Patent application title: ANTICOAGULANT ANTAGONIST AND HEMOPHILLIA PROCOAGULANT
Stephanie A. Smith (Champaign, IL, US)
James H. Morrissey (Champaign, IL, US)
James H. Morrissey (Champaign, IL, US)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
IPC8 Class: AA61K3342FI
Class name: Inorganic active ingredient containing phosphorus or phosphorus compound phosphorus acid
Publication date: 2010-11-25
Patent application number: 20100297257
A method for treating a coagulation deficient patient comprises
administering an amount of polyP to the patient sufficient to reduce the
PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value of the plasma of the patient.
1. A method for treating a coagulation deficient patient, comprising
administering an amount of polyP to the patient sufficient to reduce a PT
Test value or a Dilute PT Test value of plasma of the patient.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is at least 25.
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is 25-1000.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is 25-100.
10. The method of claim 1, wherein the patient has hemophilia.
11. The method of claim 1, wherein the patient had previously been administered an anticoagulant.
13. The method of claim 1, wherein the polyP is administered by injection.
14. The method of claim 1, wherein the polyP is administered intravenously.
18. The method of claim 1, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is 25-100,the PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value of the plasma of the patient is reduced to less than 1.5 times greater than the PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value of pooled normal plasma, andthe polyP is administered intravenously.
20. A method of reducing the effects of anticoagulant therapy on a patient, comprising administering polyP to the patient.
21. The method of claim 20, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is at least 25.
22. The method of claim 20, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is 25-1000.
23. The method of claim 20, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is 25-100.
29. The method of claim 20, wherein the patient previously been administered an anticoagulant.
31. The method of claim 20, wherein the polyP is administered by injection.
32. The method of claim 20, wherein the polyP is administered intravenously.
38. A method of treating hemophilia in a patient, comprising administering polyP to the patient.
39. The method of claim 38 wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is at least 25.
40. The method of claim 38, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is 25-1000.
41. The method of claim 38, wherein the polyP is polyPn, and n is 25-100.
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
This application claims priority to provisional application No. 60/986,924 entitled "ANTICOAGULANT ANTAGONIST AND HEMOPHILIA PROCOAGULANT" filed 9 Nov. 2007, attorney docket no. ILL05-107-PRO, the entire contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference, except where inconsistent with the present application.
A schematic of the clotting cascades is shown in FIG. 5(A). In the figure the various clotting factors are indicated by their Roman numeral (i.e., factor VII is indicated by VII). The intrinsic pathway (also referred to as the contact pathway of blood coagulation) is initiated when contact is made between blood and certain artificial surfaces. The extrinsic pathway (also referred to as the tissue factor pathway of blood coagulation) is initiated upon vascular injury which leads to exposure of tissue factor (TF) (also identified as factor III). The dotted arrow represents a point of cross-over between the extrinsic and intrinsic pathways. The two pathways converge at the activation of factor X to Xa. Factor Xa has a role in the further activation of factor VII to Vila. Active factor Xa hydrolyzes and activates prothrombin to thrombin. Thrombin can then activate factors XI, VIII and V furthering the cascade. Ultimately, the role of thrombin is to convert fibrinogen to fibrin, which forms clots.
Fibrinogen is the most abundant coagulation protein in blood. The formation of a fibrin clot from fibrinogen is the terminal step in the coagulation cascade. Soluble fibrin monomers, which are created when thrombin cleaves fibrinogen, spontaneously polymerize to form a three dimensional network of insoluble fibrin fibrils. Clotting of fibrinogen by thrombin is one of the few steps in the clotting cascade that does not require calcium ions. The resulting fibrin clot structure can be further stabilized via covalent cross-linking of the fibrils through the action of the transglutaminase enzyme, factor XIIIa (FIG. 5(B)) .
Hemorrhage is a major complication of both naturally occurring factor deficiencies such as hemophilia, and anticoagulant therapy. Hemorrhagic episodes can result in significant patient morbidity and in rare cases, mortality. Even in patients with well-controlled stable anticoagulant therapy, emergent circumstances may arise that necessitate immediate reversal of anticoagulant status.
