Eeyarestatin compounds selectively enhance Sec61-mediated Ca2+ leakage from the endoplasmic reticulum

Igor Gamayun, Sarah O'Keefe, Tillman Pick, Marie-Christine Klein, Duy Nguyen, Craig Mckibbin, Michela Piacenti, Helen M. Williams, Sabine Flitsch, Roger Whitehead, Eileithyia Swanton, Volkhard Helms, Stephen High, Richard Zimmermann, Adolfo Cavalie

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Eeyarestatin 1 (ES1) inhibits p97-dependent protein degradation, Sec61-dependent protein translocation into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and vesicular transport within the endomembrane system. Here, we show that ES1 impairs Ca2+ homeostasis by enhancing the Ca2+ leakage from mammalian ER. A comparison of various ES1 analogues suggested that the 5-nitrofuran (5-NF) ring of ES1 is crucial for this effect. Accordingly, the analogue ES24, which conserves the 5-NF domain of ES1, selectively inhibited protein translocation into the ER, displayed the highest potency on ER Ca2+ leakage of ES1 analogues studied and induced Ca2+-dependent cell death. Using siRNA mediated knockdown of Sec61α, we identified Sec61 complexes as the targets that mediate the gain of Ca2+ leakage induced by ES1 and ES24. By interacting with the lateral gate of Sec61α, ES1 and ES24 likely capture Sec61 complexes in a Ca2+-permeable, open state, in which Sec61 complexes allow Ca2+ leakage but are translocation-incompetent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-583.e6
JournalCell Chemical Biology
Issue number4
Early online date21 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2019


  • Protein translocation and degradation
  • Sec61 complexes of the endoplasmic reticulum
  • calcium homeostasis
  • calcium-dependent cytotoxicity
  • eeyarestatin
  • endoplasmic reticulum
  • endoplasmic reticulum calcium content
  • endoplasmic reticulum calcium homeostasis
  • endoplasmic reticulum calcium leakage
  • translocon of endoplasmic reticulum


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