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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923791/gja1-20k-arranges-actin-to-guide-cx43-delivery-to-cardiac-intercalated-discs
#1
Wassim A Basheer, Shaohua Xiao, Irina Epifantseva, Ying Fu, Andre G Kleber, TingTing Hong, Robin M Shaw
Rationale: Delivery of connexin 43 (Cx43) to the intercalated disc is a continuous and rapid process critical for intercellular coupling. By a pathway of targeted delivery involving microtubule highways, vesicles of Cx43 hemichannels are efficiently trafficked to adherens junctions at intercalated discs. It has also been identified that actin provides rest stops for Cx43 forward trafficking, and that Cx43 has a 20kDa internally translated small C-terminus isoform (GJA1-20k) which is required for full-length Cx43 trafficking, but by an unknown mechanism...
September 18, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870505/tgf-%C3%AE-1-affects-cell-cell-adhesion-in-the-heart-in-an-ncam1-dependent-mechanism
#2
Maegen A Ackermann, Jennifer M Petrosino, Heather R Manring, Patrick Wright, Vikram Shettigar, Ahmet Kilic, Paul M L Janssen, Mark T Ziolo, Federica Accornero
The contractile property of the myocardium is maintained by cell-cell junctions enabling cardiomyocytes to work as a syncytium. Alterations in cell-cell junctions are observed in heart failure, a disease characterized by the activation of Transforming Growth Factor beta 1 (TGFβ1). While TGFβ1 has been implicated in diverse biologic responses, its molecular function in controlling cell-cell adhesion in the heart has never been investigated. Cardiac-specific transgenic mice expressing active TGFβ1 were generated to model the observed increase in activity in the failing heart...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841299/cellulose-organic-montmorillonite-nanocomposites-as-biomacromolecular-quorum-sensing-inhibitor
#3
Deniz Demircan, Sedef Ilk, Baozhong Zhang
The aim of this study was to develop simple cellulose nanocomposites that can interfere with the quorum-sensing (QS) regulated physiological process of bacteria, which will provide a sustainable and inexpensive solution to the serious challenges caused by bacterial infections in various products like food packaging or biomedical materials. Three cellulose nanocomposites with 1-5 w% octadecylamine modified montmorillonite (ODA-MMT) were prepared by regeneration of cellulose from ionic liquid solutions in the presence of ODA-MMT suspension...
August 25, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827800/hspb7-prevents-cardiac-conduction-system-defect-through-maintaining-intercalated-disc-integrity
#4
Wern-Chir Liao, Liang-Yi Juo, Yen-Ling Shih, Yen-Hui Chen, Yu-Ting Yan
HSPB7 is a member of the small heat-shock protein (HSPB) family and is expressed in the cardiomyocytes from cardiogenesis onwards. A dramatic increase in HSPB7 is detected in the heart and blood plasma immediately after myocardial infarction. Additionally, several single-nucleotide polymorphisms of HSPB7 have been identified to be associated with heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy in human patients. Although a recent study has shown that HSPB7 is required for maintaining myofiber structure in skeletal muscle, its molecular and physiological functions in the heart remain unclear...
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826662/novel-obscurins-mediate-cardiomyocyte-adhesion-and-size-via-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
#5
Maegen A Ackermann, Brendan King, Nicole A P Lieberman, Prameela J Bobbili, Michael Rudloff, Christopher E Berndsen, Nathan T Wright, Peter A Hecker, Aikaterini Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos
The intercalated disc of cardiac muscle embodies a highly-ordered, multifunctional network, essential for the synchronous contraction of the heart. Over 200 known proteins localize to the intercalated disc. The challenge now lies in their characterization as it relates to the coupling of neighboring cells and whole heart function. Using molecular, biochemical and imaging techniques, we characterized for the first time two small obscurin isoforms, obscurin-40 and obscurin-80, which are enriched at distinct locations of the intercalated disc...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792844/trpa1-ion-channel-stimulation-enhances-cardiomyocyte-contractile-function-via-a-camkii-dependent-pathway
#6
Spencer R Andrei, Monica Ghosh, Pritam Sinharoy, Souvik Dey, Ian N Bratz, Derek S Damron
RATIONALE: Transient receptor potential channels of the ankyrin subtype-1 (TRPA1) are non-selective cation channels that show high permeability to calcium. Previous studies from our laboratory have demonstrated that TRPA1 ion channels are expressed in adult mouse ventricular cardiomyocytes (CMs) and are localized at the z-disk, costamere and intercalated disk. The functional significance of TRPA1 ion channels in the modulation of CM contractile function have not been explored. OBJECTIVE: To identify the extent to which TRPA1 ion channels are involved in modulating CM contractile function and elucidate the cellular mechanism of action...
