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Silencing of Kv4.1 potassium channels inhibits cell proliferation of tumorigenic human mammary epithelial cells.


Authors: Soo Hwa Jang, Changsun Choi, Seong-Geun Hong, Oleg V Yarishkin, Young Min Bae, Jae Gon Kim, Scott M O'Grady, Kyong-Ah Yoon, Kyung-Sun Kang, Pan Dong Ryu, So Yeong Lee

Journal, date & volume: Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 2009 Jun 26 , 384, 180-6

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19401188

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Abstract
Potassium channel activity has been shown to facilitate cell proliferation in cancer cells. In the present study, the role of Kv4.1 channels in immortal and tumorigenic human mammary epithelial cells was investigated. Kv4.1 protein expression was positively correlated with tumorigenicity. Moreover, transfection with siRNAs targeting Kv4.1 mRNA suppressed proliferation of tumorigenic mammary epithelial cells. Experiments using mRNA isolated from human breast cancer tissues revealed that the level of Kv4.1 mRNA expression varied depending on the stage of the tumor. Kv4.1 protein expression increased during stages T2 and T3 compared to normal tissue. These results demonstrated that Kv4.1 plays a role in proliferation of tumorigenic human mammary epithelial cells. In addition, elevated Kv4.1 expression may be useful as a diagnostic marker for staging mammary tumors and selective blockers of Kv4.1 may serve to suppress tumor cell proliferation.