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Chao Qin, Cheng-Hua Wang, Ying-Ying Wang, Shi-Qing Sun, Huan-Huan Wang, Chao-Bin Xue
Diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.; Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), is an important pest of crucifers worldwide. The extensive use of diamide insecticides has led to P. xylostella resistance and this presents a serious threat to vegetable production. We selected chlorantraniliprole (Rf) and flubendiamide (Rh) resistance strains of P. xylostella with resistance ratios of 684.54-fold and 677.25-fold, respectively. The Rf and Rh strains underwent 46 and 36 generations of lab-selection for resistance, respectively...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Economic Entomology
Xudong Chen, Yundi Feng, Yunlong Huo, Wenchang Tan
Ca2+ sparks and Ca2+ quarks, arising from clustered and rogue ryanodine receptors (RyRs), are significant Ca2+ release events from the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum (JSR). Based on the anomalous subdiffusion of Ca2+ in the cytoplasm, a mathematical model was developed to investigate the effects of rogue RyRs on Ca2+ sparks in cardiac myocytes. Ca2+ quarks and sparks from the stochastic opening of rogue and clustered RyRs are numerically reproduced and agree with experimental measurements. It is found that the stochastic opening Ca2+ release units (CRUs) of clustered RyRs are regulated by free Ca2+ concentration in the JSR lumen (i...
February 2018: Royal Society Open Science
Eduardo Ríos
Ryanodine-sensitive intracellular Ca2+ channels (RyRs) open upon binding Ca2+ at cytosolic-facing sites. This results in concerted, self-reinforcing opening of RyRs clustered in specialized regions on the membranes of Ca2+ storage organelles (endoplasmic reticulum and sarcoplasmic reticulum), a process that produces Ca2+ -induced Ca2+ release (CICR). The process is optimized to achieve large but brief and localized increases in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration, a feature now believed to be critical for encoding the multiplicity of signals conveyed by this ion...
March 7, 2018: Journal of General Physiology
Patrycja Kaczara, Bartosz Proniewski, Christopher Lovejoy, Kamil Kuś, Roberto Motterlini, Andrey Y Abramov, Stefan Chlopicki
Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) induce nitric oxide (NO) release (which requires NADPH), and Ca2+ -dependent signalling; however, their contribution in mediating endothelial responses is not clear. Here, we studied the effects of CO liberated from CORM-401 on NO production, calcium signalling and pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) activity in human endothelial cell line (EA.hy926). CORM-401 induced NO production and two types of calcium signalling: a peak-like calcium signal and a gradual increase in cytosolic calcium...
February 21, 2018: FEBS Journal
Gaetano Santulli, Daniel Lewis, Amedee des Georges, Andrew R Marks, Joachim Frank
Ryanodine receptors (RyRs) are ubiquitous intracellular calcium (Ca2+ ) release channels required for the function of many organs including heart and skeletal muscle, synaptic transmission in the brain, pancreatic beta cell function, and vascular tone. In disease, defective function of RyRs due either to stress (hyperadrenergic and/or oxidative overload) or genetic mutations can render the channels leaky to Ca2+ and promote defective disease-causing signals as observed in heat failure, muscular dystrophy, diabetes mellitus, and neurodegerative disease...
2018: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
Michelle L Munro, Xin Shen, Marie Ward, Peter N Ruygrok, David J Crossman, Christian Soeller
Heart failure (HF) is defined by compromised contractile function and is associated with changes in excitation-contraction (EC) coupling and cardiomyocyte organisation. Tissue level changes often include fibrosis, while changes within cardiomyocytes often affect structures critical to EC coupling, including the ryanodine receptor (RyR), the associated protein junctophilin-2 (JPH2) and the transverse tubular system architecture. Using a novel approach, we aimed to directly correlate the influence of structural alterations with force development in ventricular trabeculae from failing human hearts...
February 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Vilmos Zsolnay, Michael Fill, Dirk Gillespie
In muscle, Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) into the cytosol is mediated through the ryanodine receptors (RyRs) and sustained by countercurrents that keep the SR membrane potential near 0 mV. Likewise, Ca2+ reuptake by the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase pump requires countercurrent. Although evidence has suggested that TRIC K+ channels and/or RyR K+ influx provide these countercurrents, the exact sources have not yet been determined. We used an equivalent circuit compartment model of a cardiac SR, the surrounding cytosol, and the dyadic cleft to probe the sources of countercurrent during a complete cardiac cycle...
