Endobrevin/VAMP-8 is the primary v-SNARE for the platelet release reaction

Qiansheng Ren, Holly Kalani Barber, Garland L. Crawford, Zubair A. Karim, Chunxia Zhao, Wangsun Choi, Cheng Chun Wang, Wanjin Hong, Sidney W. Whiteheart

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Platelet secretion is critical to hemostasis. Release of granular cargo is mediated by soluble NSF attachment protein receptors (SNAREs), but despite consensus on t-SNAREs usage, it is unclear which Vesicle Associated Membrane Protein (VAMPs: synaptobrevin/VAMP-2, cellubrevin/VAMP-3, TI-VAMP/VAMP-7, and endobrevin/VAMP-8) is required. We demonstrate that VAMP-8 is required for release from dense core granules, alpha granules, and lysosomes. Platelets from VAMP-8-/- mice have a significant defect in agonist-induced secretion, though signaling, morphology, and cargo levels appear normal. In contrast, VAMP-2+/-, VAMP-3-/-, and VAMP-2 +/-/VAMP-3-/- platelets showed no defect. Consistently, tetanus toxin had no effect on secretion from permeabilized mouse VAMP-3 -/- platelets or human platelets, despite cleavage of VAMP-2 and/or -3. Tetanus toxin does block the residual release from permeabilized VAMP-8 -/- platelets, suggesting a secondary role for VAMP-2 and/or -3. These data imply a ranked redundancy of v-SNARE usage in platelets and suggest that VAMP-8-/- mice will be a useful in vivo model to study platelet exocytosis in hemostasis and vascular inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-33
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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