flexibility of the native state. These studies reveal a novel rheological strategy in which the incorporation of a single glycine within the GPIbα binding interface of normal VWF enhances the probability of local unfolding that enables the A1 domain to conformationally adapt to shear flow while maintaining its overall native structure.« less

  13. Expression of von Willebrand factor "Normandy": an autosomal mutation that mimics hemophilia A.

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    Tuley, E A; Gaucher, C; Jorieux, S; Worrall, N K; Sadler, J E; Mazurier, C

    1991-01-01

    von Willebrand disease Normandy (vWD Normandy) is a recently described phenotype in which a mutant von Willebrand factor (vWF) appears structurally and functionally normal except that it does not bind to blood coagulation factor VIII. This interaction is required for normal survival of factor VIII in the circulation; consequently, vWD Normandy can present as apparent hemophilia A but with autosomal recessive rather than X chromosome-linked inheritance. A vWF missense mutation, Thr28----Met, was identified in the propositus in or near the factor VIII binding site. The corresponding mutant recombinant vWF(T28M) formed normal multimers and had normal ristocetin cofactor activity. However, vWF(T28M) exhibited the same defect in factor VIII binding as natural vWF Normandy, confirming that this mutation causes the vWD Normandy phenotype. The distinction between hemophilia A and vWD Normandy is clinically important and should be considered in families affected by apparent mild hemophilia A that fail to show strict X chromosome-linked inheritance and, particularly, in potential female carriers with low factor VIII levels attributed to extreme lyonization. Images PMID:1906179

  14. Expression of von Willebrand factor "Normandy": an autosomal mutation that mimics hemophilia A.

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    Tuley, E A; Gaucher, C; Jorieux, S; Worrall, N K; Sadler, J E; Mazurier, C

    1991-07-15

    von Willebrand disease Normandy (vWD Normandy) is a recently described phenotype in which a mutant von Willebrand factor (vWF) appears structurally and functionally normal except that it does not bind to blood coagulation factor VIII. This interaction is required for normal survival of factor VIII in the circulation; consequently, vWD Normandy can present as apparent hemophilia A but with autosomal recessive rather than X chromosome-linked inheritance. A vWF missense mutation, Thr28----Met, was identified in the propositus in or near the factor VIII binding site. The corresponding mutant recombinant vWF(T28M) formed normal multimers and had normal ristocetin cofactor activity. However, vWF(T28M) exhibited the same defect in factor VIII binding as natural vWF Normandy, confirming that this mutation causes the vWD Normandy phenotype. The distinction between hemophilia A and vWD Normandy is clinically important and should be considered in families affected by apparent mild hemophilia A that fail to show strict X chromosome-linked inheritance and, particularly, in potential female carriers with low factor VIII levels attributed to extreme lyonization.

  15. Acquired von Willebrand's disease associated with epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid salivary gland

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    Chilvers, Geoffrey Spencer; Porter, Graham

    2014-01-01

    This is the first case report of a patient with acquired von Willebrand's disease (AvWD) secondary to epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma (EMC) of the parotid salivary gland. This patient presented to haematology following an abnormal bleeding episode with von Willebrand factor Ristocetin cofactor (VWF:RCo) <5% and VWF:Ag 13%. He was diagnosed with AvWD. At the same time he was found to have a left parotid lump which was excised following a multidisciplinary team meeting. This was histologically reported as an EMC. Following excision, unusually this patient's AvWD did not resolve. Extensive investigation looking for other causes of the AvWD did not reveal any other potential cause; therefore, due to the similar timing of onset of both pathologies it is felt that the AvWD in this case is secondary to the EMC. This case report highlights the presentation, investigation and management of AvWD and parotid lumps as well as discussing proposed pathophysiological mechanisms for AvWD. PMID:25096657

  16. Tissue factor: A potent stimulator of Von Willebrand factor synthesis by human umbilical vein endothelial cells

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    Meiring, Muriel; Allers, W.; Le Roux, E.

    2016-01-01

    Inflammation and dysfunction of endothelial cells are thought to be triggers for the secretion of Von Willebrand factor. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of the inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-8 (IL-8) and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and the coagulation factors, tissue factor and thrombin on the release and cleavage potential of ultra-large von Willebrand factor (ULVWF) and its cleavage protease by cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). HUVEC were treated with IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α, tissue factor (TF) and thrombin, and combinations thereof for 24 hours under static conditions. The cells were then exposed to shear stress after which the VWF-propeptide levels and the VWF cleavage protease, ADAMTS13 content were measured. All treatments and their combinations, excluding IL-6, significantly stimulated the secretion of VWF from HUVEC. The VWF secretion from the HUVEC was stimulated most by the combination of TF with TNF-α. Slightly lower levels of ADAMTS13 secretion were found with all treatments. This may explain the thrombogenicity of patients with inflammation where extremely high VWF levels and slightly lower ADAMTS13 levels are present. PMID:27766025

  17. Misfolding of vWF to Pathologically Disordered Conformations Impacts the Severity of von Willebrand Disease

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    Tischer, Alexander; Madde, Pranathi; Moon-Tasson, Laurie; Auton, Matthew

    2014-01-01

    The primary hemostatic von Willebrand factor (vWF) functions to sequester platelets from rheological blood flow and mediates their adhesion to damaged subendothelium at sites of vascular injury. We have surveyed the effect of 16 disease-causing mutations identified in patients diagnosed with the bleeding diathesis disorder, von Willebrand disease (vWD), on the structure and rheology of vWF A1 domain adhesiveness to the platelet GPIbα receptor. These mutations have a dynamic phenotypical range of bleeding from lack of platelet adhesion to severe thrombocytopenia. Using new rheological tools in combination with classical thermodynamic, biophysical, and spectroscopic metrics, we establish a high propensity of the A1 domain to misfold to pathological molten globule conformations that differentially alter the strength of platelet adhesion under shear flow. Rheodynamic analysis establishes a quantitative rank order between shear-rate-dependent platelet-translocation pause times that linearly correlate with clinically reported measures of patient platelet counts and the severity of thrombocytopenia. These results suggest that specific secondary structure elements remaining in these pathological conformations of the A1 domain regulate GPIbα binding and the strength of vWF-platelet interactions, which affects the vWD functional phenotype and the severity of thrombocytopenia. PMID:25185554

  18. Similarity in Joint Function Limitation in Type 3 Von Willebrand Disease and Moderate Haemophilia A

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    Sood, S.L.; Cuker, A.; Wang, C.; Metjian, A.D.; Chiang, E.Y.; Soucie, J.M.; Konkle, B.A.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Type 3 von Willebrand Disease (VWD) is a rare bleeding diathesis with complete or near complete deficiency of von Willebrand factor (VWF) and low factor VIII (FVIII) levels. In contrast, only FVIII is decreased in haemophilia A (HA). Both disorders are complicated by arthropathy. Aim The purpose of this study was to further clarify the roles of FVIII and VWF: Antigen (VWF:Ag) in joint range of motion (ROM) loss over time. Methods We compared joint ROM loss and other bleeding manifestations in 100 Type 3 VWD subjects (FVIII≤5%) and 1814 moderate HA subjects (FVIII 1–5%) within the U.S. Universal Data Collection (UDC) database. Results High rates of bleeding were reported at baseline. During follow up, moderate HA patients reported a joint (46% vs. 34%, p<0.0001) or muscle bleed (27% vs. 16%, p< 0.0001) in a higher proportion of visits than VWD patients. Other bleeds, including mucosal, were reported in a greater proportion of visits among patients with Type 3 VWD than among those with HA (49% vs. 32%, p<0.0001). Multivariate analysis revealed no difference in joint ROM loss over time in the Type 3 VWD versus moderate HA populations. A higher FVIII level was protective in both VWD and HA (p<0.001). Conclusion Our findings support the hypothesis of primacy of the FVIII level in determining risk of joint hemorrhage, and may help target therapy in Type 3 VWD and moderate HA to prevent joint disability. PMID:23534856

  19. Acquired von Willebrand syndrome in patients with ventricular assist device or total artificial heart.

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    Heilmann, Claudia; Geisen, Ulrich; Beyersdorf, Friedhelm; Nakamura, Lea; Benk, Christoph; Berchtold-Herz, Michael; Trummer, Georg; Schlensak, Christian; Zieger, Barbara

    2010-05-01

    Unexplained bleeding episodes are associated with ventricular assist devices (VAD) and can occur in part due to acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS). AVWS is characterised by loss of high molecular weight (HMW) multimers of von Willebrand factor (VWF) and decreased ratios of collagen binding capacity and ristocetin cofactor activity to VWF antigen. Loss of multimers can occur as VWF is subjected to increased shear stress, which occurs in presence of VADs. We studied 12 patients who required mechanical support of their native heart for terminal cardiac insufficiency. Nine patients underwent placement of a VAD, while three underwent placement of a total artificial heart (TAH), which is connected directly to heart and large cardiac vessels without cannulas. Within one day of VAD implantation, four of five patients evaluated demonstrated loss of HMW multimers and impaired VWF function. AVWS was present within two weeks of implantation in eight of nine patients, and in all seven tested patients after >/=3 months. Patients with different VAD types developed varying severities of AVWS. After VAD explantation, HMW multimers were detectable and VWF function normalised in all patients. AVWS was not observed in the TAH patients studied. Our findings demonstrate that patients with an implanted VAD experience a rapid onset of AVWS that is quickly and completely reversed after device explantation. In addition, TAH patients do not develop AVWS. These results suggest that shear stress associated with exposure of blood to VAD cannulas and tubes may contribute to the development of AVWS.

  20. von Willebrand disease in the United States: A Perspective from Wisconsin

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    Flood, Veronica H; Gill, Joan Cox; Friedman, Kenneth D; Bellissimo, Daniel B; Haberichter, Sandra L; Montgomery, Robert R

    2013-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a common bleeding disorder with prevalence in the United States of 0.01% to 1% and a prevalence in the region around Milwaukee, Wisconsin of at least 0.025%. Care of local patients with VWD primarily occurs through our comprehensive treatment center, although some patients are managed solely by their primary care physician or community hematologist. Type 1 VWD is the most common subtype, with more females carrying this diagnosis than males. Diagnosis and treatment in general follows guidelines outlined by the National Institutes of Health. An ongoing study, the Zimmerman Program for the Molecular and Clinical Biology of VWD, is currently enrolling patients with all VWD subtypes across the US in order to better delineate the extent of VWD and correlate bleeding symptoms with laboratory findings and VWF (von Willebrand factor) sequence variations. Results so far have shown that VWF gene polymorphisms are common, particularly in African Americans, and may affect laboratory assays of VWF function. PMID:22102196

  1. Autosomal dominant C1149R von Willebrand disease: phenotypic findings and their implications

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    Pérez-Rodríguez, Almudena; García-Rivero, Aranzazu; Lourés, Esther; López-Fernández, Maria Fernanda; Rodríguez-Trillo, Angela; Batlle, Javier

    2009-01-01

    Background Mutation C1149R in the von Willebrand factor (VWF) gene has been thought to cause autosomal dominant severe type 1 von Willebrand disease (VWD). Design and Methods Eight patients from three unrelated families with this mutation were included in the present study who had distinct VWF abnormalities, not described in earlier studies. Results The patients showed notably low levels of VWF antigen (VWF:Ag), VWF ristocetin cofactor activity (VWF:RCo), VWF collagen binding (VWF:CB), and a reduced ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation (RIPA). VWF:RCo/VWF:Ag and VWF:CB/VWF:Ag ratios were lower than 0.7. At basal conditions, all the VWF multimers were decreased in plasma, with a clearly lower relative proportion of the high molecular weight VWF multimers (HMWM). In high-resolution agarose gels, a large decrease in the relative proportions of the satellite bands was seen. The patients had a brief good response to desmopressin (DDAVP) administration, but the released VWF half-life was shorter than normal, indicating an accelerated clearance of their VWF. Platelet VWF was abnormal. Conclusions We conclude from the results obtained in these patients for plasma phenotypic data that this mutation should be classified as a VWD type 2A (IIE). DDAVP therapy may be somewhat helpful for this mutation, at least for mild to moderate bleeding. These data provide evidence that for VWD classification factors other than basal VWF, such as DDAVP response and platelet VWF, should be considered. PMID:19286880

  2. Rapid high-resolution electrophoresis of multimeric von Willebrand Factor using a thermopiloted gel apparatus.

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    Smejkal, Gary B; Shainoff, John R; Kottke-Marchant, Kandice M

    2003-02-01

    Rapid and highly reproducible nonreducing agarose gel electrophoresis (NRAGE) of von Willebrand Factor (vWF) multimers was performed using a thermostated minigel apparatus that monitors and precisely controls internal gel temperature. The substitution of lithium dodecyl sulfate (LiDS) for sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) allowed electrophoresis to be performed below the 16 degrees C Krafft point of SDS and facilitated NRAGE of vWF over the entire range of 0-35 degrees C. Internal gel temperature was regulated by a thermocouple probe inserted directly into the gel during electrophoresis which interfaced with a thermopilot that continually measures and adjusts temperature to within +/- 0.5 degrees C. At 10 degrees C operative temperature, NRAGE at 1.5% agarose concentration was completed in 20 min at 250 V. Electrophoresis could be performed in only 10 min at 500 V, but at such high voltages, localized temperature fluctuations as much as 6 degrees C resulted in perturbation of banding patterns in those vicinities. In the optimized method, both high molecular weight multimers and proteolytic fragments of vWF were separable suggesting clinical applicability of this system for the diagnosis of von Willebrand Disease and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

  3. Low von Willebrand factor: sometimes a risk factor and sometimes a disease.

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    Sadler, J Evan

    2009-01-01

    A sufficiently low level of von Willebrand factor (VWF) predisposes to bleeding that can be quite serious, and low VWF is a diagnostic feature of von Willebrand disease (VWD) type 1, which is characterized by partial quantitative deficiency of VWF. Recent groundbreaking studies of patients with VWD type 1 have delineated several pathophysiologic mechanisms that determine the plasma concentration of VWF, but the relationship between VWF level and the likelihood of bleeding remains less well understood. In part, this problem reflects the broad range of VWF levels in the population, so that the distinction between "normal" and "low" is arbitrary. The risk of bleeding certainly increases as the VWF level decreases, but the relationship is not very strong until the VWF level is very low. Furthermore, mild bleeding symptoms are common in apparently healthy populations and have many causes other than defects in VWF, which can make it impossible to attribute bleeding to any single factor, such as low VWF. These difficulties might be resolved by an epidemiologic approach to VWF and other risk factors for bleeding, analogous to how physicians manage multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease or venous thromboembolism.

  4. Synthesis by guinea pig megakaryocytes of platelet glycoprotein receptors for fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor.

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    Kupinski, J M; Miller, J L

    1986-08-01

    In the preceding paper, we described two monoclonal antibodies, PG-1 and PG-2, that selectively blocked the binding of von Willebrand factor (PG-1) or of fibrinogen (PG-2) to guinea pig platelets. In this study we examine the structures and site of synthesis of these receptors. NP-40 lysates of radiolabeled guinea pig platelets were immunoprecipitated with monoclonal antibodies PG-1 or PG-2, and the precipitates analyzed by SDS-PAGE. PG-1 recognized a single polypeptide with reduced Mr of 143,000 daltons, while PG-2 precipitated two chains with reduced Mr of 121,000 and 93,000 daltons. Periodate-[3H]borohydride labeling of platelets, in conjunction with two-dimensional SDS-PAGE, showed that all three of the polypeptides are glycoproteins and that the 143,000 and 121,000 dalton chains are linked by disulfide bond(s) to smaller, approximately 25,000 dalton polypeptides. Guinea pig megakaryocytes synthesized polypeptides immunoprecipitable by PG-1 and PG-2, with molecular weights similar to polypeptides found associated with platelet membranes. These studies demonstrate that guinea pig platelets have functional receptors for fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor that are structurally homologous to human platelet glycoproteins Ib, IIb and IIIa, and that these glycoproteins are synthesized by megakaryocytes.

  5. High coagulation factor VIII and von Willebrand factor in patients with lymphoma and leukemia.

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    Mohren, Martin; Jentsch-Ullrich, Kathleen; Koenigsmann, Michael; Kropf, Siegfried; Schalk, Enrico; Lutze, Gerd

    2016-02-01

    The risk of venous thromboembolism is increased in patients with lymphoma and leukemia; however, little is known about the potential underlying hereditary or acquired thrombophilia. We prospectively analyzed procoagulant markers and gene mutations in patients with lymphoma (n = 35) and leukemia (n = 10) at diagnosis and over the course of treatment. Global coagulation tests were normal in all patients, as were antithrombin and protein S. Activated protein C resistance caused by the factor V Leiden mutation was found in four patients, one patient had the G20210A mutation of the prothrombin gene, and one patient had protein C deficiency. The most striking findings were sustained very high levels of factor VIII (>150 %) in 30 patients (68 %), which correlated with high von Willebrand factor. An acute phase response in these patients was ruled out by absence of fever and normal IL-6 and -α. Elevated factor VIII is an independent thrombophilic risk factor and may play an etiologic role in thromboembolic complications in patients with malignant lymphoma. Since high von Willebrand factor is most likely caused by endothelial cell injury, an additional, unknown pathophysiological association with malignant lymphoma and acute leukemia is possible.

  6. Identification and characterisation of mutations associated with von Willebrand disease in a Turkish patient cohort.

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    Hampshire, Daniel J; Abuzenadah, Adel M; Cartwright, Ashley; Al-Shammari, Nawal S; Coyle, Rachael E; Eckert, Michaela; Al-Buhairan, Ahlam M; Messenger, Sarah L; Budde, Ulrich; Gürsel, Türkiz; Ingerslev, Jørgen; Peake, Ian R; Goodeve, Anne C

    2013-08-01

    Several cohort studies have investigated the molecular basis of von Willebrand disease (VWD); however, these have mostly focused on European and North American populations. This study aimed to investigate mutation spectrum in 26 index cases (IC) from Turkey diagnosed with all three VWD types, the majority (73%) with parents who were knowingly related. IC were screened for mutations using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification and analysis of all von Willebrand factor gene (VWF) exons and exon/intron boundaries. Selected missense mutations were expressed in vitro. Candidate VWF mutations were identified in 25 of 26 IC and included propeptide missense mutations in four IC (two resulting in type 1 and two in recessive 2A), all influencing VWF expression in vitro. Four missense mutations, a nonsense mutation and a small in-frame insertion resulting in type 2A were also identified. Of 15 type 3 VWD IC, 13 were homozygous and two compound heterozygous for 14 candidate mutations predicted to result in lack of expression and two propeptide missense changes. Identification of intronic breakpoints of an exon 17-18 deletion suggested that the mutation resulted from non-homologous end joining. This study provides further insight into the pathogenesis of VWD in a population with a high degree of consanguineous partnerships.

  7. Cellular and molecular basis of von Willebrand disease: studies on blood outgrowth endothelial cells.

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    Starke, Richard D; Paschalaki, Koralia E; Dyer, Clare E F; Harrison-Lavoie, Kimberly J; Cutler, Jacqueline A; McKinnon, Thomas A J; Millar, Carolyn M; Cutler, Daniel F; Laffan, Mike A; Randi, Anna M

    2013-04-04

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a heterogeneous bleeding disorder caused by decrease or dysfunction of von Willebrand factor (VWF). A wide range of mutations in the VWF gene have been characterized; however, their cellular consequences are still poorly understood. Here we have used a recently developed approach to study the molecular and cellular basis of VWD. We isolated blood outgrowth endothelial cells (BOECs) from peripheral blood of 4 type 1 VWD and 4 type 2 VWD patients and 9 healthy controls. We confirmed the endothelial lineage of BOECs, then measured VWF messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels (before and after stimulation) and VWF multimers. Decreased mRNA levels were predictive of plasma VWF levels in type 1 VWD, confirming a defect in VWF synthesis. However, BOECs from this group of patients also showed defects in processing, storage, and/or secretion of VWF. Levels of VWF mRNA and protein were normal in BOECs from 3 type 2 VWD patients, supporting the dysfunctional VWF model. However, 1 type 2M patient showed decreased VWF synthesis and storage, indicating a complex cellular defect. These results demonstrate for the first time that isolation of endothelial cells from VWD patients provides novel insight into cellular mechanisms of the disease.

  8. Laboratory aspects of von Willebrand disease: test repertoire and options for activity assays and genetic analysis.

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    Castaman, G; Hillarp, A; Goodeve, A

    2014-05-01

    The deficiency or abnormal function of von Willebrand factor (VWF) causes von Willebrand disease (VWD), the most frequent inherited bleeding disorder. The laboratory diagnosis of VWD can be difficult as the disease is heterogeneous and an array of assays is required to describe the phenotype. Basic classification of quantitative (type 1 and 3) and qualitative (type 2) VWD variants requires determination of VWF antigenic (VWF:Ag) levels and assaying of VWF ristocetin cofactor (VWF:RCo) activity, determining the capacity of VWF to interact with the platelet GPIb-receptor. Knowing the VWF:RCo activity is essential for identifying, subtyping and monitoring VWD, but the assay is poorly standardized and many protocols do not fulfil the clinical need in all situations. This has led to the development of novel activity assays, independent of ristocetin, with enhanced assay characteristics. Results from the first independent clinical evaluations are promising, showing that they are reliable and suitable for VWD diagnosis. The qualitative type 2 VWF deficiency can be further divided into four different subtypes (A, B, M and N) using specific assays that explore other activities or the size distribution of VWF multimers. These methods are discussed herein. However, in a number of patients it may be difficult to correctly classify the VWD phenotype and genetic analysis may provide the best option to clarify the disorder, through mutation identification.

  9. Wilate use in 47 children with von Willebrand disease: the North London paediatric haemophilia network experience.

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    Khair, K; Batty, P; Riat, R; Bowles, L; Burgess, C; Chen, Y-H; Hart, D; Platton, S; Pasi, J; Liesner, R

    2015-01-01

    Children with von Willebrand disease (VWD) in whom DDAVP is ineffective or contraindicated require treatment with a coagulation factor concentrate containing von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII (FVIII). The aim of this study was to monitor the safety, efficacy and tolerability of Wilate(®) (a VWF:FVIII concentrate with a 1:1 ratio) used across the North London Paediatric Haemophilia Network since May 2010. In total, 47 children (aged 0.0-17.0 years) with type 1 (n = 28), type 2 (n = 7), type 3 (n = 10) and acquired VWS (n = 2) have been treated for bleeds, surgery and/or prophylaxis using 260 000 IU Wilate(®). Analysis of dose and frequency of treatment show expected responses to treatment with mean doses of 55, 50 and 50 IU kg(-1) for bleeds, surgery and prophylaxis respectively. Most bleeds responded to a single treatment. Surgical procedures were covered with clinician approved dosing schedules with 95% (39/41) reported as having excellent or good efficacy. There was no accumulation of FVIII or VWF and no thromboembolic events. This case series confirms the efficacy, safety and tolerability of Wilate(®) in neonates, children and adolescents when used on-demand, prophylactically and in the surgical setting.

  10. The bleeding score predicts clinical outcomes and replacement therapy in adults with von Willebrand disease.

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    Federici, Augusto B; Bucciarelli, Paolo; Castaman, Giancarlo; Mazzucconi, Maria G; Morfini, Massimo; Rocino, Angiola; Schiavoni, Mario; Peyvandi, Flora; Rodeghiero, Francesco; Mannucci, Pier Mannuccio

    2014-06-26

    Analyses of the bleeding tendency by means of the bleeding score (BS) have been proposed until now to confirm diagnosis but not to predict clinical outcomes in patients with inherited von Willebrand disease (VWD). We prospectively followed up, for 1 year, 796 Italian patients with different types of VWD to determine whether the previous BS of European VWD1 is useful to predict the occurrence of spontaneous bleeds severe enough to require replacement therapy with desmopressin (DDAVP) and/or von Willebrand factor (VWF)/factor VIII concentrates. Among the 796 patients included, 75 (9.4%) needed treatment of 232 spontaneous bleeding events. BS >10 and VWF:ristocetin cofactor activity <10 U/dL were associated with the risk of bleeding, but only a BS >10 remained highly associated in a multivariable Cox proportional hazard model (adjusted hazard ratio: 7.27 [95% confidence interval, 3.83-13.83]). Although the bleeding event-free survival was different in VWD types, only a BS >10 could predict for each type which patient had bleeding events severe enough to require treatment with DDAVP and/or concentrates. Therefore, BS can be considered a simple predictor of clinical outcomes of VWD and may identify patients needing intensive therapeutic regimens.

  11. Development and validation of technical assays of von Willebrand disease in routine laboratory.

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    Derdabi, Sara; Rozen, Laurence; Nagant, Carole; Demulder, Anne

    2016-12-01

    Von Willebrand disease (MW) is the most common constitutional bleeding disorders. It is caused by a quantitative or qualitative abnormality of the von Willebrand factor (VWF). The laboratory assessment of the disease combines a FVIII assay, and a determination of the antigen and activity of VWF. The analytical validation of VWF:Ag, VWF:Act, vWF:CB is reported in this work and demonstrates good test performance of all three assays, with a coefficient of variation lower than 10% for both the repeatability and reproducibility, stability with a deviation of less than 5% from the target value after six hours at room temperature. The dosages are linear through the following ranges: 2% to 346% for VWF:Ag, 3% to 170% for VWF:Act, and 0.07% to 259% for VWF:CB. The usual values determined on 32 control subjects are in the range of reference values published in the literature. However as the number of control samples tested is small, we will adopt the reference values of the literature of 50 to 200% in routine. The other functional test VWF:CB will be used in our daily practice to differentiate the type of 2M 2A type. However, given that the type 2M is extremely rare, we think it is rather aimed at specialized laboratories in which a large number of patients referred.

  12. Mutational Constraints on Local Unfolding Inhibit the Rheological Adaptation of von Willebrand Factor*

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    Tischer, Alexander; Campbell, James C.; Machha, Venkata R.; Moon-Tasson, Laurie; Benson, Linda M.; Sankaran, Banumathi; Kim, Choel; Auton, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    Unusually large von Willebrand factor (VWF), the first responder to vascular injury in primary hemostasis, is designed to capture platelets under the high shear stress of rheological blood flow. In type 2M von Willebrand disease, two rare mutations (G1324A and G1324S) within the platelet GPIbα binding interface of the VWF A1 domain impair the hemostatic function of VWF. We investigate structural and conformational effects of these mutations on the A1 domain's efficacy to bind collagen and adhere platelets under shear flow. These mutations enhance the thermodynamic stability, reduce the rate of unfolding, and enhance the A1 domain's resistance to limited proteolysis. Collagen binding affinity is not significantly affected indicating that the primary stabilizing effect of these mutations is to diminish the platelet binding efficiency under shear flow. The enhanced stability stems from the steric consequences of adding a side chain (G1324A) and additionally a hydrogen bond (G1324S) to His1322 across the β2-β3 hairpin in the GPIbα binding interface, which restrains the conformational degrees of freedom and the overall flexibility of the native state. These studies reveal a novel rheological strategy in which the incorporation of a single glycine within the GPIbα binding interface of normal VWF enhances the probability of local unfolding that enables the A1 domain to conformationally adapt to shear flow while maintaining its overall native structure. PMID:26677223

  13. Towards personalised therapy for von Willebrand disease: a future role for recombinant products

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    Favaloro, Emmanuel J.

    2016-01-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is reportedly the most common bleeding disorder and is caused by deficiencies and/or defects in the adhesive plasma protein von Willebrand factor (VWF). Functionally, normal VWF prevents bleeding by promoting both primary and secondary haemostasis. In respect to primary haemostasis, VWF binds to both platelets and sub-endothelial matrix components, especially collagen, to anchor platelets to damaged vascular tissue and promote thrombus formation. VWF also stabilises and protects factor VIII in the circulation, delivering FVIII to the site of injury, which then facilitates secondary haemostasis and fibrin formation/thrombus stabilisation. As a result of this, patients with VWD suffer a bleeding diathesis reflective of a primary defect caused by defective/deficient VWF, which in some patients is compounded by a reduction in FVIII. Management of VWD, therefore, chiefly entails replacement of VWF, and sometimes also FVIII, to protect against bleeding. The current report principally focuses on the future potential for “personalised” management of VWD, given the emerging options in recombinant therapies. Recombinant VWF has been developed and is undergoing clinical trials, and this promising therapy may soon change the way in which VWD is managed. In particular, we can envisage a personalised treatment approach using recombinant VWF, with or without recombinant FVIII, depending on the type of VWD, the extent of deficiencies, and the period and duration of treatment. PMID:27136426

  14. Identification and characterisation of mutations associated with von Willebrand disease in a Turkish patient cohort

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    Hampshire, Daniel J.; Abuzenadah, Adel M.; Cartwright, Ashley; Al-Shammari, Nawal S.; Coyle, Rachael E.; Eckert, Michaela; Al-Buhairan, Ahlam M.; Messenger, Sarah L.; Budde, Ulrich; Gürsel, Türkiz; Ingerslev, Jørgen; Peake, Ian R.; Goodeve, Anne C.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Several cohort studies have investigated the molecular basis of von Willebrand disease (VWD); however these have mostly focused on European and North American populations. This study aimed to investigate mutation spectrum in 26 index cases (IC) from Turkey diagnosed with all three VWD types, the majority (73%) with parents who were knowingly related. IC were screened for mutations using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification and analysis of all von Willebrand factor gene (VWF) exons and exon/intron boundaries. Selected missense mutations were expressed in vitro. Candidate VWF mutations were identified in 25 of 26 IC and included propeptide missense mutations in four IC (two resulting in type 1 and two in recessive 2A), all influencing VWF expression in vitro. Four missense mutations, a nonsense mutation and a small in-frame insertion resulting in type 2A were also identified. Of 15 type 3 VWD IC, 13 were homozygous and two compound heterozygous for 14 candidate mutations predicted to result in lack of expression and two propeptide missense changes. Identification of intronic breakpoints of an exon 17–18 deletion suggested that the mutation resulted from non-homologous end joining. This study provides further insight into the pathogenesis of VWD in a population with a high degree of consanguineous partnerships. PMID:23702511

  15. Evidence-based diagnosis of type 1 von Willebrand disease: a Bayes theorem approach.

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    Tosetto, Alberto; Castaman, Giancarlo; Rodeghiero, Francesco

    2008-04-15

    The diagnosis of type 1 von Willebrand disease (VWD) is based on the presence of bleeding symptoms, reduced von Willebrand factor (VWF) levels, and autosomal inheritance of the phenotype. To better appreciate the contribution of clinical and laboratory data to the final diagnosis of VWD, we computed the likelihoods of having VWD as a function of the bleeding score (LR(score)), of VWF level (LR(VWF)), and of number of first-degree family members with reduced VWF levels (LR(family)). The 3 likelihoods were therefore combined using the Bayes theorem, giving the final probability (odds) of having VWD. LR(family) and LR(VWF) were the 2 factors mostly influencing the final probability of having VWD. Data from the present study provide an evidence-based description of the minimal criteria for the diagnosis of type 1 VWD. As an example, presence of VWF levels lower than 40 IU/dL in at least 2 family members (including the proband) and a bleeding score of at least 1 were found to be required for a final odd of VWD higher than 2.0 (false-positive rate less than one-half). Validation of this approach and of its clinical utility is, however, required by analysis in other cohorts of well-characterized type 1 VWD patients.

  16. A case of essential mixed cryoglobulinemia and associated acquired von-Willebrand disease treated with rituximab.

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    Pasa, Semir; Altintas, Abdullah; Cil, Timucin; Danis, Ramazan; Ayyildiz, Orhan; Muftuoglu, Ekrem

    2009-02-01

    Current treatment options of essential mixed cryoglobulinemia (EMC); include immunosuppressive approaches, such as corticosteroids, cyclophosphamide, plasma exchange, other cytotoxic drugs in moderate to severe manifestations. Some controlled studies have been carried out to assess the efficacy of anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, rituximab in patients with hepatitis C (HCV) related cryoglobulinemia (CG) and in patients with autoimmune disorders. Recent trials and some case reports demonstrate a beneficial role for rituximab in HCV related mixed CG. Although, the published evidence for treatment of EMC with rituximab is restricted to case reports, which have shown positive results. Several diseases include lymphoproliferative and myeloproliferative disorders, solid tumors, immunological disorders, cardiovascular disorders and some drugs associated with acquired von Willebrand disease (avWD). CG, which is a kind of immune complex disease, may be related with development of autoantibodies to various autoantigens. In this present case report, we showed the efficacy of rituximab in a 21-year-old female patient, suffered from neuropathy and arthralgia related with EMC, and developed avWD, presented with mucosal bleeding associated with CG. von Willebrand factor activity of our patient also increased with controlling the underlying disease, EMC by rituximab. This case demonstrate that rituximab may be an effective treatment option in EMC and avWD mainly related to CG.

  17. Expression of von Willebrand factor Normandy: An autosomal mutation that mimics hemophilia A

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    Tuley, E.A.; Worrall, N.K.; Sadler, J.E. ); Gaucher, C.; Jorieux, S.; Mazurier, C. )

    1991-07-15

    von Willebrand disease Normandy (vWD Normandy) is a recently described phenotype in which a mutant von Willebrand factor (VWF) appears structurally and functionally normal except that is does not bind to blood coagulation factor VIII. This interaction is required for normal survival of factor VIII in the circulation; consequently, vWD Normandy can present as apparent hemophilia A but with autosomal recessive rather than X chromosome-linked inheritance. AvWF missense mutation, Thr{sup 28} {r arrow} Met, was identified in the propositus in or near the factor VIII binding site. The corresponding mutant recombinant vWF(T28M) formed normal multimers and had normal ristocetin cofactor activity. However, vWF(T28M) exhibited the same defect in factor VIII binding as natural vWF Normandy, confirming that this mutation causes the vWD Normandy phenotype. The distinction between hemophilia A and vWD Normandy is clinically important and should be considered in families affected by apparent mild hemophilia A that fail to show strict X chromosome-linked inheritance and, particularly, in potential female carriers with low factor VIII levels attributed to extreme lyonization.

  18. Acquired von Willebrand's disease associated with epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid salivary gland.

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    Chilvers, Geoffrey Spencer; Porter, Graham

    2014-08-05

    This is the first case report of a patient with acquired von Willebrand's disease (AvWD) secondary to epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma (EMC) of the parotid salivary gland. This patient presented to haematology following an abnormal bleeding episode with von Willebrand factor Ristocetin cofactor (VWF:RCo) <5% and VWF:Ag 13%. He was diagnosed with AvWD. At the same time he was found to have a left parotid lump which was excised following a multidisciplinary team meeting. This was histologically reported as an EMC. Following excision, unusually this patient's AvWD did not resolve. Extensive investigation looking for other causes of the AvWD did not reveal any other potential cause; therefore, due to the similar timing of onset of both pathologies it is felt that the AvWD in this case is secondary to the EMC. This case report highlights the presentation, investigation and management of AvWD and parotid lumps as well as discussing proposed pathophysiological mechanisms for AvWD. 2014 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  19. Evidence-based recommendations on the treatment of von Willebrand disease in Italy

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    Mannucci, Pier Mannuccio; Franchini, Massimo; Castaman, Giancarlo; Federici, Augusto B.

    2009-01-01

    Background von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common hereditary bleeding disorder affecting both males and females. It arises from quantitative or qualitative defects of von Willebrand factor (VWF) and causes bleeding of mucous membranes and soft tissues. The aim of treatment is to correct the dual defect of haemostasis caused by the abnormal/reduced VWF and the concomitant deficiency of factor VIII (FVIII). Material and methods This document contains evidence-based recommendations for the management of VWD compiled by AICE (the Italian Association of Haemophilia Centres). All the evidence supporting these recommendations are based on non-randomised comparative studies or case series, because randomised controlled clinical trials or meta-analyses are not available for this disease. Results and conclusions Desmopressin (DDAVP) is the treatment of choice for patients with type 1 VWD with FVIII and VWF levels of 10 U/dL or more, while VWF/FVIII concentrates are indicated for those who are unresponsive or insufficiently responsive to DDAVP (severe type 1, type 2 and 3 VWD). VWF concentrates devoid of FVIII, not yet licensed in Italy, may be considered for short-term prophylaxis in elective surgery or for long-term secondary prophylaxis. PMID:19503633

  20. Identification of two point mutations in the von Willebrand factor gene of three families with the 'Normandy' variant of von Willebrand disease.

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    Gaucher, C; Mercier, B; Jorieux, S; Oufkir, D; Mazurier, C

    1991-08-01

    Plasma von Willebrand factor (vWf) is a multi-domain multimerized glycoprotein which has a dual role in haemostasis: it promotes platelet adhesion to subendothelium and is the carrier of blood coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). We previously characterized a functional defect of vWf, limited to its ability to bind FVIII, in two families whose affected members have the same phenotype that mimics mild haemophilia A and was tentatively named von Willebrand's disease (vWD) 'Normandy'. A homozygous point mutation C----T converting Thr 28 to Met in mature vWf subunit was identified in one of these patients who was born of third-cousin parents. In the present studies we report two unrelated new cases of vWD 'Normandy' and characterize, using the analysis of the vWf gene intron 40 region containing a variable number of tandem repeats, the recessive inheritance of the disease in two affected families without known consanguinity. Exons 18-24 of the vWf gene encoding for the first 311 amino acids of mature vWf subunit were amplified by the polymerase chain reaction method and sequenced. Two new missense mutations, both corresponding to a C----T transition and predicting respectively an Arg 53----Trp and an Arg 91----Gln substitution, were characterized. The three patients from family 1 were homozygous for the first-mentioned mutation while the patient from family 3 was homozygous for the second. The patient from family 2 was found a compound heterozygote for the two mutations. None of the two point mutations reported, both destroying a MspI restriction site, could be detected in DNA from 50 normal controls screened by restriction endonuclease analysis. Our data show that different mutations may be found in patients with the 'Normandy' phenotype. The mutations characterized so far are all localized on the N-terminal region of mature vWf subunit, within or near the major FVIII binding domain, and some of them occur within the epitope of monoclonal antibodies inhibiting the v

  1. Effect of Genetic Variation in STXBP5 and STX2 on von Willebrand Factor and Bleeding Phenotype in Type 1 von Willebrand Disease Patients

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    van Loon, Janine E.; Sanders, Yvonne V.; de Wee, Eva M.; Kruip, Marieke J. H. A.; de Maat, Moniek P. M.; Leebeek, Frank W. G.

    2012-01-01

    Background In type 1 von Willebrand Disease (VWD) patients, von Willebrand Factor (VWF) levels and bleeding symptoms are highly variable. Recently, the association between genetic variations in STXBP5 and STX2 with VWF levels has been discovered in the general population. We assessed the relationship between genetic variations in STXBP5 and STX2, VWF levels, and bleeding phenotype in type 1 VWD patients. Methods In 158 patients diagnosed with type 1 VWD according to the current ISTH guidelines, we genotyped three tagging-SNPs in STXBP5 and STX2 and analyzed their relationship with VWF:Ag levels and the severity of the bleeding phenotype, as assessed by the Tosetto bleeding score. Results In STX2, rs7978987 was significantly associated with VWF:Ag levels (bèta-coefficient (β) = −0.04 IU/mL per allele, [95%CI −0.07;−0.001], p = 0.04) and VWF:CB activity (β = −0.12 IU/mL per allele, [95%CI −0.17;−0.06], p<0.0001). For rs1039084 in STXBP5 a similar trend with VWF:Ag levels was observed: (β = −0.03 IU/mL per allele [95% CI −0.06;0.003], p = 0.07). In women, homozygous carriers of the minor alleles of both SNPs in STXBP5 had a significantly higher bleeding score than homozygous carriers of the major alleles. (Rs1039084 p = 0.01 and rs9399599 p = 0.02). Conclusions Genetic variation in STX2 is associated with VWF:Ag levels in patients diagnosed with type 1 VWD. In addition, genetic variation in STXBP5 is associated with bleeding phenotype in female VWD patients. Our findings may partly explain the variable VWF levels and bleeding phenotype in type 1 VWD patients. PMID:22792389

  2. Low shear stress can initiate von Willebrand factor-dependent platelet aggregation in patients with type IIB and platelet-type von Willebrand disease.

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    Murata, M; Fukuyama, M; Satoh, K; Fujimura, Y; Yoshioka, A; Takahashi, H; Handa, M; Kawai, Y; Watanabe, K; Ikeda, Y

    1993-01-01

    Platelets exposed to shear stress aggregate in the absence of exogenously added agonists, utilizing distinct platelet membrane receptors and ligands depending upon the level of shear stress applied. Using a modified cone and plate type viscometer, we previously demonstrated that, under low shear stress (18 dyn/cm2), aggregation is mediated by platelet membrane glycoprotein (GP) IIb-IIIa and fibrinogen, whereas aggregation induced by high shear stress (108 dyn/cm2) requires the binding of von Willebrand factor (vWF) to both GPIb-IX and GPIIb-IIIa (Ikeda, Y., M. Handa, K. Kawano, T. Kamata, M. Murata, Y. Araki, H. Anbo, Y. Kawai, K. Watanabe, I. Itagaki, et al. 1991. J. Clin. Invest. 87:1234-1240). Here we report that vWF-dependent aggregation occurs under low shear stress in citrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from two types of congenital bleeding disorders, platelet-type von Willebrand disease (vWD) and type IIB vWD, in both of which ristocetin-induced aggregation is known to be heightened. Aggregation induced by low shear stress was enhanced in both types of disorders compared to normal controls, and the enhancement was completely abolished by anti-vWF monoclonal antibody NMC-4, which blocks the GPIb-binding site on vWF. Under high shear stress, the extent of maximal aggregation was not different between controls and the patient groups although maximal aggregation was reached much more quickly in the latter. When citrated PRP was exposed to a gradient of shear stress (6 to 108 dyn/cm2 over a 5-min period), vWF-dependent aggregation, as judged from the inhibitory effect of NMC-4, first occurred at 14 dyn/cm2 in platelet-type vWD and at 10-12 dyn/cm2 in type IIB vWD, as compared with more than 81 +/- 20.1 dyn/cm2 in control platelets. These results suggest that an abnormality in either vWF or GPIb-IX triggers the aggregation-inducing interaction of the two molecules under low shear stress, which might explain the intravascular platelet clumping, that presumably

  3. Profile of von Willebrand factor antigen and von Willebrand factor propeptide in an overall TIA and ischaemic stroke population and amongst subtypes.

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    Tobin, W O; Kinsella, J A; Kavanagh, G F; O'Donnell, J S; McGrath, R T; Tierney, S; Egan, B; Feeley, T M; Coughlan, T; Collins, D R; O'Neill, D; Murphy, Sjx; Lim, S J; Murphy, R P; McCabe, Djh

    2017-04-15

    Von Willebrand factor propeptide (VWF:Ag II) is proposed to be a more sensitive marker of acute endothelial activation than von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF:Ag). Simultaneous data on VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II profiles are very limited following TIA and ischaemic stroke. In this prospective, observational, case-control study, plasma VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II levels were quantified in 164 patients≤4weeks of TIA or ischaemic stroke (baseline), and then ≥14days (14d) and ≥90days (90d) later, and compared with those from 27 healthy controls. TIA and stroke subtyping was performed according to the TOAST classification. The relationship between VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II levels and platelet activation status was assessed. 'Unadjusted' VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II levels were higher in patients at baseline, 14d and 90d than in controls (p≤0.03). VWF:Ag levels remained higher in patients than controls at baseline (p≤0.03), but not at 14d or 90d after controlling for differences in age or hypertension, and were higher in patients at baseline and 90d after controlling for smoking status (p≤0.04). 'Adjusted' VWF:Ag II levels were not higher in patients than controls after controlling for age, hypertension or smoking (p≥0.1). Patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis (N=46) had higher VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II levels than controls at all time-points (p≤0.002). There was no significant correlation between platelet activation status and VWF:Ag or VWF:Ag II levels. VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II levels are increased in an overall TIA and ischaemic stroke population, especially in patients with recently symptomatic carotid stenosis. VWF:Ag II was not superior to VWF:Ag at detecting acute endothelial activation in this cohort and might reflect timing of blood sampling in our study. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Von Willebrand factor in patients on mechanical circulatory support - a double-edged sword between bleeding and thrombosis.

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    Hudzik, Bartosz; Kaczmarski, Jacek; Pacholewicz, Jerzy; Zakliczynski, Michal; Gasior, Mariusz; Zembala, Marian

    2015-09-01

    Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is an umbrella term describing the various technologies used in both short- and long-term management of patients with either end-stage chronic heart failure (HF) or acute HF. Most often, MCS has emerged as a bridge to transplantation, but more recently it is also used as a destination therapy. Mechanical circulatory support includes left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or bi-ventricular assist device (Bi-VAD). Currently, 2- to 3-year survival in carefully selected patients is much better than with medical therapy. However, MCS therapy is hampered by sometimes life-threatening complications including bleeding and device thrombosis. Von Willebrand factor (vWF) has two major functions in haemostasis. First, it plays a crucial role in platelet-subendothelium adhesion and platelet-platelet interactions (aggregation). Second, it is the carrier of factor VIII (FVIII) in plasma. Von Willebrand factor prolongs FVIII half-time by protecting it from proteolytic degradation. It delivers FVIII to the site of vascular injury thus enhancing haemostatic process. On one hand, high plasma levels of vWF have been associated with an increased risk of thrombosis. On the other, defects or deficiencies of vWF underlie the inherited von Willebrand disease or acquired von Willebrand syndrome. Here we review the pathophysiology of thrombosis and bleeding associated with vWF.

  5. Platelet dysfunction and a high bone mass phenotype in a murine model of platelet-type von Willebrand disease.

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    Suva, Larry J; Hartman, Eric; Dilley, Joshua D; Russell, Susan; Akel, Nisreen S; Skinner, Robert A; Hogue, William R; Budde, Ulrich; Varughese, Kottayil I; Kanaji, Taisuke; Ware, Jerry

    2008-02-01

    The platelet glycoprotein Ib-IX receptor binds surface-bound von Willebrand factor and supports platelet adhesion to damaged vascular surfaces. A limited number of mutations within the glycoprotein Ib-IX complex have been described that permit a structurally altered receptor to interact with soluble von Willebrand factor, and this is the molecular basis of platelet-type von Willebrand disease. We have developed and characterized a mouse model of platelet-type von Willebrand disease (G233V) and have confirmed a platelet phenotype mimicking the human disorder. The mice have a dramatic increase in splenic megakaryocytes and splenomegaly. Recent studies have demonstrated that hematopoetic cells can influence the differentiation of osteogenic cells. Thus, we examined the skeletal phenotype of mice expressing the G233V variant complex. At 6 months of age, G233V mice exhibit a high bone mass phenotype with an approximate doubling of trabecular bone volume in both the tibia and femur. Serum measures of bone resorption were significantly decreased in G233V animals. With decreased bone resorption, cortical thickness was increased, medullary area decreased, and consequently, the mechanical strength of the femur was significantly increased. Using ex vivo bone marrow cultures, osteoclast-specific staining in the G233V mutant marrow was diminished, whereas osteoblastogenesis was unaffected. These studies provide new insights into the relationship between the regulation of megakaryocytopoiesis and bone mass.

  6. Diagnosis of congenital von Willebrand disease during a preoperative assessment in a multiple myeloma patient without bleeding history.

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    El Ouaaliti, Malika; Li, Rong; Gobin, Delphine; Bron, Dominique; Cantinieaux, Brigitte

    2016-07-01

    We report a rare case of type 2M von Willebrand disease diagnosed in an elderly multiple myeloma patient who had no personal and family bleeding history. This case report emphasis the importance to not systematically exclude a congenital vWD in adult patients when coagulation screening tests indicate toward a vWD.

  7. Polymorphisms in von Willebrand factor gene promoter influence the glucocorticoid-induced increase in von Willebrand factor: the lesson learned from Cushing syndrome.

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    Casonato, Alessandra; Daidone, Viviana; Sartorello, Francesca; Albiger, Nora; Romualdi, Chiara; Mantero, Franco; Pagnan, Antonio; Scaroni, Carla

    2008-01-01

    Cushing syndrome (CS) features high-glucocorticoid secretion and an associated hypercoagulable state often involving an increase in von Willebrand factor (VWF). To identify any influence of VWF promoter on glucocorticoid haemostatic effects, four polymorphic positions (-3267, -2708, -2659 and -2525) segregating as haplotypes 1 (GCAG) or 2 (CTGA) were analysed in 50 CS patients with high VWF (group I) and normal VWF (group II) levels, divided by ABO group. Genotype distribution differed significantly between the two groups: in group I, 25.8% had genotype 1/1, 22.6% had 2/2 and 38.7% had 1/2; in group II, 0% had genotype 1/1, 57.9% had 2/2 and 31.6% had 1/2 (P = 0.03). Patients' genotypes also differed from those of controls (P = 0.003 for group I, P = 0.03 for group II). Haplotype 1 was prevalent in group I, haplotype 2 in group II (P = 0.002), both with frequencies differing from controls (P < 0.001 and P = 0.009). By odds ratio analysis, genotype 1/1 carried a 12 times greater risk of high-VWF levels than genotype 2/2, and haplotype 1 carried a five times greater risk than haplotype 2. Our findings suggest that VWF promoter haplotypes influence the corticosteroid-mediated increase in VWF.

  8. Microsatellite (GT)(n) repeats and SNPs in the von Willebrand factor gene promoter do not influence circulating von Willebrand factor levels under normal conditions.

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    Daidone, Viviana; Cattini, Maria Grazia; Pontara, Elena; Sartorello, Francesca; Gallinaro, Lisa; Marotti, Alberto; Scaroni, Carla; Pagnan, Antonio; Casonato, Alessandra

    2009-02-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) levels vary considerably in normal individuals, influenced by inherited and acquired modulators. ABO blood group is the major inherited determinant of VWF levels, but a role has also been attributed to the VWF gene promoter, haplotype 1 (-3268G/-2709C/-2661A/-2527G) being associated with higher VWF levels than haplotype 2 (-3268C/-2709T/-2661G/-2527A), and the polymorphic locus (GT)(n) modulating the shear stress-induced activation of the VWF promoter. We characterized the (GT)(n) of the VWF promoter in 394 healthy individuals and assessed whether its variable length influenced VWF levels in normal conditions. (GT)(n) proved highly polymorphic, with alleles from 15 to 24 repeats long. (GT)(21) and (GT)(19) were the most common variants (37.4% and 34.4%, respectively). Short GT repeats (15-19) segregated mainly with haplotype 1, long GT repeats (20-24) with haplotype 2 (p < 0.0001). The number of GT repeats did not correlate with VWF levels, nor did such levels correlate with haplotypes 1 and 2, considered alone or in association with the (GT)(n) locus. We conclude that (GT)(n) and -3268/-2709/-2661/-2527 loci are in strong linkage disequilibrium. This polymorphic region of the VWF promoter does not affect VWF levels under normal conditions, though it might represent an environmentally activable VWF regulation site.

  9. Performance evaluation and multicentre study of a von Willebrand factor activity assay based on GPIb binding in the absence of ristocetin.

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    Patzke, Juergen; Budde, Ulrich; Huber, Andreas; Méndez, Adriana; Muth, Heidrun; Obser, Tobias; Peerschke, Ellinor; Wilkens, Matthias; Schneppenheim, Reinhard

    2014-12-01

    The functional activity of von Willebrand factor (VWF) is most frequently measured by using the ristocetin cofactor assay (VWF:RCo). However, the method's drawbacks include unsatisfactory precision, sensitivity and availability of automated system applications. We have developed an alternative assay (INNOVANCE VWF Ac) that is based on the binding of VWF to recombinant glycoprotein Ib (GPIb). Two gain-of-function mutations were introduced into a GPIb fragment, allowing an assay format without ristocetin. Fully automated assay applications are available for the BCS/BCS XP systems and the Sysmex CS-2000i, Sysmex CA-7000, Sysmex CA-1500 and Sysmex CA-560 systems.The INNOVANCE VWF Ac assay measuring range extends from 4 to 600% VWF for all systems except the Sysmex CA-560 system. Within-device precision values were found to be between 2 and 7%. The limit of detection was below 2.2% VWF. In a study on the BCS XP system, a total number of 580 sample results yielded a correlation to the VWF:RCo assay of r equal to 0.99 (slope = 0.96). Very similar results were observed when von Willebrand disease samples type 1, 2A, 2B, 2M, 2N and 3 were investigated with the new assay and the VWF:RCo assay. The excellent performance data and comparability to VWF:RCo, together with the ease of use, led us to the conclusion that the ristocetin cofactor assay can be replaced by the new GPIb-binding assay to reliably diagnosing patients with von Willebrand disease.

