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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239327/influence-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-and-radiation-on-gap-junctional-intercellular-communication-in-glioblastoma-multiforme-cell-lines
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Reinhardt Krcek, Pauline Latzer, Irenäus Anton Adamietz, Helmut Bühler, Carsten Theiss
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a highly aggressive glial brain tumor with an unfavorable prognosis despite all current therapies including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. One characteristic of this tumor is a strong synthesis of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), an angiogenesis factor, followed by pronounced vascularization. VEGF became a target in the treatment of GBM, for example with bevacizumab or the tyrosine kinase inhibitor axitinib, which blocks VEGF receptors. To improve patients' prognosis, new targets in the treatment of GBM are under investigations...
November 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236290/an-eight-generation-family-with-cmtx-confirmation-of-the-pathogenicity-of-a-3-untranslated-region-mutation-in-gjb1-and-its-clinical-features
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Dong-Hui Chen, Maxwell Ma, Mena Scavina, Elizabeth Blue, John Wolff, Prasanthi Karna, Michael O Dorschner, Wendy H Raskind, Thomas D Bird
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in gap junction protein beta 1 (GJB1) on the X chromosome represent one of the most common causes of hereditary neuropathy. We assessed manifestations associated with a rare 3' untranslated region mutation (UTR) of GJB1 in a large family with X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMTX). METHODS: Clinical, electrophysiological, and molecular genetic analyses of an eight-generation family with CMTX. RESULTS: There we 22 affected males and 19 symptomatic females, including an 83-year old woman followed for 40 years...
December 13, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236033/mast-cells-interact-with-endothelial-cells-to-accelerate-in-vitro-angiogenesis
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Devandir Antonio de Souza Junior, Vivian Marino Mazucato, Ana Carolina Santana, Constance Oliver, Maria Celia Jamur
Angiogenesis is a complex process that involves interactions between endothelial cells and various other cell types as well as the tissue microenvironment. Several previous studies have demonstrated that mast cells accumulate at angiogenic sites. In spite of the evidence suggesting a relationship between mast cells and angiogenesis, the association of mast cells and endothelial cells remains poorly understood. The present study aims to investigate the relationship between mast cells and endothelial cells during in vitro angiogenesis...
December 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235876/suppressing-polysulfide-dissolution-via-cohesive-forces-by-interwoven-carbon-nanofibers-for-high-areal-capacity-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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Jong Hyuk Yun, Joo-Hyung Kim, Do Kyung Kim, Hyun-Wook Lee
Nanostructural design renders several breakthroughs for the construction of high-performance materials and devices, including energy-storage systems. Although attempts made toward electrode engineering have improved the existing drawbacks, nanoengineering is still hindered by some issues. To achieve practical applications of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, it is difficult to attain a high areal capacity with stable cycling. Physical encapsulation via nanostructural design not only can resolve the issue of lithium polysulfide dissolution during the electrochemical cycling but also can offer significant contact resistance, which in turn can decrease the kinetics, particularly at a high sulfur loading...
December 13, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235124/silver-nanoparticles-increase-connexin43-mediated-gap-junctional-intercellular-communication-in-hacat-cells-through-activation-of-reactive-oxygen-species-and-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signal-pathway
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Yu Qin, Limin Han, Di Yang, Hongying Wei, Yue Liu, Junhui Xu, Herman Autrup, Furong Deng, Xinbiao Guo
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are widely used in health and consumer products that routinely contact skin. However, the biological effects and possible mechanisms of AgNPs on skin remain unclear. Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) plays a critical role in multicellular organisms to maintain tissue homeostasis. The aim of this study is to examine if non-coated AgNPs affect GJIC in human keratinocytes (HaCaT cells), and to identify the possible molecular mechanisms responsible for the effects. GJIC, connexin (Cx)43 protein and mRNA expression, and the effect of siRNA-mediated knockdown of Cx43 on GJIC were assessed...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234270/mouse-panx1-is-dispensable-for-hearing-acquisition-and-auditory-function
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Veronica Zorzi, Fabiola Paciello, Gaia Ziraldo, Chiara Peres, Flavia Mazzarda, Chiara Nardin, Miriam Pasquini, Francesco Chiani, Marcello Raspa, Ferdinando Scavizzi, Andrea Carrer, Giulia Crispino, Catalin D Ciubotaru, Hannah Monyer, Anna R Fetoni, Anna M Salvatore, Fabio Mammano
Panx1 forms plasma membrane channels in brain and several other organs, including the inner ear. Biophysical properties, activation mechanisms and modulators of Panx1 channels have been characterized in detail, however the impact of Panx1 on auditory function is unclear due to conflicts in published results. To address this issue, hearing performance and cochlear function of the Panx1-/- mouse strain, the first with a reported global ablation of Panx1, were scrutinized. Male and female homozygous (Panx1-/-), hemizygous (Panx1+/-) and their wild type (WT) siblings (Panx1+/+) were used for this study...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229967/electrical-synapses-convey-orientation-selectivity-in-the-mouse-retina
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Amurta Nath, Gregory W Schwartz
Sensory neurons downstream of primary receptors are selective for specific stimulus features, and they derive their selectivity both from excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs from other neurons and from their own intrinsic properties. Electrical synapses, formed by gap junctions, modulate sensory circuits. Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are diverse feature detectors carrying visual information to the brain, and receive excitatory input from bipolar cells and inhibitory input from amacrine cells (ACs). Here we describe a RGC that relies on gap junctions, rather than chemical synapses, to convey its selectivity for the orientation of a visual stimulus...
