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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743954/molecular-diversity-of-benthic-ctenophores-coeloplanidae
#1
Ada Alamaru, Bert W Hoeksema, Sancia E T van der Meij, Dorothée Huchon
Coeloplanidae, the largest family of benthic ctenophores, comprises 33 species, all described based on traditional morphological characteristics, such as coloration, length, and number of aboral papillae, which are highly variable and can be affected by fixation methods and environmental conditions. Thus, there is a need for reliable genetic markers to complement the morphological identifications at the species level. Here, we analyzed 95 specimens from 11 morphologically distinct species of benthic ctenophores from the Red Sea and Sulu Sea, and tested selected regions of four genetic markers (ITS1, 18S rRNA, 28S rRNA and COI) for their ability to differentiate between species...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738160/atrial-selective-k-channel-blockers-potential-antiarrhythmic-drugs-in-atrial-fibrillation
#2
Ursula Ravens
In the wake of demographic change in Western countries atrial fibrillation has reached an epidemiological scale, yet current strategies for drug treatment of the arrhythmia lack sufficient efficacy and safety. In search of novel medications, atrial-selective drugs that specifically target atrial over other cardiac functions have been developed. In this lecture, I will address drugs acting on potassium (K+) channels that are either predominantly expressed in atria or possess electrophysiological properties distinct in atria from ventricles...
July 24, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728824/origin-of-the-force-the-force-from-lipids-principle-applied-to-piezo-channels
#3
C D Cox, N Bavi, B Martinac
Piezo channels are a ubiquitously expressed, principal type of molecular force sensor in eukaryotes. They enable cells to decode a myriad of physical stimuli and are essential components of numerous mechanosensory processes. Central to their physiological role is the ability to change conformation in response to mechanical force. Here we discuss the evolutionary origin of Piezo in relation to other MS channels in addition to the force that gates Piezo channels. In particular, we discuss whether Piezo channels are inherently mechanosensitive in accordance with the force-from-lipid paradigm which has been firmly established for bacterial MS channels and two-pore domain K(+) (K2P) channels...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728818/mechanosensitive-piezo-channels-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract
#4
C Alcaino, G Farrugia, A Beyder
Sensation of mechanical forces is critical for normal function of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and abnormalities in mechanosensation are linked to GI pathologies. In the GI tract there are several mechanosensitive cell types-epithelial enterochromaffin cells, intrinsic and extrinsic enteric neurons, smooth muscle cells and interstitial cells of Cajal. These cells use mechanosensitive ion channels that respond to mechanical forces by altering transmembrane ionic currents in a process called mechanoelectrical coupling...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723241/the-effects-of-stretch-activation-on-ionic-selectivity-of-the-trek-2-k2p-k-channel
#5
Ehsan Nematian-Ardestani, Viwan Jarerattanachat, Prafulla Aryal, Mark S P Sansom, Stephen J Tucker
The TREK-2 (KCNK10) K2P potassium channel can be regulated by variety of polymodal stimuli including pressure. In a recent study, we demonstrated that this mechanosensitive K(+) channel responds to changes in membrane tension by undergoing a major structural change from its 'down' state to the more expanded 'up' state conformation. These changes are mostly restricted to the lower part of the protein within the bilayer, but are allosterically coupled to the primary gating mechanism located within the selectivity filter...
