KCNF1 promotes lung cancer by modulating ITGB4 expression.

Cancer gene therapy (2022-11-18)
Ching-Yi Chen, Pei-Ying Wu, Michelle Van Scoyk, Stephanie A Simko, Chu-Fang Chou, Robert A Winn

Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Despite recent advances, the five-year survival rate for lung cancer compared to other cancers still remains fairly low. The discovery of molecular targets for lung cancer is key to the development of new approaches and therapies. Electrically silent voltage-gated potassium channel (KvS) subfamilies, which are unable to form functional homotetramers, are implicated in cell-cycle progression, cell proliferation and tumorigenesis. Here, we analyzed the expression of KvS subfamilies in human lung tumors and identified that potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily F member 1 (KCNF1) was up-regulated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Silencing of KCNF1 in NSCLC cell lines reduced cell proliferation and tumor progression in mouse xenografts, re-established the integrity of the basement membrane, and enhanced cisplatin sensitivity. KCNF1 was predominately localized in the nucleoplasm and likely mediated its functions in an ion-independent manner. We identified integrin β4 subunit (ITGB4) as a downstream target for KCNF1. Our findings suggest that KCNF1 promotes lung cancer by enhancing ITGB4 signaling and implicate KCNF1 as a novel therapeutic target for lung cancer.

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Anti-Actin antibody produced in rabbit, affinity isolated antibody, buffered aqueous solution
Anti-KCNF1 antibody produced in rabbit, Prestige Antibodies® Powered by Atlas Antibodies, affinity isolated antibody, buffered aqueous glycerol solution