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      Clot Contraction Drives the Translocation of Procoagulant Platelets to Thrombus Surface

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          Objective- After activation at the site of vascular injury, platelets differentiate into 2 subpopulations, exhibiting either proaggregatory or procoagulant phenotype. Although the functional role of proaggregatory platelets is well established, the physiological significance of procoagulant platelets, the dynamics of their formation, and spatial distribution in thrombus remain elusive. Approach and Results- Using transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence microscopy of arterial thrombi formed in vivo after ferric chloride-induced injury of carotid artery or mechanical injury of abdominal aorta in mice, we demonstrate that procoagulant platelets are located at the periphery of the formed thrombi. Real-time cell tracking during thrombus formation ex vivo revealed that procoagulant platelets originate from different locations within the thrombus and subsequently translocate towards its periphery. Such redistribution of procoagulant platelets was followed by generation of fibrin at thrombus surface. Using in silico model, we show that the outward translocation of procoagulant platelets can be driven by the contraction of the forming thrombi, which mechanically expels these nonaggregating cells to thrombus periphery. In line with the suggested mechanism, procoagulant platelets failed to translocate and remained inside the thrombi formed ex vivo in blood derived from nonmuscle myosin ( MYH9)-deficient mice. Ring-like distribution of procoagulant platelets and fibrin around the thrombus observed with blood of humans and wild-type mice was not present in thrombi of MYH9-knockout mice, confirming a major role of thrombus contraction in this phenomenon. Conclusions- Contraction of arterial thrombus is responsible for the mechanical extrusion of procoagulant platelets to its periphery, leading to heterogeneous structure of thrombus exterior.

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          Crowding induces live cell extrusion to maintain homeostatic cell numbers in epithelia

          For an epithelium to provide a protective barrier, it must maintain homeostatic cell numbers by matching the number of dividing and dying cells. While compensatory cell division can be triggered by dying cells 1–3 , how cell death might relieve overcrowding due to proliferation is not known. When we trigger apoptosis in epithelia, dying cells are extruded to preserve a functional barrier 4 . To extrude, cells destined to die signal surrounding epithelial cells to contract an actomyosin ring that squeezes the dying cell out 4–6 . However, it is not clear what drives cell death during normal homeostasis. We show that overcrowding, due to proliferation and migration, induces extrusion of live cells to control epithelial cell numbers. Live cell extrusion occurs at sites where highest crowding occurs in vivo and can be induced by experimentally overcrowding monolayers in vitro. Like apoptotic cell extrusion, live cell extrusion resulting from overcrowding also requires Sphingosine 1-Phosphate (S1P) signalling and ROCK-dependent myosin contraction but is distinguished by signalling through stretch-activated channels. Moreover, disruption of a stretch-activated channel, Piezo1, in zebrafish prevents extrusion and leads to the formation of epithelial cell masses. Our findings reveal that during homeostatic turnover, growth and division of epithelial cells on a confined substratum causes overcrowding that leads to their extrusion and consequent death due to loss of survival factors. These results suggest that live cell extrusion could be a tumour suppressive mechanism that prevents the accumulation of excess epithelial cells. To examine how cells are eliminated during homeostasis, we immunostained human colon tissues, developing zebrafish epidermis, and cultured Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) epithelial cells for active-caspase-3 to identify apoptotic cells and actin and DNA to highlight cell borders and