First Report of Elevated Monocyte-Platelet Aggregates in Healthy Children

C. Yip, V. Ignjatovic, C. Attard, P. Monagle, Matthew Linden

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Platelets are subcellular fragments which circulate in blood and have well established roles in thrombosis and haemostasis in adults. Upon activation, platelets undergo granule exocytosis and express P-Selectin on the cell membrane which binds a ligand on monocytes, leading to monocyte-platelet aggregation. Elevated circulating monocyte-platelet aggregates in adults are linked to atherothrombosis, but have not been investigated in children where thrombosis is less common. This study aimed to measure monocyte-platelet aggregate formation in children using whole blood flow cytometry. Monocyte-platelet aggregates as well as activation and granule exocytosis of platelets were measured in healthy adults (n = 15, median age 28 years) and healthy children (n = 28, median age 7 years). Monocyte-platelet aggregates in healthy children were elevated compared to healthy adults (37.8±4.4% vs 15.5±1.9% respectively, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5pp
JournalPLoS One
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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