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Thromb Haemost. 2010 Aug;104(2):243-51. doi: 10.1160/TH09-10-0723. Epub 2010 May 27.

Investigating clearance mechanisms for recombinant activated factor VII in a perfused liver model.

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  • 1Exploratory ADME, Biopharmaceutical Research Unit, Novo Nordisk A/S, Måløv, Denmark.


Clearance mechanisms for recombinant activated human FVII (rFVIIa; NovoSeven), a heterogeneously glycosylated protein, have yet to be fully elucidated, but may involve the liver. The effects of the gamma-carboxy glutamic acid (Gla) domain and the sialic acid content of the protein on rFVIIa clearance were investigated following intravenous administration of rFVIIa lacking the Gla domain, des(1-44) rFVIIa and asialo-rFVIIa in pharmacokinetic (PK) studies and perfused rat livers. PK parameters for both rFVIIa and des(1-44) rFVIIa had similar biphasic clearance profiles, as well as half-lives ([t(1/2)]=80 and 88 minutes, respectively), while asialo-rFVIIa was cleared quickly (t(1/2)=21 minutes) with a linear clearance profile. Perfused liver studies with all proteins (10 nM) mirrored the trends in profiles observed in the PK study. rFVIIa and des(1-44) rFVIIa were cleared to a similar extent, 41% and 35%, respectively, after 1 h, whereas plasma-derived FVII from humans (which has a higher sialylation content than rFVIIa) was cleared to a lesser extent (21%). Asialo-rFVIIa, on the other hand, was almost totally cleared and when an excess of asialo-orosomucoid was added to the perfusate, its clearance was significantly reduced (by 34%) and also for rFVIIa, albeit to a lesser extent (by 14%). Together these data suggest that carbohydrate receptor(s) (e.g. the asialoglycoprotein receptor, ASGPR) play a role in asialo-rFVIIa and rFVIIa clearance. In vivo and liver clearance data correlated well showing similar trends and indicated that rFVIIa clearance is not affected by the Gla domain, but rather by a subpopulation of N-glycosylated structures on rFVIIa.

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