extrusion 4, 6 . Surprisingly, we found predominantly caspase-negative cells extrude from the surfaces of colon epithelia (80%, n=46 extruding cells), from zebrafish epidermis (88%, n=160 extruding cells in 3 experiments), and from overgrown monolayers in culture (67%, n=300 extruding cells in 3 experiments; Fig. 1 a,b,d,e,g,h). By contrast, extrusions resulting from inducing apoptosis in zebrafish with G418 or cultured monolayers with ultraviolet-C (UV-C) were almost exclusively caspase-3 positive 6 . These findings suggest that during homeostasis and development, live rather than dead cells are eliminated by extrusion. Similar live cell extrusions have been observed during mammary gland involution 7 . Because these non-apoptotic in vivo extrusions looked identical to apoptotic extrusion, we hypothesized that the extrusion pathway operates in two diverging manners: one to maintain homeostatic cell numbers in epithelia and the other to remove apoptotic/damaged cells. When quantifying extrusion in both adult human colon and developing zebrafish epidermis, we noticed that extrusions occurred predominantly at the fin edges and colon surfaces, where cell densities were highest (1.7- and 1.8-fold higher than fin center or crypt side (Supplementary Fig. 1a&b), respectively, indicated by yellow cells in Fig. 1c,f). Extrusion zones were also more curved in vivo, yet, because they occurred most frequently in regions with higher cell density (1.8 fold) compared to proliferative regions in flat cell culture monolayers (Fig. 1i and Supplementary Fig. 1c), we decided to experimentally test if overcrowding strain could induce cells to extrude. To simulate overcrowding observed in vivo, we grew MDCK cells to confluence on a silicone membrane stretched to 28% of its original length and then released it from stretch (Fig. 2a). Within 30 minutes after release, the number of cells per 100μm2 increased 1.3-fold, from 112 ±5 to 144 ±4 (Fig. 2b–f). ZO-1 and β-catenin staining confirmed that tight and adherens junctions were still intact and that the average cell diameter had decreased by 30 minutes post-crowding (Fig. 2g–i and Supplementary Fig. 2). Moreover, crowded monolayers maintained adhesion to Cy-5-labeled fibronectin coated membranes (Fig. 2j). By 6 hours, the number of cells per field equilibrated to pre-release levels (110 ±10 cells/100μm2, see Fig. 2e–f), indicating that MDCK epithelia eliminate cells to achieve homeostatic cell numbers. Immunostaining for actin and active-caspase-3 showed that overcrowding induced predominantly non-apoptotic extrusion, similar to levels during homeostasis (Fig. 3a). Filming crowded MDCK monolayers expressing Lifeact-GFP 8 to highlight F-actin or the active-caspase-3 indicator NucView™ confirmed that live cells are extruded by contracting actin rings (Supplementary Movie 1 and Supplementary Fig. 4). The numbers of live extruding cells eventually decreased by 6 hours post-overcrowding concordantly with the decrease in cell densities. The percentage of non-apoptotic extrusion also correlated to the percentage of crowding (Supplementary Fig. 3). To determine whether live cell extrusions required the same factors that control apoptotic cell extrusion, we blocked signals required for extrusion during experimental overcrowding. We previously identified sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) as the signal apoptotic cells produce to activate the S1P receptor 2 (S1P2), which triggers Rho-mediated contraction to squeeze the dying cells out 5 . Inhibiting Rho Kinase (ROCK) or S1P signalling dramatically decreased the percentages of both non-apoptotic and apoptotic cell extrusions (Fig. 3b). Although it was not possible to score non-apoptotic cells blocked from extrusion, as they look like any other cells within the monolayer, the significant decreases in percentages of non-apoptotic extrusion indicated that live cell extrusion, like apoptotic extrusion, requires S1P signalling through ROCK-mediated actomyosin contraction. To assess the fate of overcrowding-induced extruded cells, we analysed their viability using flow cytometry and their ability to survive and proliferate by plating them on new