Author(s): Hattori F, Ohshima Y, Seki S, Tsukimoto M, Sato M,
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Abstract The P2X7 receptor is not only involved in cell proliferation, but also acts as an adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP)-gated non-selective channel, and its expression is increased in human melanoma. An irreversible antagonist of P2X7, such as oxidized ATP (oxATP), might block P2X7 receptor-mediated ATP release and proliferative signaling. Therefore, we carried out basic studies to test this idea and to examine the feasibility of using oxATP to treat B16 melanoma. We first found that low-pH conditions (mimicking the hypoxia and acidosis commonly seen in solid tumors) induced P2X7 receptor-mediated ATP release from B16 melanoma cells. Then, we compared the proliferation rates of B16 melanoma wild-type cells and B16 P2X7 receptor-knockdown clone (P2X7-KDC) cells in the presence of P2X7 agonists. The proliferation rate, as well as the ATP release, of agonist-treated P2X7-KDC cells was lower than that of agonist-treated wild-type cells. Next, the effect of P2X7 antagonist oxATP on B16 melanoma cell growth was examined in vitro and in vivo. oxATP significantly decreased B16 melanoma cell proliferation in vitro, and also significantly inhibited tumor growth in B16 melanoma-bearing mice. These data indicate that extracellularly released ATP may serve as an intercellular signaling molecule. We propose that the P2X7 receptor is a promising target for treatment of solid tumors. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Eur J Pharmacol
and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta