Requirement of biphasic calcium release from the endoplasmic reticulum for Fas-mediated apoptosis

Ann L. Wozniak, Xinmin Wang, Emily S. Stieren, Shelby G. Scarbrough, Cornelis J. Elferink, Darren Boehning

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Fas receptor is a member of the tumor necrosis factor-α family of death receptors that mediate physiologic apoptotic signaling. To investigate the molecular mechanisms regulating calcium mobilization during Fas-mediated apoptosis, we have analyzed the sequential steps leading to altered calcium homeostasis and cell death in response to activation of the Fas receptor. We show that Fas-mediated apoptosis requires endoplasmic reticulum-mediated calcium release in a mechanism dependent on phospholipase C-γ1 (PLC-γ1) activation and Ca2+ release from inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R) channels. The kinetics of Ca2+ release were biphasic, demonstrating a rapid elevation caused by PLC-γ1 activation and a delayed and sustained increase caused by cytochrome c binding to IP 3R. Blocking either phase of Ca2+ mobilization was cytoprotective, highlighting PLC-γ1 and IP3R as possible therapeutic targets for disorders associated with Fas signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-714
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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