US RE32011 E
1. An improved method of preparing Factor VIII procoagulant activity protein comprising the steps of
(a) adsorbing a VIII:C/VIII:RP complex from a plasma or commercial concentrate source onto particles bound to a monoclonal antibody specific to VIII:RP,
(b) eluting the VIII:C,
(c) adsorbing the VIII:C obtained in step (b) in another adsorption to concentrate and further purify same,
(d) eluting the adsorbed VIII:C, and
(e) recovering highly purified and concentrated VIII:C.
2. A method according to claim 1, wherein the elutant used in each of steps (b) and (d) is a saline solution.
3. The method according to claim 2, wherein the saline solution is calcium chloride.
4. The method according to claim 3, wherein the concentration of said calcium chloride solution used in steps (b) and (d) ranges from about 0.25 M to about 0.5 M.
5. The method according to claim 1, wherein said adsorbent particles in step (a) are agarose.
6. The method according to claim 1, wherein aminohexyl agarose is employed in step (c) as the adsorbent.
7. The method according to claim 6, wherein calcium chloride solution is employed as the elutant in steps (b) and (d), concentration of said calcium chloride solution ranging from about 0.25 M to about 0.5 M in step (b) and from about 0.25 M to about 0.5 M in step (d).
8. An improved immunoadsorbent for isolation and purification of VIII:C from VIII:C/VIII:RP comprising a monoclonal antibody specific to VIII:RP bound to solid particles.
9. The improved immunoadsorbent of claim 8, wherein said solid particles comprise a resin.
10. The improved immunoadsorbent of claim 9, wherein said resin comprises agarose.
11. The improved immunoadsorbent of claim 10, wherein said agarose is cross-linked agarose.
12. The improved immunoadsorbent of claim 11, wherein said immunoadsorbent has a coupling density of 3 to 4 g of monoclonal antibody per liter of agarose.
13. Highly purified and concentrated .Iadd.human or porcine .Iaddend.VIII:C prepared in accordance with the method of claim 1.
14. Highly purified and concentrated .Iadd.human or porcine .Iaddend.VIII:C prepared in accordance with the method of claim 6.
15. In a method for purifying Factor VIII procoagulant activity protein from plasma or concentrate, the improvement comprising the step of passing said plasma or concentrate through a chromatographic type column having adsorbent to which is bound monoclonal antibodies which is specific to VIII:RP and eluting the VIII-C therefrom.
16. The method according to claim 15, wherein said adsorbent is agarose and said elutant is a saline solution. .Iadd.
17. A VIII:C of claim 13, wherein said VIII:C is human VIII:C. .Iaddend. .Iadd.18. A VIII:C of claim 14, wherein said VIII:C is human VIII:C. .Iaddend. .Iadd.19. An improved immunoadsorbent of claim 8 wherein said monoclonal antibody remains bound to VIII:RP during elution of VIII:C. .Iaddend. .Iadd.20. An improved immunoadsorbent of claim 19, wherein said elution is carried out with a saline solution. .Iaddend. .Iadd.21. An improved immunoadsorbent of claim 20 wherein said solution contains calcium ions. .Iaddend. .Iadd.22. An improved immunoadsorbent of claim 21, wherein said solution is calcium chloride. .Iaddend. .Iadd.23. An improved immunoadsorbent of claim 22, wherein the concentration of said calcium chloride is from 0.25 M to about 0.5 M. .Iaddend. .Iadd.24. A human VIII:C preparation having a potency in the range of 134 to 1172 units per ml, and
being substantially free of VIII:RP. .Iaddend. .Iadd.25. A human VIII:C preparation of claim 24, wherein the VIII:C concentration is at least 160,000 fold purified relative to VIII:C in plasma. .Iaddend. .Iadd.26. A human VIII:C preparation of claim 24, wherein the ratio of VIII:C to VIII:RP is greater than 100,000 times the ratio in plasma. .Iaddend. .Iadd.27. A human VIII:C preparation of claim 24, wherein said VIII:C is isolated from VIII:C/VIII:RP and 90-100 percent of the VIII:RP has been
removed. .Iaddend. .Iadd.28. A human VIII:C preparation having a specific activity greater than 2240 units/mg. .Iaddend. .Iadd.29. A human VIII:C preparation of claim 28 wherein the potency is in the range of 134 to 1172 units/ml. .Iaddend. .Iadd.30. An improved method of preparing Factor VIII procoagulant activity protein comprising the steps of
(a) adsorbing a VIII:C/VIII:RP complex from a plasma or commercial concentrate source onto a substrate to which is bound a monoclonal antibody specific to VIII:RP,
(b) eluting the VIII:C,
(c) adsorbing the VIII:C obtained in step (b) in another adsorption to concentrate and further purify same,
(d) eluting the adsorbed VIII:C, and
(e) recovering highly purified and concentrated VIII:C. .Iaddend.
