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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330845/transport-across-the-choroid-plexus-epithelium
#1
Jeppe Praetorius, Helle Hasager Damkier
The choroid plexus epithelium is a secretory epithelium par excellence. However, this is perhaps not the most prominent reason for the massive interest in this modest-sized tissue residing inside the brain ventricles. Most likely, the dominant reason for extensive studies of the choroid plexus is the identification of this epithelium as the source of the majority of intraventricular cerebrospinal fluid. This finding has direct relevance for studies of diseases and conditions with deranged central fluid volume or ionic balance...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298334/erythropoietin-facilitates-definitive-endodermal-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-via-activation-of-erk-signaling
#2
Taku Kaitsuka, Kohei Kobayashi, Wakako Otsuka, Takuya Kubo, Farzana Hakim, Fan-Yan Wei, Nobuaki Shiraki, Shoen Kume, Kazuhito Tomizawa
Artificially generated pancreatic β-cells from pluripotent stem cells are expected for cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes. Several strategies are adopted to direct pluripotent stem cells toward pancreatic differentiation. However, a standard differentiation method for clinical application has not been established. It is important to develop more effective and safer methods for generating pancreatic β-cells without toxic or mutagenic chemicals. In the present study, we screened several endogenous factors involved in organ development to identify the factor, which induced the efficiency of pancreatic differentiation and found that treatment with erythropoietin (EPO) facilitated the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) into definitive endoderm...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298333/multiple-ampk-activators-inhibit-l-carnitine-uptake-in-c2c12-skeletal-muscle-myotubes
#3
Andy Shaw, Stewart Jeromson, Kenneth R Watterson, John D Pediani, Iain Gallagher, Tim Whalley, Gillian Dreczkowski, Naomi Brooks, Stuart Galloway, D Lee Hamilton
Mutations in the gene that encodes the principal L-Carnitine transporter, OCTN2, can lead to a reduced intracellular L-Carnitine pool and the disease Primary Carnitine Deficiency. L-Carnitine supplementation is used therapeutically to increase intracellular L-Carnitine. As AMPK and insulin regulate fat metabolism and substrate uptake we hypothesised that AMPK activating compounds and insulin would increase L-Carnitine uptake in C2C12 myotubes. The cells express all three OCTN transporters at the mRNA level and immunohistochemistry confirmed expression at the protein level...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274922/membrane-lipid-rafts-disturbance-in-the-response-of-rat-skeletal-muscle-to-short-term-disuse
#4
Alexey M Petrov, Violetta V Kravtsova, Vladimir V Matchkov, Alexander N Vasiliev, Andrey L Zefirov, Alexander V Chibalin, Judith A Heiny, Igor I Krivoi
Marked loss of skeletal muscle mass occurs under various conditions of disuse, but the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to atrophy are not completely understood. We investigate early molecular events which might play a role in skeletal muscle remodeling during mechanical unloading (disuse). The effects of acute (6 - 12 h) hindlimb suspension on the soleus muscles from adult rats were examined. The integrity of plasma membrane lipid rafts was tested utilizing cholera toxin B subunit, or fluorescent sterols...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274921/the-unfolded-protein-response-in-relation-to-mitochondrial-biogenesis-in-skeletal-muscle-cells
#5
Zahra S Mesbah Moosavi, David A Hood
Mitochondria are comprised of both nuclear- and mitochondrially-encoded proteins requiring precise stoichiometry for their integration into functional complexes. The augmented protein synthesis associated with mitochondrial biogenesis results in the accumulation of unfolded proteins, thus triggering cellular stress. As such, the unfolded protein responses emanating from the endoplasmic reticulum (UPR(ER)) or the mitochondrion (UPR(MT)) are triggered to ensure correct protein handling. Whether this response is necessary for mitochondrial adaptations is unknown...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274920/h2o2-augments-cytosolic-calcium-in-nucleus-tractus-solitarii-neurons-via-multiple-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
#6
Tim D Ostrowski, Heather A Dantzler, Luis Polo-Parada, David D Kline
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a profound role in cardiorespiratory function under normal physiological conditions and disease states. ROS can influence neuronal activity by altering various ion channels and transporters. Within the nucleus tractus solitarii (nTS), a vital brainstem area for cardiorespiratory control, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) induces sustained hyperexcitability following an initial depression of neuronal activity. The mechanism(s) associated with the delayed hyperexcitability are unknown...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274919/%C3%AE-7%C3%AE-1-integrin-regulation-of-gene-transcription-in-skeletal-muscle-following-an-acute-bout-of-eccentric-exercise
#7
Ziad S Mahmassani, Kook Son, Yair Pincu, Michael Munroe, Jenny Drnevich, Jie Chen, Marni D Boppart
The α7β1 integrin is concentrated at the costameres of skeletal muscle and provides a critical link between the actin cytoskeleton and laminin in the basement membrane. We previously have demonstrated that expression of the α7BX2 integrin subunit (MCK:α7BX2) preserves muscle integrity and enhances myofiber cross sectional area following eccentric exercise. The purpose of this study was to utilize gene expression profiling to reveal potential mechanisms by which the α7BX2 integrin contributes to improvements in muscle growth post-exercise...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274918/onward-and-upward-with-transparent-research-reporting
#8
Josephine C Adams
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March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249988/curcumin-improves-intestinal-barrier-function-modulation-of-intracellular-signaling-and-organization-of-tight-junctions
#9
Jing Wang, Siddhartha S Ghosh, Shobha Ghosh
Association between circulating lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and metabolic diseases (such as Type 2 Diabetes and atherosclerosis) has shifted the focus from high-fat high-cholesterol containing western type diet (WD)-induced changes in gut microbiota per se to release of gut bacteria-derived products (e.g., LPS) into circulation due to intestinal barrier dysfunction as the possible mechanism for the chronic inflammatory state underlying the development of these diseases. We demonstrated earlier that oral supplementation with curcumin attenuates WD-induced development of Type-2 diabetes and atherosclerosis...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249987/trpv4-ion-channel-is-a-novel-regulator-of-dermal-myofibroblast-differentiation
#10
Shweta Sharma, Rishov Goswami, Michael Merth, Jonathan Cohen, Kai Y Lei, David X Zhang, Shaik O Rahaman
Scleroderma is a multisystem fibroproliferative disease with no effective medical treatment. Myofibroblasts are critical to the fibrogenic tissue repair process in the skin and many internal organs. Emerging data support a role for both matrix stiffness, and transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1), in myofibroblast differentiation. Transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a mechanosensitive ion channel activated by both mechanical and biochemical stimuli. The objective of this study was to determine the role of TRPV4 in TGFβ1- and matrix stiffness-induced differentiation of dermal fibroblasts...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228375/is-it-time-to-reinvent-basic-cell-culture-medium
#11
Turney J McKee, Svetlana V Komarova
The success of in vitro experiments depends largely on the quality of the cell culture media. Four synthetic media formulations, Dulbecco's Modified Minimum Essential Media (DMEM), RPMI 1640, Minimum Essential Media and its alpha modification (MEM), and Medium 199 (M199) are used in ~90% of published in vitro studies. We compared the levels of electrolytes and carbohydrates in these media formulations to physiological values in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid. The most commonly used media, DMEM and RPMI 1640, largely deviate from physiological levels of glucose...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179233/identification-of-a-mammalian-silicon-transporter
#12
Sarah Ratcliffe, Ravin Jugdaohsingh, Julien Vivancos, Alan Marron, Rupesh Deshmukh, Jian Feng Ma, Namiki Mitani-Ueno, Jack Robertson, John Wills, Mark V Boekschoten, Michael Müller, Robert C Mawhinney, Stephen D Kinrade, Paul Isenring, Richard R Bélanger, Jonathan J Powell
Silicon (Si) has long been known to play a major physiological and structural role in certain organisms, including diatoms, sponges, and many higher plants, leading to the recent identification of multiple proteins responsible for Si transport in a range of algal and plant species. In mammals, despite several convincing studies suggesting that silicon is an important factor in bone development and connective tissue health, there is a critical lack of understanding about the biochemical pathways that enable Si homeostasis...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148499/vascular-biology-of-hydrogen-sulfide
#13
Nancy L Kanagy, Csaba Szabo, Andreas Papapetropoulos
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a ubiquitous signaling molecule with important functions in many mammalian organs and systems. Observations in the 1990's ascribed physiological actions to H2S in the nervous system, proposing that this gasotransmitter acts as a neuromodulator. Soon after that, the vasodilating properties of H2S were demonstrated. In the last decade, H2S was shown to exert a multitude of physiological effects in the vessel wall. H2S is produced by vascular cells and exhibits anti-oxidant, anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and vasoactive properties...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148498/assessment-of-roles-for-the-rho-specific-guanine-nucleotide-dissociation-inhibitor-rhogdi-ly-gdi-in-platelet-function-a-spatial-systems-approach
#14
Anh T P Ngo, Marisa L D Thierheimer, Özgün Babur, Anne D Rocheleau, Tao Huang, Jiaqing Pang, Rachel A Rigg, Annachiara Mitrugno, Dan Theodorescu, Julja Burchard, Xiaolin Nan, Emek Demir, Owen J T McCarty, Joseph E Aslan
