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A longstanding goal for the treatment of hemophilia B is the development of a gene transfer strategy that can maintain sustained production of clotting factor IX (F.IX) in the absence of an immune response. To this end, we have sought to use lentiviral vectors (LVs) as a means for systemic gene transfer. Unfortunately, initial evaluation of LVs expressing(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES In vitro studies have shown that the rate of prothrombin activation is linearly related to the concentration of factor II (FII) in the assay system, suggesting a key role of prothrombin levels in the expression of the antithrombotic activity of oral anticoagulant treatment (OAT). We investigated the in vivo relationship between(More)
The endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) facilitates protein C activation and plays a protective role in the response to Escherichia coli-mediated sepsis in primates. Previously, a soluble form of EPCR (sEPCR) in human plasma was characterized, and several studies indicated that generation of sEPCR is regulated by inflammatory mediators, including(More)
BACKGROUND The authors studied the changes in selected hemostatic variables in patients undergoing coronary surgery with on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (OPCAB) techniques. METHODS Platelet counts and plasma concentrations of antithrombin, fibrinogen, D dimer, alpha(2) antiplasmin, and plasminogen(More)
Patients with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) experience a higher rate of recurrence of thrombosis than the general population of patients with thrombotic disease. Based on a retrospective analysis, it has been suggested that patients with APS should be kept on prolonged anticoagulation aiming at international normalised ratio (INR) values > 3.0.(More)
PURPOSE To describe outcome and changes in clotting and inflammatory parameters in an uncontrolled case series of consecutive patients with severe sepsis who received protein C concentrate soon after cardiac surgery. METHODS From January 2007 to January 2008 nine consecutive adult patients with severe sepsis or septic shock and two or more organ failure(More)
A major complication of factor replacement therapy for haemophilia is the development of anti-factor neutralizing antibodies (inhibitors). Here we show that liver gene therapy by lentiviral vectors (LVs) expressing factor IX (FIX) strongly reduces pre-existing anti-FIX antibodies and eradicates FIX inhibitors in haemophilia B mice. Concomitantly, plasma FIX(More)