January 23, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Bernard T Drumm, Benjamin E Rembetski, Caroline A Cobine, Salah A Baker, Gerard P Sergeant, Mark A Hollywood, Keith D Thornbury, Kenton M Sanders
Urethral smooth muscle cells (USMC) generate myogenic tone and contribute to urinary continence. Currently, little is known about Ca2+ signalling in USMC in situ, and therefore little is known about the source(s) of Ca2+ required for excitation-contraction coupling. We characterized Ca2+ signalling in USMC within intact urethral muscles using a genetically encoded Ca2+ sensor, GCaMP3, expressed selectively in USMC. USMC fired spontaneous intracellular Ca2+ waves that did not propagate cell-to-cell across muscle bundles...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Keita Kanzaki, Daiki Watanabe, Chihiro Aibara, Yuki Kawakami, Takashi Yamada, Yoshitaka Takahashi, Masanobu Wada
It has been shown that calpains are involved in the proteolysis of muscle proteins that occurs with eccentric contraction (ECC) and that exogenously applied nitric oxide decreases the calpain-mediated proteolysis. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of ingestion of l-arginine (ARG), a nitric oxide precursor, on ECC-related calpain activation. In the first and second experiments, male Wistar rats were given ARG in water for 7 days starting from 3 days before the ECC protocol (average ingestion, ~600 mg kg-body wt-1  day-1 )...
January 2018: Physiological Reports
Jamileth More, Barbara Bruna, Pedro Lobos, José Luis Galaz, Paula Figueroa, Silvia Namias, Gina Sanchez, Genaro Barrientos, José Luis Valdes, Andrea C Paula-Lima, Cecilia Hidalgo, Tatiana Adasme
Previous studies indicate that hippocampal synaptic plasticity and spatial memory processes entail calcium release from intracellular stores mediated by ryanodine receptor (RyR) channels. In particular, RyR-mediated Ca2+ release is central for the dendritic spine remodeling induced by Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a neurotrophin that stimulates complex signaling pathways leading to memory-associated protein synthesis and structural plasticity. AIMS: To examine if up-regulation of type-2 RyR (RyR2) channels and the spine remodeling induced by BDNF entail reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and to test if RyR2 down-regulation affects BDNF-induced spine remodeling and spatial memory...
January 22, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Jiajie Yan, Weiwei Zhao, Justin K Thomson, Xianlong Gao, Dominic M DeMarco, Elena Carrillo, Biyi Chen, Xiaomin Wu, Kenneth S Ginsburg, Mamdouh Bakhos, Donald M Bers, Mark E Anderson, Long-Sheng Song, Michael Fill, Xun Ai
<u>Rationale:</u> Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and advanced age is an inevitable and predominant AF risk factor. However, the mechanisms that couple aging and AF propensity remain unclear, making targeted therapeutic interventions unattainable. <u>Objective:</u> To explore the functional role of an important stress-response c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ handling and consequently Ca2+ -mediated atrial arrhythmias. <u>Methods and Results:</u> We employed a series of cutting-edge electrophysiological and molecular techniques, exploited the power of transgenic mouse models to detail the molecular mechanism, and verified its clinical applicability in parallel studies on donor human hearts...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Research
Riadh Maatoug, Jed Jebali, Régis Guieu, Michel De Waard, Riadh Kharrat
This work reports the purification of new potent scorpion neuropeptide, named BotAF, by an activity-guided screening approach. BotAF is a 64-residue long-chain peptide that shares very high similarity with the original β-like scorpion toxin group, in which several peptides have been characterized to be anti-nociceptive in rodents. BotAF administration to rodents does not produce any toxicity or motor impairment, including at high doses. In all models investigated, BotAF turned out to be an efficient peptide in abolishing acute and inflammatory (both somatic and visceral) pain in rodents...
January 11, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Isuru Jayasinghe, Alexander H Clowsley, Ruisheng Lin, Tobias Lutz, Carl Harrison, Ellen Green, David Baddeley, Lorenzo Di Michele, Christian Soeller
Signaling nanodomains rely on spatial organization of proteins to allow controlled intracellular signaling. Examples include calcium release sites of cardiomyocytes where ryanodine receptors (RyRs) are clustered with their molecular partners. Localization microscopy has been crucial to visualizing these nanodomains but has been limited by brightness of markers, restricting the resolution and quantification of individual proteins clustered within. Harnessing the remarkable localization precision of DNA-PAINT (<10 nm), we visualized punctate labeling within these nanodomains, confirmed as single RyRs...
