Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

SK potassium and TRPM7 ion channel role in CNS cell survival and breast cancer cell death decisions

Abdulkareem, Zana Azeez 2015. SK potassium and TRPM7 ion channel role in CNS cell survival and breast cancer cell death decisions. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
Item availability restricted.

PDF - Accepted Post-Print Version
Download (5MB) | Preview
[img] PDF - Supplemental Material
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (310kB)


Cell survival is modulated by a cocktail of ion channels engaging cell life and death decisions through controlling key cellular messages such as apoptosis and proliferation. Unnatural regulation of these processes results in various disorders, for example neurodegenerative diseases, as well as the cancers. Nowadays, these pathologies are affecting millions of people per year in the world. Potassium (K+) ion channels appear to play a potent role in such illnesses since they can control many cellular gates in cell physiology such as ionic homeostasis and signalling cascades. Amongst the K+ channels, small (SK1-3) and intermediate (SK4) conductance Ca2+-activated potassium ion channels have recently been shown to save cells, thereby protecting mitochondrial function which serves as a cell survival platform. In the case of other ion channels, for instance transient receptor potential melastatin 7 (TRPM7), it is also repeatedly stated that such membrane channels shows an impressive and differential role in excitable and non-excitable cell survival. This channel also modulates ionic homeostasis of crucial ions in cellular physiology such as Ca2+. This study reveals that central nervous system (CNS) and breast cancer cells differentially express SK1-4 ion channel subtypes, and their functional presence is pharmacologically confirmed, however, in most cases these results were further clarified through small interference RNA (siRNA) method. Similarly, functional TRPM7 channel expression in CNS cells is also confirmed. In the CNS, SK1-4 channel activation rescues neurons from oxidative stress, whereas, TRPM7 channel inhibition protects CNS cells from this hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) harmful effect, as well as hypoxia and apoptosis, so improving cell survival. Excitingly, SK1-4 channels differentially exist between wild-type and Huntington’s affected mouse striatal cells, where diseased cells lack SK1-3 channels, key players in action potential activity. Interestingly, SK2 or SK3 channel subtypes are also functionally expressed in breast cancer cells with various phenotypes. This study established that these ion channels are powerful agents in a survival role, in fact controlling growth through cross-talk with an apoptotic avenue “intrinsic pathway”. SK2 or SK3 channel activation enhances cell viability, while its inhibition dampens cell growth. It is very noteworthy that SK2 and SK3 channels are not expressed in non-tumorigenic breast cells. In brief, SK1-4 and TRPM7 molecules are clearly implicated in the survival of diverse cell types through an apoptotic route, indicating that these ionic regulators are promising targets in channelopathies related to cellular degeneration and growth.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Pharmacy
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Uncontrolled Keywords: SK Potassium; TRPM7; CNS; Cell; Cancer; Breast
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 03:35

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics