Factor XIII deficiency

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Factor XIII deficiency
Other names: Laki-Lorand factor deficiency

Factor XIII deficiency occurs exceedingly rarely, causing a severe bleeding tendency. The incidence is one in a million to one in five million people, with higher incidence in areas with consanguineous marriage such as Iran that has the highest global incidence of the disorder.[1] Most are due to mutations in the A subunit gene (located on chromosome 6p25-p24). This mutation is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion.

Deficiency of Factor XIII leads to defective cross-linking of fibrin and vulnerability to late re-bleeds when the primary hemostatic plug is overwhelmed. Bleeding tendencies similar to hemophiliacs develop, such as hemarthroses and deep tissue bleeding.

As Factor XIII is composed of two subunit protein, A and B, for which the genes are located on different chromosomes, administration of recombinant A subunit improves clot stability and is becoming a therapeutic option for patients with this condition.[2][3]

Signs and symptoms

The clinical presentation of Factor XIII deficiency is as follows:[4]


In terms of the etiology of Factor XIII deficiency we find mutations in the F13A1 gene or the F13B gene.[4]


Pelvic computed tomography of individual with factor XIII deficiency a) transverse plane and b) coronal plane.

Bleeding manifestation with normal PT, aPTT, TT, BT, and CT is suspected as factor XIII Deficiency. Confirmatory test is urea lysis test. If clot is easily lysed in 5(M) urea solution then unstable clot and factor-XIII deficiency is confirmed.[citation needed]


Fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate

Fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate are the mainstay of therapy for Factor XIII deficiency, but carry risk related to transfusion.[citation needed]

Factor XIII concentrates

Two commercially produced factor XIII concentrates are currently available in Europe, one manufactured by Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) and only available in the United Kingdom. The other, Fibrogammin-P, is produced by Beringwerke of Germany. In the U.S. FXIII concentrate is only available under the Federal Drug Administration's Investigational New Drug (IND) Program, or through clinical trial.[5]

Recombinant factor XIII

Recombinant factor XIII (rFXIII) is the only drug alternative to receiving blood transfusions, the traditional treatment for factor XIII deficiency. Novo Nordisk’s rFXIII, catridecacog, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2014. Although it is a recombinant protein, rFXIII subunit A is identical in structure and function to the A subunit of factor XIII naturally produced in the body by healthy individuals.[6] These patients need exogenous subunit A of factor XIII since they have a mutation which prevents production of the A subunit. However, since the B-subunit is located on a separate chromosome, factor XIII deficient patients actually produce the B-subunit normally. When these two subunits interact in the plasma, the enzyme is activated and can act within the clotting cascade.[2] rFXIII acts by inhibiting fibrinolysis factors which enzymatically cleave the fibrin matrix, leading to the ultimate formation of clots.[citation needed]

rFXIII is synthetically bio-engineered through a yeast expression system and administered intravenously. In clinical trials, the drug was administered once every four weeks or administered on-demand in order to treat bleeding episodes.[7] The introduction of rFXIII as a treatment for factor XIII deficiency eliminates the risk of pathogenic infection present in plasma-based treatments. rFXIII treatment would also not be dependent on blood donations, consequently increasing availability and product quality. One of the biggest fears in developing rFXIII was that the body would mount an immune-response to the protein; however, several safety and pharmacokinetics studies have reported no immunogenic response to rFXIII or associated yeast products.[2]

See also


  1. Dorgalaleh A, Naderi M, Hosseini MS, Alizadeh S, Hosseini S, Tabibian S, et al. (2015). "Factor XIII Deficiency in Iran: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature. Seminars in thrombosis and hemostasis". 41 (3 (41)): 323–329. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lovejoy A, Reynolds T, Visich J, Butine M, Young G, Belvedere M, Blain R, Pederson S, Ishak L, Nugent D (2006). "Safety and pharmacokinetics of recombinant factor XIII-A2 administration in patients with congenital factor XIII deficiency". Blood. 108 (1): 57–62. doi:10.1182/blood-2005-02-0788. PMID 16556896.
  3. "Recombinant Factor XIII". 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Factor XIII deficiency: MedlinePlus Genetics". medlineplus.gov. Archived from the original on 5 August 2022. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  5. "Factor XIII". 2014-03-05. Archived from the original on 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  6. Muszbek, Laszlo; et al. (1999). "Blood coagulation factor XIII: structure and function". Thrombosis Research. 94 (5): 271–305. doi:10.1016/S0049-3848(99)00023-7. PMID 10379818.
  7. Clinical Trials at Novo Nordisk (2010). "Evaluation of Recombinant Factor XIII for Prevention of Bleeding in Patients with FXIII Inherited Deficiency". Archived from the original on 2022-11-12. Retrieved 2022-04-28.

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