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Wen Dun, Peter Danilo, Peter J Mohler, Penelope A Boyden
Cardiac Na+ channel remodeling provides a critical substrate for generation of reentrant arrhythmias in border zones of the infarcted canine heart. Recent studies show that Nav1.5 cytoskeletal- and endosomal-based membrane trafficking and function are linked to tubulin, microtubular (MT) networks, and Eps15 homology domain containing proteins like EHD4. AIM: Our objective is to understand the relation of tubulin and EHD4 to Nav 1.5 channel protein remodeling observed in border zone cells (IZs) when arrhythmias are known to occur; that is, 3-h, 48-h and 5-day post coronary occlusion...
March 10, 2018: Life Sciences
Peng Yu, Lili Hu, Jinyan Xie, Sisi Chen, Lin Huang, Zixuan Xu, Xiao Liu, Qiongqiong Zhou, Ping Yuan, Xia Yan, Jiejin Jin, Yang Shen, Wengen Zhu, Linghua Fu, Qi Chen, Jianhua Yu, Jianxin Hu, Qing Cao, Rong Wan, Kui Hong
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular complications are major causes of mortality and morbidity in diabetic patients. The mechanisms underlying the progression of diabetic heart (DH) to ventricular arrhythmias are unclear. O-linked GlcNAcylation (O-GlcNAc) is a reversible post-translational modification for the regulation of diverse cellular processes. The purpose of this study was to assess whether the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.5) is subjected to O-linked GlcNAcylation (O-GlcNAc), which plays an essential role in DH-induced arrhythmias...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Marit Poffers, Nathalie Bühne, Christine Herzog, Anja Thorenz, Rongjun Chen, Faikah Güler, Axel Hage, Andreas Leffler, Frank Echtermeyer
BACKGROUND: Voltage-gated sodium channels generate action potentials in excitable cells, but they have also been attributed noncanonical roles in nonexcitable cells. We hypothesize that voltage-gated sodium channels play a functional role during extravasation of neutrophils. METHODS: Expression of voltage-gated sodium channels was analyzed by polymerase chain reaction. Distribution of Nav1.3 was determined by immunofluorescence and flow cytometry in mouse models of ischemic heart and kidney injury...
March 6, 2018: Anesthesiology
L Han, Q B Dong, Y C Wei, A C Zheng, J X Li, K Hong, Y Q Wu, X S Cheng
Objective: To investigate the effect and related mechanism of homocysteine (Hcy) on calcium overload in neonatal rat atrial cells (NRICs). Methods: NRICs were assigned to 9 groups after culture for 3 days: (1) control group; (2) Hcy group (0, 50, 100, 200, 500 μmol/L for 48 hours); (3) antioxidant group (NAC, 10 μmol/L for 24 hours); (4) Hcy+NAC group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 10 μmol/L NAC for 24 hours); (5) calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase Ⅱδ (CaMKⅡδ) inhibitor group (KN-93, 3 μmol/L KN-93 for 5 hours); (6) specific sodium current inhibitor group (ELE, 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours); (7) Hcy+KN-93 group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 3 μmol/L KN-93 for 5 hours); (8) Hcy+ELE group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours; (9) Hcy+KN-93+ELE group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 3 μmol/L KN-93 and 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours)...
February 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Dong-Bo Ding, Liang-Liang Fan, Zhen Xiao, Hao Huang, Ya-Qin Chen, Shuai Guo, Zhong-Hua Liu, Rong Xiang
Background: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) occurs in a broad spectrum of cardiac pathologies and is an important cause of mortality in the general population. Idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (IVF) is a rare but important factor resulting in SCD. It is diagnosed in a resuscitated cardiac arrest victim underlying unknown cause, with documented ventricular fibrillation. Previous studies have demonstrated that mutations in dipeptidyl aminopeptidase-like protein-6 (DPP6) and cardiac sodium channel Nav1...
February 20, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Tariq Zaman, Ingo Helbig, Ivana Babić Božović, Suzanne D DeBrosse, A Christina Bergqvist, Kimberly Wallis, Livija Medne, Aleš Maver, Borut Peterlin, Katherine L Helbig, Xiaohong Zhang, Ethan M Goldberg
OBJECTIVE: Voltage-gated sodium (Na+ ) channels underlie action potential generation and propagation and hence are central to the regulation of excitability in the nervous system. Mutations in the genes SCN1A, SCN2A, and SCN8A, encoding the Na+ channel pore-forming (α) subunits Nav1.1, 1.2, and 1.6, respectively, and SCN1B, encoding the accessory subunit β1 , are established causes of genetic epilepsies. SCN3A, encoding Nav1.3, is known to be highly expressed in brain, but has not previously been linked to early infantile epileptic encephalopathy...
