Thioesterification of platelet proteins with saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids

Michael Laposata, Laszlo Muszbek

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We have demonstrated that more than 20 platelet proteins can be acylated with fatty acids via thioester linkages. These include the glycoprotein IX beta chain of glycoprotein Ib, components of the von Willebrand factor receptor on the platelet surface, P-selectin, and α subunits of Gz, Cq, and Gi. Our studies have shown that platelet proteins can be posttranslationally acylated in thioester linkages not only with palmitate but with myristate and also with the eicosanoid precursor fatty acids arachidonate and eicosapentaenoate. Thioesterification of platelet proteins with fatty acids other than palmitate may have significant functional consequences for reversible binding of proteins to membranes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S-217-S-221
Issue number3 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Mar 1 1996
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Cell Biology

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