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Supplementary Material for: Transient Monocytosis Subjugates Low Platelet Count in Adult Dengue Patients

posted on 03.03.2017, 08:41 by Tsai J.-J., Chang J.-S., Chang K., Chen P.-C., Liu L.-T., Ho T.-C., Tan S.S., Chien Y.-W, Lo Y.-C., Perng G.C.
Background: Dengue is one of the most important vector-borne human viral diseases globally. The kinetic changes of hematological parameters of dengue in adult Taiwanese patients have seldomly been systematically investigated and characterized. Methodology/Principal Findings: Serial laboratory data of 1,015 adult patients who were diagnosed with dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV2) and 3 (DENV3) infections in southern Taiwan were retrospectively examined. Prominent parameters were verified with specimens from a 2015 dengue outbreak. Higher absolute monocyte counts on day 5 in severe patients than mild fever subjects after the onset of fever was seen. The absolute number of monocytes was significantly greater in those with DENV2 than DENV3 infections in spite of subtle differences in laboratory tests. Platelet counts were lowest and activated partial thromboplastin time was highest on day 5 in patients with severe conditions. In addition, sudden downward platelet counts corresponding to a transient surge of monocytes on day 4 onward was observed. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis of peripheral blood mononuclear cells obtained from acute dengue patients and experimental investigations revealed that phagocytic effects of innate immune cells contribute to thrombocytopenia in dengue patients. Conclusion: Innate phagocytic cells play an essential role in low platelet counts in adult patients with dengue virus infections.