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Galia Spectre, Fariborz Mobarrez, Ragnhild Stålesen, Claes-Göran Östenson, David Varon, Håkan Wallen, Paul Hjemdahl
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with prothrombotic alterations, and postprandial hyperglycemia is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular complications. We therefore investigated whether a standardized mixed meal alters circulating microparticles (MPs) and their procoagulant activity in DM patients. Patients with DM type 1 (T1DM, n = 11) and type 2 (T2DM; n = 9) were studied before and 90 min after a standardized meal (without premeal insulin). MPs in plasma derived from platelets (PMPs), endothelial cells (EMPs), or monocytes (MMPs) were measured by flow cytometry...
March 16, 2018: Platelets
Melissa V Chan, Paul C Armstrong, Timothy D Warner
While there are many bench and bedside tests to assess platelet reactivity, ex vivo light transmission aggregometry (LTA) remains the gold standard. LTA, however, is expensive, time-consuming and requires dedicated equipment and staff, making it impractical in many situations. In addition, there is significant variability between data generated at different testing sites meaning that tests often need to be repeated if a patient is transferred to the care of a different hospital. As such, there is clearly an unmet need for standardization of platelet testing...
March 15, 2018: Platelets
Roshan Noor Mohamed, Sakeenabi Basha, Yousef Al-Thomali
The main purpose of the present systematic review was to evaluate the efficacy of platelet concentrates in pulpotomy of human teeth. Our systematic search included Medline, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Scopus, key journals, and review articles; the date of the last search was July 30, 2017. We graded the methodological quality of the studies by Cochrane Risk of Bias tool. Four randomized controlled trails were included in the present systematic review. The number of study participants ranged from 28 to 50, with a mean of 45...
March 14, 2018: Platelets
GianMarco Podda, Mariangela Scavone, Eti Alessandra Femia, Marco Cattaneo
A variety of laboratory tests have been developed, which can diagnose a number of both congenital and acquired disorders of platelet function. Many tests of platelet function measure the ability of platelets to adhere to each other, forming platelet aggregates, which represent the major constituents of hemostatic plugs and of arterial thrombi. Light transmission aggregometry (LTA) is still considered the gold standard of platelet aggregation tests, but other platelet aggregation-based tests are also available...
March 14, 2018: Platelets
Sanne L N Brouns, Johanna P van Geffen, Johan W M Heemskerk
In recent years, considerable progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms involved in platelet activation during hemostasis and thrombosis. Parallel-plate flow chambers and other microfluidic devices have markedly contributed to this insight. Conversely, such flow devices are now increasingly used to monitor the combined processes of platelet aggregation, thrombus formation, and coagulation in human blood. Currently, by combining microspotting and multi-color fluorescence microscopy, this technology offers the capability of high-throughput measurement of platelet activation processes, even in small blood samples...
March 14, 2018: Platelets
Hind Hamzeh-Cognasse, Philippe Berthelot, Bernard Tardy, Bruno Pozzetto, Thomas Bourlet, Sandrine Laradi, Olivier Garraud, Fabrice Cognasse
In addition to their haemostatic role and function in the repair of damaged vascular epithelium, platelets play a defensive role in innate immunity, having the capacity to produce and secrete various anti-infectious factors, as well as cytokines, chemokines and related products, to interact with other immune cells to modulate immune responses to pathogens. Thus, it is now widely acknowledged that platelets participate in inflammatory processes and infection resolution, most notably by expressing and using receptors to bind infectious pathogen moieties and contributing to pathogen clearance...
March 13, 2018: Platelets
Theodora A M Claushuis, Annelou I P Van Der Veen, Janneke Horn, Marcus J Schultz, Riekelt H Houtkooper, Cornelis Van 't Veer, Tom Van Der Poll
Platelets and Toll-like receptor (TLR) signalling play a role in the immune response during sepsis. Although preclinical knowledge about the role of platelet TLR signalling is increasing, data during human sepsis are less abundant. Moreover, controversy remains about the effect of the TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on platelet activation. We therefore assessed platelet TLR expression during human and murine sepsis. Moreover, we investigated the effect of TLR4 signalling on platelet activation and TLR expression...
