Convulxin binding to platelet receptor GPVI: Competition with collagen related peptides

F. Niedergang, A. Alcover, C. G. Knight, R. W. Farndale, M. J. Barnes, I. M.B. Francischetti, C. Bon, M. Leduc

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Convulxin (CVX), a potent platelet aggregating protein from the venom of the snake Crotalus durissus terrificus, is known to bind to the platelet collagen receptor, glycoprotein VI (GPVI). CVX binding to human platelets was investigated by flow cytometry, using fluorescein labeled convulxin (FITC-CVX). Scatchard analysis indicated high and low affinity binding sites with Kd values of 0.6 and 4 nM and Bmax values of 1200 and 2000 binding sites per platelet. FITC-CVX binding was inhibited by collagen related peptides (CRPs) comprising a repeated GPO sequence, namely GCO(GPO)10GCOGNH2 and GKO(GPO)10GKOGNH2, which also bind to receptor GPVI. These peptides (monomeric or cross-linked forms) gave a high affinity inhibition of 10-20% for concentrations between 10 ng/ml and 5 μg/ml, followed by a second phase of inhibition at concentrations greater than 5 μg/ml. It was shown also that the inhibition of FITC-CVX binding by CRPs was independent on the time of preincubation of platelets with CRPs, and the same percentage of inhibition was seen with various concentrations of convulxin. Confocal microscopy of the distribution of FITC-CVX binding sites on platelets showed an homogeneous distribution of FITC-CVX bound to GPVI, although some limited clustering may exist. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-250
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 24 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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