January 9, 2018: Cell Reports
Alexander Polster, Stefano Perni, Dilyana Filipova, Ong Moua, Joshua D Ohrtman, Hicham Bichraoui, Kurt G Beam, Symeon Papadopoulos
The type 1 ryanodine receptor (RyR1) in skeletal muscle is a homotetrameric protein that releases Ca2+ from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) in response to an "orthograde" signal from the dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR) in the plasma membrane (PM). Additionally, a "retrograde" signal from RyR1 increases the amplitude of the Ca2+ current produced by CaV1.1, the principle subunit of the DHPR. This bidirectional signaling is thought to depend on physical links, of unknown identity, between the DHPR and RyR1. Here, we investigate whether the isolated cytoplasmic domain of RyR1 can interact structurally or functionally with CaV1...
December 28, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
Jeanne Hsieh, Jen-Wei Liu, Horng-Jyh Harn, Kuo-Wei Hsueh, Karthyayani Rajamani, Yu-Chen Deng, Chih-Min Chia, Woei-Cheang Shyu, Shinn-Zong Lin, Tzyy-Wen Chiou
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the cerebellum and spinal cord. Among the 40 types of SCA, SCA type 3 (SCA3), also referred to as Machado-Joseph disease, is the most common. In the present study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of intracranial transplantation of human olfactory ensheathing cells (hOECs) in the ATXN3-84Q mouse model of SCA3. Motor function begins to decline in ATXN3-84Q transgenic mice at approximately 13 weeks of age. ATXN3-84Q mice that received intracranial hOEC transplantation into the dorsal raphe nucleus of the brain exhibited significant improvements in motor function, as measured by the rotarod performance test and footprint pattern analysis...
October 2017: Cell Transplantation
Qing Song, Wen-Li Gou, Yu-Liang Zou
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability, and glutamate-induced dysregulation of intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis is a key mechanism. FAM3A is the first member of the family with sequence similarity 3 (FAM3) gene family, and its biological function remains largely unknown. We have recently reported that FAM3A exerts protective effects against oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in HT22 cells. METHODS: Here, we investigated the protective effects of FAM3A using a glutamate-induced neuronal injury model in nerve growth factor (NGF)-differentiated PC12 cells...
December 12, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Joshua P Whitt, Beth A McNally, Andrea L Meredith
Large conductance K+ (BK) channels are expressed widely in neurons, where their activation is regulated by membrane depolarization and intracellular Ca2+ (Ca2+i). To enable this regulation, BK channels functionally couple to both voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs) and channels mediating Ca2+ release from intracellular stores. However, the relationship between BK channels and their specific Ca2+ source for particular patterns of excitability is not well understood. In neurons within the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN)-the brain's circadian clock-BK current, VGCC current, and Ca2+i are diurnally regulated, but paradoxically, BK current is greatest at night when VGCC current and Ca2+i are reduced...
December 13, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
Yang Sun, Lu Xu, Qiong Chen, Wenjing Qin, Shuijin Huang, Ying Jiang, Houguo Qin
BACKGROUND: The rice striped stem borer (SSB), Chilo suppressalis (Walker), is one of the most economically important and destructive rice pests in China. To date, the efficiency of conventional insecticides has decreased greatly because of the development of high resistance. Since the introduction of chlorantraniliprole in 2008, SSB has presented resistance issues. RESULTS: In this study, laboratory resistant strains R1 and R2 [resistance ratio (RR) of 38.8 and 110...
December 13, 2017: Pest Management Science
Yong Wang, Yun Shi, Huafeng Wei
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder and the most common cause of dementia among aged people whose population is rapidly increasing. AD not only seriously affects the patient's physical health and quality of life, but also adds a heavy burden to the patient's family and society. It is urgent to understand AD pathogenesis and develop the means of prevention and treatment. AD is a chronic devastating neurodegenerative disease without effective treatment. Current approaches for management focus on helping patients relieve or delay the symptoms of cognitive dysfunction...
August 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
Daniel F Frank, Galen W Miller, Richard E Connon, Juergen Geist, Pamela J Lein
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) and ryanodine receptor (RyR) signaling pathways regulate fundamental processes of neurodevelopment, and genetic mutations within these pathways have been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders. While previous studies have established that these signaling molecules are expressed in developing zebrafish, a detailed characterization of the ontogenetic profile of these signaling molecules is lacking. Thus, we evaluated the spatiotemporal expression of key transcripts in mTOR and RyR signaling pathways in wildtype zebrafish at 24, 72 and 120 hours post fertilization (hpf)...
2017: PeerJ
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