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1.  Evaluation of Genetic Association and Expression Reduction of TRPC1 in the Development of Diabetic Nephropathy 
American Journal of Nephrology  2008;29(3):244-251.
Background/Aims
The TRPC1 gene on chromosome 3q22–24 resides within the linkage region for diabetic nephropathy (DN) in type 1 (T1D) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). A recent study has demonstrated that TRPC1 expression is reduced in the kidney of diabetic ZDF- and STZ-treated rats. The present study aimed to evaluate the genetic and functional role of TRPC1 in the development of DN.
Methods
Genetic association study was performed with two independent cohorts, including 1,177 T1D European Americans with or without DN from GoKinD population and 850 African-American subjects with T2D-associated end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or with hypertensive (non-diabetic) ESRD, and nondiabetic controls. Seven tag SNP markers derived from HapMap data (phase II) were genotyped. TRPC1 gene expression was examined using real time RT-PCR.
Results
No significant association of TRPC1 DNA polymorphisms with DN or ERSD was found in GoKinD and African-American populations. TRPC1 gene mRNA expression in kidney was found to be trendily reduced in 12-week and significantly in 26-week-old db/db mice.
Conclusions
TRPC1 genetic polymorphism may not fundamentally contribute to the development of DN, while reduction of the gene expression in kidney may be a late phenomenon of DN as seen in diabetic animal models.
doi:10.1159/000157627
PMCID: PMC2698220  PMID: 18802326
TRPC1 gene; Single-nucleotide polymorphism; Diabetic nephropathy; End-stage renal disease; Diabetes types 1 and 2
2.  Association of TRPC1 Gene Polymorphisms with Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetic Nephropathy in Han Chinese Population 
Endocrine Research  2013;38(2):59-68.
The recent genome-wide association studies reveal that chromosome 3q resides within the linkage region for diabetic nephropathy (DN) in type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T1D and T2D). The TRPC1 gene is on chromosome 3q22-24, and it has been demonstrated that TRPC1 expression is reduced in the kidney of diabetic animal models. Genetic association of TRPC1 polymorphism with T1D and DN has been reported in European Americans. However, there are no studies reporting the association of TRPC1 genetic polymorphism with T2D with and without DN in Chinese population. This study aimed to demonstrate the genetic role of TRPC1 in the development of T2D with and without DN in Chinese Han population. A genetic association study of TRPC1 was performed in T2D cases and in nondiabetic controls from Han population located in Northern Chinese areas. Six tag single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers derived from HapMap data were genotyped. Among the six SNPs, only rs7638459 was suspected as risk factor of T2D without DN, fitting the log-additive model. The adjusted odds ratio (OR) for the CC genotyping was 2.39 (95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.00–5.68), compared with the TT genotyping. In addition, rs953239 was found to be a protective factor of getting DN in T2D, also fitting the log-additive model. When compared with the AA genotyping for SNP rs953239, the adjusted OR for CC genotyping was 0.63 (95% CI = 0.44–0.99). To summarize, this study shows that TRPC1 genetic polymorphisms are associated with T2D and DN in T2D in the Han Chinese population.
doi:10.3109/07435800.2012.681824
PMCID: PMC3619450  PMID: 23544998
TRPC1; Single nucleotide polymorphism; Type 2 diabetes mellitus; Diabetic nephropathy
3.  Corticolimbic Expression of TRPC4 and TRPC5 Channels in the Rodent Brain 
PLoS ONE  2007;2(6):e573.
The canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels are a family of non-selective cation channels that are activated by increases in intracellular Ca2+ and Gq/phospholipase C-coupled receptors. We used quantitative real-time PCR, in situ hybridization, immunoblots and patch-clamp recording from several brain regions to examine the expression of the predominant TRPC channels in the rodent brain. Quantitative real-time PCR of the seven TRPC channels in the rodent brain revealed that TRPC4 and TRPC5 channels were the predominant TRPC subtypes in the adult rat brain. In situ hybridization histochemistry and immunoblotting further resolved a dense corticolimbic expression of the TRPC4 and TRPC5 channels. Total protein expression of HIP TRPC4 and 5 proteins increased throughout development and peaked late in adulthood (6–9 weeks). In adults, TRPC4 expression was high throughout the frontal cortex, lateral septum (LS), pyramidal cell layer of the hippocampus (HIP), dentate gyrus (DG), and ventral subiculum (vSUB). TRPC5 was highly expressed in the frontal cortex, pyramidal cell layer of the HIP, DG, and hypothalamus. Detailed examination of frontal cortical layer mRNA expression indicated TRPC4 mRNA is distributed throughout layers 2–6 of the prefrontal cortex (PFC), motor cortex (MCx), and somatosensory cortex (SCx). TRPC5 mRNA expression was concentrated specifically in the deep layers 5/6 and superficial layers 2/3 of the PFC and anterior cingulate. Patch-clamp recording indicated a strong metabotropic glutamate-activated cation current-mediated depolarization that was dependent on intracellular Ca2+and inhibited by protein kinase C in brain regions associated with dense TRPC4 or 5 expression and absent in regions lacking TRPC4 and 5 expression. Overall, the dense corticolimbic expression pattern suggests that these Gq/PLC coupled nonselective cation channels may be involved in learning, memory, and goal-directed behaviors.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000573
PMCID: PMC1892805  PMID: 17593972
4.  Trpc2 Depletion Protects RBC from Oxidative Stress-Induced Hemolysis 
Experimental hematology  2011;40(1):71-83.
