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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338370/the-potential-of-stimulating-nitric-oxide-formation-in-the-treatment-of-hypertension
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Lucas C Pinheiro, Jose E Tanus-Santos, Michele M Castro
Hypertension is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. A major pathophysiological factor contributing to hypertension is reduced nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability. Strategies to address this pathophysiological mechanism could offer significant advantages. Areas covered: In this review we aimed at examining a variety of drugs (statins, beta-adrenergic receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II type-1 receptor blockers) used to treat hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, particularly with respect to their potential of increasing NO bioavailability and activity in the cardiovascular system...
March 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338073/veratridine-produces-distinct-calcium-response-profiles-in-mouse-dorsal-root-ganglia-neurons
#2
Zainab A Mohammed, Ciara Doran, David Grundy, Mohammed A Nassar
Nociceptors are a subpopulation of dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons that detect noxious stimuli and signal pain. Veratridine (VTD) is a voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) modifier that is used as an "agonist" in functional screens for VGSC blockers. However, there is very little information on VTD response profiles in DRG neurons and how they relate to neuronal subtypes. Here we characterised VTD-induced calcium responses in cultured mouse DRG neurons. Our data shows that the heterogeneity of VTD responses reflects distinct subpopulations of sensory neurons...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337264/ip3r-and-ryr-calcium-channels-are-involved-in-neonatal-rat-cardiac-myocyte-hypertrophy-induced-by-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE
#3
Gui-Jun Wang, Lian-Yi Guo, Hong-Xin Wang, Yu-Sheng Yao
To investigate which calcium channels are involved in cardiac myocyte hypertrophy induced by TNF-α, cultured cardiomyocytes were treated with 100 μg/L TNF-α. In addition, three different calcium channel blockers (2-APB, ryanodine and nifedipine) were used, and the effects of each calcium channel blocker on cardiac hypertrophy induced by TNF-α were carefully observed. Measurements included cytosolic calcium transients ([Ca(2+)]i), the level of intracellular calcium in individual cells, cell protein content, cell protein synthesis and cell volume...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337252/small-interfering-rna-targeting-mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-improves-cardiomyocyte-cell-viability-in-hypoxia-reoxygenation-injury-by-reducing-calcium-overload
#4
Yuriana Oropeza-Almazán, Eduardo Vázquez-Garza, Héctor Chapoy-Villanueva, Guillermo Torre-Amione, Gerardo García-Rivas
Intracellular Ca(2+) mishandling is an underlying mechanism in hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury that results in mitochondrial dysfunction and cardiomyocytes death. These events are mediated by mitochondrial Ca(2+) (mCa(2+)) overload that is facilitated by the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) channel. Along this line, we evaluated the effect of siRNA-targeting MCU in cardiomyocytes subjected to H/R injury. First, cardiomyocytes treated with siRNA demonstrated a reduction of MCU expression by 67%, which resulted in significant decrease in mitochondrial Ca(2+) transport...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337244/rat-liver-enzyme-release-depends-on-blood-flow-bearing-physical-forces-acting-in-endothelium-glycocalyx-rather-than-on-liver-damage
#5
Julieta A Díaz-Juárez, Rolando Hernández-Muñoz
We have found selective elevation of serum enzyme activities in rats subjected to partial hepatectomy (PH), apparently controlled by hemodynamic flow-bearing physical forces. Here, we assess the involvement of stretch-sensitive calcium channels and calcium mobilization in isolated livers, after chemical modifications of the endothelial glycocalyx and changing perfusion directionality. Inhibiting in vivo protein synthesis, we found that liver enzyme release is influenced by de novo synthesis of endothelial glycocalyx components, and released enzymes are confined into a liver "pool...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337146/corrigendum-pharmacological-characterization-of-the-native-store-operated-calcium-channels-of-cortical-neurons-from-embryonic-mouse-brain
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Sylvain Chauvet, Louis Jarvis, Mireille Chevallet, Niroj Shrestha, Klaus Groschner, Alexandre Bouron
[This corrects the article on p. 486 in vol. 7, PMID: 28018223.].
