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Agonists induce inside-out alphaIIbbeta3 signaling resulting in fibrinogen binding and platelet aggregation. These in turn trigger outside-in signaling resulting in further platelet stimulation. Because the Syk tyrosine kinase is activated during both phases of integrin signaling, we evaluated its role in alphaIIbbeta3 function in murine platelets rendered null for Syk by gene targeting and in human platelets incubated with piceatannol, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor reportedly selective for Syk. Both Syk null murine platelets and piceatannol-treated human platelets exhibited a partial, but statistically significant defect in activation of alphaIIbbeta3 by adenine diphosphate (ADP) +/- epinephrine as assessed by fibrinogen binding. Syk null platelets adhered normally to immobilized fibrinogen, and mice with these platelets exhibited normal tail bleeding times. In contrast, piceatannol treatment of human platelets completely inhibited platelet adhesion to immobilized fibrinogen. The discrepancy in extent of integrin dysfunction between murine and human platelet models may be due to lack of specificity of piceatannol, because this compound inhibited the activity of Src and FAK as well as Syk and also reduced tyrosine phosphorylation of multiple platelet proteins. These results provide genetic evidence that Syk plays a role in alphaIIbbeta3 signaling in platelets and pharmacological evidence that, although piceatannol also inhibits alphaIIbbeta3 signaling, it does so by inhibtion of multiple protein tyrosine kinases.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Blood

Publication Date

15/04/1999

Volume

93

Pages

2645 - 2652

Keywords

Animals, Bleeding Time, Blood Platelets, Enzyme Precursors, Fibrinogen, Genotype, Humans, In Vitro Techniques, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Liver, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Platelet Adhesiveness, Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors, Platelet Glycoprotein GPIIb-IIIa Complex, Protein-Tyrosine Kinases, Signal Transduction, Stilbenes, Syk Kinase