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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732089/cx47-fine-tunes-the-handling-of-serum-lipids-but-is-dispensable-for-lymphatic-vascular-function
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Merlijn J Meens, Issa Kutkut, Viviane Rochemont, Juan Dubrot, Fouad R Kaladji, Amélie Sabine, Oliver Lyons, Stefanie Hendrikx, Jeremiah Bernier-Latmani, Friedemann Kiefer, Alberto Smith, Stéphanie Hugues, Tatiana V Petrova, Brenda R Kwak
Mutations in the gap junction protein connexin47 (Cx47) are associated with lymphedema. However, the role of Cx47 in lymphatic pathophysiology is unknown. We demonstrate that Cx47 is expressed in lymphatic endothelial cells by whole-mount immunostaining and qPCR. To determine if Cx47 plays a role in lymphatic vessel function we analysed Cx47-/- mice. Cx47-deficiency did not affect lymphatic contractility (contractile amplitude or frequency) or lymphatic morphology (vessel diameter or number of valves). Interstitial fluid drainage or dendritic cell migration through lymphatic vessels was also not affected by Cx47-deficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729916/dynamic-expression-of-cx36-protein-in-kainic-acid-kindling-induced-epilepsy
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Xue-Mei Wu, Guang-Liang Wang, Xiao-Sheng Hao, Jia-Chun Feng
Connexin (Cx) 36 is known to be a component of gap junctions, and has been suggested to play an important role in epilepsy. In order to determine dynamic changes of Cx36 protein expression in epilepsy and investigate the role of Cx36 in electroencephalographic activity and pathogenesis, we utilized kainic acid (KA) to induce epileptogenesis. We found that epileptic discharges began 71.8 ± 23.7 s after KA administration. Spike frequency and amplitude of epileptiform activity reached maximal levels at 30 ± 5...
2017: Translational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729692/extensive-astrocyte-synchronization-advances-neuronal-coupling-in-slow-wave-activity-in-vivo
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Zsolt Szabó, László Héja, Gergely Szalay, Orsolya Kékesi, András Füredi, Kornélia Szebényi, Árpád Dobolyi, Tamás I Orbán, Orsolya Kolacsek, Tamás Tompa, Zsombor Miskolczy, László Biczók, Balázs Rózsa, Balázs Sarkadi, Julianna Kardos
Slow wave activity (SWA) is a characteristic brain oscillation in sleep and quiet wakefulness. Although the cell types contributing to SWA genesis are not yet identified, the principal role of neurons in the emergence of this essential cognitive mechanism has not been questioned. To address the possibility of astrocytic involvement in SWA, we used a transgenic rat line expressing a calcium sensitive fluorescent protein in both astrocytes and interneurons and simultaneously imaged astrocytic and neuronal activity in vivo...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727052/rapid-communication-subclinical-bovine-respiratory-disease-loci-and-pathogens-associated-with-lung-lesions-in-feedlot-cattle
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J N Kiser, T E Lawrence, M Neupane, C M Seabury, J F Taylor, J E Womack, H L Neibergs
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is an economically important disease of feedlot cattle that is caused by viral and bacterial pathogen members of the BRD complex. Many cases of subclinical BRD go untreated and are not detected until slaughter, when lung lesions are identified. The objectives of this study were to identify which BRD pathogens were associated with the presence of lung lesions at harvest and to identify genomic loci that were associated with susceptibility to lung lesions as defined by consolidation of the lung and/or the presence of fibrin tissue...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724813/correlation-between-the-graft-host-junction-of-penetrating-keratoplasty-by-anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-and-the-magnitude-of-postoperative-astigmatism
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Ghada Azab Nassar, Shaimaa Abd El Salam Arfeen
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the alignment pattern of the graft-host junction after penetrating keratoplasty (PK) by anterior segment-optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) and to correlate this pattern with the magnitude of postoperative astigmatism. METHODS: This retrospective observational study was carried out on forty patients who underwent PK from February 2013 to August 2014. AS-OCT was performed, and the graft-host junctions were classified into well-apposed junction, malapposed junction, and equally apposed junction...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724617/human-venous-valve-disease-caused-by-mutations-in-foxc2-and-gjc2