Transient receptor potential channels Trpc2 and Trpc3 are expressed on normal murine erythroid precursors, and erythropoietin stimulates an increase in intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) through TRPC2 and TRPC3. Because modulation of [Ca2+]i is an important signaling pathway in erythroid proliferation and differentiation, Trpc2, Trpc3, and Trpc2/Trpc3 double knockout mice were utilized to explore the roles of these channels in erythropoiesis. Trpc2, Trpc3, and Trpc2/Trpc3 double knockout mice were not anemic, and had similar red blood cell counts, hemoglobins, and reticulocyte counts as wild type littermate controls. Although the erythropoietin induced increase in [Ca2+]i was reduced, these knockout mice showed no defects in red cell production. The major phenotypic difference at steady state was that the mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, and hematocrit of red cells were significantly greater in Trpc2 and Trpc2/Trpc3 double knockout mice, and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration was significantly reduced. All hematological parameters in Trpc3 knockout mice were similar to controls. When exposed to phenyhydrazine, unlike the Trpc3 knockouts, Trpc2 and Trpc2/Trpc3 double knockout mice showed significant resistance to hemolysis. This was associated with significant reduction in hydrogen peroxide-induced calcium influx in erythroblasts. While erythropoietin induced calcium influx through TRPC2 or TRPC3 is not critical for erythroid production, these data demonstrate that TRPC2 plays an important role in oxidative stress-induced hemolysis which may be related to reduced calcium entry in red cells in the presence of Trpc2 depletion.
doi:10.1016/j.exphem.2011.09.006
PMCID: PMC3237850  PMID: 21924222
TRP Channels; Trpc2; Trpc3; erythropoietin; oxidative stress
5.  Expression of trpC1 and trpC6 orthologs in zebrafish 
Gene expression patterns : GEP  2008;8(5):291-296.
Transient receptor potential (TRP) genes encode subunits that form cation-selective ion channels in a variety of organisms and cell types. TRP channels serve diverse functions ranging from thermal, tactile, taste, and osmolar sensing to fluid flow sensing. TRPC1 and TRPC6 belong to the TRPC subfamily, members of which are thought to contribute to several cellular events such as regulated migration of neuronal dendrites, contractile responses of smooth muscle cells and maintenance of the structural integrity of kidney podocytes. Pathogenic roles have been suggested for TRPC1 in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and TRPC6 dysfunction was recently linked to proteinuric kidney disease. To explore the potential roles for TRPC channels in zebrafish organ function, we cloned zebrafish trpC1 and trpC6 cDNAs, and investigated their expression during zebrafish development. We detected trpC1 expression in the head, in cells surrounding the outflow tract of the heart, and in the ganglion cells as well as the inner nuclear layer of the eye. trpC6 expression was detected in the head, pectoral fins, aortic endothelial cells, and gastrointestinal smooth muscle cells. Our results point to roles of TRPC channels in several tissues during zebrafish development, and suggest that the zebrafish may be a suitable model system to study the pathophysiology of TRPC1 and TRPC6 in specific cell types.
doi:10.1016/j.gep.2008.02.002
PMCID: PMC2431112  PMID: 18378501
Transient receptor potential; ion channel; smooth muscle; in situ hybridization
6.  TRPC6 Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Progression of Idiopathic Membranous Nephropathy 
PLoS ONE  2014;9(7):e102065.
Background
Activating mutations in the Transient Receptor Potential channel C6 (TRPC6) cause autosomal dominant focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS). TRPC6 expression is upregulated in renal biopsies of patients with idiopathic membranous glomerulopathy (iMN) and animal models thereof. In iMN, disease progression is characterized by glomerulosclerosis. In addition, a context-dependent TRPC6 overexpression was recently suggested in complement-mediated podocyte injury in e.g. iMN. Hence, we hypothesized that genetic variants in TRPC6 might affect susceptibility to development or progression of iMN.
Methods & Results
Genomic DNA was isolated from blood samples of 101 iMN patients and 292 controls. By direct sequencing of the entire TRPC6 gene, 13 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified in the iMN cohort, two of which were causing an amino acid substitution (rs3802829; Pro15Ser and rs36111323, Ala404Val). No statistically significant differences in genotypes or allele frequencies between patients and controls were observed. Clinical outcome in patients was determined (remission n = 26, renal failure n = 46, persistent proteinuria n = 29, follow-up median 80 months {range 51–166}). The 13 identified SNPs showed no association with remission or renal failure. There were no differences in genotypes or allele frequencies between patients in remission and progressors.
Conclusions
Our data suggest that TRPC6 polymorphisms do not affect susceptibility to iMN, or clinical outcome in iMN.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102065
PMCID: PMC4096511  PMID: 25019165
7.  Transient Receptor Potential Canonical-3 Channel–Dependent Fibroblast Regulation in Atrial Fibrillation 
Circulation  2012;126(17):2051-2064.
Background
Fibroblast proliferation and differentiation are central in atrial fibrillation (AF)–promoting remodeling. Here, we investigated fibroblast regulation by Ca2+-permeable transient receptor potential canonical-3 (TRPC3) channels.
Methods and Results
Freshly isolated rat cardiac fibroblasts abundantly expressed TRPC3 and had appreciable nonselective cation currents (INSC) sensitive to a selective TPRC3 channel blocker, pyrazole-3 (3 μmol/L). Pyrazole-3 suppressed angiotensin II-induced Ca2+ influx, proliferation, and α-smooth muscle actin protein expression in fibroblasts. Ca2+ removal and TRPC3 blockade suppressed extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation, and extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation inhibition reduced fibroblast proliferation. TRPC3 expression was upregulated in atria from AF patients, goats with electrically maintained AF, and dogs with tachypacing-induced heart failure. TRPC3 knockdown (based on short hairpin RNA [shRNA]) decreased canine atrial fibroblast proliferation. In left atrial fibroblasts freshly isolated from dogs kept in AF for 1 week by atrial tachypacing, TRPC3 protein expression, currents, extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation, and extracellular matrix gene expression were all significantly increased. In cultured left atrial fibroblasts from AF dogs, proliferation rates, α-smooth muscle actin expression, and extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation were increased and were suppressed by pyrazole-3. MicroRNA-26 was downregulated in canine AF atria; experimental microRNA-26 knockdown reproduced AF-induced TRPC3 upregulation and fibroblast activation. MicroRNA-26 has NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T cells) binding sites in the 5′ promoter region. NFAT activation increased in AF fibroblasts, and NFAT negatively regulated microRNA-26 transcription. In vivo pyrazole-3 administration suppressed AF while decreasing fibroblast proliferation and extracellular matrix gene expression.
