In the complex signalling interplay that allows extracellular signals to be decoded into activation of apoptotic cell death, Ca(2+) plays a significant role. This is supported not only by evidence linking alterations in Ca(2+) homeostasis to the triggering of apoptotic (and in some cases necrotic) cell death, but also by recent data indicating that a key anti-apoptotic protein, Bcl-2, has a direct effect on ER Ca(2+) handling. We will briefly summarise the first aspect, and describe in more detail these new data, demonstrating that (i) Bcl-2 reduces the state of filling of the ER Ca(2+) store and (ii) this Ca(2+) signalling alteration renders the cells less sensitive to apoptotic stimuli. Overall, these results suggest that calcium homeostasis may represent a pharmacological target in the fundamental pathological process of apoptosis.

Endoplasmic reticulum, Bcl-2 and Ca2+ handling in apoptosis.

FERRARI, Davide;PINTON, Paolo;SZABADKAI, Gyorgy;CHAMI, Mounia;CAMPANELLA, Michelangelo;RIZZUTO, Rosario
2002

Abstract

In the complex signalling interplay that allows extracellular signals to be decoded into activation of apoptotic cell death, Ca(2+) plays a significant role. This is supported not only by evidence linking alterations in Ca(2+) homeostasis to the triggering of apoptotic (and in some cases necrotic) cell death, but also by recent data indicating that a key anti-apoptotic protein, Bcl-2, has a direct effect on ER Ca(2+) handling. We will briefly summarise the first aspect, and describe in more detail these new data, demonstrating that (i) Bcl-2 reduces the state of filling of the ER Ca(2+) store and (ii) this Ca(2+) signalling alteration renders the cells less sensitive to apoptotic stimuli. Overall, these results suggest that calcium homeostasis may represent a pharmacological target in the fundamental pathological process of apoptosis.
Ferrari, Davide; Pinton, Paolo; Szabadkai, Gyorgy; Chami, Mounia; Campanella, Michelangelo; Pozzan, T; Rizzuto, Rosario
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