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Cell Calcium. 2010 Dec;48(6):333-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ceca.2010.10.006. Epub 2010 Nov 20.

Protein kinase C alpha enhances sodium-calcium exchange during store-operated calcium entry in mouse platelets.

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  • 1School of Physiology and Pharmacology, Medical Sciences Building, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TD, United Kingdom.


A rise in intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) is necessary for platelet activation. A major component of the [Ca(2+)](i) elevation occurs through store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE). The aim of this study was to understand the contribution of the classical PKC isoform, PKCα to platelet SOCE, using platelets from PKCα-deficient mice. SOCE was reduced by approximately 50% in PKCα(-/-) platelets, or following treatment with bisindolylmaleimide I, a PKC inhibitor. However, TG-induced Mn(2+) entry was unaffected, which suggests that divalent cation entry through store-operated channels is not directly regulated. Blocking the autocrine action of secreted ADP or 5-HT on its receptors did not reproduce the effect of PKCα deficiency. In contrast, SN-6, a Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger inhibitor, did reduce SOCE to the same extent as loss of PKCα, as did replacing extracellular Na(+) with NMDG(+). These treatments had no further effect in PKCα(-/-) platelets. These data suggest that PKCα enhances the extent of SOCE in mouse platelets by regulating Ca(2+) entry through the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger.

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