Up-regulation of connexin 43 and gap junctional intercellular communication by Coleusin Factor is associated with growth inhibition in rat osteosarcoma UMR106 cells

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  • Shuo Geng,

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    1. State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, 25 Beisihuan Xilu Road, Beijing 100080, PR China
    2. Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, PR China
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  • Bo Sun,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, 25 Beisihuan Xilu Road, Beijing 100080, PR China
    2. Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, PR China
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  • Shu Liu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, 25 Beisihuan Xilu Road, Beijing 100080, PR China
    2. Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, PR China
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  • Jingze Wang

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    1. State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, 25 Beisihuan Xilu Road, Beijing 100080, PR China
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Corresponding author. Present address: 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614, USA. shuo.geng@utoledo.edu

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Abstract

Gap junctions, formed by connexin (Cx) family proteins, permit direct exchange of regulatory ions and small signal molecules between neighbouring cells. Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) plays an important role in maintaining the homeostasis and preventing cell transformation. Most of the tumour cells feature deficient or aberrant connexin expression and GJIC level, and restoration of connexin expression and GJIC is correlated with cell growth control. Numerous researches has suggested the possibility of connexins as potential anti-tumour targets for chemoprevention and chemotherapy. We investigated the ability of Coleusin Factor (CF, also named FSK88) to regulate the Cx43 expression and GJIC level in rat osteosarcoma UMR106 cells. The results have demonstrated that CF increased the mRNA and protein expression of Cx43 in both in a dose- and timedependent manner, and concomitant with up-regulation of Cx43, CF treatment up-regulated the diminished GJIC level in UMR106 cells as assayed by dye transfer experiments. In addition, Cx43 distribution at the plasma membrane was also enhanced dramatically by CF treatment. Furthermore, we discovered that CF was potent to inhibit the growth and proliferation of UMR106 cells. These results provide the first evidence that CF can regulate connexin and GJIC, indicating that Cx43 may be a target of CF to exert its anti-tumour effects.

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