Deep venous thrombosis: behaviour of the polymorphonuclear leukocyte integrin pattern at baseline and after in vitro activation

Baldassare Canino, Filippo Ferrara, Gregorio Caimi, Rosalia Lo Presti, Maria Giuliana Tozzi Ciancarelli, Gregorio Caimi, Vincenzo Calandrino

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In a group of 18 subjects with acute deep venous thrombosis (DVT), evidenced by clinical examination and echo-color-Doppler, we examined the phenotypical expression of the polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) beta2-integrins (CD11a, CD11b, CD11c, CD18), obtained by using a flow cytofluorimeter. The evaluation was performed before and after in vitro activation (prolonged for 5 and 15 minutes) with 4-phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP). In DVT subjects, at baseline, the phenotypical expression of CD11b was decreased and that of CD11c was increased when compared with normal controls; no difference was found in CD11a and CD18 expression. In normal subjects PMN activation with both activators led to a constant increase of all PMN adhesion molecules; in DVT subjects CD11b, CD11c and CD18 increased, while CD11a expression did not show any change. These data indicate the presence of a functional alteration in circulating PMN cells from patients with DVT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Publication statusPublished - 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Hematology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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