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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29913196/pntx2-6-or-%C3%AE-cntx-pn2a-a-toxin-from-phoneutria-nigriventer-spider-venom-releases-l-glutamate-from-rat-brain-synaptosomes-involving-na-and-ca-2-channels-and-changes-protein-expression-at-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Carolina Nunes da Silva, Rosângela Silva Lomeo, Fernanda Silva Torres, Marcia Helena Borges, Marta Cordeiro Nascimento, Maria Helena Rodrigues Mesquita-Britto, Catarina Rapôso, Adriano Monteiro de Castro Pimenta, Maria Alice da Cruz-Höfling, Dawidson Assis Gomes, Maria Elena de Lima
PhTx2 is the most toxic fraction from the venom of the spider Phoneutria nigriventer, being responsible to sodium entry into cortical synaptosomes, increasing the release of neurotransmitters, such as l-glutamate (L-Glu) and; acetylcholine. In this study, we investigated the action of a toxin purified from; PhTx2 fraction, called PnTx2-6 or δ-CNTX-Pn2a, on L-Glu release from rat; brain cortex synaptosomes, as well as its ability to induce blood-brain barrier permeability. PnTx2-6 increased L-Glu release from rat cortical brain synaptosomes in a time- and dose-dependent manner (EC50 = ∼20 nM; Tm = 16min), as measured by a fluorimetric method...
June 15, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29897859/calcium-channel-subtypes-on-glutamatergic-mossy-fiber-terminals-synapsing-onto-rat-hippocampal-ca3-neurons
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Min-Chul Shin, Kiku Nonaka, Toshitaka Yamaga, Masahito Wakita, Hironari Akaike, Norio Akaike
The current electrophysiological study investigated the functional roles of high- and low-voltage-activated calcium (Ca2+ ) channel subtypes on glutamatergic small mossy fiber nerve terminals (SMFTs) that synapse onto rat hippocampal CA3 neurons. Experiments combining both the 'synapse bouton' preparation and single-pulse focal stimulation technique were performed using the conventional whole-cell patch configuration under voltage-clamp conditions. Nifedipine, at a high concentration, and BAY-K8644 (BAY-K) inhibited and facilitated the glutamatergic excitatory postsynaptic currents (eEPSCs) that were evoked by 0...
June 13, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29803862/potamotrygon-motoro-stingray-venom-induces-both-neurogenic-and-inflammatory-pain-behavior-in-rodents
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L F Kimura, M Santos-Neto, K C Barbaro, G Picolo
Freshwater stingray accidents cause an immediate, intense, and unrelieved pain which is followed by edema, erythema and necrosis formation. Treatment for stingray envenomation is based on administration of analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory drugs. Concerning pain control, it is prescribed to immerse punctured limb on hot water to alleviate pain. There are no studies demonstrating specific targets on which stingray venom acts to promote pain. Therefore, the aim of this work was to investigate some mechanisms of Potamotrygon motoro venom (PmV) that contribute to nociception induction...
May 25, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739832/expression-of-calcium-channel-transcripts-in-the-zebrafish-heart-dominance-of-t-type-channels
#4
Jaakko Haverinen, Minna Hassinen, Surjya Narayan Dash, Matti Vornanen
Calcium (Ca) channels are necessary for cardiac excitation-contraction (e-c) coupling, but Ca channel composition of fish hearts is still largely unknown. To this end, we determined transcript expression of Ca channels in the heart of zebrafish ( Danio rerio ), a popular model species. Altogether 18 Ca channel α-subunit genes were expressed in both atrium and ventricle. Transcripts for 7 L-type (Cav1.1a, Cav1.1b, Cav1.2, Cav1.3a, Cav1.3b, Cav1.4a, Cav1.4b), 5 T-type (Cav3.1, Cav3.2a, Cav3.2b, Cav3.3a, Cav3...
