BACKGROUND: There were no previous studies about the quality of cryoprecipitate prepared from fresh-frozen plasma (FFP) inactivated with amotosalen and ultraviolet A (UVA) light. The aim of this study was to analyze the quantity and quality of coagulation factors in cryoprecipitate prepared from FFP treated with amotosalen and UVA light.
STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: FFP was obtained from whole blood donations and inactivated with amotosalen and UVA light according to the manufacturer's instructions. Fibrinogen, factor VIII (FVIII), von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF : Ag) and activity (VWF : RCo), the von Willebrand factor cleavage protease activity (ADAMTS-13), and the multimeric structure of VWF were analyzed.
RESULTS: The content of fibrinogen, FVIII, and ADAMTS-13 was lower in cryoprecipitates prepared from amotosalen-treated plasma when compared with cryoprecipitates prepared from nontreated plasma (35, 40, and 18% loss, respectively). The quantity and quality of VWF as well as VWF multimer patterns were not affected by the inactivation method.
CONCLUSION: Cryoprecipitates prepared from amotosalen-treated FFP contained significantly reduced levels of fibrinogen, FVIII, and ADAMTS-13. However, the VWF quantity and quality was well preserved.