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Voltage-gated potassium channels are transmembrane proteins that allow flow of potassium across the membrane to regulate ion homeostasis, cell proliferation, migration, cell volume, and specific processes such as muscular contraction. Aberrant function or expression of potassium channels can underlie pathologies ranging from heart arrhythmia to cancer; the expression of potassium channels is altered in many types of cancer and that alteration correlates with malignancy and poor prognosis. Targeting potassium channels therefore constitutes a promising approach for cancer therapy. In this review, we discuss strategies to target a particular family of potassium channels, the voltage-gated potassium channels (KV) where a reasonable structural understanding is available. We also discuss the possible obstacles and advantages of such a strategy. Copyright 2019, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.


Ileana Hernandez-Resendiz, Franziska Hartung, Luis A Pardo. Antibodies Targeting KV Potassium Channels: A Promising Treatment for Cancer. Bioelectricity. 2019 Sep 01;1(3):180-187

PMID: 34471820

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