February 21, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Fernanda C Cardoso, Mahadhi Hasan, Tianjiao Zhao, Richard J Lewis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pain is a distressing protective sensory experience warning of actual or potential tissue damage. Natural toxins have evolved to exploit pain and related neuronal pathways to facilitate prey capture and for defence, often producing either numbness, paralysis or intense pain by selectively modulating ion channels and receptors in pain pathways. Understanding how toxins modulate pain pathways can enhance our understanding of the physiological and pathological basis of pain...
February 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Corinna Martin, Carolin Stoffer, Milad Mohammadi, Julian Hugo, Enrico Leipold, Beatrice Oehler, Heike L Rittner, Robert Blum
Oxidized phospholipids (OxPL) like oxidized 1-palmitoyl-2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (OxPAPC) were recently identified as novel proalgesic targets in acute and chronic inflammatory pain. These endogenous chemical irritants are generated in inflamed tissue and mediate their pain-inducing function by activating the transient receptor potential channels TRPA1 and TRPV1 expressed in sensory neurons. Notably, prototypical therapeutics interfering with OxPL were shown to inhibit TRP channel activation and pain behavior...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Hao Huang, Dong-Bo Ding, Liang-Liang Fan, Jie-Yuan Jin, Jing-Jing Li, Shuai Guo, Ya-Qin Chen, Rong Xiang
BACKGROUND: SCN5A encodes sodium-channel α-subunit Nav1.5. The mutations of SCN5A can lead to hereditary cardiac arrhythmias such as the long-QT syndrome type 3 and Brugada syndrome. Here we sought to identify novel mutations in a family with arrhythmia. METHODS: Genomic DNA was isolated from blood of the proband, who was diagnosed with atrial flutter. Illumina Hiseq 2000 whole-exome sequencing was performed and an arrhythmia-related gene-filtering strategy was used to analyse the pathogenic genes...
February 6, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Hugo Poulin, Pascal Gosselin-Badaroudine, Savine Vicart, Karima Habbout, Damien Sternberg, Serena Giuliano, Bertrand Fontaine, Saïd Bendahhou, Sophie Nicole, Mohamed Chahine
Mutations in NaV1.4, the skeletal muscle voltage-gated Na+ channel, underlie several skeletal muscle channelopathies. We report here the functional characterization of two substitutions targeting the R1451 residue and resulting in 3 distinct clinical phenotypes. The R1451L is a novel pathogenic substitution found in two unrelated individuals. The first individual was diagnosed with non-dystrophic myotonia, whereas the second suffered from an unusual phenotype combining hyperkalemic and hypokalemic episodes of periodic paralysis (PP)...
February 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ao Ri-Ge-le, Zhuang-Li Guo, Qi Wang, Bao-Jian Zhang, Da-Wei Kong, Wen-Qiang Yang, Yan-Bing Yu, Li Zhang
Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) is one of the intractable complications of diabetes mellitus, which manifest as exaggerated pain perception. Previous studies showed that Tanshinone IIA (TIIA), one of the major bioactive extracts of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, have obvious analgesic effect on different types of pain process, and the underlying analgesic mechanisms are not fully understood. The present study combined the behavioral, electrophysiological and biochemical methods to elucidate the analgesic mechanism of TIIA, using streptozotocin (STZ)-induced PDN rat models...
January 31, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Shinya Yamada, Man-Cai Fong, Ya-Wen Hsiao, Shih-Lin Chang, Yung-Nan Tsai, Li-Wei Lo, Tze-Fan Chao, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Yu-Feng Hu, Fa-Po Chung, Jo-Nan Liao, Yao-Ting Chang, Hsing-Yuan Li, Satoshi Higa, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction increases the risk of heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation. Renal denervation (RDN) might suppress the development of atrial remodeling. This study aimed to elucidate the molecular mechanism of RDN in the suppression of atrial fibrillation in a HF model after myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS: HF rabbits were created 4 weeks after coronary ligation. Rabbits were classified into 3 groups: normal control (n=10), HF (n=10), and HF-RDN (n=6)...
January 22, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Yejia Song, Luiz Belardinelli
Aging hearts have prolonged QT interval and are vulnerable to oxidative stress. Because the QT interval indirectly reflects the action potential duration (APD), we examined the hypotheses that 1) the APD of ventricular myocytes increases with age; 2) the age-related prolongation of APD is due to an enhancement of basal late Na+ current (INaL); 3) inhibition of INaL may protect aging hearts from arrhythmogenic effects of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Experiments were performed on ventricular myocytes isolated from one-month (young) and one-year (old) guinea pigs (GPs)...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
Pan Pan Xia, Lian Jing Li, Run Di Qi, Jiao Jiao Shi, Wei Zhu Ju, Ming Long Chen
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is a significant risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF). The role of pulmonary vein (PV) remodeling in the mechanistic association between hypertension and AF is not definitive. In this study, we aimed to identify changes in the electrophysiology and histology in PVs in two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) hypertensive rats. METHODS: Fifty male Sprague-Dawley rats were classified into the 2K1C and sham-operated groups. The systolic blood pressure was measured every 2 weeks...
