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Determination of the patient-specific response to antiplatelet agents facilitates proper dosing for both acute and chronic prophylaxis. "Closed" systems (with or without flow) may fail to predict pharmacological potency in situations where platelets rapidly accumulate under flow conditions at the site of thrombosis ("Open" systems). Using an 8-channel microfluidic flow assay of human whole blood with corn trypsin inhibitor (± PPACK) perfused over focul zones of collagen, dose-response curves were measured for pharmacological agents at a wall shear rate of 210 s-1. The P2Y1 inhibitor MRS 2179 (IC50 = 0.233 ± 0.132 µM) and P2Y12 inhibitor 2-MeSAMP (IC50 = 2.558 ± 0.799 µM) were potent blockers of secondary platelet accumulation under flow, while the P2X1 inhibitor (NF 449) and apyrase failed to reduce platelet accumulation. MRS 2179 and 2-MeSAMP and undetectable effects on initial platelet adhesion to collagen. Numerical simulation of convective-diffusive transport and apyrase-mediated catalytic degradation of ADP indicated that ultra-high concentrations of apyrase (~ 2000 U mL-1) would be required to have the same effect under flow as much lower concentrations (1 U mL-1) currently used in closed systems (aggregometry or cone-and-plate viscometer). This is the first evaluation of IC50 values for P2Y12 and P2Y1 antagonists under controlled flow conditions. Evaluation of antiplatelet agents in open flow systems demonstrates that inhibition of either ADP by apyrase or antagonism of P2X1 signaling had no inhibitory effect on platelet accumulation. This technique provides a platform for rapidly investigating effects of antithrombotic therapies simultaneously in a model injury system.
Date Posted: 04 November 2010
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