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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896032/gene-expression-profile-of-sodium-channel-subunits-in-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-during-experimental-paclitaxel-induced-neuropathic-pain-in-mice
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Willias Masocha
Paclitaxel, a chemotherapeutic agent, causes neuropathic pain whose supraspinal pathophysiology is not fully understood. Dysregulation of sodium channel expression, studied mainly in the periphery and spinal cord level, contributes to the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. We examined gene expression of sodium channel (Nav) subunits by real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) at day 7 post first administration of paclitaxel, when mice had developed paclitaxel-induced thermal hyperalgesia...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882143/expression-of-connexin-43-ion-channels-and-ca-2-handling-proteins-in-rat-pulmonary-vein-cardiomyocytes
#2
Yaqiong Xiao, Xue Cai, Andrew Atkinson, Sunil Jit Logantha, Mark Boyett, Halina Dobrzynski
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. AF is thought to be triggered by ectopic beats, originating primarily in the myocardial sleeves surrounding the pulmonary veins (PVs). The mechanisms underlying these cardiac arrhythmias remain unclear. To investigate this, frozen sections of heart and lung tissue from adult rats without arrhythmia were obtained in different planes, stained with Masson's trichrome, and immunolabeled for connexin 43 (Cx43), caveolin-3 (Cav3), hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 4 (HCN4), Nav1...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882075/in-silico-evaluation-of-the-potential-antiarrhythmic-effect-of-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-on-cardiac-channelopathies
#3
Maroua Boukhabza, Jaouad El Hilaly, Nourdine Attiya, Ahmed El-Haidani, Younes Filali-Zegzouti, Driss Mazouzi, Mohamed-Yassine Amarouch
Ion channels are transmembrane proteins that allow the passage of ions according to the direction of their electrochemical gradients. Mutations in more than 30 genes encoding ion channels have been associated with an increasingly wide range of inherited cardiac arrhythmias. In this line, ion channels become one of the most important molecular targets for several classes of drugs, including antiarrhythmics. Nevertheless, antiarrhythmic drugs are usually accompanied by some serious side effects. Thus, developing new approaches could offer added values to prevent and treat the episodes of arrhythmia...
2016: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879566/the-effect-of-an-acid-sensing-ion-channels-asics-inhibitor-on-pain-related-behavior-by-nucleus-pulposus-applied-on-the-nerve-root-in-rats
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Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Miho Sekiguchi, Shin-Ichi Konno
STUDY DESIGN: Controlled, interventional, animal study. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of an inhibitor of acid-sensing ion channel 3 (ASIC3) on pain-related behavior induced by application of the nucleus pulposus (NP) onto the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) in rats. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ASIC3 is associated with acidosis pain in inflamed or ischemic tissues and is expressed in sensory neurons and NP cells. The ASIC3 inhibitor, APETx2, increases the mechanical threshold of pain in models of knee osteoarthritis or postoperative pain...
November 22, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871874/functional-and-immuno-reactive-characterization-of-a-previously-undescribed-peptide-from-the-venom-of-the-scorpion-centruroides-limpidus
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Timoteo Olamendi-Portugal, Rita Restano-Cassulini, Lidia Riaño-Umbarila, Baltazar Becerril, Lourival D Possani
A previously undescribed toxic peptide named Cl13 was purified from the venom of the Mexican scorpion Centruroides limpidus. It contains 66 amino acid residues, including four disulfide bonds. The physiological effects assayed in 7 different subtypes of voltage gated Na(+)-channels, showed that it belongs to the β-scorpion toxin type. The most notorious effects were observed in subtypes Nav1.4, Nav1.5 and Nav1.6. Although having important sequence similarities with two other lethal toxins from this scorpion species (Cll1m and Cll2), the recently developed single chain antibody fragments (scFv) of human origin were not capable of protecting against Cl13...
