Subsets of ATP-sensitive potassium channel (K ATP) inhibitors increase gap junctional intercellular communication in metastatic cancer cell lines independent of sur expression

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Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) regulates cellular homeostasis by propagating signaling molecules, exchanging cellular metabolites, and coupling electrical signals. In cancer, cells exhibit altered rates of GJIC which may play a role in neoplastic progression. K ATP channels help maintain membrane polarity and linkages between K ATP channel activity and rates of GJIC have been established. The mechanistic relationship has not been fully elucidated. We report the effects of treatment with multiple K ATP antagonist compounds on GJIC in metastatic cell lines demonstrating an increase in communication rates following treatment with compounds possessing specificities towards the SUR2 subunit of K ATP. These effects remained consistent using cell lines with different expression levels of SUR1 and SUR2, suggesting possible off target effects on GJIC by these compounds. © 2011 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Bodenstine, T. M., Vaidya, K. S., Ismail, A., Beck, B. H., Diers, A. R., Edmonds, M. D., … Welch, D. R. (2012). Subsets of ATP-sensitive potassium channel (K ATP) inhibitors increase gap junctional intercellular communication in metastatic cancer cell lines independent of sur expression. FEBS Letters, 586(1), 27–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.febslet.2011.11.017

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