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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821664/differential-desensitization-observed-at-multiple-effectors-of-somatic-mu-opioid-receptors-underlies-sustained-agonist-mediated-inhibition-of-proopiomelanocortin-neuron-activity
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Philip D Fox, Shane T Hentges
Activation of somatic mu opioid receptors (MORs) in hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons leads to the activation of G-protein-coupled inward rectifier potassium (GIRK) channels and hyperpolarization, but in response to continued signaling, MORs undergo acute desensitization resulting in robust reduction in the peak GIRK current after minutes of agonist exposure. We hypothesized that the attenuation of the GIRK current would lead to a recovery of neuronal excitability whereby desensitization of the receptor would lead to a new steady-state of POMC neuron activity reflecting the sustained GIRK current observed after the initial decline from peak with continued agonist exposure...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821602/large-scale-proteomics-combined-with-transgenic-experiments-demonstrates-an-important-role-of-jasmonic-acid-nbsp-in-potassium-nbsp-deficiency-response-in-wheat-and-rice
#2
Gezi Li, Yufang Wu, Guoyu Liu, Xianghong Xiao, Pengfei Wang, Tian Gao, Mengjun Xu, Qiaoxia Han, Yonghua Wang, Tiancai Guo, Guozhang Kang
Potassium (K+) is the most abundant inorganic cation in plants, and molecular dissection of K+ deficiency has received considerable interest in order to minimize K+ fertilizer input and develop high quality K+-efficient crops. However, the molecular mechanism of plant responses to K+ deficiency is still poorly understood. In this study, two-week-old bread wheat seedlings grown hydroponically in Hoagland solution were transferred to K+-free conditions for 8 d, and their root and leaf proteome profiles were assessed using the iTRAQ proteome method...
August 18, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819898/regulation-of-hepatic-na-k-atpase-in-obese-female-and-male-rats-involvement-of-erk1-2-ampk-and-rho-rock
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Julijana Stanimirovic, Milan Obradovic, Anastasija Panic, Voin Petrovic, Dragan Alavantic, Irena Melih, Esma R Isenovic
In this study, we assessed whether the disturbed regulation of sodium/potassium-adenosine-triphosphatase (Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase) occurs as a consequence of obesity-induced IR in sex-specific manner. We also assessed whether alterations of IRS/PI3K/Akt, ERK1/2, AMPKα, and RhoA/ROCK signaling cascades have an important role in this pathology. Female and male Wistar rats (150-200 g, 8 weeks old) were fed a standard laboratory diet or a high-fat (HF) diet (42% fat) for 10 weeks. The activity of hepatic Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase and Rho, and the association of IRS-1/p85 were assessed in liver...
August 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819690/conductance-based-refractory-density-approach-comparison-with-experimental-data-and-generalization-to-lognormal-distribution-of-input-current
#4
Anton V Chizhov
The conductance-based refractory density (CBRD) approach is an efficient tool for modeling interacting neuronal populations. The model describes the firing activity of a statistical ensemble of uncoupled Hodgkin-Huxley-like neurons, each receiving individual Gaussian noise and a common time-varying deterministic input. However, the approach requires experimental validation and extension to cases of distributed input signals (or input weights) among different neurons of such an ensemble. Here the CBRD model is verified by comparing with experimental data and then generalized for a lognormal (LN) distribution of the input weights...
August 17, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819165/atp-sensitive-inwardly-rectifying-potassium-channel-regulation-of-viral-infections-in-honey-bees
#5
Scott T O'Neal, Daniel R Swale, Troy D Anderson
Honey bees are economically important pollinators of a wide variety of crops that have attracted the attention of both researchers and the public alike due to unusual declines in the numbers of managed colonies in some parts of the world. Viral infections are thought to be a significant factor contributing to these declines, but viruses have proven a challenging pathogen to study in a bee model and interactions between viruses and the bee antiviral immune response remain poorly understood. In the work described here, we have demonstrated the use of flock house virus (FHV) as a model system for virus infection in bees and revealed an important role for the regulation of the bee antiviral immune response by ATP-sensitive inwardly rectifying potassium (KATP) channels...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818744/cytotoxic-genotoxic-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-caffeic-and-rosmarinic-acids-and-their-lithium-sodium-and-potassium-salts-as-potential-anticancer-compounds
#6
Marzena Matejczyk, Renata Świsłocka, Aleksandra Golonko, Włodzimierz Lewandowski, Eliza Hawrylik
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine the cytotoxic, genotoxic, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of caffeic and rosmarinic acids and their salts with Li, Na and K with use of Escherichia coli K-12 recA:gfp strain as a model organism. METHODS: Cytotoxic potency of tested chemicals were calculated on the basis on the dose that confers inhibition percentage such as 20% for each concentrations of analysed chemicals. Genotoxic properties were calculated on the basis of the fold increase (FI) of SFI values normalized with control...
