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what thing cooperate in heamostasis

platelets, plasma proteins of the coagulation cascade, endothelial cells.


what are platelets

discoid anuclear bodies produced by cytoplasmic fragmenattion of the megakaryocytes in the bone marrow. lifespan of about 7 days.


what activates platelets

ECM proteins particularly collagens. exposed following endothelial damage.


what do platelets adhere to in endothel damage

collage but mediated by Von willebrand factor. they then change their shape, shoot out long processes,and secrete chemicals like thromboxane A2, vasoactive amines (5HT) and ADP. promotes vasoconstriction and aggregation. a primary homeostatic plug is formed to temporarily fill the gap.


what happens after formation of the primary homeostatic plug?

platelet contraction, close apposition of the membranes and eventual fusion.


what mediates the phase of aggregation and fusion

a battery of receptor-ligand interactions and cell adhesion molecules :
- integrins (esp alpha2bbeta3)
- JAMs, ESAMs (endothelial cell-specific adhesion molecule)
- kinase-ligand combination of the eph and ephrin families


what causes the contraction of the platelet aggregation

the ntegrins and the eph/ephrins via cytoskeletal alteration via myosin dependent contraction.


what is purpura

bleeding from skin capillaries due to reduced platelets.


what types of granules do platelets release

dens granules and alpha granules


contents of alpha granules

factor 5, 8 and fibrinogen


contents of dense granules



what is the coagulation cascade

the series of proteolytic reactions through which circling inert zymogens are sequentially activated.


describe the common coagulation pathway

factor 10 activated to factor 10a by the intrinsic and extrinsic pathways on a phospholipid surface such as platelets in the primary haemostatic plug.
- 10a complexes with activated factor 5a in the presence of calcium and then catalyses prothrombin to thrombin.
- thrombin then does a whole load of things including cleving activation peptides from fibrin to activate it and cause it to polymerise.
- thrombin also activates factor 13 which catalyses the formation of covalent intermolecular bonds between the fibrin monomers to stabilise it.
- thrombin also activates more platelets, and catalyses the activation of factors 5 and 8. (8 is part of the intrinsic pathway).


what is the secondary haemostatic plug

the meshwork of crosslinked fibrin strands with fused platelets.


what system disassembles the haemostatic plug

the fibrinolytic system. plasminogen is precipitated with fibrin in the interior of the thrombus . plasminogen is activated here into the active protease plasmin.


what is the master regulator of the clotting cascade



describe the extrinsic pathway

exposure of subendothelium exposes tissue factor which binds factor 7 and causes it to autoactivate to factor 7a.
- factor 7a with calcium and on a phospholipid membrane, activates factor 10 to 10a


describe the intrinsic pathway

exposure of the subendothelium which is negatively charged. negative charge activates factor 12 to 12a.
-12a activates prekallikrein to kallikrein which is anchored by HMW kininogen to the subendothelium.
- kallikrein does a number of things inc amplify factor 12 activation.
-factor 12 also activates 11 to11a which then cleaves its anchoring HMW kininogen to diffuse into the circulation and catalyse the activation of factor 9 to 9a in the presence of calcium.
- 9a complexes with 8a (released from VMF by thrombin) and calcium to activate factor 10 on phospholipids.


so what is a blood clot

the fibrin mesh with the platelet plug and caught platelets and RBCs.


how does normal endothelium inhibit clotting

1 - physical insulation
2 - enzymes
3 - chemical inhibitors


7 things made by the endothelium to inhibit clotting

1 - NO and PGI2 (prostacyclin) - inhibit platelet activation
2 - antithrombin - on cell surface binds and inactivates thrombin. complex released and cleared by the liver
3 - tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) blocks activation of factor 10 by tissue factor
4 - thrombomodulin - on cell surface, changes the conformation of thrombin so its less able to cleave fibrinogen and instead becomes able to activate protein C in the circulation
5 - protein C inactivates factor 5 and 8.
6 - protein S - a cofactor for protein C.


