Thromb Haemost 1977; 37(01): 073-080
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1649203
Original Article
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Half-Life of Platelet Factor 4 (PF-4) in Plasma and Platelets from Macaca Mulatta

Knut Gjesdal
1  Department of Internal Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
2  Edinburgh and South-East Scotland Regional Blood Transfusion Service, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Duncan S. Pepper
1  Department of Internal Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
2  Edinburgh and South-East Scotland Regional Blood Transfusion Service, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Publication History

Received 15 January 1976

Accepted 25 October 1976

Publication Date:
03 July 2018 (online)

Summary

Human platelet factor 4 (PF-4) showed a reaction of complete identity with PF-4 from Macaca mulatta when tested against rabbit anti-human-PF-4. Such immunoglobulin was used for quantitative precipitation of in vivo labelled PF-4 in monkey serum. The results suggest that the active protein had an intra-platelet half-life of about 21 hours. In vitro 125I-labelled human PF-4 was injected intravenously into two monkeys and isolated by immuno-precipita-tion from platelet-poor plasma and from platelets disrupted after gel-filtration. Plasma PF-4 was found to have a half-life of 7 to 11 hours. Some of the labelled PF-4 was associated with platelets and this fraction had a rapid initial disappearance rate and a subsequent half-life close to that of plasma PF-4. The results are compatible with the hypothesis that granular PF-4 belongs to a separate compartment, whereas membrane-bound PF-4 and plasma PF-4 may interchange.