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Title: Pharmacological regulation and function of store-operated calcium channels
Author: Zeng, Bo
ISNI:       0000 0004 2728 3661
Awarding Body: University of Hull
Current Institution: University of Hull
Date of Award: 2012
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Store-operated Ca²⁺ entry (SOCE) is an important Ca²⁺ influx pathway existing in almost all types of mammalian cell. STIM1, ORAI and TRPC have been regarded as the molecular basis of SOCE. Once the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca²⁺ store is depleted, STIM1 proteins move to the plasma membrane and activate ORAI and TRPC channels to allow Ca²⁺ influx. In this thesis, the pharmacological aspects and regulatory mechanisms of SOCE were investigated using HEK293 cells overexpressing STIM1, ORAI or TRPC genes. The expression and function of TRPC channels and their spliced variants in native cells were also examined. Using live-cell imaging, the cytosolic clustering of STIM1-EYFP was observed after challenging with the compounds including 2-APB, flufenamic acid, 4-chloro- 3-ethylphenol, U73122 and FCCP. The aggregation of STIM1 in the cytosol coud be a novel mechanism for the inhibition of SOCE, and the process did not rely on the depletion of ER Ca²⁺ store. The ryanodine receptor agonist 4-chloro-3-ethylphenol not only caused Ca²⁺ release and cytosolic STIM1 clustering, but also nonselectively inhibited ORAI1/2/3 and TRPC3/4/5/6 channels. The sensitivity of TRP channels to metal ions was also investigated using patch clamp. Micromolar Cu²⁺ significantly increased the currents of TRPC3/4/5/6 channels. The glutamic acid (E542/E543) and cysteine (C554) residues in the extracellular pore region of TRPC4 were involved in the channel opening by Cu²⁺. Moreover, Cu²⁺ showed inhibitory effect on TRPM2 channel. TRPC1/3/4/6 and multiple alternatively spliced variants were detected in the human ovarian adenocarcinoma-derived SKOV3 cells. Blockade of TRPC channel activity by 2-APB, SKF-96365, TRPC pore-blocking antibodies or transfection with TRPC siRNA significantly inhibited SKOV3 cell proliferation. Overexpression of TRPC genes promoted colony growth of SKOV3 cells. It is concluded that cytosolic STIM1 movement could be a new pharmacological target for SOCE. 4-Chloro-3-ethylphenol and Cu²⁺ are new modulators of ORAI and TRP channels. TRPC channels and their spliced variants are important for cancer cell growth. These findings provide novel insights into the pharmacology and pathophysiology of store-operated channels.
Supervisor: Xu, Shang-Zhong Sponsor: China Scholarship Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Medicine