substrata. After collecting extruded cells from the medium two hours post-crowding, 45.3 ± 2.1% were alive, whereas only 21.3 ± 2.7% were alive after UV-induced apoptotic extrusion (Fig. 3c and Supplementary Fig. 5a). Overcrowding and homeostatically extruded cells were able to proliferate into confluent monolayers, whereas those collected from apoptosis-induced extrusion did not (Fig. 3d). If, however, cells extruded from homeostatic or post-crowded monolayers were collected after 24 hours, most cells died instead of proliferating after replating (Supplementary Fig. 5b), suggesting that extruded cells typically die unless a new substratum is provided. Presumably, during homeostasis in vivo most extruded cells die from anoikis, apoptosis due to loss of survival signals from engagement with the underlying matrix 9–11 . We next investigated what signals trigger live cell extrusion during homeostasis or overcrowding. We previously found that over-expression of Bcl-2 inhibits both apoptosis and extrusion in response to apoptotic stimuli ( 12 and Fig. 3f), however, Bcl-2 overexpression did not block live cell extrusion during homeostasis or following overcrowding (Figs. 3e, g). To investigate signals that might regulate live cell extrusion after overcrowding, we tested two candidates that are activated by cell stress: the c-terminal Jun Kinase (JNK) 13 and stretch-activated channels 14, 15 . JNK II inhibitor blocked apoptotic extrusion in response to UV-C but not live cell extrusion following overcrowding or homeostatic cell turnover (Figs. 3e–g). In contrast, we found that inhibiting stretch-activated ion channels with gadolinium (Gd3+) 16, 17 significantly reduced the percentage of both apoptotic and non-apoptotic extrusion events following overcrowding or during epithelial homeostasis, yet had no effect on apoptotic cell extrusion in response to UV (Fig. 3e–g). When cell extrusion is blocked by Gd3+, the number of cells per 100 μm2 remains high at 2 hours post-crowding (167 +/−12) compared to control crowded cells (112 +/−5), demonstrating that extrusion relieves overcrowded cell densities. Thus, while Bcl-2 and JNK control apoptosis-induced extrusion, stretch-activated signalling controls live cell extrusion during homeostasis that is induced by overcrowding, presumably upstream of S1P signalling (Fig. 4l). If stretch-activated signalling controls extrusion-mediated homeostatic cell turnover, blocking this pathway in vivo should lead to accumulation of excess epithelial cells. By immunostaining and filming the epidermis of developing zebrafish with Tg(cldnb:lynGFP) 18 , we found that cells proliferate at 37 hours post fertilization (hpf) and migrate to the fin edges between 48–59 hpf where they extrude at 60 hpf (Fig. 4a, c–e, Supplementary Fig. 6, and Movie 2). Treating 48 hpf zebrafish with Gd3+ blocked homeostatic cell extrusion and resulted in epidermal cell mass formation at the fin edges, the number of which was dependent on Gd3+ concentration (Fig. 4b, f–h, Supplementary Fig. 7 and Movie 3). Live imaging of Gd3+-treated Tg(cldnb:lynGFP) zebrafish revealed that the cell masses formed at zones of convergence, where cells failed to extrude (Fig. 4h and Movie 4). By knocking down candidate stretch-activated channels in zebrafish with morpholinos, we found that live cell extrusion requires the channel Piezo1 14 . To prevent developmental defects from early knockdown (Supplemental Fig. 8a&b), we used a photo-cleavable morpholino (photo-MO) to knockdown Piezo1 at 30 hpf (Supplemental Fig. 8c&d) 19 . By 60 hpf, Piezo1 morphants, like Gd3+-treated fish could not extrude cells and developed epidermal masses at the fin edges and other sites of tissue strain (Figs. 4b, i–k and Supplementary Figs. 9&10), indicating that Piezo1 regulates extrusion to maintain homeostatic epithelial cell numbers in vivo. As extrusion appears to control cell numbers during homeostasis, we predict that alterations in extrusion could lead to various epithelial pathologies. Aberrant signalling or tensions that block extrusion could lead to formation of cell masses, as those produced in zebrafish when stretch-activated channels are disrupted. Furthermore, these cell