TRPM4 channel is involved in regulating epithelial to mesenchymal transition, migration, and invasion of prostate cancer cell lines

Alfredo I. Sagredo, Eduardo A. Sagredo, Victor Pola, César Echeverría, Rodrigo Andaur, Luis Michea, Andrés Stutzin, Felipe Simon, Katherine Marcelain, Ricardo Armisén

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Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 4 (TRPM4) is a Ca2+-activated and voltage-dependent monovalent cation channel, which depolarizes the plasma cell membrane, thereby modulating Ca2+ influx across Ca2+-permeable pathways. TRPM4 is involved in different physiological processes such as T cell activation and the migration of endothelial and certain immune cells. Overexpression of this channel has been reported in various types of tumors including prostate cancer. In this study, a significant overexpression of TRPM4 was found only in samples from cancer with a Gleason score higher than 7, which are more likely to spread. To evaluate whether TRPM4 overexpression was related to the spreading capability of tumors, TRPM4 was knockdown by using shRNAs in PC3 prostate cancer cells and the effect on cellular migration and invasion was analyzed. PC3 cells with reduced levels of TRPM4 (shTRPM4) display a decrease of the migration/invasion capability. A reduction in the expression of Snail1, a canonical epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) transcription factor, was also observed. Consistently, these cells showed a significant change in the expression of key EMT markers such as MMP9, E-cadherin/N-cadherin, and vimentin, indicating a partial reversion of the EMT process. Whereas, the overexpression of TRPM4 in LnCaP cells resulted in increased levels of Snail1, reduction in the expression of E-cadherin and increase in their migration potential. This study suggests a new and indirect mechanism of regulation of migration/invasion process by TRPM4 in prostate cancer cells, by inducing the expression of Snail1 gene and consequently, increasing the EMT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2037-2050
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018


  • EMT
  • invasion
  • prostate cancer
  • Snail1
  • TRPM4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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