American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
[en] platelets ; shear stress ; signaling pathway
[en] Shear stress triggers von Willebrand factor (VWF) binding to platelet glycoprotein Ibalpha and subsequent integrin alpha(IIb)beta(3)-dependent platelet aggregation. Concomitantly, nucleotides are released from plateletdense granules, and ADP is known to contribute to shear-induced platelet aggregation (SIPA). This study shows that ATP also contributes to SIPA. The ATP-gated P2X(1) ion channel induces MLC-mediated cytoskeletal rearrangements that increases platelet degranulation during VWF-triggered platelet activation.