Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia/thrombosis in a transgenic mouse model requires human platelet factor 4 and platelet activation through FcgammaRIIA.

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Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia/thrombosis (HIT/HITT) is a severe, life-threatening complication that occurs in 1% to 3% of patients exposed to heparin. Interactions between heparin, human platelet factor 4 (hPF4), antibodies to the hPF4/heparin complex, and the platelet Fc receptor (FcR) for immunoglobulin G, FcgammaRIIA, are the proposed primary determinants of the disease on the basis of in vitro studies. The goal of this study was to create a mouse model that recapitulates the disease process in humans in order to understand the factors that predispose some patients to develop thrombocytopenia and thrombosis and to investigate new therapeutic approaches. Mice that express both human platelet FcgammaRIIA and hPF4 were generated. The FcgammaRIIA/hPF4 mice and controls, transgenic for either FcgammaRIIA or hPF4, were injected with KKO, a mouse monoclonal antibody specific for hPF4/heparin complexes, and then received heparin (20 U/d). Nadir platelet counts for KKO/heparin-treated FcgammaRIIA/hPF4 mice were 80% below baseline values, significantly different (P <.001) from similarly treated controls. FcgammaRIIA/hPF4 mice injected with KKO and 50 U/d heparin developed shock and showed fibrin-rich thrombi in multiple organs, including thrombosis in the pulmonary vasculature. This is the first mouse model of HIT to recapitulate the salient features of the human disease and demonstrates that FcgammaRIIA and hPF4 are both necessary and sufficient to replicate HIT/HITT in an animal model. This model should facilitate the identification of factors that modulate disease expression and the testing of novel therapeutic interventions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reilly, MP; Taylor, SM; Hartman, NK; Arepally, GM; Sachais, BS; Cines, DB; Poncz, M; McKenzie, SE

Published Date

  • October 15, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 98 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 2442 - 2447

PubMed ID

  • 11588041

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11588041

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-4971

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1182/blood.v98.8.2442


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States