May 8, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705290/investigation-of-the-role-of-ion-channels-in-human-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-hubs-a-mathematical-modeling-study
#5
Sajjad Farashi, Pezhman Sasanpour, Hashem Rafii-Tabar
In many cellular networks, the structure of the network follows a scale-free organization, where a limited number of cells are strongly coupled to other cells. These cells are called hub cells and their critical roles are well accepted. Despite their importance, there have been only a few studies investigating the characteristic features of these cells. In this paper, a computational approach is proposed to study the possible role of different ion channels in distinguishing between the hub and non-hub cells...
April 12, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29704319/a-molecule-based-genetic-association-approach-implicates-a-range-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-associated-with-schizophrenia
#6
Wen Li, Chun Chieh Fan, Tuomo Mäki-Marttunen, Wesley K Thompson, Andrew J Schork, Francesco Bettella, Srdjan Djurovic, Anders M Dale, Ole A Andreassen, Yunpeng Wang
Traditional genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have successfully detected genetic variants associated with schizophrenia. However, only a small fraction of heritability can be explained. Gene-set/pathway-based methods can overcome limitations arising from single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based analysis, but most of them place constraints on size which may exclude highly specific and functional sets, like macromolecules. Voltage-gated calcium (Cav ) channels, belonging to macromolecules, are composed of several subunits whose encoding genes are located far away or even on different chromosomes...
April 28, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662677/auto-antibodies-against-p-q-and-n-type-voltage-dependent-calcium-channels-mimicking-frontotemporal-dementia
#7
Kyan Younes, Lauren A Lepow, Cynthia Estrada, Paul E Schulz
The behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia is usually a sporadic and progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Here, we report the subacute onset of a frontotemporal dementia phenotype with a treatable etiology. The patient has a history of rheumatoid arthritis, episcleritis, and thyroid eye disease on immunosuppressive therapy. He experienced a rapid personality change, including inappropriate behavior, which suggested frontotemporal dementia. Results of imaging and neuropsychological testing also suggested frontotemporal dementia...
2018: SAGE Open Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655456/lambert-eaton-myasthenic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Vita G Kesner, Shin J Oh, Mazen M Dimachkie, Richard J Barohn
Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome is a paraneoplastic or primary autoimmune neuromuscular junction disorder characterized by proximal weakness, autonomic dysfunction and ariflexia. The characteristic symptoms are thought to be caused by antibodies generated against the P/Q-type voltage-gated calcium channels present on presynaptic nerve terminals and by diminished release of acetylcholine. More than half of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome cases are associated with small cell lung carcinoma. Diagnosis is confirmed by serologic testing and electrophysiologic studies...
May 2018: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655446/practical-anatomy-of-the-neuromuscular-junction-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Nishimune, Kazuhiro Shigemoto
Neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) form between nerve terminals of spinal cord motor neurons and skeletal muscles, and perisynaptic Schwann cells and kranocytes cap NMJs. One muscle fiber has one NMJ, which is innervated by one motor nerve terminal. NMJs are excitatory synapses that use P/Q-type voltage-gated calcium channels to release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine receptors accumulate at the postsynaptic specialization called the end plate on the muscle fiber membrane, the sarcolemma. Proteins essential for the organization of end plates include agrin secreted from nerve terminals, Lrp4 and MuSK receptors for agrin, and Dok-7 and rapsyn cytosolic proteins in the muscle...
May 2018: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29608168/combining-optogenetics-with-artificial-micrornas-to-characterize-the-effects-of-gene-knockdown-on-presynaptic-function-within-intact-neuronal-circuits
#10
Agnes Thalhammer, Fanny Jaudon, Lorenzo A Cingolani
The purpose of this protocol is to characterize the effect of gene knockdown on presynaptic function within intact neuronal circuits. We describe a workflow on how to combine artificial microRNA (miR)-mediated RNA interference with optogenetics to achieve selective stimulation of manipulated presynaptic boutons in acute brain slices. The experimental approach involves the use of a single viral construct and a single neuron-specific promoter to drive the expression of both an optogenetic probe and artificial miR(s) against presynaptic gene(s)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29603093/oxaliplatin-modulates-the-characteristics-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-and-action-potentials-in-small-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-of-rats
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Linda-Isabell Schmitt, Markus Leo, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Tim Hagenacker
Oxaliplatin is important for treating colorectal cancer. Although oxaliplatin is highly effective, it has severe side effects, of which neurotoxicity in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons is one of the most common. The key mechanisms of this neurotoxicity are still controversial. However, disturbances of calcium homeostasis in DRG neurons have been suggested to mediate oxaliplatin neurotoxicity. By using whole-cell patch-clamp and current-clamp techniques, as well as immunocytochemical staining, we examined the influence of short- and long-term exposure to oxaliplatin on voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC) and different VGCC subtypes in small DRG neurons of rats in vitro...
