Objectives: Analysis of platelet functional responses to stimuli is presently quite limited with respect to measurement of dense granule secretion. We sought to develop a nonradioactive assay of stimulated serotonin release using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Methods: Citrated whole blood (200 μL) was incubated with deuterated serotonin (d45-HT). Following uptake by platelets, blood was diluted 10-fold and aliquots were incubated with platelet stimuli. Following stimulation, blood was further diluted, centrifuged, and supernatant was assayed for released d45-HT by micro-LC-MS/MS. Results: This study demonstrated a broad linear range of 50 to 2,000 pg/mL d45-HT, with a total precision of less than 15.0% coefficient of variation at all quality control levels and a limit of quantitation of 50 pg/mL. Conclusions: Quantification of d45-HT by micro-LC-MS/MS assay offers a highly sensitive, nonradioactive methodology for quantitating platelet serotonin uptake and dense granule secretion, requiring only small volumes of patient blood.
- Dense granule secretion
- Nonradioactive serotonin release assay
- Platelet function
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine