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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922555/laser-micro-ablation-of-fibrocartilage-tissue-effects-of-tissue-processing-on-porosity-modification-and-mechanics
#1
A M Matuska, P S McFetridge
The temporomandibular joint disk (TMJd) is an extremely dense and avascular fibrocartilaginous extracellular matrix (ECM) resulting in a limited regenerative capacity. The use of decellularized TMJd as a biocompatible scaffold to guide tissue regeneration is restricted by innate subcellular porosity of the ECM that hinders cellular infiltration and regenerative events. Incorporation of an artificial microporosity through laser micro-ablation (LMA) can alleviate these cell and diffusion based limitations. In this study, LMA was performed either before or after decellularization to assess to effect of surfactant treatment on porosity modification as well as the resultant mechanical and physical scaffold properties...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922372/reduction-of-organelle-motility-by-removal-of-potassium-and-other-solutes
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John W Murray, David Yin, Allan W Wolkoff
There are surprisingly few studies that describe how the composition of cell culture medium may affect the trafficking of organelles. Here we utilize time lapse multi-channel fluorescent imaging to show that short term exposure of Huh-7 cells to medium lacking potassium, sodium, or chloride strongly reduces but does not eliminate the characteristic back and forth and cell-traversing movement of fluorescent EGF (FL-EGF) containing organelles. We focused on potassium because of its relatively low abundance in media and serum and its energy requiring accumulation into cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922053/distribution-and-function-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-in-the-nervous-system
#3
Jun Wang, Shao-Wu Ou, Yun-Jie Wang
Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) are the basic ion channels for neuronal excitability, which are crucial for the resting potential and the generation and propagation of action potentials in neurons. To date, at least nine distinct sodium channel isoforms have been detected in the nervous system. Recent studies have identified that voltage-gated sodium channels not only play an essential role in the normal electrophysiological activities of neurons but also have a close relationship with neurological diseases...
September 18, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921040/euro-esli-a-european-audit-of-real-world-use-of-eslicarbazepine-acetate-as-a-treatment-for-partial-onset-seizures
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Vicente Villanueva, Martin Holtkamp, Norman Delanty, Juan Rodriguez-Uranga, Rob McMurray, Patricia Santagueda
The Euro-Esli study was an exploratory pooled analysis of data from 14 European clinical practice studies, which was conducted to audit the real-world effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) as an adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures. Retention and effectiveness were assessed after 3, 6, and 12 months of ESL treatment, and at the final visit. Safety and tolerability were assessed throughout ESL treatment by evaluating adverse events (AEs) and ESL discontinuation due to AEs...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920862/enhanced-endothelium-epithelial-sodium-channel-signaling-prompts-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-obese-female-mice
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Guanghong Jia, Javad Habibi, Annayya R Aroor, Michael A Hill, Vincent G DeMarco, Li E Lee, Lixin Ma, Brady J Barron, Adam Whaley-Connell, James R Sowers
OBJECTIVE: Enhanced activation of cell specific mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs) in obesity plays a key role in the development of cardiovascular disease including cardiac diastolic dysfunction as a critical prognosticator. Our previous investigations demonstrated that selective endothelium MR activation promotes a maladaptive inflammatory response and fibrosis in cardiovascular tissue in female mice fed a western diet (WD), and this was associated with expression and activation of the epithelial sodium channel on the surface of endothelial cells (EnNaC)...
September 8, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916354/abnormal-sodium-channel-mrna-splicing-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#6
Adam M Noyes, Anyu Zhou, Ge Gao, Lianzhi Gu, Sharlene Day, J Andrew Wasserstrom, Samuel C Dudley
BACKGROUND: Our previous studies showed that in ischemic and nonischemic heart failure (HF), the voltage-gated cardiac Na(+) channel α subunit (SCN5A) mRNA is abnormally spliced to produce two truncated transcript variants (E28C and D) that activate the unfolded protein response (UPR). We tested whether SCN5A post-transcriptional regulation was abnormal in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Human heart tissue was obtained from HCM patients...
September 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915149/bulleyaconitine-a-preferably-reduces-tetrodotoxin-sensitive-sodium-current-in-uninjured-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-of-neuropathic-rats-probably-via-inhibition-of-protein-kinase-c
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Man-Xiu Xie, Rui-Ping Pang, Jie Yang, Kai-Feng Shen, Jing Xu, Xiong-Xiong Zhong, Shao-Kun Wang, Xiao-Long Zhang, Yan-Qing Liu, Xian-Guo Liu
Oral Bulleyaconitine A (BLA) is effective for treating neuropathic pain in human patients, but the underlying mechanism is poorly understood. Here, we tested whether BLA blocked voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. Compelling evidence shows that voltage-gated sodium channels are upregulated in uninjured DRG neurons but downregulated in injured ones following peripheral nerve injury. We found that BLA preferably inhibited Na currents in uninjured DRG neurons in neuropathic rats...
