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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230208/optogenetic-activation-of-vglut2-expressing-excitatory-neurons-blocks-epileptic-seizure-like-activity-in-the-mouse-entorhinal-cortex
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Latefa Yekhlef, Gian Luca Breschi, Stefano Taverna
We investigated whether an anti-epileptic effect is obtained by selectively activating excitatory neurons expressing ChR2 under the promoter for the synaptic vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2). VGLUT2-expressing cells were optically stimulated while local field potential and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were performed in mouse entorhinal cortical slices perfused with the proconvulsive compound 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). In control conditions, blue light flashes directly depolarized the majority of putative glutamatergic cells, which in turn synaptically excited GABAergic interneurons...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229450/endogenous-nitric-oxide-formation-in-cardiac-myocytes-does-not-control-respiration-during-%C3%AE-adrenergic-stimulation
#2
Michael Kohlhaas, Alexander G Nickel, Stefanie Bergem, Barbara Casadei, Ulrich Laufs, Christoph Maack
Endothelial nitric oxide (NO) controls cardiac oxygen (O2 ) consumption in a paracrine way by slowing respiration at the mitochondrial electron transport chain. While NO synthases (NOS) are also expressed in cardiac myocytes, it is unclear whether they control respiration in an intracrine way. Furthermore, the existence of a mitochondrial NOS is controversial. Here, by combining fluorescence imaging with electrical field stimulation, the patch-clamp method and knock-out technology, we determined the sources and consequences of intracellular NO formation during workload transitions in isolated murine and guinea pig cardiac myocytes and mitochondria...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228266/rapid-state-dependent-alteration-in-kv3-channel-availability-drives-flexible-synaptic-signaling-dependent-on-somatic-subthreshold-depolarization
#3
Matthew J M Rowan, Jason M Christie
In many neurons, subthreshold depolarization in the soma can transiently increase action-potential (AP)-evoked neurotransmission via analog-to-digital facilitation. The mechanisms underlying this form of short-term synaptic plasticity are unclear, in part, due to the relative inaccessibility of the axon to direct physiological interrogation. Using voltage imaging and patch-clamp recording from presynaptic boutons of cerebellar stellate interneurons, we observed that depolarizing somatic potentials readily spread into the axon, resulting in AP broadening, increased spike-evoked Ca(2+) entry, and enhanced neurotransmission strength...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223513/single-neuron-identification-of-chemical-constituents-physiological-changes-and-metabolism-using-mass-spectrometry
#4
Hongying Zhu, Guichang Zou, Ning Wang, Meihui Zhuang, Wei Xiong, Guangming Huang
The use of single-cell assays has emerged as a cutting-edge technique during the past decade. Although single-cell mass spectrometry (MS) has recently achieved remarkable results, deep biological insights have not yet been obtained, probably because of various technical issues, including the unavoidable use of matrices, the inability to maintain cell viability, low throughput because of sample pretreatment, and the lack of recordings of cell physiological activities from the same cell. In this study, we describe a patch clamp/MS-based platform that enables the sensitive, rapid, and in situ chemical profiling of single living neurons...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223219/trpm2-contributes-to-lpc-induced-intracellular-ca-2-influx-and-microglial-activation
#5
Heejin Jeong, Yong Ho Kim, Yunsin Lee, Sung Jun Jung, Seog Bae Oh
Microglia are the resident immune cells which become activated in some pathological conditions in central nervous system (CNS). Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC), an endogenous inflammatory phospholipid, is implicated in immunomodulatory function of glial cells in the CNS. Although several studies uncovered that LPC induces intracellular Ca(2+) influx and morphologic change in microglia, there is still no direct evidence showing change of phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) p38 (p-p38), a widely used microglia activation marker, by LPC...
