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Thromb Res. 2000 Sep 1;99(5):461-6.

Inhibitory activity of aspirin on von Willebrand factor-induced platelet aggregation.

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Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University Vienna, Austria.


The effect of aspirin (ASA) on vWF induced platelet - platelet interaction is unknown. We therefore tested the response of platelets to von Willebrand factor (vWF) coated beads induced platelet aggregation before and after i.v. and oral ASA. 1000 mg ASA was infused to 10 healthy individuals and after a wash-out period 7 volunteers received 100 mg ASA orally over a period of 11 days. Prior to ASA and in regular intervals thereafter we tested the reactivity to vWF-coated beads to assess platelet adhesion/aggregation and the fade-out time of ASA effects on platelets. Considerable interindividual variability in response to vWF-coated beads was observed, both before ASA and after treatment with ASA. The maximal response to vWF-coated beads (Tmax), the time lag, and the slope of the curve were significantly affected by i.v. ASA, whereas 100 mg of ASA had only inconstant effect on Tmax and slope. The absolute reduction of Tmax after ASA depended on the pre-ASA level, while the percentage of the reduction was similar in all individuals. Thus, platelet aggregation induced by vWF-coated beads is impaired by ASA. Furthermore, our data indicate a large interindividual variability of the response to ASA shortly after treatment induction, which becomes more constant after prolonged treatment.

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