Roles for both cyclic GMP and cyclic AMP in the inhibition of collagen‐induced platelet aggregation by nitroprusside* Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Summary. In studies on human platelets, nitroprusside (NP) alone at 1–10 µmol/l increased platelet cyclic AMP (cAMP) by 40–70%, whereas increases in cyclic GMP (cGMP) were much larger in percentage though not in concentration terms. Collagen enhanced these increases in cAMP up to fourfold, without affecting cGMP. This effect was partly prevented by indomethacin or aspirin, indicating that platelet cyclo‐oxygenase products acted synergistically with NP to increase cAMP. ADP released from the platelets by collagen tended to restrict this cAMP accumulation. Addition of 2′,5′‐dideoxyadenosine (DDA), an inhibitor of adenylyl cyclase, decreased both the inhibition of collagen‐induced platelet aggregation by NP and the associated accumulation of cAMP without affecting cGMP, indicating that cAMP mediates part of the inhibitory effect of NP. Unlike DDA, 1H‐[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3‐a]quinoxalin‐1‐one (ODQ), an inhibitor of guanylyl cyclase, blocked all increases in both cGMP and cAMP caused by NP, as well as the inhibition of platelet aggregation, suggesting that cAMP accumulation was secondary to that of cGMP. Human platelet cGMP‐dependent protein kinase (PKG) coelectrophoresed with the purified bovine type Iβ isoenzyme. An inhibitor of this enzyme (Rp)‐β‐phenyl‐1,N2‐etheno‐8‐bromoguanosine 3′,5′‐cyclic‐monophosphorothioate, diminished the inhibition of collagen‐induced platelet aggregation by NP, but had little additional effect when DDA was present. This showed that both PKG and cAMP participate in the inhibition of collagen‐induced platelet aggregation by NP. Moreover, selective activators of PKG and cAMP‐dependent protein kinases had supra‐additive inhibitory effects, suggesting that an optimal inhibitory effect of NP requires simultaneous activation of both enzymes.


  • Jang, Elliott K
  • Azzam, Joseph
  • Dickinson, Natalie T
  • Davidson, Monica ML
  • Haslam, Richard J

publication date

  • June 2002