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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786868/cis-acting-allele-specific-expression-ase-differences-induced-by-alcohol-and-impacted-by-sex-as-well-as-parental-genotype-of-origin
#1
Chiao-Ling Lo, Lawrence Lumeng, Richard L Bell, Tiebing Liang, Amy C Lossie, Williams M Muir, Feng C Zhou
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are influenced by complex interactions between the genetics of the individual and their environment. We have previously identified hundreds of polygenic genetic variants between the selectively bred high and low alcohol drinking (HAD and LAD) rat lines. Here we report allele specific expression (ASE) differences, between the HAD2 and LAD2 rat lines. METHODS: The HAD2 and LAD2 rats which have been sequenced were reciprocally crossed to generate 10 litters of F1 progeny...
May 22, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786595/-genetically-determined-abnormal-electrical-activity-of-the-brain-and-the-heart
#2
Iwona Mańka-Gaca, Beata Łabuz-Roszak, Agnieszka Machowska-Majchrzak
Mutations leading to disorders within ion (mainly potassium and sodium) channels, have different degrees of expression in the brain and in the heart, which can cause simultaneous occurrence of disorders in both organs. This is manifested by the occurrence of epileptic seizures and cardiac electrical disturbances, further exacerbated by stimulation of autonomic structures within the central nervous system. In all patients with unclear paroxysmal disorders, and in those with unexplained sudden cardiac death, consideration should be given to the possibility of occurrence of genetically determined disorders in the ion channels...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786180/-bartter-syndrome-severe-rare-orphan-kidney-disease-a-step-towards-therapy-through-pharmacogenetic-and-epidemiological-studies
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EDITORIAL
Elena Conte, Paola Imbrici, Dalila Sahbani, Antonella Liantonio, Diana Conte
Bartter syndromes (BS) types 1-5 are rare salt-losing tubulopathies presenting with overlapping clinical phenotypes including marked salt wasting and hypokalemia leading to polyuria, polydipsia, volume contraction, muscle weakness and growth retardation. These diseases are due to an impairment of sodium, potassium, chloride reabsorption caused by mutations in genes encoding for ion channel or transporters expressed in specific nephron tubule segments. Particularly, BS type 3 is a clinically heterogeneous form caused by mutations in CLCNKB gene which encodes the ClC-Kb chloride channel involved in NaCl reabsorption in the renal tubule...
May 2018: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784874/select-%C3%AE-arrestins-control-cell-surface-abundance-of-the-mammalian-kir2-1-potassium-channel-in-a-yeast-model
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Natalie A Hager, Collin J Krasowski, Timothy D Mackie, Alexander R Kolb, Patrick G Needham, Andrew A Augustine, Alison Dempsey, Christopher Szent-Gyorgyi, Marcel P Bruchez, Daniel J Bain, Adam V Kwiatkowski, Allyson F O'Donnell, Jeffrey L Brodsky
Protein composition at the plasma membrane is tightly regulated, with rapid protein internalization and selective targeting to the cell surface occurring in response to environmental changes. For example, ion channels are dynamically relocalized to or from the plasma membrane in response to physiological alterations, allowing cells and organisms to maintain osmotic and salt homeostasis. To identify additional factors that regulate the selective trafficking of a specific ion channel, we used a yeast model for a mammalian potassium channel, the K+ inwardly rectifying channel Kir2...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784533/long-qt-syndrome-a-comprehensive-review-of-the-literature-and-current-evidence
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REVIEW
Syed Raza Shah, Ki Park
Long QT syndrome (LQT) represents a heterogeneous family of cardiac electrophysiologic disorders characterized by QT prolongation and T-wave abnormalities on the electrocardiogram. It is commonly associated with syncope, however, sudden cardiac death can occur due to torsades de pointes. LQT is a clinical diagnosis and should be suspected in individuals on the basis of clinical presentation, family history and electrocardiogram characteristics. Management is focused on the prevention of syncope and ultimately sudden death...
