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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534100/dose-dependent-differential-effects-of-in-vivo-exposure-of-cadmium-on-myometrial-activity-in-rats-involvement-of-vdcc-and-ca-2-mimicking-pathways
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Vivek K Saroj, Udayraj P Nakade, Abhishek Sharma, Soumen Choudhury, Sunil W Hajare, Satish K Garg
Present study was undertaken to study the effect of 28-days exposure of female adult rats to cadmium (Cd) in drinking water @ 3, 10 and 30 parts per million (ppm) on myometrial responsiveness to different spasmogens and unravel the possible mechanism of alterations in myometrial activity. Cadmium and Ca(2+) levels in blood and uterus were measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy while isometric tension in myometrial strips was measured using data acquisition system-based physiograph. Dose-dependent increase in levels of cadmium was observed in both blood and uterus while calcium was increased only in the uterus as compared to those in control...
May 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532547/calcium-dynamics-regulating-the-timing-of-decision-making-in-c-elegans
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Yuki Tanimoto, Akiko Yamazoe-Umemoto, Kosuke Fujita, Yuya Kawazoe, Yosuke Miyanishi, Shuhei J Yamazaki, Xianfeng Fei, Karl Emanuel Busch, Keiko Gengyo-Ando, Junichi Nakai, Yuichi Iino, Yuishi Iwasaki, Koichi Hashimoto, Koutarou D Kimura
Brains regulate behavioral responses with distinct timings. Here we investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the timing of decision-making during olfactory navigation in Caenorhabditis elegans. We find that, based on subtle changes in odor concentrations, the animals appear to choose the appropriate migratory direction from multiple trials as a form of behavioral decision-making. Through optophysiological, mathematical and genetic analyses of neural activity under virtual odor gradients, we further find that odor concentration information is temporally integrated for a decision by a gradual increase in intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i), which occurs via L-type voltage-gated calcium channels in a pair of olfactory neurons...
May 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524267/synaptic-activity-suppresses-expression-of-neurogenic-differentiation-factor-2-in-an-nmda-receptor-dependent-manner
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Fading Chen, Benjamin J Hall
Neurogenic differentiation factor 2 (NeuroD2) is a highly expressed transcription factor in the developing central nervous system. In newborn neurons, NeuroD2-mediated gene expression promotes differentiation, maturation, and survival. In addition to these early, cell-intrinsic developmental processes, NeuroD2 in post-mitotic neurons also regulates synapse growth and ion channel expression to control excitability. While NeuroD2 transactivation can be induced in an activity-dependent manner, little is known about how expression of NeuroD2 itself is regulated...
May 19, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515322/g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-directly-modulates-vesicle-fusion-by-competing-with-synaptotagmin-for-binding-to-neuronal-snare-proteins-embedded-in-membranes
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Zack Zurawski, Brian Page, Michael C Chicka, Rebecca L Brindley, Christopher A Wells, Anita M Preininger, Karren Hyde, James A Gilbert, Osvaldo Cruz-Rodriguez, Kevin P M Currie, Edwin R Chapman, Simon Alford, Heidi E Hamm
Gi/o-coupled GPCRs can inhibit neurotransmitter release at synapses via multiple mechanisms. In addition to Gβγ-mediated modulation of voltage-gated calcium channels(VGCC), inhibition can also be mediated through the direct interaction of Gβγ subunits with the soluble N-ethylmaleimide attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex of the vesicle fusion apparatus. Binding studies with soluble SNARE complexes have shown that Gβγ binds to both ternary SNARE complexes, t-SNARE heterodimers, and monomeric SNAREs, competing with synaptotagmin(syt)1 for binding sites on t-SNARE...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514017/isopimaric-acid-a-multi-targeting-ion-channel-modulator-reducing-excitability-and-arrhythmicity-in-a-spontaneously-beating-mouse-atrial-cell-line
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Sajjad Salari, Malin Silverå Ejneby, Johan Brask, Fredrik Elinder
AIM: Atrial fibrillation is the most common persistent cardiac arrhythmia, and it is not well controlled by present drugs. Because some resin acids open voltage-gated potassium channels and reduce neuronal excitability, we explored the effects of the resin acid isopimaric acid (IPA) on action potentials and ion currents in cardiomyocytes. METHODS: Spontaneously beating mouse atrial HL-1 cells were investigated with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. RESULTS: 1-25 μmol L(-1) IPA reduced the action potential frequency by up to 50%...
