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Inhibition of T-type calcium channels suppresses cell proliferation and invasion and promotes apoptosis in human medulloblastoma cell lines [Poster]

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-24, 21:17 authored by Mohammed SedeeqMohammed Sedeeq, Ahmed MakladAhmed Maklad, Iman AzimiIman Azimi
Medulloblastoma (MB) is the most common malignant childhood brain cancer. The low efficacy and long-lasting side effects of current therapies necessitate the need for a new treatment for MB. In this study, in-silico transcriptomics analysis of MB patients revealed a significant correlation of a CaV3 calcium channel expression with metastasis and patient survival rates. Pharmacological inhibition of T-type calcium channels by mibefradil or NNC-55-0396 (NNC) significantly reduced MB cell proliferation and resistance to MB chemotherapeutic agent, vincristine, as assessed by WST-1 proliferation assay. Mibefradil or NNC treatment further reduced invasive abilities of MB cells in an agar invasion assay. These responses were specific to T-type calcium channel blockade as inhibition of L-type channels did not produce the same effects. Further studies revealed an induction of apoptosis by mibefradil or NNC treatment in a concentration-dependent manner. Our results present the first evidence to the antitumor effects of mibefradil and NNC in medulloblastoma cells. This study provides insight into the future development of potential therapeutic approaches for MB that target the invasion, proliferation, and drug resistance in these cells.


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33rd Lorne Cancer Conference


School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

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33rd Lorne Cancer Conference

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Online Web Conference

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