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Shilpi Yadav, Jonathan K Williamson, Maria A Aronova, Andrew A Prince, Irina D Pokrovskaya, Richard D Leapman, Brian Storrie
Platelets are small, anucleate cell fragments that are central to hemostasis, thrombosis, and inflammation. They are derived from megakaryocytes from which they inherit their organelles. As platelets can synthesize proteins and contain many of the enzymes of the secretory pathway, one might expect all mature human platelets to contain a stacked Golgi apparatus, the central organelle of the secretory pathway. By thin section electron microscopy, stacked membranes resembling the stacked Golgi compartment in megakaryocytes and other nucleated cells can be detected in both proplatelets and platelets...
October 18, 2016: Platelets
Madhumita Chatterjee, Meinrad Gawaz
Platelet membrane bedecked with a wide array of receptors offers a platform to regulate platelet responsiveness, thrombotic propensity, inflammatory disposition, and immune reactivity under diverse pathophysiological conditions. Ectopic proteolytic cleavage of such receptors irreversibly inactivates receptor-mediated intracellular signaling governing cellular functions, further releases soluble fragments into circulation which might modulate functions of target cells. Glycoprotein VI-(GPVI) is a membrane glycoprotein expressed in platelets and megakaryocytes...
October 18, 2016: Platelets
Ursula Unterberger, Beate Eichelberger, Anja Ulz, Simon Panzer
In immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), antibodies reacting with platelet membrane glycoproteins (GP) mediate premature platelet cleavage, resulting in thrombocytopenia and therefore a risk of bleeding. These antibodies may induce complement activation, thus mediating complement-induced platelet destruction. In this study, we investigated the possibility of an additional complement-related pathogenic mechanism, where antibodies against the complement-regulatory factors CD55 and CD59 may directly interfere with normal complement function...
October 13, 2016: Platelets
Christian Pfluecke, Lina Plichta, Daniel Tarnowski, Mathias Forkmann, Stefan Ulbrich, Silvio Quick, Felix M Heidrich, Stephan Wiedemann, Marian Christoph, David M Poitz, Carsten Wunderlich, Ruth H Strasser, Karim Ibrahim
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is known to cause platelet activation. AF and its degree of thrombogenesis could be associated with monocyte-platelet aggregates (MPAs). We investigated on whether the content of MPAs or other platelet activation markers is associated with the recurrence of AF after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). A total of 73 patients with symptomatic AF underwent PVI. After 6 months, all patients were evaluated for episodes of AF recurrence. At the same time, flow-cytometric quantification analyses were performed to determine the content of MPAs...
October 13, 2016: Platelets
Peter Rubak, Steen D Kristensen, Anne-Mette Hvas
Immature platelets may contain more platelet enzymes such as cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and COX-2 than mature platelets. Patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) have a higher fraction of immature platelets and can therefore be utilized as a biological model for investigating COX-1 and COX-2 platelet expression. The aims were to develop flow cytometric assays for platelet COX-1 and COX-2 and to investigate the COX-1 and COX-2 platelet expression, platelet turnover, and platelet glycoproteins in ITP patients (n = 10) compared with healthy individuals (n = 30)...
October 7, 2016: Platelets
Patrizia Noris, Federica Melazzini, Carlo L Balduini
Several hundreds of studies recently investigated mean platelet volume (MPV) as measured by electronic cell counters in a wide variety of acquired diseases, and most of them found that platelet size was significantly increased with respect to healthy subjects. On this basis, it has been suggested that MPV can be used for diagnostic purposes. Moreover, investigation of subjects with arterial thrombosis not only revealed that their platelets were larger than those of controls, but also found that a high MPV predicted poor prognosis...
September 30, 2016: Platelets
Oleg Gorelik, Shimon Izhakian, Dana Barchel, Dorit Almoznino-Sarafian, Irma Tzur, Muhareb Swarka, Ilia Beberashvili, Leonid Feldman, Natan Cohen, Miriam Shteinshnaider
The prognostic significance of platelet count (PC) changes during hospitalization for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) has not been investigated. For 976 adults, clinical data during hospitalization for CAP and all-cause mortality following discharge were compared according to ΔPC (PC on discharge minus PC on admission): groups A (declining PC, ΔPC < -50 × 10(9)/l), B (stable PC, ΔPC ± 50 × 10(9)/l), and C (rising PC, ΔPC >50 × 10(9)/l), and according to the presence of thrombocytopenia, normal PC, and thrombocytosis on admission/discharge...