August 9, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764973/disturbed-desmoglein-2-in-the-intercalated-disc-of-pediatric-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#7
Elise L Kessler, Peter Gj Nikkels, Toon Ab van Veen
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) leads to disturbed contraction and force transduction, and is associated with substantial mortality in all age groups. Involvement of a disrupted composition of the intercalated disc (ID) has been reported. However, in children, little is established about such subcellular changes during disease, because of the pathological mix-up with the ongoing cardiac maturation. This leaves maladaptive remodeling often undetected. We aimed at illustrating subcellular alterations in children diagnosed with DCM compared to age-matched controls, focusing on ID proteins known to be crucially stable under healthy conditions and destabilized during cardiac injury in adults...
July 29, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762141/anti-fibronectin-aptamers-improve-the-colonization-of-chitosan-films-modified-with-d-raffinose-by-murine-osteoblastic-cells
#8
L Parisi, C Galli, A Bianchera, P Lagonegro, L Elviri, A Smerieri, S Lumetti, E Manfredi, R Bettini, G M Macaluso
The aim of the present study was to investigate how the enrichment of chitosan films with anti-fibronectin aptamers could enhance scaffold colonization by osteoblasts, by improving their adhesion and accelerating their proliferation. Chitosan discs were enriched with excess of anti-fibronectin aptamer. Aptamer adsorption on chitosan was monitored by measuring aptamer concentration in the supernatant by spectrophotometry, as well as its release, while functionalization was confirmed by labelling aptamers with a DNA intercalating dye...
September 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735524/characterization-of-cytoskeleton-features-and-maturation-status-of-cultured-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
#9
Christian Zuppinger, George Gibbons, Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, Adrian Segiser, Henriette Most, Thomas M Suter
Recent innovations in stem cell technologies and the availability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have opened new possibilities for studies and drug testing on human cardiomyocytes in vitro. Still, there are concerns about the precise nature of such 'reprogrammed' cells. We have performed an investigation using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy on several cellular features using commercially available hiPSC-CMs. For some selected developmentally regulated or cardiac chamber-specific proteins, we have compared the results from hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes with freshly isolated, ventricular cardiomyocytes from adult rats...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716666/mouse-cardiac-mitochondria-do-not-separate-in-subsarcolemmal-and-interfibrillar-subpopulations
#10
Ulrike B Hendgen-Cotta, Sonja Esfeld, Holger Jastrow, Matthias Totzeck, Joachim Altschmied, Christine Goy, Judith Haendeler, Elke Winterhager, Tienush Rassaf
Cardiomyocytes consist of longitudinally oriented myofibril bundles with a misaligned composition caused by the uneven contours of the intercalated discs. The cytoplasmic space harbors the organelles, including mitochondria. This study investigated whether cardiomyocytes contain spatially and ultrastructurally discrete pools of mitochondria that can be separated for structurally and functionally appraisal in (patho)physiology. Transmission electron microscopy disclosed continuous transitions of mitochondria without attributable characteristics from beneath the sarcolemma directly into the barrier-free cytoplasmic space between myofibrils...
