Inhaled Nitric Oxide Inhibits Human Platelet Aggregation, P-Selectin Expression, and Fibrinogen Binding In Vitro and In Vivo

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Abstract

Background

Recent data suggest that inhaled NO can inhibit platelet aggregation. This study investigates whether inhaled NO affects the expression level and avidity of platelet membrane receptors that mediate platelet adhesion and aggregation.

Conclusions

NO-dependent inhibition of platelet aggregation may be caused by a decrease in fibrinogen binding to the platelet GP IIb/IIIa receptor. (Circulation. 1998;97:1481-1487.)

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