Lyophillised reconstituted unman platelets increase thrombus formation in a clinical ex vivo model of deep arterial injury

Nikhil Vilas Joshi*, Jennifer Raftis, Andrew J. Lucking, Amanda H. Hunter, Mike Millar, Mike Fitzpatrick, Giora Z. Feuerstein, David E. Newby

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Platelets are the principal component of the innate haemostatic system that protect from traumatic bleeding. We investigated whether lyophilised human platelets (LHPs) could enhance clot formation within platelet-free and whole blood environments using an ex vivo model of deep arterial injury. Lyophilised human platelets were produced from stored human platelets and characterised using conventional, fluorescent and electron microscopic techniques. LH Ps were resuspended in platelet-free plasma (PFP) obtained from citrated whole human blood to form final concentrations of 0,20 and 200 x 10(9) LHPs/L. LHPs with recalcified PFP or whole blood were perfused through the chamber at low (212 s(-1)) and high (1,690 s(-1)) shear rates with porcine aortic tunica media as thrombogenic substrate. LHPs shared morphological characteristics with native human platelets and were incorporated into clot generated from PFP or whole blood. Histomorphometrically measured mean thrombus area increased in a dose-dependent manner following the addition of LHPs to PFP under conditions of high shear [704 pm2 186 mu m(2) (mean +/- SEM), 1,511 mu m(2) +/- 320 mu m(2) and 2,378 mu m(2) +/- 315 mu m(2), for LHPs at 0,20 and 200 x 10(9)/] respectively (p=0.012)]. Lyophilised human platelets retain haemostatic properties when reconstituted in both PFP and whole blood, and enhance thrombus formation in a model of deep arterial injury. These data suggest that LH Ps have the potential to serve as a therapeutic intervention during haemorrhage under circumstances of trauma, and platelet depletion or dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • haemostasis
  • Bleeding disorders
  • platelet substitutes
  • lyophilised human platelets


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