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Arterial thrombosis, a major cause of myocardial infarction and stroke, is initiated by activation of blood platelets by subendothelial collagen. The protein kinase C (PKC) family centrally regulates platelet activation, and it is becoming clear that the individual PKC isoforms play distinct roles, some of which oppose each other. Here, for the first time,(More)
Platelets are highly specialized blood cells critically involved in hemostasis and thrombosis. Members of the protein kinase C (PKC) family have established roles in regulating platelet function and thrombosis, but the molecular mechanisms are not clearly understood. In particular, the conventional PKC isoform, PKCα, is a major regulator of platelet granule(More)
The fibrin(ogen) receptor, integrin αIIbβ3, has a well-established role in platelet spreading, aggregation and clot retraction. How αIIbβ3 contributes to platelet-dependent coagulation is less well resolved. Here, we demonstrate that the potent suppressing effect of clinically used αIIbβ3 blockers on tissue factor-induced thrombin generation is linked to(More)
BACKGROUND PKCtheta is a novel protein kinase C isozyme, predominately expressed in T cells and platelets. PKCtheta(-/-) T cells exhibit reduced activation and PKCtheta(-/-) mice are resistant to autoimmune disease, making PKCtheta an attractive therapeutic target for immune modulation. Collagen is a major agonist for platelets, operating through an(More)
recruits serine/threonine kinase AKT to the plasma membrane where it is activated by a variety of activators such as the mammalian target of rapamycin, integrin-linked kinase, and 3-phosphoinositide– dependent protein kinase 1. 6 PI3K activity in AKT activation is counterbalanced by PTEN. Although the roles of PI3K and AKT are well recognized in regulating(More)
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