.Iadd. A method according to claim 30, wherein said substrate is a resin. .Iaddend. .Iadd.32. A method according to claim 30, wherein said substrate is comprised of particles. .Iaddend. .Iadd.33. An improved immunoadsorbent for isolation and purification of VIII:C from VIII:C/VIII:RP comprising a monoclonal antibody specific to VIII:RP bound to a substrate. .Iaddend. .Iadd.34. Highly purified and concentrated human or porcine VIII:C prepared in accordance with the method of claim 30. .Iaddend. .Iadd.35. In a method for purifying Factor VIII procoagulant activity protein from plasma or concentrate, the improvement comprising the step of passing said plasma or concentrate over a substrate to which is bound monoclonal antibodies which are specific to VIII:RP and eluting the VIII:C therefrom. .Iaddend. .Iadd.36. The method according to claim 35, wherein said substrate is agarose and said elutant is a saline solution. .Iaddend.
10-20 units of VIII:C per ml of eluant are obtained with the present invention, in contract to 0.5-1.25 units per ml of eluant with the Tuddenham et al method.
The present method also permits the selection of a monoclonal antibody having a high affinity for VIII:RP; however, the use of polyclonal antibodies results in varying affinities. It should be realized that there is an indirect relationship between the affinity of the bound antibody for VIII:RP and the elution of VIII:RP. Thus, the higher the affinity of the antibody for VIII:RP, the less VIII:RP will be present with VIII:C in the eluant. The present invention also makes it possible to produce an unlimited supply of the specified monoclonal antibody, thus eliminating variations among different batches.
Although Austen, as earlier described, has reported the use of aminohexyl-agarose to separate VIII:C from VIII:RP, such a material has not heretofore been used to concentrate VIII:C following a separation and purification step. Heretofore, the highest VIII:C concentrations achieved by using aminohexyl agarose in chromatography were 0.53 units per ml of eluant for human protein and 2.38 per ml of eluant for porcine VIII:C. The present method permits concentrations several orders of magnitude greater than these. Perhaps of even greater significance, is the fact that the present invention provides for a greater purification of human VIII:C than has ever been reported (164,000 vs 17,000 fold over plasma). The present method, which is described in more detail hereinafter, yields VIII:C with a specific activity of 2,300 units/mg when commercial concentrate is used. This corresponds to a 164,000 fold purification from plasma. The ratio of VIII:C to VIII:RP is greater than 105 as compared to the ratio in plasma.
The following description provides details of the manner in which the embodiments of the present invention may be made and used in order to achieve the separation, purification and concentration of VIII:C to a degree of purity and concentration not known heretofore. This description, while exemplary of the present invention, is not to be construed as specifically limiting the invention and such variations which would be within the purview of one skilled in this art are to be considered to fall within the scope of this invention.
