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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777299/ultrafast-and-slow-cholinergic-transmission-different-involvement-of-acetylcholinesterase-molecular-forms
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REVIEW
Yves Dunant, Victor Gisiger
Acetylcholine (ACh), an ubiquitous mediator substance broadly expressed in nature, acts as neurotransmitter in cholinergic synapses, generating specific communications with different time-courses. (1) Ultrafast transmission. Vertebrate neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) and nerve-electroplaque junctions (NEJs) are the fastest cholinergic synapses; able to transmit brief impulses (1-4 ms) at high frequencies. The collagen-tailed A12 acetylcholinesterase is concentrated in the synaptic cleft of NMJs and NEJs, were it curtails the postsynaptic response by ultrafast ACh hydrolysis...
August 4, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762314/insights-into-nicotinic-receptor-signaling-in-nicotine-addiction-implications-for-prevention-and-treatment
#2
Wuyi Liu, Ming D Li
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) belong to the Cys-loop ligand-gated ion-channel (LGIC) superfamily, which also includes the GABA, glycine, and serotonin receptors. Many nAChR subunits have been identified and shown to be involved in signal transduction on binding to them of either the neurotransmitter acetylcholine or exogenous ligands such as nicotine. The nAChRs are pentameric assemblies of homologous subunits surrounding a central pore that gates cation flux, and they are expressed at neuromuscular junctions throughout the nervous system...
August 1, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721012/comparison-of-neurotoxic-potency-between-a-novel-chinbotulinumtoxina-with-onabotulinumtoxina-incobotulinumtoxina-and-lanbotulinumtoxina-in-rats
#3
Ya Feng, Wuchao Liu, Lizhen Pan, Cong Jiang, Chengxi Zhang, Yuxuan Lu, Zhiyu Nie, Lingjing Jin
Four botulinumtoxin type A (BoNT/A) products, onabotulinumtoxinA (A/Ona), incobotulinumtoxinA (A/Inco), lanbotulinumtoxinA (A/Lan) and chinbotulinumtoxinA (A/Chin), are applied in the present study, among which A/Chin is newly produced. We aimed to compare the neurotoxic potency of these toxins by the gauge of muscle strength reduction. Furthermore, potential molecular and cellular mechanisms were also explored. According to our data, muscle strengths in the four toxin groups were all significantly decreased after injection for 1 week...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690392/congenital-myasthenic-syndrome-phenotypic-variability-in-patients-harbouring-p-t159p-mutation-in-chrne-gene
#4
Anna Ardissone, Isabella Moroni, Pia Bernasconi, Raffaella Brugnoni
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) are rare and heterogeneous genetic diseases characterized by compromised neuromuscular transmission and clinical features of fatigable weakness; age at onset, presenting symptoms, distribution of weakness, and response to treatment differ depending on the underlying molecular defect. Mutations in one of the multiple genes, encoding proteins expressed at the neuromuscular junction, are currently known to be associated with subtypes of CMS. The most common CMS syndrome identified is associated with mutation in the CHRNE gene, causing principally muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptor deficiency, that results in reduced receptor density on the postsynaptic membrane...
March 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623170/nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-inhibitors-derived-from-snake-and-snail-venoms
#5
REVIEW
Sebastien Dutertre, Annette Nicke, Victor Tsetlin
The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) represents the prototype of ligand-gated ion channels. It is vital for neuromuscular transmission and an important regulator of neurotransmission. A variety of toxic compounds derived from diverse species target this receptor and have been of elemental importance in basic and applied research. They enabled milestone discoveries in pharmacology and biochemistry ranging from the original formulation of the receptor concept, the first isolation and structural analysis of a receptor protein (the nAChR) to the identification, localization, and differentiation of its diverse subtypes and their validation as a target for therapeutic intervention...
