Effect of picotamide on the calcium mobilization and phospholipase C activation in human platelets

Fabio M. Pulcinelli, Pasquale Pignatelli, Silvia Riondino, Simona Parisi, Carlo Castiglioni, Pier Paolo Gazzaniga

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The effect of picotamide (G137 or N,N′-bis-3-picolyl-4-methoxy-isophthalamide), a dual thromboxane A2 (TxA2) synthetase inhibitor/TxA2 endoperoxide receptor antagonist, on the phospholipase C (PLC) activation and calcium mobilization in human platelets stimulated by arachidonic acid (AA) and TxA2 receptor synthetic agonist U46619, has been studied. Preincubation with picotamide (10-4 M) for 1 and 3 min significantly reduced (ps) by U46619 125 nM and 250 nM. Picotamide also reduced the calcium concentration changes induced in GFPs by AA 75 and 150 μM and by ADP 5 and 10 μM. In thrombin degranulated platelets picotamide inhibited the effect of U46619 up to 500 nM. The PLC activation, as indicated by inositol-1,3,4 P3 (Ins 1,3,4 P3) formation in response to U46619 250 nM and AA 150 μM was also inhibited by picotamide. These results may suggest a dual effect of picotamide on the receptor/effector systems through which TxA2 mediates platelet activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-461
Number of pages9
JournalThrombosis Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 1994


  • Antiplatelet drugs
  • Phospholipase C
  • Picotamide
  • TxA receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Hematology


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