Docking protein Gab2 positively regulates glycoprotein VI-mediated platelet activation

Steve Watson, Q Yi, K Suzuki-Inoue, N Asazuma, O Inoue, Y Ozaki

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Gab2, a recently identified docking protein, contains a pleckstrin homology domain and potential binding sites for SH2 and SH3 domain-containing proteins. Gab2 has been shown to support growth, differentiation, and function in a number of haematopoietic cells, although its role in platelets remains to be determined. Here we report that cross-linking of the collagen receptor GPVI by the snake venom toxin convulxin stimulates tyrosine phosphorylation of Gab2. Furthermore, platelet aggregation induced by submaximal concentrations of convulxin is attenuated in the absence of Gab2, although recovery is seen with higher concentrations of the toxin. Consistent with this, tyrosine phosphorylation of Fc receptor gamma-chain, Syk, Btk, and phospholipase Cgamma2 by convulxin is reduced in the absence of Gab2. In comparison, the G protein-coupled receptor agonist, thrombin, does not induce phosphorylation of Gab2 and aggregation is unaltered in the absence of the toxin. These findings provide evidence for a functional role of Gab2 in supporting platelet activation by GPVI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-451
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2005


  • Src family kinase
  • PLC gamma 2
  • Gab2
  • glycoprotein VI
  • protein tyrosine phosphorylation
  • blood platelets


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