Jpn. J. Pharmacol. 72 (3), 255-259 (1996)

Inhibitory Effect of EGTA on Serotonin Transport into Rabbit Blood Platelets: Possible Involvement of the Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Complex

Hiroaki Nishio, Tomomi Kagawa, Ken-ichi Nezasa and Yoshihiro Nakata

Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hiroshima University School of Medicine, Kasumi 1-2-3, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734, Japan

Abstract: We reported previously that serotonin (5-HT) transport was attenuated by treatment of platelets with EGTA, and that this inhibitory effect of EGTA was restored by CaCl2. In the present study, the inhibitory effect of EGTA was found to be uncompetitive, and no inhibitory effect was observed when EGTA was added at 20C. Genistein and thyrphostin A47, both protein tyrosine kinase inhibitors, inhibited Ca2+-induced restoration of 5-HT transport. In contrast, the protein tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor phenylarsine oxide significantly augmented Ca2+-induced restoration of 5-HT transport. These results might support the hypothesis that the glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa complex, a platelet membrane integrin protein, might regulate 5-HT transport into blood platelets. It is conceivable that Ca2+ chelation by EGTA might cause temperature-dependent dissociation of the GP IIb/IIIa complex, which results in the reduction of 5-HT transport. Rearrangement of the GP IIb/IIIa complex by replenishment of the Ca2+ binding sites might restore the EGTA-induced reduction of 5-HT transport.

Keywords: Serotonin (5-HT) transport, EGTA, Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa complex

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