Platelet survival and function in rats with enhanced thrombotic tendency

F. Delaini, E. Dejana, I. Reyers, E. Vicenzi, G. De Bellis Vitti, A. Poggi, M. B. Donati

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We have investigated the relevance of some laboratory tests of platelet function in predicting conditions of thrombotic tendency. For this purpose, we studied platelet survival, platelet aggregation in response to different stimuli, TxB2 and 6-keto-PGF1α production in serum of rats bearing a nephrotic syndrome induced by adriamycin. These animals show a heavy predisposition to the development of both arterial and venous thrombosis. The mean survival time was normal in nephrotic rats in comparison to controls. As to aggregation tests, a lower aggregating response was found in ADR-treated rats using ADP or collagen as stimulating agents. With arachidonic acid (AA) we observed similar aggregating responses at lower AA concentrations, whereas at higher AA concentrations a significantly lower response was found in nephrotic rats, despite their higher TxB2 production. Also TxB2 and 6-keto-PGF1α levels in serum of nephrotic rats were significantly higher than in controls. No consistent differences were found in PG12-activity generated by vessels of control or nephrotic rats. These data show that platelet function may appear normal or even impaired in rats with a markedly increased thrombotic tendency. On the other hand, the significance of high TxB2 levels in connection with mechanisms leading to thrombus formation remains a controversial issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-743
Number of pages5
JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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