Calreticulin Meeting: 1st circular

Michal Opas m.opas at
Mon Jul 21 04:39:02 EST 1997

Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to announce that Calreticulin Workshop,=20
devoted to the structure and function of calreticulin and=20
related proteins, will take place on March 31 - April 2,=20
1998 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.  The Workshop will provide=20
unique opportunity to meet and interact with the scientists=20
interested in calreticulin research in spectacular=20
surroundings of Banff National Park in Canadian Rocky=20
Mountains.  We are sure that the Banff Calreticulin Workshop=20
will be an important forum to share the latest findings and=20
to develop future interactions.  Calreticulin has been=20
implicated to play a role in almost every aspect of cell=20
biology as outlined in a brief overview below.  We hope that=20
the Workshop will be useful to sort out some of the latest=20
discoveries and controversies concerning calreticulin and=20
implication of this protein in a variety of biological=20
systems.  On the behalf of the Organizing Committee we would=20
like to invite you to participate in the Workshop.=20

The Calreticulin Workshop is a satellite meeting to the 8th=20
Fisher Winternational Symposium on Cellular and Molecular=20
Biology which will be held April 2-5, 1998, also at the=20
Banff Conference Centre.  The Winternational Symposium,=20
which is co-sponsored by our Society and Fisher Scientific,=20
is held annually, with a different focus each year.  The=20
theme for the 1998 meeting is : "Membrane Proteins in Health=20
and Disease."   Further information about the Fisher=20
Winternational or the satellite meetings can be obtained by=20
visiting the Society's web site at=20
or by contacting the Chair of the Scientific Program=20
Committee by E-mail:  Carol Cass <carol.cass at>.

I hope you will participate in the Calreticulin Workshop. =20
If you would like to receive further information please send=20
a request (if possible, by e-mail) to Michal Opas at:
=09  m.opas at  =20
or at:
=09Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
=09University of Toronto
=09Medical Sciences Building
=09Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A8 Canada
=09  tel: (416) 978-8947
=09  fax: (416) 978-3954

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

For The Organizing Committee
Sincerely yours
Michal Opas

       Calreticulin, a multifunctional protein

Calreticulin, 60 kDa Ca-binding protein [1], is a major=20
component of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of non-muscle=20
cells [2-7].  The protein is of high physiological=20
importance as it knockout is embryonic lethal [8].  Along=20
with a wide tissue distribution [9], calreticulin is present=20
in diverse animal and plant species [10].  calreticulin is a=20
resident ER protein as demonstrated by a variety of=20
biochemical and immunological techniques [1,3,4,6,11].  The=20
protein is synthesized with an N-terminal signal sequence=20
and it terminates with the KDEL sequence [3,12] which is=20
responsible for retrieval of proteins to the lumen of the ER=20
[13,14]. =20
=09Calreticulin functions in vivo as a Ca storage=20
protein [15,16].  It also has been well established that=20
calreticulin is a chaperone [17-21] and it shows similarity=20
in amino acid sequence to a part of calnexin, an ER membrane=20
chaperone [22].  The Ca storage and chaperone functions of=20
calreticulin are consistent with both the ER localization of=20
calreticulin and its structure.  Stable overexpression of=20
calreticulin increases both cell-substratum and cell-cell=20
adhesiveness with concomitant upregulation of=20
adhesion-specific cytoskeletal protein, vinculin [23]. =20
Upregulation of calreticulin also affects adhesion-dependent=20
phenomena such as cell motility (which decreases) and cell=20
spreading (which increases).  Downregulation of calreticulin=20
brings about inverse effects.   In addition to the Ca=20
storage and chaperone function, calreticulin modulates gene=20
expression [24,25].  In vitro, calreticulin interaction with=20
the DNA binding domain of the glucocorticoid receptor=20
prevents the receptor from interacting with its=20
glucocorticoid response element [24]. Transcriptional=20
activation by glucocorticoid and androgen receptors in vivo=20
is inhibited in cells overexpressing full length=20
calreticulin [24,25].  Calreticulin itself is=20
stress-regulated by heat and heavy metals [26-28]. =20
Calreticulin has antithrombotic activity [29].  A host of=20
other putative calreticulin functions includes a role in=20
autoimmune diseases [30-34].  The protein affects=20
replication of the Rubella virus RNA [35,36].   In cytolytic=20
T lymphocytes it is found in the lytic granules where it may=20
play a role in killing of target cells [37].  In human=20
neutrophils calreticulin may contribute to the process of=20
phagocytosis [38].  In line with the reported functional=20
diversity, calreticulin was reported to be present in most=20
cellular compartments [10,11,37,39,40], including the outer=20
cell surface [41,42].  Recent hypotheses regarding=20
calreticulin function have been presented by Krause and=20
Michalak [43].


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Vance JE, Opas M, Michalak M: Calreticulin, and not=20
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St-Arnaud R, Dedhar S: Calreticulin is essential for=20
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DG, Mieskes G: Retention and retrieval:  Both mechanisms=20
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Giorgi F, Rizzuto R, Meldolesi J, Pozzan T: Overexpression=20
of calreticulin increases the Ca2+ capacity of rapidly=20
exchanging Ca2+ stores and reveals aspects of their lumenal=20
microenvironment and function. J Cell Biol 1995,=20

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calreticulin expression lowers the Ca2+ response to=20
bradykinin and increases sensitivity to ionomycin in=20
NG-108-15 cells. J Biol Chem 1994, 269:28635-28639.

 17. Nauseef WM, McCormick SJ, Clark RA: Calreticulin=20
functions as a molecular chaperone in the biosynthesis of=20
myeloperoxidase. J Biol Chem 1995, 270:4741-4747.

