Platelet thrombi produced on cultured endothelial cells by the dye/light method

M. Sato, M. Onohara, K. Ookawa, N. Ohshima

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Platelet adhesion and aggregation were induced on cultured endothelial cells using the fluorescent dye/light method. A cone-and-plate apparatus was newly developed to observe interactions between platelets and cultured endothelial cells under a shear flow condition. The platelet deposition grew on the light-irradiated area of the cells. Degree of endothelial cell injury induced by the dye/light reaction seemed to depend on the dye concentration. Application of either aspirin or indomethacin significantly inhibited the growth of platelet aggregation, but was not effective for the platelet adhesion to endothelial cells. The platelet thrombi were formed on endothelial cells without their denudation. It was found by transmission electron microscopy that platelets directly adhered to endothelial cells which were not seriously damaged. This thrombus model is expected to be applicable to some physiological and pharmacological studies investigating platelet-endothelial cell interaction and mechanism of platelet thrombus formation in blood vessels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-498
Number of pages10
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Jan 1


  • aggregation
  • cultured endothelial cell
  • dye/light reaction
  • in vitro model
  • platelet thrombus
  • shear flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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