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FEBS Lett. 2000 Jun 9;475(1):57-60.

Thrombin stimulation of platelets causes an increase in phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate revealed by mass assay.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, CB2 1QJ, Cambridge, UK.


Phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate (PtdIns5P), a novel inositol lipid, has been shown to be the major substrate for the type II PtdInsP kinases (PIPkins) ┬┐Rameh et al. (1997) Nature 390, 192-196. A PtdInsP fraction was prepared from cell extracts by neomycin chromatography, using a protocol devised to eliminate the interaction of acidic solvents with plasticware, since this was found to inhibit the enzyme. The PtdIns5P in this fraction was measured by incubating with ┬┐gamma-(32)PATP and recombinant PIPkin IIalpha, and quantifying the radiolabelled PtdInsP(2) formed. This assay was used on platelets to show that during 10 min stimulation with thrombin, the mass level of PtdIns5P increases, implying the existence of an agonist-stimulated synthetic mechanism.

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