November 18, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869701/the-role-of-individual-disulfide-bonds-of-%C3%AE-conotoxin-giiia-in-the-inhibition-of-nav1-4
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Penggang Han, Kang Wang, Xiandong Dai, Ying Cao, Shangyi Liu, Hui Jiang, Chongxu Fan, Wenjian Wu, Jisheng Chen
μ-Conotoxin GIIIA, a peptide toxin isolated from Conus geographus, preferentially blocks the skeletal muscle sodium channel NaV1.4. GIIIA folds compactly to a pyramidal structure stabilized by three disulfide bonds. To assess the contributions of individual disulfide bonds of GIIIA to the blockade of NaV1.4, seven disulfide-deficient analogues were prepared and characterized, each with one, two, or three pairs of disulfide-bonded Cys residues replaced with Ala. The inhibitory potency of the analogues against NaV1...
November 18, 2016: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836728/altered-gene-expression-profile-in-a-mouse-model-of-scn8a-encephalopathy
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Ryan S Sprissler, Jacy L Wagnon, Rosie K Bunton-Stasyshyn, Miriam H Meisler, Michael F Hammer
SCN8A encephalopathy is a severe, early-onset epilepsy disorder resulting from de novo gain-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.6. To identify the effects of this disorder on mRNA expression, RNA-seq was performed on brain tissue from a knock-in mouse expressing the patient mutation p.Asn1768Asp (N1768D). RNA was isolated from forebrain, cerebellum, and brainstem both before and after seizure onset, and from age-matched wildtype littermates. Altered transcript profiles were observed only in forebrain and only after seizures...
November 9, 2016: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830185/fhf1-fgf12-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Sameer Al-Mehmadi, Miranda Splitt, Venkateswaran Ramesh, Suzanne DeBrosse, Kimberly Dessoffy, Fan Xia, Yaping Yang, Jill A Rosenfeld, Patrick Cossette, Jacques L Michaud, Fadi F Hamdan, Philippe M Campeau, Berge A Minassian
Voltage-gated sodium channels (Navs) are mainstays of neuronal function, and mutations in the genes encoding CNS Navs (Nav1.1 [SCN1A], Nav1.2 [SCN2A], Nav1.3 [SCN3A], and Nav1.6 [SCN8A]) are causes of some of the most common and severe genetic epilepsies and epileptic encephalopathies (EE).(1) Fibroblast-growth-factor homologous factors (FHFs) compose a family of 4 proteins that interact with the C-terminal tails of Navs to modulate the channels' fast, and long-term, inactivations.(2)FHF2 mutation is a rare cause of generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+)...
December 2016: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799911/huperzine-a-provides-robust-and-sustained-protection-against-induced-seizures-in-scn1a-mutant-mice
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Jennifer C Wong, Stacey B B Dutton, Stephen D Collins, Steven Schachter, Andrew Escayg
De novo loss-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) SCN1A (encoding Nav1.1) are the main cause of Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic early-life encephalopathy associated with prolonged and recurrent early-life febrile seizures (FSs), refractory afebrile epilepsy, cognitive and behavioral deficits, and a 15-20% mortality rate. SCN1A mutations also lead to genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+), which is an inherited disorder characterized by early-life FSs and the development of a range of adult epilepsy subtypes...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798132/gi-dreadd-expression-in-peripheral-nerves-produces-ligand-dependent-analgesia-as-well-as-ligand-independent-functional-changes-in-sensory-neurons
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Jami L Saloman, Nicole N Scheff, Lindsey M Snyder, Sarah E Ross, Brian M Davis, Michael S Gold
: Designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDs) are an advanced experimental tool that could potentially provide a novel approach to pain management. In particular, expression of an inhibitory (Gi-coupled) DREADD in nociceptors might enable ligand-dependent analgesia. To test this possibility, TRPV1-cre mice were used to restrict expression of Gi-DREADDs to predominantly C-fibers. Whereas baseline heat thresholds in both male and female mice expressing Gi-DREADD were normal, 1 mg/kg clozapine-N-oxide (CNO) produced a significant 3 h increase in heat threshold that returned to baseline by 5 h after injection...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783415/the-anti-convulsants-lacosamide-lamotrigine-and-rufinamide-reduce-myotonia-in-isolated-human-and-rat-skeletal-muscle
