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Stimulation of cell invasion by the Golgi Ion Channel GAAP/TMBIM4 via an H2O2-Dependent Mechanism

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Nuno Almeida, Guia Carrara, Carlos M. Palmeira, Ana S. Fernandes, Maddy Parsons, Geoffrey L. Smith, Nuno Saraiva

Original languageEnglish
Article number101361
JournalRedox Biology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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The mechanisms by which the Golgi apparatus (GA) impacts on cell invasion are poorly understood. The human Golgi Anti-Apoptotic Protein (hGAAP, also known as TMBIM4) is a highly conserved Golgi cation channel that modulates intracellular Ca2+ fluxes. Human GAAP is expressed in all human tissues, is essential for cell viability and provides resistance against a range of apoptotic stresses. Furthermore, hGAAP enhances adhesion and cell migration by increasing the turnover of focal adhesions due to activation of store-operated Ca2+ entry. Here, we describe a GA-derived mechanism that controls cell invasion. The overexpression of hGAAP stimulates 3-dimensional proteolytic cell invasion by a mechanism that is dependent on the accumulation of intracellular hydrogen peroxide, which might be produced by the hGAAP-dependent stimulation of mitochondrial respiration. These findings provide new insight into the complex mechanisms by which Ca2+ and reactive oxygen species signaling contribute to cell invasion and to the role of the GA in these processes.

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