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Megakaryocyte-specific Profilin1-deficiency alters microtubule stability and causes a Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome-like platelet defect.

Nature communications (2014-09-05)
Markus Bender, Simon Stritt, Paquita Nurden, Judith M M van Eeuwijk, Barbara Zieger, Karim Kentouche, Harald Schulze, Henner Morbach, David Stegner, Katrin G Heinze, Katrin Heinze, Sebastian Dütting, Shuchi Gupta, Walter Witke, Hervé Falet, Alain Fischer, John H Hartwig, Bernhard Nieswandt
ABSTRACT

Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is caused by mutations in the WAS gene and is characterized by immunodeficiency, eczema and microthrombocytopenia. The molecular link between WAS mutations and microthrombocytopenia is unknown. Profilin1 (Pfn1) is a key actin-regulating protein that, besides actin, interacts with phosphoinositides and multiple proline-rich proteins, including the WAS protein (WASp)/WASp-interacting protein (WIP) complex. Here we report that mice with a megakaryocyte/platelet-specific Pfn1 deficiency display microthrombocytopenia due to accelerated turnover of platelets and premature platelet release into the bone marrow. Both Pfn1-null mouse platelets and platelets isolated from WAS patients contained abnormally organized and hyperstable microtubules. These results reveal an unexpected function of Pfn1 as a regulator of microtubule organization and point to a previously unrecognized mechanism underlying the platelet formation defect in WAS patients.

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