August 14, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818408/serial-assessment-of-natriuretic-peptides-in-patients-undergoing-interventional-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage
#7
Blerim Luani, Thomas Rauwolf, Thomas Groscheck, Ivan Tanev, Joerg Herold, Berend Isermann, Alexander Schmeisser, Rüdiger C Braun-Dullaeus
BACKGROUND: Closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) to prevent cardioembolic events is an alternative therapy to oral anticoagulation in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The LAA is an important source of natriuretic peptides and its exclusion from the circulation may alter the blood level of these hormones, thereby influencing their diagnostic value and clinical effects. METHODS: We aimed to prospectively assess potential changes in mid-regional pro A-type natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP) and N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels six weeks and six months after interventional LAA closure using the Watchman device...
August 1, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818393/the-modulation-of-the-phosphorylation-status-of-nkcc1-in-organ-cultured-bovine-lenses-implications-for-the-regulation-of-fiber-cell-and-overall-lens-volume
#8
Irene Vorontsova, Paul J Donaldson, Zhiying Kong, Chiharu Wickremesinghe, Leo Lam, Julie C Lim
In this study we have used an antibody that specifically detects the phosphorylation status of the Sodium/Potassium/2 Chloride Cotransporter (NKCC1) to study whether the activity of NKCC1 can be regulated in organ cultured bovine lenses. Western blotting was first used to confirm the expression of NKCC1, phosphorylated NKCC1 (NKCC1-P) and the regulatory kinases WNK/SPAK and phosphatases PP1/PP2A in bovine lenses at the protein level. Changes to NKCC1-P status were then assessed by organ culturing bovine lenses in either isotonic, hypertonic or hypotonic solutions in the presence or absence of the NKCC inhibitor, bumetanide, or phosphatase inhibitors okadaic acid and calyculin A...
August 14, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818365/the-endophytic-fungus-piriformospora-indica-enhances-arabidopsis-thaliana-growth-and-modulates-na-k-homeostasis-under-salt-stress-conditions
#9
Mohamed E Abdelaziz, Dongjin Kim, Shawkat Ali, Nina V Fedoroff, Salim Al-Babili
The mutualistic, endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica has been shown to confer biotic and abiotic stress tolerance to host plants. In this study, we investigated the impact of P. indica on the growth of Arabidopsis plants under normal and salt stress conditions. Our results demonstrate that P. indica colonization increases plant biomass, lateral roots density, and chlorophyll content under both conditions. Colonization with P. indica under salt stress was accompanied by a lower Na(+)/K(+) ratio and less pronounced accumulation of anthocyanin, compared to control plants...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818188/healthcare-outcomes-in-undocumented-immigrants-undergoing-two-emergency-dialysis-approaches%C3%A2
#10
S Jawad Sher, Ranjani N Moorthi, Waqas Aftab, Sharon M Moe, Christopher S Weaver, Frank C Messina, Nancy M Martinez-Hoover, Melissa D Anderson, Michael T Eadon
BACKGROUND: Current estimates suggest 6,500 undocumented end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States are ineligible for scheduled hemodialysis and require emergent dialysis. In order to remain in compliance with Emergency Medicaid, an academic health center altered its emergency dialysis criteria from those emphasizing interdialytic interval to a set emphasizing numerical thresholds. We report the impact of this administrative change on the biochemical parameters, utilization, and adverse outcomes in an undocumented patient cohort...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818080/standardized-systemic-phenotypic-analysis-reveals-kidney-dysfunction-as-main-alteration-of-kctd1-i27n-mutant-mice
#11
Sudhir Kumar, Birgit Rathkolb, Sibylle Sabrautzki, Stefan Krebs, Elisabeth Kemter, Lore Becker, Johannes Beckers, Raffi Bekeredjian, Robert Brommage, Julia Calzada-Wack, Lillian Garrett, Sabine M Hölter, Marion Horsch, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Kristin Moreth, Frauke Neff, Jan Rozman, Helmut Fuchs, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Eckhard Wolf, Bernhard Aigner
