Aspirin-Dependent Effects on Purinergic P2Y(1) Receptor Expression

Isabella Massimi, Laura Alemanno, Maria Luisa Guarino, Raffaella Guerriero, Massimo Mancone, Andrea Ceccacci, Luigi Frati, Dominick J. Angiolillo, Fabio M. Pulcinelli

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Chronic treatment with aspirin in healthy volunteers (HVs) is associated with recovery of adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-induced platelet activation. The purinergic P2Y(1) receptor exerts its effects via a G(q)-protein, which is the same biochemical pathway activated by thromboxane-A2 receptor. We hypothesized that recovery of ADP-induced platelet activation could be attributed to increased P2Y(1)expression induced by chronic aspirin exposure. We performed a multi-phase investigation which embraced both in vitro and in vivo experiments conducted in (1) human megakaryoblastic DAMI cells, (2) human megakaryocytic progenitor cell cultures, (3) platelets obtained from HVs treated with aspirin and (4) platelets obtained from aspirin-treated patients. DAMI cells treated with aspirin or WY14643 (PPAR agonist) had a significant up-regulation of P2Y(1) mRNA, which was shown to be a PPAR-dependent process. In human megakaryocytic progenitors, in the presence of aspirin or WY14643, P2Y(1) mRNA expression was higher than in mock culture. P2Y(1) expression increased in platelets obtained from HVs treated with aspirin for 8 weeks. Platelets obtained from patients who were on aspirin for more than 2 months had increased P2Y(1)expression and ADP-induced aggregation compared with patients on aspirin treatment for less than a month. Overall, our results suggest that aspirin induces genomic changes in megakaryocytes leading to P2Y(1) up-regulation and that PPAR is the nuclear receptor involved in this regulation. Since P2Y(1) is coupled to the same G(q)-protein of thromboxane-A2 receptor, platelet adaptation in response to pharmacological inhibition seems not to be receptor specific, but may involve other receptors with the same biochemical pathway.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-734
Number of pages9
JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2019


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