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Cheng-Dong Ji, Yan-Xia Wang, Dong-Fang Xiang, Qiang Liu, Zhi-Hua Zhou, Feng Qian, Lang Yang, Yong Ren, Wei Cui, Sen-Lin Xu, Xi-Long Zhao, Xia Zhang, Yan Wang, Peng Zhang, Ji-Ming Wang, You-Hong Cui, Xiu-Wu Bian
Potassium ion channels are emerging as pro-malignant factors involved in cancer progression. In this study, we found that invading human gastric cancer (GC) cells express high level of inwardly rectifying potassium channel 2.1 (Kir2.1). Silencing Kir2.1 markedly reduced the invasive and metastatic capabilities as well as the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of GC cells. The pro-malignant nature of Kir2.1 in GC cells was independent of potassium permeation but relied on its interaction with serine/threonine-protein kinase 38 (Stk38) to inhibit ubiquitination and degradation of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase 2 (MEKK2)...
March 16, 2018: Cancer Research
Hyoung Kyu Kim, Michael Huy Cuong Pham, Kyung Soo Ko, Byoung Doo Rhee, Jin Han
Alternative splicing (AS) of protein-coding messenger RNAs is an essential regulatory mechanism in eukaryotic gene expression that controls the proper function of proteins. It is also implicated in the physiological regulation of mitochondria and various ion channels. Considering that mis-splicing can result in various human diseases by modifying or abrogating important physiological protein functions, a fine-tuned balance of AS is essential for human health. Accumulated data highlight the importance of alternatively spliced isoforms in various diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, immune and infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic conditions...
March 13, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Jiuming He, Luojiao Huang, Runtao Tian, Tiegang Li, Chenglong Sun, Xiaowei Song, Yiwei Lv, Zhigang Luo, Xin Li, Zeper Abliz
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) has become a powerful tool to probe molecule events in biological tissue. However, it is a widely held viewpoint that one of the biggest challenges is an easy-to-use data processing software for discovering the underlying biological information from complicated and huge MSI dataset. Here, a user-friendly and full-featured MSI software including three subsystems, Solution, Visualization and Intelligence, named MassImager, is developed focusing on interactive visualization, in-situ biomarker discovery and artificial intelligent pathological diagnosis...
July 26, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Ben-Hur Neves de Oliveira, Carla Dalmaz, Fares Zeidán-Chuliá
Malignancy of cancer has been linked to distinct subsets of stem-like cells, the so-called cancer stem cells (CSCs), which persist during treatment and seem to lead to drug-resistant recurrence. Metastatic spread of cancer cells is one of the hallmarks of malignancy and contributes to most human melanoma-related deaths. Recently, overlapping groups of proteins and pathways were shown to regulate stem cell migration and cancer metastasis, raising the question of whether genes/proteins involved in stem cell pluripotency may have important implications when applied to the biology of cancer metastasis...
March 8, 2018: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
A M Rose, A Krishan, C F Chakarova, L Moya, S Chambers, M Hollands, J C Illingworth, S M G Williams, H E James, A Z Shah, C N A Palmer, A Chakravarti, J N Berg, J Batra, S S Bhattacharya
Background: MSR1 repeats are a 36-38bp minisatellite element that have recently been implicated in the regulation of gene expression, through copy number variation (CNV). Patients and methods: Bioinformatic and experimental methods were used to assess the distribution of MSR1 across the genome, evaluate the regulatory potential of such elements and explore the role of MSR1 elements in cancer, particularly non-familial breast cancer and prostate cancer. Results: MSR1s are predominately located at chromosome 19 and are functionally enriched in regulatory regions of the genome, particularly regions implicated in short-range regulatory activities (H3K27ac, H3K4me1, and H3K4me3)...
March 2, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Sayuri Suzuki, Annette Lis, Carsten Schmitz, Reinhold Penner, Andrea Fleig
The melastatin-related transient receptor potential member 7 (TRPM7) is a unique fusion protein with both ion channel function and enzymatic α-kinase activity. TRPM7 is essential for cellular systemic magnesium homeostasis and early embryogenesis; it promotes calcium transport during global brain ischemia and emerges as a key player in cancer growth. TRPM7 channels are negatively regulated through G-protein-coupled receptor-stimulation, either by reducing cellular cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) or depleting phosphatidylinositol bisphosphate (PIP2 ) levels in the plasma membrane...
