The effects of platelet-activating factor (PAF) on in vivo platelet aggregation were studied in anaesthetized beagle dogs by using the extracorporeal filter-loop technique. Intraarterial administration of PAF caused an immediate increase in filter pressure, indicating enhanced in vivo platelet aggregation. Intravenous administration of PAF (3-100 ng kg-1) resulted in a transient dose-dependent inhibition of spontaneous platelet aggregation on the filter with concomitant elevation in plasma 6-keto-PGF(1α) levels. These changes were significantly attenuated by pretreatment of the animals either with BN 52021 (4 mg kg-1), a specific PAF receptor antagonist or with acetylsalicylic acid (25 mg kg-1). Intraarterial infusion of exogenous prostacyclin at concentrations similar to those observed following intravenous PAF administration, resulted in a transient inhibition of the spontaneous platelet aggregation. These data provide evidence for prostacyclin release in response to PAF, and suggest that prostacyclin may mediate the in vivo anti-aggregatory action of PAF in anaesthetized dogs.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Thrombosis and Haemostasis|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1991|
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