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      Mitochondrial Ca 2+ Uptake from Plasma Membrane Cav3.2 Protein Channels Contributes to Ischemic Toxicity in PC12 Cells*


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          Background: T-type Ca 2+ (Cav3.2) channel inhibitors prevent neuronal death during ischemia, but the cytotoxic signals have not been resolved.

          Results: Cav3.2 channels generate cytotoxic Ca 2+ elevations in the cytosol and mitochondria of PC12 cells deprived of oxygen and glucose.

          Conclusion: Ca 2+ transfer from Cav3.2 channels to mitochondria contributes to ischemic toxicity.

          Significance: Cav3.2 channels and the mitochondrial Ca 2+ uniporter (MCU) are potential targets for the treatment of stroke.


          T-type Ca 2+ channel inhibitors protect hippocampal CA1 neurons from delayed death after global ischemia in rats, suggesting that Cav3.1, Cav3.2, or Cav3.3 channels generate cytotoxic Ca 2+ elevations during anoxia. To test this hypothesis, we measured the Ca 2+ concentration changes evoked by oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in the cytosol and in the mitochondria of PC12 cells. OGD evoked long-lasting cytosolic Ca 2+ elevations that were reduced by Cav3.2 inhibition (50 μ m Ni 2+) and Cav3.1/Cav3.2 silencing and potentiated by Cav3.2 overexpression. The kinetics of the sustained cytosolic Ca 2+ elevations occurring during OGD directly correlated to the extent of cell death measured 20 h after reoxygenation, which was decreased by Ni 2+ and Cav3.1/Cav3.2 silencing and increased by Cav3.2 overexpression. Ni 2+ and Cav3.1/Cav3.2 silencing delayed the decline of cellular ATP during OGD, consistent with a reduction in the Ca 2+ load actively extruded by plasma membrane Ca 2+ pumps. The cytosolic Ca 2+ elevations were paralleled by mitochondrial Ca 2+ elevations that were also increased by Cav3.2 overexpression and decreased by Ni 2+ but not by Cav3.1/Cav3.2 silencing. Overexpression and silencing of the mitochondrial Ca 2+ uniporter, the major mitochondrial Ca 2+ uptake protein, revealed that the cytotoxicity was correlated to the amplitude of the mitochondrial, rather than the cytosolic, Ca 2+ elevations. Selective activation of T-type Ca 2+ channels evoked both cytosolic and mitochondrial Ca 2+ elevations, but only the mitochondrial responses were reduced by Cav3.1/Cav3.2 silencing. We conclude that the opening of Cav3.2 channels during ischemia contribute to the entry of Ca 2+ ions that are transmitted to mitochondria, resulting in a deleterious mitochondrial Ca 2+ overload.

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              Frequency-modulated oscillations of cytosolic Ca2+ ([Ca2+]c) are believed to be important in signal transduction, but it has been difficult to correlate [Ca2+]c oscillations directly with the activity of Ca(2+)-regulated targets. We have studied the control of Ca(2+)-sensitive mitochondrial dehydrogenases (CSMDHs) by monitoring mitochondrial Ca2+ ([Ca2+]m) and the redox state of flavoproteins and pyridine nucleotides simultaneously with [Ca2+]c in single hepatocytes. Oscillations of [Ca2+]c induced by IP3-dependent hormones were efficiently transmitted to the mitochondria as [Ca2+]m oscillations. Each [Ca2+]m spike was sufficient to cause a maximal transient activation of the CSMDHs and [Ca2+]m oscillations at frequencies above 0.5 per minute caused a sustained activation of mitochondrial metabolism. By contrast, sustained [Ca2+]c increases yielded only transient CSMDH activation, and slow or partial [Ca2+]c elevations were ineffective in increasing [Ca2+]m or stimulating CSMDHs. We conclude that the mitochondria are tuned to oscillating [Ca2+]c signals, the frequency of which can control the CSMDHs over the full range of potential activities.

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                J Biol Chem
                J. Biol. Chem
                The Journal of Biological Chemistry
                American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814, U.S.A. )
                3 May 2013
                18 March 2013
                18 March 2013
                : 288
                : 18
                : 12459-12468
                From the Departments of []Cell Physiology and Metabolism,
                [§ ]Fundamental Neuroscience, and
                []Clinical Neurosciences, University of Geneva, Geneva CH-1211, Switzerland
                Author notes
                [1 ] To whom correspondence should be addressed: Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, University of Geneva, Rue Michel-Servet 1, CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland. Tel.: 41-22-379-5399; Fax: 41-22-379-5338; E-mail: Nicolas.Demaurex@ 123456unige.ch .
                © 2013 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

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                : 19 October 2012
                : 7 March 2013
                Cell Biology

                calcium signaling,ion channels,ischemia,mitochondria,stroke
                calcium signaling, ion channels, ischemia, mitochondria, stroke


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