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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437918/modeling-and-designing-multilayer-2d-perovskite-silicon-bifacial-tandem-photovoltaics-for-high-efficiencies-and-long-term-stability
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Haejun Chung, Xingshu Sun, Aditya D Mohite, Rahul Singh, Lokendra Kumar, Muhammad A Alam, Peter Bermel
A key challenge in photovoltaics today is to develop cell technologies with both higher efficiencies and lower fabrication costs than incumbent crystalline silicon (c-Si) single-junction cells. While tandem cells have higher efficiencies than c-Si alone, it is generally challenging to find a low-cost, high-performance material to pair with c-Si. However, the recent emergence of 22% efficient perovskite photovoltaics has created a tremendous opportunity for high-performance, low-cost perovskite / crystalline silicon tandem photovoltaic cells...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434165/connexin-hemichannels-in-astrocytes-an-assessment-of-controversies-regarding-their-functional-characteristics
#2
Brian Skriver Nielsen, Daniel Bloch Hansen, Bruce R Ransom, Morten Schak Nielsen, Nanna MacAulay
Astrocytes in the mammalian central nervous system are interconnected by gap junctions made from connexins of the subtypes Cx30 and Cx43. These proteins may exist as hemichannels in the plasma membrane in the absence of a 'docked' counterpart on the neighboring cell. A variety of stimuli are reported to open the hemichannels and thereby create a permeation pathway through the plasma membrane. Cx30 and Cx43 have, in their hemichannel configuration, been proposed to act as ion channels and membrane pathways for different molecules, such as fluorescent dyes, ATP, prostaglandins, and glutamate...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433760/elucidation-of-the-dynamic-nature-of-interactome-networks-a-practical-tutorial
#3
Sandra I Anjo, Tania Martins-Marques, Paulo Pereira, Henrique Girão, Bruno Manadas
Considering that proteins are usually engaged in complex and dynamic networks of interactions to exert their activity, a way to understand proteins' functions and the molecular mechanisms in which those proteins are involved, is by studying their interactome. In this sense, this tutorial presents a simple pipeline for the analysis of the network of interactions of a protein in order to reach a biological interpretation of the mechanisms modulated by those interactions, and understand how these interactions are affected by the experimental conditions...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433752/serotonergic-transmission-and-gap-junctional-coupling-in-proventricular-muscle-cells-in-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#4
Ryoichi Yoshimura, Taeko Suetsugu, Yasuhisa Endo
The visceral muscle tissues of insects consist of striated muscle cells. The mechanisms responsible for delivering signals to the contractile muscles in the insect digestive tract remain unclear. We found that serotonergic nerves innervate the hemocoel surfaces of foregut and midgut muscles in the American cockroach. Electron microscopy of the neuromuscular junctions in the proventriculus (gizzard) revealed typical synaptic structures, the accumulation of large core/cored vesicles (neuropeptides) and small clear vesicle (neurotransmitter) at presynapses, and synaptic clefts...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431249/macrophages-facilitate-electrical-conduction-in-the-heart
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Maarten Hulsmans, Sebastian Clauss, Ling Xiao, Aaron D Aguirre, Kevin R King, Alan Hanley, William J Hucker, Eike M Wülfers, Gunnar Seemann, Gabriel Courties, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Yuan Sun, Andrej J Savol, Hendrik B Sager, Kory J Lavine, Gregory A Fishbein, Diane E Capen, Nicolas Da Silva, Lucile Miquerol, Hiroko Wakimoto, Christine E Seidman, Jonathan G Seidman, Ruslan I Sadreyev, Kamila Naxerova, Richard N Mitchell, Dennis Brown, Peter Libby, Ralph Weissleder, Filip K Swirski, Peter Kohl, Claudio Vinegoni, David J Milan, Patrick T Ellinor, Matthias Nahrendorf
Organ-specific functions of tissue-resident macrophages in the steady-state heart are unknown. Here, we show that cardiac macrophages facilitate electrical conduction through the distal atrioventricular node, where conducting cells densely intersperse with elongated macrophages expressing connexin 43. When coupled to spontaneously beating cardiomyocytes via connexin-43-containing gap junctions, cardiac macrophages have a negative resting membrane potential and depolarize in synchrony with cardiomyocytes. Conversely, macrophages render the resting membrane potential of cardiomyocytes more positive and, according to computational modeling, accelerate their repolarization...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429070/properties-of-synchronous-spontaneous-ca-2-transients-in-the-mural-cells-of-rat-rectal-arterioles
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Retsu Mitsui, Hikaru Hashitani
Synchrony of spontaneous Ca(2+) transients among venular mural cells (smooth muscle cells and pericytes) in visceral organs relies on the intercellular spread of L-type voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channel (LVDCC)-dependent depolarisations. However, the mechanisms underlying the synchrony of spontaneous Ca(2+) transients between arteriolar mural cells are less understood. The spontaneous intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics of arteriolar mural cells in the rat rectal submucosa were visualised by Cal-520 Ca(2+) imaging to analyse their synchrony...