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Oliver Lyons, Prakash Saha, Christopher Seet, Adam Kuchta, Andrew Arnold, Steven Grover, Victoria Rashbrook, Amélie Sabine, Gema Vizcay-Barrena, Ash Patel, Francesca Ludwinski, Soundrie Padayachee, Tsutomu Kume, Brenda R Kwak, Glen Brice, Sahar Mansour, Pia Ostergaard, Peter Mortimer, Steve Jeffery, Nigel Brown, Taija Makinen, Tatiana V Petrova, Bijan Modarai, Alberto Smith
Venous valves (VVs) prevent venous hypertension and ulceration. We report that FOXC2 and GJC2 mutations are associated with reduced VV number and length. In mice, early VV formation is marked by elongation and reorientation ("organization") of Prox1(hi) endothelial cells by postnatal day 0. The expression of the transcription factors Foxc2 and Nfatc1 and the gap junction proteins Gjc2, Gja1, and Gja4 were temporospatially regulated during this process. Foxc2 and Nfatc1 were coexpressed at P0, and combined Foxc2 deletion with calcineurin-Nfat inhibition disrupted early Prox1(hi) endothelial organization, suggesting cooperative Foxc2-Nfatc1 patterning of these events...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720428/inhibitors-of-connexin-and-pannexin-channels-as-potential-therapeutics
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Joost Willebrords, Michaël Maes, Sara Crespo Yanguas, Mathieu Vinken
While gap junctions support the exchange of a number of molecules between neighboring cells, connexin hemichannels provide communication between the cytosol and the extracellular environment of an individual cell. The latter equally holds true for channels composed of pannexin proteins, which display an architecture reminiscent of connexin hemichannels. In physiological conditions, gap junctions are usually open, while connexin hemichannels and, to a lesser extent, pannexin channels are typically closed, yet they can be activated by a number of pathological triggers...
July 15, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716730/interaction-of-small-g-protein-signaling-modulator-3-with-connexin-43-contributes-to-myocardial-infarction-in-rat-hearts
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Chang Youn Lee, Jung-Won Choi, Sunhye Shin, Jiyun Lee, Hyang-Hee Seo, Soyeon Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Hyun-Chul Joo, Sang Woo Kim, Ki-Chul Hwang
Connexin 43 (Cx43), a ubiquitous connexin expressed in the heart and skin, is associated with a variety of hereditary conditions. Therefore, the characterization of Cx43-interacting proteins and their dynamics is important to understand not only the molecular mechanisms underlying pathological malfunction of gap junction-mediated intercellular communication but also to identify novel and unanticipated biological functions of Cx43. In the present study, we observed potential targets of Cx43 to determine new molecular functions in cardio-protection...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716465/fibroblast-like-synoviocyte-mechanosensitivity-to-fluid-shear-is-modulated-by-interleukin-1%C3%AE
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Eben G Estell, Lance A Murphy, Amy M Silverstein, Andrea R Tan, Roshan P Shah, Gerard A Ateshian, Clark T Hung
Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) reside in the synovial membrane of diarthrodial joints and are exposed to a dynamic fluid environment that presents both physical and chemical stimuli. The ability of FLS to sense and respond to these stimuli plays a key role in their normal function, and is implicated in the alterations to function that occur in osteoarthritis (OA). The present work characterizes the response of FLS to fluid flow-induced shear stress via real-time calcium imaging, and tests the hypothesis that this response is modulated by interleukin-1α (IL-1α), a cytokine elevated in OA...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715970/scaffold-in-scaffold-potential-to-induce-growth-and-differentiation-of-cardiac-progenitor-cells
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Matteo Ciocci, Federico Mochi, Felicia Carotenuto, Emilia Di Giovanni, Paolo Prosposito, Roberto Francini, Fabio De Matteis, Igor Reshetov, Mauro Casalboni, Sonia Melino, Paolo Di Nardo
The design of reliable biocompatible and biodegradable scaffolds remains one of the most important challenges for tissue engineering. In fact, properly designed scaffolds must display an adequate and interconnected porosity to facilitate cell spreading and colonization of the inner layers, and must release physical signals concurring to modulate cell function to ultimately drive cell fate. In the present study, a combination of optimal mechanical and biochemical properties has been considered to design a one-component 3D multitextured hydrogel scaffold in order to favor cell-scaffold interactions...