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336810/role-of-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1-trpv1-in-the-modulation-of-airway-smooth-muscle-tone-and-calcium-handling
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Gene T Yocum, Jun Chen, Christine H Choi, Elizabeth A Townsend, Yi Zhang, Dingbang Xu, Xiao Wen Fu, Michael J Sanderson, Charles W Emala
Asthma is a common disorder characterized, in part, by airway smooth muscle (ASM) hyperresponsiveness. Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) is a non-selective cation channel expressed on airway nerve fibers that modulates afferent signals resulting in cough, and potentially bronchoconstriction. In the present study, the TRPV1 transcript was detected by RT-PCR in primary cultured human ASM cells, and the TRPV1 protein was detected in ASM of human trachea by immunohistochemistry. Proximity ligation assays suggest that TRPV1 is expressed in the sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane of human ASM cells in close association with sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase 2...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336549/eavk-segment-c-sequence-confers-ca-2-dependent-changes-to-the-kinetics-of-full-length-human-ano1
#8
Peter R Strege, Simon J Gibbons, Amelia Mazzone, Cheryl E Bernard, Arthur Beyder, Gianrico Farrugia
Anoctamin1 (Ano1, TMEM16A) is a calcium-activated chloride channel specifically expressed in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract muscularis propria. Ano1 is necessary for normal electrical slow waves and ICC proliferation. The full length human Ano1 sequence includes an additional exon, exon "0," at the N-terminus. Ano1 with exon "0" (Ano1(0)) had a lower EC50 for intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) and faster chloride current (ICl) kinetics. The Ano1 alternative splice variant with segment "c" encoding exon 13 expresses on the first intracellular loop four additional amino acid residues, EAVK, which alter ICl at low [Ca(2+)]i Exon 13 is expressed in 75-100% of Ano1 transcripts in most human tissues but only 25% in human stomach...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336440/astroglial-ca-2-signaling-is-generated-by-the-coordination-of-ip3r-and-store-operated-ca-2-channels
#9
Shigeo Sakuragi, Fumihiro Niwa, Yoichi Oda, Hiroko Bannai, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba
Astrocytes play key roles in the central nervous system and regulate local blood flow and synaptic transmission via intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) signaling. Astrocytic Ca(2+) signals are generated by multiple pathways: Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) via the inositol 1, 4, 5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R) and Ca(2+) influx through various Ca(2+) channels on the plasma membrane. However, the Ca(2+) channels involved in astrocytic Ca(2+) homeostasis or signaling have not been fully characterized...
March 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334599/aligning-a-synapse
#10
Daniel Kerschensteiner
Synaptic communication requires alignment of transmitter release sites with transmitter receptors. In this issue of Neuron, Wang et al. (2017) show that α2δ4 subunits link calcium channels to a trans-synaptic complex with glutamate receptors at the visual system's first synapse.
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334404/calcium-homeostasis-modulator-1-like-currents-in-rat-fungiform-taste-cells-expressing-amiloride-sensitive-sodium-currents
#11
Albertino Bigiani
Salt reception by taste cells is still the less understood transduction process occurring in taste buds, the peripheral sensory organs for the detection of food chemicals. Although there is evidence suggesting that the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) works as sodium receptor, yet it is not clear how salt-detecting cells signal the relevant information to nerve endings. Taste cells responding to sweet, bitter, and umami substances release ATP as neurotransmitter through a nonvesicular mechanism. Three different channel proteins have been proposed as conduit for ATP secretion: pannexin channels, connexin hemichannels, and calcium homeostasis modulator 1 (CALHM1) channels...
March 10, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333820/committee-opinion-no-692-emergent-therapy-for-acute-onset-severe-hypertension-during-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period
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Acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both can occur during the prenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum periods. Pregnant women or women in the postpartum period with acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both require urgent antihypertensive therapy. Introducing standardized, evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of adverse maternal outcomes...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333812/committee-opinion-no-692-summary-emergent-therapy-for-acute-onset-severe-hypertension-during-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period
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Acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both can occur during the prenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum periods. Pregnant women or women in the postpartum period with acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both require urgent antihypertensive therapy. Introducing standardized, evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of adverse maternal outcomes...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333338/drug-discovery-for-male-subfertility-using-high-throughput-screening-a-new-approach-to-an-unsolved-problem
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Sarah J Martins da Silva, Sean G Brown, Keith Sutton, Louise V King, Halil Ruso, David W Gray, Paul G Wyatt, Mark C Kelly, Christopher L R Barratt, Anthony G Hope
