Increased functional cell surface expression of CFTR and ΔF508-CFTR by the anthracycline doxorubicin

ArticleinAJP Cell Physiology 280(5):C1031-7 · June 2001with7 Reads
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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease that is caused by mutations within the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. The most common mutation, DeltaF508, accounts for 70% of all CF alleles and results in a protein that is defective in folding and trafficking to the cell surface. However, DeltaF508-CFTR is functional when properly localized. We report that a single, noncytotoxic dose of the anthracycline doxorubicin (Dox, 0.25 microM) significantly increased total cellular CFTR protein expression, cell surface CFTR protein expression, and CFTR-associated chloride secretion in cultured T84 epithelial cells. Dox treatment also increased DeltaF508-CFTR cell surface expression and DeltaF508-CFTR-associated chloride secretion in stably transfected Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. These results suggest that anthracycline analogs may be useful for the clinical treatment of CF.

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