July 17, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913981/age-dependent-expression-of-nav1-9-channels-in-medial-prefrontal-cortex-mpfc-pyramidal-neurons-in-rats
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Maciej Gawlak, Bartłomiej Szulczyk, Adam Berlowski, Katarzyna Grzelka, Anna Stachurska, Justyna Pelka, Katarzyna Czarzasta, Maciej Malecki, Przemyslaw Kurowski, Ewa Nurowska, Pawel Szulczyk
Developmental changes that occur in the prefrontal cortex during adolescence alter behavior. These behavioral alterations likely stem from changes in prefrontal cortex neuronal activity, which may depend on the properties and expression of ion channels. Nav1.9 sodium channels conduct a Na(+) current that is TTX resistant with a low threshold and noninactivating over time. The purpose of this study was to assess the presence of Nav1.9 channels in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) layer II and V pyramidal neurons in young (20-day-old), late adolescent (60-day-old) and adult (6-7-month-old) rats...
September 15, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912106/vascular-activation-of-k-channels-and-na-k-atpase-activity-of-estrogen-deficient-female-rats
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Rogério Faustino Ribeiro, Jonaina Fiorim, Vinicius Bermond Marques, Karoline de Sousa Ronconi, Tatiani Botelho, Marcella D Grando, Lusiane M Bendhack, Dalton Valentim Vassallo, Ivanita Stefanon
The goal of the present study was to evaluate vascular potassium channels and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase activity in estrogen deficient female rats. Female rats that underwent ovariectomy were assigned to receive daily treatment with placebo (OVX) or estrogen replacement (OVX+E2, 1mg/kg, once a week, i.m.). Aortic rings were used to examine the involvement of K(+) channels and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase in vascular reactivity. Acetylcholine (ACh)-induced relaxation was analyzed in the presence of L-NAME (100μM) and K(+) channels blockers: tetraethylammonium (TEA, 5mM), 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, 5mM), iberiotoxin (IbTX, 30nM), apamin (0...
September 11, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911306/management-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
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Ioanna Gouni-Berthold, Ruth Hanssen, Lisa Ravarani, Heiner K Berthold
BACKGROUND: In patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) there is a clear association between blood pressure (BP) levels and macrovascular and microvascular complications. However, the BP targets that need to be achieved for optimal outcomes remain controversial. METHODS: The purpose of this narrative review is to discuss BP targets and management in patients with DM. The subject of elevated heart rate, which has been associated with mortality in many populations, and which is observed in some patients with DM will also be addressed...
June 8, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910154/activation-of-veratridine-sensitive-sodium-channels-but-not-electrical-field-stimulation-dilates-porcine-retinal-arterioles-with-preserved-perivascular-tissue
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Nils M Kratholm, Peter Skov Jensen, Sidse Kringelholt, Ulf Simonsen, Toke Bek
PURPOSE: Disturbances in retinal blood flow are a prominent feature of vision threatening retinal diseases. The regulation of tone in retinal resistance vessels involves the perivascular retinal tissue, but it is unknown to what extent neurons or glial cells contribute to the effect. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to study the contribution of neurons in the perivascular retina to vascular tone during activation of voltage-gated sodium channels with veratridine and electrical field stimulation (EFS)...
September 14, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906525/stereolithographic-printing-of-ionically-crosslinked-alginate-hydrogels-for-degradable-biomaterials-and-microfluidics
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Thomas M Valentin, Susan E Leggett, Po-Yen Chen, Jaskiranjeet K Sodhi, Lauren H Stephens, Hayley D McClintock, Jea Yun Sim, Ian Y Wong
3D printed biomaterials with spatial and temporal functionality could enable interfacial manipulation of fluid flows and motile cells. However, such dynamic biomaterials are challenging to implement since they must be responsive to multiple, biocompatible stimuli. Here, we show stereolithographic printing of hydrogels using noncovalent (ionic) crosslinking, which enables reversible patterning with controlled degradation. We demonstrate this approach using sodium alginate, photoacid generators and various combinations of divalent cation salts, which can be used to tune the hydrogel degradation kinetics, pattern fidelity, and mechanical properties...
September 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905546/-hypertension-in-people-of-african-descent
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Fabien Cane, Sofia Zisimopoulou, Antoinette Pechère-Bertschi
Hypertension in people of African descent presents an increased prevalence, an earlier and more severe target organ damage and is harder to control compared to other ethnicities. Preeclampsia and gestational hypertension are more frequent in black women. The physiological phenomenon of night time blood pressure dipping is often blunted. The low renin hypertension phenotype seems to be caused by an increase in sodium retention at renal level. The treatment of choice is calcium channel blockers and thiazide diuretics along with a renin-angiotensin-aldosterone blocker for kidney protection...
