Aline Vandenbulcke

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The von Willebrand factor (VWF) A1-glycoprotein (GP) Ibα interaction is of major importance during thrombosis mainly at sites of high shear stress. Inhibitors of this interaction prevent platelet-dependent thrombus formation in vivo, without major bleeding complications. However, the size and/or protein nature of the inhibitors currently in development(More)
BACKGROUND Because the collagen-VWF-GPIb/IX/V axis plays an important role in thrombus formation, it represents a promising target for development of new antithrombotic agents. OBJECTIVES We used phage display to identify potential small peptides that interfere with the VWF-collagen binding and might serve as lead products for the development of possible(More)
Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a key hemostatic protein synthesized in both endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. Megakaryocyte-derived VWF is stored in α-granules of platelets and is enriched in hyperactive "ultra-large" VWF multimers. To elucidate the specific contribution of platelet VWF in hemostasis and thrombosis, we performed crossed bone marrow(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is characterized by mutations in the ADAMTS13 gene, which either impair protein secretion or influence ADAMTS13 (A Disintegrin-like And Metalloprotease domain with ThromboSpondin type-1 motif, member 13) activity. Phenotypic consequences of these mutations have not yet been evaluated in animal(More)
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life-threatening thrombotic microangiopathy linked to a deficiency in the metalloprotease ADAMTS13. In the current study, a novel mouse model for acquired TTP was generated to facilitate development and validation of new therapies for this disease. Therefore, a large panel (n = 19) of novel anti-mouse ADAMTS13(More)
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a microangiopathic disorder diagnosed by thrombocytopenia and hemolytic anemia, associated with a deficiency in von Willebrand factor (VWF)-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. Current treatment is based on plasma infusion for congenital TTP, or plasma exchange, often in combination with immunosuppressive agents, for(More)
Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a key hemostatic protein synthesized in both endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. Megakaryocyte-derived VWF is stored in αgranules of platelets and is enriched in hyperactive ‘ultra-large’ VWF multimers. To elucidate the specific contribution of platelet VWF in hemostasis and thrombosis we performed crossed bone marrow(More)
Rapid vascular recanalization forms the basis for successful treatment of cerebral ischemia. Currently, tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) is the only approved thrombolytic drug for ischemic stroke. However, t-PA does not always result in efficient thrombus dissolution and subsequent blood vessel recanalization. To better understand thrombus composition,(More)
In recent years, candidate genes and proteins implicated in platelet function have been identified by various genomic approaches. To elucidate their exact role, we aimed to develop a method to apply miRNA interference in platelet progenitor cells by using GPIbα as a proof-of-concept target protein. After in silico and in vitro screening of siRNAs targeting(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, conformational activation of ADAMTS-13 was identified. This mechanism showed the evolution from a condensed conformation, in which the proximal MDTCS and distal T2-CUB2 domains are in close contact with each other, to an activated, open structure due to binding with von Willebrand factor (VWF). OBJECTIVES Identification of cryptic(More)
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