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GPVI and GPIb alpha Mediate Staphylococcal Superantigen-Like Protein 5 (SSL5) Induced Platelet Activation and Direct toward Glycans as Potential Inhibitors

Houyuan Hu, Paul CJ Armstrong, Elie Khalil, Yung-Chih Chen, Andreas Straub, Min Li, Juliana Soosairajah, Christoph E Hagemeyer, Nicole Bassler, Dexing Huang, Ingo Ahrens, Guy Krippner, Elizabeth Gardiner, Karlheinz Peter

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a common pathogen capable of causing life-threatening infections. Staphylococcal superantigen-like protein 5 (SSL5) has recently been shown to bind to platelet glycoproteins and induce platelet activation. This study investigates further the interaction between SSL5 and platelet glycoproteins. Moreover, using a glycan discovery approach, we aim to identify potential glycans to therapeutically target this interaction and prevent SSL5-induced effects. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In addition to platelet activation experiments, flow cytometry, immunoprecipitation, surface plasmon resonance and a glycan binding array, were used to identify spec..

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