Journal of Molecular Biology
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Store-operated Ca2 + entry (SOCE) mediated by stromal interacting molecule-1 (STIM1) and Orai1 represents a major route of Ca2 + entry in mammalian cells and is initiated by STIM1 oligomerization in the endoplasmic or sarcoplasmic reticulum. However, the effects of nitric oxide (NO) on STIM1 function are unknown. Neuronal NO synthase is located in the sarcoplasmic reticulum of cardiomyocytes. Here, we show that STIM1 is susceptible to S-nitrosylation. Neuronal NO synthase deficiency or inhibition enhanced Ca2 + release-activated Ca2 + channel current (ICRAC) and SOCE in cardiomyocytes. Consistently, NO donor S-nitrosoglutathione inhibited STIM1 puncta formation and ICRAC in HEK293 cells, but this effect was absent in cells expressing the Cys49Ser/Cys56Ser STIM1 double mutant. Furthermore, NO donors caused Cys49- and Cys56-specific structural changes associated with reduced protein backbone mobility, increased thermal stability and suppressed Ca2+ depletion-dependent oligomerization of the luminal Ca2 +-sensing region of STIM1. Collectively, our data show that S-nitrosylation of STIM1 suppresses oligomerization via enhanced luminal domain stability and rigidity and inhibits SOCE in cardiomyocytes.