February 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223151/testosterone-rapidly-increases-ca-2-activated-k-currents-causing-hyperpolarization-in-human-coronary-artery-endothelial-cells
#6
Katesirin Ruamyod, Wattana B Watanapa, Chairat Shayakul
Testosterone has endothelium-dependent vasodilatory effects on the coronary artery, with some reports suggesting endothelial ion channel involvement. This study employed the whole-cell patch clamp technique to investigate the effect of testosterone on ion channels in human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs) and the mechanisms involved. We found that 0.03-3μM testosterone significantly induced a rapid, concentration-dependent increase in total HCAEC current (EC50, 71.96±1.66nM; maximum increase, 59...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219625/a-novel-%C3%AE-conotoxin-from-worm-hunting-conus-tessulatus-that-selectively-inhibit-rat-ttx-resistant-sodium-currents
#7
Manyi Yang, Shuang Zhao, Xiaoli Min, Meiying Shao, Yongheng Chen, Zhuchu Chen, Maojun Zhou
μ-conotoxins are a group of marine Conus peptides that inhibit sodium currents, so μ-conotoxins are valuable in sodium channel research and new analgesic drug discovery. Here, a novel μ-conotoxin TsIIIA was identified from a worm-hunting Conus tessulatus. TsIIIA was chemical synthesized according to its amino acid sequence GCCRWPCPSRCGMARCCSS and identified by mass spectrum. Patch clamp on rat dorsal root ganglion cells showed that 10 μM TsIIIA specifically inhibit TTX-resistant sodium currents but has no effect on TTX-sensitive sodium currents...
February 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217366/crizotinib-inhibits-hyperpolarization-activated-cyclic-nucleotide-gated-channel-4-activity
#8
Zhushan Zhang, Tai-Qin Huang, Igor Nepliouev, Hengtao Zhang, Adam S Barnett, Paul B Rosenberg, Sai-Hong I Ou, Jonathan A Stiber
BACKGROUND: Sinus bradycardia is frequently observed in patients treated with crizotinib, a receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor used for the treatment of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We investigated whether crizotinib could influence heart rate (HR) through direct cardiac effects. METHODS: The direct effect of crizotinib on HR was studied using ECG analysis of Langendorff-perfused mouse hearts. The whole-cell patch clamp technique was used to measure the effects of crizotinib on the hyperpolarization-activated funny current, If, in mouse sinoatrial node cells (SANCs) and hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 4 (HCN4) activity in HEK-293 cells stably expressing human HCN4...
2017: Cardiooncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217084/nad-attenuates-bilirubin-induced-hyperexcitation-in-the-ventral-cochlear-nucleus-by-inhibiting-excitatory-neurotransmission-and-neuronal-excitability
#9
Min Liang, Xin-Lu Yin, Lu-Yang Wang, Wei-Hai Yin, Ning-Ying Song, Hai-Bo Shi, Chun-Yan Li, Shan-Kai Yin
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is an important molecule with extensive biological functions in various cellular processes, including protection against cell injuries. However, little is known regarding the roles of NAD+ in neuronal excitation and excitotoxicity associated with many neurodegenerative disorders and diseases. Using patch-clamp recordings, we studied its potential effects on principal neurons in the ventral cochlear nucleus (VCN), which is particularly vulnerable to bilirubin excitotoxicity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216898/depolarizing-effects-of-daikenchuto-on-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-from-mouse-small-intestine
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Hyungwoo Kim, Hyun Jung Kim, Dongki Yang, Myeong Ho Jung, Byung Joo Kim
BACKGROUND: Daikenchuto (DKT; TJ-100, TU-100), a traditional herbal medicineis used in modern medicine to treat gastrointestinal (GI) functional disorders. Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) are the pacemaker cells of the GI tract and play important roles in the regulation of GI motility. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of DKT on the pacemaker potentials (PPs) of cultured ICCs from murine small intestine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Enzymatic digestions were used to dissociate ICCs from mouse small intestine tissues...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216048/chloroquine-blocks-the-kir4-1-channels-by-an-open-pore-blocking-mechanism
