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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821664/differential-desensitization-observed-at-multiple-effectors-of-somatic-mu-opioid-receptors-underlies-sustained-agonist-mediated-inhibition-of-proopiomelanocortin-neuron-activity
#1
Philip D Fox, Shane T Hentges
Activation of somatic mu opioid receptors (MORs) in hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons leads to the activation of G-protein-coupled inward rectifier potassium (GIRK) channels and hyperpolarization, but in response to continued signaling, MORs undergo acute desensitization resulting in robust reduction in the peak GIRK current after minutes of agonist exposure. We hypothesized that the attenuation of the GIRK current would lead to a recovery of neuronal excitability whereby desensitization of the receptor would lead to a new steady-state of POMC neuron activity reflecting the sustained GIRK current observed after the initial decline from peak with continued agonist exposure...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821602/large-scale-proteomics-combined-with-transgenic-experiments-demonstrates-an-important-role-of-jasmonic-acid-nbsp-in-potassium-nbsp-deficiency-response-in-wheat-and-rice
#2
Gezi Li, Yufang Wu, Guoyu Liu, Xianghong Xiao, Pengfei Wang, Tian Gao, Mengjun Xu, Qiaoxia Han, Yonghua Wang, Tiancai Guo, Guozhang Kang
Potassium (K+) is the most abundant inorganic cation in plants, and molecular dissection of K+ deficiency has received considerable interest in order to minimize K+ fertilizer input and develop high quality K+-efficient crops. However, the molecular mechanism of plant responses to K+ deficiency is still poorly understood. In this study, two-week-old bread wheat seedlings grown hydroponically in Hoagland solution were transferred to K+-free conditions for 8 d, and their root and leaf proteome profiles were assessed using the iTRAQ proteome method...
August 18, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816584/how-dellas-contribute-to-control-potassium-uptake-under-conditions-of-potassium-scarcity-hypotheses-and-uncertainties
#3
Sonia Oliferuk, Adriana Pérez, Vicente Martinez, Reyes Ródenas, Francisco Rubio, Guillermo E Santa María
Maintenance of the inward transport of potassium (K) by roots is a critical step to ensure K-nutrition for all plant tissues. When plants are grown at low external K concentrations a strong enhancement of the activity of the AtHAK5 transporter takes place. In a recent work, we observed that the gai-1 mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana, which bears an altered function version of a DELLA regulatory protein, displays reduced accumulation of AtHAK5 transcripts and reduced uptake of Rubidium, an analogue for K. In this Addendum we discuss some hypotheses and uncertainties regarding how DELLAs could contribute to the control of K uptake under those conditions...
August 17, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816548/dietary-supplementation-with-virgin-coconut-oil-improves-lipid-profile-and-hepatic-antioxidant-status-and-has-potential-benefits-on-cardiovascular-risk-indices-in-normal-rats
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Ademola C Famurewa, Chima A Ekeleme-Egedigwe, Sophia C Nwali, Ngozi N Agbo, Joy N Obi, Goodness C Ezechukwu
Research findings that suggest beneficial health effects of dietary supplementation with virgin coconut oil (VCO) are limited in the published literature. This study investigated the in vivo effects of a 5-week VCO-supplemented diet on lipid profile, hepatic antioxidant status, hepatorenal function, and cardiovascular risk indices in normal rats. Rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: 1 control and 2 treatment groups (10% and 15% VCO-supplemented diets) for 5 weeks. Serum and homogenate samples were used to analyze lipid profile, hepatorenal function markers, hepatic activities of antioxidant enzymes, and malondialdehyde level...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814143/ly3045697-results-from-two-randomized-clinical-trials-of-a-novel-inhibitor-of-aldosterone-synthase
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Joanne Sloan-Lancaster, Eyas Raddad, Amy Flynt, Yan Jin, James Voelker, Jeffrey W Miller
INTRODUCTION: LY3045697 is a potent and selective aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) inhibitor that was developed as a safer alternative to mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists. Effects of LY3045697 on aldosterone and cortisol synthesis, as well as potassium ion homeostasis, were evaluated in two clinical studies in healthy subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two incomplete, placebo-controlled crossover-design clinical studies examined safety, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics under single and repeated dose conditions in healthy subjects...