January 17, 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Mingyu Ye, Jun Yang, Cuiping Tian, Qiyu Zhu, Luping Yin, Shan Jiang, Mingpo Yang, Yousheng Shu
Dysregulation of voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) is associated with multiple clinical disorders, including febrile seizures (FS). The contribution of different sodium channel subtypes to environmentally triggered seizures is not well understood. Here we demonstrate that somatic and axonal sodium channels primarily mediated through NaV1.2 and NaV1.6 subtypes, respectively, behave differentially at FT, and might play distinct roles in FS generation. In contrast to sodium channels on the main axonal trunk, somatic ones are more resistant to inactivation and display significantly augmented currents, faster gating rates and kinetics of recovery from inactivation at FT, features that promote neuronal excitabilities...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Haoyu Zeng, Bharathi Balasubramanian, Armando Lagrutta, Frederick Sannajust
We challenged human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte (hiPSC-CM) syncytia, mainly, CDI iCells with several classes of well-characterized pharmacological agents (including hERG blocker, Nav1.5 blocker, Cav1.2 blocker and opener, β-adrenergic agonist, and If blocker) under pacing conditions, utilizing the Cardio-ECR instrument, a non-invasive platform featuring simultaneous and continuous measurement of synchronized beating rate and contractility (both signals were acquired simultaneously and well aligned) ...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Tania Chernov-Rogan, Tianbo Li, Gang Lu, Henry Verschoof, Kuldip Khakh, Steven W Jones, Maureen H Beresini, Chang Liu, Daniel F Ortwine, Steven J McKerrall, David H Hackos, Daniel Sutherlin, Charles J Cohen, Jun Chen
Many ion channels, including Nav1.7, Cav1.3, and Kv1.3, are linked to human pathologies and are important therapeutic targets. To develop efficacious and safe drugs, subtype-selective modulation is essential, but has been extremely difficult to achieve. We postulate that this challenge is caused by the poor assay design, and investigate the Nav1.7 membrane potential assay, one of the most extensively employed screening assays in modern drug discovery. The assay uses veratridine to activate channels, and compounds are identified based on the inhibition of veratridine-evoked activities...
January 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Lei Huang, Kuo-Ho Wu, Liyong Zhang, Qinchuan Wang, Shuangbo Tang, Qiuping Wu, Pei-Hsiu Jiang, Jim Jung-Ching Lin, Jian Guo, Lin Wang, Shih-Hurng Loh, Jianding Cheng
BACKGROUND: Sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS) remains an autopsy negative entity with unclear etiology. Arrhythmia has been implicated in SUNDS. Mutations/deficiencies in intercalated disc components have been shown to cause arrhythmias. Human cardiomyopathy-associated 1 (XIRP1) and 3 (XIRP2) are intercalated disc-associated, Xin repeats-containing proteins. Mouse Xirp1 is necessary for the integrity of intercalated disc and for the surface expression of transient outward and delayed rectifier K+ channels, whereas mouse Xirp2 is required for Xirp1 intercalated disc localization...
January 6, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Yawer Saeed, Ian Temple, Zoltan Borbas, Andrew Atkinson, Joseph Yanni, Michal Maczewski, Urszula Mackiewicz, Mariam Aly, Sunil J R J Logantha, Clifford Garratt, Halina Dobrzynski
BACKGROUND: Ageing is associated with an increased incidence of atrioventricular nodal (AVN) dysfunction. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to identify the structural and functional remodelling in the atrioventricular junction (AVJ) with ageing. METHODS: Electrophysiological, histology and immunohistochemistry experiments on male Wistar-Hanover rats aged 3months (n=24) and 2years (n=15) were performed. AH interval, Wenkebach cycle length (WBCL) and AVN effective refractory period (AVNERP) were measured...
December 26, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Anna Rapacz, Jolanta Obniska, Paulina Koczurkiewicz, Katarzyna Wójcik-Pszczoła, Agata Siwek, Anna Gryboś, Sabina Rybka, Aleksandra Karcz, Elżbieta Pękala, Barbara Filipek
Anticonvulsant drugs are used to treat a wide range of non-epileptic conditions, including chronic pain. The aim of the present experiments was to examine analgesic activity of three new 3,3-diphenyl-propionamides, which had previously demonstrated anticonvulsant activity in the MES (maximal electroshock seizure), scPTZ (subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole) and/or 6Hz (psychomotor seizure) tests in mice. Antinociceptive activity was examined in mouse models of acute pain (the hot plate test) and tonic pain (the formalin test) in mice...
December 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
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