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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093215/melanocortin-4-receptor-constitutive-activity-inhibits-l-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-in-neurons
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F Agosti, S Cordisco Gonzalez, V Martinez Damonte, M J Tolosa, N Di Siervi, H B Schioth, C Davio, M Perello, J Raingo
The melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is expressed in several brain nuclei playing a crucial role in the regulation of energy balance controlling the homeostasis of the organism. It displays both agonist-evoked and constitutive activity, and moreover, it can couple to different G proteins. Most of the research on MC4R has been focused on agonist-induced activity, while the molecular and cellular basis of MC4R constitutive activity remains scarcely studied. We have previously shown that neuronal N-type voltage-gated calcium channels (CaV2...
January 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089194/left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-predicts-major-adverse-cardiac-events-and-all-cause-mortality-in-heart-transplant-patients
#2
Tor Skibsted Clemmensen, Hans Eiskjær, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Lars Bo Ilkjær, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular global longitudinal strain (LVGLS) is a robust longitudinal myocardial deformation marker that is strongly affected by cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV), microvascular dysfunction, and acute cellular rejection (ACR). We evaluated graft deformation for risk stratification in long-term heart transplant (HTx) patients. METHODS: The study included 196 patients who underwent HTx between 2011 and 2013. Patients underwent comprehensive echocardiography and coronary angiography...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087621/the-hook-region-of-voltage-gated-ca2-channel-%C3%AE-subunits-senses-and-transmits-pip2-signals-to-the-gate
#3
Cheon-Gyu Park, Yongsoo Park, Byung-Chang Suh
The β subunit of voltage-gated Ca(2+) (CaV) channels plays an important role in regulating gating of the α1 pore-forming subunit and its regulation by phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2). Subcellular localization of the CaV β subunit is critical for this effect; N-terminal-dependent membrane targeting of the β subunit slows inactivation and decreases PIP2 sensitivity. Here, we provide evidence that the HOOK region of the β subunit plays an important role in the regulation of CaV biophysics. Based on amino acid composition, we broadly divide the HOOK region into three domains: S (polyserine), A (polyacidic), and B (polybasic)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073609/interaction-of-older-donor-age-and-survival-after-weight-matched-pediatric-heart-transplantation
#4
Thomas C Westbrook, David L S Morales, Muhammad S Khan, Roosevelt Bryant, Chesney Castleberry, Clifford Chin, Farhan Zafar
BACKGROUND: Donors are matched for weight in pediatric heart transplantation (PHT), yet age differences are not considered in this decision. In this study we attempt to identify the effect of age differences in weight-matched patients and the effect these differences have on post-transplant survival. METHODS: The United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) database was queried for the period from October 1987 to March 2014 for all pediatric heart transplant patients...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068801/the-prevalence-of-lipoprotein-a-measurement-and-degree-of-elevation-among-2710-patients-with-calcific-aortic-valve-stenosis-in-an-academic-echocardiography-laboratory-setting
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Michael J Wilkinson, Gary S Ma, Calvin Yeang, Lawrence Ang, Monet Strachan, Anthony N DeMaria, Sotirios Tsimikas, Bruno Cotter
Lipoprotein(a; Lp[a]) and its associated oxidized phospholipids are causal, genetic risk factors for calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAVS). We determined the prevalence of Lp(a) measurement among 2710 patients with CAVS and 1369 control patients (∼50% of study group) without CAVS with an echocardiogram between January 2010 and February 2016 in an academic echocardiography laboratory. Lipoprotein(a) measurements were performed at a referral laboratory using an isoform-independent assay. The prevalence of any Lp(a) measurement was 4...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067316/long-term-exposure-to-a-safe-dose-of-bisphenol-a-reduced-protein-acetylation-in-adult-rat-testes
#6
Zhuo Chen, Xuezhi Zuo, Dongliang He, Shibin Ding, Fangyi Xu, Huiqin Yang, Xin Jin, Ying Fan, Li Ying, Chong Tian, Chenjiang Ying
