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Mechanistic insights into store-operated Ca2+ entry during excitation-contraction coupling in skeletal muscle

OPEN Biochimica et biophysica acta. Molecular cell research | 3 Mar 2019

X Koenig, RH Choi, K Schicker, DP Singh, K Hilber and BS Launikonis
Abstract
Skeletal muscle fibres support store-operated Ca2+-entry (SOCE) across the t-tubular membrane upon exhaustive depletion of Ca2+ from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). Recently we demonstrated the presence of a novel mode of SOCE activated under conditions of maintained [Ca2+]SR. This phasic SOCE manifested in a fast and transient manner in synchrony with excitation contraction (EC)-coupling mediated SR Ca2+-release (Communications Biology 1:31, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-018-0033-7). Stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1) and calcium release-activated calcium channel 1 (ORAI1), positioned at the SR and t-system membranes, respectively, are the considered molecular correlate of SOCE. The evidence suggests that at the triads, where the terminal cisternae of the SR sandwich a t-tubule, STIM1 and ORAI1 proteins pre-position to allow for enhanced SOCE transduction. Here we show that phasic SOCE is not only shaped by global [Ca2+]SR but provide evidence for a local activation within nanodomains at the terminal cisternae of the SR. This feature may allow SOCE to modulate [Ca2+]SR during EC coupling. We define SOCE to occur on the same timescale as EC coupling and determine the temporal coherence of SOCE activation to SR Ca2+ release. We derive a delay of 0.3 ms reflecting diffusive Ca2+-equilibration at the luminal ryanodine receptor 1 (RYR1) channel mouth upon SR Ca2+-release. Numerical simulations of Ca2+-calsequestrin binding estimates a characteristic diffusion length and confines an upper limit for the spatial distance between STIM1 and RYR1. Experimental evidence for a 4- fold change in t-system Ca2+-permeability upon prolonged electrical stimulation in conjunction with numerical simulations of Ca2+-STIM1 binding suggests a Ca2+ dissociation constant of STIM1 below 0.35 mM. Our results show that phasic SOCE is intimately linked with RYR opening and closing, with only μs delays, because [Ca2+] in the terminal cisternae is just above the threshold for Ca2+ dissociation from STIM1 under physiological resting conditions. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: ECS Meeting edited by Claus Heizmann, Joachim Krebs and Jacques Haiech.
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