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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921719/inflammation-alters-ampa-stimulated-calcium-responses-in-dorsal-striatal-d2-but-not-d1-spiny-projection-neurons
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Carissa D Winland, Nora Welsh, Alberto Sepulveda-Rodriguez, Stefano Vicini, Kathleen A Maguire-Zeiss
Neuroinflammation precedes neuronal loss in striatal neurodegenerative diseases and can be exacerbated by the release of proinflammatory molecules by microglia. These molecules can affect trafficking of AMPARs. The preferential trafficking of calcium-permeable versus impermeable AMPARs can result in disruptions of [Ca(2+) ]i and alter cellular functions. In striatal neurodegenerative diseases, changes in [Ca(2+) ]i and L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) have been reported. Therefore, the present study sought to determine whether a proinflammatory environment alters AMPA-stimulated [Ca(2+) ]i through calcium-permeable AMPARs and/or L-type VGCCs in dopamine-2 and dopamine-1 expressing striatal spiny projection neurons (D2 and D1 SPNs) in the dorsal striatum...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921675/altered-cav1-2-function-in-the-timothy-syndrome-mouse-model-produces-ascending-serotonergic-abnormalities
#2
Daniel G Ehlinger, Kathryn G Commons
Polymorphism in the gene CACNA1C, encoding the pore-forming subunit of Cav1.2 L-type calcium channels, has one of the strongest genetic linkages to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder: psychopathologies in which serotonin signaling has been implicated. Additionally, a gain-of-function mutation in CACNA1C is responsible for the neurodevelopmental disorder Timothy Syndrome that presents with prominent behavioral features on the autism spectrum. Given an emerging role for serotonin in the etiology of autism spectrum disorders, we investigate the relationship between Cav1...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920084/effects-of-methamphetamine-on-locomotor-activity-and-thalamic-gene-expression-in-leptin-deficient-obese-mice
#3
Betina González, Candela González, Verónica Bisagno, Francisco J Urbano
Leptin is an adipose-derived hormone that regulates energy balance. Leptin receptors are expressed in extrahypothalamic sites and several reports showed that leptin can influence feeding and locomotor behavior via direct actions on dopaminergic neurons. The leptin deficient mouse (ob/ob) has been used as an animal model of blunted leptin action, and presents with obesity and mild type 2 diabetes. We used ob/ob mice to study the effect of repeated 7-day methamphetamine (METH) administration analyzing locomotion, behavioral sensitization, and somatosensory thalamic mRNA expression of voltage-gated calcium channels and glutamatergic receptors using RT-PCR...
July 2017: Translational Brain Rhythmicity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919489/zinc-chloride-induced-trpa1-activation-does-not-contribute-to-toxicity-in-vitro
#4
Dirk Steinritz, Franziska Zehfuß, Bernhard Stenger, Annette Schmidt, Tanja Popp, Kai Kehe, Harald Mückter, Horst Thiermann, Thomas Gudermann
The hygroscopic zinc chloride (ZnCl2) is often used to generate smoke screens. Severe adverse pulmonary health effects have been associated with inhalation of ZnCl2 smokes. The underlying molecular toxicology is not known. Recent studies have shown that the Transient Receptor Potential Channel A1 (TRPA1) is important for sensing toxic chemicals. TRPA1 was shown to be activated by Zn(2+) which was linked to pain and inflammation. In the present study, we investigated whether TRPA1 activation contributes to ZnCl2-mediated toxicity in vitro...
September 14, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919480/cholesterol-modulates-the-cellular-localization-of-orai1-channels-and-its-disposition-among-membrane-domains
#5
A Bohórquez-Hernández, Enrico Gratton, Jonathan Pacheco, Alexander Asanov, Luis Vaca
Store Operated Calcium Entry (SOCE) is one of the most important mechanisms for calcium mobilization in to the cell. Two main proteins sustain SOCE: STIM1 that acts as the calcium sensor in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Orai1 responsible for calcium influx upon depletion of ER. There are many studies indicating that SOCE is modulated by the cholesterol content of the plasma membrane (PM). However, a myriad of questions remain unanswered concerning the precise molecular mechanism by which cholesterol modulates SOCE...
