Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence

Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
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Platelets Contribute to BBB Disruption Induced by HIV and Alcohol

Madhavan Nair, Maria Jose MB, Marisela Agudelo, Adriana Yndart and Mayra E Vargas-Rivera

The role of platelets in the neurological diseases that underlie cognitive impairment has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Multiple pathways in platelets contribute to host defenses, as well as to CNS function. In the current study, we hypothesize that the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) is disrupted when exposed to platelets from patients with triple Co-morbidity (hazardous alcohol users+ HIV+ thrombocytopenia), compared to those with dual, single or no morbidity (HIV only, alcohol only or healthy controls).