Wall shear rates in human and mouse arteries: Standardization of hemodynamics for in vitro blood flow assays: Communication from the ISTH SSC subcommittee on biorheology

M.A. Panteleev*, N. Korin, K.D. Reesink, D.L. Bark, J.M.E.M. Cosemans, E.E. Gardiner, P.H. Mangin

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Hemodynamics play a central role in hemostasis and thrombosis by affecting all aspects linked to platelet functions and coagulation. In vitro flow devices are extensively used in basic research, pharmacological studies, antiplatelet agent screening, and development of diagnostic tools. Because hemodynamic conditions vary tremendously throughout the vascular tree and among different (patho)physiological processes, it is important to use flow conditions based on relevant biorheological reference ranges. Surprisingly, it is particularly difficult to find a concise overview of relevant hemodynamic parameters in various human and mouse vessels. To our knowledge, this is the first time an inventory of flow conditions in healthy, non-diseased, human and mouse vessels has been created. The objective of providing such a repertoire is to aid researchers in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis in choosing rheological conditions relevant in in vitro flow experiments and to promote harmonization of flow-based assays to facilitate comparative evaluations between studies. With reference to the human, we discuss relevant similarities and discrepancies in wall shear rates in the mouse, which are typically one order of magnitude greater in agreement with allometric scaling laws between species. Importantly, we bring the attention of the researchers to the fact that the relevant range of average wall shear rates in human arteries where clinically relevant arterial thrombosis occurs may fall as low as 100 to 200 s(-1), thus significantly overlapping with what are considered "venous" shear rates. The same range for the murine arteries used for arterial thrombosis models may significantly exceed 1000 s(-1) reaching values considered to be "pathological."
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-595
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


  • arteries
  • humans
  • mice
  • thrombosis

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