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Contact activation: important to consider when measuring the contribution of tissue factor-bearing microparticles to thrombin generation using phospholipid-containing reagents
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1920-3962
2014 (English)In: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, ISSN 1538-7933, E-ISSN 1538-7836, Vol. 12, no 4, 515-518 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background A commercial MP reagent containing phospholipids is used for thrombin generation (TG) measurements to estimate the procoagulant activity of microparticles (MPs). Previous reports have shown that contact activation affects TG when TF levels are low, and that addition of phospholipids might augment this effect. Objectives To quantify the impact of contact activation on TG in the presence of phospholipids and low/no TF, as is the case using a commercially available MP-reagent. Methods Thrombin generation was analyzed using MP- or platelet-rich plasma (PRP)-reagent in the presence and absence of corn trypsin inhibitor and anti-TF antibodies, respectively. To quantify the impact of different experimental parameters on contact activation, microparticle-depleted plasma was analyzed in the presence of different concentrations of phospholipids, TF and/or contact activating agents (kaolin). Results Even with low contact activating blood collection tubes, substantial thrombin generation was observed with the MP-reagent, but this was completely inhibited by addition of corn trypsin inhibitor. Control experiments illustrate that the phospholipids in the reagent play a major role in enhancing TG initiated by FXIIa. Even with the PRP-reagent, which is recommended for determining the content of phospholipids from MPs, TG was partly dependent on contact activation. Conclusions Contact activation plays a major role in TG when using reagents/samples containing phospholipids but little or no tissue factor. This needs to be considered and accounted for in future clinical studies using TG to assess the procoagulant activity of MPs.

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Wiley , 2014. Vol. 12, no 4, 515-518 p.
Keyword [en]
cell-derived microparticles; thromboplastin; blood coagulation; thrombin; factor XII
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106682DOI: 10.1111/jth.12503ISI: 000334157000012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106682DiVA: diva2:718431
Available from: 2014-05-21 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2017-12-05
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1. Studies on interfaces between primary and secondary hemostasis
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Our conceptual understanding of hemostasis is still heavily influenced by outdated experimental models wherein the hemostatic activity of platelets and coagulation factors are understood and studied in isolation. Although perhaps convenient for researchers and clinicians, this reductionist view is negated by an ever increasing body of evidence pointing towards an intimate relationship between the two phases of hemostasis, marked by strong interdependence. In this thesis, I have focused on factual and proposed interfaces between primary and secondary hemostasis, and on how these interfaces can be studied.

In my first project, we zoomed in on the mechanisms behind the well-known phenomenon of thrombin-induced platelet activation, an important event linking secondary to primary hemostasis. In our study, we examined how thrombin makes use of certain domains for high-affinity binding to substrates, called exosite I and II, to activate platelets via PAR4. We show that thrombin-induced platelet activation via PAR4 is critically dependent on exosite II, and that blockage of exosite II with different substances virtually eliminates PAR4 activation. Apart from providing new insights into the mechanisms by which thrombin activates PAR4, these results expand our knowledge of the antithrombotic actions of various endogenous proteins such as members of the serpin superfamily, which inhibit interactions with exosite II. Additionally, we show that inhibition of exosite II could be a feasible pharmacological strategy for achieving selective blockade of PAR4.

In my second project, we examined the controversial issue of whether platelets can initiate the coagulation cascade by means of contact activation, a hypothesis which, if true, could provide a direct link between primary and secondary hemostasis. In contrast to previous results, our findings falsify this hypothesis, and show that some of the erroneous conclusions drawn from earlier studies can be explained by inappropriate experimental models unsuitable for the study of plateletcoagulation interfaces.

My third project comprised an assessment of the methodological difficulties encountered when trying to measure the ability of platelets to initiate secondary hemostasis by the release of microparticles expressing tissue factor. Our study shows that the functional assays available for this purpose are highly susceptible to error caused by artificial contact activation. These results could help to improve the methodology of future research and thus pave the way for new insights into the roles of tissue factor-bearing microparticles in the pathophysiology of various thrombotic disorders.

From a personal perspective, my PhD project has been a fascinating scientific odyssey into the largely unexplored interfaces between primary and secondary hemostasis. Looking forward, my ambition is to continue our work exploring platelet-coagulation interactions and to translate these insights into clinically meaningful information, which may someday improve the treatment of patients with bleeding and/or thrombosis.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. 80 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1544
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Pharmacology and Toxicology Medicinal Chemistry Basic Medicine
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132413 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-132413 (DOI)9789176856635 (ISBN)
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2016-11-12, Berzeliussalen, Campus US, Linköping, 11:00 (Swedish)
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