Introduction: Renal transplant recipients are at increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. We assessed platelet reactivity and reticulated platelets (RPs) in 90 recipients, 51 (56.6%) of whom were not receiving acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) therapy (group A) and 39 (43.3%) who were receiving ASA therapy, 100 mg (group B), and in 60 healthy controls (group C). Methods: Reticulated platelets were measured using a hematology automated analyzer (XE-2100; Sysmex Corp, Kobe, Japan) and were expressed as the percentage of RPs in the total optical platelet count (immature platelet fraction [IPF]), as the percentage of highly fluorescent RPs, and as the absolute number of RPs (IPF#). Platelet function was assessed using optical aggregometry (platelet aggregation) induced using 1 mmol/L of arachidonic acid, 2 or 10 μmol/L of adenosine diphosphate, or 2 μg/mL of collagen. Results: Group A demonstrated significantly higher values of RP compared with group B or group C. Group B demonstrated a substantially higher percentage of RPs compared with group C, which was significant only for the IPF parameter. Multiple regression analysis demonstrated that IPF and IPF# were significantly and positively related to collagen-induced platelet aggregation. Conclusion: We documented the presence of higher concentrations of RPs in transplant recipients compared with a control population, and a significant association between RPs and platelet function.
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|Publication status||Published - May 2010|
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