  10. Von Willebrand factor availability in platelet concentrates stored for 5 days.

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    Cesar, J M; García-Avello, A; Monteagudo, J; Espinosa, J I; Lodos, J C; Castillo, R; Navarro, J L

    1994-02-01

    Von Willebrand factor (vWF) availability was assessed in platelet concentrates (PCs). After 5 days of storage, 82 +/- 9% of basal levels of ristocetin cofactor activity (vWF:RCo) remained in PCs. vWF antigen (vWF:Ag) increased up to 166 +/- 38% (P < 0.05) in the same period. Autoradiograph pattern of vW:Ag showed an increase in low molecular weight multimers, and fast migrating multimeric forms were visualized by crossed immunoelectrophoresis on day 5. Studies carried out in platelet free plasma stored as PCs showed similar changes in vWF:RCo but increments in vWF:Ag were not detected. These data indicate that PCs maintain vWF:RCo levels of clinical value even after 5 days of storage and suggest that vWF comes out from platelets to plasma during storage.

  11. Von Willebrand factor and ADAMTS13 in arterial thrombosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Sonneveld, Michelle A H; de Maat, Moniek P M; Leebeek, Frank W G

    2014-07-01

    Von Willebrand Factor (VWF) plays an important role in hemostasis by mediating platelet adhesion and aggregation. Ultralarge VWF multimers are cleaved by ADAMTS13 in smaller, less procoagulant forms. An association between high VWF levels and cardiovascular disease has frequently been reported, and more recently also an association has been observed between low ADAMTS13 levels and arterial thrombosis. We reviewed the current literature and performed meta-analyses on the relationship between both VWF and ADAMTS13 with arterial thrombosis. Most studies showed an association between high VWF levels and arterial thrombosis. It remains unclear whether ADAMTS13 is a causal independent risk factor because the association between low ADAMTS13 and arterial thrombosis is so far only shown in case-control studies. Prospective studies are awaited. A causal role for ADAMTS13 is supported by mice studies of cerebral infarction where the infusion of recombinant human ADAMTS13 reduced the infarct size.

  12. Ibrutinib treatment affects collagen and von Willebrand factor-dependent platelet functions.

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    Levade, Marie; David, Elodie; Garcia, Cédric; Laurent, Pierre-Alexandre; Cadot, Sarah; Michallet, Anne-Sophie; Bordet, Jean-Claude; Tam, Constantine; Sié, Pierre; Ysebaert, Loïc; Payrastre, Bernard

    2014-12-18

    The oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor, ibrutinib, has recently demonstrated high efficiency in patients with relapsed B-cell malignancies. Occurrence of bleeding events has been reported in a subgroup of ibrutinib-treated patients. We demonstrate that ibrutinib selectively inhibits platelet signaling and functions downstream of the collagen receptor glycoprotein VI and strongly affects firm platelet adhesion on von Willebrand factor (VWF) under arterial flow. A longitudinal study of 14 patients indicated a correlation between occurrence of bleeding events and decreased platelet aggregation in response to collagen in platelet-rich plasma and firm adhesion on VWF under arterial flow. The addition of 50% untreated platelets was sufficient to efficiently reverse the effects of ibrutinib, and platelet functions recovered after treatment interruption as physiological platelet renewal occurred. These data have important clinical implications and provide a basis for hemostasis management during ibrutinib treatment.

  13. Antidote-controlled antithrombotic therapy targeting factor IXa and von Willebrand factor.

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    Becker, Richard C; Oney, Sabah; Becker, Kristian C D; Sullenger, Bruce

    2009-09-01

    Thrombotic disorders and their common clinical phenotypes of acute myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, and venous thromboembolism are the proximate cause of substantial morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures worldwide. Accordingly, therapies designed to attenuate thrombus initiation and propagation, reflecting integrated platelet-mediated and coagulation protease-mediated events, respectively, represent a standard of care. Unfortunately, there are numerous inherent limitations of existing therapies that include target nonselectivity, variable onset and offset of pharmacodynamic effects, a narrow efficacy-safety profile, and the absence of a safe and reliable platform for either accurate titration, based on existing patient-specific, disease-specific, and clinical conditions, or active reversibility. Herein, we summarize our experience with oligonucleotide antithrombotic agents and their complementary antidotes, targeting the platelet adhesive protein von Willebrand factor and the pivotal coagulation protease factor IXa.

  14. Autophagy regulates endothelial cell processing, maturation and secretion of von Willebrand factor

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    Torisu, Takehiro; Torisu, Kumiko; Lee, In Hye; Liu, Jie; Malide, Daniela; Combs, Christian A.; Wu, Xufeng S.; Rovira, Ilsa I.; Fergusson, Maria M.; Weigert, Roberto; Connelly, Patricia S.; Daniels, Mathew P; Komatsu, Masaaki; Cao, Liu; Finkel, Toren

    2013-01-01

    Endothelial secretion of von Willebrand factor (VWF) from intracellular organelles known as Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs) is required for platelet adhesion to the injured vessel wall. Here, we demonstrate that WPBs are in some cases found near or within autophagosomes and that endothelial autophagosomes contain abundant VWF protein. Pharmacological inhibitors of autophagy, or knockdown of the essential autophagy genes Atg5 or Atg7, inhibits the in vitro secretion of VWF. Furthermore, while mice with an endothelial specific deletion of Atg7 have normal vessel architecture and capillary density, these animals exhibit impaired epinephrine-stimulated VWF release, reduced levels of high molecular weight VWF multimers and a corresponding elevation of their bleeding times. Endothelial deletion of Atg5 or pharmacological inhibition of autophagic flux results in a similar in vivo alteration of hemostasis. Thus, autophagy regulates endothelial VWF secretion and transient pharmacological inhibition of autophagic flux may be a useful strategy to prevent thrombotic events. PMID:24056772

  15. von Willebrand factor antigen: a radial immunodiffusion method evaluated and compared with an ELISA method.

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    Blann, A D

    1992-06-01

    A new commercial kit method for the quantification of von Willebrand factor antigen (vWFAg) by radial immunodiffusion was compared to an established ELISA technique. Major discrepancies were found between the two methods. The radial immunodiffusion method had poorer intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation than the ELISA method, although there was adequate inter-method agreement when 100 plasma samples from controls and patients were compared. However, there was a great difference in values obtained for vWFAg in the reference sample supplied with the commercial kit and that obtained directly from the National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls. There were also differences in levels of significance when vWFAg was measured by the two techniques in different clinical groups, and standard deviations were larger when the kit method was used. It is suggested that on scientific and economic grounds, the commercial radial immunodiffusion kit does not offer a competitive advantage over the ELISA method.

  16. Persistence of platelet thrombus formation in arterioles of mice lacking both von Willebrand factor and fibrinogen

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    Ni, Heyu; Denis, Cécile V.; Subbarao, Sangeetha; Degen, Jay L.; Sato, Thomas N.; Hynes, Richard O.; Wagner, Denisa D.

    2000-01-01

    We used intravital microscopy to observe the formation of platelet plugs in ferric chloride–injured arterioles of live mice. With this model, we evaluated thrombus growth in mice lacking von Willebrand factor (vWF) and fibrinogen (Fg), the two key ligands known to mediate platelet adhesion and aggregation. In vWF–/– mice, despite the presence of arterial shear, delayed platelet adhesion occurred and stable thrombi formed. In many mice, a persisting high-shear channel never occluded. Abundant thrombi formed in Fg–/– mice, but they detached from the subendothelium, which ultimately caused downstream occlusion in all cases. Surprisingly, mice deficient in both vWF and Fg successfully formed thrombi with properties characteristic of both mutations, leading to vessel occlusion in the majority of vessels. Platelets of these doubly deficient mice specifically accumulated fibronectin in their α-granules, suggesting that fibronectin could be the ligand supporting the platelet aggregation. PMID:10930441

  17. The role of von Willebrand factor and fibrinogen in platelet aggregation under varying shear stress.

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    Ikeda, Y; Handa, M; Kawano, K; Kamata, T; Murata, M; Araki, Y; Anbo, H; Kawai, Y; Watanabe, K; Itagaki, I

    1991-01-01

    Exposure of platelets to shear stress leads to aggregation in the absence of exogenous agonists. We have now found that different adhesive proteins and platelet membrane glycoproteins are involved in aggregation depending on the shear stress conditions and the concentration of divalent cations in the medium. When blood is collected with trisodium citrate as anticoagulant, which causes a decrease in the levels of external ionized calcium ([Ca2+]o), platelet aggregation can be induced under low shear force (12 dyn/cm2) and is mediated by fibrinogen binding to the glycoprotein IIb-IIIa complex. Aggregates formed under these conditions are not stable, and when shear force is increased to 68 dyn/cm2, disaggregation results. By contrast, platelets from blood collected with hirudin as anticoagulant, wherein [Ca2+]o is within normal plasma levels, do not undergo low shear-induced aggregation; however, after exposure to a shear force above 80 dyn/cm2, aggregation is observed but only when von Willebrand factor is present and can interact with both its platelet binding sites, glycoprotein Ib-IX and glycoprotein IIb-IIIa. Fibrinogen is not involved in high shear-induced aggregation which, in fact, occurs normally in patients with severe afibrinogenemia. Thus, von Willebrand factor in the absence of exogenous agonists can mediate platelet aggregation in experimental conditions that may mimic the hemorheological situation of partially occluded arteries. This pathway of platelet aggregation involving only one adhesive ligand and two membrane adhesion receptors may play a relevant role in thrombogenesis. PMID:2010539

  18. Genetic Heterogeneity in a Large Cohort of Indian Type 3 von Willebrand Disease Patients

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    Kasatkar, Priyanka; Shetty, Shrimati; Ghosh, Kanjaksha

    2014-01-01

    Background Though von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a common coagulation disorder, due to the complexity of the molecular analysis of von Willebrand factor gene (VWF), not many reports are available from this country. Large size of the gene, heterogeneous nature of mutations and presence of a highly homologous pseudogene region are the major impediments in the genetic diagnosis of VWD. The study is aimed at unravelling the molecular pathology in a large series of VWD patients from India using an effective strategy. Method We evaluated 85 unrelated Indian type 3 VWD families to identify the molecular defects using a combination of techniques i.e. PCR-RFLP, direct DNA sequencing and multiple ligation probe amplification (MLPA). Results Mutations could be characterized in 77 unrelated index cases (ICs). 59 different mutations i.e. nonsense 20 (33.9%), missense 13 (22%), splice site 4 (6.8%), gene conversions 6 (10.2%), insertions 2 (3.4%), duplication 1 (1.7%), small deletions 10 (17%) and large deletions 3 (5.1%) were identified, of which 34 were novel. Two common mutations i.e. p.R1779* and p.L970del were identified in our population with founder effect. Development of alloantibodies to VWF was seen in two patients, one with nonsense mutation (p.R2434*) and the other had a large deletion spanning exons 16–52. Conclusion The molecular pathology of a large cohort of Indian VWD patients could be identified using a combination of techniques. A wide heterogeneity was observed in the nature of mutations in Indian VWD patients. PMID:24675615

  19. Identification and characterization of the elusive mutation causing the historical von Willebrand Disease type IIC Miami

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    Obser, T.; Ledford-Kraemer, M.; Oyen, F.; Brehm, M. A.; Denis, C. V.; Marschalek, R.; Montgomery, R. R.; Sadler, J. E.; Schneppenheim, S.; Budde, U.; Schneppenheim, R.

    2016-01-01

    Summary Background A variant of von Willebrand disease (VWD) type 2A, phenotype IIC (VWD2AIIC) is characterized by recessive inheritance, low von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF:Ag), lack of VWF high molecular weight multimers, absence of VWF proteolytic fragments, and mutations in the VWF propeptide. A family with dominantly inherited VWD2AIIC but markedly elevated VWF:Ag of >2 U/L was described as VWD type IIC Miami (VWD2AIIC-Miami) in 1993, however the molecular defect remained elusive. Objectives To identify the molecular mechanism underlying the phenotype of the original VWD2AIIC-Miami. Patients and Methods We studied the original family with VWD2AIIC-Miami phenotypically and by genotyping. The identified mutation was recombinantly expressed and characterized by standard techniques, confocal imaging, and in a mouse model, respectively. Results By Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification we identified an in-frame duplication of VWF exons 9-10 (c.998_1156dup; p.Glu333_385dup) in all patients. Recombinant mutant (rm)VWF only presented as a dimer. Co-expressed with wild type VWF, the multimer pattern was indistinguishable from patients’ plasma VWF. Immunofluorescence studies indicated retention of rmVWF in unusually large intracellular granules in the Endoplasmic Reticulum. ADAMTS13 proteolysis of rmVWF under denaturing conditions was normal, however an aberrant proteolytic fragment was apparent. A decreased ratio of VWF propeptide to VWF:Ag and a DDAVP test in one patient indicated delayed VWF clearance which was supported by clearance data after infusion of rmVWF into VWF−/− mice. Conclusion The unique phenotype of VWD2 type IIC-Miami results from dominant impairment of multimer assembly, an aberrant structure of mutant mature VWF, and reduced clearance in vivo. PMID:27344059

  20. In Vivo Gene Transfer Strategies to Achieve Partial Correction of von Willebrand Disease

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    Wang, Lan; Rosenberg, Jonathan B.; De, Bishnu P.; Ferris, Barbara; Wang, Rui; Rivella, Stefano; Kaminsky, Stephen M.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract von Willebrand disease (VWD), the most common hereditary coagulation disorder, results from mutations in the 52-exon gene for von Willebrand factor (VWF), which encodes an 8.4-kB cDNA. Studies with VWF cDNA plasmids have demonstrated that in vivo gene transfer to the liver will correct the coagulation dysfunction in VWF−/− mice, but the correction is transient. To develop gene therapy for VWF that would mediate long-term expression of the VWF cDNA in liver, we first evaluated segmental pre-mRNA trans-splicing (SPTS) with two adeno-associated virus (AAV) serotype 8 vectors, each delivering one-half of the VWF cDNA. However, although the two vectors functioned well to generate VWF multimers after infection of cells in vitro, the efficiency of SPTS was insufficient to correct the VWF−/− mouse in vivo. As an alternative, we assessed the ability of a lentiviral vector to transfer the intact murine VWF cDNA in vivo directly to the neonatal liver of VWF−/− mice, using generation of VWF multimers, bleeding time, and bleeding volume as efficacy parameters. The VWF lentivirus generated VWF multimers and partially or completely corrected the coagulation defect on a persistent basis in 33% of the treated VWF-deficient mice. On the basis of the concept that partial persistent correction with gene transfer could be beneficial in VWD patients, these observations suggest that lentiviral delivery of VWF cDNA should be explored as a candidate for gene therapy in patients with a severe form of VWD. PMID:22482515

  1. Postpartum Hemorrhage in Women with Von Willebrand Disease – A Retrospective Observational Study

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    Löfgren, Signe; Chaireti, Roza; Holmström, Margareta; Bremme, Katarina; Mints, Miriam

    2016-01-01

    Introduction von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a hereditary bleeding disorder, caused by a deficiency in the levels and/or function of von Willebrand factor (VWF). Women with VWD appear to be at increased risk of experiencing postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), though the levels of VWF increase during pregnancy. There is limited knowledge of how PPH is associated with the subtype of VWD, plasma levels of other coagulations factors than VWF and given hemostatic treatment. Aims The aims were to investigate the incidence of PPH in women with VWD and to analyse the correlation between PPH and: (1) type of VWD, (2) laboratory monitoring of VWF and FVIII and (3) hemostatic drug treatment. Methods This was a retrospective observational study. The study participants (n = 34) were recruited from the Coagulation Unit, Karolinska University hospital. Fifty-nine deliveries, which occurred in 14 different obstetrics units (years 1995–2012) were included in the study. Results The incidence of primary PPH was 44%, severe primary PPH 20% and secondary PPH 12%. VWD type 3 was associated with a higher risk of experiencing severe primary PPH compared to other subtypes. FVIII:C in pregnancy was inversely correlated to blood loss during delivery. There was a significantly higher incidence of secondary PPH when the VWD diagnosis was unknown at time of delivery. Conclusions The women with VWD are at higher risk of PPH, especially those with type 3 VWD or when diagnosis is unknown prior to delivery. Identification of pregnant women with undiagnosed VWD may be of importance in order to prevent PPH. PMID:27780267

  2. Variability in platelet- and collagen-binding defects in type 2M von Willebrand disease.

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    Larsen, D M; Haberichter, S L; Gill, J C; Shapiro, A D; Flood, V H

    2013-07-01

    Type 2M von Willebrand disease (VWD) includes qualitative defects in von Willebrand factor (VWF) function, with normal multimer distribution but a defect in VWF activity with respect to platelet or collagen binding. We characterized novel VWF gene mutations found in type 2M VWD subjects enrolled in the Zimmerman Program for the Molecular and Clinical Biology of VWD. Subjects were enrolled based on a pre-existing diagnosis of type 2M VWD. Testing included full-length gene sequencing, VWF antigen (VWF:Ag), VWF ristocetin cofactor activity (VWF:RCo), VWF collagen binding and multimer distribution. Recombinant VWF variants were synthesized using site-directed mutagenesis and expressed in HEK293T cells. Platelet binding was measured by flow cytometry with fixed platelets and ELISA with recombinant glycoprotein Ibα (GPIbα). Four novel VWF A1 domain mutations were found in individuals with type 2M VWD: S1358N, S1387I, S1394F and Q1402P. All subjects had a history of bleeding, VWF:RCo < 40 IU dL(-1) , VWF:RCo/VWF:Ag ratios <0.6 and normal multimer distribution. No defect in expression, secretion, or multimerization was found for any of the mutations. All showed decreased binding to intact platelets, and decreased or absent binding to a mutant GPIbα construct with spontaneous VWF binding. 1387I had decreased binding to all collagen types tested. 1402P had reduced binding exclusively to type VI collagen. Type 2M VWD is a heterogeneous category comprised of both collagen- and platelet-binding defects. Understanding the precise defect for each mutation may ultimately lead to better diagnosis and treatment. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  3. The 80th anniversary of von Willebrand's disease: history, management and research.

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    Federici, A B; Berntorp, E; Lee, C A

    2006-11-01

    The history of von Willebrand's disease (VWD) is fascinating because it demonstrates how good clinical observations, genetic studies and biochemical skills can improve basic understanding of a disease and its management. The continuous efforts of scientists and clinicians during the last 80 years have significantly improved the knowledge of von Willebrand factor (VWF) structure and function and the management of VWD. Diagnosis of phenotype and genotype is now available in many countries and treatment is becoming more specific according to the VWD type. Any therapeutic agents must correct the dual defect of haemostasis, i.e. the abnormal platelet adhesion due to reduced and/or dysfunctional and low levels of factor VIII (FVIII) associated with VWF defects. Desmopressin (DDAVP) is the treatment of choice for type 1 VWD because it induces release of VWF from cellular compartments. Plasma virally inactivated VWF concentrates containing FVIII are effective and safe in patients unresponsive to DDAVP. There are advanced plans to develop a recombinant VWF but this product will require the concomitant administration of FVIII for the control of acute bleeds. Basic research studies on cellular biology, biochemistry and immunology have confirmed the role of VWF as a crucial participant in both haemostasis and thrombosis as its main biological activity is to support platelet adhesion-aggregation in the circulation. Retrospective and prospective clinical research studies, including bleeding history and laboratory markers for diagnosis as well as the use of DDAVP and VWF concentrates to manage or prevent bleeds in patients with VWD have been essential to provide general guidelines for VWD management. The large number of publications quoting VWD and VWF emphasizes the important role of VWF in medicine.

  4. In vitro and in vivo characterization of a high-purity, solvent/detergent-treated factor VIII concentrate: evidence for its therapeutic efficacy in von Willebrand's disease.

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    Mazurier, C; De Romeuf, C; Parquet-Gernez, A; Goudemand, M

    1989-07-01

    A factor VIII (FVIII) concentrate, virus-inactivated by the solvent/detergent procedure, was studied in vitro. In contrast with most high-purity, virus-inactivated FVIII concentrates, it contains not only high levels of von Willebrand factor (vWF) antigen and ristocetin cofactor activity but also high molecular weight forms of von Willebrand factor. Furthermore, it is able to promote platelet adhesion on collagen in a perfusion system. In vivo studies performed in patients with different types of von Willebrand's disease provided evidence that this concentrate corrects Duke's bleeding time and prevents or stops haemorrhages. Thus, the particular advantages of this FVIII/vWF preparation are safety, low content of contamination proteins, and efficacy in von Willebrand's disease.

  5. Binding of factor VIII to von willebrand factor is enabled by cleavage of the von Willebrand factor propeptide and enhanced by formation of disulfide-linked multimers.

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    Bendetowicz, A V; Morris, J A; Wise, R J; Gilbert, G E; Kaufman, R J

    1998-07-15

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a multimeric adhesive glycoprotein with one factor VIII binding site/subunit. Prior reports suggest that posttranslational modifications of vWF, including formation of N-terminal intersubunit disulfide bonds and subsequent cleavage of the propeptide, influence availability and/or affinity of factor VIII binding sites. We found that deletion of the vWF propeptide produced a dimeric vWF molecule lacking N-terminal intersubunit disulfide bonds. This molecule bound fluorescein-labeled factor VIII with sixfold lower affinity than multimeric vWF in an equilibrium flow cytometry assay (approximate KDs, 5 nmol/L v 0.9 nmol/L). Coexpression of propeptide-deleted vWF with the vWF propeptide in trans yielded multimeric vWF that displayed increased affinity for factor VIII. Insertion of an alanine residue at the N-terminus of the mature vWF subunit destroyed binding to factor VIII, indicating that the native mature N-terminus is required for factor VIII binding. The requirement for vWF propeptide cleavage was shown by (1) a point mutation of the vWF propeptide cleavage site yielding pro-vWF that was defective in factor VIII binding and (2) correlation between efficiency of intracellular propeptide cleavage and factor VIII binding. Furthermore, in a cell-free system, addition of the propeptide-cleaving enzyme PACE/furin enabled factor VIII binding in parallel with propeptide cleavage. Our results indicate that high-affinity factor VIII binding sites are located on N-terminal disulfide-linked vWF subunits from which the propeptide has been cleaved.

  6. Endothelial Cell-Derived von Willebrand Factor Is the Major Determinant That Mediates von Willebrand Factor-Dependent Acute Ischemic Stroke by Promoting Postischemic Thrombo-Inflammation.

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    Dhanesha, Nirav; Prakash, Prem; Doddapattar, Prakash; Khanna, Ira; Pollpeter, Molly J; Nayak, Manasa K; Staber, Janice M; Chauhan, Anil K

    2016-09-01

    von Willebrand factor (VWF), which is synthesized in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes, is known to worsen stroke outcome. In vitro studies suggest that platelet-derived VWF (Plt-VWF) is biochemically different from the endothelial cell-derived VWF (EC-VWF). However, little is known about relative contribution of different pools of VWF in stroke. Using bone marrow transplantation, we generated chimeric Plt-VWF mice, Plt-VWF mice that lack ADAMTS13 in platelets and plasma (Plt-VWF/Adamts13(-/-)), and EC-VWF mice to determine relative contribution of different pools of VWF in stroke. In brain ischemia/reperfusion injury model, we found that infarct size and postischemic intracerebral thrombo-inflammation (fibrin(ogen) deposition, neutrophil infiltration, interleukin-1β, and tumor necrosis factor-α levels) within lesions were comparable between EC-VWF and wild-type mice. Infarct size and postischemic thrombo-inflammation were comparable between Plt-VWF and Plt-VWF/Adamts13(-/-) mice, but decreased compared with EC-VWF and wild-type mice (P<0.05) and increased compared with Vwf(-/-) mice (P<0.05). Susceptibility to FeCl3 injury-induced carotid artery thrombosis was comparable between wild-type and EC-VWF mice, whereas Plt-VWF and Plt-VWF/Adamts13(-/-) mice exhibited defective thrombosis. Although most of the injured vessels did not occlude, slope over time showed that thrombus growth rate was increased in both Plt-VWF and Plt-VWF/Adamts13(-/-) mice compared with Vwf(-/-) mice (P<0.05), but decreased compared with wild-type or EC-VWF mice. Plt-VWF, either in presence or absence of ADAMTS13, partially contributes to VWF-dependent injury and postischemic thrombo-inflammation after stroke. EC-VWF is the major determinant that mediates VWF-dependent ischemic stroke by promoting postischemic thrombo-inflammation. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  7. Co-inheritance of mild hemophilia A and heterozygosity for type 2N von Willebrand disease: a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge.

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    Lindsay, Holly; Bergstrom, Katie; Srivaths, Lakshmi

    2014-10-01

    Hemophilia A and von Willebrand disease are the two most common inherited bleeding disorders. Despite their frequency, however, there are very few reports of co-inheritance of the two disorders. We present the first report of a patient with mild hemophilia A and heterozygosity for type 2N von Willebrand disease (VWD). We discuss the patient's phenotype and highlight the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges caused by this co-inheritance.

  8. Data on the purification and crystallization of the loss-of-function von Willebrand disease variant (p.Gly1324Ser) of the von Willebrand factor A1 domain.

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    Campbell, James C; Tischer, Alexander; Machha, Venkata; Moon-Tasson, Laurie; Sankaran, Banumathi; Kim, Choel; Auton, Matthew

    2016-06-01

    von Willebrand factor׳s (VWF) primary hemostatic responsibility is to deposit platelets at sites of vascular injury to prevent bleeding. This function is mediated by the interaction between the VWF A1 domain and the constitutively active platelet receptor, GPIbα. The crystal structure of the A1 domain harboring the von Willebrand disease (vWD) type 2M mutation p.Gly1324Ser has been recently published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry describing its effect on the function and structural stability of the A1 domain of VWF, "Mutational constraints on local unfolding inhibit the rheological adaptation of von Willebrand factor" [1]. The mutation introduces a side chain that thermodynamically stabilizes the domain by reducing the overall flexibility of the A1-GPIbα binding interface resulting in loss-of-function and bleeding due to the inability of A1 to adapt to a binding competent conformation under the rheological shear stress blood flow. In this data article we describe the production, quality control and crystallization of the p.Gly1324Ser vWD variant of the A1 domain of VWF. p.Gly1324Ser A1 was expressed in Escherichia coli as insoluble inclusion bodies. After the preparation of the inclusion bodies, the protein was solubilized, refolded, purified by affinity chromatography and crystallized. The crystal structure of the p.Gly1324Ser mutant of the A1 domain is deposited at the Protein Data Bank PDB: 5BV8.

  9. Q1311X: a novel nonsense mutation of putative ancient origin in the von Willebrand factor gene.

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    Casaña, P; Martínez, F; Haya, S; Lorenzo, J I; Espinós, C; Aznar, J A

    2000-11-01

    Type 3 von Willebrand disease, a recessive autosomally inherited bleeding disorder, refers to complete deficiency of von Willebrand factor (VWF). The novel Q1311X mutation was detected in the homozygous state in four Spanish patients from two apparently unrelated families of gypsy origin. The lack of specific amplification of platelet VWF cDNA from two of the patients indicates reduced levels of mutated gene expression. The similar haplotype linked to mutated alleles suggests a common origin. On the basis of the two instabilities observed and the estimated mutation rate of the microsatellites of intron 40 of the VWF gene, we can estimate that this mutation could have arisen about 2300 years ago.

  10. Identification of a new candidate mutation, G1629R, in a family with type 2A von Willebrand disease.

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    Casaña, P; Martínez, F; Haya, S; Aznar, J A

    1999-04-01

    Type 2A is a qualitative variant of von Willebrand disease (vWD) characterized by a reduced platelet-dependent function, associated with an absence of large multimers. A G5135A transition, resulting in a glycine to arginine substitution at the codon 1629 of the von Willebrand factor, was identified by automated sequencing in one type 2A vWD Spanish patient. To detect this new candidate mutation a modified primer that creates a Ddel restriction site when the mutation is present was designed. This approach allowed detection of the mutation in the other three patients from the same family. On the other hand, the fact that this new mutation was not found in the 110 normal alleles screened further supports their causal relationship with the disease.

  11. IgG kappa monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance presenting as acquired type III Von Willebrand syndrome.

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    Howard, Christin R; Lin, Tara L; Cunningham, Mark T; Lipe, Brea C

    2014-09-01

    Acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) is a rare bleeding disorder associated with hematoproliferative disorders, autoimmune conditions, neoplasia and cardiovascular disorders that often present a diagnostic challenge. Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) is one of the most common causes of AVWS that typically presents later in life with mucocutaneous or postsurgical bleeding and multimers consistent with type I or II von Willebrand disease (VWD). Here, we present the case of a patient with a 32-year history of type III VWD that was ultimately found to be AVWS related to an IgG MGUS. In this case report, we highlight the diagnostic challenges of AVWS to ensure proper identification and potentially lifesaving treatment of this rare disorder.

  12. Adenotonsillectomy in children with von Willebrand's disease: how and when. A case report with review of the literature.

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    Berlucchi, Marco; Tomenzoli, Davide; Nicolai, Piero; Lusk, Rodney P

    2002-09-24

    The presence of coagulation pathology in children who are candidates for adenotonsillectomy (AT) is a challenge to the otolaryngologist. von Willebrand's disease (vWD) is the most common hereditary coagulopathy and is due to a quantitative and/or qualitative deficiency of von Willebrand's factor (vWF). In recent years, the administration of 1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP) has been recommended as coadjuvant therapy for surgical procedure. This synthetic hormone promotes the release of vWF and factor VIII from endothelial cells. In this report, the authors describe the history of a child with vWD undergoing successful AT after administration of DDAVP. Furthermore, a review of the literature with particular emphasis on the use of DDAVP is made.

  13. P-selectin can promote thrombus propagation independently of both von Willebrand factor and thrombospondin-1 in mice.

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    Prakash, P; Nayak, M K; Chauhan, A K

    2017-02-01

    Essentials The main receptor for platelet glycoprotein (GP) Ibα is von Willebrand factor (VWF). P-selectin and thrombospondin-1 (TSP1) have been suggested as counter receptors for GPIbα. In a laser injury model, P-selectin promotes thrombus propagation independently of VWF and TSP1. In a laser injury model, thrombus persists in interleukin-4 receptor α/GPIbα-transgenic mice.

  14. Diagnosing von Willebrand disease: a short history of laboratory milestones and innovations, plus current status, challenges, and solutions.

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    Favaloro, Emmanuel J

    2014-07-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a disorder characterized by deficiency of, or defects in, von Willebrand factor (VWF). VWD was originally identified by Erik Adolf von Willebrand, who in early 1924 investigated a large family suffering from a bleeding disorder that seemed to differ from hemophilia. Erik von Willebrand undertook some initial laboratory investigations to conclude the involvement of a plasma factor, the lack of which prolonged the bleeding time, but failed to impair coagulation times and clot retraction. By the end of the 1960s, VWD was accepted as a combined deficiency of factor VIII (FVIII) and another plasma factor responsible for normal platelet adhesion. Just how these two functions were related to each other was less clear and the diagnostic tests available at the time were poorly reproducible, cumbersome, and unreliable; thus, VWD was poorly delineated from other coagulation and platelet disorders. The early 1970s saw a revolution in diagnostics when ristocetin was identified to induce platelet aggregation, and this formed the basis of the first consistent and reliable VWF "activity" test, permitting quantification of the platelet adhesive function missing in VWD. Concurrently, immunoprecipitating techniques specific for VWF were defined, and the application of such technologies permitted a clearer understanding of both VWF and VWD heterogeneity. Continued exploration of the structure and function of VWF contributed greatly to the understanding of platelet physiology, ligand receptor interaction and pathways of cellular interaction and activation. Recently, additional assays evaluating other functions of VWF, including collagen binding, platelet glycoprotein Ib binding, and FVIII binding, have improved the diagnosis of VWD. The purpose of this narrative review is to explore the history of phenotypic VWD diagnostics, with a focus on laboratory milestones from the past as well highlighting recent and ongoing innovations, and ongoing challenges and

  15. Human von Willebrand factor gene sequences target expression to a subpopulation of endothelial cells in transgenic mice.

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    Aird, W C; Jahroudi, N; Weiler-Guettler, H; Rayburn, H B; Rosenberg, R D

    1995-05-09

    The present study was undertaken to define the 5' and 3' regulatory sequences of human von Willebrand factor gene that confer tissue-specific expression in vivo. Transgenic mice were generated bearing a chimeric construct that included 487 bp of 5' flanking sequence and the first exon fused in-frame to the Escherichia coli lacZ gene. In situ histochemical analyses in independent lines demonstrated that the von Willebrand factor promoter targeted expression of LacZ to a subpopulation of endothelial cells in the yolk sac and adult brain. LacZ activity was absent in the vascular beds of the spleen, lung, liver, kidney, testes, heart, and aorta, as well as in megakaryocytes. In contrast, in mice containing the lacZ gene targeted to the thrombomodulin locus, the 5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl beta-D-galactopyranoside reaction product was detected throughout the vascular tree. These data highlight the existence of regional differences in endothelial cell gene regulation and suggest that the 733-bp von Willebrand factor promoter may be useful as a molecular marker to investigate endothelial cell diversity.

  16. Diagnostic challenges in patients with bleeding phenotype and von Willebrand exon 28 polymorphism p.D1472H.

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    Francis, J C; Hui, S K; Mahoney, D; Dietrich, J E; Friedman, K D; Soundar, E; Srivaths, L V

    2014-05-01

    Exon 28 polymorphism p.D1472H is associated with significantly lower von Willebrand Ristocetin cofactor activity (VWF:RCoF) to von Willebrand antigen (VWF:Ag) ratio compared to normal, but has been reported as not conferring haemorrhagic risk. The impact of this polymorphism while assessing symptomatic patients for von Willebrand disease (VWD) has not been previously analysed. We retrospectively reviewed charts of children with clinically significant bleeding and abnormal VW panel who underwent VW exon 28 analysis. Twenty-three of 63 patients studied had p.D1472H. Of these 23 patients, 6 with borderline low VWF:RCo were given provisional diagnosis of VWD type 1 by treating physicians, which could be alternatively explained as due to the effect of p.D1472H. None of the patients with low VWF:RCo, decreased VWF:RCo/VWF:Ag ratio and p.D1472H had VWD type 2M mutations identified. This study illustrates the challenge in diagnosing VWD using ristocetin-based VW assay in symptomatic patients with p.D1472H.

  17. Exercise induced hypercoagulability, increased von Willebrand factor and decreased thyroid hormone concentrations in sled dogs.

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    Krogh, Anne K H; Legind, Pernille; Kjelgaard-Hansen, Mads; Bochsen, Louise; Kristensen, Annemarie T

    2014-02-07

    Sled dogs performing endurance races have been reported to have a high incidence of gastric erosions or ulcerations and an increased risk of gastro intestinal bleeding leading to death in some cases. In addition, these dogs also become hypothyroid during training and exercise. Canine hypothyroidism has been shown to correlate with decreased von Willebrand factor antigen and potentially increased bleeding tendency. Whether increased gastro intestinal bleeding risk is exacerbated due to changes in the hemostatic balance is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the hemostatic balance in sled dogs before and after exercise and in addition evaluate any correlation to thyroid status. Twenty sled dogs have been assessed in untrained and trained condition and immediately after exercise. The first sample was collected in the autumn following a resting period, and subsequently the dogs were exposed to increased intensity of training. After four months the peak of physical condition was reached and a 68 km long sled pulling exercise was performed. Samples were collected before and immediately after the exercise. Evaluated parameters were: plasma thromboelastographic (TEG) R, SP, α and MA, activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), prothrombin time (PT), fibrinogen, von Willebrand factor (vWf), D-dimer, platelet number, thyroid hormones, hematocrit and C-reactive protein (CRP). Exercise induced an overall hypercoagulable state characterized by significant decreases of TEG R and SP and an increase of α, increased concentrations of plasma vWf and decreased aPTT. In addition, a proinflammatory status was seen by a significant increase of serum CRP concentrations. Thyroid status was confirmed to be hypothyroid as training and exercise induced significant decrease of thyroxin (T4), free thyroxin (fT4) and thyroxin stimulating hormone (TSH) concentrations. Fibrinogen decreased significantly and PT increased. The training-induced changes showed correlation between T

  18. Mutation G1629E Increases von Willebrand Factor Cleavage via a Cooperative Destabilization Mechanism.

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    Aponte-Santamaría, Camilo; Lippok, Svenja; Mittag, Judith J; Obser, Tobias; Schneppenheim, Reinhard; Baldauf, Carsten; Gräter, Frauke; Budde, Ulrich; Rädler, Joachim O

    2017-01-10

    The large multimeric glycoprotein von Willebrand Factor (VWF) plays a pivotal adhesive role during primary hemostasis. VWF is cleaved by the protease ADAMTS13 as a down-regulatory mechanism to prevent excessive VWF-mediated platelet aggregation. For each VWF monomer, the ADAMTS13 cleavage site is located deeply buried inside the VWF A2 domain. External forces in vivo or denaturants in vitro trigger the unfolding of this domain, thereby leaving the cleavage site solvent-exposed and ready for cleavage. Mutations in the VWF A2 domain, facilitating the cleavage process, cause a distinct form of von Willebrand disease (VWD), VWD type 2A. In particular, the VWD type 2A Gly1629Glu mutation drastically accelerates the proteolytic cleavage activity, even in the absence of forces or denaturants. However, the effect of this mutation has not yet been quantified, in terms of kinetics or thermodynamics, nor has the underlying molecular mechanism been revealed. In this study, we addressed these questions by using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, molecular dynamics simulations, and free energy calculations. The measured enzyme kinetics revealed a 20-fold increase in the cleavage rate for the Gly1629Glu mutant compared with the wild-type VWF. Cleavage was found cooperative with a cooperativity coefficient n = 2.3, suggesting that the mutant VWF gives access to multiple cleavage sites of the VWF multimer at the same time. According to our simulations and free energy calculations, the Gly1629Glu mutation causes structural perturbation in the A2 domain and thereby destabilizes the domain by ∼10 kJ/mol, promoting its unfolding. Taken together, the enhanced proteolytic activity of Gly1629Glu can be readily explained by an increased availability of the ADAMTS13 cleavage site through A2-domain-fold thermodynamic destabilization. Our study puts forward the Gly1629Glu mutant as a very efficient enzyme substrate for ADAMTS13 activity assays. Copyright © 2017 Biophysical Society

  19. The p.R1819_C1948delinsS mutation makes von Willebrand factor ADAMTS13-resistant and reduces its collagen-binding capacity.

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    Daidone, Viviana; Saga, Giorgia; Barbon, Giovanni; Pontara, Elena; Cattini, Maria G; Morpurgo, Margherita; Zanotti, Giuseppe; Casonato, Alessandra

    2015-08-01

    This report concerns abnormal ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13) and collagen interactions coinciding with the p.R1819_C1948delinsS von Willebrand factor (VWF) mutation associated with the deletion of the C-terminus of the A3 domain (amino acids 1819-1947) in a patient with a history of bleeding. The von Willebrand disease (VWD) phenotype of the patient featured low plasma and platelet VWF, multimers with smears extending over the highest normal oligomers in plasma, but not platelets, and an impaired collagen-binding capacity. In vitro full-length p.R1819_C1948delinsS VWF expression showed impaired VWF release, increased cellular content with normally-multimerized VWF and impaired collagen binding. The recombinant p.R1819_C1948delinsS VWF fragment, extending from domains A2 to B3 (p.R1819_C1948delinsS A2-B3 VWF), was completely resistant to proteolysis by ADAMTS13 in the presence of 1·5 mol/l urea, unlike its normal counterpart. The defect stems from impaired ADAMTS13 binding to p.R1819_C1948delinsS A2-B3, analysed under static conditions. Partial deletion of the C-terminus of the A3 domain thus makes VWF resistant to ADAMTS13, interfering with ADAMTS13 binding to VWF, and impairing the collagen-binding capacity of VWF. The p.R1819_C1948delinsS mutation has both haemorrhagic features (defective collagen binding, reduced VWF levels) and prothrombotic (ADAMTS13 resistance) features, and the latter probably mitigate the patient's bleeding symptoms.

  20. An ELISA test for the binding of von Willebrand antigen to collagen.

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    Brown, J E; Bosak, J O

    1986-08-01

    Collagen (soluble bovine tendon type I) coated onto microtiter plates binds von Willebrand antigen (vW:Ag) in a dose-dependent manner. An ELISA test was set up with both antibody and collagen coated microtiter plates. Test specimens assayed were: 1) normal plasmas, 2) type I vW plasmas, 3) type IIa vW plasmas, and 4) factor VIII concentrates (KoateR, Cutter; Conco-VIII, Green Cross). Normal and type I vW plasmas exhibited comparable values for vW:Ag in binding studies to both collagen and antibody-coated plates. Type IIa vW plasmas demonstrated decreased (less than 1/2) collagen to antibody-binding ratios. Ristocetin cofactor (VIII:RCO) levels in type IIa vW plasmas correlated with quantified collagen-binding levels. Factor VIII concentrates show variable results when comparing collagen and antibody-binding levels. A comparison of vW:Ag ELISA (antibody) with VIII:RCO shows ratios of 2:1 (KoatR) or 20:1 (Conco-VIII). Collagen-binding ELISA levels in concentrates show parallel decreases, reflecting presumed binding to collagen of only the high M.W. multimers. The vW:Ag collagen binding ELISA represents a possible replacement assay for the laborious and imprecise VIII:RCO method of measurement of in vitro vWf functional activity.

  1. [Report of 2 cases with acquired von Willebrand disease and one with acquired hemophilia A].

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    Martínez-Murillo, C; Quintana González, S; Ambriz Fernández, R; Domínguez García, V; Rodríguez Moyado, H; Arias Aranda, A; Collazo Jaloma, J; Gutiérrez Romero, M

    1995-01-01

    We report three patients with acquired inhibitors against F VIII:C/F vW:Ag complex. Two patients had acquired hemophilia A. The three patients presented with bleeding diathesis. Case 1 was a 19 years old woman with Graves-Basedow disease; case 2 was a 40 years old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus of four years; and case 3 a 38 years old woman who had had rheumatoid arthritis for five years and was in her 3d month postpartum. The F VIII:C level was below 8 U/dL in all cases. The F vW:Ag, ristocetin cofactor and platelet aggregation with ristocetin were diminished in the two cases with von Willebrand. Inhibitor to F VIII:C was 50, 38 and 20 Bethesda units, respectively, for cases 1, 2 and 3. The three patients showed clinical response to DDAVP and cryoprecipitates with partial response in laboratory tests. All patients responded to corticosteroid treatment, but immunosuppressive treatment was necessary in case 3.

  2. Actomyosin II contractility expels von Willebrand factor from Weibel-Palade bodies during exocytosis.

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    Nightingale, Thomas D; White, Ian J; Doyle, Emily L; Turmaine, Mark; Harrison-Lavoie, Kimberly J; Webb, Kathleen F; Cramer, Louise P; Cutler, Daniel F

    2011-08-22

    The study of actin in regulated exocytosis has a long history with many different results in numerous systems. A major limitation on identifying precise mechanisms has been the paucity of experimental systems in which actin function has been directly assessed alongside granule content release at distinct steps of exocytosis of a single secretory organelle with sufficient spatiotemporal resolution. Using dual-color confocal microscopy and correlative electron microscopy in human endothelial cells, we visually distinguished two sequential steps of secretagogue-stimulated exocytosis: fusion of individual secretory granules (Weibel-Palade bodies [WPBs]) and subsequent expulsion of von Willebrand factor (VWF) content. Based on our observations, we conclude that for fusion, WPBs are released from cellular sites of actin anchorage. However, once fused, a dynamic ring of actin filaments and myosin II forms around the granule, and actomyosin II contractility squeezes VWF content out into the extracellular environment. This study therefore demonstrates how discrete actin cytoskeleton functions within a single cellular system explain actin filament-based prevention and promotion of specific exocytic steps during regulated secretion.

  3. von Willebrand factor contributes to poor outcome in a mouse model of intracerebral haemorrhage

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    Zhu, Ximin; Cao, Yongliang; Wei, Lixiang; Cai, Ping; Xu, Haochen; Luo, Haiyu; Bai, Xiaofei; Lu, Lu; Liu, Jian-Ren; Fan, Wenying; Zhao, Bing-Qiao

    2016-01-01

    Spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) is the most devastating stroke subtype and has no proven treatment. von Willebrand factor (VWF) has recently been demonstrated to promote inflammation processes. The present study investigated the pathophysiological role of VWF after experimental ICH. Functional outcomes, brain edema, blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability, cerebral inflammation and levels of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) were measured in a mouse model of ICH induced by autologous blood injection. We show that VWF were increased in the plasma and was accumulated in the perihematomal regions of mice subjected to ICH. Injection of VWF resulted in incerased expression of proinflammatory mediators and activation of ICAM-1 and MMP-9, associated with elevated myeloperoxidase, recruitment of neutrophils and microglia. Moreover, mice treated with VWF showed dramatically decreased pericyte coverage, more severe BBB damage and edema formation, and neuronal injury was increased compared with controls. In contrast, blocking antibodies against VWF reduced BBB damage and edema formation and improved neurological function. Together, these data identify a critical role for VWF in cerebral inflammation and BBB damage after ICH. The therapeutic interventions targeting VWF may be a novel strategy to reduce ICH-related injury. PMID:27782211

  4. An explanation for minor multimer species in endothelial cell-synthesized von Willebrand factor.

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    Lynch, D C; Zimmerman, T S; Ling, E H; Browning, P J

    1986-01-01

    Initial synthesis of von Willebrand factor (vWf) by cultured human endothelial cells proceeds by formation of a dimer of pro-vWf subunits. These subunits are found only within the cell and have an apparent molecular weight of 240,000-260,000, as measured by electrophoresis in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels. Posttranslational modifications, including proteolytic cleavage, glycosylation, and sulfation, result in the appearance of two additional vWf subunits. The major one migrates with the subunit of plasma vWf at an apparent molecular weight of 220,000-225,000 and the other migrates more slowly than pro-vWf at an apparent molecular weight of 260,000-275,000. These subunits oligomerize to form a set of vWf multimers, which are subsequently secreted into the culture medium. We isolated individual vWf oligomer species from the agarose gel bands and show that vWf minor, or satellite, species differ from major species in subunit composition. Images PMID:3486890

  5. Identification and prevalence of von Willebrand disease type 2N (Normandy) in Australia.

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    Favaloro, Emmanuel J; Mohammed, Soma; Koutts, Jerry

    2009-12-01

    We report an investigation of type 2N von Willebrand disease (VWD), covering the past 7 years and evaluating 1031 plasma samples from over 500 patients. Samples included specific requests for investigation of possible type 2N VWD (including family studies) and samples from 'hemophilia' or nonspecified VWD investigations that could unknowingly be type 2N VWD. In total, 13 new patients with type 2N VWD were identified, four of whom initially presented with normal levels of factor VIII and only three of whom (i.e. 23%) derived from specific clinical requests for investigation of type 2N VWD. Furthermore, type 2N VWD was excluded in 91% of specific clinical requests for type 2N VWD investigations. Poststudy evaluation indicates that type 2N VWD in this geographic region has an incidence rate similar to that in other westernized regions, accounting for around 1-2% of all identified VWD cases and about 13% of all type 2 VWD cases. In conclusion, this study highlights that clinicians requesting laboratory investigations related to a bleeding tendency often fail to appropriately recognize the possibility of type 2N VWD, that a normal plasma factor VIII will not exclude type 2N VWD, and although a relatively uncommon form of VWD overall, type 2N VWD represents a significant qualitative disorder.

  6. von-Willebrand factor influences blood brain barrier permeability and brain inflammation in experimental allergic encephalomyelitis.

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    Noubade, Rajkumar; del Rio, Roxana; McElvany, Benjamin; Zachary, James F; Millward, Jason M; Wagner, Denisa D; Offner, Halina; Blankenhorn, Elizabeth P; Teuscher, Cory

    2008-09-01

    Weibel-Palade bodies within endothelial cells are secretory granules known to release von Willebrand Factor (VWF), P-selectin, chemokines, and other stored molecules following histamine exposure. Mice with a disrupted VWF gene (VWFKO) have endothelial cells that are deficient in Weibel-Palade bodies. These mice were used to evaluate the role of VWF and/or Weibel-Palade bodies in Bordetella pertussis toxin-induced hypersensitivity to histamine, a subphenotype of experimental allergic encephalomyelitis, the principal autoimmune model of multiple sclerosis. No significant differences in susceptibility to histamine between wild-type and VWFKO mice were detected after 3 days; however, histamine sensitivity persisted significantly longer in VWFKO mice. Correspondingly, encephalomyelitis onset was earlier, disease was more severe, and blood brain barrier (BBB) permeability was significantly increased in VWFKO mice, as compared with wild-type mice. Moreover, inflammation was selectively increased in the brains, but not spinal cords, of VWFKO mice as compared with wild-type mice. Early increases in BBB permeability in VWFKO mice were not due to increased encephalitogenic T-cell activity since BBB permeability did not differ in adjuvant-treated VWFKO mice as compared with littermates immunized with encephalitogenic peptide plus adjuvant. Taken together, these data indicate that VWF and/or Weibel-Palade bodies negatively regulate BBB permeability changes and autoimmune inflammatory lesion formation within the brain elicited by peripheral inflammatory stimuli.

  7. Flow and delta-P dictate where thrombin, fibrin, and von Willebrand Factor will be found.

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    Diamond, Scott L

    2016-05-01

    Hemostasis occurs in two different topological scenarios: complete severing of a vessel or disruption of the vessel wall. Either to meet the daily rigors of active life or during an acute trauma, hemostasis involves the regulated and self-limiting production of thrombin to stop bleeding. In contrast, arterial and venous thrombosis typically involves the unregulated, intraluminal growth of a clot, in the absence of bleeding. For either hemostasis or thrombosis, the presence of flow and pressure gradients (delta-P, ΔP) dictates when and where thrombin and fibrin are located and in what quantity. For hemostatic clots, fibrin formation helped limit clot growth. We found that γ'-fibrinogen had a role in limiting clot growth via anti-thrombin activity at venous, but not arterial conditions. For hemophilic blood, severe factor deficiency (<1% healthy) led to a defect in both platelet and fibrin deposition under flow. However, moderate deficiency, which is associated with a less severe bleeding phenotype, had normalized platelet function but still lacked fibrin production. We conclude signaling levels of thrombin can be generated during moderate hemophilia to sufficiently activate platelets to achieve primary hemostasis, even if fibrin formation remains defective. Finally, as a clot grows, shear stresses can become sufficiently extreme in diseased arteries to drive von Willebrand Factor self-association into massive fibers, potentially the final burst of clot growth towards full thrombotic occlusion. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Mechanisms underlying acquired von Willebrand syndrome associated with an IgM paraprotein.

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    Mayerhofer, M; Haushofer, A; Kyrle, P A; Chott, A; Müllner, C; Quehenberger, P; Worel, N; Traby, L; Eichinger, S

    2009-09-01

    Acquired von Willebrand (vW) syndrome is a rare bleeding disorder which is frequently associated with immunological, malignant or cardiovascular disorders. The underlying pathomechanisms, particularly in patients with IgM monoclonal gammopathies, often remain unknown. We report a patient with indolent small B-cell lymphoma (immunocytoma) and plasmacytic differentiation with an IgM kappa paraprotein who was admitted with retroperitoneal haematoma. Medical history and coagulation testing were consistent with acquired vW syndrome. vW immunohistochemistry showed normal cytoplasmic labelling of endothelial cells and megakaryocytes, whereas the lymphomatous infiltrate was negative. Acquired vW syndrome due to adsorption of vW factor on malignant cells was thus excluded. In the multimeric analysis, all multimers were present similar to that in type 1 vW syndrome, but the triplet structures were blurred. The bands on serum immunofixation electrophoresis were also atypically broadened, which suggested complex formation between the IgM and vW factor. Immunoprecipitation studies showed that the 176-kDa proteolytic fragment of vW factor co-precipitated with the IgM paraprotein in the patient but not in the controls, suggesting a specific interaction between vW factor and the paraprotein in the patient. The patient required surgery and was successfully managed by chemotherapy consisting of rituximab and fludarabin as well as plasma exchange.