May 17, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512860/intrinsic-cellular-and-molecular-properties-of-in-vivo-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-are-altered-in-the-absence-of-key-synaptic-matrix-molecules
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Stephan Jansen, Christine Gottschling, Andreas Faissner, Denise Manahan-Vaughan
Hippocampal synaptic plasticity comprises a key cellular mechanism for information storage. In the hippocampus, both long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) are triggered by synaptic Ca(2+) -elevations that are typically mediated by the opening of voltage-gated cation channels, such as N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR), in the postsynaptic density. The integrity of the post-synaptic density is ensured by the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here, we explored whether synaptic plasticity is affected in adult behaving mice that lack the ECM proteins brevican, neurocan, tenascin-C and tenascin-R (TG)...
May 17, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507506/differential-regulation-of-pi-4-5-p2-sensitivity-of-kv7-2-and-kv7-3-channels-by-calmodulin
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Carolina Gomis-Perez, Maria V Soldovieri, Covadonga Malo, Paolo Ambrosino, Maurizio Taglialatela, Pilar Areso, Alvaro Villarroel
HIGHLIGHTS - Calmodulin-dependent Kv7.2 current density without the need of binding calcium.- Kv7.2 current density increase is accompanied with resistance to PI(4,5)P2 depletion.- Kv7.3 current density is insensitive to calmodulin elevation.- Kv7.3 is more sensitive to PI(4,5)P2 depletion in the presence of calmodulin.- Apo-calmodulin influences PI(4,5)P2 dependence in a subunit specific manner. The identification and understanding of critical factors regulating M-current functional density, whose main components are Kv7...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506888/calcium-sensing-receptor-erk-signaling-promotes-odontoblastic-differentiation-of-human-dental-pulp-cells
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Hiroyuki Mizumachi, Shinichiro Yoshida, Atsushi Tomokiyo, Daigaku Hasegawa, Sayuri Hamano, Asuka Yuda, Hideki Sugii, Suguru Serita, Hiromi Mitarai, Katsuaki Koori, Naohisa Wada, Hidefumi Maeda
Activation of the G protein-coupled calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) has crucial roles in skeletal development and bone turnover. Our recent study has identified a role for activated CaSR in the osteogenic differentiation of human periodontal ligament stem cells. Furthermore, odontoblasts residing inside the tooth pulp chamber play a central role in dentin formation. However, it remains unclear how CaSR activation affects the odontoblastic differentiation of human dental pulp cells (HDPCs). We have investigated the odontoblastic differentiation of HDPCs exposed to elevated levels of extracellular calcium (Ca) and strontium (Sr), and the contribution of CaSR and the L-type voltage-dependent calcium channel (L-VDCC) to this process...
May 12, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506204/antibiotic-effects-of-loperamide-homology-of-human-targets-of-loperamide-with-targets-in-acanthamoeba-spp
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Abdul Mannan Baig, Zohaib Rana, M Mohsin Mannan, S Sumayya Tariq, H R Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Loperamide is an anti-diarrheal drug prescribed for non-infectious diarrhea. The drug is an opioid receptor agonist, a blocker of voltage-dependent calcium channel (Cav) and a calmodulin (CaM) inhibitor on human cells. Loperamide has been reported to exert anti-amoebic effects against pathogenic strains of Acanthamoeba castellanii. OBJECTIVES: The precise mode of antibiotic action, cellular target homology with human counterparts and the pattern of cell death induced by loperamide in Acanthamoeba castellanii remain to be established...
April 25, 2017: Recent Patents on Anti-infective Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493233/neurite-outgrowth-stimulated-by-oxytocin-is-modulated-by-inhibition-of-the-calcium-voltage-gated-channels
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M Zatkova, A Reichova, Z Bacova, V Strbak, A Kiss, J Bakos
Neuropeptide oxytocin contributes to the regulation of the neuron differentiation and cell morphology. However, the precise mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Oxytocin receptor function and its coupling to calcium entry are obvious objects of interest in relation to the neuron morphology. Postsynaptic scaffolding proteins including SHANK proteins interact with other synaptic molecules and change dendritic morphology. SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cell line represents a useful neurobiological in vitro model to study the short-term oxytocin effects on neurite outgrowth and underlying mechanisms...