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Leticia G Marmolejo-Murillo, Iván A Aréchiga-Figueroa, Eloy G Moreno-Galindo, Ricardo A Navarro-Polanco, Aldo A Rodríguez-Menchaca, Meng Cui, José A Sánchez-Chapula, Tania Ferrer
Kir4.1 channels have been implicated in various physiological processes, mainly in the K(+) homeostasis of the central nervous system and in the control of glial function and neuronal excitability. Even though, pharmacological research of these channels is very limited. Chloroquine (CQ) is an amino quinolone derivative known to inhibit Kir2.1 and Kir6.2 channels with different action mechanism and binding site. Here, we employed patch-clamp methods, mutagenesis analysis, and molecular modeling to characterize the molecular pharmacology of Kir4...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213290/zd0947-a-sulphonylurea-receptor-modulator-detects-functional-sulphonylurea-receptor-subunits-in-murine-vascular-smooth-muscle-atp-sensitive-k-channels
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Tadashi Yamamoto, Kohei Takahara, Keiichiro Uchida, Noriyoshi Teramoto
In order to identify functional sulphonylurea receptor (SUR.x) subunits of native ATP-sensitive K(+) channels (KATP channels) in mouse portal vein, the effects of ZD0947, a SUR.x modulator, were investigated on spontaneous portal vein contractions, macroscopic membrane currents and unitary currents recorded (using patch-clamp techniques) in freshly dispersed mouse portal vein myocytes. Spontaneous contractions in mouse portal vein were reversibly reduced by ZD0947 in a concentration-dependent manner (Ki = 293nM)...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211069/mglur1-enhances-efferent-inhibition-of-inner-hair-cells-in-the-developing-rat-cochlea
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Zhanlei Ye, Juan D Goutman, Sonja J Pyott, Elisabeth Glowatzki
Just before the onset of hearing, the inner hair cells (IHCs) receive inhibitory efferent input from cholinergic medial olivocochlear (MOC) neurons originating in the brainstem. This input may serve a role in the maturation of the ascending (afferent) auditory system by inhibiting spontaneous activity of the IHCs. To investigate the molecular mechanisms regulating these IHC efferent synapses, we combined electrical stimulation of the efferent fibres with patch clamp recordings from the IHCs to measure efferent synaptic strength...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210214/arginine-vasopressin-alters-both-spontaneous-and-phase-locked-synaptic-inputs-to-airway-vagal-preganglionic-neuron-via-activation-of-v1a-receptor-insights-into-stress-related-airway-vagal-excitation
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Xianxia Yan, Xingxin Chen, Yuhong Guo, Ding He, Yonghua Chen, Chunmei Xia, Jijiang Wang
The airway vagal preganglionic neurons (AVPNs) in the external formation of the nucleus ambiguus (eNA) play a major role in the vagal control of tracheobronchial smooth muscle tone and maintenance of airway resistance. The eNA receives vasopressinergic projection from the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN), the key node for the genesis of psychological stress. Since airway vagal excitation is reportedly to be associated with the psychological stress-induced/exacerbated airway hyperresponsiveness in asthmatics, arginine vasopressin (AVP) might be involved in stress-related airway vagal excitation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205094/knockdown-of-cardiac-kir3-1-gene-with-sirna-can-improve-bradycardia-in-an-experimental-sinus-bradycardia-rat-model
#15
Yang Li, Xiaodan Fu, Zhi Zhang, Bo Yu
The objective of this study was to explore whether the inhibition of potassium inwardly rectifying channel (Kir3.1) with short interfering RNA (siRNA) can improve bradycardia in an experimental sinus bradycardia rat model. 54 Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into three groups: experimental group, control group, and sham group. Sinus bradycardia model was established in SD rats through chemical ablation of sinoatrial (SA) node with 20% formaldehyde. Variations of Kir3.1 expression at mRNA and protein level were examined with qPCR and Western blotting...
