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Sci. Signal., 16 November 2010
Vol. 3, Issue 148, p. pe42
Calcium Signaling by STIM and Orai: Intimate Coupling Details Revealed
Xiaoxiang Deng, and
Donald L. Gill*
Department of Biochemistry, Temple University School of Medicine, 3400 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA.
STIM (stromal interaction molecule) and Orai, two recently identified protein families, mediate cellular Ca2+ signals through a remarkably dynamic interaction. STIM proteins are sensors of Ca2+ stored within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Orai proteins are highly selective plasma membrane (PM) channels that allow only Ca2+ ions to flow into cells. Although present in separate membranes, the two proteins undergo profound reorganization culminating in an exquisite pas de deux within small junctional regions between the ER and PM. Before these proteins can embrace, STIM undergoes an activation process triggered by depletion of Ca2+ stores. During its union with Orai, STIM induces the channel pore within Orai to open, allowing Ca2+ ions to flow through the PM and provide crucial intracellular signals. Recent studies on the activation of STIM and its coupling to Orai provide valuable new insights into the nature of the liaison between these two proteins and the intricate mechanism through which activation of Ca2+ signals occurs.
Ivan Bogeski, Carsten Kummerow, Dalia Al-Ansary, Eva C. Schwarz, Richard Koehler, Daisuke Kozai, Nobuaki Takahashi, Christine Peinelt, Desiree Griesemer, Monika Bozem, Yasuo Mori, Markus Hoth, and Barbara A. Niemeyer (30 March 2010) Sci. Signal.3 (115), ra24.
[DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2000672] |Editor's Summary »|Abstract »|Full Text »|PDF »|Supplementary Materials »
Hypoxia-induced Acidosis Uncouples the STIM-Orai Calcium Signaling Complex.
S. Mancarella, Y. Wang, X. Deng, G. Landesberg, R. Scalia, R. A. Panettieri, K. Mallilankaraman, X. D. Tang, M. Madesh, and D. L. Gill (2011)
J. Biol. Chem.
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Local Cytosolic Ca2+ Elevations Are Required for Stromal Interaction Molecule 1 (STIM1) De-oligomerization and Termination of Store-operated Ca2+ Entry.