Human astrocytoma cells express a unique chloride current

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  • Human astrocytoma cells were studied using whole-cell patch-clamp recording. Voltage-dependent outwardly-rectifying anion currents were identified in primary cultures of six freshly resected human brain tumors and in seven established anaplastic astrocytoma/glioblastoma cell lines (U251MG, CH235MG, U373MG, U105MG, D54MG, SK-MG-1, and STTG1). Anion currents were not observed in normal, non-neoplastic glial cells, nor in human tumor-derived cells of non-glial origin (melanoma, breast cancer, neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma). Currents activated at potentials >50 mV and showed large transients upon termination of voltage steps. Currents reversed at the predicted equilibrium potential for chloride ions and could also be recorded when Cl- was replaced by F-, Br- or I-. Currents were inhibited by the Cl- channel blockers chlorotoxin, DIDS, and DNDS. These Cl- currents may play a role in the growth control of astrocytoma cells.
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  • NeuroReport  Journal
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    Author List

  • Ullrich N; Gillespie GY; Sontheimer H
  • Start Page

  • 1020
  • End Page

  • 1024
  • Volume

  • 7
  • Issue

  • 5