July 14, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703223/unmasking-the-molecular-link-between-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-and-brugada-syndrome
#11
REVIEW
Javier Moncayo-Arlandi, Ramon Brugada
The intercalated discs that connect cardiomyocytes control cell-to-cell adhesion and communication. Several macromolecular structures (desmosomes, fascia adherens junctions, gap junctions, and sodium-channel complexes) coexist in, and confer their mechanical and electrical properties to, the intercalated disc. Traditionally, each structure was assumed to have a unique function in the intercalated disc. However, growing evidence suggests that these complexes act together in intercellular communication and adhesion, forming a single structural and functional entity - the connexome...
July 13, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640448/overview-of-the-muscle-cytoskeleton
#12
Christine A Henderson, Christopher G Gomez, Stefanie M Novak, Lei Mi-Mi, Carol C Gregorio
Cardiac and skeletal striated muscles are intricately designed machines responsible for muscle contraction. Coordination of the basic contractile unit, the sarcomere, and the complex cytoskeletal networks are critical for contractile activity. The sarcomere is comprised of precisely organized individual filament systems that include thin (actin), thick (myosin), titin, and nebulin. Connecting the sarcomere to other organelles (e.g., mitochondria and nucleus) and serving as the scaffold to maintain cellular integrity are the intermediate filaments...
June 18, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578331/whole-genome-sequence-identified-a-rare-homozygous-pathogenic-mutation-of-the-dsg2-gene-in-a-familial-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-involving-both-ventricles
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Yubi Lin, Qianhuan Zhang, Zhi An Zhong, Zhe Xu, Siqi He, Fang Rao, Yang Liu, Jiaojiao Tang, Feng Wang, Hui Liu, Jiajun Xie, Hongmei Wu, Shuxia Wang, Xin Li, Zhixin Shan, Chunyu Deng, Zili Liao, Hai Deng, Hongtao Liao, Yumei Xue, Wanqun Chen, Xianzhang Zhan, Bin Zhang, Shulin Wu
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to identify the pathogenic mutation in a Chinese family with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) using whole genome sequencing (WGS). METHODS AND RESULTS: Probands II:1 and II:2 underwent routine examinations for diagnosis. Genomic DNA was extracted from the peripheral blood of family members and analyzed using WGS. A total of 60,285 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) and 13,918 insertions/deletions (InDel) occurring in the exonic regions of genes and predisposing to cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias were identified...
2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504961/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy
#14
REVIEW
Alessandra Lorenzon, Martina Calore, Giulia Poloni, Leon J De Windt, Paola Braghetta, Alessandra Rampazzo
Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway plays essential roles in heart development as well as cardiac tissue homoeostasis in adults. Abnormal regulation of this signaling pathway is linked to a variety of cardiac disease conditions, including hypertrophy, fibrosis, arrhythmias, and infarction. Recent studies on genetically modified cellular and animal models document a crucial role of Wnt/β-catenin signaling in the molecular pathogenesis of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC), an inherited disease of intercalated discs, typically characterized by ventricular arrhythmias and progressive substitution of the myocardium with fibrofatty tissue...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454914/genetic-and-epigenetic-regulation-of-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy
#15
REVIEW
Stefan Mazurek, Gene H Kim
Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is most commonly characterized as a disease of the intercalated disc that promotes abnormal cardiac conduction. Previously, arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy was frequently referred to as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D); however, genotype-phenotype studies have defined a broader phenotypic spectrum; with the identification of left-dominant and biventricular subtypes. Molecular insight into AC has primarily focused on mutations in desmosomal proteins and the downstream signaling pathways; however, desmosomal gene mutations can only be identified in approximately 50% of patients with AC...
