P Siljander

University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Southern Finland Province, Finland

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    ABSTRACT: Collagen acts as a potent surface for platelet adhesion and thrombus formation under conditions of blood flow. Studies using collagen-derived triple-helical peptides have identified the GXX'GER motif as an adhesive ligand for platelet integrin alpha2beta1, and (GPO)(n) as a binding sequence for the signaling collagen receptor, glycoprotein VI (GPVI). The potency was investigated of triple-helical peptides, consisting of GXX'GER sequences within (GPO)(n) or (GPP)(n) motifs, to support flow-dependent thrombus formation. At a high-shear rate, immobilized peptides containing both the high-affinity alpha2beta1-binding motif GFOGER and the (GPO)(n) motif supported platelet aggregation and procoagulant activity, even in the absence of von Willebrand factor (VWF). With peptides containing only one of these motifs, co-immobilized VWF was needed for thrombus formation. The (GPO)(n) but not the (GPP)(n) sequence induced GPVI-dependent platelet aggregation and procoagulant activity. Peptides with intermediate affinity (GLSGER, GMOGER) or low-affinity (GASGER, GAOGER) alpha2beta1-binding motifs formed procoagulant thrombi only if both (GPO)(n) and VWF were present. At a low-shear rate, immobilized peptides with high- or low-affinity alpha2beta1-binding motifs mediated formation of thrombi with procoagulant platelets only in combination with (GPO)(n). Triple-helical peptides with specific receptor-binding motifs mimic the properties of native collagen I in thrombus formation by binding to both platelet collagen receptors. At a high-shear rate, either GPIb or high-affinity (but not low-affinity) GXX'GER mediates GPVI-dependent formation of procoagulant thrombi. By extension, high-affinity binding for alpha2beta1 can control the overall platelet-adhesive activity of native collagens.
    Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis 10/2008; 6(12):2132-42. DOI:10.1111/j.1538-7836.2008.03167.x · 5.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Collagen is a unique agonist of platelets, because it acts as an immobilized ligand that only causes platelet activation after stable adhesion. This review addresses the present understanding of how platelet interaction with collagen supports the process of thrombin generation and coagulation. Only some of the collagen-adhered platelets, that is, those showing profound changes in shape and shedding microparticles (resembling apoptotic cells), appear to contribute to the procoagulant activity of platelets. The main signaling receptor for collagen, glycoprotein VI, plays a key role in the platelet procoagulant response during thrombus formation; this is a reason why new anti-glycoprotein-VI antibodies are promising antithrombotic tools.
    Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine 05/2005; 15(3):86-92. DOI:10.1016/j.tcm.2005.03.003 · 2.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine if the results obtained in platelet function tests and whole blood perfusions are associated with those in platelet function analyser (PFA)-100. We used collagen type I monomers and fibrils to analyse the distinct roles of glycoprotein (GP) Ia/IIa and other collagen receptors in flowing blood under a high shear rate (1600/s) and in aggregation studies. Also, anticoagulation [citrate vs. D-phenylalanyl-1-prolyl-1 arginine chloromethyl ketone (PPACK)] was varied to enhance the functions of GP Ia/IIa, since it has been shown that the cation-poor environment of citrated blood impairs GP Ia/IIa-dependent platelet recruitment. Large interindividual variability (45-fold) was detected in deposition of platelets in whole blood perfusions over collagen monomers, whereas this variation was only fourfold in fibrils. In PFA, this variation was reduced to 2.5-fold. However, platelet deposition on monomers is associated with epinephrine-enhanced PFA (r=-.49, P<.03), whereas platelet deposition on fibrils is correlated with adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-enhanced PFA (r=-.47, P<.05), suggesting a distinct synergism between epinephrine and monomers (GP Ia/IIa) as well as ADP with fibrils (other collagen receptors). Donors with 807 C/C polymorphism of GP Ia (n=14) had longer lag phase in aggregation experiments compared with C/T (n=7) both by monomers and fibrils (P<.04), but these polymorphisms with their mild impact on GP Ia/IIa activity did not markedly differ in other tests. In conclusion, the results obtained in perfusion studies and PFA experiments correlated, but PFA fails to reveal the large-scale variability related to collagen-induced platelet responses.
