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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922497/mutual-independence-of-alkaline-and-calcium-mediated-signalling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-refutes-the-existence-of-a-conserved-druggable-signalling-nexus
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Omar Loss, Margherita Bertuzzi, Yu Yan, Natalie Fedorova, Bethany L McCann, Darius Armstrong-James, Eduardo A Espeso, Nick D Read, William C Nierman, Elaine M Bignell
Functional coupling of calcium- and alkaline responsive signalling occurs in multiple fungi to afford efficient cation homeostasis. Host microenvironments exert alkaline stress and potentially toxic concentrations of Ca(2+) , such that highly conserved regulators of both calcium- (Crz) and pH- (PacC/Rim) responsive signalling are crucial for fungal pathogenicity. Drugs targeting calcineurin are potent antifungal agents but also perturb human immunity thereby negating their use as anti-infectives, abrogation of alkaline signalling has therefore been postulated as an adjunctive antifungal strategy...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921675/altered-cav1-2-function-in-the-timothy-syndrome-mouse-model-produces-ascending-serotonergic-abnormalities
#2
Daniel G Ehlinger, Kathryn G Commons
Polymorphism in the gene CACNA1C, encoding the pore-forming subunit of Cav1.2 L-type calcium channels, has one of the strongest genetic linkages to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder: psychopathologies in which serotonin signaling has been implicated. Additionally, a gain-of-function mutation in CACNA1C is responsible for the neurodevelopmental disorder Timothy Syndrome that presents with prominent behavioral features on the autism spectrum. Given an emerging role for serotonin in the etiology of autism spectrum disorders, we investigate the relationship between Cav1...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920001/zoledronic-acid-inhibits-nfat-and-il-2-signaling-pathways-in-regulatory-t-cells-and-diminishes-their-suppressive-function-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer
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Dhifaf Sarhan, Caroline Leijonhufvud, Shannon Murray, Kristina Witt, Christina Seitz, Majken Wallerius, Hanjing Xie, Anders Ullén, Ulrika Harmenberg, Elisabet Lidbrink, Charlotte Rolny, John Andersson, Andreas Lundqvist
Regulatory T cells (Treg) suppress anti-tumor immune responses and their infiltration in the tumor microenvironment is associated with inferior prognosis in cancer patients. Thus, in order to enhance anti-tumor immune responses, selective depletion of Treg is highly desired. We found that treatment with zoledronic acid (ZA) resulted in a selective decrease in the frequency of Treg that was associated with a significant increase in proliferation of T cells and natural killer (NK) cells in peripheral blood of patients with metastatic cancer...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919853/p47phox-cdk5-drp1-mediated-mitochondrial-fission-evokes-pv-cell-degeneration-in-the-rat-dentate-gyrus-following-status-epilepticus
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Ji-Eun Kim, Tae-Cheon Kang
Parvalbumin (PV) is one of the calcium-binding proteins, which plays an important role in the responsiveness of inhibitory neurons to an adaptation to repetitive spikes. Furthermore, PV neurons are highly vulnerable to status epilepticus (SE, prolonged seizure activity), although the underlining mechanism remains to be clarified. In the present study, we found that p47Phox expression was transiently and selectively increased in PV neurons 6 h after SE. This up-regulated p47Phox expression was accompanied by excessive mitochondrial fission...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919534/glutamate-induced-rapid-induction-of-arc-arg3-1-requires-nmda-receptor-mediated-phosphorylation-of-erk-and-creb
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Tao Chen, Jie Zhu, Li-Kun Yang, Yi Feng, Wei Lin, Yu-Hai Wang
Arc/Arg3.1 is a unique immediate early gene whose expression is highly dynamic and correlated with various forms of synaptic plasticity. Many previous reports highlight the complexity of mechanisms that regulate Arc/Arg3.1 expression in neurons. In the present study, the expression and regulation of Arc/Arg3.1 after glutamate treatment in primary cultured cortical neurons were investigated. We found that both Arc/Arg3.1 mRNA and Arc/Arg3.1 protein dynamically increased within 24h after glutamate treatment. The results of immunostaining showed that abundant amounts of Arc/Arg3...
