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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810874/sudden-cardiac-death-focus-on-the-genetics-of-channelopathies-and-cardiomyopathies
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REVIEW
Simona Magi, Vincenzo Lariccia, Marta Maiolino, Salvatore Amoroso, Santo Gratteri
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) describes a natural and unexpected death from cardiac causes occurring within a short period of time (generally within 1 h of symptom onset) in the absence of any other potentially lethal condition. Most SCD-related diseases have a genetic basis; in particular congenital cardiac channelopathies and cardiomyopathies have been described as leading causes of SCD. Congenital cardiac channelopathies are primary electric disorders caused by mutations affecting genes encoding cardiac ion channels or associated proteins, whereas cardiomyopathies are related to mutations in genes encoding several categories of proteins, including those of sarcomeres, desmosomes, the cytoskeleton, and the nuclear envelope...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810709/parallel-evolution-of-sperm-hyper-activation-ca2-channels
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Jacob C Cooper, Nitin Phadnis
Sperm hyper-activation is a dramatic change in sperm behavior where mature sperm burst into a final sprint in the race to the egg. The mechanism of sperm hyper-activation in many metazoans, including humans, consists of a jolt of Ca2+ into the sperm flagellum via CatSper ion channels. Surprisingly, all nine CatSper genes have been independently lost in several animal lineages. In Drosophila, sperm hyper-activation is performed through the cooption of the polycystic kidney disease 2 (pkd2) Ca2+ channel. The parallels between CatSpers in primates and pkd2 in Drosophila provide a unique opportunity to examine the molecular evolution of the sperm hyper-activation machinery in two independent, nonhomologous calcium channels separated by > 500 million years of divergence...
July 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809766/crispr-cas9-editing-of-nf1-gene-identifies-crmp2-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-related-pain-that-is-reversed-by-s-lacosamide
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Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Wennan Li, Kerry B Gilbraith, Shizhen Luo, Song Cai, Liberty François-Moutal, Lindsey A Chew, Seul Ki Yeon, Shreya S Bellampalli, Chaoling Qu, Jennifer Y Xie, Mohab M Ibrahim, May Khanna, Ki Duk Park, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disease linked to mutations of the Nf1 gene. Patients with NF1 commonly experience severe pain. Studies on mice with Nf1 haploinsufficiency have been instructive in identifying sensitization of ion channels as a possible cause underlying the heightened pain suffered by patients with NF1. However, behavioral assessments of Nf1 mice have led to uncertain conclusions about the potential causal role of Nf1 in pain. We used the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) genome editing system to create and mechanistically characterize a novel rat model of NF1-related pain...
July 3, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808008/mathematical-model-reveals-role-of-nucleotide-signaling-in-airway-surface-liquid-homeostasis-and-its-dysregulation-in-cystic-fibrosis
#4
Conner I Sandefur, Richard C Boucher, Timothy C Elston
Mucociliary clearance is composed of three components (i.e., mucin secretion, airway surface hydration, and ciliary-activity) which function coordinately to clear inhaled microbes and other foreign particles from airway surfaces. Airway surface hydration is maintained by water fluxes driven predominantly by active chloride and sodium ion transport. The ion channels that mediate electrogenic ion transport are regulated by extracellular purinergic signals that signal through G protein-coupled receptors. These purinoreceptors and the signaling pathways they activate have been identified as possible therapeutic targets for treating lung disease...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807147/trpp2-ion-channels-critical-regulators-of-organ-morphogenesis-in-health-and-disease
#5
REVIEW
Tilman Busch, Michael Köttgen, Alexis Hofherr
Ion channels control the membrane potential and mediate transport of ions across membranes. Archetypical physiological functions of ion channels include processes such as regulation of neuronal excitability, muscle contraction, or transepithelial ion transport. In that regard, transient receptor potential ion channel polycystin 2 (TRPP2) is remarkable, because it controls complex morphogenetic processes such as the establishment of properly shaped epithelial tubules and left-right-asymmetry of organs. The fascinating question of how an ion channel regulates morphogenesis has since captivated the attention of scientists in different disciplines...
September 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806761/transcriptome-analysis-of-pdgfr%C3%AE-cells-identifies-t-type-ca2-channel-cacna1g-as-a-new-pathological-marker-for-pdgfr%C3%AE-cell-hyperplasia
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Se Eun Ha, Moon Young Lee, Masaaki Kurahashi, Lai Wei, Brian G Jorgensen, Chanjae Park, Paul J Park, Doug Redelman, Kent C Sasse, Laren S Becker, Kenton M Sanders, Seungil Ro
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRα)+ cells are distributed into distinct morphological groups within the serosal, muscular, and submucosal layers as well as the myenteric and deep muscular plexi. PDGFRα+ cells directly interact with interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC) in gastrointestinal smooth muscle tissue. These three cell types, SMC, ICC, and PDGFRα+ cells (SIP cells), form an electrical syncytium, which dynamically regulates gastrointestinal motility. We have previously reported the transcriptomes of SMC and ICC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805875/frequency-selective-electrokinetic-enrichment-of-biomolecules-in-physiological-media-based-on-electrical-double-layer-polarization
#7
Ali Rohani, Bankim J Sanghavi, Armita Salahi, Kuo-Tang Liao, Chia-Fu Chou, Nathan S Swami
Proteomic biomarkers of interest to the early diagnosis of diseases and infections are present at trace levels versus interfering species. Hence, their selective enrichment is needed within bio-assays for speeding binding kinetics with receptors and for reducing signal interferences. While DC fields can separate biomolecules based on their electrokinetic mobilities, they are unable to selectively enrich biomarkers versus interfering species, which may possess like-charges. We present the utilization of AC electrokinetics to enable frequency-selective enrichment of nanocolloidal biomolecules, based on the characteristic time constant for polarization of their electrical double-layer, since surface conduction in their ion cloud depends on colloidal size, shape and surface charge...
