Mutations of the ca2+-sensing stromal interaction molecule stim1 regulate ca2+ influx by altered oligomerization of stim1 and by destabilization of the ca2+ channel orai1

Tatiana Kilch, Dalia Alansary, Martin Peglow, Kathrin Dorr, Grigori Rychkov, Heiko Rieger, Christine Peinelt, Barbara A. Niemeyer

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Background: Calcium influx (ICRAC) is important for proper cell function. Results: A novel STIM1 mutant increases ICRAC, Ca2+-dependently destabilizes Orai1, and alters clustering. A new mathematical model explains the phenotype. Conclusion: The molecular kinetics of STIM1 and Orai1 are major determinants of ICRAC. Significance: The diffusion trap model and alteration of Orai1 stability provide a tool for understanding ICRAC regulation. Adrop of endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ concentration triggers its Ca 2+ssensor protein stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1) to oligomerize and accumulate within endoplasmic reticulumplasma membrane junctions where it activates Orai1 channels, providing store-operated Ca2+ entry. To elucidate the functional significance ofN-glycosylation sites of STIM1, we created different mutations of asparagine-131 and asparagine-171. STIM1 NN/DQ resulted in a strong gain of function. Patch clamp, Total Internal Reflection Fluorescent (TIRF) microscopy, and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) analyses revealed that expression of STIM1 DQ mutants increases the number of active Orai1 channels and the rate of STIM1 translocation to endoplasmic reticulum-plasma membrane junctions with a decrease in current latency. Surprisingly, co-expression of STIM1 DQ decreased Orai1 protein, altering the STIM1:Orai1 stoichiometry. We describe a novel mathematical tool to delineate the effects of altered STIM1 or Orai1 diffusion parameters from stoichiometrical changes. The mutant uncovers a novel mechanism whereby "superactive" STIM1 DQ leads to altered oligomerization rate constants and to degradation of Orai1 with a change in stoichiometry of activator (STIM1) to effector (Orai1) ratio leading to altered Ca2+ homeostasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1653-1664
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 18 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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