September 29, 2016: Platelets
Geneviève Marcoux, Anne-Claire Duchez, Matthieu Rousseau, Tania Lévesque, Luc H Boudreau, Louis Thibault, Eric Boilard
On activation, platelets release vesicles called microparticles (MPs). MPs are heterogeneous with regard to the presence or absence of mitochondria. We quantified MPs in platelet concentrates (PCs) taking their mitochondrial content into account. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), buffy coat (BC) and apheresis (AP) PCs were tested through 7 days of storage. A combination of flow cytometry and spanning-tree progression analysis of density-normalized events (SPADE) was used to determine MP and mitochondrial release during storage...
September 29, 2016: Platelets
Stephanie A Houston, Azizah Ugusman, Sukanya Gnanadesikan, Simon Kennedy
Succinobucol is a phenolic antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antiplatelet effects. Given the importance of oxidant stress in modulating platelet-platelet and platelet-vessel wall interactions, the aim of this study was to establish if antioxidant activity was responsible for the antiplatelet activity of succinobucol. Platelet aggregation in response to collagen and adenosine diphosphate (ADP) was studied in rabbit whole blood and platelet-rich plasma using impedance aggregometry. The effect of oxidant stress on aggregation, platelet lipid peroxides, and vascular tone was studied by incubating platelets, washed platelets or preconstricted rabbit iliac artery rings respectively with a combination of xanthine and xanthine oxidase (X/XO)...
September 29, 2016: Platelets
Jianlin Qiao, Xiaoqian Li, Yulu Wu, Xiaoqing Wu, Feng Zhu, Na Liu, Kunming Qi, Hai Cheng, Depeng Li, Haiying Sun, Lingyu Zeng, Kailin Xu
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a heterogeneous autoimmune disease, characterized by dysregulation of cellular immunity. Th9 cells were recently identified as a new subtype of Th cells, characterized by preferential production of IL-9. Given the pleiotropic function of IL-9, Th9 cells are demonstrated to be involved in various autoimmune diseases. However, whether Th9 cells are involved in the pathogenesis of ITP remains unclear. In this study, 49 active ITP patients, 39 ITP with remission and 20 healthy controls were included...
September 23, 2016: Platelets
Nastaran Meschi, Ana B Castro, Katleen Vandamme, Marc Quirynen, Paul Lambrechts
The current literature was reviewed to determine the impact of autologous platelet concentrates (APCs) on endodontic healing. All types of clinical study designs concerning any kind of endodontic treatment involving the application of APCs were included. Two independent reviewers searched three databases (PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library) for studies, complemented by hand search, until 16/1/2016. From the 423 identified records, 48 articles met the inclusion criteria. Selected randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) underwent Cochrane Collaboration's risk-of-bias assessment and data extraction...
September 22, 2016: Platelets
Vincent Roule, Moaad Agueznai, Rémi Sabatier, Katrien Blanchart, Adrien Lemaître, Pierre Ardouin, Jean-Philippe Collet, Paul Milliez, Gilles Montalescot, Farzin Beygui
The risk and benefit of GP-IIb/IIIa Inhibition (GPI) in combination with recent antiplatelet regimens in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) remain unassessed. The advent of fast-acting highly active oral P2Y12 inhibitors questions the additional value and risk of their association with GPI. We studied the effect of GPI in combination with prasugrel and ticagrelor, compared to clopidogrel on major bleeding in pivotal randomized controlled trials in the setting of ACS, using a meta-analytic approach. A similar analysis, further including the comparison of a double versus standard dose clopidogrel regimen, was performed for the risk of the primary efficacy endpoint...
September 22, 2016: Platelets
Paul Harrison, Alison H Goodall
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September 9, 2016: Platelets
Jing Qiao, Na An
Concentrated growth factors (CGFs), the new generation of platelet concentrate products, appear to exhibit superior potential for tissue regeneration. However, there are only a few studies supporting this. This study was designed to investigate the effect of CGFs on proliferation and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) in vitro. Furthermore, as bone homeostasis is fundamentally controlled by Wnt-mediated signals, we also investigated Wnt3a expression of hPDLCs after treatment of CGFs...