  9. Immunocytochemical distribution of WARP (von Willebrand A domain-related protein) in the inner ear.

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    Duong, Trac; Lopez, Ivan A; Ishiyama, Akira; Ishiyama, Gail

    2011-01-07

    The basic components of the epithelial, perineural, and perivascular basement membranes in the inner ear have been well-documented in several animal models and in the human inner ear. The von Willebrand A domain-related protein (WARP) is an extracellular matrix molecule with restricted expression in cartilage, and a subset of basement membranes in peripheral nerves, muscle, and central nervous system vasculature. It has been suggested that WARP has an important role in maintaining the blood-brain barrier. To date no studies on WARP distribution have been performed in the inner ear, which is equipped with an intricate vasculature network. In the present study, we determined the distribution of WARP by immunocytochemistry in the human inner ear using auditory and vestibular endorgans microdissected from human temporal bones obtained at autopsy. All subjects (n=5, aged 55-87years old) had documented normal auditory and vestibular function. We also determined the WARP immunolocalization in the mouse inner ear. WARP immunoreactivity localized to the vasculature throughout the stroma of the cristae ampullaris, the maculae utricle, and saccule in the human and mouse. In the human and mouse inner ear, WARP immunoreactivity delineated blood vessels located in the stria vascularis, spiral ligament, sub-basilar region, stromal tissue, and the spiral and vestibular ganglia. The distinct localization of WARP in the inner ear vasculature suggests an important role in maintaining its integrity. In addition, WARP allows delineation of microvessels in the inner ear allowing the study of vascular pathology in the development of otological diseases.

  10. Influence of von Willebrand factor on the reactivity of human factor VIII inhibitors with factor VIII.

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    Gensana, M; Altisent, C; Aznar, J A; Casaña, P; Hernández, F; Jorquera, J I; Magallón, M; Massot, M; Puig, L

    2001-07-01

    In order to determine the difference in reactivity of factor (F) VIII inhibitors against the FVIII/von Willebrand factor (vWF) complex and against vWF-deficient FVIII, we investigated a panel of 10 antibodies to FVIII from multitransfused individuals with severe haemophilia A and other pathologies. Immunoblotting of purified FVIII and purified thrombin-cleaved FVIII revealed that in all cases inhibitor epitopes could be localized in the heavy chain (A2 subunit) while in four cases they were also present in the light chain. One of the FVIII inhibitors remained unclassified. The effect on FVIII:C of purified IgG from inhibitor plasmas was tested against a high purity FVIII/vWF concentrate and a monoclonally purified FVIII concentrate with only trace contents of vWF, by two different functional assays. Our results suggest that for those inhibitors showing A2 plus light chain (LC) reactivity, the IgG concentration required to inhibit 50% of FVIII activity in vitro is higher for the FVIII/vWF complex than for the vWF-deficient FVIII. We conclude that there might be a protective role of vWF (at least in vitro) against FVIII inhibitors with A2 and LC subunit specificity.

  11. Intracellular trafficking of factor VIII to von Willebrand factor storage granules.

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    Rosenberg, J B; Foster, P A; Kaufman, R J; Vokac, E A; Moussalli, M; Kroner, P A; Montgomery, R R

    1998-01-01

    In plasma, von Willebrand factor (vWf) associates with Factor VIII (FVIII); however, the site at which these proteins first interact has not been defined. Administration of 1-desamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP) causes a rapid, concomitant elevation in plasma levels of both vWf and FVIII, suggesting the existence of a DDAVP-releasable storage pool for both proteins. To determine whether vWf and FVIII can associate intracellularly and colocalize to storage vesicles, we transfected AtT-20 cells with vWf and FVIII expression plasmids. FVIII alone was not detectable within storage granules; however, transfection of vWf cDNA into the same cell caused FVIII to alter its intracellular trafficking and to undergo granular storage, colocalizing to the vWf-containing granules. In contrast, colocalization of FVIII was not observed when these cells were transfected with plasmids encoding defective FVIII-binding vWf mutants. Transfection of bovine endothelial cells with FVIII further demonstrated vesicular storage of FVIII with vWf in Weibel-Palade bodies. Since gene therapy of hemophilia A may ultimately target endothelium or hematopoietic stem cells, the interaction between vWf and FVIII within a secretory cell is important. Thus, vWf can alter the intracellular trafficking of FVIII from a constitutive to a regulated secretory pathway, thereby producing an intracellular storage pool of both proteins. PMID:9449695

  12. Analysis of von Willebrand factor multimers using a commercially available enhanced chemiluminescence kit.

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    Cumming, A M; Wensley, R T

    1993-01-01

    AIMS--To develop a rapid, sensitive, and safe method for the analysis of von Willebrand factor (vWf) multimers in plasma or platelet lysates. METHOD--Analysis of vWf multimers was carried out by sodium dodecyl sulphate-agarose discontinuous gel electrophoresis followed by protein transfer to nitrocellulose membranes by western blotting. Blots were probed using horseradish peroxidase (HRP) conjugated rabbit anti-vWf; visualisation of vWf multimers was achieved using a commercially available enhanced chemi-Luminescence (ECL) kit for detecting HRP labelled antibodies on western blots. RESULTS--Electrophoretic transfer of vWf multimers to nitrocellulose membranes, including the higher molecular weight forms, was achieved satisfactorily and there was good resolution of individual multimer bands and of the triplet sub-band structure. Type II vWD variants were readily identifiable. The use of ECL conferred a high degree of sensitivity to the method and the end result on autoradiography film provided a permanent record which did not fade and which was suitable for scanning densitometry. CONCLUSION--The method for vWf multimer analysis described here is sensitive, simple to carry out, uses minimal amounts of reagents, produces results within 48 hours, and does not require the use of potentially hazardous radioactive materials or carcinogenic enzyme substrates. Images PMID:8320330

  13. Molecular evolution of the nuclear von Willebrand factor gene in mammals and the phylogeny of rodents.

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    Huchon, D; Catzeflis, F M; Douzery, E J

    1999-05-01

    Nucleotide sequences of exon 28 of the von Willebrand Factor (vWF) were analyzed for a representative sampling of rodent families and eutherian orders, with one marsupial sequence as outgroup. The aim of this study was to test if inclusion of an increased taxonomic diversity in molecular analyses would shed light on three uncertainties concerning rodent phylogeny: (1) relationships between rodent families, (2) Rodentia monophyly, and (3) the sister group relationship of rodents and lagomorphs. The results did not give evidence of any particular rodent pattern of molecular evolution relative to a general eutherian pattern. Base compositions and rates of evolution of vWF sequences of rodents were in the range of placental variation. The 10 rodent families studied here cluster in five clades: Hystricognathi, Sciuridae and Aplodontidae (Sciuroidea), Muridae, Dipodidae, and Gliridae. Among hystricognaths, the following conclusions are drawn: a single colonization event in South America by Caviomorpha, a paraphyly of Old World and New World porcupines, and an African origin for Old World porcupines. Despite a broader taxonomic sampling diversity, we did not obtain a robust answer to the question of Rodentia monophyly, but in the absence of any other alternative, we cannot reject the hypothesis of a single origin of rodents. Moreover, the phylogenetic position of Lagomorpha remains totally unsettled.

  14. Von Willebrand factor is reversibly decreased during torpor in 13-lined ground squirrels

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    Sell, Shawn; Nelson, Luke; Hawes, Jennifer; Benrud, Jacob A.; Kohlnhofer, Bridget M.; Burmeister, Bradley R.; Flood, Veronica H.

    2015-01-01

    During torpor in a hibernating mammal, decreased blood flow increases the risk of blood clots such as deep vein thrombi (DVT). In other animal models platelets, neutrophils, monocytes and von Willebrand factor (VWF) have been found in DVT. Previous research has shown that hibernating mammals decrease their levels of platelets and clotting factors VIII (FVIII) and IX (FIX), increasing both bleeding time and activated partial throm-boplastin time. In this study, FVIII, FIX and VWF activities and mRNA levels were measured in torpid and non-hibernating ground squirrels (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus). Here, we show that VWF high molecular weight multimers, collagen-binding activity, lung mRNA and promoter activity decrease during torpor. The VWF multimers reappear in plasma within 2 h of arousal in the spring. Similarly, FIX activity and liver mRNA both dropped threefold during torpor. In contrast, FVIII liver mRNA levels increased twofold while its activity dropped threefold, consistent with a post-transcriptional decrease in FVIII stability in the plasma due to decreased VWF levels. Finally, both neutrophils and monocytes are decreased eightfold during torpor which could slow the formation of DVT. In addition to providing insight in how blood clotting can be regulated to allow mammals to survive in extreme environments, hibernating ground squirrels provide an interesting model for studying. PMID:26481634

  15. Functional assessment of von Willebrand factor expression by cancer cells of non-endothelial origin.

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    Mojiri, Anahita; Stoletov, Konstantin; Lorenzana Carrillo, Maria Areli; Willetts, Lian; Jain, Saket; Godbout, Roseline; Jurasz, Paul; Sergi, Consolato M; Eisenstat, David D; Lewis, John D; Jahroudi, Nadia

    2016-12-27

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a highly adhesive procoagulant molecule that mediates platelet adhesion to endothelial and subendothelial surfaces. Normally it is expressed exclusively in endothelial cells (ECs) and megakaryocytes. However, a few studies have reported VWF detection in cancer cells of non-endothelial origin, including osteosarcoma. A role for VWF in cancer metastasis has long been postulated but evidence supporting both pro- and anti-metastatic roles for VWF has been presented. We hypothesized that the role of VWF in cancer metastasis is influenced by its cellular origin and that cancer cell acquisition of VWF expression may contribute to enhanced metastatic potential. We demonstrated de novo expression of VWF in glioma as well as osteosarcoma cells. Endothelial monolayer adhesion, transmigration and extravasation capacities of VWF expressing cancer cells were shown to be enhanced compared to non-VWF expressing cells, and were significantly reduced as a result of VWF knock down. VWF expressing cancer cells were also detected in patient tumor samples of varying histologies. Analyses of the mechanism of transcriptional activation of the VWF in cancer cells demonstrated a pattern of trans-activating factor binding and epigenetic modifications consistent overall with that observed in ECs. These results demonstrate that cancer cells of non-endothelial origin can acquire de novo expression of VWF, which can enhance processes, including endothelial and platelet adhesion and extravasation, that contribute to cancer metastasis.

  16. Ultrastructural demonstration of tubular inclusions coinciding with von Willebrand factor in pig megakaryocytes.

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    Cramer, E M; Breton-Gorius, J; Beesley, J E; Martin, J F

    1988-06-01

    The appearance of von Willebrand factor (vWF) in bone marrow megakaryocytes was studied by standard electron microscopy (EM) and immuno-EM using an original purification technique. Eighty percent pure megakaryocytes were isolated from porcine rib bone marrow using Percoll gradients followed by counterflow centrifugation. Activation was prevented by prostacyclin and prefixation with low concentrations of glutaraldehyde. In early megakaryoblasts, standard EM revealed the presence of tubular structures in the small vesicles located in the Golgi area, in the small immature alpha-granules and in the rare mature alpha-granules. Immunolabeling for vWF was simultaneously observed in small vesicles and small alpha-granules, mainly in the Golgi zone. In mature megakaryocytes, standard EM showed that tubular structures were numerous, regularly spaced, and aligned in parallel. Immunolabeling for vWF was intense, restricted to the alpha-granules, and distributed in a similar manner to porcine platelets. Gold particles were located eccentrically at one pole of the alpha-granule, labeling only its periphery or outlining one side of an elongated granule. Tubule profiles could be seen underlying the immunolabeling and were usually located at one side of the granule. In conclusion, this study demonstrates the presence of tubular structures in megakaryocyte alpha-granules, their association with vWF, and the appearance of both in the Golgi-associated vesicles.

  17. Force sensing by the vascular protein von Willebrand factor is tuned by a strong intermonomer interaction

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    Müller, Jochen P.; Mielke, Salomé; Löf, Achim; Obser, Tobias; Beer, Christof; Bruetzel, Linda K.; Pippig, Diana A.; Vanderlinden, Willem; Lipfert, Jan; Schneppenheim, Reinhard; Benoit, Martin

    2016-01-01

    The large plasma glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (VWF) senses hydrodynamic forces in the bloodstream and responds to elevated forces with abrupt elongation, thereby increasing its adhesiveness to platelets and collagen. Remarkably, forces on VWF are elevated at sites of vascular injury, where VWF’s hemostatic potential is important to mediate platelet aggregation and to recruit platelets to the subendothelial layer. Adversely, elevated forces in stenosed vessels lead to an increased risk of VWF-mediated thrombosis. To dissect the remarkable force-sensing ability of VWF, we have performed atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based single-molecule force measurements on dimers, the smallest repeating subunits of VWF multimers. We have identified a strong intermonomer interaction that involves the D4 domain and critically depends on the presence of divalent ions, consistent with results from small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Dissociation of this strong interaction occurred at forces above ∼50 pN and provided ∼80 nm of additional length to the elongation of dimers. Corroborated by the static conformation of VWF, visualized by AFM imaging, we estimate that in VWF multimers approximately one-half of the constituent dimers are firmly closed via the strong intermonomer interaction. As firmly closed dimers markedly shorten VWF’s effective length contributing to force sensing, they can be expected to tune VWF’s sensitivity to hydrodynamic flow in the blood and to thereby significantly affect VWF’s function in hemostasis and thrombosis. PMID:26787887

  18. Zyxin regulates endothelial von Willebrand factor secretion by reorganizing actin filaments around exocytic granules

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    Han, Xiaofan; Li, Pin; Yang, Zhenghao; Huang, Xiaoshuai; Wei, Guoqin; Sun, Yujie; Kang, Xuya; Hu, Xueting; Deng, Qiuping; Chen, Liangyi; He, Aibin; Huo, Yingqing; Li, Dong; Betzig, Eric; Luo, Jincai

    2017-01-01

    Endothelial exocytosis of Weibel–Palade body (WPB) is one of the first lines of defence against vascular injury. However, the mechanisms that control WPB exocytosis in the final stages (including the docking, priming and fusion of granules) are poorly understood. Here we show that the focal adhesion protein zyxin is crucial in this process. Zyxin downregulation inhibits the secretion of von Willebrand factor (VWF), the most abundant cargo in WPBs, from human primary endothelial cells (ECs) induced by cAMP agonists. Zyxin-deficient mice exhibit impaired epinephrine-stimulated VWF release, prolonged bleeding time and thrombosis, largely due to defective endothelial secretion of VWF. Using live-cell super-resolution microscopy, we visualize previously unappreciated reorganization of pre-existing actin filaments around WPBs before fusion, dependent on zyxin and an interaction with the actin crosslinker α-actinin. Our findings identify zyxin as a physiological regulator of endothelial exocytosis through reorganizing local actin network in the final stage of exocytosis. PMID:28256511

  19. Expression of a structurally constrained von Willebrand factor variant triggers acute thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in mice.

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    Morioka, Yoko; Casari, Caterina; Wohner, Nikolett; Cho, Sungyun; Kurata, Sachiko; Kitano, Ayumi; Christophe, Olivier D; Lenting, Peter J; Li, Renhao; Denis, Cécile V; Prévost, Nicolas

    2014-05-22

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life-threatening disease that presents with thrombocytopenia, disseminated thrombosis, hemolytic anemia, and organ dysfunction. The etiology of TTP has revealed that patients share a deficiency in plasma protease a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13 (ADAMTS13), the enzyme responsible for cleaving ultra-large von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimers into nonthrombogenic fragments. Therefore, existing TTP mouse models were developed by targeted disruption of the ADAMTS13 gene. ADAMTS13(-/-) mice are mostly asymptomatic in the absence of a trigger, as redundant proteases appear to take on VWF processing. As an alternative approach to creating one such model, we devised a strategy based on the expression of a cleavage-resistant VWF mutant in mice. The creation of a disulfide bond within the A2 domain of VWF was found to render VWF multimers resistant to proteolysis by plasma proteases under flow. Furthermore, mice expressing the murine VWF/p.S1494C-p.A1534C mutant present with symptoms characteristics of acute TTP such as thrombocytopenia, red cell shredding, accumulation of VWF-rich thrombi in the microvasculature, and advanced TTP symptoms such as renal dysfunction and splenomegaly. Because this model appears to faithfully emulate the pathophysiology of TTP, it should prove most useful in the study of microangiopathic diseases and their treatment. © 2014 by The American Society of Hematology.

  20. Characterization of Conformation-Sensitive Antibodies to ADAMTS13, the von Willebrand Cleavage Protease

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    Sauna, Zuben E.; Okunji, Chinyere; Hunt, Ryan C.; Gupta, Tanvi; Allen, Courtni E.; Plum, Elizabeth; Blaisdell, Adam; Grigoryan, Vahan; S, Geetha; Fathke, Robert; Soejima, Kenji; Kimchi-Sarfaty, Chava

    2009-01-01

    Background The zinc metalloprotease ADAMTS13 is a multidomain protein that cleaves von Willebrand Factor (VWF) and is implicated in Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) pathogenesis. Understanding the mechanism of this protein is an important goal. Conformation sensitive antibodies have been used to monitor protein conformation and to decipher the molecular mechanism of proteins as well as to distinguish functional and non-functional mutants. Methodology/Principal Findings We have characterized several antibodies against ADAMTS13, both monoclonal and polyclonal. We have used flow cytometry to estimate the binding of these antibodies to ADAMTS13 and demonstrate that antibodies raised against the TSP and disintegrin domains detect conformation changes in the ADAMTS13. Thus for example, increased binding of these antibodies was detected in the presence of the substrate (VWF), mainly at 37°C and not at 4°C. These antibodies could also detect differences between wild-type ADAMTS13 and the catalytically deficient mutant (P475S). The flow cytometry approach also allows us to estimate the reactivity of the antibody as well as its apparent affinity. Conclusions/Significance Our results suggest that these antibodies may serve as useful reagents to distinguish functional and non-functional ADAMTS13 and analyze conformational transitions to understand the catalytic mechanism. PMID:19654870

  1. Heavy menstrual bleeding and health-associated quality of life in women with von Willebrand's disease

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    GOVOROV, IGOR; EKELUND, LENA; CHAIRETI, ROZA; ELFVINGE, PETRA; HOLMSTRÖM, MARGARETA; BREMME, KATARINA; MINTS, MIRIAM

    2016-01-01

    Women with the inherited bleeding disorder von Willebrand's disease (VWD) face gender-specific hemostatic challenges during menstruation. Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) can negatively affect their overall life activities and the health-associated quality of life. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether women with VWD experienced HMB and an impaired health-associated quality of life. The study subjects were recruited from the Coagulation Unit of Karolinska University Hospital. Information was retrieved from various self-administered forms and medical records. Of the 30 women (18–52 years) that were included in the present study, 50% suffered from HMB, although the majority received treatment for HMB. In addition, almost all the included women perceived limitations in the overall life activities due to menstruation. The health-associated quality of life for women with HMB was significantly lower (P<0.10) with regards to ‘bodily pain’ compared with Swedish women of the general population. In conclusion, women with VWD experienced reduced health-associated quality of life as a result of HMB. Therefore, preventing limitations in overall life activities and improving their health-associated quality of life thorough counseling on menstrual bleeding is important for women with VWD. PMID:27168829

  2. Successful Ultrasound-Guided Femoral Nerve Blockade and Catheterization in a Patient with Von Willebrand Disease

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    DiStefano, Youmna E.; Lazar, Michael D.

    2015-01-01

    Peripheral nerve blockade (PNB) is superior to neuraxial anesthesia and/or opioid therapy for perioperative analgesia in total knee replacement (TKR). Evidence on the safety of PNB in patients with coagulopathy is lacking. We describe the first documented account of continuous femoral PNB for perioperative analgesia in a patient with Von Willebrand Disease (vWD). Given her history of opioid tolerance and after an informative discussion, a continuous femoral PNB was planned for in this 34-year-old female undergoing TKR. A Humate-P intravenous infusion was started and the patient was positioned supinely. Using sterile technique with ultrasound guidance, a Contiplex 18 Gauge Tuohy needle was advanced in plane through the fascia iliaca towards the femoral nerve. A nerve catheter was threaded through the needle and secured without complications. Postoperatively, a levobupivacaine femoral catheter infusion was maintained, and twice daily Humate-P intravenous infusions were administered for 48 hours; enoxaparin thromboprophylaxis was initiated thereafter. The patient was discharged uneventfully on postoperative day 4. Given documentation of delayed, unheralded bleeding from PNB in coagulopathic patients, we recommend individualized PNB in vWD patients. Multidisciplinary team involvement is required to guide factor supplementation and thromboprophylaxis, as is close follow-up to elicit signs of bleeding throughout the delayed postoperative period. PMID:26113995

  3. Successful Ultrasound-Guided Femoral Nerve Blockade and Catheterization in a Patient with Von Willebrand Disease.

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    DiStefano, Youmna E; Lazar, Michael D

    2015-01-01

    Peripheral nerve blockade (PNB) is superior to neuraxial anesthesia and/or opioid therapy for perioperative analgesia in total knee replacement (TKR). Evidence on the safety of PNB in patients with coagulopathy is lacking. We describe the first documented account of continuous femoral PNB for perioperative analgesia in a patient with Von Willebrand Disease (vWD). Given her history of opioid tolerance and after an informative discussion, a continuous femoral PNB was planned for in this 34-year-old female undergoing TKR. A Humate-P intravenous infusion was started and the patient was positioned supinely. Using sterile technique with ultrasound guidance, a Contiplex 18 Gauge Tuohy needle was advanced in plane through the fascia iliaca towards the femoral nerve. A nerve catheter was threaded through the needle and secured without complications. Postoperatively, a levobupivacaine femoral catheter infusion was maintained, and twice daily Humate-P intravenous infusions were administered for 48 hours; enoxaparin thromboprophylaxis was initiated thereafter. The patient was discharged uneventfully on postoperative day 4. Given documentation of delayed, unheralded bleeding from PNB in coagulopathic patients, we recommend individualized PNB in vWD patients. Multidisciplinary team involvement is required to guide factor supplementation and thromboprophylaxis, as is close follow-up to elicit signs of bleeding throughout the delayed postoperative period.

  4. Single-molecule force measurements of the polymerizing dimeric subunit of von Willebrand factor

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    Wijeratne, Sithara S.; Li, Jingqiang; Yeh, Hui-Chun; Nolasco, Leticia; Zhou, Zhou; Bergeron, Angela; Frey, Eric W.; Moake, Joel L.; Dong, Jing-fei; Kiang, Ching-Hwa

    2016-01-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimers are large adhesive proteins that are essential to the initiation of hemostatic plugs at sites of vascular injury. The binding of VWF multimers to platelets, as well as VWF proteolysis, is regulated by shear stresses that alter VWF multimeric conformation. We used single molecule manipulation with atomic force microscopy (AFM) to investigate the effect of high fluid shear stress on soluble dimeric and multimeric forms of VWF. VWF dimers are the smallest unit that polymerizes to construct large VWF multimers. The resistance to mechanical unfolding with or without exposure to shear stress was used to evaluate VWF conformational forms. Our data indicate that, unlike recombinant VWF multimers (RVWF), recombinant dimeric VWF (RDVWF) unfolding force is not altered by high shear stress (100 dynes/cm2 for 3 min at 37°C ). We conclude that under the shear conditions used (100 dynes/cm2 for 3 min at 37°C ) , VWF dimers do not self-associate into a conformation analogous to that attained by sheared large VWF multimers.

  5. Evaluation of plasma von Willebrand factor as a biomarker for acute arterial damage in rats.

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    Newsholme, S J; Thudium, D T; Gossett, K A; Watson, E S; Schwartz, L W

    2000-01-01

    Plasma von Willebrand factor (vWF) was evaluated as a potential biomarker of acute arterial damage in rats after a vasotoxic dose of the dopaminergic vasodilator, fenoldopam (FP). Male Sprague-Dawley rats were given FP or isotonic saline by subcutaneous injection, and plasma vWF was measured at 2, 6, and 24 hours after challenge. Mean plasma vWF values increased in FP-treated rats compared to controls at 2 hours (167 vs 122%; p < 0.05) and 6 hours postdose (172 vs 130%; p < 0.01) but were comparable to control values after 24 hours. Mesenteric arterial lesions were observed microscopically in all FP-treated rats 24 hours postdose but were not present in rats at 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours after FP challenge. Further, plasma vWF concentrations increased in saline-treated rats after only the minimal perturbation of repeated venipuncture. These results indicate an early, minimal, and transient release of vWF that precedes the onset of morphologically evident vascular damage. The minimal increases in plasma vWF concentrations were of limited predictive value, may be more reflective of an acute-phase reactant response, and were not considered a reliable biomarker of acute FP-induced arterial damage in the rat.

  6. Circulating and progenitor endothelial cells are abnormal in patients with different types of von Willebrand disease and correlate with markers of angiogenesis.

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    Gritti, Giuseppe; Cortelezzi, Agostino; Bucciarelli, Paolo; Rezzonico, Francesca; Lonati, Silvia; La Marca, Silvia; Silvestris, Ilaria; Federici, Augusto B

    2011-08-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder and is caused by quantitative or qualitative defects of von Willebrand factor (VWF). VWF, synthesized by endothelium and megakaryocytes (MK), circulates in plasma and is present in subendothelium and platelets. Circulating endothelial cells (CEC) and progenitor endothelial cells (EPC) have been recently proposed as markers of peripheral and bone marrow-derived angiogenesis. To evaluate the association of CEC/EPC with known inherited defects of cellular and circulating VWF, we have measured the number of CEC/EPC together with cytokines involved in angiogenesis in different VWD types. A group of 74 patients was composed by the following VWD types: VWD1 (n = 22), VWD2A (n = 9), VWD2B (n = 19), VWD2M (n = 17), and VWD3 (n = 7). Healthy individuals (n = 20) were used as controls. CEC (CD146(+) , CD31(+) , and CD45(-) ) and EPC (CD34(+) , CD133(+) , and CD45(-) ) were evaluated by flow cytometry. Circulating serum levels of VEGF, E-selectin, P-selectin, EPO, and TPO were determined by ELISA. CEC, VEGF, E-selectin, and EPO were higher and EPC lower in VWD patients than in controls (P < 0.01). Among the five groups of VWD patients and controls, a significant difference was found for CEC (one-way ANOVA: P = 0.005), EPC (P = 0.001), E-Selectin (P < 0.0001), EPO (P = 0.021), and TPO (P = 0.004): the latter was high in VWD3 patients. In VWD1, we found an inverse relationship between CEC and VWF:Ag levels (P = 0.048; R(2) = 0.19). Based on these data, CEC are increased in VWD and are associated with the high levels of cytokines involved in angiogenesis (up-regulation). EPC are decreased, suggesting down-regulation of bone marrow-derived angiogenesis in VWD.

  7. Outcomes in Patients With Hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease Undergoing Invasive or Surgical Procedures.

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    Chapin, John; Bamme, Jaqueline; Hsu, Fraustina; Christos, Paul; DeSancho, Maria

    2017-03-01

    Adults with hemophilia A (HA), hemophilia B (HB), and von Willebrand disease (VWD) frequently require surgery and invasive procedures. However, there is variability in perioperative management guidelines. We describe our periprocedural outcomes in this setting. A retrospective chart review from January 2006 to December 2012 of patients with HA, HB, and VWD undergoing surgery or invasive procedures was conducted. Type of procedures, management including the use of continuous factor infusion, and administration of antifibrinolytics were reviewed. Adverse outcomes were defined as acute bleeding (<48 hours), delayed bleeding (≥48 hours), transfusion, inhibitor development, and thrombosis. We identified 59 patients with HA and HB. In all, 24 patients had severe hemophilia and 12 had mild/moderate hemophilia. Twelve patients had inhibitors. There were also 5 female carriers of HA and 6 patients with VWD. There were 34 major surgeries (26 orthopedic, 8 nonorthopedic) and 129 minor surgeries. Continuous infusion was used in 55.9% of major surgeries versus 8.5% of minor surgeries. Antifibrinolytics were administered in 14.7% of major surgeries versus 23.2% of minor surgeries. In all, 4 patients developed acute bleeding and 10 patients developed delayed bleeding. Delayed bleeding occurred in 28.6% of genitourinary procedures and in 16.1% of dental procedures. Five patients acquired an inhibitor and 2 had thrombosis. In conclusion, patients with HA, HB, or VWD had similar rates of adverse outcomes when undergoing minor surgeries or major surgeries. This finding underscores the importance of an interdisciplinary management and procedure-specific guidelines for patients with hemophilia and VWD prior to even minor invasive procedures.

  8. A novel role for von Willebrand factor in the pathogenesis of experimental cerebral malaria.

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    O'Regan, Niamh; Gegenbauer, Kristina; O'Sullivan, Jamie M; Maleki, Sanaz; Brophy, Teresa M; Dalton, Niall; Chion, Alain; Fallon, Padraic G; Grau, Georges E; Budde, Ulrich; Smith, Owen P; Craig, Alister G; Preston, Roger J S; O'Donnell, James S

    2016-03-03

    Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection is associated with an early marked increase in plasma von Willebrand factor (VWF) levels, together with a pathological accumulation of hyperreactive ultra-large VWF (UL-VWF) multimers. Given the established critical role of platelets in malaria pathogenesis, these increases in plasma VWF raise the intriguing possibility that VWF may play a direct role in modulating malaria pathogenesis. To address this hypothesis, we used an established murine model of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM), in which wild-type (WT) C57BL/6J mice were infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA. In keeping with findings in children with P falciparum malaria, acute endothelial cell activation was an early and consistent feature in the murine model of cerebral malaria (CM), resulting in significantly increased plasma VWF levels. Despite the fact that murine plasma ADAMTS13 levels were not significantly reduced, pathological UL-VWF multimers were also observed in murine plasma following P berghei infection. To determine whether VWF plays a role in modulating the pathogenesis of CM in vivo, we further investigated P berghei infection in VWF(-/-) C57BL/6J mice. Clinical ECM progression was delayed, and overall survival was significantly prolonged in VWF(-/-) mice compared with WT controls. Despite this protection against ECM, no significant differences in platelet counts or blood parasitemia levels were observed between VWF(-/-) and WT mice. Interestingly, however, the degree of ECM-associated enhanced blood-brain barrier permeability was significantly attenuated in VWF(-/-) mice compared with WT controls. Given the significant morbidity and mortality associated with CM, these novel data may have direct translational significance. © 2016 by The American Society of Hematology.

  9. Plasma ADAMTS13 activity and von Willebrand factor antigen and activity in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage.

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    Kumar, Monisha; Cao, Wenjing; McDaniel, Jenny K; Pham, Huy P; Raju, Dheeraj; Nawalinski, Kelsey; Frangos, Suzanne; Kung, David; Zager, Eric; Kasner, Scott E; Levine, Joshua M; Zheng, X Long

    2017-01-19

    Increased von Willebrand factor (VWF) and reduced ADAMTS13 activity are associated with arterial thrombosis. This may also be the culprit mechanism implicated in delayed cerebral ischaemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). It was our objective to determine plasma VWF and ADAMTS13 in patients with SAH and healthy subjects; and to explore the levels of those markers and outcome after SAH. Forty consecutive patients were enrolled between September 2007 and April 2014 in a pilot study. Plasma samples were collected from SAH patients on post-bleed day (PBD) 0, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and healthy controls. VWF antigen (VWFAg) and VWF activity (VWFAc) were determined by enzyme-linked immunoassay and collagen binding assay, respectively. ADAMTS13 activity was determined by the cleavage of a fluorescent substrate. Univariate descriptive statistics and cluster analyses were performed based on outcomes in the group with SAH only. Mean age of SAH patients was 52.4 years (26-84 years) and 30 (75 %) were women. 12/40 (30 %) had a high Hunt and Hess grade (IV-V) and 25 (62.5 %) were treated with coil embolisation. Plasma VWFAg and VWFAc were significantly higher in SAH patients than those in healthy subjects on each PBD (p<0.0001). Concurrently, plasma ADAMTS13 activity in SAH patients was significantly lower than that in healthy subjects (p<0.0001). Among those with SAH, cluster analysis demonstrated that patients with higher VWFAg and VWFAc and/or lower ADAMTS13 activity might be at risk of increased mortality. In conclusion, the relative deficiency of plasma ADAMTS13 activity in SAH patients may associate with worse outcome.

  10. Two Cys residues essential for von Willebrand factor multimer assembly in the Golgi.

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    Purvis, Angie R; Gross, Julia; Dang, Luke T; Huang, Ren-Huai; Kapadia, Milan; Townsend, R Reid; Sadler, J Evan

    2007-10-02

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) dimerizes through C-terminal CK domains, and VWF dimers assemble into multimers in the Golgi by forming intersubunit disulfide bonds between D3 domains. This unusual oxidoreductase reaction requires the VWF propeptide (domains D1D2), which acts as an endogenous pH-dependent chaperone. The cysteines involved in multimer assembly were characterized by using a VWF construct that encodes the N-terminal D1D2D'D3 domains. Modification with thiol-specific reagents demonstrated that secreted D'D3 monomer contained reduced Cys, whereas D'D3 dimer and propeptide did not. Reduced Cys in the D'D3 monomer were alkylated with N-ethylmaleimide and analyzed by mass spectrometry. All 52 Cys within the D'D3 region were observed, and only Cys(1099) and Cys(1142) were modified by N-ethylmaleimide. When introduced into the D1D2D'D3 construct, the mutation C1099A or C1142A markedly impaired the formation of D'D3 dimers, and the double mutation prevented dimerization. In full-length VWF, the mutations C1099A and C1099A/C1142A prevented multimer assembly; the mutation C1142A allowed the formation of almost exclusively dimers, with few tetramers and no multimers larger than hexamers. Therefore, Cys(1099) and Cys(1142) are essential for the oxidoreductase mechanism of VWF multimerization. Cys(1142) is reported to form a Cys(1142)-Cys(1142) intersubunit bond, suggesting that Cys(1099) also participates in a Cys(1099)-Cys(1099) disulfide bond between D3 domains. This arrangement of intersubunit disulfide bonds implies that the dimeric N-terminal D'D3 domains of VWF subunits align in a parallel orientation within VWF multimers.

  11. ADAMTS13 content in plasma-derived factor VIII/von Willebrand factor concentrates.

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    Peyvandi, Flora; Mannucci, Pier M; Valsecchi, Carla; Pontiggia, Silvia; Farina, Claudio; Retzios, Anastassios D

    2013-10-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a microangiopathy syndrome caused by a congenital or acquired deficiency of ADAMTS13, a plasma metalloprotease that cleaves von Willebrand factor (VWF) and thus prevents the formation of platelet-rich thrombi in the microcirculation. TTP can be fatal if not appropriately and timely treated with the infusion of fresh frozen plasma (FFP) or exchange plasmapheresis, that reverse the process of microangiopathy by removing anti-ADAMTS13 autoantibodies and replacing functional ADAMTS13. The treatment of TTP with FFP is not free from risks and must be administered in hospitals or clinics, owing to the substantial amount of plasma volume infused or exchanged and the frequent need of catheter application. Moreover, most FFPs are not subjected to treatments to remove or inactivate blood-borne infectious agents. A number of recent reports indicate that certain plasma-derived VWF-factor VIII (FVIII) concentrates are clinically effective in the treatment of congenital TTP. In this study, we measured ADAMTS13 levels in various plasma-derived VWF-FVIII concentrates, showing that Koate(®) -DVI (Grifols), contained relatively high amounts of ADAMTS13 and that Alphanate(®) (Grifols) was the closest other product in terms of protease content. Koate(®) -DVI contains, on average (five lots tested), 0.091 ± 0.007 Units of ADAMTS13 activity per IU of FVIII. On the basis of this analysis and other reports of VWF-FVIII concentrate utilization in congenital TTP, potential dosing, and future clinical developments are discussed.

  12. Recessive von Willebrand disease type 2 Normandy: variable expression of mild hemophilia and VWD type 1.

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    Michiels, Jan Jacques; Gadisseur, Alain; Vangenegten, Inge; Schroyens, Wilfried; Berneman, Zwi

    2009-01-01

    Missense mutations in the von Willebrand factor (VWF) gene impairing the binding to factor VIII (FVIII) do not impair the structure of VWF multimers nor the ability of VWF to aggregate platelets but causes an accelerated clearance of FVIII. Recessive VWD type Normandy (N) encompasses all patients with a deficiency in FVIII:coagulant activity (C) caused by a markedly decreased affinity of VWF for FVIII:C due to a FVIII binding defect in VWF but with normal or near normal VWF:antigen (Ag), VWF:ristocetin cofactor activity (RCo) and VWF:collagen binding (CB) levels, normal VWF:RCo/VWF:Ag ratio, normal VWF multimeric pattern and normal VWF-dependent platelet functions including ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation and bleeding time (BT) consistent with VWD type 1. The response to 1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP) of VWF parameters is usually normal, but the degree of restricted response curves to DDAVP of FVIII:C depends on the severity of the FVIII binding defect to the mutated VWF. The homozygous mutations R816W and R854W are typically associated with severe and mild VWD 1/N, respectively. Homozygous or heterozygous/null mutations of C788, D879N or C1225G do not only dramatically decrease FVIII binding, but also induce a multimerization and secretion defect with a decrease in the large VWF multimers, lack of triplet structure and prolonged BT consistent with severe VWD 2E/N. The missense mutations Y795C and R763G either heterozygous or as a component of recessive VWD (double heterozygous) are responsible for the FVIII binding defect (VWD 1/N) and abnormal banding of VWF multimers leading to the presence of a smeary pattern with the presence of ultralarge VWF multimers. Copyright (c) 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  13. Correlation between von Willebrand factor levels and early graft function in clinical liver transplantation.

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    Basile, J; Busuttil, A; Sheiner, P A; Emre, S; Guy, S; Schwartz, M E; Boros, P; Miller, C M

    1999-02-01

    Cold preservation/reperfusion leads to sinusoidal endothelial cell (SEC) activation and damage in nearly every liver transplantation; the extent of these changes influences early graft function. Upon reperfusion, activated SEC show increased expression of adhesion molecules, including von Willebrand factor (vWF) which is released into the circulation. This study was designed to evaluate the levels of vWF measured in the caval effluent and correlate these findings with known markers of SEC damage and early graft function. Data were obtained from 35 patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation (LTx). Two samples were taken from each patient for measurement of vWF: a) from the portal vein immediately prior to reperfusion; and b) from the first 50 ml of the caval effluent. Commercial assays were used to measure vWF, as well as hyaluronic acid (HA), thrombomodulin (TM), IL-1 beta, IL-6, IL-8 and TNF-alpha. Patients were divided into two groups based on early graft function. Poor early graft function (PEGF) was defined as a peak aspartate transaminase (AST) or alanine transaminase (ALT) level > 2500 U/L during the first three postoperative days (POD) and a prothrombin time (PT) > 16 s on POD 2 (n = 8). The remaining 27 patients had good early graft function (GEGF). In patients with GEGF, vWF levels dropped significantly between the two time points. This change was not observed in those with PEGF. A positive linear correlation was observed in the PEGF group between vWF and HA and IL-6. The different pattern of change in vWF between the two groups, as well as the positive correlation between HA, IL-6 and vWF in PEGF, suggest that vWF may be a useful marker of early graft function.

  14. Secretion of von Willebrand factor by endothelial cells links sodium to hypercoagulability and thrombosis.

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    Dmitrieva, Natalia I; Burg, Maurice B

    2014-04-29

    Hypercoagulability increases risk of thrombi that cause cardiovascular events. Here we identify plasma sodium concentration as a factor that modulates blood coagulability by affecting the production of von Willebrand factor (vWF), a key initiator of the clotting cascade. We find that elevation of salt over a range from the lower end of what is normal in blood to the level of severe hypernatremia reversibly increases vWF mRNA in endothelial cells in culture and the rate of vWF secretion from them. The high NaCl increases expression of tonicity-regulated transcription factor NFAT5 and its binding to promoter of vWF gene, suggesting involvement of hypertonic signaling in vWF up-regulation. To elevate NaCl in vivo, we modeled mild dehydration, subjecting mice to water restriction (WR) by feeding them with gel food containing 30% water. Such WR elevates blood sodium from 145.1 ± 0.5 to 150.2 ± 1.3 mmol/L and activates hypertonic signaling, evidenced from increased expression of NFAT5 in tissues. WR increases vWF mRNA in liver and lung and raises vWF protein in blood. Immunostaining of liver revealed increased production of vWF protein by endothelium and increased number of microthrombi inside capillaries. WR also increases blood level of D-dimer, indicative of ongoing coagulation and thrombolysis. Multivariate regression analysis of clinical data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study demonstrated that serum sodium significantly contributes to prediction of plasma vWF and risk of stroke. The results indicate that elevation of extracellular sodium within the physiological range raises vWF sufficiently to increase coagulability and risk of thrombosis.

  15. Plasmatic ADAMTS-13 metalloprotease and von Willebrand factor in children with cyanotic congenital heart disease

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    Soares, R.P.S.; Bydlowski, S.P.; Nascimento, N.M.; Thomaz, A.M.; Bastos, E.N.M.; Lopes, A.A.

    2013-01-01

    Changes in plasma von Willebrand factor concentration (VWF:Ag) and ADAMTS-13 activity (the metalloprotease that cleaves VWF physiologically) have been reported in several cardiovascular disorders with prognostic implications. We therefore determined the level of these proteins in the plasma of children with cyanotic congenital heart disease (CCHD) undergoing surgical treatment. Forty-eight children were enrolled (age 0.83 to 7.58 years). Measurements were performed at baseline and 48 h after surgery. ELISA, collagen-binding assays and Western blotting were used to estimate antigenic and biological activities, and proteolysis of VWF multimers. Preoperatively, VWF:Ag and ADAMTS-13 activity were decreased (65 and 71% of normal levels considered as 113 (105-129) U/dL and 91 ± 24% respectively, P < 0.003) and correlated (r = 0.39, P = 0.0064). High molecular weight VWF multimers were not related, suggesting an interaction of VWF with cell membranes, followed by proteolytic cleavage. A low preoperative ADAMTS-13 activity, a longer activated partial thromboplastin time and the need for cardiopulmonary bypass correlated with postoperative bleeding (P < 0.05). Postoperatively, ADAMTS-13 activity increased but less extensively than VWF:Ag (respectively, 2.23 and 2.83 times baseline, P < 0.0001), resulting in an increased VWF:Ag/ADAMTS-13 activity ratio (1.20 to 1.54, respectively, pre- and postoperative median values, P = 0.0029). ADAMTS-13 consumption was further confirmed by decreased ADAMTS-13 antigenic concentration (0.91 ± 0.30 to 0.70 ± 0.25 µg/mL, P < 0.0001) and persistent proteolysis of VWF multimers. We conclude that, in pediatric CCHD, changes in circulating ADAMTS-13 suggest enzyme consumption, associated with abnormal structure and function of VWF. PMID:23558858

  16. Von Willebrand factor as marker of vascular function in South African women: the POWIRS Study.

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    Schutte, Rudolph; Schutte, Aletta E; Van Rooyen, Johannes M; Huisman, Hugo W; Palmer, Iolanthé M; Fourie, Carla M; Péter, Szabolcs; Malan, Leoné; Malan, Nicolaas T; Reimann, Manja

    2008-12-01

    The increasing prevalence of hypertension and vascular-related morbidity and mortality among Africans emphasizes the need to identify markers for the early detection of vascular disease. Caucasian-based studies demonstrate that the von Willebrand factor (vWf) is a useful marker of vascular dysfunction. We investigated whether associations between this marker and markers of cardiovascular function in Caucasian women are comparable with African women. The study consisted of apparently healthy African (n = 99) and Caucasian (n = 114) women (mean age, 31.0 years), individually matched for age and body mass index. We measured blood pressure and arterial compliance noninvasively, and vWf in serum. We assessed univariate and multivariate-adjusted associations of blood pressure and arterial compliance with vWf. Although no ethnic difference existed for mean vWf levels, Caucasian and African women showed opposite associations of blood pressure and arterial compliance with vWf after single, partial, and multiple regression analyses. In Caucasians, after full adjustment, systolic (beta = +0.179; P < 0.05) and diastolic (beta = +0.190; P < 0.05) blood pressure correlated positively and arterial compliance negatively (beta = -0.197; P < 0.01) with vWf. Conversely, in Africans, systolic blood pressure correlated weakly, but negatively (beta = -0.168; P = 0.059) with vWf. However, this opposite tendency seemed due to the confounding influence of the depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) contraceptive injection and, although >99% power existed, significance disappeared after excluding these subjects (beta = -0.071; P = 0.46). Associations of vWf with blood pressure and arterial compliance were not comparable between Caucasian and African women, suggesting that the vWf may not be a useful marker of vascular alterations in African women.

  17. Collagen-bound von Willebrand factor has reduced affinity for factor VIII.

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    Bendetowicz, A V; Wise, R J; Gilbert, G E

    1999-04-30

    von Willebrand factor (vWf) is a multimeric adhesive glycoprotein that serves as a carrier for factor VIII in plasma. Although each vWf subunit displays a high affinity binding site for factor VIII in vitro, in plasma, only 2% of the vWf sites for factor VIII are occupied. We investigated whether interaction of plasma proteins with vWf or adhesion of vWf to collagen may alter the affinity or availability of factor VIII-binding sites on vWf. When vWf was immobilized on agarose-linked monoclonal antibody, factor VIII bound to vWf with high affinity, and neither the affinity nor binding site availability was influenced by the presence of 50% plasma. Therefore, plasma proteins do not alter the affinity or availability of factor VIII-binding sites. In contrast, when vWf was immobilized on agarose-linked collagen, its affinity for factor VIII was reduced 4-fold, with KD increasing from 0.9 to 3.8 nM. However, one factor VIII-binding site remained available on each vWf subunit. A comparable reduction in affinity for factor VIII was observed when vWf was a constituent of the subendothelial cell matrix and when it was bound to purified type VI collagen. In parallel with the decreased affinity for factor VIII, collagen-bound vWf displayed a 6-fold lower affinity for monoclonal antibody W5-6A, with an epitope composed of residues 78-96 within the factor VIII-binding motif of vWf. We conclude that collagen induces a conformational change within the factor VIII-binding motif of vWf that lowers the affinity for factor VIII.

  18. Plasma ADAMTS13 activity and von Willebrand Factor Antigen and Activity In Patients with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

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    Kumar, Monisha; Cao, Wenjing; McDaniel, Jenny K.; Pham, Huy P.; Raju, Dheeraj; Nawalinski, Kelsey; Frangos, Suzanne; Kung, David; Zager, Eric E.; Kasner, Scott E.; Levine, Joshua M.; Zheng, X. Long

    2017-01-01

    Summary Background Increased von Willebrand factor (VWF) and reduced ADAMTS13 activity are associated with arterial thrombosis. This may also be the culprit mechanism implicated in delayed cerebral ischemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Objective To determine plasma VWF and ADAMTS13 in patients with SAH and healthy subjects; and to explore the levels of those markers and outcome after SAH. Methods 40 consecutive patients were enrolled between September 2007 and April 2014 in a pilot study. Plasma samples were collected from SAH patients on post-bleed day (PBD) 0, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and healthy controls. VWF antigen (VWFAg) and VWF activity (VWFAc) were determined by enzyme-linked immunoassay and collagen binding assay, respectively. ADAMTS13 activity was determined by the cleavage of a fluorescent substrate. Univariate descriptive statistics and cluster analyses were performed based on outcomes in the group with SAH only. Results Mean age of SAH patients was 52.4 years (26–84 years) and 30 (75%) were women. 12/40 (30%) had a high Hunt and Hess grade (IV–V) and 25 (62.5%) were treated with coil embolization. Plasma VWFAg and VWFAc were significantly higher in SAH patients than those in healthy subjects on each PBD (p<0.0001). Concurrently, plasma ADAMTS13 activity in SAH patients was significantly lower than that in healthy subjects (p<0.0001). Among those with SAH, cluster analysis demonstrated that patients with higher VWFAg and VWFAc and/or lower ADAMTS13 activity might be at risk of increased mortality. Conclusions The relative deficiency of plasma ADAMTS13 activity in SAH patients may associate with worse outcome. PMID:28102428

  19. The impact of von Willebrand factor on factor VIII memory immune responses.

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    Chen, Juan; Schroeder, Jocelyn A; Luo, Xiaofeng; Shi, Qizhen

    2017-08-22

    Immune tolerance induction (ITI) with aggressive infusion of factor VIII (FVIII) is the current strategy used to eradicate FVIII inhibitors and restore normal FVIII pharmacokinetics in inhibitor patients. Whether the use of FVIII products containing von Willebrand factor (VWF) will affect the efficacy of ITI is still controversial. In this study, we explored the impact of VWF on FVIII memory immune responses in hemophilia A (HA) mice. A T-cell proliferation assay and cytokine profile analysis were used to study FVIII-primed CD4(+) T cells. When CD4(+) T cells from primed FVIII(null) mice were restimulated with recombinant human FVIII (rhF8) plus recombinant human VWF (rhVWF) in vitro, the percentages of daughter CD4(+) T cells were significantly decreased compared with the groups cultured with rhF8 only. Levels of interferon-γ and interleukin 10 were significantly lower in the rhF8 plus rhVWF groups than in the rhF8 groups. When memory B-cell pools from primed FVIII(null) mice were cultured with rhF8 with or without rhVWF to induce differentiation of memory B cells into antibody-secreting cells (ASCs), the number of ASCs was significantly lower in the rhF8 plus VWF group than in the rhF8 group. When memory B-cell pools were transferred into NSGF8KO mice followed by rhF8 immunization with or without rhVWF, the titers of anti-F8 inhibitors and total immunoglobulin G were significantly higher in the rhF8 group than in the rhF8 plus rhVWF group, with an average difference of 2.23- and 2.04-fold. Together, our data demonstrate that VWF attenuates FVIII memory immune responses in HA mice.

  20. Impact of diagnosis of von Willebrand disease on patient outcomes: Analysis of medical insurance claims data.

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    Sidonio, R F; Haley, K M; Fallaize, D

    2017-06-21

    The inherited bleeding disorder von Willebrand disease (VWD) is challenging to diagnose owing to disease heterogeneity, lack of a definitive laboratory test and variations in diagnostic criteria. We evaluated the impact of diagnosis and diagnostic delay on patient outcomes. The PharMetrics Plus Database was interrogated for medical claims for VWD (ICD-9 286.4) and bleeding events between 1 January 2006 and 30 June 2015. Longitudinal analysis was performed of patients newly diagnosed with VWD (≥9 months' continuous enrolment before first VWD claim) through 24 months following diagnosis. In total, 32 028 diagnosed, including 18 182 newly diagnosed, patients were identified. Most patients (72%) were female. Prediagnosis, bleeding symptoms were most commonly managed by a hospitalist/emergency room physician. Misrecognition of VWD was common, with 25% of patients visiting the same specialist type at least twice for an episodic bleed before diagnosis. Thirty-seven percentage of patients had no diagnostic laboratory test within 24 months of their initial diagnostic claim. Bleed claims reduced following diagnosis: 41% and 26% of female and male patients, respectively, had claims in the year prediagnosis, falling to 21% and 9% of patients at 1-2 years postdiagnosis. The proportion of patients with multiple bleed claims also decreased, from 17% to 6% (females) and 7% to 3% (males). Serially misrecognized patients continued to have more bleeding episodes than other patients, although bleed frequency was lower than before diagnosis. There is a need for improved patient management from bleeding presentation onward to reduce the time to VWD diagnosis and to enhance patient outcomes. © 2017 The Authors. Haemophilia Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Variable bleeding phenotype in an Amish pedigree with von Willebrand disease.

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    Gupta, Sweta; Heiman, Meadow; Duncan, Natalie; Hinckley, Jesse; Di Paola, Jorge; Shapiro, Amy D

    2016-10-01

    Through a cross-sectional study design, the bleeding phenotype in the Amish in Indiana (IN) and Wisconsin (WI) was described using two different bleeding scores. von Willebrand factor (VWF) testing was performed and bleeding questionnaires from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and European MCMDM-1 (Tosetto bleeding score (BS)) were administered to the IN and WI cohort respectively. Seven hundred and seventy nine subjects were recruited, 17% were diagnosed with VWD based on Ristocetin cofactor, VWF:RCo < 30 IU/dl. Majority of the affected (AF), 67%, were tested and had a common mutation c.4120 C > T. The WI AF were much younger at a mean age 15 years vs 26 years in IN AF cohort. The AF subjects had a median VWF:RCo of 13IU/dl with a statistically significant higher median BS 1 versus 0 in the WI AF vs WI Unaffected (UA), 2 vs 1 in the IN AF vs IN UA, P < 0.01. Adults had a higher median BS compared to children in the WI and IN cohort, 2 vs 1 and 3 vs 1 respectively (P < 0.05) but there was no statistically significant difference in the BS between males and females in either cohort. The common symptoms reported were epistaxis and gingival oozing. BS ≥ 3 and BS ≥ 4 were observed in 46% of AF IN and 16.6% of AF WI, respectively. There was significant variability in the bleeding phenotype, with an overall low BS in the affected Amish with VWD, despite a unifying mutation. Am. J. Hematol. 91:E431-E435, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Redistribution of von Willebrand factor in porcine carotid arteries after balloon angioplasty.