July 2017: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814074/multifunctional-yolk-shell-nanostructure-as-a-superquencher-for-fluorescent-analysis-of-potassium-ion-using-guanine-rich-oligonucleotides
#6
Na Lu, Yanli Wen, Gang Liu, Lei Ding, Caixia Zeng, Ali Aldalbahi, Muhammad Khan, Govindasami Periyasami, Mostafizur Rahaman, Abdulaziz Alrohaili, Jiye Shi, Shiping Song, Lihua Wang, Min Zhang
The excellent performance of biosensor generally depends on the high signal-to-noise ratio, and the superquencher plays dominant role on the fluorescent sensors. Novel nanoquenchers exhibited high quenching efficiency in various fluorescent assays of bio/chemical molecules. Here, we developed a novel nanobiosensor using Fe3O4@C yolk-shell nanoparticles (YSNPs) and studied their quenching effect. We found the Fe3O4@C YSNP was a superquencher and exhibited an ultrastrong quenching ability, up to almost 100% quenching efficiency, toward fluorophores...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812578/throw-caution-to-the-wind-is-refeeding-syndrome-really-a-cause-of-death-in-acute-care
#7
K L Matthews, S M Capra, M A Palmer
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Refeeding syndrome (RFS), a life-threatening medical condition, is commonly associated with acute or chronic starvation. While the prevalence of patients at risk of RFS in hospital reportedly ranges from 0 to 80%, the prevalence and types of patients who die as a result of RFS is unknown. We aimed to measure the prevalence rate and examine the case histories of patients who passed away with RFS listed as a cause of death. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Patients were eligible for inclusion provided their death occurred within a Queensland hospital...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810704/yeast-kch1-and-kch2-membrane-proteins-play-a-pleiotropic-role-in-membrane-potential-establishment-and-monovalent-cation-homeostasis-regulation
#8
Kristina Felcmanova, Petra Neveceralova, Hana Sychrova, Olga Zimmermannova
The Kch1 and Kch2 plasma-membrane proteins were identified in Saccharomyces cerevisiae as being essential for the activation of a high-affinity Ca2+ influx system. We searched for Kch proteins roles in the maintenance of cation homeostasis and tested the effect of kch1 and/or kch2 deletions on various physiological parameters. Compared to wild-type, kch1 kch2 mutant cells were smaller, relatively hyperpolarised, grew better under limited K+ conditions and exhibited altered growth in the presence of monovalent cations...
August 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810583/kidney-dysfunction-following-adrenalectomy-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-complicated-with-primary-aldosteronism-a-case-report
#9
Hiroyuki Hirai, Makoto Kanno, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Hiroaki Satoh
The present study reported a case of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease complicated with primary aldosteronism in a 49-year-old woman. The patient was referred for refractory hypertension. Laboratory examinations revealed low potassium and renin levels. Computed tomography indicated a right adrenal tumor and multiple renal cysts. Adrenal vein sampling revealed a high aldosterone level on the side of the tumor. The patient was diagnosed with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease complicated by primary aldosteronism and adrenalectomy was performed...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807485/influence-of-dietary-salt-knowledge-perceptions-and-beliefs-on-consumption-choices-after-stroke-in-uganda
#10
Martin N Kaddumukasa, Elly Katabira, Martha Sajatovic, Svetlana Pundik, Mark Kaddumukasa, Larry B Goldstein
BACKGROUND: Previous research on Uganda's poststroke population revealed that their level of dietary salt knowledge did not lead to healthier consumption choices. PURPOSE: Identify barriers and motivators for healthy dietary behaviors and evaluate the understanding of widely accepted salt regulation mechanisms among poststroke patients in Uganda. METHODS: Convergent parallel mixed methods triangulation design comprised a cross-sectional survey (n = 81) and 8 focus group discussions with 7-10 poststroke participants in each group...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806727/formation-of-friable-embryogenic-callus-in-cassava-is-enhanced-under-conditions-of-reduced-nitrate-potassium-and-phosphate
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Yoshinori Utsumi, Chikako Utsumi, Maho Tanaka, Vu The Ha, Akihiro Matsui, Satoshi Takahashi, Motoaki Seki
