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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179233/identification-of-a-mammalian-silicon-transporter
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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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122731/mitochondrial-connexin40-regulates-mitochondrial-calcium-uptake-in-coronary-endothelial-cells
#10
Rui Guo, Rui Si, Brian T Scott, Ayako Makino
Connexins (Cxs) are a group of integral membrane proteins which can form gap junctions between adjacent cells. Recently, it was reported that Cx43 is expressed not only in the plasma membrane, but also in the inner mitochondrial membrane, and that it regulates mitochondrial functions. Cx40 is predominantly expressed in vascular endothelial cells (ECs) and plays an important role in the electrical propagation between ECs and endothelial/smooth muscle cells. However, it is unknown whether Cx40 is expressed in the mitochondria and what the role of mitochondrial Cx40 is in endothelial functions...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122730/distinct-physiological-effects-of-%C3%AE-1-and-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptors-in-mouse-ventricular-myocytes-insights-from-a-compartmentalized-mathematical-model
#11
Kelvin Rozier, Vladimir E Bondarenko
The β1- and β2-adrenergic signaling systems play different roles in the functioning of cardiac cells. Experimental data shows that the activation of β1-adrenergic signaling system produces significant inotropic, lusitropic, and chronotropic effects in the heart, while the effects of the β2-adrenergic signaling system is less apparent. In this paper, a comprehensive compartmentalized experimentally-based mathematical model of the combined β1- and β2-adrenergic signaling systems in mouse ventricular myocytes is developed to simulate the experimental findings and make testable predictions of the behavior of the cardiac cells under different physiological conditions...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122729/zinc-suppresses-stem-cell-properties-of-lung-cancer-cells-through-protein-kinase-c-mediated-beta-catenin-degradation
#12
Chuanpit Ninsontia, Preeyaporn Plaimee Phiboonchaiyanan, Chayanin Kiratipaiboon, Pithi Chanvorachote
Highly tumorigenic cancer stem cells (CSCs) residing in most cancers are responsible for cancer progression and treatment failure. Zinc is an element regulator of several cell functions; however, its role in regulation of stem cell program in lung cancer has not been demonstrated. The present study reveals for the first time that zinc can suppress stem cell properties of lung cancer cells. Such findings were proved in different lung cancer cell lines (H460, H23, and H292) and it was found that CSC markers (CD133 and ALDH1A1), stem cell-associated transcription factors (Oct4, Nanog, and Sox-2), and the ability to form tumor spheroid were dramatically suppressed by zinc treatments...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122728/absence-of-suppressor-of-cytokine-signaling-2-turns-cardiomyocytes-unresponsive-to-lif-dependent-increase-in-ca2-levels
#13
Cibele Rocha-Resende, Itamar Couto Guedes de Jesus, Danilo Roman-Campos, Artur S Miranda, Fabiana Alves, Rodrigo Ribeiro Resende, Jader Dos Santos Cruz, Fabiana Simão Machado, Silvia Guatimosim
Little is known regarding the role of the Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS) in the control of cytokine signaling in cardiomyocytes. We investigated the consequences of SOCS2 ablation for Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF)-induced enhancement of intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) transient by performing experiments with cardiomyocytes from SOCS2-knockout (ko) mice. Similar levels of SOCS3 transcripts were seen in cardiomyocytes from wild-type and SOCS2-ko, while SOCS1 mRNA was reduced in SOCS2-ko. Immunoprecipitation experiments showed increased SOCS3 association with gp130 receptor in SOCS2-ko myocytes...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100488/kinetic-analyses-of-vasculogenesis-inform-mechanistic-studies
#14
Kaela M Varberg, Seth Winfree, Chenghao Chu, Wanzhu Tu, Emily K Blue, Cassandra R Gohn, Kenneth W Dunn, Laura S Haneline
Vasculogenesis is a complex process by which endothelial stem and progenitor cells undergo de novo vessel formation. Quantitative assessment of vasculogenesis is a central readout of endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) functionality. However, current assays lack kinetic measurements. To address this issue, new approaches were developed to quantitatively assess in vitro endothelial colony forming cell (ECFC) network formation in real time. Eight parameters of network structure were quantified using novel Kinetic Analysis of Vasculogenesis (KAV) software...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100487/doxorubicin-induced-nitrosative-stress-is-mitigated-by-vitamin-c-via-the-modulation-of-nitric-oxide-synthases
#15
Gauri Akolkar, Ashim K Bagchi, Prathapan Ayyappan, Davinder S Jassal, Pawan K Singal
