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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Feb 22;366(4):944-50. Epub 2007 Dec 17.

SP600125 inhibits Kv channels through a JNK-independent pathway in cancer cells.

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Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Faculté des Sciences, Laboratoire de Biologie et de Physiopathologie des Systèmes Intégrés, CNRS FRE3094, UNSA, 28, Av Valrose, 06108, Nice, France.


Kv channels represent new important targets for the control of cancer growth and a better understanding of their regulating pathways in cancer cells is necessary to develop therapeutic strategies. In this study, we have addressed the putative modulation of Kv by MAP kinases through a pharmacological approach. We have found that the commonly used JNK inhibitor SP600125 strongly inhibits Kv channels through a JNK-independent pathway, likely interacting directly with the channels at the external side of the membrane. Our results indicate that the use of this compound may produce misleading conclusions for the role of JNK in cell cycle.

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