Ca2+-Permeable AMPA Receptors Regulate Growth of Human Glioblastoma via Akt Activation

Department of Neurosurgery, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Maebashi, Gunma 371-8511, Japan.
The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 6.34). 08/2007; 27(30):7987-8001. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2180-07.2007
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Evidence has been accumulated that glioblastoma cells release and exploit glutamate for proliferation and migration by autocrine or paracrine loops through Ca2+-permeable AMPA-type glutamate receptors. Here, we show that Ca2+ signaling mediated by AMPA receptor regulates the growth and motility of glioblastoma cells via activation of Akt. Ca2+ supplied through Ca2+-permeable AMPA receptor phosphorylated Akt at Ser-473, thereby facilitating proliferation and mobility. A dominant-negative form of Akt inhibited cell proliferation and migration accelerated by overexpression of Ca2+-permeable AMPA receptor. In contrast, introduction of a constitutively active form of Akt rescued tumor cells from apoptosis induced by the conversion of Ca2+-permeable AMPA receptor to Ca2+-impermeable receptors by the delivery of GluR2 cDNA. Therefore, Akt functions as downstream effectors for Ca2+-signaling mediated by AMPA receptor in glioblastoma cells. The activation of the glutamate-AMPA receptor-Akt pathway may contribute to the high degree of anaplasia and invasive growth of human glioblastoma. This novel pathway might give an alternative therapeutic target.

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    • "In contrast, NBQX, an AMPA receptor antagonist, showed no effect on HepG2 cell growth, whereas weak inhibition was observed in HuH-7 cells. Although the involvement of AMPA receptors in cancer cell growth in glioblastoma, colon and lung carcinoma has been reported [28,36], the expression of AMPA receptors in liver or hepatocellular carcinoma is unknown. Further study of AMPA receptor signaling in hepatocellular carcinoma could be useful in interpreting the results of NBQX. "
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