June 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607408/differences-in-pharmacodynamic-responses-to-rocuronium-in-normal-or-injured-orbicularis-oris-are-associated-with-expression-of-acetylcholine-receptor-subunits
#6
Yong Huang, Yian Xing, Hong Wang, Lianhua Chen, Shitong Li
Previous research has indicated that differences in sensitivities to muscle relaxants exist between facial nerve- and somatic nerve-innervated muscles. Here, we report that the 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) values for rocuronium were significantly larger in the normal orbicularis oris than those in the gastrocnemius. Increased IC50 values and reduced twitch tension were observed after facial nerve injury. The normal orbicularis oris had a smaller muscle fiber cross-sectional area (CSA) and a larger ratio of endplate surface area (ESA) to muscle fiber CSA (ESA/CSA), but no difference was found in the density of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subunits on endplates between normal orbicularis oris and gastrocnemius...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589042/pyridostigmine-induced-prolonged-asystole-in-a-patient-with-myasthenia-gravis-successfully-treated-with-hyoscyamine
#7
Mohammad Saud Khan, Abhinav Tiwari, Zubair Khan, Himani Sharma, Mohammad Taleb, Jeffrey Hammersley
Reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are used as first-line treatment for myasthenia gravis. They improve symptoms by increasing concentration of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction and stimulating nicotinic receptors. Serious bradyarrhythmias can occur from muscarinic stimulation in heart, which in rare cases may progress to asystole. These patients can initially be managed with hyoscyamine, a muscarinic antagonist. Persistence of bradyarrhythmias even after hyoscyamine treatment may warrant pacemaker placement...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543723/neuromuscular-junctions-nmjs-ultrastructural-analysis-and-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-nachr-subunit-mrna-expression-in-offspring-subjected-to-protein-restriction-throughout-pregnancy
#8
Paula Aiello Tomé de Souza Castro, Ludimila Canuto Faccioni, Patrícia Aline Boer, Robson Francisco Carvalho, Selma Maria Michelin Matheus, Maeli Dal-Pai-Silva
Protein restriction during gestation can alter the skeletal muscle phenotype of offspring; however, little is known with regard to whether this also affects the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), as muscle phenotype maintenance depends upon NMJ functional integrity. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of a low protein (6%) intake by dams throughout gestation on male offspring NMJ morphology and nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) α1, γ and ε subunit expression in the soleus (SOL) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles...
April 2017: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489965/evidence-for-the-subsynaptic-zone-as-a-preferential-site-for-chrn-recycling-at-neuromuscular-junctions
#9
Franziska Wild, Muzamil Majid Khan, Rüdiger Rudolf
Vertebrate skeletal muscle contraction is mediated by nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (CHRN). Endocytosis and recycling of CHRN regulate their proper abundance at nerve-muscle synapses, i.e. neuromuscular junctions. Recent work showed that RAB5 is essential for CHRN endocytosis. Here, using in vivo-imaging of endocytosed CHRN and RAB-GFP fusion proteins, we deliver evidence for differential effects of RAB5-GFP, RAB4-GFP, and RAB11-GFP on CHRN endocytosis. Furthermore, while newly endocytosed CHRN colocalized with RAB5-GFP over large stretches of muscle fibers, RAB4-GFP and RAB11-GFP colocalized with endocytosed CHRN almost exclusively at neuromuscular junctions...
