A high affinity, antidote-controllable prothrombin and thrombin-binding RNA aptamer inhibits thrombin generation and thrombin activity.
BACKGROUND: The conversion of prothrombin to thrombin is one of two non-duplicated enzymatic reactions during coagulation. Thrombin has long been considered an optimal anticoagulant target because it plays a crucial role in fibrin clot formation by catalyzing the cleavage of fibrinogen, upstream coagulation cofactors and platelet receptors. Although a number of anti-thrombin therapeutics exist, it is challenging to use them clinically due to their propensity to induce bleeding. Previously, we isolated a modified RNA aptamer (R9D-14) that binds prothrombin with high affinity and is a potent anticoagulant in vitro. OBJECTIVES: We sought to explore the structure of R9D-14 and elucidate its anticoagulant mechanism(s). In addition to designing an optimized aptamer (RNA(R9D-14T)), we also explored whether complementary antidote oligonucleotides can rapidly modulate the optimized aptamer's anticoagulant activity. METHODS AND RESULTS: RNA(R9D-14T) binds prothrombin and thrombin pro/exosite I with high affinity and inhibits both thrombin generation and thrombin exosite I-mediated activity (i.e. fibrin clot formation, feedback activity and platelet activation). RNA(R9D-14T) significantly prolongs the aPTT, PT and TCT clotting assays, and is a more potent inhibitor than the thrombin exosite I DNA aptamer ARC-183. Moreover, a complementary oligonucleotide antidote can rapidly (< 2 min) and durably (>2 h) reverse RNA(R9D-14T) anticoagulation in vitro. CONCLUSIONS: Powerful anticoagulation, in conjunction with antidote reversibility, suggests that RNA(R9D-14T) may be ideal for clinical anticoagulation in settings that require rapid and robust anticoagulation, such as cardiopulmonary bypass, deep vein thrombosis, stroke or percutaneous coronary intervention.
Bompiani, KM; Monroe, DM; Church, FC; Sullenger, BA
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