Mechanisms of STIM1 Activation of Store-Independent Leukotriene C4-Regulated Ca2+ Channels

Xuexin Zhang, José C. González-Cobos, Rainer Schindl, Martin Muik, Brian Ruhle, Rajender K. Motiani, Jonathan M. Bisaillon, Wei Zhang, Marc Fahrner, Margarida Barroso, Khalid Matrougui, Christoph Romanin, Mohamed Trebak

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We recently showed, in primary vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), that the platelet-derived growth factor activates canonical store-operated Ca2+ entry and Ca2+ release-activated Ca2+ currents encoded by Orai1 and STIM1 genes. However, thrombin activates store-independent Ca2+ selective channels contributed by both Orai3 and Orai1. These store-independent Orai3/Orai1 channels are gated by cytosolic leukotriene C4 (LTC4) and require STIM1 downstream LTC4 action. However, the source of LTC4 and the signaling mechanisms of STIM1 in the activation of this LTC4-regulated Ca2+ (LRC) channel are unknown. Here, we show that upon thrombin stimulation, LTC4 is produced through the sequential activities of phospholipase C, diacylglycerol lipase, 5-lipo-oxygenease, and leukotriene C4 synthase. We show that the endoplasmic reticulum-resident STIM1 is necessary and sufficient for LRC channel activation by thrombin. STIM1 does not form sustained puncta and does not colocalize with Orai1 either under basal conditions or in response to thrombin. However, STIM1 is precoupled to Orai3 and Orai3/Orai1 channels under basal conditions as shown using Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) imaging. The second coiled-coil domain of STIM1 is required for coupling to either Orai3 or Orai3/Orai1 channels and for LRC channel activation. We conclude that STIM1 employs distinct mechanisms in the activation of store-dependent and store-independent Ca2+ entry pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3715-3723
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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