Stanniocalcin 2 is a negative modulator of store-operated calcium entry

William Zeiger, Daisuke Ito, Carol Swetlik, Masatsugu Oh-hora, Mitchel L. Villereal, Gopal Thinakaran

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    The regulation of cellular Ca 2+ homeostasis is essential for innumerable physiological and pathological processes. Stanniocalcin 1, a secreted glycoprotein hormone originally described in fish, is a well-established endocrine regulator of gill Ca 2+ uptake during hypercalcemia. While there are two mammalian Stanniocalcin homologs (STC1 and STC2), their precise molecular functions remain unknown. Notably, STC2 is a prosurvival component of the unfolded protein response. Here, we demonstrate a cell-intrinsic role for STC2 in the regulation of store-operated Ca 2+ entry (SOCE). Fibroblasts cultured from Stc2 knockout mice accumulate higher levels of cytosolic Ca 2+ following endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca 2+ store depletion, specifically due to an increase in extracellular Ca 2+ influx through store-operated Ca 2+ channels (SOC). The knockdown of STC2 expression in a hippocampal cell line also potentiates SOCE, and the overexpression of STC2 attenuates SOCE. Moreover, STC2 interacts with the ER Ca 2+ sensor STIM1, which activates SOCs following ER store depletion. These results define a novel molecular function for STC2 as a negative modulator of SOCE and provide the first direct evidence for the regulation of Ca 2+ homeostasis by mammalian STC2. Furthermore, our findings implicate the modulation of SOCE through STC2 expression as one of the prosurvival measures of the unfolded protein response.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3710-3722
    Number of pages13
    JournalMolecular and cellular biology
    Issue number18
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2011

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology

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    Zeiger, W., Ito, D., Swetlik, C., Oh-hora, M., Villereal, M. L., & Thinakaran, G. (2011). Stanniocalcin 2 is a negative modulator of store-operated calcium entry. Molecular and cellular biology, 31(18), 3710-3722.