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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642366/saccharomyces-cerevisiae-red1-protein-exhibits-nonhomologous-dna-end-joining-activity-and-potentiates-hop1-promoted-pairing-of-double-stranded-dna
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Rucha Kshirsagar, Indrajeet Ghodke, Kalappa Muniyappa
Elucidation of the function of synaptonemal complex (SC) in <Saccharomyces cerevisiae> has mainly focused on in vivo analysis of recombination-defective meiotic mutants. Consequently, significant gaps remain in the mechanistic understanding of the activities of different SC proteins and the functional relationships among them. S. cerevisiae Hop1 and Red1 are essential structural components of the SC axial/lateral elements. Previous studies have demonstrated that Hop1 is a structure-specific DNA-binding protein that exhibits high affinity for the Holliday junction, promotes DNA bridging, condensation and pairing between duplex DNA molecules...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642276/dedifferentiation-proliferation-and-redifferentiation-of-adult-mammalian-cardiomyocytes-after-ischemic-injury
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Wei Eric Wang, Liangpeng Li, Xuewei Xia, Wenbin Fu, Qiao Liao, Cong Lan, Dezhong Yang, Hongmei Chen, Rongchuan Yue, Cindy S Zeng, Lin Zhou, Bin Zhou, Dayue D Duan, Xiongwen Chen, Steven R Houser, Chunyu Zeng
Background -Adult mammalian hearts have a limited ability to generate new cardiomyocytes. Proliferation of existing adult cardiomyocytes (ACM) is a potential source of new cardiomyocytes. Understanding the fundamental biology of ACM proliferation could be of great clinical significance for treating myocardial infarction (MI). We aim to understand the process and regulation of ACM proliferation and its role in new cardiomyocyte formation of post-MI mouse hearts. Methods -β-actin-GFP transgenic mice and fate-mapping Myh6-MerCreMer-tdTomato/lacZ mice were used to trace the fate of ACMs...
June 22, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642118/current-state-of-the-art-for-cardiac-arrhythmia-gene-therapy
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REVIEW
J Kevin Donahue
Cardiac arrhythmias are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Currently available therapeutic options lack sufficient efficacy and safety. Gene therapy has been proposed for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. This review will discuss the current state of development for arrhythmia gene therapy. So far, all published studies are short-term, proof-of-concept animal studies. Potential replacement of cardiac pacemakers has been shown for combination gene therapy using the HCN2 gene and either the gene for adenylate cyclase, the skeletal muscle isoform of the sodium channel, or a dominant negative mutant of the potassium channel responsible for resting membrane potential...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642095/ginsenoside-rg1-alleviates-corticosterone-induced-dysfunction-of-gap-junctions-in-astrocytes
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Cong-Yuan Xia, Shi-Feng Chu, Shuai Zhang, Yan Gao, Qian Ren, Yu-Xia Lou, Piao Luo, Man-Tong Tian, Zhi-Qi Wang, Guo-Hua Du, Yoshihisa Tomioka, Tohru Yamakuni, Yi Zhang, Zhen-Zhen Wang, Nai-Hong Chen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1), one of the major bioactive ingredients of Panax Ginseng C. A. Mey, has neuroprotective effects in animal models of depression, but the mechanism underlying these effects is still largely unknown. AIM OF THE STUDY: Gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) dysfunction is a potentially novel pathogenic mechanism for depression. Thus, we investigated that whether antidepressant-like effects of Rg1 were related to GJIC...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642064/the-genetic-basis-of-deafness-in-populations-of-african-descent
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REVIEW
Jason R Rudman, Rosemary I Kabahuma, Sara E Bressler, Yong Feng, Susan H Blanton, Denise Yan, Xue-Zhong Liu