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    Giddings, J C; Banning, A P; Ralis, H; Lewis, M J

    1997-10-01

    von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a well-characterized multimeric glycoprotein present in platelets and plasma and synthesized by vascular endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. Its role in platelet-vessel wall interactions has been studied extensively, but its involvement in intravascular events after balloon angioplasty has not been clarified. VWF antigen is not present in porcine arterial endothelium (except for the pulmonary artery) but is readily detected in porcine venous endothelial cells. We have examined the localization of VWF in porcine vessel walls during neointima formation after bilateral carotid balloon-angioplasty. Endothelium was denuded by balloon injury but regenerated by 7 days and was fully confluent by 42 days. VWF was detected at the site of injury in localized, adherent platelet aggregates at 10 minutes after angioplasty that were not present at later time points. A well-demarcated homogeneous layer of VWF was observed on the luminal surface from 30 minutes to day 7, but there was a progressive shift of positive staining from the lumen to the outer media from days 1 to 7. VWF was also strongly detected at sites proximal and distal to the balloon injury from 30 minutes to day 7, although endothelial disruption was minimal and the monolayer remained substantially intact at these sites. Regrowing endothelial cells appeared to contain granular VWF from days 12 to 21, but this was not readily evident at later time points. The results suggest that balloon injury is associated with deposition and medial absorption of plasma or platelet VWF in this porcine model over a time period that precedes and overlaps vascular smooth muscle proliferation and endothelial recoverage. The findings provide evidence to support the concept of a wider role for VWF in tissue injury responses.

  3. Gray platelet syndrome: immunoelectron microscopic localization of fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor in platelets and megakaryocytes.

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    Cramer, E M; Vainchenker, W; Vinci, G; Guichard, J; Breton-Gorius, J

    1985-12-01

    An immunogold method was used for investigating the subcellular localization of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and fibrinogen (Fg) in platelets and cultured megakaryocytes from normal subjects and from three patients with the gray platelet syndrome (GPS), a rare congenital disorder characterized by the absence of alpha-granules. In normal platelets at rest, vWF was detected exclusively in alpha-granules, with a characteristic distribution: gold particles were localized at one pole of each labeled granule, outlining the inner face of its membrane. vWF was distributed similarly in the alpha-granules of megakaryocytes at day 12 of culture, where it was also found in small vesicles near the Golgi complex. In contrast, Fg was observed in the whole matrix of all platelet alpha-granules but not in the nucleoids. In platelets from three patients with GPS, vWF and Fg were distributed homogeneously in the rare normal alpha-granules, which could be recognized by their size, and also in small granules identified as abnormal alpha-granules, which were similar in size to the small, possibly immature granules present in normal megakaryocytes. In addition, in some unstimulated platelets, Fg labeling was associated with dense material in the lumen of the surface-connected canalicular system (SCCS). At day 12 of culture, megakaryocytes from the patients with GPS contained some small alpha-granules labeled for Fg and vWF identical to those found in mature platelets. The majority of alpha-granules of normal size appeared partially or completely empty. Thus, we conclude that vWF is distributed differently from Fg in normal alpha-granules, and that unstimulated platelets from patients with GPS contain Fg and vWF in a population of small granules identifiable as abnormal alpha-granules only by immunoelectron microscopy. In addition, the presence of Fg in the SCCS of gray platelets suggests a spontaneous release of the alpha-granule content.

  4. Uncoordinated expression of fibrinogen compared with thrombospondin and von Willebrand factor in maturing human megakaryocytes.

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    Cramer, E M; Debili, N; Martin, J F; Gladwin, A M; Breton-Gorius, J; Harrison, P; Savidge, G F; Vainchenker, W

    1989-04-01

    The localization of three known alpha-granule proteins, thrombospondin (TSP), von Willebrand factor (vWF), and fibrinogen (Fg) has been studied in human megakaryocytes (MK) by immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopy. For this study, highly purified populations of MK were prepared from human bone marrow either by counterflow centrifugal elutriation or by cell culture from normal subjects and from two patients with megakaryoblastic leukemia. In normal bone marrow immature MK, TSP, and vWF were observed in the Golgi-associated vesicles and in small immature alpha-granules; in mature MK, they were found in the matrix of the mature large alpha-granules. Surprisingly, Fg was detected neither in the Golgi area, nor in the small precursors of alpha-granules; it was only found in the mature alpha-granules but this labeling was generally weaker than in blood platelets. In order to confirm these differences between the expression of Fg and vWF or TSP additional studies were performed on cultured maturing MK: immunofluorescent and ultrastructural immunogold labeling confirmed that vWF appeared early in the maturation while the same immature MK were negative for Fg. In the late maturation stage, the three proteins were detected in the alpha-granules. In order to know whether Fg was lately synthesized or endocytosed from the outside medium, normal MK were grown in the presence of either normal or afibrinogenemic plasma, and normal serum. Fg was detected only in the alpha-granules of MK grown in normal plasma. Similar results were observed with malignant MK, whose maturation was independent of the culture conditions. In conclusion, this study brings immunocytochemical evidence that vWF and TSP are synthesized by immature MK, whereas Fg appears later in the MK alpha-granules and its expression is dependent of the presence of an exogenous Fg source.

  5. The oxidative modification of von Willebrand factor is associated with thrombotic angiopathies in diabetes mellitus.

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    Oggianu, Laura; Lancellotti, Stefano; Pitocco, Dario; Zaccardi, Francesco; Rizzo, Paola; Martini, Francesca; Ghirlanda, Giovanni; De Cristofaro, Raimondo

    2013-01-01

    The thrombogenic activity of Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is proportional to its molecular size and inversely related to its proteolysis by ADAMTS-13. Oxidation of VWF severely impairs its proteolysis by the metalloprotease. This study was aimed at assessing in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes whether protein carbonyls, marker of oxidative stress, are associated with both the level and oxidation status of VWF as well as with micro- and macroangiopathic complications. Eighty-three diabetic patients (41 type 1 and 42 type 2 diabetic subjects) and their respective eighty-three healthy controls were studied after verifying the availability, through institutional databases, of clinical biochemistry records spanning at least 3 years. VWF and protein carbonyls were measured by immunoassays, whereas VWF multimers were studied by SDS-agarose gel electrophoresis. Type 2 diabetic subjects had higher levels of VWF antigen (VWF:ag), VWF activity (VWF:act) and plasma proteins' carbonyls compared to both their controls and type 1 diabetic subjects. Moreover, high molecular weight VWF multimers and specific VWF-bound carbonyls were significantly increased in subjects with micro- and macro-angiopathic complications. In both type 1 and type 2 diabetic subjects, ADAMTS-13 activity was in the normal range. In a multivariable analysis, only VWF-bound carbonyls were significantly associated with any form of thrombotic angiopathy in the entire group of T1- and T2 diabetic patients. These data provide first evidence that not only high VWF levels but also its oxidation status and the presence of high molecular weight VWF multimers that are not observed in SDS-agarose gel electrophoresis of normal subjects are associated with thrombotic angiopathies in diabetes mellitus. These findings may help identify diabetic patients particularly at risk for these complications and elucidate a new pathophysiological mechanism of thrombotic angiopathies in this clinical setting.

  6. The Oxidative Modification of Von Willebrand Factor Is Associated with Thrombotic Angiopathies in Diabetes Mellitus

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    Pitocco, Dario; Zaccardi, Francesco; Rizzo, Paola; Martini, Francesca; Ghirlanda, Giovanni; De Cristofaro, Raimondo

    2013-01-01

    The thrombogenic activity of Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is proportional to its molecular size and inversely related to its proteolysis by ADAMTS-13. Oxidation of VWF severely impairs its proteolysis by the metalloprotease. This study was aimed at assessing in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes whether protein carbonyls, marker of oxidative stress, are associated with both the level and oxidation status of VWF as well as with micro- and macroangiopathic complications. Eighty-three diabetic patients (41 type 1 and 42 type 2 diabetic subjects) and their respective eighty-three healthy controls were studied after verifying the availability, through institutional databases, of clinical biochemistry records spanning at least 3 years. VWF and protein carbonyls were measured by immunoassays, whereas VWF multimers were studied by SDS-agarose gel electrophoresis. Type 2 diabetic subjects had higher levels of VWF antigen (VWF:ag), VWF activity (VWF:act) and plasma proteins’ carbonyls compared to both their controls and type 1 diabetic subjects. Moreover, high molecular weight VWF multimers and specific VWF-bound carbonyls were significantly increased in subjects with micro- and macro-angiopathic complications. In both type 1 and type 2 diabetic subjects, ADAMTS-13 activity was in the normal range. In a multivariable analysis, only VWF-bound carbonyls were significantly associated with any form of thrombotic angiopathy in the entire group of T1- and T2 diabetic patients. These data provide first evidence that not only high VWF levels but also its oxidation status and the presence of high molecular weight VWF multimers that are not observed in SDS-agarose gel electrophoresis of normal subjects are associated with thrombotic angiopathies in diabetes mellitus. These findings may help identify diabetic patients particularly at risk for these complications and elucidate a new pathophysiological mechanism of thrombotic angiopathies in this clinical setting. PMID:23383177

  7. Plasma von Willebrand factor level is transiently elevated in a rat model of acute myocardial infarction.

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    Li, Yan; Li, Liqun; Dong, Fengyun; Guo, Ling; Hou, Yinglong; Hu, Hesheng; Yan, Suhua; Zhou, Xiaojun; Liao, Lin; Allen, Thaddeus D; Liu, J U

    2015-11-01

    The von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a plasma glycoprotein that plays an essential role in hemostasis by supporting platelet adhesion and thrombus formation in response to vascular injury. Plasma levels of vWF are an independent risk factor for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI); however, clinical data have demonstrated a marked variation of vWF levels in patients with AMI, the reason for which has not yet been identified. In the present study, a rat model of ST-segment elevation AMI was established, and cardiac and peripheral blood was collected for a time-course examination of the plasma levels of vWF and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). The level of vWF in the blood plasma increased, peaked at 1 h and decreased to normal levels by day 7 following AMI, while the level of TNF-α peaked at 24 h and remained elevated until day 7. The effects of TNF-α on vWF secretion and expression were examined in cultured human umbilical vascular endothelial cells (HUVECs). TNF-α treatment increased vWF secretion from the HUVECs but inhibited the mRNA and protein expression of vWF in the HUVECs. These results indicate that vWF secretion from endothelial cells is transiently elevated following AMI, and then decreases as the expression of vWF is inhibited by TNF-α. The present study increases the understanding of the pathophysiology of vWF and indicates that the determination of vWF levels may be useful in the clinical evaluation of AMI.

  8. Determinants of bleeding phenotype in adult patients with moderate or severe von Willebrand disease.

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    de Wee, Eva M; Sanders, Yvonne V; Mauser-Bunschoten, Eveline P; van der Bom, Johanna G; Degenaar-Dujardin, Manon E L; Eikenboom, Jeroen; de Goede-Bolder, Arja; Laros-van Gorkom, Britta A P; Meijer, Karina; Hamulyák, Karly; Nijziel, Marten R; Fijnvandraat, Karin; Leebeek, Frank W G

    2012-10-01

    We performed a nation-wide cross-sectional study to evaluate determinants of bleeding symptoms in a large unselected cohort of adults with von Willebrand disease (VWD). VWD patients were included (n=664), based on lowest historically measured VWF:Ag and VWF:Act levels ≤30 U/dl. Menorrhagia (85%), cutaneous bleeding (77%), bleeding from minor wounds (77%) and oral-cavity bleeding (62%) occurred most frequently. Higher age was associated with a higher bleeding score (BS), determined according to Tosetto, in females. A 10 year increase in age was associated with 0.8 point (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.4-1.1) higher BS. Females had higher BS than males (median 12 vs. 10, p=0.012). BS differed significantly between VWD type 1, 2 and 3: median 9 (-2-31), 13 (-1-33) and 19.5 (1-35), respectively (p<0.001). BS was strongly associated with VWF and FVIII levels: individuals with VWF:Ag levels ≤10 IU/dl, VWF:Act ≤10 IU/dl and FVIII:C ≤10 IU/dl had, respectively, 5.3 point (95%CI 3.2-7.3), 4.3 point (95%CI 2.9-5.8) and 9.6 point (95%CI 6.5-12.7) higher BS, than those with levels >30 IU/dl. In type 3 patients 1 IU/dl FVIII:C decrease was associated with 0.6 point (95% CI 0.1-1.1) BS increase (p=0.021). In conclusion, in VWD patients the bleeding phenotype is strongly associated with type of VWD and VWF and FVIII levels.

  9. Chitosan scaffold enhances growth factor release in wound healing in von Willebrand disease

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    Periayah, Mercy Halleluyah; Halim, Ahmad Sukari; Saad, Arman Zaharil Mat; Yaacob, Nik Soriani; Hussein, Abdul Rahim; Karim, Faraizah Abdul; Rashid, Ahmad Hazri Abdul; Ujang, Zanariah

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan-derived biomaterials have been reported to adhere when in contact with blood by encouraging platelets to adhere, activate and aggregate at the sites of vascular injury, thus enhanced wound healing capacity. This study investigated platelet morphology changes and the expression level of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and platelet-derived growth factor-AB (PDGF-AB) in the adherence of two different types of chitosans in von Willebrand disease (vWD): N,O-carboxymethylchitosan (NO-CMC) and oligo-chitosan (O-C). Fourteen vWD voluntary subjects were recruited, and they provided written informed consent. Scanning electron microscopy and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test procedures were employed to achieve the objective of the study. The results suggest that the O-C group showed dramatic changes in the platelet’s behaviors. Platelets extended filopodia and generated lamellipodia, leading to the formation of grape-like shaped aggregation. The platelet aggregation occurred depending on the severity of vWD. O-C was bound to platelets on approximately 90% of the surface membrane in vWD type 1; there was 70% and 50% coverage in vWD type II and III, respectively. The O-C chitosan group showed an elevated expression level of TGF-β1 and PDGF-AB. This finding suggests that O-C stimulates these mediators from the activated platelets to the early stage of restoring the damaged cells and tissues. This study demonstrated that the greater expression level of O-C assists in mediating the cytokine complex networks of TGF-β1 and PDGF-AB and induces platelet activities towards wound healing in vWD. With a better understanding of chitosan’s mechanisms of action, researchers are able to accurately develop novel therapies to prevent hemorrhage. PMID:26629055

  10. Immunocytochemical distribution of WARP (von Willebrand A domain-related protein) in the inner ear

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    Duong, Trac; Lopez, Ivan A.; Ishiyama, Akira; Ishiyama, Gail

    2010-01-01

    The basic components of the epithelial, perineural and perivascular basement membranes in the inner ear have been well-documented in several animal models and in the human inner ear. The von Willebrand A domain-related protein (WARP) is an extracellular matrix molecule with restricted expression in cartilage, and a subset of basement membranes in peripheral nerves, muscle and central nervous system vasculature. It has been suggested that WARP have an important role in maintaining the blood-brain barrier. To date no studies on WARP distribution have been performed in the inner that is equipped with an intricate vasculature network. In the present study we determined the distribution of WARP by immunocytochemistry in the human inner ear using auditory and vestibular endorgans microdissected from human temporal bones obtained at autopsy. All subjects (n=5, ages 55-87 years old) had documented normal auditory and vestibular function. We also determined the WARP immunolocalization in the mouse inner ear. WARP-immunoreactivity localized to the vasculature throughout the stroma of the cristae ampullaris, the maculae utricle and saccule in the human and mouse. In the human and mouse inner ear, WARP-immunoreactivity delineated blood vessels located in the stria vascularis, spiral ligament, sub-basilar region, stromal tissue, and the spiral and vestibular ganglia. The distinct localization of WARP in the inner ear vasculature suggests an important role in maintaining its integrity. In addition, WARP allows delineation of microvessels in the inner ear allowing the study of vascular pathology in the development of otological diseases. PMID:20971096

  11. Functional self-association of von Willebrand factor during platelet adhesion under flow

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    Savage, Brian; Sixma, Jan J.; Ruggeri, Zaverio M.

    2002-01-01

    We have used recombinant wild-type human von Willebrand factor (VWF) and deletion mutants lacking the A1 and A3 domains, as well as specific function-blocking monoclonal antibodies, to demonstrate a functionally relevant self-association at the interface of soluble and surface-bound VWF. Platelets perfused at the wall shear rate of 1,500 s1 over immobilized VWF lacking A1 domain function failed to become tethered to the surface when they were in a plasma-free suspension with erythrocytes, but adhered promptly if soluble VWF with functional A1 domain was added to the cells. The same results were observed when VWF was immobilized onto collagen through its A3 domain and soluble VWF with deleted A3 domain was added to the cells. Thus, VWF bound to glass or collagen sustains a process of homotypic self-association with soluble VWF multimers that, as a result, can mediate platelet adhesion. The latter finding demonstrates that direct immobilization on a substrate is not a strict requirement for VWF binding to platelet glycoprotein Ib. The dynamic and reversible interaction of surface-bound and soluble VWF appears to be specifically homotypic, because immobilized BSA, human fibrinogen, and fibronectin cannot substitute for VWF in the process. Our findings highlight a newly recognized role of circulating VWF in the initiation of platelet adhesion. The self-assembly of VWF multimers on an injured vascular surface may provide a relevant contribution to the arrest of flowing platelets opposing hemodynamic forces, thus facilitating subsequent thrombus growth.

  12. Force-Sensitive Autoinhibition of the von Willebrand Factor Is Mediated by Interdomain Interactions

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    Aponte-Santamaría, Camilo; Huck, Volker; Posch, Sandra; Bronowska, Agnieszka K.; Grässle, Sandra; Brehm, Maria A.; Obser, Tobias; Schneppenheim, Reinhard; Hinterdorfer, Peter; Schneider, Stefan W.; Baldauf, Carsten; Gräter, Frauke

    2015-01-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) plays a central role in hemostasis. Triggered by shear-stress, it adheres to platelets at sites of vascular injury. Inactivation of VWF has been associated to the shielding of its adhesion sites and proteolytic cleavage. However, the molecular nature of this shielding and its coupling to cleavage under shear-forces in flowing blood remain unknown. In this study, we describe, to our knowledge, a new force-sensory mechanism for VWF-platelet binding, which addresses these questions, based on a combination of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and microfluidic experiments. Our MD simulations demonstrate that the VWF A2 domain targets a specific region at the VWF A1 domain, corresponding to the binding site of the platelet glycoprotein Ibα (GPIbα) receptor, thereby causing its blockage. This implies autoinhibition of the VWF for the binding of platelets mediated by the A1-A2 protein-protein interaction. During force-probe MD simulations, a stretching force dissociated the A1A2 complex, thereby unblocking the GPIbα binding site. Dissociation was found to be coupled to the unfolding of the A2 domain, with dissociation predominantly occurring before exposure of the cleavage site in A2, an observation that is supported by our AFM experiments. This suggests that the A2 domain prevents platelet binding in a force-dependent manner, ensuring that VWF initiates hemostasis before inactivation by proteolytic cleavage. Microfluidic experiments with an A2-deletion VWF mutant resulted in increased platelet binding, corroborating the key autoinhibitory role of the A2 domain within VWF multimers. Overall, autoinhibition of VWF mediated by force-dependent interdomain interactions offers the molecular basis for the shear-sensitive growth of VWF-platelet aggregates, and might be similarly involved in shear-induced VWF self-aggregation and other force-sensing functions in hemostasis. PMID:25954888

  13. Increased Von Willebrand factor, decreased ADAMTS13 and thrombocytopenia in melioidosis

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    Löwenberg, Ester C.; Meijers, Joost C. M.; Maude, Rapeephan R.; Day, Nicholas P. J.; Peacock, Sharon J.; van der Poll, Tom; Wiersinga, W. Joost

    2017-01-01

    Background Melioidosis, caused by bioterror treat agent Burkholderia pseudomallei, is an important cause of community-acquired Gram-negative sepsis in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. New insights into the pathogenesis of melioidosis may help improve treatment and decrease mortality rates from this dreadful disease. We hypothesized that changes in Von Willebrand factor (VWF) function should occur in melioidosis, based on the presence of endothelial stimulation by endotoxin, pro-inflammatory cytokines and thrombin in melioidosis, and investigated whether this impacted on outcome. Methods/Principal findings We recruited 52 controls and 34 culture-confirmed melioidosis patients at Sappasithiprasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. All subjects were diabetic. Platelet counts in melioidosis patients were lower compared to controls (p = 0.0001) and correlated with mortality (p = 0.02). VWF antigen levels were higher in patients (geometric mean, 478 U/dl) compared to controls (166 U/dL, p<0.0001). The high levels of VWF in melioidosis appeared to be due to increased endothelial stimulation (VWF propeptide levels were elevated, p<0.0001) and reduced clearance (ADAMTS13 reduction, p<0.0001). However, VWF antigen levels did not correlate with platelet counts implying that thrombocytopenia in acute melioidosis has an alternative cause. Conclusions/Significance Thrombocytopenia is a key feature of melioidosis and is correlated with mortality. Additionally, excess VWF and ADAMTS13 deficiency are features of acute melioidosis, but are not the primary drivers of thrombocytopenia in melioidosis. Further studies on the role of thrombocytopenia in B. pseudomallei infection are needed. PMID:28296884

  14. von Willebrand factor multimerization and the polarity of secretory pathways in endothelial cells

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    Lopes da Silva, Mafalda

    2016-01-01

    The von Willebrand factor (VWF) synthesized and secreted by endothelial cells is central to hemostasis and thrombosis, providing a multifunctional adhesive platform that brings together components needed for these processes. VWF secretion can occur from both apical and basolateral sides of endothelial cells, and from constitutive, basal, and regulated secretory pathways, the latter two via Weibel-Palade bodies (WPB). Although the amount and structure of VWF is crucial to its function, the extent of VWF release, multimerization, and polarity of the 3 secretory pathways have only been addressed separately, and with conflicting results. We set out to clarify these relationships using polarized human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) grown on Transwell membranes. We found that regulated secretion of ultra–large (UL)-molecular-weight VWF predominantly occurred apically, consistent with a role in localized platelet capture in the vessel lumen. We found that constitutive secretion of low-molecular-weight (LMW) VWF is targeted basolaterally, toward the subendothelial matrix, using the adaptor protein complex 1 (AP-1), where it may provide the bulk of collagen-bound subendothelial VWF. We also found that basally-secreted VWF is composed of UL-VWF, released continuously from WPBs in the absence of stimuli, and occurs predominantly apically, suggesting this could be the main source of circulating plasma VWF. Together, we provide a unified dataset reporting the amount and multimeric state of VWF secreted from the constitutive, basal, and regulated pathways in polarized HUVECs, and have established a new role for AP-1 in the basolateral constitutive secretion of VWF. PMID:27106123

  15. Allelic associations of two polymorphic microsatellites in intron 40 of the human von Willebrand factor gene

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    Pena, S.D.J.; De Souza, K.T. ); De Andrade, M.; Chakraborty, R. )

    1994-01-18

    At intron 40 of the von Willebrand factor (vWF) gene, two GATA-repeat polymorphic sites exist that are physically separated by 212 bp. At the first site (vWF1 locus), seven segregating repeat alleles were observed in a Brazilian Caucasian population, and at the second (vWF2 locus) there were eight alleles, detected through PCR amplifications of this DNA region. Haplotype analysis of individuals revealed 36 different haplotypes in a sample of 338 chromosomes examined. Allele frequencies between generations and gender at each locus were not significantly different, and the genotype frequencies were consistent with their Hardy-Weinberg expectations. Linkage disequilibrium between loci is highly significant with positive allele size association; that is, large alleles at the loci tend to occur together, and so do the same alleles. Variability at each locus appeared to have arisen in a stepwise fashion, suggesting replication slippage as a possible mechanism of production of new alleles. However, the authors observed an increased number of haplotypes, in contrast with the predictions of a stepwise production of variation in the entire region, suggesting some form of cooperative changes between loci that could be due to either gene conversion, or a common control mechanism of production of new variation at these repeat polymorphism sites. The high degree of polymorphism (gene diversity values of 72% and 78% at vWF1 and vWF2, respectively, and of 93% at the haplotype level) makes these markers informative for paternity testing, genetic counseling, and individual-identification purposes.

  16. Comparative analysis of von Willebrand factor profiles after implantation of left ventricular assist device and total artificial heart.

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    Reich, H J; Morgan, J; Arabia, F; Czer, L; Moriguchi, J; Ramzy, D; Esmailian, F; Lam, L; Dunhill, J; Volod, O

    2017-08-01

    Essentials Bleeding is a major source of morbidity during mechanical circulatory support. von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimer loss may contribute to bleeding. Different patterns of VWF multimer loss were seen with the two device types. This is the first report of total artificial heart associated VWF multimer loss. Background Bleeding remains a challenge during mechanical circulatory support and underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Functional von Willebrand factor (VWF) impairment because of loss of high-molecular-weight multimers (MWMs) produces acquired von Willebrand disease (VWD) after left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Little is known about VWF multimers with total artificial hearts (TAHs). Here, VWF profiles with LVADs and TAHs are compared using a VWD panel. Methods VWD evaluations for patients with LVAD or TAH (2013-14) were retrospectively analyzed and included: VWF activity (ristocetin cofactor, VWF:RCo), VWF antigen (VWF:Ag), ratio of VWF:RCo to VWF:Ag, and quantitative VWF multimeric analysis. Results Twelve patients with LVADs and 12 with TAHs underwent VWD evaluation. All had either normal (47.8%) or elevated (52.2%) VWF:RCo, normal (26.1%) or elevated (73.9%) VWF:Ag and 50.0% were disproportional (ratio ≤ 0.7). Multimeric analysis showed abnormal patterns in all patients with LVADs: seven with high MWM loss; five with highest MWM loss. With TAH, 10/12 patients had abnormal patterns: all with highest MWM loss. High MWM loss correlated with presence of LVAD and highest MWM loss with TAH. Increased low MWMs were detected in 22/24. Conclusion Using VWF multimeric analysis, abnormalities after LVAD or TAH were detected that would be missed with measurements of VWF level alone: loss of high MWM predominantly in LVAD, loss of highest MWM in TAH, and elevated levels of low MWM in both. This is the first study to describe TAH-associated highest MWM loss, which may contribute to bleeding. © 2017 International Society on Thrombosis and

  17. Pitfalls in Interventional Pain Medicine: Hyponatremia after DDAVP for a Patient with Von Willebrand Disease Undergoing an Epidural Steroid Injection

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    2017-01-01

    Desmopressin (DDAVP), a synthetic analog of vasopressin, has been used in patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD), mild hemophilia A, and platelet dysfunction to reduce the risk of bleeding associated with surgical and interventional procedures. We report the case of a patient with VWD presenting with a bulging disc and radicular pain that underwent transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Her course was complicated with the interval development of headaches and dizziness symptomatic of moderate hyponatremia, likely due to excessive fluid intake. This report highlights a relatively rare side effect of DDAVP when used for prophylaxis in patients with VWD and reinforces the need for vigilance in these patients. PMID:28392945

  18. Severe von Willebrand disease due to a defect at the level of von Willebrand factor mRNA expression: Detection by exonic PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis

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    Nichols, W.C.; Lyons, S.E.; Harrison, J.S.; Cody, R.L.; Ginsburg, D. )

    1991-05-01

    von Willebrand disease (vWD), the most common inherited bleeding disorder in humans, results from abnormalities in the plasma clotting protein von Willebrand factor (vWF). Severe (type III) vWD is autosomal recessive in inheritance and is associated with extremely low or undetectable vWF levels. The authors report a method designed to distinguish mRNA expression from the two vWF alleles by PCR analysis of peripheral blood platelet RNA using DNA sequence polymorphisms located within exons of the vWF gene. This approach was applied to a severe-vWD pedigree in which three of eight siblings are affected and the parents and additional siblings are clinically normal. Each parent was shown to carry a vWF allele that is silent at the mRNA level. Family members inheriting both abnormal alleles are affected with severe vWD, whereas individuals with only one abnormal allele are asymptomatic. Given the frequencies of the two exon polymorphisms reported here, this analysis should be applicable to {approx}70% of type I and type III vWD patients. This comparative DNA and RNA PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism approach may also prove useful in identifying defects at the level of gene expression associated with other genetic disorders.

  19. The important role of von Willebrand factor in platelet-derived FVIII gene therapy for murine hemophilia A in the presence of inhibitory antibodies.

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    Shi, Q; Schroeder, J A; Kuether, E L; Montgomery, R R

    2015-07-01

    Our previous studies have demonstrated that targeting FVIII expression to platelets results in FVIII storage together with von Willebrand factor (VWF) in platelet α-granules and that platelet-derived FVIII (2bF8) corrects the murine hemophilia A phenotype even in the presence of high-titer anti-FVIII inhibitory antibodies (inhibitors). To explore how VWF has an impact on platelet gene therapy for hemophilia A with inhibitors. 2bF8 transgenic mice in the FVIII(-/-) background (2bF8(tg+/-) F8(-/-) ) with varying VWF phenotypes were used in this study. Animals were analyzed by VWF ELISA, FVIII activity assay, Bethesda assay and tail clip survival test. Only 18% of 2bF8(tg+/-) F8(-/-) VWF(-/-) animals, in which VWF was deficient, survived the tail clip challenge with inhibitor titers of 3-8000 BU mL(-1) . In contrast, 82% of 2bF8(tg+/-) F8(-/-) VWF(+/+) mice, which had normal VWF levels, survived tail clipping with inhibitor titers of 10-50,000 BU mL(-1) . All 2bF8(tg+/-) F8(-/-) VWF(-/-) mice without inhibitors survived tail clipping and no VWF(-/-) F8(-/-) mice survived this challenge. Because VWF is synthesized by endothelial cells and megakaryocytes and is distributed in both plasma and platelets in peripheral blood, we further investigated the effect of each compartment of VWF on platelet-FVIII gene therapy for hemophilia A with inhibitors. In the presence of inhibitors, 42% of animals survived tail clipping in the group with plasma-VWF and 50% survived in the platelet-VWF group. VWF is essential for platelet gene therapy for hemophilia A with inhibitors. Both platelet-VWF and plasma-VWF are required for optimal platelet-derived FVIII gene therapy for hemophilia A in the presence of inhibitors. © 2015 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  20. A Laboratory Phenotype/Genotype Correlation of 1167 French Patients From 670 Families With von Willebrand Disease: A New Epidemiologic Picture.

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    Veyradier, Agnès; Boisseau, Pierre; Fressinaud, Edith; Caron, Claudine; Ternisien, Catherine; Giraud, Mathilde; Zawadzki, Christophe; Trossaert, Marc; Itzhar-Baïkian, Nathalie; Dreyfus, Marie; d'Oiron, Roseline; Borel-Derlon, Annie; Susen, Sophie; Bezieau, Stéphane; Denis, Cécile V; Goudemand, Jenny

    2016-03-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a genetic bleeding disease due to a defect of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a glycoprotein crucial for platelet adhesion to the subendothelium after vascular injury. VWD include quantitative defects of VWF, either partial (type 1 with VWF levels <50 IU/dL) or virtually total (type 3 with undetectable VWF levels) and also qualitative defects of VWF (type 2 variants with discrepant antigenic and functional VWF levels). The most bleeding forms of VWD usually do not concern type 1 patients with the mildest VWF defects (VWF levels between 30 and 50 IU/dL). The French reference center for VWD performed a laboratory phenotypic and genotypic analysis in 1167 VWD patients (670 families) selected by their basic biologic phenotype: type 3, type 2, and type 1 with VWF levels <30 IU/dL. In these patients indeed, to achieve an accurate diagnosis of VWD type and subtype is crucial for the management (treatment and genetic counseling). A phenotype/genotype correlation was present in 99.3% of cases; 323 distinct VWF sequence variations (58% of novel) were identified (missense 67% versus truncating 33%). The distribution of VWD types was: 25% of type 1, 8% of type 3, 66% of type 2 (2A: 18%, 2B: 17%, 2M: 19%, 2N: 12%), and 1% of undetermined type. Type 1 VWD was related either to a defective synthesis/secretion or to an accelerated clearance of VWF. In type 3 VWD, bi-allelic mutations of VWF were found in almost all patients. In type 2A, the most frequent mechanism was a hyper-proteolysis of VWF. Type 2B showed 85% of patients with deleterious mutations (distinct from type 2B New York). Type 2M was linked to a defective binding of VWF to platelet glycoprotein Ib or to collagen. Type 2N VWD included almost half type 2N/3. This biologic study emphasizes the complex mechanisms for both quantitative and qualitative VWF defects in VWD. In addition, this study provides a new epidemiologic picture of the most bleeding forms of VWD in which qualitative

  1. Identification of von Willebrand disease type 2N (Normandy) in Australia: a cross-laboratory investigation using different methods.

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    Rodgers, Susan E; Lerda, Nancy V; Favaloro, Emmanuel J; Duncan, Elizabeth M; Casey, Graeme J; Quinn, Diana M; Hertzberg, Mark; Lloyd, John V

    2002-08-01

    We report on a cross-laboratory study of type 2N von Willebrand disease (vWD). We tested 101 selected plasma samples for factor VIII and factor VIII binding activity of von Willebrand factor (vWF). Of these plasma samples, 31 were cotested by 2 specialist centers using different detection procedures for vWF-factor VIII binding: there was good agreement between results obtained by chromogenic assay and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. In total, 8 patients with type 2N vWD were identified. The 2-stage factor VIII assay detected a deficiency of factor VIII relative to vWF antigen in all 8 patients; the 1-stage factor VIII assay detected a relative deficiency in only 3 patients. Four patients were homozygous for the most common type 2N mutation (R854Q), 3 patients were presumed to be compound heterozygotes, and in 1 patient no type 2N mutations were identified. In this study of patients from 5 specialist centers in Australia, type 2N vWD was found in 5 families. The 2-stage factor VIII assay was more useful as a screening test than the 1-stage assay, and both vWF-factor VIII binding assays were equally effective.

  2. Multiple Ligands of von Willebrand Factor-binding Protein (vWbp) Promote Staphylococcus aureus Clot Formation in Human Plasma*

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    Thomer, Lena; Schneewind, Olaf; Missiakas, Dominique

    2013-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus secretes coagulase (Coa) and von Willebrand factor-binding protein (vWbp) to activate host prothrombin and form fibrin cables, thereby promoting the establishment of infectious lesions. The D1-D2 domains of Coa and vWbp associate with, and non-proteolytically activate prothrombin. Moreover, Coa encompasses C-terminal tandem repeats for binding to fibrinogen, whereas vWbp has been reported to associate with von Willebrand factor and fibrinogen. Here we used affinity chromatography with non-catalytic Coa and vWbp to identify the ligands for these virulence factors in human plasma. vWbp bound to prothrombin, fibrinogen, fibronectin, and factor XIII, whereas Coa co-purified with prothrombin and fibrinogen. vWbp association with fibrinogen and factor XIII, but not fibronectin, required prothrombin and triggered the non-proteolytic activation of FXIII in vitro. Staphylococcus aureus coagulation of human plasma was associated with the recruitment of prothrombin, FXIII, and fibronectin as well as the formation of cross-linked fibrin. FXIII activity in staphylococcal clots could be attributed to thrombin-dependent proteolytic activation as well as vWbp-mediated non-proteolytic activation of FXIII zymogen. PMID:23960083

  3. O-linked carbohydrate of recombinant von Willebrand factor influences ristocetin-induced binding to platelet glycoprotein 1b.

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    Carew, J A; Quinn, S M; Stoddart, J H; Lynch, D C

    1992-01-01

    By transfecting the full-length cDNA for human von Willebrand factor (vWf) into a line of Chinese hamster ovary cells with a defect in carbohydrate metabolism, we have prepared recombinant vWf specifically lacking O-linked carbohydrates. We have compared this under-glycosylated protein to fully glycosylated recombinant vWf with respect to several structural and binding properties. vWf deficient in O-linked glycans was synthesized, assembled into multimers, and secreted in an apparently normal manner and was not prone to degradation in the extracellular milieu. It did not differ from fully glycosylated vWf in ability to bind to heparin or to collagen type I but did interact less well with glycoprotein 1b on formalin-fixed platelets. This decreased interaction was evidenced in both a lessened overall binding to platelets and in diminished capacity to promote platelet agglutination, in the presence of ristocetin. In contrast, no difference was seen in platelet binding in the presence of botrocetin. These data indicate a possible role for O-linked carbohydrates in the vWf-glycoprotein 1b interaction promoted by ristocetin and suggest that abnormalities in carbohydrate modification might contribute to the altered ristocetin-dependent reactivity between vWf and platelets described for some variant forms of von Willebrand disease. Images PMID:1469086

  4. Addition of in-vitro generated endothelial microparticles to von-Willebrand plasma improves primary and secondary hemostasis.

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    Trummer, Arne; Werwitzke, Sonja; Wermes, Cornelia; Ganser, Arnold; Birschmann, Ingvild; Budde, Ulrich; Tiede, Andreas

    2014-03-01

    Increased endothelial microparticles (EMP) as markers for endothelial activation have been associated with worse outcomes in clinical prothrombotic situations. The procoagulant properties of EMP can be attributed to the expression of phospholipids, tissue factor and von-Willebrand factor on their surface. We therefore investigated whether addition of in-vitro generated EMP modifies hemostasis in plasma from patients with severe von-Willebrand disease (VWD). A large EMP pool was obtained from stimulated endothelial cell lines and EMP concentration was quantified by flow cytometry. The influence of EMP on primary and secondary hemostasis in VWD plasma was assessed using ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation (RIPA) and thrombin generation in a calibrated automated thrombogram (CAT), respectively. After addition of EMP, there was a significant increase in the maximal aggregation level in RIPA as well as a significant shortening of lag time and time-to-peak in CAT in comparison to control buffer. In summary, in vitro-generated EMP have the potential to improve hemostasis in severe VWD plasma and these results warrant further clinical reseach regarding their contribution to the clinical bleeding phenotype as well as their potential to improve replacement therapy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Structural specializations of A2, a force-sensing domain in the ultralarge vascular protein von Willebrand factor

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    Zhang, Qing; Zhou, Yan-Feng; Zhang, Cheng-Zhong; Zhang, Xiaohui; Lu, Chafen; Springer, Timothy A.; Harvard-Med

    2009-06-30

    The lengths of von Willebrand factor (VWF) concatamers correlate with hemostatic potency. After secretion in plasma, length is regulated by hydrodynamic shear force-dependent unfolding of the A2 domain, which is then cleaved by a specific protease. The 1.9-{angstrom} crystal structure of the A2 domain demonstrates evolutionary adaptations to this shear sensor function. Unique among VWF A (VWA) domains, A2 contains a loop in place of the {alpha}4 helix, and a cis-proline. The central {beta}4-strand is poorly packed, with multiple side-chain rotamers. The Tyr-Met cleavage site is buried in the {beta}4-strand in the central hydrophobic core, and the Tyr structurally links to the C-terminal {alpha}6-helix. The {alpha}6-helix ends in 2 Cys residues that are linked by an unusual vicinal disulfide bond that is buried in a hydrophobic pocket. These features may narrow the force range over which unfolding occurs and may also slow refolding. Von Willebrand disease mutations, which presumably lower the force at which A2 unfolds, are illuminated by the structure.

  6. Expression of the phenotypic abnormality of platelet-type von Willebrand disease in a recombinant glycoprotein Ib alpha fragment.

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    Murata, M; Russell, S R; Ruggeri, Z M; Ware, J

    1993-01-01

    The platelet GP Ib-IX receptor supports platelet adhesion and activation by binding to vWf in the exposed subendothelial matrix. An abnormal GP Ib-IX complex exists in platelet-type or pseudo-von Willebrand disease and has a characteristic increased affinity for soluble vWf resulting in impaired hemostatic function due to the removal of larger vWf multimers from the circulation. Genetic studies within an afflicted family have demonstrated that the disease is linked to a Gly233-->Val amino acid substitution within the alpha-subunit of the oligomeric GP Ib-IX complex (Miller, J.L., D. Cunningham, V.A. Lyle, and C. L. Finch. 1991. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 88:4761-4765). To evaluate the functional consequences of this mutation, we constructed a recombinant analogue of the alpha-subunit of GP Ib containing Val233. Experiments comparing molecules with either Gly233 or Val233 revealed that the Val substitution generates a molecule with increased affinity for vWf. The recombinant fragment reproduces the functional abnormality of the GP Ib-IX complex in platelet-type von Willebrand disease, thus establishing the molecular basis of the bleeding disorder within this family. Moreover, it becomes apparent that structural elements responsible for the regulation of hemostasis through modulation of vWf affinity for platelets reside within the alpha-subunit of the GP Ib-IX complex. Images PMID:8486780

  7. Molecular Imaging of Activated von Willebrand Factor to Detect High-Risk Atherosclerotic Phenotype

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    McCarty, Owen J. T.; Conley, Robert B.; Shentu, Weihui; Tormoen, Garth W.; Zha, Daogang; Xie, Aris; Qi, Yue; Zhao, Yan; Carr, Chad; Belcik, Todd; Keene, Douglas R.; de Groot, Philip G.; Lindner, Jonathan R.

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that noninvasive molecular imaging of activated von Willebrand factor (vWF) on the vascular endothelium could be used to detect a high-risk atherosclerotic phenotype. BACKGROUND Platelet-endothelial interactions have been linked to increased inflammatory activation and prothrombotic state in atherosclerosis. These interactions are mediated, in part, by platelet glycoprotein (GP) Ibα, suggesting that dysregulated endothelial vWF is a marker for high-risk atherosclerotic disease. METHODS Microbubbles targeted to activated vWF were prepared by surface conjugation of recombinant GPIbα. Flow-chamber studies were used to evaluate attachment of targeted microbubbles to immobile platelet aggregates bearing activated vWF. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEU) molecular imaging of the aorta from mice was performed: 1) ex vivo after focal crush injury and blood perfusion; and 2) in vivo in mice with advanced atherosclerosis produced by deletion of the low-density lipoprotein receptor and ApoBec-1 editing peptide (LDLR−/−/ApoBec-1−/−). RESULTS In flow-chamber studies, tracer attachment to vWF was >10-fold greater for microbubbles bearing GPIbα compared with control microbubbles (p < 0.01). In the ex vivo aortic injury model, CEU signal enhancement for vWF-targeted microbubbles occurred primarily at the injury site and was 4-fold greater than at noninjured sites (p < 0.05). In LDLR−/−/ApoBec-1−/− mice, inflammatory cell infiltrates and dense vWF expression on the intact endothelium were seen in regions of severe plaque formation. Scanning electron microscopy demonstrated widespread platelet-endothelial interaction and only few sites of endothelial erosion. On CEU, signal enhancement for vWF-targeted microbubbles was approximately 4-fold greater (p < 0.05) in LDLR−/−/ApoBec-1−/− compared with wild-type mice. En face aortic microscopy demonstrated regions where platelet adhesion and microbubble attachment colocalized. CONCLUSIONS

  8. Synthesis and secretion of von Willebrand factor and fibronectin in megakaryocytes at different phases of maturation.

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    Schick, P K; Walker, J; Profeta, B; Denisova, L; Bennett, V

    1997-04-01

    Our goals have been to define the biochemical characteristics of megakaryocytes during maturation that are critical for platelet assembly and release into the circulation and to introduce biochemical markers for megakaryocytes. To achieve these goals, we have studied fibronectin (FN) and von Willebrand factor (vWF), which are large adhesive proteins that are synthesized by megakaryocytes, stored in alpha granules, and thought to have a fundamental role in hemostasis. The study demonstrated that vWF is primarily synthesized in mature megakaryocytes, which synthesized 7.5 times more vWF than immature megakaryocytes. Brefeldin A, which blocks the exit of proteins from the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER), inhibited the formation of vWF multimers but did not affect the synthesis of monomers and dimers in mature megakaryocytes. These data are consistent with the formation of vWF dimers in the RER and the assembly of vWF multimers in the trans- and post-golgi. The synthesis of both the 260-kD and 275-kD pro-vWF was detected. However, the synthesis of 275-kD pro-vWF and 220-kD mature vWF was only evident after 2 hours, suggesting that the transit time of nascent vWF through the RER is about 2 hours. Constitutive secretion of vWF was demonstrated in megakaryocytes. About 14.5% and 4.6% of synthesized vWF was secreted by mature and immature megakaryocytes, respectively. In contrast, the synthesis of FN monomers and dimers was established in immature megakaryocytes, and their synthesis in mature megakaryocytes was very similar. Constitutive secretion of FN was not seen in megakaryocytes. Brefeldin A did not inhibit the synthesis of FN dimers; thus, formation of FN dimers occurs in the RER. The demonstration that vWF and FN are synthesized at different phases of megakaryocyte maturation and that only vWF is constitutively secreted by megakaryocytes provides new information relevant to alpha granule formation and possibly bone marrow matrix assembly.

  9. Ets transcription factors bind and transactivate the core promoter of the von Willebrand factor gene.

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    Schwachtgen, J L; Janel, N; Barek, L; Duterque-Coquillaud, M; Ghysdael, J; Meyer, D; Kerbiriou-Nabias, D

    1997-12-18

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) gene expression is restricted to endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. Previous results demonstrated that basal transcription of the human vWF gene is mediated through a promoter located between base pairs -89 and +19 (cap site: +1) which is functional in endothelial and non endothelial cells. Two DNA repeats TTTCCTTT correlating with inverted consensus binding sites for the Ets family of transcription factors are present in the -56/-36 sequence. In order to analyse whether these DNA elements are involved in transcription, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), bovine calf pulmonary endothelial cell line (CPAE), HeLa and COS cells were transfected with constructs containing deletions of the -89/+19 fragment, linked to the chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (CAT) reporter gene. The -60/+19 region exhibits significant promoter activity in HUVEC and CPAE cells only. The -42/+19 fragment is not active. Mutations of the -60/+19 promoter fragment in the 5' (-56/-49) Ets binding site abolish transcription in endothelial cells whereas mutations in the 3' (-43/-36) site does not. The -60/-33 fragment forms three complexes with proteins from HUVEC nuclear extracts in electrophoretic mobility shift assay which are dependent on the presence of the 5' Ets binding site. Binding of recombinant Ets-1 protein to the -60/-33 fragment gives a complex which also depends on the 5' site. The -60/+19 vWF gene core promoter is transactivated in HeLa cells by cotransfecting with Ets-1 or Erg (Ets-related gene) expression plasmids. In contrast to the wild type construct, transcription of the 5' site mutants is not increased by these expressed proteins. The results indicate that the promoter activity of the -60/+19 region of the vWF gene depends on transcription factors of the Ets family of which several members like Ets-1, Ets-2 and Erg are expressed in endothelium. Cotransfection of Ets-1 and Erg expression plasmids is sufficient to induce the -60/+19 v

  10. [Inhibitory effect of von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease on angiogenesis].

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    Jin, Chunhai; Wang, Shuang; Zhao, Yanhong; Jin, Shengyu; Li, Hua

    2015-07-01

    To investigate the inhibitory effect of von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease, a disintegrin-like and metalloprotease with thrombospondin-1 repeats (ADAMTS13)on angiogenesis induced by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)in vitro and in vivo. Cell proliferation assay, differentiation (tube formation)assay and wound migration assay were performed by using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)to explore the effect of ADAMTS13 on angiogenesis in vitro. Cells were treated with different concentrations of ADAMTS13 (1, 5, 25, 50 and 100 nmol/L)and the number of cells was counted via MTT assay. In addition, effect of ADAMTS13 on differentiation was assessed by measuring the length of capillary-like tube structures formed by HUVECS in matrigel. Effect of ADAMTS13 on HUVEC migration was assessed via calculation of wound healing distance after 8 hrs culture with VEGF or ADAMTS13. Chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay and Matrigel plug assay were performed to investigate the effect of ADAMTS13 on angiogenesis in vivo. ADAMTS13 significantly inhibited the proliferation of HUVECs induced by VEGF in a dose-dependent manner. Migration distance of HUVECs was (79 ± 22) μm in control group, (250 ± 8)μm in VEGF-treated group and (170 ± 23)μm in VEGF and ADAMTS13 cotreated-group after 8 hrs, respectively. The tube length is (450.6 ± 16.6)% in VEGF-treated group and (235.3 ± 19.0)% in VEGF and ADAMTS13 cotreated-group of that of control group after HUVECs cultured in matrigel for 16 hrs. The number of blood vessels decreased after treatment with ADAMTS13 in CAM assay. The number of blood vessels was (228.2 ± 10.8)%, (69.2 ± 21.1)%, (184.6 ± 15.2)% in VEGF treated-group, ADAMTS13 treated-group and VEGF and ADAMTS13 cotreated-group of that of control group, respectively. Formation of capillary-like network in matrigel plugs containing VEGF was reduced to 43.5% by ADAMTS13 in matrigel plug assay in mouse model. ADAMTS13 inhibits the HUVECs

  11. A Drosophila haemocyte-specific protein, hemolectin, similar to human von Willebrand factor.

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    Goto, A; Kumagai, T; Kumagai, C; Hirose, J; Narita, H; Mori, H; Kadowaki, T; Beck, K; Kitagawa, Y

    2001-01-01

    We identified a novel Drosophila protein of approximately 400 kDa, hemolectin (d-Hml), secreted from haemocyte-derived Kc167 cells. Its 11.7 kbp cDNA contains an open reading frame of 3843 amino acid residues, with conserved domains in von Willebrand factor (VWF), coagulation factor V/VIII and complement factors. The d-hml gene is located on the third chromosome (position 70C1-5) and consists of 26 exons. The major part of d-Hml consists of well-known motifs with the organization: CP1-EG1-CP2-EG2-CP3-VD1-VD2-VD'-VD3-VC1-VD"-VD"'-FC1-FC2-VC2-LA1-VD4-VD5-VC3-VB1-VB2-VC4-VC5-CK1 (CP, complement-control protein domain; EG, epidermal-growth-factor-like domain; VB, VC, VD, VWF type B-, C- and D-like domains; VD', VD", VD"', truncated C-terminal VDs; FC, coagulation factor V/VIII type C domain; LA, low-density-lipoprotein-receptor class A domain; CK, cysteine knot domain). The organization of VD1-VD2-VD'-VD3, essential for VWF to be processed by furin, to bind to coagulation factor VIII and to form interchain disulphide linkages, is conserved. The 400 kDa form of d-Hml was sensitive to acidic cleavage near the boundary between VD2 and VD', where the cleavage site of pro-VWF is located. Agarose-gel electrophoresis of metabolically radiolabelled d-Hml suggested that it is secreted from Kc167 cells mainly as dimers. Resembling VWF, 7.9% (305 residues) of cysteine residues on the d-Hml sequence had well-conserved positions in each motif. Coinciding with the development of phagocytic haemocytes, d-hml transcript was detected in late embryos and larvae. Its low-level expression in adult flies was induced by injury at any position on the body. PMID:11563973

  12. Two distinct forms of Factor VIII coagulant protein in human plasma. Cleavage by thrombin, and differences in coagulant activity and association with von Willebrand factor.

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    Weinstein, M J; Chute, L E

    1984-01-01

    We have characterized Factor VIII coagulant protein, present in normal human plasma, that reacts with a specific human 125I-labeled anti-human VIII:C antigen Fab antibody fragment. Two major Factor VIII coagulant antigen populations were present. The first, approximately 85% of the total antigen, was bound to von Willebrand factor and when tested in a standard one-stage assay had Factor VIII coagulant activity. The second antigenic population, eluting near fibrinogen when plasma was gel filtered, was not bound to von Willebrand protein, did not have Factor VIII coagulant activity unless activated, but did block anti-VIII:C Fab neutralization of clotting activity. The two antigenic populations were separable by cryoprecipitation and agarose gel electrophoresis. Although the two antigenic populations differed in their Factor VIII coagulant activity and in their binding to von Willebrand factor, the principal member of both populations is of mol wt 2.4 X 10(5). Both antigens, when proteolyzed by thrombin, were quickly converted to a 1 X 10(5)-mol wt form in association with the appearance of VIII:C activity. The 1 X 10(5)-mol wt antigen was further slowly degraded to an 8 X 10(4)-mol wt form while Factor VIII coagulant activity declined. These results demonstrate the presence of an inactive Factor VIII coagulant protein in plasma, not associated with von Willebrand factor, that can react with thrombin to yield Factor VIII coagulant activity. Images PMID:6421875

  13. Similarities of integumentary mucin B.1 from Xenopus laevis and prepro-von Willebrand factor at their amino-terminal regions.

