Sphingosine-1-phosphate induces Ca 2+ signaling and CXCL1 release via TRPC6 channel in astrocytes

Glia. 2017 Jun;65(6):1005-1016. doi: 10.1002/glia.23141. Epub 2017 Mar 16.


A biologically active lipid, sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is highly abundant in blood, and plays an important role in regulating the growth, survival, and migration of many cells. Binding of the endogenous ligand S1P results in activation of various signaling pathways via G protein-coupled receptors, some of which generates Ca2+ mobilization. In astrocytes, S1P is reported to evoke Ca2+ signaling, proliferation, and migration; however, the precise mechanisms underlying such responses in astrocytes remain to be elucidated. Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels are Ca2+ -permeable cation channels expressed in astrocytes and involved in Ca2+ influx after receptor stimulation. In this study, we investigated the involvement of TRPC channels in S1P-induced cellular responses. In Ca2+ imaging experiments, S1P at 1 μM elicited a transient increase in intracellular Ca2+ in astrocytes, followed by sustained elevation. The sustained Ca2+ response was markedly suppressed by S1P2 receptor antagonist JTE013, S1P3 receptor antagonist CAY10444, or non-selective TRPC channel inhibitor Pyr2. Additionally, S1P increased chemokine CXCL1 mRNA expression and release, which were suppressed by TRPC inhibitor, inhibition of Ca2+ mobilization, MAPK pathway inhibitors, or knockdown of the TRPC channel isoform TRPC6. Taken together, these results demonstrate that S1P induces Ca2+ signaling in astrocytes via Gq -coupled receptors S1P2 and S1P3 , followed by Ca2+ influx through TRPC6 that could activate MAPK signaling, which leads to increased secretion of the proinflammatory or neuroprotective chemokine CXCL1.

Keywords: TRP channels; astrocytes; calcium signaling; chemokines; sphingosine 1-phosphate.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Astrocytes / drug effects
  • Astrocytes / metabolism*
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Calcium Signaling / drug effects
  • Calcium Signaling / physiology*
  • Cations, Divalent / metabolism
  • Cell Movement / physiology
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cerebral Cortex / drug effects
  • Cerebral Cortex / metabolism*
  • Chemokine CXCL1 / metabolism*
  • Intracellular Space / drug effects
  • Intracellular Space / metabolism
  • Lysophospholipids / metabolism*
  • MAP Kinase Signaling System / drug effects
  • MAP Kinase Signaling System / physiology
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Receptors, Lysosphingolipid / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Receptors, Lysosphingolipid / metabolism
  • Sphingosine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Sphingosine / metabolism
  • TRPC Cation Channels / antagonists & inhibitors
  • TRPC Cation Channels / genetics
  • TRPC Cation Channels / metabolism*


  • Cations, Divalent
  • Chemokine CXCL1
  • Cxcl1 protein, rat
  • Lysophospholipids
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Receptors, Lysosphingolipid
  • TRPC Cation Channels
  • Trpc6 protein, rat
  • sphingosine 1-phosphate
  • Sphingosine
  • Calcium