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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550175/chronic-hypoxia-attenuates-the-vasodilator-efficacy-of-protein-kinase-g-in-fetal-and-adult-ovine-cerebral-arteries
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Richard B Thorpe, Margaret C Hubbell, Jinjutha Silpanisong, James M Williams, William J Pearce
Long-term hypoxia (LTH) attenuates nitric oxide (NO) induced vasorelaxation in ovine middle cerebral arteries. Because cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) is an important mediator of NO signaling in vascular smooth muscle, we tested the hypothesis that LTH diminishes the ability of PKG to interact with target proteins and cause vasorelaxation. Prominent among proteins that regulate vascular tone is the large conductance calcium-sensitive potassium (BK) channel, which is a substrate for PKG and is responsive to phosphorylation on multiple serine/threonine residues...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550171/%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-stimulation-inhibits-proarrhythmic-alternans-in-post-infarction-border-zone-cardiomyocytes-a-computational-analysis
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Jakub Tomek, Blanca Rodriguez, Gil Bub, Jordi Heijman
The border zone (BZ) of viable myocardium adjacent to an infarct undergoes extensive autonomic and electrical remodelling and is prone to repolarisation alternans-induced cardiac arrhythmias. BZ remodelling processes may promote or inhibit calcium and/or repolarisation alternans and may differentially affect ventricular arrhythmogenesis. Here, we employed a detailed computational model of the canine ventricular cardiomyocyte to study the determinants of alternans in the BZ and their regulation by β-adrenergic receptor (βAR) stimulation...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550095/small-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-current-in-normal-rabbit-cardiac-purkinje-cells
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Thomas A Reher, Zhuo Wang, Chia-Hsiang Hsueh, Po-Cheng Chang, Zhenwei Pan, Mohineesh Kumar, Jheel Patel, Jian Tan, Changyu Shen, Zhenhui Chen, Michael C Fishbein, Michael Rubart, Penelope Boyden, Peng-Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Purkinje cells (PCs) are important in cardiac arrhythmogenesis. Whether small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels are present in PCs remains unclear. We tested the hypotheses that subtype 2 SK (SK2) channel proteins and apamin-sensitive SK currents are abundantly present in PCs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 25 normal rabbit ventricles, including 13 patch-clamp studies, 4 for Western blotting, and 8 for immunohistochemical staining...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550061/the-lectin-chaperone-calnexin-is-involved-in-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-response-by-regulating-ca-2-homeostasis-in-aspergillus-nidulans
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Shenghua Zhang, Hailin Zheng, Qiuyi Chen, Yuan Chen, Sha Wang, Ling Lu, Shizhu Zhang
The Ca(2+)-mediated signaling pathway is crucial for environmental adaptation in fungi. Here we show that calnexin, a molecular chaperone located in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), plays an important role in regulating cytosolic free calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) in Aspergillus nidulans Inactivation of calnexin (ClxA) in A. nidulans caused severe defects in hyphal growth and conidiation under ER stress caused by the ER-stress inducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT) or high temperature. Importantly, defects in the ΔclxA mutant were restored by the addition of extracellular calcium...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549853/molecular-fingerprinting-of-principal-neurons-in-the-rodent-hippocampus-a-neuroinformatics-approach
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D J Hamilton, C M White, C L Rees, D W Wheeler, G A Ascoli
Neurons are often classified by their morphological and molecular properties. The online knowledge base Hippocampome.org primarily defines neuron types from the rodent hippocampal formation based on their main neurotransmitter (glutamate or GABA) and the spatial distributions of their axons and dendrites. For each neuron type, this open-access resource reports any and all published information regarding the presence or absence of known molecular markers, including calcium-binding proteins, neuropeptides, receptors, channels, transcription factors, and other molecules of biomedical relevance...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549569/trpm-channels-as-potential-therapeutic-targets-against-pro-inflammatory-diseases
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REVIEW
Susanna Zierler, Sarah Hampe, Wiebke Nadolni
The immune system protects our body against foreign pathogens. However, if it overshoots or turns against itself, pro-inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or diabetes develop. Ions, the most basic signaling molecules, shape intracellular signaling cascades resulting in immune cell activation and subsequent immune responses. Mutations in ion channels required for calcium signaling result in human immunodeficiencies and highlight those ion channels as valued targets for therapies against pro-inflammatory diseases...