September 6, 2016: Platelets
Murad Vagida, Anush Arakelyan, Anna Lebedeva, Jean-Charles Grivel, Alexander Shpektor, Elena Vasilieva, Leonid Margolis
A diverse population of small extracellular vesicles (EVs) that are released by various cells has been characterized predominantly in bulk, a procedure whereby the individual characteristics of EVs are lost. Here, we used a new nanotechnology-based flow cytometric analysis to characterize the antigenic composition of individual EVs in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Plasma EVs were captured with 15-nm magnetic nanoparticles coupled to antibodies against CD31 (predominantly an endothelial marker), CD41a (a marker for platelets), and CD63 or MHC class I (common EV markers)...
September 5, 2016: Platelets
Sahar Mahfouz Abdel Galil, Azzahra Mohammed Edrees, Afnan Khaled Ajeeb, Ghadeer Sameer Aldoobi, Mohamed El-Boshy, Waleed Hussain
Hematological abnormalities, especially thrombocytopenia (TCP), are highly prevalent among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and at the same time it has been reported as a significant prognostic factor of SLE course. We further investigate the correlation between platelet count and the clinical manifestations and disease activity of SLE, in a cohort of Saudi Arabian female patients. A retrospective analysis was done for the medical records of 100 SLE female patients, selected from all patients diagnosed and treated for SLE at the Rheumatology outpatient clinics in Hera'a General Hospital, Holly Makkah, Saudi Arabia...
September 2, 2016: Platelets
Aneta Wrzyszcz, Joanna Urbaniak, Agnieszka Sapa, Mieczysław Woźniak
To date, there has been no ideal method for blood platelet isolation which allows one to obtain a preparation devoid of contaminations, reflecting the activation status and morphological features of circulating platelets. To address these requirements, we have developed a method which combines the continuous density gradient centrifugation with washing from PGI2-supplemented platelet-rich plasma (PRP). We have assessed the degree of erythrocyte and leukocyte contamination, recovery of platelets, morphological features, activation status, and reactivity of isolated platelets...
September 2, 2016: Platelets
Neetu Dahiya, Tewarit Sarachana, Sandhya Kulkarni, William H Wood Iii, Yongqing Zhang, Kevin G Becker, Bi-Dar Wang, Chintamani D Atreya
Loss of platelet quality during ex vivo storage is a major concern in the transfusion medicine field and it has been known that platelet mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with storage time. In the last decade, small noncoding RNAs also known as microRNAs (miRNAs) have been reported to regulate key cellular processes through their target sequence interactions with selected mRNAs. In this study, we focused on understanding the mechanisms of platelet mitochondrial dysfunction during storage through miRNA regulation of mRNAs...
August 25, 2016: Platelets
Jin-Sin Koh, Yongwhi Park, Udaya S Tantry, Jong-Hwa Ahn, Min Gyu Kang, Kyehwan Kim, Jeong Yoon Jang, Hyun Woong Park, Jeong Rang Park, Seok-Jae Hwang, Choong Hwan Kwak, Jin-Yong Hwang, Paul A Gurbel, Young-Hoon Jeong
Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) with clopidogrel and aspirin is a widely prescribed regimen to prevent ischemic events in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). A fixed-dose combination (FDC) capsule (HCP0911) has been developed to provide dosing convenience and improve adherence. We compared the antiplatelet effects of single daily dose HCP0911 with separate treatment with daily 75 mg clopidogrel plus 100 mg aspirin. This was a randomized, open-label, two-period, crossover, non-inferiority study conducted in stented patients who had been treated for at least 6 months with clopidogrel and aspirin...
August 25, 2016: Platelets
Kamil Karolczak, Anna Pieniazek, Cezary Watala
Homocysteine (Hcy) is an excitotoxic amino acid. It is potentially possible to prevent Hcy-induced toxicity, including haemostatic impairments, by antagonizing glutaminergic receptors. Using impedance aggregometry with arachidonate and collagen as platelet agonists, we tested whether the blockade of platelet NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate), AMPA (α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid) and kainate receptors with their inhibitors: MK-801 (dizocilpine hydrogen maleate, [5R,10S]-[+]-5-methyl-10,11-dihydro-5H-dibenzo[a,d]cyclohepten-5,10-imine), CNQX (7-nitro-2,3-dioxo-1,4-dihydroquinoxaline-6-carbonitrile) and UBP-302 (2-{[3-[(2S)-2-amino-2-carboxyethyl]-2,6-dioxo-3,6-dihydropyrimidin 1(2H)-yl]methyl}benzoic acid) may hamper Hcy-dependent platelet aggregation...
August 25, 2016: Platelets
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