Platelet-leukocyte aggregation under shear stress: Differential involvement of selectins and integrins

Hu Hu, David Varon, Paul Hjemdahl, Naphtali Savion, Sam Schulman, Nailin Li

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Platelets and leukocytes can form heterotypic aggregates. We studied how shear stress influences platelet-leukocyte aggregation (PLA). Shear stress was applied to hirudinized blood, using a cone-and-plate(let) analyzer. Platelet and leukocyte activation and PLA formation were monitored by flow cytometry. Shear stress per se increased platelet P-selectin expression, leukocyte GDI 1b expression, and PLA formation. Shear-induced heterotypic aggregation was seen among monocytes and neutrophils, but not lymphocytes. ADP induced marked PLA formation, but this was reduced by shear stress. fMLP mildly increased PLA formation, and this effect was enhanced by shear stress. P-selectin blockade abolished, whilst GPIIb/IIIa blockade enhanced shear- and agonist-induced PLA formation. At 1800 s-1, shear- and agonist-induced PLA formation were maintained or further enhanced with GPIIb/IIIa blockade alone, but reduced by simultaneous blockade of GPIIb/IIIa, CDI 1b, and CD 18. In conclusion, shear stress per se enhances PLA formation. With agonist stimulation, shear stress enhances PLA formation primarily mediated by integrins, but attenuates PLA formation primarily mediated by P-selectin. The present results indicate that P-selectin-mediated bridging is essential for the initiation of PLA formation, while integrin-bridgings contribute importantly to the stability of heterotypic conjugates under high shear stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-687
Number of pages9
JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2003


  • Leukocytes
  • Platelet-leukocyte aggregate
  • Platelets
  • Shear stress


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