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Alexandru Deftu - Top 30 Publications

CXCL1 activates TRPV1 via Gi/o protein and actin filaments.

CXCL1 is a chemokine with pleiotropic effects, including pain and itch. Itch, an unpleasant sensation that elicits the desire or reflex to scratch, it is evoked mainly from the skin and implicates activation of a specific subset of IB4+, C-type primary afferents. In previous studies we showed that acute application of CXCL1 induced a Ca(2+) influx of low amplitude and slow kinetics in a subpopulation of transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1)+/isolectin B4 (IB4)+dorsal root ganglia neurons which also responded to other itch-inducing agents. In this study we explored the mechanism behind the Ca(2+) influx to better understand how CXCL1 acts on primary sensitive neurons to induce itch.

N-glycosylation of the transient receptor potential melastatin 8 channel is altered in pancreatic cancer cells.

Transient receptor potential melastatin 8 (TRPM8), a membrane ion channel, is activated by thermal and chemical stimuli. In pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, TRPM8 is required for cell migration, proliferation, and senescence and is associated with tumor size and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma stages. Although the underlying mechanisms of these processes have yet to be described, this cation-permeable channel has been proposed as an oncological target. In this study, the glycosylation status of the TRPM8 channel was shown to affect cell proliferation, cell migration, and calcium uptake. TRPM8 expressed in the membrane of the Panc-1 pancreatic tumoral cell line is non-glycosylated, whereas human embryonic kidney cells transfected with human TRPM8 overexpress a glycosylated protein. Moreover, our data suggest that Ca(2+) uptake is modulated by the glycosylation status of the protein, thus affecting cell proliferation.