August 14, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804999/diversity-of-astroglial-responses-across-human-neurodegenerative-disorders-and-brain-aging
#8
Isidro Ferrer
Astrogliopathy refers to alterations of astrocytes occurring in diseases of the nervous system, and it implies the involvement of astrocytes as key elements in the pathogenesis and pathology of diseases and injuries of the central nervous system. Reactive astrocytosis refers to the response of astrocytes to different insults to the nervous system, whereas astrocytopathy indicates hypertrophy, atrophy/degeneration and loss of function and pathological remodeling occurring as a primary cause of a disease or as a factor contributing to the development and progression of a particular disease...
September 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804757/one-aptamer-two-functions-the-full-length-aptamer-inhibits-ampa-receptors-while-the-short-one-inhibits-both-ampa-and-kainate-receptors
#9
William J Jaremko, Zhen Huang, Wei Wen, Andrew Wu, Nicholas Karl, Li Niu
AMPA and kainate receptors, along with NMDA receptors, are distinct subtypes of glutamate ion channels. Excessive activity of AMPA and kainate receptors has been implicated in neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and neuropathic pain. Antagonists that block their activities are therefore potential drug candidates. In a recent article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by Jaremko et al. 2017, we have reported on the discovery and molecular characterization of an RNA aptamer of a dual functionality: the full-length RNA (101 nucleotide) inhibits AMPA receptors while the truncated or the short (55 nucleotide) RNA inhibits both the AMPA and kainate receptors...
2017: RNA & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797251/the-cardioprotective-and-antiarrhythmic-effects-of-nardostachys-chinensis-in-animal-and-cell-experiments
#10
Min Li, Xue Xu, Xinyu Yang, Joey S W Kwong, Hongcai Shang
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of premature death throughout the world. An estimated 17.5 million people died from CVD in 2012, representing 31% of all global deaths. Nardostachys chinensis (NC), a typical traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), plays a crucial role in the management of patients with CVD, especially for those with cardiac arrhythmia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotective and antiarrhythmic effects of NC in animal and cell experiments...
August 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795510/cngb3-mutation-spectrum-including-copy-number-variations-in-485-achromatopsia-patients
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Anja Kathrin Mayer, Caroline Van Cauwenbergh, Christine Rother, Britta Baumann, Peggy Reuter, Elfride De Baere, Bernd Wissinger, Susanne Kohl
Achromatopsia is a rare autosomal recessive cone disorder characterized by color vision defects, photophobia, nystagmus and severely reduced visual acuity. The disease is caused by mutations in genes encoding crucial components of the cone phototransduction cascade (CNGA3, CNGB3, GNAT2, PDE6C, and PDE6H) or in ATF6, involved in the unfolded protein response. CNGB3 encoding the beta subunit of the cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel in cone photoreceptors is the major achromatopsia gene. Here, we present a comprehensive spectrum of CNGB3 mutations and their prevalence in a cohort of 1,074 independent families clinically diagnosed with achromatopsia...
August 10, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795251/5-fluorouracil-induced-mitochondrial-oxidative-cytotoxicity-and-apoptosis-are-increased-in-mcf-7-human-breast-cancer-cells-by-trpv1-channel-activation-but-not-hypericum-perforatum-treatment
#12
Haci Ahmet Deveci, Mustafa Nazıroğlu, Gökhan Nur
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a widely used chemotherapy agent for breast cancer, although drug resistance is a critical issue regarding the use of this agent in the disease. Calcium signaling is a well-known main cause of proliferation and apoptosis in breast cancer cells. Although previous studies have implicated TRPV1 inhibitor, anticancer, and apoptotic roles of Hypericum perforatum (HPer) in several cells, the synergistic inhibition effects of HPer and 5-FU in cancer and the stimulation of ongoing apoptosis have not yet been clarified in MCF-7 cells...
August 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794819/upregulation-of-autophagy-genes-and-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-human-heart-failure
#13
Brian C Jensen, Scott J Bultman, Darcy Holley, Wei Tang, Gustaaf de Ridder, Salvatore Pizzo, Dawn Bowles, Monte S Willis
The cellular environment of the mammalian heart constantly is challenged with environmental and intrinsic pathological insults, which affect the proper folding of proteins in heart failure. The effects of damaged or misfolded proteins on the cell can be profound and result in a process termed "proteotoxicity". While proteotoxicity is best known for its role in mediating the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, its role in human heart failure also has been recognized. The UPR involves three branches, including PERK, ATF6, and IRE1...