May 3, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547032/car8-dorsal-root-ganglion-expression-and-genetic-regulation-of-analgesic-responses-are-associated-with-a-cis-eqtl-in-mice
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Roy C Levitt, Gerald Y Zhuang, Yuan Kang, Diana M Erasso, Udita Upadhyay, Mehtap Ozdemir, Eugene S Fu, Konstantinos D Sarantopoulos, Shad B Smith, William Maixner, Luda Diatchenko, Eden R Martin, Tim Wiltshire
Carbonic anhydrase-8 (Car8 mouse gene symbol) is devoid of enzymatic activity, but instead functions as an allosteric inhibitor of inositol trisphosphate receptor-1 (ITPR1) to regulate this intracellular calcium release channel important in synaptic functions and neuronal excitability. Causative mutations in ITPR1 and carbonic anhydrase-8 in mice and humans are associated with certain subtypes of spinal cerebellar ataxia (SCA). SCA mice are genetically deficient in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) Car8 expression and display mechanical and thermal hypersensitivity and susceptibility to subacute and chronic inflammatory pain behaviors...
May 25, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546434/behavioral-deficits-following-withdrawal-from-chronic-ethanol-are-influenced-by-slo-channel-function-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Luisa L Scott, Scott J Davis, Rachel C Yen, Greg J Ordemann, Sarah K Nordquist, Deepthi Bannai, Jonathan T Pierce
Symptoms of withdrawal from chronic alcohol use are a driving force for relapse in alcohol dependence. Thus, uncovering molecular targets to lessen their severity is key to breaking the cycle of dependence. Using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, we tested whether one highly conserved ethanol target, the large-conductance, calcium-activated potassium channel (known as the BK channel or Slo1), modulates ethanol withdrawal. Consistent with a previous report, we found that C. elegans displays withdrawal-related behavioral impairments after cessation of chronic ethanol exposure...
May 25, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546313/enlargement-of-ribbons-in-zebrafish-hair-cells-increases-calcium-currents-but-disrupts-afferent-spontaneous-activity-and-timing-of-stimulus-onset
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Lavinia Sheets, Xinyi J He, Jennifer Olt, Mary Schreck, Ronald S Petralia, Ya-Xian Wang, Qiuxiang Zhang, Alisha Beirl, Teresa Nicolson, Walter Marcotti, Josef G Trapani, Katie S Kindt
In sensory hair cells of auditory and vestibular organs, the ribbon synapse is required for the precise encoding of a wide range of complex stimuli. Hair cells have a unique presynaptic structure-the synaptic ribbon-that organizes both synaptic vesicles and calcium channels at the active zone. Previous work has shown that hair-cell ribbon size is correlated with differences in postsynaptic activity. However, additional variability in postsynapse size presents a challenge to determining the specific role of ribbon size in sensory encoding...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546113/stretch-activated-trpv2-channels-role-in-mediating-cardiopathies
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REVIEW
Elizabeth Aguettaz, Patrick Bois, Christian Cognard, Stéphane Sebille
Transient receptor potential vanilloid type 2, TRPV2, is a calcium-permeable cation channel belonging to the TRPV channel family. Although this channel has been first characterized as a noxious heat sensor, its mechanosensor property recently gained importance in various physiological functions. TRPV2 has been described as a stretch-mediated channel and a regulator of calcium homeostasis in several cell types and has been shown to be involved in the stretch-dependent responses in cardiomyocytes. Hence, several studies in the last years support the idea that TRPV2 play a key role in the function and structure of the heart, being involved in the cardiac compensatory mechanisms in response to pathologic or exercise-induced stress...