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Martin Skov, Frank V de Paoli, Ole B Nielsen, Thomas H Pedersen
INTRODUCTION: In myotonia congenita, loss of ClC-1 Cl(-) -channel function results in skeletal muscle hyperexcitability and myotonia. Anti-myotonic treatment has typically targeted the voltage gated sodium channel in skeletal muscle (Nav1.4). This study explored whether 3 sodium channel modulating anti-epileptics can reduce myotonia in isolated rat and human muscle. METHODS: Dissected muscles were rendered myotonic by ClC-1 channel inhibition. The ability of the drugs to suppress myotonia was then assessed from sub-clinical to maximal clinical concentrations...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781028/phenotypic-variability-from-benign-infantile-epilepsy-to-ohtahara-syndrome-associated-with-a-novel-mutation-in-scn2a
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Steffen Syrbe, Boris S Zhorov, Astrid Bertsche, Matthias K Bernhard, Frauke Hornemann, Ulrike Mütze, Jessica Hoffmann, Konstanze Hörtnagel, Wieland Kiess, Franz W Hirsch, Johannes R Lemke, Andreas Merkenschlager
Mutations in SCN2A have been associated with benign familial neonatal-infantile seizures (BFNIS) as well as infantile-onset epileptic encephalopathy, such as Ohtahara syndrome (OS). We describe a family with 3 affected individuals carrying the novel SCN2A missense variant c.1147C>G, p.Q383E affecting a residue proximal to the highly conserved selectivity filter in the P-loop of the voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.2). All 3 individuals presented with seizures in early infancy. However, there were striking differences in the spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from BFNIS to OS...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670903/anticonvulsant-effect-of-rhynchophylline-involved-in-the-inhibition-of-persistent-sodium-current-and-nmda-receptor-current-in-the-pilocarpine-rat-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Hui Shao, Yang Yang, Ze Mi, Guang-Xi Zhu, Ai-Ping Qi, Wei-Gang Ji, Zhi-Ru Zhu
Rhynchophylline (RIN) is a significant active component isolated from the Chinese herbal medicine Uncaria rhynchophylla. Several studies have demonstrated that RIN has a significant anticonvulsant effect in many types of epilepsy models in vivo. However, the mechanisms of the anticonvulsant effect remain elusive. Using combined methods of behavioral testing, immunofluorescence and electrophysiological recordings, we characterized the anticonvulsant effect of RIN in a pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and investigated the underlying cellular mechanisms...
September 23, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666479/trifluoperazine-blocks-the-human-cardiac-sodium-channel-nav1-5-independent-of-calmodulin
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Dong-Hyun Kim, Su-Jin Lee, Sang June Hahn, Jin-Sung Choi
Trifluoperazine is a phenothiazine derivative which is mainly used in the management of schizophrenia and also acts as a calmodulin inhibitor. We used the whole-cell patch-clamp technique to study the effects of trifluoperazine on human Nav1.5 (hNav1.5) currents expressed in HEK293 cells. The 50% inhibitory concentration of trifluoperazine was 15.5 ± 0.3 μM and the Hill coefficient was 2.7 ± 0.1. The effects of trifluoperazine on hNav1.5 were completely and repeatedly reversible after washout. Trifluoperazine caused depolarizing shifts in the activation and hyperpolarizing shifts in the steady-state inactivation of hNav1...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638876/changes-in-cardiac-nav1-5-expression-function-and-acetylation-by-pan-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors
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Qin Xu, Dakshesh Patel, Xian Zhang, Richard D Veenstra
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are small molecule anticancer therapeutics that exhibit limiting cardiotoxicities including QT interval prolongation and life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Because the molecular mechanisms for HDAC inhibitor-induced cardiotoxicity are poorly understood, we performed whole cell patch voltage-clamp experiments to measure cardiac sodium currents (INa) from wild-type neonatal mouse ventricular or human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes treated with trichostatin A (TSA), vorinostat (VOR), or romidepsin (FK228)...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608006/roles-of-voltage-gated-tetrodotoxin-sensitive-sodium-channels-nav1-3-and-nav1-7-in-diabetes-and-painful-diabetic-neuropathy