July 19, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714121/acetylcholine-dependent-upregulation-of-task-1-channels-in-thalamic-interneurons-by-a-smooth-muscle-like-signalling-pathway
#6
Michael Leist, Susanne Rinné, Maia Datunashvili, Ania Aissaoui, Hans-Christian Pape, Niels Decher, Sven G Meuth, Thomas Budde
The dorsal part of the lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) is the main thalamic site for state-dependent transmission of visual information. Non-retinal inputs from the ascending arousal system and inhibition provided by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic local circuit interneurons (INs) control neuronal activity within the dLGN. In particular, acetylcholine (ACh) depolarizes thalamocortical relay (TC) neurons by inhibiting two-pore domain potassium (K2P ) channels. Conversely, ACh also hyperpolarizes INs via an as-yet-unknown mechanism...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694780/the-effect-of-pungent-and-tingling-compounds-from-piper-nigrum-l-on-background-k-currents
#7
Leopoldo R Beltrán, Corinna Dawid, Madeline Beltrán, Janina Levermann, Sascha Titt, Sini Thomas, Viktoria Pürschel, Miriam Satalik, Günter Gisselmann, Thomas Hofmann, Hanns Hatt
Black peppercorns (Piper nigrum L.) elicit a pungent and tingling oral impression. Their pungency is partially explained by the agonist activity of some of their active principles, especially piperine, on TRP channels. However, we recently showed that piperine, as well as other pungent compounds, also possess a marked effect on two-pore domain (KCNK, K2P) K(+) channels. Members of this family play a key role in maintaining the resting membrane potential of excitable cells. Interestingly, tingling compounds have been shown to induce neuronal excitation by inhibiting KCNK channels...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693035/k2p2-1-trek-1-activator-complexes-reveal-a-cryptic-selectivity-filter-binding-site
#8
Marco Lolicato, Cristina Arrigoni, Takahiro Mori, Yoko Sekioka, Clifford Bryant, Kimberly A Clark, Daniel L Minor
Polymodal thermo- and mechanosensitive two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channels of the TREK subfamily generate 'leak' currents that regulate neuronal excitability, respond to lipids, temperature and mechanical stretch, and influence pain, temperature perception and anaesthetic responses. These dimeric voltage-gated ion channel (VGIC) superfamily members have a unique topology comprising two pore-forming regions per subunit. In contrast to other potassium channels, K2P channels use a selectivity filter 'C-type' gate as the principal gating site...
July 10, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676394/the-glycine-hinge-of-transmembrane-segment-2-modulates-the-subcellular-localization-and-gating-properties-in-trek-channels
#9
Ren-Gong Zhuo, Peng Peng, Jian-Quan Zheng, Yun-Long Zhang, Lei Wen, Xiao-Li Wei, Xiao-Yun Ma
TWIK-Related K(+) channels (TREK), including TREK-1 and TREK-2, belong to the TREK/TRAAK subclass of two-pore domain K(+) (K2P) family. The important functions of transmembrane segment 4 (M4)-glycine hinge in TREK channel gating have been characterized, but the roles of M2-hinge (the equivalent residue of M4-hinge) remain unclear. Here, by characterizing the macroscopic currents, subcellular localization and gating properties of their M2-hinge mutants (G166A for TREK-1 and G196A for TREK-2), we investigated the functions of M2-hinge...
July 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676376/cutaneous-inflammation-regulates-thik1-expression-in-small-c-like-nociceptor-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons
#10
William Haskins, Sergio Benitez, Juan M Mercado, Cristian G Acosta
Tandem pore-domain Halothane Inhibited K(+) channel (THIK1) is a two-pore-domain potassium channel (K2P) present in dorsal root ganglia (DRG). We previously demonstrated that THIK1 mRNA levels in the DRG dropped ipsilaterally 1day after CFA-induced cutaneous inflammation (CFA1). In this study we aimed to identify the currently unknown DRG subpopulations expressing THIK1, and to investigate the relationship between the channel and both inflammatory and spontaneous pain in normal rats. Using a combination of immunohistochemistry, western blotting and behavioural tests, we found that all small neurons and large groups of medium and large DRG neurons express THIK1...
July 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652184/mini-dna-barcode-in-identification-of-the-ornamental-fish-a-case-study-from-northeast-india
#11
Bishal Dhar, Sankar Kumar Ghosh
The ornamental fishes were exported under the trade names or generic names, thus creating problems in species identification. In this regard, DNA barcoding could effectively elucidate the actual species status. However, the problem arises if the specimen is having taxonomic disputes, falsified by trade/generic names, etc., On the other hand, barcoding the archival museum specimens would be of greater benefit to address such issues as it would create firm, error-free reference database for rapid identification of any species...