STUDY QUESTION: Can pharma drug discovery approaches be utilized to transform investigation into novel therapeutics for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: High-throughput screening (HTS) is a viable approach to much-needed drug discovery for male factor infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is both huge demand and a genuine clinical need for new treatment options for infertile men. However, the time, effort and resources required for drug discovery are currently exorbitant, due to the unique challenges of the cellular, physical and functional properties of human spermatozoa and a lack of appropriate assay platform...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332558/multiple-h-sensors-mediate-the-extracellular-acidification-induced-ca-2-i-elevation-in-cultured-rat-ventricular-cardiomyocytes
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Yuan-Lang Hu, Xue Mi, Chao Huang, Hui-Fang Wang, Jian-Ren Song, Qing Shu, Lan Ni, Jian-Guo Chen, Fang Wang, Zhuang-Li Hu
Acidosis has been known to cause "Ca(2+) transients", however, the mechanism is still uncertain. Here, we demonstrated that multiple H(+) sensors, such as ASICs, TRPV1 and proton-sensing G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are involved in extracellular acidification-induced intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) elevation. By using calcium imaging measures, we observed that both ASIC and TRPV1 channels inhibitors suppressed the [Ca(2+)]i elevation induced by extracellular acidosis in cultured rat cardiac myocytes...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332511/risk-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-after-discontinuation-of-antihypertensive-agents-a-case-control-study
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F F Alharbi, P C Souverein, M C de Groot, A H Maitland-van der Zee, A de Boer, O H Klungel
We performed a nested case-control study in a cohort of antihypertensive drug users to assess the association between discontinuation of different antihypertensive agents and the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Cases and controls were drawn from the Utrecht Cardiovascular Pharmacogenetics database. Patients who were hospitalised for their first AMI were considered cases and controls were not hospitalised for AMI. Antihypertensive users were defined as current users if the index date (date of AMI) fell within the prescribed duration or as discontinuers if this date fell outside the prescribed duration...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332205/evidence-that-5-ht-stimulates-intracellular-ca-2-signalling-and-activates-pannexin-1-currents-in-type-ii-cells-of-the-rat-carotid-body
#17
Sindhubarathi Murali, Min Zhang, Colin A Nurse
Carotid body (CB) chemoreceptor (type I) cells can synthesize and release 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and increased autocrine-paracrine 5-HT2 receptor signalling contributes to sensory long-term facilitation during chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH). However, recent studies suggest that adjacent glial-like type II cells can respond to CB paracrine signals by elevating intracellular calcium (Δ[Ca(2+) ]i ) and activating carbenoxolone-sensitive, ATP-permeable, pannexin-1 (Panx-1)-like channels. Here, using dissociated rat CB cultures, we found that 5-HT induced Δ[Ca(2+) ]i responses in a subpopulation of type I cells, and in most (∼67%) type II cells identified by their sensitivity to the P2Y2 receptor agonist, UTP...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332202/calcium-signalling-silencing-in-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Maura Greiser
Sub-cellular calcium signalling silencing is a novel and distinct cellular and molecular adaptive response to rapid cardiac activation. Calcium signalling silencing develops during short-term sustained rapid atrial activation as seen clinically during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). It is the first 'anti-arrhythmic' adaptive response in the setting of AF and appears to counteract the maladaptive changes that lead to intracellular Ca(2+) signalling instability and Ca(2+) based arrhythmogenicity. Calcium signalling silencing results in a failed propagation of the [Ca(2+) ]i signal to the myocyte centre in both patients with AF and in a rabbit model...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331214/antihypertensive-medications-and-the-risk-of-kidney-stones-in-older-adults-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#19
R Todd Alexander, Eric McArthur, Racquel Jandoc, Blayne Welk, Jade S Hayward, Arsh K Jain, Branko Braam, Veit Flockerzi, Amit X Garg, Robert Ross Quinn
Antihypertensives are widely prescribed and could influence kidney stone risk by altering urinary calcium excretion. However, the impact of different classes of antihypertensives on kidney stone risk is unknown. To assess this impact, we conducted a retrospective, population-based cohort study using linked health administrative databases. Individuals aged >65 years who initiated one of the four antihypertensive classes (that is, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEis)/angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers or thiazide diuretics) were included...
March 23, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331185/the-role-of-angiotensin-ii-in-glomerular-volume-dynamics-and-podocyte-calcium-handling
#20
Daria V Ilatovskaya, Oleg Palygin, Vladislav Levchenko, Bradley T Endres, Alexander Staruschenko
Podocytes are becoming a primary focus of research efforts due to their association with progressive glomeruli damage in disease states. Loss of podocytes can occur as a result of excessive intracellular calcium influx, and we have previously shown that angiotensin II (Ang II) via canonical transient receptor potential 6 (TRPC6) channels caused increased intracellular Ca(2+) flux in podocytes. We showed here with patch-clamp electrophysiology that Ang II activates TRPC channels; then using confocal calcium imaging we demonstrated that Ang II-dependent stimulation of Ca(2+) influx in the podocytes is precluded by blocking either AT1 or AT2 receptors (ATRs)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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