Regulation of mitochondrial function as a promising target in platelet activation-related diseases.


Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology Program, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. Electronic address: [Email]


Platelets are anucleated cell elements produced by fragmentation of the cytoplasm of megakaryocytes and have a unique metabolic phenotype compared with circulating leukocytes, exhibiting a high coupling efficiency to mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate production with reduced respiratory reserve capacity. Platelet mitochondria are well suited for ex vivo analysis of different diseases. Even some diseases induce mitochondrial changes in platelets without reflecting them in other organs. During platelet activation, an integrated participation of glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation is mediated by oxidative stress production-dependent signaling. The platelet activation-dependent procoagulant activity mediated by collagen, thrombin and hyperglycemia induce mitochondrial dysfunction to promote thrombosis in oxidative stress-associated pathological conditions. Interestingly, some compounds exhibit a protective action on platelet mitochondrial dysfunction through control of mitochondrial oxidative stress production or inhibition of respiratory complexes. They can be grouped in a) Natural source-derived compounds (e.g. Xanthohumol, Salvianoloc acid A and Sila-amide derivatives of NAC), b) TPP+-linked small molecules (e.g. mitoTEMPO and mitoQuinone) and c) FDA-approved drugs (e.g. metformin and statins), illustrating the wide range of molecular structures capable of effectively interacting with platelet mitochondria. The present review article aims to discuss the mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction and their association with platelet activation-related diseases.


Mitochondria,Mitochondriotropic molecules,Oxidative stress,Platelets,Procoagulant,

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