R93W mutation in Orai1 causes impaired calcium influx in platelets

Wolfgang Bergmeier, Oh Hora Masatsugu, Christie Ann McCarl, R. Claire Roden, Paul F. Bray, Stefan Feske

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The intracellular Ca2+concentration of many nonexcitable cells is regulated by calcium store release and store-operated calcium entry (SOCE). In platelets, STIM1 was recently identified as the main calcium sensor expressed in the endoplasmic reticulum. To evaluate the role of the SOC channel moiety, Orai1, in platelet SOCE, we generated mice expressing a mutated, inactive form of Orai1 in blood cells only (Orai1R93W). Platelets expressing Orai1R93W were characterized by markedly reduced SOCE and impaired agonistinduced increases in [Ca2+]i. Orai1R93W platelets showed reduced integrin activation and impaired degranulation when stimulated with low agonist concentrations under static conditions. This defect, however, did not significantly affect the ability of Orai1R93W platelets to aggregate or to adhere to collagen under arterial flow conditions ex vivo. In contrast, these adherent Orai1R93W platelets were defective in surface phosphatidylserine exposure, suggesting that Orai1 is crucial for the platelets' procoagulant response rather than for other Ca 2+-dependent cellular responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-678
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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