The monoclonal antibody to VIII:RP which is subsequently bound to the separation substrate may be prepared in a stepwise procedure starting with a highly purified preparation of factor VIII/von Willebrand factor (VIII:C/VIII:RP complex). The purification for immunization is accomplished with material obtained from a plasma source. Less highly purified material for coating polyvinyl plates is obtained in higher concentration from commercial extracts such as FACTORATE (trademark of Armour Pharmaceutical Co., Tuckahoe, N.Y.) or Hemophil (trademark of Hyland Laboratories, Costa Mesa, California). Purification is performed by a standard agarose-gel filtration of cryoprecipitate, such as that described by Zimmerman and Roberts, "Factor VIII Related Antigen", appearing in IMMUNOASSAYS: CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES FOR THE 1980's, R. M. Nakamura et al, eds., Alan R. Liss, Inc., New York, pp. 339-349 (1980). Mice were injected with highly purified factor VIII/von Willebrand factor obtained from plasma according to the following procedure. On day zero, the mice are injected intraperitoneally with a composition prepared by dissolving (or suspending) 10 Mg of the protein in 0.1 ml of buffer containing 0.05 M Tris, 0.15 M sodium chloride, 0.02 % sodium azide, 1 mM phenyl methyl sulfonyl fluoride, traysylol 10 units/ml at pH7.3. and shaking with an equal volume of complete Freund's adjuvant. On day 14, the mice are again injected with the same material except that incomplete Freund's adjuvant is substituted for complete Freund's adjuvant. On day 21, the injection of day 14 is repeated. On day 38, the mice are injected with purified VIII:C/VIII:RP only. On day 42, the spleens of the mice are removed and fused according to a standard procedure, of the type described by J. P. Brown et al "Protein Antigens of Normal and Malignant Human Cells Identified by Immunoprecipitation with Monoclonal Antibodies", JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, Vol. 225, pp. 4980-4983 (1980). The standard technique is varied only to the extent that 35% polyethylene glycol 1000 is substituted for 50% polyethylene glycol. A radioimmunoassay method for clones producing antibody to VIII:RP is performed according to the following procedure. Polyvinyl plates with a "V" bottom, flexible type are coated with 0.1 ml of factor VIII purified from commercial extract according to the procedure indicated above and having a concentration of 0.125 mg/ml of protein. The plates are blocked with albumin, washed with buffer and incubated with the culture fluids from the clones to be tested. The plates are then washed and reacted with rabbit anti-mouse IgG antiserum, washed a second time and 125 I labeled goat anti-rabbit IgG antiserum is added to the wells and incubated. The plates are again washed, then dried and the wells cut-out and counted. After determining the clones which are positive they are subcloned at least twice and stable clones producing antibody to VIII:RP are then injected into the peritoneal cavities of Balb/C mice which have been pretreated intraperitoneally with 0.5 ml of pristane at least four days prior to injection of cells. Hybridoma cells are injected at concentrations of approximately 5×106 cells per mouse in 0.5 ml of Delbecco's modified Eagle's medium without fetal bovine serum. The mice are tapped when bloated and ascites fluid is collected in heparin at approximately 10 units/ml. Ascites fluid from multiple mice is pooled to provide a convenient volume for subsequent isolation of the monoclonal IgG. If the heparinized ascites fluid is not used immediately, it may be stored at -70° C. and thawed just prior to use. The final yield of IgG from the ascites fluid is approximately 1 g of IgG per 100 ml of ascites fluid.
The specificity of the monoclonal IgG for the purpose of purifying VIII:C may be assessed by coupling the IgG to a separation substrate medium, in the manner described hereinafter, and demonstrating that the bound IgG removes from VIII:RP and VIII:C from plasma and that the VIII:C may be subsequently eluted with a solution containing calcium ions while the VIII:RP remains complexed to the monoclonal IgG which is bound to the solid-state substrate.
The monoclonal IgG, which is to be used subsequently to prepare the immunoadsorbent, may be isolated from heparinized pooled ascites fluid immediately after collection or a frozen portion of the stored solution may be thawed. Regardless of whether fresh or frozen material is used, the solution is brought to 4° C. and treated with an equal volume of phosphate buffered saline solution (PBS), the composition of which is set forth below. The diluted ascites is precipitated by dropwise addition with stirring at 4° C. of an equal volume of saturated ammonium sulfate (SAS); prepared by boiling an excess of ammonium sulfate in water, cooling to 4° C., filtering undissolved crystals and adjusting the pH to 7.0 with ammonium hydroxide. The precipitate and its supernatant liquid are stirred for at least 2 hours and centrifuged at 4° C. Centrifugations are preferably carried out at 14,000 rpm for 60 minutes (30,000×g). The supernatant solution of ascites is precipitated twice more with SAS and the mixture of precipitate and supernatant liquid stirred and centrifuged in the same manner as in the first cycle. The pellets resulting from the third precipitation are resuspended in a volume of PBS equal to that of the diluted ascites fluid and then disalyzed exhaustively against PBS. Clots appearing in the dialysis bags are removed by centrifugation at 20° C. The dialyzed IgG is adsorbed by stirring it with a 5% aqueous solution of aluminum hydroxide at room temperature and centrifuging at 20° C. after adsorption. The adsorption treatment is repeated at least three more times using 2.5% aluminum hydroxide solution for each treatment after the first. The adsorbed IgG is brought to 4° C. and reprecipitated once with SAS as described above. The precipitated pellets may be stored at -20° C. until used.
The immunoadsorbent is prepared by suitably preparing the monoclonal IgG for coupling, preparing the solid substrate for coupling and reacting the two components to bind the former to the later.
