Lysophosphatidic Acid Promotes Cell Migration through STIM1- and Orai1-Mediated Ca2+ i Mobilization and NFAT2 Activation

Ralph Jans, Laura Mottram, Darren Johnson, Anna M. Brown, Stephen Sikkink, Kehinde Ross, Nick J. Reynolds

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Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) enhances cell migration and promotes wound healing in vivo, but the intracellular signaling pathways regulating these processes remain incompletely understood. Here we investigated the involvement of agonist-induced Ca2þ entry and STIM1 and Orai1 proteins in regulating nuclear factor of activated T cell (NFAT) signaling and LPA-induced keratinocyte cell motility. As monitored by Fluo-4 imaging, stimulation with 10 mM LPA in 60 mM Ca2þo evoked Ca2þi transients owing to store release, whereas addition of LPA in physiological 1.2mM Ca2þ o triggered store release coupled to extracellular Ca2þ entry. Store-operated Ca2þ entry (SOCE) was blocked by the SOCE inhibitor diethylstilbestrol (DES), STIM1 silencing using RNA interference (RNAi), and expression of dominant/negative Orai1R91W. LPA induced significant NFAT activation as monitored by nuclear translocation of green fluorescent protein-tagged NFAT2 and a luciferase reporter assay, which was impaired by DES, expression of Orai1R91W, and inhibition of calcineurin using cyclosporin A (CsA). By using chemotactic migration assays, LPA-induced cell motility was significantly impaired by STIM1, CsA, and NFAT2 knockdown using RNAi. These data indicate that in conditions relevant to epidermal wound healing, LPA induces SOCE and NFAT activation through Orai1 channels and promotes cell migration through a calcineurin/ NFAT2-dependent pathway.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


  • Keratinocytes
  • Wound Healing
  • Lysophosphatidic Acid


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