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Han Han, Kate Baumann, Nicholas R Casewell, Syed A Ali, James Dobson, Ivan Koludarov, Jordan Debono, Scott C Cutmore, Niwanthi W Rajapakse, Timothy N W Jackson, Rob Jones, Wayne C Hodgson, Bryan G Fry, Sanjaya Kuruppu
Fish venoms are often poorly studied, in part due to the difficulty in obtaining, extracting, and storing them. In this study, we characterize the cardiovascular and neurotoxic effects of the venoms from the following six species of fish: the cartilaginous stingrays Neotrygon kuhlii and Himantura toshi, and the bony fish Platycephalus fucus, Girella tricuspidata, Mugil cephalus, and Dentex tumifrons. All venoms (10-100 μg/kg, i.v.), except G. tricuspidata and P. fuscus, induced a biphasic response on mean arterial pressure (MAP) in the anesthetised rat...
February 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212180/advances-in-the-management-of-hyperkalemia-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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Andrea C J Cowan, Elie G Gharib, Matthew A Weir
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of hyperkalemia that increases both short-term and long-term mortality. Historically, managing hyperkalemia has relied upon dietary modifications, augmentation of urinary potassium excretion and enhanced enteral potassium elimination. This review discusses current treatments and their limitations and summarizes the evidence supporting novel agents for potassium lowering in patients with CKD. RECENT FINDINGS: The introduction of two novel ion exchange resins represents the first new pharmacologic therapies for hyperkalemia in the last 50 years...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212175/advances-in-epilepsy-gene-discovery-and-implications-for-epilepsy-diagnosis-and-treatment
#3
Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi, Michael R Johnson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Epilepsy genetics is shifting from the academic pursuit of gene discovery to a clinical discipline based on molecular diagnosis and stratified medicine. We consider the latest developments in epilepsy genetics and review how gene discovery in epilepsy is influencing the clinical classification of epilepsy and informing new therapeutic approaches and drug discovery. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies highlighting the importance of mutation in GABA receptors, NMDA receptors, potassium channels, G-protein coupled receptors, mammalian target of rapamycin pathway and chromatin remodeling are discussed...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211922/applying-phasor-approach-analysis-of-multiphoton-flim-measurements-to-probe-the-metabolic-activity-of-three-dimensional-in-vitro-cell-culture-models
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Pirmin H Lakner, Michael G Monaghan, Yvonne Möller, Monilola A Olayioye, Katja Schenke-Layland
Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) can measure and discriminate endogenous fluorophores present in biological samples. This study seeks to identify FLIM as a suitable method to non-invasively detect a shift in cellular metabolic activity towards glycolysis or oxidative phosphorylation in 3D Caco-2 models of colorectal carcinoma. These models were treated with potassium cyanide or hydrogen peroxide as controls, and epidermal growth factor (EGF) as a physiologically-relevant influencer of cell metabolic behaviour...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211728/electron-vortices-in-femtosecond-multiphoton-ionization
#5
D Pengel, S Kerbstadt, D Johannmeyer, L Englert, T Bayer, M Wollenhaupt
Multiphoton ionization of potassium atoms with a sequence of two counter-rotating circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses produces vortex-shaped photoelectron momentum distributions in the polarization plane describing Archimedean spirals. The pulse sequences are produced by polarization shaping and the three-dimensional photoelectron distributions are tomographically reconstructed from velocity map imaging measurements. We show that perturbative ionization leads to electron vortices with c_{6} rotational symmetry...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211269/phosphorus-based-alloy-materials-for-advanced-potassium-ion-battery-anode
#6
Wenchao Zhang, Jianfeng Mao, Sean Li, Zhixin Chen, Zaiping Guo
Potassium-ion batteries (PIBs) are interesting as one of the alternative metal-ion battery systems to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to the abundance and low cost of potassium. We have herein investigated Sn4P3/C composite as a novel anode material for PIBs. The electrode delivered a reversible capacity of 384.8 mA h g-1 at 50 mA g-1 and a good rate capability of 221.9 mA h g-1, even at 1 A g-1. Its electrochemical performance is better than any anode material reported so far for PIBs. It was also found that the Sn4P3/C electrode displays a discharge potential plateau of 0...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211209/synthesis-and-reduction-of-uranium-v-imido-complexes-with-redox-active-substituents
#7
Kimberly C Mullane, Patrick J Carroll, Eric J Schelter
Organic azides containing naphthyl functionalities were used to prepare uranium(V) imido complexes UV[=NC(2-naph)Ph2][N(SiMe3)2]3 (2), UV[=NC(2-naph)3][N(SiMe3)2]3 (3), and UV[=N(2-naph)][N(SiMe3)2]3 (4), and compared with UV[=NCPh3][N(SiMe3)2]3 (1). The electronic structures of these compounds were investigated by solution electrochemistry studies that revealed accessible U(V/VI), U(IV/V), and naphthalene0/naphthalene-1 couples. The uranium(V) naphthyl-imido complexes were reduced by potassium graphite to yield their uranium(IV) congeners K[UIV[=NC(2-naph)Ph2][N(SiMe3)2]3] (2-K), K[UIV[=NC(2-naph)3][N(SiMe3)2]3] (3-K), and K[UIV[=N(2-naph)][N(SiMe3)2]3] (4-K)...
