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Calcium imaging

Lars Peter Engeset Austdal, Gro H Mathisen, Else Marit Løberg, Ragnhild E Paulsen
Immediate early gene nerve growth factor-induced clone B (NGFI-B), a nuclear receptor important for differentiation and apoptosis, is expressed in mice and rat cerebellum from an early stage of postnatal development. Following apoptotic stimuli NGFI-B translocates to mitochondria to initiate cell death processes. Controlled cell death is critical for correct cerebellar development. Immunohistochemical analysis of NGFI-B in sections of mice cerebella showed NGFI-B to be expressed in granule neurons in vivo at a time (P8-11) when apoptosis is known to occur...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
Yuxin Liu, Ge Zhang, Quanwei Guo, Liyi Ma, Qi Jia, Lidong Liu, Jing Zhou
Multifunctional nanomaterials for cancer diagnosis and therapy have recently prompted widespread concern. To avoid nanotoxicity, the development of novel degradable functional materials must be our main focus. In this study, we firstly developed ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid calcium disodium salt (EDTA)- and bovine serum albumin (BSA)-capped Mn3O4 nanoparticles (MONPs-BSA-EDTA) as a novel inorganic nanomaterials for multifunctional imaging-guided photothermal therapy, which can be degraded in a progress-controlled way by artificially introduced ascorbic acid...
October 17, 2016: Biomaterials
Kirilka Mladenova, Svetla D Petrova, Tonya D Andreeva, Veselina Moskova-Doumanova, Tanya Topouzova-Hristova, Yuri Kalvachev, Konstantin Balashev, Shomi S Bhattacharya, Christina Chakarova, Zdravko Lalchev, Jordan A Doumanov
Human bestrophin-1 (hBest1) is a transmembrane calcium-activated chloride channel protein - member of the bestrophin family of anion channels, predominantly expressed in the membrane of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. Mutations in the protein cause ocular diseases, named Bestrophinopathies. Here, we present the first Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) study of the secondary structure elements of hBest1, π/A isotherms and hysteresis, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) visualization of the aggregation state of protein molecules dispersed as Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films...
October 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Anurag Mishra, Giorgio Pariani, Thomas Oerther, Markus Schwaiger, Gil Gregor Westmeyer
We introduce hyperpolarizable (13)C-labelled probes that identify multiple biologically important divalent metals via metal-specific chemical shifts. These features enable NMR measurements of calcium concentrations in human serum in the presence of magnesium. In addition, signal enhancement through Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) increases the sensitivity of metal detection to afford measuring micromolar concentrations of calcium as well as simultaneous multi-metal detection by chemical shift imaging. The hyperpolarizable (13)C-MRI sensors presented here enable sensitive NMR measurements and MR imaging of multiple divalent metals in opaque biological samples...
October 21, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Takayoshi Yamaguchi, Katsuhiro Ichikawa, Daichi Takahashi, Teppei Sugaya, Jungo Furuya, Keiichi Igarashi
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: We have developed a new contrast enhancement protocol for subtraction coronary computed tomography (SCCTA) requiring a short breath-holding time. In the protocol, test and main boluses were sequentially and automatically injected, and correct timings for pre-contrast and contrast-enhanced scans for main bolus were automatically determined only by the test bolus tracking. Combined with a fixed short main bolus injection for 7 seconds, the breath-holding time was shortened as possible...
October 17, 2016: Academic Radiology
D Schneidereit, H Vass, B Reischl, R J Allen, O Friedrich
The fluorescent Ca2+ sensitive dyes Fura Red (ratiometric) and Fluo-4 (non-ratiometric) are widely utilized for the optical assessment of Ca2+ fluctuations in vitro as well as in situ. The fluorescent behavior of these dyes is strongly depends on temperature, pH, ionic strength and pressure. It is crucial to understand the response of these dyes to pressure when applying calcium imaging technologies in the field of high pressure bioscience. Therefore, we use an optically accessible pressure vessel to pressurize physiological Ca2+-buffered solutions at different fixed concentrations of free Ca2+ (1 nM to 25...
2016: PloS One
Ming Yan, Guangming Zeng, Xiaoming Li, Jianmin He, Guiqiu Chen, Danlian Huang, Lin Tang, Cui Lai, Chang Zhang, Xiaodong Li, Lichao Wang, Zhi Guo, Wei Tao
Solidification is a very effective way to alleviate heavy metal impacts to the environment. In this paper, an improved method was adopted herein for the solidification/stabilization (S/S) of sediments with cement-based additives and low content of cement in S/S materials. Sediments in Xiangjiang River, containing high concentrations of Cu, Cd, and Pb, were solidified/stabilized by binders of cement, fly ash, and bentonite. Admixtures such as sodium lignosulfonate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and triethanolamine were used to improve the bonding properties of S/S, which had never been investigated before...
