The Platelet Release Reaction: Just when you thought platelet secretion was simple

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
Current opinion in hematology (Impact Factor: 3.97). 10/2008; 15(5):537-41. DOI: 10.1097/MOH.0b013e328309ec74
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In response to agonists produced at vascular lesions, platelets release a host of components from their three granules: dense core, alpha, and lysosome. This releasate activates other platelets, promotes wound repair, and initiates inflammatory responses. Although widely accepted, the specific mechanisms underlying platelet secretion are only now coming to light. This review focuses on the core machinery required for platelet secretion.
Proteomic analyses have provided a catalog of the components released from activated platelets. Experiments using a combination of in-vitro secretion assays and knockout mice have led to assignments of both vesicle-soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion protein attachment protein receptor (v-SNARE) and target membrane SNARE to each of the three secretion events. SNARE knockout mice are also proving to be useful models for probing the role of platelet exocytosis in vivo. Other studies are beginning to identify SNARE regulators, which control when and where SNAREs interact during platelet activation.
A complex set of protein-protein interactions control the membrane fusion events required for the platelet release reaction. SNARE proteins are the core elements but the proteins that control SNARE interactions represent key points at which platelet signaling cascades could affect secretion and thrombosis.

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    • "New methods have been developed allowing to share the results from biochemistry, laser confocal microscopy, and EM to explain the different steps in PLT activation starting from Ca ++ mobilization of the dense tubular system, the degranulation process of dense gran‐ ules followed by the delivery of the contents of α-granules and lysosomes via docking and fusion of the membranes of granules with the membrane of the OCS using the SNARE machinery [101] "
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    • "It is thought that tomosyn plays a role in anchoring the vesicles to the target membrane before release but the mechanism remains elusive. In platelets, there have been reports of tomosyn expression (Ren et al, 2008) and it has also been found in the transcriptome analysis of human and mouse platelets (Rowley et al, 2011). It is a promising candidate for regulating secretion in platelets, but its role remains to be elucidated. "
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