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Distinct genes encode 6 human receptors for IgG (hFcgammaRs), 3 of which have 2 or 3 polymorphic variants. The specificity and affinity of individual hFcgammaRs for the 4 human IgG subclasses is unknown. This information is critical for antibody-based immunotherapy which has been increasingly used in the clinics. We investigated the binding of polyclonal(More)
Type 2 vWD is defined by qualitative defects of vWF and is subdivided into four subtypes: 2N, 2B, 2A and 2M. The characterization of 150 unrelated French cases with type 2 vWD emphasizes the heterogeneity of this group. In 51 cases of type 2N vWD, new mutations were found not only in the D' domain (Cys25Tyr and Cys95Phe) but also in the D3 domain (Asp116Asn(More)
A plasma von Willebrand factor (vWf) defect limited to its failure to bind factor VIII (FVIII) was previously characterized in a woman with FVIII deficiency and normal primary haemostasis. By using in vitro tests we found a similar pattern in three siblings of another family previously thought to be affected with mild haemophilia A. Furthermore, a decrease(More)
von Willebrand disease Normandy (vWD Normandy) is a recently described phenotype in which a mutant von Willebrand factor (vWF) appears structurally and functionally normal except that it does not bind to blood coagulation factor VIII. This interaction is required for normal survival of factor VIII in the circulation; consequently, vWD Normandy can present(More)
Plasma von Willebrand factor (vWf) is a multi-domain multimerized glycoprotein which has a dual role in haemostasis: it promotes platelet adhesion to subendothelium and is the carrier of blood coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). We previously characterized a functional defect of vWf, limited to its ability to bind FVIII, in two families whose affected members(More)
von Willebrand factor (vWF) and factor VIII (FVIII) circulate in plasma as a noncovalently linked protein complex. The FVIII/vWF interaction is required for the stabilization of procoagulant FVIII activity. Recently, we reported a new variant of von Willebrand disease (vWD) tentatively named "Normandy," characterized by plasma vWF that appears to be(More)
We previously reported a functional defect of von Willebrand factor (vWF) in a new variant of von Willebrand disease (vWD) tentatively named vWD "Normandy." The present work has attempted to characterize the molecular abnormality of this vWF that fails to bind factor VIII (FVIII). The immunopurified vWF from normal and patient's plasma were digested by(More)
The patients with inherited bleeding diathesis related to quantitative, structural, and/or functional abnormalities of von Willebrand factor (vWF) are said to have von Willebrand's disease (vWD). We report here the clinical and laboratory features of a 50-year-old woman with a life-long history of excessive bleeding. Her particular laboratory data are(More)
Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) treated with a combination of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab show a high response rate. However, only a poor response is observed following rituximab monotherapy. The use of chemo-immunotherapy is often associated with haematological and infectious complications. Thus, an antibody with an(More)
Erythropoietin (Epo) is a 166 amino acids protein containing three N-glycosylation sites (Asn-24, Asn-38, and Asn-83) and 1 O- glycosylation site (Ser-126) and involved in the regulation of the level of red blood cells. Today, only one recombinant human Epo (rHuEpo), produced in CHO cell line, is extensively used in therapy to cure severe anemia. The(More)