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Biochem J. 1996 Mar 15;314 ( Pt 3):769-79.

Exposure of ligand-binding sites on platelet integrin alpha IIB/beta 3 by phosphorylation of the beta 3 subunit.

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Department of Haematology, University Hospital Utrecht, The Netherlands.


The exposure of ligand-binding sites for adhesive proteins on platelet integrin alpha IIB/beta 3 (glycoprotein IIB/IIIA) by platelet-activating (PAF) is transient, whereas sites exposed by alpha-thrombin remain accessible. The same difference is seen in the phosphorylation of the beta 3 subunit. Inhibition of protein kinases (1 microM staurosporine) and protein kinase C (10 microM bisindolylmaleimide) closes binding sites exposed by both agonists and induces dephosphorylation of beta 3. Inhibition of Tyr-kinases (20 microM Herbimycin A) has only a slight effect. Inhibition of Ser/Thr-phosphatases (1 microM okadaic acid, 30 s preincubation) changes the transient exposure and beta phosphorylation by PAF into the 'permanent' patterns induced by alpha-thrombin. Inhibition of Tyr-phosphatases (100 microM vanadate) has little effect. Preincubation with okadaic acid makes exposed binding sites and phosphorylated beta 3 insensitive to staurosporine, resulting in exposed alpha IIB/beta 3 independent of concurrent phosphorylation/dephosphorylation. The stoichiometry of beta 3 phosphorylation by alpha-thrombin is 0.80+/-0.10. Thus, one of the mechanisms that regulates exposure and closure of ligand-binding sites on the alpha IIb/beta 3 is phosphorylation/dephosphorylation of a Ser/Thr-residue in the beta 3 subunit.

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