Author(s): Smith TL, Weyrich AS
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Abstract Systemic inflammatory responses are associated with high morbidity and mortality and represent a diverse and clinically challenging group of diseases. Platelets are increasingly linked to inflammation, in addition to their well-known roles in hemostasis and thrombosis. There is agreement that traditional functions of platelets, including adherence, aggregation, and secretion of preformed mediators, contribute to systemic inflammatory responses. However, emerging evidence indicates that platelets function in non-traditional ways. In this review, we focus on new functions of platelets that may be involved in the host response to infection. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Thromb Res
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion