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#1
EDITORIAL
Armin Kurtz
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January 13, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305650/a-look-at-the-smelly-side-of-physiology-transport-of-short-chain-fatty-acids
#2
REVIEW
Friederike Stumpff
Fermentative organs such as the caecum, the colon, and the rumen have evolved to produce and absorb energy rich short chain fatty acids (SCFA) from otherwise indigestible substrates. Classical models postulate diffusional uptake of the undissociated acid (HSCFA). However, in net terms, a major part of SCFA absorption occurs with uptake of Na+ and resembles classical, coupled electroneutral NaCl transport. Considerable evidence suggests that the anion transporting proteins expressed by epithelia of fermentative organs are poorly selective and that their main function may be to transport acetate-, propionate-, butyrate- and HCO3- as the physiologically relevant anions...
January 6, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305649/sensing-the-heat-with-trpm3
#3
REVIEW
Joris Vriens, Thomas Voets
Heat sensation, the ability to detect warm and noxious temperatures, is an ancient and indispensable sensory process. Noxious temperatures can have detrimental effects on the physiology and integrity of cells, and therefore, the detection of environmental hot temperatures is absolutely crucial for survival. Temperature-sensitive ion channels, which conduct ions in a highly temperature-dependent manner, have been put forward as molecular thermometers expressed at the endings of sensory neurons. In particular, several temperature-sensitive members of the transient receptor potential (TRP) superfamily of ion channels have been identified, and a multitude of in vivo studies have shown that the capsaicin-sensitive TRPV1 channel plays a key role as a noxious heat sensor...
January 5, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302752/the-role-of-the-circadian-clock-system-in-physiology
#4
REVIEW
Violetta Pilorz, Charlotte Helfrich-Förster, Henrik Oster
Life on earth is shaped by the 24-h rotation of our planet around its axes. To adapt behavior and physiology to the concurring profound but highly predictable changes, endogenous circadian clocks have evolved that drive 24-h rhythms in invertebrate and vertebrate species. At the molecular level, circadian clocks comprised a set of clock genes organized in a system of interlocked transcriptional-translational feedback loops. A ubiquitous network of cellular central and peripheral tissue clocks coordinates physiological functions along the day through activation of tissue-specific transcriptional programs...
January 4, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299689/segmental-differences-in-the-non-neuronal-cholinergic-system-in-rat-caecum
#5
Sandra Bader, Martin Diener
Acetylcholine is not only a neurotransmitter but is also produced by several non-neuronal cell types with barrier or defence function. One of the non-neuronal tissues with expression of the key enzyme for production of acetylcholine, the choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), is the colonic surface epithelium, which releases acetylcholine after contact with the short-chain fatty acid propionate produced physiologically in the colonic lumen during the microbial fermentation of carbohydrates. Despite the fact that the caecum is the largest fermentation chamber in non-ruminant mammals, nothing is known about the expression and function of a non-neuronal cholinergic system in this part of the large intestine, which was addressed in the present study...
January 3, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297096/estrogen-deficiency-compromised-the-%C3%AE-2ar-gs-gi-coupling-implications-for-arrhythmia-and-cardiac-injury
#6
Hongjian Hou, Zhiwei Zhao, Jeremiah Ong'achwa Machuki, Lin Zhang, Yan Zhang, Lu Fu, Jinxia Wu, Yuyu Liu, Sian E Harding, Hong Sun
Estrogen and β2-adrenergic receptors (β2AR) play important roles in the processes that protect the heart. Here, we investigated how ovariectomy influenced the β2AR downstream pathways in the context of catecholaminergic stress. In vivo and in vitro stress models were developed in female Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats by epinephrine (Epi) treatments. The cardiac function was evaluated at in vivo and in vitro levels in terms of contraction, rhythm, and injury. We found that myocardial contractility was not significantly different between Sham and ovariectomized (OVX) group rats in the normal state...
January 2, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29294149/phosphodiesterase-3a-expression-and-activity-in-the-murine-vasculature-is-influenced-by-no-sensitive-guanylyl-cyclase
#7
Sarah Dünnes, Barbara Voussen, Annemarie Aue, Kaja Groneberg, Viacheslav Nikolaev, Dieter Groneberg, Andreas Friebe
Phosphodiesterase 3 (PDE3) exists in two isoforms (PDE3A and PDE3B) and is known to act as cGMP-inhibited cAMP-degrading PDE. Therefore, PDE3 may likely be involved in the interaction between the two second messenger pathways. NO-sensitive guanylyl cyclase (NO-GC) is the most important cytosolic generator of cGMP. Here, we investigated the effect of NO-GC deletion on PDE3A-mediated signaling in animals lacking NO-GC either globally (GCKO) or specifically in smooth muscle cells (SMC-GCKO). PDE3A expression is detected in murine aortic smooth muscle, platelets, and heart tissue...
