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The size of collagen fibrils that stimulate platelet aggregation in human plasma.


ABSTRACT: Suspensions of collagen fibrils of different size were prepared from solutions of radioactive tropocollagen type I by either differential centrifugation or differential incubation at elevated temperature. The fractions were compared with respect to their ability to stimulate human blood platelet aggregation in plasma, their binding to human platelets, and their morphology, as seen in the electron microscope. Although small particles with a sedimentation coefficient as low as 4.5 S bound to platelets, aggregation was not observed in the presence of collagen multimers and protofibrils without visible cross-bands in stained specimens. The onset of platelet-aggregating activity before the appearance of turbidity in collagen solutions incubated at elevated temperature is due to the formation of a few banded fibrils; this early onset and the fibrils do not appear in collagen solutions that have been ulctracentrifuged before incubation.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC1161498 | BioStudies | 1980-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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