Bisphenol A (BPA), a typical environmental endocrine-disrupting chemical, induces epigenetic inheritance. Whether histone acetylation plays a role in these effects of BPA is largely unknown. Here, we investigated histone acetylation in male rats after long-term exposure to a 'safe' dose of BPA. Twenty adult male rats received either BPA (50 μg/kg·bw/day) or a vehicle diet for 35 weeks. Decreased protein lysine-acetylation levels at approximately ~17 kDa and ~25 kDa, as well as decreased histone acetylation of H3K9, H3K27 and H4K12, were detected by Western blot analysis of testes from the treated rats compared with controls...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058783/characterization-of-phase-i-and-phase-ii-hepatic-metabolism-and-reactive-intermediates-of-larrea-nitida-cav-and-its-lignan-compounds
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Hyesoo Jeong, Soolin Kim, Jimin Lee, Jin Young Park, Wenmei Zhou, Xiyuan Liu, So Dam Kim, Yun Seon Song, Chang-Young Jang, Sei-Ryang Oh, Sangho Choi, Minsun Chang
Larrea nitida Cav. (LNC), which belongs to the family Zygophyllaceae, is widely indigenous and used in South America to treat various pathological conditions. It contains the antioxidant and antiinflammatory but toxic nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) as well as O-methylated metabolite of NDGA (MNDGA) as bioactive compounds. The hepatic metabolism-based toxicological potential of extracts of LNC (LNE), NDGA, and MNDGA has not previously been reported. The present study aimed to characterize the phase I and phase II hepatic metabolism and reactive intermediates of LNE, NDGA, and MNDGA and their effects on the major drug-metabolizing enzymes in vitro and ex vivo...
January 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053029/mutant-%C3%AE-synuclein-overexpression-induces-stressless-pacemaking-in-vagal-motoneurons-at-risk-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Efrat Lasser-Katz, Alon Simchovitz, Wei-Hua Chiu, Wolfgang H Oertel, Ronit Sharon, Hermona Soreq, Jochen Roeper, Joshua A Goldberg
: α-Synuclein overexpression (ASOX) drives the formation of toxic aggregates in neurons vulnerable in Parkinson's disease (PD), including dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra (SN) and cholinergic neurons of the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus (DMV). Just as these populations differ in when they exhibit α-synucleinopathies during PD pathogenesis, they could also differ in their physiological responses to ASOX. An ASOX-mediated hyperactivity of SN dopamine neurons, which was caused by oxidative dysfunction of Kv4...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043356/anethole-improves-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-development-of-isolated-caprine-secondary-follicles
#9
N A R Sá, V R Araújo, H H V Correia, A C A Ferreira, D D Guerreiro, A M Sampaio, E Escobar, F W Santos, A A Moura, C H Lôbo, V M Ceccatto, C C Campello, A P R Rodrigues, J H Leal-Cardoso, J R Figueiredo
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of three concentrations of anethole (30, 300, and 2000 μg/mL) on survival, antrum formation, follicular diameter, and oocyte maturation in the caprine species. The study also evaluated the effects of anethole on transcripts of ICAM-1, CAV-1, TIMP-2, and PAI-1 genes and levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in isolated goat preantral ovarian follicles before and after in vitro culture for 18 days. Preantral follicles were isolated from goat ovaries and individually cultured in alpha minimum essential medium modified (α-MEM(+)), defined as the control treatment, α-MEM(+) supplemented with ascorbic acid at a concentration of 100 μg/mL (AA), or α-MEM(+) supplemented with three different concentrations of anethole (30, 300, 2000 μg/mL) for a period of 18 days...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038948/-immunisation-schedule-of-the-spanish-association-of-paediatrics-2017-recommendations
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David Moreno-Pérez, Francisco José Álvarez García, Javier Arístegui Fernández, María José Cilleruelo Ortega, José María Corretger Rauet, Nuria García Sánchez, Ángel Hernández Merino, Teresa Hernández-Sampelayo Matos, Manuel Merino Moína, Luis Ortigosa Del Castillo, Jesús Ruiz-Contreras
The Advisory Committee on Vaccines of the Spanish Association of Paediatrics (CAV- AEP) annually publishes the immunisation schedule which, in our opinion, is considered optimal for children resident in Spain, taking into account the evidence available on current vaccines. Pneumococcal and varicella immunisation in early childhood is already included in all funded vaccines present in the regional immunisation programmes. Furthermore, this committee establishes recommendations on vaccines not included in official calendars (non-funded immunisations), such as rotavirus, meningococcal B, and meningococcal ACWY...
