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J Histochem Cytochem. 1983 Jul;31(7):905-10.

Immunoelectron microscopic localization of platelet factor 4 and fibrinogen in the granules of human platelets.


To determine the storage site of platelet fibrinogen and of platelet factor 4 (PF4) in human platelets by immunoelectron microscopic techniques, washed human platelets were briefly exposed to Karnovsky's fixative and embedded in water-soluble Durcupan. Thin sections of platelets were exposed to Fab fragments of rabbit anti-human fibrinogen or of goat anti-human PF4, followed by a peroxidase conjugate of Fab fragments of antibodies to rabbit immunoglobulin (Ig) G or to goat IgG. The technique enabled preservation of the antigenic determinants of the platelet proteins, accessibility of Fab fragments to the platelet proteins, and maintenance of the ultrastructural integrity of the platelets. Using this approach, it was directly demonstrated that platelet fibrinogen and PF4 are stored in the alpha-granules of human platelets.

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