Differential antiplatelet effects of various glycoprotein IIb-IIIa antagonists

Timm Dickfeld, Andreas Ruf, Gisela Pogatsa-Murray, Iris Muller, Bernd Engelmann, Winfried Taubitz, Jorg Fischer, Oliver Meier, Meinrad Gawaz

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The blockade of platelet glycoprotein IIb-IIIa (GPIIb-IIIa) was recently introduced as a new antiplatelet strategy. At present, various GPIIb-IIIa inhibitors are available to treat patients with acute coronary syndrome or when undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions. The current study systematically evaluates the antiplatelet effects of GPIIb-IIIa inhibitors in clinical use. Using conformation-dependent monoclonal antibodies [ligand-induced binding sites (LIBS-1), PMI-1] and flow cytometry, we showed that the GPIIb-IIIa antagonists abciximab, integrelin, lamifiban, and tirofiban, but not EMD 122347 or YM 337, induced LIBS activity of platelet GPIIb-IIIa. The LIBS activity of GPIIb-IIIa antagonists correlates with a proaggregatory response of fixed platelets pretreated with GPIIb-IIIa antagonists (intrinsic activity). All tested GPIIb-IIIa antagonists completely inhibit concentration-dependent ADP (20 μmol/l)-induced aggregation. In contrast, substantial TRAP (25 μmol/l)-induced platelet aggregation still occurs even at high inhibitor concentrations of the tested GPIIb-IIIa antagonists. In addition, we show that GPIIb-IIIa antagonists are poor inhibitors of platelet release reaction (ATP and P-selectin secretion) especially when strong agonists such as TRAP are used to activate platelets. Inhibition of platelet procoagulant activity (thrombin generation) by GPIIb-IIIa antagonists is dependent on the type and concentration of antagonists and on the strength of stimulus (thrombin, tissue factor) used to induce platelet-dependent thrombin generation. The present data show that significant pharmacological differences exist between GPIIb-IIIa antagonists that may have consequences for antithrombotic strategies and for future drug development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalThrombosis Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggregation
  • GPIIb-IIIa inhibitors
  • Intrinsic activity
  • LIBS induction
  • Platelets
  • Procoagulant activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Hematology


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