The roles of transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels in pancreatic tumorigenesis are essentially unknown. Here, we focus on the TRP melastatin-subfamily (TRPM) members. Expression of the thermally regulated transmembrane Ca2+-permeable channel TRPM8 is consistently up-regulated in human pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell lines and tissues. TRPM8-deficient pancreatic cancer cells have reduced ability of proliferation and cell cycle progression with elevated levels of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors. These results indicate that TRPM8 is aberrantly over-expressed in pancreatic adenocarcinoma and required for cellular proliferation, and they support further investigation of the potential of TRPM8 as a clinical biomarker and therapeutic target in pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research