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Keywords:

  • Clopidogrel;
  • hemostasis;
  • hereditary;
  • platelet aggregation;
  • platelet disorders

Abstract: A novel hereditary disorder of platelets was identified across 5 generations of a family of Greater Swiss Mountain dogs. The first dog identified with the mutation bled excessively following routine ovariohysterectomy and required multiple transfusions. Coagulation screening assays, platelet counts, and von Willebrand factor antigen activity were within reference intervals. Flow cytometric studies indicated that platelets from the affected dog expressed normal levels of glycoproteins IIb and IIIa and responded to 2 platelet-activating agents, convulxin and platelet-activating factor, but not to ADP. Based on DNA studies, a 3 base-pair deletion predicted to result in elimination of a serine from the extracellular domain was identified in the gene encoding P2Y12, an ADP receptor protein located on platelet membranes. Flow cytometric analysis of platelets and studies of DNA performed concurrently on 2 unrelated Greater Swiss Mountain dogs were unremarkable. The mutation was subsequently identified in the sire, the maternal grand-dam, a maternal great grandparent, a paternal great grandparent, and a great-great grandparent. The sire was homozygous, but had not yet been identified as having a hemostatic disorder; the other 4 dogs were carriers. This is the first report of a mutation in the gene encoding the ADP receptor P2Y12 in a domestic animal. P2Y12 is the same receptor targeted by ticlopidine and clopidogrel, platelet inhibitors used in lieu of aspirin in people at risk for cardiovascular disease; thus, spontaneous bleeding is not expected unless there are other contributing factors. This disorder is particularly troublesome because spontaneous hemorrhage is absent to mild in affected dogs; however, following routine surgical procedures or trauma, excessive bleeding could occur and have possible fatal consequences.