Inhibition of platelet aggregation by prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) in diabetic patients during therapy with clopidogrel and aspirin

Rolf P. Kreutz, Perry Nystrom, Yvonne Kreutz, Jia Miao, Richard Kovacs, Zeruesenay Desta, David A. Flockhart, Yan Jin

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with increased platelet activation and reduced platelet inhibition by clopidogrel. Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) stimulates adenyl cyclase activity in platelets and increases cyclic AMP concentrations, which inhibit Ca2+release and platelet aggregation induced by P2Y1 receptor activation. PGE1 is included in the VerifyNow P2Y12 assay to suppress P2Y1 induced platelet aggregation. We hypothesized that diabetes mellitus may be associated with altered response to PGE1 in subjects treated with clopidogrel. Subjects with established coronary artery disease who were taking clopidogrel 75 mg daily and aspirin for >14 days were enrolled (n = 96). Diabetic (n = 34) were compared with non-diabetic subjects (n = 62). VerifyNow P2Y12 assay and light transmittance aggregometry (LTA) were performed using ADP as agonist with and without addition of PGE1. Genomic DNA was genotyped for common cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2C19 variants using Taqman assays. Residual on-treatment platelet aggregation induced by 20 μM ADP was not significantly different between subjects with and without DM. Addition of 22 nM and 88 nM PGE1 to 20 μM ADP resulted in a significant reduction of maximal platelet aggregation (MPA). Residual LTA platelet aggregation with PGE1 and VerifyNow P2Y12 platelet reactivity were significantly higher in subjects with DM than those without DM and in carriers of CYP 2C19*2 polymorphism. We conclude that an impaired inhibitory response to PGE1 may contribute to the high platelet reactivity phenotype in subjects with DM treated with clopidogrel. Addition of PGE1 to ADP agonist platelet assays may identify subjects with blunted inhibitory response to prostaglandins and result in a higher proportion of subjects with DM being classified as non-responders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 11 2013


  • Aggregation
  • Clopidogrel
  • Diabetes
  • Platelet
  • Prostaglandin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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