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Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2017 Aug;95(8):954-960. doi: 10.1139/cjpp-2017-0314. Epub 2017 Jul 13.

Inhibition of platelet aggregation ex vivo is repressed in apolipoprotein E deficient mice.

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a Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, 3001, 12th Avenue North, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5N4, Canada.
b Anatomy and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5N4, Canada.
c The William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK.


In the present study, we assessed whether the endogenous platelet inhibitory mechanisms are altered in the early to moderate stages of the atherosclerotic process. Apolipoprotein E deficient mice (ApoE-/-), a mouse model of atherosclerosis, and their wild-type (WT) counterparts were used to assess agonist-stimulated synthesis of prostacyclin (PGI2), inhibition of platelet aggregation ex vivo, and intra-platelet cAMP levels. Basal U46619 and ADP -induced platelet aggregation in vitro were increased in ApoE-/- mice at 18-20 weeks in comparison with 8-10 weeks of age. Systemically administered endothelin-1 (ET-1) or bradykinin (BK) inhibited platelet aggregation in a similar fashion in 8- to 10-week-old ApoE-/- and WT mice, but not in the ApoE-/- mice at 18-20 weeks of age, although both peptides maintained their capacity to increase plasma levels of the PGI2. Intravenous infusion of PGI2 also failed to inhibit platelet aggregation ex vivo in 18- to 20-week-old ApoE-/- mice. Interestingly, both BK and PGI2 retained their ability to increase intraplatelet cAMP in WT and ApoE-/- mice. Our results suggest that a loss of activity of endogenous inhibitorymechanisms could contribute to the increased platelet reactivity in ApoE-/- mice, and that this phenomenon occurs early in the intermediate stage of the atherosclerotic process.


AMPc; atherosclerosis; athérosclérose; bradykinin; bradykinine; cAMP; endothelin-1; endothelium; endothéline-1; endothélium; mouse; plaquette; platelet; prostacyclin; prostacycline; souris

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