Modulation of hematopoiesis by ketanserin in erythropoietin-treated uremic patients: evidence from platelet studies.

Recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) not only ameliorates the anemia of renal failure but also modulates platelet function and corrects uremic platelet serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) storage pool deficiency. We studied if ketanserin, a blocker of platelet and vascular smooth muscle receptors for 5-HT, could reverse any EPO-induced changes in hemostasis. A complete blood count, immunoreactive serum EPO concentration, skin bleeding time (BT) and whole blood platelet aggregation (electric impedance method) induced by ristocetin and ADP, and intraplatelet and whole blood 5-HT, were determined in seven chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients before and after 1, 2, 4 and 8 weeks of EPO therapy, and repeated after a 4-week co-treatment with oral ketanserin. Stimulation of erythropoiesis was accompanied by a rise in the platelet count ( P < 0.05), shortening of the BT ( P < 0.02), an increase in platelet aggregability, and by replenished intraplatelet 5-HT store. Ketanserin co-treatment produced an unexpected 33% fall in serum EPO level ( P < 0.02), a decrease in the platelet count ( P < 0.05), prolongation of the BT ( P < 0.05) and depressed platelet aggregation in response to both agonists. There was no change in the amount of intraplatelet 5-HT while whole blood 5-HT concentration decreased significantly ( P < 0.02). Strong positive correlations between the decrease in whole blood 5-HT and the prolongation of the BT ( r = 0.786, P < 0.05), and between the former parameter and the fall in the platelet count ( r = 0.820, P < 0.05) were found. In conclusion, we report dual erythro- and thrombocytopoietic effects of EPO combined with correction of a platelet defect in the storage of 5-HT and enhanced platelet aggregability. The ketanserin-induced falls in serum EPO concentration and the platelet count provide new evidence of the dependency of thrombocytopoiesis on EPO in the initial weeks of the therapy. The 'antiplatelet' effects of ketanserin observed in this study seem to be due to reduction in circulating thrombocyte number rather than from any inhibitory effect on their aggregation.
AuthorsJ Borawski, A Rydzewski, A Azzadin, W Buczko, M Mysliwiec
JournalPlatelets (Platelets) Vol. 9 Issue 1 Pg. 31-5 ( 1998) ISSN: 0953-7104 [Print] England
PMID16793742 (Publication Type: Journal Article)

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