, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 2193–2202 | Cite as

Attenuated mesangial cell proliferation related to store-operated Ca2+ entry in aged rat: the role of STIM 1 and Orai 1

  • Bing ShenEmail author
  • Jinhang Zhu
  • Jin Zhang
  • Feifei Jiang
  • Zhaoyi Wang
  • Yang Zhang
  • Jie Li
  • Dake Huang
  • Daoping Ke
  • Rong Ma
  • Juan DuEmail author


Store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) is a common and ubiquitous mechanism regulating Ca2+ influx into cells and participates in numerous biological processes including cell proliferation. Glomerular mesangial cells (GMCs) play a role in the regulation of the glomerular filtration rate. From a clinical point of view, many physiological functions alter with age. In the present study, we used angiotensin II, glucagon, and the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum membrane Ca2+ pump inhibitor thapsigargin to deplete the internal Ca2+ stores for the activation of SOCE. We found that SOCE was significantly attenuated in GMCs from aged (22-month-old) rats. The expression of SOCE-related components, stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM 1) and Orai 1, in freshly isolated glomeruli notably decreased, and STIM 1 and Orai 1 puncta formation significantly reduced in primary-cultured GMCs in aged rats. Moreover, specific knockdown of STIM 1 and Orai 1 by small interfering RNA markedly suppressed SOCE and cell proliferation of GMCs isolated from young (3-month-old) rats. We conclude that the attenuation of GMCs proliferation can be attributed to the decreased SOCE partially caused by reduced expression of STIM 1 and Orai 1.


Aging STIM 1 Orai 1 Glomerular mesangial cell Proliferation 



This work was supported by grants from NSF of China (grant no. 30800384); NSF of Anhui Province Department of Education (grant no. KJ2008B292); Scientific Research of BSKY (grant nos. XJ201106 and XJ200913) and Young Prominent Investigator Supporting Program from Anhui Medical University; Anhui Provincial Natural Science Foundation (11040606M171 and 1108085J11); and National Institutes of Health (NIH) of USA (5RO1DK079968-01A2m Ma).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bing Shen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jinhang Zhu
    • 1
  • Jin Zhang
    • 1
  • Feifei Jiang
    • 1
  • Zhaoyi Wang
    • 1
  • Yang Zhang
    • 3
  • Jie Li
    • 1
  • Dake Huang
    • 2
  • Daoping Ke
    • 1
  • Rong Ma
    • 4
  • Juan Du
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyAnhui Medical UniversityHefeiChina
  2. 2.Comprehensive Laboratory of Basic Medical SchoolAnhui Medical UniversityHefeiChina
  3. 3.Comprehensive SurgeryAnhui Provincial HospitalHefeiChina
  4. 4.Department of Integrative PhysiologyUniversity of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort WorthFort WorthUSA

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