The study of clot retraction in vitro has been adopted as a simple and reproducible approach to assess platelet function. Plasma clots should retract away from the sides of a glass tube within a few hours allowing the rapid characterization of outside-in signaling through platelet integrin α(IIb)β(3). In this chapter, we describe the role of platelets in fibrin clot retraction and provide a detailed description of the methods used to assess this process.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/978-1-61779-307-3_8

Type

Chapter

Publication Date

2012

Volume

788

Pages

101 - 107

Keywords

Animals, Biological Assay, Blood Platelets, Clot Retraction, Fibrin, Humans, Mice