(i) Preparation of IgG for Coupling
Either freshly precipitated IgG may be used or previously frozen precipitate may be thawed for use. The material is then dialyzed against PBS, and while still in the PBS, the volume and IgG concentration (A280 /1.4=mg/ml IgG) are determined. The IgG is then treated with between 10 and 30 microliters, preferably 20 microliters, or diisopropylfluorophosphate per 50 ml of IgG solution. The resulting solution is stirred at room temperature in a hood for 30 minutes and the treated IgG, immediately prior to use, is dialyzed overnight against coupling buffer. The coupling buffer found most suitable is a 0.25 M sodium bicarbonate solution adjusted to a pH of 9, preferably with sodium hydroxide.
(ii) Preparation of Solid Substrate for Coupling
Although the monoclonal antibody may be bound to any material which does not have a high affinity for protein, particularly factor VIII itself, such materials as glass beads, agarose and derivatives thereof are preferred. Most preferred is a crosslinked agarose available commercially as a gel known as Sepharose CL2B (trademark of Pharmacia Fine Chemicals, Piscataway, N.J.).
The method of preparing the preferred immunoadsorbent resin is generally the same as that disclosed in the literature, such as the method of J. Porath et al, JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY, Vol. 86, pp. 53-56 (1973). The method found most suitable is as follows: a volume of about 2 liters of Sepharose CL2B is placed in an acid-cleaned 2 liter sintered glass filter funnel. The resin is washed with water and filtered to a moist cake. The washed resin is placed in a large (approximately 4 liter) glass beaker equipped with a magnetic stirring bar. To the resin is then added 750 ml of cold potassium phosphate buffer solution, prepared by mixing one part of a 5 M dibasic potassium phosphate solution with two parts of 5 M tribasic potassium phosphate solution. Sufficient cold water is added to bring the final volume to 3 liters. The mixture is then chilled to 4° C. and maintained at between 4°-10° C. in an ice-water bath placed on a magnetic stirring plate. In a hood, cyanogen bromide is added to 300 ml of water in a stoppered glass bottle containing a magnetic stirring bar. The mixture is rapidly stirred until solution results. The cyanogen bromide solution is then added with stirring over a 2 minute period to the cold Sepharose mixture. Stirring is continued for an additional 8 minutes and then transferred to a chilled 2 liter sintered glass filter funnel supported in a 4 liter vacuum flask. The cyanogen bromide treated resin is then washed with approximately 20 liters of cold water or until the pH of the filtrate is neutral. The washed resin is then quickly equilibrated with cold coupling buffer and then transferred to a 4 liter plastic beaker equipped with a large magnetic stirring bar.
(iii) Coupling the Monoclonal Antibody to the Solid Substrate
The solid substrate resin, prepared as indicated above, is ready to be used when it is equilbrated with coupling buffer and should not be stored thereafter. Accordingly, the resin mixture is combined with the IgG which was previously dialyzed overnight against coupling buffer. The combined resin/IgG suspended mixture is stirred at 4° C. for a period of about 24 hours. The A280 of an undiluted sample of the supernatant coupling liquid may be determined using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a standard or Bio-Rad protein assay (Bradford reagent) with BSA as standard. The percentage ligand which is coupled may then be calculated. When the above described procedure is followed, this is usually about 95%. Any remaining active sites on the resin not coupled to antibody may be blocked by washing the resin on a sintered glass filter funnel with cold coupling buffer containing 0.1 M glycine. The resin is then resuspended in this solution to a final volume equal to that when the resin and antibody, each in coupling buffer, were combined. The suspension is stirred slowly overnight at 4° C. The resin is then washed thoroughly with VIII:C-buffer, the composition of which is given below. The coupled, blocked resin is then pre-eluted with VIII:C-buffer additionally containing 0.5 M calcium ions, preferably calcium chloride. The resin is again washed with VIII:C buffer alone and stored at 4° C. or in a continuously pumped column at room temperature until ready for use. The coupling density of IgG to SEPHAROSE should be 2-5 g, preferably 3-4 g IgG/liter of SEPHAROSE.
