Plasma membrane Ca2+-ATPases (PMCAs), a family of P-type ATPases, extrude Ca2+ ions from the cytosol to the extracellular space and are considered to be key regulators of Ca2+ signaling. Here we show by functional proteomics that native PMCAs are heteromeric complexes that are assembled from two pore-forming PMCA1-4 subunits and two of the single-span membrane proteins, either neuroplastin or basigin. Contribution of the two Ig domain-containing proteins varies among different types of cells and along postnatal development. Complex formation of neuroplastin or basigin with PMCAs1-4 occurs in the endoplasmic reticulum and is obligatory for stability of the PMCA proteins and for delivery of PMCA complexes to the surface membrane. Knockout and (over)-expression of both neuroplastin and basigin profoundly affect the time course of PMCA-mediated Ca2+ transport, as well as submembraneous Ca2+ concentrations under steady-state conditions. Together, these results establish neuroplastin and basigin as obligatory auxiliary subunits of native PMCAs and key regulators of intracellular Ca2+ concentration.
Keywords: Basigin; Ca2+ Clearance; Ca2+-ATPase; Ca2+-Signalling; Neuroplastin; PMCA; plasma membrane targeting; transporter.
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