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LncRNA CamK-A Regulates Ca2+-Signaling-Mediated Tumor Microenvironment Remodeling.

Cancer cells entail metabolic adaptation and microenvironmental remodeling to survive and progress. Both calcium (Ca2+) flux and Ca2+-dependent signaling play a crucial role in this process, although the underlying mechanism has yet to be elucidated. Through RNA screening, we identified one long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) named CamK-A (lncRNA for calcium-dependent kinase activation) in tumorigenesis. CamK-A is highly expressed in multiple human cancers and involved in cancer microenvironment remodeling via activation of Ca2+-triggered signaling. Mechanistically, CamK-A activates Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase PNCK, which in turn phosphorylates IκBα and triggers calcium-dependent nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) activation. This regulation results in the tumor microenvironment remodeling, including macrophage recruitment, angiogenesis, and tumor progression. Notably, our human-patient-derived xenograft (PDX) model studies demonstrate that targeting CamK-A robustly impaired cancer development. Clinically, CamK-A expression coordinates with the activation of CaMK-NF-κB axis, and its high expression indicates poor patient survival rate, suggesting its role as a potential biomarker and therapeutic target.


Sang, L-J, Ju, H-Q, Liu, G-P, Tian, T, Ma, G-L, Lu, Y-X, Liu, Z-X, Pan, R-L, Li, R-H, Piao, H-L, Marks, JR, Yang, L-J, Yan, Q, Wang, W, Shao, J, Zhou, Y, Zhou, T, and Lin, A. "LncRNA CamK-A Regulates Ca2+-Signaling-Mediated Tumor Microenvironment Remodeling." Molecular Cell 72, no. 1 (October 2018): 71-83.e7.

Published Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Published In: 
Molecular Cell