September 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919329/phospholipase-c%C3%AE-interacts-with-cytosolic-partners-to-regulate-cell-proliferation
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REVIEW
Suzanne Scarlata, Ashima Singla, Osama Garwain
Phospholipase Cβ (PLCβ) is the main effector of the Gαq signaling pathway relaying different extracellular sensory information to generate intracellular calcium signals. Besides this classic function, we have found that PLCβ plays an important but unknown role in regulating PC12 cell differentiation by interacting with components in the RNA-induced silencing machinery. In trying to understand the role of PLCβ in PC12 cell differentiation, we find that over-expressing PLCβ reduces PC12 cell proliferation while down-regulating PLCβ increases the rate of cell proliferation...
September 9, 2017: Advances in Biological Regulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919046/fgf23-activates-injury-primed-renal-fibroblasts-via-fgfr4-dependent-signalling-and-enhancement-of-tgf-%C3%AE-autoinduction
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Edward R Smith, Stephen G Holt, Tim D Hewitson
Bone-derived fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is an important endocrine regulator of mineral homeostasis with effects transduced by cognate FGF receptor (FGFR)1-α-Klotho complexes. Circulating FGF23 levels rise precipitously in patients with kidney disease and portend to worse renal and cardiovascular outcomes. De novo expression of FGF23 has been found in the heart and kidney following injury but its significance remains unclear. Studies showing that exposure to chronically high FGF23 concentrations activates hypertrophic gene programmes in the cardiomyocyte, has spawned intense interest in other pathological off-target effects of FGF23 excess...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918503/coq0-induced-mitochondrial-ptp-opening-triggers-apoptosis-via-ros-mediated-vdac1-upregulation-in-hl-60-leukemia-cells-and-suppresses-tumor-growth-in-athymic-nude-mice-xenografted-nude-mice
#8
You-Cheng Hseu, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, Ting-Tsz Ou, Hsin-Ling Yang
Coenzyme Q (CoQ) analogs with variable numbers of isoprenoid units have been demonstrated as anticancer and antioxidant/pro-oxidant molecules. This study examined the in vitro and in vivo antitumor and apoptosis activities of CoQ0 (2,3-dimethoxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone, zero isoprenoid side-chains) through upregulation of the Voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1) signaling pathway on human promyelocytic leukemia. CoQ0 (0-40 μg/mL) treatment significantly reduced HL-60 cell viability, and up-regulated mitochondrial VDAC1 expression...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917183/visualisation-of-an-nspef-induced-calcium-wave-using-the-genetically-encoded-calcium-indicator-gcamp-in-u87-human-glioblastoma-cells
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Lynn Carr, Sylvia M Bardet, Delia Arnaud-Cormos, Philippe Leveque, Rodney P O'Connor
Cytosolic, synthetic chemical calcium indicators are typically used to visualise the rapid increase in intracellular calcium ion concentration that follows nanosecond pulsed electric field (nsPEF) application. This study looks at the application of genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs) to investigate the spatiotemporal nature of nsPEF-induced calcium signals using fluorescent live cell imaging. Calcium responses to 44kV/cm, 10ns pulses were observed in U87-MG cells expressing either a plasma membrane targeted GECI (GCaMP5-G), or one cytosolically expressed (GCaMP6-S), and compared to the response of cells loaded with cytosolic or plasma membrane targeted chemical calcium indicators...
September 8, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916261/differential-involvement-of-l-and-t-type-ca-2-channels-store-operated-calcium-channel-trpc-and-rho-kinase-signaling-pathway-s-in-pgf2%C3%AE-induced-contractions-in-myometrium-of-non-pregnant-and-pregnant-buffaloes-bubalus-bubalis
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Abhishek Sharma, Udayraj P Nakade, Pooja Jaitley, Vipin Sharma, Soumen Choudhury, Satish Kumar Garg
This study unravels the differential involvement of calcium signaling pathway(s) in PGF2α-induced contractions in myometrium of non-pregnant and pregnant buffaloes. Compared to the myometrium of pregnant animals, myometrium of non-pregnant buffaloes was more sensitive to PGF2α-induced contractile effect as manifested by the changes in mean integral tension (MIT) and tonicity. However, phasic contraction was significantly more in myometrium of pregnant animals. The uterotonic effect of PGF2α was dependent on extracellular Ca(2+) and its influx through nifedipine-sensitive L-type Ca(2+) channels both in non-pregnant and pregnant animals, but T-type Ca(2+) channels play an additional role during pregnancy...
