Platelets play a major role in the complex interactions involved in blood coagulation via multiple mechanisms. As reported in this issue, Schoergenhofer et al. tested the hypothesis that platelet inhibition by prasugrel, a potent platelet P2Y12 ADP receptor antagonist, attenuates the effect of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on the blood coagulation system in healthy human subjects. LPS, a bacterial product with potent pro-inflammatory and pro-thrombotic effects, plays a central role in sepsis. It activates monocytes and endothelial cells via Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 and other TLRs to stimulate production of TF and other pro-coagulant molecules, chemokines and cytokines. Treatment with prasugrel did not decrease biomarkers of coagulaion. A better understanding of the relative roles of platelet and coagulation mechanisms in triggering the pro-thrombotic state may lead to more effective antithrombotic strategies.

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