March 2, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Andrew J Shepherd, Aaron D Mickle, Suraj Kadunganattil, Hongzhen Hu, Durga P Mohapatra
Bone metastasis in breast, prostate and lung cancers often leads to chronic pain, which is poorly managed by existing analgesics. The neurobiological mechanisms that underlie chronic pain associated with bone-metastasized cancers are not well understood, but sensitization of peripheral nociceptors by tumor microenvironment factors has been demonstrated to be important. Parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP) is highly expressed in bone-metastasized breast and prostate cancers, and is critical to growth and proliferation of these tumors in the bone tumor microenvironment...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Kunsala T D S Yapa, Jennifer Deuis, Amelia A Peters, Paraic A Kenny, Sarah J Roberts-Thomson, Irina Vetter, Gregory R Monteith
AIMS: To assess levels of the calcium permeable transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily melastatin, member 8 (TRPM8) in breast cancer molecular subtypes and to assess the consequences of TRPM8 pharmacological inhibition with AMTB (an inhibitor of TRPM8) on breast cancer cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cell viability and migration of breast cancer cells was determined using MTS assays and wound healing assays, respectively. RNA-Seq analysis of breast tumours and qPCR in breast cancer cell lines were used to assess mRNA levels of ion channels...
February 26, 2018: Life Sciences
John Schomberg, Argyrios Ziogas, Hoda Anton-Culver, Trina Norden-Krichmar
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to identify a robust signature that performs well in predicting overall survival across tumor phenotypes and treatment strata, and validates the application of Monte Carlo cross validation (MCCV) as a means of identifying molecular signatures when utilizing small and highly heterogeneous datasets. MATERIALS AND METHODS: RNA sequence gene expression data for 264 patient tumors were acquired from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). 100 iterations of Monte Carlo cross validation were applied to differential expression and Cox model validation...
March 2018: Oral Oncology
Cristina Carrasco, Mustafa Naziroǧlu, Ana B Rodríguez, José A Pariente
Currently, neuropathic pain is an underestimated socioeconomic health problem affecting millions of people worldwide, which incidence may increase in the next years due to chronification of several diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. Growing evidence links neuropathic pain present in several disorders [i.e., spinal cord injury (SCI), cancer, diabetes and alcoholism] to central sensitization, as a global result of mitochondrial dysfunction induced by oxidative and nitrosative stress. Additionally, inflammatory signals and the overload in intracellular calcium ion could be also implicated in this complex network that has not yet been elucidated...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Anil Kumar Pulikkathodi, Indu Sarangadharan, Yi-Hong Chen, Geng-Yen Lee, Jen-Inn Chyi, Gwo-Bin Lee, Yu-Lin Wang
In this research, we have designed, fabricated and characterized an electrical double layer (EDL)-gated AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) biosensor array to study the transmembrane potential changes of cells. The sensor array platform is designed to detect and count circulating tumor cells (CTCs) of colorectal cancer (CRC) and investigate cellular bioelectric signals. Using the EDL FET biosensor platform, cellular responses can be studied in physiological salt concentrations, thereby eliminating complex automation...
February 28, 2018: Lab on a Chip
Umberto Lucia, Thomas S Deisboeck
Following a thermodynamic approach, we develop a new theoretical analysis of ion transfer across cell membranes. Supported also by experimental data from the literature, we highlight that ion channels determine the typical features of cancer cells, i.e. independence from growth-regulatory signals, avoidance of apoptosis, indefinite proliferative potential, and the capability of inducing angiogenesis. Specifically, we analyse how ion transport, with particular regards to Ca2+ fluxes, modulates cancer cell proliferation, and regulates cell cycle checkpoints...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Luiz E B Savio, Paola de Andrade Mello, Cleide Gonçalves da Silva, Robson Coutinho-Silva
Under physiological conditions, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is present at low levels in the extracellular milieu, being massively released by stressed or dying cells. Once outside the cells, ATP and related nucleotides/nucleoside generated by ectonucleotidases mediate a high evolutionary conserved signaling system: the purinergic signaling, which is involved in a variety of pathological conditions, including inflammatory diseases. Extracellular ATP has been considered an endogenous adjuvant that can initiate inflammation by acting as a danger signal through the activation of purinergic type 2 receptors-P2 receptors (P2Y G-protein coupled receptors and P2X ligand-gated ion channels)...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Zhimin Lu, Tony Hunter
Protein kinases regulate every aspect of cellular activity, whereas metabolic enzymes are responsible for energy production and catabolic and anabolic processes. Emerging evidence demonstrates that some metabolic enzymes, such as pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2), phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (PGK1), ketohexokinase (KHK) isoform A (KHK-A), hexokinase (HK), and nucleoside diphosphate kinase 1 and 2 (NME1/2), that phosphorylate soluble metabolites can also function as protein kinases and phosphorylate a variety of protein substrates to regulate the Warburg effect, gene expression, cell cycle progression and proliferation, apoptosis, autophagy, exosome secretion, T cell activation, iron transport, ion channel opening, and many other fundamental cellular functions...
