Intravascular EDRF-NO production is known to be impaired in some diseases, e.g., in diabetes. This phenomenon may also contribute to the development of diabetic vascular disease. More recently the presence of NO synthase (ecNOS, iNOS) have been recognized in human platelets. Platelets produce NO only during activation, even though in minute amounts. This platelet derived NO seems to play an important physiological role, as it inhibits further platelet recruitment quite substantially. In the present report washed platelets isolated from healthy persons and patients with chronic myeloproliferative diseases (CMPD) were exposed to common and physiologically relevant activators (i.e., thrombin, collagen, epinephrine etc.). These tests were carried out in 20 healthy volunteers and 15 patients suffering from myeloproliferative disorders associated with thrombocytosis. As a consequence of pathological platelet function observed in CMPD, the in vitro platelet NO response is impaired in the patient group. One may assume, that reduced platelet NO response, at least in part, may contribute to platelet hyperfunction, angiopathy and thrombotic complications in some cases of CMPD.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1 2003|
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