May 10, 2018: Current Problems in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782667/synergies-of-electrochemical-metallization-and-valance-change-in-all-inorganic-perovskite-quantum-dots-for-resistive-switching
#6
Yan Wang, Ziyu Lv, Qiufan Liao, Haiquan Shan, Jinrui Chen, Ye Zhou, Li Zhou, Xiaoli Chen, Vellaisamy A L Roy, Zhanpeng Wang, Zongxiang Xu, Yu-Jia Zeng, Su-Ting Han
The in-depth understanding of ions' generation and movement inside all-inorganic perovskite quantum dots (CsPbBr3 QDs), which may lead to a paradigm to break through the conventional von Neumann bottleneck, is strictly limited. Here, it is shown that formation and annihilation of metal conductive filaments and Br- ion vacancy filaments driven by an external electric field and light irradiation can lead to pronounced resistive-switching effects. Verified by field-emission scanning electron microscopy as well as energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, the resistive switching behavior of CsPbBr3 QD-based photonic resistive random-access memory (RRAM) is initiated by the electrochemical metallization and valance change...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782638/sensing-and-transducing-forces-in-plants-with-msl10-and-dek1-mechanosensors
#7
REVIEW
Yannick Guerringue, Sébastien Thomine, Jean-Marie Frachisse
Mechanosensitive (MS) channels behave as micro-probes that transduce mechanical tension into electric and ion signals. The plasma membrane anion-permeant channel AtMSL10 belongs to the first family of MS channels (MscS-LIKE) that has been characterized in Arabidopsis thaliana. In the same membrane, a rapidly activated calcium MS channel activity (RMA) associated with the presence of the DEFECTIVE KERNEL1 (AtDEK1) protein has been recently described. In this Review, based on the comparison of the specific properties of AtMSL10 and RMA, we put forward hypotheses on the mechanism of activation of these two channels, their respective roles in signaling, and also raise the question of the molecular identity of RMA...
May 21, 2018: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782492/molecular-basis-of-inhibition-of-acid-sensing-ion-channel-1a-by-diminazene
#8
Aram J Krauson, James G Rooney, Marcelo D Carattino
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are trimeric proton-gated cation permeable ion channels expressed primarily in neurons. Here we employed site-directed mutagenesis and electrophysiology to investigate the mechanism of inhibition of ASIC1a by diminazene. This compound inhibits mouse ASIC1a with a half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 2.4 μM. At first, we examined whether neutralizing mutations of Glu79 and Glu416 alter diminazene block. These residues form a hexagonal array in the lower palm domain that was previously shown to contribute to pore opening in response to extracellular acidification...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781998/making-testing-and-using-potassium-ion-selective-microelectrodes-in-tissue-slices-of-adult-brain
#9
J Christopher Octeau, Guido Faas, Istvan Mody, Baljit S Khakh
Potassium ions significantly contribute to the resting membrane potential of cells and, therefore, extracellular K+ concentration is a crucial regulator of cell excitability. Altered concentrations of extracellular K+ affect the resting membrane potential and cellular excitability by shifting the equilibria between closed, open and inactivated states for voltage-dependent ion channels that underlie action potential initiation and conduction. Hence, it is valuable to directly measure extracellular K+ dynamics in health and diseased states...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781252/subtype-selective-inhibition-of-acid-sensing-ion-channel-3-by-a-natural-flavonoid
#10
Xiao-Gang Yan, Wei-Guang Li, Xin Qi, Jia-Jie Zhu, Chen Huang, Shao-Ling Han, Qin Jiang, Tian-Le Xu, Jian-Hua Liu
AIMS: Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are extracellular proton-gated cation channels that have been implicated in multiple physiological and pathological processes, and peripheral ASIC3 prominently participate into the pathogenesis of chronic pain, itch, and neuroinflammation, which necessitates the need for discovery and development of novel modulators in a subtype-specific manner. METHODS: Whole-cell patch clamp recordings and behavioral assays were used to examine the effect of several natural compounds on the ASIC-mediated currents and acid-induced nocifensive behavior, respectively...
May 20, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780533/a-halogen-bond-mediated-highly-active-artificial-chloride-channel-with-high-anticancer-activity
#11
Changliang Ren, Xin Ding, Arundhati Roy, Jie Shen, Shaoyuan Zhou, Feng Chen, Sam Fong Yau Li, Haisheng Ren, Yi Yan Yang, Huaqiang Zeng
Chloride-selective transmembrane carriers or channels might have possible uses in treating channelopathies or cancers. While chloride carriers have been extensively investigated, the corresponding chloride channels have remained limitedly studied. Moreover, all hitherto reported channel systems lack clearly definable and readily modifiable positions in their structures for the reliable construction and combinatorial optimization of their ion transport properties. As a result, the existing channels are limited by their large molecular weight, weak activity or low anion selectivity...
May 7, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779467/calcium-sodium-and-trp-channel-expression-in-human-fetal-midbrain-derived-neural-progenitor-cells
#12
Nancy Stanslowsky, Salini Tharmarasa, Selma Staege, Norman Kalmbach, Martin Klietz, Sigrid Schwarz, Andreas Leffler, Florian Wegner
Voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels as well as transient receptor potential (TRP) channels are expressed during the differentiation of human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) and are likely to be involved in regulating neurogenesis. However, the molecular composition of these ion channels in proliferating and differentiating hNPCs is largely unknown. Here, we investigated fetal mesencephalic hNPCs in respect to their sodium, calcium, and TRP channel subunit expression and function. Quantitative real-time PCR indicated a significant upregulation of voltage-gated sodium and calcium channel subunits in hNPCs after differentiation for 3 weeks in vitro...
