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Stimulation of platelets by collagen leads to activation of a tyrosine kinase cascade resulting in secretion and aggregation. We have recently shown that this pathway involves rapid tyrosine phosphorylation of an Fc receptor gamma chain, which contains an immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM), enabling interaction with the tandem SH2 domains of the tyrosine kinase Syk. Activation of Syk lies upstream of tyrosine phosphorylation of phospholipase Cgamma2. In the present study we sought to test directly the role of the ITAM/Syk interaction and the role of the Src-related kinases in collagen receptor signaling using mouse megakaryocytes. We demonstrate that the calcium-mobilizing action of a collagen-related peptide (CRP) is kinase-dependent, inhibited by the microinjection of the tandem SH2 domains of Syk and abolished in Syk-deficient mice. Furthermore, the CRP response is abolished by the Src family kinase inhibitor PP1 and inhibited in Fyn-deficient mice. In contrast, the calcium response to the G-protein-linked receptor agonist thrombin is not significantly altered under these conditions. These results provide direct evidence of the functional importance of Fyn and Syk in collagen receptor signaling and support the megakaryocyte as a model for the study of proteins involved in this pathway.


Journal article


J Biol Chem

Publication Date





27539 - 27542


Animals, Calcium, Carrier Proteins, Enzyme Inhibitors, Enzyme Precursors, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Male, Megakaryocytes, Mice, Mice, Inbred BALB C, Microinjections, Phosphotransferases, Protein-Tyrosine Kinases, Proteins, Proto-Oncogene Proteins, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fyn, Signal Transduction, Staurosporine, Syk Kinase