Blood flow patterns spatially associated with platelet aggregates in murine colitis

Lino F. Miele, Aslihan Turhan, Grace S. Lee, Miao Lin, Dino Ravnic, Akira Tsuda, Moritz A. Konerding, Steven J. Mentzer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

24 Scopus citations


In the normal murine mucosal plexus, blood flow is generally smooth and continuous. In inflammatory conditions, such as chemically-induced murine colitis, the mucosal plexus demonstrates markedly abnormal flow patterns. The inflamed mucosal plexus is associated with widely variable blood flow velocity as well as discontinuous and even bidirectional flow. To investigate the mechanisms responsible for these blood flow patterns, we used intravital microscopic examination of blood flow within the murine mucosal plexus during dextran sodium sulphate-and trinitrobenzene-sulfonic acid-induced colitis. The blood flow patterns within the mucosal plexus demonstrated flow exclusion in 18% of the vessel segments (P < 0.01). Associated with these segmental exclusions was significant variation in neighboring flow velocities. Intravascular injection of fluorescent platelets demonstrated platelet incorporation into both fixed and rolling platelet aggregates. Rolling platelet aggregates (mean velocity 113 μm/sec; range, 14-186 μm/sec) were associated with reversible occlusions and flow variations within the mucosal plexus. Gene expression profiles of microdissected mucosal plexus demonstrated enhanced expression of genes for CCL3, CXCL1, CCL2, CXCL5, CCL7, CCL8, and II-1b (P < 0.01), and decreased expression of CCL6 (P < 0.01). These results suggest that platelet aggregation, activated by the inflammatory mileau, contributes to the complex flow dynamics observed in acute murine colitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1143-1153
Number of pages11
JournalAnatomical Record
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Biotechnology
  • Histology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Blood flow patterns spatially associated with platelet aggregates in murine colitis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this