September 12, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915004/calcium-induced-morphological-transitions-in-peptide-amphiphiles-detected-by-19-f-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Adam T Preslar, Laura M Lilley, Kohei Sato, Shanrong Zhang, Zer Keen Chia, Samuel I Stupp, Thomas J Meade
Misregulation of extracellular Ca(2+) can indicate bone-related pathologies. New, noninvasive tools are required to image Ca(2+) fluxes and fluorine magnetic resonance imaging ((19)F-MRI) is uniquely suited to this challenge. Here, we present three, highly fluorinated peptide amphiphiles that self-assemble into nanoribbons in buffered saline and demonstrate these nanostructures can be programmed to change (19)F-NMR signal intensity as a function of Ca(2+) concentration. We determined these nanostructures show significant reduction in (19)F-NMR signal as nanoribbon width increases in response to Ca(2+), corresponding to (19)F-MR image intensity reduction...
September 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914607/cortex-wide-bold-fmri-activity-reflects-locally-recorded-slow-oscillation-associated-calcium-waves
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Miriam Schwalm, Florian Schmid, Lydia Wachsmuth, Hendrik Backhaus, Andrea Kronfeld, Felipe Aedo Jury, Pierre-Hugues Prouvot, Consuelo Fois, Franziska Albers, Timo van Alst, Cornelius Faber, Albrecht Stroh
Spontaneous slow oscillation-associated slow wave activity represents an internally generated state which is characterized by alternations of network quiescence and stereotypical episodes of neuronal activity - slow wave events. However, it remains unclear which macroscopic signal is related to these active periods of the slow wave rhythm. We used optic fiber-based calcium recordings of local neural populations in cortex and thalamus to detect neurophysiologically defined slow calcium waves in isoflurane anesthetized rats...
September 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914394/bioinformatics-based-identification-of-methylated-differentially-expressed-genes-and-related-pathways-in-gastric-cancer
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Hao Li, Jing-Wei Liu, Shuang Liu, Yuan Yuan, Li-Ping Sun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The aim of the study was to identify methylated-differentially expressed genes (MDEGs) in gastric cancer and investigate their potential pathways. METHODS: Expression profiling (GSE13911 and GSE29272) and methylation profiling (GSE25869 and GSE30601) data were obtained from GEO DataSets. Differentially expressed genes and differentially methylated genes were identified using GEO2R. Gene ontology and pathway enrichment analyses were performed for the MDEGs...
September 15, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912854/comparative-proteomics-analysis-of-primary-cutaneous-amyloidosis
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Daxing Cai, Yang Li, Chunlei Zhou, Yulin Jiang, Jian Jiao, Lin Wu
Primary cutaneous amyloidosis (PCA) is a localized skin disorder that is characterized by the abnormal deposition of amyloid in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the dermis. The pathogenesis of PCA is poorly understood. The objective of the present study was to survey proteome changes in PCA lesions in order to gain insight into the molecular basis and pathogenesis of PCA. Total protein from PCA lesions and normal skin tissue samples were extracted and analyzed using the isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation technique...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906486/small-molecule-rl71-triggered-excessive-autophagic-cell-death-as-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#15
Jian Gao, Minmin Fan, Shuang Peng, Minxia Zhang, Gang Xiang, Xin Li, Wenjie Guo, Yang Sun, Xuefeng Wu, Xudong Wu, Guang Liang, Yan Shen, Qiang Xu
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) has an aggressive phenotype and a poor prognosis owing to the high propensity for metastatic progression and the absence of specific targeted treatment. Here, we revealed that small-molecule RL71 targeting sarco/endoplasmic reticulum calcium-ATPase 2 (SERCA2) exhibited potent anti-cancer activity on all TNBC cells tested. Apart from apoptosis induction, RL71 triggered excessive autophagic cell death, the main contributor to RL71-induced TNBC cell death. RL71 augmented the release of Ca(2+) from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) into the cytosol by inhibiting SERCA2 activity...