May 22, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542952/compensatory-and-decompensatory-alterations-in-cardiomyocyte-ca-2-dynamics-in-hearts-with-diastolic-dysfunction-following-aortic-banding
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Sara Gattoni, Åsmund Treu Røe, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Ivar Sjaastad, William E Louch, Nicolas P Smith, Steven A Niederer
KEY POINTS: At the cellular level cardiac hypertrophy causes remodelling, leading to changes in ionic channel, pump and exchanger densities and kinetics. Previous studies have focused on quantifying changes in channels, pumps and exchangers without quantitatively linking these changes with emergent cellular scale functionality. Two biophysical cardiac cell models were created, parameterized and validated and are able to simulate electrophysiology and calcium dynamics in myocytes from control sham operated rats and aortic-banded rats exhibiting diastolic dysfunction...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542215/treatment-with-enalapril-and-not-diltiazem-ameliorated-progression-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-rats-and-normalized-renal-at1-receptor-expression-as-measured-with-pet-imaging
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Basma Ismail, Rob A deKemp, Etienne Croteau, Tayebeh Hadizad, Kevin D Burns, Rob S Beanlands, Jean N DaSilva
ACE inhibitors are considered first line of treatment in patients with many forms of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Other antihypertensives such as calcium channel blockers achieve similar therapeutic effectiveness in attenuating hypertension-related renal damage progression. Our objective was to explore the value of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of renal AT1 receptor (AT1R) to guide therapy in the 5/6 subtotal-nephrectomy (Nx) rat model of CKD. Ten weeks after Nx, Sprague-Dawley rats were administered 10mg/kg/d enalapril (NxE), 30mg/kg/d diltiazem (NxD) or left untreated (Nx) for an additional 8-10 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540887/evaluation-of-medication-use-in-malaysian-predialysis-patients
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Muhammad Salman, Amer Hayat Khan, Azreen Syazril Adnan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Naureen Shehzadi, Nauman Asif, Khalid Hussain, Fahad Saleem, Muhammed Hussnain Raza, Muhammad Shahid Farooq
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients suffer from multiple comorbidities and complications as a cause or consequence of kidney disease. Information regarding medication- prescribing patterns in predialysis patients is sparse. We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the medication prescription patterns among predialysis patients. Medical records (both paper based and computerized) of patients at CKD Resource Centre, Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, were reviewed. A total of 615 eligible cases were included in the study...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540665/different-molecular-mechanisms-mediate-direct-or-glia-dependent-prion-protein-fragment-90-231-neurotoxic-effects-in-cerebellar-granule-neurons
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Stefano Thellung, Elena Gatta, Francesca Pellistri, Valentina Villa, Alessandro Corsaro, Mario Nizzari, Mauro Robello, Tullio Florio
Glia over-stimulation associates with amyloid deposition contributing to the progression of central nervous system neurodegenerative disorders. Here we analyze the molecular mechanisms mediating microglia-dependent neurotoxicity induced by prion protein (PrP)90-231, an amyloidogenic polypeptide corresponding to the protease-resistant portion of the pathological prion protein scrapie (PrP(Sc)). PrP90-231 neurotoxicity is enhanced by the presence of microglia within neuronal culture, and associated to a rapid neuronal [Ca(++)] i increase...