Agrobacterium-mediated transformation is an important research tool for the genetic improvement of cassava. The induction of friable embryogenic callus (FEC) is considered as a key step in cassava transformation. In the present study, the media composition was optimized for enhancing the FEC induction, and the effect of the optimized medium on gene expression was evaluated. In relative comparison to MS medium, results demonstrated that using a medium with reducing nutrition (a 10-fold less concentration of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphate), the increased amount of vitamin B1 (10 mg/L) and the use of picrolam led to reprogram non-FEC to FEC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802123/clathrodin-hymenidin-and-oroidin-and-their-synthetic-analogues-as-inhibitors-of-the-voltage-gated-potassium-channels
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Nace Zidar, Aleš Žula, Tihomir Tomašič, Marc Rogers, Robert W Kirby, Jan Tytgat, Steve Peigneur, Danijel Kikelj, Janez Ilaš, Lucija Peterlin Mašič
We have prepared three alkaloids from the Agelas sponges, clathrodin, hymenidin and oroidin, and a series of their synthetic analogues, and evaluated their inhibitory effect against six isoforms of the Kv1 subfamily of voltage-gated potassium channels, Kv1.1-Kv1.6, expressed in Chinese Hamster ovary (CHO) cells using automated patch clamp electrophysiology assay. The most potent inhibitor was the (E)-N-(3-(2-amino-1H-imidazol-4-yl)allyl)-4,5-dichloro-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxamide (6g) with IC50 values between 1...
August 7, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800936/associations-between-dietary-salt-potassium-and-blood-pressure-in%C3%A2-south-african-adults-who-sage-wave-2-salt-tobacco
#13
L J Ware, K Charlton, A E Schutte, M Cockeran, N Naidoo, P Kowal
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In June 2016, South Africa implemented legislation mandating maximum sodium levels in a range of processed foods with a goal of reducing population salt intake and disease burden from hypertension. Our aim was to explore the relationship between salt and blood pressure (BP) in a subsample of the World Health Organization Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) Wave 2 before implementation of legislation in South Africa. METHODS & RESULTS: Blood pressure (BP) was measured in triplicate (n = 2722; median age 56 years; 33% male) and 24-h urine collected in a nested subsample (n = 526) for sodium, potassium and creatinine analysis...
July 8, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800521/potassium-deficiency-alters-growth-photosynthetic-performance-secondary-metabolites-content-and-related-antioxidant-capacity-in-sulla-carnosa-grown-under-moderate-salinity
#14
Chokri Hafsi, Hanen Falleh, Mariem Saada, Riadh Ksouri, Chedly Abdelly
Salinity and K(+) deficiency are two environmental constraints that generally occur simultaneously under field conditions, resulting in severe limitation of plant growth and productivity. The present study aimed at investigating the effects of salinity, either separately applied or in combination with K(+) deficiency, on growth, photosynthetic performance, secondary metabolites content, and related antioxidant capacity in Sulla carnosa. Seedlings were grown hydroponically under sufficient (6000 μM) or low (60 μM) K(+) supply with 100 mM NaCl (C + S and D + S treatments, respectively)...
August 4, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797062/why-organic-resources-and-current-fertilizer-formulations-in-southern-africa-cannot-sustain-maize-productivity-evidence-from-a-long-term-experiment-in-zimbabwe
#15
Tongai J Mtangadura, Florence Mtambanengwe, Hatirarami Nezomba, Jairos Rurinda, Paul Mapfumo
Sustainability of maize-based cropping systems is a major challenge for southern Africa, yet the demand for maize as staple food and animal feed in the region continues to increase. A study was conducted on a sandy clay loam (220 g clay kg-1 soil) at Domboshawa in Zimbabwe to investigate the long-term effects of organic resource quality and application rate, and nitrogen (N) fertilization on soil chemical properties and maize (Zea mays L.) productivity. Crotalaria juncea (high quality), Calliandra calothyrsus (medium quality), cattle manure (variable quality), maize stover and Pinus patula sawdust (both low quality) were incorporated into soil at 4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793254/a-soluble-fluorescent-binding-assay-reveals-pip2-antagonism-of-trek-1-channels
#16
Cerrone Cabanos, Miao Wang, Xianlin Han, Scott B Hansen
Lipid regulation of ion channels by low-abundance signaling lipids phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) and phosphatidic acid (PA) has emerged as a central cellular mechanism for controlling ion channels and the excitability of nerves. A lack of robust assays suitable for facile detection of a lipid bound to a channel has hampered the probing of the lipid binding sites and measuring the pharmacology of putative lipid agonists for ion channels. Here, we show a fluorescent PIP2 competition assay for detergent-purified potassium channels, including TWIK-1-related K(+)-channel (TREK-1)...
