Thirty percent of patients with severe hemophilia treated with factor fVIII (fVIII) develop anti-fVIII antibodies (inhibitors). This is the most significant complication in the management of patients with hemophilia A leading to increases in morbidity as well as cost of treatment. These antibodies that develop can inhibit the biological activity of fVIII. There are 5 domains of fVIII that have known functional significance with antibodies most often being directed against the A2 and C2 domains of fVIII. However, we have recently shown that epitopes within the C2 doman of fVIII have unique characteristics. The specific epitope (classical vs. nonclassical) within the C2 domain was more important than inhibitor titer in response to fVIII in acquired hemophilia plasma and a murine monoclonal antibody (MAb) system with very high titer nonclassical inhibitors responding to fVIII. The central hypothesis of this pilot project is to describe the spectrum of B-cell epitopes that are represented in hemophilia A inhibitor patient plasmas to provide data for statistical analysis to design a prospective clinical trial comparing epitope spectrum and response to treatment with fVIII and to results of immune tolerance therapy. We propose to map the patient polyclonal plasma to specific B-cell epitopes using a panel of murine anit-fVIII monoclonal antibodies to all domains of fVIII except the B domain. We will compare the epitope spectrum to genotype as well response to treatment with fVIII in multiple in vitro coagulation assays. In a subset of patients we will have two samples from different points in time and we will compare the change of epitope spectrum and response to fVIII at the different time points.

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Inhibitor development is the most significant complication in the management of patients with hemophilia A. The goal of this project is to increase our knowledge of different B-cell epitope spectrum seen in hemophilia A patients who develop inhbitors.

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Link, Rebecca P
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Emory University
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