Rapid normalization of abnormal coagulation has generally relied on either replacement of missing factors or administration of specific antidotes . A major limitation of this approach is that transfusion with human-derived products has the potential for transmission of infectious disease. Furthermore, most anticoagulant drugs, including most newly approved anticoagulant drugs, as well as some in development, lack effective antidotes . In vitro studies of the effects of recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) [5-7]0 and off-label use in vivo [8-11] have indicated that rFVIIa might have a role as a general method of reversing anticoagulant therapy. Use of rFVIIa may be associated with thromboembolic adverse events [12,13]. Currently, the primary factors limiting use of rFVIIa as a universal procoagulant agent are the potential liability associated with off-label use, and the extreme expense associated with this drug.
Heparin is a naturally occurring sulfated polysaccharide. It functions as an anticoagulant by indirectly inhibiting the enzymatic activity of factor Xa and thrombin through its ability to enhance the action of the plasma anticoagulant protein, antithrombin. Heparin is widely used as a clinical anticoagulant for such indications as cardiopulmonary bypass surgery, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary thromboembolism, arterial thrombosis, and prophylaxis against thrombosis following surgery. Therapeutic plasma concentrations of heparin are generally 0.2-0.7 units/ml. The effects of heparin can be rapidly reversed using the specific antidote protamine .
Low molecular weight heparins (low MW heparins), such as enoxaparin, are widely used anticoagulant drugs. Low MW heparins are size-fractionated to obtain preparations in which the heparin polymers are shorter and less heterodisperse than unfractionated heparin. Low MW heparins act primarily as factor Xa inhibitors, as they enhance antithrombin's anticoagulant effect toward factor Xa to a much greater extent than toward thrombin. Low MW heparins are widely used for longer-term anticoagulant therapy to prevent deep vein thrombosis and have certain advantages over unfractionated heparin. Therapeutic plasma concentrations of low MW heparins are generally 0.2-2 units/ml. Low MW heparins have plasma half-lives of 4-13 hours, resulting in prolonged anticoagulation even if the drug is discontinued when bleeding occurs. There is no generally accepted antidote available to reverse anticoagulation with low MW heparin.
COUMADIN® (warfarin sodium) is an oral anticoagulant drug that reduces the effective concentration of several coagulant proteins in plasma. It is widely used as long-term therapy for prevention of arterial and venous thrombosis. The most important adverse effect of COUMADIN® therapy is hemorrhage, particularly into the central nervous system. COUMADIN® therapy is typically monitored by a plasma clotting test whose readout is the International Normalized Ratio (INR). For patients receiving COUMADIN®, anticoagulant status can be immediately reversed with plasma transfusion should serious bleeding occur, but this therapy is expensive and carries risks of transfusion reactions and transmission of infectious diseases. The anticoagulant effect of COUMADIN® can be more slowly reversed with Vitamin K therapy .
Argatroban is an oral anticoagulant drug that is a small molecule inhibitor of thrombin. It is approved for anticoagulant therapy in patients at risk for thrombosis who cannot be treated with heparin. Therapeutic plasma concentrations are about 1 μg/ml. There is no available antidote to reverse anticoagulation with argatroban.
Rivaroxaban is an experimental anticoagulant drug under development. It functions as a small molecule inhibitor of factor Xa. It is used for prevention of thrombotic complications of orthopedic surgery. It has a plasma half-life of 7-10 hours . There is no available antidote to reverse anticoagulation with rivaroxaban.
Hemophilia A is an inherited or acquired deficiency of coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) and is associated with risk of severe bleeding. Patients with hemophilia A who develop a serious bleeding episode can be treated with purified human FVIII, but this therapy is quite expensive, costing thousands of dollars per episode . About one-third of patients who receive repeated doses of human FVIII will develop inhibitory antibodies to the drug, which may prevent its further use in that patient. Bleeding episodes in hemophilia patients with such inhibitory antibodies may be treated with high doses of recombinant human factor Vila (rFVIIa); treating one bleeding episode with this drug can cost in excess of $70,000 [3,4].
Hemophilia B is an inherited or acquired deficiency of coagulation factor IX (FIX) and is associated with risk of severe bleeding. Clinical presentation and treatment are similar to that for Hemophilia A, except that injection of purified FIX is used to treat bleeding in these patients .