August 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437860/chronic-inhibition-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-by-urb597-produces-differential-effects-on-cardiac-performance-in-normotensive-and-hypertensive-rats
#16
Anna Pędzińska-Betiuk, Jolanta Weresa, Marek Toczek, Marta Baranowska-Kuczko, Irena Kasacka, Ewa Harasim-Symbor, Barbara Malinowska
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitors are postulated to possess anti-hypertensive potential, because their acute injection decreases BP in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), partly through normalization of cardiac contractile function. Here, we examined whether the potential hypotensive effect of chronic FAAH inhibition by URB597 in hypertensive rats correlated with changes in cardiac performance. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Experiments were performed using perfused hearts and left atria isolated from 8- to 10-week-old SHR, age-matched deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt rats and normotensive controls chronically treated with URB597 (1 mg·kg(-1) ) or vehicle...
July 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392377/immunoglobulin-m-a-novel-molecule-of-myocardial-cells-of-mice
#17
Zhu Zhu, Meng Zhang, Wenwei Shao, Pingzhang Wang, Xiaoting Gong, Junfan Ma, Xiaoyan Qiu, Bin Wang
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulins(Igs)play an important role in host defence and were initially thought to be expressed solely by B cells. However, recent data suggest that Igs are also expressed in other lineages. Recently, Ig transcripts were detected in cardiomyocytes, but whether the functional Ig protein is expressed by cardiomyocytes has not been thoroughly elucidated. METHODS: Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) microarray database analysis was used to analyse IgM heavy chain expression in the myocardium of mice...
July 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343767/neural-cell-adhesion-molecule-expression-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy-is-associated-with-intramyocardial-inflammation-and-hypertrophy
#18
Karsten Ostermann, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Michel Noutsias
Chronic intramyocardial inflammation (inflammatory cardiomyopathy/DCMi) is linked to the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is involved in orchestrating cardiac muscle morphogenesis, but is down-regulated after embryogenesis. We investigated NCAM expression in adult DCM hearts, its possible association with DCMi-parameters, and with cardiomyocyte hypertrophy (CMH). Endomyocardial biopsies (EMBs) from DCM patients (n=85; n=37 females; age: 48±19years; LVEF <40%) and controls from non-cardiac deaths were immunostained for DCMi markers and for NCAM expression, and quantified by digital image analysis (DIA)...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289018/adrenergic-signaling-strengthens-cardiac-myocyte-cohesion
#19
Camilla Schinner, Franziska Vielmuth, Vera Rötzer, Matthias Hiermaier, Mariya Y Radeva, Thu Kim Co, Eva Hartlieb, Andreas Schmidt, Axel Imhof, Ahmed Messoudi, Anja Horn, Angela Schlipp, Volker Spindler, Jens Waschke
RATIONALE: The sympathetic nervous system is a major mediator of heart function. Intercalated discs composed of desmosomes, adherens junctions, and gap junctions provide the structural backbone for coordinated contraction of cardiac myocytes. OBJECTIVE: Gap junctions dynamically remodel to adapt to sympathetic signaling. However, it is unknown whether such rapid adaption also occurs for the adhesive function provided by desmosomes and adherens junctions. METHODS AND RESULTS: Atomic force microscopy revealed that β-adrenergic signaling enhances both the number of desmoglein 2-specific interactions along cell junctions and the mean desmoglein 2-mediated binding forces, whereas N-cadherin-mediated interactions were not affected...
April 14, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288337/remodelling-of-myocardial-intercalated-disc-protein-connexin-43-causes-increased-susceptibility-to-malignant-arrhythmias-in-arvc-d-patients
#20
Xiao Chen, Liang Chen, Zhenglian Chen, Xinshan Chen, Jiangping Song
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) is a primary cardiomyopathy characterised by fibrofatty replacement and ventricular arrhythmias. The occurrence of malignant arrhythmias may be associated with fatty infiltration and intercalated disk remodelling, but the specific pathological remodelling pattern is not yet clear. METHODS: Twelve explanted hearts from patients diagnosed with ARVC/D according to the 2010 Task Force Criteria and pathology examination were divided into two groups with (SVT, n=6) or without (non-SVT, n=6) recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia (SVT) before heart transplantation...
February 27, 2017: Forensic Science International
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