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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720792/optical-read-out-of-neural-activity-in-mammalian-peripheral-axons-calcium-signaling-at-nodes-of-ranvier
#1
Arjun K Fontaine, Emily A Gibson, John H Caldwell, Richard F Weir
Current neural interface technologies have serious limitations for advanced prosthetic and therapeutic applications due primarily to their lack of specificity in neural communication. An optogenetic approach has the potential to provide single cell/axon resolution in a minimally invasive manner by optical interrogation of light-sensitive reporters and actuators. Given the aim of reading neural activity in the peripheral nervous system, this work has investigated an activity-dependent signaling mechanism in the peripheral nerve...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715135/chronic-pharmacological-blockade-of-the-na-ca-2-exchanger-modulates-the-growth-and-development-of-the-purkinje-cell-dendritic-arbor-in-mouse-cerebellar-slice-cultures
#2
Pradeep Sherkhane, Josef P Kapfhammer
The Na(+) /Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) is a bi-directional plasma membrane antiporter involved in Ca(2+) homeostasis in eukaryotes. NCX has three isoforms, NCX1-3, and all of them are expressed in the cerebellum. Immunostaining on cerebellar slice cultures indicates that NCX is widely expressed in the cerebellum, including expression in Purkinje cells. The pharmacological blockade of the forward mode of NCX (Ca(2+) efflux mode) by Bepridil moderately inhibited growth and development of Purkinje cell dendritic arbor in cerebellar slice cultures...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713161/functional-expression-of-the-ca-2-signaling-machinery-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#3
Ji-Jun Huang, Yi-Jie Wang, Min Zhang, Peng Zhang, He Liang, Hua-Jun Bai, Xiu-Jian Yu, Huang-Tian Yang
Emerging evidence suggests that Ca(2+) signals are important for the self-renewal and differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). However, little is known about the physiological and pharmacological properties of the Ca(2+)-handling machinery in hESCs. In this study we used RT-PCR and Western blotting to analyze the expression profiles of genes encoding Ca(2+)-handling proteins; we also used confocal Ca(2+) imaging and pharmacological approaches to determine the contribution of the Ca(2+)-handling machinery to the regulation of Ca(2+) signaling in hESCs...
July 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696497/role-of-ca2-and-ion-channels-in-the-regulation-of-apoptosis-under-hypoxia
#4
REVIEW
Miaohong Wang, Jin Tan, Yuyang Miao, Mengmeng Li, Qiang Zhang
Hypoxia is a kind of common pathological condition existing in various diseases such as sleep apnea syndrome, myocardial infarction and stroke, which can precipitate the onset of diseases through inducing cell apoptosis. Ca²⁺ is the ubiquitous message in cell. Given the crucial role of Ca2²⁺ in physiology, intracellular Ca²⁺ overload is a significant regulator of apoptosis. Numerous experiments show that hypoxia may cause changes of multiple cellular Ca²⁺ channels, for instance, Na⁺/ Ca²⁺ Exchanger (NCX), L-type voltage dependent Ca²⁺ channel (L-VDCC), inositol triphosphate receptors (IP3R) and so on, which contribute to intracellular Ca²⁺ overload, thus eventually triggering cell apoptosis...
July 11, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683437/role-of-na-ca2-exchangers-in-therapy-resistance-of-medulloblastoma-cells
#5
Lisann Pelzl, Zohreh Hosseinzadeh, Tamer Al-Maghout, Yogesh Singh, Itishri Sahu, Rosi Bissinger, Sebastian Schmidt, Saad Alkahtani, Christos Stournaras, Mahmoud Toulany, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Alterations of cytosolic Ca2+-activity ([Ca2+]i) are decisive in the regulation of tumor cell proliferation, migration and survival. Transport processes participating in the regulation of [Ca2+]i include Ca2+ extrusion through K+-independent (NCX) and/or K+-dependent (NCKX) Na+/Ca2+-exchangers. The present study thus explored whether medulloblastoma cells express Na+/Ca2+-exchangers, whether expression differs between therapy sensitive D283 and therapy resistant UW228-3 medulloblastoma cells, and whether Na+/Ca2+-exchangers participate in the regulation of cell survival...