April 21, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428758/modulation-of-asymmetric-flux-in-heterotypic-gap-junctions-by-pore-shape-particle-size-and-charge
#7
Abhijit Mondal, Frank B Sachse, Alonso P Moreno
Gap junction channels play a vital role in intercellular communication by connecting cytoplasm of adjoined cells through arrays of channel-pores formed at the common membrane junction. Their structure and properties vary depending on the connexin isoform(s) involved in forming the full gap junction channel. Lack of information on the molecular structure of gap junction channels has limited the development of computational tools for single channel studies. Currently, we rely on cumbersome experimental techniques that have limited capabilities...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428247/induction-of-cell-death-and-gain-of-function-properties-of-connexin26-mutants-predict-severity-of-skin-disorders-and-hearing-loss
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Eric R Press, Qing Shao, John J Kelly, Katrina Chin, Anton Alaga, Dale W Laird
Connexin26 (Cx26) is a gap junction protein that oligomerizes in the cell to form hexameric transmembrane channels called connexons. Cell surface connexons dock between adjacent cells to allow for gap junctional intercellular communication. Numerous autosomal dominant mutations in the Cx26 encoding GJB2 gene lead to many skin disorders and sensorineural hearing loss. Although some insights have been gained into the pathogenesis of these diseases, it is not fully understood how distinct GJB2 mutations result in hearing loss alone or in skin pathologies with comorbid hearing loss...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424784/evaluation-of-connexin-43-redistribution-and-endocytosis-in-astrocytes-subjected-to-ischemia-reperfusion-or-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-and-reoxygenation
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Hongyan Xie, Yu Cui, Shuai Hou, Juan Wang, Jing Miao, Fang Deng, Jiachun Feng
Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the major component protein in astrocytic gap junction communication. Recent studies have shown the cellular processes of gap junction internalization and degradation, but many details remain unknown. This study investigated the distribution of Cx43 and its mechanism after ischemic insult. Astrocyte culture system and a model of ischemia/reperfusion (IR) or oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (OGDR) were established. Cx43 distribution was observed by laser scanning confocal microscopy under different cultivation conditions...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421552/gap-junction-modulation-of-low-frequency-oscillations-in-the-cerebellar-granule-cell-layer
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Jennifer Claire Robinson, C Andrew Chapman, Richard Courtemanche
Local field potential (LFP) oscillations in the granule cell layer (GCL) of the cerebellar cortex have been identified previously in the awake rat and monkey during immobility. These low-frequency oscillations are thought to be generated through local circuit interactions between Golgi cells and granule cells within the GCL. Golgi cells display rhythmic firing and pacemaking properties, and also are electrically coupled through gap junctions within the GCL. Here, we tested if gap junctions in the rat cerebellar cortex contribute to the generation of LFP oscillations in the GCL...