masses may set the stage for tumourigenesis by allowing retention of oncogenic or defective cells. In support of this, we found increased cell densities and no clearly identified extrusions in colon polyp sections compared to control sections (Supplementary Fig. 11). Conversely, hyper-contraction of bronchial epithelia following bronchoconstriction in asthmatics could lead to excessive extrusion and characteristic epithelial denuding. The resulting poor barrier could lead to increased inflammation and infection seen in asthmatics 20–22 . While mathematical models have suggested that mechanical forces could control tissue homeostasis 23 , our results show that cell division and migration within epithelia cause overcrowding strain, which induces live cells to extrude and later die. Thus, homeostatic live cell extrusion provides the previously missing link between proliferation and epithelial cell death (Fig. 1c,f,i). Materials and Methods Summary All cell culture, cell staining, UV irradiation, and imaging were done using MDCK cells, as previously described 6 . Cells were treated with 10μM SKI-II (Calbiochem), 10μM JTE-013 (Tocris Bioscience), 10 μM SP600125, 10μM Gd3+, (both Sigma-Aldrich), or 1% DMSO as a control. Flow cytometry was done use a Beckman-Dickinson FACScan after treating cells with 1μg/250μL of propidium iodide (Sigma-Aldrich). The Huntsman Cancer Institute Tissue Resource and Applications Core provided human colon sections. Developing wild-type AB zebrafish were treated with 10mM Gd3+ at 28.5°C until 60hpf, and immunostained according to 6 or filmed with a Nikon spinning disc confocal microscope using Andor software. For the photo-MO experiments, the translation blocking antisense morpholino was mixed at 1:1 molar ratio with a 25bp sense photo-morpholino and injected into 1–2 cell stage wild-type AB or Et(Gal4-VP16)zc1044a;Tg(UAS-E1b:Kaede)s1999t zebrafish embryos. At 28-32hpf, embryos were exposed to 350nm light for 20 seconds to release the caging sense-morpholino, then fixed and immunostained at 60 hpf. Supplementary Methods Cell Culture and Overcrowding Assays Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK II) cells were grown as described 6 . A custom-design Teflon chamber (left) was fabricated to culture cells on flexible silicone membranes in stretched states (2×2 cm, 0.5 mm thickness) 24, 25 . Prior to cell seeding, 2×2 cm silicone membranes were stretched and coated with 5μg/mL fibronectin (BD Biosciences) at 4°C for 24 hrs. To stretch membranes with our device, one edge of the silicone membrane was clamped in place, while the other side was clamped to a movable shaft, which moves through a Teflon chamber with a sealing gasket. The movable shaft was pulled out to lengths representing 11%, 22% and 28% strain. 750,000 cells/ml were plated onto the 2×2 cm silicone matrices in a stretched state in the device or in a culture dish (for non-stretched controls) and grown to confluence, then released from their stretched states, thereby crowding cells in monolayer. Epithelial monolayers were fixed and stained or filmed using a Nikon 90i wide-field fluorescence microscope. Bcl-2 over-expressing cell lines are described in 12 . Drug and UV Assays Confluent MDCK monolayers on silicone membranes were pre-treated with SP600125 JNK II inhibitor at 10, 50, and 100 μM or 10, 50, and 100 μM Gadolinium III Chloride (Gd3+) for 30 minutes at 37°C. Apoptosis was induced by exposing monolayers to 1,200 μJ/cm2 UV254 irradiation in a UV series II (Spectroline). Cells were fixed and stained from 1–6 hrs post-UV treatment depending on the experiment. The minimal drug concentrations (10 μM) established in the UV-induced extrusion assay were used in the overcrowding and homeostatic assays. For testing extrusion following overcrowding, chambers were pretreated with 10 μM JTE-013 (Tocris Bioscience), 10 μM SKI II (Calbiochem) or 10μM Y-27632 (Tocris) for 30 minutes prior to overcrowding up to 2 hours post-crowding. Cell Immunostaining Fixation and staining of MDCK II cells for actin, DNA, active-caspase 3, ZO-1, and β-catenin was carried out as previously described in 6 . Fibronectin was labeled with an Amersham Cy5 Ab Labeling Kit (GE Healthcare). Live Cell Imaging Standard MDCK cells or Lifact-GFP 8 expressing MDCK cells were grown to confluent monolayers and imaged on a Nikon 90i wide field fluorescent microscope with the stage kept at 37°C. For the Nucview experiments, cells were incubated with the activated caspase-3 indicator Nucview at 1:200 for 30 minutes prior to imaging. Colon Sections Human colon tissue samples were fixed, imbedded in paraffin, and cut into 10 μm sections by the Huntsman Cancer Institute Tissue Resource and Applications Core. The sections were deparaffinised and rehydrated by incubating in Citrus Clearing Solvent (CCS-Richard Allen Scientific), 100%, 95%, 80%, 70% ethanol, and PBS. Antigens were retrieved by heating the slides in 10 mM Sodium Citrate at 95°C for 20 minutes, then rinsed 3 times with PBS, blocked with 5% BSA/0.5% Tween-20 in PBS for 24 hours, and incubated overnight with active-caspase 3 antibody, rinsed 5 times with PBS, incubated in Alexa488-anti- rabbit antibody, 1μg/ml Hoechst, and Alexa568-anti-actin antibody for 2 hours, rinsed 3 times in PBS, and mounted in Prolong Gold (Invitrogen). Microscopy Images were captured on a CTR6000 microscope (Leica) with a 63x oil lens using a Micromax charge-coupled device camera (Roper Scientific) or on a Nikon Eclipse TE300 inverted microscope converted for spinning disc confocal microscopy (Andor Technologies) using a 20x or 60X plan fluor 0.95 oil lens with an electron-multiplied cooled CCD camera 1000 × 1000, 8 × 8 mm2 driven by the IQ software (Andor Technologies). Image J was used to stack 8–10 consecutive 1μm confocal sections into Z series, which were then colour-combined and reconstructed into a 3D image using Metamorph (GE Healthcare). IP Lab 4.0.8 s and Image-J software were used to analyse percentages of apoptosis and extrusion. For quantification of extrusion in tissue culture, extruding cells were manually scored as non-apoptotic extruding, apoptotic extruding, or blocked apoptotic extrusions based on the presence of an actin ring and caspase-3 staining in 10,000 monolayer cells. Statistical Analyses Statistical analysis was done on at least four independent experiments for the overcrowding control and time analysis. Three separate assays were used for drug treatments and for FACS analysis. The error bars in all figures are the standard error of the mean (s.e.m.). All p-values were determined from a two-sided unpaired student’s t-test using GraphPad Prism software. Fluorescent Activated Cell Scanning (FACS) and proliferation analysis Confluent homoeostatic, UV, and overcrowding monolayers were rinsed 3 times with PBS to remove any previous cells in suspension. The media was replaced and collected at each denoted analyses time. Media was collected and centrifuged at 3000 rpm in a Damon/IEC Division Clinical Centrifuge for 1 minute. The cells were resuspended in 250ul of PBS containing 4μg/ml propidium iodide and analysed by FACS. Samples were analysed on a Beckman Dickinson FACScan and 50–1000 cells were analysed for propidium iodide fluorescence at each condition. For proliferation analysis, pelleted cells were instead replated in a 96 well dish and representative pictures were taken at 24hrs and 5 days after replating. Results are from three independent experiments. Zebrafish Care and Maintenance Adult zebrafish were maintained under standard laboratory conditions, with a regular light/dark cycle of 14 hours light and 10 hours of darkness. Embryos were collected and raised in E3 embryo medium at 28.5 °C and staged according to 26 . The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the University of Utah (Animal Welfare Assurance #10-07017) have approved all procedures performed in this protocol using the zebrafish, Danio rerio. Zebrafish Drug Treatments Zebrafish embryos were dechorionated at 24 hours post-fertilization (hpf). At 32 hpf approximately 50–100 embryos were transferred to dishes containing E3 embryo medium with or without (control) 10mM Gd3+ and allowed to develop at 28.5°C until 60 hpf, when the animals were either imaged live or fixed for immunostaining. Zebrafish Immunostaining Developing zebrafish larvae were fixed in 4% formaldehyde for 1–2 