July 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679838/fluorocitrate-mediated-depolarization-of-astrocytes-in-the-retrotrapezoid-nucleus-stimulates-breathing
#6
Cleyton R Sobrinho, Christopher M Gonçalves, Ana C Takakura, Daniel K Mulkey, Thiago S Moreira
Evidence indicates that CO2/H(+)-evoked ATP released from retrotrapezoid nucleus (RTN) astrocytes modulates the activity of CO2-sensitive neurons. RTN astrocytes also sense H+ by inhibition of Kir4.1 channels; however, the relevance of this pH-sensitive current remains unclear since ATP release appears to involve CO2-dependent gating of connexin 26 hemichannels. Considering that depolarization mediated by H(+) inhibition of Kir4.1 channels is expected to increase sodium bicarbonate cotransporter (NBC) conductance and favor Ca(2+) influx via the sodium calcium exchanger (NCX), we hypothesize that depolarization in the presence of CO2 is sufficient to facilitate ATP release and enhance respiratory output...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655649/interregional-electro-mechanical-heterogeneity-in-the-rabbit-myocardium
#7
REVIEW
Franz F Dressler, Ilona Bodi, Marius Menza, Robin Moss, Heiko Bugger, Christoph Bode, Jan C Behrends, Gunnar Seemann, Katja E Odening
BACKGROUND: Increased electrical heterogeneity has been causatively linked to arrhythmic disorders, yet the knowledge about physiological heterogeneity remains incomplete. This study investigates regional electro-mechanical heterogeneities in rabbits, one of the key animal models for arrhythmic disorders. METHODS AND FINDINGS: 7 wild-type rabbits were examined by phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging in vivo to assess cardiac wall movement velocities. Using a novel data-processing algorithm regional contraction-like profiles were calculated...
June 24, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649039/pm2-5-exposure-in-utero-contributes-to-neonatal-cardiac-dysfunction-in-mice
#8
Vineeta Tanwar, Jeremy M Adelstein, Jacob A Grimmer, Dane J Youtz, Benjamin P Sugar, Loren E Wold
OBJECTIVE: Exposure of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) to pregnant dams has been shown to be strongly associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes in offspring at adulthood, however, effects evident during neonatal periods are unclear. We designed this study to examine cardiac function of neonatal mice (14 days old) exposed to in utero PM2.5. METHODS: Pregnant FVB female mice were exposed either to filtered air (FA) or PM2.5 at an average concentration of 91...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646126/how-a-helix-imposes-palmitoylation-of-a-membrane-protein-what-one-can-learn-from-ncx
#9
Daniel Khananshvili
Palmitoylation is a critical post-translational modification that anchors proteins to, and regulates transport across, the lipid bilayer. Palmitoylation enzymes have been assumed to select their substrates based on a protein's primary sequence, but a consensus sequence has been slow to emerge. A study of the sodium/calcium exchanger now suggests that secondary structure may hold the key to understanding the determinants of this modification.
