Human platelet calcium measurements methodological considerations and comparisons with calcium mobilization in vascular smooth muscle cells

P. R. Standley, S. Gangasani, R. Prakash, M. B. Zemel, J. R. Sowers

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Platelets are used as models for vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) in evaluating intracellular cal­cium ([Ca2+]j) metabolism in humans. This study was designed to determine if agonist-induced in­creases in [Ca2+]i in platelets occur via release from intracellular stores as previously demonstrated for VSMC. Incubation of purified platelets loaded with fura-2-AM in media containing 1.5 mmol/L Ca2+ resulted in higher basal [Ca2+]j than platelets incu­bated in Ca2+-free media. In addition, vasopressin-induced platelet [Ca2+]i transients were almost com­pletely blocked by Ca2+ channel blockers. Thus, in contrast to VSMC, the transmembranous flux of ex­tracellular Ca2+ is the major mechanism in vaso­pressin-induced increases in platelet [Ca2+]i, while mobilization of intracellular Ca2+ stores is only minimally involved. Am J Hypertens 1991;4:546-549.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-549
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Hypertension
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1991



  • Extracellular calcium
  • Ionic calcium
  • Platelets
  • Vascular smooth muscle cells

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  • Internal Medicine

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