Tissue acidosis is an important feature of tumor. The response of adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) cells to acidic solution was studied using whole-cell patch-clamp recording in the current study. An inward, amiloride-sensitive Na+ current was identified in cultured ACC2 cells while not in normal human salivary gland epithelial cells. Electrophysiological and pharmacological properties of the currents suggest that heteromeric acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) containing 2a and 3 may be responsible for the proton-induced currents in the majority of ACC-2 cells. Consistent with it, analyses of RT-PCR and Western blotting demonstrated the presences of ASIC2a and 3 in ACC-2 cells. Furthermore, we observed the enhanced expression of ASIC2a and 3 in the sample of ACC tissues. These results indicate that the functional expression of ASICs is characteristic feature of ACC cells. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Ye, Jin-Hai; Gao, Jun; Wu, Yu-Nong; Hu, Yong-Jie; Zhang, Chen-Ping; Xu, Tian-Le.Identification of acid-sensing ion channels in adenoid cystic carcinomas,BIOCHEMICAL AND BIOPHYSICAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS,2007,355(4):986-992