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Antiphospholipid antibody-mediated effects in an arterial model of thrombosis are dependent on Toll-like receptor 4

Laplante, P;Fuentes, R;Salem, D;Subang, R;Gillis, MA;Hachem, A;Farhat, N;Qureshi, ST;Fletcher, CA;Roubey, RA;Merhi, Y;Thorin, ;Levine, JS;Mackman, N;Rauch, J;

Patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) produce antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) and develop vascular thrombosis that may occur in large or small vessels in the arterial or venous beds. On the other hand, many individuals produce aPL and yet never develop thrombotic events. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) appears to be necessary for aPL-mediated prothrombotic effects in venous and microvascular models of thrombosis, but its role in arterial thrombosis has not been studied. Here, we propose that aPL alone are insufficient to cause thrombotic events in an arterial model of APS, and that a concomitant trigger of innate immunity (e.g. TLR4 activation) is required. We show specifically that anti-2-glycoprotein I (anti-2GPI) antibodies, a subset of aPL, accelerated thrombus formation in C57BL/6 wild-type, but not TLR4-deficient, mice in a ferric chloride-induced carotid artery injury model. These aPL bound to arterial and venous endothelial cells, particularly in the presence of 2GPI, and to human TLR4 by enzyme-linked immunoassay. Arterial endothelium from aPL-treated mice had enhanced leukocyte adhesion, compared to control IgG-treated mice. In addition, aPL treatment of mice enhanced expression of tissue factor (TF) in leukocytes induced by the TLR4 ligand lipopolysaccharide (LPS). aPL also enhanced LPS-induced TF expression in human leukocytes in vitro. Our findings support a mechanism in which aPL enhance TF expression by leukocytes, as well as augment adhesion of leukocytes to the arterial endothelium. The activation of TLR4 in aPL-positive individuals may be required to trigger thrombotic events.