Mildly oxidized HDL decrease agonist-induced platelet aggregation and release of pro-coagulant platelet extracellular vesicles

J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2017 May;169:176-188. doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2016.05.003. Epub 2016 May 7.


Stored platelet concentrates (PLCs) for therapeutic purpose, develop a platelet storage lesion (PSL), characterized by impaired platelet (PLT) viability and function, platelet extracellular vesicle (PL-EV) release and profound lipidomic changes. Whereas oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) activates PLTs and promotes atherosclerosis, effects linked to oxidized high-density lipoprotein (oxHDL) are poorly characterized. PLCs from blood donors were treated with native (nHDL) or mildly oxidized HDL (moxHDL) for 5days under blood banking conditions. Flow cytometry, nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), aggregometry, immunoblot analysis and mass spectrometry were carried out to analyze PL-EV and platelet exosomes (PL-EX) release, PLT aggregation, protein expression, and PLT and plasma lipid composition. In comparison to total nHDL, moxHDL significantly decreased PL-EV release by -36% after 5days of PLT storage and partially reversed agonist-induced PLT aggregation. PL-EV release positively correlated with PLT aggregation. MoxHDL improved PLT membrane lipid homeostasis through enhanced uptake of lysophospholipids and their remodeling to corresponding phospholipid species. This also appeared for sphingomyelin (SM) and d18:0/d18:1 sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) at the expense of ceramide (Cer) and hexosylceramide (HexCer) leading to reduced Cer/S1P ratio as PLT-viability indicator. This membrane remodeling was associated with increased content of CD36 and maturation of scavenger receptor-B1 (SR-B1) protein in secreted PL-EVs. MoxHDL, more potently than nHDL, improves PLT-membrane lipid homeostasis, partially antagonizes PL-EV release and agonist-induced PLT aggregation. Altogether, this may be the result of more efficient phospho- and sphingolipid remodeling mediated by CD36 and SR-B1 in the absence of ABCA1 on PLTs. As in vitro supplement in PLCs, moxHDL has the potential to improve PLC quality and to prolong storage.

Keywords: Aggregation; Extracellular vesicle; Mildly oxidized HDL; Platelet concentrate; Storage lesion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Platelets / cytology*
  • Blood Platelets / metabolism
  • Coagulants / chemistry*
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Homeostasis
  • Humans
  • Lipids / chemistry
  • Lipoproteins, HDL / chemistry*
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / chemistry
  • Lysophospholipids / chemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Nanoparticles / chemistry
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Oxygen / chemistry
  • Platelet Aggregation*
  • Sphingosine / analogs & derivatives
  • Sphingosine / chemistry


  • Coagulants
  • Lipids
  • Lipoproteins, HDL
  • Lipoproteins, LDL
  • Lysophospholipids
  • oxidized low density lipoprotein
  • sphingosine 1-phosphate
  • Sphingosine
  • lysophosphatidic acid
  • Oxygen