BACKGROUND: Increased levels of blood plasma urea were used as phenotypic parameter for establishing novel mouse models for kidney diseases on the genetic background of C3H inbred mice in the phenotype-driven Munich ENU mouse mutagenesis project. The phenotypically dominant mutant line HST014 was established and further analyzed. METHODS: Analysis of the causative mutation as well as the standardized, systemic phenotypic analysis of the mutant line was carried out...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817661/ouabain-affects-cell-migration-via-na-k-atpase-p130cas-and-via-nucleus-centrosome-association
#12
Young Ou, Chen Xuan Pan, Jeremy Zuo, Frans A van der Hoorn
Na,K-ATPase is a membrane protein that catalyzes ATP to maintain transmembrane sodium and potassium gradients. In addition, Na,K-ATPase also acts as a signal-transducing receptor for cardiotonic steroids such as ouabain and activates a number of signalling pathways. Several studies report that ouabain affects cell migration. Here we used ouabain at concentrations far below those required to block Na,K-ATPase pump activity and show that it significantly reduced RPE cell migration through two mechanisms. It causes dephosphorylation of a 130 kD protein, which we identify as p130cas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817484/levosimendan-in-acute-and-advanced-heart-failure-an-appraisal-of-the-clinical-database-and-evaluation-of-its-therapeutic-applications
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J Altenberger, F Gustafsson, V-P Harjola, K Karason, D Kindgen-Milles, M Kivikko, G Malfatto, Z Papp, J Parissis, P Pollesello, G Pölzl, C Tschöpe
The use of inotropes for correcting haemodynamic dysfunction in patients with congestive heart failure has been described over many decades. However, negative or insufficient data have been collected regarding the effects of cardiac glycosides, catecholamines and phosphodiesterase inhibitors on quality of life and survival. More recently, the calcium sensitizer and potassium channel-opener levosimendan has been proposed as a safer inodilator than traditional agents in some heart failure settings, such as Advanced Heart Failure...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816611/biosynthesis-regulation-of-natamycin-production-from-streptomyces-natalensis-hdmnte-01-enhanced-by-response-surface-methodology
#14
Jingping Ge, Changli Wang, Shoufeng Huang, Renpeng Du, Kun Liu, Gang Song, Wenxiang Ping
Natamycin has been widely applied in medical treatments and food protection widely due to its effective inhibition to the growth of yeast and mold. As polyene macrolide antibiotic, the biosynthesis pathway of natamycin is relatively clear. To regulate the biosynthesis of natamycin, additions of precursors affecting cell growth and natamycin production were investigated. The results showed that 0.003% (w/v) potassium ferrocyanide and sodium propionate: n-butanol at a ratio of 4:1 was added into the broth at 0 h and 24 h respectively and they contributed to yield natamycin, reaching 1...
August 17, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816584/how-dellas-contribute-to-control-potassium-uptake-under-conditions-of-potassium-scarcity-hypotheses-and-uncertainties
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Sonia Oliferuk, Adriana Pérez, Vicente Martinez, Reyes Ródenas, Francisco Rubio, Guillermo E Santa María
Maintenance of the inward transport of potassium (K) by roots is a critical step to ensure K-nutrition for all plant tissues. When plants are grown at low external K concentrations a strong enhancement of the activity of the AtHAK5 transporter takes place. In a recent work, we observed that the gai-1 mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana, which bears an altered function version of a DELLA regulatory protein, displays reduced accumulation of AtHAK5 transcripts and reduced uptake of Rubidium, an analogue for K. In this Addendum we discuss some hypotheses and uncertainties regarding how DELLAs could contribute to the control of K uptake under those conditions...