April 18, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420965/dopamine-a-modulator-of-circadian-rhythms-in-the-central-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Kirill S Korshunov, Laura J Blakemore, Paul Q Trombley
Circadian rhythms are daily rhythms that regulate many biological processes - from gene transcription to behavior - and a disruption of these rhythms can lead to a myriad of health risks. Circadian rhythms are entrained by light, and their 24-h oscillation is maintained by a core molecular feedback loop composed of canonical circadian ("clock") genes and proteins. Different modulators help to maintain the proper rhythmicity of these genes and proteins, and one emerging modulator is dopamine. Dopamine has been shown to have circadian-like activities in the retina, olfactory bulb, striatum, midbrain, and hypothalamus, where it regulates, and is regulated by, clock genes in some of these areas...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420508/a-promising-protein-responsible-for-overactive-bladder-in-ovariectomized-mice
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Huey-Yi Chen, Chao-Jung Chen, Wen-Chi Chen, Shih-Jing Wang, Yung-Hsiang Chen
OBJECTIVE: Ovariectomy (OVX) in mice is a model mimicking a neuro-electronic proof of an overactive bladder in postmenopausal women. Overactive bladder (OAB) was recently found to be due to an altered gap junction protein in a rat model. Thus, this study was conducted to evaluate changes in cell junction protein expression and composition in the bladder of OVX mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-six virgin female mice were randomized into three groups: mice with a sham operation only (control), OVX mice without estradiol (E2) replacement, and OVX mice with E2 replacement (OVX + E2)...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420171/pannexin-and-connexin-mediated-intercellular-communication-in-platelet-function
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REVIEW
Filippo Molica, Florian B Stierlin, Pierre Fontana, Brenda R Kwak
The three major blood cell types, i.e., platelets, erythrocytes and leukocytes, are all produced in the bone marrow. While red blood cells are the most numerous and white cells are the largest, platelets are small fragments and account for a minor part of blood volume. However, platelets display a crucial function by preventing bleeding. Upon vessel wall injury, platelets adhere to exposed extracellular matrix, become activated, and form a platelet plug preventing hemorrhagic events. However, when platelet activation is exacerbated, as in rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque, the same mechanism may lead to acute thrombosis causing major ischemic events such as myocardial infarction or stroke...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419546/connexin43-and-runx2-interact-to-affect-cortical-bone-geometry-skeletal-development-and-osteoblast-and-osteoclast-function
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Atum M Buo, Ryan E Tomlinson, Eric R Eidelman, Max Chason, Joseph P Stains
The coupling of osteoblasts and osteocytes by connexin43 (Cx43) gap junctions permits the sharing of second messengers that coordinate bone cell function and cortical bone acquisition. However, details of how Cx43 converts shared second messengers into signals that converge onto essential osteogenic processes are incomplete. Here, we use in vitro and in vivo methods to show that Cx43 and Runx2 functionally interact to regulate osteoblast gene expression and proliferation, ultimately affecting cortical bone properties...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418351/-connexin-43-expression-in-human-brain-glial-tumors
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E Yu Kirichenko, A F Savchenko, D V Kozachenko, M A Akimenko, S Yu Filippova, A E Matsionis, P E Povilaitite
AIM: Тo conduct an immunohistochemical (IHC) study of the expression of connexin 43 in the samples of glial tumors of various grades: gemistocytic astrocytomas (Grade 2), oligodendrogliomas (Grade 2) and glioblastomas (Grade 4). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The material investigated was fragments of human brain glial tumors (grade 2 gemistocytic astrocytomas (n=2), grade 2 oligodendrogliomas (n=2), and grade 4 glioblastomas (n=14) and those of tumor-surrounding tissue (n=4)...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417552/enhanced-phototoxicity-of-photodynamic-treatment-by-cx26-composed-gjic-via-ros-calcium-and-lipid-peroxide-mediated-pathways
