Magnesium maintains endothelial integrity, up-regulates proteolysis of ultra-large von Willebrand factor, and reduces platelet aggregation under flow conditions. Academic Article uri icon


  • Mg (++) regulates endothelial functions and has anti-inflammatory effects. Its effects on thrombosis have been demonstrated, but the mechanism remains poorly understood. We investigated the roles of MgSO(4) in regulating the release and cleavage of the prothrombotic ultra-large (UL) von Willebrand factor (VWF) and VWF-mediated platelet adhesion and aggregation. Washed platelets were perfused over cultured endothelial cells from human umbilical cord veins under a shear stress of 2.5 dyn/cm(2). Release and cleavage of ULVWF by ADAMTS-13 was measured in the absence or presence of physiological or therapeutic levels of MgSO(4). Whole blood or plasma-free reconstituted blood was perfused over immobilized collagen to measure the effect of MgSO(4) on platelet adhesion and aggregation. Also studied were the effects of MgSO(4) on ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation andVWF-collagen interaction. Maintenance of endothelial integrity required physiological levels of MgSO(4), but exogenous MgSO(4) showed no additional benefits. Exogenous MgSO(4) significantly enhanced the cleavage of the newly released ULVWF strings by ADAMTS-13 and markedly reduced platelet aggregation on immobilized collagen under flow conditions. This effect is likely to be mediated through VWF as Mg(++) partially inhibited ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation and VWF binding to collagen. MgSO(4) is critical for maintaining endothelial integrity and regulates ULVWF proteolysis and aggregation under flow conditions. These results provide a new insight into additional mechanisms involved with magnesium therapy.

published proceedings

  • Thromb Haemost

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Dong, J., Cruz, M. A., Aboulfatova, K., Martin, C., Choi, H., Bergeron, A. L., ... Kent, T. A.

citation count

  • 33

complete list of authors

  • Dong, Jing-fei||Cruz, Miguel A||Aboulfatova, Khatira||Martin, Cecilia||Choi, Hiuwan||Bergeron, Angela L||Martini, Sheryl R||Kroll, Michael H||Kent, Thomas A

publication date

  • March 2008