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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316073/arrhythmic-effects-of-epac-mediated-ryanodine-receptor-activation-in-langendorff-perfused-murine-hearts-are-associated-with-reduced-conduction-velocity
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Mengye Li, Sandeep Hothi, Samantha C Salvage, Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Andrew A Grace, Christopher L-H Huang
Recent papers have attributed arrhythmic substrate in murine RyR2-P2328S hearts to reduced action potential (AP) conduction velocities (CV), reflecting acute functional inhibition and/or reduced expression of sodium channels. We explored for acute effects of direct Epac (exchange protein directly activated by cAMP)-mediated ryanodine receptor-2 (RyR2) activation on arrhythmic substrate and CV. Monophasic action potential recordings demonstrated that initial steady (8-Hz) extrinsic pacing elicited ventricular tachycardia (VT) in 0 of 18 Langendorff-perfused wild-type mouse ventricles before pharmacological intervention...
March 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290664/differential-pharmacophore-definition-of-the-camp-binding-sites-of-ncs-rapgef2-pka-and-epac-in-neuroendocrine-cells-using-an-adenine-based-scaffold
#2
Andrew Clayton Emery, Ryan A Alvarez, Maribeth V Eiden, Wenqin Xu, Fabrice G Simeon, Lee E Eiden
We recently reported that the adenylate cyclase (AC) inhibitor SQ22,536 (9-tetrahydrofuranyl-adenine) also has inhibitory activity against the neuroendocrine-specific neuritogenic cAMP sensor-Rapgef2 (NCS-Rapgef2), a guanine nucleotide exchanger and activator for the small effector GTPase Rap1. Cell-based assays that distinguish signaling through the three intracellular cAMP sensors NCS-Rapgef2, exchange protein activated by cAMP (Epac), and protein kinase A (PKA), as well as AC, were used. These, collectively, assess the activities of adenine (6-amino-purine) derivatives modified at several positions to enhance selectivity for NCS-Rapgef2 by decreasing affinity for adenylate cyclase (AC), without increasing affinity for PKA or Epac...
March 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283500/in-vitro-interactions-of-epacadostat-and-its-major-metabolites-with-human-efflux-and-uptake-transporters-implications-for-pharmacokinetics-and-drug-interactions
#3
Qiang Zhang, Yan Zhang, Jason Boer, Jack G Shi, Peidi Hu, Sharon Diamond, Swamy Yeleswaram
Epacadostat (EPAC) is a first-in-class, orally active inhibitor of the enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) and has demonstrated promising clinical activity. In humans, three major plasma metabolites were identified: M9 (a glucuronide-conjugate), M11 (a gut microbiota metabolite), and M12 (a secondary metabolite formed from M11). It is proposed that the biliary excretion of M9, the most abundant metabolite, leads to the enterohepatic circulation of EPAC suggested by the human pharmacokinetics of EPAC...
March 10, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283242/exchange-proteins-directly-activated-by-camp-epacs-emerging-therapeutic-targets
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REVIEW
Pingyuan Wang, Zhiqing Liu, Haiying Chen, Na Ye, Xiaodong Cheng, Jia Zhou
Exchange proteins directly activated by cAMP (EPACs) are critical cAMP-dependent signaling pathway mediators. The discovery of EPAC proteins has significantly facilitated understanding on cAMP-dependent signaling pathway and efforts along this line open new avenues for developing novel therapeutics for cancer, diabetes, heart failure, inflammation, infections, neurological disorders and other human diseases. Over the past decade, important progress has been made in the identification of EPAC agonists, antagonists and their biological and pharmacological applications...