September 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919046/fgf23-activates-injury-primed-renal-fibroblasts-via-fgfr4-dependent-signalling-and-enhancement-of-tgf-%C3%AE-autoinduction
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Edward R Smith, Stephen G Holt, Tim D Hewitson
Bone-derived fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is an important endocrine regulator of mineral homeostasis with effects transduced by cognate FGF receptor (FGFR)1-α-Klotho complexes. Circulating FGF23 levels rise precipitously in patients with kidney disease and portend to worse renal and cardiovascular outcomes. De novo expression of FGF23 has been found in the heart and kidney following injury but its significance remains unclear. Studies showing that exposure to chronically high FGF23 concentrations activates hypertrophic gene programmes in the cardiomyocyte, has spawned intense interest in other pathological off-target effects of FGF23 excess...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918503/coq0-induced-mitochondrial-ptp-opening-triggers-apoptosis-via-ros-mediated-vdac1-upregulation-in-hl-60-leukemia-cells-and-suppresses-tumor-growth-in-athymic-nude-mice-xenografted-nude-mice
#7
You-Cheng Hseu, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, Ting-Tsz Ou, Hsin-Ling Yang
Coenzyme Q (CoQ) analogs with variable numbers of isoprenoid units have been demonstrated as anticancer and antioxidant/pro-oxidant molecules. This study examined the in vitro and in vivo antitumor and apoptosis activities of CoQ0 (2,3-dimethoxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone, zero isoprenoid side-chains) through upregulation of the Voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1) signaling pathway on human promyelocytic leukemia. CoQ0 (0-40 μg/mL) treatment significantly reduced HL-60 cell viability, and up-regulated mitochondrial VDAC1 expression...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916471/the-pyk2-mcu-pathway-in-the-rat-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-model-of-ischemic-stroke
#8
Kun Zhang, Jiajia Yan, Liang Wang, Xinying Tian, Tong Zhang, Li Guo, Bin Li, Wang Wang, Xiaoyun Liu
Mitochondrial dysfunction caused by Ca(2+) overload plays an important role in ischemia-induced brain damage. Mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU), located on the mitochondrial inner membrane, is the major channel responsible for mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake. Activated proline-rich tyrosine kinase 2 (Pyk2) can directly phosphorylate MCU, which enhances mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake in cardiomyocytes. It has been suggested that the Pyk2/MCU pathway may be a novel therapeutic target in stress-induced cellular apoptosis...
September 12, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916337/angiotensin-ii-induces-calcium-mediated-autophagy-in-podocytes-through-enhancing-reactive-oxygen-species-levels
#9
Na Gao, Hui Wang, Hongqiang Yin, Zhuo Yang
As well known, abnormalities of Angiotensin II (Ang II) is closely related with glomerular damage. This study was to investigate whether Ang II could affect autophagy in podocytes via oxidative stress, and whether autophagy had a positive role in protecting podocytes impaired by Ang II. 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay showed that Ang II induced podocyte death. The measurements of malondialdehyde (MDA) and H2O2 levels, and flow cytometry assay revealed that Ang II considerably increased ROS generation in podocytes...
September 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916261/differential-involvement-of-l-and-t-type-ca-2-channels-store-operated-calcium-channel-trpc-and-rho-kinase-signaling-pathway-s-in-pgf2%C3%AE-induced-contractions-in-myometrium-of-non-pregnant-and-pregnant-buffaloes-bubalus-bubalis
#10
Abhishek Sharma, Udayraj P Nakade, Pooja Jaitley, Vipin Sharma, Soumen Choudhury, Satish Kumar Garg
This study unravels the differential involvement of calcium signaling pathway(s) in PGF2α-induced contractions in myometrium of non-pregnant and pregnant buffaloes. Compared to the myometrium of pregnant animals, myometrium of non-pregnant buffaloes was more sensitive to PGF2α-induced contractile effect as manifested by the changes in mean integral tension (MIT) and tonicity. However, phasic contraction was significantly more in myometrium of pregnant animals. The uterotonic effect of PGF2α was dependent on extracellular Ca(2+) and its influx through nifedipine-sensitive L-type Ca(2+) channels both in non-pregnant and pregnant animals, but T-type Ca(2+) channels play an additional role during pregnancy...