Conclusions
TRPC3 channels regulate cardiac fibroblast proliferation and differentiation, likely by controlling the Ca2+ influx that activates extracellular signal-regulated kinase signaling. AF increases TRPC3 channel expression by causing NFAT-mediated downregulation of microRNA-26 and causes TRPC3-dependent enhancement of fibroblast proliferation and differentiation. In vivo, TRPC3 blockade prevents AF substrate development in a dog model of electrically maintained AF. TRPC3 likely plays an important role in AF by promoting fibroblast pathophysiology and is a novel potential therapeutic target.
doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.121830
PMCID: PMC3675169  PMID: 22992321
arrhythmia; calcium; ion channels; fibrillation; remodeling
8.  Abnormal expression, localization and interaction of canonical transient receptor potential ion channels in human breast cancer cell lines and tissues: a potential target for breast cancer diagnosis and therapy 
Background
Ca2+ is known to be involved in a number of metastatic processes including motility and proliferation which can result in store-depletion of Ca2+. Up regulation of genes which contribute to store operated channel (SOC) activity may plausibly be necessary for these processes to take place efficiently. TRPC proteins constitute a family of conserved Ca2+-permeable channels that have been shown to contribute to SOC activity.
Results
In breast cancer biopsy tissues, TRPC3 and TRPC6 were the predominant TRPC genes expressed with TRPC3 and TRPC6 being significantly up regulated compared to normal breast tissue. In the lowly metastatic breast cancer cell line MCF-7, TRPC6 was the chief TRPC gene expressed while in the highly metastatic breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231 both TRPC3 and TRPC6 were the predominant TRPC genes expressed. Western blotting, immunoconfocal analysis and immunoprecipitation experiments confirmed that the MDA-MB-231 cell line expressed both TRPC3 and TRPC6 protein with the majority of protein being intracellular. TRPC3 and TRPC6 were found to be in an immunoprecipitatble complex and co-localize within the cell. To demonstrate the potential of targeting TRP channels in breast cancer, hyperforin reportably a specific activator of TRPC6 significantly reduced the growth and viability of the breast cancer cell lines but had no effect on the non-cancerous breast cell line. Silencing of TRPC6 in MDA-MB-231 cells resulted in a significant reduction in cell growth but not viability.
Conclusion
TRPC channels may be potential future targets for breast cancer diagnosis and therapy and deserve further investigation to evaluate their role in cancer cell physiology.
doi:10.1186/1475-2867-9-23
PMCID: PMC2737535  PMID: 19689790
9.  TRPC1 and TRPC6 Contribute to Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension through Differential Regulation of Pulmonary Vascular Functions RR 
Hypertension  2013;63(1):173-180.
Hypoxic pulmonary hypertension is characterized by increased vascular tone, altered vasoreactivity and vascular remodeling, which are associated with alterations in Ca2+ homeostasis in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells. We have previously shown that classical transient receptor potential 1 and 6 (TRPC1 and TRPC6) are upregulated in pulmonary arteries of chronic hypoxic rats, but it is unclear whether these channels are essential for the development of pulmonary hypertension. Here we found that pulmonary hypertension was suppressed in TRPC1 and TRPC6 knockout (Trpc1−/− and Trpc6−/−) mice compared to wildtype after exposure to 10% O2 for 1 and 3 weeks. Muscularization of pulmonary microvessels was inhibited, but rarefaction was unaltered in hypoxic Trpc1−/− and Trpc6−/− mice. Small pulmonary arteries of normoxic wildtype mice exhibited vasomotor tone, which was significantly enhanced by chronic hypoxia. Similar vasomotor tone was found in normoxic Trpc1−/− pulmonary arteries, but the hypoxia-induced enhancement was blunted. In contrast, there was minimal vascular tone in normoxic Trpc6−/− pulmonary arteries, but the hypoxia-enhanced tone was preserved. Chronic hypoxia caused significant increase in serotonin-induced vasoconstriction; the enhanced vasoreactivity was attenuated in Trpc1−/− and eliminated in Trpc6−/− pulmonary arteries. Moreover, the effects of 3-week hypoxia on pulmonary arterial pressure, right ventricular hypertrophy and muscularization of microvessels were further suppressed in Trpc1−/−Trpc6−/− double-knockout mice. Our results therefore provide clear evidence that TRPC1 and TRPC6 participate differentially in various pathophysiological processes; and the presence of TRPC1 and TRPC6 are essential for the full development of hypoxic pulmonary hypertension in the mouse model.
doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.113.01902
PMCID: PMC4102175  PMID: 24144647
Chronic hypoxia; pulmonary hypertension; vasoreactivity; vascular remodeling; vasomotor tone
10.  Molecular and clinical analysis of TRPC6 and AGTR1 genes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension 
Background
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare and progressive vascular disorder characterized by increased pulmonary vascular resistance and right heart failure. The aim of this study was to analyze 5′UTR region in canonical transient receptor potential isoform 6 (TRPC6) and 3′UTR region in Angiotensin II type I receptor (AGTR1) genes in patients with idiopathic and associated PAH. Correlation among mutations and clinical and functional parameters was further analyzed.
Methods
Analysis of TRPC6 and AGTR1 genes was performed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct sequencing. We used a non-parametric test to determine if significant differences were found between the groups studied and chi-square test to compare clinical and hemodynamic variables among genotypes.
Results
Fifty five patients and fifty two controls were included in this study. We found statistically significant differences for c.1-361A > T (p = 0.0077), c.1-254C > G (p < 0.0001) and c.1-218C > T (p = 0.0021) in TRPC6 gene and c.1166A > C (p < 0.001) in AGTR1 gene, between patients and controls. Idiopathic PAH patients (IPAH) and controls presented significant differences for all 3 TRPC6 polymorphisms (p = 0.020), (p = 0.002) and (p = 0.008) respectively, and also showed differences for AGTR1 gene (p < 0.001). In associated PAH (APAH) patients we found statistical differences for c.1-254C > G (p < 0.001) and c.1-218C > T (p = 0.001) in TRPC6 gene and c.1166A > C (p = 0.001) in AGTR1 gene. Several clinical and hemodynamic parameters showed significant differences between carriers and non-carriers of these single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Nineteen patients were carriers of all 3 SNPs in TRPC6 gene and presented a more severe phenotype with differences in mean pulmonary arterial pressure (p = 0.016), systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (p = 0.040), cardiac index (p < 0.001) and 6 minute walking test (p = 0.049). 16 of these patients harbored the SNP in AGTR1 gene. These patients showed differences in age at diagnosis (p = 0.049), mean pulmonary arterial pressure (p = 0.033), cardiac index (p = 0.002) and 6 minute walking test (p = 0.039).