June 23, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623498/minimal-barcode-distance-between-two-water-mite-species-from-madeira-island-a-cautionary-tale
#12
Ricardo García-Jiménez, Jose Luis Horreo, Antonio G Valdecasas
In this work, we compare morphological and molecular data in their ability to distinguish between species of water mites (Acari, Prostigmata, Hydrachnidia). We have focused on the two species of the genus Lebertia inhabiting the island of Madeira. While traditional morphological traits were initially sufficient to distinguish between these two species, the molecular data were more dependable on the kind of analysis carried out. Single arbitrary genetic distance (e.g. a K2P distance below 2%) may lead to the conclusion that the specimens under study belong to the same species...
June 16, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610203/new-species-of-i-ameletus-i-eaton-1885-from-the-russian-far-east-with-notes-on-i-ameletus-i-i-camtschaticus-i-ulmer-1927-ephemeroptera-ameletidae
#13
Tatiana M Tiunova, Aleksandr A Semenchenko, Oleg A Velyaev
The male imagoes, larvae, and eggs of Ameletus allengaensis sp. nov. and Ameletus sirotskii sp. nov. from the Russian Far East are described. Based on the structure of the male genitalia, the imago and larvae of A. allengaensis sp. nov. and A. sirotskii sp. nov. are similar to those of A. camtschaticus, but the discovery of these new species and separation from A. camtschaticus were confirmed by studies of the morphology of the larvae and male imago, as well as molecular analysis. Identity of various developmental stages of the new species were confirmed by analysis of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome oxidase 1 (COI) DNA barcode, which was also used to reconstruct the phylogenetic relationships within the genus Ameletus...
June 11, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610073/new-or-little-known-species-of-i-chaetocladius-i-s-str-kieffer-1911-diptera-chironomidae-orthocladiinae-from-the-amur-river-basin-russian-far-east
#14
Eugenyi A Makarchenko, Marina A Makarchenko, Alexander A Semenchenko
Chironomids of the subgenus Chaetocladius s. str. from the Amur River basin are revised using both morphological characters and molecular data. Three new species, C. egorych sp. nov., C. lopatinskiy sp. nov. and C. yavorskayae sp. nov., are described and figured. The pupa of C. fedotkin is described for the first time. Adult males of C. ligni and C. piger, little-known in the Far East, are redescribed and annotated, and key to males of the Chaetocladius s. str. from the Amur River basin is provided. A reference 658 bp barcode sequence from a fragment of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome oxidase I (COI) was used as a tool for species delimitation...
March 27, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583325/neuroprotective-effect-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-against-mpp-induced-neurotoxicity-in-pc12-cells-involvement-of-k2p-channels-and-stretch-activated-ion-channels
#15
Lu Zhao, Yi Feng, Aiwei Shi, Lei Zhang, Shifang Guo, Mingxi Wan
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta. 1-Methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+)) is a dopaminergic neuronal toxin that is widely used in constructing Parkinson's disease models in vitro. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) is a non-invasive therapeutic approach that has neuromodulation and neuroprotective effects in the central neural system; however, whether LIPUS can provide protection for dopaminergic neurons against MPP(+)-induced neurocytotoxicity remains unknown...
June 2, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578667/molecular-characterization-of-anopheline-diptera-culicidae-mosquitoes-from-eight-geographical-locations-of-sri-lanka
#16
Thilini C Weeraratne, Sinnathambi N Surendran, Lisa J Reimer, Charles S Wondji, M Devika B Perera, Catherine Walton, S H P Parakrama Karunaratne
BACKGROUND: Genus Anopheles is a major mosquito group of interest in Sri Lanka as it includes vectors of malaria and its members exist as species complexes. Taxonomy of the group is mainly based on morphological features, which are not conclusive and can be easily erased while handling the specimens. A combined effort, using morphology and DNA barcoding (using the markers cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene and internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) region, was made during the present study to recognize anophelines collected from eight districts of Sri Lanka for the first time...
