Identification of low-density plate and elevated let populations with increased reactivity alpha-granule content
2003 (English)In: Thrombosis Research, ISSN 0049-3848, E-ISSN 1879-2472, Vol. 111, no 01-Feb, 75-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present study examines biochemical and functional characteristics of platelet density subpopulations together with their ability to mobilise intracellular fibrinogen when activated. Platelets from three healthy volunteers were investigated. The total platelet population was separated according to density in a linear Percoll(TM) gradient in a plasma-free milieu containing EDTA that binds soluble Ca2+. Subsequently, platelets from each individual were divided according to density into 11 or 12 aliquots. In all fractions, we determined platelet count, intracellular P-selectin and the ADP-evoked platelet fibrinogen binding as a measure of platelet reactivity together with the platelet dense body content. The work demonstrates that platelets use stored intracellular fibrinogen when activated. It also shows that the platelet-fibrinogen binding can be initiated in a surrounding depleted of Ca2+ and fibrinogen. Moreover, the study demonstrates subpopulations of light platelets having increased reactivity and more alpha-granules but less dense bodies. The biological significance of the findings needs to be elucidated. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 111, no 01-Feb, 75-80 p.
platelets, platelet density, dense bodies, fibrinogen, P-selectin
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46312DOI: 10.1016/j.thromres.2003.08.019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-46312DiVA: diva2:267208