Knockdown of ASIC1 and epithelial sodium channel subunits inhibits glioblastoma whole cell current and cell migration.

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  • High grade gliomas such as glioblastoma multiforme express multiple members of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC)/Degenerin family, characteristically displaying a basally active amiloride-sensitive cation current not seen in normal human astrocytes or lower grade gliomas. Using quantitative real time PCR, we have shown higher expression of ASIC1, alphaENaC, and gammaENaC in D54-MG human glioblastoma multiforme cells compared with primary human astrocytes. We hypothesize that this glioma current is mediated by a hybrid channel composed of a mixture of ENaC and acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) subunits. To test this hypothesis we made dominant negative cDNAs for ASIC1, alphaENaC, gammaENaC, and deltaENaC. D54-MG cells transfected with the dominant negative constructs for ASIC1, alphaENaC, or gammaENaC showed reduced protein expression and a significant reduction in the amiloride-sensitive whole cell current as compared with untransfected D54-MG cells. Knocking down alphaENaC or gammaENaC also abolished the high P(K)(+)/P(Na)(+) of D54-MG cells. Knocking down deltaENaC in D54-MG cells reduced deltaENaC protein expression but had no effect on either the whole cell current or K(+) permeability. Using co-immunoprecipitation we show interactions between ASIC1, alphaENaC, and gammaENaC, consistent with these subunits interacting with each other to form an ion channel in glioma cells. We also found a significant inhibition of D54-MG cell migration after ASIC1, alphaENaC, or gammaENaC knockdown, consistent with the hypothesis that ENaC/Degenerin subunits play an important role in glioma cell biology.
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  • Acid Sensing Ion Channels, Animals, Astrocytes, CHO Cells, Cell Movement, Cricetinae, Cricetulus, Epithelial Sodium Channels, Gene Knockdown Techniques, Glioblastoma, Humans, Membrane Potentials, Nerve Tissue Proteins, Protein Binding, Protein Subunits, Sodium Channels
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    Author List

  • Kapoor N; Bartoszewski R; Qadri YJ; Bebok Z; Bubien JK; Fuller CM; Benos DJ
  • Start Page

  • 24526
  • End Page

  • 24541
  • Volume

  • 284
  • Issue

  • 36