Glycoprotein VI oligomerization in cell lines and platelets.


BACKGROUND Glycoprotein VI (GPVI) is a physiologic receptor for collagen expressed at the surface of platelets and megakaryocytes. Constitutive dimerization of GPVI has been proposed as being necessary for the interaction with collagen, although direct evidence of dimerization has not been reported in cell lines or platelets. OBJECTIVES To investigate oligomerization of GPVI in transfected cell lines and in platelets under non-stimulated conditions. METHODS AND RESULTS By using a combination of molecular and biochemical techniques, we demonstrate that GPVI association occurs at the surface of transfected 293T cells under basal conditions, through an interaction at the extracellular domain of the receptor. Bioluminescence resonance energy transfer was used to confirm oligomerization of GPVI under these conditions. A chemical crosslinker was used to detect constitutive oligomeric forms of GPVI at the surface of platelets, which contain the Fc receptor (FcR) gamma-chain. CONCLUSIONS The present results directly demonstrate GPVI-FcR gamma-chain oligomerization at the surface of the platelet, and thereby add to the growing evidence that oligomerization of GPVI may be a prerequisite for binding of the receptor to collagen, and therefore for proper functioning of platelets upon vascular damage.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1538-7836.2007.02449.x
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@article{Berlanga2007GlycoproteinVO, title={Glycoprotein VI oligomerization in cell lines and platelets.}, author={Oscar Berlanga and Teresa Bori-Sanz and John R James and Jon Frampton and Simon J. Davis and Michael G Tomlinson and Stephen P. Watson}, journal={Journal of thrombosis and haemostasis : JTH}, year={2007}, volume={5 5}, pages={1026-1033} }