Author(s): Cognasse F, HamzehCognasse H, Garraud O
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Abstract Platelets are nonnucleated cellular elements that play a role in the process of haemostasis, and also in various ways in innate immunity and in inflammation. Platelets also contain numerous secretory products and can exert critical roles in several aspects of haemostasis. In addition, they house and secrete a variety of cytokines, chemokines and associated molecules which behave as ligands for receptors/counterparts displayed by endothelial cells lining tissue vessels and most leukocyte subsets. These latter studies show that platelets have an important role in innate as well as adaptive immunity; thus platelets can take part in an immune directive response. Moreover, platelets display receptors for several types of cytokines/chemokines along with FcgammaRII receptors. Finally, platelets not only express a variety of Toll-like receptors, with recently identified functions or not as-yet fully identified, but have also been demonstrated to express the key tandem pair of inflammatory and antigen presentation molecules (CD40 and CD40-ligand/CD154), this latter function making them the major purveyors of soluble CD40L in the plasma. It appears that platelets may be regarded as one of the neglected components of immune cell regulators, and platelets contribute to some interesting aspects in bridging innate and adaptive immunity. We propose that platelets discriminate danger signals and adapt the subsequent responses, with polarized cytokine secretion. Platelets may recognize several types of infectious pathogens and limit microbial colonization by sequestering these pathogens and releasing immunomodulatory factors. This review allows us to re-explore indications that platelets exert direct anti-infection immunity and we will present experimentally-driven arguments in favour of a role of platelet TLR in regulating certain immune activities.
This article was published in Transfus Clin Biol
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion