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Thrombin receptor signalling in platelets: PAR1, but not PAR4, is rapidly desensitized
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Platelets play a key role in primary haemostasis but are also related to the pathogenesis of arterial thrombosis. Thrombin is the most effective agonist inducing platelet activation. Human platelets express two G-protein coupled thrombin receptors (GPCRs), called protease activated receptor (PAR)1 and PAR4. The aim of this study was to clarify differences in the activities of PAR1 and PAR4, especially focusing on their resistance towards the platelet inhibitor nitric oxide (NO) and their ability to undergo desensitization. For this, PAR1- and PAR4- activating peptides (APs) (SFLLRN and AYPGKF, respectively) were used. Different aspects of platelet activities were studied: aggregation and the rise in intracellular Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i). Aggregation was analyzed with lumiaggregometry, and [Ca2+]i were studied using the fura-2 method. PKC substrate phosphorylation and the expression of PAR1 surface receptors were also analyzed, using Western blot and flow cytometry, respectively. The results from this study showed that NO exerted similar inhibitory effects on the two thrombin receptors. However, PAR1 and PAR4 differed in their ability to undergo desensitization. In cumulative dose-response studies, a low concentration of PAR1-AP induced desensitization of platelets towards higher PAR1-AP concentrations. This was not the case when studying PAR4-AP. The mechanism behind the desensitization of PAR1 to some part involved PKC, at least when studying the mobilization of intracellular Ca2+. PAR1 desensitization did not seem to involve receptor internalization and neither did it affect the activity of PAR4. This thus suggests that PAR4 might be a more suitable therapeutic target in the future management of thrombosis.

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2009. , 24 p.
Keyword [en]
Nitric oxide, PAR1, PAR4, platelets, receptor desensitization
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18455ISRN: LITH-IFM-A-EX--—09/2128—SEOAI: diva2:221737
Schrödinger (English)
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2009-06-09 Created: 2009-05-27 Last updated: 2011-09-21Bibliographically approved

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