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The role of voltage gated T-type Ca2+ channel isoforms in mediating "capacitative" Ca2+ entry in cancer cells

Gray, L. S., Perez-Reyes, E., Gamorra, J. C., Haverstick, D. M., Shattock, M., McLatchie, L., Harper, J., Brooks, G., Heady, T. and Macdonald, T. L. (2004) The role of voltage gated T-type Ca2+ channel isoforms in mediating "capacitative" Ca2+ entry in cancer cells. Cell Calcium, 36 (6). pp. 489-97. ISSN 0143-4160

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.ceca.2004.05.001


The mechanism by which Ca2+ enters electrically non-excitable cells is unclear. The sensitivity of the Ca2+ entry pathway in electrically non-excitable cells to inhibition by extracellular Ni2+ was used to direct the synthesis of a library of simple, novel compounds. These novel compounds inhibit Ca2+ entry into and, consequently, proliferation of several cancer cell lines. They showed stereoselective inhibition of proliferation and Ca2+ influx with identical stereoselective inhibition of heterologously expressed Cav3.2 isoform of T-type Ca2+ channels. Proliferation of human embryonic kidney (HEK)293 cells transfected with the Cav3.2 Ca2+ channel was also blocked. Cancer cell lines sensitive to our compounds express message for the Cav3.2 T-type Ca2+ channel isoform, its delta25B splice variant, or both, while a cell line resistant to our compounds does not. These observations raise the possibility that clinically useful drugs can be designed based upon the ability to block these Ca2+ channels.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR)
ID Code:10502

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