Platelet Adhesion Via Glycoprotein IIb Integrin Is Critical for Atheroprogression and Focal Cerebral Ischemia. An In Vivo Study in Mice Lacking Glycoprotein IIb

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  • S Massberg
  • K Schurzinger
  • M Lorenz
  • I Konrad
  • C Schulz
  • N Plesnila
  • E Kennerknecht
  • M Rudelius
  • S Sauer
  • S Braun
  • E Kremmer
  • NR Emambokus
  • M Gawaz


BACKGROUND: The platelet glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa integrin binds to fibrinogen and thereby mediates platelet aggregation. Here, we addressed the role of GP IIb for platelet adhesion and determined the relevance of platelet GP IIb for the processes of atherosclerosis and cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. METHODS AND RESULTS: GP IIb(-/-) mice were generated and bred with ApoE(-/-) animals to create GP IIb(-/-)ApoE(-/-) mice. Platelet adhesion to the mechanically injured or atherosclerotic vessel wall was monitored by in vivo video fluorescence microscopy. In the presence of GP IIb, vascular injury and early atherosclerosis induced platelet adhesion in the carotid artery (CA). In contrast, platelet adhesion was significantly reduced in the absence of GP IIb integrin (P


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1180-8
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2005


  • stroke, cerebral ischemia, endothelium, platelets, cerebral infarction