Wnt5a potentiates U46619-induced platelet aggregation via the PI3K/Akt pathway

Sun Young Kim, Sewoon Kim, Hye Sook Yun-Choi, Eek Hoon Jho

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Platelet aggregation plays crucial roles in the formation of hemostatic plugs and thrombosis. Although it was recently shown that canonical Wnt signaling negatively regulates platelet aggregation, the role of non-canonical Wnt signaling remains unknown. Here, we observed that Wnt5a, one of the non-canonical Wnts, positively regulated platelet aggregation. Platelet aggregation was potentiated by the addition of Wnt5a to collagen- or U46619-induced rat platelet rich plasma (PRP). Treatment with Wnt5a to U46619- stimulated PRP resulted in an increase in the level of phosphorylated Akt, whereas phosphorylation of PKCd and JNK1 was unaffected. In addition, inhibition of PI3K blocked the potentiating effect of Wnt5a. Taken together, these results suggest that Wnt5a potentiates U46619- induced platelet aggregation via the PI3K/Akt pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-336
Number of pages4
JournalMolecules and Cells
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011


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