Age related changes of platelet prostacyclin receptors in humans

P. A. Modesti, A. Fortini, R. Abbate, G. F. Gensini

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Platelet receptors for PGI2 were investigated in eighteen healthy volunteers divided in two classes of age: nine were 18-40 years old and nine were 41-65 years old. PGI2 platelet receptors were found to decrease significantly with age; the young subjects had 106 ± 16 (mean ± SD) high affinity receptors/platelet and 3509 ± 529 low affinity receptors/platelet whereas the old subjects had 86 ± 14 high affinity receptors/platelet (P <0.02) and 2471 ± 640 low affinity receptors/platelet (P <0.005). The cumulated data from all the subjects yielded a significant negative correlation with age (r = -0.71, P <0.001 for the high affinity class and r = -0.65, P <0.01 for the low affinity class). The affinity of receptor sites for the ligand did not statistically change with aging (P <0.30 and P <0.90 respectively for high and low affinity receptors).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-208
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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