The Cytoskeleton of Human Blood Platelets

  • James G. White
Part of the Blood Cell Biochemistry book series (BLBI, volume 2)


Blood platelets are deceptively simple cells. They circulate in the form of flattened disks, dwarfed by the larger erythrocytes and leukocytes surrounding them. The small size of the platelet and difficulty encountered in separating it from blood prevented its recognition for years after all other cellular elements had been defined (Robb-Smith, 1967). Identification was complicated further by problems involved in finding the origin of platelets (Howell, 1890). It was in 1906 that James Homer Wright finally dispelled the theory that platelets were produced by leukocytes (Wright, 1906). Using newly developed Romanowsky polychrome stains, he was able to follow the origin of platelets from fragmentation of megakaryocytes (Wright, 1910). However, as late as 1957 some workers still believed that platelets were products of other cells, such as the erythrocyte (Leiter, 1976).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James G. White
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  1. 1.Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and PediatricsUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA

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