PubMed 23840757

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Automatically associated channels: ClvC4 , TRP , TRPC , TRPC1 , TRPC3 , TRPC4 , TRPC6

Title: Involvement of TRPC channels in lung cancer cell differentiation and the correlation analysis in human non-small cell lung cancer.

Authors: Hong-Ni Jiang, Bo Zeng, Yi Zhang, Nikoleta Daskoulidou, Hong Fan, Jie-Ming Qu, Shang-Zhong Xu

Journal, date & volume: PLoS ONE, 2013 , 8, e67637

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The canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels are Ca(2+)-permeable cationic channels controlling the Ca(2+) influx evoked by G protein-coupled receptor activation and/or by Ca(2+) store depletion. Here we investigate the involvement of TRPCs in the cell differentiation of lung cancer. The expression of TRPCs and the correlation to cancer differentiation grade in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were analyzed by real-time PCR and immunostaining using tissue microarrays from 28 patient lung cancer samples. The association of TRPCs with cell differentiation was also investigated in the lung cancer cell line A549 by PCR and Western blotting. The channel activity was monitored by Ca(2+) imaging and patch recording after treatment with all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA). The expression of TRPC1, 3, 4 and 6 was correlated to the differentiation grade of NSCLC in patients, but there was no correlation to age, sex, smoking history and lung cancer cell type. ATRA upregulated TRPC3, TRPC4 and TRPC6 expression and enhanced Ca(2+) influx in A549 cells, however, ATRA showed no direct effect on TRPC channels. Inhibition of TRPC channels by pore-blocking antibodies decreased the cell mitosis, which was counteracted by chronic treatment with ATRA. Blockade of TRPC channels inhibited A549 cell proliferation, while overexpression of TRPCs increased the proliferation. We conclude that TRPC expression correlates to lung cancer differentiation. TRPCs mediate the pharmacological effect of ATRA and play important roles in regulating lung cancer cell differentiation and proliferation, which gives a new understanding of lung cancer biology and potential anti-cancer therapy.