October 19, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Verónica Pérez-Schuster, Anirudh Kulkarni, Morgane Nouvian, Sebastián A Romano, Konstantinos Lygdas, Adrien Jouary, Mario Dippopa, Thomas Pietri, Mathieu Haudrechy, Virginie Candat, Jonathan Boulanger-Weill, Vincent Hakim, Germán Sumbre
Following moving visual stimuli (conditioning stimuli, CS), many organisms perceive, in the absence of physical stimuli, illusory motion in the opposite direction. This phenomenon is known as the motion aftereffect (MAE). Here, we use MAE as a tool to study the neuronal basis of visual motion perception in zebrafish larvae. Using zebrafish eye movements as an indicator of visual motion perception, we find that larvae perceive MAE. Blocking eye movements using optogenetics during CS presentation did not affect MAE, but tectal ablation significantly weakened it...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Raquel Tonello, Camilla Fusi, Serena Materazzi, Ilaria M Marone, Francesco De Logu, Silvia Benemei, Muryel C Gonçalves, Elisabetta Coppi, Celio J Castro-Junior, Marcus Vinicius Gomez, Pierangelo Geppetti, Juliano Ferreira, Romina Nassini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Peptides from venomous animals have long been important tools for understanding pain mechanisms and for the discovery of pain treatments. Here, we hypothesized that Phα1β, a peptide purified from the armed spider Phoneutria nigriventer venom, produces analgesia by blocking the transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Cultured rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, human IMR90 fibroblasts or HEK293 cells expressing the human TRPA1 (hTRPA1-HEK293), TRPV1 (hTRPV1-HEK293) or TRPV4 (hTRPV4-HEK293), were used for calcium imaging and electrophysiology...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Johanne Tremblay, Carole G Campion, Thomas Verissimo, Suzanne Cossette, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Pavel Hamet
OBJECTIVE: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling plays a dual role in hypertension-induced kidney damage. EGFR is critically involved in angiotensin II-induced renal lesions and fibrosis but is also engaged in kidney tissue repair. Consequently, targeting EGFR in renal diseases is complex because even if inhibition of EGFR activity would be beneficial, a minimal EGFR activity is needed to recover from harmful insults. Our group has identified HCaRG (Hypertension-related, Calcium-Regulated Gene) whose expression is increased in kidneys of hypertensive rats and mice...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Heidi L Erickson
Ethylene glycol, methanol, and diethylene glycol are readily available in many household and commercially available products. While these alcohols are relatively nontoxic themselves, their acidic metabolites are toxic and can result in significant morbidity and mortality. Herein we report a lethal case of massive ethylene glycol ingestion in a suicide with a record high level (1254 mg/dL) and images of the histologic examination of the kidneys revealing impressive calcium oxalate crystal deposition. Autopsy findings also showed evidence of mild cerebral edema...
2016: Case Reports in Critical Care
Feng Cai, Feng Wang, Xin Hong, Xin-Hui Xie, Rui Shi, Zhi-Yang Xie, Xiao-Tao Wu
OBJECTIVES: Activation of acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) is responsible for tissue injury caused by acidosis in nervous systems. But its physiological and pathological roles in nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) are unclear. The aim of this study is to investigate whether ASIC1a regulates the survival of NPCs in the acidic environment of degenerated discs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: NPCs were isolated and cultured followed by immunofluorescent staining and Western-blot analysis for ASIC1a...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Sunggu Yang, Mariton D Santos, Cha-Min Tang, Jae Geun Kim, Sungchil Yang
Synaptic plasticity is a fundamental component of information processing in the brain. Presynaptic facilitation in response to repetitive stimuli, often referred to as paired-pulse facilitation (PPF), is a dominant form of short-term synaptic plasticity. Recently, an additional cellular mechanism for short-term facilitation, short-term postsynaptic plasticity (STPP), has been proposed. While a dendritic mechanism was described in hippocampus, its expression has not yet been demonstrated at the levels of the spine...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Jingying Gao, Tao Bai, Lele Ren, Yaqin Ding, Xiangqin Zhong, Hui Wang, Yangyan Guo, Jie Li, Yunfeng Liu, Yi Zhang
Uncarboxylated osteocalcin, a bone matrix protein, has been proposed to regulate glucose metabolism by increasing insulin secretion, improving insulin sensitivity and stimulating β cell proliferation. Our previous study also indicated that uncarboxylated osteocalcin stimulates insulin secretion by inhibiting voltage-gated potassium (KV) channels. The goal of this study is to further investigate the underlying mechanisms for the regulation of Kv channels and insulin secretion by uncarboxylated osteocalcin. Insulin secretion and Kv channel currents were examined by radioimmunoassay and patch-clamp technique, respectively...