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572509/dynamic-distinctions-in-the-sodium-calcium-exchanger-adopting-the-inward-and-outward-facing-conformational-states
#10
Moshe Giladi, Liat van Dijk, Bosmat Refaeli, Lior Almagor, Reuben Hiller, Petr Man, Eric Forest, Daniel Khananshvili
Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) proteins operate through the alternating access mechanism, where the ion-binding pocket is exposed in succession either to the extracellular or the intracellular face of the membrane. The archaeal NCX_Mj (Methanococcus jannaschii NCX) system was used to resolve the backbone dynamics in the inward facing (IF) and outward-facing (OF) states by analyzing purified preparations of apo and ion-bound forms of NCX_Mj-WT and its mutant, NCX_Mj-5L6-8. First, the exposure of extracellular and cytosolic vestibules to the bulk phase was evaluated as the reactivity of single cysteine-mutants to a fluorescent probe, verifying that NCX_Mj-WT and NCX_Mj-5L6-8 preferentially adopt the OF and IF states, respectively...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566634/effect-of-docosahexaenoic-acid-on-voltage-independent-ca-2-entry-pathways-in-cultured-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-stimulated-with-5-hydroxytryptamine
#11
Takuji Machida, Akina Onoguchi, Kenji Iizuka, Sayuri Ishibashi, Mikiko Yutani, Masahiko Hirafuji
We previously reported that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) inhibits an increase in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) in cultured rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) through a mechanism involving mainly voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels; however, the effect of DHA on voltage-independent pathways, such as store-operated and receptor-operated Ca(2+) entry, and Ca(2+) entry through Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX), has not been clarified. In the present study, we investigated the effect of DHA treatment on the expression of transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels, capacitative Ca(2+) entry, and Ca(2+) entry through NCX in rat cultured VSMCs stimulated with 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558076/functional-effects-of-hyperthyroidism-on-cardiac-papillary-muscle-in-rats
#12
Fabricio Furtado Vieira, Robson Ruiz Olivoto, Priscyla Oliveira da Silva, Julio Cesar Francisco, Rosalvo Tadeu Hochmuller Fogaça
BACKGROUND: Hyperthyroidism is currently recognized to affect the cardiovascular system, leading to a series of molecular and functional changes. However, little is known about the functional influence of hyperthyroidism in the regulation of cytoplasmic calcium and on the sodium/calcium exchanger (NCX) in the cardiac muscle. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the functional changes in papillary muscles isolated from animals with induced hyperthyroidism. METHODS: We divided 36 Wistar rats into a group of controls and another of animals with hyperthyroidism induced by intraperitoneal T3 injection...
December 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551786/mitochondrial-bioenergetics-during-ischemia-and-reperfusion
#13
Alicia E Consolini, María I Ragone, Patricia Bonazzola, Germán A Colareda
During ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) mitochondria suffer a deficiency to supply the cardiomyocyte with chemical energy, but also contribute to the cytosolic ionic alterations especially of Ca(2+). Their free calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]m) mainly depends on mitochondrial entrance through the uniporter (UCam) and extrusion in exchange with Na(+) (mNCX) driven by the electrochemical gradient (ΔΨm). Cardiac energetic is frequently estimated by the oxygen consumption, which determines metabolism coupled to ATP production and to the maintaining of ΔΨm...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535874/coupling-between-the-trpc3-ion-channel-and-the-ncx1-transporter-contributed-to-vegf-induced-erk1-2-activation-and-angiogenesis-in-human-primary-endothelial-cells
#14
Petros Andrikopoulos, Suzanne A Eccles, Muhammad M Yaqoob
It has been previously demonstrated that the bi-directional transporter Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) working in the reverse (Ca(2+)-influx) - mode promotes the activation of ERK1/2 in response to the key pro-angiogenic cytokine VEGF in human endothelial cells (ECs). However, the molecular event(s) that elicit NCX reversal in VEGF-stimulated ECs remain unclear. Here we investigated whether Na(+) influx via the diacylglycerol (DAG) - activated non-selective cation channel TRPC3 was functionally associated with NCX and whether its activity was required for VEGF-induced ERK1/2 activation and angiogenesis...
May 20, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534960/cellular-na-handling-mechanisms-involved-in-airway-smooth-muscle-contraction-review
#15
Bettina Sommer, Edgar Flores-Soto, Georgina Gonzalez-Avila
A decrease in bronchial diameter is designated as bronchoconstriction (BC) and impedes the flow of air through the airway. Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the airways, reversible BC and nonspecific hyperreactivity. These last two symptoms are dependent on airway smooth muscle. Stimuli that trigger contraction can be characterized as chemical (neurotransmitters, cytokines and terpenoids) and physical (volume inspired, air pressure). Both stimuli activate signaling pathways by acting on membrane proteins and facilitating the passage of ions through the membrane, generating a voltage change and a subsequent depolarization...
