PubMed 22909953

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Automatically associated channels: TRP , TRPC , TRPC3

Title: Macrophage function in atherosclerosis: potential roles of TRP channels.

Authors: Jean-Yves K Tano, Robert H Lee, Guillermo Vazquez

Journal, date & volume: Channels (Austin), 2012 May-Jun , 6, 141-8

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Cation channels of the Transient Receptor Potential Canonical (TRPC) group, which belong to the larger TRP superfamily of channel proteins, are critical players in cardiovascular disease. Recent studies underscored a role of TRPC3 in macrophage survival and efferocytosis, two critical events in atherosclerosis lesion development. Also, other members of the TRP channel superfamily are found expressed in monocytes/macrophages, where they participate in processes that might be of significance to atherogenesis. These observations set a framework for future studies aimed at defining the ultimate functions not only of TRPC3, but probably other TRP channels, in macrophage biology. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide a timely revision of existing evidence on the role of members of the TRP channel superfamily, in particular TRPCs, in macrophages and discuss it in the context of the macrophage's function in atherogenesis.