Initial activation of STIM1, the regulator of store-operated calcium entry. Academic Article uri icon


  • Physiological Ca(2+) signaling in T lymphocytes and other cells depends on the STIM-ORAI pathway of store-operated Ca(2+) entry. STIM1 and STIM2 are Ca(2+) sensors in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane, with ER-luminal domains that monitor cellular Ca(2+) stores and cytoplasmic domains that gate ORAI channels in the plasma membrane. The STIM ER-luminal domain dimerizes or oligomerizes upon dissociation of Ca(2+), but the mechanism transmitting activation to the STIM cytoplasmic domain was previously undefined. Using Tb(3+)-acceptor energy transfer, we show that dimerization of STIM1 ER-luminal domains causes an extensive conformational change in mouse STIM1 cytoplasmic domains. The conformational change, triggered by apposition of the predicted coiled-coil 1 (CC1) regions, releases the ORAI-activating domains from their interaction with the CC1 regions and allows physical extension of the STIM1 cytoplasmic domain across the gap between ER and plasma membrane and communication with ORAI channels.

published proceedings

  • Nat Struct Mol Biol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhou, Y., Srinivasan, P., Razavi, S., Seymour, S., Meraner, P., Gudlur, A., ... Hogan, P. G.

citation count

  • 158

complete list of authors

  • Zhou, Yubin||Srinivasan, Prasanna||Razavi, Shiva||Seymour, Sam||Meraner, Paul||Gudlur, Aparna||Stathopulos, Peter B||Ikura, Mitsuhiko||Rao, Anjana||Hogan, Patrick G

publication date

  • August 2013