Conclusions
PAH is a rare disease with pulmonary vascular remodeling caused in part by a heterogeneous constellation of genetic arrangements. This study seems to suggest that c.1-361A > T, c.1-254C > G and c.1-218C > T polymorphisms in TRPC6 gene and c.1166A > C polymorphism in AGTR1 could have a role in the development of this disease.
doi:10.1186/s13023-014-0216-3
PMCID: PMC4307182  PMID: 25603901
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension; TRPC6; AGTR1; Polymorphism; Correlation genotype/phenotype
11.  PLC-mediated PI(4,5)P2 hydrolysis regulates activation and inactivation of TRPC6/7 channels 
The Journal of General Physiology  2014;143(2):183-201.
Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate has a direct role in regulating receptor-operated TRPC channel activation and inactivation.
Transient receptor potential classical (or canonical) (TRPC)3, TRPC6, and TRPC7 are a subfamily of TRPC channels activated by diacylglycerol (DAG) produced through the hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2) by phospholipase C (PLC). PI(4,5)P2 depletion by a heterologously expressed phosphatase inhibits TRPC3, TRPC6, and TRPC7 activity independently of DAG; however, the physiological role of PI(4,5)P2 reduction on channel activity remains unclear. We used Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to measure PI(4,5)P2 or DAG dynamics concurrently with TRPC6 or TRPC7 currents after agonist stimulation of receptors that couple to Gq and thereby activate PLC. Measurements made at different levels of receptor activation revealed a correlation between the kinetics of PI(4,5)P2 reduction and those of receptor-operated TRPC6 and TRPC7 current activation and inactivation. In contrast, DAG production correlated with channel activation but not inactivation; moreover, the time course of channel inactivation was unchanged in protein kinase C–insensitive mutants. These results suggest that inactivation of receptor-operated TRPC currents is primarily mediated by the dissociation of PI(4,5)P2. We determined the functional dissociation constant of PI(4,5)P2 to TRPC channels using FRET of the PLCδ Pleckstrin homology domain (PHd), which binds PI(4,5)P2, and used this constant to fit our experimental data to a model in which channel gating is controlled by PI(4,5)P2 and DAG. This model predicted similar FRET dynamics of the PHd to measured FRET in either human embryonic kidney cells or smooth muscle cells, whereas a model lacking PI(4,5)P2 regulation failed to reproduce the experimental data, confirming the inhibitory role of PI(4,5)P2 depletion on TRPC currents. Our model also explains various PLC-dependent characteristics of channel activity, including limitation of maximum open probability, shortening of the peak time, and the bell-shaped response of total current. In conclusion, our studies demonstrate a fundamental role for PI(4,5)P2 in regulating TRPC6 and TRPC7 activity triggered by PLC-coupled receptor stimulation.
doi:10.1085/jgp.201311033
PMCID: PMC4001779  PMID: 24470487
12.  Decreased Anxiety-Like Behavior and Gαq/11-Dependent Responses in the Amygdala of Mice Lacking TRPC4 Channels 
The Journal of Neuroscience  2014;34(10):3653-3667.
Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels are abundant in the brain where they regulate transmission of sensory signals. The expression patterns of different TRPC subunits (TRPC1, 4, and 5) are consistent with their potential role in fear-related behaviors. Accordingly, we found recently that mutant mice lacking a specific TRP channel subunit, TRPC5, exhibited decreased innate fear responses. Both TRPC5 and another member of the same subfamily, TRPC4, form heteromeric complexes with the TRPC1 subunit (TRPC1/5 and TRPC1/4, respectively). As TRP channels with specific subunit compositions may have different functional properties, we hypothesized that fear-related behaviors could be differentially controlled by TRPCs with distinct subunit arrangements. In this study, we focused on the analysis of mutant mice lacking the TRPC4 subunit, which, as we confirmed in experiments on control mice, is expressed in brain areas implicated in the control of fear and anxiety. In behavioral experiments, we found that constitutive ablation of TRPC4 was associated with diminished anxiety levels (innate fear). Furthermore, knockdown of TRPC4 protein in the lateral amygdala via lentiviral-mediated gene delivery of RNAi mimicked the behavioral phenotype of constitutive TRPC4-null (TRPC4−/−) mouse. Recordings in brain slices demonstrated that these behavioral modifications could stem from the lack of TRPC4 potentiation in neurons in the lateral nucleus of the amygdala through two Gαq/11 protein-coupled signaling pathways, activated via Group I metabotropic glutamate receptors and cholecystokinin 2 receptors, respectively. Thus, TRPC4 and the structurally and functionally related subunit, TRPC5, may both contribute to the mechanisms underlying regulation of innate fear responses.
doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2274-13.2014
PMCID: PMC3942581  PMID: 24599464
amygdala; anxiety; cholecystokinin 4; fear; TRP channel; TRPC4
13.  A Functional Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism in the TRPC6 Gene Promoter Associated With Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension 
Circulation  2009;119(17):2313-2322.
Background
Excessive proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) plays an important role in the development of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), whereas a rise in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration triggers PASMC contraction and stimulates PASMC proliferation. Recently, we demonstrated that upregulation of the TRPC6 channel contributes to proliferation of PASMCs isolated from IPAH patients. This study sought to identify single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the TRPC6 gene promoter that are associated with IPAH and have functional significance in regulating TRPC6 activity in PASMCs.
Methods and Results
Genomic DNA was isolated from blood samples of 237 normal subjects and 268 IPAH patients. Three biallelic SNPs, −361 (A/T), −254(C/G), and −218 (C/T), were identified in the 2000-bp sequence upstream of the transcriptional start site of TRPC6. Although the allele frequencies of the −361 and −218 SNPs were not different between the groups, the allele frequency of the −254(C→G) SNP in IPAH patients (12%) was significantly higher than in normal subjects (6%; P<0.01). Genotype data showed that the percentage of −254G/G homozygotes in IPAH patients was 2.85 times that of normal subjects. Moreover, the −254(C→G) SNP creates a binding sequence for nuclear factor-κB. Functional analyses revealed that the −254(C→G) SNP enhanced nuclear factor-κB–mediated promoter activity and stimulated TRPC6 expression in PASMCs. Inhibition of nuclear factor-κB activity attenuated TRPC6 expression and decreased agonist-activated Ca2+ influx in PASMCs of IPAH patients harboring the −254G allele.