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    Joba, W; Hoffmann, W

    1997-01-17

    Frog integumentary mucin B.1 (FIM-B.1) contains various cysteine-rich modules. In the past, a COOH-terminal "cystine knot" motif has been found that is similar to von Willebrand factor; this region is generally known to be responsible for dimerization processes. Furthermore, a "complement control protein" motif is present as an internal cysteine-rich domain in FIM-B.1. We characterize here the missing 75% toward the NH2 terminus of the FIM-B.1 precursor by molecular cloning. Analogous to prepro-von Willebrand factor, four elements with considerable similarity to D-domains are present (i.e. D1-D2-D'-D3). These domains have been described as essential for the multimerization of von Willebrand factor. Thus, the general structure of FIM-B.1 resembles that of the human mucin MUC2 as well as prepro-von Willebrand factor; these three molecules at least seem to share common structural elements allowing similar multimerization mechanisms.

  14. Molecular and clinical profile of von Willebrand disease in Spain (PCM-EVW-ES): Comprehensive genetic analysis by next-generation sequencing of 480 patients.

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    Borràs, Nina; Batlle, Javier; Pérez-Rodríguez, Almudena; López-Fernández, María Fernanda; Rodríguez-Trillo, Ángela; Lourés, Esther; Cid, Ana Rosa; Bonanad, Santiago; Cabrera, Noelia; Moret, Andrés; Parra, Rafael; Mingot-Castellano, María Eva; Balda, Ignacia; Altisent, Carme; Pérez-Montes, Rocío; Fisac, Rosa María; Iruín, Gemma; Herrero, Sonia; Soto, Inmaculada; de Rueda, Beatriz; Jimimenez-Yuste, Victor; Alonso, Nieves; Vilariño, Dolores; Arija, Olga; Campos, Rosa; Paloma, María José; Bermejo, Nuria; Berrueco, Rubén; Mateo, José; Arribalzaga, Karmele; Marco, Pascual; Palomo, Ángeles; Sarmiento, Lizheidy; Iñigo, Belén; Nieto, María Del Mar; Vidal, Rosa; Martínez, María Paz; Aguinaco, Reyes; César, Jesús María; Ferreiro, María; García-Frade, Javier; Rodríguez-Huerta, Ana María; Cuesta, Jorge; Rodríguez-González, Ramón; García-Candel, Faustino; Cornudella, Rosa; Aguilar, Carlos; Vidal, Francisco; Corrales, Irene

    2017-09-29

    Molecular diagnosis of patients with von Willebrand disease is pending in most populations due to the complexity and high cost of conventional molecular analyses. The need for molecular and clinical characterization of von Willebrand disease in Spain prompted the creation of a multicenter project (PCM-EVW-ES) that resulted in the largest prospective cohort study of patients with all types of von Willebrand disease. Molecular analysis of relevant regions of the VWF, including intronic and promoter regions, was achieved in the 556 individuals recruited by development of a simple, innovative, relatively low-cost protocol based on microfluidic technology and next-generation sequencing. A total of 704 variants (237 different) were identified along VWF, and 155 had not been previously recorded in the international mutation database. The potential pathogenic effect of these variants was assessed by in silico analysis. Furthermore, 4 short tandem repeats were analyzed to evaluate the ancestral origin of recurrent mutations. The outcome of genetic analysis allowed reclassification of 110 patients, identification of 37 asymptomatic carriers (important for genetic counseling) and re-inclusion of 43 patients previously excluded by phenotyping results. In total, 480 patients were definitively diagnosed. Candidate mutations were identified in all patients except 13 type 1 von Willebrand disease, yielding a high genotype-phenotype correlation. Our data reinforce the capital importance and usefulness of genetics in von Willebrand disease diagnostics. Progressive implementation of molecular study as the first-line test for routine diagnosis of this condition will lead to increasingly more personalized and effective care for this patient population. Copyright © 2017, Ferrata Storti Foundation.

  15. Efficacy and safety of a new generation von Willebrand factor/factor VIII concentrate (Wilate®) in the management of perioperative haemostasis in von Willebrand disease patients undergoing surgery.

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    Windyga, J; von Depka-Prondzinski, M

    2011-06-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of Wilate®, a new generation, plasma-derived, high-purity, double virus-inactivated von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII (FVIII) concentrate (ratio close to physiological 1:1) in the perioperative management of haemostasis in von Willebrand disease (VWD). Data for VWD patients who received Wilate® for perioperative management were obtained from four European, prospective, open-label, non-controlled, non-randomised, multicentre phase II or III clinical trials. A total of 57 surgical procedures were performed (major: n = 27; minor n = 30) in 32 patients. The majority of patients (n = 19, 59.4%) had type 3 VWD, 9 (28.1%) had type 2 VWD and four (12.5%) had type 1 VWD. During major surgery, median daily FVIII dose and mean number of infusions were 25 IU•kg-1 FVIII (VWF:RCo ~23 IU•kg-1) and 11.0, respectively. Corresponding values for minor surgery were 35 IU•kg-1 (VWF:RCo ~32 IU•kg-1) and 1.5. The efficacy of Wilate® was rated by the investigator as excellent or good in 51 of 53 (96%) procedures. Tolerability was rated as very good or good in 100% of major surgeries (27 of 27) and minor surgeries (29 of 29). Wilate® is an effective and well-tolerated VWF/FVIII replacement therapy in the perioperative management of haemostasis in patients with VWD. It can be administered at a similar FVIII dose, but at a lower VWF dose, as compared to older generation products. Clinical benefits were shown in a population with a high proportion of type 3 VWD patients.

  16. Use of monoclonal antibody and colloidal gold in E.M. localization of von Willebrand factor in megakaryocytes and platelets.

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    Jeanneau, C; Avner, P; Sultan, Y

    1984-10-01

    The subcellular localization of Factor VIII/von Willebrand protein (VIII R:Ag) is studied with monoclonal antibody and gold immunocytochemical technique. Monoclonal antibody against purified VIII R:Ag is brightly fluorescent on megakaryocytes and platelets. In E.M., gold immunolabeling is performed on thin cell sections of human megakaryocytes and platelets. Different embedding materials are used to preserve the antigenicity : Epon embedded megakaryocytes show a high concentration of VIII R:Ag in alpha-granules using 4F9 monoclonal antibody. In comparison, lowicryl K4M embedded material does not improve the same specificity, only a few platelets granules were stained. This subcellular localization, in full agreement with biochemical results appears visualized for the first time in E.M.

  17. Abnormal platelet von Willebrand factor (vWF) as a marker of abnormal function in megakaryocytic dysplasia.

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    de Cataldo, F; Baudo, F; Redaelli, R; Corno, A R

    1995-03-01

    The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are neoplastic disorders of the hemopoietic system; multilineage involvement is also evidenced by specific cellular dysfunctions. The von Willebrand factor (vWF), synthesized and processed in the megakaryocytes (MK), is stored in the alpha granules of the platelets. The platelet vWF multimeric pattern was studied in 18 patients with MDS, and in 4 with pernicious anemia (PA), to investigate whether the processing of vWF is abnormal in the megakaryocytic dysplasia. An abnormal multimeric pattern was observed in 10/18 MDS and 4/4 PA patients. The abnormality of this specific protein is the discrete expression of the basic disorder, and is reversible when hemopoiesis is normalized. Although the data do not allow any conclusion, abnormal synthesis is the likely explantation of the abnormality.

  18. Salvage therapy with high dose Intravenous Immunoglobulins in acquired Von Willebrand Syndrome and unresponsive severe intestinal bleeding

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    2014-01-01

    A 91-year-old woman affected with acquired Von Willebrand (VW) syndrome and intestinal angiodysplasias presented with severe gastrointestinal bleeding (hemoglobin 5 g/dl). Despite replacement therapy with VW factor/factor VIII concentrate qid, bleeding did not stop (eleven packed red blood cell units were transfused over three days). High circulating levels of anti-VW factor immunoglobulin M were documented immunoenzimatically. Heart ultrasound showed abnormalities of the mitral and aortic valves with severe flow alterations. When intravenous immunoglobulins were added to therapy, prompt clinical and laboratory responses occurred: complete cessation of bleeding, raise in hemoglobin, VW factor antigen, VW ristocetin cofactor and factor VIII levels as well as progressive reduction of the anti-VWF autoantibody levels. PMID:24926417

  19. von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease inhibitor in a patient with human immunodeficiency syndrome-associated thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Sahud, Mervyn A; Claster, Susan; Liu, Lucy; Ero, Michael; Harris, Kathryn; Furlan, Miha

    2002-03-01

    Antibodies that inhibit von Willebrand Factor (VWF)-cleaving protease activity occur in patients with acute thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and often persist in the chronic phase. A deficiency of this protease is likely to be responsible for the generation of ultrahigh VWF multimers and influence the formation of intra-arterial platelet aggregates that result in microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia and end in organ failure. This report demonstrates complete deficiency of VWF-cleaving protease and the presence of a concentration-dependent IgG1 inhibitor in the plasma of a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). These data may contribute to understanding the pathophysiology of human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV)-related TTP.

  20. Binding of von Willebrand factor to glycoproteins Ib and IIb/IIIa complex: affinity is related to multimeric size.

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    Federici, A B; Bader, R; Pagani, S; Colibretti, M L; De Marco, L; Mannucci, P M

    1989-09-01

    We have separated von Willebrand factor (vWF) multimers of different size into several fractions which were characterized by SDS-agarose gel electrophoresis and by measuring the ratio between ristocetin cofactor activity (Ricof) and von Willebrand antigen (vWF:Ag) content. The pooled fractions contained vWF with multimeric structures and Ricof similar to those in plasma. The pool was labelled with 125I and used for inhibition binding studies with individual fractions to calculate the dissociation constants (Kd values expressed in mol/l) of the individual fractions for ristocetin-dependent binding to GP Ib and thrombin-induced binding to GP IIb/IIIa. Direct binding studies of the 125I-vWF pool gave mean Kd values of 2.02 +/- 0.05 x 10(-8) for GP Ib and 1.15 +/- 0.02 x 10(-8) for the GP IIb/IIIa complex. Inhibition binding studies gave Kd mean values one third to one tenth as high for larger multimers and 3-10 times higher for smaller multimers, for both GP Ib and IIb/IIIa complex. Similar results were observed when binding studies were carried out in the presence of platelets from a patient with afibrinogenaemia. These data on binding correlated very well with ristocetin- and thrombin-induced aggregation of afibrinogenaemic platelets, since equal concentrations of the higher molecular weight forms gave significantly higher aggregation rates. Based on these results, we conclude that the affinity of the vWF molecule for its two platelet receptors is greater for the largest multimers.

  1. N-linked glycans within the A2 domain of von Willebrand factor modulate macrophage-mediated clearance.

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    Chion, Alain; O'Sullivan, Jamie M; Drakeford, Clive; Bergsson, Gudmundur; Dalton, Niall; Aguila, Sonia; Ward, Soracha; Fallon, Padraic G; Brophy, Teresa M; Preston, Roger J S; Brady, Lauren; Sheils, Orla; Laffan, Michael; McKinnon, Thomas A J; O'Donnell, James S

    2016-10-13

    Enhanced von Willebrand factor (VWF) clearance is important in the etiology of von Willebrand disease. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying VWF clearance remain poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role of VWF domains and specific glycan moieties in regulating in vivo clearance. Our findings demonstrate that the A1 domain of VWF contains a receptor-recognition site that plays a key role in regulating the interaction of VWF with macrophages. In A1-A2-A3 and full-length VWF, this macrophage-binding site is cryptic but becomes exposed following exposure to shear or ristocetin. Previous studies have demonstrated that the N-linked glycans within the A2 domain play an important role in modulating susceptibility to ADAMTS13 proteolysis. We further demonstrate that these glycans presented at N1515 and N1574 also play a critical role in protecting VWF against macrophage binding and clearance. Indeed, loss of the N-glycan at N1515 resulted in markedly enhanced VWF clearance that was significantly faster than that observed with any previously described VWF mutations. In addition, A1-A2-A3 fragments containing the N1515Q or N1574Q substitutions also demonstrated significantly enhanced clearance. Importantly, clodronate-induced macrophage depletion significantly attenuated the increased clearance observed with N1515Q and N1574Q in both full-length VWF and A1-A2-A3. Finally, we further demonstrate that loss of these N-linked glycans does not enhance clearance in VWF in the presence of a structurally constrained A2 domain. Collectively, these novel findings support the hypothesis that conformation of the VWF A domains plays a critical role in modulating macrophage-mediated clearance of VWF in vivo.

  2. Comprehensive evaluation of haemostatic function in von Willebrand disease patients using a microchip-based flow chamber system.

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    Ogiwara, K; Nogami, K; Hosokawa, K; Ohnishi, T; Matsumoto, T; Shima, M

    2015-01-01

    The diagnosis of von Willebrand disease (VWD) is difficult due to the wide spectrum of clinical phenotypes associated with this disorder. We have analysed and characterized haemostatic function in VWD patients using a microchip-based flow chamber system. Microchips coated with either collagen [platelet (PL)-chip] or collagen/thromboplastin [atherome (AR)-chip] were used to evaluate platelet thrombus formation at 1000 s(-1) and fibrin-rich platelet thrombus formation at 240 s(-1) respectively. Blood samples from an asymptomatic patient with VWD type 1 [von Willebrand factor (VWF): RCo 3.2%; bleeding score (BS 2] displayed normal thrombus formation in both PL- and AR-chips, whereas blood from a symptomatic type 1 patient (VWF: RCo 14%, BS 9) had significantly delayed capillary occlusion. Nearly complete suppression of the flow pressure increase was observed in symptomatic patients with VWD type 2A (BS 13) and 2N (BS 27), whereas no flow pressure was found for the type 3 patient (BS 6). Fibrin-rich platelet thrombus formation was only weakly increased by the in vitro addition of factor VIII (FVIII) to blood samples from the type 3 patient, but was normalized by the addition of VWF/FVIII. The in vivo effects of treatment with desmopressin or VWF/FVIII for the symptomatic patients were analysed using two types of microchips. The PL-chip was highly sensitive for patients' VWF-mediated platelet functions, whereas the AR-chip allowed assessment of overall haemostatic ability, including sensitivity to both VWF and FVIII. The combined analysis with PL- and AR-chips may be potentially useful for the diagnosis of VWD based on clinical phenotypes, and for monitoring drug effects.

  3. von Willebrand Factor-Rich Platelet Thrombi in the Liver Cause Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome following Oxaliplatin-Based Chemotherapy

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    Nishigori, Naoto; Matsumoto, Masanori; Koyama, Fumikazu; Hayakawa, Masaki; Hatakeyayama, Kinta; Ko, Saiho; Fujimura, Yoshihiro; Nakajima, Yoshiyuki

    2015-01-01

    Oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy is widely used to treat advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). Sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) due to oxaliplatin is a serious type of chemotherapy-associated liver injury (CALI) in CRC patients. SOS is thought to be caused by the sinusoidal endothelial cell damage, which results in the release of unusually-large von Willebrand factor multimers (UL-VWFMs) from endothelial cells. To investigate the pathophysiology of CALI after oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy, we analyzed plasma concentration of von Willebrand factor (VWF) and the distribution of VWFMs in CRC patients. Twenty-three patients with advanced CRC who received oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy with (n = 6) and without (n = 17) bevacizumab were analyzed. CALI (n = 6) and splenomegaly (n = 9) were found only in patients who did not treated with bevacizumab. Plasma VWF antigen (VWF:Ag) and serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels increased after chemotherapy only in patients without bevacizumab. VWFM analysis in patients who did not receive bevacizumab showed the presence of UL-VWFMs and absence of high molecular weight VWFMs during chemotherapy, especially in those with CALI. In addition, plasma VWF:Ag and AST levels increased after chemotherapy in patients with splenomegaly (n = 9), but not in patients without splenomegaly (n = 14). Histological findings in the liver tissue of patients who did not receive bevacizumab included sinusoidal dilatation and microthrombi in the sinusoids. Many microthrombi were positive for both anti-IIb/IIIa and anti-VWF antibodies. Plasma UL-VWFM levels might be increased by damage to endothelial cells as a result of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy. Bevacizumab could prevent CALI and splenomegaly through inhibition of VWF-rich platelet thrombus formation. PMID:26580395

  4. Evaluation of von Willebrand factor phenotypes and genotypes in Hemophilia A patients with and without identified F8 mutations

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    Boylan, Brian; Rice, Anne S.; De Staercke, Christine; Eyster, M. Elaine; Yaish, Hassan M.; Knoll, Christine M.; Bean, Christopher J.; Miller, Connie H.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Background Hemophilia A (HA) is an X-linked bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency in factor VIII (FVIII). von Willebrand disease (VWD) is characterized by a quantitative or qualitative defect in von Willebrand Factor (VWF). Patients with VWD with severely low VWF or VWD Type 2N (VWD2N), a VWD subtype distinguished by defective VWF binding to FVIII, may have reduced FVIII levels secondary to their VWD. These patients superficially resemble patients with HA, and pose a potential for misdiagnosis. Objectives Investigate the unexplained cause of bleeding in HA patients without known FVIII mutations by assessing plasma VWF antigen (VWF:Ag), FVIII binding capacities, and VWF genotypes. Patients/Methods Thirty-seven of 1027 patients with HA studied as part of the Hemophilia Inhibitor Research Study lacked identifiable F8 mutations. These patients (cases) and 73 patients with identified F8 mutations (controls) were evaluated for VWF:Ag, patient's VWF capacity to bind FVIII (VWF:FVIIIB), and VWF sequence. Results Four cases had VWF:Ag <3 IU/dL and VWF mutations consistent with Type3 VWD. Six cases and one control were heterozygous for mutations previously reported to cause Type1 VWD (VWD1) (n=5 cases and 1 control) or predicted to be deleterious by Polyphen2 and SIFT prediction tools (n=1 case). One control had VWF:Ag <30 IU/dl, and seven patients (4 cases and 3 controls), including two cases who were heterozygous for a known VWD2N mutation, had reduced VWF:FVIIIB. Conclusions These data emphasize that some patients diagnosed with HA require VWF assessments in order to achieve a comprehensive diagnosis and an optimal treatment strategy. PMID:25780857

  5. Shear stress is required for the endocytic uptake of the factor VIII-von Willebrand factor complex by macrophages.

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    Castro-Núñez, L; Dienava-Verdoold, I; Herczenik, E; Mertens, K; Meijer, A B

    2012-09-01

    Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor family members contribute to the cellular uptake of factor VIII. How von Willebrand factor fits into this endocytic pathway has remained poorly understood. It has been suggested that macrophages contribute to the clearance of the factor VIII (FVIII)-von Willebrand factor (VWF) complex. We now assessed the mechanisms of uptake employing human monocyte-derived macrophages. A confocal microscopy study was employed to study the uptake by monocyte-derived macrophages of a functional green fluorescent FVIII-GFP derivative in the presence and absence of VWF. The results revealed that FVIII-GFP is internalized by macrophages. We found that FVIII-GFP co-localizes with LDL receptor-related protein (LRP), and that the LRP antagonist Receptor Associated Protein (RAP) blocks the uptake of FVIII-GFP. However, FVIII-GFP was not detected in the macrophages in the presence of VWF, suggesting that the FVIII-VWF complex is not internalized by these cells at all. Apart from static conditions, we also investigated the effect of shear stress on the uptake of FVIII-GFP in presence of VWF. Immunofluorescence studies demonstrated that VWF does not block endocytosis of FVIII-GFP under flow conditions. Moreover, VWF itself was also internalized by the macrophages. Strikingly, in the presence of RAP, endocytosis of FVIII-GFP and VWF was inhibited. The results show that shear stress is required for macrophages to internalize both constituents of the FVIII-VWF complex. © 2012 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  6. Evaluation of von Willebrand factor phenotypes and genotypes in Hemophilia A patients with and without identified F8 mutations.

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    Boylan, B; Rice, A S; De Staercke, C; Eyster, M E; Yaish, H M; Knoll, C M; Bean, C J; Miller, C H

    2015-06-01

    Hemophilia A (HA) is an X-linked bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency in factor VIII (FVIII). von Willebrand disease (VWD) is characterized by a quantitative or qualitative defect in von Willebrand factor (VWF). Patients with VWD with severely low VWF or VWD Type 2N (VWD2N), a VWD subtype distinguished by defective VWF binding to FVIII, may have reduced FVIII levels secondary to their VWD. These patients superficially resemble patients with HA and pose a potential for misdiagnosis. To investigate the unexplained cause of bleeding in HA patients without known FVIII mutations by assessing plasma VWF antigen (VWF:Ag), FVIII binding capacities and VWF genotypes. Thirty-seven of 1027 patients with HA studied as part of the Hemophilia Inhibitor Research Study lacked identifiable F8 mutations. These patients (cases) and 73 patients with identified F8 mutations (controls) were evaluated for VWF:Ag, a patient's VWF capacity to bind FVIII (VWF:FVIIIB) and VWF sequence. Four cases had VWF:Ag < 3 IU dL(-1) and VWF mutations consistent with Type 3 VWD. Six cases and one control were heterozygous for mutations previously reported to cause Type 1 VWD (VWD1) (n = five cases and one control) or predicted to be deleterious by Polyphen2 and SIFT prediction tools (n = 1 case). One control had VWF:Ag < 30 IU dL(-1) and seven patients (four cases and three controls), including two cases who were heterozygous for a known VWD2N mutation, had reduced VWF:FVIIIB. These data emphasize that some patients diagnosed with HA require VWF assessments in order to achieve a comprehensive diagnosis and an optimal treatment strategy. © 2015 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  7. Quantitative Influence of ABO Blood Groups on Factor VIII and Its Ratio to von Willebrand Factor, Novel Observations from an ARIC Study of 11,673 Subjects.

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    Song, Jaewoo; Chen, Fengju; Campos, Marco; Bolgiano, Doug; Houck, Katie; Chambless, Lloyd E; Wu, Kenneth K; Folsom, Aaron R; Couper, David; Boerwinkle, Eric; Dong, Jing-fei

    2015-01-01

    ABO blood groups are known to influence the plasma level of von Willebrand factor (VWF), but little is known about the relationship between ABO and coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). We analyzed the influence of ABO genotypes on VWF antigen, FVIII activity, and their quantitative relationship in 11,673 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. VWF, FVIII, and FVIII/VWF levels varied significantly among O, A (A1 and A2), B and AB subjects, and the extent of which varied between Americans of European (EA) and African (AA) descent. We validated a strong influence of ABO blood type on VWF levels (15.2%), but also detected a direct ABO influence on FVIII activity (0.6%) and FVIII/VWF ratio (3.8%) after adjustment for VWF. We determined that FVIII activity changed 0.54% for every 1% change in VWF antigen level. This VWF-FVIII relationship differed between subjects with O and B blood types in EA, AA, and in male, but not female subjects. Variations in FVIII activity were primarily detected at low VWF levels. These new quantitative influences on VWF, FVIII and the FVIII/VWF ratio help understand how ABO genotypes differentially influence VWF, FVIII and their ratio, particularly in racial and gender specific manners.

  8. Quantitative Influence of ABO Blood Groups on Factor VIII and Its Ratio to von Willebrand Factor, Novel Observations from an ARIC Study of 11,673 Subjects

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    Campos, Marco; Bolgiano, Doug; Houck, Katie; Chambless, Lloyd E.; Wu, Kenneth K.; Folsom, Aaron R.; Couper, David; Boerwinkle, Eric; Dong, Jing-fei

    2015-01-01

    ABO blood groups are known to influence the plasma level of von Willebrand factor (VWF), but little is known about the relationship between ABO and coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). We analyzed the influence of ABO genotypes on VWF antigen, FVIII activity, and their quantitative relationship in 11,673 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. VWF, FVIII, and FVIII/VWF levels varied significantly among O, A (A1 and A2), B and AB subjects, and the extent of which varied between Americans of European (EA) and African (AA) descent. We validated a strong influence of ABO blood type on VWF levels (15.2%), but also detected a direct ABO influence on FVIII activity (0.6%) and FVIII/VWF ratio (3.8%) after adjustment for VWF. We determined that FVIII activity changed 0.54% for every 1% change in VWF antigen level. This VWF-FVIII relationship differed between subjects with O and B blood types in EA, AA, and in male, but not female subjects. Variations in FVIII activity were primarily detected at low VWF levels. These new quantitative influences on VWF, FVIII and the FVIII/VWF ratio help understand how ABO genotypes differentially influence VWF, FVIII and their ratio, particularly in racial and gender specific manners. PMID:26244499

  9. Bleeding spectrum in children with moderate or severe von Willebrand disease: Relevance of pediatric-specific bleeding.

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    Sanders, Yvonne V; Fijnvandraat, Karin; Boender, Johan; Mauser-Bunschoten, Evelien P; van der Bom, Johanna G; de Meris, Joke; Smiers, Frans J; Granzen, Bernd; Brons, Paul; Tamminga, Rienk Y J; Cnossen, Marjon H; Leebeek, Frank W G

    2015-12-01

    The bleeding phenotype of children with von Willebrand disease (VWD) needs to be characterized in detail to facilitate diagnosis during childhood and aid in the planning and assessment of treatment strategies. The objective was to evaluate the occurrence, type, and severity of bleeding in a large cohort of children with moderate and severe VWD. We included 113 children (aged 0-16 years) with Type 1 (n = 60), 2 (n = 44), and 3 (n = 9) VWD with von Willebrand factor (VWF) antigen and/or VWF ristocetin cofactor levels ≤ 30 U/dL from a nation-wide cross-sectional study ("Willebrand in the Netherlands" study). Bleeding severity and frequency were determined using the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis-Bleeding Assessment Tool (ISTH-BAT) with supplementary pediatric-specific bleeding symptoms (umbilical stump bleeding, cephalohematoma, cheek hematoma, conjunctival bleeding, postcircumcision and postvenipuncture bleeding). We found that all 26 postmenarche girls experienced menorrhagia. Other common bleedings were cutaneous (81%), oropharyngeal (64%), prolonged bleeding from minor wounds (58%), and epistaxis (56%). Pediatric-specific bleeding symptoms were present in 44% of patients. ISTH-BAT bleeding score was higher in index cases than in affected family members (median, 12.0 vs. 6.5, P < 0.001), higher in Type 3 VWD than in Type 2 or 1 (17.0 vs. 10.5 or 6.5, P < 0.001) and higher in children with severe (<10 U/dL) than moderate VWD (10-30 U/dL) (11.0 vs. 7.0, P < 0.001). Frequency of any bleeding, epistaxis, and oral cavity was higher in types 2 and 3 than in Type 1 VWD and was associated with VWF levels. We conclude that pediatric-specific bleeding symptoms occurred in a large proportion of children with moderate or severe VWD and should be included when evaluating children for VWD.

  10. Acquired von Willebrand syndrome in a case of polycythemia vera resulting in recurrent and massive bleeding events in the pleural and abdominal cavity.

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    Duan, Yanchao; Nie, Jing; Zhang, Zhirong; Ji, Chunyan

    2015-01-01

    A 52-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital three times in a span of 5 years in hypovolemic shock because of spontaneous and massive bleeding in the pleural and abdominal cavity. Blood tests revealed a high number of blood cells, and bone marrow smears showed trilineage myeloproliferation. Serum erythropoietin level was decreased. Analysis revealed a V617F mutation in the JAK2 protein. Her activated partial thromboplastin time was slightly prolonged, the ratio between von Willebrand factor (vWF) propeptide and vWF antigen was in the normal range, but the ratio between vWF and ristocetin cofactor was decreased dramatically. Further investigation revealed the absence of large and intermediate vWF-multimers. She was diagnosed with polycythemia vera with acquired von Willebrand syndrome. The bleeding was stopped using a transfusion of freshly thawed plasma and cryoprecipitate.

  11. [Relation of socioeconomic levels and life style to fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor in healthy Venezuelans and those with ischemic cardiopathy].

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    Rodríguez-Larralde, Alvaro; Mijares, Mercedes E; Nagy, Elena; Espinosa, Raul; Ryder, Elena; Diez-Ewald, María P; Torres, Enrique; Coll-Sangrona, Enriqueta; Rodríguez-Roa, Elsy; Carvajal, Zoila; Lundberg, Ulf; Campos, Gilberto; Gill, Amparo; Arocha-Piñango, Carmen L

    2005-06-01

    Previous studies in Europe, U.S.A and Japan have revealed an inverse relationship between socioeconomic levels and fibrinogen concentration. Similar results have been reported in a smaller number of studies for concentrations of von Willebrand factor. In this opportunity we present results on the relationship between smoking, drinking, physical activity, age and socioeconomic level on fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor concentrations in a Venezuelan sample. The control population consisted of 978 men and 968 women. Patients with coronary heart disease were 172 males and 78 females. The presence of one or more of the following conditions: smoking or less than 5 years of having quit, non drinkers or drinking in excess, and a reduced physical activity, was considered a health related risk factor for high levels of these two haemostatic variables. Our results indicate that in Controls, the socioeconomic level had a significant effect on fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor levels, only in women: those of lower socioeconomic levels had the highest concentrations. This difference was maintained when age was taken into account. Health related behaviors had no significant effect on either variable. In patients, age had no effect on either variable. The health behavior risk factor had a significant effect only on fibrinogen of male patients, and socioeconomic level had a significant effect only on the fibrinogen of female patients. More studies in Venezuela are recommended, in order to increase our knowledge on the relationship between socioeconomic levels, haemostatic markers and the occurrence of coronary heart disease.

  12. Severe transfuse related acute lung injury (TRALI) syndrome in a 14 years old girl with a history of type I von Willebrand disease.

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    Arghir, Oana C; Ionescu, Florin C; Apostol, Adriana

    2012-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder based on an autosomal abnormality of von Willebrand factor. Transfusion is a lifesaving medical intervention among patients with bleeding disorders. Patients with vWD are exposed to Transfuse Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI) when they become recipients of multiple blood products and repeated transfusions. TRALI is a non-hemolytic transfusion reaction induced by infusions of intravenous immunoglobulin, platelets (suspended in plasma), whole blood, cryoprecipitates, and fresh frozen plasma (FFP). We report a 14 years old white girl, with a history of type 1 von Willebrand disease (vWd), recipient of 2 units' fresh-frozen plasma (FFP) and 1 unit whole blood transfusion who developed an acute respiratory distress with severe hypoxemia and bilateral pulmonary infiltrate on chest X-ray within 3 hours of the whole blood transfusion, completely reversible after mechanical ventilation. Concluding, patients with vWd who received recurrent transfusions have an increased risk of TRALI. Physicians must be familiar with it as a cause of white lung X-ray pattern.

  13. Key role of glycoprotein Ib/V/IX and von Willebrand factor in platelet activation-dependent fibrin formation at low shear flow

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    Cosemans, Judith M. E. M.; Schols, Saskia E. M.; Stefanini, Lucia; de Witt, Susanne; Feijge, Marion A. H.; Hamulyák, Karly; Deckmyn, Hans; Bergmeier, Wolfgang

    2011-01-01

    A microscopic method was developed to study the role of platelets in fibrin formation. Perfusion of adhered platelets with plasma under coagulating conditions at a low shear rate (250−1) resulted in the assembly of a star-like fibrin network at the platelet surface. The focal fibrin formation on platelets was preceded by rises in cytosolic Ca2+, morphologic changes, and phosphatidylserine exposure. Fibrin formation was slightly affected by αIIbβ3 blockage, but it was greatly delayed and reduced by the following: inhibition of thrombin or platelet activation; interference in the binding of von Willebrand factor (VWF) to glycoprotein Ib/V/IX (GpIb-V-IX); plasma or blood from patients with type 1 von Willebrand disease; and plasma from mice deficient in VWF or the extracellular domain of GpIbα. In this process, the GpIb-binding A1 domain of VWF was similarly effective as full-length VWF. Prestimulation of platelets enhanced the formation of fibrin, which was abrogated by blockage of phosphatidylserine. Together, these results show that, in the presence of thrombin and low shear flow, VWF-induced activation of GpIb-V-IX triggers platelet procoagulant activity and anchorage of a star-like fibrin network. This process can be relevant in hemostasis and the manifestation of von Willebrand disease. PMID:21037087

  14. Assessing the clinical severity of type 1 von Willebrand disease patients with a microchip flow-chamber system.

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    Nogami, K; Ogiwara, K; Yada, K; Shida, Y; Takeyama, M; Yaoi, H; Minami, H; Furukawa, S; Hosokawa, K; Shima, M

    2016-04-01

    The clinical phenotype of von Willebrand disease (VWD) is heterogeneous, and von Willebrand factor ristocetin cofactor activity (VWF:RCo) does not always reflect clinical severity, especially in VWD type 1. We have reported the potential of a microchip flow-chamber system (Total-Thrombus Formation Analysis System [T-TAS®]) for assessing physiologic hemostasis in VWD. Aim To evaluate the relationship between T-TAS, bleeding score (BS) and laboratory test results in type 1 VWD patients. Microchips coated with collagen (platelet chip [PL-chip]) or collagen/thromboplastin (AR-chip) were used to assess platelet thrombus formation (PTF) at high shear rates or fibrin-rich PTF at low shear rates, respectively, in whole blood from 50 patients. The times needed for the flow pressure to increase by 10 kPa and 30 kPa (T10 and T30 ) from baseline were calculated from flow pressure curves. BS was determined by the use of a standardized questionnaire. PL-T10 values correlated with BS (R(2) ~ 0.45) better than VWF:RCo (R(2) ~ 0.36), irrespective of the flow rate, whereas AR-T10 showed only a weak correlation with BS (R(2) ~ 0.18). Patients with PL-T10 > 10 min or AR-T10 > 30 min had lower VWF levels and higher BS than those with PL-T10 ≤ 10 min or AR-T10 ≤ 30 min, and the greatest differences were observed with PL-T10. Clinical severity appeared to correlate best with PL-T10 > 8 min. BS was significantly higher in patients with VWF:RCo of < 10 IU dL(-1) than in those with VWF:RCo of 10 IU dL(-1) to < 25 IU dL(-1) and 25-40 IU dL(-1). In patients with VWF:RCo of < 10 IU dL(-1) , BS was significantly higher in those with PL-T10 > 8 min than in those with PL-T10 ≤ 8 min. T-TAS could be a useful technique for discriminating and predicting BS in VWD type 1 patients. © 2016 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  15. Similarity in joint and mucous bleeding syndromes in type 2N von Willebrand disease and severe hemophilia A coexisting with type 1 von Willebrand disease in two Chinese pedigrees.

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    Qin, H H; Xing, Z F; Wang, X F; Ding, Q L; Xi, X D; Wang, H L

    2014-04-01

    In this study, we investigated the molecular basis of two unrelated Chinese patients with hemostatic disorders. The proband of the first family had severe hemophilia A (HA) coexisting with type 1 von Willebrand disease (VWD) and the proband of the second family had type 2N VWD. Both probands had similar phenotypes, which included joint and mucosal bleeding, very low factor VIII (FVIII) activity (FVIII:C), and moderate reductions in VWF antigen (VWF:Ag) and VWF ristocetin cofactor activity (VWF:Rco), as well as a normal multimeric pattern. One FVIII mutation and three VWF mutations were identified: FVIII p.R446* and VWF heterozygous p.E216K mutations were detected in proband 1 and compound heterozygosity of VWF mutations (p.R816W and c.1911delC) in proband 2. Transient expression studies in HEK293T cells proved that R816W mutation abolished the binding of FVIII to VWF and slightly impaired protein synthesis and secretion; 1911delC mutation mainly impaired VWF protein synthesis and secretion. These results provided insight into the possible pathogenic mechanism of type 2N VWD in Chinese patients carrying these mutations.

  16. Von Willebrand Factor, ADAMTS13 and D-Dimer Are Correlated with Different Levels of Nephropathy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

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    Domingueti, Caroline Pereira; Dusse, Luci Maria S; Fóscolo, Rodrigo Bastos; Reis, Janice Sepúlveda; Annichino-Bizzacchi, Joyce Maria; Orsi, Fernanda Loureiro de Andrade; Mazetto, Bruna de Moraes; Carvalho, Maria das Graças; Gomes, Karina Braga; Fernandes, Ana Paula

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated whether von Willebrand factor, ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13), and D-Dimer were associated with different levels of renal function in patients with type 1 diabetes. Patients were classified according to level of renal function through estimated glomerular filtration rate: ≥90 and <130mL/min/1,73m2, n=52 (control group), ≥60 and <90mL/min/1,73m2, n=29 (mild renal dysfunction group), <60mL/min/1,73m2, n=28 (severe renal dysfunction group); and through urinary albumin excretion: normoalbuminuria, microalbuminuria and macroalbuminuria. Von Willebrand factor, ADAMTS13, and D-Dimer plasma levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. ADAMTS13 activity was determined by fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay. Von Willebrand factor levels were increased in patients with mild (P=0.001) and severe (P<0.001) renal dysfunction as compared to the control group. ADAMTS13 levels were also increased in mild (P=0.029) and severe (P=0.002) renal dysfunction groups in comparison to the control group, while ADAMTS13 activity was increased only in the severe renal dysfunction group as compared to the control group (P=0.006). No significant differences were observed among the groups regarding von Willebrand factor/ADAMTS13 ratio. ADAMTS13 activity/ADAMTS13 levels ratio was reduced in patients with mild (P=0.013) and severe (P=0.015) renal dysfunction as compared to the control group. D-Dimer levels were increased in patients with mild (P=0.006) and severe (P<0.001) renal dysfunction as compared to the control group; it was also higher in patients with severe renal dysfunction as compared to the mild renal dysfunction group (P=0.019). Similar results were found for albuminuria classification. Increased von Willebrand factor, ADAMTS13, and D-Dimer levels and decreased ADAMTS13 activity/ADAMTS13 levels ratio are associated with renal dysfunction in patients with type 1 diabetes

  17. Identification and Characterization of Novel Variations in Platelet G-Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR) Genes in Patients Historically Diagnosed with Type 1 von Willebrand Disease.

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    Stockley, Jacqueline; Nisar, Shaista P; Leo, Vincenzo C; Sabi, Essa; Cunningham, Margaret R; Eikenboom, Jeroen C; Lethagen, Stefan; Schneppenheim, Reinhard; Goodeve, Anne C; Watson, Steve P; Mundell, Stuart J; Daly, Martina E

    2015-01-01

    The clinical expression of type 1 von Willebrand disease may be modified by co-inheritance of other mild bleeding diatheses. We previously showed that mutations in the platelet P2Y12 ADP receptor gene (P2RY12) could contribute to the bleeding phenotype in patients with type 1 von Willebrand disease. Here we investigated whether variations in platelet G protein-coupled receptor genes other than P2RY12 also contributed to the bleeding phenotype. Platelet G protein-coupled receptor genes P2RY1, F2R, F2RL3, TBXA2R and PTGIR were sequenced in 146 index cases with type 1 von Willebrand disease and the potential effects of identified single nucleotide variations were assessed using in silico methods and heterologous expression analysis. Seven heterozygous single nucleotide variations were identified in 8 index cases. Two single nucleotide variations were detected in F2R; a novel c.-67G>C transversion which reduced F2R transcriptional activity and a rare c.1063C>T transition predicting a p.L355F substitution which did not interfere with PAR1 expression or signalling. Two synonymous single nucleotide variations were identified in F2RL3 (c.402C>G, p.A134 =; c.1029 G>C p.V343 =), both of which introduced less commonly used codons and were predicted to be deleterious, though neither of them affected PAR4 receptor expression. A third single nucleotide variation in F2RL3 (c.65 C>A; p.T22N) was co-inherited with a synonymous single nucleotide variation in TBXA2R (c.6680 C>T, p.S218 =). Expression and signalling of the p.T22N PAR4 variant was similar to wild-type, while the TBXA2R variation introduced a cryptic splice site that was predicted to cause premature termination of protein translation. The enrichment of single nucleotide variations in G protein-coupled receptor genes among type 1 von Willebrand disease patients supports the view of type 1 von Willebrand disease as a polygenic disorder.

  18. Von Willebrand Factor, ADAMTS13 and D-Dimer Are Correlated with Different Levels of Nephropathy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Domingueti, Caroline Pereira; Dusse, Luci Maria S.; Fóscolo, Rodrigo Bastos; Reis, Janice Sepúlveda; Annichino-Bizzacchi, Joyce Maria; Orsi, Fernanda Loureiro de Andrade; Mazetto, Bruna de Moraes; Carvalho, Maria das Graças; Gomes, Karina Braga; Fernandes, Ana Paula

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated whether von Willebrand factor, ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13), and D-Dimer were associated with different levels of renal function in patients with type 1 diabetes. Patients were classified according to level of renal function through estimated glomerular filtration rate: ≥90 and <130mL/min/1,73m2, n=52 (control group), ≥60 and <90mL/min/1,73m2, n=29 (mild renal dysfunction group), <60mL/min/1,73m2, n=28 (severe renal dysfunction group); and through urinary albumin excretion: normoalbuminuria, microalbuminuria and macroalbuminuria. Von Willebrand factor, ADAMTS13, and D-Dimer plasma levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. ADAMTS13 activity was determined by fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay. Von Willebrand factor levels were increased in patients with mild (P=0.001) and severe (P<0.001) renal dysfunction as compared to the control group. ADAMTS13 levels were also increased in mild (P=0.029) and severe (P=0.002) renal dysfunction groups in comparison to the control group, while ADAMTS13 activity was increased only in the severe renal dysfunction group as compared to the control group (P=0.006). No significant differences were observed among the groups regarding von Willebrand factor/ADAMTS13 ratio. ADAMTS13 activity/ADAMTS13 levels ratio was reduced in patients with mild (P=0.013) and severe (P=0.015) renal dysfunction as compared to the control group. D-Dimer levels were increased in patients with mild (P=0.006) and severe (P<0.001) renal dysfunction as compared to the control group; it was also higher in patients with severe renal dysfunction as compared to the mild renal dysfunction group (P=0.019). Similar results were found for albuminuria classification. Increased von Willebrand factor, ADAMTS13, and D-Dimer levels and decreased ADAMTS13 activity/ADAMTS13 levels ratio are associated with renal dysfunction in patients with type 1 diabetes

  19. Limited polymorphism in Plasmodium falciparum ookinete surface antigen, von Willebrand factor A domain-related protein from clinical isolates

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    Richards, Jack S; MacDonald, Nicholas J; Eisen, Damon P

    2006-01-01

    Background As malaria becomes increasingly drug resistant and more costly to treat, there is increasing urgency to develop effective vaccines. In comparison to other stages of the malaria lifecycle, sexual stage antigens are under less immune selection pressure and hence are likely to have limited antigenic diversity. Methods Clinical isolates from a wide range of geographical regions were collected. Direct sequencing of PCR products was then used to determine the extent of polymorphisms for the novel Plasmodium falciparum sexual stage antigen von Willebrand Factor A domain-related Protein (PfWARP). These isolates were also used to confirm the extent of diversity of sexual stage antigen Pfs28. Results PfWARP was shown to have non-synonymous substitutions at 3 positions and Pfs28 was confirmed to have a single non-synonymous substitution as previously described. Conclusion This study demonstrates the limited antigenic diversity of two prospective P. falciparum sexual stage antigens, PfWARP and Pfs28. This provides further encouragement for the proceeding with vaccine trials based on these antigens. PMID:16820064

  20. Functional characterization of tissue factor in von Willebrand factor-dependent thrombus formation under whole blood flow conditions.

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    Matsunari, Yasunori; Sugimoto, Mitsuhiko; Doi, Masaaki; Matsui, Hideto; Kawaguchi, Masahiko

    2016-12-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) plays an important role in mediating platelet adhesion and aggregation under high shear rate conditions. Such platelet aggregates are strengthened by fibrin-network formation triggered by tissue factor (TF). However, little is known about the role of TF in VWF-dependent thrombus formation under blood flow conditions. We evaluated TF in thrombus formation on immobilized VWF under whole blood flow conditions in an in vitro perfusion chamber system. Surface-immobilized TF amplified intra-thrombus fibrin generation significantly under both low and high shear flow conditions, while TF in sample blood showed no appreciable effects. Furthermore, immobilized TF enhanced VWF-dependent platelet adhesion and aggregation significantly under high shear rates. Neutrophil cathepsin G and elastase increased significantly intra-thrombus fibrin deposition on immobilized VWF-TF complex, suggesting the involvement of leukocyte inflammatory responses in VWF/TF-dependent mural thrombogenesis under these flow conditions. These results reveal a functional link between VWF and TF under whole blood flow conditions, in which surface-immobilized TF and VWF mutually contribute to mural thrombus formation, which is essential for normal hemostasis. By contrast, TF circulating in blood may be involved in systemic hypercoagulability, as seen in sepsis caused by severe microbial infection, in which neutrophil inflammatory responses may be active.

  1. Expression of von Willebrand factor, pulmonary intravascular macrophages, and Toll-like receptors in lungs of septic foals

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    Harrison, Jacqueline M. E.; Quanstrom, Leah M.; Robinson, Alex R.; Wobeser, Bruce; Anderson, Stacy L.

    2017-01-01

    Sepsis causes significant mortality in neonatal foals; however, there is little data describing the cellular and molecular pathways of lung inflammation in septic foals. This study was conducted to characterize lung inflammation in septic foals. Lung tissue sections from control (n = 6) and septic (n = 17) foals were compared using histology and immunohistology. Blinded pathologic scoring of hematoxylin and eosin stained samples revealed increased features of lung inflammation such as thickened alveolar septa and sequestered inflammatory cells in septic foals. Septic foal lungs showed increased expression of von Willebrand factor in blood vessels, demonstrating vascular inflammation. Use of MAC387 antibody to detect calprotectin as a reflection of mononuclear cell infiltration revealed a significant increase in their numbers in alveolar septa of lungs from septic foals compared to those from control foals. The mononuclear cells appeared to be mature macrophages and were located in the septal capillaries, suggesting they were pulmonary intravascular macrophages (PIMs). Finally, lungs from septic foals showed increased expression of Toll-like receptor 4 and 9 in mononuclear cells relative to the control. Taken together, this study is the first to show the expression of inflammatory molecules and an increase in PIMs in lungs from foals that died from sepsis. PMID:27297419

  2. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of desmopressin: effect on plasma factor VIII:C and von Willebrand factor.

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    Argenti, D; Jensen, B K; Heald, D

    1997-01-01

    The relationship between plasma concentrations of desmopressin and clotting factors Factor VIII:C (FVIII:C) and von Willebrand Factor (vWF) were explored after a single 15-minute intravenous infusion of desmopressin (0.3 microg/kg) to 28 healthy male subjects. Individual plasma desmopressin-vWF and desmopressin-FVIII:C concentration/response-time data were fitted to a pharmacodynamic sigmoid E ( max ) model linked to a two-compartment open pharmacokinetic model (Ke0 link). The model demonstrated that the onset rate of pharmacodynamic activity for FVIII:C and vWF was relatively rapid following intravenous administration. However, the offset rate of pharmacodynamic activity was rate-limited by the elimination rate of desmopressin. Mean maximum pharmacodynamic activity for both factors was estimated to be three- to four-times higher than baseline activity, and the mean desmopressin concentrations that produce half-maximal effects were approximately 250 to 300 pg/mL. Interindividual variation in pharmacodynamic-parameter estimates were of the magnitude that suggests a wide range of pharmacodynamic responses are possible for a fixed desmopressin dose.

  3. Type II PI4-kinases control Weibel-Palade body biogenesis and von Willebrand factor structure in human endothelial cells.

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    Lopes da Silva, Mafalda; O'Connor, Marie N; Kriston-Vizi, Janos; White, Ian J; Al-Shawi, Raya; Simons, J Paul; Mössinger, Julia; Haucke, Volker; Cutler, Daniel F

    2016-05-15

    Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs) are endothelial storage organelles that mediate the release of molecules involved in thrombosis, inflammation and angiogenesis, including the pro-thrombotic glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (VWF). Although many protein components required for WPB formation and function have been identified, the role of lipids is almost unknown. We examined two key phosphatidylinositol kinases that control phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate levels at the trans-Golgi network, the site of WPB biogenesis. RNA interference of the type II phosphatidylinositol 4-kinases PI4KIIα and PI4KIIβ in primary human endothelial cells leads to formation of an increased proportion of short WPB with perturbed packing of VWF, as exemplified by increased exposure of antibody-binding sites. When stimulated with histamine, these cells release normal levels of VWF yet, under flow, form very few platelet-catching VWF strings. In PI4KIIα-deficient mice, immuno-microscopy revealed that VWF packaging is also perturbed and these mice exhibit increased blood loss after tail cut compared to controls. This is the first demonstration that lipid kinases can control the biosynthesis of VWF and the formation of WPBs that are capable of full haemostatic function.

  4. Weibel-Palade body size modulates the adhesive activity of its von Willebrand Factor cargo in cultured endothelial cells.

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    Ferraro, Francesco; Mafalda Lopes da, Silva; Grimes, William; Lee, Hwee Kuan; Ketteler, Robin; Kriston-Vizi, Janos; Cutler, Daniel F

    2016-08-31

    Changes in the size of cellular organelles are often linked to modifications in their function. Endothelial cells store von Willebrand Factor (vWF), a glycoprotein essential to haemostasis in Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs), cigar-shaped secretory granules that are generated in a wide range of sizes. We recently showed that forcing changes in the size of WPBs modifies the activity of this cargo. We now find that endothelial cells treated with statins produce shorter WPBs and that the vWF they release at exocytosis displays a reduced capability to recruit platelets to the endothelial cell surface. Investigating other functional consequences of size changes of WPBs, we also report that the endothelial surface-associated vWF formed at exocytosis recruits soluble plasma vWF and that this process is reduced by treatments that shorten WPBs, statins included. These results indicate that the post-exocytic adhesive activity of vWF towards platelets and plasma vWF at the endothelial surface reflects the size of their storage organelle. Our findings therefore show that changes in WPB size, by influencing the adhesive activity of its vWF cargo, may represent a novel mode of regulation of platelet aggregation at the vascular wall.

  5. New developments in lung endothelial heterogeneity: Von Willebrand factor, P-selectin, and the Weibel-Palade body.

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    Ochoa, Cristhiaan D; Wu, Songwei; Stevens, Troy

    2010-04-01

    Quiescent pulmonary endothelium establishes an antithrombotic, anti-inflammatory surface that promotes blood flow. However, the endothelium rapidly responds to injury and inflammation by promoting thrombosis and enabling the directed transmigration of inflammatory cells, such as neutrophils, into the alveolar airspace. Although the endothelial cell signals responsible for establishing a prothrombotic surface are distinct from those responsible for recognizing circulating neutrophils, these processes are highly interrelated. Von Willebrand factor (VWF)-stimulated secretion plays an important role in thrombus formation, and P-selectin surface expression plays a key role in neutrophil binding necessary for transmigration. Both VWF and P-selectin are located within Weibel-Palade bodies in pulmonary arteries and arterioles, yet Weibel-Palade bodies are absent in capillaries. Despite the absence of the Weibel-Palade bodies, pulmonary capillaries express both VWF and P-selectin. The physiological and pathophysiological significance of these observations is unclear. In this review, we address some anatomical and physiological features that distinguish pulmonary artery, capillary, and vein endothelium. In addition, we review our current understanding regarding the stimulated secretion of VWF and P-selectin in pulmonary artery and capillary endothelium. This information is considered in the context of vasculitis and pneumonia, two pathophysiological processes to which the stimulated secretion of VWF and P-selectin contribute.

  6. Factor VIII alters tubular organization and functional properties of von Willebrand factor stored in Weibel-Palade bodies.

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    Bouwens, Eveline A M; Mourik, Marjon J; van den Biggelaar, Maartje; Eikenboom, Jeroen C J; Voorberg, Jan; Valentijn, Karine M; Mertens, Koen

    2011-11-24

    In endothelial cells, von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimers are packaged into tubules that direct biogenesis of elongated Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs). WPB release results in unfurling of VWF tubules and assembly into strings that serve to recruit platelets. By confocal microscopy, we have previously observed a rounded morphology of WPBs in blood outgrowth endothelial cells transduced to express factor VIII (FVIII). Using correlative light-electron microscopy and tomography, we now demonstrate that FVIII-containing WPBs have disorganized, short VWF tubules. Whereas normal FVIII and FVIII Y1680F interfered with formation of ultra-large VWF multimers, release of the WPBs resulted in VWF strings of equal length as those from nontransduced blood outgrowth endothelial cells. After release, both WPB-derived FVIII and FVIII Y1680F remained bound to VWF strings, which however had largely lost their ability to recruit platelets. Strings from nontransduced cells, however, were capable of simultaneously recruiting exogenous FVIII and platelets. These findings suggest that the interaction of FVIII with VWF during WPB formation is independent of Y1680, is maintained after WPB release in FVIII-covered VWF strings, and impairs recruitment of platelets. Apparently, intra-cellular and extracellular assembly of FVIII-VWF complex involves distinct mechanisms, which differ with regard to their implications for platelet binding to released VWF strings.