August 17, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816548/dietary-supplementation-with-virgin-coconut-oil-improves-lipid-profile-and-hepatic-antioxidant-status-and-has-potential-benefits-on-cardiovascular-risk-indices-in-normal-rats
#16
Ademola C Famurewa, Chima A Ekeleme-Egedigwe, Sophia C Nwali, Ngozi N Agbo, Joy N Obi, Goodness C Ezechukwu
Research findings that suggest beneficial health effects of dietary supplementation with virgin coconut oil (VCO) are limited in the published literature. This study investigated the in vivo effects of a 5-week VCO-supplemented diet on lipid profile, hepatic antioxidant status, hepatorenal function, and cardiovascular risk indices in normal rats. Rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: 1 control and 2 treatment groups (10% and 15% VCO-supplemented diets) for 5 weeks. Serum and homogenate samples were used to analyze lipid profile, hepatorenal function markers, hepatic activities of antioxidant enzymes, and malondialdehyde level...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816207/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-various-sound-pressure-levels-on-the-level-of-serum-aldosterone-concentration-in-rats
#17
Parvin Nassiri, Sajad Zare, Mohammad R Monazzam, Akram Pourbakht, Kamal Azam, Taghi Golmohammadi
INTRODUCTION: Noise exposure may have anatomical, nonauditory, and auditory influences. Considering nonauditory impacts, noise exposure can cause alterations in the automatic nervous system, including increased pulse rates, heightened blood pressure, and abnormal secretion of hormones. The present study aimed at examining the effect of various sound pressure levels (SPLs) on the serum aldosterone level among rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 45 adult male rats with an age range of 3 to 4 months and a weight of 200 ± 50 g were randomly divided into 15 groups of three...
July 2017: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816060/the-broad-spectrum-antimicrobial-potential-of-mn-co-4-s2cnme-ch2co2h-a-water-soluble-co-releasing-molecule-corm-401-intracellular-accumulation-transcriptomic-and-statistical-analyses-and-membrane-polarization
#18
Lauren Katie Wareham, Samantha McLean, Ronald Begg, Namrata Rana, Salar Ali, John J Kendall, Guido Sanguinetti, Brian E Mann, Robert K Poole
AIMS: Carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing molecules (CORMs) are candidates for animal and antimicrobial therapeutics. We aimed to probe the antimicrobial potential of a novel manganese CORM. RESULTS: [Mn(CO)4S2CNMe(CH2CO2H)], CORM-401, inhibits growth of Escherichia coli and several antibiotic-resistant clinical pathogens. CORM-401 releases CO that binds oxidases in vivo but is an ineffective respiratory inhibitor. Extensive CORM accumulation (assayed as intracellular manganese) accompanies antimicrobial activity...
August 17, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815945/development-of-a-quantitative-method-for-the-analysis-of-cocaine-analogue-impregnated-into-textiles-by-raman-spectroscopy
#19
Linda Xiao, Rhiannon Alder, Megha Mehta, Nadine Krayem, Bianca Cavasinni, Sean Laracy, Shane Cameron, Shanlin Fu
Cocaine trafficking in the form of textile impregnation is routinely encountered as a concealment method. Raman spectroscopy has been a popular and successful testing method used for in situ screening of cocaine in textiles and other matrices. Quantitative analysis of cocaine in these matrices using Raman spectroscopy has not been reported to date. This study aimed to develop a simple Raman method for quantifying cocaine using atropine as the model analogue in various types of textiles. Textiles were impregnated with solutions of atropine in methanol...
August 16, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815576/microrna-and-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-hippocampal-sclerosis-whole-mirnome-profiling-of-human-hippocampus
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Petra Bencurova, Jiri Baloun, Katerina Musilova, Lenka Radova, Boris Tichy, Martin Pail, Martin Zeman, Eva Brichtova, Marketa Hermanova, Sarka Pospisilova, Marek Mraz, Milan Brazdil
OBJECTIVE: Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is a severe neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. mTLE is frequently accompanied by neurodegeneration in the hippocampus resulting in hippocampal sclerosis (HS), the most common morphological correlate of drug resistance in mTLE patients. Incomplete knowledge of pathological changes in mTLE+HS complicates its therapy. The pathological mechanism underlying mTLE+HS may involve abnormal gene expression regulation, including posttranscriptional networks involving microRNAs (miRNAs)...
August 16, 2017: Epilepsia
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