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Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 1996 Mar;7(2):169-71.

Correlation of GP53 and P-selectin expression in myeloproliferative disorders and normal controls.

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  • 1Department of Haematology, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.


Platelet degranulation occurs when platelets are activated. Alpha degranulation releases P-selectin whereas lysosomal degranulation releases GP53. A correlation between these two markers might therefore be expected. We studied the correlation between P-selectin and GP53 in 50 patients with myeloproliferative disorders (MPD), 35 normal controls and 105 disease controls (patients with inflammatory bowel disease [IBD, n = 52], rheumatoid arthritis [RA, n = 26] and coronary artery disease [CAD, n = 27]) by flow cytometry before and after stimulation with thrombin ex vivo. There was no significant correlation between percentage expression of P-selectin and GP53 in unstimulated samples in normal individuals; r = 0.13, P = 0.3, n = 34. Mild thrombin stimulation (10 mU/ml) led to both alpha and lysosomal degranulation with a strong correlation (r = 0.62, P < 0.001, n = 35). Disease controls (IBD, RA and CAD) showed similar trends. In patients with MPD, in contrast, a strong correlation between the expression of these platelet activation markers was demonstrable in unstimulated samples (r = 0.37, P = 0.007, n = 50). P-selection and GP53 expression in stimulated samples also correlated well. The data support the existence of different control pathways for the steady state expression of P-selection and GP53. Heterogeneous steady state responses of P-selectin and GP53 may be physiological and loss of this heterogeneity may be a hitherto unreported and pathologically important feature of MPD. This lack of correlation appears to be specific to MPD and is not simply a function of increased in vivo platelet activation.

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