Alteration in protein kinase B (AKT) activity in platelets from patients with systemic sclerosis

Thomas M. Chiang, Arnold Postlethwaite

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We have previously reported that there is an increase in phosphotidylinositide-3 kinase activity secondary to increase in nitrotyrosylation in platelets from patients with SSc. Protein kinase B (Akt) is recruited to the plasma membrane by PI 3-K metabolites. Both enzymes play critical roles in signal transduction and activation of platelets. In the present investigation, we have studied the effect of postranslational modification of the activity of Akt. We have examined eight patients and eight controls and obtained results showing that enzymatic activity of Akt is increased in lysates of platelets from patients with SSc compared to normal volunteer controls. We have obtained results showing that there is no correlation of nitrotyrosylation of Akt on its enzymatic activity although Western blots show the enzyme has increased nitrotyrosylation. These results suggest that post-translational modification by nitrotyrosylation does not control Akt in SSc platelets. We concluded that the enhanced activity of PI 3-K and Akt in platelets from patients with SSc is mediated by different mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-506
Number of pages6
JournalThrombosis Research
Volume122
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 25 2008

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Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt
Systemic Scleroderma
Blood Platelets
Platelet Activation
Enzymes
Post Translational Protein Processing
Signal Transduction
Healthy Volunteers
Phosphotransferases
Western Blotting
Cell Membrane

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Alteration in protein kinase B (AKT) activity in platelets from patients with systemic sclerosis. / Chiang, Thomas M.; Postlethwaite, Arnold.

In: Thrombosis Research, Vol. 122, No. 4, 25.03.2008, p. 501-506.

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