Platelet chemokines and their receptors: what is their relevance to platelet storage and transfusion practice?

Boehlen, F; Clemetson, KJ (2001). Platelet chemokines and their receptors: what is their relevance to platelet storage and transfusion practice? Transfusion medicine, 11(6), pp. 403-17. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications 10.1046/j.1365-3148.2001.00340.x

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The role of platelets as inflammatory cells is demonstrated by the fact that they can release many growth factors and inflammatory mediators, including chemokines, when they are activated. The best known platelet chemokine family members are platelet factor 4 (PF4) and beta-thromboglobulin (beta-TG), which are synthesized in megakaryocytes, stored as preformed proteins in alpha-granules and released from activated platelets. However, platelets also contain many other chemokines such as interleukin-8 (IL-8), growth-regulating oncogene-alpha(GRO-alpha), epithelial neutrophil-activating protein 78 (ENA-78), regulated on activation normal T expressed and secreted (RANTES), macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha (MIP-1alpha), and monocyte chemotactic protein-3 (MCP-3). They also express chemokine receptors such as CCR4, CXCR4, CCR1 and CCR3. Platelet activation is a feature of many inflammatory diseases such as heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and congestive heart failure. Substantial amounts of PF4, beta-TG and RANTES are released from platelets on activation, which may occur during storage. Although very few data are available on the in vivo effects of transfused chemokines, it has been suggested that the high incidence of adverse reactions often observed after platelet transfusions may be attributed to the chemokines present in the plasma of stored platelet concentrates.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Theodor Kocher Institute

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Clemetson, Kenneth John






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04 Oct 2013 14:52

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