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Fabiana de Salvi Guimarães, Wilson Max Almeida Monteiro de Moraes, Luis Henrique Marchesi Bozi, Pâmela R Souza, Ednei Luiz Antonio, Danilo Sales Bocalini, Paulo José Ferreira Tucci, Daniel Araki Ribeiro, Patricia Chakur Brum, Alessandra Medeiros
Dexamethasone is a potent and widely used anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drug. However, recent evidences suggest that dexamethasone cause pathologic cardiac remodeling, which later impairs cardiac function. The mechanism behind the cardiotoxic effect of dexamethasone is elusive. The present study aimed to verify if dexamethasone-induced cardiotoxicity would be associated with changes in the cardiac net balance of calcium handling protein and calcineurin signaling pathway activation. Wistar rats (~400 g) were treated with dexamethasone (35 µg/g) in drinking water for 15 days...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Agnieszka Młynarska, Rafał Młynarski, Krzysztof S Gołba, Maciej Sosnowski
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that small differences in the anatomy of the coronary venous tree might be one of the factors responsible for the differences in the respond for cardiac resynchronization depending on a patient's gender. METHODS: The cardiac computed tomography scans with retrospective gating were performed on 315 subjects (aged 58.3 ± 11.6; 117 women) according to the clinical criteria. The standard protocol for coronary arteries was used during scanning...
October 17, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Przemysław B Radwański, Hsiang-Ting Ho, Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, Lucia Brunello, Bin Liu, Andriy E Belevych, Sathya D Unudurthi, Michael A Makara, Silvia G Priori, Pompeo Volpe, Antonis A Armoundas, Wolfgang H Dillmann, Bjorn C Knollmann, Peter J Mohler, Thomas J Hund, Sándor Györke
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrhythmias are a leading cause of death in the US. Vast majority of these arrhythmias including catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) are associated with increased levels of circulating catecholamines and involve abnormal impulse formation secondary to aberrant Ca(2+) and Na(+) handling. However, the mechanistic link between β-AR stimulation and the subcellular/molecular arrhythmogenic trigger(s) remains elusive. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed functional and structural studies to assess Ca(2+) and Na(+) signaling in ventricular myocyte as well as surface electrocardiograms in mouse models of cardiac calsequestrin (CASQ2)-associated CPVT...
June 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Reza Ashrafi, Marianne Yon, Lucy Pickavance, Joseph Yanni Gerges, Gershan Davis, John Wilding, Kun Jian, Henggui Zhang, George Hart, Mark Boyett
Introduction. Obesity is increasingly common and is associated with an increased prevalence of cardiac arrhythmias. The aim of this study was to see whether in obesity there is proarrhythmic gene expression of ventricular ion channels and related molecules. Methods and Results. Rats were fed on a high-fat diet and compared to control rats on a normal diet (n = 8). After 8 weeks, rats on the high-fat diet showed significantly greater weight gain and higher adiposity. Left ventricle samples were removed at 8 weeks and mRNA expression of ion channels and other molecules was measured using qPCR...
2016: Journal of Obesity
Uros Kuzmanov, Hongbo Guo, Diana Buchsbaum, Jake Cosme, Cynthia Abbasi, Ruth Isserlin, Parveen Sharma, Anthony O Gramolini, Andrew Emili
Phospholamban (PLN) plays a central role in Ca(2+) homeostasis in cardiac myocytes through regulation of the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase 2A (SERCA2A) Ca(2+) pump. An inherited mutation converting arginine residue 9 in PLN to cysteine (R9C) results in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in humans and transgenic mice, but the downstream signaling defects leading to decompensation and heart failure are poorly understood. Here we used precision mass spectrometry to study the global phosphorylation dynamics of 1,887 cardiac phosphoproteins in early affected heart tissue in a transgenic R9C mouse model of DCM compared with wild-type littermates...
