Protease-activated receptor 4 activity promotes platelet granule release and platelet-leukocyte interactions.

Rigg RA, Healy LD, Chu TT, Ngo ATP, Mitrugno A, Zilberman-Rudenko J, Aslan JE, Hinds MT, Vecchiarelli LD, Morgan TK, Gruber A, Temple KJ, Lindsley CW, Duvernay MT, Hamm HE, McCarty OJT
Platelets. 2019 30 (1): 126-135

PMID: 30560697 · PMCID: PMC6397092 · DOI:10.1080/09537104.2017.1406076

Human platelets express two protease-activated receptors (PARs), PAR1 (F2R) and PAR4 (F2RL3), which are activated by a number of serine proteases that are generated during pathological events and cause platelet activation. Recent interest has focused on PAR4 as a therapeutic target, given PAR4 seems to promote experimental thrombosis and procoagulant microparticle formation, without a broadly apparent role in hemostasis. However, it is not yet known whether PAR4 activity plays a role in platelet-leukocyte interactions, which are thought to contribute to both thrombosis and acute or chronic thrombo-inflammatory processes. We sought to determine whether PAR4 activity contributes to granule secretion from activated platelets and platelet-leukocyte interactions. We performed in vitro and ex vivo studies of platelet granule release and platelet-leukocyte interactions in the presence of PAR4 agonists including PAR4 activating peptide, thrombin, cathepsin G, and plasmin in combination with small-molecule PAR4 antagonists. Activation of human platelets with thrombin, cathepsin G, or plasmin potentiated platelet dense granule secretion that was specifically impaired by PAR4 inhibitors. Platelet-leukocyte interactions and platelet P-selectin exposure the following stimulation with PAR4 agonists were also impaired by activated PAR4 inhibition in either a purified system or in whole blood. These results indicate PAR4-specific promotion of platelet granule release and platelet-leukocyte aggregate formation and suggest that pharmacological control of PAR4 activity could potentially attenuate platelet granule release or platelet-leukocyte interaction-mediated pathological processes.

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Animals Biomarkers Blood Platelets Cell Communication Cytoplasmic Granules Flow Cytometry Humans Leukocytes Male Papio Platelet Activation Platelet Aggregation Receptors, Thrombin

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