Leverage the hemostatic potential of HMW multimers

The size of VWF multimers directly correlates with their in vitro function.

  • High molecular weight (HMW) VWF multimers are more effective in supporting primary homeostasis, whereas low molecular weight (LMW) multimers are less functionally active
  • HMW-VWF multimers have been shown to be associated with increased hemostatic activity
  • HMW-VWF multimers are associated with shortened bleeding time

The process of blood coagulation has two distinct stages of hemostasis: primary hemostasis and secondary hemostasis. While factor VIII (FVIII) has a role in secondary hemostasis, von Willebrand factor protein is a key component in primary hemostasis.

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People with von Willebrand disease (VWD) have an insufficient amount of VWF protein in the blood, or VWF that is defective. Because VWF is essential in primary hemostasis, an insufficient amount or a supply of defective VWF interferes with proper platelet adherence or aggregation. The mainstay of VWD treatment is the replacement of the deficient VWF protein. This results in shortened bleeding time and correction of the coagulation abnormality.

The VWF profile of HUMATE-P correlates to hemostatic activities during the stages of hemostasis

HMW-VWF multimers promote:

  • Effective collagen binding
  • Effective platelet adhesion
  • Effective platelet aggregation

As close as replacement therapy multimer patterns get to normal human plasma with appropriate FVIII levels

Like normal human plasma, HUMATE-P contains a high percentage of HMW-VWF multimers, and can correct the hemostatic defect in patients with VWD.

graphic demonstrating collagen binding

HMW-VWF multimers promote effective collagen-binding

When the vessel is injured, several actions occur to form the initial hemostatic plug:

  • VWF unfolds from its inactivated pretzel-like shape, exposing A1 domains (platelet receptors)
  • Collagen binds with A3 domains (collagen-binding sites)

HMW-VWF multimers have more A3 domains and A1 domains than LMW-VWF multimers, allowing more bonds to form.1

graphic demonstrating platelet adhesion

HMW-VWF multimers promote effective platelet adhesion

At the same time, platelets rush to the injury site, forming bonds with A1 domains.1

graphic demonstrating platelet aggregation

HMW-VWF multimers promote effective platelet aggregation

The platelet bridges and VWF form layers, known as the initial hemostatic plug, which stops the bleeding at the injury site.1

Successful completion of both stages of hemostasis results in the final step of the clotting process, the formation of a stable hemostatic plug.


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  3. Metzner HJ, Hermentin P, Cuesta-Linker T, Langner S, Müller H-G, Friedbold J. Characterization of factor VIII/von Willebrand factor concentrates using a modified method of von Willebrand factor multimer analysis. Haemophilia. 1998;4(suppl 3):25-32.
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