(i) Sample preparation of factor VIII, such as human and animal plasmas and commercial concentrates of factor VIII, may be employed in the present invention and the method is not limited as to a particular type of material. Preferred materials, and those which have demonstrated successful results, are porcine and human plasmas and commercially available concentrates of human factor VIII, such as FACTORATE available from Armour Pharmaceutical Co. The following description provides details for using both porcine plasma or commercial human concentrate such as FACTORATE:
FACTORATE is reconstituted by adding 25 ml portions of VIII:C-buffer to the contents of each of 20 bottles containing 400-500 VIIIC units per bottle (25 ml per bottle). The mixture is adjusted to a final volume of 1 liter with VIII:C-buffer. A sample aliquot of 0.5 ml may be removed for assay and the remaining material applied to the immunoadsorbent column overnight at a rate of approximately 60 ml/hour.
Porcine plasma, when not freshly drawn, is citrated by conventional means and stored frozen. When ready to be used it is thawed at a temperature of between 35°-40° C., preferably 37° C. and applied directly to the column at 60 ml/hour.
It should be noted that while the description of the present invention refers, and is directed primarily, to the use of immunoadsorbent coupled particles in a chromatography column, it is within the scope of this invention to perform batchwise separations by placing the antibody-bound resin particles in a suitable container and after adding reconstituted concentrate or plasma, VIII:C as outlined above and described in more detail below.
When the process is carried out in a chromatography process, the following embodiments are preferred:
The resin is placed in a column, such as an Amicon 86001, (trademark of Amicon Corp., Lexington, Mass.), equipped with a peristaltic pump and a high flow head. When concentrate is used as the source of factor VIII, for 20 bottles of diluted concentrate, approximately 1.5 liters of resin, prepared as indicated above, is used. When porcine plasma is used, 150 ml of resin is used for each liter of plasma.
After the sample is applied to the column, it is washed with 1 liter of VIII:C-buffer, followed by a second washing with VIII:C-buffer which additionally contains 0.5 M NaCl. Approximately 20 liters of saline-buffer is used when factor VIII is applied as concentrate and 20 bed volumes when porcine plasma is employed. Optimum results are obtained with a flow rate of 1 liter/hour.
Elution of purified VIII:C is accomplished with VIII:C-buffer containing calcium ions. Although a linear gradient, as taught by Tuddenham et al, supra, works well, it is not required in order to accomplish the object of this invention; a solution having a fixed calcium ion concentration is quite adequate. Thus, when VIII:C derived from concentrate is being eluted, VIII:C-buffer, 0.25 to 0.5 M with respect to calcium chloride, preferably 0.35 M, is used advantageously as a flow rate of between 450 to 750 ml/hour and preferably 600 ml/hour. When the VIII:C is obtained from porcine plasma, elution is performed with VIII:C-buffer being a calcium chloride concentration of between 0.35 and 0.7 M, preferably 0.5 M and at a flow rate of between 10 and 30 ml/hour, preferably 20 ml/hour. Fractions of 12 ml and 3 ml are collected for VIII:C originating from concentrate and porcine plasma, respectively. Those fractions containing at least 1.0 unit/ml of VIII:C activity are pooled and the total volume and activity of the pool determined.
The VIII:C pool is initially concentrated to 10-20 ml by a standard procedure such as pressure ultrafiltration. For this purpose, Amicon stirred cell in which a YM-10 membrane under 50 psi of nitrogen pressure has been found to work well. Slow stirring is continued for 30 minutes after nitrogen pressure is released, and the volume and activity of the concentrated pool are determined. The pool may be stored for a brief period, that is, overnight for example, if a temperature of 4° C. is maintained.
It may be noted that the immunoadsorbent column described above may be regenerated by treatment of the column with 2 bed volumes of 3 M aqueous sodium thiocyanate solution run at a flow rate of about 0.5-1 liter/hour to elute VIII:RP.
Although the VIII:C recovered from the separation from VIII:RP by means of the immunoadsorbent column is highly purified, it is still too dilute to be therapeutically useful. Further concentration and a four fold increase in purification when porcine plasma is used is accomplished by use of an aminohexyl agarose column which is prepared and used in the following manner:
(i) Preparation and/or Conditioning of a Aminohexyl Agarose Column:
Aminohexyl agarose is agarose which has been reacted with 1,6-diaminohexane to yield an agarose resin having a number of 6 carbon atom chains, each of which has a terminal amino group. It may be prepared according to the method described by Austen, supra, or acquired from a commercial supplier. One such material which has been used successfully in the present invention is available under the name of AH-SEPHAROSE 4B (trademark of Pharmacia Fine Chemicals, Piscataway, N.J.).
