Jos Vermylen

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Platelets are thought to play a causal role during atherogenesis. Platelet-endothelial interactions in vivo and their molecular mechanisms under shear are, however, incompletely characterized. Here, an in vivo platelet homing assay was used in hypercholesterolemic rabbits to track platelet adhesion to plaque predilection sites. The role of platelet versus(More)
The function of thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) in hemostasis was investigated in wild-type (WT) and Tsp1-/- mice, via dynamic platelet interaction studies with A23187-stimulated mesenteric endothelium and with photochemically injured cecum subendothelium. Injected calcein-labeled WT platelets tethered or firmly adhered to almost all A23187-stimulated blood(More)
In a 31-year-old woman with a history of recurrent arterial thrombosis, both of whose pregnancies had resulted in intrauterine death at 23 and 24 weeks, a "lupus" anticoagulant was identified. The patient's IgG fraction, containing the lupus anticoagulant, reduced the release of prostacyclin (PGI2) from rat aorta rings or pregnant human myometrium. This(More)
BACKGROUND Particulate air pollution is associated with cardiovascular diseases and myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS AND RESULTS We investigated the relationship between airway inflammation and thrombosis 24 hours after intratracheal (IT) instillation of diesel exhaust particles (DEP; 50 microg/hamster). Mild thrombosis was induced in the femoral vein(More)
The mechanisms responsible for the low factor VIII (fVIII) activity in the plasma of patients with mild/moderate hemophilia A are poorly understood. In such patients, we have identified a series of fVIII mutations (Ile2098Ser, Ser2119Tyr, Asn2129Ser, Arg2150His, and Pro2153Gln) clustered in the C1 domain and associated with reduced binding of fVIII to von(More)
GATA1 is the X-linked transcriptional activator required for megakaryocyte and erythrocyte differentiation. Missense mutations in the N-terminal zinc finger (Nf) of GATA1 result in abnormal hematopoiesis, as documented in four families: the mutation V205M leads to both severe macrothrombocytopenia and dyserythropoietic anemia, D218G to macrothrombocytopenia(More)
The ATP-gated P2X1 ion channel is the only P2X subtype expressed in human platelets. Via transmission electron microscopy, we found that P2X1 mediates fast, reversible platelet shape change, secretory granule centralization, and pseudopodia formation. In washed human platelets, the stable P2X1 agonist alpha,beta-methylene ATP (alpha,beta-meATP) causes(More)
AIMS In Belgium, general practitioners (GPs) mainly manage oral anticoagulation therapy. To improve the quality of oral anticoagulation management by GPs and to compare different models and interventions, a randomized clinical trial was performed. METHODS AND RESULTS Stratified randomization divided 66 GP-practices into four groups. A 6-month(More)
Mild/moderate hemophilia A patients carrying certain mutations in the C1 domain of factor VIII (FVIII) have a higher risk of inhibitor occurrence. To analyze the mechanisms responsible for inhibitor development in such patients, we characterized FVIII-specific CD4 ؉ T-cell clones derived from a mild hemophilia A patient carrying an Arg2150His substitution(More)