Hearing loss is the most common sensorineural disorder worldwide and is associated with more than 1000 mutations in more than 90 genes. While mutations in genes such as GJB2 (gap-junction protein β 2) and GJB6 (gap-junction protein β 6) are highly prevalent in Caucasian, Asian, and Middle Eastern populations, they are rare in both native African populations and those of African descent. The objective of this paper is to review the current knowledge regarding the epidemiology and genetics of hearing loss in African populations with a focus on native sub-Saharan African populations...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642043/mitochondrial-cx43-an-important-component-of-cardiac-preconditioning
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REVIEW
Antonio Rodríguez-Sinovas, Marisol Ruiz-Meana, Amanda Denuc, David García-Dorado
Connexin 43 (Cx43) forms gap junction channels that are essential for the propagation of electrical depolarization in cardiomyocytes, but also with important roles in the pathophysiology of reperfusion injury. However, more recent studies have shown that Cx43 has also important functions independent from intercellular communication between adjacent cardiomyocytes. Some of these actions have been related to the presence of Cx43 in the mitochondria of these cells (mitoCx43). The functions of mitoCx43 have not been completely elucidated, but there is strong evidence indicating that mitoCx43 modulates mitochondrial respiration at respiratory complex I, production of radical oxygen species and ATP synthesis...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640508/intraglomerular-gap-junctions-enhance-interglomerular-synchrony-in-a-sparsely-connected-olfactory-bulb-network
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Frederic Pouille, Thomas S McTavish, Lawrence E Hunter, Diego Restrepo, Nathan E Schoppa
A dominant feature of the olfactory bulb response to odour is fast synchronized oscillations at beta (15-40 Hz) or gamma (40-90 Hz) frequencies, thought to be involved in integration of olfactory signals. Mechanistically, the bulb presents an interesting case study for understanding how beta/gamma oscillations arise. Fast oscillatory synchrony in the activity of output mitral cells (MCs) appears to result from interactions with GABAergic granule cells (GCs), yet the incidence of MC-GC connections is very low, around 4%...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640451/cardiac-fibrosis-and-arrhythmogenesis
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My-Nhan Nguyen, Helen Kiriazis, Xiao-Ming Gao, Xiao-Jun Du
Myocardial injury, mechanical stress, neurohormonal activation, inflammation, and/or aging all lead to cardiac remodeling, which is responsible for cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmogenesis. Of the key histological components of cardiac remodeling, fibrosis either in the form of interstitial, patchy, or dense scars, constitutes a key histological substrate of arrhythmias. Here we discuss current research findings focusing on the role of fibrosis, in arrhythmogenesis. Numerous studies have convincingly shown that patchy or interstitial fibrosis interferes with myocardial electrophysiology by slowing down action potential propagation, initiating reentry, promoting after-depolarizations, and increasing ectopic automaticity...
June 18, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639681/electrical-and-optical-behaviors-of-sic-gec-mos2-heterostructures-a-first-principles-study
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Yong-Chao Rao, Song Yu, Xiang-Mei Duan
Hybrid structures have attracted a great deal of attention because of their excellent properties, which can open up a way we could not foresee in materials science and device physics. Here, we investigate the electrical and optical behaviors of SiC(GeC)/MoS2 heterostructures, using first principles calculations based on density functional theory. Non-covalent bonding exists between the junctions due to the weak orbital coupling. Both junctions have optically active band gaps, smaller than that of the SiC or GeC and MoS2 layers, which result in enhanced optical adsorption under visible-light irradiation...
