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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776603/regulation-of-g-protein-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-signaling
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Kanishka Senarath, Dinesh Kankanamge, Saroopa Samaradivakara, Kasun Ratnayake, Mithila Tennakoon, Ajith Karunarathne
Heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding proteins (G proteins) deliver external signals to the cell interior, upon activation by the external signal stimulated G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).While the activated GPCRs control several pathways independently, activated G proteins control the vast majority of cellular and physiological functions, ranging from vision to cardiovascular homeostasis. Activated GPCRs dissociate GαGDPβγ heterotrimer into GαGTP and free Gβγ. Earlier, GαGTP was recognized as the primary signal transducer of the pathway and Gβγ as a passive signaling modality that facilitates the activity of Gα...
2018: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775742/ryanodine-receptor-ca-2-release-channel-post-translational-modification-central-player-in-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-disease
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Amanda Denniss, Angela F Dulhunty, Nicole A Beard
Calcium release from internal stores is a quintessential event in excitation-contraction coupling in cardiac and skeletal muscle. The ryanodine receptor Ca2+ release channel is embedded in the internal sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ store, which releases Ca2+ into the cytoplasm, enabling contraction. Ryanodine receptors form the hub of a macromolecular complex extending from the extracellular space to the sarcoplasmic reticulum lumen. Ryanodine receptor activity is influenced by the integrated effects of associated co-proteins, ions, and post-translational phosphor and redox modifications...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772236/identification-and-characterization-of-circular-rnas-in-rapid-atrial-pacing-dog-atrial-tissue
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Wenfeng Shangguan, Xue Liang, Wen Shi, Tong Liu, Manman Wang, Guangping Li
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) have emerged as novel molecules of interest in gene regulation as other noncoding RNAs, and participating in the process of many diseases. However, the expression and functions of circRNAs in Rapid atrial pacing (RAP) dog atrial tissue still unknown. 12 canines were randomly assigned to control and pacing group. RAP at 500 beats per minute was maintained 14 days in the pacing group. The expression characterization of circRNAs were revealed by high-throughput sequencing. We totally predicted 15,990 circRNAs in dog atrial tissues...
May 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768467/alpha-7-nicotinic-receptors-attenuate-neurite-development-through-calcium-activation-of-calpain-at-the-growth-cone
#4
Justin R King, Nadine Kabbani
The α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) is a ligand-gated ion channel that plays an important role in cellular calcium signaling contributing to synaptic development and plasticity, and is a key drug target for the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. Here we show that α7 nAChR mediated calcium signals in differentiating PC12 cells activate the proteolytic enzyme calpain leading to spectrin breakdown, microtubule retraction, and attenuation in neurite growth. Imaging in growth cones confirms that α7 activation decreases EB3 comet motility in a calcium dependent manner as demonstrated by the ability of α7 nAChR, ryanodine, or IP3 receptor antagonists to block the effect of α7 nAChR on growth...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768250/metabolic-regulation-of-synaptic-activity
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Sergei V Fedorovich, Tatyana V Waseem
Brain tissue is bioenergetically expensive. In humans, it composes approximately 2% of body weight and accounts for approximately 20% of calorie consumption. The brain consumes energy mostly for ion and neurotransmitter transport, a process that occurs primarily in synapses. Therefore, synapses are expensive for any living creature who has brain. In many brain diseases, synapses are damaged earlier than neurons start dying. Synapses may be considered as vulnerable sites on a neuron. Ischemic stroke, an acute disturbance of blood flow in the brain, is an example of a metabolic disease that affects synapses...
May 16, 2018: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764897/diagnostic-yield-of-genetic-testing-in-young-athletes-with-t-wave-inversion
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Nabeel Sheikh, Michael Papadakis, Mathew Wilson, Aneil Malhotra, Carmen Adamuz, Tessa Homfray, Lorenzo Monserrat, Elijah R Behr, Sanjay Sharma
Background -T-wave inversion (TWI) is common in patients with cardiomyopathy. However, up to 25% of athletes of African/Afro-Caribbean descent (black athletes) and 5% of white athletes also have TWI of unclear clinical significance despite comprehensive clinical evaluation and long-term follow-up. The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic yield from genetic testing, beyond clinical evaluation, when investigating athletes with TWI. Methods -We investigated 50 consecutive asymptomatic black and 50 white athletes aged 14-35-years-old with TWI and a normal echocardiogram who were referred to a UK tertiary center for cardiomyopathy and sports cardiology...
