Recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) is approved for use in controlling bleeding episodes in people with hemophilia who have developed inhibitors to replacement therapy. Due to its short half-life (t½), frequent injections are required, limiting its use as a prophylactic treatment. A novel, recombinant fusion protein linking coagulation factor VIIa with albumin (rVIIa-FP) has been developed to extend the t½ of rFVIIa.
The aim of our studies was to investigate the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic characteristics of rVIIa-FP in preclinical animal species.
Pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters were derived after single intravenous dosing in hemophilia A mice, rats, rabbits and monkeys. PK analysis was based on human FVII plasma levels determined by measuring FVII antigen levels by ELISA in mice and rats, and FVIIa activity using STACLOT® VIIa-rTF in rabbits and monkeys. Induction of thrombin generation was investigated in mice, while hemostatic activity was assessed by thrombus formation in rabbits.
Compared with rFVIIa, rVIIa-FP displayed a prolonged t½, enhanced in vivo recovery and reduced clearance in all species investigated. In mice, 16 h after treatment with rVIIa-FP, thrombin levels were quantifiable, indicating prolonged efficacy, whereas values had approached baseline at this time after treatment with rFVIIa. After 12 h, hemostatic efficacy was negligible in rFVIIa-treated rabbits, but sustained in animals receiving rVIIa-FP.
These studies indicate that the longer t½ of rVIIa-FP compared with rFVIIa translates into extended activity. These findings suggest that rVIIa-FP has the potential to be administered less frequently than rFVIIa-containing concentrates in clinical use.