Conclusions
These results suggest that the −254(C→G) SNP may predispose individuals to an increased risk of IPAH by linking abnormal TRPC6 transcription to nuclear factor-κB, an inflammatory transcription factor.
doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.108.782458
PMCID: PMC2749566  PMID: 19380626
calcium; hypertension; pulmonary; ion channels; muscle, smooth; NF-kappa B
14.  Mechanisms controlling neurite outgrowth in a pheochromocytoma cell line: The role of TRPC channels 
Journal of cellular physiology  2012;227(4):1408-1419.
Transient Receptor Potential Canonical (TRPC) channels are implicated in modulating neurite outgrowth. The expression pattern of TRPC changes significantly during brain development, suggesting that fine-tuning TRPC expression may be important for orchestrating neuritogenesis. To study how alterations in the TRPC expression pattern affect neurite outgrowth, we used nerve growth factor (NGF)-differentiated rat pheochromocytoma 12 (PC12) cells, a model system for neuritogenesis. In PC12 cells, NGF markedly up-regulated TRPC1 and TRPC6 expression, but down-regulated TRPC5 expression while promoting neurite outgrowth. Overexpression of TRPC1 augmented, whereas TRPC5 overexpression decelerated NGF-induced neurite outgrowth. Conversely, shRNA-mediated knockdown of TRPC1 decreased, whereas shRNA-mediated knockdown of TRPC5 increased NGF-induced neurite extension. Endogenous TRPC1 attenuated the anti-neuritogenic effect of overexpressed TRPC5 in part by forming the heteromeric TRPC1–TRPC5 channels. Previous reports suggested that TRPC6 may facilitate neurite outgrowth. However, we found that TRPC6 overexpression slowed down neuritogenesis, whereas dominant negative TRPC6 (DN-TRPC6) facilitated neurite outgrowth in NGF-differentiated PC12 cells. Consistent with these findings, hyperforin, a neurite outgrowth promoting factor, decreased TRPC6 expression in NGF-differentiated PC12 cells. Using pharmacological and molecular biological approaches, we determined that NGF up-regulated TRPC1 and TRPC6 expression via a p75NTR-IKK2-dependent pathway that did not involve TrkA receptor signaling in PC12 cells. Similarly, NGF up-regulated TRPC1 and TRPC6 via an IKK2 dependent pathway in primary cultured hippocampal neurons. Thus, our data suggest that a balance of TRPC1, TRPC5, and TRPC6 expression determines neurite extension rate in neural cells, with TRPC6 emerging as an NGF-dependent “molecular damper” maintaining a submaximal velocity of neurite extension.
doi:10.1002/jcp.22855
PMCID: PMC4035231  PMID: 21618530
TRPC channels; NF-κB; IKK2; neurite outgrowth; PC12 cells; hippocampal neurons
15.  TRPC3 and TRPC6 associate with BKCa channels: Role in BKCa trafficking to the surface of cultured podocytes 
Molecular pharmacology  2008;75(3):466-477.
Large-conductance (BKCa-type) Ca2+-activated K+ channels encoded by the Slo1 gene and various TRPC channels are co-expressed in many cell types, including podocytes (visceral epithelial cells) of the renal glomerulus. In this study, we show by co-immunoprecipitation and GST pull-down assays that BKCa channels can associate with endogenous TRPC3 and TRPC6 channels in differentiated cells of a podocyte cell line. Both types of TRPC channels co-localize with Slo1 in podocytes, as well as in HEK293T cells transiently co-expressing the TRPC channels with Slo1. In HEK293T cells, co-expression of TRPC6 increased surface expression of a Slo1 subunit splice variant (Slo1VEDEC) that is typically retained in intracellular compartments, as assessed by cell-surface biotinylation assays and confocal microscopy. Corresponding currents through BKCa channels were also increased with TRPC6 co-expression, as assessed by whole-cell and excised inside-out patch recordings. By contrast, co-expression of TRPC3 had no effect on the surface expression of BKCa channels in HEK293T cells or on the amplitudes of currents in whole cells or excised patches. In podocytes, siRNA knockdown of endogenous TRPC6 reduced steady-state surface expression of endogenous Slo1 channels, but knockdown of TRPC3 had no effect. TRPC6, but not TRPC3 knockdown also reduced voltage-evoked outward current through podocyte BKCa channels. These data indicate that TRPC6 and TRPC3 channels can bind to Slo1, and this co-localization may allow them to serve as a source of Ca2+ for activation of BKCa channels. TRPC6 channels also play a role in regulation of surface expression of a subset of podocyte BKCa channels.
doi:10.1124/mol.108.051912
PMCID: PMC2645922  PMID: 19052171
16.  Tyrosine phosphorylation–dependent activation of TRPC6 regulated by PLC-γ1 and nephrin: effect of mutations associated with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis 
Molecular Biology of the Cell  2011;22(11):1824-1835.
The surface expression and channel activation of transient receptor potential canonical 6 (TRPC6) were regulated by tyrosine phosphorylation and resultant binding with stimulatory PLC-γ1 and inhibitory nephrin. Disease-causing mutations made the TRPC6s insensitive to nephrin suppression, suggesting that the cell-type–specific regulation of TRPC6 might be involved in the pathogenesis.
Transient receptor potential canonicals (TRPCs) play important roles in the regulation of intracellular calcium concentration. Mutations in the TRPC6 gene are found in patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a proteinuric disease characterized by dysregulated function of renal glomerular epithelial cells (podocytes). There is as yet no clear picture for the activation mechanism of TRPC6 at the molecular basis, however, and the association between its channel activity and pathogenesis remains unclear. We demonstrate here that tyrosine phosphorylation of TRPC6 induces a complex formation with phospholipase C (PLC)-γ1, which is prerequisite for TRPC6 surface expression. Furthermore, nephrin, an adhesion protein between the foot processes of podocytes, binds to phosphorylated TRPC6 via its cytoplasmic domain, competitively inhibiting TRPC6–PLC-γ1 complex formation, TRPC6 surface localization, and TRPC6 activation. Importantly, FSGS-associated mutations render the mutated TRPC6s insensitive to nephrin suppression, thereby promoting their surface expression and channel activation. These results delineate the mechanism of TRPC6 activation regulated by tyrosine phosphorylation, and imply the cell type–specific regulation, which correlates the FSGS mutations with deregulated TRPC6 channel activity.
doi:10.1091/mbc.E10-12-0929
PMCID: PMC3103399  PMID: 21471003
17.  Podocyte-Specific Overexpression of Wild Type or Mutant Trpc6 in Mice Is Sufficient to Cause Glomerular Disease 
PLoS ONE  2010;5(9):e12859.
