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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640982/mechanisms-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-mediated-vasoconstriction-of-rat-afferent-arterioles
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Zhengrong Guan, Fuchenchu Wang, Xiangqin Cui, Edward W Inscho
AIM: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) influences resistance vessel function and is implicated in renal pathological processes. Previous studies revealed that S1P evoked potent vasoconstriction of the preglomerular microvasculature, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely defined. We postulated that S1P-mediated preglomerular microvascular vasoconstriction involves activation of voltage-dependent L-type calcium channels (L-VDCC) and the rho/rho kinase pathway. METHODS: Afferent arteriolar reactivity was assessed in vitro using the blood-perfused rat juxtamedullary nephron preparation and diameter was measured during exposure to physiological and pharmacological agents...
June 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638923/-reconstitution-of-large-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-into-artificial-planar-lipid-bilayers
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Jun Cheng, Xiao-Rong Zeng, Xiao-Qiu Tan, Peng-Yun Li, Jing Wen, Liang Mao, Yan Yang
This study was aimed to establish a method to create a stable planar lipid bilayer membranes (PLBMs), in which large conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (BKCa) were reconstituted. Using spreading method, PLBMs were prepared by decane lipid fluid consisting of N2-weathered mixture of phosphatidylcholine and cholesterol at 3:1 ratio. After successful incorporation of BKCa channel into PLBMs, single channel characteristics of BKCa were studied by patch clamp method. The results showed that i) the single channel conductance of BKCa was (206...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637420/bioinformatics-insights-on-targets-receptors-of-amiodarone-in-human-and-acanthamoeba-castellanii
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Abdul Baig, Zohaib Rana, H R Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Amiodarone is prescribed for certain cardiac arrhythmias in medical practice. The drug targets and inhibits voltage dependent sodium (Na+v), calcium (Ca+2v), potassium (K+v) channels, and enzymes like cytochrome P450 and oxidosqualene cyclase. Past studies have shown that amiodarone exerts anti-amoebic effects against Trypanosoma cruzi and Acanthamoeba castellanii. OBJECTIVES: The presence of aforementioned targets and the type of cell death induced by amiodarone in these pathogenic eukaryotes like Acanthamoeba castellanii remain to be verified...
June 21, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630432/down-regulation-of-kca2-3-channels-causes-erectile-dysfunction-in-mice
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Simon Comerma-Steffensen, Attila Kun, Elise R Hedegaard, Susie Mogensen, Christian Aalkjaer, Ralf Köhler, Birgitte Mønster Christensen, Ulf Simonsen
Modulation of endothelial calcium-activated K(+) channels has been proposed as an approach to restore arterial endothelial cell function in disease. We hypothesized that small-conductance calcium-activated K(+) channels (KCa2.3 or SK3) contributes to erectile function. The research was performed in transgenic mice with overexpression (KCa2.3 (T/T(-Dox))) or down-regulation (KCa2.3 (T/T(+Dox))) of the KCa2.3 channels and wild-type C57BL/6-mice (WT). QPCR revealed that KCa2.3 and KCa1.1 channels were the most abundant in mouse corpus cavernosum...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623807/hiv-tat-excites-d1-receptor-like-expressing-neurons-from-rat-nucleus-accumbens
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G Cristina Brailoiu, Elena Deliu, Jeffrey L Barr, Linda M Console-Bram, Alexandra M Ciuciu, Mary E Abood, Ellen M Unterwald, Eugen Brailoiu
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 infection and drug abuse are frequently co-morbid and their association greatly increases the severity of HIV-1-induced neuropathology. While nucleus accumbens (NAcc) function is severely perturbed by drugs of abuse, little is known about how HIV-1 infection affects NAcc. METHODS: We used calcium and voltage imaging to investigate the effect of HIV-1 trans-activator of transcription (Tat) on rat NAcc. Based on previous neuronal studies, we hypothesized that Tat modulates intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis of NAcc neurons...
June 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618338/markolab-a-simulator-to-study-ionic-channel-s-stochastic-behavior
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Robson Rodrigues da Silva, Daniel Gustavo Goroso, Donald M Bers, José Luis Puglisi
Mathematical models of the cardiac cell have started to include markovian representations of the ionic channels instead of the traditional Hodgkin & Huxley formulations. There are many reasons for this: Markov models are not restricted to the idea of independent gates defining the channel, they allow more complex description with specific transitions between open, closed or inactivated states, and more importantly those states can be closely related to the underlying channel structure and conformational changes...
June 12, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614222/next-generation-sequencing-identifies-pathogenic-and-modifier-mutations-in-a-consanguineous-chinese-family-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Xinlin Zhang, Jun Xie, Suhui Zhu, Yuhan Chen, Lian Wang, Biao Xu
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a highly heterogeneous disease displaying considerable interfamilial and intrafamilial phenotypic variation, including disease severity, age of onset, and disease progression. This poorly understood variance raises the possibility of genetic modifier effects, particularly in MYBPC3-associated HCM.In a large consanguineous Chinese HCM family, we identified 8 members harboring the MYBPC3 c.3624delC (p.Lys1209Serfs) disease-causing mutation, but with very disparate phenotypes...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611679/icariin-a-novel-blocker-of-sodium-and-calcium-channels-eliminates-early-and-delayed-afterdepolarizations-as-well-as-triggered-activity-in-rabbit-cardiomyocytes
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Wanzhen Jiang, Mengliu Zeng, Zhenzhen Cao, Zhipei Liu, Jie Hao, Peipei Zhang, Youjia Tian, Peihua Zhang, Jihua Ma
Icariin, a flavonoid monomer from Herba Epimedii, has confirmed pharmacological and biological effects. However, its effects on arrhythmias and cardiac electrophysiology remain unclear. Here we investigate the effects of icariin on ion currents and action potentials (APs) in the rabbit myocardium. Furthermore, the effects of icariin on aconitine-induced arrhythmias were assessed in whole rabbits. Ion currents and APs were recorded in voltage-clamp and current-clamp mode in rabbit left ventricular myocytes (LVMs) and left atrial myocytes (LAMs), respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611661/discovery-and-development-of-calcium-channel-blockers
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Théophile Godfraind
In the mid 1960s, experimental work on molecules under screening as coronary dilators allowed the discovery of the mechanism of calcium entry blockade by drugs later named calcium channel blockers. This paper summarizes scientific research on these small molecules interacting directly with L-type voltage-operated calcium channels. It also reports on experimental approaches translated into understanding of their therapeutic actions. The importance of calcium in muscle contraction was discovered by Sidney Ringer who reported this fact in 1883...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608537/inhibition-of-human-n-and-t-type-calcium-channels-by-an-ortho-phenoxyanilide-derivative-moniro-1
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Jeffrey R McArthur, Leonid Motin, Ellen C Gleeson, Sandro Spiller, Richard J Lewis, Peter J Duggan, Kellie L Tuck, David J Adams
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Voltage-gated calcium channels are involved in peripheral and central nervous system nociception. N-type (Cav 2.2) and T-type (Cav 3.1, Cav 3.2 and Cav 3.3) voltage-gated calcium channels are particularly important in studying and treating pain and epilepsy. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: In this study, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology was used to assess the potency and mechanism of action of a novel ortho-phenoxylanilide derivative, MONIRO-1, against a panel of voltage-gated calcium channels including Cav 1...
June 13, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603044/relaxation-of-isolated-guinea-pig-trachea-by-apigenin-a-constituent-of-celery-via-inhibition-of-phosphodiesterase
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Junn-Lain Chen, Wun-Chang Ko
Apigenin, was reported to have vasodilatory effects by inhibiting Ca(2+) influx through both voltage- and receptor-operated calcium channels, but not by inhibiting cAMP- or cGMP-phosphodiesterases (PDEs) in rat thoracic aorta. However, apigenin was reported to inhibit PDE1, 2 and 3 in guinea-pig lung and heart. The aim of this study was to clarify that guinea-pig tracheal relaxation by apigenin whether via PDE inhibition. We isometrically recorded the tension of isolated guinea-pig tracheal segments on a polygraph...
June 9, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596131/control-of-anterior-pituitary-cell-excitability-by-calcium-activated-potassium-channels
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Michael J Shipston
In anterior pituitary endocrine cells, large (BK), small (SK) and intermediate (IK) conductance calcium activated potassium channels are key determinants in shaping cellular excitability in a cell type- and context-specific manner. Indeed, these channels are targeted by multiple signaling pathways that stimulate or inhibit cellular excitability. BK channels can, paradoxically, both promote electrical bursting as well as terminate bursting and spiking dependent upon intrinsic BK channel properties and proximity to voltage gated calcium channels in somatotrophs, lactotrophs and corticotrophs...
June 5, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595796/the-metal-and-metalloprotein-profile-of-human-plasma-as-biomarkers-for-stroke-diagnosis
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Keaton S Nahan, Kyle B Walsh, Opeolu Adeoye, Julio A Landero-Figueroa
Stroke, a major cause of disability and mortality, affects someone in the United States every 40s. Stroke biomarkers, including those that could be used as a blood test for diagnosis of stroke, have been particularly elusive. We performed a double blind study to identify human plasma biomarkers for the diagnosis of stroke, including acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). We utilized a three-track approach based on the total metal profile, the metal cofactor levels among metalloproteins, and the identification of stroke-related metalloproteins...
