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Platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1) is a cell surface glycoprotein receptor expressed on a range of blood cells including platelets, and is also on vascular endothelial cells. PECAM-1 possesses adhesive and signalling properties, the latter being mediated by an Immunoreceptor Tyrosine-based Inhibitory Motif present on the cytoplasmic tail of the protein. Recent studies in vitro have demonstrated that PECAM-1 signalling inhibits the aggregation of platelets. In the present study we have utilised PECAM-1 deficient mice and radiation chimeras to investigate the function of this receptor in the regulation of thrombus formation. Using intravital microscopy and laser induced injury to cremaster muscle arterioles, we show that thrombi formed in PECAM-1 deficient mice were larger, formed more rapidly than in control mice and were more stable. Larger thrombi were also formed in control mice transplanted with PECAM-1 deficient bone marrow, in comparison to control-transplanted mice. A ferric chloride model of thrombosis was used to investigate thrombus formation in carotid arteries. In PECAM-1 deficient mice the time to 75% vessel occlusion was significantly shorter than in control mice. These data provide evidence for the involvement of platelet PECAM-1 in the negative regulation of thrombus formation.


Blood First Edition Paper, prepublished online September 15, 2005; DOI 10.1182/blood-2005-04-1512