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      The Inflammatory Role of Platelets via Their TLRs and Siglec Receptors

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          Platelets are non-nucleated cells that play central roles in the processes of hemostasis, innate immunity, and inflammation; however, several reports show that these distinct functions are more closely linked than initially thought. Platelets express numerous receptors and contain hundreds of secretory products. These receptors and secretory products are instrumental to the platelet functional responses. The capacity of platelets to secrete copious amounts of cytokines, chemokines, and related molecules appears intimately related to the role of the platelet in inflammation. Platelets exhibit non-self-infectious danger detection molecules on their surfaces, including those belonging to the “toll-like receptor” family, as well as pathogen sensors of other natures (Ig- or complement receptors, etc.). These receptors permit platelets to both bind infectious agents and deliver differential signals leading to the secretion of cytokines/chemokines, under the control of specific intracellular regulatory pathways. In contrast, dysfunctional receptors or dysregulation of the intracellular pathway may increase the susceptibility to pathological inflammation. Physiological vs. pathological inflammation is tightly controlled by the sensors of danger expressed in resting, as well as in activated, platelets. These sensors, referred to as pathogen recognition receptors, primarily sense danger signals termed pathogen associated molecular patterns. As platelets are found in inflamed tissues and are involved in auto-immune disorders, it is possible that they can also be stimulated by internal pathogens. In such cases, platelets can also sense danger signals using damage associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). Some of the most significant DAMP family members are the alarmins, to which the Siglec family of molecules belongs. This review examines the role of platelets in anti-infection immunity via their TLRs and Siglec receptors.

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              DNA from bacteria has stimulatory effects on mammalian immune cells, which depend on the presence of unmethylated CpG dinucleotides in the bacterial DNA. In contrast, mammalian DNA has a low frequency of CpG dinucleotides, and these are mostly methylated; therefore, mammalian DNA does not have immuno-stimulatory activity. CpG DNA induces a strong T-helper-1-like inflammatory response. Accumulating evidence has revealed the therapeutic potential of CpG DNA as adjuvants for vaccination strategies for cancer, allergy and infectious diseases. Despite its promising clinical use, the molecular mechanism by which CpG DNA activates immune cells remains unclear. Here we show that cellular response to CpG DNA is mediated by a Toll-like receptor, TLR9. TLR9-deficient (TLR9-/-) mice did not show any response to CpG DNA, including proliferation of splenocytes, inflammatory cytokine production from macrophages and maturation of dendritic cells. TLR9-/- mice showed resistance to the lethal effect of CpG DNA without any elevation of serum pro-inflammatory cytokine levels. The in vivo CpG-DNA-mediated T-helper type-1 response was also abolished in TLR9-/- mice. Thus, vertebrate immune systems appear to have evolved a specific Toll-like receptor that distinguishes bacterial DNA from self-DNA.

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                Front Immunol
                Front Immunol
                Front. Immunol.
                Frontiers in Immunology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                02 March 2015
                : 6
                1Etablissement Français du Sang Auvergne-Loire , Saint-Etienne, France
                2GIMAP-EA3064, Université de Lyon , Saint Etienne, France
                3Faculty of Health Sciences, Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine, University of Manitoba , Winnipeg, MB, Canada
                4Institut National de Transfusion Sanguine (INTS) , Paris, France
                Author notes

                Edited by: Heiko Mühl, University Hospital Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

                Reviewed by: Patrizia Rovere Querini, Ospedale San Raffaele and Vita-Salute University, Italy; Matthew Dean Linden, University of Western Australia, Australia

                *Correspondence: Fabrice Cognasse, GIMAP-EA 3064, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Saint-Etienne, 15 rue Ambroise Paré, 42023 Saint-Etienne Cedex 2, France; Etablissement Français du Sang Auvergne-Loire, 25 Boulevard Pasteur, Saint-Etienne 42100, France e-mail: fabrice.cognasse@

                This article was submitted to Inflammation, a section of the journal Frontiers in Immunology.

                Copyright © 2015 Cognasse, Nguyen, Damien, McNicol, Pozzetto, Hamzeh-Cognasse and Garraud.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                Figures: 4, Tables: 3, Equations: 0, References: 157, Pages: 15, Words: 12471
                Funded by: French National Blood Service – EFS (Grant APR), France
                Funded by: Association for Research in Transfusion (ART), Paris, France
                Funded by: Agence Nationale de la Sécurité et du Médicament et des produits de santé
                Award ID: ANSM – AAP-2012-011
                Award ID: 2012S055
                Funded by: “Agence Nationale de la Recherche” (ANR)
                Award ID: ANR-12-JSV1-0012-01
                Funded by: Association “Les Amis de Rémi,” Savigneux, France
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                siglec, platelets, tlr, inflammation, cytokine/chemokine, innate immunity


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