May 25, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539870/a-select-subset-of-electron-transport-chain-genes-associated-with-optic-atrophy-link-mitochondria-to-axon-regeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Wendy M Knowlton, Thomas Hubert, Zilu Wu, Andrew D Chisholm, Yishi Jin
The role of mitochondria within injured neurons is an area of active interest since these organelles are vital for the production of cellular energy in the form of ATP. Using mechanosensory neurons of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to test regeneration after neuronal injury in vivo, we surveyed genes related to mitochondrial function for effects on axon regrowth after laser axotomy. Genes involved in mitochondrial transport, calcium uptake, mitophagy, or fission and fusion were largely dispensable for axon regrowth, with the exception of eat-3/Opa1...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539652/ano1-inhibits-cardiac-fibrosis-after-myocardial-infraction-via-tgf-%C3%AE-smad3-pathway
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Yao Gao, Yan Mei Zhang, Li Jun Qian, Ming Chu, Jian Hong, Di Xu
As a newly identified factor in calcium-activated chloride channel, ANO1 participates in various physiological processes like proliferation and differentiation, and expresses in human cardiac fibroblasts. In this experiment, we investigated the function of ANO1 in cardiac fibrosis after myocardial infraction (MI) with methods of Western blotting, Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR), metabolic reduction of 3-(4,5-dimethylthiozol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazo-lium bromide (MTT), immunofluorescence and confocal imaging, and Masson's trichrome staining...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539583/transient-receptor-potential-canonical-5-channels-plays-an-essential-role-in-hepatic-dyslipidemia-associated-with-cholestasis
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Khadija M Alawi, David Tandio, Jin Xu, Pratish Thakore, Georgia Papacleovoulou, Elizabeth S Fernandes, Cristina Legido-Quigley, Catherine Williamson, Susan D Brain
Transient receptor potential canonical 5 (TRPC5), a calcium-permeable, non-selective cation channel is expressed in the periphery, but there is limited knowledge of its regulatory roles in vivo. Endogenous modulators of TRPC5 include a range of phospholipids that have an established role in liver disease, including lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC). Cholestasis is characterized by impairment of excretion of bile acids, leading to elevation of hepatic bile acids. We investigated the contribution of TRPC5 in a murine model of cholestasis...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538154/effect-of-ca-2-to-sphingomyelin-investigated-by-sum-frequency-generation-vibrational-spectroscopy
#18
Rong-Juan Feng, Lu Lin, Yi-Yi Li, Ming-Hua Liu, Yuan Guo, Zhen Zhang
The interactions between Ca(2+) ions and sphingomyelin play crucial roles in a wide range of cellular activities. However, little is known about the molecular details of the interactions at interfaces. In this work, we investigated the interactions between Ca(2+) ions and egg sphingomyelin (ESM) Langmuir monolayers at the air/water interface by subwavenumber high-resolution broadband sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS). We show that Ca(2+) ions can induce ordering of the acyl chains in the ESM monolayer...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538150/lanthanides-report-calcium-sensor-in-the-vestibule-of-ryanodine-receptor
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Sándor Sárközi, István Komáromi, István Jóna, János Almássy
Ca(2+) regulates ryanodine receptor's (RyR) activity through an activating and an inhibiting Ca(2+)-binding site located on the cytoplasmic side of the RyR channel. Their altered sensitivity plays an important role in the pathology of malignant hyperthermia and heart failure. We used lanthanide ions (Ln(3+)) as probes to investigate the Ca(2+) sensors of RyR, because they specifically bind to Ca(2+)-binding proteins and they are impermeable to the channel. Eu(3+)'s and Sm(3+)'s action was tested on single RyR1 channels reconstituted into planar lipid bilayers...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537214/pharmacokinetic-drug-evaluation-of-safinamide-mesylate-for-the-treatment-of-mid-to-late-stage-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Thomas Müller
Patients with Parkinson's disease suffer from a heterogeneous expression of neurotransmitter deficits. They cause an individual variable expression of motor and non-motor symptoms. Thus, drugs with various mechanisms of actions are suitable to counteract these disease related neurotransmitter alterations. Areas covered: This invited review suggests safinamide as an ideal compound for therapy of Parkinson's disease, as its pharmacological profile includes reversible monoamine oxidase B inhibition, blockage of voltage-dependent sodium channels, modulation of calcium channels and abnormal glutamate release...
June 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
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