#16
REVIEW
Linlin Yang, Quanmin Li, Xinming Liu, Shiguang Liu
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common chronic medical problem worldwide; one of its complications is painful peripheral neuropathy, which can substantially erode quality of life and increase the cost of management. Despite its clinical importance, the pathogenesis of painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) is complex and incompletely understood. Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) link many physiological processes to electrical activity by controlling action potentials in all types of excitable cells. Two isoforms of VGSCs, NaV1...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590072/a-scn10a-snp-biases-human-pain-sensitivity
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Guangyou Duan, Chongyang Han, Qingli Wang, Shanna Guo, Yuhao Zhang, Ying Ying, Penghao Huang, Li Zhang, Lawrence Macala, Palak Shah, Mi Zhang, Ningbo Li, Sulayman D Dib-Hajj, Stephen G Waxman, Xianwei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Nav1.8 sodium channels, encoded by SCN10A, are preferentially expressed in nociceptive neurons and play an important role in human pain. Although rare gain-of-function variants in SCN10A have been identified in individuals with painful peripheral neuropathies, whether more common variants in SCN10A can have an effect at the channel level and at the dorsal root ganglion, neuronal level leading to a pain disorder or an altered normal pain threshold has not been determined. RESULTS: Candidate single nucleotide polymorphism association approach together with experimental pain testing in human subjects was used to explore possible common SCN10A missense variants that might affect human pain sensitivity...
2016: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27586294/cardiac-sodium-channel-mutations-why-so-many-phenotypes
#18
M Liu, K-C Yang, S C Dudley
The cardiac Na(+) channel (Nav1.5) conducts a depolarizing inward Na(+) current that is responsible for the generation of the upstroke Phase 0 of the action potential. In heart tissue, changes in Na(+) currents can affect conduction velocity and impulse propagation. The cardiac Nav1.5 is also involved in determination of the action potential duration, since some channels may reopen during the plateau phase, generating a persistent or late inward current. Mutations of cardiac Nav1.5 can induce gain or loss of channel function because of an increased late current or a decrease of peak current, respectively...
2016: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27517916/serum-and-glucocorticoid-regulated-kinase-1-in-sodium-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Yiyun Lou, Fan Zhang, Yuqin Luo, Liya Wang, Shisi Huang, Fan Jin
The ubiquitously expressed serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) is tightly regulated by osmotic and hormonal signals, including glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. Recently, SGK1 has been implicated as a signal hub for the regulation of sodium transport. SGK1 modulates the activities of multiple ion channels and carriers, such as epithelial sodium channel (ENaC), voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.5), sodium hydrogen exchangers 1 and 3 (NHE1 and NHE3), sodium-chloride symporter (NCC), and sodium-potassium-chloride cotransporter 2 (NKCC2); as well as the sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na⁺/K⁺-ATPase) and type A natriuretic peptide receptor (NPR-A)...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27514860/shrna-mediated-knockdown-of-nav1-7-in-rat-dorsal-root-ganglion-attenuates-pain-following-burn-injury
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Weihua Cai, Jing Cao, Xiuhua Ren, Liang Qiao, Xuemei Chen, Ming Li, Weidong Zang
BACKGROUND: Abnormal acute pain after burn injury still torments patients severely. In this study, we investigated that one voltage gated sodium channel Nav1.7 plays a vital role in lowering heat pain threshold after burn injury, and the hypothesis that knockdown of Nav1.7 attenuates pain following burn injury. METHODS: Sixty eight adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 4 treatment groups: (1) sham, which hind paw was put on the room temperature metal plate for 15 s (2) burn model, which hind paw was put on the 85 °C metal plate for 15 s...
2016: BMC Anesthesiology
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