Flow Cytometry Protocols for Assessment of Platelet Function in Whole Blood

  • Leonardo PasalicEmail author
  • Gabrielle J. Pennings
  • David Connor
  • Heather Campbell
  • Leonard Kritharides
  • Vivien M. Chen
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1646)


Flow cytometry is a powerful tool for rapid evaluation of multiple functional properties of large numbers of platelets in whole blood. In the following chapter, we provide a number of flow cytometry-based protocols broadly aimed at (1) assessment of constitutively expressed platelet membrane receptors to diagnose inherited platelet bleeding disorders and (2) investigation of basal and agonist-induced platelet functional responses including generation of platelet-leukocyte aggregates, alpha and dense granule release, calcium flux, and phosphatidylserine exposure.

Key words

Platelet function Flow cytometry Whole blood Glycoprotein receptor deficiency Dense granule release Procoagulant platelets Calcium flux Platelet-leukocyte aggregates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Pasalic
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gabrielle J. Pennings
    • 3
  • David Connor
    • 4
  • Heather Campbell
    • 5
  • Leonard Kritharides
    • 3
    • 6
  • Vivien M. Chen
    • 3
    • 5
    • 7
  1. 1.Departments of Clinical and Laboratory HaematologyInstitute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, WestmeadHospitalWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Sydney Centres for Thrombosis and HaemostasisWestmeadAustralia
  3. 3.ANZAC Research InstituteUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Blood, Stem Cell and Cancer Research UnitSt Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical ResearchSydneyAustralia
  5. 5.Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of MedicineUniversity Of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  6. 6.Department of Cardiology, Concord Repatriation General HospitalSydneyAustralia
  7. 7.Department of HaematologyConcord Repatriation General HospitalSydneyAustralia

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