 18. Wada I, Imai S, Kai M, Sakane F, Kanoh H: Chaperone=20
function of calreticulin when expressed in the endoplasmic=20
reticulum as the membrane-anchored and soluble forms. J Biol=20
Chem 1995, 270:20298-20304.

 19. Nigam SK, Goldberg AL, Ho S, Rhode MF, Bush KT, Sherman=20
MY: A set of endoplasmic reticulum proteins possessing=20
properties of molecular chaperones includes Ca2+-binding=20
proteins and members of the thioredoxin superfamily. J Biol=20
Chem 1994, 269:1744-1749.

 20. Otteken A, Moss B: Calreticulin interacts with newly=20
synthesized human immunodeficiency virus type  1 envelope=20
glycoprotein, suggesting a chaperone function similar to=20
that of calnexin. J Biol Chem 1996, 271:97-103.

 21. Hebert DN, Foellmer B, Helenius A: Calnexin and=20
calreticulin promote folding, delay oligomerization and=20
suppress degradation of influenza hemagglutinin in=20
microsomes. EMBO J 1996, 15:2961-2968.

 22. Bergeron JJM, Brenner MB, Thomas DY, Williams DB:=20
Calnexin: a membrane-bound chaperone of the endoplasmic=20
reticulum. Trends Biochem Sci 1994, 19:124-128.

 23. Opas M, Szewczenko-Pawlikowski M, Jass GK, Mesaeli N,=20
Michalak M: Calreticulin modulates cell adhesiveness via=20
regulation of vinculin expression. J Cell Biol 1996,=20

 24. Burns K, Duggan B, Atkinson EA, Famulski KS, Nemer M,=20
Bleackley RC, Michalak M: Modulation of gene expression by=20
calreticulin binding to the glucocorticoid receptor. Nature=20
1994, 367:476-480.

 25. Dedhar S, Rennie PS, Shago M, Leung-Hagesteijn C-Y,=20
Yang H, Filmus J, Hawley RG, Bruchovsky N, Cheng H, Matusik=20
RJ, Gigu=E8re V: Inhibition of nuclear hormone receptor=20
activity by calreticulin. Nature 1994, 367:480-483.

 26. Nguyen TQ, Capra JD, Sontheimer RD: Calreticulin is=20
transcriptionally upregulated by heat shock, calcium and=20
heavy metals. Mol Immunol 1996, 33:379-386.

 27. Dreher D, Vargas JR, Hochstrasser DF, Junod AF: Effects=20
of oxidative stress and Ca2+ agonists on molecular=20
chaperones in human umbilical vein endothelial cells.=20
Electrophoresis 1995, 16:1205-1214.

 28. Conway EM, Liu L, Nowakowski B, Steiner-Mosonyi M,=20
Ribeiro SP, Michalak M: Heat shock-sensitive expression of=20
calreticulin. In vitro and in vivo up-regulation. J Biol=20
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 29. Kuwabara K, Pinsky DJ, Schmidt AM, Benedict C, Brett J,=20
Ogawa S, Broekman MJ, Marcus AJ, Sciacca RR, Michalak M,=20
Wang F, Pan YC, Grunfeld S, Patton S, Malinski T, Stern DM,=20
Ryan J: Calreticulin, an antithrombotic agent which binds to=20
vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors, stimulates=20
endothelial nitric oxide production, and limits thrombosis=20
in canine coronary arteries. J Biol Chem 1995,=20

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Michalak M: Calreticulin--the potential autoantigen in=20
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calreticulin is not the Ro/SS-A antigen. Eur J Clin Invest=20
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binding activity of human calreticulin is localized to the=20
N-terminal domain. J Virol 1995, 69:3848-3851.

 36. Singh NK, Atreya CD, Nakhasi HL: Identification of=20
calreticulin as a rubella virus RNA binding protein. Proc=20
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 37. Dupuis M, Schaerer E, Krause K-H, Tschopp J: The=20
calcium-binding protein calreticulin is a major constituent=20
of lytic granules in cytolytic T lymphocytes. J Exp Med=20
1993, 177:1-7.

 38. Stendahl O, Krause K-H, Krischer J, Jerstrom P, Theler=20
JM, Clark RA, Carpentier JL, Lew DP: Redistribution of=20
intracellular Ca2+ stores during phagocytosis in human=20
neutrophils. Science 1994, 265:1439-1441.

 39. Nakamura M, Moriya M, Baba T, Michikawa Y, Yamanobe T,=20
Arai K, Okinaga S, Kobayashi T: An endoplasmic reticulum=20
protein, calreticulin, is transported into the acrosome of=20
rat sperm. Exp Cell Res 1993, 205:101-110.

 40. Dedhar S: Novel functions for calreticulin: =20
Interaction with integrins and modulation of gene=20
expression. Trends Biochem Sci 1994, 19:269-271.

 41. White TK, Zhu Q, Tanzer ML: Cell surface calreticulin=20
is a putative mannoside lectin which triggers mouse melanoma=20
cell spreading. J Biol Chem 1995, 270:15926-15929.

 42. Gray AJ, Park PW, Broekelmann TJ, Laurent GJ, Reeves=20
JT, Stenmark KR, Mecham RP: The mitogenic effects of the B =20
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88:439-443.    =20
     Dr. Michal Opas
     Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
     University of Toronto
     1 King's College Circle
     Medical Sciences Building
     Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A8 Canada
       phone: (416) 978-8947
         fax: (416) 978-3954
      e-mail: m.opas at
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