July 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529049/heterogeneity-of-transverse-axial-tubule-system-in-mouse-atria-remodeling-in-atrial-specific-na-ca-2-exchanger-knockout-mice
#16
Xin Yue, Rui Zhang, Brian Kim, Aiqun Ma, Kenneth D Philipson, Joshua I Goldhaber
Transverse-axial tubules (TATs) are commonly assumed to be sparse or absent in atrial myocytes from small animals. Atrial myocytes from rats, cats and rabbits lack TATs, which results in a characteristic "V"-shaped Ca release pattern in confocal line-scan recordings due to the delayed rise of Ca in the center of the cell. To examine TAT expression in isolated mouse atrial myocytes, we loaded them with the membrane dye Di-4-ANEPPS to label TATs. We found that >80% of atrial myocytes had identifiable TATs...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506097/a-computational-model-of-the-ca-2-transients-and-influence-of-buffering-in-guinea-pig-urinary-bladder-smooth-muscle-cells
#17
Vijay Dave, Rohit Manchanda
Many cellular events including electrical activity and muscle contraction are regulated and coordinated by intracellular [Formula: see text] concentration ([[Formula: see text]][Formula: see text]. In detrusor smooth muscle (DSM) cells, [[Formula: see text]]i is normally maintained at very low levels and rises transiently during signalling processes as a result of (i) influx from the extracellular space (mainly via L-type and T-type [Formula: see text] channels) and (ii) [Formula: see text] release from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) into the cytoplasm...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497275/na-ca-2-exchangers-and-orai-channels-jointly-refill-endoplasmic-reticulum-er-ca-2-via-er-nanojunctions-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
#18
Cristiana M L Di Giuro, Niroj Shrestha, Roland Malli, Klaus Groschner, Cornelis van Breemen, Nicola Fameli
We investigated the role of Na(+)/ Ca(2+) exchange (NCX) in the refilling of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) in vascular endothelial cells under various conditions of cell stimulation and plasma membrane (PM) polarization. Better understanding of the mechanisms behind basic ER Ca(2+) content regulation is important, since current hypotheses on the possible ultimate causes of ER stress point to deterioration of the Ca(2+) transport mechanism to/from ER itself. We measured [Ca(2+)]i temporal changes by Fura-2 fluorescence under experimental protocols that inhibit a host of transporters (NCX, Orai, non-selective transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels, sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase (SERCA), Na(+)/ K(+) ATPase (NKA)) involved in the Ca(2+) communication between the extracellular space and the ER...
May 11, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495655/increased-sodium-calcium-exchanger-activity-enhances-beta-adrenergic-mediated-increase-in-heart-rate-whole-heart-study-in-a-homozygous-sodium-calcium-exchanger-overexpressor-mouse-model
#19
Sven Kaese, Nils Bögeholz, Paul Pauls, Dirk Dechering, Jan Olligs, Katharina Kölker, Sascha Badawi, Gerrit Frommeyer, Christian Pott, Lars Eckardt
BACKGROUND: The cardiac sodium/calcium (Na(+)/Ca(2+)) exchanger (NCX) contributes to diastolic depolarization in cardiac pacemaker cells. Increased NCX activity has been found in heart failure and atrial fibrillation. The influence of increased NCX activity on resting heart rate, beta-adrenergic-mediated increase in heart rate, and cardiac conduction properties is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of NCX overexpression in a homozygous transgenic whole-heart mouse model (NCX-OE) on sinus and AV nodal function...
May 8, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493889/characterization-of-a-novel-antibiofilm-effect-of-nitric-oxide-releasing-aspirin-ncx-4040-on-candida-albicans-isolates-from-denture-stomatitis-patients
#20
Francisco Madariaga-Venegas, Roberto Fernández-Soto, Luisa Fernanda Duarte, Nicole Suarez, Daniela Delgadillo, José A Jara, Ricardo Fernández-Ramires, Blanca Urzúa, Alfredo Molina-Berríos
Candida albicans biofilms play a key role in denture stomatitis, one of the most common oral pathologies in elderly people. Because biofilms are highly resistant to antifungals, new pharmacological strategies are needed. Aspirin and nitric oxide-donor molecules have both shown antibiofilm effects on C. albicans, making them promising candidates for treatment. In this study, we evaluated the antifungal/antibiofilm effect of a nitric-oxide releasing aspirin (NO-ASA) on C. albicans isolates from denture stomatitis patients in vitro...
2017: PloS One
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