Journal article

Hypoglycaemia predisposes platelets to death by affecting calcium homeostasis and mitochondrial integrity.

Paul S Hartley, John S Savill, Simon B Brown

Platelets | Published : 2007


Factors affecting platelet survival are poorly understood. To explore the hypothesis that platelet lifespan correlates with the lifespan of a key housekeeping process we subjected human platelets to in vitro incubation at 37 degrees C for 24 h to several days under hypoglycaemic conditions. Viability was assessed both by microscopy and flow cytometry using calcein-AM and/or FM4-64. In keeping with previous data we found that, under control conditions platelets died at a linear rate during 120 h of incubation. Hypoglycaemia did not affect the death rate but did lead to an increase in the frequency of platelets unable to accumulate the mitochondrial potentiometric dye 10-Nonyl Acridine Orange ..

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