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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 51-58

Impact of storage, leukofiltration, and ascorbic acid fortification on red cell-derived microparticles in stored packed red blood cells: A flow cytometric and procoagulant study

1 Department of Clinical and Chemical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Department of Clinical and Chemical Pathology, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

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Dr. Raghda Fouda
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joah.joah_76_19

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INTRODUCTION: During blood storage, red blood cells (RBCs) undergo changes termed “storage lesion” including shape modification and microparticles (MPs) production, as well as oxidative injury to lipids and proteins. OBJECTIVE: We studied the impact of storage on RBCs by quantification of red cell MPs and their potential procoagulant activity (PCA). The antioxidant effect of ascorbic acid (AA) was assessed, as a proposed additive, to improve stored RBC quality. METHODS: Forty randomly selected packed red cell units (filtered and nonfiltered) were sampled weekly over 35 days of storage. Flow cytometric and coagulation tests were performed on MPs isolated from erythrocyte concentrates. RBCs were either in citrate phosphate dextrose adenine-1 (CPDA1) only (standard storage) or CPDA1 with AA (Vitamin C) in three concentrations. RESULTS: Red cell MPs progressively increased over 35 days of storage. Filtration efficiently reduced the production of MPs (P < 0.001). PCA increased significantly on storage assessed by the shortened coagulation time (P < 0.001). A strong inverse correlation between coagulation time and Annexin V positive MPs was found, (r = −0.723, P < 0.001), and the dual-positive population. This highlights the strong correlation between the functional assay (PCA) and the direct quantitative assay (flow cytometry). The red cells fortified with AA demonstrated a reduction in the accumulation of RBC MPs by almost 50% compared to standard storage in CPDA-1 alone in an evident dose-dependent manner. CONCLUSION: We concluded that MPs increase on storage with increased PCA. AA reduced MPs production which can be possible additive for further research in the future

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