February 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203415/changes-in-the-action-potential-and-transient-outward-potassium-current-in-cardiomyocytes-during-acute-cardiac-rejection-in-rats
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Wenqi Luo, Yixin Jia, Shuai Zheng, Yan Li, Jie Han, Xu Meng
BACKGROUND: Acute cardiac rejection contributes to the changes in the electrophysiological properties of grafted hearts. However, the electrophysiological changes of cardiomyocytes during acute cardiac rejection are still unknown. An understanding of the electrophysiological mechanisms of cardiomyocytes could improve the diagnosis and treatment of acute cardiac rejection. So it is important to characterize the changes in the action potential (AP) and the transient outward potassium current (Ito ) in cardiomyocytes during acute cardiac rejection...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202726/two-tonoplast-mate-proteins-function-as-turgor-regulating-chloride-channels-in-arabidopsis
#17
Haiwen Zhang, Fu-Geng Zhao, Ren-Jie Tang, Yuexuan Yu, Jiali Song, Yuan Wang, Legong Li, Sheng Luan
The central vacuole in a plant cell occupies the majority of the cellular volume and plays a key role in turgor regulation. The vacuolar membrane (tonoplast) contains a large number of transporters that mediate fluxes of solutes and water, thereby adjusting cell turgor in response to developmental and environmental signals. We report that two tonoplast Detoxification efflux carrier (DTX)/Multidrug and Toxic Compound Extrusion (MATE) transporters, DTX33 and DTX35, function as chloride channels essential for turgor regulation in Arabidopsis Ectopic expression of each transporter in Nicotiana benthamiana mesophyll cells elicited a large voltage-dependent inward chloride current across the tonoplast, showing that DTX33 and DTX35 each constitute a functional channel...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202629/improving-the-in-silico-assessment-of-proarrhythmia-risk-by-combining-herg-human-ether-%C3%A3-go-go-related-gene-channel-drug-binding-kinetics-and-multichannel-pharmacology
#18
Zhihua Li, Sara Dutta, Jiansong Sheng, Phu N Tran, Wendy Wu, Kelly Chang, Thembi Mdluli, David G Strauss, Thomas Colatsky
BACKGROUND: The current proarrhythmia safety testing paradigm, although highly efficient in preventing new torsadogenic drugs from entering the market, has important limitations that can restrict the development and use of valuable new therapeutics. The CiPA (Comprehensive in vitro Proarrhythmia Assay) proposes to overcome these limitations by evaluating drug effects on multiple cardiac ion channels in vitro and using these data in a predictive in silico model of the adult human ventricular myocyte...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202576/differential-effect-of-brief-electrical-stimulation-on-voltage-gated-potassium-channels
#19
Morven Alison Cameron, Amr Al Abed, Yossi Buskila, Socrates Dokos, Nigel H Lovell, John W Morley
Electrical stimulation of neuronal tissue is a promising strategy to treat a variety of neurological disorders. The mechanism of neuronal activation by external electrical stimulation is governed by voltage-gated ion channels. This stimulus, typically brief in nature, leads to membrane potential depolarization, which increases ion flow across the membrane by increasing the open probability of these voltage-gated channels. In spiking neurons, it is activation of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV-channels) that leads to action potential generation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202388/viral-vector-reprogramming-of-adult-resident-striatal-oligodendrocytes-into-functional-neurons
#20
Marc S Weinberg, Hugh E Criswell, Sara K Powell, Aadra P Bhatt, Thomas J McCown
Recent advances suggest that in vivo reprogramming of endogenous cell populations provides a viable alternative for neuron replacement. Astrocytes and oligodendrocyte precursor cells can be induced to transdifferentiate into neurons in the CNS, but, in these instances, reprogramming requires either transgenic mice or retroviral-mediated gene expression. We developed a microRNA (miRNA)-GFP construct that in vitro significantly reduced the expression of polypyrimidine tract-binding protein, and, subsequently, we packaged this construct in a novel oligodendrocyte preferring adeno-associated virus vector...
February 12, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
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