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Cardiovascular and hemostatic disorders: SOCE in cardiovascular cells: Emerging targets for therapeutic intervention

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The discovery of the store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) phenomenon is tightly associated with its recognition as a pathway of high (patho)physiological significance in the cardiovascular system. Early on, SOCE has been investigated primarily in non-excitable cell types, and the vascular endothelium received particular attention, while a role of SOCE in excitable cells, specifically cardiac myocytes and pacemakers, was initially ignored and remains largely enigmatic even to date. With the recent gain in knowledge on the molecular components of SOCE as well as their cellular organization within nanodomains, potential tissue/cell type-dependent heterogeneity of the SOCE machinery along with high specificity of linkage to downstream signaling pathways emerged for cardiovascular cells. The basis of precise decoding of cellular Ca2+ signals was recently uncovered to involve correct spatiotemporal organization of signaling components, and even minor disturbances in these assemblies trigger cardiovascular pathologies. With this chapter, we wish to provide an overview on current concepts of cellular organization of SOCE signaling complexes in cardiovascular cells with particular focus on the spatiotemporal aspects of coupling to downstream signaling and the potential disturbance of these mechanisms by pathogenic factors. The significance of these mechanistic concepts for the development of novel therapeutic strategies will be discussed.




Groschner, K., Shrestha, N., & Fameli, N. (2017). Cardiovascular and hemostatic disorders: SOCE in cardiovascular cells: Emerging targets for therapeutic intervention. In Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (Vol. 993, pp. 473–503). Springer New York LLC.

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