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Deng-Pan Wu, Tian-Yu Lin, Li-Ru Bai, Jin-Lan Huang, Yan Zhou, Nan Zhou, Sheng-Lei Zhong, Shan Gao, Xiao-Xing Yin
In spite of the promising initial treatment responses presented by photodynamic therapy (PDT), 5-year recurrence rates remain high level. Therefore, improvement in the efficacy of PDT is needed. There are reports showing that connexin(Cx) 26-composed gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) enhances the intercellular propagation of "death signal", thereby increasing chemotherapeutic cytotoxicity. However, it is unclear whether Cx26-formed GJIC has an effect on PDT phototoxicity. The results in the present study showed that Cx26-composed GJ formation at high density enhances the phototoxicity of Photofrin-PDT...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415614/connexin40-controls-endothelial-activation-by-dampening-nfkb-activation
#17
Jean-Francois Denis, Ke Ludwig Scheckenbach, Anna Pfenniger, Merlijn J Meens, Rob Krams, Lucile Miquerol, Steven Taffet, Marc Chanson, Mario Delmar, Brenda R Kwak
Connexins are proteins forming gap junction channels for intercellular communication. Connexin40 (Cx40) is highly expressed by endothelial cells (ECs) of healthy arteries but this expression is lost in ECs overlying atherosclerotic plaques. Low/oscillatory shear stress observed in bends and bifurcations of arteries is atherogenic partly through activation of the pro-inflammatory NFκB pathway in ECs. In this study, we investigated the relation between shear stress, Cx40 and NFκB. Shear stress-modifying casts were placed around carotid arteries of mice expressing eGFP under the Cx40 promoter (Cx40+/eGFP)...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414099/molecular-evolution-of-the-plastid-genome-during-diversification-of-the-cotton-genus
#18
Zhiwen Chen, Corrinne E Grover, Pengbo Li, Yumei Wang, Hushuai Nie, Yanpeng Zhao, Meiyan Wang, Fang Liu, Zhongli Zhou, Xingxing Wang, Xiaoyan Cai, Kunbo Wang, Jonathan F Wendel, Jinping Hua
Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is commonly grouped into eight diploid genomic groups, designated A-G and K, and one tetraploid genomic group, namely AD. To gain insight into the phylogeny of Gossypium and molecular evolution of the chloroplast genome duringdiversification, chloroplast genomes (cpDNA) from 6 D-genome and 2 G-genome species of Gossypium (G. armourianum D2-1, G. harknessii D2-2, G. davidsonii D3-d, G. klotzschianum D3-k, G. aridum D4, G. trilobum D8, and G. australe G2, G. nelsonii G3) were newly reported here...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414037/spatio-temporal-regulation-of-connexin43-phosphorylation-and-gap-junction-dynamics
#19
REVIEW
Joell L Solan, Paul D Lampe
Gap junctions are specialized membrane domains containing tens to thousands of intercellular channels. These channels permit exchange of small molecules (<1000Da) including ions, amino acids, nucleotides, metabolites and secondary messengers (e.g., calcium, glucose, cAMP, cGMP, IP3) between cells. The common reductionist view of these structures is that they are composed entirely of integral membrane proteins encoded by the 21 member connexin human gene family. However, it is clear that the normal physiological function of this structure requires interaction and regulation by a variety of proteins, especially kinases...
April 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412364/the-cytoplasmic-translocation-of-cx32-mediates-cisplatin-resistance-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
#20
Weili Wu, Lixia Fan, Zeqing Bao, Yu Zhang, Yuexia Peng, Min Shao, Yuke Xiang, Xiaomin Zhang, Qin Wang, Liang Tao
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy, and cisplatin is one of the first-line chemotherapeutic agents. However, acquired cisplatin resistance prevents the successful treatment of patients with ovarian cancer. Gap junction (GJ) and connexin (Cx) are closely related to tumor formation, but the relationship between cisplatin resistance and GJ or Cx are undetermined. In this study, we established the cisplatin-resistant human ovarian cancer cell line A2780-CDDP. Here we showed that cisplatin resistance was correlated to the loss of GJ and the upregulation of Cx32 expression...
April 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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