Adenosine Diphosphate–Induced Platelet Activation Inhibited by Magnesium in a Dose-Dependent Manner

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To examine the hypothesis that magnesium inhibits platelet activation at concentrations equivalent to therapeutic levels.


Fifteen subjects were enrolled: five healthy, female donors with regular, spontaneous menstrual cycles; five women with uncomplicated third-trimester pregnancies; and five preeclamptic subjects before magnesium therapy. Anticoagulated whole blood was added to tubes containing 0.5 μmol/L adenosine diphosphate (to activate platelets), HP1-1D (activation-independent platelet antibody), CD62 antibody and CD63 antibody (activation-dependent platelet antibodies), and magnesium sulfate in increasing concentrations (2–100 mg/dL). The percentage of activated platelets (CD62 or CD63 positive) was determined using three-color flow cytometric analysis. Data were analyzed using the Student t test, repeated measures analysis of variance, two way analysis of variance, and Student-Newman-Keuls for pairwise comparison in appropriate cases. P < .05 was considered significant.


Adenosine diphosphate-induced platelet activation was inhibited with increasing magnesium concentration in all subjects (P < .001). Significant inhibition of CD62 and CD63 expression first occurred at a magnesium concentration of 4 mg/dL in the normal pregnant group (P < .05), at 6 mg/dL in the preeclamptic group (P < .05). and at 8 mg/dL in the nonpregnant group (P < .05).


Magnesium inhibits adenosine diphosphateinduced platelet activation in a dose-dependent manner. This effect initially attains statistical significance at concentrations equivalent to therapeutic levels.

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