Insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 is present in the alpha-granules of platelets.


The lysis of the alpha-granules of platelets has been shown to release insulin-like growth factors (IGFs). One of the major regulators of the activity of IGFs is the IGF binding proteins (IGFBPs), but IGFBPs were thought to be absent from platelet alpha-granules. Human platelets were isolated, and the contents of the alpha-granules were released by thrombin… (More)