The Prothrombin Time (PT) test is widely used to monitor oral anticoagulation therapy by COUMADIN®, as a general screening test for the blood clotting system, and as the basis for specific Factor assays. Clotting times obtained with the PT are primarily dependent on the plasma levels of the vitamin K-dependent coagulation Factors II (prothrombin), VII, and X, and on the levels of two non-vitamin K-dependent proteins, Factor V and fibrinogen. The PT test is accomplished by mixing citrated plasma samples with a thromboplastin reagent and measuring the time to clot formation. The ISI value of a thromboplastin reagent is used to calculate the International Normalized Ratio (INR) for patient plasma samples; the more sensitive a thromboplastin reagent is to the changes induced by oral anticoagulant therapy, the lower its ISI value. The INR is calculated by first dividing the patient's PT value by the mean PT value for 20 or more normal plasmas. This PT ratio is then raised to the ISI power, yielding the INR value, which in turn, is used by the treating physician to adjust the drug dose. The introduction of the INR reporting system has vastly improved the standardization of monitoring of oral anticoagulant therapy, and can be credited with decreasing bleeding complications for oral anticoagulant therapy . Normal plasma is defined as an INR of about 1.0. Therapeutic INR values are generally in the range of 2.0-3.5.
Polyphosphate (polyP) is a negatively charged, linear polymer of phosphate units linked by high energy phosphoanhydride bonds . Dense granules of human platelets contain millimolar levels of polyP (with chain lengths of approximately 75 phosphate units) . PolyP is released from platelets in response to stimulation by thrombin  and is cleared from plasma presumably due to degradation by plasma phosphatases . We recently reported that polyphosphate is a potent hemostatic regulator, accelerating blood coagulation by activating the contact pathway of blood clotting, promoting the activation of factor V, and abrogating the function of tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) . These combined effects result in a shift in the timing of thrombin generation without changing the total amount of thrombin generated. Polyphosphate also delays fibrinolysis through a thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI)-dependent mechanism, presumably as a consequence of an earlier burst in thrombin generation .
Polyphosphate, radiolabeled with 99mTc, administered by injection, has been used as a radiopharmaceutical for skeletal imaging .
In a first aspect, the present invention is a method for treating a coagulation deficient patient, comprising administering an amount of polyP to the patient sufficient to reduce a PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value of the plasma of the patient.
In a second aspect, the present invention is a method of reducing the effects of anticoagulant therapy on a patient, comprising administering polyP to the patient.
In a third aspect, the present invention is a method of treating hemophilia in a patient, comprising administering polyP to the patient.
In a fourth aspect, the present invention is a composition for treating a coagulation deficient patient, comprising a container, and a unit dosage of sterile polyP, in the container. The polyP is not radiolabeled.
A coagulation deficient patient is a patient whose plasma has a PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value which is at least 1.5 times greater than that of pooled normal plasma. Pooled normal plasma is plasma prepared by mixing equal amounts of citrate-anticoagulated plasma from at least 20 normal individuals.
PolyPn means a compound of the following formula:
where the value of n is equal to the number of PO3 units in the molecule and n is at least 3. Polyphosphate (polyP) is a generic term for polyPn, including mixtures, where n of each polyPn is at least 3. Also included are salts, esters, and anhydrides of polyphosphate, as well as cyclic polyphosphates. Concentrations of polyphosphate and any polyPn may be expressed as "phosphate equivalents", which means the concentration of PO3 moieties (for example, 1 μM polyP75 is the same as 75 μM phosphate equivalents of polyP75). All amounts and concentrations of polyP and polyPn are expressed herein as phosphate equivalents.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1. PolyP antagonizes the prolongation of plasma clot time due to various anticoagulants added in vitro. Unfractionated heparin (A), enoxaparin (B), argatroban (C) and rivaroxaban (D) were added to normal human plasma at the indicated concentrations, after which clotting was initiated by a diluted thromboplastin reagent. Clot time was monitored by the Dilute PT Test. Wells without added polyP (O) were compared to those containing added 67 μM polyP75(.tangle-solidup.). Data are mean±se (standard error)(n=5 experiments).
FIG. 2. Representative thromboelastography tracings for whole blood anticoagulated with various drugs added in vitro. Unfractionated heparin (A), enoxaparin (B), argatroban (C), or rivaroxaban (D) were added to fresh whole blood immediately prior to initiating coagulation with dilute thromboplastin. Each individual blood sample was divided into 4 aliquots with various additions as indicated. The 4 thromboelastography curves are for: control which consisted of blood with only buffer added (1), +100 μM polyP (2), +anticoagulant (3), and plus anticoagulant and polyP (4).
