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The adhesion ligand von Willebrand factor (VWF) is synthesized and stored in vascular endothelial cells and megakaryocytes/platelets. As in endothelial cells, platelet VWF also contains ultra-large (UL) multimers that are hyperactive in aggregating platelets. ULVWF in platelet lysates of thrombin-stimulated platelets was only detected in the presence of(More)
Background The inflammasome is a novel protein complex that stimulates caspase-1 activation to promote the processing and secretion of IL-1b, a pro-inflammatory cytokine, which is among the most biologically important inflammatory mediators in allergic airway diseases. Among the various types of inflammasomes, Cryopyrin/NALP3 has been suggested to be(More)
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