Structural Basis of Sarco/Endoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2b Regulation via Transmembrane Helix Interplay

Cell Rep. 2019 Apr 23;27(4):1221-1230.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.03.106.


Sarco/endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca2+-ATPase 2b (SERCA2b) is a ubiquitously expressed membrane protein that facilitates Ca2+ uptake from the cytosol to the ER. SERCA2b includes a characteristic 11th transmembrane helix (TM11) followed by a luminal tail, but the structural basis of SERCA regulation by these C-terminal segments remains unclear. Here, we determined the crystal structures of SERCA2b and its C-terminal splicing variant SERCA2a, both in the E1-2Ca2+-adenylyl methylenediphosphonate (AMPPCP) state. Despite discrepancies with the previously reported structural model of SERCA2b, TM11 was found to be located adjacent to TM10 and to interact weakly with a part of the L8/9 loop and the N-terminal end of TM10, thereby inhibiting the SERCA2b catalytic cycle. Accordingly, mutational disruption of the interactions between TM11 and its neighboring residues caused SERCA2b to display SERCA2a-like ATPase activity. We propose that TM11 serves as a key modulator of SERCA2b activity by fine-tuning the intramolecular interactions with other transmembrane regions.

Keywords: Ca(2+) homeostasis; Ca(2+)-ATPase; X-ray crystallography; endoplasmic reticulum; membrane protein.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Homeostasis
  • Humans
  • Ion Transport
  • Models, Molecular
  • Protein Conformation
  • Protein Domains
  • Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases / chemistry*
  • Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases / metabolism*
  • Sequence Homology


  • Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases
  • ATP2A2 protein, human
  • Calcium