Mutations in the TRPC6 calcium channel (Transient receptor potential channel 6) gene have been associated with familiar forms of Focal and Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) affecting children and adults. In addition, acquired glomerular diseases are associated with increased expression levels of TRPC6. However, the exact role of TRPC6 in the pathogenesis of FSGS remains to be elucidated. In this work we describe the generation and phenotypic characterization of three different transgenic mouse lines with podocyte-specific overexpression of the wild type or any of two mutant forms of Trpc6 (P111Q and E896K) previously related to FSGS. Consistent with the human phenotype a non-nephrotic range of albuminuria was detectable in almost all transgenic lines. The histological analysis demonstrated that the transgenic mice developed a kidney disease similar to human FSGS. Differences of 2–3 folds in the presence of glomerular lesions were found between the non transgenic and transgenic mice expressing Trpc6 in its wild type or mutant forms specifically in podocytes. Electron microscopy of glomerulus from transgenic mice showed extensive podocyte foot process effacement. We conclude that overexpression of Trpc6 (wild type or mutated) in podocytes is sufficient to cause a kidney disease consistent with FSGS. Our results contribute to reinforce the central role of podocytes in the etiology of FSGS. These mice constitute an important new model in which to study future therapies and outcomes of this complex disease.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012859
PMCID: PMC2942896  PMID: 20877463
18.  A mutation in the amino terminus of a hybrid TrpC-TonB protein relieves overproduction lethality and results in cytoplasmic accumulation. 
Journal of Bacteriology  1989;171(8):4442-4447.
We have developed a selection for mutations in a trpC-tonB gene fusion that takes advantage of the properties of the plasmid-encoded TrpC-TonB hybrid protein. The TrpC-TonB hybrid protein consists of amino acids 1 through 25 of the normally cytoplasmic protein, TrpC, fused to amino acids 12 through 239 of TonB. It is expressed from the trp promoter and is regulated by the trpR gene and the presence or absence of tryptophan. Under repressing conditions in the presence of tryptophan, the trpC-tonB gene can restore phi 80 sensitivity to a tonB deletion mutant, which indicates that TrpC-TonB can be exported and is functional. High-level expression of TrpC-TonB protein in the absence of tryptophan results in virtually immediate cessation of growth for strains carrying the trpC-tonB plasmid. By selecting for survivors of the induced growth inhibition (overproduction lethality), we have isolated a variety of mutations. Many of the mutations decrease expression of the TrpC-TonB protein, as expected. In addition, three independently isolated mutants expressing normal levels of TrpC-TonB protein result in a Gly----Asp substitution within the hydrophobic amino terminus of TonB. The mutant proteins are designated TrpC-TonBG26D. The mutations are suppressed by prlA alleles, known to suppress export (signal sequence) mutations. TrpC-TonB proteins carrying the Gly----Asp substitution accumulate in the cytoplasm. We conclude that the Gly----Asp substitution is an export mutation. TrpC-TonBG26D protein has been purified and used to raise polyclonal antibodies that specifically recognize both TrpC-TonB protein and wild-type TonB protein.
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PMCID: PMC210223  PMID: 2546922
19.  An intergenic region on chromosome 13q33.3 is associated with the susceptibility to kidney disease in type 1 and 2 diabetes 
Kidney international  2011;80(1):105-111.
A genome-wide association (GWA) scan of the Genetics of Kidneys in Diabetes (GoKinD) collections identified four novel susceptibility loci, located on chromosomes 7p14.3, 9q21.32, 11p15.4, and 13q33.3 that were associated with nephropathy in type 1 diabetes. The recent examination of these loci in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes further supported associations at the chromosome 13q33.3 locus. To follow up these findings, we focused on these same four loci and examined whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at these susceptibility loci were associated with diabetic nephropathy in the Joslin Study of Genetics of Nephropathy in Type 2 Diabetes collection. A total of six SNPs across these loci were genotyped in 646 normoalbuminuric controls and 743 nephropathy cases of European ancestry. A significant association was identified at the 13q33.3 locus (rs9521445: OR=1.25, P=4.4×10−3). At this same locus, rs1411766 was also associated with type 2 diabetic nephropathy in this collection (OR=1.19, P=0.03). A meta-analysis combining this data with that from the Japanese and GoKinD collections significantly improved the strength of this association (OR=1.29 P=9.7×10−9). Additionally, we also observed an association at the 11p15.4 locus (rs451041: OR=1.21, P=0.02). Our analysis increases support that associations identified in the GoKinD collections on chromosomes 11p15.4 (near the CARS gene) and 13q33.3 (within an intergenic region between MYO16 and IRS2) are true diabetic nephropathy susceptibility loci common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
doi:10.1038/ki.2011.64
PMCID: PMC3774030  PMID: 21412220
20.  Identification of TRPC6 as a possible candidate target gene within an amplicon at 11q21-q22.2 for migratory capacity in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas 
BMC Cancer  2013;13:116.
Background
Cytogenetic and gene expression analyses in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) have allowed identification of genomic aberrations that may contribute to cancer pathophysiology. Nevertheless, the molecular consequences of numerous genetic alterations still remain unclear.
Methods
To identify novel genes implicated in HNSCC pathogenesis, we analyzed the genomic alterations present in five HNSCC-derived cell lines by array CGH, and compared high level focal gene amplifications with gene expression levels to identify genes whose expression is directly impacted by these genetic events. Next, we knocked down TRPC6, one of the most highly amplified and over-expressed genes, to characterize the biological roles of TRPC6 in carcinogenesis. Finally, real time PCR was performed to determine TRPC6 gene dosage and mRNA levels in normal mucosa and human HNSCC tissues.
