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Platelets (thrombocytes)

Platelets have no cell nucleus: they are fragments of cytoplasm that are derived from the megakaryocytes of the bone marrow, and then enter the circulation. 10 day life cycle. Due to their small size, they get pushed to the sides of vessels and are often the first on scene.

They have glycoprotein receptors on their membranes that are important for binding to collagen, fibrinogen, and Von Willibrand Factor. GPIIb/IIIa,


What do intact endothelial cells do prevent platelet activation?

-Secret prostacyclin (PGI2)
-Secret nitric oxide (NO)
-Expression of heparin sulfate
-Expression of thrombomodulin
-Expression of Tissue Factor Pathway inhibitor (TFPI), which inhibits TF/VIIa/Xa


Prostacyclin (PGI2)

Inhibits platelet activation and aggregation. It is within the arachidonic acid family and COX inhibition reduces its synthesis.


Secret nitric oxide (NO)

Vasodilates and inhibits platelet activation. .


Plasminogen (PLG) and Plasmin

Plasminogen is an inactive plasma protein secreted by intact endothelial cells. Plasminogen binds to booth fibrin and fibrinogen and becomes incorporated into clots as they form.


Platelet activation

-exposed collagen
-ADP secreted from activated platelets
-Thromboxane, diffuses out from activated platelets.
-Thrombin, formed by activation of coagulation cascade.

-Exposed collagen binds to platelet GP receptors. Binding activates the platelets, which begin secreting fibrinogen, Factor V, ADP, Thromboxane, which induce aggregation and recruit more platelets.
-Other GP receptors (GPIIb,IIIa) function as bridges, linking neighboring platelets together, with fibrinogens in-between.
-More recruited platelets continue to aggregate, forming platelet plug.
-Platelet activation triggers the extrinsic cascade which essentially is the fibrous weaving of fibrin around the aggregated platelets.


Fibrinolysis (thrombolysis)

The process by which clots are degraded.

Plasminogen, a circulating proenzyme is activated by tissue-type plasminogen (t-PA) activator secreted from endothelial cells. Plasmin cleaves fibrin within the clot, breaking it into fibrin degradation products (one of which is the D-Dimer).


How do healthy endothelial cells regulate platelet aggregation?

Healthy endothelial cell release Nitric Oxide (a vasodilator) and Prostacyclin (PGI2, another prostaglandin) which inhibit platelet aggregation outside of injury. They have short half lives so that they cannot travel far.



Tissue plasminogen activator is released by healthy endothelial cells. Goes on to activate plasminogen that is bound within clots, inducing fibrinolysis.

Inhibited by Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor (PAI-1) and alpha2 Anti-plasmin.


D-Dimer assay

D-Dimer is a clot degradation fragment that can be measured in the plasma after fibrinolysis. A positive D-dimer test indicates recent fibrinolytic activity. However, this can be the result of a injury and does not indicate thrombosis. A negative result, though, is useful in ruling out a throtmbolism as a diagnosis.


tPA as medication

tPA can be giving intravenously to patients who experienced Deep vein thrombosis, PE, MI, or ischemic stroke. Half life can be tweaked to last longer.

It is often given with heparin.


tPA inhibitors

Plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI)
alpha2 anti-plasmin.



Streptokinase is a medications that mimics tPA and is used for fibrinolysis. It is administered intravenously after a heart attack to dissolve clots. It is used for treatment of DVT, PE, MI, ischemic stroke. It is not available in the North America.

It is only used after the first heart attack, as the body will build antibodies against it.



Atherosclerosis is when an artery-wall thickens as a result of invasion and accumulation of white blood cells creating a fibrofatty plaque. When an artery is narrowed, platelet aggregation is more likely. Can cause angina, MI, stroke, or peripheral arterial disease.



A stenosis is an abnormal narrowing in a blood vessel or other tubular organ or structure. When an artery is narrowed, platelet aggregation is more likely.



Angina is the sensation of chest pain, pressure, or squeezing, often due to ischemia of the heart muscle from obstruction of the coronary arteries (stenosis).



Acetylsalicylic acid is a NSAID used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It inhibits COX, the enzyme needed to form thromboxane--a platelet aggregator. Irreversible binding separates it from other NSAIDs.

It shows great effect, especially with thrombolytics (tPA).


Anti platlets agents

1. Anti platelets agents can stop recruitment by inhibiting thromboxane (aspirin)
2. Agents that stop recruitment by inhibiting ADP (prasurgrel).
3. Stop platelet signaling (Dipyridimole).
4. Prevent platelet binding with fibrinogen and GPIIb/IIIIa (Abciximab).


Drug that prevents platelet signaling.

Dipyridimole works by increasing platelet cAMP. Very effective when used with aspirin or warfarin.


Drug that inhibits platelet recruitment by decreasing thromboxane.

Aspirin. First line anti platelet drug. It is the only NSAD with platelet specific effects. Use lower doses for daily use because its inhibitory effect in irreversible. This reduces side effects.


Drug that inhibits platelet recruitment by decreasing signaling by ADP.

Prasugrel competitively binds to the ADP receptors on platelets.

Requires activation by CYT P450


What is ADPs role in platelets? And what is the drug that interacts with it?

ADP is released by activated platelets to recruit more platelets to the site.

Prasugrel stops ADP signaling.


What is thromboxane role in platelets? And what is the drug that interacts with it?

Thromboxane is released by activated platelets to recruit more platelets to the site.

Thrombin is produced by COX, which is irreversibly inhibited by Aspirin.


Drug that prevents platelet binding with fibrinogen and GPIIb/IIIIa.

Abciximab is a monoclonal antibody that blocks the fibrinogen binding site on GBIIa/IIIa.


Drug that promotes fibrinolysis

Streptokinase is a medications that mimics tPA and stimulates fibrinolysis. It is administered intravenously after a heart attack to dissolve clots.