Recent developments in the field of haemostasis and thrombosis highlighted the crucial role of the tissue factor / factor VIIa complex (TF / FVIIa) in the initiation of coagulation processes. Nowadays, anticoagulant therapies involving heparin or coumarin derivatives, thrombin or factor Xa inhibitors are generally associated with side effects such as bleeding and thrombocytopenia. In this context, the inhibition of TF, FVIIa and their complex by efficient antithrombotic drugs represents a new strategy to reduce this bleeding and to prevent thrombosis events. Moreover, TF / FVIIa inhibition is shown to be useful in the treatment of biological processes independent of the clotting cascade such as angiogenesis and cancer. Among the natural and genetically engineered TF / FVIIa inhibitors, injections of the recombinant protein rNAPc2 show clinical improvements, such as reduced bleeding and thromboembolism, over classical drugs used in the therapy of coronary angioplasty and hip or knee replacement surgery. The knowledge of the 3D-structure of TF / FVIIa complex and examination of co-crystal data of some drugs bound to this complex led to the design and synthesis of numerous TF / FVIIa inhibitors. Among them, the p-amidinophenylurea 18 (Ki = 0.027 μM), the pyrimidinones PHA-927 (30, IC50 = 0.016 μM) and PHA-798 (31, IC50 = 0.014 μM) and the pyridinone 37 (IC50 = 0.052 μM) are highly potent inhibitors of the TF / FVIIa complex, deprived of activity towards thrombin (IC50 > 30-100 μM) and factor Xa (IC50 > 10-100 μM), other proteases involved in the coagulation cascade. Both pyrimidinones prevent arterial thrombosis in non-human primate models of thrombosis and represent a safe approach to anti-thrombotic therapy in patients with cardiovascular risk factors.
Keywords: factor VIIa, tissue factor, thrombin, inhibitor, tfpi, anticoagulant, thrombosis, cancer
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