Platelets modulate clotting behavior by ‘feeling’ their surroundings

22 septiembre 2014

Platelets respond to surfaces with greater stiffness by increasing their stickiness, the degree to which they «turn on» other platelets and other components of the clotting system, researchers have found. Platelets, the tiny cell fragments whose job it is to stop bleeding, are very simple. And yet they have proven to be «smarter than we give them credit for,» researchers have found.