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Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
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Thrombocytopenia in HIV infection: impairment of platelet formation and loss correlates with increased c-Mpl and ligand thrombopoietin expression.

Thrombocytopenia is a common hematologic disorder in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and represents a risk for bleeding which is further deleterious during surgery. The major causes of the thrombocytopenia include accelerated peripheral platelet destruction by antiplatelet antibodies and insufficient production of platelets from the infected megakaryocytes. Additionally, at an earlier stage of platelet development, HIV may inhibit megakaryopoiesis at multiple stages of pluripotent CD34+ progenitor stem cell differentiation possibly contributing to decreased levels of platelets in circulation. In HIV infected patients, both the serum thrombopoietin (TPO) levels and theTPO-c-Mpl complexes on the platelet surface were significantly elevated. Therapeutic infusion of HIV infected patients with pegylated recombinant human megakaryocyte growth development factor (PEG-rHu-MGDF) restores platelet counts to normal levels and reduces the c-Mpl expression per platelet. In vitro aggregation of platelets treated with TPO and agonist, adenosine diphosphate (ADP), decrease the dose of ADP that is required for half-maximum aggregation. In vivo dosing does not effect platelet aggregation showing that the metabolism of TPO following its internalization through TPO-c-Mpl complex is rapid and that dosing within the therapeutic range does not constitute increased risk of thrombotic disease.

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