September 12, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914394/bioinformatics-based-identification-of-methylated-differentially-expressed-genes-and-related-pathways-in-gastric-cancer
#11
Hao Li, Jing-Wei Liu, Shuang Liu, Yuan Yuan, Li-Ping Sun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The aim of the study was to identify methylated-differentially expressed genes (MDEGs) in gastric cancer and investigate their potential pathways. METHODS: Expression profiling (GSE13911 and GSE29272) and methylation profiling (GSE25869 and GSE30601) data were obtained from GEO DataSets. Differentially expressed genes and differentially methylated genes were identified using GEO2R. Gene ontology and pathway enrichment analyses were performed for the MDEGs...
September 15, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913875/alterations-in-the-%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-ligand-thrombospondin-1-in-a-rat-model-of-spontaneous-absence-epilepsy-and-in-patients-with-idiopathic-genetic-generalized-epilepsies
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Ines Santolini, Roberta Celli, Milena Cannella, Tiziana Imbriglio, Michela Guiducci, Pasquale Parisi, Julian Schubert, Michele Iacomino, Federico Zara, Holger Lerche, Slavianka Moyanova, Richard Teke Ngomba, Gilles van Luijtelaar, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Pasquale Striano, Ferdinando Nicoletti
OBJECTIVES: Thrombospondins, which are known to interact with the α2 δ subunit of voltage-sensitive calcium channels to stimulate the formation of excitatory synapses, have recently been implicated in the process of epileptogenesis. No studies have been so far performed on thrombospondins in models of absence epilepsy. We examined whether expression of the gene encoding for thrombospondin-1 was altered in the brain of WAG/Rij rats, which model absence epilepsy in humans. In addition, we examined the frequency of genetic variants of THBS1 in a large cohort of children affected by idiopathic/genetic generalized epilepsies (IGE/GGEs)...
September 15, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913625/calcium-release-dependent-inactivation-precedes-formation-of-the-tubular-system-in-developing-rat-cardiac-myocytes
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Katarina Macková, Alexandra Zahradníková, Matej Hoťka, Barbora Hoffmannová, Ivan Zahradník, Alexandra Zahradníková
Developing cardiac myocytes undergo substantial structural and functional changes transforming the mechanism of excitation-contraction coupling from the embryonic form, based on calcium influx through sarcolemmal DHPR calcium channels, to the adult form, relying on local calcium release through RYR calcium channels of sarcoplasmic reticulum stimulated by calcium influx. We characterized day-by-day the postnatal development of the structure of sarcolemma, using techniques of confocal fluorescence microscopy, and the development of the calcium current, measured by the whole-cell patch-clamp in isolated rat ventricular myocytes...
September 14, 2017: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912640/spike-frequency-adaptation-in-neurons-of-the-central-nervous-system
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Go Eun Ha, Eunji Cheong
Neuronal firing patterns and frequencies determine the nature of encoded information of the neurons. Here we discuss the molecular identity and cellular mechanisms of spike-frequency adaptation in central nervous system (CNS) neurons. Calcium-activated potassium (KCa) channels such as BKCa and SKCa channels have long been known to be important mediators of spike adaptation via generation of a large afterhyperpolarization when neurons are hyper-activated. However, it has been shown that a strong hyperpolarization via these KCa channels would cease action potential generation rather than reducing the frequency of spike generation...
