Thesis / Dissertation

Investigating the role of platelets in lung cancer

Stephanie Rose Hyslop, Emma Josefsson (ed.)

Published : 2020


Platelets are numerous small, anucleate cells circulating in the blood. Their most well recognised role is in coagulation and haemostatic maintenance in response to vascular injury. However, they are versatile cells containing a reservoir of several hundred bioactive molecules and surface receptors and functions beyond their canonical roles are being rapidly discovered. One of their most well-studied non-haemostatic roles is in supporting haematogenous cancer metastasis. Experimentally, platelet depletion or functional inhibition of platelets slows metastatic progression in mouse models of cancer, and in clinical cohorts, elevated platelet count is correlated with a survival disadvantage in ..

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