May 19, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779223/gene-editing-vectors-for-studying-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-cholinergic-transmission
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Can Peng, Yijin Yan, Veronica J Kim, Staci E Engle, Jennifer N Berry, J Michael McIntosh, Rachael L Neve, Ryan M Drenan
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), prototype members of the cys-loop ligand gated ion channel family, are key mediators of cholinergic transmission in the central nervous system. Despite their importance, technical gaps exist in our ability to dissect the function of individual subunits in the brain. To overcome these barriers, we designed CRISPR/Cas9 small guide RNA sequences (sgRNAs) for production of loss-of-function alleles in mouse nAChR genes. These sgRNAs were validated in vitro via deep sequencing...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779049/biochemical-and-functional-interplay-between-ion-channels-and-the-components-of-the-dystrophin-associated-glycoprotein-complex
#14
REVIEW
Margarita Leyva-Leyva, Alejandro Sandoval, Ricardo Felix, Ricardo González-Ramírez
Dystrophin is a cytoskeleton-linked membrane protein that binds to a larger multiprotein assembly called the dystrophin-associated glycoprotein complex (DGC). The deficiency of dystrophin or the components of the DGC results in the loss of connection between the cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix with significant pathophysiological implications in skeletal and cardiac muscle as well as in the nervous system. Although the DGC plays an important role in maintaining membrane stability, it can also be considered as a versatile and flexible molecular complex that contribute to the cellular organization and dynamics of a variety of proteins at specific locations in the plasma membrane...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777761/functional-organization-of-postsynaptic-glutamate-receptors
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REVIEW
Nicky Scheefhals, Harold D MacGillavry
Glutamate receptors are the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter receptors in the brain, responsible for mediating the vast majority of excitatory transmission in neuronal networks. The AMPA- and NMDA-type ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) are ligand-gated ion channels that mediate the fast synaptic responses, while metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are coupled to downstream signaling cascades that act on much slower timescales. These functionally distinct receptor sub-types are co-expressed at individual synapses, allowing for the precise temporal modulation of postsynaptic excitability and plasticity...
May 16, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777196/single-measurement-detection-of-individual-cell-ionic-oscillations-using-an-n-type-semiconductor-electrolyte-interface
#16
Mariusz Pietruszka, Monika Olszewska, Lukasz Machura, Edward Rówiński
Pollen tubes are used as models in studies on the type of tip-growth in plants. They are an example of polarised and rapid growth because pollen tubes are able to quickly invade the flower pistil in order to accomplish fertilisation. How different ionic fluxes are perceived, processed or generated in the pollen tube is still not satisfactorily understood. In order to measure the H+ , K+ , Ca2+ and Cl- fluxes of a single pollen tube, we developed an Electrical Lab on a Photovoltaic-Chip (ELoPvC) on which the evolving cell was immersed in an electrolyte of a germination medium...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777120/softness-induced-enhancement-in-net-throughput-of-non-linear-bio-fluids-in-nanofluidic-channel-under-edl-phenomenon
#17
Harshad Sanjay Gaikwad, Pranab Kumar Mondal, Somchai Wongwises
In this article, we describe the electro-hydrodynamics of non-Newtonian fluid in narrow fluidic channel with solvent permeable and ion-penetrable polyelectrolyte layer (PEL) grafted on channel surface with an interaction of non-overlapping electric double layer (EDL) phenomenon. In this analysis, we integrate power-law model in the momentum equation for describing the non-Newtonian rheology. The complex interplay between the non-Newtonian rheology and interfacial electrochemistry in presence of PEL on the walls leads to non-intuitive variations in the underlying flow dynamics in the channels...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776603/regulation-of-g-protein-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-signaling
#18
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
#19
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/29773471/increased-spontaneous-firing-rates-in-auditory-midbrain-following-noise-exposure-are-specifically-abolished-by-a-kv3-channel-modulator
#20
Lucy A Anderson, Lara L Hesse, Nadia Pilati, Warren M H Bakay, Giuseppe Alvaro, Charles H Large, David McAlpine, Roland Schaette, Jennifer F Linden
Noise exposure has been shown to produce long-lasting increases in spontaneous activity in central auditory structures in animal models, and similar pathologies are thought to contribute to clinical phenomena such as hyperacusis or tinnitus in humans. Here we demonstrate that multi-unit spontaneous neuronal activity in the inferior colliculus (IC) of mice is significantly elevated four weeks following noise exposure at recording sites with frequency tuning within or near the noise exposure band, and this selective central auditory pathology can be normalised through administration of a novel compound that modulates activity of Kv3 voltage-gated ion channels...
April 30, 2018: Hearing Research
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