October 14, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jia-Ling Ruan, Nathaniel L Tulloch, Maria V Razumova, Mark Saiget, Veronica Muskheli, Lil Pabon, Hans Reinecke, Michael Regnier, Charles E Murry
BACKGROUNDS: -Tissue engineering enables the generation of functional human cardiac tissue using cells derived in vitro in combination with biocompatible materials. Human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes provide a cell source for cardiac tissue engineering; however, their immaturity limits their potential applications. Here we sought to study the effect of mechanical conditioning and electrical pacing on the maturation of hiPSC-derived cardiac tissues. METHODSS: -Cardiomyocytes derived from hiPSCs were used to generate collagen-based bioengineered human cardiac tissue...
October 13, 2016: Circulation
Fábio V G Campanha, Denise Perone, Dijon H S de Campos, Renata de A M Luvizotto, Maria T De Síbio, Miriane de Oliveira, Regiane M C Olimpio, Fernanda C F Moretto, Carlos R Padovani, Gláucia M F S Mazeto, Antonio C Cicogna, Célia R Nogueira
Objective: The current study was aimed at analyzing sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase (Serca2) and ryanodine receptor type 2 (Ryr2) gene expression in rats subjected to surgery that induced HF and were subsequently treated with T4 using physiological doses. Materials and methods: HF was induced in 18 male Wistar rats by clipping the ascending thoracic aorta to generate aortic stenosis (HFS group), while the control group (9-sham) underwent thoracotomy. After 21 weeks, the HFS group was subdivided into two subgroups...
October 10, 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Joseph Michael Autry, David D Thomas, L Michel Espinoza-Fonseca
We have performed μs molecular dynamics simulation (MDS) to identify structural mechanisms for sarcolipin (SLN) uncoupling of Ca(2+) transport from ATP hydrolysis for the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA). SLN regulates muscle metabolism and energy expenditure to provide resistance against diet-induced obesity and extreme cold. MDS demonstrates that the cytosolic domain of SLN induces a salt bridge-mediated structural rearrangement in the energy-transduction domain of SERCA. We propose that this structural change uncouples SERCA by perturbing Ca(2+) occlusion at residue E309 in transport site II, thus facilitating cytosolic Ca(2+) backflux...
October 12, 2016: Biochemistry
Joachim Behar, Ambhighainath Ganesan, Jin Zhang, Yael Yaniv
Sinoatrial nodal cells (SANCs) generate spontaneous action potentials (APs) that control the cardiac rate. The brain modulates SANC automaticity, via the autonomic nervous system, by stimulating membrane receptors that activate (adrenergic) or inactivate (cholinergic) adenylyl cyclase (AC). However, these opposing afferents are not simply additive. We showed that activation of adrenergic signaling increases AC-cAMP/PKA signaling, which mediates the increase in the SANC AP firing rate (i.e., positive chronotropic modulation)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Sophie Le Page, Marjorie Niro, Jérémy Fauconnier, Laura Cellier, Sophie Tamareille, Abdallah Gharib, Arnaud Chevrollier, Laurent Loufrani, Céline Grenier, Rima Kamel, Emmanuelle Sarzi, Alain Lacampagne, Michel Ovize, Daniel Henrion, Pascal Reynier, Guy Lenaers, Delphine Mirebeau-Prunier, Fabrice Prunier
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggests the involvement of mitochondrial dynamics in cardiac ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injuries. Whilst excessive mitochondrial fission has been described as detrimental, the role of fusion proteins in this context remains uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether Opa1 (protein involved in mitochondrial inner-membrane fusion) deficiency affects I/R injuries. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined mice exhibiting Opa1delTTAG mutations (Opa1+/-), showing 70% Opa1 protein expression in the myocardium as compared to their wild-type (WT) littermates...
