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Endocr Relat Cancer. 2012 Sep 21;19(5):667-80. doi: 10.1530/ERC-12-0092. Print 2012 Oct.

Sphingosine 1-phosphate and human ether-a'-go-go-related gene potassium channels modulate migration in human anaplastic thyroid cancer cells.

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  • 1Department of Biosciences, Åbo Akademi University, Biocity, Turku, Finland.

Abstract

Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is the most aggressive form of human thyroid cancer, lacking any effective treatment. Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) receptors and human ether-a'-go-go-related gene (HERG (KCNH2)) potassium channels are important modulators of cell migration. In this study, we have shown that the S1P(1-3) receptors are expressed in C643 and THJ-16T human ATC cell lines, both at mRNA and protein level. S1P inhibited migration of these cells and of follicular FTC-133 thyroid cancer cells. Using the S1P(1,3) inhibitor VPC-23019, the S1P(2) inhibitor JTE-013, and the S1P(2) receptor siRNA, we showed that the effect was mediated through S1P(2). Treatment of the cells with the Rho inhibitor C3 transferase abolished the effect of S1P on migration. S1P attenuated Rac activity, and inhibiting Rac decreased migration. Sphingosine kinase inhibitor enhanced basal migration of cells, and addition of exogenous S1P inhibited migration. C643 cells expressed a nonconducting HERG protein, and S1P decreased HERG protein expression. The HERG blocker E-4031 decreased migration. Interestingly, downregulating HERG protein with siRNA decreased the basal migration. In experiments using HEK cells overexpressing HERG, we showed that S1P decreased channel protein expression and current and that S1P attenuated migration of the cells. We conclude that S1P attenuates migration of C643 ATC cells by activating S1P(2) and the Rho pathway. The attenuated migration is also, in part, dependent on a S1P-induced decrease of HERG protein.

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