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Responses to aggregating agents after cleavage of GPIb of human platelets by the O-sialoglycoprotein endoprotease from Pasteurella haemolytica- potential surrogates for Bernard-Soulier platelets?

Most proteolytic enzymes that cleave glycoprotein lb (GPlb) also cleave other glycoproteins or receptors on the surface of platelets. We have used an O-sialoglycoprotein endoprotease from Pasteurella haemolytica that selectively cleaves the heavily O-glycosylated GPlb, but does not cleave N-linked glycoproteins or unglycosylated proteins. Isolated, [14C]serotonin-labeled platelets in Tyrode-albumin solution were incubated with 10 microg/mL endoprotease for 60 minutes at 37 degrees C. These platelets did not release [14C]serotonin, had no detectable GPIb, and were unresponsive to ristocetin/von Willebrand factor. Compared with control platelets, aggregation and release of [14C]serotonin by the endoprotease-pretreated platelets were inhibited in response to low concentrations of thrombin, SFLLRN (the PAR-1-activating peptide), collagen, and U46619 (a thromboxane A(2) mimetic); aggregates were smaller in size. The presence of fibrinogen overcame the inhibition of responses induced by SFLLRN, collagen, and U46619. With fibrinogen, primary ADP-induced aggregation was scarcely affected by pretreatment with the endoprotease. Thus, the PAR-1 receptor for thrombin, and receptors for collagen, thromboxane A(2), fibrinogen (GPIIb/IIIa), and ADP appear to function normally on the endoprotease-pretreated platelets. Since only GPIb is cleaved by the endoprotease, these platelets seem to provide potential surrogates for Bernard-Soulier syndrome platelets for further studies of platelet functions in this condition.[1]


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