Upon activation at sites of vascular injury, platelets undergo morphological alterations essential to hemostasis via cytoskeletal reorganizations driven by the Rho GTPases Rac1, Cdc42 and RhoA. Here we investigate roles for Rho-specific guanine nucleotide dissociation inhibitor proteins (RhoGDIs) in platelet function. We find that platelets express two RhoGDI family members, RhoGDI and Ly-GDI. While RhoGDI localizes throughout platelets in a granule-like manner, Ly-GDI shows an asymmetric, polarized localization that largely overlaps with Rac1 and Cdc42 as well as microtubules and protein kinase C (PKC) in platelets adherent to fibrinogen...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148497/shear-stress-induces-g%C3%AE-q-11-activation-independent-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-activation-in-endothelial-cells
#15
Nathaniel G Dela Paz, Benoît Melchior, John A Frangos
Mechanochemical signal transduction occurs when mechanical forces, such as fluid shear stress, are converted into biochemical responses within the cell. The molecular mechanisms by which endothelial cells (ECs) sense/transduce shear stress into biological signals, including the nature of the mechanosensor, are still unclear. G proteins and G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been postulated independently to mediate mechanotransduction. In this study, we used in situ proximity ligation assay (PLA) to investigate the role of a specific GPCR/Gαq/11 pair in EC shear stress-induced mechanotransduction...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148496/a-two-faced-cysteine-residue-modulates-skeletal-muscle-contraction
#16
Josine M de Winter, C A C Ottenheijm
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February 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122735/adverse-effects-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-on-cftr-chloride-secretion-and-the-host-immune-response
#17
Bruce A Stanton
In the healthy lung the opportunistic pathogen, P. aeruginosa, is rapidly eliminated by mucociliary clearance, a process that is dependent on the activity of the CFTR anion channel that, in concert with a number of other transport proteins, regulates the volume and composition of the periciliary surface liquid. This fluid layer is essential to enable cilia to clear pathogens from the lungs. However, in cystic fibrosis (CF), mutations in the CFTR gene reduce Cl- and HCO3- secretion, thereby decreasing periciliary surface liquid volume and mucociliary clearance of bacteria...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122734/hugh-davson-distinguished-lectureship-article-caveolins-and-cavins-in-the-trafficking-maturation-and-degradation-of-caveolae-implications-for-cell-physiology
#18
Anna R Busija, Hemal H Patel, Paul A Insel
Caveolins (Cavs) are ~20 kDa scaffolding proteins that assemble as oligomeric complexes in lipid raft domains to form caveolae, flask-shaped plasma membrane (PM) invaginations. Caveolae ("little caves") require lipid-lipid, protein-lipid, and protein-protein interactions that can modulate the localization, conformational stability, ligand affinity, effector specificity, and other functions of proteins that are partners of Cavs. Cavs are assembled into small oligomers in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), transported to the Golgi for assembly with cholesterol and other oligomers, and then exported to the PM as an intact coat complex...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122733/impact-of-post-translational-modifications-of-engineered-cysteines-on-the-substituted-cysteine-accessibility-method-evidence-for-glutathionylation
#19
Rongbao Zhao, Mitra Najmi, Srinivas Aluri, I David Goldman
The substituted cysteine accessibility method (SCAM) is widely used to study the structure and function of channels, receptors and transporters. In its usual application, a cysteine residue is introduced into a protein which lacks native cysteines following which the accessibility of the residue to the aqueous compartment is assessed. Implicit, and generally assumed, is that if the cysteine-substituted residue is not available to react with sulfhydryl reagents it is not exposed to the extracellular compartment or within the aqueous translocation pathway...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122732/na-k-atpase-regulates-intercellular-communication-in-the-vascular-wall-via-csrc-kinase-dependent-connexin43-phosphorylation
#20
Lise Hangaard, Elena V Bouzinova, Christian Staehr, Vibeke S Dam, Sukhan Kim, Zijian Xie, Christian Aalkjaer, Vladimir V Matchkov
Communication between vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is dependent on gap junctions and is regulated by the Na,K-ATPase. The Na,K-ATPase is therefore important for synchronized VSMCs oscillatory activity, i.e. vasomotion. The signaling between the Na,K-ATPase and gap junctions is unknown. We tested here the hypothesis that that this signaling involves cSrc kinase. Intercellular communication was assessed by membrane capacitance measurements of electrically coupled VSMCs. Vasomotion in isometric myograph, input resistance and synchronized [Ca(2+)]i transients were used as readout for intercellular coupling in rat mesenteric small arteries in vitro...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
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