Interference of thrombin in immunological assays for hirudin specific antibodies.

Recombinant hirudins (desirudin, lepirudin) are direct thrombin inhibitors administered as anticoagulants for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) and venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis. Although these small polypeptides are widely used, concern exists over reports of antigenicity. In the largest study of r-hirudin immunogenicity to-date, we… CONTINUE READING