October 14, 2016: Peptides
Nan Zhang, Shengchang Yang, Chang Wang, Jianghua Zhang, Lifang Huo, Yiru Cheng, Chuan Wang, Zhanfeng Jia, Leiming Ren, Lin Kang, Wei Zhang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and type II diabetes mellitus (DM2) are the most common aging-related diseases and are characterized by β-amyloid and amylin accumulation, respectively. Multiple studies have indicated a strong correlation between these two diseases. Amylin oligomerization in the brain appears to be a novel risk factor for developing AD. Although amylin aggregation has been demonstrated to induce cytotoxicity in neurons through altering Ca(2+) homeostasis, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully explored...
October 12, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Michael Messerli, Fabian Rengier, Lotus Desbiolles, Niklas F Ehl, Ralf W Bauer, Sebastian Leschka, Hatem Alkadhi, Simon Wildermuth, Claas P Nähle
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of advanced modeled iterative reconstruction (ADMIRE) on the coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores by computed tomography (CT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty patients underwent CAC imaging with dual-source 192-slice CT. Agatston, volume and mass score were calculated from filtered back projection (FBP) and iterative reconstructions with different levels of ADMIRE. Friedman test and Wilcoxon rank sum test were used for multiple comparisons of CAC values and the difference ratio among different ADMIRE groups using FBP as reference...
October 11, 2016: Academic Radiology
Weibin Zhou, Min Chen
INTRODUCTION: Parathyroid crisis due to ectopic parathyroid adenomas can pose diagnostic and management challenges, since it is quite rare in clinical practice. CLINICAL FINDINGS/PATIENT CONCERNS: A 67-year-old Chinese male presented as a parathyroid crisis due to an ectopic mediastinal parathyroid adenoma with his serum calcium and PTH markedly increased in short time. An ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT) scan of the neck did not reveal any parathyroid adenoma...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Bandhan Mukherjee, Qi Yuan
The interactions of L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) and NMDA receptors (NMDARs) in memories are poorly understood. Here we investigated the specific roles of anterior piriform cortex (aPC) LTCCs and NMDARs in early odor preference memory in mice. Using calcium imaging in aPC slices, LTCC activation was shown to be dependent on NMDAR activation. Either D-APV (NMDAR antagonist) or nifedipine (LTCC antagonist) reduced somatic calcium transients in pyramidal cells evoked by lateral olfactory tract stimulation. However, nifedipine did not further reduce calcium in the presence of D-APV...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Brenna M Flannery, Donald A Bruun, Douglas J Rowland, Christopher N Banks, Adam T Austin, David L Kukis, Yonggang Li, Byron D Ford, Daniel J Tancredi, Jill L Silverman, Simon R Cherry, Pamela J Lein
BACKGROUND: Acute intoxication with organophosphorus (OP) cholinesterase inhibitors can trigger convulsions that progress to life-threatening status epilepticus. Survivors face long-term morbidity including mild-to-severe decline in memory. It is posited that neuroinflammation plays a key role in the pathogenesis of OP-induced neuropsychiatric deficits. Rigorous testing of this hypothesis requires preclinical models that recapitulate relevant phenotypic outcomes. Here, we describe a rat model of acute intoxication with the OP diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP) that exhibits persistent neuroinflammation and cognitive impairment...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Kei Tsutsui, Masahiro Otoh, Kodama Sakurai, Nami Suzuki-Hashido, Takashi Hayakawa, Takumi Misaka, Yoshiro Ishimaru, Filippo Aureli, Amanda D Melin, Shoji Kawamura, Hiroo Imai
BACKGROUND: New World monkeys (NWMs) are unique in that they exhibit remarkable interspecific variation in color vision and feeding behavior, making them an excellent model for studying sensory ecology. However, it is largely unknown whether non-visual senses co-vary with feeding ecology, especially gustation, which is expected to be indispensable in food selection. Bitter taste, which is mediated by bitter taste receptors (TAS2Rs) in the tongue, helps organisms avoid ingesting potentially toxic substances in food...
October 12, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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