Abstract

Patients with a genetic variant of hemophilia A have in their plasmas material which has antigenic characteristics similar to those of antihemophilic factor (AHF). The physical properties of the biologically inactive cross-reacting material (CRM) are like those of AHF from normal plasma. The CRM is concentrated in Cohn fraction I and in cryoprecipitates and is not adsorbed from plasma by calcium phosphate or barium sulfate. It is inactivated by heating to 56° for 30 minutes. The CRM is less sensitive to thrombin inactivation than AHF and is recovered in serum. The similar properties of AHF and CRM support the hypothesis that patients with this genetic variant of hemophilia A synthesize a material similar to AHF but lacking procoagulant activity.

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