how do damaged endothelial cells promote coagulation

1 - exposed underlying tisses
2 - synthesising enzymes and chemicals such as
- Von willebrand factor - promotes platelet adhesion to proteins
- tissue factor (thromboplastin) which activates coagulation
- binding sites for factors 9 and 10.


define a thrombus

a mass formed from blood constituents within the circulation during life. composed of fibrin, platelets, with entrapped RBCs and WBCs


difference between a thrombus and a blood clot

a blood clot is formed in static blood and involves primarily the coagulation system, but without interaction with platelets and the vessel wall = glass in vitro and post mortem.


how does a thrombus cause damage

either occlusion where it forms or by breaking off and obstructing elsewhere (embolism)


what's a clot

a soft, jelly like mass that's an unstructured mixture of blood cells suspended in serum proteins.


what's virchow's triad?

the three broad categories of factors that contribute to thrombosis-

1 - changes in vessel wall
2 - changes in blood flow
3 - changes in the constituents of the blood


5 causes of changes to vessel wall for thrombosis

injury or activation due to -
1 - ischaemic hypoxia (endothelium lining the cardiac chamber following coronary artery disease)
2 - infection
3 - physical damage - rupture of atherosclerotic plaques, crushing veins, haemodynamic stress in hypertension.
4 - chemical damage - lipids, cigarette toxins, bacterial lipopolysaccharide
5 - immunological damage (deposition of complexes)


changes in blood flow that cause thrombosis

disruption of laminar flow which causes
- platelets to contact endothelium
- impaired removal of procoagulants
- impaired deliver of anticoagulants
- direct injury of activation of endo


causes of change in flow in arteries or cardiac chambers

turbulence is important. due to -
- narrowing (atherosclerosis)
- aneurysm
- infarcted myocardium
- abnormal cardiac rhythm
- valvular heart disease


causes of changes in flow in veins

stasis is important. due to
- right sided heart failure
- immobilisation
- compressed veins (long flights or bed rest)
- varicose veins
- increased viscosity of blood (sickle cell, dehydration)

most commonly affected = pelvic veins, deep and superficial leg veins.


causes of changes to blood contents that cause thrombosis

increases tendency to coagulate.
-genetics - deficiency of antithrombin 2 or protein C
-acquired - tissue damage (trauma, MI)
- post-operative state
- malignancy
- cigarette smoking
- elevated blood lipids
- oral contraceptive therapy


what, generally, does the appearance of thrombi depend on?

the rate of blood flow at the site of formation


appearance of thrombi in arteries or cardiac chambers

compact, granular and firm.
contain laminations - pale branching layers of fibrin/platelets and darker layers of erythrocytes.
-laminations = lines of Zahn


appearance of thrombi in veins

pale head with a long red tail
little lamination. red tail = enmeshed RBCs


6 outcomes of a thrombus

1 - lysis - fibrinolytic system. use streptokinase to accelerate
2 - propagation - usually in relatively stagnant blood
3 - stenosis or occlusion of vessel
4 - organisation - inflammatory reaction then organisation
5 - infection
6 - embolisation


what happens in organisation of a thrombus

inflammatory reaction
1 - retraction of thrombus and partial digestion by leukocyte enzymes
2 - monocyte/macrophage phagocytosis of resultant debris
3 - overgrowth and ingrowth of endothelium to form new vascular channels.
4 - migration of smooth muscle and fibroblasts
5 - synthesis of ECM eg collagen
either the thrombus will be incorporated into the vessel wall and cause stenosis, or the new vascular channels will anastomose, dilate and restore flow (recanalisation).


define an embolus

an intravascular mass carried by the blood flow from point of origin to a distant site.
inc - thromoboembolism, fat, air, atheromatous debris, bone marrow, amniotic fluid.
they cause stenosis, sichaemia and infarction


result of vein emboli

lodge in a pulmonary artery causing hypoxia, pulmonary infarc, reduce CO, right heart failure, shock and death.


what is pyaemia

can be caused by infected emboli lodging elsewhere and forming an abscess.