hours at room temperature or overnight at 4°C. Fixed specimens were then permeablised by rinses with PBSTx (0.5%) and incubated in blocking buffer (1% DMSO, 2mg/mL BSA, 0.5% Triton X-100 and 10% goat serum in PBS) for 2 hr. Specimens were then incubated overnight in primary antibodies for phospho-histone H3 (H3P, Abcam, 1:500) or activated caspase-3 (BD Pharmigen, 1:700). Samples were subsequently washed six times with PBSTx and then incubated in blocking buffer for 2hr before incubation with the appropriate secondary antibodies or Alexa-phalloidin (488/568/647) (Invitrogen). After incubation with secondary antibodies or Alexa-phalloidin, the specimens were rinsed five times with PBSTx, incubated with DAPI (1:1000) for 15 minutes, rinsed once more and then mounted in prolong gold. Depending on the situation, either whole specimens or only tail fragments (from the yolk extension back) were mounted for imaging. For quantification of H3P positive cells, the region from the cloaca back to the edge of the tail fin was quantified. Zebrafish Imaging Developing zebrafish were immunostained according to 6 and imaged with either the wide-field fluorescent microscope or a spinning disc confocal, described above. For live imaging, wild-type or Gd3+ treated developing Tg(cldnb:lynGFP), a kind gift from T. Piotrowski, zebrafish were anesthetised with 0.02% Tricaine in E3, mounted in 1% low melt agarose and imaged on a spinning disc confocal using a 20x objective, capturing a z-series every 2 minutes for 3–6 hours. Manual tracking of individual cells was performed using Metamorph. Morpholino Antisense Oligonucleotide Knockdown of Piezo1 Developing zebrafish embryos were injected with 2–4ng of a standard translation blocking antisense morpholino oligonucleotides directed against the 5′UTR of piezo1 (Accesssion# XM_691263) at the 1–2 cell stage and then allowed to develop at 28.5°C. For the photo-cleavable morpholino experiments, the translation blocking antisense morpholino (TBMO) was mixed at a 1:1 molar ratio with a sense-photo morpholino, with a 4bp mismatch around the photo-linker (see Supplementary Fig. 8c for schematic of strategy) and then injected into 1–2 cell stage wild-type AB or Et(Gal4VP16)zc1044a;Tg(UAS-E1b:Kaede)s1999t embryos. At 28-32hpf, the developing embryos were then exposed to 350nm light for 20 seconds using a 10x objective on a Nikon 90i wide-field fluorescent microscope to activate the morpholino. Some injected embryos were not converted as a control for “leakiness” of the sense-photo MO. Likewise, some wild-type or Kaede expressing embryos that were not injected were exposed to 350nm light to ensure photo-conversion did not cause any adverse effects. Morpholinos: FAM38A 5′UTR TBMO: GAGCGACACTTCCACTCACATTCCT FAM38A UTR pho 4m: AGGAATGTGAaaxttAGTGTCGCTC Western Blot Analyses of Piezo1 piezo1 TBMO injected animals (n=15–20) were collected at 28hpf and homogenized in lysis buffer, boiled at 85°C for 5 minutes, spun down and the supernatant collected. A Bradford assay was performed to assess protein concentration. 10–15μg of protein was run out on a 3–8% Tris-Acetate gel at 150V for 1 hour. Detection was performed with an anti-Piezo1 antibody (Proteintech Cat#15939-1-AP) using standard ECL (enhanced chemiluminescence) methods. HC11, a mammary epithelial cell line, was used as a control for protein levels in mammalian tissues. Piezo1 proteins levels are presented relative to the α-tubulin loading control. Quantification of the scanned blot was performed using Image J. Zebrafish embryos expressing the photoconvertable protein Kaede in the epidermis To generate the Et(Gal4VP16;myl7:GFP)zc1044a enhancer-trap line, a plasmid along with tol2 mRNA was injected into 1-cell stage developing zebrafish embryos. The potential founders were then crossed to Tg(UAS-E1b:Kaede)s1999t 28 and subsequently identified by Kaede expression. The identified F1 transgenic embryos were then imaged at 2 and 5 days post-fertilization for identification and characterization of epithelial specific expression patterns. Supplementary Material 1 2
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            The growing complexity of platelet aggregation.

