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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Feb 18;100(4):1978-83. Epub 2003 Feb 10.

Molecular bases of defective signal transduction in the platelet P2Y12 receptor of a patient with congenital bleeding.

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  • 1A. Bianchi Bonomi Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico-Ospedale Maggiore, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy.


We have identified structural attributes required for signal transduction through a seven-transmembrane-domain receptor. Platelets from a patient (AC) with a congenital bleeding disorder had normal shape change but reduced and reversible aggregation in response to 4 microM ADP, similar to normal platelets with blocked P2Y(12) receptor. The response to 20 microM ADP, albeit still decreased, was more pronounced and was reduced by a P2Y(12) antagonist, indicating some residual receptor function. ADP failed to lower the adenylyl cyclase activity stimulated by prostaglandin E(1) in the patient's platelets, even though the number and affinity of 2-methylthioadenosine 5'-[(33)P]diphosphate-binding sites was normal. Analysis of the patient's P2Y(12) gene revealed a G-to-A transition in one allele, changing the codon for Arg-256 in the sixth transmembrane domain to Gln, and a C-to-T transition in the other allele, changing the codon for Arg-265 in the third extracellular loop to Trp. Neither mutation interfered with receptor surface expression but both altered function, since ADP inhibited the forskolin-induced increase of cAMP markedly less in cells transfected with either mutant P2Y(12) as compared with wild-type receptor. These studies delineate a region of P2Y(12) required for normal function after ADP binding.

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