February 27, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278256/activation-of-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-1-induces-coronary-artery-relaxation-via-epac-rap1-mediated-inhibition-of-rhoa-rho-kinase-pathway-in-parallel-with-pka
#5
Xuan Yu, Qiao Zhang, Yan Zhao, Benjamin J Schwarz, John N Stallone, Cristine L Heaps, Guichun Han
Previously, we reported that cAMP/PKA signaling is involved in GPER-mediated coronary relaxation by activating MLCP via inhibition of RhoA pathway. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that activation of GPER induces coronary artery relaxation via inhibition of RhoA/Rho kinase pathway by cAMP downstream targets, exchange proteins directly activated by cAMP (Epac) as well as PKA. Our results show that Epac inhibitors, brefeldin A (BFA, 50 μM), or ESI-09 (20 μM), or CE3F4 (100 μM), all partially inhibited porcine coronary artery relaxation response to the selective GPER agonist, G-1 (0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274483/interrogating-cyclic-amp-signaling-using-optical-approaches
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REVIEW
Jason Y Jiang, Jeffrey L Falcone, Silvana Curci, Aldebaran M Hofer
Optical reporters for cAMP represent a fundamental advancement in our ability to investigate the dynamics of cAMP signaling. These fluorescent sensors can measure changes in cAMP in single cells or in microdomains within cells as opposed to whole populations of cells required for other methods of measuring cAMP. The first optical cAMP reporters were FRET-based sensors utilizing dissociation of purified regulatory and catalytic subunits of PKA, introduced by Roger Tsien in the early 1990s. The utility of these sensors was vastly improved by creating genetically encoded versions that could be introduced into cells with transfection, the first of which was published in the year 2000...
March 1, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273829/combined-effects-of-ozone-and-drought-on-the-physiology-and-membrane-lipids-of-two-cowpea-vigna-unguiculata-l-walp-cultivars
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Deborah Moura Rebouças, Yuri Maia De Sousa, Matthieu Bagard, Jose Helio Costa, Yves Jolivet, Dirce Fernandes De Melo, Anne Repellin
The interactive effects of drought and ozone on the physiology and leaf membrane lipid content, composition and metabolism of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) were investigated in two cultivars (EPACE-1 and IT83-D) grown under controlled conditions. The drought treatment (three-week water deprivation) did not cause leaf injury but restricted growth through stomatal closure. In contrast, the short-term ozone treatment (130 ppb 12 h daily during 14 day) had a limited impact at the whole-plant level but caused leaf injury, hydrogen peroxide accumulation and galactolipid degradation...
March 3, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260059/epac1-overexpression-is-a-prognostic-marker-and-its-inhibition-shows-promising-therapeutic-potential-for-gastric-cancer
#8
Ding-Ping Sun, Chia-Lang Fang, Han-Kun Chen, Kuo-Shan Wen, You-Cheng Hseu, Shih-Ting Hung, Yih-Huei Uen, Kai-Yuan Lin
cAMP signaling controls a variety of cellular functions. In addition to the well-known signal transducer cAMP-dependent protein kinase, a more recently discovered transducer is the exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (EPAC). EPAC responses are mediated by small G proteins, which regulate biologic functions such as cell adhesion, migration and proliferation. Recently, the clinical importance of EPAC1 has received increased attention. This study investigated the correlations between the expression of EPAC1 and various clinicopathologic parameters as well as the survival of the patients with gastric cancer (GC)...
February 14, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258411/ctrp3-attenuates-cardiac-dysfunction-inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-cell-death-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-in-rats
#9
Zhen-Guo Ma, Yu-Pei Yuan, Si-Chi Xu, Wen-Ying Wei, Chun-Ru Xu, Xin Zhang, Qing-Qing Wu, Hai-Han Liao, Jian Ni, Qi-Zhu Tang
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Oxidative stress, inflammation and cell death are closely involved in the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). C1q/tumour necrosis factor-related protein-3 (CTRP3) has anti-inflammatory properties but its role in DCM remains largely unknown. The aims of this study were to determine whether CTRP3 could attenuate DCM and to clarify the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Streptozotocin (STZ) was injected intraperitoneally to induce diabetes in Sprague-Dawley rats...
March 3, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216156/exchange-proteins-directly-activated-by-camp-induce-the-proliferation-of-rat-anterior-pituitary-gh3-cells-via-the-activation-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase
#10
Wei Sun, Wei Jiao, Yimin Huang, Ran Li, Zhuo Zhang, Junwen Wang, Ting Lei
Cyclic adenosine 3'-5'-monophosphate (cAMP) plays a crucial role in regulating pituitary cell proliferation and hormone synthesis. Recent evidence suggests that exchange proteins directly activated by cAMP (Epacs) may mediate the effects of cAMP. Here we used rat anterior pituitary GH3 cells as the experiment model to demonstrate that forskolin increased the proliferation of GH3 cells and the phosphorylation of ERK1/2, and these effects were inhibited by PKA or Epac inhibitors. Epac activator 8-pCPT-2'-O-Me-cAMP increased GH3 cell proliferation and this was blocked by ESI-09, an Epac inhibitor...