March 30, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29562421/-downregulation-of-large-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-in-paraventricular-nucleus-contributes-to-sympathoexcitation-in-rats-with-chronic-heart-failure
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R J Wang, M L Wen, Q Zhou, X W Wei, H Li, Y B Zhao, Y F Qi, J Luan, X F Zhou
Objective: To elucidate the association between large conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (BKCa ) in the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN) and sympathetic outflow in rats with chronic heart failure (CHF) . Methods: Male Wistar rats (6-7 weeks old) were randomized to sham operated group and CHF group (coronary artery ligation) . Two weeks after operation, BKCa inhibitor Iberiotoxin (IBTX) was infused into PVN by osmotic minipumps, rats were divided into following groups: sham+aCSF, CHF+aCSF, sham+low dose IBTX (0...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29482112/role-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-on-striatal-dopamine-release-induced-by-inorganic-mercury-in-freely-moving-rats
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Lilian R Ferreira Faro, Miguel Alfonso, Vania Moraes Ferreira, Rafael Durán
The possible role of voltage-sensitive calcium channels (VSCC) activation on the HgCl2 -induced dopamine release was investigated using selective VSCC blockers and the dopamine levels were measured by HPLC from samples obtained by in vivo brain microdialysis. Infusion of HgCl2 in nicardipine (10 or 100 μM) or flunaricine (10 μM) pretreated animals had no significant effect on dopamine release induced by HgCl2 . Pretreatment with 100 μM flunaricine, 20 μM ω-conotoxin MVIIC, or ω-conotoxin GVIA significantly decreased the HgCl2 -induced dopamine release over 61%, 88%, and 99%, respectively...
April 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427102/spinocerebellum-ataxia-type-6-molecular-mechanisms-and-calcium-channel-genetics
#14
Xiaofei Du, Christopher Manuel Gomez
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) type 6 is an autosomal dominant disease affecting cerebellar degeneration. Clinically, it is characterized by pure cerebellar dysfunction, slowly progressive unsteadiness of gait and stance, slurred speech, and abnormal eye movements with late onset. Pathological findings of SCA6 include a diffuse loss of Purkinje cells, predominantly in the cerebellar vermis. Genetically, SCA6 is caused by expansion of a trinucleotide CAG repeat in the last exon of longest isoform CACNA1A gene on chromosome 19p13...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392225/effect-of-the-spider-toxin-tx3-3-on-spinal-processing-of-sensory-information-in-naive-and-neuropathic-rats-an-in-vivo-electrophysiological-study
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Gerusa D Dalmolin, Kirsty Bannister, Leonor Gonçalves, Shafaq Sikandar, Ryan Patel, Marta do Nascimento Cordeiro, Marcus Vinícius Gomez, Juliano Ferreira, Anthony H Dickenson
Introduction: Drugs that counteract nociceptive transmission in the spinal dorsal horn preferentially after nerve injury are being pursued as possible neuropathic pain treatments. In a previous behavioural study, the peptide toxin Tx3-3, which blocks P/Q- and R-type voltage-gated calcium channels, was effective in neuropathic pain models. Objectives: In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effect of Tx3-3 on dorsal horn neuronal responses in rats under physiological conditions and neuropathic pain condition induced by spinal nerve ligation (SNL)...
