Histone deacetylase inhibitor treatment increases the expression of the plasma membrane Ca2+ pump PMCA4b and inhibits the migration of melanoma cells independent of ERK

Luca Hegedüs, Rita Padányi, Judit Molnár, Katalin Pászty, Karolina Varga, István Kenessey, Eszter Sárközy, Matthias Wolf, Michael Grusch, Zoltán Hegyi, László Homolya, Clemens Aigner, Tamás Garay, Balázs Hegedüs, József Tímár, Enikö Kállay, ágnes Enyedi

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Several new therapeutic options emerged recently to treat metastatic melanoma; however, the high frequency of intrinsic and acquired resistance among patients shows a need for new therapeutic options. Previously, we identified the plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase 4b (PMCA4b) as a metastasis suppressor in BRAF-mutant melanomas and found that mutant BRAF inhibition increased the expression of the pump, which then inhibited the migratory and metastatic capability of the cells. Earlier it was also demonstrated that histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) upregulated PMCA4b expression in gastric, colon, and breast cancer cells. In this study, we treated one BRAF wild-type and two BRAF-mutant melanoma cell lines with the HDACis, SAHA and valproic acid, either alone, or in combination with the BRAF inhibitor, vemurafenib. We found that HDACi treatment strongly increased the expression of PMCA4b in all cell lines irrespective of their BRAF mutational status, and this effect was independent of ERK activity. Furthermore, HDAC inhibition also enhanced the abundance of the housekeeping isoform PMCA1. Combination of HDACis with vemurafenib, however, did not have any additive effects on either PMCA isoform. We demonstrated that the HDACi-induced increase in PMCA abundance was coupled to an enhanced [Ca2+]i clearance rate and also strongly inhibited both the random and directional movements of A375 cells. The primary role of PMCA4b in these characteristic changes was demonstrated by treatment with the PMCA4-specific inhibitor, caloxin 1c2, which was able to restore the slower Ca2+ clearance rate and higher motility of the cells. While HDAC treatment inhibited cell motility, it decreased only modestly the ratio of proliferative cells and cell viability. Our results show that in melanoma cells the expression of both PMCA4b and PMCA1 is under epigenetic control and the elevation of PMCA4b expression either by HDACi treatment or by the decreased activation of the BRAF-MEK-ERK pathway can inhibit the migratory capacity of the highly motile A375 cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number95
JournalFrontiers in Oncology
Issue numberMAY
Publication statusPublished - May 24 2017


  • BRAF-mutant melanoma
  • Cell motility
  • HDAC inhibitors
  • PMCA1
  • PMCA4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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