March 12, 2018: Platelets
Gerhard Selhorst, Fabian Schmidtler, Armin Ott, Evelyn Hitzke, June Tomelden, Diethmar Antoni, Ellen Hoffmann, Johannes Rieber
Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) with aspirin and a P2Y12 inhibitor is a mainstay of the prevention of stent thrombosis following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In the 2015 European guidelines for the management of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), prasugrel (PRA) and ticagrelor (TICA) combined with aspirin are recommended as first-line therapy. Clopidogrel (CLO) is recommended as an alternative medication for patients with contradictions to these new drugs. This single-center study analyzed the platelet function of 809 ACS patients undergoing PCI and treatment with DAPT...
March 9, 2018: Platelets
Mathies Appel Laursen, Julie Brogaard Larsen, Anne-Mette Hvas
Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) has a well-examined pathophysiology, yet some essential elements remain undetermined. During DIC, platelets play an important role in the development of micro thrombosis, but changes in platelet function parameters and their association with development of DIC have not been established. The present systematic review investigated reported associations between platelet function (activation, aggregation, and adhesion) and DIC. We performed a literature search in Embase and PubMed, following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines...
March 8, 2018: Platelets
Alica Kubesch, Mike Barbeck, Sarah Al-Maawi, Anna Orlowska, Patrick F Booms, Robert A Sader, Richard J Miron, Charles J Kirkpatrick, Joseph Choukroun, Shahram Ghanaati
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is generated from the patients' own venous blood by a single centrifugation step without the additional use of anticoagulants. Based on the previously described LSCC (low-speed centrifugation concept), our group showed that modification of the centrifugation setting, that is, reducing the relative centrifugal force (RCF) and mildly increasing the centrifugation time, resulted in modified solid and liquid PRF-matrices with increased number of platelets, leukocytes, and growth factors' concentrations...
March 6, 2018: Platelets
M Salzmann, B Hoesel, M Haase, M Mussbacher, W C Schrottmaier, J B Kral-Pointner, M Finsterbusch, A Mazharian, A Assinger, J A Schmid
Transfusion of platelet concentrates represents an important treatment for various bleeding complications. However, the short half-life and frequent contaminations with bacteria restrict the availability of platelet concentrates and raise a clear demand for platelets generated ex vivo. Therefore, in vitro platelet generation from megakaryocytes represents an important research topic. A vital step for this process represents accurate analysis of thrombopoiesis and proplatelet formation, which is usually conducted manually...
February 20, 2018: Platelets
Michaela Finsterbusch, Waltraud C Schrottmaier, Julia B Kral-Pointner, Manuel Salzmann, Alice Assinger
Platelets, besides their specialised role in haemostasis and atherothrombosis, actively modulate innate and adaptive immune responses with crucial roles in immune surveillance, inflammation and host defence during infection. An important prerequisite for platelet-mediated changes of immune functions involves direct engagement with different types of leukocytes. Indeed, increased platelet-leukocyte aggregates (PLAs) within the circulation and/or locally at the site of inflammation represent markers of many thrombo-inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, acute lung injury, renal and cerebral inflammation...
February 20, 2018: Platelets
Susan C Fox, Jane A May, Natalia Dovlatova, Jackie R Glenn, Andrew Johnson, Ann E White, Ashwin Radhakrishnan, Stan Heptinstall
Measurement of P-selectin on activated platelets as a means of measuring platelet function utilizing the technology described here has the advantage of not requiring immediate access to specialist equipment and expertise. Blood samples are activated, fixed, stored, and transported to a central laboratory for flow cytometric analysis. Here we have compared P-selectin with other more traditional approaches to measuring platelet function in blood and/or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from patients with acute coronary syndromes on treatment for at least 1 month with either aspirin and clopidogrel or aspirin with prasugrel...
February 20, 2018: Platelets
Prokopia T Tatsidou, Vasileios G Chantzichristos, Maria E Tsoumani, Sofia Sidiropoulou, Ioannis V Ntalas, John A Goudevenos, Konstantinos Stellos, Alexandros D Tselepis
CD34 + cells expressing KDR (CD34 + /KDR + ) represent a small proportion of circulating progenitor cells that have the capacity to interact with platelets and to differentiate into mature endothelial cells, thus contributing to vascular homeostasis and regeneration as well as to re-endothelialization. We investigated the levels of CD34 + and CD34 + /KDR + progenitor cells as well as their interaction with platelets in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients before the initiation (baseline) of their treatment with a P2Y 12 receptor antagonist, and at 5-days post-treatment (follow-up)...
