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CLEC-2 is not required for platelet aggregation at arteriolar shear

Hughes, C. E. ORCID:, Navarro-Núñez, L., Finney, B. A., Mourão-Sá, D., Pollitt, A. Y. and Watson, S. P. (2010) CLEC-2 is not required for platelet aggregation at arteriolar shear. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 8 (10). pp. 2328-2332. ISSN 1538-7933

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The C-type lectin receptor CLEC-2 is expressed primarily on the surface of platelets, where it is present as a dimer, and is found at low level on a subpopulation of other hematopoietic cells, including mouse neutrophils [1–4] Clustering of CLEC-2 by the snake venom toxin rhodocytin, specific antibodies or its endogenous ligand, podoplanin, elicits powerful activation of platelets through a pathway that is similar to that used by the collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI) [4–6]. The cytosolic tail of CLEC-2 contains a conserved YxxL sequence preceded by three upstream acidic amino acid residues, which together form a novel motif known as a hemITAM. Ligand engagement induces tyrosine phosphorylation of the hemITAM sequence providing docking sites for the tandem-SH2 domains of the tyrosine kinase Syk across a CLEC-2 receptor dimer [3]. Tyrosine phosphorylation of Syk by Src family kinases and through autophosphorylation leads to stimulation of a downstream signaling cascade that culminates in activation of phospholipase C γ2 (PLCγ2) [4,6]. Recently, CLEC-2 has been proposed to play a major role in supporting activation of platelets at arteriolar rates of flow [1]. Injection of a CLEC-2 antibody into mice causes a sustained depletion of the C-type lectin receptor from the platelet surface [1]. The CLEC-2-depleted platelets were unresponsive to rhodocytin but underwent normal aggregation and secretion responses after stimulation of other platelet receptors, including GPVI [1]. In contrast, there was a marked decrease in aggregate formation relative to controls when CLEC-2-depleted blood was flowed at arteriolar rates of shear over collagen (1000 s−1 and 1700 s−1) [1]. Furthermore, antibody treatment significantly increased tail bleeding times and mice were unable to occlude their vessels after ferric chloride injury [1]. These data provide evidence for a critical role for CLEC-2 in supporting platelet aggregation at arteriolar rates of flow. The underlying mechanism is unclear as platelets do not express podoplanin, the only known endogenous ligand of CLEC-2. In the present study, we have investigated the role of CLEC-2 in platelet aggregation and thrombus formation using platelets from a novel mutant mouse model that lacks functional CLEC-2.

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