Platelets and Propylene Glycol: An Approach to Freezing Platelets in the Presence of a New Cyroprotectant

  • F. G. Arnaud
  • Ch. J. Hunt
  • D. E. Pegg
Part of the Developments in Hematology and Immunology book series (DIHI, volume 19)


Banking of cryopreserved platelets would make it possible to adjust the balance between supply and demand, and would facilitate the availability of typed [1,2] and autologous [3,4] platelets and random blood groups in cases of emergency [5]. The cryopreservation of platelets, at slow cooling rates, using conventional cryoprotectants (CPAs) remains unisatisfactory when assessed in vitro [6–8] although some have considered the results sufficiently good for clinical use [9,10]. Since the first attempts [11,12] platelet freezing has proved less satisfactory than that of many other cells, such as red blood cells [13]. This poor response might be explained by greater osmotic fragility of platelets [14] or by an inadequate concentration of CPA [15] due to the limitations imposed by toxic effects.


Hydraulic Conductivity Propylene Glycol Platelet Rich Plasma Human Platelet Platelet Poor Plasma 
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  • F. G. Arnaud
  • Ch. J. Hunt
  • D. E. Pegg

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