Peter J. Calcraft1, Abdelilah Arredouani2, Margarida Ruas2, Zui Pan3, Xiaotong Cheng2, Xuemei Hao4,5, Jisen Tang5, Katja Rietdorf2, Lydia Teboul6, Kai-Ting Chuang2, Peihui Lin3, Rui Xiao5, Chunbo Wang5, Yingmin Zhu5, Yakang Lin5, Christopher N. Wyatt1, John Parrington2, Jianjie Ma3, A. Mark Evans1, Antony Galione2, Michael X. Zhu5
22 April 2009
Ca2+ mobilization from intracellular stores represents an important cell signaling process 1 which is regulated, in mammalian cells, by inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3), cyclic ADP ribose (cADPR) and nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP). InsP3 and cADPR release Ca2+ from sarco / endoplasmic reticulum (S/ER) stores through activation of InsP3 and ryanodine receptors (InsP3Rs and RyRs). By contrast, the nature of the intracellular stores targeted by NAADP and molecular identity of the NAADP receptors remain controversial 1,2, although evidence indicates that NAADP mobilizes Ca2+ from lysosome-related acidic compartments 3,4. Here we show that two-pore channels (TPCs) comprise a family of NAADP receptors, with TPC1 and TPC3 being expressed on endosomal and TPC2 on lysosomal membranes. Membranes enriched with TPC2 exhibit high affinity NAADP binding and TPC2 underpins NAADP-induced Ca2+ release from lysosome-related stores that is subsequently amplified by Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release via InsP3Rs. Responses to NAADP were abolished by disrupting the lysosomal proton gradient and by ablating TPC2 expression, but only attenuated by depleting ER Ca2+ stores or blocking InsP3Rs. Thus, TPCs form NAADP receptors that release Ca2+ from acidic organelles, which can trigger additional Ca2+ signals via S/ER. TPCs therefore provide new insights into the regulation and organization of Ca2+ signals in animal cells and will advance our understanding of the physiological role of NAADP.