STIM1-dependent Ca(2+) microdomains are required for myofilament remodeling and signaling in the heart

Sci Rep. 2016 May 6;6:25372. doi: 10.1038/srep25372.


In non-excitable cells stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1) is a key element in the generation of Ca(2+) signals that lead to gene expression, migration and cell proliferation. A growing body of literature suggests that STIM1 plays a key role in the development of pathological cardiac hypertrophy. However, the precise mechanisms involving STIM-dependent Ca(2+) signaling in the heart are not clearly established. Here, we have investigated the STIM1-associated Ca(2+) signals in cardiomyocytes and their relevance to pathological cardiac remodeling. We show that mice with inducible, cardiac-restricted, ablation of STIM1 exhibited left ventricular reduced contractility, which was corroborated by impaired single cell contractility. The spatial properties of STIM1-dependent Ca(2+) signals determine restricted Ca(2+) microdomains that regulate myofilament remodeling and activate spatially segregated pro-hypertrophic factors. Indeed, mice lacking STIM1 showed less adverse structural remodeling in response to pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy. These results highlight how STIM1-dependent Ca(2+) microdomains have a major impact on intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis, cytoskeletal remodeling and cellular signaling, even when excitation-contraction coupling is present.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium Signaling*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Gene Knockdown Techniques
  • Heart / physiology*
  • Membrane Microdomains / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Myocardial Contraction
  • Myocytes, Cardiac / physiology*
  • Myofibrils / metabolism*
  • Rats
  • Stromal Interaction Molecule 1 / genetics
  • Stromal Interaction Molecule 1 / metabolism*


  • Stim1 protein, mouse
  • Stromal Interaction Molecule 1