July 17, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714698/microrna-intercellular-transfer-and-bioelectrical-regulation-of-model-multicellular-ensembles-by-the-gap-junction-connectivity
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Javier Cervera, Salvador Meseguer, Salvador Mafe
We have studied theoretically the microRNA (miRNA) intercellular transfer through voltage-gated gap junctions in terms of a biophysically-grounded system of coupled differential equations. Instead of modeling a specific system, we use a general approach describing the interplay between the genetic mechanisms and the single-cell electric potentials. The dynamics of the multicellular ensemble are simulated under different conditions including spatially-inhomogeneous transcription rates and local intercellular transfer of miRNAs...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714595/telocytes-in-normal-and-keratoconic-human-cornea-an-immunohistochemical-and-transmission-electron-microscopy-study
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Mirca Marini, Rita Mencucci, Irene Rosa, Eleonora Favuzza, Daniele Guasti, Lidia Ibba-Manneschi, Mirko Manetti
Telocytes (TC) are typically defined as cells with telopodes by their ultrastructural features. Their presence was reported in the interstitium of various organs in vertebrates, including humans. However, no study has yet described the presence of TC in the human eye and in particular, within the stromal compartment of the cornea. To address this issue, samples of normal and pathologic (keratoconic) human corneas were tested by immunohistochemistry for CD34, platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα) and c-kit/CD117 or examined by transmission electron microscopy...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712848/a-short-region-of-connexin43-reduces-human-glioma-stem-cell-migration-invasion-and-survival-through-src-pten-and-fak
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Myriam Jaraíz-Rodríguez, Ma Dolores Tabernero, María González-Tablas, Alvaro Otero, Alberto Orfao, Jose M Medina, Arantxa Tabernero
Connexin43 (CX43), a protein that forms gap junction channels and hemichannels in astrocytes, is downregulated in high-grade gliomas. Its relevance for glioma therapy has been thoroughly explored; however, its positive effects on proliferation are counterbalanced by its effects on migration and invasion. Here, we show that a cell-penetrating peptide based on CX43 (TAT-Cx43266-283) inhibited c-Src and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and upregulated phosphatase and tensin homolog in glioma stem cells (GSCs) derived from patients...
July 3, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712094/different-mutations-of-gap-junction-connexin-47-lead-to-discrepant-activation-of-unfolded-protein-response-pathway-in-pelizaeus-merzbacher-like-disease
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Na Chen, Jingmin Wang, Yuwu Jiang, Ye Wu, Hongjun Hao, Taoyun Ji
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 16, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711343/innexin-expression-in-electrically-coupled-motor-circuits
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REVIEW
Adriane Otopalik, Brian Lane, David J Schulz, Eve Marder
The many roles of innexins, the molecules that form gap junctions in invertebrates, have been explored in numerous species. Here, we present a summary of innexin expression and function in two small, central pattern generating circuits found in crustaceans: the stomatogastric ganglion and the cardiac ganglion. The two ganglia express multiple innexin genes, exhibit varying combinations of symmetrical and rectifying gap junctions, as well as gap junctions within and across different cell types. Past studies have revealed correlations in ion channel and innexin expression in coupled neurons, as well as intriguing functional relationships between ion channel conductances and electrical coupling...
July 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707749/new-insights-into-sinusoidal-obstruction-syndrome
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Andrea Piccin, Maria Teresa Sartori, Gianni Bisogno, Muriel Van Schilfgaarde, Graziella Saggiorato, Angela Maria Di Pierro, Daisy Corvetta, Luigi Marcheselli, Mega Andrea, Günther Gastl, Simone Cesaro
We studied the relationships between endothelial extracellular vesicles (EV) and plasminogen-activator inhibitor type 1(PAI-1), to assess their modification in the early phase of sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS). ENTRY CRITERIA: patients who developed SOS at single center from January 2000 to December 2011. SELECTION: patients who underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) or actinomicyn-based chemotherapy for nephroblastoma. PARTICIPANTS: the study group comprised 5 patients with SOS who were compared with a control group of 7 patients without SOS...
