SDF-1α induces differential trafficking of CXCR4-CXCR7 involving cyclophilin A, CXCR7 ubiquitination and promotes platelet survival

FASEB J. 2014 Jul;28(7):2864-78. doi: 10.1096/fj.14-249730. Epub 2014 Mar 25.


Platelet-derived SDF-1α (CXCL12) mediates inflammatory and regenerative mechanisms. The present study characterizes the effect of SDF-1α ligation in platelets. SDF-1α (0-100 μM) dose and time dependently caused internalization of its receptor CXCR4 (28.9 ± 1.6 vs. 16.1 ± 1.9 in SDF-1α-treated platelets), coupled to the surface externalization of CXCR7 (65.5 ± 8 vs. 162.8 ± 27.6 following SDF-1α treatment), both in vitro and in vivo. This was inhibited in the presence of AMD3100 (100 μM), CXCR4 blocking and vesicular transport inhibitors (brefeldin A, 10 μM; rapamycin, 100 nM). SDF-1α/CXCR-4-mediated CXCR7 translocation was significantly reduced by inhibitors of ERK1/2-(U0126-10 μM) and cyclophilinA (CyPA)-(NIM811-10 μM) by 28 and 46%, respectively. Further, SDF-1α-induced downstream phosphorylation of Erk1/2 led to CyPA-dependent ubiquitination of CXCR7, which is essential for its surface translocation. CyPA-PPIase-activity inhibitor NIM-811, Erk1/2, and E1-ligase inhibitor-(PYR-41-25 μM) significantly abolished SDF-1α-driven CXCR7 ubiquitination and subsequent surface translocation. SDF-1α induced CXCR7 ubiquitination, and its surface exposure was observed in wild-type murine platelets, but not in CyPA-deficient platelets. SDF-1α/CXCR4-CyPA-dependent CXCR7 translocation and its subsequent ligation attenuated activation-induced apoptosis both in vitro and when administered in vivo. This antiapoptotic effect of SDF-1α was abrogated by blocking CXCR7, also significantly affected in Cypa(-/-) platelets. Thus, we decipher a novel mechanism, whereby SDF-1α regulates relative receptor availability in circulating platelets and exerts its prosurvival benefits.-Chatterjee, M., Seizer, P., Borst, O., Schönberger, T., Mack, A., Geisler, T., Langer, H. F., May, A. E., Vogel, S., Lang, F., Gawaz, M. SDF-1α induces differential trafficking of CXCR4-CXCR7 involving cyclophilin A, CXCR7 ubiquitination and promotes platelet survival.

Keywords: apoptosis; chemokine; platelets; receptor.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis / physiology
  • Blood Platelets / metabolism*
  • Blood Platelets / physiology
  • Chemokine CXCL12 / metabolism*
  • Cyclophilin A / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • MAP Kinase Signaling System / physiology
  • Mice
  • Phosphorylation / physiology
  • Protein Transport / physiology*
  • Receptors, CXCR / metabolism*
  • Receptors, CXCR4 / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology
  • Ubiquitination / physiology*


  • Chemokine CXCL12
  • Receptors, CXCR
  • Receptors, CXCR4
  • Cyclophilin A