May 10, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441759/synaptic-homeostasis-and-its-immunological-disturbance-in-neuromuscular-junction-disorders
#10
REVIEW
Masaharu Takamori
In the neuromuscular junction, postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) clustering, trans-synaptic communication and synaptic stabilization are modulated by the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity. The synaptic functions are based presynaptically on the active zone architecture, synaptic vesicle proteins, Ca(2+) channels and synaptic vesicle recycling. Postsynaptically, they are based on rapsyn-anchored nAChR clusters, localized sensitivity to ACh, and synaptic stabilization via linkage to the extracellular matrix so as to be precisely opposed to the nerve terminal...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440223/structural-insights-into-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-myasthenia-gravis-and-their-therapeutic-implications
#11
Kaori Noridomi, Go Watanabe, Melissa N Hansen, Gye Won Han, Lin Chen
The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) is a major target of autoantibodies in myasthenia gravis (MG), an autoimmune disease that causes neuromuscular transmission dysfunction. Despite decades of research, the molecular mechanisms underlying MG have not been fully elucidated. Here, we present the crystal structure of the nAChR α1 subunit bound by the Fab fragment of mAb35, a reference monoclonal antibody that causes experimental MG and competes with ~65% of antibodies from MG patients. Our structures reveal for the first time the detailed molecular interactions between MG antibodies and a core region on nAChR α1...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428759/morphological-regeneration-and-functional-recovery-of-neuromuscular-junctions-after-tourniquet-induced-injuries-in-mouse-hindlimb
#12
Huiyin Tu, Dongze Zhang, Ryan M Corrick, Robert L Muelleman, Michael C Wadman, Yu-Long Li
Tourniquet application and its subsequent release cause serious injuries to the skeletal muscle, nerve, and neuromuscular junction (NMJ) due to mechanical compression and ischemia-reperfusion (IR). Monitoring structural and functional repair of the NMJ, nerve, and skeletal muscle after tourniquet-induced injuries is beneficial in exploring potential cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for tourniquet-induced injuries, and for establishing effective therapeutic interventions. Here, we observed long-term morphological and functional changes of the NMJ in a murine model of tourniquet-induced hindlimb injuries...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422078/antivenom-for-neuromuscular-paralysis-resulting-from-snake-envenoming
#13
REVIEW
Anjana Silva, Wayne C Hodgson, Geoffrey K Isbister
Antivenom therapy is currently the standard practice for treating neuromuscular dysfunction in snake envenoming. We reviewed the clinical and experimental evidence-base for the efficacy and effectiveness of antivenom in snakebite neurotoxicity. The main site of snake neurotoxins is the neuromuscular junction, and the majority are either: (1) pre-synaptic neurotoxins irreversibly damaging the presynaptic terminal; or (2) post-synaptic neurotoxins that bind to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Pre-clinical tests of antivenom efficacy for neurotoxicity include rodent lethality tests, which are problematic, and in vitro pharmacological tests such as nerve-muscle preparation studies, that appear to provide more clinically meaningful information...
April 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326549/the-three-finger-toxin-fold-a-multifunctional-structural-scaffold-able-to-modulate-cholinergic-functions
#14
REVIEW
Pascal Kessler, Pascale Marchot, Marcela Silva, Denis Servent
Three-finger fold toxins are miniproteins frequently found in Elapidae snake venoms. This fold is characterized by three distinct loops rich in β-strands and emerging from a dense, globular core reticulated by four highly conserved disulfide bridges. The number and diversity of receptors, channels, and enzymes identified as targets of three-finger fold toxins is increasing continuously. Such manifold diversity highlights the specific adaptability of this fold for generating pleiotropic functions. Although this toxin superfamily disturbs many biological functions by interacting with a large diversity of molecular targets, the most significant target is the cholinergic system...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273388/enhanced-transport-of-plant-produced-rabies-single-chain-antibody-rvg-peptide-fusion-protein-across-an-in-cellulo-blood-brain-barrier-device
#15
Waranyoo Phoolcharoen, Christophe Prehaud, Craig J van Dolleweerd, Leonard Both, Anaelle da Costa, Monique Lafon, Julian K-C Ma
The biomedical applications of antibody engineering are developing rapidly and have been expanded to plant expression platforms. In this study, we have generated a novel antibody molecule in planta for targeted delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Rabies virus (RABV) is a neurotropic virus for which there is no effective treatment after entry into the central nervous system. This study investigated the use of a RABV glycoprotein peptide sequence to assist delivery of a rabies neutralizing single-chain antibody (ScFv) across an in cellulo model of human BBB...
