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The Gi-coupled P2Y12 Receptor Regulates Diacylglycerol-mediated Signaling in Human Platelets*

By Gianni F. Guidetti, Paolo Lova, Bruno Bernardi, Francesca Campus, Gianluca Baldanzi, Andrea Graziani, Cesare Balduini and Mauro Torti


Stimulation of Gq-coupled receptors activates phospholipase C and is supposed to promote both intracellular Ca2+ mobilization and protein kinase C (PKC) activation. We found that ADP-induced phosphorylation of pleckstrin, the main platelet substrate for PKC, was completely inhibited not only by an antagonist of the Gq-coupled P2Y1 receptor but also upon blockade of the Gi-coupled P2Y12 receptor. The role of Gi on PKC regulation required stimulation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase rather than inhibition of adenylyl cyclase. P2Y12 antagonists also inhibited pleckstrin phosphorylation, Rap1b activation, and platelet aggregation induced upon Gq stimulation by the thromboxane A2 analogue U46619. Importantly, activation of phospholipase C and intracellular Ca2+ mobilization occurred normally. Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate overcame the inhibitory effect of P2Y12 receptor blockade on PKC activation but not on Rap1b activation and platelet aggregation. By contrast, inhibition of diacylglycerol kinase restored both PKC and Rap1b activity and caused platelet aggregation. Stimulation of P2Y12 receptor or direct inhibition of diacylglycerol kinase potentiated the effect of membrane-permeable sn-1,2-dioctanoylglycerol on platelet aggregation and pleckstrin phosphorylation, in association with inhibition of its phosphorylation to phosphatidic acid. These results reveal a novel and unexpected role of the Gi-coupled P2Y12 receptor in the regulation of diacylglycerol-mediated events in activated platelets

Topics: Mechanisms of Signal Transduction
Publisher: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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