Send to

Choose Destination
Antioxid Redox Signal. 2012 May 15;16(10):1077-87. doi: 10.1089/ars.2011.4004. Epub 2011 Oct 19.

Ero1α regulates Ca(2+) fluxes at the endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria interface (MAM).

Author information

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy.



The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is involved in many functions, including protein folding, redox homeostasis, and Ca(2+) storage and signaling. To perform these multiple tasks, the ER is composed of distinct, specialized subregions, amongst which mitochondrial-associated ER membranes (MAM) emerge as key signaling hubs. How these multiple functions are integrated with one another in living cells remains unclear.


Here we show that Ero1α, a key controller of oxidative folding and ER redox homeostasis, is enriched in MAM and regulates Ca(2+) fluxes. Downregulation of Ero1α by RNA interference inhibits mitochondrial Ca(2+) fluxes and modifies the activity of mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporters. The overexpression of redox active Ero1α increases passive Ca(2+) efflux from the ER, lowering [Ca(2+)](ER) and mitochondrial Ca(2+) fluxes in response to IP3 agonists.


The unexpected observation that Ca(2+) fluxes are affected by either increasing or decreasing the levels of Ero1α reveals a pivotal role for this oxidase in the early secretory compartment and implies a strict control of its amounts.


Taken together, our results indicate that the levels, subcellular localization, and activity of Ero1α coordinately regulate Ca(2+) and redox homeostasis and signaling in the early secretory compartment.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon
Loading ...
Support Center