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PLoS One

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BACKGROUND: Hemophilia A animal models have helped advance our understanding of factor VIII deficiency. Previously, factor VIII deficient mouse models were reported to have a normal life span without spontaneous bleeds. However, the bleeding frequency and survival in these animals has not been thoroughly evaluated.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the survival and lethal bleeding frequency in two strains of E-16 hemophilia A mice.

METHODS: We prospectively studied factor VIII deficient hemizygous affected males (n = 83) and homozygous affected females (n = 55) for survival and bleeding frequency. Animals were evaluated for presence and location of bleeds as potential cause of death.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Hemophilia A mice had a median survival of 254 days, which is significantly shortened compared to wild type controls (p < 0.0001). In addition, the hemophilia A mice experienced hemorrhage in several tissues. This previously-underappreciated shortened survival in the hemophilia A murine model provides new outcomes for investigation of therapeutics and also reflects the shortened lifespan of patients if left untreated.


OAfund, Hemophilia, Hemorrhage

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NIH HD027748-19


This work was supported by the University of Iowa Children’s Miracle Network (JMS) and NIH HD027748-19, the Molecular and Cellular Research to Advance Child Health (JMS). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript

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Staber JM, Pollpeter MJ (2016) Shortened Lifespan and Lethal Hemorrhage in a Hemophilia A Mouse Model. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0154857. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154857


Copyright © 2016 Staber, Pollpeter

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