April 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210903/role-of-exchange-protein-directly-activated-by-camp-epac1-in-breast-cancer-cell-migration-and-apoptosis
#11
Naveen Kumar, Sonal Gupta, Surbhi Dabral, Shailja Singh, Seema Sehrawat
Despite the current progress in cancer research and therapy, breast cancer remains the leading cause of mortality among half a million women worldwide. Migration and invasion of cancer cells are associated with prevalent tumor metastasis as well as high mortality. Extensive studies have powerfully established the role of prototypic second messenger cAMP and its two ubiquitously expressed intracellular cAMP receptors namely the classic protein kinaseA/cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) and the more recently discovered exchange protein directly activated by cAMP/cAMP-regulated guanine nucleotide exchange factor (EPAC/cAMP-GEF) in cell migration, cell cycle regulation, and cell death...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209735/the-epac-phospholipase-c%C3%AE%C2%B5-pathway-regulates-endocannabinoid-signaling-and-cocaine-induced-disinhibition-of-ventral-tegmental-area-dopamine-neurons
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Jiaqing Tong, Xiaojie Liu, Casey Vickstrom, Yan Li, Laikang Yu, Youming Lu, Alan V Smrcka, Qing-Song Liu
Exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) is a direct effector for the ubiquitous second messenger cAMP. Epac activates the phospholipase Cε (PLCε) pathway. PLCβ has been linked to the synthesis of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). Here, we report that Epac facilitates endocannabinoid-mediated retrograde synaptic depression through activation of PLCε. Intracellular loading of a selective Epac agonist 8-CPT-2Me-cAMP into ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons enabled previously ineffective stimuli to induce depolarization-induced suppression of inhibition (DSI) and long-term depression of IPSCs (I-LTD) in the VTA...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181555/determination-of-biological-activity-of-gonadotropins-hcg-and-fsh-by-f%C3%A3-rster-resonance-energy-transfer-based-biosensors
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Olga Mazina, Anni Allikalt, Juha S Tapanainen, Andres Salumets, Ago Rinken
Determination of biological activity of gonadotropin hormones is essential in reproductive medicine and pharmaceutical manufacturing of the hormonal preparations. The aim of the study was to adopt a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR)-mediated signal transduction pathway based assay for quantification of biological activity of gonadotropins. We focussed on studying human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), as these hormones are widely used in clinical practice. Receptor-specific changes in cellular cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP, second messenger in GPCR signalling) were monitored by a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor protein (T)Epac(VV) in living cells upon activation of the relevant gonadotropin receptor...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178039/rap1-in-endothelial-biology
#14
Magdalena Chrzanowska-Wodnicka
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ubiquitously-expressed small GTPase Rap1 is a key modulator of integrin- and cadherin-regulated processes. In endothelium, Rap1 promotes angiogenesis and endothelial barrier function, acting downstream from cAMP-activated Rap1GEF, Epac. Recent in-vivo studies in mouse models have provided more information about the physiological role of Rap1 in vessel development and after birth under normal and pathologic conditions. Important molecular details of dynamic regulation of endothelial barrier are uncovered...
February 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164467/microtubule-regulating-proteins-and-camp-dependent-signaling-in-neuroblastoma-differentiation
#15
Pablo Muñoz-Llancao, Cristian de Gregorio, Macarena Las Heras, Christopher Meinohl, Kevin Noorman, Erik Boddeke, Xiaodong Cheng, Frank Lezoualc'h, Martina Schmidt, Christian Gonzalez-Billault
Neurons are highly differentiated cells responsible for the conduction and transmission of information in the nervous system. The proper function of a neuron relies on the compartmentalization of their intracellular domains. Differentiated neuroblastoma cells have been extensively used to study and understand the physiology and cell biology of neuronal cells. Here, we show that differentiation of N1E-115 neuroblastoma cells is more pronounced upon exposure of a chemical analog of cyclic AMP (cAMP), db-cAMP...