  7. von Willebrand factor fibers promote cancer-associated platelet aggregation in malignant melanoma of mice and humans

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    Bauer, Alexander T.; Suckau, Jan; Frank, Kathrin; Desch, Anna; Goertz, Lukas; Wagner, Andreas H.; Hecker, Markus; Goerge, Tobias; Umansky, Ludmila; Beckhove, Philipp; Utikal, Jochen; Gorzelanny, Christian; Diaz-Valdes, Nancy; Umansky, Viktor

    2015-01-01

    Tumor-mediated procoagulatory activity leads to venous thromboembolism and supports metastasis in cancer patients. A prerequisite for metastasis formation is the interaction of cancer cells with endothelial cells (ECs) followed by their extravasation. Although it is known that activation of ECs and the release of the procoagulatory protein von Willebrand factor (VWF) is essential for malignancy, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. We hypothesized that VWF fibers in tumor vessels promote tumor-associated thromboembolism and metastasis. Using in vitro settings, mouse models, and human tumor samples, we showed that melanoma cells activate ECs followed by the luminal release of VWF fibers and platelet aggregation in tumor microvessels. Analysis of human blood samples and tumor tissue revealed that a promoted VWF release combined with a local inhibition of proteolytic activity and protein expression of ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin-like and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type I repeats 13) accounts for this procoagulatory milieu. Blocking endothelial cell activation by the low-molecular-weight heparin tinzaparin was accompanied by a lack of VWF networks and inhibited tumor progression in a transgenic mouse model. Our findings implicate a mechanism wherein tumor-derived vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) promotes tumor progression and angiogenesis. Thus, targeting EC activation envisions new therapeutic strategies attenuating tumor-related angiogenesis and coagulation. PMID:25977583

  8. The Carmat Bioprosthetic Total Artificial Heart Is Associated With Early Hemostatic Recovery and no Acquired von Willebrand Syndrome in Calves.

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    Smadja, David M; Susen, Sophie; Rauch, Antoine; Cholley, Bernard; Latrémouille, Christian; Duveau, Daniel; Zilberstein, Luca; Méléard, Denis; Boughenou, Marie-Fazia; Belle, Eric Van; Gaussem, Pascale; Capel, Antoine; Jansen, Piet; Carpentier, Alain

    2017-03-01

    To determine hemostasis perturbations, including von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimers, after implantation of a new bioprosthetic and pulsatile total artificial heart (TAH). Preclinical study SETTING: Single-center biosurgical research laboratory. Female Charolais calves, 2-to-6 months old, weighing 102-to-122 kg. Surgical implantation of TAH through a mid-sternotomy approach. Four of 12 calves had a support duration of several days (4, 4, 8, and 10 days), allowing for the exploration of early steps of hemostasis parameters, including prothrombin time; coagulation factor levels (II, V, VII+X, and fibrinogen); and platelet count. Multimeric analysis of VWF was performed to detect a potential loss of high-molecular weight (HMW) multimers, as previously described for continuous flow rotary blood pumps. Despite the absence of anticoagulant treatment administered in the postoperative phase, no signs of coagulation activation were detected. Indeed, after an immediate postsurgery decrease of prothrombin time, platelet count, and coagulation factor levels, most parameters returned to baseline values. HMW multimers of VWF remained stable either after initiation or during days of support. Coagulation parameters and platelet count recovery in the postoperative phase of the Carmat TAH (Camat SA, Velizy Villacoublay Cedex, France) implantation in calves, in the absence of anticoagulant treatment and associated with the absence of decrease in HMW multimers of VWF, is in line with early hemocompatibility that is currently being validated in human clinical studies. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  9. The function of ultra-large von Willebrand factor multimers in high shear flow controlled by ADAMTS13.

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    Reininger, A J

    2015-01-01

    The paradigm that platelet aggregation, which contributes to bleeding arrest and also to thrombovascular disorders, initiates after signaling-induced platelet activation has been refuted in past recent years. Platelets can form aggregates independently of activation when soluble von Willebrand factor (VWF) is present and the shear rate exceeds a certain threshold where active A1 domains become exposed in soluble VWF multimers and can bind to platelet glycoprotein Ib. Subsequently - fostering each other - VWF can self-assemble into large nets combining with platelets into large conglomerates, which are entirely reversible when they enter a flow region with shear rates below the threshold. In addition the threshold changes from approximately 20 000 s⁻¹ in wall parallel flow to approximately 10 000 s⁻¹ in stagnation point flow. VWF containing ultra-large multimers - as when just released from endothelial storage sites - has been shown to have the highest binding potential to platelets and to each other, thus facilitating rapid platelet accrual to sites of vessel injury and exposed subendothelial structures, i.e. collagen. The VWF nets as well as the platelet-VWF conglomerates are controlled by the cleaving protease ADAMTS13 within minutes under high shear flow. Therewith the hemostatic potential is delivered where needed and the thrombogenic potential is highly controlled twofold: by flow and enzymatic proteolytic cleavage.

  10. The discriminant power of bleeding history for the diagnosis of type 1 von Willebrand disease: an international, multicenter study.

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    Rodeghiero, F; Castaman, G; Tosetto, A; Batlle, J; Baudo, F; Cappelletti, A; Casana, P; De Bosch, N; Eikenboom, J C J; Federici, A B; Lethagen, S; Linari, S; Srivastava, A

    2005-12-01

    The aim of this study was the validation of the criteria defining a significant mucocutaneous-bleeding history in type 1 von Willebrand disease (VWD). To avoid selection bias, 42 obligatory carriers (OC) of type 1 VWD were identified from a panel of 42 families with type 1 VWD enrolled by 10 expert centers. OC were identified by the presence of an offspring and another first degree relative with type 1 VWD (affected subjects, AFF). A standardized questionnaire was administered to evaluate hemorrhagic symptoms at the time of first examination, using a bleeding score ranging from 0 (no symptom) to 3 (hospitalization, replacement therapy, blood transfusion). Sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic likelihood ratios, positive and negative predictive values for the diagnosis of type 1 VWD were calculated from the data collected in OC and in 215 controls. Having at least three hemorrhagic symptoms or a bleeding score of 3 in males and 5 in females was very specific (98.6%) for the bleeding history of type 1 VWD, although less sensitive (69.1%). None of the misclassified OC had life-threatening bleeding episodes after diagnosis. We suggest that the use of a standardized questionnaire and bleeding score may be useful for the identification of subjects requiring laboratory evaluation for VWD.

  11. Cell type-specific regulation of von Willebrand factor expression by the E4BP4 transcriptional repressor.

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    Hough, Christine; Cuthbert, Carla D; Notley, Colleen; Brown, Christine; Hegadorn, Carol; Berber, Ergul; Lillicrap, David

    2005-02-15

    Mechanisms of tissue-restricted patterns of von Willebrand factor (VWF) expression involve activators and repressors that limit expression to endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. The relative transcriptional activity of the proximal VWF promoter was assessed in VWF-producing and -nonproducing cells, and promoter activity was highest in endothelial cells followed by megakaryocytes. Only basal VWF promoter activity was seen in nonendothelial cells. Here we identify a negative response element located at nucleotides (nts) +96/+105 and demonstrate, using chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) analysis, that in vivo this sequence interacts with the E4BP4 transcriptional repressor. Differences in size and relative abundance of nuclear E4BP4 were observed. In HepG2 cells, low levels of larger forms of E4BP4 are present that directly interact with the negative response element. In VWF-expressing cells, high levels of smaller forms predominate with no evidence of direct DNA binding. However, in endothelial cells, mutation of the VWF E4BP4 binding motif not only restores but also further elevates VWF promoter activity, suggesting that E4BP4 may be part of a coordinated binding complex. These observations implicate this binding motif in repressing both activated and basal levels of VWF transcription by different cell type-specific mechanisms, and support the hypothesis that E4BP4 sequesters negative regulators of transcription, thereby enhancing activated gene expression.

  12. Role of RNA splicing in mediating lineage-specific expression of the von Willebrand factor gene in the endothelium.

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    Yuan, Lei; Janes, Lauren; Beeler, David; Spokes, Katherine C; Smith, Joshua; Li, Dan; Jaminet, Shou-Ching; Oettgen, Peter; Aird, William C

    2013-05-23

    We previously demonstrated that the first intron of the human von Willebrand factor (vWF) is required for gene expression in the endothelium of transgenic mice. Based on this finding, we hypothesized that RNA splicing plays a role in mediating vWF expression in the vasculature. To address this question, we used transient transfection assays in human endothelial cells and megakaryocytes with intron-containing and intronless human vWF promoter-luciferase constructs. Next, we generated knockin mice in which LacZ was targeted to the endogenous mouse vWF locus in the absence or presence of the native first intron or heterologous introns from the human β-globin, mouse Down syndrome critical region 1, or hagfish coagulation factor X genes. In both the in vitro assays and the knockin mice, the loss of the first intron of vWF resulted in a significant reduction of reporter gene expression in endothelial cells but not megakaryocytes. This effect was rescued to varying degrees by the introduction of a heterologous intron. Intron-mediated enhancement of expression was mediated at a posttranscriptional level. Together, these findings implicate a role for intronic splicing in mediating lineage-specific expression of vWF in the endothelium.

  13. Von Willebrand factor excess and ADAMTS13 deficiency: a unifying pathomechanism linking inflammation to thrombosis in DIC, malaria, and TTP

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    Schwameis, Michael; Schörgenhofer, Christian; Assinger, Alice; Steiner, Margarete M.; Jilma, Bernd

    2016-01-01

    Absent or severely diminished activity of ADAMTS13 (A Disintegrin And Metalloprotease with a ThromboSpondin type 1 motif, member 13) resulting in the intravascular persistence and accumulation of highly thrombogenic ultra large von Willebrand factor (UL-VWF) multimers is the pathophysiological mechanism underlying thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Reduced VWF-cleaving protease levels, however, are not uniquely restricted to primary thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), e.g. thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, but also occur in other life-threatening thrombocytopenic conditions: severely decreased ADAMTS13 activity is seen in severe sepsis, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) and complicated malarial infection. The clinical relevance of these secondary thrombotic microangiopathies is increasingly recognized, but its therapeutic implications have not been determined yet. The presence of a secondary TMA in certain diseases may define patient groups which possibly could benefit from ADAMTS13 replacement or a VWF-targeting therapy. This short-review focuses on the role of UL-VWF multimers in secondary TMA and discusses the potential of investigational therapies as candidates for the treatment of TTP. Conclusion Prospective clinical trials on the effectiveness of protease replacement in vivo seem reasonable. Carefully selected patients with secondary TMA may benefit from therapies primarily intended for the use in patients with TTP. PMID:25503977

  14. Does von Willebrand factor improve the predictive ability of current risk stratification scores in patients with atrial fibrillation?

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    García-Fernández, Amaya; Roldán, Vanessa; Rivera-Caravaca, José Miguel; Hernández-Romero, Diana; Valdés, Mariano; Vicente, Vicente; Lip, Gregory Y. H.; Marín, Francisco

    2017-01-01

    Von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a biomarker of endothelial dysfunction. We investigated its role on prognosis in anticoagulated atrial fibrillation (AF) patients and determined whether its addition to clinical risk stratification schemes improved event-risk prediction. Consecutive outpatients with non-valvular AF were recruited and rates of thrombotic/cardiovascular events, major bleeding and mortality were recorded. The effect of vWF on prognosis was calculated using a Cox regression model. Improvements in predictive accuracy over current scores were determined by calculating the integrated discrimination improvement (IDI), net reclassification improvement (NRI), comparison of receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) curves and Decision Curve Analysis (DCA). 1215 patients (49% males, age 76 (71–81) years) were included. Follow-up was almost 7 years. Significant associations were found between vWF and cardiovascular events, stroke, mortality and bleeding. Based on IDI and NRI, addition of vWF to CHA2DS2-VASc statistically improved its predictive value, but c-indexes were not significantly different. For major bleeding, the addition of vWF to HAS-BLED improved the c-index but not IDI or NRI. DCA showed minimal net benefit. vWF acts as a simple prognostic biomarker in AF and, whilst its addition to current scores statistically improves prediction for some endpoints, absolute changes and impact on clinical decision-making are marginal. PMID:28134282

  15. Nanomechanical Contribution of Collagen and von Willebrand Factor A in Marine Underwater Adhesion and Its Implication for Collagen Manipulation.

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    Yoo, Hee Young; Huang, Jun; Li, Lin; Foo, Mathias; Zeng, Hongbo; Hwang, Dong Soo

    2016-03-14

    Recent works on mussel adhesion have identified a load bearing matrix protein (PTMP1) containing von Willebrand factor (vWF) with collagen binding capability that contributes to the mussel holdfast by manipulating mussel collagens. Using a surface forces apparatus, we investigate for the first time, the nanomechanical properties of vWF-collagen interaction using homologous proteins of mussel byssus, PTMP1 and preCollagens (preCols), as collagen. Mimicking conditions similar to mussel byssus secretion (pH < 5.0) and seawater condition (pH 8.0), PTMP1 and preCol interact weakly in the "positioning" phase based on vWF-collagen binding and strengthen in "locked" phase due to the combined effects of electrostatic attraction, metal binding, and mechanical shearing. The progressive enhancement of binding between PTMP1 with porcine collagen under the aforementioned conditions is also observed. The binding mechanisms of PTMP1-preCols provide insights into the molecular interaction of the mammalian collagen system and the development of an artificial extracellular matrix based on collagens.

  16. [Applying uncertainty theory in caring for the family of a von Willebrand disease patient experiencing first time upper gastrointestinal bleeding].

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    Chung, Ai-Lun; Shun, Shiow-Ching; Lin, Chih-Yu

    2009-10-01

    The purpose of this report was to describe the nursing experience in helping a primary caregiver cope with uncertainty as his mother experienced upper gastrointestinal (UGI) bleeding underlying von Willebrand disease and Scleromyxedema in an Emergency Department between 10 and 18 July 2008. Mishel's Uncertainty Theory was applied to assess the caregiver's uncertainty and patient disease progression. Data were collected through clinical observation, chart review, and interviews. The caregiver's nursing problems were identified as (1) uncertainty caused by symptoms of the rare disease and the probability of recurrent bleeding in the future; (2) uncertainty caused by lack of knowledge about the disease; (3) uncertainty caused by lack of confidence in home caring issues after UGI bleeding. During the nursing period, we provided clinical information related to the disease and offered psychological support to the caregiver based on our Mishel's Uncertainty Scale assessment. Successful strategies utilized by our intervention helped the caregiver reduce level of uncertainty, increase confidence to care for his mother, and improve the quality of further home care.

  17. Type II PI4-kinases control Weibel-Palade body biogenesis and von Willebrand factor structure in human endothelial cells

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    Lopes da Silva, Mafalda; O'Connor, Marie N.; Kriston-Vizi, Janos; White, Ian J.; Al-Shawi, Raya; Simons, J. Paul; Mössinger, Julia; Haucke, Volker

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs) are endothelial storage organelles that mediate the release of molecules involved in thrombosis, inflammation and angiogenesis, including the pro-thrombotic glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (VWF). Although many protein components required for WPB formation and function have been identified, the role of lipids is almost unknown. We examined two key phosphatidylinositol kinases that control phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate levels at the trans-Golgi network, the site of WPB biogenesis. RNA interference of the type II phosphatidylinositol 4-kinases PI4KIIα and PI4KIIβ in primary human endothelial cells leads to formation of an increased proportion of short WPB with perturbed packing of VWF, as exemplified by increased exposure of antibody-binding sites. When stimulated with histamine, these cells release normal levels of VWF yet, under flow, form very few platelet-catching VWF strings. In PI4KIIα-deficient mice, immuno-microscopy revealed that VWF packaging is also perturbed and these mice exhibit increased blood loss after tail cut compared to controls. This is the first demonstration that lipid kinases can control the biosynthesis of VWF and the formation of WPBs that are capable of full haemostatic function. PMID:27068535

  18. Weibel-Palade body size modulates the adhesive activity of its von Willebrand Factor cargo in cultured endothelial cells

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    Ferraro, Francesco; Mafalda Lopes da, Silva; Grimes, William; Lee, Hwee Kuan; Ketteler, Robin; Kriston-Vizi, Janos; Cutler, Daniel F.

    2016-01-01

    Changes in the size of cellular organelles are often linked to modifications in their function. Endothelial cells store von Willebrand Factor (vWF), a glycoprotein essential to haemostasis in Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs), cigar-shaped secretory granules that are generated in a wide range of sizes. We recently showed that forcing changes in the size of WPBs modifies the activity of this cargo. We now find that endothelial cells treated with statins produce shorter WPBs and that the vWF they release at exocytosis displays a reduced capability to recruit platelets to the endothelial cell surface. Investigating other functional consequences of size changes of WPBs, we also report that the endothelial surface-associated vWF formed at exocytosis recruits soluble plasma vWF and that this process is reduced by treatments that shorten WPBs, statins included. These results indicate that the post-exocytic adhesive activity of vWF towards platelets and plasma vWF at the endothelial surface reflects the size of their storage organelle. Our findings therefore show that changes in WPB size, by influencing the adhesive activity of its vWF cargo, may represent a novel mode of regulation of platelet aggregation at the vascular wall. PMID:27576551

  19. Moderate Dietary Supplementation with Omega-3 Fatty Acids Does Not Impact Plasma Von Willebrand Factor Profile in Mildly Hypertensive Subjects

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    Bürgin-Maunder, Corinna S.; Brooks, Peter R.; Hitchen-Holmes, Deborah; Russell, Fraser D.

    2015-01-01

    Long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFAs) have blood pressure lowering and antithrombotic effects, which may benefit hypertensive patients. Increased plasma concentration of von Willebrand factor (vWF), a procoagulant glycoprotein, has been identified in patients with severe hypertension, with some, but not all studies showing an increase with mild hypertension. In this study, we determined the plasma concentration, multimer distribution, and collagen binding activity of vWF in subjects with mild hypertension and determined whether these parameters might improve after dietary supplementation with moderate amounts of LC n-3 PUFAs. Hypertensive and normotensive subjects were randomized to 12-week treatment with LC n-3 PUFAs (2.52 g/day) or placebo (canola oil). Home blood pressure measurements were recorded daily, and blood samples were collected every 3 weeks. LC n-3 PUFAs increased the n-3 index to cardioprotective levels (>8%). Plasma concentration, multimer distribution, and collagen binding activity of vWF were not reduced by LC n-3 PUFA treatment. We conclude that, at the concentration and duration used in this study, benefits of LC n-3 PUFAs in subjects with mild hypertension are not associated with a direct effect on vWF concentration or function. This trial is registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ACTRN12610000713099. PMID:26290867

  20. Polydom: a secreted protein with pentraxin, complement control protein, epidermal growth factor and von Willebrand factor A domains.

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    Gilgès, D; Vinit, M A; Callebaut, I; Coulombel, L; Cacheux, V; Romeo, P H; Vigon, I

    2000-01-01

    To identify extracellular proteins with epidermal growth factor (EGF) domains that are potentially involved in the control of haemopoiesis, we performed degenerate reverse-transcriptase-mediated PCR on the murine bone-marrow stromal cell line MS-5 and isolated a new partial cDNA encoding EGF-like domains related to those in the Notch proteins. Cloning and sequencing of the full-length cDNA showed that it encoded a new extracellular multi-domain protein that we named polydom. This 387 kDa mosaic protein contained a signal peptide followed by a new association of eight different protein domains, including a pentraxin domain and a von Willebrand factor type A domain, ten EGF domains, and 34 complement control protein modules. The human polydom mRNA is strongly expressed in placenta, its expression in the other tissues being weak or undetectable. The particular multidomain structure of the encoded protein suggests an important biological role in cellular adhesion and/or in the immune system. PMID:11062057

  1. Von Willebrand Factor Regulation in Patients with Acute and Chronic Cerebrovascular Disease: A Pilot, Case–Control Study

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    Kraft, Peter; Drechsler, Christiane; Gunreben, Ignaz; Nieswandt, Bernhard; Stoll, Guido; Heuschmann, Peter Ulrich; Kleinschnitz, Christoph

    2014-01-01

    Background and Purpose In animal models, von Willebrand factor (VWF) is involved in thrombus formation and propagation of ischemic stroke. However, the pathophysiological relevance of this molecule in humans, and its potential use as a biomarker for the risk and severity of ischemic stroke remains unclear. This study had two aims: to identify predictors of altered VWF levels and to examine whether VWF levels differ between acute cerebrovascular events and chronic cerebrovascular disease (CCD). Methods A case–control study was undertaken between 2010 and 2013 at our University clinic. In total, 116 patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) or transitory ischemic attack (TIA), 117 patients with CCD, and 104 healthy volunteers (HV) were included. Blood was taken at days 0, 1, and 3 in patients with AIS or TIA, and once in CCD patients and HV. VWF serum levels were measured and correlated with demographic and clinical parameters by multivariate linear regression and ANOVA. Results Patients with CCD (158±46%) had significantly higher VWF levels than HV (113±36%, P<0.001), but lower levels than AIS/TIA patients (200±95%, P<0.001). Age, sex, and stroke severity influenced VWF levels (P<0.05). Conclusions VWF levels differed across disease subtypes and patient characteristics. Our study confirms increased VWF levels as a risk factor for cerebrovascular disease and, moreover, suggests that it may represent a potential biomarker for stroke severity, warranting further investigation. PMID:24937073

  2. Von Willebrand factor and coagulation factor VIII in Moyamoya disease associated with Graves' disease: A case report

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    Ren, Shou-Chen; Gao, Bao-Qin; Yang, Wei-Li; Feng, Wei-Xin; Xu, Jian; Li, Shao-Wu; Wang, Yong-Jun

    2016-01-01

    The present study reported the case of a Chinese boy who was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease (MMD) associated with Graves' disease (GD). An overactivation of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) was identified in the plasma of the patient. Thiamazole and metoprolol treatment was thus administrated. After 2 months of treatment, the patient's thyroid function returned to normal and the neurological symptoms improved gradually. At the same time, the activities of vWF and FVIII were depressed. During the 20-month follow-up, information regarding the neurological symptoms, cerebrovascular imaging, thyroid function, thyroid autoantibodies and coagulation parameters was collected. High levels of thyroid autoantibodies persisted throughout the follow-up period, while other coagulation parameters remained in the normal range. In conclusion, considering the vital role of vWF and FVIII in vascular diseases, it is hypothesized that these two factors may serve an important role in the occurrence of GD associated with MMD. PMID:27882137

  3. Assembly of Weibel–Palade body-like tubules from N-terminal domains of von Willebrand factor

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    Huang, Ren-Huai; Wang, Ying; Roth, Robyn; Yu, Xiong; Purvis, Angie R.; Heuser, John E.; Egelman, Edward H.; Sadler, J. Evan

    2008-01-01

    Endothelial cells assemble von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimers into ordered tubules within storage organelles called Weibel–Palade bodies, and tubular packing is necessary for the secretion of VWF filaments that can bind connective tissue and recruit platelets to sites of vascular injury. We now have recreated VWF tubule assembly in vitro, starting with only pure VWF propeptide (domains D1D2) and disulfide-linked dimers of adjacent N-terminal D′D3 domains. Assembly requires low pH and calcium ions and is reversed at neutral pH. Quick-freeze deep-etch electron microscopy and three-dimensional reconstruction of negatively stained images show that tubules contain a repeating unit of one D′D3 dimer and two propeptides arranged in a right-handed helix with 4.2 units per turn. The symmetry and location of interdomain contacts suggest that decreasing pH along the secretory pathway coordinates the disulfide-linked assembly of VWF multimers with their tubular packaging. PMID:18182488

  4. Analysis of von Willebrand factor A domain-related protein (WARP) polymorphism in temperate and tropical Plasmodium vivax field isolates

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    Gholizadeh, Saber; Djadid, Navid Dinparast; Basseri, Hamid Reza; Zakeri, Sedigheh; Ladoni, Hossein

    2009-01-01

    Background The identification of key molecules is crucial for designing transmission-blocking vaccines (TBVs), among those ookinete micronemal proteins are candidate as a general class of malaria transmission-blocking targets. Here, the sequence analysis of an extra-cellular malaria protein expressed in ookinetes, named von Willebrand factor A domain-related protein (WARP), is reported in 91 Plasmodium vivax isolates circulating in different regions of Iran. Methods Clinical isolates were collected from north temperate and southern tropical regions in Iran. Primers have been designed based on P. vivax sequence (ctg_6991) which amplified a fragment of about 1044 bp with no size variation. Direct sequencing of PCR products was used to determine polymorphism and further bioinformatics analysis in P. vivax sexual stage antigen, pvwarp. Results Amplified pvwarp gene showed 886 bp in size, with no intron. BLAST analysis showed a similarity of 98–100% to P. vivax Sal-I strain; however, Iranian isolates had 2 bp mismatches in 247 and 531 positions that were non-synonymous substitution [T (ACT) to A (GCT) and R (AGA) to S (AGT)] in comparison with the Sal-I sequence. Conclusion This study presents the first large-scale survey on pvwarp polymorphism in the world, which provides baseline data for developing WARP-based TBV against both temperate and tropical P. vivax isolates. PMID:19549316

  5. Changes in the pattern of distribution of von Willebrand factor in rat aortic endothelial cells following thrombin generation in vivo.

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    Senis, Y A; Richardson, M; Tinlin, S; Maurice, D H; Giles, A R

    1996-04-01

    The pattern of distribution of von Willebrand factor (VWF) in relatively large sheets of rat aortic endothelial cells (EC) obtained by the Häutchen technique were analysed by immunocytochemistry and light microscopy. EC were examined pre and post administration of a procoagulant mixture of factor Xa (F.Xa) and phosphotidylcholine/phosphotidylserine (PCPS) vesicles which was demonstrated to result in the selective loss of high molecular weight multimers (HMWM) of plasma VWF in the rat. In placebo animals the pattern was heterogenous both in overall distribution and in individual cells which showed both a diffuse and granular pattern. Groups of intensely stained EC were oriented parallel to the longitudinal axis of the aorta and staining was particularly prominent around the orifices of the intercostal arteries, implicating shear-stress as a possible factor in VWF expression by EC. Changes in the pattern of distribution of staining were observed at various time points post-infusion of F.Xa/PCPS, suggesting the immediate release of VWF from EC stores followed by the recruitment of EC to synthesize and store VWF. These changes are consistent with the decrease in EC Weibel-Palade Body (WPB) content observed by EM in previously reported studies using this model.

  6. Hypercortisolism and pregnancy upregulate von Willebrand factor through different mechanisms: report on a pregnant patient with Cushing's syndrome.

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    Casonato, Alessandra; Daidone, Viviana; Pontara, Elena; Albiger, Nora; Cattini, Maria G; Scaroni, Carla

    2010-07-01

    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is reportedly increased in pregnancy and Cushing's syndrome, inducing a hypercoagulable state. In Cushing's syndrome, VWF gene promoter polymorphisms modulate cortisol-dependent VWF upregulation, haplotype 1 (GCAG) and short GT-repeats (GT)(S) being the susceptible, and haplotype 2 (CTGA) and long GT-repeats (GT)(L) the protective pattern. We report on a Cushing's syndrome patient who became pregnant under hypercortisolism, in whom we monitored the evolution of her hypercoagulable state. During the active phase of Cushing's syndrome, the patient's VWF and factor VIII concentrations were normal, despite high urinary-free cortisol levels consistent with the presence of haplotype 2 and (GT)(L) alleles in the VWF gene promoter. VWF and factor VIII increased significantly and progressively after she became pregnant and peaked just before delivery, returning to normal 5 months later, while her hypercortisolism persisted. Our data indicate that two different mechanisms upregulate VWF under hypercortisolism and pregnancy, the latter being independent of the VWF promoter haplotypes sensitive to cortisol excess.

  7. Immunohistochemical expression of endothelial markers CD31, CD34, von Willebrand factor, and Fli-1 in normal human tissues.

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    Pusztaszeri, Marc P; Seelentag, Walter; Bosman, Fred T

    2006-04-01

    Few systematic studies have been published comparing the expression and distribution of endothelial cell (EC) markers in different vascular beds in normal human tissues. We investigated by immunohistochemistry the expression of CD31, CD34, von Willebrand factor (vWF), and Fli-1 in EC of the major organs and large vessels. Tissue samples obtained from autopsies and biopsy specimens were routinely processed and stained immunohistochemically for CD31, CD34, and vWF. Biopsy material was also stained immunohistochemically for Fli-1, D2-40, and Lyve-1. The expression pattern of the markers was heterogeneous in some of the organs studied. In the kidney, fenestrated endothelium of the glomeruli strongly expressed CD31 and CD34 but was only focally positive or completely negative for vWF. Alveolar wall capillaries of the lung strongly stained for CD31 and CD34 but were usually negative for vWF. The staining intensity for vWF increased gradually with the vessel caliber in the lung. Sinusoids of the spleen and liver were diffusely positive for CD31. They were negative for CD34 in the spleen and only expressed CD34 in the periportal area in the liver. Fli-1 was expressed in all types of EC but also in lymphocytes. D2-40 stained lymphatic endothelium only. Lyve-1 immunostaining was too variable to be applied to routinely processed tissues. The expression of EC markers CD31, CD34, and vWF in the vascular tree is heterogeneous with a specific pattern for individual vessel types and different anatomic compartments of the same organ. D2-40 labels lymphatic EC only.

  8. Plasma ADAMTS13, von Willebrand Factor (VWF), and VWF Propeptide Profiles in Patients With Connective Tissue Diseases and Antiphospholipid Syndrome.

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    Habe, Koji; Wada, Hideo; Matsumoto, Takeshi; Ohishi, Kohshi; Ikejiri, Makoto; Tsuda, Kenshiro; Kondo, Makoto; Kamimoto, Yuki; Ikeda, Tomoaki; Katayama, Naoyuki; Mizutani, Hitoshi

    2016-01-11

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) frequently develops in patients with connective tissue diseases (CTDs). ADAMTS13 and von Willebrand factor (VWF) are closely related to the onset of TTP. We investigated the roles of ADAMTS13 and VWF in thrombotic events of patients with CTD. ADAMTS13 activity and VWF and VWF propeptide (VWFpp) levels in CTD, primary antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (pAPS), and controls were measured to examine their relationship with thrombosis. ADAMTS13 activity levels were significantly low in the patients with CTD but not in the patients with pAPS. No significant difference in the ADAMTS13 activity levels among the various CTD subgroups was found. The levels of VWF and VWFpp were significantly elevated in the patients with pAPS and CTD compared with that of control groups. Eleven patients with CTD developed TTP, and their ADAMTS13 activity levels were significantly lower than patients having CTD without TTP. However, the ADAMTS13 activity levels showed no difference between the patients having CTD with and without thrombotic events. The VWF antigen levels were significantly high in the patients having CTD with TTP. There were no significant differences in the VWF levels of the patients having CTD with TTP and thrombosis. The VWFpp levels were significantly high in the patients having CTD with TTP and thrombosis. The VWF and VWFpp levels were significantly high in the patients with pAPS. Decreased ADAMTS13 activity and elevated VWF and VWFpp levels were observed in patients with CTD. These abnormalities in patients with CTD may represent the increased risk of thrombosis in CTD.

  9. Gene silencing of endothelial von Willebrand Factor attenuates angiotensin II-induced endothelin-1 expression in porcine aortic endothelial cells

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    Dushpanova, Anar; Agostini, Silvia; Ciofini, Enrica; Cabiati, Manuela; Casieri, Valentina; Matteucci, Marco; Del Ry, Silvia; Clerico, Aldo; Berti, Sergio; Lionetti, Vincenzo

    2016-01-01

    Expression of endothelin (ET)-1 is increased in endothelial cells exposed to angiotensin II (Ang II), leading to endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular disorders. Since von Willebrand Factor (vWF) blockade improves endothelial function in coronary patients, we hypothesized that targeting endothelial vWF with short interference RNA (siRNA) prevents Ang II-induced ET-1 upregulation. Nearly 65 ± 2% silencing of vWF in porcine aortic endothelial cells (PAOECs) was achieved with vWF-specific siRNA without affecting cell viability and growth. While showing ET-1 similar to wild type cells at rest, vWF-silenced cells did not present ET-1 upregulation during exposure to Ang II (100 nM/24 h), preserving levels of endothelial nitric oxide synthase activity similar to wild type. vWF silencing prevented AngII-induced increase in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase (NOX) activity and superoxide anion (O2−) levels, known triggers of ET-1 expression. Moreover, no increase in O2− or ET-1 levels was found in silenced cells treated with AngII or NOX-agonist phorbol ester (PMA 5 nM/48 h). Finally, vWF was required for overexpression of NOX4 and NOX2 in response to AngII and PMA. In conclusion, endothelial vWF knockdown prevented Ang II-induced ET-1 upregulation through attenuation of NOX-mediated O2− production. Our findings reveal a new role of vWF in preventing of Ang II-induced endothelial dysfunction. PMID:27443965

  10. Trigramin: Primary structure and its inhibition of von Willebrand factor binding to glycoprotein IIb/IIIa complex on human platelets

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    Huang, Turfu; Holt, J.C.; Kirby, E.P.; Niewiarowski, S.

    1989-01-24

    Trigramin, a naturally occurring peptide purified from Trimeresurus gramineus snake venom, inhibits platelet aggregation and the binding of {sup 125}I-fibrinogen to ADP-stimulated platelets without affecting the platelet-release reaction. {sup 125}I-trigramin binds to ADP-stimulated and to chymotrypsin-treated normal platelets but not to thrombasthenic platelets. {sup 125}I-trigramin binding to platelets is blocked by monoclonal antibodies directed against the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa complex and by Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS). The authors determined the primary structure of trigramin, which is composed of a single polypeptide chain of 72 amino acid residues and six disulfide bridges. The molecular weight of trigramin calculated on the basis of amino acid sequence was 7500, and the average pI was 5.61. An RGD sequence appeared in the carboxy-terminal domain of trigramin. An amino-terminal fragment (7-33) of trigramin showed 39% homology with a region (1555-1581) of von Willebrand factor (vWF). Trigramin also showed 36% identity in a 42 amino acid overlap and 53% identity in a 15 amino acid overlap when compared with two adhesive proteins, collagen {alpha}{sub 1} (I) and laminin B{sub 1}, respectively. Trigramin blocked binding of human vWF to the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa complex in thrombin-activated platelets in a dose-dependent manner. In conclusion, the data suggest that the biological activity of trigramin may depend upon the presence of an RGD sequence, the secondary structure of the molecule, and perhaps some other sequences that it shares with adhesive proteins.

  11. Platelet adhesion to collagen type I, collagen type IV, von Willebrand factor, fibronectin, laminin and fibrinogen: rapid kinetics under shear.

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    Polanowska-Grabowska, R; Simon, C G; Gear, A R

    1999-01-01

    Extracellular matrix proteins in the blood vessel wall fulfill an essential role in haemostasis by promoting platelet adhesion at the site of vessel injury. We have combined a continuous-flow system with affinity chromatography to study platelet adhesion under conditions mimicking arterial flow and have examined the adhesion kinetics of unstimulated platelets to collagens type I and IV, von Willebrand factor (vWf), fibronectin, laminin and to fibrinogen. In the absence of red cells, in ACD-prepared plasma adhesion to collagens type I and IV or vWf was rapid, efficient (>50% in <1 s ) and independent of shear rates from 650 to 3400 s(-1) with kinetics following an inverse exponential decay curve. We introduced a simple mathematical model in which this type of kinetics arises, and which may be more generally applicable to various adhesion processes under flow conditions. The model is characterized by the rate of platelet deposition on the adhesive surface being proportional to the number of platelets in the flow. Adhesion to fibronectin was independent of shear rate, but revealed a lag phase of approximately 1.5 s before significant adhesion began. Laminin and fibrinogen supported efficient adhesion at low shear rates (650-1000 s(-1)), but a lag phase of approximately 1.5 s was seen at high shear rates (1700-3400 s(-1)). Control proteins (albumin and gelatin) supported minimal adhesion. Nonspecific adhesion to poly-L-lysine differed from that to other substrate proteins in that the kinetics were linear. In conclusion, human platelets adhered specifically, rapidly (within seconds) and efficiently to several proteins under flow conditions and the kinetics of adhesion depended on the protein serving as substrate as well as on shear rate.

  12. Biological effect of desmopressin in eight patients with type 2N ('Normandy') von Willebrand disease. Collaborative Group.

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    Mazurier, C; Gaucher, C; Jorieux, S; Goudemand, M

    1994-12-01

    It is generally thought that the plasma increase in factor VIII (FVIII) after desmopressin (dDAVP) infusion is related to the plasma increase in von Willebrand factor (vWF), which is the plasma carrier for FVIII. The aim of this study was to evaluate the FVIII and vWF responses in patients with type 2N vWD, characterized by the mild FVIII deficiency related to markedly decreased affinity of vWF for FVIII. At different times after one intravenous dose of dDAVP (0.3 or 0.4 microgram/kg) we measured the FVIII coagulant activity, FVIII antigen, vWF antigen and ristocetin cofactor activity, in eight patients with either Arg91Gln or Arg53Trp amino acid substitution in mature vWF. In all the patients, whatever their mutation, the dDAVP infusion resulted in a 2.3 +/- 0.7-fold increase of vWF and a variable rise (9.5 +/- 7.7 times) of FVIII, whereas the vWF capacity to bind FVIII was not improved. The FVIII response was more transient than vWF response, and FVIII half disappearance time was evaluated to be approximately 3 h. The data indicate that the stabilizing effect of vWF on FVIII is not responsible for the FVIII increase induced by dDAVP. The clinical implication of this study is that, in the 2N vWD patients, dDAVP may be a useful prophylactic or curative treatment when the test dose has been shown to be effective to reach a haemostatic FVIII level.

  13. Minimum wound size for clotting: flowing blood coagulates on a single collagen fiber presenting tissue factor and von Willebrand factor

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    Zhu, Shu; Tomaiuolo, Maurizio; Diamond, Scott L.

    2016-01-01

    It is unknown if a lower size limit exists for human blood coagulation under flow over physiologically vessel wall triggers as small as a single collagen fiber. Prior determinations of the smallest sized surface stimuli necessary for clotting of human blood, defined as the patch size threshold, have not deployed whole blood, hemodynamic flow, and platelet adhesive stimuli. For whole blood perfused in microfluidic devices, we report that steady venous flow (wall shear rate, 100 s−1) was sufficient to drive platelet deposition on 20-micron long zones of collagen fibers or on a single fiber. With tissue factor (TF)-coated collagen, flowing blood generated robust platelet deposits, platelet-localized thrombin, and fibrin on a single collagen fiber, thus demonstrating the absence of a physiological patch size threshold under venous flow. In contrast, at arterial wall shear rate (1000 s−1) with TF present, essentially no platelet or fibrin deposition occurred on 20-micron collagen zones or on a single collagen fiber, demonstrating a patch threshold, which was overcome by pre-coating the collagen with von Willebrand factor (VWF). For venous flows, human blood can clot on one of the smallest biological units of a single collagen fiber presenting TF. For arterial flows, VWF together with TF allows human blood to generate thrombin and fibrin on a patch stimulus as limited as a single collagen fiber. VWF-dependent platelet adhesion represents a particle-based sensing mechanism of micron-scale stimuli that then allows amplification of the molecular components of TF-driven thrombin and fibrin production under arterial flow. PMID:27339024

  14. Direct observation of von Willebrand factor elongation and fiber formation on collagen during acute whole blood exposure to pathological flow.

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    Colace, Thomas V; Diamond, Scott L

    2013-01-01

    In severe stenosis, von Willebrand factor (vWF) experiences millisecond exposures to pathological wall shear rates (γ(w)). We sought to evaluate the deposition of vWF onto collagen surfaces under flow in these environments. Distinct from viscometry experiments that last many seconds, we deployed microfluidic devices for single-pass perfusion of whole blood or platelet-free plasma over fibrillar type 1 collagen (<50 ms transit time) at pathological γ(w) or spatial wall shear rate gradients (grad γ(w)). Using fluorescent anti-vWF, long thick vWF fibers (>20 μm) bound to collagen were visualized at constant γ(w)>30000 s(-1) during perfusion of platelet-free plasma, a process enhanced by EDTA. Rapid acceleration or deceleration of EDTA platelet-free plasma at grad γ(w)=±1.1×10(5) to ±4.3×10(7) s(-1)/cm did not promote vWF deposition. At 19400 s(-1), EDTA blood perfusion resulted in rolling vWF-platelet nets, although blood perfusion (normal Ca(2+)) generated large vWF/platelet deposits that repeatedly embolized and were blocked by anti-glycoprotein Ib or the α(IIb)β(3) inhibitor GR144053 and did not require grad γ(w). Blood perfusion at venous shear rate (200 s(-1)) produced a stable platelet deposit that was a substrate for massive but unstable vWF-platelet aggregates when flow was increased to 7800 s(-1). Triggered by collagen and enhanced by platelet glycoprotein Ib and α(IIb)β(3), vWF fiber formation occurred during acute exposures to pathological γ(w) and did not require gradients in wall shear rate.

  15. Minimum wound size for clotting: flowing blood coagulates on a single collagen fiber presenting tissue factor and von Willebrand factor.

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    Zhu, Shu; Tomaiuolo, Maurizio; Diamond, Scott L

    2016-08-08

    It is unknown if a lower size limit exists for human blood coagulation under flow over physiological vessel wall triggers as small as a single collagen fiber. Prior determinations of the smallest sized surface stimuli necessary for clotting of human blood, defined as the patch size threshold, have not deployed whole blood, hemodynamic flow, and platelet adhesive stimuli. For whole blood perfused in microfluidic devices, we report that steady venous flow (wall shear rate, 100 s(-1)) was sufficient to drive platelet deposition on 20 micron long zones of collagen fibers or on a single fiber. With tissue factor (TF)-coated collagen, flowing blood generated robust platelet deposits, platelet-localized thrombin, and fibrin on a single collagen fiber, thus demonstrating the absence of a physiological patch size threshold under venous flow. In contrast, at arterial wall shear rate (1000 s(-1)) with TF present, essentially no platelet or fibrin deposition occurred on 20 micron collagen zones or on a single collagen fiber, demonstrating a patch threshold, which was overcome by pre-coating the collagen with von Willebrand factor (vWF). For venous flows, human blood can clot on one of the smallest biological units of a single collagen fiber presenting TF. For arterial flows, vWF together with TF allows human blood to generate thrombin and fibrin on a patch stimulus as limited as a single collagen fiber. vWF-dependent platelet adhesion represents a particle-based sensing mechanism of micron-scale stimuli that then allows amplification of the molecular components of TF-driven thrombin and fibrin production under arterial flow.

  16. The Functions of the A1A2A3 Domains in Von Willebrand Factor Include Multimerin 1 Binding

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    Parker, D’Andra N.; Tasneem, Subia; Farndale, Richard W.; Bihan, Dominique; Sadler, J. Evan; Sebastian, Silvie; De Groot, Philip G.

    2016-01-01

    Summary Multimerin 1 (MMRN1) is a massive, homopolymeric protein that is stored in platelets and endothelial cells for activation-induced release. In vitro, MMRN1 binds to the outer surfaces of activated platelets and endothelial cells, the extracellular matrix (including collagen) and von Willebrand factor (VWF) to support platelet adhesive functions. VWF associates with MMRN1 at high shear, not static conditions, suggesting that shear exposes cryptic sites within VWF that support MMRN1 binding. Modified ELISA and surface plasmon resonance were used to study the structural features of VWF that support MMRN1 binding, and determine the affinities for VWF-MMRN1 binding. High shear microfluidic platelet adhesion assays determined the functional consequences for VWF-MMRN1 binding. VWF binding to MMRN1 was enhanced by shear exposure and ristocetin, and required VWF A1A2A3 region, specifically the A1 and A3 domains. VWF A1A2A3 bound to MMRN1 with a physiologically relevant binding affinity (KD: 2.0 ± 0.4 nM), whereas the individual VWF A1 (KD: 39.3 ± 7.7 nM) and A3 domains (KD: 229 ± 114 nM) bound to MMRN1 with lower affinities. VWF A1A2A3 was also sufficient to support the adhesion of resting platelets to MMRN1 at high shear, by a mechanism dependent on VWF-GPIbα binding. Our study provides new information on the molecular basis of MMRN1 binding to VWF, and its role in supporting platelet adhesion at high shear. We propose that at sites of vessel injury, MMRN1 that is released following activation of platelets and endothelial cells, binds to VWF A1A2A3 region to support platelet adhesion at arterial shear rates. PMID:27052467

  17. Von Willebrand factor and alkaline phosphatase predict re-transplantation-free survival after the first liver transplantation

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    Wannhoff, Andreas; Rauber, Conrad; Friedrich, Kilian; Rupp, Christian; Stremmel, Wolfgang; Weiss, Karl Heinz; Schemmer, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Background After liver transplantation (LT), there are liver-related, infectious and cardiovascular complications that contribute to reduced graft survival. These conditions are associated with an increase in the Von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF-Ag), which was previously correlated with survival in cirrhotic patients. Objective Evaluate VWF-Ag as a predictive marker of re-transplantation-free survival in patients after LT. Methods We measured VWF-Ag in patients after first LT and then followed them prospectively with regard to the primary endpoint, namely re-transplantation-free survival. Results There were 6 out of 80 patients who died or received re-LT during follow-up. In these patients, the median VWF-Ag was 510.6%, which was significantly higher (p = 0.001) than in the patients who were alive at the end of follow-up (with a median VWF-Ag = 186.8%). At a cut-off of 286.8%, VWF-Ag was significantly correlated with re-transplantation-free survival (p < 0.001). VWF-Ag was independently associated with re-transplantation-free survival in a multivariate analysis; as was alkaline phosphatase (ALP), but not the model of end-stage liver disease (MELD) score, donor age, nor cold ischemia time. A score combining VWF-Ag and ALP showed an impressive capability in the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis (with area under the curve (AUC) = 0.958) to distinguish between patients with regard to the primary endpoint. Conclusions VWF-Ag is a non-invasive marker that can predict outcome in patients after LT. Its diagnostic performance increased when combined with ALP in a newly developed scoring system. PMID:28405326

  18. Primary postpartum haemorrhage in women with von Willebrand disease or carriership of haemophilia despite specialised care: a retrospective survey.

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    Stoof, S C M; van Steenbergen, H W; Zwagemaker, A; Sanders, Y V; Cannegieter, S C; Duvekot, J J; Leebeek, F W G; Peters, M; Kruip, M J H A; Eikenboom, J

    2015-07-01

    Pregnant women with bleeding disorders require specialised peripartum care to prevent postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). If third trimester coagulation factor levels are <0.50 IU mL(-1) , prophylactic treatment is indicated and administered according to international guidelines. However, optimal dose and duration are unknown and bleeding may still occur. The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome in women with von Willebrand disease (VWD) or haemophilia carriership treated according to current practice guidelines. From the period 2002-2011, 185 deliveries in 154 VWD women or haemophilia carriers were retrospectively included. Data on blood loss, bleeding disorder characteristics and obstetric risk factors were obtained. The outcome was primary PPH, defined as blood loss ≥500 mL within 24 h postpartum and severe PPH as blood loss ≥1000 mL. Primary PPH was observed in 62 deliveries (34%), 14 (8%) of which resulted in severe PPH. In 26 deliveries prophylactic treatment was administered due to factor levels below the 0.50 IU mL(-1) cut-off in the third trimester, 14 of which (54%) were complicated by PPH. We found an increased PPH risk in deliveries given prophylactic treatment compared with deliveries without (OR 2.7, 95% CI 1.2-6.3). In conclusion, PPH incidence was highest in deliveries with the lowest factor levels in the third trimester. Currently, delivery outcome in women with bleeding disorders is unsatisfactory, given the high PPH incidence despite specialised care. Future studies are required to optimise management of deliveries in this patient population.

  19. ABO blood group antigens on human plasma von Willebrand factor after ABO-mismatched bone marrow transplantation.

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    Matsui, T; Shimoyama, T; Matsumoto, M; Fujimura, Y; Takemoto, Y; Sako, M; Hamako, J; Titani, K

    1999-10-15

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is synthesized exclusively by endothelial cells and megakaryocytes, and stored in the intracellular granules or constitutively secreted into plasma. ABO blood group antigens are covalently associated with asparagine-linked sugar chains of plasma vWF. The effect of ABO-mismatched bone marrow transplantation (BMT) or blood stem cell transplantation (BSCT) on the expression of ABO blood group antigens on the vWF was examined to obtain information on the origin of these antigens. In ABO-mismatched (HLA-matched) groups, 8 cases of BMT and 4 cases of BSCT were examined. In all cases, the ABO blood groups on red blood cells were gradually converted to the donor's type within 80 to 90 days after the transplantation. The blood group antigens on the vWF were consistent with the recipient's blood group for the period monitored by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). When vWF was isolated from normal platelets and examined for the blood group antigens using ELISA or immunoblotting, it showed few antigens. However, vWF extracted from veins expressed blood group antigens. These findings indicate that platelet (megakaryocyte)-derived vWF does not contain blood group antigens and that these antigens may be specifically associated with vWF synthesized in endothelial cells and secreted into plasma. Furthermore, it is possible that the persistence of the recipient's blood group antigens on plasma glycoproteins such as vWF, independent of the donor-derived erythrocytes, after ABO-mismatched stem cell transplantation, may influence the immunological system in the production of anti-blood group antibodies resulting in the establishment of immunological tolerance in the recipient plasma.

  20. Purification of human von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease and its identification as a new member of the metalloproteinase family.

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    Fujikawa, K; Suzuki, H; McMullen, B; Chung, D

    2001-09-15

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is synthesized in megakaryocytes and endothelial cells as a very large multimer, but circulates in plasma as a group of multimers ranging from 500 to 10 000 kd. An important mechanism for depolymerization of the large multimers is the limited proteolysis by a vWF-cleaving protease present in plasma. The absence or inactivation of the vWF-cleaving protease results in the accumulation of large multimers, which may cause thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. The vWF-cleaving protease was first described as a Ca(++)-dependent proteinase with an apparent molecular weight of approximately 300 kd. Thus far, however, it has not been isolated and characterized. In this study, the purification of human vWF-cleaving protease from a commercial preparation of factor VIII/vWF concentrate by means of several column chromatographic steps, including 2 steps of heparin-Sepharose column, is reported. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis of the anion exchange and gel filtration column fractions showed that the vWF-cleaving protease activity corresponded to a protein band of 150 kd. After reduction, it migrated with an apparent weight of 190 kd. The amino terminal sequence of the 150-kd band was AAGGIL(H)LE(L)L(D)AXG(P)X(V)XQ (single-letter amino acid codes), with the tentative residues shown in parentheses. A search of the human genome sequence identified the vWF-cleaving protease as a new member of the ADAMTS (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type I motif) family of metalloproteinase. An active site sequence of HEIGHSFGLEHE (single-letter amino acid codes) was located at 150 residues from the N terminus of the protein.

  1. Cyclic adenosine monophosphate-dependent mechanisms induce von Willebrand factor expression in the Dami megakaryoblastic cell line.

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    Deguine, V; Kerbiriou-Nabias, D; Lecoq, D; Greenberg, S M; Meyer, D; Dosne, A M

    1995-02-01

    It has been proposed that cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) is involved in the differentiation of several cell types and this study analysed whether von Willebrand factor (vWf) synthesis, which is a marker of the megakaryocyte maturation of these cells, would be enhanced by agents acting on cAMP formation. Different compounds known to stimulate cAMP accumulation in cells were used: dibutyryl cAMP (db-cAMP), isobutyl-methylxanthine (IBMX) or pentoxifylline (PTX) and forskolin. Treatments with db-cAMP or IBMX (10-1,000 microM) induced a dose-dependent increase in vWf synthesis. Associations of IBMX with forskolin produced a synergistic enhancement in vWf synthesis. PTX alone did not enhance vWf synthesis but a latent effect was revealed in the presence of forskolin or db-cAMP. The increase in vWf mRNA shown by Northern blot analysis demonstrates that the protein synthesis correlates with the transcript expression after db-cAMP or IBMX treatments. vWf synthesis paralleled the accumulation of cAMP in the cells. Moreover vWf expression induced by combination of IBMX with forskolin was associated with a moderate increase in the percentage of GPIIb/IIIa positive cells and in the ploidy level related to an important inhibition of cell growth. These data provide evidence that agents acting on cAMP metabolism induce vWf synthesis in the Dami megakaryoblastic cells.

