Author(s): Myers AK, Farhat MY, Vaz CA, Keiser HR, ZukowskaGrojec Z
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Abstract Neuropeptide Y, a potent vasoconstrictor and cardiac depressant, is re-leased from sympathetic nerve endings. Its presence in megakaryocytes suggests this peptide might be stored in platelet granules and released during aggregation. Immunoreactive-neuropeptide Y was measured in platelet rich and platelet poor plasma, and was substantially greater in the former. Addition of collagen to platelets resulted in release of neuropeptide Y which paralleled, in a concentration-dependent manner, the degree of platelet aggregation. Adenosine diphosphate, at concentrations which induce only the first phase of aggregation and not the release reaction, caused only a minor release of neuropeptide Y. These results suggest that platelet release could be a major source of circulating neuropeptide Y and could contribute to hemodynamics of pathophysiological states involving platelet activation.
This article was published in Biochem Biophys Res Commun
and referenced in Internal Medicine: Open Access