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Cancer is the second most common cause of death in western countries. It is therefore of fundamental importance to improve the treatment of patients with malignant tumors. This goal can only be achieved if we get closer insight in the various mechanisms leading to tumor formation. Significant progress in the understanding of carcinogenesis has been made(More)
Combined patch-clamp and Fura-2 measurements were performed on chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells co-expressing two channel proteins involved in skeletal muscle excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling, the ryanodine receptor (RyR)-Ca2+ release channel (in the membrane of internal Ca2+ stores) and the dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR)-Ca2+ channel (in the plasma(More)
We have studied the molecular determinants of ion permeation through the TRPV4 channel (VRL-2, TRP12, VR-OAC, and OTRPC4). TRPV4 is characterized by both inward and outward rectification, voltage-dependent block by Ruthenium Red, a moderate selectivity for divalent versus monovalent cations, and an Eisenman IV permeability sequence. We identify two(More)
A novel member of the transient receptor potential (Trp) family of ion channels, Trp12, was identified. The Trp12 mRNA is abundantly expressed in mouse kidney and encodes a protein of 871 amino acid residues. Trp12 transfected cells reveal an elevated cytosolic Ca(2+) and respond with a further increase of cytosolic Ca(2+) to perfusion with hypoosmotic(More)
The mouse TRPV6 gene is localized on chromosome 6 and extends over 15.66kb. The encoded protein comprises 727 amino acid residues with a calculated relative molecular mass of 83,210Da. TRPV6 is glycosylated and both variants, the glycosylated and the de-glycosylated proteins, are recognized by various polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies, which were raised(More)
The detection of changes in volume and osmolality is an essential function in vertebrate cells. A novel member of the transient receptor potential (trp) family of ion channels, which is sensitive to changes in cell volume, has been described recently. Heterologous expression of TRP12 in HEK cells resulted in the appearance of a swelling-activated cation(More)
Some proteins of the transient receptor potential (TRP) family form temperature sensitive ion channels. One member of the melastatin (M) group, namely TRPM8 is activated by cold and cooling compounds such as menthol and icilin, and its gene is up-regulated in prostate cancer and other malignancies. Here we characterise the effects of the carboxamides WS-12,(More)
Influx of Ca(2+) represents an important regulatory signal in the process of cell proliferation. However, little is known about how Ca(2+) entry changes during the cell-cycle. Patch-clamp experiments and microfluorimetry show that store-operated Ca(2+) entry was substantially reduced in rat basophilic leukaemia cells cultured for 24h under serum-free(More)
The activation mechanism of the recently cloned human transient receptor potential vanilloid type 6 (TRPV6) channel, originally termed Ca(2+) transporter-like protein and Ca(2+) transporter type 1, was investigated in whole-cell patch-clamp experiments using transiently transfected human embryonic kidney and rat basophilic leukemia cells. The TRPV6-mediated(More)
Microfluorimetry and patch-clamp experiments were performed on TRPV6-expressing HEK cells to determine whether this Ca(2+)-sensing Ca(2+) channel is constitutively active. Intact cells loaded with fura-2 had an elevated intracellular free Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)), which decreased to the same level such as in non-transfected cells if external(More)