Choosing the right blood anticoagulant is a critical factor in the success of downstream applications with plasma, platelets, or cells. Certain anticoagulants can have deleterious effects on molecular assays, inhibit specific enzymes, alter cellular morphology, or interfere with coagulation. The anticoagulant mechanism of action directly determines the suitable recommended applications. Comprehending and utilizing the appropriate anticoagulant will contribute to a more accurate measurement or successful cellular assay.
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