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Calcium Signaling in the Thyroid: Friend and Foe

Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research, Biomedicum Helsinki 2U, Tukholmankatu 8, 00290 Helsinki, Finland
Cell Biology, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi University, Artillerigatan 6, 00250 Turku, Finland
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Academic Editor: Vasko Vasyl
Cancers 2021, 13(9), 1994;
Received: 11 March 2021 / Revised: 19 April 2021 / Accepted: 20 April 2021 / Published: 21 April 2021
All cells in our body are activated by several different signals. The calcium ion is one of the most versatile signaling molecules, and regulates a multitude of different events in the cells. These range from activation of muscle contraction, to the regulation of cell movement, just to name a few. In normal thyroid cells, calcium signaling is of importance for the normal physiology of the cells. In thyroid pathologies, e.g., thyroid cancer, calcium is important for the regulation of proliferation and invasion, and may also activate gene transcription programs important for cancer cell survival. In this Commentary, we summarize what is known regarding calcium in the normal thyroid, and highlight the importance of calcium signaling in thyroid pathologies.
Calcium signaling participates in a vast number of cellular processes, ranging from the regulation of muscle contraction, cell proliferation, and mitochondrial function, to the regulation of the membrane potential in cells. The actions of calcium signaling are, thus, of great physiological significance for the normal functioning of our cells. However, many of the processes that are regulated by calcium, including cell movement and proliferation, are important in the progression of cancer. In the normal thyroid, calcium signaling plays an important role, and evidence is also being gathered showing that calcium signaling participates in the progression of thyroid cancer. This review will summarize what we know in regard to calcium signaling in the normal thyroid as, well as in thyroid cancer. View Full-Text
Keywords: thyroid; cancer; channels; receptors; signaling; calcium thyroid; cancer; channels; receptors; signaling; calcium
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