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Toshiaki Okada, Md Rafiqul Islam, Nargiza A Tsiferova, Yasunobu Okada, Ravshan Z Sabirov
The broadly expressed volume-sensitive outwardly rectifying anion channel (VSOR, also called VRAC) plays essential roles in cell survival and death. Recent findings have suggested that LRRC8A is a core component of VSOR in human cells. In the present study, VSOR currents were found to be largely reduced by siRNA against LRRC8A in mouse C127 cells as well. In contrast, LRRC8A knockdown never affected activities of four other types of anion channel activated by acid, Ca(2+), patch excision or cAMP. While cisplatin-resistant KCP-4 cells poorly expressed endogenous VSOR activity, molecular expression levels of LRRC8A, LRRC8D and LRRC8E were indistinguishable between VSOR-deficient KCP-4 cells and the parental VSOR-rich KB cells...
October 20, 2016: Channels
Manoj Yadav, Chandan Goswami
TRPV3 is a non-selective cationic channel and is important for several physiological functions. It can be activated by physiological temperature and selective endogenous and exogenous compounds. TRPV3 is one of the key ion channel involved in Ca(2+)-signaling in keratinocyte and thus involved in skin-related functions. Recently, naturally occurring mutations in TRPV3, namely G573A, G573S, G573C and W692G have been detected which are linked with the development of pathophysiological conditions such as Olmsted Syndrome (OS) and other skin disorders...
October 18, 2016: Channels
N Bavi, O Bavi, M Vossoughi, R Naghdabadi, A P Hill, B Martinac, Y Jamali
Gating of mechanosentive (MS) channels is driven by a hierarchical cascade of movements and deformations of transmembrane helices in response to bilayer tension. Determining the intrinsic mechanical properties of the individual transmembrane helices is therefore central to understanding the intricacies of the gating mechanism of MS channels. We used a constant-force steered molecular dynamics (SMD) approach to perform unidirectional pulling tests on all the helices of MscL in M. tuberculosis and E. coli homologs...
October 18, 2016: Channels
Eduard Korkotian, Menahem Segal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 13, 2016: Channels
Zhi-Gang Huang, Hao-Wen Liu, Zhen-Zhen Yan, Sheng Wang, Lu-Yang Wang, Jiu-Ping Ding
Large-conductance Ca(2+)- and voltage- activated potassium (MaxiK or BK) channels are composed of a pore-forming α subunit (Slo) and four types of auxiliary β subunits or just a pore-forming α subunit. Although multiple N-linked glycosylation sites in the extracellular loop of β subunits have been identified, very little is known about how glycosylation influences the structure and function of BK channels. Using a combination of site-directed mutagenesis, western blot and patch-clamp recordings, we demonstrated that three sites in the extracellular loop of β2 subunit are N-glycosylated (N-X-T/S at N88, N96 and N119)...
October 3, 2016: Channels
Carlos A Villalba-Galea
Ion channels constitute a superfamily of membrane proteins found in all living creatures. Their activity allows fast translocation of ions across the plasma membrane down the ion's transmembrane electrochemical gradient, resulting in a difference in electrical potential across the plasma membrane, known as the membrane potential. A group within this superfamily, namely voltage-gated channels, displays activity that is sensitive to the membrane potential. The activity of voltage-gated channels is controlled by the membrane potential, while the membrane potential is changed by these channels' activity...
September 30, 2016: Channels
Mircea C Iftinca, Christophe Altier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 28, 2016: Channels
Kristin E Spong, Jens P Dreier, R Meldrum Robertson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 22, 2016: Channels
Nathalie Leresche, Régis C Lambert
The role of T-type calcium currents is rarely considered in the extensive literature covering the mechanisms of long-term synaptic plasticity. This situation reflects the lack of suitable T-type channel antagonists that till recently has hampered investigations of the functional roles of these channels. However, with the development of new pharmacological and genetic tools, a clear involvement of T-type channels in synaptic plasticity is starting to emerge. Here, we review a number of studies showing that T-type channels participate to numerous homo- and hetero-synaptic plasticity mechanisms that involve different molecular partners and both pre- and post-synaptic modifications...