2017: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794102/optogenetics-and-pharmacogenetics-principles-and-applications
#14
Jingwei Jiang, Huxing Cui, Kamal Rahmouni
Remote and selective spatiotemporal control of the activity of neurons to regulate behavior and physiological functions has been a long-sought goal in system neuroscience. Identification and subsequent bioengineering of light-sensitive ion channels (e.g., channelrhodopsins, halorhodopsin and archaerhodopsins) from the bacteria has made it possible to utilize light to artificially modulate neuronal activity, namely optogenetics. Recent advance in genetics has also allowed development of novel pharmacological tools to selectively and remotely control neuronal activity using engineered G-protein coupled receptors which can be activated by otherwise inert drug-like small molecules such as the Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drug (DREADD) - a form of chemogenetics...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791006/regulation-of-lung-epithelial-sodium-channels-by-cytokines-and-chemokines
#15
REVIEW
Brandi M Wynne, Li Zou, Valerie Linck, Robert S Hoover, He-Ping Ma, Douglas C Eaton
Acute lung injury leading to acute respiratory distress (ARDS) is a global health concern. ARDS patients have significant pulmonary inflammation leading to flooding of the pulmonary alveoli. This prevents normal gas exchange with consequent hypoxemia and causes mortality. A thin fluid layer in the alveoli is normal. The maintenance of this thin layer results from fluid movement out of the pulmonary capillaries into the alveolar interstitium driven by vascular hydrostatic pressure and then through alveolar tight junctions...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775042/the-emerging-role-of-transient-receptor-potential-channels-in-chronic-lung-disease
#16
Maria G Belvisi, Mark A Birrell
Chronic lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are a major and increasing global health burden with a high unmet need. Drug discovery efforts in this area have been largely disappointing and so new therapeutic targets are needed. Transient receptor potential ion channels are emerging as possible therapeutic targets, given their widespread expression in the lung, their role in the modulation of inflammatory and structural changes and in the production of respiratory symptoms, such as bronchospasm and cough, seen in chronic lung disease...
August 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774849/comparison-of-different-in-vitro-cell-models-for-the-assessment-of-pesticide-induced-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity
#17
Harm J Heusinkveld, Remco H S Westerink
Biomedical and (neuro) toxicity research on (neuro) degenerative diseases still relies strongly on animal models. However, the use of laboratory animals is often undesirable for both ethical and technical reasons. Current in vitro research thus largely relies on tumor derived- or immortalized cell lines. Notably, the suitability of cell lines for studying neurodegeneration is determined by their intrinsic properties. We therefore characterized PC12, SH-SY5Y, MES23.5 and N27 cells with respect to the presence of functional membrane ion channels and receptors as well as for the effects of five known neurotoxic pesticides on cytotoxicity, oxidative stress and parameters of intracellular calcium homeostasis using a combined alamar Blue/CFDA assay, a H2DCFDA assay and single cell fluorescent (Fura-2) calcium imaging, respectively...
July 31, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762314/insights-into-nicotinic-receptor-signaling-in-nicotine-addiction-implications-for-prevention-and-treatment
#18
Wuyi Liu, Ming D Li
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) belong to the Cys-loop ligand-gated ion-channel (LGIC) superfamily, which also includes the GABA, glycine, and serotonin receptors. Many nAChR subunits have been identified and shown to be involved in signal transduction on binding to them of either the neurotransmitter acetylcholine or exogenous ligands such as nicotine. The nAChRs are pentameric assemblies of homologous subunits surrounding a central pore that gates cation flux, and they are expressed at neuromuscular junctions throughout the nervous system...
August 1, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757052/genetics-update-monogenetics-polygene-disorders-and-the-quest-for-modifying-genes
#19
REVIEW
Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi
The genetic channelopathies are a broad collection of diseases. Many ion channel genes demonstrate wide phenotypic pleiotropy, but nonetheless concerted efforts have been made to characterise genotype-phenotype relationships. In this review we give an overview of the factors that influence genotype-phenotype relationships across this group of diseases as a whole, using specific individual channelopathies as examples. We suggest reasons for the limitations observed in these relationships. We discuss the role of ion channel variation in polygenic disease and highlight research that has contributed to unravelling the complex aetiological nature of these conditions...
July 27, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756335/computational-approaches-to-understand-the-adverse-drug-effect-on-potassium-sodium-and-calcium-channels-for-predicting-tdp-cardiac-arrhythmias
#20
Mohsen Sharifi
Ion channels play a crucial role in the cardiovascular system. Our understanding of cardiac ion channel function has improved since their first discoveries. The flow of potassium, sodium and calcium ions across cardiomyocytes is vital for regular cardiac rhythm. Blockage of these channels, delays cardiac repolarization or tend to shorten repolarization and may induce arrhythmia. Detection of drug risk by channel blockade is considered essential for drug regulators. Advanced computational models can be used as an early screen for torsadogenic potential in drug candidates...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
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