May 15, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763546/direct-structural-annotation-of-membrane-protein-aggregation-loci-using-peptide-based-reverse-mapping
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Muralikrishna Lella, Radhakrishnan Mahalakshmi
Membrane protein aggregation is associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Despite remarkable advances to map protein aggregation, molecular elements that drive the structural transition from functional to amyloidogenic β-sheet polymers remain elusive. Here, we report a simple and reliable reverse-mapping method to identify the molecular elements. We validate our approach by obtaining molecular details of aggregation loci of human β-barrel nanopore ion channels that are vital for cell survival. By coupling bottom-up synthesis with time-resolved aggregation kinetics and high-resolution imaging, we identify molecular elements that switch folded channels to polymeric β-rich aggregates...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758700/memory-induced-nonlinear-dynamics-of-excitation-in-cardiac-diseases
#8
Julian Landaw, Zhilin Qu
Excitable cells, such as cardiac myocytes, exhibit short-term memory, i.e., the state of the cell depends on its history of excitation. Memory can originate from slow recovery of membrane ion channels or from accumulation of intracellular ion concentrations, such as calcium ion or sodium ion concentration accumulation. Here we examine the effects of memory on excitation dynamics in cardiac myocytes under two diseased conditions, early repolarization and reduced repolarization reserve, each with memory from two different sources: slow recovery of a potassium ion channel and slow accumulation of the intracellular calcium ion concentration...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757278/a-microbiomechanical-system-for-studying-varicosity-formation-and-recovery-in-central-neuron-axons
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Dustin Servello, Yuanzheng Gu, Chen Gu
Axonal varicosities are enlarged structures along the shafts of axons with a high degree of heterogeneity. They are present not only in brains with neurodegenerative diseases or injuries, but also in the normal brain. Here, we describe a newly-established micromechanical system to rapidly, reliably, and reversibly induce axonal varicosities, allowing us to understand the mechanisms governing varicosity formation and heterogeneous protein composition. This system represents a novel means to evaluate the effects of compression and shear stress on different subcellular compartments of neurons, different from other in vitro systems that mainly focus on the effect of stretching...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752403/cryo-em-structure-of-the-cytoplasmic-domain-of-murine-transient-receptor-potential-cation-channel-subfamily-c-member-6-trpc6
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Caleigh M Azumaya, Francisco Sierra-Valdez, Julio F Cordero-Morales, Terunaga Nakagawa
The kidney maintains the internal milieu by regulating the retention and excretion of proteins, ions, and small molecules. The glomerular podocyte forms the slit diaphragm of the ultrafiltration filter, whose damage leads to progressive kidney failure and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). The canonical transient receptor potential 6 (TRPC6) ion channel is expressed in the podocyte and mutations in its cytoplasmic domain cause FSGS in humans. In vitro evaluation of disease-causing mutations in TRPC6 has revealed that these genetic alterations result in abnormal ion channel gating...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750923/ion-channel-modulators-in-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Martina Gentzsch, Marcus A Mall
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene and remains one of the most common life-shortening genetic diseases affecting the lung and other organs. CFTR functions as a cAMP-dependent anion channel that transports chloride and bicarbonate across epithelial surfaces and disruption of these ion transport processes plays a central role in the pathogenesis of CF. These findings provided the rationale for pharmacological modulation of ion transport, either by targeting mutant CFTR or alternative ion channels that can compensate for CFTR dysfunction, as a promising therapeutic approach...
May 8, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750581/cftr-dysfunction-in-cystic-fibrosis-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Elena Fernandez Fernandez, Chiara de Santi, Virginia De Rose, Catherine M Greene
Obstructive lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are causes of high morbidity and mortality worldwide. CF is a multiorgan genetic disease caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene and is characterized by progressive chronic obstructive lung disease. Most cases of COPD are a result of noxious particles, mainly cigarette smoke but also other environmental pollutants. Areas covered: Although the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of CF and COPD differ, they do share key phenotypic features and because of these similarities there is great interest in exploring common mechanisms and/or factors affected by CFTR mutations and environmental insults involved in COPD...
May 11, 2018: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749636/axon-initial-segments-structure-function-and-disease
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REVIEW
Claire Yu-Mei Huang, Matthew N Rasband
The axon initial segment (AIS) is located at the proximal axon and is the site of action potential initiation. This reflects the high density of ion channels found at the AIS. Adaptive changes to the location and length of the AIS can fine-tune the excitability of neurons and modulate plasticity in response to activity. The AIS plays an important role in maintaining neuronal polarity by regulating the trafficking and distribution of proteins that function in somatodendritic or axonal compartments of the neuron...