January 2, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288332/essential-role-for-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-and-er-stress-in-myocardial-infarction-in-type-2-diabetes
#8
Vishal Mali, Samuel Haddox, Corey Hornersmith, Khalid Matrougui, Souad Belmadani
We previously reported that EGFR tyrosine kinase (EGFRtk) activity and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress are enhanced in type 2 diabetic (T2D) mice and cause vascular dysfunction. In the present study, we determined the in vivo contribution of EGFRtk and ER stress in acute myocardial infarction induced by acute ischemia (40 min)-reperfusion (24 h) (I/R) injury in T2D (db-/db-) mice. We treated db-/db- mice with EGFRtk inhibitor (AG1478, 10 mg/kg/day) for 2 weeks. Mice were then subjected to myocardial I/R injury...
December 29, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282531/kir2-1-channels-set-two-levels-of-resting-membrane-potential-with-inward-rectification
#9
Kuihao Chen, Dongchuan Zuo, Zheng Liu, Haijun Chen
Strong inward rectifier K+ channels (Kir2.1) mediate background K+ currents primarily responsible for maintenance of resting membrane potential. Multiple types of cells exhibit two levels of resting membrane potential. Kir2.1 and K2P1 currents counterbalance, partially accounting for the phenomenon of human cardiomyocytes in subphysiological extracellular K+ concentrations or pathological hypokalemic conditions. The mechanism of how Kir2.1 channels contribute to the two levels of resting membrane potential in different types of cells is not well understood...
December 27, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29270671/gating-mechanism-of-kv11-1-herg-k-channels-without-covalent-connection-between-voltage-sensor-and-pore-domains
#10
Pilar de la Peña, Pedro Domínguez, Francisco Barros
Kv11.1 (hERG, KCNH2) is a voltage-gated potassium channel crucial in setting the cardiac rhythm and the electrical behaviour of several non-cardiac cell types. Voltage-dependent gating of Kv11.1 can be reconstructed from non-covalently linked voltage sensing and pore modules (split channels), challenging classical views of voltage-dependent channel activation based on a S4-S5 linker acting as a rigid mechanical lever to open the gate. Progressive displacement of the split position from the end to the beginning of the S4-S5 linker induces an increasing negative shift in activation voltage dependence, a reduced z g value and a more negative ΔG 0 for current activation, an almost complete abolition of the activation time course sigmoid shape and a slowing of the voltage-dependent deactivation...
December 21, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230552/identification-of-clustered-phosphorylation-sites-in-pkd2l1-how-pkd2l1-channel-activation-is-regulated-by-cyclic-adenosine-monophosphate-signaling-pathway
#11
Eunice Yon June Park, Misun Kwak, Kotdaji Ha, Insuk So
Polycystic kidney disease 2-like-1 (PKD2L1), or polycystin-L or TRPP2, formerly TRPP3, is a transient receptor potential (TRP) superfamily member. It is a calcium-permeable non-selective cation channel that regulates intracellular calcium concentration and thereby calcium signaling. PKD2L1 has been reported to take part in hedgehog signaling in renal primary cilia and sour tasting coupling with PKD1L3. In addition to the previous reports, PKD2L1 is recently found to play a crucial role in localization with β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) on the neuronal primary cilia...
December 11, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218454/the-extraordinary-afd-thermosensor-of-c-elegans
#12
REVIEW
Miriam B Goodman, Piali Sengupta
The nematode C. elegans exhibits complex thermal experience-dependent navigation behaviors in response to environmental temperature changes of as little as 0.01°C over a > 10°C temperature range. The remarkable thermosensory abilities of this animal are mediated primarily via the single pair of AFD sensory neurons in its head. In this review, we describe the contributions of AFD to thermosensory behaviors and temperature-dependent regulation of organismal physiology. We also discuss the mechanisms that enable this neuron type to adapt to recent temperature experience and to exhibit extraordinary thermosensitivity over a wide dynamic range...
December 8, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218453/energy-depletion-and-not-ros-formation-is-a-crucial-step-of-glucolipotoxicity-gltx-in-pancreatic-beta-cells
#13
Morgana Barroso Oquendo, Nikolas Layer, Rebecca Wagner, Peter Krippeit-Drews, Gisela Drews
We have shown previously that genetic or pharmacological deletion of KATP channels protect against beta cell dysfunction induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Since it is assumed that glucolipotoxicity (GLTx) causes ROS production, we aimed to evaluate whether suppression of KATP channel activity can also prevent beta cell damage evoked by GLTx. We used an in vitro model of GLTx and measured distinct parameters of stimulus-secretion coupling. GLTx gradually induced disturbances of Ca2+ oscillations over 3 days...
December 7, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218452/inhibition-of-the-k-conductance-and-cole-moore-shift-of-the-oncogenic-kv10-1-channel-by-amiodarone
#14
C Barriga-Montoya, A Huanosta-Gutiérrez, A Reyes-Vaca, A Hernández-Cruz, A Picones, F Gómez-Lagunas
The ectopic overexpression of the voltage-dependent Eag1 (Kv10.1) K+ channel is associated with the cancerous phenotype in about 70% of human cancers and tumor cell lines. Recent reports showed that, compared with the canonical Shaker-related Kv family, Kv10.1 presents unique structural and functional properties. Herein, we report the interaction of the class III anti-arrhythmic compound amiodarone with Kv10.1. Using whole-cell patch clamp, we found that amiodarone inhibits Kv10.1 channel conductance with nanomolar affinity...
