A novel mutation in isoform 3 of the plasma membrane Ca2+ pump impairs cellular Ca2+ homeostasis in a patient with cerebellar ataxia and laminin subunit 1α mutations

Tito Calì, Raffaele Lopreiato, Joshua Shimony, Marisa Vineyard, Martina Frizzarin, Ginevra Zanni, Giuseppe Zanotti, Marisa Brini, Marwan Shinawi, Ernesto Carafoli

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The particular importance of Ca2+ signaling to neurons demands its precise regulation within their cytoplasm. Isoform 3 of the plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase (the PMCA3 pump), which is highly expressed in brain and cerebellum, plays an important role in the regulation of neuronal Ca2+. A genetic defect of the PMCA3 pump has been described in one family with X-linked congenital cerebellar ataxia. Here we describe a novel mutation in the ATP2B3 gene in a patient with global developmental delay, generalized hypotonia and cerebellar ataxia. The mutation (a R482H replacement) impairs the Ca2+ ejection function of the pump. It reduces the ability of the pump expressed in model cells to control Ca2+ transients generated by cell stimulation and impairs its Ca2+ extrusion function under conditions of low resting cytosolic Ca2+ as well. In silico analysis of the structural effect of the mutation suggests a reduced stabilization of the portion of the pump surrounding the mutated residue in the Ca2+-bound state. The patient also carries two missense mutations in LAMA1, encoding laminin subunit 1α. Onthe basis of the family pedigree of the patient, the presence of both PMCA3 and laminin subunit 1α mutations appears to be necessary for the development of the disease. Considering the observed defect in cellularCa2+ homeostasisandthe previous finding that PMCAs act as digenic modulators in Ca2+-linked pathologies, the PMCA3 dysfunction along with LAMA 1 mutations could act synergistically to cause the neurological phenotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16132-16141
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Jun 26 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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