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Cancers 2019, 11(4), 525;

Transient Receptor Potential Mucolipin-1 Channels in Glioblastoma: Role in Patient’s Survival

School of Pharmacy, University of Camerino, 62032 Camerino, Italy
School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Camerino, 62032 Camerino, Italy
IRCCS NEUROMED, 86077 Pozzilli, Italy
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Received: 1 March 2019 / Accepted: 9 April 2019 / Published: 12 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ion Channels in Cancer)
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A link between mucolipin channels and tumors has been recently suggested. Herein, we aim to investigate the transient receptor potential mucolipin (TRPML)-1 relevance in glioblastoma. The expression of this channel was evaluated via qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry in biopsies from 66 glioblastoma patients and two human glioblastoma cell lines and compared to normal human brain, astrocytes, and epileptic tissues. The subcellular distribution of TRPML-1 was examined via confocal microscopy in the glioma cell lines. Then, to assess the role of TRPML-1, cell viability assays have been conducted in T98 and U251 cell lines treated with the specific TRPML-1 agonist, MK6-83. We found that MK6-83 reduced cell viability and induced caspase-3-dependent apoptosis. Indeed, the TRPML-1 silencing or the blockage of TRPML-1 dependent [Ca2+]i release abrogated these effects. In addition, exposure of glioma cells to the reactive oxygen species (ROS) inducer, carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP), stimulated a TRPML-1-dependent autophagic cell death, as demonstrated by the ability of the autophagic inhibitor bafilomycin A, the TRPML-1 inhibitor sphingomyelin, and the TRPML-1 silencing to completely inhibit the CCCP-mediated effects. To test a possible correlation with patient’s survival, Kaplan–Meier, univariate, and multivariate analysis have been performed. Data showed that the loss/reduction of TRPML-1 mRNA expression strongly correlates with short survival in glioblastoma (GBM) patients, suggesting that the reduction of TRPML-1 expression represents a negative prognostic factor in GBM patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: glioblastoma; TRP channel; TRPML-1; mucolipins; autophagy; overall survival glioblastoma; TRP channel; TRPML-1; mucolipins; autophagy; overall survival

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Morelli, M.B.; Amantini, C.; Tomassoni, D.; Nabissi, M.; Arcella, A.; Santoni, G. Transient Receptor Potential Mucolipin-1 Channels in Glioblastoma: Role in Patient’s Survival. Cancers 2019, 11, 525.

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