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Thromb Res. 1986 Apr 15;42(2):139-51.

Anesthetics and anticoagulants used in the preparation of rat platelet-rich-plasma alter rat platelet aggregation.


Aggregation of platelets in heparin- and citrate-anticoagulated platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) from rats anesthetized with methoxyflurane (M), diethyl ether (E), acepromazine/ketamine (A/K), or sodium pentobarbital (P) is described, as are platelet counts. Platelet counts were highest in heparin- or citrate-PRP from E and A/K anesthetized rats. Collagen and arachidonic acid (AA) induced aggregation in heparin-PRP only, and ADP induced greater aggregation in heparin-PRP than in citrate-PRP. Differences between citrate-PRP and heparin-PRP are probably due to citrate inhibition of platelet aggregation, since addition of citrate to heparin-PRP decreased aggregation, while addition of heparin to citrate-PRP did not alter aggregation. Aggregation of hirudin-PRP was slightly less than heparin-PRP. Anesthetics affected rat platelet aggregation: the rank order of the maximal extent of ADP-induced aggregation in citrate-PRP was M greater than E = A/K greater than P, and that for AA and collagen in heparin-PRP was E = A/K greater than M = P. The correlation between the effect of the anesthetics and activation of the sympathoadrenal system is discussed. It appeared that of the commonly used anticoagulants and anesthetics, heparin and methoxyflurane had the least influence on rat platelet aggregation.

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