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Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2008 Jun;294(6):C1323-31. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00071.2008. Epub 2008 Apr 9.

Enhanced exocytotic-like insertion of Orai1 into the plasma membrane upon intracellular Ca2+ store depletion.

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.


Ca+ release-activated Ca2+ (CRAC) channels are activated when free Ca2+ concentration in the intracellular stores is substantially reduced and mediate sustained Ca2+ entry. Recent studies have identified Orai1 as a CRAC channel subunit. Here we demonstrate that passive Ca2+ store depletion using the inhibitor of the sarcoendoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase, thapsigargin (TG), enhances the surface expression of Orai1, a process that depends on rises in cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration, as demonstrated in cells loaded with dimethyl BAPTA, an intracellular Ca2+ chelator that prevented TG-evoked cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration elevation. Similar results were observed with a low concentration of carbachol. Cleavage of the soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive-factor attachment protein receptor, synaptosomal-assiciated protein-25 (SNAP-25), with botulinum neurotoxin A impaired TG-induced increase in the surface expression of Orai1. In addition, SNAP-25 cleaving by botulinum neurotoxin A reduces the maintenance but not the initial stages of store-operated Ca2+ entry. In aggregate, these findings demonstrate that store depletion enhances Orai1 plasma membrane expression in an exocytotic manner that involves SNAP-25, a process that contributes to store-dependent Ca2+ entry.

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