             Lisa Jackson (2007)
            Platelet aggregation, the process by which platelets adhere to each other at sites of vascular injury, has long been recognized as critical for hemostatic plug formation and thrombosis. Until relatively recently, platelet aggregation was considered a straightforward process involving the noncovalent bridging of integrin alpha(IIb)beta(3) receptors on the platelet surface by the dimeric adhesive protein fibrinogen. However, with recent technical advances enabling real-time analysis of platelet aggregation in vivo, it has become apparent that this process is much more complex and dynamic than previously anticipated. Over the last decade, it has become clear that platelet aggregation represents a multistep adhesion process involving distinct receptors and adhesive ligands, with the contribution of individual receptor-ligand interactions to the aggregation process dependent on the prevailing blood flow conditions. It now appears that at least 3 distinct mechanisms can initiate platelet aggregation, with each of these mechanisms operating over a specific shear range in vivo. The identification of shear-dependent mechanisms of platelet aggregation has raised the possibility that vascular-bed-specific inhibitors of platelet aggregation may be developed in the future that are safer and more effective than existing antiplatelet agents.
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              Hierarchical organization in the hemostatic response and its relationship to the platelet-signaling network.

              Achieving hemostasis following vascular injury requires the rapid accumulation of platelets and fibrin. Here we used a combination of confocal intravital imaging, genetically engineered mice, and antiplatelet agents to determine how variations in the extent of platelet activation following vascular injury arise from the integration of different elements of the platelet-signaling network. Two forms of penetrating injury were used to evoke the hemostatic response. Both produced a hierarchically organized structure in which a core of fully activated platelets was overlaid with an unstable shell of less-activated platelets. This structure emerged as hemostasis was achieved and persisted for at least 60 minutes following injury, its organization at least partly reflecting agonist concentration gradients. Thrombin activity and fibrin formation were found primarily in the innermost core. As proposed previously, greater packing density in the core facilitated contact-dependent signaling and limited entry of plasma-borne molecules visualized with fluorophores coupled to dextran and albumin. Blocking contact-dependent signaling or inhibiting thrombin reduced the size of the core, while the shell was heavily influenced by adenosine 5'-diphosphate and regulators of Gi2-mediated signaling. Thus, the hemostatic response is shown to produce a hierarchical structure arising, in part, from distinct elements of the platelet-signaling network.

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                Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
                Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
                January 2019
                January 2019
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                [1 ]From the Department of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (D.Y.N., R.R.K., F.I.A., M.A.P.)
                [2 ]Dmitry Rogachev National Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Immunology, Moscow, Russia (D.Y.N., A.O.Y., T.O.S., A.A.Y., S.I.O., F.I.A., M.A.P.)
                [3 ]Center for Theoretical Problems of Physicochemical Pharmacology, Moscow, Russia (D.Y.N., A.O.Y., T.O.S., A.A.Y., S.I.O., F.I.A., M.A.P.)
                [4 ]INSERM, Etablissement Français du Sang-Grand Est, UMR_S1255, Fédération de Médecine Translationnelle de Strasbourg, Université de Strasbourg, France (N.R., A.E., C.L., C.G., P.H.M.)
                [5 ]Faculty of Basic Medicine, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (T.O.S.)
                [6 ]Department of Physiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (E.L.G.)
                [7 ]Department of Biological and Medical Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny, Russia (F.I.A., M.A.P.).
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