von Willebrand factor propeptide and the phenotypic classification of von Willebrand disease

Yvonne V. Sanders, Dafna Groeneveld, Karina Meijer, Karin Fijnvandraat, M. H. Cnossen, J. G. Van Der Bom, M. Coppens, Joke De Meris, B. A.P. Laros-Van Gorkom, Eveline P. Mauser-Bunschoten, F. W.G. Leebeek, Jeroen Eikenboom, K. Fijnvandraat, M. Coppens, A. Kors, S. Zweegman, J. De Meris, G. J. Goverde, M. H. Jonkers, N. DorsM. R. Nijziel, K. Meijer, R. Y.J. Tamminga, P. W. Van Der Linden, P. F. Ypma, J. G. Van Der Bom, J. Eikenboom, F. J.W. Smiers, B. Granzen, K. Hamulyák, P. Brons, B. A.P. Laros-Van Gorkom, M. H. Cnossen, Y. V. Sanders

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UNLABELLED: The ratios between von Willebrand factor propeptide (VWFpp) or factor VIII activity (\n\nFVIII: C) and VWF antigen (VWF:Ag) reflect synthesis, secretion, and clearance of VWF. We aimed to define the pathophysiology of 658 patients with type 1, 2, or 3 von Willebrand disease (VWD) with VWF levels ≤30 U/dL from the Willebrand in The Netherlands (WiN) study using the VWFpp/VWF:Ag and\n\nFVIII: C/VWF:Ag ratios. We evaluated the use of VWFpp in the classification and diagnosis of VWD. On the basis of the ratios, reduced VWF synthesis was observed in 18% of type 1 and only 2% of type 2 patients. A significant proportion of type 3 patients had detectable VWFpp (41%). These patients had a lower bleeding score than type 3 patients who had a complete absence of VWF:Ag and VWFpp (14.0 vs 19.5; P = .025). The majority of these patients had missense mutations with rapid VWF clearance, whereas type 3 patients with no VWFpp were homozygous for null alleles. In conclusion, VWFpp identified severe type 1 VWD with very low VWF levels in patients who had previously been classified as type 3 VWD. This study underlines the clinical significance of the VWFpp assay in the diagnosis and classification of VWD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3006-3013
Number of pages8
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2015

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