March 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238572/seronegative-myasthenia-gravis-associated-with-malignant-thymoma
#16
Jason Richards, James F Howard
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is generally caused by antibodies directed against the neuromuscular junction, including antibodies against the postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR). Pathologic abnormalities of the thymus gland, including thymoma, are associated with MG. We report a 56-year-old woman who presented with double vision. Single fiber EMG confirmed myasthenia gravis. AChR, striational muscle and MuSK antibodies were absent in the serum. Chest CT demonstrated a malignant thymoma. We report the first case of seronegative myasthenia gravis associated with malignant thymoma...
May 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209997/antisense-mir-132-blockade-via-the-ache-r-splice-variant-mitigates-cortical-inflammation
#17
Nibha Mishra, Lyndon Friedson, Geula Hanin, Uriya Bekenstein, Meshi Volovich, Estelle R Bennett, David S Greenberg, Hermona Soreq
MicroRNA (miR)-132 brain-to-body messages suppress inflammation by targeting acetylcholinesterase (AChE), but the target specificity of 3'-AChE splice variants and the signaling pathways involved remain unknown. Using surface plasmon resonance (SPR), we identified preferential miR-132 targeting of soluble AChE-R over synaptic-bound AChE-S, potentiating miR-132-mediated brain and body cholinergic suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Inversely, bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) reduced multiple miR-132 targets, suppressed AChE-S more than AChE-R and elevated inflammatory hallmarks...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106831/ablation-of-protein-kinase-ck2%C3%AE-in-skeletal-muscle-fibers-interferes-with-their-oxidative-capacity
#18
Nane Eiber, Luca Simeone, Said Hashemolhosseini
The tetrameric protein kinase CK2 was identified playing a role at neuromuscular junctions by studying CK2β-deficient muscle fibers in mice, and in cultured immortalized C2C12 muscle cells after individual knockdown of CK2α and CK2β subunits. In muscle cells, CK2 activity appeared to be at least required for regular aggregation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which serves as a hallmark for the presence of a postsynaptic apparatus. Here, we set out to determine whether any other feature accompanies CK2β-deficient muscle fibers...
January 19, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088107/gaas-laser-therapy-reestablishes-the-morphology-of-the-nmj-and-nachrs-after-injury-due-to-bupivacaine
#19
Cristiane Neves Alessi Pissulin, Paula Aiello Tomé de Souza Castro, Flávio Codina, Carina Guidi Pinto, Ivan Jose Vechetti-Junior, Selma Maria Michelin Matheus
BACKGROUND: Local anesthetics are used to relieve pre- and postoperative pain, acting on both sodium channels and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Bupivacaine acts as a non-competitive antagonist and has limitations, such as myotoxicity, neurotoxicity, and inflammation. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has anti-inflammatory, regenerative, and analgesic effects. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of a gallium arsenide laser (GaAs) on the morphology of the NMJ and nAChRs after application of bupivacaine in the sternomastoid muscle...
February 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018246/acetylcholine-induced-inhibition-of-presynaptic-calcium-signals-and-transmitter-release-in-the-frog-neuromuscular-junction
#20
Eduard Khaziev, Dmitry Samigullin, Nikita Zhilyakov, Nijaz Fatikhov, Ellya Bukharaeva, Alexei Verkhratsky, Evgeny Nikolsky
Acetylcholine (ACh), released from axonal terminals of motor neurons in neuromuscular junctions regulates the efficacy of neurotransmission through activation of presynaptic nicotinic and muscarinic autoreceptors. Receptor-mediated presynaptic regulation could reflect either direct action on exocytotic machinery or modulation of Ca(2+) entry and resulting intra-terminal Ca(2+) dynamics. We have measured free intra-terminal cytosolic Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) using Oregon-Green 488 microfluorimetry, in parallel with voltage-clamp recordings of spontaneous (mEPC) and evoked (EPC) postsynaptic currents in post-junctional skeletal muscle fiber...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
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