The immunohistological detection of platelets, megakaryocytes and thrombi in routinely processed specimens

Histopathology. 1988 Sep;13(3):257-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2559.1988.tb02037.x.


The production and characterization of a new monoclonal antibody, Y2/51, against platelet glycoprotein IIIa is described. A useful feature of this antibody is its ability to recognize platelets and megakaryocytes in formalin-fixed routinely processed material. It could also be used to reveal platelets both in thrombi in large vessels and in microthrombi too small to be readily apparent on conventional microscopic examination. For this purpose it was helpful to use the antibody in conjunction with a new monoclonal reagent (Ret40f) against red cell sialoglycoprotein beta which detects red cells and their precursors in routinely processed tissue. The use of these antibodies should be valuable for the detection of thrombi in a variety of situations such as renal transplant rejection, coronary artery disease and vasculitis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal* / analysis
  • Blood Platelets / immunology*
  • Bone Marrow / immunology
  • Humans
  • Megakaryocytes / immunology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Platelet Membrane Glycoproteins / immunology*
  • Thrombosis / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Platelet Membrane Glycoproteins