Can platelets be cultured?

In practice, the type of platelet donation (apheresis or whole blood-derived platelets) has dictated the bacterial detection approach. Most blood collection centers culture apheresis platelets (derived from single donors), and release the unit after the culture has incubated between 24-36 hours.

What are cell platelets?

Platelets, or thrombocytes, are small, colorless cell fragments in our blood that form clots and stop or prevent bleeding. Platelets are made in our bone marrow, the sponge-like tissue inside our bones. Bone marrow contains stem cells that develop into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

What is the process of platelets?

Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding. If one of your blood vessels gets damaged, it sends out signals to the platelets. The platelets then rush to the site of damage and form a plug (clot) to fix the damage.

What is human platelet lysate?

Human platelet lysate is a growth factor-rich cell culture supplement derived from healthy donor human platelets at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-licensed and Health Canada-licensed blood centers. Multiple donor units are pooled during manufacturing to minimize lot-to-lot variability.

What does bacterial contamination look like?

Bacterial contamination is easily detected by visual inspection of the culture within a few days of it becoming infected; Infected cultures usually appear cloudy (i.e., turbid), sometimes with a thin film on the surface. Sudden drops in the pH of the culture medium is also frequently encountered.

What is the most common cause of bacterial contamination of platelet products?

Contamination at the time of blood collection is the major cause of bacterial contamination of platelet units. The majority of organisms present in both culture studies and case reports of platelet-associated sepsis is usually normal skin flora as it may be virtually impossible to totally decontaminate human skin.

Are platelets immune cells?

In sum, platelets are not only innate and inflammatory cells themselves, but they can also assist, depending on the circumstances, adaptive immunity. They do not only assist immunity as has long been thought, but are immune cells.

Why platelet test is done?

A platelet count may be used: To screen for or diagnose various diseases and conditions that can cause problems with blood clot formation. It may be used as part of the workup of a bleeding disorder, bone marrow disease, or excessive clotting disorder, to name just a few.

Are platelets red blood cells?

Unlike red and white blood cells, platelets are not actually cells but rather small fragments of cells. Platelets help the blood clotting process (or coagulation) by gathering at the site of an injury, sticking to the lining of the injured blood vessel, and forming a platform on which blood coagulation can occur.

How do you prepare platelet lysate?


  1. Starting material. Start with platelet rich plasma (PRP) units prepared by cytapheresis or derived from buffy coats.
  2. Sterility check.
  3. Freezing of PRP units.
  4. Thawing of HPL units.
  5. Pooling of HPL units.
  6. Portioning of the pHPL.
  7. Re-freezing of the pHPL aliquots.
  8. Re-thawing and portioning of the pHPL aliquots.

What is fetal bovine serum used for?

Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is used as a growth supplement for the in vitro cell culture of eukaryotic cells. Animal sera—both bovine and non-bovine sera—are used in cell culture applications with the most widely used being fetal bovine serum (FBS).

How do you get rid of bacteria in cell culture?

If you want to avoid the bacterial contamination in the cell culture lab then you should do fumigation (potassium permanganant and Formaldehyde) in the lab. you would add antibiotics in the DMEM medium, it will be helpful to you.

Can You culture megakaryocytes instead of platelets?

You can culture megakaryocytes instead. If you mean storing platelets rather than culturing them, then you are looking for one of the Holy Grails of transfusion medicine. As Nilo correctly points out they are end stage cell fragments derived from megakaryocytes, don’t have a nucleus and therefore don’t divide.

How long can you store a platelet culture?

As Dr. Nilo and Dr.Barry mentioned platelets lacks nucleus, so trying them to culture is difficult task, One can store it for maximum 4 days at blood banking condition.

How long does it take to prepare platelets for research?

For research purpose It always advisable to use fresh blood to prepare platelets by differential centrifugation/ gel filtration and isolated platelets should be used within 3 to 4 hours of preparation (to get good response with agonist). Some studies shows long term storage of purified platelets releases some pro-inflammatory proteins too.

What kind of media do platelets aggregate in?

Platelets love to aggregate in the presence of physiological calcium. It’s worth a mention that platelet storage media contain stuff like citrate (109mM if memory serves) to chelate most of the calcium.