Karine Vanoverberghe

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One major clinical problem with prostate cancer is the cells' ability to survive and proliferate upon androgen withdrawal. Because Ca2+ is central to growth control, understanding the mechanisms of Ca2+ homeostasis involved in prostate cancer cell proliferation is imperative for new therapeutic strategies. Here, we show that agonist-mediated stimulation of(More)
Neuroendocrine differentiation of prostate epithelial cells is usually associated with an increased aggressivity and invasiveness of prostate tumors and a poor prognosis. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in this process remain poorly understood. We have investigated the possible expression of voltage-gated calcium channels in human prostate cancer(More)
AbstractNeuroendocrine (NE) differentiation is a hallmark of advanced, androgen-independent prostate cancer, for which there is no successful therapy. NE tumor cells are nonproliferating and escape apoptotic cell death; therefore, an understanding of the apoptotic status of the NE phenotype is imperative for the development of new therapies for prostate(More)
This study investigates the calcium mechanisms involved in growth arrest induced by extracellular ATP in DU-145 androgen-independent human prostate cancer cells. Exposure of DU-145 cells to 100 microM ATP produced an increase in cytoplasmic calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)), due to a mobilization of calcium from the endoplasmic reticulum stores and to(More)
Ca2+ homeostasis mechanisms, in which the Ca2+ entry pathways play a key role, are critically involved in both normal function and cancerous transformation of prostate epithelial cells. Here, using the lymph node carcinoma of the prostate (LNCaP) cell line as a major experimental model, we characterize prostate-specific store-operated Ca2+ channels(More)
Neuroendocrine differentiation (NED) is a hallmark of advanced androgen-independent prostate cancer, for which no successful therapy exists. NED tumour cells escape apoptotic cell death by alterations of Ca(2+) homeostasis where the store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) is known to be a key event. We have previously shown that the downregulation of Orai1(More)
BACKGROUND Very little is known about the functional expression and the physiological role of ryanodine receptors in nonexcitable cells, and in prostate cancer cells in particular. Nonetheless, different studies have demonstrated that calcium is a major factor involved in apoptosis. Therefore, the calcium-regulatory mechanisms, such as ryanodine-mediated(More)
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