December 7, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209779/central-regulation-of-brown-adipose-tissue-thermogenesis-and-energy-homeostasis-dependent-on-food-availability
#15
REVIEW
Yoshiko Nakamura, Kazuhiro Nakamura
Energy homeostasis of mammals is maintained by balancing energy expenditure within the body and energy intake through feeding. Several lines of evidence indicate that brown adipose tissue (BAT), a sympathetically activated thermogenic organ, turns excess energy into heat to maintain the energy balance in rodents and humans, in addition to its thermoregulatory role for the defense of body core temperature in cold environments. Elucidating the central circuit mechanism controlling BAT thermogenesis dependent on nutritional conditions and food availability in relation to energy homeostasis is essential to understand the etiology of symptoms caused by energy imbalance, such as obesity...
December 5, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197941/heterogeneous-functional-expression-of-the-sustained-inward-na-current-in-guinea-pig-sinoatrial-node-cells
#16
Futoshi Toyoda, Ding Wei-Guang, Hiroshi Matsuura
The sustained inward Na+ current (I st) identified in the sinoatrial node (SAN) cell has been suggested to play a pivotal role in cardiac pacemaking. However, the composition of cells in the SAN is heterogeneous and cell-to-cell variability in the magnitude of I st remains to be fully characterized. The present study investigated the current density of I st in morphologically different types of pacemaker cells dissociated from guinea pig SAN. I st was preferentially detected in spontaneously active spindle or spider-shaped cells, but was less well expressed in larger-sized elongated spindle-type cells and practically absent in clearly striated atrial-like cells, despite clear expression of the funny current (I f)...
December 3, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178049/at1-receptor-blockage-impairs-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-mediated-by-thyroid-hormone-in-cardiomyocytes
#17
Ana Paula Cremasco Takano, Nathalia Senger, Carolina Demarchi Munhoz, Maria Luiza Morais Barreto-Chaves
We have previously demonstrated that calcium-binding protein S100A8 and myeloid differentiation factor-88 (MyD88) are important mediators of nuclear transcription factor kappa-B (NF-κB) activation in cardiomyocytes and that signalling molecules are involved in the hypertrophic response that is stimulated by thyroid hormones (TH). Angiotensin II (Ang II), the main active peptide of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), binds to type 1 Ang II receptor (AT1R) and subsequently promotes cardiac hypertrophy and the inflammatory response with NF-κB activation underlying the cardiovascular effects...
November 25, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164310/relevance-of-trpa1-and-trpm8-channels-as-vascular-sensors-of-cold-in-the-cutaneous-microvasculature
#18
REVIEW
Y Pan, D Thapa, L Baldissera, F Argunhan, A A Aubdool, S D Brain
Cold exposure is directly related to skin conditions, such as frostbite. This is due to the cold exposure inducing a vasoconstriction to reduce cutaneous blood flow and protect against heat loss. However, a long-term constriction will cause ischaemia and potentially irreversible damage. We have developed techniques to elucidate the mechanisms of the vascular cold response. We focused on two ligand-gated transient receptor potential (TRP) channels, namely, the established "cold sensors" TRP ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) and TRP melastin (TRPM8)...
November 21, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159538/neuroinflammation-cortical-activity-and-fatiguing-behaviour-during-self-paced-exercise
#19
Nicole Vargas, Frank Marino
The present study aimed to identify whether or not the release of interleukin (IL)-6 and soluble (s) IL-6 receptor (R) is associated with fatiguing behaviour and changes in cortical activity during self-paced exercise. Relationships between the IL-6 and its soluble receptors, total work, reductions in power output, and changes in slow, alpha (α) and fast, beta (β) brain waves during self-paced exercise were evaluated. Different intensities and environments were used to manipulate the release of IL-6, whereby seven active males cycled for 60 min in heat stress (HS) or thermoneutral (TN) environments at a clamped rating of perceived exertion (RPE) equating to low intensity (RPE = 12) or high intensity (RPE = 16)...
November 20, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143938/short-hairpin-rna-interference-targeting-interleukin-1-receptor-type-i-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-attenuates-hypertension-in-rats
#20
Peng Lu, Shu-Jun Jiang, Hong Pan, Ai-Li Xu, Gui-Hua Wang, Chun-Lei Ma, Zhen Shi
Blood pressure is controlled by tonic sympathetic activities, excessive activation of which contributes to the pathogenesis and progression of hypertension. Interleukin (IL)-1β in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) is involved in sympathetic overdrive and hypertension. Here, we investigated the therapeutic effects of IL-1 receptor type I (IL-1R1) gene silencing in the PVN on hypertension. Recombinant lentivirus vectors expressing a short hairpin RNA (shRNA) targeting IL-1R1 (Lv-shR-IL-1R1) or a control shRNA were microinjected into PVN of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and normotensive WKY rats...
November 16, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
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