August 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912617/pulmonary-hypertension-clinical-parameters-of-a-difficult-case-in-pregnancy
#15
Byron C Calhoun
Treatment of pulmonary hypertension in pregnancy with a prostacyclin analogue-iloprost and/or calcium channel antagonists appears to improve outcomes and survival. These medications could have been administered to the patient and the response monitored. If the patient did not respond to therapy, this patient may have had either a referral to or transfer to another high risk center with more experience in this type of pregnant patient. There is no literature to support termination of pregnancy improving maternal survival outcomes in these patients, even though termination is recommended by all obstetrical textbooks...
August 2017: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912545/the-cacna1h-mutation-in-the-gaers-model-of-absence-epilepsy-enhances-t-type-ca-2-currents-by-altering-calnexin-dependent-trafficking-of-cav3-2-channels
#16
Juliane Proft, Yuriy Rzhepetskyy, Joanna Lazniewska, Fang-Xiong Zhang, Stuart M Cain, Terrance P Snutch, Gerald W Zamponi, Norbert Weiss
Low-voltage-activated T-type calcium channels are essential contributors to the functioning of thalamocortical neurons by supporting burst-firing mode of action potentials. Enhanced T-type calcium conductance has been reported in the Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rat from Strasbourg (GAERS) and proposed to be causally related to the overall development of absence seizure activity. Here, we show that calnexin, an endoplasmic reticulum integral membrane protein, interacts with the III-IV linker region of the Cav3...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911306/management-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
#17
Ioanna Gouni-Berthold, Ruth Hanssen, Lisa Ravarani, Heiner K Berthold
BACKGROUND: In patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) there is a clear association between blood pressure (BP) levels and macrovascular and microvascular complications. However, the BP targets that need to be achieved for optimal outcomes remain controversial. METHODS: The purpose of this narrative review is to discuss BP targets and management in patients with DM. The subject of elevated heart rate, which has been associated with mortality in many populations, and which is observed in some patients with DM will also be addressed...
June 8, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911022/hypertensive-cardiovascular-risk-pulsatile-hemodynamics-gender-and-therapeutic-implications
#18
Michel E Safar, Harold Smulyan
PURPOSE: In recent years, the predictive value of 2 pulsatile parameters has been extensively studied in hypertension: aortic stiffness and pulse pressure (PP) amplification. Aortic stiffness is an index of aortic rigidity and PP-amplification is the ratio between central and brachial PP, an indirect evaluation of wave reflections. Both are safe, independent, noninvasive predictors of overall and cardiovascular risk. Our purpose is to determine the validity of these parameters in 2 different circumstances: gender and therapeutic implications...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910660/toxic-effects-of-pb-2-entering-sperm-through-ca-2-channels-in-the-freshwater-crab-sinopotamon-henanense
#19
Na Li, Peng Xu, Wei-Xin Jing, Jiang-Shiou Hwang, Lan Wang
Lead (Pb) is a heavy metal that can damage animal sperm. To study the effects of Pb on calcium homeostasis and calcium channel in the sperm of freshwater crab Sinopotamon henanense, the induction of acrosome reaction (AR) and acrosin activity were investigated when crabs were exposed to different Pb concentrations (0, 3.675, 7.35, 14.7, 29.4 and 58.8mg/L) for 3, 5 and 7 d separately. Fluorescent probe Fluo-3/AM was loaded into the sperm, and [Ca(2+)] in the sperm was measured by fluorescence microscopy and using microplate reader...
September 4, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905546/-hypertension-in-people-of-african-descent
#20
Fabien Cane, Sofia Zisimopoulou, Antoinette Pechère-Bertschi
Hypertension in people of African descent presents an increased prevalence, an earlier and more severe target organ damage and is harder to control compared to other ethnicities. Preeclampsia and gestational hypertension are more frequent in black women. The physiological phenomenon of night time blood pressure dipping is often blunted. The low renin hypertension phenotype seems to be caused by an increase in sodium retention at renal level. The treatment of choice is calcium channel blockers and thiazide diuretics along with a renin-angiotensin-aldosterone blocker for kidney protection...
September 13, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
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