Longitudinal assessments of plasma ADAMTS13 biomarkers predict recurrence of immune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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  • Immune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (iTTP) is primarily caused by immunoglobulin G (IgG)-type autoantibodies that bind and inhibit plasma ADAMTS13 activity and/or accelerate its clearance from circulation. Approximately 50% of patients with iTTP who achieve initial clinical response to therapy experience recurrence (ie, exacerbation and/or relapse); however, a reliable biomarker that predicts such an event is currently lacking. The present study determines the role of longitudinal assessments of plasma ADAMTS13 biomarkers in predicting iTTP exacerbation/recurrence. Eighty-three unique iTTP patients with 97 episodes from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center between April 2006 and June 2019 were enrolled. Plasma levels of ADAMTS13 activity, antigen, and anti-ADAMTS13 IgG on admission showed no significant value in predicting iTTP exacerbation or recurrence. However, persistently low plasma ADAMTS13 activity (,10 U/dL; hazard ratio [HR], 4.4; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.6-12.5; P = .005) or high anti-ADAMTS13 IgG (HR, 3.1; 95% CI, 1.2-7.8; P = .016) 3 to 7 days after the initiation of therapeutic plasma exchange was associated with an increased risk for exacerbation or recurrence. Furthermore, low plasma ADAMTS13 activity (<10 IU/dL; HR, 4.8; 95% CI, 1.8-12.8; P = .002) and low ADAMTS13 antigen (<25th percentile; HR, 3.3; 95% CI, 1.3-8.2; P = .01) or high anti-ADAMTS13 IgG (>75th percentile; HR, 2.6; 95% CI, 1.0-6.5; P = .047) at clinical response or remission was also predictive of exacerbation or recurrence. Our results suggest the potential need for a more aggressive approach to achieve biochemical remission (ie, normalization of plasma ADAMTS13 activity, ADAMTS13 antigen, and anti-ADAMTS13 IgG) in patients with iTTP to prevent the disease recurrence.
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  • Sui J; Cao W; Halkidis K; Abdelgawwad MS; Kocher NK; Guillory B; Williams LA; Gangaraju R; Marques MB; Long Zheng X
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