FIG. 3. PolyP shortens clot time for patients with in vivo factor deficiency by the Dilute PT Test. Clotting was initiated in plasma from 5 different patients (P1-P5, respectively) with naturally occurring hemophilia A with FVIII<1% (A), 4 different patients (P6-P9) with hemophilia B with FIX<1% (B), or plasma from 7 different patients receiving COUMADIN® with INR values as indicated (C). Clot time was monitored by the Dilute PT Test. Wells without added polyP (open bars) were compared to those containing added polyP75 (filled bars). "N" indicates data from pooled normal plasma. Data are mean±se (n=5 repeated measurements).
FIG. 4. PolyP shortens clot time for hemophilia patients to a greater degree than does either addition of the missing factor or rFVIIa by the Dilute PT Test. FVIII (A), or rFVIIa (B) were added to plasma from hemophilia A patient P4 and FIX (C) or rFVIIa (D) were added to plasma from hemophilia B patients P8 and P9, respectively, at the indicated concentrations. Clot time was monitored by the Dilute PT Test. Wells without added polyP (O) were compared to those containing added polyP75 (.tangle-solidup.). Data are mean (n=5)±se. Mean clot time for pooled normal plasma was 12.2 minutes.
FIG. 5(A) is a schematic of the clotting cascades.
FIG. 5(B) is a schematic of the terminal steps in the blood clotting cascade.
PolyP's known mechanism of action  is that it triggers the contact pathway of blood clotting and it accelerates the activation of factor V. In our studies with purified proteins, we found that polyP neither enhanced nor blocked the ability of antithrombin to inactivate thrombin. Furthermore, polyP did not enhance or block the ability of heparin to accelerate the inactivation of thrombin by antithrombin using purified proteins. In fact, in almost all of our studies using purified proteins, we were unable to show that polyP affected the intrinsic catalytic activity of any blood clotting enzyme we examined. The only effects of polyP that we had observed with purified proteins were the ability to trigger the activation of the contact factors, and the ability to accelerate the activation of factor V by either thrombin or factor Xa. Recently, we discovered that polyP impacts clot structure of thrombin cleaved fibrinogen, resulting in thicker fibrin fibers that are more resistant to fibrinolysis.
The present invention is based on the discovery that polyP shortens time to clot formation in plasma containing anticoagulants, and polyP normalizes clot dynamics in whole blood clotting as measured by thromboelastometry. Furthermore, polyP shortens clot time in plasma from individuals with factor deficiencies due to vitamin K antagonist therapy, and in plasma from individuals with naturally occurring hemophilia A or B. PolyP is as effective as factor replacement or rFVIIa in normalizing clot time in hemophilia plasma.
It is surprising that polyP was so effective in antagonizing the anticoagulant effect of heparins and heparinoids, and a number of small molecule drugs. The small molecule drugs target the active site of either factor Xa or thrombin, and our studies had appeared to show that polyP was without effect on the active sites of these enzymes. In the case of heparin, polyP neither enhanced nor blocked its effect when studied with purified proteins. In retrospect, we think the ability of polyP to antagonize the anticoagulant effect of these drugs is probably due to its ability to alter the timing of the burst of thrombin that occurs during blood clotting. By accelerating the conversion of factor V to Va, the blood clotting system can assemble the prothrombinase complex (the factor Va--factor Xa complex) more quickly than normal. This allows the prothrombinase complex to start functioning earlier during the life history of a blood clot than in the absence of polyP, resulting in an earlier thrombin burst. Thus, we suspect that changing the timing of assembly of the prothrombinase complex and therefore the timing of the thrombin burst is, unexpectedly, why polyP makes blood clotting much less sensitive to these anticoagulant drugs.