2016: PloS One
Ioannis Karagiannidis, Martina Brunner, Christos C Zouboulis
Darier disease/dyskeratosis follicularis is a genodermatosis characterized by brown, oily keratotic papules and plaques in the seborrheic areas of the face and chest. Responsible for the disease are mutations in the ATP2A2 gene, encoding SERCA2, a calcium pump of the sarco-/endoplasmic reticulum. Mechanical trauma, heat, humidity, ultraviolet B radiation, oral corticosteroids and lithium are known trigger factors of the disorder. We report on a 48-year-old German woman with a flare-up of Darier disease under interferon-α-2a (IFNα-2a) therapy with clinical signs of lichen nitidus...
May 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
Ryo Ushioda, Akitoshi Miyamoto, Michio Inoue, Satoshi Watanabe, Masaki Okumura, Ken-Ichi Maegawa, Kaiku Uegaki, Shohei Fujii, Yasuko Fukuda, Masataka Umitsu, Junichi Takagi, Kenji Inaba, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, Kazuhiro Nagata
Calcium ion (Ca(2+)) is an important second messenger that regulates numerous cellular functions. Intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) is strictly controlled by Ca(2+) channels and pumps on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and plasma membranes. The ER calcium pump, sarco/endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase (SERCA), imports Ca(2+) from the cytosol into the ER in an ATPase activity-dependent manner. The activity of SERCA2b, the ubiquitous isoform of SERCA, is negatively regulated by disulfide bond formation between two luminal cysteines...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Felix Hohendanner, Jaime DeSantiago, Frank R Heinzel, Lothar A Blatter
We tested the hypothesis that in atrial myocytes from a rabbit left ventricular heart failure (HF) model, spatial inhomogeneity and temporal dyssynchrony of Ca removal during excitation-contraction coupling together with increased Na/Ca exchange (NCX) activity generates a substrate for proarrhythmic Ca release. Ca removal occurs via Ca reuptake into the sarcoplasmic reticulum and extrusion via NCX exclusively in the cell periphery since rabbit atrial myocytes lack transverse tubules. Ca removal kinetics were assessed by the time constant τ of decay of local peripheral subsarcolemmal (SS) and central (CT) action potential (AP) induced Ca transients (CaTs) recorded in confocal line scan mode (using Fluo-4)...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Adam S Helms, Francisco J Alvarado, Jaime Yob, Vi T Tang, Francis Pagani, Mark W Russell, Héctor H Valdivia, Sharlene M Day
BACKGROUND: -Aberrant calcium signaling may contribute to arrhythmias and adverse remodeling in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Mutations in sarcomere genes may distinctly alter calcium handling pathways. METHODS: -We analyzed gene expression, protein levels, and functional assays for calcium regulatory pathways in human HCM surgical samples with (n=25) and without (n=10) sarcomere mutations compared with control hearts (n=8). RESULTS: -Gene expression and protein levels for calsequestrin, L-type calcium channel, sodium-calcium exchanger, phospholamban (PLN), calcineurin, and calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase type II (CaMKII) were similar in HCM compared to controls...
September 29, 2016: Circulation
Alex Gutterres Taranto, Sônia Carine Cova Costa, Franco Henrique Andrade Leite, Matheus Santos de Sá, Milena Botelho Pereira Soares, Miriam Moreira Mussi, Alexsandro Branco
The antiplasmodial active extract of Xanthium cavanillesii contains 3,4-dicaffeoyl quinic acid (3,4-DCQA), 3,5-dicaffeoyl quinic acid (3,5-DCQA) and 1,3,5-tricaffeoyl quinic acid (1,3,5-TCQA). These results inspired us to investigate the interaction of these molecules with a promising validated target of Plasmodium, PfATP6 orthologue of mammalian Ca(+2)-ATPase. Models of this receptor were obtained through comparative modelling. Afterwards, molecular docking studies were used to identify possible interaction modes of these caffeoyl quinic derivatives on the binding site...