June 2, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578242/removal-of-antibiotics-sulfamethazine-tetracycline-and-chloramphenicol-from-aqueous-solution-by-raw-and-nitrogen-plasma-modified-steel-shavings
#17
Van Son Tran, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Cuong Ton-That, Jianxin Li, Jixiang Li, Yi Liu
The removal of sulfamethazine (SMT), tetracycline (TC) and chloramphenicol (CP) from synthetic wastewater by raw (M3) and nitrogen plasma modified steel shavings (M3-plN2) was investigated using batch experiments. The adsorption kinetics could be expressed by both pseudo-first-order kinetic (PFO) and pseudo-second-order kinetic (PSO) models, where correlation coefficient r(2) values were high. The values of PFO rate constant k1p and PSO rate constant k2p decreased as SMT-M3>SMT-M3-plN2>TC-M3-plN2>TC-M3>CP-M3>CP-M3-plN2 and SMT-M3>SMT-M3-plN2>TC-M3>TC-M3-plN2>CP-M3>CP-M3-plN2, respectively...
June 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539337/altered-expression-and-modulation-of-the-two-pore-domain-k2p-mechano-gated-potassium-channel-trek-1-in-overactive-human-detrusor
#18
Ricardo H Pineda, Balachandar Nedumaran, Joseph A Hypolite, Xiao-Qing Pan, Shandra Wilson, Randall B Meacham, Anna P Malykhina
Background Detrusor overactivity (DO) is the abnormal response of the urinary bladder to physiological stretch during the filling phase of the micturition cycle. The mechanisms of bladder smooth muscle compliance upon the wall stretch are poorly understood. We previously reported that the function of normal detrusor is regulated by TREK-1, a member of the mechano-gated subfamily of two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channels. In the present study, we aimed to identify the changes in expression and function of TREK-1 channels under pathological conditions associated with DO, evaluate the potential relationship between TREK-1 channels and cytoskeletal proteins in the human bladder, and test the possibility of modulation of TREK-1 channel expression by small RNAs...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526353/stretch-activated-two-pore-domain-k2p-potassium-channels-in-the-heart-focus-on-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
#19
Constanze Schmidt, Felix Wiedmann, Stefan M Kallenberger, Antonius Ratte, Jan S Schulte, Beatrix Scholz, Frank Ulrich Müller, Niels Voigt, Maria-Patapia Zafeiriou, Joachim R Ehrlich, Ursula Tochtermann, Gábor Veres, Arjang Ruhparwar, Matthias Karck, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
Two-pore-domain potassium (K2P) channels modulate cellular excitability. The significance of stretch-activated cardiac K2P channels (K2P2.1, TREK-1, KCNK2; K2P4.1, TRAAK, KCNK4; K2P10.1, TREK-2, KCNK10) in heart disease has not been elucidated in detail. The aim of this work was to assess expression and remodeling of mechanosensitive K2P channels in atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) patients in comparison to murine models. Cardiac K2P channel levels were quantified in atrial (A) and ventricular (V) tissue obtained from patients undergoing open heart surgery...
May 16, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526352/stretch-activated-potassium-currents-in-the-heart-focus-on-trek-1-and-arrhythmias
#20
REVIEW
Niels Decher, Aytug K Kiper, Susanne Rinné
This review focuses on the role and the molecular candidates of the cardiac stretch-activated potassium current (SAK). The functional properties of the two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channel TREK-1, a major candidate for the cardiac SAK, are analyzed and the molecular mechanism of stretch-activation in K2P potassium channels is discussed. Furthermore, the functional modulation of TREK-1 by different cardiac interaction partners, as well as evidence for the functional role of the stretch-dependent TREK-1 and its putative subunits in the heart is reviewed...
May 16, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
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