Administration of polyP can be used to treat a coagulation deficient patient. The treatment can be used to reduce the effects of anticoagulant therapy, and treat poisoning by anticoagulants. Examples of anticoagulants include low molecular weight heparins such as enoxaparin (LOVENOX®), dalteparin (FRAGMIN®) and tinzaparin (INNOHEP®); heparin; heparinoids such as danaparoid (ORGARAN®); pentasaccharides such as fondaparinux (ARIXTRA®); as well as argatroban, warfarin (COUMADIN®) and rivaroxaban (XARELTO®). Furthermore, administration of polyP can be used to treat hemophilia, either by chronic administration, or by acute administration to treat a bleeding episode. PolyP can also be used to treat other coagulation deficient patients, such as those suffering from liver failure and acquired hemophilia. In addition, prophylactic administration of polyP can be used prior to surgery or other activities where a coagulation deficient patient would be a risk of a bleeding episode.
Preferably, polyP is administered intravenously as a solution including a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, such as saline. Preferably, polyP is administered as an injection, for example intravenously, intraperitoneally, subcutaneously or intramuscularly. Administration over a longer period of time may be accomplished by implanting a controlled release device, by injection of the polyP in a controlled or extended release pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, or transdermally, for example with a transdermal patch. Preferably, the polyP and solutions of polyP are sterile. Preferably, administration is by saline bolus or continuous infusion.
Preferably, administration of polyP for reversing the effects of an anticoagulant, is carried out over a period of time sufficient for the body to clear the anticoagulant. For example, low MW heparins typically have a half-life in a patient of 4-13 hours, so administration of polyP for reversing the anticoagulant effects of low MW heparins should preferably be carried out for at least 4 hours. Rivaroxaban typically has a half-life in a patient of 7-10 hours, so administration of polyP for reversing the anticoagulant effect of rivaroxaban should preferably be carried out for at least 7 hours.
The amount of polyP administered depends on the extent of coagulation deficiency, and typically is 0.1 to 100 mg per kg of body weight, such as 0.5 to 10 mg per kg of body, including 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 mg per kg of body weight. Preferably, the total dose is diluted into 1 to 100 ml of a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, such as saline. For extended administration, the polyP may be added to a bag of saline, such as a 1 liter bag, at a concentration sufficient to maintain the same concentration in the blood of the patient as would result from the single injection of 0.1 to 100 mg per kg of body weight. The polyP may also be provided as a unit dosage, for example as a sterile solution pre-measured in a sealed container, such as a saline solution in a syringe, with sufficient polyP for a single administration to one patient. Another example of a unit dosage would be a vial with a rubber seal containing sterile dry polyP; a syringe may be used to add saline to the vial to dissolve the polyP, which may then be drawn into the syringe for administration of the single dose. Preferably, the amount of polyP administered is sufficient to reduce the PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value of the plasma of the patient to less than 1.5, more preferably 1.4 or less, most preferably 1.2 or less, such as 1 to 1.2, times the PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value of pooled normal plasma. In the case of chronic administration, preferably the PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value of the plasma of the patient is maintained to less than 1.5, more preferably 1.4 or less, most preferably 1.2 or less, such as 1 to 1.2, times the PT Test value or Dilute PT Test value of pooled normal plasma.
The polyP contains at least 3 PO3 moieties. Preferably, polyPn with n of at least 25 may be used, for example n=25-1000, more preferably, n=25-100 (including 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 and 44), more preferably n is at least 45, including 45-1000 (including 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80).
Prothrombin Time (PT) Test clotting assays, for determining the INR value of plasma of a patient, may be performed using an ST4 coagulometer (Diagnostica Stago, Parsippany, N.J.). A 50 μL plasma sample is incubated in a cuvette for 2 min at 37° C., after which clotting is initiated by adding 100 μL pre-warmed (37° C.) thromboplastin reagent, and the time to clot formation is measured. PT Tests are typically performed in duplicate for each sample.
Anticoagulant drugs that target different aspects of the coagulation cascade were added to platelet-poor plasma and fresh whole blood in vitro. For both types of samples, clotting was initiated using a dilute thromboplastin reagent in order to approximate the nature of in vivo coagulation due to very minor trauma associated with daily activities, where clotting would be triggered by a low level of tissue factor exposure. The drugs evaluated were unfractionated heparin (an indirect inhibitor of FXa and thrombin), enoxaparin (an indirect inhibitor of FXa), argatroban (a direct inhibitor of thrombin), and rivaroxaban (a direct inhibitor of FXa). For plasma, we used concentrations of the anticoagulant drugs likely to be that associated with both therapeutic and supratherapeutic plasma levels for each individual drug (Table 1). For whole blood, pilot experiments were performed to determine a specific concentration of added drug that resulted in a prolongation of clot time by at least 1.5 to 2 fold.
