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Circ Res. 2009 Jan 2;104(1):104-12. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.108.180612. Epub 2008 Nov 20.

Mitochondrial regulation of sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ content in vascular smooth muscle cells.

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  • 1Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, University of Geneva, 1 Michel-Servet, CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland. Damon.Poburko@medecine.unige.ch


Subplasmalemmal ion fluxes have global effects on Ca(2+) signaling in vascular smooth muscle. Measuring cytoplasmic and mitochondrial [Ca(2+)]and [Na(+)], we previously showed that mitochondria buffer both subplasmalemmal cytosolic [Ca(2+)] and [Na(+)] in vascular smooth muscle cells. We have now directly measured sarcoplasmic reticulum [Ca(2+)] in aortic smooth muscle cells, revealing that mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger inhibition with CGP-37157 impairs sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) refilling during purinergic stimulation. By overexpressing hFis1 to remove mitochondria from the subplasmalemmal space, we show that the rate and extent of sarcoplasmic reticulum refilling is augmented by a subpopulation of peripheral mitochondria. In ATP-stimulated cells, hFis-1-mediated relocalization of mitochondria impaired the sarcoplasmic reticulum refilling process and reduced mitochondrial [Ca(2+)] elevations, despite increased cytosolic [Ca(2+)] elevations. Reversal of plasmalemmal Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchange was the primary Ca(2+) entry mechanism following ATP stimulation, based on the effects of KB-R7943. We propose that subplasmalemmal mitochondria ensure efficient sarcoplasmic reticulum refilling by cooperating with the plasmalemmal Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger to funnel Ca(2+) into the sarcoplasmic reticulum and minimize cytosolic [Ca(2+)] elevations that might otherwise contribute to hypertensive or proliferative vasculopathies.

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