February 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211063/gating-energetics-of-a-voltage-dependent-k-channel-pore-domain
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Greg Starek, J Alfredo Freites, Simon Bernèche, Douglas J Tobias
We used targeted molecular dynamics, informed by experimentally determined inter-atomic distances defining the pore region of open and closed states of the KvAP voltage-gated potassium channel, to generate a gating pathway of the pore domain in the absence of the voltage-sensing domains. We then performed umbrella sampling simulations along this pathway to calculate a potential of mean force that describes the free energy landscape connecting the closed and open conformations of the pore domain. The resulting energetic landscape displays three minima, corresponding to stable open, closed, and intermediate conformations with roughly similar stabilities...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210957/forced-treadmill-exercise-prevents-spatial-memory-deficits-in-aged-rats-probably-through-the-activation-of-na-k-atpase-in-the-hippocampus
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Cláudia Vanzella, Eduardo Farias Sanches, Felipe Kawa Odorcyk, Fabrício Nicola, Janaína Kolling, Aline Longoni, Tiago Marcon Dos Santos, Angela Terezinha de Souza Wyse, Carlos Alexandre Netto
Regular physical activity has shown to improve the quality of life and to prevent age-related memory deficits. Memory processing requires proper regulation of several enzymes such as sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na(+), K(+)-ATPase) and acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which have a pivotal role in neuronal transmission. The present study investigated the effects of a treadmill running protocol in young (3 months), mature (6 months) and aged (22 months) Wistar rats, on: (a) cognitive function, as assessed in the Water maze spatial tasks; (b) Na(+), K(+)-ATPase and AChE activities in the hippocampus following cognitive training alone or treadmill running combined with cognitive training...
February 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210840/dietary-sources-of-energy-and-nutrient-intake-among-children-and-adolescents-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Wen Chen, Kirstie Ducharme-Smith, Laura Davis, Wun Fung Hui, Bradley A Warady, Susan L Furth, Alison G Abraham, Aisha Betoko
BACKGROUND: Our purpose was to identify the main food contributors to energy and nutrient intake in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: In this cross-sectional study of dietary intake assessed using Food Frequency Questionnaires (FFQ) in the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) cohort study, we estimated energy and nutrient intake and identified the primary contributing foods within this population. RESULTS: Completed FFQs were available for 658 children...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210218/phasic-firing-and-coincidence-detection-by-subthreshold-negative-feedback-divisive-or-subtractive-or-better-both
#11
Gemma Huguet, Xiangying Meng, John Rinzel
Phasic neurons typically fire only for a fast-rising input, say at the onset of a step current, but not for steady or slow inputs, a property associated with type III excitability. Phasic neurons can show extraordinary temporal precision for phase locking and coincidence detection. Exemplars are found in the auditory brain stem where precise timing is used in sound localization. Phasicness at the cellular level arises from a dynamic, voltage-gated, negative feedback that can be recruited subthreshold, preventing the neuron from reaching spike threshold if the voltage does not rise fast enough...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209036/-primary-culture-and-functional-identification-of-distal-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-in-mice
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M C Li, Y Q Chen, C T Zhang, Q Jiang, W J Lu, J Wang
Objective: To establish a method of isolation and primary culture of mice distal pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) and identify the functional properties. Methods: PASMCs were harvested from the distal pulmonary artery (PA) tissue of mice by enzymatic digestion of collagenaseⅠand papain; and the growth characteristics were observed under inverted microscope and identified by Immunofluorescence technique. Effects on the intracellular calcium ion concentration of distal PASMCs were detected by Fura-2-AM fluorescent probe tracer under a fluorescence microscope in Krebs solution containing clopiazonic acid (CPA) and nifedipin (Nif)...
February 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208613/structure-antioxidative-and-anti-inflammatory-activity-relationships-of-purpurin-and-related-anthraquinones-in-chemical-and-cell-assays
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Woo Nam, Sung Phil Kim, Seok Hyun Nam, Mendel Friedman
Anthraquinone (9,10-anthraquinone) and several hydroxy derivatives, including purpurin (1,2,4-trihydroxyanthraquinone), anthrarufin (1,5-dihydroxyanthraquinone), and chrysazin (1,8-dihydroxyanthraquinone), were evaluated for antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities in chemical assays and mammalian cells (murine macrophage RAW 264.7 cells). Several tests were used to assess their activities: 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical; ABTS radical cation; hydrogen peroxide scavenging; reduction of potassium ferricyanide; chelation of ferrous ions; inhibition of lipid peroxidation; inhibition of nitric oxide generation; scavenging of the intracellular hydroxyl radical; expression of NLRP3 polypeptide for inflammasome assembly; and quantitation of proinflammatory cytokine interleukin 1β (IL-1β) for inflammasome activation...