TABLE-US-00001 TABLE 1 Concentrations of Anticoagulant Range added to Concentration platelet-poor added to fresh Medication plasma in vitro whole blood in vitro Unfractionated Heparin 0.2-1 U/mL 0.1 U/mL Enoxaparin 20-100 μg/mL 2.7 μg/mL Argatroban 0.5-3.0 μg/mL 1 μg/mL Rivaroxaban 0.2-1 μg/mL 0.2 μg/mL
Polyphosphate antagonized the anticoagulant effect of all four drugs when added in vitro to normal plasma (FIG. 1). However, some differences were noted. For both types of heparins (unfractionated and low molecular weight), polyP shortened the clot time by approximately 50% at all concentrations of anticoagulant evaluated. Both with and without polyP, the dose-response relationship for both types of heparin was approximately linear over the concentration range tested. Consequently, addition of polyP resulted in antagonism of the anticoagulant effect of heparins by decreasing the slope of the dose-response curve, resulting in approximately 50% reversal of the effective dose. With argatroban, concentrations above 1 μg/ml failed to result in further prolongation of clot time when polyP was added. Consequently, supratherapeutic plasma levels (of 1-3 μg/ml) of argatroban were effectively reversed by polyP to result in prolongation of clot time equivalent to that obtained with argatroban levels of less than 0.5 μg/ml. PolyP was most effective at reversing the anticoagulant effect of rivaroxaban, where addition of polyP shortened the clot time by approximately 80% for all concentrations of rivaroxaban tested.
Polyphosphate also reversed the effects of each anticoagulant as measured by thromboelastography in whole blood, although the patterns of response differed somewhat between anticoagulants (FIG. 2 and Table 2) . For all four anticoagulants, when polyP was added to blood containing the drug, each parameter describing clot formation was significantly changed by the addition of polyP to result in a stronger clot that formed more rapidly (denoted by superscript "b" in Table 2), indicating partial or complete reversal of the anticoagulant effect of the drug. PolyP normalized the thromboelastography parameters of the various drugs, to a different extent depending on the drug. For blood containing unfractionated heparin, polyP shortened, but did not completely normalize the time to initial increase in clot firmness (CT), whereas the parameters related to the kinetics of the increase in clot firmness (CFT and α angle) and the maximum clot firmness (MCF) were restored to values very near those of native blood. For blood containing enoxaparin, the addition of polyP normalized all parameters so that they were not different from values for native blood. For blood containing argatroban, polyP shortened but did not entirely normalize the CT. Although the difference was not statistically significant, the CFT values were shorter and the α angles steeper for blood containing polyP and argatroban than for native blood. The addition of polyP to blood containing argatroban did result in clots of significantly higher MCF than that for clots from native blood. For blood containing rivaroxaban, the addition of polyP shifted the thromboelastography curve beyond those observed for native blood, indicating complete reversal of anticoagulation.
