Essential role for STIM1/Orai1-mediated calcium influx in PDGF-induced smooth muscle migration

Jonathan M. Bisaillon, Rajender K. Motiani, José C. Gonzalez-Cobos, Marie Potier, Katharine E. Halligan, Wael F. Alzawahra, Margarida Barroso, Harold A. Singer, David Jourd'heuil, Mohamed Trebak

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We recently demonstrated that thapsigargin-induced passive store depletion activates Ca2+ entry in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) through stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1)/Orai1, independently of transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels. However, under physiological stimulations, despite the ubiquitous depletion of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate- sensitive stores, many VSMC PLC-coupled agonists (e.g., vasopressin and endothelin) activate various store-independent Ca2+ entry channels. Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) is an important VSMC promigratory agonist with an established role in vascular disease. Nevertheless, the molecular identity of the Ca2+ channels activated by PDGF in VSMC remains unknown. Here we show that inhibitors of store-operated Ca2+ entry (Gd3+ and 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate at concentrations as low as 5 μM) prevent PDGF-mediated Ca2+ entry in cultured rat aortic VSMC. Protein knockdown of STIM1, Orai1, and PDGF receptor-β (PDGFRβ) impaired PDGF-mediated Ca2+ influx, whereas Orai2, Orai3, TRPC1, TRPC4, and TRPC6 knockdown had no effect. Scratch wound assay showed that knockdown of STIM1, Orai1, or PDGFRβ inhibited PDGF-mediated VSMC migration, but knock-down of STIM2, Orai2, and Orai3 was without effect. STIM1, Orai1, and PDGFRβ mRNA levels were upregulated in vivo in VSMC from balloon-injured rat carotid arteries compared with noninjured control vessels. Protein levels of STIM1 and Orai1 were also upregulated in medial and neointimal VSMC from injured carotid arteries compared with noninjured vessels, as assessed by immunofluorescence microscopy. These results establish that STIM1 and Orai1 are important components for PDGF-mediated Ca2+ entry and migration in VSMC and are upregulated in vivo during vascular injury and provide insights linking PDGF to STIM1/Orai1 during neointima formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C993-C1005
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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