Jul 15, 1996

Peripheral serotonergic system in uremia

Thrombosis Research
D PawlakM Mysliwiec


Several data suggest that platelet-derived serotonin (5-HT), previously classified as a trivial modulator of blood-borne cardiovascular disease (1), may play a decisive role in various pathological processes, resulting from abnormal platelet-vessel wall interactions (2). Following platelet activation upon a contact with a damaged vessel wall, 5-HT, released from platelets upon the activation of 5-HT2 receptors, may amplify the action of other agents on vascular smooth muscle cells and platelets (3,4). Platelets play a unique role in 5-HT metabolism: they take it up, store in their dense granules and release upon stimulation. Platelet dysfunction, alteration in platelet count, their consumption and turnover are common in renal diseases (5). Storage pool deficiency regarding 5-HT and ADP was reported in renal failure (6). Previously we reported that 5HT2 receptor blockers may serve as potent antiplatelet drugs in uremic patients, which are prone to thrombotic complications (7,8). Up to date there have been a few reports dealing predominantly with 5-HT levels in renal patients. Thus, we focused on peripheral serotonergic mechanisms including 5-HT uptake and release and kinetics of its uptake in uremic patients.

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Mentioned in this Paper

Metabolic Process, Cellular
Platelet Dysfunction
Kidney Failure
Serotonin Measurement
Platelet Adhesiveness
Chronic Disease
Receptors, Tryptamine

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