August 8, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791017/differentially-expressed-potassium-channels-are-associated-with-function-of-human-effector-memory-cd8-t-cells
#17
Ji Hyun Sim, Kyung Soo Kim, Hyoungjun Park, Kyung-Jin Kim, Haiyue Lin, Tae-Joo Kim, Hyun Mu Shin, Gwanghun Kim, Dong-Sup Lee, Chan-Wook Park, Dong Hun Lee, Insoo Kang, Sung Joon Kim, Chung-Hyun Cho, Junsang Doh, Hang-Rae Kim
The voltage-gated potassium channel, Kv1.3, and the Ca(2+)-activated potassium channel, KCa3.1, regulate membrane potentials in T cells, thereby controlling T cell activation and cytokine production. However, little is known about the expression and function of potassium channels in human effector memory (EM) CD8(+) T cells that can be further divided into functionally distinct subsets based on the expression of the interleukin (IL)-7 receptor alpha (IL-7Rα) chain. Herein, we investigated the functional expression and roles of Kv1...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782920/potassium-channel-akt1-is-involved-in-the-auxin-mediated-root-growth-inhibition-in-arabidopsis-response-to-low-k-stress
#18
Juan Li, Wei-Hua Wu, Yi Wang
The changes in external K(+) concentrations affect plant root growth. However, the molecular mechanism for a plant perceiving K(+) signal and modulating its root growth remains unknown. It is hypothesized that the K(+) channel AKT1 may be involved in low K(+) sensing in Arabidopsis root and subsequently regulate root growth. Along with the decline of external K(+) concentrations, the primary root growth of wild-type plants was gradually inhibited. However, the primary root of akt1 mutant can still grow under low K(+) (LK) conditions...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782851/investigation-of-potassium-storage-in-layered-p3-type-k0-5-mno2-cathode
#19
Haegyeom Kim, Dong-Hwa Seo, Jae Chul Kim, Shou-Hang Bo, Lei Liu, Tan Shi, Gerbrand Ceder
Novel and low-cost batteries are of considerable interest for application in large-scale energy storage systems, for which the cost per cycle becomes critical. Here, this study proposes K0.5 MnO2 as a potential cathode material for K-ion batteries as an alternative to Li technology. K0.5 MnO2 has a P3-type layered structure and delivers a reversible specific capacity of ≈100 mAh g(-1) with good capacity retention. In situ X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the material undergoes a reversible phase transition upon K extraction and insertion...
August 7, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781048/drosophila-cry-entrains-clocks-in-body-tissues-to-light-and-maintains-passive-membrane-properties-in-a-non-clock-body-tissue-independent-of-light
#20
Parul Agrawal, Jerry H Houl, Kushan L Gunawardhana, Tianxin Liu, Jian Zhou, Mark J Zoran, Paul E Hardin
Circadian (∼24 hr) clocks regulate daily rhythms in physiology, metabolism, and behavior via cell-autonomous transcriptional feedback loops. In Drosophila, the blue-light photoreceptor CRYPTOCHROME (CRY) synchronizes these feedback loops to light:dark cycles by binding to and degrading TIMELESS (TIM) protein. CRY also acts independently of TIM in Drosophila to alter potassium channel conductance in arousal neurons after light exposure, and in many animals CRY acts independently of light to repress rhythmic transcription...
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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