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Attenuated platelet aggregation in patients with septic shock is independent from the activity state of myosin light chain phosphorylation or a reduction in Rho kinase-dependent inhibition of myosin light chain phosphatase.

Benjamin Aj Reddi, Samantha M Iannella, Stephanie N O'Connor, Adam M Deane, Scott R Willoughby, David P Wilson

Intensive Care Medicine Experimental | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Impaired coagulation contributes to the morbidity and mortality associated with septic shock. Whether abnormal platelet contraction adds to the bleeding tendency is unknown. Platelets contract when Ca(2+)-dependent myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) phosphorylates Ser19 of myosin light chain (MLC20), promoting actin-myosin cross-bridge cycling. Contraction is opposed when myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP) dephosphorylates MLC20. It is thought that Rho kinase (ROK) inhibits MLCP by phosphorylating Thr855 of the regulatory subunit MYPT, favouring platelet contraction. This study tested the hypotheses that in septic shock, (i) platelet function is inversely correlated with illness..

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