Fatty acid-mediated calcium sequestration within intracellular calcium pools

Krystyna E. Rys-Sikora, Donald L. Gill

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Intracellular Ca2+ pools play an essential role in generating Ca2+ signals. The heterogeneity of intracellular Ca2+ pools reflects the complex and dynamic character of the endoplasmic reticulum within which they reside. Translocation of Ca2+ between distinct subcompartments of the endoplasmic reticulum is mediated by a sensitive and specific GTP-activated process involving formation of reversible communicating junctions (Rys-Sikora, K. E., Ghosh, T. K., and Gill, D. L. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 31607-31613). In the presence of palmitate at 10 μM or above, this GTP-activated mechanism mediates substantial Ca2+ accumulation within a specific Ca2+-pumping pool. The fatty acid- and GTP-dependent accumulation of Ca2+ was highly chain length-specific; pentadecanoate (C15) and palmitate (C16) were equally effective, whereas fatty acids of shorter or longer chain length were either marginally effective or devoid of effect. Fatty acids with one or more unsaturated carbons were without effect, regardless of chain length. Palmitate-induced Ca2+ accumulation was immediately terminated with 2 μM palmitoyl-CoA, a blocker of the GTP-activated Ca2+-translocating mechanism. The anion transport inhibitor 4,4'-diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid completely prevented both palmitate- and oxalate-mediated GTP-dependent Ca2+ accumulation, with EC50 ~ 30 μM. Ca2+ sequestered in the presence of palmitate and GTP could be immediately and completely released by A23187, whereas the sequestered Ca2+ was remarkably resistant to release induced by inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3). In contrast, oxalate- sequestered Ca2+ within the same pool could be effectively released by either ionophore or InsP3. The results indicate that fatty acids are specifically transported into the lumen of a subset of Ca2+ pools, wherein they mediate substantial sequestration of Ca2+ in a distinct membrane- associated substate that is not readily releasable by opened InsP3-sensitive Ca2+ channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32627-32635
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number49
StatePublished - Dec 4 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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