TABLE-US-00002 TABLE 2 Thromboelastography Parameters Control +Anticoagulant + Parameter (buffer only) +polyP +Anticoagulant polyP Unfractionated Heparin CT (s) 8.0 (0.4) 5.1 (0.3) a 18.8 (1.0) a 11.5 (1.0) a, b CFT (s) 4.4 (0.7) 1.7 (0.1) a 14.9 (1.7) a 4.5 (0.8) b α angle (°) 47.2 (4.3) 69.6 (1.6) a 18.2 (1.7) a 46.8 (4.6) b MCF (mm) 52.8 (1.6) 63.0 (1.8) a 42.4 (2.1) a 52.4 (2.7) b Enoxaparin CT (s) 6.9 (1.8) 4.8 (0.6) a 12.9 (2.2) a 8.0 (0.7) b CFT (s) 3.5 (0.6) 1.6 (0.1) a 7.6 (1.4) a 2.7 (1.0) b α angle (°) 53.0 (5.1) 71.0 (1.2) a 31.4 (5.5) a 60.4 (7.8) b MCF (mm) 57.4 (4.9) 64.8 (2.3) a 47.0 (3.2) a 59.8 (2.6) b Argatroban CT (s) 8.1 (0.9) 5.1 (0.6) a 14.0 (1.3) a 10.4 (0.9) a, b CFT (s) 4.4 (1.7) 1.8 (0.5) a 6.2 (2.4) a 3.1 (0.5) b α angle (°) 48.0 (11.7) 69.0 (6.2) a 38.8 (9.4) a 56.4 (3.9) b MCF (mm) 55.0 (7.3) 62.2 (4.8) a 49.4 (6.8) a 59.4 (5.3) a, b Rivaroxaban CT (s) 7.9 (1.8) 5.4 (0.5) a 11.7 (1.1) a 6.7 (0.8) b CFT (s) 3.9 (0.8) 1.7 (0.2) a 4.3 (1.3) 1.9 (0.5) a, b α angle (°) 49.6 (5.2) 70.0 (2.4) a 47.6 (8.5) 67.4 (5.0) a, b MCF (mm) 55.4 (7.0) 64.0 (4.5) a 54.8 (8.6) 63.6 (4.8) a, b a Significantly different from value for control (blood with added buffer only) b Significantly different from value for blood containing anticoagulant without polyP
We then proceeded to evaluate the procoagulant effects of polyP added in vitro to plasma from individuals with factor deficiencies that occurred in vivo (FIG. 3). PolyP decreased the plasma clot time for plasmas from 5 patients with severe hemophilia A and 4 patients with severe hemophilia B. In fact, in the presence of polyP, plasma from these patients clotted more rapidly than did pooled normal plasma without polyP. For patients with combined vitamin K dependent factor deficiencies (due to in vivo COUMADIN® therapy), the addition of polyP shortened, but did not completely normalize, the plasma clot time for all samples, regardless of how marked the degree of anticoagulation as measured by INR.
We further evaluated the potential effectiveness of polyP as a procoagulant for hemophilia as compared to and in conjunction with standard therapy for FVIII and FIX deficiency. Polyphosphate alone shortened the plasma clot time in both FVIII deficiency and FIX deficiency to a greater degree than did restoring the missing clotting factor to its normal plasma concentration (FIG. 4). Polyphosphate alone also shortened the plasma clot time to a degree that was similar to supplementation with 6 nM rFVIIa (for FIX-deficient plasma) or 15 nM rFVIIa (for FVIII-deficient plasma). Furthermore, the procoagulant effect of polyP was additive to that of rFVIIa at all rFVIIa concentrations evaluated.
Materials and Methods
Citrated plasma from patients with inherited FVIII deficiency (<1% activity) or FIX deficiency (<1% activity), and pooled normal plasma were from George King Biomedical (Overland Park, Kans.). Plasmas from patients stably anticoagulated with COUMADIN® were obtained from the Carle Clinic Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). Plasmas were stored frozen at -70° C., thawed at 37° C. for 5 minutes, and then held at room temperature for no more than 30 minutes prior to addition of the clotting reagent. Fresh whole blood for use in thromboelastography was collected from healthy, adult, non-smoking volunteers who were not receiving any medication. Informed consent was obtained from all volunteers for participation in the Institutional Review Board approved study.
Enoxaparin (LOVENOX®) was from Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Argatroban was from GlaxoSmithKline (Research Triangle Park, N.C.). Rivaroxaban (XARELTO®) was from of Bayer HealthCare (Berkeley, Calif.). Unfractionated heparin and polyP75, a polyP preparation containing a mean polymer size of approximately 75, were from Sigma Aldrich (St. Louis, Mo.). Concentrations of polyP are expressed in terms of phosphate monomer. Recombinant human factor Vila (FVIIa) was purchased from American Diagnostica (Stamford, Conn.), recombinant human factor VIII (FVIII, KOGENATE-FS®) was from Bayer HealthCare (Berkeley, Calif.), and human factor IX (FIX) was purchased from Enzyme Research Laboratories (South Bend, Ind.). Relipidated recombinant tissue factor (HEMOLIANCE® RecombiPlas Tin) was from Instrumentation Laboratory (Lexington, Mass.) and dried recombinant human tissue factor with calcium (DADE® INNOVIN®) was from Dade Behring (Newark, Del.).
