Loureirin B Exerts its Immunosuppressive Effects by Inhibiting STIM1/Orai1 and KV1.3 Channels

Shujuan Shi, Qianru Zhao, Caihua Ke, Siru Long, Feng Zhang, Xu Zhang, Yi Li, Xinqiao Liu, Hongzhen Hu, Shijin Yin

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Loureirin B (LrB) is a constituent extracted from traditional Chinese medicine Resina Draconis. It has broad biological functions and an impressive immunosuppressive effect that has been supported by numerous studies. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying Loureirin B-induced immune suppression are not fully understood. We previously reported that Loureirin B inhibited KV1.3 channel, calcium ion (Ca2+) influx, and interleukin-2 (IL-2) secretion in Jurkat T cells. In this study, we applied CRISPR/Cas9 to edit KV1.3 coding gene KCNA3 and successfully generated a KV1.3 knockout (KO) cell model to determine whether KV1.3 KO was sufficient to block the Loureirin B-induced immunosuppressive effect. Surprisingly, we showed that Loureirin B could still inhibit Ca2+ influx and IL-2 secretion in the Jurkat T cells in the absence of KV1.3 although KO KV1.3 reduced about 50% of Ca2+ influx and 90% IL-2 secretion compared with that in the wild type cells. Further experiments showed that Loureirin B directly inhibited STIM1/Orai1 channel in a dose-dependent manner. Our results suggest that Loureirin B inhibits Ca2+ influx and IL-2 secretion in Jurkat T cells by inhibiting both KV1.3 and STIM1/Orai1 channels. These studies also revealed an additional molecular target for Loureirin B-induced immunosuppressive effect, which makes it a promising leading compound for treating autoimmune diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number685092
JournalFrontiers in Pharmacology
StatePublished - Jun 25 2021


  • CRISPR/ Cas9
  • Ca influx
  • IL-2
  • Jurkat T cell
  • Kv1.3
  • LrB
  • STIM1/Orai1


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