Results
The data showed that the HNSCC-derived cell lines carry most of the recurrent genomic abnormalities previously described in primary tumors. High-level genomic amplifications were found at four chromosomal sites (11q21-q22.2, 18p11.31-p11.21, 19p13.2-p13.13, and 21q11) with associated gene expression changes in selective candidate genes suggesting that they may play an important role in the malignant behavior of HNSCC. One of the most dramatic alterations of gene transcription involved the TRPC6 gene (located at 11q21-q22.2) which has been recently implicated in tumour invasiveness. siRNA-induced knockdown of TRPC6 expression in HNSCC-derived cells dramatically inhibited HNSCC-cell invasion but did not significantly alter cell proliferation. Importantly, amplification and concomitant overexpression of TRPC6 was also found in HNSCC tumour samples.
Conclusions
Altogether, these data show that TRPC6 is likely to be a target for 11q21–22.2 amplification that confers enhanced invasive behavior to HNSCC cells. Therefore, TRPC6 may be a promising therapeutic target in the treatment of HNSCC.
doi:10.1186/1471-2407-13-116
PMCID: PMC3606258  PMID: 23497198
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma; TRPC6; Invasion; Gene amplification
21.  Local Ca2+ Entry Via Orai1 Regulates Plasma Membrane Recruitment of TRPC1 and Controls Cytosolic Ca2+ Signals Required for Specific Cell Functions 
PLoS Biology  2011;9(3):e1001025.
Store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) has been associated with two types of channels: CRAC channels that require Orai1 and STIM1 and SOC channels that involve TRPC1, Orai1, and STIM1. While TRPC1 significantly contributes to SOCE and SOC channel activity, abrogation of Orai1 function eliminates SOCE and activation of TRPC1. The critical role of Orai1 in activation of TRPC1-SOC channels following Ca2+ store depletion has not yet been established. Herein we report that TRPC1 and Orai1 are components of distinct channels. We show that TRPC1/Orai1/STIM1-dependent ISOC, activated in response to Ca2+ store depletion, is composed of TRPC1/STIM1-mediated non-selective cation current and Orai1/STIM1-mediated ICRAC; the latter is detected when TRPC1 function is suppressed by expression of shTRPC1 or a STIM1 mutant that lacks TRPC1 gating, STIM1(684EE685). In addition to gating TRPC1 and Orai1, STIM1 mediates the recruitment and association of the channels within ER/PM junctional domains, a critical step in TRPC1 activation. Importantly, we show that Ca2+ entry via Orai1 triggers plasma membrane insertion of TRPC1, which is prevented by blocking SOCE with 1 µM Gd3+, removal of extracellular Ca2+, knockdown of Orai1, or expression of dominant negative mutant Orai1 lacking a functional pore, Orai1-E106Q. In cells expressing another pore mutant of Orai1, Orai1-E106D, TRPC1 trafficking is supported in Ca2+-containing, but not Ca2+-free, medium. Consistent with this, ICRAC is activated in cells pretreated with thapsigargin in Ca2+-free medium while ISOC is activated in cells pretreated in Ca2+-containing medium. Significantly, TRPC1 function is required for sustained KCa activity and contributes to NFκB activation while Orai1 is sufficient for NFAT activation. Together, these findings reveal an as-yet unidentified function for Orai1 that explains the critical requirement of the channel in the activation of TRPC1 following Ca2+ store depletion. We suggest that coordinated regulation of the surface expression of TRPC1 by Orai1 and gating by STIM1 provides a mechanism for rapidly modulating and maintaining SOCE-generated Ca2+ signals. By recruiting ion channels and other signaling pathways, Orai1 and STIM1 concertedly impact a variety of critical cell functions that are initiated by SOCE.
Author Summary
Store-operated Ca2+ entry is present in all cell types and determines sustained cytosolic [Ca2+] increases that are critical for regulating a wide variety of physiological functions. This Ca2+ entry mechanism is activated in response to depletion of Ca2+ in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). When ER [Ca2+] is decreased, the Ca2+-sensor protein STIM1 aggregates in the ER membrane and moves to regions in the periphery of the cells where it interacts with and activates two major types of channels that contribute to store-operated Ca2+ entry: CRAC and SOC. While gating of Orai1 by STIM1 is sufficient for CRAC channel activity, both Orai1 and transient receptor potential channel 1 (TRPC1) contribute to SOC channel function. The molecular composition of SOC channels and the critical role of Orai1 in activation of TRPC1 have not yet been established. In this study, we demonstrate that TRPC1 and Orai1 are components of distinct channels, both of which are regulated by STIM1. Importantly, we show that Orai1-mediated Ca2+ entry triggers plasma membrane insertion of TRPC1 which is then gated by STIM1. Ca2+ entry via functional TRPC1-STIM1 channels provides additional increase in cytosolic [Ca2+] that is required for regulation of specific cell functions such as KCa activation. Together, our findings elucidate the critical role of Orai1 in TRPC1 channel function. We suggest that the regulation of TRPC1 trafficking provides a mechanism for rapidly modulating cytosolic [Ca2+] following Ca2+ store depletion.
doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001025
PMCID: PMC3050638  PMID: 21408196
22.  Genetic Examination of SETD7 and SUV39H1/H2 Methyltransferases and the Risk of Diabetes Complications in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes 
Diabetes  2011;60(11):3073-3080.
OBJECTIVE
Hyperglycemia plays a pivotal role in the development and progression of vascular complications, which are the major sources of morbidity and mortality in diabetes. Furthermore, these vascular complications often persist and progress despite improved glucose control, possibly as a result of prior episodes of hyperglycemia. Epigenetic modifications mediated by histone methyltransferases are associated with gene-activating events that promote enhanced expression of key proinflammatory molecules implicated in vascular injury. In this study, we investigated genetic polymorphisms of the SETD7, SUV39H1, and SUV39H2 methyltransferases as predictors of risk for micro- and macrovascular complications in type 1 diabetes.
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS
In the Finnish Diabetic Nephropathy Study (FinnDiane) cohort, 37 tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped in 2,991 individuals with type 1 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy, and cardiovascular disease. Seven SNPs were genotyped in the replication cohorts from the Steno Diabetes Center and All Ireland/Warren 3/Genetics of Kidneys in Diabetes (GoKinD) U.K. study.
RESULTS
In a meta-analysis, the minor T allele of the exonic SNP rs17353856 in the SUV39H2 was associated with diabetic retinopathy (genotypic odds ratio 0.75, P = 1.2 × 10−4). The same SNP showed a trend toward an association with diabetic nephropathy as well as cardiovascular disease in the FinnDiane cohort.
