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Biomolecules 2012, 2(1), 165-186; doi:10.3390/biom2010165

Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium Pumps and Cancer Cell Differentiation

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Received: 28 January 2012 / Revised: 14 February 2012 / Accepted: 17 February 2012 / Published: 5 March 2012
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The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a major intracellular calcium storage pool and a multifunctional organelle that accomplishes several calcium-dependent functions involved in many homeostatic and signaling mechanisms. Calcium is accumulated in the ER by Sarco/Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium ATPase (SERCA)-type calcium pumps. SERCA activity can determine ER calcium content available for intra-ER functions and for calcium release into the cytosol, and can shape the spatiotemporal characteristics of calcium signals. SERCA function therefore constitutes an important nodal point in the regulation of cellular calcium homeostasis and signaling, and can exert important effects on cell growth, differentiation and survival. In several cell types such as cells of hematopoietic origin, mammary, gastric and colonic epithelium, SERCA2 and SERCA3-type calcium pumps are simultaneously expressed, and SERCA3 expression levels undergo significant changes during cell differentiation, activation or immortalization. In addition, SERCA3 expression is decreased or lost in several tumor types when compared to the corresponding normal tissue. These observations indicate that ER calcium homeostasis is remodeled during cell differentiation, and may present defects due to decreased SERCA3 expression in tumors. Modulation of the state of differentiation of the ER reflected by SERCA3 expression constitutes an interesting new aspect of cell differentiation and tumor biology.
Keywords: calcium signalling; endoplasmic reticulum; SERCA; cancer; cell differentiation calcium signalling; endoplasmic reticulum; SERCA; cancer; cell differentiation
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Papp, B.; Brouland, J.-P.; Arbabian, A.; Gélébart, P.; Kovács, T.; Bobe, R.; Enouf, J.; Varin-Blank, N.; Apáti, Á. Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium Pumps and Cancer Cell Differentiation. Biomolecules 2012, 2, 165-186.

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