Anti-factor VIII antibodies: a 2005 update

Journal: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
ISSN: 0340-6245

Stem Cells in Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine

Issue: 2005: 94/4 (Oct) pp. 692-896
Pages: 760-769

Anti-factor VIII antibodies: a 2005 update

Géraldine Lavigne-Lissalde (1, 3), Jean-François Schved (2), Claude Granier (1), Sylvie Villard (1)
(1) CNRS UMR 5160, Centre de Pharmacologie et Biotechnologie pour la Santé, Faculté de Pharmacie, Montpellier, France (2) Hôpital Universitaire Saint-Eloi, Montpellier, France (3) Groupe Hospitalo-Universitaire CHU Carremeau, Nîmes, France


The development of anti-factorVIII (FVIII) antibodies is currently one of the most serious complications in the treatment of haemophilia A patients. Numerous studies in literature report on their epitope specificity,their mechanism of FVIII inactivation, and their relationship with FVIII genetic alterations. During the last two years, however, a particular effort has been made to better understand their generation, with particular emphasis on the interplay of T cells and B cells specific for FVIII and the generation of anti-FVIII antibodies. Moreover, novel strategies to improve the management or treatment of patients with anti- FVIII antibodies have been recently proposed: the use of less immunogenic engineered recombinant FVIII molecules, neutralization of inhibitors by blocking their deleterious activity either by low molecular weight peptide decoys or by anti-idiotypic antibodies, and attempts to suppress the T-cell response involved in the antibody formation.All of these represent promising therapeutic approaches. This review attempts to sum up current knowledge of the nature and properties of anti-FVIII antibodies, their mechanism of action, their neutralization by anti-idiotypic antibodies, and the role of T cells in FVIII inhibitor formation. In the final part, some of the new strategies susceptible to improve the management or the eradication of anti-FVIII antibodies are presented.