Whether prepared or purchased, the resin should be conditioned prior to use. This may be accomplished as follows, the volumes, amounts and dimensions being adjusted in proportion to the amount of material to be concentrated:
Approximately 1 gram of aminohexyl agarose (AH-SEPHAROSE 4B) is placed in a sintered glass filter funnel and washed with at least 200 ml of 0.5 M sodium chloride, while stirring. The resin is then equilibrated with VIII:C-buffer and packed in a column of approximately 0.9 cm diameter. A Bio-Rad Econo-Column with flow adapters has proven quite suitable for the type of use considered here. The bed volume of the packed column is approximately 4 ml.
(ii) Application to and Use of the Aminohexyl Agarose Column
The concentrated pool, prepared as described above, is diluted 1:10 in VIII:C-buffer to a final concentration of 100-200 ml when using the amounts of resin and column size as described in the immediately preceding section. The diluted pool is applied to the column at a flow rate of 200 ml/hour.
The column is then washed with VIII:C-buffer which contains calcium ions, preferably from calcium chloride. The solution should be between 0.01 M to 0.03 M, preferably 0.025 M with respect to calcium ions.
Elution of the concentrated VIII:C is achieved at a flow rate of between 5 to 20 ml/hour, preferably 10 ml/hour with VIII:C-buffer containing a higher concentration of calcium ions than was employed with the preceding washing step. Again, calcium chloride is the preferred source of calcium ions in a concentration of between 0.25 to 0.5 M, preferably 0.3 M. Fractions of 1 ml volume are collected and assayed as described below. Collected fractions may be stored at 4° C. or frozen. Preparations of VIII:C obtained from a porcine plasma source should be stabilized within 5 to 10% human serum albumin prior to storage.
Assays may be performed by diluting the fractions with VIII-C buffer if necessary and further diluting the fraction 1:100 in assay buffer prior to addition to the substrate. A standard partial thromboplastin time assay is employed.
The composition of the buffer solutions is as follows:
1.6 g sodium phosphate, monobasic monohydrate
8.4 g sodium phosphate, dibasic anhydrous
61.4 sodium chloride
Water to 7 liters
pH of buffer is 7.2
ml 0.02 M imidazole
ml 0.15 M sodium chloride
ml 0.10 M lysine
ml 0.02% sodium azide
pH of buffer is adjusted with concentrated hydrochloric acid to 6.8.
The data listed hereinafter in Tables I and II are representative of that obtained according to the present invention, as described above.
TABLE I__________________________________________________________________________VIII:C Obtained From FACTORATE Concentrate as the Source ofVIII:C/VIII:RP Specific From VIIIC VIIIC Activity Plasma Volume (Units/ (Total Protein Protein Recovery (Units/ (Fold (ml) ml)* Units) (mg/ml) (Total mg) (%) mg) Purif.)__________________________________________________________________________Sample Applied to 500 18.8 9400 29 14.500 -- 0.7 50ImmunoadsorbentPool resulting from 1020 4.6 4692 -- -- 50 -- --ImmunoadsorbentPool After Initial 20 134 2680 -- -- 29(57) -- --ConcentrationSum Resulting from -- -- 1576 -- -- 17(59) -- --Aminohexyl ColumnAminohexyl 0.95 1172 1112 0.51 0.48 12 2294 163.857Fraction #3Aminohexyl -- 545 -- 0.23 -- -- 2370 169.285Fraction #4__________________________________________________________________________ *A frozen human plasma pool used as the standard for VIIIC assays and assigned the value of 1 human unit per ml.
TABLE II__________________________________________________________________________VIII:C Obtained From Citrated Porcine Plasma Specific From VIIIC VIIIC Activity Plasma Volume (Units/ (Total Protein Protein Recovery (Units/ (Fold (ml) ml) Units) (mg/ml) (Total mg) (%) mg) Purif.)__________________________________________________________________________Sample Applied to 1000 1* 1000 76 76.000 100 0.013 --ImmunoadsorbentPool Resulting from 70 8.8 613 -- -- 61 -- --ImmunoadsorbentPool After Initial 5.76 88 494.5 0.242 1.355 49.5 364 28.000ConcentrationSum Resulting from 5.0 49 247 0.035 0.175 25 1413 109.000Aminohexyl Column__________________________________________________________________________ *Porcine plasma used as the standard for VIIIC assays and assigned the value of 1 porcine VIIIC unit per ml.
Although only preferred embodiments are specifically illustrated and described herein, it will be appreciated that many modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings and within the purview of the appended claims without departing from the spirit and intended scope of the invention.