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The SH2 domain-containing protein-tyrosine phosphatases Shp1 and Shp2 have been implicated in regulating signaling from a variety of platelet and megakaryocyte receptors. In this study, we investigate the functions of Shp1 and Shp2 in megakaryocytes and platelets. Megakaryocyte/platelet (MP)-specific deletion of Shp1 in mice resulted in platelets being less responsive to collagen-related peptide due to reduced GPVI expression and signaling via the Src family kinase (SFK)-Syk-PLCγ2 pathway, and fibrinogen due to reduced SFK activity. By contrast, deletion of Shp2 in the MP lineage resulted in macrothrombocytopenia and platelets being hyper-responsive to anti-CLEC-2 antibody and fibrinogen. Shp1- and Shp2-deficient megakaryocytes had partial blocks at 2N/4N ploidy; however, only the latter exhibited reduced proplatelet formation, thrombopoietin, and integrin signaling. Mice deficient in both Shp1 and Shp2 were severely macrothrombocytopenic and had reduced platelet surface glycoprotein expression, including GPVI, αIIbβ3, and GPIbα. Megakaryocytes from these mice were blocked at 2N/4N ploidy and did not survive ex vivo. Deletion of the immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibition motif-containing receptor G6b-B in the MP lineage phenocopied multiple features of Shp1/2-deficient mice, suggesting G6b-B is a critical regulator of Shp1 and Shp2. This study establishes Shp1 and Shp2 as major regulators of megakaryocyte development, platelet production, and function.

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Journal article



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4205 - 4220


Animals, Blood Platelets, Cells, Cultured, Gene Deletion, Megakaryocyte Progenitor Cells, Megakaryocytes, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Transgenic, Organ Specificity, Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Non-Receptor Type 11, Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Non-Receptor Type 6, Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases, Thrombopoiesis