February 16, 2018: Platelets
Carsten Deppermann
Platelets patrol the vasculature and adhere at sites of vascular damage after trauma to limit blood loss. In recent years, however, it has become clear that platelets also contribute to pathophysiologic processes such as thrombosis, atherosclerosis, stroke, sepsis and many more. An exciting new role for them is in non-classical hemostasis to prevent bleeding in the inflamed vasculature. Recent studies suggest that GPVI, CLEC-2, integrin αIIbβ3 (GPIIb/IIIa), and the content of platelet α- and dense granules are important players in this process...
February 15, 2018: Platelets
Julia Etulain
Although platelets are widely recognized as having a critical role in primary hemostasis and thrombosis, increasing experimental and clinical evidence identifies these enucleated cells as relevant modulators of other physiopathological processes including inflammation and tissue regeneration. These phenomena are mediated through the release of growth factors, cytokines, and extracellular matrix modulators that sequentially promote (i) revascularization of damaged tissue through the induction of migration, proliferation, differentiation, and stabilization of endothelial cells in new blood vessels; (ii) restoration of damaged connective tissue through migration, proliferation, and activation of fibroblasts; and (iii) proliferation and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into tissue-specific cell types...
February 14, 2018: Platelets
Mads Lamm Larsen, Oliver Heidmann Pedersen, Anne-Mette Hvas, Peter Buur van Kooten Niekerk, Søren Bønløkke, Steen Dalby Kristensen, Erik Lerkevang Grove
Insufficient platelet inhibition has been reported in up to 40% of aspirin-treated patients, including patients with essential thrombocytosis. To maintain sufficient platelet inhibition, a shorter dosing interval with aspirin has been suggested. We aimed to investigate the antiplatelet effect of low-dose aspirin given twice-daily compared to standard once-daily dosing in patients with essential thrombocytosis. We included 22 patients, who were treated for 7 days with standard once-daily aspirin (75 mg once-daily) followed by 7 days treatment of twice-daily aspirin (37...
February 14, 2018: Platelets
Bruno R Salu, Silvana Cristina Pando, Marlon V De Brito, André Fernando Medina, Frank Odei-Addo, Carminita Frost, Ryno Naude, Misako U Sampaio, Jonas Emsley, Francisco Humberto A Maffei, Maria Luiza V Oliva
The purpose of antithrombotic therapy is the prevention of thrombus formation and/or its extension with a minimum risk of bleeding. The inhibition of a variety of proteolytic processes, particularly those of the coagulation cascade, has been reported as a property of plant protease inhibitors. The role of trypsin inhibitors (TIs) from Delonix regia (Dr) and Acacia schweinfurthii (As), members of the Kunitz family of protease inhibitors, was investigated on blood coagulation, platelet aggregation, and thrombus formation...
February 14, 2018: Platelets
Peter H Nissen, Dorte E Wulff, Niels Tørring, Anne-Mette Hvas
Pneumatic tube is an attractive way to transport blood samples from the emergency department to the central laboratory facility. We aimed to investigate the impact of pneumatic tube transportation on blood samples for analysis of whole blood coagulation and platelet function. We included 21 healthy adult individuals and measured global coagulation assays by rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and platelet aggregation induced by arachidonic acid (AA) and adenosine diphosphate (ADP) using impedance aggregometry (ROTEM Platelet), on samples transported manually or by pneumatic tube transport...
February 14, 2018: Platelets
Maria V Selvadurai, Justin R Hamilton
The open canalicular system (OCS) is an internal membrane structure found in platelets. First identified 50 years ago, the OCS comprises a tunneling network of surface-connected channels that appear to play an important role in platelet function. Yet, our understanding of how the OCS forms, how it functions, and what might regulate its structure and behavior remains fairly rudimentary. Structural abnormalities of the OCS are observed in some human platelet disorders. Yet, because platelets from these patients display multiple defects, the specific contribution of any OCS dysregulation to the impaired platelet function is unclear...
February 14, 2018: Platelets
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