September 14, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905392/cryopreserved-platelets-demonstrate-reduced-activation-responses-and-impaired-signaling-after-agonist-stimulation
#16
Lauren Waters, Matthew P Padula, Denese C Marks, Lacey Johnson
BACKGROUND: Room temperature-stored (20-24°C) platelets (PLTs) have a shelf life of 5 days, making it logistically challenging to supply remote medical centers with PLT products. Cryopreservation of PLTs in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and storage at -80°C enables an extended shelf life up to 2 years. Although cryopreserved PLTs have been widely characterized under resting conditions, their ability to undergo agonist-induced activation is yet to be fully explored. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Buffy coat PLTs were cryopreserved at -80°C with 5% to 6% DMSO and sampled before freezing and after thawing...
September 14, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904996/environmental-and-genetic-determinants-of-biofilm-formation-in-paracoccus-denitrificans
#17
Santosh Kumar, Stephen Spiro
The genome of the denitrifying bacterium Paracoccus denitrificans predicts the expression of a small heme-containing nitric oxide (NO) binding protein, H-NOX. The genome organization and prior work in other bacteria suggest that H-NOX interacts with a diguanylate cyclase that cyclizes GTP to make cyclic di-GMP (cdGMP). Since cdGMP frequently regulates attached growth as a biofilm, we first established conditions for biofilm development by P. denitrificans. We found that adhesion to a polystyrene surface is strongly stimulated by the addition of 10 mM Ca(2+) to rich media...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904958/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-genes-mediating-salt-tolerance-through-calcineurin-ccha-independent-signaling-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#18
Sha Wang, Hongchang Zhou, Jun Wu, Jiangyu Han, Shasha Li, Shengwen Shao
Adaptation to changes in the environment is crucial for the viability of all organisms. Although the importance of calcineurin in the stress response has been highlighted in filamentous fungi, little is known about the involvement of ion-responsive genes and pathways in conferring salt tolerance without calcium signaling. In this study, high-throughput RNA-seq was used to investigate salt stress-induced genes in the parent, ΔcnaB, and ΔcnaBΔcchA strains of Aspergillus nidulans, which differ greatly in salt adaption...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904864/a-g-protein-coupled-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-receptor-regulates-signaling-and-tnf-%C3%AE-release-in-microglia
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Justin R King, Trudy C Gillevet, Nadine Kabbani
Acetylcholine activation of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7 nAChRs) in microglia attenuates neuroinflammation and regulates TNF-α release. We used lipopolysaccharide to model inflammation in the microglial cell line EOC20 and examined signaling by the α7 nAChR. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments confirm that α7 nAChRs bind heterotrimeric G proteins in EOC20 cells. Interaction with Gαi mediates α7 nAChR signaling via enhanced intracellular calcium release and a decrease in cAMP, p38 phosphorylation, and TNF-α release...
September 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904862/t-darpp-is-an-elongated-monomer-that-binds-calcium-and-is-phosphorylated-by-cyclin-dependent-kinases-1-and-5
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Jamil Momand, Patrycja Magdziarz, You Feng, Dianlu Jiang, Elizabeth Parga, Arianna Celis, Erin Denny, Xiaoying Wang, Martin L Phillips, Estuardo Monterroso, Susan E Kane, Feimeng Zhou
t-Darpp (truncated isoform of dopamine- and cAMP-regulated phosphoprotein) is a protein encoded by the PPP1R1B gene and is expressed in breast, colon, esophageal, gastric, and prostate cancers, as well as in normal adult brain striatal cells. Overexpression of t-Darpp in cultured cells leads to increased protein kinase A activity and increased phosphorylation of AKT (protein kinase B). In HER2+ breast cancer cells, t-Darpp confers resistance to the chemotherapeutic agent trastuzumab. To shed light on t-Darpp function, we studied its secondary structure, oligomerization status, metal-binding properties, and phosphorylation by cyclin-dependent kinases 1 and 5...
September 2017: FEBS Open Bio
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