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Image #   210091B
Name:   Mature platelet (thrombocyte)
Copyright:   Copyright 2011 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Description: Newly formed platelet (thrombocyte) after megakaryocyte differentiation. Platelets are formed in the red bone marrow, lungs, and spleen by fragmentation of very large cells known as megakaryocytes. Megakaryocytes release mature platelets in a complex process. Platelet production begins with the extension of large pseudopodia from the megakaryocyte cell surface that form thin tube-like cytoplasmic extensions (with bulbous thickenings) called proplatelets. As the proplatelet development continues small platelets are formed along the proplatelet processes. Thrombopoietin plays a role in inducing the megakaryocytes to form small proplatelet processes that then form immature platelets and eventually mature blood platelets. Shown in this image is a newly formed, mature, activated platelet after megakaryocyte differentiation. Mature activated platelets have numerous cytoplasmic extensions and channels of the open canalicular system (OCS) seen in this image. Each megakaryocyte produces and releases hundreds of platelets into the circulatory system. Nearly a trillion platelets circulate in an adult human and respond to blood vessel injury by changing shape, secreting granule contents, and aggregating. Platelets play an essential role in blood clotting and wound repair. They can also activate certain immune responses. Platelets in the blood are small oval disks and are termed nonactivated platelets (thrombocytes). Platelets serve as the body's first line of defense to prevent excessive blood loss. When an injury such as a cut is sustained, platelets change their shape (now known as activated platelets), become sticky and build up on a vessel wall to form a plug. They are also involved in the secretion of a chemical platelet factor which helps produce threads of fibrin. Bloods cells collect in the entangled fibrin and platelet mass forming a blood clot at the site.
Type: SEM
Magnification:* x5,335
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   210091B medical megakaryocyte megakaryocytes platelet platelets proplatelet proplatelets bone marrow bone marrow cell thrombocyte thrombocytes cord blood stem cell stem cells canalicular system SEM 06.01.11 pro-platelet proto-platelet proto-platelets protoplateletes protoplatelets hematopoietic stem cell hematopoietic stem cells blood thrombocyte blood thrombocytes human blood human blood thrombocyte human blood thrombocytes hematopoietic precursor cell hematopoietic precursor cells hematopoietic stem cell precursor cell hematopoietic stem cell precursor cells precursor cell precursor cells endomitosis megakaryocyte morphogenesis platelet formation platelet morphogenesis proplatelet formation proplatelet morphogenesis thrombopoiesis differentiated megakaryocyte differentiated megakaryocytes pseudopod pseudopodia pseudopodial extension pseudopodial extensions pseudopods cytoplasm cytoplasm extension cytoplasm extensions cytoplasmic extension cytoplasmic extensions circulation circulatory system activated platelet activated platelets blood blood clotting clot human body human platelet human platelets nonactivated platelet OCS open canalicular system blood clot fibrin fibrin clot hemoglobin human nonactivated platelets megakaryocyte differentiation thrombopoietin immature platelet immature platelets blood clots blood platelet blood platelets mature blood platelet mature blood platelets mature platelet mature platelets

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