We measured and compared the levels of plasma monocyte-derived microparticles (MDMP) and platelet activation markers [plasma platelet-derived microparticles (PDMP), CD62P binding to platelets; plt-CD62P, CD63 binding to platelets; plt-CD63], to develop a better understanding of their potential contribution to vascular complications of lung cancer. The concentrations of MDMP and PDMP in lung cancer patients were significantly higher (P < 0.01) than those in normal subjects. Levels of plt-CD62P and plt-CD63 were significantly higher (P < 0.001 for each) in lung cancer patients than in controls. Levels of sE-selectin were also higher in lung cancer patients than in control subjects. MDMP correlated positively with plt-CD62P, plt-CD63, and PDMP with its relation to PDMP being particularly significant. The number of MDMPs and PDMPs are patients who are non-small cell lung cancer were significantly higher than that in small cell lung cancer patients. In addition, levels of sE-selectin were higher in non-small cell lung cancer than in small cell lung cancer patients. These findings suggest that elevated MDMPs may be a sign of vascular complication in lung cancer patients, particularly those who suffer from non-small cell lung cancer.
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