July 14, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706505/cell-cell-interaction-proteins-gap-junctions-tight-junctions-and-desmosomes-and-water-transporter-aquaporin-4-in-meningothelial-cells-of-the-human-optic-nerve
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Thi Ngoc Co Zeleny, Corina Kohler, Albert Neutzner, Hanspeter E Killer, Peter Meyer
PURPOSE: Meningothelial cells (MECs) play a central role in the maintenance of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) homeostasis and in physiological and pathophysiological processes within the subarachnoid space (SAS) linking them to optic nerve (ON) pathologies. Still, not much is known about their structural properties that might enable MECs to perform specific functions within the ON microenvironment. METHODS: For closer characterization of the structural properties of the human MEC layer in the arachnoid, we performed immunohistological analyses to evaluate the presence of cell-cell interaction markers, namely, markers for tight junctions (JAM1, Occludin, and Claudin 5), gap junctions (Connexin 26 and 43), and desmosomes (Desmoplakin) as well as for water channel marker aquaporin 4 (AQP4) in retrobulbar, midorbital, and intracanalicular human ON sections...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706245/connexin-50-functions-as-an-adhesive-molecule-and-promotes-lens-cell-differentiation
#18
Zhengping Hu, Wen Shi, Manuel A Riquelme, Qian Shi, Sondip Biswas, Woo-Kuen Lo, Thomas W White, Sumin Gu, Jean X Jiang
Connexins play essential roles in lens homeostasis and development. Here, we identified a new role for Cx50 that mediates cell-cell adhesion function. Cx50 enhanced the adhesive capability of AQP0. Interestingly, the expression of Cx50 alone promoted cell adhesion at a comparable level to AQP0; however, this cell adhesive function was not observed with other lens connexins, Cx43 and Cx46. Moreover, the adhesive property occurred in both homotypic with Cx50 expressed in both pairing cells and heterotypic with Cx50 in only one pairing cell, and this function appears to be unrelated to its role in forming gap junction channels...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705318/progressive-atrial-conduction-defects-associated-with-bone-malformation-caused-by-a-connexin-45-mutation
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Akiko Seki, Taisuke Ishikawa, Xavier Daumy, Hiroyuki Mishima, Julien Barc, Ryo Sasaki, Kiyomasa Nishii, Kayoko Saito, Mari Urano, Seiko Ohno, Saki Otsuki, Hiroki Kimoto, Alban-Elouen Baruteau, Aurelie Thollet, Swanny Fouchard, Stéphanie Bonnaud, Philippe Parent, Yosaburo Shibata, Jean-Philippe Perrin, Hervé Le Marec, Nobuhisa Hagiwara, Sandra Mercier, Minoru Horie, Vincent Probst, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Richard Redon, Jean-Jacques Schott, Naomasa Makita
BACKGROUND: Inherited cardiac conduction disease is a rare bradyarrhythmia associated with mutations in various genes that affect action potential propagation. It is often characterized by isolated conduction disturbance of the His-Purkinje system, but it is rarely described as a syndromic form. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to identify the genetic defect in families with a novel bradyarrhythmia syndrome associated with bone malformation. METHODS: The authors genetically screened 15 European cases with genotype-negative de novo atrioventricular (AV) block and their parents by trio whole-exome sequencing, plus 31 Japanese cases with genotype-negative familial AV block or sick sinus syndrome by targeted exon sequencing of 457 susceptibility genes...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704896/long-term-speech-perception-outcomes-of-cochlear-implantation-in-gap-junction-protein-beta-2-related-hearing-loss
#20
Sung Hee Kim, Rajendra Nepali, Myung Hoon Yoo, Kwang-Sun Lee, Jong Woo Chung
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The mutation of the gap junction protein beta 2 (GJB2) gene is the predominant cause of autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing loss. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the speech perception outcome after cochlear implantation according to the presence of a GJB2 mutation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: During the period from March 2004 to February 2005, 38 patients underwent cochlear implantation at Asan Medical Center. Genetic factors and speech perception were evaluated in all subjects, and the patients were grouped according to the presence of a GJB2 mutation...
July 2017: Journal of Audiology & Otology
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