June 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638385/intercellular-communication-of-tumor-cells-and-immune-cells-after-exposure-to-different-ionizing-radiation-qualities
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REVIEW
Sebastian Diegeler, Christine E Hellweg
Ionizing radiation can affect the immune system in many ways. Depending on the situation, the whole body or parts of the body can be acutely or chronically exposed to different radiation qualities. In tumor radiotherapy, a fractionated exposure of the tumor (and surrounding tissues) is applied to kill the tumor cells. Currently, mostly photons, and also electrons, neutrons, protons, and heavier particles such as carbon ions, are used in radiotherapy. Tumor elimination can be supported by an effective immune response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637680/myoendothelial-gap-junctions-mediate-regulation-of-angiopoietin-2-induced-vascular-hyporeactivity-after-hypoxia-through-connexin-43-gated-camp-transfer
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Jing Xu, Guang-Ming Yang, Tao Li, Liang-Ming Liu
Angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) contributes to vascular hyporeactivity after hemorrhagic shock and hypoxia through upregulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), in a vascular endothelial cell (VEC)-specific and Ang2/Tie2 receptor-dependent manner. While iNOS is primarily expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), the mechanisms of signal transfer from VECs to VSMCs are unknown. A double-sided co-culture model with VECs and VSMCs from Sprague Dawley rats was used to investigate the role of myoendothelial gap junctions (MEGJs), the connexin (Cx) isoforms involved and other relevant mechanisms...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636876/tissue-alignment-enhances-remodeling-potential-of-tendon-derived-cells-lessons-from-a-novel-microtissue-model-of-tendon-scarring
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Jasper Foolen, Stefania L Wunderli, Sandra Loerakker, Jess G Snedeker
Tendinopathy is a widespread and unresolved clinical challenge, in which associated pain and hampered mobility present a major cause for work-related disability. Tendinopathy associates with a change from a healthy tissue with aligned extracellular matrix (ECM) and highly polarized cells that are connected head-to-tail, towards a diseased tissue with a disorganized ECM and randomly distributed cells, scar-like features that are commonly attributed to poor innate regenerative capacity of the tissue. A fundamental clinical dilemma with this scarring process is whether treatment strategies should focus on healing the affected (disorganized) tissue or strengthen the remaining healthy (anisotropic) tissue...
June 18, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636799/transcriptional-mechanisms-coordinating-tight-junction-assembly-during-epithelial-differentiation
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REVIEW
Felix J Boivin, Kai M Schmidt-Ott
Epithelial tissues form a selective barrier via direct cell-cell interactions to separate and establish concentration gradients between the different compartments of the body. Proper function and formation of this barrier rely on the establishment of distinct intercellular junction complexes. These complexes include tight junctions, adherens junctions, desmosomes, and gap junctions. The tight junction is by far the most diverse junctional complex in the epithelial barrier. Its composition varies greatly across different epithelial tissues to confer various barrier properties...
June 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634726/connexin-channels-at-the-glio-vascular-interface-gatekeepers-of-the-brain
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Marijke De Bock, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Neuronal survival, electrical signaling and synaptic activity require a well-balanced micro-environment in the central nervous system. This is achieved by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), an endothelial barrier situated in the brain capillaries, that controls near-to-all passage in and out of the brain. The endothelial barrier function is highly dependent on signaling interactions with surrounding glial, neuronal and vascular cells, together forming the neuro-glio-vascular unit. Within this functional unit, connexin (Cx) channels are of utmost importance for intercellular communication between the different cellular compartments...