July 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594440/calcium-signalling-in-medial-intercalated-cell-dendrites-and-spines
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Cornelia Strobel, Robert K P Sullivan, Peter Stratton, Pankaj Sah
The amygdala plays a central role in fear conditioning and extinction. The medial intercalated (mITC) neurons are GABAergic cell clusters interspaced between the basolateral (BLA) and central amygdala (CeA). These neurons are thought to play a key role in fear and extinction, controlling the output of the CeA by feed-forward inhibition. BLA to mITC cell inputs are though to undergo synaptic plasticity, a mechanism underlying learning, which is mediated by NMDA-receptor dependent mechanisms that require changes in cytosolic calcium...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592688/validation-of-electrical-stimulation-models-intracellular-calcium-measurement-in-3-dimensional-scaffolds
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Robert D Adams, Brinda Gupta, Amy Beth Harkins
Peripheral nerve injury can be disabling. Regeneration is limited by the rate of axonal extension, and proximal injury to peripheral nerves can take over a year to reach target organs. Electrical stimulation (ES) has been shown to increase the rate of neurite growth, though the mechanism is not yet well understood. In our prior manuscript, we developed a computational model that demonstrates how ES can functionally elevate intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) based on ES intensity and duration. Here, we validate the computation model for the intracellular [Ca2+]i changes in neuron soma...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580416/glua2-lacking-ampa-receptors-and-nitric-oxide-signaling-gate-spike-timing-dependent-potentiation-of-glutamate-synapses-in-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
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Samir Haj-Dahmane, Jean Claude Béïque, Roh-Yu Shen
The dorsal raphe nucleus (DRn) receives glutamatergic inputs from numerous brain areas that control the function of DRn serotonin (5-HT) neurons. By integrating these synaptic inputs, 5-HT neurons modulate a plethora of behaviors and physiological functions. However, it remains unknown whether the excitatory inputs onto DRn 5-HT neurons can undergo activity-dependent change of strength, as well as the mechanisms that control their plasticity. Here, we describe a novel form of spike-timing-dependent long-term potentiation (tLTP) of glutamate synapses onto rat DRn 5-HT neurons...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576969/redox-regulation-of-the-yeast-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-homolog-cch1p-by-glutathionylation-of-specific-cysteines
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Avinash Chandel, Anand K Bachhawat
CCH1, the yeast homolog of the pore-forming subunit α1 of the mammalian Voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) located on the plasma membrane mediates the redox-dependent influx of calcium. Cch1p is known to undergo both rapid activation (oxidative stress, high pH) and slow activation (ER stress, mating pheromone activation), but the mechanism of activation is not known. We demonstrate here that the fast activation, as well as the slow activation (tunicamycin or α-factor) is mediated through a common redox-dependant manner...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556246/cacna1g-is-a-genetic-modifier-of-epilepsy-in-a-mouse-model-of-dravet-syndrome
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Jeffrey D Calhoun, Nicole A Hawkins, Nicole J Zachwieja, Jennifer A Kearney
Dravet syndrome, an early onset epileptic encephalopathy, is most often caused by de novo mutation of the neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN1A. Mouse models with deletion of Scn1a recapitulate Dravet syndrome phenotypes, including spontaneous generalized tonic-clonic seizures, susceptibility to seizures induced by elevated body temperature, and elevated risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Importantly, the epilepsy phenotype of Dravet mouse models is highly strain-dependent, suggesting a strong influence of genetic modifiers...
May 28, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540665/different-molecular-mechanisms-mediate-direct-or-glia-dependent-prion-protein-fragment-90-231-neurotoxic-effects-in-cerebellar-granule-neurons
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Stefano Thellung, Elena Gatta, Francesca Pellistri, Valentina Villa, Alessandro Corsaro, Mario Nizzari, Mauro Robello, Tullio Florio
Glia over-stimulation associates with amyloid deposition contributing to the progression of central nervous system neurodegenerative disorders. Here we analyze the molecular mechanisms mediating microglia-dependent neurotoxicity induced by prion protein (PrP)90-231, an amyloidogenic polypeptide corresponding to the protease-resistant portion of the pathological prion protein scrapie (PrP(Sc)). PrP90-231 neurotoxicity is enhanced by the presence of microglia within neuronal culture, and associated to a rapid neuronal [Ca(++)] i increase...
May 25, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538150/lanthanides-report-calcium-sensor-in-the-vestibule-of-ryanodine-receptor
#20
Sándor Sárközi, István Komáromi, István Jóna, János Almássy
Ca(2+) regulates ryanodine receptor's (RyR) activity through an activating and an inhibiting Ca(2+)-binding site located on the cytoplasmic side of the RyR channel. Their altered sensitivity plays an important role in the pathology of malignant hyperthermia and heart failure. We used lanthanide ions (Ln(3+)) as probes to investigate the Ca(2+) sensors of RyR, because they specifically bind to Ca(2+)-binding proteins and they are impermeable to the channel. Eu(3+)'s and Sm(3+)'s action was tested on single RyR1 channels reconstituted into planar lipid bilayers...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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