Alpha-adducin dissociates from F-actin and spectrin during platelet activation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Aspectrin-based skeleton uniformly underlies and supports the plasma membrane of the resting platelet, but remodels and centralizes in the activated platelet. alpha-Adducin, a phosphoprotein that forms a ternary complex with F-actin and spectrin, is dephosphorylated and mostly bound to spectrin in the membrane skeleton of the resting platelet at sites where actin filaments attach to the ends of spectrin molecules. Platelets activated through protease-activated receptor 1, FcgammaRIIA, or by treatment with PMA phosphorylate adducin at Ser726. Phosphoadducin releases from the membrane skeleton concomitant with its dissociation from spectrin and actin. Inhibition of PKC blunts adducin phosphorylation and release from spectrin and actin, preventing the centralization of spectrin that normally follows cell activation. We conclude that adducin targets actin filament ends to spectrin to complete the assembly of the resting membrane skeleton. Dissociation of phosphoadducin releases spectrin from actin, facilitating centralization of spectrin, and leads to the exposure of barbed actin filament ends that may then participate in converting the resting platelet's disc shape into its active form.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barkalow, KL; Italiano, JE; Chou, DE; Matsuoka, Y; Bennett, V; Hartwig, JH

Published Date

  • May 12, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 161 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 557 - 570

PubMed ID

  • 12743105

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2172952

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9525

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1083/jcb.200211122


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States