June 20, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634441/roles-of-pannexin-1-channels-in-inflammatory-response-through-the-tlrs-nf-kappa-b-signaling-pathway-following-experimental-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
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Ling-Yun Wu, Zhen-Nan Ye, Chen-Hui Zhou, Chun-Xi Wang, Guang-Bin Xie, Xiang-Sheng Zhang, Yong-Yue Gao, Zi-Huan Zhang, Meng-Liang Zhou, Zong Zhuang, Jing-Peng Liu, Chun-Hua Hang, Ji-Xin Shi
Background: Accumulating evidence suggests that neuroinflammation plays a critical role in early brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Pannexin-1 channels, as a member of gap junction proteins located on the plasma membrane, releases ATP, ions, second messengers, neurotransmitters, and molecules up to 1 kD into the extracellular space, when activated. Previous studies identified that the opening of Pannexin-1 channels is essential for cellular migration, apoptosis and especially inflammation, but its effects on inflammatory response in SAH model have not been explored yet...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630124/the-dna-repair-repertoire-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis-fena-includes-the-incision-of-dna-5-flaps-and-the-removal-of-5-adenylylated-products-of-aborted-nick-ligation
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Maria Loressa Uson, Shreya Ghosh, Stewart Shuman
We characterize Mycobacterium smegmatis FenA as a manganese-dependent 5' -flap endonuclease homologous to the 5' -exonuclease of DNA polymerase I. FenA incises a nicked 5' flap between the first and second nucleotides of the duplex segment to yield a 1-nucleotide gapped DNA, which is then further resected in dinucleotide steps. Initial FenA cleavage at a Y-flap or nick occurs between the first and second nucleotides of the duplex. However, when the template 3' -single-strand is eliminated to create a 5' -tailed duplex, FenA incision shifts to between the second and third nucleotides...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626554/tuning-the-polarity-of-charge-carriers-using-electron-deficient-thiophenes
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Jonathan Z Low, Brian Capozzi, Jing Cui, Sujun Wei, Latha Venkataraman, Luis M Campos
Thiophene-1,1-dioxide (TDO) oligomers have fascinating electronic properties. We previously used thermopower measurements to show that a change in charge carrier from hole to electron occurs with increasing length of TDO oligomers when single-molecule junctions are formed between gold electrodes. In this article, we show for the first time that the dominant conducting orbitals for thiophene/TDO oligomers of fixed length can be tuned by altering the strength of the electron acceptors incorporated into the backbone...
April 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625689/multiple-and-complex-influences-of-connexins-and-pannexins-on-cell-death
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REVIEW
Jérôme Gilleron, Diane Carette, Dominique Segretain, Georges Pointis
Cell death is a fundamental process for organogenesis, immunity and cell renewal. During the last decades a broad range of molecular tools were identified as important players for several different cell death pathways (apoptosis, pyroptosis, necrosis, autosis…). Aside from these direct regulators of cell death programs, several lines of evidence proposed connexins and pannexins as potent effectors of cell death. In the present review we discussed the potential roles played by connexins, pannexins and innexins in the different cell death programs at different scales from gap junction intercellular communication to protein-protein interactions...
June 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620207/dengue-virus-activates-cgas-through-the-release-of-mitochondrial-dna
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Bo Sun, Karin B Sundström, Jun Jie Chew, Pradeep Bist, Esther S Gan, Hwee Cheng Tan, Kenneth C Goh, Tanu Chawla, Choon Kit Tang, Eng Eong Ooi
Cyclic GMP-AMP synthetase (cGAS) is a DNA-specific cytosolic sensor, which detects and initiates host defense responses against microbial DNA. It is thus curious that a recent study identified cGAS as playing important roles in inhibiting positive-sense single-stranded RNA (+ssRNA) viral infection, especially since RNA is not known to activate cGAS. Using a dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV-2) vaccine strain (PDK53), we show that infection creates an endogenous source of cytosolic DNA in infected cells through the release of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to drive the production of cGAMP by cGAS...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619506/near-infra-red-light-attenuates-corneal-endothelial-cell-dysfunction-in-situ-and-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Claudia Núñez-Álvarez, Susana Del Olmo-Aguado, Jesús Merayo-Lloves, Neville N Osborne
In the present study mechanical damage to the corneal endothelium was induced by elevation of intraocular pressure (IOP, 140 mmHg, 60 min) to one eye of rats, delivered either in complete darkness or in the presence of red light (16.5 W/m(2), 3000 lx, 625-635 nm). IOP raised in the dark revealed the endothelium to be damaged as staining for the gap junction protein ZO-1 was irregular in appearance with some cells displaced in position or lost to leave gaps or holes. This damage was clearly attenuated when red light was focused through the pupil during the insult of raised IOP...
June 13, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
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