  2. Molecular Imaging of Platelet-Endothelial Interactions and Endothelial Von Willebrand Factor In Early and Mid-Stage Atherosclerosis

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    Shim, Chi Young; Liu, Ya Ni; Atkinson, Tamara; Xie, Aris; Foster, Ted; Davidson, Brian P.; Treible, Mackenzie; Qi, Yue; López, José A.; Munday, Adam; Ruggeri, Zaverio; Lindner, Jonathan R.

    2015-01-01

    Background Non-thrombotic platelet-endothelial interactions may contribute to atherosclerotic plaque development, although in vivo studies examining mechanism without platelet pre-activation are lacking. Using in vivo molecular imaging at various stages of atherosclerosis, we quantified platelet-endothelial interactions and evaluated the contribution of major adhesion pathways. Methods and Results Mice deficient for the LDL-receptor and Apobec-1 were studied as an age-dependent model of atherosclerosis at 10, 20, 30, and 40 wks of age, which provided progressive increase in stage from very early fatty streak (10 wks) to large complex plaques without rupture (40 wks). Platelet-targeted contrast ultrasound molecular imaging of the thoracic aorta performed with microbubbles targeted to GPIbα demonstrated selective signal enhancement as early as 10 weeks of age. This signal increased progressively with age (almost 8-fold increase from 10 to 40 weeks, ANOVA p<0.001). Specificity for platelet targeting was confirmed by the reduction in platelet-targeted signal commensurate with the decrease in platelet count after immunodepletion with anti-GPIb or anti-CD41 antibody. Inhibition of P-selectin in 20 and 40 wk atherosclerotic mice resulted in a small (15-30%) reduction in platelet signal. Molecular imaging with microbubbles targeted to the A1 domain of von Willebrand factor (VWF) demonstrated selective signal enhancement at all time points which did not significantly increase with age. Treatment of 20 and 40 week mice with recombinant ADAMTS13 eliminated platelet and VWF molecular imaging signal. Conclusions Platelet-endothelial interactions occur in early atherosclerosis. These interactions are in part due to endothelial VWF large multimers which can be reversed with exogenous ADAMTS13. PMID:26156014

  3. Effect of Vitamin D Status on Von Willebrand Factor and ADAMTS13 in Diabetic Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis

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    Cohen-Hagai, Keren; Rashid, Gloria; Einbinder, Yael; Ohana, Meital; Benchetrit, Sydney

    2017-01-01

    Von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a glycoprotein with a crucial role in the formation of platelet thrombi, and ADAMTS13 is the main enzyme responsible for vWF cleavage. Both are important in the relationship between diabetic nephropathy, hypercoagulability, and cardiovascular disease. This study evaluated a potential relationship between vitamin D (vitD) levels, vWF, ADAMTS13 activity, and inflammation in diabetic patients on chronic hemodialysis (HD). Blood samples from 52 diabetic patients on chronic HD were obtained to determine vitD levels, vWF, and ADAMTS13 activity, and inflammatory markers. HD patients were grouped according to 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH) VitD]<25 nmol/L (n=16) or >25 nmol/L (n=36). vWF antigen and vWF activity were elevated in both groups, with an average of 214.3±82.6% and 175.8±72.6%, respectively. Average ADAMTS13 activity was within the normal range in both groups. Blood samples from the vitD <25 nmol/L group showed a positive correlation between c-reactive protein (CRP) and vWF levels (P=0.023; r=0.564; 95% confidence interval=0.095-0.828), with a negative correlation between HbA1c and 25(OH) VitD (P=0.015; r=-0.337; 95% confidence interval=-0.337-0.19). Diabetic patients on chronic HD had elevated vWF levels and activity with no significant change in ADAMTS13 activity. The correlation between CRP and vWF levels in the 25(OH) VitD<25 nmol/L group suggests inflammatory-related endothelial dysfunction in these patients. PMID:28029003

  4. Changes in plasma von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease (ADAMTS13) levels in patients with unstable angina.

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    Fuchigami, Shunichiro; Kaikita, Koichi; Soejima, Kenji; Matsukawa, Masakazu; Honda, Tsuyoshi; Tsujita, Kenichi; Nagayoshi, Yasuhiro; Kojima, Sunao; Nakagaki, Tomohiro; Sugiyama, Seigo; Ogawa, Hisao

    2008-01-01

    Increased plasma levels of von Willebrand factor (VWF) have been reported in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Recently, we showed reduced activity of a VWF-cleaving protease (ADAMTS13) in AMI patients. However, there is no information as to whether ADAMTS13 affects the pathogenesis of unstable angina (UA). Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine changes in plasma VWF and ADAMTS13 levels in UA patients. Plasma VWF and ADAMTS13 levels (mU/ml) were measured in 45 patients with UA, 55 with stable exertional angina (SEA) and 47 with chest pain syndrome (CPS) at the time of coronary angiography. Levels were also measured in 15 UA patients after 6 months of follow-up. VWF antigen levels (mU/ml) increased significantly in UA patients compared with SEA or CPS (2129.3+/-739.5, 1571.8+/-494.2 and 1569.5+/-487.0, respectively; P < 0.0001 in UA vs. SEA or CPS). ADAMTS13 antigen levels (mU/ml) were significantly lower in UA patients than SEA or CPS (737.3+/-149.5, 875.3+/-229.0 and 867.7+/-195.5, respectively; P < 0.01 in UA vs. SEA or CPS). Furthermore, there was a significant inverse correlation between VWF and ADAMTS13 antigen levels (r = -0.302, P = 0.0002). The antigen levels at 6 months of follow-up were not different compared to the acute phase in the 15 UA patients that had repeated blood sampling. These findings suggest that there is prolonged thrombogenicity in UA patients represented as an imbalance between VWF and ADAMTS13 activity.

  5. von Willebrand factor antigen--a possible biomarker of disease activity in childhood central nervous system vasculitis?

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    Cellucci, Tania; Tyrrell, Pascal N; Pullenayegum, Eleanor; Benseler, Susanne M

    2012-10-01

    The main objective was to develop a trajectory for von Willebrand factor (vWF) antigen in childhood primary CNS vasculitis (cPACNS) after treatment and compare this with disease activity and other inflammatory markers. A single-centre cohort study of consecutive children diagnosed with cPACNS was performed. Demographic, clinical, laboratory, imaging and histological data were collected at diagnosis and during standardized clinic visits. Outcome measures included disease activity measured by physician global assessment and serial measures of vWF antigen. Analysis included descriptive statistics and parametric methods. The study cohort consisted of 39 children diagnosed with cPACNS: 25 with angiography-negative cPACNS and 14 with angiography-positive disease. Twenty-one patients were female, median age at diagnosis was 9.8 years, and median follow-up was 18 months. All patients presented with neurological deficits. Disease activity and neurological outcome improved significantly during follow-up. vWF antigen levels were increased at diagnosis in 65% of children with cPACNS and were decreased significantly after treatment. In contrast, levels of CRP and ESR fluctuated over time. Higher vWF antigen levels at diagnosis were associated with lower measures of disease activity at 12 months. In our study, all children with cPACNS improved over time. Changes in CRP and ESR, other laboratory tests, and MRI did not consistently reflect altered disease activity. However, vWF antigen may help clinicians to identify changes in disease activity during follow-up and predict treatment response. Controlled studies are necessary to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of vWF antigen as a biomarker of disease activity.

  6. A Model for the Conformational Activation of the Structurally Quiescent Metalloprotease ADAMTS13 by Von Willebrand Factor.

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    South, Kieron; Freitas, Marta O; Lane, David A

    2017-02-16

    Blood loss is prevented by the multi-domain glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (VWF), which binds exposed collagen at damaged vessels and captures platelets. VWF is regulated by the metalloprotease ADAMTS13, which, in turn, is conformationally activated by VWF. To delineate the structural requirements for VWF-mediated conformational activation of ADAMTS13, we performed binding and functional studies with a panel of truncated ADAMTS13 variants. We demonstrate that both the isolated CUB1 and CUB2 domains in ADAMTS13 bind to the spacer domain exosite of a truncated ADAMTS13 variant, MDTCS (KD of 135 ± 10.1 nM and 86.9 ± 9.0 nM, respectively). However, only the CUB1 domain inhibited proteolytic activity of MDTCS. Moreover, ADAMTS13∆CUB2, unlike ADAMTS13∆CUB1-2, exhibited activity similar to wild-type ADAMTS13 and could be activated by VWF D4-CK. The CUB2 domain is therefore not essential for maintaining the inactive conformation of ADAMTS13. Both CUB domains could bind to the VWF D4-CK domain fragment (KD of 53.7± 2.1 nM and 84.3 ± 2.0 nM, respectively). However, deletion of both CUB domains did not prevent VWF D4-CK binding, suggesting that competition for CUB-domain binding to the spacer domain is not the dominant mechanism behind the conformational activation. ADAMTS13∆TSP8-CUB2 could no longer bind to VWF D4-CK, and deletion of TSP8 abrogated ADAMTS13 conformational activation. These findings support an ADAMTS13-activation model in which VWF D4-CK engages the TSP8-CUB2 domains, inducing the conformational change that disrupts the CUB1-spacer domain interaction and thereby activates ADAMTS13.

  7. Von Willebrand Factor: Multimeric Structure and Functional Activity in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation With and Without Oral Anticoagulation.

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    Lopez-Castaneda, Sandra; Valencia-Hernández, Ignacio; Arean, Carlos; Godínez-Hernández, Daniel; Viveros-Sandoval, Martha Eva

    2017-01-01

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a multimeric glycoprotein present in blood plasma. It is synthesized in megakaryocytes and endothelial cells, secreted into circulation in the form of high-molecular-weight multimers (HMWMs), and cleaved into shorter, less active multimers by ADAMTS13. It is essential for platelet adhesion and aggregation. Previous studies have investigated the relationship between vWF levels and thromboembolic events with little regard to vWF multimeric structure. Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) exhibit higher plasma vWF and lower ADAMTS13 levels. One hundred seven patients with AF, 51 anticoagulated and 56 nonanticoagulated, were eligible for the study. Plasma samples were analyzed for vWF antigen, vWF activity, and ADAMTS13; vWF multimers were analyzed by Western blot in 1% to 1.3% sodium dodecyl sulfate agarose gel electrophoresis. Patients with AF without oral anticoagulation (OAC) had significantly higher vWF plasma levels (154.00 [75-201] UI/dL) and vWF activity (60.00% [20%-210%]) compared to patients with OAC (133.50 [90-192] UI/dL, P = <.001; 50.00% [20%-160%], P = .02). Both were specially decreased in patients treated with acenocumarin. Patients without OAC also showed lower ADAMTS13 levels and presence of vWF HMWMs. Patients with AF show higher plasma levels and vWF activity. Moreover, treatment with traditional OAC (acenocumarin) significantly reduced vWF levels. Patients without OAC might have an increased risk of thrombotic events showing lower ADAMTS13 and higher vWF levels. Patients with stroke had higher plasma levels, vWF activity, and HMWMs. Our study suggests that increased vWF levels and presence of HMWMs could be related to cerebrovascular disease and may represent useful biomarkers for stroke in AF.

  8. Effect of Vitamin D Status on Von Willebrand Factor and ADAMTS13 in Diabetic Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis.

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    Cohen-Hagai, Keren; Rashid, Gloria; Einbinder, Yael; Ohana, Meital; Benchetrit, Sydney; Zitman-Gal, Tali

    2017-03-01

    Von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a glycoprotein with a crucial role in the formation of platelet thrombi, and ADAMTS13 is the main enzyme responsible for vWF cleavage. Both are important in the relationship between diabetic nephropathy, hypercoagulability, and cardiovascular disease. This study evaluated a potential relationship between vitamin D (vitD) levels, vWF, ADAMTS13 activity, and inflammation in diabetic patients on chronic hemodialysis (HD). Blood samples from 52 diabetic patients on chronic HD were obtained to determine vitD levels, vWF, and ADAMTS13 activity, and inflammatory markers. HD patients were grouped according to 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH) VitD]<25 nmol/L (n=16) or >25 nmol/L (n=36). vWF antigen and vWF activity were elevated in both groups, with an average of 214.3±82.6% and 175.8±72.6%, respectively. Average ADAMTS13 activity was within the normal range in both groups. Blood samples from the vitD <25 nmol/L group showed a positive correlation between c-reactive protein (CRP) and vWF levels (P=0.023; r=0.564; 95% confidence interval=0.095-0.828), with a negative correlation between HbA1c and 25(OH) VitD (P=0.015; r=-0.337; 95% confidence interval=-0.337-0.19). Diabetic patients on chronic HD had elevated vWF levels and activity with no significant change in ADAMTS13 activity. The correlation between CRP and vWF levels in the 25(OH) VitD<25 nmol/L group suggests inflammatory-related endothelial dysfunction in these patients.

  9. Predictive value of von Willebrand factor for adverse clinical outcome in hypertensive patients with mild-to-moderate aortic regurgitation.

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    Iida, M; Nihei, M; Yamazaki, M; Sawaguchi, M; Honjo, H; Kodama, I; Kamiya, K

    2008-04-01

    Plasma levels of von Willebrand factor (vWF), a marker of endothelial dysfunction/damage, are elevated in high-risk hypertensive patients and in patients with severe aortic regurgitation (AR). Patients with mild-to-moderate AR, frequently detected in hypertensive elderly, have additional left ventricular morphological and functional dysfunctions. We hypothesized that hypertensive patients with mild-to-moderate AR may have enhanced endothelial and/or left ventricular dysfunctions that may lead to a deteriorated prognosis. We measured vWF, prothrombin F1+2 (F 1+2) as a marker of thrombin generation, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in 104 hypertensive patients with mild-to-moderate AR and 66 hypertensive patients without AR. The left ventricular diameter at systole (LVDs) and left ventricular posterior wall thickness (LVWT) were determined by echocardiography and indexed by body surface area (LVDs/BSA and LVWT/BSA). VWF (median, interquartile range (IQR) 154, 120-196%) and BNP (34.7 pg ml(-1), 15-65%) levels were greater in patients with AR than in those without AR (135, 98-175% and 20, 10.3-49 pg ml(-1)). All patients were prospectively followed up for cardiac events during the period of median 43 months (IQR 31-81). Patients with AR had an increased risk of cardiac events (regression ratio (RR) 1.87, 95% confidence interval 1.28-2.87) when compared to those without AR. A multivariate Cox hazard analysis indicated that log vWF (RR 4.93) and log BNP (RR 1.9) were independent predictors in patients with AR. VWF was an independent predictor of clinical outcome in hypertensive patients with mild-to-moderate AR.

  10. Genetic Drivers of von Willebrand Factor Levels in an Ischemic Stroke Population and Association With Risk for Recurrent Stroke.

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    Williams, Stephen R; Hsu, Fang-Chi; Keene, Keith L; Chen, Wei-Min; Dzhivhuho, Godfrey; Rowles, Joe L; Southerland, Andrew M; Furie, Karen L; Rich, Stephen S; Worrall, Bradford B; Sale, Michèle M

    2017-06-01

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) plays an important role in thrombus formation during cerebrovascular damage. We sought to investigate the potential role of circulating vWF in recurrent cerebrovascular events and identify genetic contributors to variation in vWF level in an ischemic stroke population. We analyzed the effect of circulating vWF on risk of recurrent stroke using survival models in the VISP trial (Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention) and the use of vWF in reclassification over traditional factors. We conducted a genome-wide association study) with imputation, based on 1000 Genomes Project data, for circulating vWF levels and then interrogated loci previously associated with vWF levels. We performed expression quantitative trait locus analysis for vWF across different tissues. Elevated vWF levels were associated with increased risk for recurrent stroke in VISP. Adding vWF to traditional clinical parameters also improved recurrent stroke risk prediction. We identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms significantly associated with circulating vWF at the ABO locus (P<5×10(-8)) and replicated findings from previous genetic associations of vWF levels in humans. Expression quantitative trait locus analyses demonstrate that most associated ABO single-nucleotide polymorphisms were also associated with vWF gene expression. Elevated vWF levels are associated with recurrent stroke in VISP. In the VISP population, genetic determinants of vWF levels that impact vWF gene expression were identified. These data add to our knowledge of the pathophysiologic and genetic basis for recurrent stroke risk and may have implications for clinical care decision making. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  11. The spider hemolymph clot proteome reveals high concentrations of hemocyanin and von Willebrand factor-like proteins.

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    Sanggaard, Kristian W; Dyrlund, Thomas F; Bechsgaard, Jesper S; Scavenius, Carsten; Wang, Tobias; Bilde, Trine; Enghild, Jan J

    2016-02-01

    Arthropods include chelicerates, crustaceans, and insects that all have open circulation systems and thus require different properties of their coagulation system than vertebrates. Although the clotting reaction in the chelicerate horseshoe crab (Family: Limulidae) has been described in details, the overall protein composition of the resulting clot has not been analyzed for any of the chelicerates. The largest class among the chelicerates is the arachnids, which includes spiders, ticks, mites, and scorpions. Here, we use a mass spectrometry-based approach to characterize the spider hemolymph clot proteome from the Brazilian whiteknee tarantula, Acanthoscurria geniculata. We focused on the insoluble part of the clot and demonstrated high concentrations of proteins homologous to the hemostasis-related and multimerization-prone von Willebrand factor. These proteins, which include hemolectins and vitellogenin homologous, were previously identified as essential components of the hemolymph clot in crustaceans and insects. Their presence in the spider hemolymph clot suggests that the origin of these proteins' function in coagulation predates the split between chelicerates and mandibulata. The clot proteome reveals that the major proteinaceous component is the oxygen-transporting and phenoloxidase-displaying abundant hemolymph protein hemocyanin, suggesting that this protein also plays a role in clot biology. Furthermore, quantification of the peptidome after coagulation revealed the simultaneous activation of both the innate immune system and the coagulation system. In general, many of the identified clot-proteins are related to the innate immune system, and our results support the previously suggested crosstalk between immunity and coagulation in arthropods. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Degradation of circulating von Willebrand factor and its regulator ADAMTS13 implicates secreted Bacillus anthracis metalloproteases in anthrax consumptive coagulopathy.

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    Chung, Myung-Chul; Popova, Taissia G; Jorgensen, Shelley C; Dong, Li; Chandhoke, Vikas; Bailey, Charles L; Popov, Serguei G

    2008-04-11

    Pathology data from the anthrax animal models show evidence of significant increases in vascular permeability coincident with hemostatic imbalances manifested by thrombocytopenia, transient leucopenia, and aggressive disseminated intravascular coagulation. In this study we hypothesized that anthrax infection modulates the activity of von Willebrand factor (VWF) and its endogenous regulator ADAMTS13, which play important roles in hemostasis and thrombosis, including interaction of endothelial cells with platelets. We previously demonstrated that purified anthrax neutral metalloproteases Npr599 and InhA are capable of cleaving a variety of host structural and regulatory proteins. Incubation of human plasma with these proteases at 37 degrees C in the presence of urea as a mild denaturant results in proteolysis of VWF. Also in these conditions, InhA directly cleaves plasma ADAMTS13 protein. Npr599 and InhA digest synthetic VWF substrate FRETS-VWF73. Amino acid sequencing of VWF fragments produced by InhA suggests that one of the cleavage sites of VWF is located at domain A2, the target domain of ADAMTS13. Proteolysis of VWF by InhA impairs its collagen binding activity (VWF:CBA) and ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation activity. In plasma from anthrax spore-challenged DBA/2 mice, VWF antigen levels increase up to 2-fold at day 3 post-infection with toxigenic Sterne 34F(2) strain, whereas VWF:CBA levels drop in a time-dependent manner, suggesting dysfunction of VWF instead of its quantitative deficiency. This conclusion is further supported by significant reduction in the amount of VWF circulating in blood in the ultra-large forms. In addition, Western blot analysis shows proteolytic depletion of ADAMTS13 from plasma of spore-challenged mice despite its increased expression in the liver. Our results suggest a new mechanism of anthrax coagulopathy affecting the levels and functional activities of both VWF and its natural regulator ADAMTS13. This mechanism may

  13. A molten globule intermediate of the von Willebrand factor A1 domain firmly tethers platelets under shear flow.

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    Tischer, Alexander; Madde, Pranathi; Blancas-Mejia, Luis M; Auton, Matthew

    2014-05-01

    Clinical mutations in patients diagnosed with Type 2A von Willebrand disease (VWD) have been identified that break the single disulfide bond linking N- and C-termini in the vWF A1 domain. We have modeled the effect of these mutations on the disulfide-bonded structure of A1 by reducing and carboxy-amidating these cysteines. Solution biophysical studies show that loss of this disulfide bond induces a molten globule conformational state lacking global tertiary structure but retaining residual secondary structure. The conformational dependence of platelet adhesion to these native and molten globule states of A1 is quantitatively compared using real-time high-speed video microscopy analysis of platelet translocation dynamics under shear flow in a parallel plate microfluidic flow chamber. While normal platelets translocating on surface-captured native A1 domain retain the catch-bond character of pause times that increase as a function of shear rate at low shear and decrease as a function of shear rate at high shear, platelets that interact with A1 lacking the disulfide bond remain stably attached and do not translocate. Based on these findings, we propose that the shear stress-sensitive regulation of the A1-GPIb interaction is due to folding the tertiary structure of this domain. Removal of the tertiary structure by disrupting the disulfide bond destroys this regulatory mechanism resulting in high-strength interactions between platelets and vWF A1 that are dependent only on residual secondary structure elements present in the molten globule conformation. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. A molten globule intermediate of the Von Willebrand Factor A1 domain firmly tethers platelets under shear flow

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    Tischer, Alexander; Madde, Pranathi; Blancas-Mejia, Luis. M.; Auton, Matthew

    2014-01-01

    Clinical mutations in patients diagnosed with Type 2A von Willebrand disease (vWD) have been identified that break the single disulfide bond linking N- and C-termini in the vWF A1 domain. We have modeled the effect of these mutations on the disulfide-bonded structure of A1 by reducing and carboxy-amidating these cysteines. Solution biophysical studies show that loss of this disulfide bond induces a molten globule conformational state lacking global tertiary structure but retaining residual secondary structure. The conformational dependence of platelet adhesion to these native and molten globule states of A1 is quantitatively compared using real-time high-speed video microscopy analysis of platelet translocation dynamics under shear flow in a parallel plate micro-fluidic flow chamber. While normal platelets translocating on surface-captured native A1 domain retain the catch-bond character of pause times that increase as a function of shear rate at low shear and decrease as a function of shear rate at high shear, platelets that interact with A1 lacking the disulfide bond remain stably attached and do not translocate. Based on these findings, we propose that the shear stress-sensitive regulation of the A1-GPIb interaction is due to folding the tertiary structure of this domain. Removal of the tertiary structure by disrupting the disulfide bond destroys this regulatory mechanism resulting in high-strength interactions between platelets and vWF A1 that are dependent only on residual secondary structure elements present in the molten globule conformation. PMID:24265179

  15. Neutrophil Protease Cleavage of Von Willebrand Factor in Glomeruli - An Anti-thrombotic Mechanism in the Kidney.

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    Tati, Ramesh; Kristoffersson, Ann-Charlotte; Manea Hedström, Minola; Mörgelin, Matthias; Wieslander, Jörgen; van Kooten, Cees; Karpman, Diana

    2017-02-01

    Adequate cleavage of von Willebrand factor (VWF) prevents formation of thrombi. ADAMTS13 is the main VWF-cleaving protease and its deficiency results in development of thrombotic microangiopathy. Besides ADAMTS13 other proteases may also possess VWF-cleaving activity, but their physiological importance in preventing thrombus formation is unknown. This study investigated if, and which, proteases could cleave VWF in the glomerulus. The content of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) was studied as a reflection of processes occurring in the subendothelial glomerular space. VWF was incubated with human GBMs and VWF cleavage was assessed by multimer structure analysis, immunoblotting and mass spectrometry. VWF was cleaved into the smallest multimers by the GBM, which contained ADAMTS13 as well as neutrophil proteases, elastase, proteinase 3 (PR3), cathepsin-G and matrix-metalloproteinase 9. The most potent components of the GBM capable of VWF cleavage were in the serine protease or metalloprotease category, but not ADAMTS13. Neutralization of neutrophil serine proteases inhibited GBM-mediated VWF-cleaving activity, demonstrating a marked contribution of elastase and/or PR3. VWF-platelet strings formed on the surface of primary glomerular endothelial cells, in a perfusion system, were cleaved by both elastase and the GBM, a process blocked by elastase inhibitor. Ultramorphological studies of the human kidney demonstrated neutrophils releasing elastase into the GBM. Neutrophil proteases may contribute to VWF cleavage within the subendothelium, adjacent to the GBM, and thus regulate thrombus size. This anti-thrombotic mechanism would protect the normal kidney during inflammation and could also explain why most patients with ADAMTS13 deficiency do not develop severe kidney failure.

  16. Is there an evolutionary relationship between WARP (von Willebrand factor A-domain-related protein) and the FACIT and FACIT-like collagens?

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    Fitzgerald, Jamie; Bateman, John F

    2003-09-25

    We suggest that there is an evolutionary relationship between von Willebrand factor A-domain-related protein (WARP), and the fibril-associated collagen with interrupted triple helix (FACIT) and FACIT-like subfamilies of collagens. Data from a comparison of amino acid sequences, domain organisation and chromosomal location are consistent with the hypothesis that WARP and these collagens share a common collagen ancestor. In support of this is the observation that the WARP 3' coding region is GC-rich suggesting that this may represent the remnant of a triple helix protein domain which WARP has 'lost' during evolution.

  17. Pif97, a von Willebrand and Peritrophin Biomineralization Protein, Organizes Mineral Nanoparticles and Creates Intracrystalline Nanochambers.

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    Chang, Eric P; Evans, John Spencer

    2015-09-01

    The formation of the mollusk nacre layer involves the assembly and organization of mineral nanoparticles into fracture-toughened mesoscale-sized aragonite tablets that possess intracrystalline nanoporosities. At least one nacre protein family, known as the framework proteome, is strategically located as part of a macromolecular coating around each nacre tablet and is believed to participate in tablet formation. Here, we report new studies of a recombinant form (rPif97) of a unique Japanese pearl oyster (Pinctada fucata) nacre framework biomineralization protein, Pif97. This unique protein possesses both a von Willlebrand factor type A domain (vWA, F23-Y161) and a Peritrophin A chitin-binding domain (PAC, E234-D298). rPif97 self-associates or aggregates to form amorphous protein phases that organize both amorphous and single-crystal calcium carbonate nanoparticles in vitro. Further, in the presence of nucleating calcite crystals, rPif97 protein phases deposit onto these crystals and become occluded over time, forming nanochambers within the crystal interior. The formation of these mineral-modifying amorphous protein phases is linked to the presence of intrinsic disorder and amyloid-like cross-β-strand aggregation-prone regions, and three-dimensional modeling indicates that both the vWA and PAC domains are accessible for intermolecular interactions. Thus, the vWA- and PAC-containing Pif97 protein exhibits key functionalities that would allow its participation in mollusk nacre layer tablet assembly and porosity formation.

  18. Joint bleeds in von Willebrand disease patients have significant impact on quality of life and joint integrity: a cross-sectional study.

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    van Galen, K P M; Sanders, Y V; Vojinovic, U; Eikenboom, J; Cnossen, M H; Schutgens, R E G; van der Bom, J G; Fijnvandraat, K; Laros-Van Gorkom, B A P; Meijer, K; Leebeek, F W G; Mauser-Bunschoten, E P

    2015-05-01

    Joint bleeds (JB) are reported in a minority of patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD) but may lead to structural joint damage. Prevalence, severity and impact of JB in VWD are largely unknown. The aim of this study was to assess JB prevalence, onset, treatment and impact on health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) and joint integrity in moderate and severe VWD. In the Willebrand in the Netherlands study 804 moderate and severe VWD patients [von Willebrand factor (VWF) activity ≤30U dL(-1)] completed a questionnaire on occurrence, sites and consequences of JB. To analyse JB number, onset, treatment and impact on joint integrity we additionally performed a patient-control study on medical file data comparing patients with JB to age, gender, factor VIII (FVIII)- and VWF activity matched VWD patients without JB. Of all VWD patients 23% (184/804) self-reported JB. These 184 patients reported joint damage more often (54% vs. 18%, P < 0.001) and had lower HR-QoL (SF36, P < 0.05) compared to VWD patients not reporting JB. Of 55 patients with available JB data, 65% had the first JB before age 16. These 55 patients used more clotting factor concentrate (CFC; median dose 43 vs. 0 IE FVIII kg(-1) year(-1) , P < 0.001), more often had X-ray joint damage (44% vs. 11%, P = 0.001] and chronic joint pain (44% vs. 18%, P = 0.008) compared to 55 control VWD patients without JB. In conclusion, joint bleeds are reported by 23% of moderate and severe VWD patients, mostly start in childhood, are associated with more CFC use, joint pain, lower HR-QoL and significantly more radiological and self-reported joint damage. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. [Deposition of von Willebrand factor in human endothelial cells HUVEC in the endoplasmic reticulum stress induced by an excess of homocysteine in vitro].

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    Ignashkova, T I; Mesitov, M V; Rybakov, A S; Moskovtsev, A A; Sokolovskaia, A A; Kubatiev, A A

    2012-01-01

    Von Willebrand factor (vWF) is an adhesive glycoprotein synthesized and secreted by endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. Violation of vWF secretion by endothelial cells is a characteristic feature of endothelial dysfunction in hyperhomocysteinemia. In our study we examined to clarify the concentration-dependent effect of homocysteine (Hcy) on the expression of vWF. Our studies have shown that homocysteine excess induces changes in the intracellular deposition of von Willebrand factor in cultured human endothelial cells in vitro. Primary cultures of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were incubated with the various concentrations of D,L-homocysteine (0.025 - 5 mM). Homocysteine at a concentration of 0.025 and 0.25 mM after 18 h incubation caused an increase in the intracellular fraction of vWF in HUVEC cells. High concentrations of homocysteine induced a dose-dependent decrease in the intracellular fraction of vWF. These dose-dependent variations may indicate the modulation by homocysteine of different mechanisms of the deposition, the constitutive secretion and the degradation of vWF in human endothelial cells. We proposed that Endoplasmic reticulum stress, in HUVEC cells by the action of an excess of homocysteine associated with increased intracellular levels of vWF at a relatively low concentration of the inducer. We found decline in intracellular vWF at the same duration but higher concentrations of inducer, which may be due to the ER-associated protein degradation.

  20. Common and rare von Willebrand factor (VWF) coding variants, VWF levels, and factor VIII levels in African Americans: the NHLBI Exome Sequencing Project.

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    Johnsen, Jill M; Auer, Paul L; Morrison, Alanna C; Jiao, Shuo; Wei, Peng; Haessler, Jeffrey; Fox, Keolu; McGee, Sean R; Smith, Joshua D; Carlson, Christopher S; Smith, Nicholas; Boerwinkle, Eric; Kooperberg, Charles; Nickerson, Deborah A; Rich, Stephen S; Green, David; Peters, Ulrike; Cushman, Mary; Reiner, Alex P

    2013-07-25

    Several rare European von Willebrand disease missense variants of VWF (including p.Arg2185Gln and p.His817Gln) were recently reported to be common in apparently healthy African Americans (AAs). Using data from the NHLBI Exome Sequencing Project, we assessed the association of these and other VWF coding variants with von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII (FVIII) levels in 4468 AAs. Of 30 nonsynonymous VWF variants, 6 were significantly and independently associated (P < .001) with levels of VWF and/or FVIII. Each additional copy of the common VWF variants encoding p.Thr789Ala or p.Asp1472His was associated with 6 to 8 IU/dL higher VWF levels. The VWF variant encoding p.Arg2185Gln was associated with 7 to 13 IU/dL lower VWF and FVIII levels. The type 2N-related VWF variant encoding p.His817Gln was associated with 17 IU/dL lower FVIII level but normal VWF level. A novel, rare missense VWF variant that predicts disruption of an O-glycosylation site (p.Ser1486Leu) and a rare variant encoding p.Arg2287Trp were each associated with 30 to 40 IU/dL lower VWF level (P < .001). In summary, several common and rare VWF missense variants contribute to phenotypic differences in VWF and FVIII among AAs.

  1. Pharmacokinetics and safety of a novel recombinant human von Willebrand factor manufactured with a plasma-free method: a prospective clinical trial

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    Mannucci, Pier Mannuccio; Kempton, Christine; Millar, Carolyn; Romond, Edward; Shapiro, Amy; Birschmann, Ingvild; Ragni, Margaret V.; Gill, Joan Cox; Yee, Thynn Thynn; Klamroth, Robert; Wong, Wing-Yen; Chapman, Miranda; Engl, Werner; Turecek, Peter L.; Suiter, Tobias M.

    2013-01-01

    Safety and pharmacokinetics (PK) of recombinant von Willebrand factor (rVWF) combined at a fixed ratio with recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) were investigated in 32 subjects with type 3 or severe type 1 von Willebrand disease (VWD) in a prospective phase 1, multicenter, randomized clinical trial. rVWF was well tolerated and no thrombotic events, inhibitors, or serious adverse events were observed. The PK of rVWF ristocetin cofactor activity, VWF antigen, and collagen-binding activity were similar to those of the comparator plasma-derived (pd) VWF-pdFVIII. In vivo cleavage of ultra-large molecular-weight rVWF multimers by ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13; the endogenous VWF protease) and generation of characteristic satellite bands were demonstrated. In 2 subjects with specific nonneutralizing anti-VWF–binding antibodies already detectable before rVWF infusion, a reduction in VWF multimers and VWF activity was observed. Stabilization of endogenous FVIII was enhanced following post–rVWF-rFVIII infusion as shown by the difference in area under the plasma concentration curve compared with pdVWF-pdFVIII (AUC0-∞) (P < .01). These data support the concept of administering rVWF alone once a therapeutic level of endogenous FVIII is achieved. This trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT00816660. PMID:23777763

  2. Enzymes that hydrolyze adenine nucleotides in platelets and polymorphisms in the alpha2 gene of integrin alpha2beta1 in patients with von Willebrand disease.

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    Santos, Karen Freitas; Battisti, Vanessa; Corrêa, Maísa de Carvalho; Mann, Thaís Rapachi; Pereira, Renata da Silva; Araújo, Maria do Carmo; Brülê, Alice Odete; Schetinger, Maria Rosa Chitolina; Morsch, Vera Maria

    2010-07-01

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is one of the most common inherited bleeding diseases caused by a qualitative or quantitative deficiency of the von Willebrand factor (FvW). FvW is a multimeric glycoprotein synthesized by megakaryocytes and endothelial cells and it is present in the subendothelial matrix, blood plasma, platelets, and endothelium. This glycoprotein plays an important role in thrombus formation by initiating platelet adhesion to sites of injury as well as platelet aggregation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the activities of enzymes that hydrolyze adenine nucleotides in platelets, ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation (RIPA), and polymorphisms of the alpha2 gene of alpha2beta1 integrin from VWD patients. Platelet nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase (NTPDase), 5'-nucleotidase, and ecto-nucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase (E-NPP) activities were verified in 14 VWD patients. For RIPA determination, a final concentration of 1.25 mg/ml of ristocetin was used. Polymorphisms of the alpha2 gene were analyzed through PCR. Platelet NTPDase and E-NPP were decreased in VWD patients. 5'-Nucleotidase activity was not statistically significant between controls and VWD patients. RIPA was significantly reduced, with an allelic frequency of 78.57% for 807C in VWD patients. Our results indicated reduced platelet NTPDase and E-NPP activities which might be related to the low platelet adhesiveness. The prevalence of the 807C allele might account for the variability in bleeding in VWD.

  3. Biological diagnosis of von Willebrand disease: analytical characteristics of Innovance vWF:Ac assay kit on STA-R Evolution Expert series analyzer (Stago).

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    Florin, Cécile; Garraud, Olivier; Molliex, Serge; Tardy, Brigitte; Campos, Lydia; Scherrer, Carine

    2016-06-01

    The Innovance VWF:Ac test (Siemens) has the particularity to assess the binding capacity of von Willebrand factor (VWF) to recombinant platelet GPIb mutated in the absence of ristocetin. Our study aimed to evaluate and validate according to standard NF EN ISO 15189 the original protocol adaptation on STA-R Evolution series analyser (Diagnostica Stago). We evaluated the performance in terms of imprecision and we validate additional parameters necessary in range B as recommended by the SH GTA 04 (Cofrac). We compared the new assay with the reference assay: ristocetin cofactor activity (VWF:RCo) performed on the BCS-XP analyser by testing retrospectively samples from 82 healthy normal subjects and 61 patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD). This new assay is consistent with objectives set in terms of imprecision with CV around 4%. Excepted limit of quantification higher, additional parameters evaluated in range B have been validated. The Innovance VWF: Ac assay allowed the detection of all deficits of VWF already detected by the VWF:RCo test on the BCS-XP. This adjustment on STA-R analyser therefore has satisfactory analytical performance criteria. Apart from the limit of quantification, this reagent can be used according to the recommendations specified in the original protocol adaptation. Its performance and compatibility with the spot measurement allow the diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring of VWD according to current requirements and guidelines.

  4. Increased von Willebrand factor levels in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus reflect inflammation rather than increased propensity for platelet activation

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    Raymond, Warren D; Eilertsen, Gro Østli

    2016-01-01

    Background von Willebrand factor (VWF) is involved in platelet plug formation and protein transport. Increased VWF levels in systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) are considered risk factors for vascular events. VWF protein levels, however, do not accurately reflect its platelet-aggregating function, which has not been examined in SLE. Methods Cross-sectional study with clinical and laboratory data obtained in patients with SLE (n=92) from a regional lupus registry. VWF function was determined by ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation (VWF ristocetin cofactor, VWF:RCo) and VWF levels by turbidimetric assay (VWF antigen, VWF:Ag). The platelet-aggregating activity per VWF unit was estimated by the VWF RCo/Ag ratio. Healthy controls served as comparators and associations were evaluated by non-parametric methods. Results VWF:Ag (142% vs 107%, p=0.001) and VWF:RCo levels (123% vs 78%, p<0.041) were increased in patients with SLE, but VWF RCo/Ag ratio was similar as in controls (0.83 vs 0.82, p=0.8). VWF:Ag levels were higher in patients experiencing serositis but unrelated to other manifestations, thrombotic disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematous Disease Activity Index 2000 or Systemic Lupus International Collaborative Clinics-Damage Index. VWF:Ag levels correlated significantly with VWF:RCo levels (Rs 0.8, p<0.001), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) (Rs 0.32, p<0.01), anti-dsDNA Ab (Rs 0.27, p<0.01), total IgG (Rs 0.33 p<0.01), fibrinogen (Rs 0.28, p<0.01) and ceruloplasmin (Rs 0.367, p<0.01) levels. VWF:RCo levels were not related to clinical findings but were correlated with ESR, anti-dsDNA and transferrin levels. No serological associations existed for VWF RCo/Ag ratio (all p>0.2). Conclusions In this SLE cohort, VWF:Ag behaved similarly to acute-phase reactants, but VWF:Ag increases were not matched by increases in functional activity per unit of VWF. Thus, more VWF did not increase the propensity for platelet aggregation in SLE. PMID:27651919

  5. Production and functional activity of a recombinant von Willebrand factor-A domain from human complement factor B.

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    Williams, S C; Hinshelwood, J; Perkins, S J; Sim, R B

    1999-01-01

    Factor B is a five-domain 90 kDa serine protease proenzyme which is part of the human serum complement system. It binds to other complement proteins C3b and properdin, and is activated by the protease factor D. The fourth domain of factor B is homologous to the type A domain of von Willebrand Factor (vWF-A). A full-length human factor B cDNA clone was used to amplify the region encoding the vWF-A domain (amino acids 229-444 of factor B). A fusion protein expression system was then used to generate it in high yield in Escherichia coli, where thrombin cleavage was used to separate the vWF-A domain from its fusion protein partner. A second vWF-A domain with improved stability and solubility was created using a Cys(267)-->Ser mutation and a four-residue C-terminal extension of the first vWF-A domain. The recombinant domains were investigated by analytical gel filtration, sucrose density centrifugation and analytical ultracentrifugation, in order to show that both domains were monomeric and possessed compact structures that were consistent with known vWF-A crystal structures. This expression system and its characterization permitted the first investigation of the function of the isolated vWF-A domain. It was able to inhibit substantially the binding of (125)I-labelled factor B to immobilized C3b. This demonstrated both the presence of a C3b binding site in this portion of factor B and a ligand-binding property of the vWF-A domain. The site at which factor D cleaves factor B is close to the N-terminus of both recombinant vWF-A domains. Factor D was shown to cleave the vWF-A domain in the presence or absence of C3b, whereas the cleavage of intact factor B under the same conditions occurs only in the presence of C3b. PMID:10477273

  6. Function of von Willebrand factor in children with diarrhea-associated hemolytic-uremic syndrome (D+ HUS).

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    Sutor, A H; Thomas, K B; Prüfer, F H; Grohmann, A; Brandis, M; Zimmerhackl, L B

    2001-06-01

    Reports on von Willebrand factor (vWF) in hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) are not unequivocal. Because of potential pathogenic implications, we examined the ability of vWF to bind to collagen in vitro, which reflects its function. Plasma vWF antigen (vWF:Ag) and collagen-binding activity (vWF:CBA) were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in children with (1) diarrhea-associated (D+) HUS (n = 27), (2) chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) (n = 8), (3) gastroenteritis (GE) not associated with HUS (n = 15), (4) immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) (n = 40) and from controls (n = 35). Structural vWF was evaluated by multimer analysis. Children with D+ HUS had vWF:Ag of 2.53 and vWF:CBA of 1.98 U/mL. The corresponding values for patients with ITP were 1.35 and 1.82 U/mL, with CRI 1.55 and 1.55 U/mL, and with GE 1.68 and 2.10 U/mL; all values were higher than in controls (1.04 and 1.16 U/mL). The mean ratio of vWF:CBA to vWF:Ag ratio in controls was 1.13; only children with HUS had a dysfunctional vWF, as indicated by a low ratio of 0.78; the ratio was elevated in children with ITP (1.36) and GE (1.27) and was normal in those with CRI (1.06). No ultralarge molecular multimers of vWF were detected in any group, including HUS. The very high concentration of plasma vWF:Ag in HUS probably reflects endothelial cell damage or irritation. In contrast to all other groups, only children with HUS had a dysfunctional vWF, caused either by a primary (due to enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli) or secondary (due to consumption of functionally active vWF) process. This abnormality was not obvious as structural anomaly by multimer analysis.

  7. Loss of factor VIII and von Willebrand factor activities during cold storage of whole blood is reversed by rewarming.

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    Refaai, Majed A; Van Cott, Elisabeth M; Lukoszyk, Michael; Hughes, James; Eby, Charles S

    2006-01-01

    Documentation of preanalytical conditions that could result in inaccurate results and misdiagnoses of patients is important. It has recently been reported that a significant loss of factor VIII (FVIII) and von Willebrand factor (vWF) activity occurs when citrated whole blood is stored on ice. We tested the hypothesis that the cold-dependent loss of FVIII and vWF activity is due to the formation of cryoprecipitate and is reversed by rewarming the citrated whole blood before centrifugation and removal of plasma. We collected venous blood from 10 healthy subjects into 3.2% sodium citrate glass tubes. One tube was immediately centrifuged and the plasma was stored at -20 degrees C. Following storage in an ice bath (4 degrees C) for 3.5 hours, 1 tube was immediately centrifuged and processed while the second tube was placed in a 37 degrees C water bath for 5 minutes then centrifuged and processed. Subsequently, plasma samples were quickly thawed at 37 degrees C and the following tests were performed: prothrombin time (PT), partial thrombin time (aPTT), FVIII activity, vWF antigen (vWF:Ag), and vWF activity (vWF:Act). Means for each analyte from the 2 tubes stored at 4 degrees C for 3.5 hours with or without rewarming were compared to baseline tube using the Student t test. Compared to the baseline tube results, PT and aPTT showed no significant changes in either of the tubes stored at 4 degrees C for 3.5 hours. However, FVIII, vWF:Ag, and vWF:Act were significantly lower in the tubes stored at 4 degrees C for 3.5 hours, but no differences were detected between baseline and rewarmed tube results. In conclusion, prolonged storage of citrated whole blood at 4 degrees C causes a clinically significant reduction of FVIII and vWF activities. The losses are completely reversed by rewarming the tube prior to processing. This is consistent with a reversible cryoprecipitation of vWF and FVIII rather than a cold-activated enzymatic degradation.

  8. Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Low Cardiovascular Risk: The Role of von Willebrand Factor Activity

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    Ristić, Gorica G.; Subota, Vesna; Lepić, Toplica; Stanisavljević, Dejana; Glišić, Branislava; Ristić, Arsen D.; Petronijević, Milan; Stefanović, Dušan Z.

    2015-01-01

    Background To evaluate association between von Willebrand factor (vWF) activity, inflammation markers, disease activity, and subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and low cardiovascular risk. Methods Above mentioned parameters were determined in blood samples of 74 non-diabetic, normotensive, female subjects, with no dyslipidemia(42 patients, 32 matched healthy controls, age 45.3±10.0 vs. 45.2±9.8 years). Intima-media thickness (IMT) was measured bilaterally, at common carotid, bifurcation, and internal carotid arteries. Subclinical atherosclerosis was defined as IMT>IMTmean+2SD in controlsat each carotid level and atherosclerotic plaque as IMT>1.5 mm. Majority of RA patients were on methotrexate (83.3%), none on steroids >10 mg/day or biologic drugs. All findings were analysed in the entire study population and in RA group separately. Results RA patients with subclinical atherosclerosis had higher vWF activity than those without (133.5±69.3% vs. 95.3±36.8%, p<0.05). Predictive value of vWF activity for subclinical atherosclerosis was confirmed by logistic regression. vWF activity correlated significantly with erythrocyte sedimentation rate, fibrinogen, modified disease activity scores (mDAS28–ESR, mDAS28–CRP), modified Health Assessment Questionnaire (p<0.01 for all), duration of smoking, number of cigarettes/day, rheumatoid factor concentration (p<0.05 for all), and anti-CCP antibodies (p<0.01). In the entire study population, vWF activity was higher in participants with subclinical atherosclerosis (130±68% vs. 97±38%, p<0.05) or atherosclerotic plaques (123±57% vs. 99±45%, p<0.05) than in those without. Duration of smoking was significantly associated with vWF activity (β 0.026, p = 0.039). Conclusions We demonstrated association of vWF activity and subclinical atherosclerosis in low-risk RA patients as well as its correlation with inflammation markers, all parameters of disease activity, and seropositivity

  9. Le rôle du médecin anesthésiste-réanimateur dans la prise en charge de la femme enceinte porteuse de la maladie de Von Willebrand

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    Baouahi, Hanane; Zerqouni, Yassine; Doumiri, Mouhcine; Oudghiri, Nezha; Saoud, Anas Tazi

    2015-01-01

    La maladie de Von Willebrand (VWD) est la maladie hémorragique constitutionnelle de l'hémostase la plus fréquente. Elle est liée à un déficit, soit quantitatif, soit qualitatif en facteur willebrand (VWF). Elle se caractérise par son extrême hétérogénéité sur les plans clinique, phénotypique et génotypique. La grossesse et surtout le péri-partum représente une période à risque hémorragique pour ces femmes. Nous rapportons le cas d'une parturiente présentant une maladie de Von Willebrand de type 1 documentée, la difficulté du choix du mode d'accouchement et de la technique anesthésique a été revue. PMID:26977242

  10. THE PAPWORTH PLUG - successful use of high dose fibrinogen concentrate and platelet concentrate in potential life-threatening complication after cardiopulmonary bypass surgery in a patient with Type 2M Vicenza von Willebrand Disease.

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    Amerikanou, R; MacDonald, S; Lawrence, K; Large, S; Besser, M W

    2012-07-01

    Anecdotally, fibrinogen concentrate (FC) has been used as a "universal" haemostatic agent in complex post-cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) coagulopathy. We present a case where FC and two pools of platelets prevented life-threatening bleeding in a patient with moderate von Willebrand Disease (vWD) immediately post CPB.

  11. von Willebrand Disease

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  12. Some Effects of Calcium on the Activation of Human Factor VIII/Von Willebrand Factor Protein by Thrombin

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    Switzer, Mary Ellen; McKee, Patrick A.

    1977-01-01

    When Factor VIII/von Willebrand factor (FVIII/vWF) protein is rechromatographed on 4% agarose in 0.25 M CaCl2, the protein and vWF activity appear in the void volume, but most of the FVIII procoagulant activity elutes later. Recent evidence suggests that the delayed FVIII procoagulant activity is a proteolytically modified form of FVIII/vWF protein that filters anomalously from agarose in 0.25 M CaCl2. To test whether or not thrombin is the protease involved, the effect of 0.25 M CaCl2 on FVIII/vWF and its reaction with thrombin was examined. About 30% of the FVIII procoagulant activity was lost immediately when solutions of FVIII/vWF protein were made 0.25 M in CaCl2. When FVIII in 0.15 M NaCl was activated with 0.04 U thrombin/ml and then made 0.25 M in CaCl2, the procoagulant activity of a broad range of FVIII/vWF protein concentrations remained activated for at least 6 h. But, in 0.25 M CaCl2, the increase in FVIII procoagulant activity in response to thrombin was much more gradual and once activated, the procoagulant activity was stabilized by 0.25 M CaCl2. When thrombin-activated FVIII/vWF protein was filtered on 4% agarose in 0.15 M NaCl, there was considerable inactivation of FVIII procoagulant activity; however, the procoagulant activity that did remain eluted in the void volume. In contrast, when thrombin-activated FVIII/vWF protein was filtered in 0.25 M CaCl2, the FVIII procoagulant activity eluted well after the void volume and remained activated for 6 h. The procoagulant peak isolated by filtering nonthrombin-activated FVIII/vWF protein on agarose in 0.25 M CaCl2 was compared to that isolated from thrombin-activated FVIII/vWF protein. Both procoagulant activity peak proteins had about the same specific vWF activity as the corresponding void volume protein. Before reduction, the sodium dodecyl sulfate gel patterns for the two procoagulant activity peak proteins were the same. After reduction, the gel pattern for the nonthrombin-activated procoagulant

  13. Shear-Dependent Interactions of von Willebrand Factor with Factor VIII and Protease ADAMTS 13 Demonstrated at a Single Molecule Level by Atomic Force Microscopy.

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    Bonazza, Klaus; Rottensteiner, Hanspeter; Schrenk, Gerald; Frank, Johannes; Allmaier, Günter; Turecek, Peter L; Scheiflinger, Friedrich; Friedbacher, Gernot

    2015-10-20

    Vital functions of mammals are only possible due to the behavior of blood to coagulate most efficiently in vessels with particularly high wall shear rates. This is caused by the functional changes of the von Willebrand Factor (VWF), which mediates coagulation of blood platelets (primary hemostasis) especially when it is stretched under shear stress. Our data show that shear stretching also affects other functions of VWF: Using a customized device to simulate shear conditions and to conserve the VWF molecules in their unstable, elongated conformation, we visualize at single molecule level by AFM that VWF is preferentially cleaved by the protease ADAMTS13 at higher shear rates. In contrast to this high shear-rate-selective behavior, VWF binds FVIII more effectively only below a critical shear rate of ∼30.000 s(-1), indicating that under harsh shear conditions FVIII is released from its carrier protein. This may be required to facilitate delivery of FVIII locally to promote secondary hemostasis.

  14. Insight into interactions of the von-Willebrand-factor-A-like domain 2 with the FNIII-like domain 9 of collagen VII by NMR and SPR.

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    Leineweber, Sarah; Schönig, Sarah; Seeger, Karsten

    2011-06-23

    Type VII collagen as component of anchoring fibrils plays an important role in skin architecture, however, no detailed structural information is available. Here, we describe the recombinant expression, isotope labeling, and (1)H, (15)N, (13)C chemical shift assignment of a subdomain of the murine type VII collagen - the von-Willebrand-factor-A-like domain 2 (mvWFA2). vWFA2 interacts with type I collagen and plays a central role in certain skin blistering diseases. Based on these assignments a secondary structure prediction was performed showing a properly folded protein. An interaction of mvWFA2 with its neighboring domain mFNIII-9 was characterized with NMR spectroscopy and SPR.