    Thrombosis Research 08/2001; 103(2):123-33. DOI:10.1016/S0049-3848(01)00283-3 · 2.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the final stages of activation, platelets express coagulation-promoting activity by 2 simultaneous processes: exposure of aminophospholipids, eg, phosphatidylserine (PS), at the platelet surface, and formation of membrane blebs, which may be shed as microvesicles. Contact with collagen triggers both processes via platelet glycoprotein VI (GPVI). Here, we studied the capacity of 2 GPVI ligands, collagen-related peptide (CRP) and the snake venom protein convulxin (CVX), to elicit the procoagulant platelet response. In platelets in suspension, either ligand induced full aggregation and high Ca(2+) signals but little microvesiculation or PS exposure. However, most of the platelets adhering to immobilized CRP or CVX had exposed PS and formed membrane blebs after a prolonged increase in cytosolic [Ca(2+)](i). Platelets adhering to fibrinogen responded similarly but only when exposed to soluble CRP or CVX. By scanning electron microscopic analysis, the bleb-forming platelets were detected as either round, spongelike structures with associated microparticles or as arrays of vesicular cell fragments. The phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) elicited by CRP and CVX was enhanced in fibrinogen-adherent platelets compared with that in platelets in suspension. The p38 inhibitor SB203580 and the calpain protease inhibitor calpeptin reduced only the procoagulant bleb formation, having no effect on PS exposure. Inhibition of p38 also downregulated calpain activity. We conclude that the procoagulant response evoked by GPVI stimulation is potentiated by platelet adhesion. The sequential activation of p38 MAPK and calpain appears to regulate procoagulant membrane blebbing but not PS exposure.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 05/2001; 21(4):618-27. · 5.53 Impact Factor
  • Michael W. Hess · Pia Siljander
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    ABSTRACT: Visualisation of the procoagulant transformation of human platelets has recently become possible through use of an in vitro approach combined with fluorescence and phase contrast microscopy. Here, we extended these studies to the ultrastructural level by employing both rapid freezing/freeze-substitution and conventional ambient-temperature chemical fixation for transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Procoagulant transformation was only inducible by adhering platelets to collagen fibrils or to the collagen-related peptide and exposing them to physiological extracellular Ca2+ levels. Under these conditions prominent, 2- to 4-m-wide balloon-like structures were regularly observed, regardless of the specimen fixation protocol. In strong contrast to normal platelets in their vicinity, the balloons' subcellular architecture proved remarkably poor: dilute cytoplasm, no cytoskeleton, only a few, randomly distributed organelles and/or their remnants. Cryofixed balloons displayed intact and smooth surfaces whereas conventional specimen processing caused plasma membrane perforations and shrinkage of the balloons. Our results clearly show that neither the balloons themselves, nor their simple ultrastructure reflect fixation artefacts caused by inadequate membrane stabilisation. The balloons are interpreted as to be transformed and/or fragmented procoagulant platelets. Thus, the generation of balloons represents a genuine, final stage of platelet ontogenesis, presumably occurring alternatively to aggregate formation.