July 2017: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29366381/an-atypical-rett-syndrome-phenotype-due-to-a-novel-missense-mutation-in-cacna1a
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Madison V Epperson, Michael E Haws, Shannon M Standridge, Donald L Gilbert
BACKGROUND: Some typical and atypical Rett syndrome patients lack known genetic mutations. Mutations in the P/Q type calcium channel CACNA1A have been implicated in epileptic encephalopathy, familial hemiplegic migraine, episodic ataxia 2, and spinocerebellar ataxia 6, but not Rett syndrome. Patient Description: The authors describe a female patient with developmental regression and a de novo, likely pathogenic mutation in CACNA1A who meets 3 of 4 main criteria (stereotypic hand movements, loss of purposeful hand movements, gait disturbance), and 6 of 11 supportive criteria (impaired sleep, abnormal tone, vasomotor disturbance, scoliosis, growth retardation, and screaming spells) for atypical Rett syndrome...
March 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189554/paraneoplastic-lambert-eaton-myasthenic-syndrome-with-limbic-encephalitis-clinical-correlation-with-the-coexistence-of-anti-vgcc-and-anti-gabab-receptor-antibodies
#17
Jonathan J Cho, James P Wymer
OBJECTIVE: To characterize Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome and limbic encephalitis with coexistent voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) antibody and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) B receptor antibody. METHODS: Case study. RESULTS: A 57-year-old man presented with 6 months of weakness, unsteadiness, and vision difficulties. Examination revealed proximal weakness and diminished reflexes. Electrodiagnostic study revealed low-amplitude motor potentials and facilitation on high-frequency stimulation...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166599/maturation-of-cerebellar-purkinje-cell-population-activity-during-postnatal-refinement-of-climbing-fiber-network
#18
Jean-Marc Good, Michael Mahoney, Taisuke Miyazaki, Kenji F Tanaka, Kenji Sakimura, Masahiko Watanabe, Kazuo Kitamura, Masanobu Kano
Neural circuits undergo massive refinements during postnatal development. In the developing cerebellum, the climbing fiber (CF) to Purkinje cell (PC) network is drastically reshaped by eliminating early-formed redundant CF to PC synapses. To investigate the impact of CF network refinement on PC population activity during postnatal development, we monitored spontaneous CF responses in neighboring PCs and the activity of populations of nearby CF terminals using in vivo two-photon calcium imaging. Population activity is highly synchronized in newborn mice, and the degree of synchrony gradually declines during the first postnatal week in PCs and, to a lesser extent, in CF terminals...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093415/paraneoplastic-cerebellar-degeneration-and-lambert-eaton-myasthenic-syndrome-associated-with-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-oropharynx
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Junji Takasugi, Munehisa Shimamura, Toru Koda, Toshihiro Kishikawa, Atsushi Hanamoto, Hidenori Inohara, Kazuaki Sato, Eiichi Morii, Masakatsu Motomura, Manabu Sakaguchi, Yuji Nakatsuji, Hideki Mochizuki
Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration and Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (PCD-LEMS) are usually associated with small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC). PCD-LEMS with extrapulmonary non-SCLC tumors; however, has not been previously reported. A 78-year-old man presented with dysarthria, dysphagia, staggering gait, and lower extremity muscle fatigue. He was diagnosed with PCD-LEMS associated with neuroendocrine carcinoma of the oropharynx, based on the histological findings of the biopsy, the existence of antibodies against P/Q-type voltage-gated calcium channels, and an incremental response of the compound muscle action potentials during repetitive nerve stimulation tests...
February 15, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033792/spontaneous-and-evoked-activity-from-murine-ventral-horn-cultures-on-microelectrode-arrays
#20
Bryan J Black, Rahul Atmaramani, Joseph J Pancrazio
Motor neurons are the site of action for several neurological disorders and paralytic toxins, with cell bodies located in the ventral horn (VH) of the spinal cord along with interneurons and support cells. Microelectrode arrays (MEAs) have emerged as a high content assay platform for mechanistic studies and drug discovery. Here, we explored the spontaneous and evoked electrical activity of VH cultures derived from embryonic mouse spinal cord on multi-well plates of MEAs. Primary VH cultures from embryonic day 15-16 mice were characterized by expression of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) by immunocytochemistry...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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