The potent platelet inhibitory effects of S-nitrosated albumin coating of artificial surfaces

Nabil Maalej, Ralph Albrecht, Joseph Loscalzo, John D. Folts

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OBJECTIVES: We studied the antithrombotic effect of coating glass, collagen and metal stent surfaces with bovine serum albumin (BSA) covalently modified to carry S-NO functional groups denoted (pS-NO-BSA). METHODS: Video- enhanced light microscopy was used to visualize canine blood platelet adhesion and aggregation in a parallel plate glass chamber. Platelet adhesion was observed for 60 min on glass, glass coated with BSA, glass coated with pS-NO-BSA, collagen I (CO) surface, CO coated with BSA and CO coated with pS- NO-BSA. We also coated Palmaz-Shatz (P-S) stents with pS-NO-BSA. Coated and uncoated stents were then immersed in porcine platelet-rich plasma for two min and the platelet cyclic GMP level was measured. In six anesthetized pigs, coated and uncoated stents were placed in the carotid arteries and [111In]-labeled platelets were circulated for 2 h. The stented arteries were then removed and placed in a gamma well counter. RESULTS: There was significantly less platelet attachment, adhesion and aggregation on the pS- NO-BSA coated surfaces compared with the BSA coated and uncoated surfaces. The pS-NO-BSA coating increased the platelet cGMP levels to 5.9 ± 0.7 pmoles/108 platelets compared with 2.7 ± 0.9 pmoles/108 platelets for control (p < 0.01). The average gamma ray count from [111In]-labeled platelets that attached to the coated stents was 90,000 ± 42,000/min and 435,000 ± 290,000/min for the uncoated stents (p < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The pS-NO-BSA coating of thrombogenic surfaces reduces platelet adhesion and aggregation, possibly by increasing the platelet cGMP. This inhibitory effect appears to be a consequence of the direct antiplatelet actions of NO combined with the antiadhesive properties of albumin.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1408-1414
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1999


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