  15. The TITAN trial--assessing the efficacy and safety of an anti-von Willebrand factor Nanobody in patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Holz, Josefin-Beate

    2012-06-01

    The Phase II TITAN trial is designed to assess the efficacy and safety of an anti-von Willebrand factor (vWF) Nanobody in patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). Nanobodies are a novel class of therapeutic proteins and are based on the smallest functional fragments of single-chain antibodies that occur naturally in the Camelidae family (Nanobody® and Nanobodies® are registered trademarks of Ablynx NV). With vWF implicated in the thrombotic process underlying TTP, an anti-vWF Nanobody may hold significant promise as adjunctive therapy to plasma exchange. Recruitment is currently ongoing, and aims to include a total of 110 patients from countries in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Northern America.

  16. RNA-Seq reveals a central role for lectin, C1q and von Willebrand factor A domains in the defensive glue of a terrestrial slug.

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    Smith, Andrew M; Papaleo, Cassandra; Reid, Christopher W; Bliss, Joseph M

    2017-09-13

    The tough, hydrogel glue produced by the slug Arion subfuscus achieves impressive performance through metal-based, protein cross-links. The primary sequence of these proteins was determined through transcriptome sequencing and proteome analysis by tandem mass spectrometry. The main proteins that correlate with adhesive function are a group of 11 small, highly abundant lectin-like proteins. These proteins matched the ligand-binding C-lectin, C1q or H-lectin domains. The variety of different lectin-like proteins and their potential for oligomerization suggests that they function as versatile and potent cross-linkers. In addition, the glue contains five matrilin-like proteins that are rich in von Willebrand factor A (VWA) and EGF domains. Both C-lectins and VWA domains are known to bind to ligands using divalent cations. These findings are consistent with the double network mechanism proposed for slug glue, with divalent ions serving as sacrificial bonds to dissipate energy.

  17. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the complex of the first von Willebrand type C domain bound to bone morphogenetic protein 2

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    Qiu, Li-yan; Zhang, Jin-li; Kotzsch, Alexander; Sebald, Walter; Mueller, Thomas D.

    2008-04-01

    Crystals of the complex of the first von Willebrand type C domain (VWC1) of crossveinless 2 (CV2) bound to bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2) exist in two tetragonal crystal forms belonging to either space group P4{sub 1}2{sub 1}2 or I4{sub 1}, with one complete BMP2 dimer and two CV2 VWC1 domains per asymmetric unit, and diffract to 2.6 Å resolution. Crossveinless 2 (CV2) is a member of the chordin family, a protein superfamily that modulates the activity of bone morphogenetic proteins such as BMP2. The BMPs represent a large group of secreted proteins that control many steps during embryonal development and in tissue and organ homeostasis in the adult organism. The gene encoding the first von Willebrand type C domain (VWC1) of CV2 was cloned, expressed in Escherichia coli and purified to homogeneity. The binary complex of CV2 VWC1 and BMP2 was purified and subjected to crystallization. Crystals of SeMet-labelled proteins were obtained in two different forms belonging to the tetragonal space groups P4{sub 1}2{sub 1}2 and I4{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 86.7, c = 139.2 Å and a = b = 83.7, c = 139.6 Å, respectively. Initial analysis suggests that a complete binary complex consisting of one BMP2 dimer bound to two CV2 VWC1 domains is present in the asymmetric unit.

  18. Circulating intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1, endothelin-1 and von Willebrand factor-markers of endothelial dysfunction in uncomplicated essential hypertension: the effect of treatment with ACE inhibitors.

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    Hlubocká, Z; Umnerová, V; Heller, S; Peleska, J; Jindra, A; Jáchymová, M; Kvasnicka, J; Horký, K; Aschermann, M

    2002-08-01

    The aim of the study was to examine whether the circulating cell adhesion molecules, von Willebrand factor (vWf) and endothelin-1, are elevated in patients with essential hypertension with no other risk factors for atherosclerosis and thus may serve as a markers of endothelial dysfunction in uncomplicated hypertension. Furthermore, the effect of treatment with the ACE inhibitor, quinapril, on levels of endothelial dysfunction markers were studied. The levels of adhesion molecules (intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 [ICAM-1], E-selectin, P-selectin), von Willebrand factor (vWf) and endothelin-1 were measured in patients with hypertension without any other risk factors of atherosclerosis before and after treatment with quinapril (n = 22) and in normotensive controls (n = 22). Compared with normotensive subjects, the hypertensive patients had significantly higher levels of ICAM-1 (238 vs 208 ng/ml, P = 0.02), vWf (119 vs 105 IU/dl, P < 0.05) and endothelin-1 (5.76 vs 5.14 fmol/ml, P < 0.05). Three-month treatment of hypertensive patients with quinapril led to a significant decrease in the levels of endothelin-1 (5.76 vs 5.28 fmol/ml, P < 0.01). We did not observe significant changes in the levels of adhesion molecules and vWf after ACE inhibitor treatment, although a trend toward a decrease was apparent with all these parameters. Patients with uncomplicated hypertension with no other risk factors of atherosclerosis had significantly elevated levels of ICAM-1, vWf, and endothelin-1. Our data suggest that these factors may serve as markers of endothelial damage even in uncomplicated hypertension. In hypertensive patients, treatment with the ACE inhibitor quinapril resulted in a significant decrease in endothelin-1 levels. These findings indicate a beneficial effect of ACE inhibitors on endothelial dysfunction in hypertensive patients.

  19. Safety of a pasteurized plasma-derived Factor VIII and von Willebrand factor concentrate: analysis of 33 years of pharmacovigilance data.

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    Kouides, Peter; Wawra-Hehenberger, Kathrin; Sajan, Anna; Mead, Henry; Simon, Toby

    2017-10-01

    Haemate-P/Humate-P (Humate-P) is a pasteurized human plasma-derived concentrate containing both Factor VIII and von Willebrand factor for treatment of hemophilia A and von Willebrand disease (VWD). We analyzed the safety of Humate-P based on more than 33 years of postmarketing pharmacovigilance data, representing an estimated exposure of approximately 25,000 patient-years. The analysis comprises reports of potential adverse drug reactions (ADRs) from all sources, reported as part of routine pharmacovigilance at CSL Behring. ADRs considered clinically relevant or potential risks of Humate-P were identified based on defined and standardized Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities queries. Recognizing the limitations of spontaneous reporting, we also reviewed the literature, including clinical trials with mandatory reporting. From 1982 to 2015, a total of 670 postmarketing cases had been reported via pharmacovigilance, for an overall reporting rate of approximately one ADR per 3900 administered standard doses. Of these cases, 343 involved ADRs considered clinically relevant risks (33 thromboembolic complications, 97 inhibitor formation, 110 hypersensitivity or allergic reactions) or potential risks (103 suspected virus transmissions) for Humate-P. Most thromboembolic complications occurred in patients undergoing surgery or with other known risk factors. Inhibitor formation occurred mostly in patients with hemophilia A (24 cases were high titer). Most patients with hypersensitivity or allergic reactions had VWD. None of the reported suspected virus transmission cases were confirmed to be associated with Humate-P. Reported results of company-sponsored studies showed a low incidence of adverse events possibly or probably related to Humate-P. More than 33 years of pharmacovigilance data continue to support the safety of Humate-P. © 2017 The Authors. Transfusion published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of AABB.

  20. The diagnostic dilemma: dual presentations of clinical mucosal bleeding and venous thrombosis associated with the presence of thrombophilia markers and mild reduction in von Willebrand factor.

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    Favaloro, Emmanuel J; Bonar, Roslyn; Survela, Lesley; McDonald, David; Koutts, Jerry; Sioufi, John; Marsden, Katherine

    2007-01-01

    A prothrombotic and hemorrhagic state can separately manifest in one patient and can potentially cause several diagnostic problems. We report an intriguing case as an example of a potential hemostasis-based diagnostic dilemma. A 29-year-old female patient presented with a personal history of menorrhagia and other mucosal bleeding and renal ovarian thrombosis. Previous investigations had uncovered several diagnostic anomalies, including von Willebrand disease (VWD), factor V Leiden (FVL), antiphospholipid syndrome, and thrombocytopaenia. Previous therapy in this patient included heparin and warfarin for the thrombosis and desmopressin acetate (DDAVP) and antifibrinolytic therapy for surgical management. Subsequent laboratory testing with fresh samples consistently confirmed an equivocal (borderline normal/abnormal) level of von Willebrand factor (VWF) and FVL with activated protein C resistance (APCR). A patient sample, differentially labeled according to the tests being performed, was later distributed for blind testing to participants within several modules of the RCPA Quality Assurance Program (QAP). Most participants reported a low level of VWF consistent with possible mild Type 1 VWD, and most (but not all) reported a positive finding for APCR. All participants correctly reported the sample as heterozygous for the FVL mutation, negative for the Prothrombin gene mutation G20210A, and heterozygous for the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) mutation C677T. Interestingly, a significant number of laboratories performing Protein S testing using clot-based procedures also identified a false Protein S deficiency. In conclusion, this exercise showed how, either depending on the clinical review and specific laboratory investigation and tests performed, a pro-bleeding diagnosis (of either VWD or thrombocytopenia) or pro-thrombophilia risk (Antiphospholipid Syndrome or FVL/APCR or false Protein S deficiency) could potentially and differentially arise in the one

  1. A short history of diagnostic tests for von Willebrand disease: in memory of Barry Firkin (1930 to 2001) and Ted Zimmerman (1937 to 1988).

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    Koutts, Jerry

    2006-07-01

    By the end of the 1960s, von Willebrand disease (vWD) was accepted as a combined deficiency of factor (F) VIII coagulation and a plasma factor responsible for normal platelet adhesion. Just how these two functions related to each other was unclear, and the diagnostic tests available at the time were poorly reproducible, cumbersome, and unreliable. As a consequence, the condition was poorly delineated from other coagulation and platelet disorders. In the early 1970s, ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation was described and formed the basis of the first consistent and reliable test that quantified the platelet adhesive function missing in vWD. Immunoprecipitating techniques specific for the molecule missing in vWD were defined. The application of these technologies allowed a clearer understanding of the heterogeneity of vWD and continues to form a basis for the diagnosis of this condition. Concurrently, exploration of the structure and function of von Willebrand factor (vWF) has contributed greatly to the understanding of platelet physiology, ligand receptor interaction, and pathways of cellular interaction and activation. Despite all of the progress during the last 35 years, including extensive developments in the field of molecular biology and genetics of vWD, the diagnosis of this condition in many, if not most cases, remains controversial. The final plasma level of vWF is influenced substantially by epigenetic and environmental factors. This natural heterogeneity is further compounded by significant imprecision of existing tests. As a consequence, defining vWD on the basis of a variation from the normal range alone is more than likely to be incorrect. The high frequency of a positive bleeding disorder in the normal population does not assist discrimination. It has been suggested that the diagnosis of mild type 1 vWD be discarded because it does not exhibit consistent linkage to the VWF gene and does not predict bleeding.

  2. An update on the von Willebrand factor collagen binding assay: 21 years of age and beyond adolescence but not yet a mature adult.

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    Favaloro, Emmanuel J

    2007-11-01

    von Willebrand disease (VWD) is considered to be the most common inherited bleeding disorder. It is diagnosed after a clinical and physical review, with personal and familial evidence of (primarily mucocutaneous) bleeding, and confirmed by laboratory testing. The latter typically entails initial plasma testing of factor VIII coagulant (FVIII:C), von Willebrand factor (VWF) protein (antigen; VWF:Ag), and VWF function, which has classically been assessed using the ristocetin cofactor (VWF:RCo) assay. More recent attention has focused on another functional VWF assay, the collagen binding (VWF:CB) assay, as a possible replacement for the VWF:RCo assay or as a supplementary test of VWF adhesive "activity." Additional laboratory testing can comprise a battery of confirmatory and VWD subtype assisting assays, including assessment of VWF:multimers. This review updates our knowledge of VWD diagnostics with a particular emphasis on the VWF:CB assay. There is good evidence now in place that an optimized VWF:CB assay can significantly reduce the diagnostic error rate otherwise arising from the use of a test panel restricted to including the VWF:RCo assay as the sole functional VWF assay. Nevertheless, the VWF:CB assay should not be used to wholly replace the VWF:RCo assay in phenotypic testing but rather as a supplementary assay. However, with some thought and justification, the VWF:CB assay can be used to partly replace the VWF:RCo assay in some "screening" applications and can also be used to abrogate the need to perform routine VWF:multimers in most test cases.

  3. Contribution of the collagen binding activity (VWF:CB) in the range of tests for the diagnosis and classification of von Willebrand disease.

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    Ferhat-Hamida, Meriem Yasmine; Boukerb, Houda; Hariti, Ghania

    2015-01-01

    Von willebrand disease (VWD) is a common inherited bleeding disorder. The diagnosis may need a large panel of tests that differ in term of sensibility and specificity, and because of the effect of multifactorial modifiers (genetic or environmental); there is difficulty in defining diagnostic limits. We performed a panel of tests on 19 patients suffering from recurrent bleeding, to diagnose and classify VWD subtypes, by introducing the von Willebrand factor (VWF) collagen binding test (VWF:CB), then comparing the results with the activity of VWF risticetin cofactor (VWF:RCo) and multimer pattern. We considered 30% limit rate of VWF, as described by many authors, to make the diagnosis of VWD. The diagnosis of type 1 of VWD has been confirmed in 7patients, subtype 2A in 2 patients, subtype 2M in 2 patients and type 3 in 2 patients. We also defined a new group of 6 patients named "uncertain type 1" that didn't fill into the type 1 diagnostic criterion. The comparison between VWF:CB and VWF:RCo showed good correlation for all types of VWD except for type 2 while comparison between VWF:CB and multimer pattern showed good concordance for all types of VWD diagnosed. In conclusion, VWF:CB can be a good alternative to VWF:RCo for the diagnosis of quantitative deficiencies of VWF. It can also replace the multimer pattern study. However, the introduction of VWF:CB didn't help in the diagnosis of the "uncertain type 1" group of patients and cannot be a replacement for qualitative defect.

  4. Common carotid intima-media thickness and von Willebrand factor serum levels in rheumatoid arthritis female patients without cardiovascular risk factors.

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    Daza, Leonel; Aguirre, Martin; Jimenez, Martin; Herrera, Rafael; Bollain, J J

    2007-04-01

    High atherosclerosis prevalence was found in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and the von Willebrand factor (vWF) was shown to be a marker for endothelial damage. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of intima-media thickness of the left common carotid artery with vWF serum levels in rheumatoid arthritis patients without cardiovascular risk factors. We included 55 RA female patients, each with at least 5 years of duration of the disease, and 20 healthy female subjects as members of the control group. The vWF, cholesterol, triglycerides, and the immune variables-rheumatoid factor and reactive C protein-were evaluated. The media thickness and intima-media thickness (IMT) in patients and in the control subjects were assessed by Doppler ultrasound of the left common carotid artery. Although the ages for RA patients and healthy female controls were not different, the IMT of the left common carotid artery (IMT CCA) in rheumatoid arthritis patients was increased in comparison with healthy control measurements, the mean being 0.67 mm (SD 0.18) vs 0.58 mm (SD 0.10) with a p value 0.01. The vWF serum levels showed differences in RA patients from those in control patients, 145.6 (SD 30.08) vs 121.8 (SD 37.17), respectively, with p=0.007. A correlation was also found between vWF with IMT CCA in the RA patients: r=0.390 and p<0.05. We concluded that the measurements of the left common carotid artery intima-media thickness together with the von Willebrand factor serum levels could give valuable information about the artery status and the atherosclerosis process in early stages in patients with rheumatoid arthritis without cardiovascular risk factors.

  5. Effect of the Novel Biodegradable N, O-Carboxymethylchitosan and Oligo-Chitosan on the Platelet Thrombogenicity Cascade in von Willebrand Disease.

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    Periayah, Mercy Halleluyah; Halim, Ahmad Sukari; Mat Saad, Arman Zaharil; Yaacob, Nik Soriani; Hussein, Abdul Rahim; Abdul Karim, Faraizah; Abdul Rashid, Ahmad Hazri; Ujang, Zanariah

    2015-09-01

    Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is the second least common hemostatic disorder in Malaysia, and it has a low prevalence. This study examined the underlying platelet thrombogenicity cascades in the presence of different formulations of chitosan-derivatives in vWD patients. This paper aimed to determine the significant influence of chitosan biomaterial in stimulating the platelet thrombogenicity cascades that involve the von Willebrand factor, Factor 8, Thromboxane A2, P2Y12 and Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa in vWD. Variable chitosan formulations of N,O-Carboxymethylchitosan (NO-CMC) and Oligo-Chitosan (O-C) were tested. Fourteen vWD subjects voluntarily participated in this study after signing informed consent forms. The patient's demographic profiles, family history, type of vWD, clinical symptoms and laboratory profiles were recorded and analyzed. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, flow cytometry and Western blot tests were used to determine the level of the chitosan-adhered-platelet-mechanisms. The study revealed that most patients were predominantly affected by vWD type I. The O-C group of chitosan's scaffold pores is sufficient to allow for nutrients and cells. The O-C-stimulated-mediators are capable of initiating the platelet actions and were detected to expedite the blood coagulation processes. The oligo-group of chitosans was capable of amplifying and triggering more platelet activator's pathways via the studied mediators. The present findings suggest that the ability of each type of chitosan to coagulate blood varies depending on its chemical composition. The oligo group of chitosans is potentially capable of triggering platelet thrombogenicity cascades by activating platelets in vWD patients to form a platelet plug for hemostasis process. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Conformational energy analysis of the substitution of Val for Gly 233 in a functional region of platelet GPIb alpha in platelet-type von Willebrand disease.

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    Pincus, M R; Dykes, D C; Carty, R P; Miller, J L

    1991-09-23

    Platelet-type von Willebrand disease (PT-vWD) is an autosomal dominant bleeding disorder in which patient platelets exhibit an abnormally increased binding of circulating von Willebrand factor (vWF). We have recently shown that this abnormality is associated with a point mutation resulting in substitution of Val for Gly 233 in platelet membrane glycoprotein Ib alpha (GPIb alpha), a major component of the platelet GPIb/IX receptor for vWF. To investigate the effect of this substitution on the three-dimensional structure of this region of the protein, we have generated the allowed (low energy) conformations of the region of the GPI alpha protein containing residues 228-238 (with 5 residues on either side of the critical residue 233) with Gly 233 (wild type) and Val 233 (PT-vWD) using the computer program ECEPP (Empirical Conformational Energies of Peptides Program). The wild-type sequence is Tyr-Val-Trp-Lys-Gln-Gly-Val-Asp-Val-Lys-Ala. We find that the Gly 233-containing peptide can exist in two low energy conformers. The lowest energy conformer is a structure containing a beta-turn at Gln 232-Gly 233 while the alternative conformation is an amphipathic helical structure. Only the amphipathic helical structure is allowed for the Val 233-containing peptide which contains a hydrophobic 'face' consisting of Val 229, Val 233 and Val 236 and another hydrophilic surface composed of such residues as Lys 231 and Asp 235. No such surfaces exist for the lowest energy bend conformer for the Gly 233-containing peptide, but do exist in the higher energy helical structure. The amphipathic surfaces in the 228-238 region of the Val 233-containing GPIb alpha protein may associate strongly with complementary surfaces during vWF binding to the GPIb/IX receptor complex and may help explain heightened association of vWF with this receptor in PT-vWD.

  7. Von Willebrand factor-A1 domain binds platelet glycoprotein Ibα in multiple states with distinctive force-dependent dissociation kinetics

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    Ju, Lining; Chen, Yunfeng; Zhou, Fangyuan; Lu, Hang; Cruz, Miguel A.; Zhu, Cheng

    2015-01-01

    Circulating von Willebrand factor (VWF) adopts a closed conformation that shields the platelet glycoprotein Ibα (GPIbα) binding site in the VWF-A1 domain. Immobilized at sites of vascular injury, VWF is activated by its interaction with collagen and the exertion of increased hemodynamic forces. Studies on native VWF strings and isolated A1 domains suggest the existence of multiple A1 binding states in different biophysical contexts. In this single-molecule study, we have used a biomembrane force probe (BFP) and a flow chamber to identify and characterize a collagen binding induced conformation with a higher affinity to platelet GPIbα. As force increases, our results show that collagen binding increases the stability of GPIbα bond with both VWF and isolated A1 domain. However, the collagen 2D binding affinity for VWF-A3 domain is 10 times of that for A1 domain, suggesting the initial VWF capture is mediated by A3–collagen interaction while A1–collagen regulates the subsequent VWF activation. Our results revealed the molecular mechanism of collagen-regulated, A1-mediated platelet adhesion enhancement. Characterization of different A1 states provides insights into binding heterogeneity of VWF in different scenarios of inflammation and thrombosis. PMID:26213126

  8. Rapid Restoration of Thrombus Formation and High-Molecular-Weight von Willebrand Factor Multimers in Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis After Valve Replacement.

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    Yamashita, Keigo; Yagi, Hideo; Hayakawa, Masaki; Abe, Takehisa; Hayata, Yoshihiro; Yamaguchi, Naoko; Sugimoto, Mitsuhiko; Fujimura, Yoshihiro; Matsumoto, Masanori; Taniguchi, Shigeki

    2016-10-01

    Patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) may have bleeding episodes due to the loss of high-molecular-weight (HMW) von Willebrand factor multimers (VWFMs). The absence of HMW-VWFMs and bleeding tendency are usually corrected after aortic valve replacement (AVR). To investigate the process of VWFM recovery and symptoms in patients with severe AS, we analyzed changes in VWF antigen (VWF:Ag), ADAMTS13 activity (ADAMTS13:AC), and platelet thrombus formation under high shear stress conditions. Nine patients with severe AS undergoing AVR were analyzed. Evident deficiency of HMW-VWFMs was observed in six patients before surgery, which was rapidly restored within 8 days after AVR. Median levels of VWF:Ag before surgery, on postoperative days (PODs) 1, 8, 15, and 22, and one year after AVR were 78.1%, 130%, 224%, 155%, 134%, and 142%, respectively. In contrast, ADAMTS13:AC was 50.5%, 35.5%, 25.5%, 25.1%, 30.3%, and 84.6%, respectively. Preoperative thrombus formation but not surface coverage was significantly lower than that on POD 22, which was considered as normal level in each patient. Compared with preoperative levels, thrombus volume was significantly lower on POD 1, but rapidly increased by POD 8. Bleeding tendency and loss of HMW-VWFMs observed in patients with severe AS before surgery was rapidly corrected after AVR. Instead, patients were in a VWF-predominant state between POD 8 and 22.

  9. Extremely high levels of von Willebrand factor antigen and of procoagulant factor VIII found in multiple myeloma patients are associated with activity status but not with thalidomide treatment.

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    Minnema, M C; Fijnheer, R; De Groot, P G; Lokhorst, H M

    2003-03-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major complication in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) during treatment with thalidomide combined with chemotherapy and/or dexamethasone. The pathophysiology is not clear. We performed a cross-sectional study in 20 MM patients who were treated with thalidomide for refractory/relapsed disease. Seven patients (35%) experienced an episode of VTE. Plasma samples were analyzed for known risk factors for VTE and compared with those from 30 MM patients without thalidomide treatment. The patients groups differed in their baseline characteristics in activity status only. Extremely high levels of factor VIII-coagulant activity (FVIII:C, mean 352%) and von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF-Ag, 374%) were found in all patients using thalidomide. All other prothrombotic risk factors were normal. In patients with VTE, VWF-Ag but not FVIII:C, levels were significantly higher as compared with patients without VTE. Patients without thalidomide treatment had significantly lower levels of both coagulation factors but the difference was only due to difference in activity status. High FVIII:C/VWF-Ag levels are found in patients with active MM and this is probably a reflection of increased bone marrow angiogenesis in MM. These prothrombogenic circumstances could contribute to the high incidence of VTE during treatment with thalidomide in combination with dexamethasone/chemotherapy.

  10. Single particle tracking of ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin type-1 repeats) molecules on endothelial von Willebrand factor strings.

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    De Ceunynck, Karen; Rocha, Susana; De Meyer, Simon F; Sadler, J Evan; Uji-i, Hiroshi; Deckmyn, Hans; Hofkens, Johan; Vanhoorelbeke, Karen

    2014-03-28

    von Willebrand factor (VWF) strings are removed from the endothelial surface by ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin type-1 repeats)-mediated proteolysis. To visualize how single ADAMTS13 molecules bind to these long strings, we built a customized single molecule fluorescence microscope and developed single particle tracking software. Extensive analysis of over 6,000 single inactive ADAMTS13(E225Q) enzymes demonstrated that 20% of these molecules could be detected in at least two consecutive 60-ms frames and followed two types of trajectories. ADAMTS13(E225Q) molecules either decelerated in the vicinity of VWF strings, whereas sometimes making brief contact with the VWF string before disappearing again, or readily bound to the VWF strings and this for 120 ms or longer. These interactions were observed at several sites along the strings. Control experiments using an IgG protein revealed that only the second type of trajectory reflected a specific interaction of ADAMTS13 with the VWF string. In conclusion, we developed a dedicated single molecule fluorescence microscope for detecting single ADAMTS13 molecules (nm scale) on their long, flow-stretched VWF substrates (μm scale) anchored on living cells. Comprehensive analysis of all detected enzymes showed a random interaction mechanism for ADAMTS13 with many available binding sites on the VWF strings.

  11. Recombinant expression of mutations causing von Willebrand disease type Normandy: characterization of a combined defect of factor VIII binding and multimerization.

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    Schneppenheim, Reinhard; Lenk, Harald; Obser, Tobias; Oldenburg, Johannes; Oyen, Florian; Schneppenheim, Sonja; Schwaab, Rainer; Will, Kerstin; Budde, Ulrich

    2004-07-01

    Von Willebrand disease type Normandy (VWD 2N) is caused by mutations at the factor VIII (FVIII) binding site of VWF, located at the amino-terminus of mature VWF. It is inherited in a recessive fashion and both homozygous and compound heterozygous mutations have been identified. Homozygous mutations are correlated with a clinical phenotype indistinguishable from mild hemophilia A by conventional laboratory tests, whereas compound heterozygosity with a quantitative defect may appear as VWD type 1 (VWD1). We have now identified and expressed a novel heterozygous mutation (Y795C) which is responsible for both, a defective FVIII-binding and aberrant multimers in a female patient with mild FVIII deficiency. Additionally we expressed another mutation (E787K), previously identified by us in a male patient with a severe 'pseudohemophilic' phenotype. Analysis of the FVIII binding and the multimer structure of the respective recombinant VWF mutants reproduced the observed phenotype: the FVIII binding defect in addition to the aberrant multimer structure of the patient with Y795C and the FVIII binding defect only, in the patient with E787K. Our results demonstrate the causative nature of the two mutations and emphasize the impact of 'cysteine mutations' on the multimer structure of VWF.

  12. Characterization of an entomopathogenic fungi target integument protein, Bombyx mori single domain von Willebrand factor type C, in the silkworm, Bombyx mori.

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    Han, F; Lu, A; Yuan, Y; Huang, W; Beerntsen, B T; Huang, J; Ling, E

    2017-06-01

    The insect cuticle works as the first line of defence to protect insects from pathogenic infections and water evaporation. However, the old cuticle must be shed in order to enter the next developmental stage. During each ecdysis, moulting fluids are produced and secreted into the area among the old and new cuticles. In a previous study, the protein Bombyx mori single domain von Willebrand factor type C (BmSVWC; BGIBMGA011399) was identified in the moulting fluids of Bo. mori and demonstrated to regulate ecdysis. In this study we show that in Bo. mori larvae, BmSVWC primarily locates to the integument (epidermal cells and cuticle), wing discs and head. During the moulting stage, BmSVWC is released into the moulting fluids, and is then produced again by epidermal cells after ecdysis. Fungal infection was shown to decrease the amount of BmSVWC in the cuticle, which indicates that BmSVWC is a target protein of entomopathogenic fungi. Thus, BmSVWC is mainly involved in maintaining the integrity of the integument structure, which serves to protect insects from physical damage and pathogenic infection. © 2017 The Royal Entomological Society.

  13. Human marrow megakaryocyte differentiation: multiparameter correlative analysis identifies von Willebrand factor as a sensitive and distinctive marker for early (2N and 4N) megakaryocytes.

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    Tomer, Aaron

    2004-11-01

    Human megakaryocyte differentiation and maturation were studied in fresh marrow aspirates by using multiparameter flow cytometric correlative analysis. The expression of glycoprotein (GP)IIb/IIIa, GPIIIa, GPIb, and CD36 correlated directly with cell size and ploidy (r > 0.97); however, GPIb acquisition was relatively slow. von Willebrand factor (VWF) is robustly expressed by early (2N and 4N) megakaryocytes, enabling their complete resolution from the other marrow cells at a level superior to that achieved with GPIIb/IIIa. Expression of myeloid CD45 and immunoglobulin G (IgG)-FcgammaRII receptor (CDw32) increased with megakaryocyte maturation and contrasted with the declining expression of HLA-DR (negative in platelets). Interleukin-6 receptor expression in megakaryocytes was higher than in other marrow cells. By using the time-of-flight technique, the diameter of the megakaryocyte population was 37 +/- 4 microm (mean +/- 1 SD) compared with 14 +/- 2 microm for the total marrow cells, ranging from 21 +/- 4 microm for 2N cells to 56 +/- 8 microm for 64N cells. Cell size directly correlated with cell DNA (r = 0.98). Receptor density of GPIIb/IIIa and GPIb decreased with the transition from 2N to 4N cells, then reached maximum at 32N cells. In conclusion, the present methods are useful for studying in vivo human megakaryocytopoiesis in normal and altered states. The expression of VWF is a sensitive and distinctive marker for the identification of young marrow megakaryocytes.

  14. Immunohistochemial study on the expression of von Willebrand factor (vWF) after onlay autogenous iliac grafts for lateral alveolar ridge augmentation

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    2013-01-01

    Introduction The main problems of autogenous bone transplants are their unpredictable atrophy and their loss of structure. One key factor lies in the poor revascularization of simple onlay grafts. The the aim of this study was to evaluate the revascularization processes in autogenous bone grafts from the iliac crest to the alveolar ridge. Methods In a sheep model, autogenous bone grafts were harvested from the iliac crest. A combination of a resorbable collagen membrane (CM) and deproteinized bovine bone material (DBBM) was used to modify the bone graft (experiment 2). This was compared with a simple onlay bone graft (control group, experiment 1). The amount of vessels in bone and connective tissue (CT), and the amount of CT were analyzed. The expression of von Willebrand factor (vWF) was compared between the two experimental groups using immunohistochemical analysis. Results The ratio of the amount of vessels in bone and CT changed over time, and more vessels could be detected in bone at 12–16 weeks of graft healing. The number of vessels were significantly higher in experiment 2 than in experiment 1. More CT was found in experiment 1, whereas the amount of CT in both experiments decreased over time. Conclusion This study shows a more intensive and extensive revascularization in experiment 2, as significantly more vessels were detected. The decreased amount of CT in experiment 2 clarifies its clinical superiority. PMID:24330606

  15. Immunohistochemial study on the expression of von Willebrand factor (vWF) after onlay autogenous iliac grafts for lateral alveolar ridge augmentation.

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    Koerdt, Steffen; Siebers, Joerg; Bloch, Wilhelm; Ristow, Oliver; Kuebler, Alexander C; Reuther, Tobias

    2013-12-11

    The main problems of autogenous bone transplants are their unpredictable atrophy and their loss of structure. One key factor lies in the poor revascularization of simple onlay grafts. The the aim of this study was to evaluate the revascularization processes in autogenous bone grafts from the iliac crest to the alveolar ridge. In a sheep model, autogenous bone grafts were harvested from the iliac crest. A combination of a resorbable collagen membrane (CM) and deproteinized bovine bone material (DBBM) was used to modify the bone graft (experiment 2). This was compared with a simple onlay bone graft (control group, experiment 1). The amount of vessels in bone and connective tissue (CT), and the amount of CT were analyzed. The expression of von Willebrand factor (vWF) was compared between the two experimental groups using immunohistochemical analysis. The ratio of the amount of vessels in bone and CT changed over time, and more vessels could be detected in bone at 12-16 weeks of graft healing. The number of vessels were significantly higher in experiment 2 than in experiment 1. More CT was found in experiment 1, whereas the amount of CT in both experiments decreased over time. This study shows a more intensive and extensive revascularization in experiment 2, as significantly more vessels were detected. The decreased amount of CT in experiment 2 clarifies its clinical superiority.

  16. Aegyptin, a Novel Mosquito Salivary Gland Protein Specifically Binds to Collagen and Prevents its Interaction with Glycoprotein VI, Integrin α2β1 and von Willebrand Factor

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    Calvo, Eric; Tokumasu, Fuyuki; Marinotti, Osvaldo; Villeval, Jean-Luc; Ribeiro, José M. C.; Francischetti, Ivo M. B.

    2010-01-01

    Blood-sucking arthropods have evolved a number of inhibitors of platelet aggregation and blood coagulation. In this report we have molecularly and functionally characterized aegyptin, a member of the family of 30-kDa salivary allergens from Aedes aegypti, whose function remained elusive thus far. Aegyptin displays a unique sequence characterized by glycine, glutamic acid, and aspartic acid repeats and was shown to specifically block collagen-induced human platelet aggregation and granule secretion. Plasmon resonance experiments demonstrate that aegyptin binds to collagen types I-V (Kd ≈ 1 nM) but does not interact with vitronectin, fibronectin, laminin, fibrinogen, and von Willebrand factor (vWf). In addition, aegyptin attenuates platelet adhesion to soluble or fibrillar collagen. Furthermore, aegyptin inhibits vWf interaction with collagen type III under static conditions and completely blocks platelet adhesion to collagen under flow conditions at high shear rates. Notably, aegyptin completely prevents collagen but not convulxin binding to recombinant glycoprotein VI. These findings indicate that aegyptin recognizes specific binding sites for glycoprotein VI, integrin α2β1, and vWf, thereby preventing collagen interaction with its three major ligands. Aegyptin is a novel tool to study collagen-platelet interaction and a prototype for development of molecules with antithrombotic properties. PMID:17650501

  17. Effect of transmembrane pressure on Factor VIII yield in ATF perfusion culture for the production of recombinant human Factor VIII co-expressed with von Willebrand factor.

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    Kim, Seung-Chul; An, Sora; Kim, Hyun-Ki; Park, Beom-Soo; Na, Kyu-Heum; Kim, Byung-Gee

    2016-10-01

    In this study, we evaluated three cell retention devices, an alternating tangential flow (ATF) system, a spin-filter, and a Centritech Lab III centrifuge, for the production of recombinant human Factor VIII co-expressed with von Willebrand factor. From the results, it was found that the FVIII activity in bioreactor was significantly higher in the ATF perfusion culture than two other perfusion cultures. Moreover, the FVIII activity yield was unexpectedly low in the ATF perfusion culture. We have, therefore, studied the reasons for this low FVIII activity yield. It was revealed that the inactivation and the surface adsorption of FVIII onto the harvest bag were not the main reasons for the low yield in the ATF perfusion culture. The FVIII activity yield was not increased by the use of a hollow fiber filter with 0.5 μm pore size instead of 0.2 μm pore size. Additionally, the retention of FVIII molecules by the hollow fiber filter was a dominant factor in the low FVIII activity yield in the ATF perfusion culture. We demonstrated that FVIII yield was significantly improved by controlling transmembrane pressure (TMP) across the hollow fiber filter membrane. Taken together, these results suggest that TMP control could be an efficient method for the enhancement of FVIII yield in an ATF perfusion culture.

  18. Prophylactic fresh frozen plasma may prevent development of hepatic VOD after stem cell transplantation via ADAMTS13-mediated restoration of von Willebrand factor plasma levels.

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    Matsumoto, M; Kawa, K; Uemura, M; Kato, S; Ishizashi, H; Isonishi, A; Yagi, H; Park, Y-D; Takeshima, Y; Kosaka, Y; Hara, H; Kai, S; Kanamaru, A; Fukuhara, S; Hino, M; Sako, M; Hiraoka, A; Ogawa, H; Hara, J; Fujimura, Y

    2007-08-01

    We initially conducted a multicenter, randomized trial (n=43), and subsequently a questionnaire study (n=209) of participating hospitals, to evaluate whether infused fresh frozen plasma (FFP) could prevent the occurrence of hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) after stem cell transplantation (SCT). Forty-three patients were divided into two groups: 23 receiving FFP infusions and 20 not receiving it. VOD developed in three patients not receiving FFP. Plasma von Willebrand factor (VWF) antigen levels were lower at days 0, 7 and 28 after SCT in patients receiving FFP than in those not receiving it, whereas plasma ADAMTS13 activity (ADAMTS13:AC) did not differ between them. Plasma VWF multimer (VWFM) was demonstrated to be defective in the high approximately intermediate VWFM during the early post-SCT phase, but there was a significant increase in high VWFM just before VOD onset. This suggests that a relative enzyme-to-substrate (ADAMTS13/high-VWFM) imbalance is involved in the pathogenesis of VOD. To strengthen this hypothesis, the incidence of VOD was apparently lower in patients receiving FFP infusions than in those not receiving it (0/23 vs 3/20) in the randomized trial. Further, the results combined with the subsequent questionnaire study (0/36 vs 11/173) clearly showed the incidence to be statistically significant (0/59 vs 14/193, P=0.033).

  19. Rapid Restoration of Thrombus Formation and High-Molecular-Weight von Willebrand Factor Multimers in Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis After Valve Replacement

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    Yamashita, Keigo; Yagi, Hideo; Hayakawa, Masaki; Abe, Takehisa; Hayata, Yoshihiro; Yamaguchi, Naoko; Sugimoto, Mitsuhiko; Fujimura, Yoshihiro; Taniguchi, Shigeki

    2016-01-01

    Aim: Patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) may have bleeding episodes due to the loss of high-molecular-weight (HMW) von Willebrand factor multimers (VWFMs). The absence of HMW-VWFMs and bleeding tendency are usually corrected after aortic valve replacement (AVR). To investigate the process of VWFM recovery and symptoms in patients with severe AS, we analyzed changes in VWF antigen (VWF:Ag), ADAMTS13 activity (ADAMTS13:AC), and platelet thrombus formation under high shear stress conditions. Methods: Nine patients with severe AS undergoing AVR were analyzed. Results: Evident deficiency of HMW-VWFMs was observed in six patients before surgery, which was rapidly restored within 8 days after AVR. Median levels of VWF:Ag before surgery, on postoperative days (PODs) 1, 8, 15, and 22, and one year after AVR were 78.1%, 130%, 224%, 155%, 134%, and 142%, respectively. In contrast, ADAMTS13:AC was 50.5%, 35.5%, 25.5%, 25.1%, 30.3%, and 84.6%, respectively. Preoperative thrombus formation but not surface coverage was significantly lower than that on POD 22, which was considered as normal level in each patient. Compared with preoperative levels, thrombus volume was significantly lower on POD 1, but rapidly increased by POD 8. Conclusion: Bleeding tendency and loss of HMW-VWFMs observed in patients with severe AS before surgery was rapidly corrected after AVR. Instead, patients were in a VWF-predominant state between POD 8 and 22. PMID:27052664

  20. A new extracellular von Willebrand A domain-containing protein is involved in silver uptake in Microcystis aeruginosa exposed to silver nanoparticles.

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    Chen, Si; Jin, Yujian; Lavoie, Michel; Lu, Haiping; Zhu, Kun; Fu, Zhengwei; Qian, Haifeng

    2016-10-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) can be toxic for cyanobacteria when present at low nanomolar concentrations, but the molecular mechanisms whereby AgNPs (or free Ag(+) released from AgNPs) interact with these prokaryotic algal cells remain elusive. Here, we studied Ag uptake mechanisms in the prokaryotic cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa exposed to AgNPs by measuring growth inhibition in the absence or presence of high-affinity Ag-binding ligands and by genetic transformation of E. coli with a protein predicted to be involved in Ag uptake. We discovered a new von Willebrand A (vWA) domain-containing protein in M. aeruginosa that mediates Ag uptake from AgNPs when expressed in E. coli. This new Ag transport protein, which is absent in eukaryotic algae, is a potential candidate explaining the higher AgNPs toxicity in cyanobacteria such as M. aeruginosa than that in eukaryotic algae. The present study provides new insights on Ag uptake mechanisms in the prokaryotic algae M. aeruginosa.

  1. Chromosome Xq13.2 Microduplication Involving an X-Inactivation Gene in a Girl with Short Stature, Madelung Deformity, and von Willebrand Disease.

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    Nur, Marcela M; Yamada, Merick; Tonk, Vijay; Wilson, Golder N

    2016-04-01

    The objective of the study was to describe a novel Xp13.2 chromosome microduplication in a child with some features of Turner syndrome but with menorrhagia after normal menarche. We used clinical evaluation and high resolution chromosome (microarray) analysis. A 15-year-old girl with typical (short stature, pulmonic stenosis, widely-spaced nipples) and atypical (Madelung deformity, menorrhagia) manifestations of Turner syndrome had a novel chromosome constitution with extra material (microduplication) at band Xq13.2 that contained the X-inactive-specific-transcript locus. She also had connective tissue laxity, suggestive of vessel fragility as a contributor to her menorrhagia as well as her diagnosis of von Willebrand disease. This first case of selective X-inactive-specific-transcript locus duplication suggests a role for gene repression in Turner syndrome and other disorders that affect ovarian function. High-resolution chromosome (microarray) analysis, now a standard of care, will provide new insights into adolescents with abnormal growth and reproductive tract symptoms, especially when accompanied by congenital anomalies. Copyright © 2016 North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. von Willebrand factor is the most reliable immunohistochemical marker for megakaryocytes of myelodysplastic syndrome and chronic myeloproliferative disorders.

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    Chuang, S S; Jung, Y C; Li, C Y; Yung, Y C

    2000-04-01

    To find the best immunohistochemical marker for megakaryocytes in normal marrow, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and chronic myeloproliferative disorders (CMPD), 57 marrow biopsy specimens were studied semiquantitatively with immunohistochemical methods using a panel of 7 antibodies. The staining intensity was graded 0 to 3 for scoring 100 consecutive megakaryocytes in each stained section. The final score for each stain was the sum of these 100 megakaryocytes individually multiplied by their corresponding grade. In normal marrow (11 cases), the average scores for antivon Willebrand factor (vWF) and Ulex europaeus agglutinin-1 (UEA-1) were 177.1 and 195.1, respectively. The scores for the other 5 markers, including anti-platelet-derived growth factor-BB, 2 anti-transforming growth factor-beta 3, anti-CD61, and anti-CD79a ranged from 96.1 to 124.1. In MDS (27 cases), the scores were 200.8 (vWF), 152.6 (UEA-1), and 28.7 to 98.5 (others). In CMPD (19 cases), the scores were 220.5 (vWF), 179.2 (UAE-1), and 64.8 to 101.2 (others). These results show that vWF and UEA-1 are good immunohistochemical markers for megakaryocytes in normal marrow, and vWF is the best marker in MDS and CMPD. For routine practice, vWF is the most reliable marker for identifying atypical megakaryocytes, especially in the cases of 5q-syndrome and agnogenic myeloid metaplasia.

  3. Two pediatric patients with Von Hippel-Lindau disease type 2b: from patient to screening, from screening to patient.

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    Gonc, Nazli; Engiz, Ozlem; Neumann, Hartmut P H; Demirbilek, Huseyin; Ozon, Alev; Alikasifoglu, Ayfer; Kandemir, Nurgun

    2011-01-01

    Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is an autosomal dominantly inherited tumor susceptibility disease characterized by the development of hemangioblastomas of the brain, spinal cord and retina; pheochromocytomas and renal cell carcinoma. The disease is caused by mutations in the VHL tumor suppressor gene located on chromosome 3p26-p25. In this paper, we present two patients with VHL disease type 2B confirmed by genetic analysis. Diagnosis in the first patient was based on demonstration of retinal hemangioblastoma in association with bilateral pheochromocytoma. Family screening revealed renal cell carcinoma in her father and uncle. The second patient was discovered during family screening of another index case in adult age. VHL disease should be clinically suspected in any individual with a pheochromocytoma especially when there is bilateral and/or multifocal disease or family history. Screening of patients and at-risk family members for VHL-associated tumors should be essential in management of VHL.

  4. Laboratory testing for von Willebrand's disease: an assessment of current diagnostic practice and efficacy by means of a multi-laboratory survey. RCPA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) in Haematology Haemostasis Scientific Advisory Panel.

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    Favaloro, E J; Smith, J; Petinos, P; Hertzberg, M; Koutts, J

    1999-10-01

    We report an evaluation of current laboratory practice for the diagnosis of von Willebrand's disease (VWD) by means of a multilaboratory survey. This assessment was undertaken with the RCPA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) in Haematology, which covers a wide geographic area encompassing Australia, New Zealand and Asia. A total of 25 laboratories actively involved in testing for VWD were selected to participate in a sample testing assessment exercise. Samples comprised 10 plasmas: (i) a normal plasma pool (in duplicate), (ii) this pool diluted to 50% (in duplicate), (iii) a normal individual (X1), (iv) severe Type 1 VWD (X1), (v) Type 2B VWD (x2 unrelated donors), (vi) Type 3 VWD (x1), (vii) Type 2A VWD (x1). Laboratories were asked to perform all tests available to them in order to establish a laboratory diagnosis of VWD, and then to comment on the possibility or otherwise of VWD. Overall findings indicated a wide variation in test practice, in the effectiveness of various test procedures in detecting VWD, and in the ability of various composite test panels to identify type 2 VWD subtypes. Firstly, while all laboratories (n = 25) performed tests for FVIII:C activity, von Willebrand factor 'antigen' (VWF:Ag) and a functional VWF assay [using the ristocetin cofactor assay (VWF:RCo; n = 23) and/or the collagen binding assay (VWF:CBA; n = 12)], only three laboratories carried out VWF:Multimer analysis. Secondly, for the three quantitative VWF assays, 10/25 (40%) laboratories performed all three, whereas 15/25 (60%) performed only two [VWF:Ag and VWF:RCo (n = 13); VWF:Ag and VWF:CBA (n = 2)]. Thirdly, a variety of assay methodologies were evident for VWF:Ag [ELISA, electro-immuno diffusion (EID), latex immuno-assay (LIA), and VIDAS assay] and VWF:RCo (platelet agglutination/'aggregometry' and a 'functional VWF:RCo-alternative' ELISA assay). Between method analysis for the quantitative VWF assays showed that the VWF:RCo yielded the greatest degree of inter

  5. Influence of a Rotational Speed Modulation System Used With an Implantable Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device on von Willebrand Factor Dynamics.

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    Naito, Noritsugu; Mizuno, Toshihide; Nishimura, Takashi; Kishimoto, Satoru; Takewa, Yoshiaki; Eura, Yuka; Kokame, Koichi; Miyata, Toshiyuki; Date, Kazuma; Umeki, Akihide; Ando, Masahiko; Ono, Minoru; Tatsumi, Eisuke

    2016-09-01

    We have developed a rotational speed (RS) modulation system for a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (EVAHEART) that can change RS in synchronization with a patient's electrocardiogram. Although EVAHEART is considered not to cause significant acquired von Willebrand syndrome, there remains a concern that the repeated acceleration and deceleration of the impeller may degrade von Willebrand factor (vWF) multimers. Accordingly, we evaluated the influence of our RS modulation system on vWF dynamics. A simple mock circulation was used. The circulation was filled with whole bovine blood (650 mL), and the temperature was maintained at 37 ± 1°C. EVAHEART was operated using the electrocardiogram-synchronized RS modulation system with an RS variance of 500 rpm and a pulse frequency of 60 bpm (EVA-RSM; n = 4). The pumps were operated at a mean flow rate of 5.0 ± 0.2 L/min against a mean pressure head of 100 ± 3 mm Hg. The continuous-flow mode of EVAHEART (EVA-C; n = 4) and ROTAFLOW (ROTA; n = 4) was used as controls. Whole blood samples were collected at baseline and every 60 min for 6 h. Complete blood counts (CBCs), normalized indexes of hemolysis (NIH), vWF antigen (vWF:Ag), vWF ristocetin cofactor (vWF:Rco), the ratio of vWF:Rco to vWF:Ag (Rco/Ag), and high molecular weight multimers (HMWM) of vWF were evaluated. There were no significant changes in CBCs throughout the 6-h test period in any group. NIH levels of EVA-RSM, EVA-C, and ROTA were 0.0035 ± 0.0018, 0.0031 ± 0.0007, and 0.0022 ± 0.0011 g/100 L, respectively. Levels of vWF:Ag, vWF:Rco, and Rco/Ag did not change significantly during the test. Immunoblotting analysis of vWF multimers showed slight degradation of HMWM in all groups, but there were no significant differences between groups in the ratios of HMWM to low molecular weight multimers, calculated by densitometry. This study suggests that our RS modulation system used with EVAHEART

  6. Functional analysis of domain of unknown function (DUF) 1943, DUF1944 and von Willebrand factor type D domain (VWD) in vitellogenin2 in zebrafish.

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    Sun, Chen; Hu, Lili; Liu, Shousheng; Gao, Zhan; Zhang, Shicui

    2013-12-01

    Vitellogenin (Vg), the precursor of egg-yolk proteins in all oviparous organisms, shares a similar domain structure combination. In most cases, Vg contains the Vitellogenin_N domain, the domain of unknown function (DUF) 1943, and the von Willebrand factor type D domain (VWD), which are present in different forms of Vg from both vertebrates and invertebrates. Occasionally, a DUF1944 domain is also present in between DUF1943 and VWD in some Vg proteins of vertebrates. Recent studies have shown that Vg participates in immune defense of host with multiple functions. However, whether all Vg proteins encoded by different vg genes play an immune role is unknown. In addition, the correlation of different domains in Vg with the multiple immune functions remains completely unclear. Here we demonstrated clearly that recombinant proteins, rDUF1943, rDUF1944 and rVWD from zebrafish Vg2 interacted with both the Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis and Micrococcus luteus and the Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli and Vibrio anguillarum, as well as their signature components LTA and LPS. Moreover, both rDUF1943 and rDUF1944 promoted the phagocytosis of E. coli and S. aureus by carp macrophages. These suggest that both DUF1943 and DUF1944 as well as VWD may contribute to the function of Vg as a pattern recognition receptor, and DUF1943 and DUF1944 also contribute to the function of Vg as an opsonin. This study also opens a new angle for identification of function of genes of unknown function, which have the domains DUF1943 and DUF1944. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Long-term expression of von Willebrand Factor by a VSV-G pseudotyped lentivirus enhances the functional activity of secreted B-Domain-deleted Coagulation Factor VIII.

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    Park, Sang Won; Choi, Sang-Yun

    2007-08-31

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a multimeric glycoprotein which functions within the coagulation system. It colocalizes with factor VIII (FVIII) by non-covalent interaction and alters its intracellular trafficking. vWF is also instrumental in maintaining the stability of secreted FVIII. The principal objective of this study was to generate a lentivirus-based vWF expression vector for gene therapy of hemophilia A. We inserted a vWF of 8.8 Kb into a lentiviral vector thereby producing VSV-G-pseudotyped vEx52. However, its titer was quite low, presumably because the length of vWF gene exceeds the size limit of the lentiviral vector. In order to overcome the low-titer, we concentrated the vEx52 and thus increased the efficiency of transduction approximately 6-fold with 1/100th of the volume. However, as concentration requires an additional laborious step, we attempted to enhance the transduction efficiency by deleting exons 24-46 and 29-46 in pRex52 to construct pRex23 and pRex28, and in pvEx52, yielding pvEx23 and pvEx28, respectively. The transfected pRex52 had a profound effect on the activity of secreted FVIII, and this activity declined as domains of vWF were deleted. However, when the domain-deleted vWF-lentiviruses were transduced into K562 cells, the vEx28 increased the activity of the secreted FVIII compared to what was observed with vEx52. This result is probably due to higher efficiencies of transduction and expression while retaining the essential domains required for proper interaction with FVIII.

  8. Preserved Expression of mRNA Coding von Willebrand Factor-Cleaving Protease ADAMTS13 by Selenite and Activated Protein C.

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    Ekaney, Michael L; Bockmeyer, Clemens L; Sossdorf, Maik; Reuken, Philipp A; Conradi, Florian; Schuerholz, Tobias; Blaess, Markus F; Friedman, Scott L; Lösche, Wolfgang; Bauer, Michael; Claus, Ralf A

    2015-04-03

    In sepsis, the severity-dependent decrease of von Willebrand factor (VWF)-inactivating protease, a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs 13 (ADAMTS13), results in platelet aggregation and consumption, leading to sepsis-associated thromb