Metabolic control of excessive extracellular nucleotide accumulation by CD39/ecto-nucleotidase-1: implications for ischemic vascular diseases.

Platelets are responsible for maintaining vascular integrity. In thrombocytopenic states, vascular permeability and fragility increase, presumably due to the absence of this platelet function. Chemical or physical injury to a blood vessel induces platelet activation and platelet recruitment. This is beneficial for the arrest of bleeding (hemostasis), but… (More)