February 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208271/cation-dependent-surface-charge-regulation-in-gated-nanofluidic-devices
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Marie Fuest, Kaushik K Rangharajan, Caitlin Boone, A T Conlisk, Shaurya Prakash
Surface charge governs nanoscale aqueous electrolyte transport, both in engineered analytical systems and in biological entities such as ion channels and ion pumps as a function of ion type and concentration. Embedded electrodes in a nanofluidic channel, isolated from the fluid in the channel by a dielectric layer, act as active, tunable gates to systematically modify local surface charge density at the interface between the nanochannel surface and the aqueous electrolyte solution, causing significant changes in measured nanochannel conductance...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207797/mutation-increasing-%C3%AE-carotene-concentrations-does-not-adversely-affect-concentrations-of-essential-mineral-elements-in-pepper-fruit
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Nasya B Tomlekova, Philip J White, Jacqueline A Thompson, Emil A Penchev, Stephan Nielen
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are prevalent in human populations throughout the world. Vitamin A deficiency affects hundreds of millions of pre-school age children in low income countries. Fruits of pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) can be a major dietary source of precursors to Vitamin A biosynthesis, such as β-carotene. Recently, pepper breeding programs have introduced the orange-fruited (of) trait of the mutant variety Oranzheva kapiya, which is associated with high fruit β-carotene concentrations, to the mutant variety Albena...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207234/potassium-iodide-potentiates-broad-spectrum-antimicrobial-photodynamic-inactivation-using-photofrin
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Liyi Huang, Grzegorz Szewczyk, Tadeusz Sarna, Michael R Hamblin
It is known that non-cationic porphyrins such as Photofrin (PF) are effective in mediating antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (aPDI) of Gram-positive bacteria or fungi. However the aPDI activity of PF against Gram-negative bacteria is accepted to be extremely low. Here we report that the non-toxic inorganic salt, potassium iodide (KI) at a concentration of 100mM when added to microbial cells (10(8)/mL) + PF (10µM hematoporphyrin equivalent) + 415nm light (10J/cm2) can eradicate (>6 logs killing) five different Gram-negative species (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, and Acinetobacter baumannii), while no killing was obtained without KI...
February 16, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205551/applying-recovery-biomarkers-to-calibrate-self-report-measures-of-sodium-and-potassium-in-the-hispanic-community-health-study-study-of-latinos
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Y Mossavar-Rahmani, D Sotres-Alvarez, W W Wong, C M Loria, M D Gellman, L Van Horn, M H Alderman, J M Beasley, C M Lora, A M Siega-Riz, R C Kaplan, P A Shaw
Measurement error in assessment of sodium and potassium intake obscures associations with health outcomes. The level of this error in a diverse US Hispanic/Latino population is unknown. We investigated the measurement error in self-reported dietary intake of sodium and potassium and examined differences by background (Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican and South American). In 2010-2012, we studied 447 participants aged 18-74 years from four communities (Miami, Bronx, Chicago and San Diego), obtaining objective 24-h urinary sodium and potassium excretion measures...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205094/knockdown-of-cardiac-kir3-1-gene-with-sirna-can-improve-bradycardia-in-an-experimental-sinus-bradycardia-rat-model
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Yang Li, Xiaodan Fu, Zhi Zhang, Bo Yu
The objective of this study was to explore whether the inhibition of potassium inwardly rectifying channel (Kir3.1) with short interfering RNA (siRNA) can improve bradycardia in an experimental sinus bradycardia rat model. 54 Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into three groups: experimental group, control group, and sham group. Sinus bradycardia model was established in SD rats through chemical ablation of sinoatrial (SA) node with 20% formaldehyde. Variations of Kir3.1 expression at mRNA and protein level were examined with qPCR and Western blotting...
February 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204960/sites-and-functional-consequence-of-alkylphenol-anesthetic-binding-to-kv1-2-channels
#19
Weiming Bu, Qiansheng Liang, Lianteng Zhi, Lina Maciunas, Patrick J Loll, Roderic G Eckenhoff, Manuel Covarrubias
Inhalational general anesthetics, such as sevoflurane and isoflurane, modulate a subset of brain Kv1 potassium channels. However, the Kv1.2 channel is resistant to propofol, a commonly used intravenous alkylphenol anesthetic. We hypothesize that propofol binds to a presumed pocket involving the channel's S4-S5 linker, but functional transduction is poor and, therefore, propofol efficacy is low. To test this hypothesis, we used a photoactive propofol analog (meta-aziPropofol = AziPm) to directly probe binding and electrophysiological and mutational analyses in Xenopus oocytes to probe function...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203415/changes-in-the-action-potential-and-transient-outward-potassium-current-in-cardiomyocytes-during-acute-cardiac-rejection-in-rats
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Wenqi Luo, Yixin Jia, Shuai Zheng, Yan Li, Jie Han, Xu Meng
BACKGROUND: Acute cardiac rejection contributes to the changes in the electrophysiological properties of grafted hearts. However, the electrophysiological changes of cardiomyocytes during acute cardiac rejection are still unknown. An understanding of the electrophysiological mechanisms of cardiomyocytes could improve the diagnosis and treatment of acute cardiac rejection. So it is important to characterize the changes in the action potential (AP) and the transient outward potassium current (Ito ) in cardiomyocytes during acute cardiac rejection...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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