September 21, 2016: Channels
Kaori Sato-Numata, Tomohiro Numata, Ryuji Inoue, Ravshan Z Sabirov, Yasunobu Okada
Volume- and acid-sensitive outwardly rectifying anion channels (VSOR and ASOR) activated by swelling and acidification exhibit voltage-dependent inactivation and activation time courses, respectively. Recently, LRRC8A and some paralogs were shown to be essentially involved in the activity and inactivation kinetics of VSOR currents in human colonic HCT116 cells. In human cervix HeLa cells, here, inactivation of VSOR currents was found to become accelerated by RNA silencing only of LRRC8A but never decelerated by that of any LRRC8 isoform...
August 31, 2016: Channels
Wuping Sun, Kunitoshi Uchida, Makoto Tominaga
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 29, 2016: Channels
Lena Rubi, Xaver Koenig, Helmut Kubista, Hannes Todt, Karlheinz Hilber
Kir2.x channels in ventricular cardiomyocytes (most prominently Kir2.1) account for the inward rectifier potassium current IK1, which controls the resting membrane potential and the final phase of action potential repolarization. Recently it was hypothesized that the dystrophin-associated protein complex (DAPC) is important in the regulation of Kir2.x channels. To test this hypothesis, we investigated potential IK1 abnormalities in dystrophin-deficient ventricular cardiomyocytes derived from the hearts of Duchenne muscular dystrophy mouse models...
August 25, 2016: Channels
Navid Bavi, Charles D Cox, Eduardo Perozo, Boris Martinac
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 17, 2016: Channels
Shuxi Ren, Chunli Pang, Junwei Li, Yayue Huang, Suhua Zhang, Yong Zhan, Hailong An
Kir2.1 plays key roles in setting rest membrane potential and modulation of cell excitability. Mutations of Kir2.1, such as D172N or E299V, inducing gain-of-function, can cause type3 short QT syndrome (SQT3) due to the enlarged outward currents. So far, there is no clinical drug target to block the currents of Kir2.1. Here, we identified a novel blocker of Kir2.1, styrax, which is a kind of natural compound selected from traditional Chinese medicine. Our data show that styrax can abolish the inward and outward currents of Kir2...
August 12, 2016: Channels
Berit Ebert, Carsten Rautengarten, Joshua L Heazlewood
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 11, 2016: Channels
Krishnendu Pal, Gautam Gangopadhyay
Inactivation path of voltage gated sodium channel has been studied here under various voltage protocols as it is the main governing factor for the periodic occurrence and shape of the action potential. These voltage protocols actually serve as non-equilibrium response spectroscopic tools to study the ion channel in non-equilibrium environment. In contrast to a lot of effort in finding the crystal structure based molecular mechanism of closed-state(CSI) and open-state inactivation(OSI); here our approach is to understand the dynamical characterization of inactivation...
November 2016: Channels
Heather D Snell, Eric B Gonzales
Guanidine compounds act as ion channel modulators. In the case of Cys-loop receptors, the guanidine compound amiloride antagonized the heteromeric GABA-A, glycine, and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. However, amiloride exhibits characteristics consistent with a positive allosteric modulator for the human GABA-A (hGABA-A) ρ1 receptor. Site-directed mutagenesis revealed that the positive allosteric modulation was influenced by the GABA-A ρ1 second transmembrane domain 15' position, a site implicated in ligand allosteric modulation of Cys-loop receptors...
November 2016: Channels
Isabel Rubio-Aliaga, Carsten A Wagner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Channels
Giedrius Kanaporis, Lothar A Blatter
Cardiac alternans, defined beat-to-beat alternations in contraction, action potential (AP) morphology or cytosolic Ca transient (CaT) amplitude, is a high risk indicator for cardiac arrhythmias. We investigated mechanisms of cardiac alternans in single rabbit ventricular myocytes. CaTs were monitored simultaneously with membrane currents or APs recorded with the patch clamp technique. A strong correlation between beat-to-beat alternations of AP morphology and CaT alternans was observed. During CaT alternans application of voltage clamp protocols in form of pre-recorded APs revealed a prominent Ca(2+)-dependent membrane current consisting of a large outward component coinciding with AP phases 1 and 2, followed by an inward current during AP repolarization...
November 2016: Channels
Sulayman D Dib-Hajj
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Channels
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