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J Biol Chem. 1998 Jun 5;273(23):14081-4.

A type II phosphoinositide 3-kinase is stimulated via activated integrin in platelets. A source of phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate.

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Kimmel Cancer Institute and Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA.


We have observed that aggregation of human platelets, caused by activation of integrin alphaIIb beta3 and its consequent binding of fibrinogen, stimulates a novel pathway for synthesis of phosphatidylinositol 3,4bisphosphate, thereby activating protein kinase B/Akt. Such synthesis depends upon both the generation of phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PtdIns3P), which is sensitive to wortmannin (IC50 7 nM) and calpain inhibitors, and the phosphorylation of PtdIns3P by PtdIns3P 4-kinase. We now report that a recently characterized C2 domain-containing phosphoinositide 3-kinase isoform (HsC2-PI3K) is present in platelets and a leukemic cell line (CHRF-288) derived from megakaryoblasts, and is likely to be responsible for the stimulated synthesis of PtdIns3P observed in platelets. HsC2-PI3K, identifiable by Western blotting and immunoprecipitatable activity, is sensitive to wortmannin (IC50 6-10 nM), requires Mg2+, and shows strong preference for PtdIns over PtdIns4P or phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate as substrate. HsC2-PI3K is activated severalfold when platelets aggregate in an alphaIIb beta3-dependent manner or when platelet or CHRF-288 lysates are incubated with Ca2+. Activation is prevented by calpain inhibitors. CHRF-288, which cannot undergo activation of alphaIIb beta3 and thereby aggregate in response to platelet agonists, do not generate PtdIns3P or activate HsC2-PI3K under conditions that stimulate other phosphoinositide 3-kinases. HsC2-PI3K may thus be an important effector for integrin-dependent signaling.

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