An increase in oxidative stress is suggested to be the main cause in Doxorubicin (Dox) -induced cardiotoxicity. However, there is now evidence that activation of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and nitrosative stress are also involved. The role of Vitamin C (Vit C) in the regulation of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and reduction of nitrosative stress in Dox-induced cardiotoxicity is unknown. The present study investigated the effects of Vit C in the mitigation of Dox-induced changes in the levels of nitric oxide (NO), NOS activity, protein expression of NOS isoforms and nitrosative stress as well as cytokines TNFα and IL-10 in isolated cardiomyocytes...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100486/c-jun-enhances-intestinal-epithelial-restitution-after-wounding-by-increasing-phospholipase-c-%C3%AE-1-transcription
#16
Peng-Yuan Wang, Shelley R Wang, Lan Xiao, Jie Chen, Jian-Ying Wang, Jaladanki N Rao
c-Jun is an AP-1 transcription factor and implicated in many aspects of cellular functions, but its exact role in the regulation of early intestinal epithelial restitution after injury remains largely unknown. Phospholipase C-γ1 (PLCγ1) catalyzes hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5 biphosphate into the second messenger diacylglycerol and inositol 1,4,5 triphosphate, and coordinates Ca(2+) stores mobilization, and regulates cell migration and proliferation in response to stress. Here we reported that c-Jun up-regulates PLCγ1 expression and enhances PLCγ1-induced Ca(2+) signaling, thus promoting intestinal epithelial restitution after wounding...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100485/quantification-of-growth-factor-signaling-and-pathway-crosstalk-by-live-cell-imaging
#17
Sean M Gross, Peter Rotwein
Peptide growth factors stimulate cellular responses through activation of their trans-membrane receptors. Multiple intracellular signaling cascades are engaged following growth factor - receptor binding, leading to short- and long-term biological effects. Each receptor-activated signaling pathway does not act in isolation, but rather interacts at different levels with other pathways to shape signaling networks that are distinctive for each growth factor. To gain insights into the specifics of growth factor-regulated interactions among different signaling cascades, we developed a HeLa cell line stably expressing fluorescent live-cell imaging reporters that are readouts for two major growth factor-stimulated pathways, Ras - Raf - Mek - Erk and PI3-kinase - Akt...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100484/atf6-knock-down-decreases-apoptosis-arrests-the-s-phase-of-the-cell-cycle-and-increases-steroid-hormone-production-in-mouse-granulosa-cells
#18
Yongjie Xiong, Huatao Chen, Pengfei Lin, Aihua Wang, Lei Wang, Yaping Jin
Activating transcription factor 6 (ATF6) is an important factor in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling pathway. The aim of this study was to assess the role of ATF6 in mouse granulosa cells with respect to apoptosis, the cell cycle, and steroid hormone production, as well as several key genes related to follicular development, via RNA interference, immunohistochemical staining, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, western blotting, flow cytometry, TUNEL assay, and ELISA. Immunohistochemical staining revealed that ATF6 was extensively distributed in the granulosa cells of various ovarian follicles and oocytes in adult female mice...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077358/biological-signaling-by-carbon-monoxide-and-carbon-monoxide-releasing-molecules-co-rms
#19
Roberto Motterlini, Roberta Foresti
Carbon monoxide (CO) is continuously produced in mammalian cells during degradation of heme. It is a stable gaseous molecule that reacts selectively with transition metals in a specific redox state and these characteristics restrict the interaction of CO with defined biological targets that transduce its signaling activity. Because of the high affinity of CO for ferrous heme, these targets can be grouped into heme-containing proteins, representing a large variety of sensors and enzymes with a series of diverse function in the cell and the organism...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077357/triglyceride-rich-lipoprotein-lipolysis-products-increase-blood-brain-barrier-transfer-coefficient-and-induce-astrocyte-lipid-droplets-and-cell-stress
#20
Linda L Lee, Hnin Hnin Aung, Dennis W Wilson, Steven E Anderson, John C Rutledge, Jennifer M Rutkowsky
Elevation of blood triglycerides, primarily as triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TGRL), has been linked to cerebrovascular inflammation, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Brain microvascular endothelial cells and astrocytes, two cell components of the neurovascular unit, participate in controlling blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and regulating neurovascular unit homeostasis. Our studies showed that infusion of high physiological concentrations of TGRL lipolysis products (TGRL + lipoprotein lipase) activate and injure brain endothelial cells and transiently increases the BBB transfer coefficient (Ki=permeability x surface area/volume) in vivo...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
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