February 17, 2018: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Gabrielė Stakaitytė, Nnenna Nwogu, Jonathan D Lippiat, G Eric Blair, Krzysztof Poterlowicz, James R Boyne, Andrew Macdonald, Jamel Mankouri, Adrian Whitehouse
Ion channels regulate many aspects of cell physiology, including cell proliferation, motility, and migration, and aberrant expression and activity of ion channels is associated with various stages of tumor development, with K+ and Cl- channels now being considered the most active during tumorigenesis. Accordingly, emerging in vitro and preclinical studies have revealed that pharmacological manipulation of ion channel activity offers protection against several cancers. Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) is a major cause of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), primarily due to the expression of two early regulatory proteins termed small and large tumour antigens (ST and LT, respectively)...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Lusi Zhang, Youling Liang, Yedi Zhou, Huilan Zeng, Songbai Jia, Jingming Shi
Congenital cataract is leading cause of visual impairment and blindness in children worldwide. Approximately one-third of congenital cataract cases are familial, whose genetic etiology can be distinguished by targeted exome sequencing. Here, a three-generation congenital cataract pedigree was recruited, and physical and ophthalmologic examinations were taken. Targeted exome sequencing of 139 cataract-related genes was performed on the proband III:1. Sanger sequencing was used to validate the presence of variation identified via exome sequencing in family members and 200 controls...
2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Daniela F Fukushiro-Lopes, Alexandra D Hegel, Vidhya Rao, Debra Wyatt, Andrew Baker, Eun-Kyoung Breuer, Clodia Osipo, Jeremiah J Zartman, Miranda Burnette, Simon Kaja, Dimitrios Kouzoukas, Sarah Burris, W Keith Jones, Saverio Gentile
Potassium ion (K+) channels have been recently found to play a critical role in cancer biology. Despite that pharmacologic manipulation of ion channels is recognized as an important therapeutic approach, very little is known about the effects of targeting of K+ channels in cancer. In this study, we demonstrate that use of the Kv11.1 K+ channel activator NS1643 inhibits tumor growth in an in vivo model of breast cancer. Tumors exposed to NS1643 had reduced levels of proliferation markers, high expression levels of senescence markers, increased production of ROS and DNA damage compared to tumors of untreated mice...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Natalia Prevarskaya, Roman Skryma, Yaroslav Shuba
Genomic instability is a primary cause and fundamental feature of human cancer. However, all cancer cell genotypes generally translate into several common pathophysiological features, often referred to as cancer hallmarks. Although nowadays the catalog of cancer hallmarks is quite broad, the most common and obvious of them are 1) uncontrolled proliferation, 2) resistance to programmed cell death (apoptosis), 3) tissue invasion and metastasis, and 4) sustained angiogenesis. Among the genes affected by cancer, those encoding ion channels are present...
April 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
Jieting Zhang, Yan Wang, Xiaohua Jiang, Hsiao Chang Chan
Mutations of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) cause cystic fibrosis, the most common life-limiting recessive genetic disease among Caucasians. CFTR mutations have also been linked to increased risk of various cancers but remained controversial for a long time. Recent studies have begun to reveal that CFTR is not merely an ion channel but also an important regulator of cancer development and progression with multiple signaling pathways identified. In this review, we will first present clinical findings showing the correlation of genetic mutations or aberrant expression of CFTR with cancer incidence in multiple cancers...
February 6, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Susmita Sil, Palsamy Periyasamy, Annadurai Thangaraj, Ernest T Chivero, Shilpa Buch
Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGFs) and their receptors (PDGFRs) are expressed in several cell types including the brain cells such as neuronal progenitors, neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes. Emerging evidence shows that PDGF-mediated signaling regulates diverse functions in the central nervous system (CNS) such as neurogenesis, cell survival, synaptogenesis, modulation of ligand-gated ion channels, and development of specific types of neurons. Interestingly, PDGF/PDFGR signaling can elicit paradoxical roles in the CNS, depending on the cell type and the activation stimuli and is implicated in the pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative diseases...
February 6, 2018: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
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