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Front. Physiol. | doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00257

The complex role of store operated calcium entry pathways and related proteins in the function of cardiac, skeletal and vascular smooth muscle cells

  • 1Fisiología Médica y Biofisica, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • 2Fisiología, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain

Cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle cells shared the common feature of contraction in response to different stimuli. Agonist-induced muscle’s contraction is triggered by a cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration increase due to a rapid Ca2+ release from intracellular stores and a transmembrane Ca2+ influx, mainly through L-type Ca2+ channels. Compelling evidences have demonstrated that Ca2+ might also enter through other cationic channels such as Store-Operated Ca2+ Channels (SOCCs), involved in several physiological functions and pathological conditions. The opening of SOCCs is regulated by the filling state of the intracellular Ca2+ store, the sarcoplasmic reticulum, which communicates to the plasma membrane channels through the Stromal Interaction Molecule 1/2 (STIM1/2) protein. In muscle cells, SOCCs can be mainly non-selective cation channels formed by Orai1 and other members of the Transient Receptor Potential-Canonical (TRPC) channels family, as well as highly selective Ca2+ Release-Activated Ca2+ (CRAC) channels, formed exclusively by subunits of Orai proteins likely organized in macromolecular complexes. This review summarizes the current knowledge of the complex role of Store Operated Calcium Entry (SOCE) pathways and related proteins in the function of cardiac, skeletal and vascular smooth muscle cells.

Keywords: Ca2+, Orai, STIM, TRPC., cardiomyocytes, skeletal muscle, vascular smooth muscle

Received: 07 Jan 2018; Accepted: 06 Mar 2018.

Edited by:

Fabio Mammano, Istituto di Biologia Cellulare e Neurobiologia (CNR), Italy

Reviewed by:

John C. Chatham, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
Cristina Fasolato, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy  

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* Correspondence: Dr. Tarik Smani, Universidad de Sevilla, Fisiología Médica y Biofisica, Seville, Spain,