Lysophosphatidic acid induces thrombogenic activity through phosphatidylserine exposure and procoagulant microvesicle generation in human erythrocytes

Seung Min Chung, Ok Nam Bae, Kyung Min Lim, Ji Yoon Noh, Moo Yeol Lee, Yi Sook Jung, Jin Ho Chung

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OBJECTIVE - Although erythrocytes have been suggested to play a role in blood clotting, mediated through phosphatidylserine (PS) exposure and/or PS-bearing microvesicle generation, an endogenous substance that triggers the membrane alterations leading to a procoagulant activity in erythrocytes has not been reported. We now demonstrated that lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), an important lipid mediator in various pathophysiological processes, induces PS exposure and procoagulant microvesicle generation in erythrocytes, which represent a biological significance resulting in induction of thrombogenic activity. METHODS AND RESULTS - In human erythrocytes, LPA treatment resulted in PS exposure on remnant cells and PS-bearing microvesicle generation in a concentration-dependent manner. Consistent with the microvesicle generation, scanning electron microscopic study revealed that LPA treatment induced surface changes, alteration of normal discocytic shape into echinocytes followed by spherocytes. Surprisingly, chelation of intracellular calcium did not affect LPA-induced PS exposure and microvesicle generation. On the other hand, protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitors significantly reduced PS exposure and microvesicle generation induced by LPA, reflecting the role of calcium-independent PKC. Activation of PKC was confirmed by Western blot analysis showing translocation of calcium-independent isoform, PKCζ, to erythrocyte membrane. The activity of flippase, which is important in the maintenance of membrane asymmetry, was also inhibited by LPA. Furthermore, LPA-exposed erythrocytes actually potentiated the thrombin generation as determined by prothrombinase assay and accelerated the coagulation process initiated by recombinant human tissue factor in plasma. The adherence of erythrocytes to endothelial cells, another important feature of thrombogenic process, was also stimulated by LPA treatment. CONCLUSION - These results suggested that LPA-exposed erythrocytes could make an important contribution to thrombosis mediated through PS exposure and procoagulant microvesicle generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-421
Number of pages8
JournalArteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Erythrocyte
  • Lysophosphatidic acid
  • Microvesicle
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Thrombogenic activity


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