August 13, 2016: Natural Product Research
Zhe Tian, Keishi Miyata, Tsuyoshi Kadomatsu, Haruki Horiguchi, Hiroyuki Fukushima, Shugo Tohyama, Yoshihiro Ujihara, Takahiro Okumura, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Jiabin Zhao, Motoyoshi Endo, Jun Morinaga, Michio Sato, Taichi Sugizaki, Shunshun Zhu, Kazutoyo Terada, Hisashi Sakaguchi, Yoshihiro Komohara, Motohiro Takeya, Naoki Takeda, Kimi Araki, Ichiro Manabe, Keiichi Fukuda, Kinya Otsu, Jun Wada, Toyoaki Murohara, Satoshi Mohri, Jun K Yamashita, Motoaki Sano, Yuichi Oike
A cardioprotective response that alters ventricular contractility or promotes cardiomyocyte enlargement occurs with increased workload in conditions such as hypertension. When that response is excessive, pathological cardiac remodelling occurs, which can progress to heart failure, a leading cause of death worldwide. Mechanisms underlying this response are not fully understood. Here, we report that expression of angiopoietin-like protein 2 (ANGPTL2) increases in pathologically-remodeled hearts of mice and humans, while decreased cardiac ANGPTL2 expression occurs in physiological cardiac remodelling induced by endurance training in mice...
September 28, 2016: Nature Communications
Daniel J Blackwell, Taylor J Zak, Seth L Robia
The cardiac sarco/endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase (SERCA) establishes the intracellular calcium gradient across the sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane. It has been proposed that SERCA forms homooligomers that increase the catalytic rate of calcium transport. We investigated SERCA dimerization in rabbit left ventricular myocytes using a photoactivatable cross-linker. Western blotting of cross-linked SERCA revealed higher-molecular-weight species consistent with SERCA oligomerization. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer measurements in cells transiently transfected with fluorescently labeled SERCA2a revealed that SERCA readily forms homodimers...
September 20, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Trong Tuan Dao, Pankaj Sehgal, Truong Thanh Tung, Jesper Vuust Møller, John Nielsen, Michael Palmgren, Søren Brøgger Christensen, Anja Thoe Fuglsang
P-type ATPases catalyze the active transport of cations and phospholipids across biological membranes. Members of this large family are involved in a range of fundamental cellular processes. To date, a substantial number of P-type ATPase inhibitors have been characterized, some of which are used as drugs. In this work a library of natural compounds was screened and we first identified curcuminoids as plasma membrane H+-ATPases inhibitors in plant and fungal cells. We also found that some of the commercial curcumins contain several curcuminoids...
2016: PloS One
Adonis Z Wu, Dongzhu Xu, Na Yang, Shien-Fong Lin, Peng-Sheng Chen, Steven E Cala, Zhenhui Chen
AIMS: Phospholamban (PLB) regulates the cardiac Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA2a) in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). However, the localization of PLB at subcellular sites outside the SR and possible contributions to Ca(2+) cycling remain unknown. We examined the intracellular distribution of PLB and tested whether a pool of PLB exists in the nuclear envelope (NE) that might regulate perinuclear/nuclear Ca(2+) (nCa(2+)) handling in cardiomyocytes (CMs). METHODS AND RESULTS: Using confocal immunofluorescence microscopy and immunoblot analyses of CMs and CM nuclei, we discovered that PLB was highly concentrated in NE...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Yufen Li, Xiaomei Wang, Changli Lou
BACKGROUND Calcium overload, inflammation, and apoptosis play important roles in myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (MIRI). Gastrodin pretreatment can alleviate MIRI. This study observed sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium transport ATPase (Ca2+-ATPase, SERCA) and calcium phosphate (PLB) protein expression in the ventricular remodeling process after myocardial infarction to explore the effect of gastrodin pretreatment on MIRI. MATERIAL AND METHODS Healthy 7-week-old male SD rats were randomly divided into a sham group (A), a model group (B), and gastrodin pretreatment groups C, D, and E (100, 200, and 400 mg/kg, respectively) with 20 in each group...
September 19, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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