PubMed 20571736

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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.1 , Kv1.2 , Kv1.3 , Kv1.5

Title: [Expression and properties of potassium channels in human mammary epithelial cell line MCF10A and its possible role in proliferation].

Authors: Jia Liu, Shuang Feng, Lei Zhang, Zheng Wu, Qian Chen, Wei Cheng, Shi-Qiang Wang, Wei Zou

Journal, date & volume: Sheng Li Xue Bao, 2010 Jun 25 , 62, 203-9

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Voltage-dependent potassium channels (Kv) are involved in proliferation and transformation in mammary epithelial cells. In previous studies, several groups have detected various potassium channels in breast cancer cells, and they assumed that potassium channels are related to the development of breast carcinoma, although the precise mechanisms are still unknown. We have previously reported that 4-aminopyridine (4-AP), one kind of potassium channel (K(+) channel) blocker, could affect the proliferation of MCF10A cells. The aim of the present study is to explore the expression and properties of K(+) channels in human mammary epithelial cells (MCF10A) and whether Kv channels are required for the proliferation of MCF10A cell. Electrophysiological, MTT analysis, PCR and Western blot methods were used to identify a K(+) conductance which is involved in tumorigenesis and not yet be described in MCF10A cells. A voltage-dependent, outward rectification and 4-AP-sensitive K(+) current was observed in these cells. The perfusion of 5 mmol/L 4-AP significantly decreased the amplitude of Kv current from (912.5+/-0.6) pA to (275+/-0.8) pA (n=5, P<0.01), when cells were recorded using 800 ms voltage steps from a holding potential of -60 mV to voltage ranging from -60 mV to +60 mV. PCR analysis demonstrated that Kv1.1, Kv1.2, Kv1.3, and Kv1.5 were all expressed in MCF10A and MCF7 cells. Furthermore, the expression of Kv1.5 was much higher in MCF10A than that in MCF7. Inhibitory effect of 4-AP on cell proliferation was dosage-dependent. Incubation with 5 mmol/L 4-AP reduced MCF10A cell proliferation to 25.29% in 48 h. Western blot analysis showed the activation of ERK1/2 which related to cell proliferation was enhanced, while p38 activation was decreased by 4-AP treatment for 10 min. These data provided the first evidence of the Kv channels expression in MCF10A cell and 4-AP could inhibit the proliferation of MCF10A through blocking the potassium channels, and the mechanism may be related to regulating the activity of different members of cell proliferation signaling pathway of MEK/ERK.