May 10, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490495/exclusion-of-alternative-exon-33-of-cav1-2-calcium-channels-in-heart-is-proarrhythmogenic
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Guang Li, Juejin Wang, Ping Liao, Peter Bartels, Hengyu Zhang, Dejie Yu, Mui Cheng Liang, Kian Keong Poh, Chye Yun Yu, Fengli Jiang, Tan Fong Yong, Yuk Peng Wong, Zhenyu Hu, Hua Huang, Guangqin Zhang, Mary Joyce Galupo, Jin-Song Bian, Sathivel Ponniah, Scott Lee Trasti, Kelvin See, Roger Foo, Uta C Hoppe, Stefan Herzig, Tuck Wah Soong
Alternative splicing changes the CaV1.2 calcium channel electrophysiological property, but the in vivo significance of such altered channel function is lacking. Structure-function studies of heterologously expressed CaV1.2 channels could not recapitulate channel function in the native milieu of the cardiomyocyte. To address this gap in knowledge, we investigated the role of alternative exon 33 of the CaV1.2 calcium channel in heart function. Exclusion of exon 33 in CaV1.2 channels has been reported to shift the activation potential -10...
May 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487419/membrane-depolarization-activates-bk-channels-through-rock-mediated-%C3%AE-1-subunit-surface-trafficking-to-limit-vasoconstriction
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M Dennis Leo, Xue Zhai, Padmapriya Muralidharan, Korah P Kuruvilla, Simon Bulley, Frederick A Boop, Jonathan H Jaggar
Membrane depolarization of smooth muscle cells (myocytes) in the small arteries that regulate regional organ blood flow leads to vasoconstriction. Membrane depolarization also activates large-conductance calcium (Ca(2+))-activated potassium (BK) channels, which limits Ca(2+) channel activity that promotes vasoconstriction, thus leading to vasodilation. We showed that in human and rat arterial myocytes, membrane depolarization rapidly increased the cell surface abundance of auxiliary BK β1 subunits but not that of the pore-forming BKα channels...
May 9, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483976/targeting-a-potassium-channel-syntaxin-interaction-ameliorates-cell-death-in-ischemic-stroke
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Chung-Yang Yeh, Ashlyn M Bulas, Aubin Moutal, Jami L Saloman, Karen A Hartnett, Charles T Anderson, Thanos Tzounopoulos, Dandan Sun, Rajesh Khanna, Elias Aizenman
The voltage-gated K(+) channel Kv2.1 has been intimately linked with neuronal apoptosis. After ischemic, oxidative, or inflammatory insults, Kv2.1 mediates a pronounced, delayed enhancement of K(+) efflux, generating an optimal intracellular environment for caspase and nuclease activity, key components of programmed cell death. This apoptosis-enabling mechanism is initiated via Zn(2+)-dependent dual phosphorylation of Kv2.1, increasing the interaction between the channel's intracellular C-terminus domain and the SNARE protein syntaxin 1A...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482835/mechanism-of-resveratrol-induced-relaxation-in-the-human-gallbladder
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Ching-Chung Tsai, Ming-Che Lee, Shu-Leei Tey, Ching-Wen Liu, Shih-Che Huang
BACKGROUND: Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound extracted from plants and is also a constituent of red wine. Resveratrol produces relaxation of vascular smooth muscle and may prevent cardiovascular diseases. Although resveratrol has been reported to cause relaxation of the guinea pig gallbladder, limited data are available about the effect of resveratrol on the gallbladder smooth muscle in humans. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relaxation effects of resveratrol in human gallbladder muscle strips...
