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The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor afatinib is used for the treatment of several malignancies. Afatinib is at least partially effective by triggering apoptosis of tumor cells. Platelets may similarly undergo apoptosis, which is characterized by caspase 3 activation, cell shrinkage and phosphatidylserine translocation. However, an effect of afatinib on platelets has never been reported. The present study explored whether treatment of platelets with afatinib modifies platelet activation and apoptosis in the absence and presence of platelet activators thrombin or collagen related peptide (CRP).
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