    Histochemie 04/2001; 115(5):439-443. DOI:10.1007/s004180100272 · 2.93 Impact Factor
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    S Ilveskero · P Siljander · R Lassila
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    ABSTRACT: In a new 2-stage assay of platelet procoagulant activity (PCA), we first subjected gel-filtered platelets to adhesion on collagen (as a model of primary hemostasis) or plasma clots (as a model of preformed thrombus) for 30 minutes, and then the adherent platelets were supplemented with pooled, reptilase-treated, diluted plasma. Defibrinated plasma provided coagulation factors for assembly on platelet membranes without uncontrolled binding of thrombin to fibrin(ogen). Platelet adhesion to both surfaces showed modest individual variation, which increased at platelet densities that allowed aggregation. However, adhesion-induced PCA varied individually and surface-independently >3-fold, suggesting a uniform platelet procoagulant mechanism. Permanently adhered platelets showed markedly enhanced PCA when compared with the platelet pool in suspension, even after strong activation. The rate of thrombin generation induced by clot-adherent platelets was markedly faster than on collagen-adherent platelets during the initial phase of coagulation, whereas collagen-induced PCA proceeded slowly, strongly promoted by tissue thromboplastin. Therefore at 10 minutes, after adjustment for adhered platelets, collagen supported soluble thrombin formation as much as 5 times that of the thrombin-retaining clots. Activation of platelets by their firm adhesion was accompanied by formation of microparticles, representing about one third of the total soluble PCA. Collagen-adhered platelets provide soluble thrombin and microparticles, whereas the preformed clot serves to localize and accelerate hemostasis at the injury site, with the contribution of retained thrombin and microparticles.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 04/2001; 21(4):628-35. DOI:10.1161/01.ATV.21.4.628 · 5.53 Impact Factor
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    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 04/2001; 21:618-627. DOI:10.1161/01.ATV.21.4.618 · 5.53 Impact Factor
  • J.W.M. Heemskerk · P.R.M. Siljander · E M Bevers · R W Farndale · T Lindhout
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    ABSTRACT: Platelets in an advanced stage of activation change from coagulation-inactive to coagulation-promoting cells. This procoagulant response is characterised by exposure of aminophospholipids, such as phosphatidylserine, to the platelet surface and by formation of microvesicles. Under specific conditions, when both signalling and adhesive platelet receptors are occupied, collagen and also thrombin are able to trigger this response. Thus, platelets express high coagulation-promoting activity only after interacting with multiple receptors.
    Platelets 10/2000; 11(6):301-6. · 2.63 Impact Factor
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    P Siljander · R Lassila
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    ABSTRACT: The molecular differences between native-type collagen type I fibrils (NC) and their pepsinated monomers (PC) were used to uncover receptors involved in platelet-collagen interaction along the adhesion-activation axis. The platelet-depositing capacity of NC and PC under blood flow and their adhesive properties and respective morphologies, aggregation, procoagulant capacity, and tyrosine phosphorylation were compared under different cationic milieus, including or excluding the glycoprotein (GP) Ia/IIa. NC was consistently a more preferable and activating substrate than PC during flow (5 minutes) and in platelet aggregation. In PPACK-treated blood, both NC (3.3-fold) and PC (2.7-fold) increased platelet attachment on elevation of the shear rate from 500 to 1640 s(-1), whereas in citrated blood, adhesion and thrombus growth on PC were negligible under the high shear rate, unlike on NC (1.9-fold increase). The complete lack of platelet deposition on PC in citrated blood could be overcome by restoring physiological Mg(2+) concentration, and in contrast to NC, platelets interacting with PC were highly dependent on Mg(2+) during adhesion, aggregation, and procoagulant response. Monoclonal antibody (mAb 131.7) against GP IV inhibited platelet deposition to NC in citrated blood (2 minutes) by 49%, which was not further increased by coincubation with mAb against GP Ia (6F1). These results stress the importance of GP Ia/IIa in shear-resistant platelet deposition on collagen monomers. In native fibers, however, the preserved quaternary structure with telopeptides activates additional platelet receptors capable of substituting GP Ia/IIa and GP IV.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 01/2000; 19(12):3033-43. DOI:10.1161/01.ATV.19.12.3033 · 5.53 Impact Factor
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    Pia. Siljander
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    ABSTRACT: Diss. -- Helsingin yliopisto.
