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ARF6-Dependent Regulation of P2Y Receptor Traffic and Function in Human Platelets

Public Library of Science
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DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043532
  • Research Article
  • Biology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Cellular Types
  • Blood Cells
  • Signal Transduction
  • Membrane Receptor Signaling
  • Nucleotide Receptor Signaling
  • Signaling In Cellular Processes
  • Membranes And Sorting
  • Medicine
  • Cardiovascular
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Hematology
  • Platelets
  • Biology


Adenosine diphosphate (ADP) is a critical regulator of platelet activation, mediating its actions through two G protein-coupled receptors, the P2Y1 and P2Y12 purinoceptors. Recently, we demonstrated that P2Y1 and P2Y12 purinoceptor activities are rapidly and reversibly modulated in human platelets, revealing that the underlying mechanism requires receptor internalization and subsequent trafficking as an essential part of this process. In this study we investigated the role of the small GTP-binding protein ADP ribosylation factor 6 (ARF6) in the internalization and function of P2Y1 and P2Y12 purinoceptors in human platelets. ARF6 has been implicated in the internalization of a number of GPCRs, although its precise molecular mechanism in this process remains unclear. In this study we show that activation of either P2Y1 or P2Y12 purinoceptors can stimulate ARF6 activity. Further blockade of ARF6 function either in cell lines or human platelets blocks P2Y purinoceptor internalization. This blockade of receptor internalization attenuates receptor resensitization. Furthermore, we demonstrate that Nm23-H1, a nucleoside diphosphate (NDP) kinase regulated by ARF6 which facilitates dynamin-dependent fission of coated vesicles during endocytosis, is also required for P2Y purinoceptor internalization. These data describe a novel function of ARF6 in the internalization of P2Y purinoceptors and demonstrate the integral importance of this small GTPase upon platelet ADP receptor function.

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