CONCLUSIONS
Our findings propose that a genetic variation in a gene coding for a histone methyltransferase is protective for a diabetic microvascular complication. The pathophysiological implications of this polymorphism or other genetic variation nearby for the vascular complications of type 1 diabetes remain to be investigated.
doi:10.2337/db11-0073
PMCID: PMC3198095  PMID: 21896933
23.  Caveolin-1 Contributes to Assembly of Store-operated Ca2+ Influx Channels by Regulating Plasma Membrane Localization of TRPC1 
The Journal of biological chemistry  2003;278(29):27208-27215.
TRPC1, a component of store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) channels, is assembled in a complex with caveolin- 1 (Cav1) and key Ca2+ signaling proteins. This study examines the role of Cav1 in the function of TRPC1. TRPC1 and Cav1 were colocalized in the plasma membrane region of human submandibular gland and Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. Full-length Cav1 bound to both the N and C termini of TRPC1. Amino acids 271–349, which includes a Cav1 binding motif (amino acids 322–349), was identified as the Cav1 binding domain in the TRPC1 N terminus. Deletion of amino acids 271–349 or 322–349 prevented plasma membrane localization of TRPC1. Importantly, TRPC1Δ271–349 induced a dominant suppression of SOCE and was associated with wild-type TRPC1. Although the role of the C-terminal Cav1 binding domain is not known, its deletion did not affect localization of TRPC1 (Singh, B. B., Liu, X., and Ambudkar, I. S. (2000) J. Biol. Chem. 275, 36483–36486). Further, expression of a truncated Cav1 (Cav1Δ51–169), but not full-length Cav1, similarly disrupted plasma membrane localization of endogenously and exogenously expressed TRPC1 in human Submandibular gland and Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. Cav1Δ51–169 also suppressed thapsigargin- and carbachol-stimulated Ca2+ influx and increased the detergent solubility of TRPC1, although plasma membrane lipid raft domains were not disrupted. These data demonstrate that plasma membrane localization of TRPC1 depends on an interaction between its N terminus and Cav1. Thus, our data suggest that Cav1 has an important role in the assembly of SOCE channel(s).
doi:10.1074/jbc.M301118200
PMCID: PMC3621139  PMID: 12732636
24.  Transient receptor potential canonical type 3 channels facilitate endothelium-derived hyperpolarization-mediated resistance artery vasodilator activity 
Cardiovascular Research  2012;95(4):439-447.
Aims
Microdomain signalling mechanisms underlie key aspects of artery function and the modulation of intracellular calcium, with transient receptor potential (TRP) channels playing an integral role. This study determines the distribution and role of TRP canonical type 3 (C3) channels in the control of endothelium-derived hyperpolarization (EDH)-mediated vasodilator tone in rat mesenteric artery.
Methods and results
TRPC3 antibody specificity was verified using rat tissue, human embryonic kidney (HEK)-293 cells stably transfected with mouse TRPC3 cDNA, and TRPC3 knock-out (KO) mouse tissue using western blotting and confocal and ultrastructural immunohistochemistry. TRPC3-Pyr3 (ethyl-1-(4-(2,3,3-trichloroacrylamide)phenyl)-5-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxylate) specificity was verified using patch clamp of mouse mesenteric artery endothelial and TRPC3-transfected HEK cells, and TRPC3 KO and wild-type mouse aortic endothelial cell calcium imaging and mesenteric artery pressure myography. TRPC3 distribution, expression, and role in EDH-mediated function were examined in rat mesenteric artery using immunohistochemistry and western blotting, and pressure myography and endothelial cell membrane potential recordings. In rat mesenteric artery, TRPC3 was diffusely distributed in the endothelium, with approximately five-fold higher expression at potential myoendothelial microdomain contact sites, and immunoelectron microscopy confirmed TRPC3 at these sites. Western blotting and endothelial damage confirmed primary endothelial TRPC3 expression. In rat mesenteric artery endothelial cells, Pyr3 inhibited hyperpolarization generation, and with individual SKCa (apamin) or IKCa (TRAM-34) block, Pyr3 abolished the residual respective IKCa- and SKCa-dependent EDH-mediated vasodilation.
Conclusion
The spatial localization of TRPC3 and associated channels, receptors, and calcium stores are integral for myoendothelial microdomain function. TRPC3 facilitates endothelial SKCa and IKCa activation, as key components of EDH-mediated vasodilator activity and for regulating mesenteric artery tone.
doi:10.1093/cvr/cvs208
PMCID: PMC3422079  PMID: 22721989
Endothelium; Calcium channel; Potassium channel; Signalling microdomain; Smooth muscle; Vasodilation
25.  Regulation of TRPC6 Channels by Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs1 
Family focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is characterized by sclerosis and hyalinosis of particular loops of glomeruli and is one of the causes of the nephrotic syndrome. Certain mutations in the structure of TRPC6 channels are the genetic impetus for FSGS development resulting in podocytes functional abnormalities and various nephropathies. We have recently demonstrated that non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) ibuprofen and diclofenac decrease the activity of endogenous TRPC like cal cium channels in the podocytes of the freshly isolated rat glomeruli. It has also been shown that TRPC6 chan nels are expressed in the podocytes. In the current study we have functionally reconstituted TRPC6 channels in mammalian cells to investigate the effects of diclofenac on the activity of wild type TRPC6 channel and TRPC6P112Q channel containing a mutation in the N-terminus that was described in FSGS patients. Intracellular calcium level measurements in transfected cells revealed a more intensive carbachol induced increase of calcium concentration in HEK 293 cells expressing TRPC6P112Q versus the cells expressing wild-type TRPC6. We also performed patch-clamp experiments to study TRPC6 channels reconstituted in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line and found that application of diclofenac (500 μM) acutely reduced single channel activity. Preincubation with diclofenac (100 μM) also decreased the whole cell current in CHO cells overexpressing TRPC6P112Q. Therefore, our previously published data on the effects of NSAID on TRPC-like channels in the isolated rat glomeruli, along with this current investigation on the cultured overexpressed mammalian cells, allows hypothesizing that TRPC6 channels may be a target for NSAID that can be impor tant in the treatment of FSGS.
doi:10.1134/S1990747812030063
PMCID: PMC4180105  PMID: 25279100
TRPC6; non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs; calcium; ion channels; focal segmental glomerulosclerosis

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