March 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117431/culture-adaptation-of-malaria-parasites-selects-for-convergent-loss-of-function-mutants
#16
Antoine Claessens, Muna Affara, Samuel A Assefa, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, David J Conway
Cultured human pathogens may differ significantly from source populations. To investigate the genetic basis of laboratory adaptation in malaria parasites, clinical Plasmodium falciparum isolates were sampled from patients and cultured in vitro for up to three months. Genome sequence analysis was performed on multiple culture time point samples from six monoclonal isolates, and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) variants emerging over time were detected. Out of a total of five positively selected SNPs, four represented nonsense mutations resulting in stop codons, three of these in a single ApiAP2 transcription factor gene, and one in SRPK1...
January 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114578/compound-49b-regulates-zo-1-and-occludin-levels-in-human-retinal-endothelial-cells-and-in-mouse-retinal-vasculature
#17
Youde Jiang, Li Liu, Jena J Steinle
Purpose: To investigate whether Epac1 is key to Compound 49b's regulation of zonula occluden 1 (ZO-1) and occludin levels in human retinal endothelial cells (REC) and in an Epac1 vascular-specific conditional knockout mouse retina. Methods: Primary REC were grown in normal (5 mM) or high glucose (25 mM). Some cells were treated with a novel β-adrenergic receptor agonist, Compound 49b. Additional dishes were treated with Epac1 siRNA or Compound 49b + Epac1 siRNA...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103481/motor-learning-requires-purkinje-cell-synaptic-potentiation-through-activation-of-ampa-receptor-subunit-glua3
#18
Nicolas Gutierrez-Castellanos, Carla M Da Silva-Matos, Kuikui Zhou, Cathrin B Canto, Maria C Renner, Linda M C Koene, Ozgecan Ozyildirim, Rolf Sprengel, Helmut W Kessels, Chris I De Zeeuw
Accumulating evidence indicates that cerebellar long-term potentiation (LTP) is necessary for procedural learning. However, little is known about its underlying molecular mechanisms. Whereas AMPA receptor (AMPAR) subunit rules for synaptic plasticity have been extensively studied in relation to declarative learning, it is unclear whether these rules apply to cerebellum-dependent motor learning. Here we show that LTP at the parallel-fiber-to-Purkinje-cell synapse and adaptation of the vestibulo-ocular reflex depend not on GluA1- but on GluA3-containing AMPARs...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071786/functional-and-cardioprotective-effects-of-simultaneous-and-individual-activation-of-protein-kinase-a-and-epac
#19
Igor Khaliulin, Mark Bond, Andrew F James, Zara Dyar, Raheleh Amini, Jason L Johnson, M-Saadeh Suleiman
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Myocardial cAMP elevation confers cardioprotection against ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. cAMP activates two independent signalling pathways, PKA and Epac. This study investigated the cardiac effects of activating PKA and/or Epac and their involvement in cardioprotection against I/R. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Hearts from male rats were used either for determination of PKA and PKC activation or perfused in the Langendorff mode for either cardiomyocyte isolation or used to monitor functional activity at basal levels and after 30 min global ischaemia and 2 h reperfusion...
March 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039940/epac-rap1-activated-mesenchymal-stem-cells-improve-cardiac-function%C3%A2-in-rat-model-of-myocardial-infarction
#20
Irfan Khan, Anwar Ali, Muhammad Aleem Akhter, Nadia Naeem, Maqsood Ahmed Chotani, Hana'a Iqbal, Nurul Kabir, Mehnaz Atiq, Asmat Salim
INTRODUCTION: Rap1, a member of Ras superfamily of small GTP-binding proteins, is involved in cardiovascular biology in numerous ways. It is an evolutionary conserved regulator of adhesion, polarity, differentiation and growth. AIMS: Our aim was to analyze Rap1 activated rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for their potential role in adhesion and cardiac differentiation. METHODS: Myocardial infarction (MI) was produced in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats through occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery...
December 31, 2016: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
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