December 27, 2016: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028087/floral-visitors-of-three-asteraceae-species-in-a-xeric-environment-in-central-mexico
#11
Dulce María Figueroa-Castro, Guadalupe González-Tochihuitl, Sombra Patricia Rivas-Arancibia, Gabriela Castaño-Meneses
We describe the spatial variation in the structure and composition of the communities of insects visiting the inflorescences of Flaveria ramosissima Klatt, Florestina pedata (Cav.) Cass., and Parthenium bipinnatifidum (Ort.) Rollins (Asteraceae) in a xeric environment in Central Mexico. Inflorescences of the three Asteraceae were visited by a total of 96 species of Hymenoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, and Hemiptera. Total species richness of floral visitors to the three Asteraceae and total abundance of insects of Fl...
December 2016: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026020/low-pho-boosts-burst-firing-and-catecholamine-release-by-blocking-task-1-and-bk-channels-while-preserving-cav1-channels-in-mouse-chromaffin-cells
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Laura Guarina, David H F Vandael, Valentina Carabelli, Emilio Carbone
Mouse chromaffin cells (MCCs) generate action potential (AP) firing that regulates the Ca(2+) -dependent release of catecholamines (CAs). Recent findings indicate that MCCs possess a variety of spontaneous firing modes that span from the common "tonic-irregular" to the less frequent "burst" firing. This latter is evident in a small fraction of MCCs but occurs regularly when Nav1.3/1.7 channels are made less available or when the Slo1β2-subunit responsible for BK channel inactivation is deleted. Burst firing causes massive increases of Ca(2+) -entry and potentiates CA release ∼3...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024232/genetically-engineered-and-self-assembled-oncolytic-protein-nanoparticles-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
#13
Joong-Jae Lee, Jung Ae Kang, Yiseul Ryu, Sang-Soo Han, You Ree Nam, Jong Kook Rho, Dae Seong Choi, Sun-Woong Kang, Dong-Eun Lee, Hak-Sung Kim
The integration of a targeted delivery with a tumour-selective agent has been considered an ideal platform for achieving high therapeutic efficacy and negligible side effects in cancer therapy. Here, we present engineered protein nanoparticles comprising a tumour-selective oncolytic protein and a targeting moiety as a new format for the targeted cancer therapy. Apoptin from chicken anaemia virus (CAV) was used as a tumour-selective apoptotic protein. An EGFR-specific repebody, which is composed of LRR (Leucine-rich repeat) modules, was employed to play a dual role as a tumour-targeting moiety and a fusion partner for producing apoptin nanoparticles in E...
December 19, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013061/voltage-and-receptor-mediated-activation-of-a-non-selective-cation-channel-in-rat-carotid-body-glomus-cells
#14
Jiaju Wang, James O Hogan, Donghee Kim
A recent study showed that hypoxia activates a Ca(2+)-sensitive, Na(+)-permeable non-selective cation channel (NSC) in carotid body glomus cells. We studied the effects of mitochondrial inhibitors that increase Ca(2+) influx via Ca(2+) channel (Cav), and receptor agonists that release Ca(2+) from endoplasmic reticulum (ER) on NSC. Mitochondrial inhibitors (NaCN, FCCP, H2S, NO) elevated [Ca(2+)]i and activated NSC. Angiotensin II and acetylcholine that elevate [Ca(2+)]i via the Gq-IP3 pathway activated NSC. However, endothelin-1 (Gq) and 5-HT (Gq) showed little or no effect on [Ca(2+)]i and did not activate NSC...
December 21, 2016: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012974/the-surge-of-flavonoids-as-novel-fine-regulators-of-cardiovascular-cav-channels
#15
REVIEW
Fabio Fusi, Ottavia Spiga, Alfonso Trezza, Giampietro Sgaragli, Simona Saponara
Ion channels underlie a wide variety of physiological processes that involve rapid changes in cell dynamics, such as cardiac and vascular smooth muscle contraction. Overexpression or dysfunction of these membrane proteins are the basis of many cardiovascular diseases that represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for human beings. In the last few years, flavonoids, widely distributed in the plant kingdom, have attracted the interest of many laboratories as an emerging class of fine ion, in particular Cav, channels modulators...