May 11, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748137/the-hidden-potential-of-lysosomal-ion-channels-a-new-era-of-oncogenes
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REVIEW
Andra M Sterea, Shekoufeh Almasi, Yassine El Hiani
Lysosomes serve as the control centre for cellular clearance. These membrane-bound organelles receive biomolecules destined for degradation from intracellular and extracellular pathways; thus, facilitating the production of energy and shaping the fate of the cell. At the base of their functionality are the lysosomal ion channels which mediate the function of the lysosome through the modulation of ion influx and efflux. Ion channels form pores in the membrane of lysosomes and allow the passage of ions, a seemingly simple task which harbours the potential of overthrowing the cell's stability...
March 10, 2018: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746898/two-pore-channels-and-disease
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REVIEW
Sandip Patel, Bethan S Kilpatrick
Two-pore channels (TPCs) are Ca2+ -permeable endo-lysosomal ion channels subject to multi-modal regulation. They mediate their physiological effects through releasing Ca2+ from acidic organelles in response to cues such as the second messenger, NAADP. Here, we review emerging evidence linking TPCs to disease. We discuss how perturbing both local and global Ca2+ changes mediated by TPCs through chemical and/or molecular manipulations can induce or reverse disease phenotypes. We cover evidence from models of Parkinson's disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Ebola infection, cancer, cardiac dysfunction and diabetes...
May 7, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746471/atypical-pharmacology-of-schistosome-trpa1-like-ion-channels
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Swarna Bais, Corbett T Berry, Xiaohong Liu, Gordon Ruthel, Bruce D Freedman, Robert M Greenberg
Parasitic flatworms of the genus Schistosoma cause schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease estimated to affect over 200 million people worldwide. Praziquantel is the only antischistosomal currently available for treatment, and there is an urgent need for new therapeutics. Ion channels play key roles in physiology and are targets for many anthelmintics, yet only a few representatives have been characterized in any detail in schistosomes and other parasitic helminths. The transient receptor potential (TRP) channel superfamily comprises a diverse family of non-selective cation channels that play key roles in sensory transduction and a wide range of other functions...
May 10, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743276/non-coding-rna-in-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Arlene M A Glasgow, Chiara De Santi, Catherine M Greene
Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are an abundant class of RNAs that include small ncRNAs, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) and pseudogenes. The human ncRNA atlas includes thousands of these specialised RNA molecules that are further subcategorised based on their size or function. Two of the more well-known and widely studied ncRNA species are microRNAs (miRNAs) and lncRNAs. These are regulatory RNAs and their altered expression has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of human diseases. Failure to express a functional cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane receptor (CFTR) chloride ion channel in epithelial cells underpins CF...
May 9, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740942/genetic-defects-disrupting-glial-ion-and-water-homeostasis-in-the-brain
#18
Rogier Min, Marjo S van der Knaap
Electrical activity of neurons in the brain, caused by the movement of ions between intracellular and extracellular compartments, is the basis of all our thoughts and actions. Maintaining the correct ionic concentration gradients is therefore crucial for brain functioning. Ion fluxes are accompanied by the displacement of osmotically obliged water. Since even minor brain swelling leads to severe brain damage and even death, brain ion and water movement has to be tightly regulated. Glial cells, in particular astrocytes, play a key role in ion and water homeostasis...
May 2018: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737913/pathophysiology-of-ibd-associated-diarrhea
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Arivarasu N Anbazhagan, Shubha Priyamvada, Waddah A Alrefai, Pradeep K Dudeja
Inflammatory bowel diseases broadly categorized into Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), are chronic inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract with increasing prevalence worldwide. The etiology of the disease is complex and involves a combination of genetic, environmental, immunological and gut microbial factors. Recurring and bloody diarrhea is the most prevalent and debilitating symptom in IBD. The pathogenesis of IBD-associated diarrhea is multifactorial and is essentially an outcome of mucosal damage caused by persistent inflammation resulting in dysregulated intestinal ion transport, impaired epithelial barrier function and increased accessibility of the pathogens to the intestinal mucosa...
May 8, 2018: Tissue Barriers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736723/developing-high-throughput-assays-to-analyze-and-screen-electrophysiological-phenotypes
#20
Jen Q Pan, David Baez-Nieto, Andrew Allen, Hao-Ran Wang, Jeffrey R Cottrell
Ion channels represent nearly a quarter of all targets that currently available medications modulate, and their dysfunction underlies increasing number of human diseases. Functional analysis of ion channels have traditionally been a bottleneck in large-scale analyses. Recent technological breakthroughs in automated planar electrophysiology have democratized the technique to enable high-throughput patch clamping at scale. In this chapter, we describe the methodology to perform a phenotypic screen on voltage-gated calcium channels across many different genetic coding variations and against small-molecule modulators...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
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