Role of Trpc channels, Stim1 and Orai1 in PGF(2α)-induced calcium signaling in NRK fibroblasts.
ABSTRACT Normal rat kidney (NRK) fibroblasts exhibit growth-dependent changes in electrophysiological properties and intracellular calcium dynamics. The transition from a quiescent state to a density-arrested state results in altered calcium entry characteristics. This coincides with modulation of the expression of the genes encoding the calcium channels Trpc1, Trpc6 and Orai1, and of the intracellular calcium sensor Stim1. In the present study we have used gene selective short hairpin (sh) RNAs against these various genes to investigate their role in (a) capacitative store-operated calcium entry (SOCE); (b) non-capacitative OAG-induced receptor-operated calcium entry (ROCE); and (c) prostaglandin F(2α) (PGF(2α))-induced Ca(2+)-oscillations in NRK fibroblasts. Intracellular calcium measurements revealed that knockdown of the genes encoding Trpc1, Orai1 and Stim1 each caused a significant reduction of SOCE in NRK cells, whereas knockdown of the gene encoding Trpc6 reduced only the OAG-induced ROCE. Furthermore, our data show that knockdown of the genes encoding Trpc1, Orai1 and Stim1, but not Trpc6, substantially reduced the frequency (up to 60%) of PGF(2α)-induced Ca(2+) oscillations in NRK cells. These results indicate that in NRK cells distinct calcium channels control the processes of SOCE, ROCE and PGF(2α)-induced Ca(2+) oscillations.
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ABSTRACT: More than a decade has elapsed since the link between the endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) machinery and HIV-1 protein trafficking and budding was first identified. L domains in HIV-1 Gag mediate recruitment of ESCRT which function in bud abscission releasing the viral particle from the host cell. Beyond virus budding, the ESCRT machinery is also involved in the endocytic pathway, cytokinesis, and autophagy. In the past few years, the number of non-ESCRT host proteins shown to be required in the assembly process has also grown. In this paper, we highlight the role of recently identified cellular factors that link ESCRT machinery to calcium signaling machinery and we suggest that this liaison contributes to setting the stage for productive ESCRT recruitment and mediation of abscission. Parallel paradigms for non-ESCRT roles in virus budding and cytokinesis will be discussed.Molecular biology international. 01/2012; 2012:851670.