Na,K-ATPase is an ionic pump that regulates the osmotic equilibrium and membrane potential of cells and also functions as a signal transducer. The interaction of Na,K-ATPase with translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) results, among others, in the inhibition of the former’s pump activity and in the initiation of manifold biological and pathological phenomena. These phenomena include hypertension and cataract development in TCTP-overexpressing transgenic mice, as well as the induction of tumorigenesis signaling pathways and the activation of Src that ultimately leads to cell proliferation and migration. This review attempts to collate the biological effects of Na,K-ATPase and TCTP interaction and suggests that this interaction has the potential to serve as a possible therapeutic target for selected diseases.
- Translationally controlled tumor protein