Wnt peptides control mammalian cancer cell membrane potential
PC3 cells are an epithelial prostate tumour cell line. A range of Wnts triggers a delayed Ca2+ rise  in these and other cancer cell lines. Recorded in patch clamp the cells have low membrane potential  but exhibit an outward current activated apparently at (non-physiological) positive potentials . The main candidate channel carrying this K+ current is the BK(Ca) α subunit although a KCNN4 channel is also reported . Without baseline subtraction, a small ‘leak’ current is sometimes apparent in recordings. All of these currents
are modulated by Wnts as described below.