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Current Neuropharmacology



ISSN (Print): 1570-159X
ISSN (Online): 1875-6190

Review Article

KCa3.1 Channels and Glioblastoma: In Vitro Studies

Author(s): Lukas Klumpp, Efe C. Sezgin, Marco Skardelly, Franziska Eckert and Stephan M. Huber*

Volume 16 , Issue 5 , 2018

Page: [627 - 635] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/1570159X15666170808115821

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Background: Several tumor entities including brain tumors aberrantly overexpress intermediate conductance Ca2+ activated KCa3.1 K+ channels. These channels contribute significantly to the transformed phenotype of the tumor cells.

Method: PubMed was searched in order to summarize our current knowledge on the molecular signaling upstream and downstream and the effector functions of KCa3.1 channel activity in tumor cells in general and in glioblastoma cells in particular. In addition, KCa3.1 expression and function for repair of DNA double strand breaks was determined experimentally in primary glioblastoma cultures in dependence on the abundance of proneural and mesenchymal stem cell markers.

Results: By modulating membrane potential, cell volume, Ca2+ signals and the respiratory chain, KCa3.1 channels in both, plasma and inner mitochondrial membrane, have been demonstrated to regulate many cellular processes such as migration and tissue invasion, metastasis, cell cycle progression, oxygen consumption and metabolism, DNA damage response and cell death of cancer cells. Moreover, KCa3.1 channels have been shown to crucially contribute to resistance against radiotherapy. Futhermore, the original in vitro data on KCa3.1 channel expression in subtypes of glioblastoma stem(-like) cells propose KCa3.1 as marker for the mesenchymal subgroup of cancer stem cells and suggest that KCa3.1 contributes to the therapy resistance of mesenchymal glioblastoma stem cells.

Conclusion: The data suggest KCa3.1 channel targeting in combination with radiotherapy as promising new tool to eradicate therapy-resistant mesenchymal glioblastoma stem cells.

Keywords: SK4, IKCa, KCNN4, GBM, GSCs, ALDH1A3, γH2AX foci, radioresistance.

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