December 22, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009721/propofol-provides-cardiac-protection-by-suppressing-the-proteasome-degradation-of-caveolin-3-in-ischemic-reperfused-rat-hearts
#16
Afang Zhu, Xin Wei, Yali Zhang, Tao You, Shanglong Yao, Shiying Yuan, Haodong Xu, Faqian Li, Weike Mao
The mechanisms underlying propofol's cardioprotective role remain elusive. Caveolin-3 (Cav-3) has been shown to mediate both opioids- and volatile anesthetics-induced cardioprotection against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. We hypothesize that the cardioprotective role of propofol is mediated through Cav-3 and its regulation of PI3K/Akt/GSK3β signal pathway. Rats or H9c2 cardiomyocytes were exposed to propofol prior to I/R or simulated ischemia/reperfusion (SI/R). Propofol pretreatment significantly decreased left ventricle (LV) infarct size in vivo (P < 0...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008806/role-of-il-26-cd26-cd4-t-cells-in-pulmonary-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease-and-treatment-with-caveolin-1-ig-fc-conjugate
#17
Kei Ohnuma, Ryo Hatano, Takumi Itoh, Noriaki Iwao, Nam H Dang, Chikao Morimoto
Obliterative bronchiolitis is the primary noninfectious pulmonary complication after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and the only pathognomonic manifestation of pulmonary chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD). In our recent study, we identified a novel effect of IL-26, which is absent in rodents, on transplant related-obliterative bronchiolitis. Sublethally irradiated NOD/Shi-scidIL2rγnull mice transplanted with human umbilical cord blood gradually exhibited obliterative bronchiolitis with increased collagen deposition and predominant infiltration with human IL-26+CD26+CD4 T cells...
2016: Critical Reviews in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999263/chemical-studies-of-yellow-tamarillo-solanum-betaceum-cav-fruit-flavor-by-using-a-molecular-sensory-approach
#18
Juliana María García, Laura Juliana Prieto, Alirio Guevara, Diana Malagon, Coralia Osorio
The odor-active volatile compounds of yellow tamarillo fruit (S. betaceum Cav.) were identified and quantified by using a sensomics approach, combining a gentle volatile extraction (solvent-assisted flavor evaporation (SAFE)), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and sensory analyses (gas chromatography-olfactometry (GC-O) and aroma extract dilution analysis (AEDA)). The medium-term purpose of this work is to evaluate the change of odor-active volatiles during processing. Thus, (Z)-3-hexenal, hexanal, and ethyl butanoate were identified as key aroma compounds of yellow tamarillo...
December 16, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997977/regulation-of-hepatocellular-fatty-acid-uptake-in-mouse-models-of-fatty-liver-disease-with-and-without-functional-leptin-signaling-roles-of-nfkb-and-srebp-1c-and-the-effects-of-spexin
#19
Jasmine F Ge, J L Walewski, D Anglade, P D Berk
The processes causing increased hepatic triglycerides (TGs) in mouse models of hepatic steatosis (HS) due to high fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity (DIO), EtOH consumption, or obesity mutations (ob/ob, db/db) are uncertain. This report summarizes two studies. Study 1 focused on regulation by five transcription factors (TFs) (NfKb, Srebp-lc, AMPK, PPARα, PPARγ) of seven, much-studied hepatic long-chain fatty acid (LCFA) transporters (FABPpm, CD36, FATPl, FATP2, FATP4, FATP5, & Caveolin-1 [CAV-1]), and expression of genes for enzymes of LCFA synthesis (SCD-1, FASN) in mice with HS from various causes...
September 2016: Seminars in Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989075/maldi-imaging-mass-spectrometry-as-a-lipidomic-approach-to-heart-valve-research
#20
Peggi M Angel, Ahmed S Bayoumi, Robert B Hinton, Yan Ru Su, David Bichell, John E Mayer, H Scott Baldwin, Richard M Caprioli
BACKGROUND: Valvular disease is characterized in part by lipid deposition, but systematic analysis of the patterns of global lipid expression in healthy and diseased valve tissues are unknown. This is due in part to tissue limitations for lipidomic preparations and technologies for evaluating lipid distribution in tissues. The study aim was to examine the application of matrixassisted laser desorption ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI IMS) to the aortic valve during development and disease, as an approach to detect and map lipids and ultimately better understand valve structure and function...
March 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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