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    ABSTRACT: Various collagen-based materials were used to assess the structural requirements of collagen for inducing the procoagulant response of adhering platelets, as well as the collagen receptors involved. Cross-linked or monomeric collagen-related peptide (CRP), Gly-Cys-Hyp-(Gly-Pro-Hyp)10-Gly-Cys-Hyp-Gly was highly adhesive for platelets in a glycoprotein VI-(GpVI-)dependent manner. Adhesion was followed by a prolonged increase in cytosolic [Ca2+]i, formation of membrane blebs, exposure of phosphatidylserine (PS) and generation of prothrombinase-stimulating activity. Fibrils of type-I collagen were less adhesive but, once adhered, many of the platelets presented a full procoagulant response. Monomeric type-I collagen was unable to support adhesion, unless Mg(2+)-dependent integrin alpha2beta1 interactions were facilitated by omission of Ca2+ ions. With all surfaces, however, post-addition of CaCl2 to adhering platelets resulted in a potent Ca(2+)-influx signal, followed by PS exposure and bleb formation. The procoagulant response elicited by binding to CRP was inhibited by anti-GpVI Fab fragments, but not by impeding integrin alpha2beta1-mediated events. With fibrillar collagen, it was inhibited by blocking either the GpVI- or integrin alpha2beta1-mediated interactions. This suggests that the triple-helical Gly-Pro-Hyp repeat in CRP and analogous sequences in fibrillar collagen stimulate the procoagulant response of adherent platelets by acting as ligands for GpVI. Influx of Ca2+ is required for this response, and adhesion via integrin alpha2beta1 serves to potentiate the signaling effects of GpVI.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/1999; 81(5):782-92. · 5.76 Impact Factor
  • P. Siljander · R. Lassila
    Atherosclerosis 10/1997; 134(1):196-196. DOI:10.1016/S0021-9150(97)89018-1 · 3.97 Impact Factor
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    P Siljander · O Carpen · R Lassila
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    ABSTRACT: Platelet-derived microparticles (MP) are reported to express both pro- and anticoagulant activities. Nevertheless, their functional significance has remained unresolved. The present study monitored the generation and fate of MP in an experimental model of thrombosis with costimulation of platelets by collagen and thrombin. When minimally anticoagulated (0.5 micromol/L PPACK) blood was perfused over immobilized fibrillar type I collagen in a flow chamber at a low shear rate (300 s(-1)), endogenous thrombin was generated, as evidenced by thrombin-antithrombin III complex. In contrast to full anticoagulation 150 micromol/L PPACK) and the absence of collagen, large platelet aggregates and fibrin ensued during perfusions over collagen in the presence of thrombin. In these thrombi, MP, defined as GPIIbIIIa- and P-selectin-positive vesicles (<1 micron), were found to align fibrin in immunofluorescence and scanning immunoelectron microscopy. Moreover, in sections of embolectomized thromboemboli from patients GPIIbIIIa- and P-selectin-positive material compatible with MP was detected in a fibrin strand-like pattern. In vitro binding studies showed that MP bound to fibrin and acted there as procoagulants. In summary, we show that MP generated during thrombus formation associate with local fibrin. This adhesive function fibrin could imply a sustained modulatory role for MP in evolving thrombi.
    Blood 07/1996; 87(11):4651-63. · 10.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract—In the final stages of activation, platelets express coagulation-promoting activity by 2 simultaneous processes: exposure of aminophospholipids, eg, phosphatidylserine (PS), at the platelet surface, and formation of membrane blebs, which may be shed as microvesicles. Contact with collagen triggers both processes via platelet glycoprotein VI (GPVI). Here, we studied the capacity of 2 GPVI ligands, collagen-related peptide (CRP) and the snake venom protein convulxin (CVX), to elicit the procoagulant platelet response. In platelets in suspension, either ligand induced full aggregation and high Ca,1]i. Platelets

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400 Citations
57.90 Total Impact Points


  • 2001–2008
    • University of Helsinki
      • • Department of Environmental Sciences
      • • Institute of Biotechnology
      Helsinki, Southern Finland Province, Finland
  • 2005
    • Maastricht University
      • Biochemie
      Maastricht, Provincie Limburg, Netherlands
  • 1997–2001
    • Wihuri Research Institute
      Helsinki, Southern Finland Province, Finland