May 8, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476946/in-vivo-calcium-signaling-during-synaptic-refinement-at-the-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
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Fernando Vonhoff, Haig Keshishian
Neural activity plays a key role in pruning aberrant synapses in various neural systems, including the mammalian cortex, where low frequency (0.01 Hz) calcium oscillations refine topographic maps. However, the activity-dependent molecular mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Activity-dependent pruning also occurs at embryonic Drosophila neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), where low frequency Ca(2+) oscillations are required for synaptic refinement and the response to the muscle-derived chemorepellant Sema2a...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472069/detection-of-trpv4-channel-current-like-activity-in-fawn-hooded-hypertensive-fhh-rat-cerebral-arterial-muscle-cells
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Debebe Gebremedhin, David X Zhang, Dorothee Weihrauch, Nnamdi N Uche, David R Harder
The transient receptor potential vallinoid type 4 (TRPV4) is a calcium entry channel known to modulate vascular function by mediating endothelium-dependent vasodilation. The present study investigated if isolated cerebral arterial myocytes of the Fawn Hooded hypertensive (FHH) rat, known to display exaggerated KCa channel current activity and impaired myogenic tone, express TRPV4 channels at the transcript and protein level and exhibit TRPV4-like single-channel cationic current activity. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), Western blot, and immunostaining analysis detected the expression of mRNA transcript and translated protein of TRPV4 channel in FHH rat cerebral arterial myocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461778/expression-profile-of-mitochondrial-voltage-dependent-anion-channel-1-vdac1-influenced-genes-is-associated-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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Tong Zhou, Haiyang Tang, Ying Han, Dustin Fraidenburg, Young-Won Kim, Donghee Lee, Jeongyoon Choi, Hyoweon Bang, Jae-Hong Ko
Several human diseases have been associated with mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channel-1 (VDAC1) due to its role in calcium ion transportation and apoptosis. Recent studies suggest that VDAC1 may interact with endothelium-dependent nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). Decreased VDAC1 expression may limit the physical interaction between VDAC1 and eNOS and thus impair nitric oxide production, leading to cardiovascular diseases, including pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). In this report, we conducted meta-analysis of genome-wide expression data to identify VDAC1 influenced genes implicated in PAH pathobiology...
May 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459217/verapamil-augments-carmustine-and-irradiation-induced-senescence-in-glioma-cells-by-reducing-intracellular-reactive-oxygen-species-and-calcium-ion-levels
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Seok Won Ham, Hee-Young Jeon, Hyunggee Kim
Resistance to conventional therapies and frequent recurrence are the major obstacles to the treatment of high-grade gliomas, including glioblastoma. Thus, the development of new therapeutic strategies to overcome these obstacles is necessary to improve the treatment outcomes. In this study, we found that verapamil, a pan-adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette transporter and L-type voltage-dependent calcium channel inhibitor, sensitized U87MG glioma cells to carmustine- and irradiation-induced senescence. Furthermore, our results indicated that verapamil treatment, in combination with carmustine and irradiation, rendered U87MG glioma cells and several patient-derived glioma stem cells more sensitive to therapy-induced senescence than individual or dual-combination treatments...
May 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456310/deltamethrin-affects-the-expression-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-%C3%AE-1-subunits-and-the-locomotion-egg-laying-foraging-behavior-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Rune Zeng, Xing Yu, Xing Tan, Shan Ye, Zhong Ding
Deltamethrin belongs to the class of synthetic pyrethroids, which are being widely used as insecticides in agricultural practices. Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) are the primary targets of these chemicals for toxicity to insects. Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) does not have VGSCs but is susceptible to deltamethrin. Recent findings have suggested that pyrethroids can affect voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs). However, it remains elusive whether deltamethrin induces toxicity to C. elegans via modulating the activity of VGCCs...
May 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450909/impact-of-gabapentin-on-neuronal-high-voltage-activated-ca-2-channel-properties-of-injured-side-axotomized-and-adjacent-uninjured-dorsal-root-ganglions-in-a-rat-model-of-spinal-nerve-ligation
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Minmin Zhu, Xiaodi Sun, Xiaodong Chen, Hang Xiao, Manlin Duan, Jianguo Xu
The density and properties of ion channels in the injured axon and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neuronal soma membrane change following nerve injury, which may result in the development of neuropathic pain. Gabapentin (GBP) is a drug for the first-line treatment of neuropathic pain. One of its therapeutic targets is the voltage-activated calcium channel (VACC). In the present study, the whole-cell patch clamp technique was used to examine the changes of high voltage-activated Ca(2+) (HVA-Ca(2+)) channels in DRG neurons from sham and neuropathic rats in the absence and presence of GBP...
March 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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