September 13, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905186/antidepressants-inhibit-nav1-3-nav1-7-and-nav1-8-neuronal-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-more-potently-than-nav1-2-and-nav1-6-channels-expressed-in-xenopus-oocytes
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Takafumi Horishita, Nobuyuki Yanagihara, Susumu Ueno, Dan Okura, Reiko Horishita, Tomoko Minami, Yuichi Ogata, Yuka Sudo, Yasuhito Uezono, Takeyoshi Sata, Takashi Kawasaki
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and duloxetine are used to treat neuropathic pain. However, the mechanisms underlying their analgesic effects remain unclear. Although many investigators have shown inhibitory effects of antidepressants on voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav) as a possible mechanism of analgesia, to our knowledge, no one has compared effects on the diverse variety of sodium channel α subunits. We investigated the effects of antidepressants on sodium currents in Xenopus oocytes expressing Nav1...
September 14, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904093/sodium-dynamics-in-pyramidal-neuron-dendritic-spines-synaptically-evoked-entry-predominantly-through-ampa-receptors-and-removal-by-diffusion
#15
Kenichi Miyazaki, William N Ross
Dendritic spines are key elements underlying synaptic integration and cellular plasticity, but many features of these important structures are not known or are controversial. We examined these properties with newly developed simultaneous sodium and calcium imaging that had single spine resolution in pyramidal neurons in rat hippocampal slices from either sex. Indicators for both ions were loaded through the somatic patch pipette, which also recorded electrical responses. Fluorescence changes were detected with a high speed, low noise CCD camera...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898599/transcriptomic-basis-of-metamorphic-competence-in-the-salt-marsh-dwelling-polychaete-capitella-teleta
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Robert Burns, Jan Pechenik
Marine invertebrate larvae typically take hours to weeks after being released into the plankton before becoming "competent" to metamorphose. The mechanisms that govern this transition between the precompetent and metamorphically competent states are unknown. We studied gene expression patterns in precompetent and competent larvae of the salt-marsh-dwelling polychaete worm Capitella teleta (Blake, Grassle & Eckelbarger, 2009)-a species in which precompetent larvae are unusually easy to distinguish from competent larvae-to determine differences in gene expression associated with the onset of metamorphic competence...
June 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898267/depolarization-of-the-conductance-voltage-relationship-in-the-nav1-5-mutant-e1784k-is-due-to-altered-fast-inactivation
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Colin H Peters, Alec Yu, Wandi Zhu, Jonathan R Silva, Peter C Ruben
E1784K is the most common mixed long QT syndrome/Brugada syndrome mutant in the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.5. E1784K shifts the midpoint of the channel conductance-voltage relationship to more depolarized membrane potentials and accelerates the rate of channel fast inactivation. The depolarizing shift in the midpoint of the conductance curve in E1784K is exacerbated by low extracellular pH. We tested whether the E1784K mutant shifts the channel conductance curve to more depolarized membrane potentials by affecting the channel voltage-sensors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894008/genetic-disruption-of-ankyrin-g-in-adult-mouse-forebrain-causes-cortical-synapse-alteration-and-behavior-reminiscent-of-bipolar-disorder
#18
Shanshan Zhu, Zachary A Cordner, Jiali Xiong, Chi-Tso Chiu, Arabiye Artola, Yanning Zuo, Andrew D Nelson, Tae-Yeon Kim, Natalya Zaika, Brian M Woolums, Evan J Hess, Xiaofang Wang, De-Maw Chuang, Mikhail M Pletnikov, Paul M Jenkins, Kellie L Tamashiro, Christopher A Ross
Genome-wide association studies have implicated the ANK3 locus in bipolar disorder, a major human psychotic illness. ANK3 encodes ankyrin-G, which organizes the neuronal axon initial segment (AIS). We generated a mouse model with conditional disruption of ANK3 in pyramidal neurons of the adult forebrain (Ank-G cKO). This resulted in the expected loss of pyramidal neuron AIS voltage-gated sodium and potassium channels. There was also dramatic loss of markers of afferent GABAergic cartridge synapses, resembling the cortical microcircuitry changes in brains from psychotic patients, and suggesting disinhibition...
September 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882752/mechanosensitive-ion-channels-msics-in-articular-nociceptors-drive%C3%A2-mechanical-allodynia-in-osteoarthritis-oa
#19
B H He, M Christin, S Mouchbahani-Constance, A Davidova, R Sharif-Naeini
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disabling and highly prevalent condition affecting millions worldwide. Pain is the major complaint of OA patients and is presently inadequately managed. It manifests as mechanical allodynia, a painful response to innocuous stimuli such as joint movement. Allodynia is due in part to the sensitization of articular nociceptors to mechanical stimuli. These nociceptors respond to noxious mechanical stimuli applied to their terminals via the expression of depolarizing high-threshold mechanosensitive ion channels (MSICs) that convert painful mechanical forces into electrical signals...
September 5, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881259/sodium-channel-blockers-in-kcnq2-encephalopathy-lacosamide-as-a-new-treatment-option
#20
Susanne Schubert-Bast, Peter Hofstetter, Doris Fischer, Rolf Schloesser, Georgia Ramantani, Matthias Kieslich
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September 1, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
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