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J Physiol. 1979 Dec;297(0):289-97.

A method for investigating the role of calcium in the shape change, aggregation and serotonin release of rat platelets.


1. Effects of the platelet secretagogues thrombin and Concanavalin A (Con A) on shape change and release have been studied under conditions where external Ca2+ and ADP have been controlled. 2. In the absence of detectable aggregation both Con A- and thrombin-induced release of serotonin are markedly dependent upon extracellular calcium. 3. Con A, unlike thrombin, does not produce aggregation in calcium-supplemented medium. 4. The above property of Con A suggests that, in combination with added creatine phosphate and creatine phosphokinase, this ligand will be of value in the analysis of calcium-dependent release in platelets.

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