Evaluation of Clot Formation in Plasma Samples with the Dilute PT Test
The following describes the use of the Dilute PT Test to evaluate the effectiveness of polyP in treat hemophilia and reversing the effects of anticoagulant drugs. Anticoagulant drugs were added to pooled normal plasma in vitro at concentrations of up 1 U/mL for unfractionated heparin, 100 μg/mL for enoxaparin, 3 μg/mL for argatroban, and 1 μg/mL for rivaroxaban. Plasma from a patient deficient in FVIII was evaluated with and without the addition of up to 0.5 μg/mL FVIII or 20 nM FVIIa. Plasma from a patient deficient in FIX was evaluated with and without the addition of up to 4 μg/mL FIX or 20 nM FVIIa. INR values for samples from patients receiving COUMADIN® ranged from 1.7 to 4.8.
Plasma clots were formed in 96-well medium binding polystyrene microplates (Corning Inc., Corning, N.Y.). Plasma (80 μL) was added to the well and clotting was initiated by addition of 160 uL of clotting reagent. The clotting reagent consisted of RecombiPlas Tin (as a source of tissue factor) diluted 200 fold (for normal and anticoagulated plasmas) or 8000 fold (for hemophilia plasmas) into buffer containing 100 μM phospholipid vesicles (20% phosphatidylserine and 80% phosphatidylcholine made by sonication), 12.5 mM CaCl2, 25 mM Tris HCl pH 7.4, 0.1% bovine serum albumin, and 150 mM NaCl. Clotting reagent was divided into reagent without added polyP and reagent with added 100 μM polyP75.
Clotting was evaluated by monitoring the change in turbidity (A405) for 1 hour at room temperature using Softmax software and a Spectramax microplate reader (Molecular Devices Corporation, Sunnyvale, Calif.). Clotting time was calculated from these data using SigmaPlot version 7.101 (SPSS, Inc) to fit a line to the steepest segment of the absorbance curve and then determining the intersection of this line with the initial baseline A405 (representing the lag phase prior to clot formation). All assays were repeated 5 times.
Whole Blood Thromboelastometry
Thromboelastography was carried out using the ROTEM® four channel system (Pentapharm, Munich, Germany) using the supplied software package. Fresh, non-anticoagulated whole blood was collected via atraumatic venipuncture using a two-syringe technique. The initial 3 ml of blood was discarded and the blood sample to be used was then drawn into a 3 ml plain plastic syringe. The blood was immediately transferred to the supplied disposable plastic cups (280 μL per cup) and thoroughly mixed with 20 μL buffer (TBS: 50 mM Tris-HCl pH 7.4, 150 mM NaCl, 0.02% NaN3) or additives in TBS. Each fresh whole blood sample was divided into 4 cups containing the following: TBS only (control), polyP75, anticoagulant drug only, or both polyP75 and anticoagulant drug. Clotting was then initiated immediately via addition of 20 μL of tissue factor containing clotting reagent (INNOVIN® diluted in TBS). Thromboelastography measurement was initiated within 120 seconds of blood drawing for all samples. The final concentrations in the reaction were 87.5% whole blood, INNOVIN® diluted 1:17,000, 0 or 100 μM polyP, 0 or added anticoagulant drug (0.1 U/mL unfractionated heparin or 2.7 μg/mL enoxaparin or 1 μg/mL argatroban, or 0.2 μg/mL rivaroxaban). The measurements were continued for 2 hours and the clot time (CT), clot formation time (CFT), alpha angle (α angle), and maximum clot firmness (MCF) were recorded as supplied by the ROTEM® software. Each anticoagulant drug was added in vitro to whole blood from 5 different individuals.
Statistical analyses were performed using SigmaStat statistical software version 2.03 (SPSS, Inc). In all cases, two-tailed t-tests were conducted at the 0.05 level of significance. Clot times obtained using the Dilute PT Test with and without added polyP in plasma-based experiments were compared using unpaired t-tests. Results for each variable obtained from the ROTEM® experiments (CT, CFT, α angle, MCF) were compared separately. For each group of anticoagulants, parameters obtained for control blood samples were compared to those for blood+polyP, blood+anticoagulant, and blood+anticoagulant+polyP. The latter two samples were also directly compared. To account for inter-individual variation, thromboelstography parameters were compared using paired t-tests.
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