December 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226557/lysophosphatidic-acid-accelerates-development-of-porcine-embryos-by-activating-formation-of-the-blastocoel
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Min-Young Shin, Seung-Eun Lee, Yeo-Jin Son, Yun-Gwi Park, Sang-Gi Jeong, Eun-Young Kim, Se-Pill Park
Culture media modifications, including the addition of various factors, are important for the in vitro production of oocytes and embryos. In this study, we investigated the effects of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) on porcine embryo development. Porcine parthenogenetic embryos were cultured with 0, 0.1, 1, and 10 μM LPA for 7 days, or cultured in basic medium until Day 4 and then treated with LPA from Days 4 to 7. No difference in the in vitro development of embryos cultured with LPA for 7 days was observed. Conversely, rates of blastocyst and over-expanded blastocyst formation were higher in the 0...
December 11, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226485/immunohistologic-analysis-of-spontaneous-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-reinnervation-in-a-rat-model
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Andrew J Rosko, Robbi A Kupfer, Sang S Oh, Catherine T Haring, Eva L Feldman, Norman D Hogikyan
OBJECTIVE: After recurrent laryngeal nerve injury (RLN), spontaneous reinnervation of the larynx occurs with input from multiple sources. The purpose of this study was to determine the timing and efficiency of reinnervation across a resected RLN segment in a rat model of RLN injury. STUDY DESIGN: Animal study. METHODS: Twelve male 60-day-old Sprague Dawley rats underwent resection of a 5-mm segment of the right RLN. Rats were sacrificed at 1, 2, 4, and 12 weeks after nerve injury to harvest the larynx and trachea for immunohistologic analysis...
December 11, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224922/neurons-and-satellite-glial-cells-in-adult-rat-lumbar-dorsal-root-ganglia-express-connexin-36
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E Martha Pérez Armendariz, Monica Norcini, Beatriz Hernández-Tellez, Andrés Castell-Rodríguez, Cristina Coronel-Cruz, Raquel Guerrero Alquicira, Alexandra Sideris, Esperanza Recio-Pinto
Previous studies have shown that following peripheral nerve injury there was a downregulation of the gap junction protein connexin 36 (Cx36) in the spinal cord; however, it is not known whether Cx36 protein is expressed in the dorsal root ganglia (DRGs), nor if its levels are altered following peripheral nerve injuries. Here we address these aspects in the adult rat lumbar DRG. Cx36 mRNA was detected using qRT-PCR, and Cx36 protein was identified in DRG sections using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and immunofluorescence (IF)...
December 7, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223529/corticosterone-impairs-gap-junctions-in-the-prefrontal-cortical-and-hippocampal-astrocytes-via-different-mechanisms
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Cong-Yuan Xia, Zhen-Zhen Wang, Zhao Zhang, Jiao Chen, Ying-Ying Wang, Yu-Xia Lou, Yan Gao, Piao Luo, Qian Ren, Guo-Hua Du, Nai-Hong Chen
Increasing evidence has implicated astrocyte pathology in the etiopathology of major depressive disorder (MDD). In particular, dysfunction of gap junctions in astrocytes is a potential target for MDD treatment. However, the mechanism underlying stress-induced dysfunction of gap junctions is still unknown. We therefore studied the mechanism of stress-induced dysfunction of gap junctions in prefrontal cortical and hippocampal astrocytes. Corticosterone (CORT) was used to induce stress conditions; CORT damaged the function of gap junctions, which resulted from less distribution of connexin43 (Cx43) on membranes and the enhanced phosphorylation of Cx43 at S368...
December 6, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222909/an-emerging-role-of-astrocytes-in-vascular-contributions-to-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-vcid
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REVIEW
Brittani R Price, Christopher M Norris, Pradoldej Sompol, Donna M Wilcock
Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) is understood to be the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease (AD), and is also a frequent co-morbidity with AD. While VCID is widely acknowledged as a key contributor to dementia, the mechanistic underpinnings of VCID remain poorly understood. In this review, we address the potential role of astrocytes in the pathophysiology of VCID. The vast majority of the blood vessels in the brain are surrounded by astrocytic end-feet...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221793/pannexin-1-channel-dysfunction-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-mediates-depressive-like-behaviors-induced-by-chronic-social-defeat-stress-and-administration-of-mefloquine-in-mice
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Ming Ni, Jin-Gang He, Hai-Yun Zhou, Xiao-Jia Lu, Yuan-Lang Hu, Li Mao, Fang Wang, Jian-Guo Chen, Zhuang-Li Hu
Mefloquine (MFQ) is widely used for the treatment of malaria clinically. Apart from antimalarial effect, psychiatric side effects such as depression and anxiety of MFQ have been reported. Interestingly, MFQ is also known as a broad-spectrum pannexin-1 (Panx1) inhibitor. Panx1 is a new gap junction channel expressed in the brain which mediates efflux of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Although exogenous ATP has been known to produce a potential antidepressant-like effect, little is known about the role of Panx1 in pathophysiology of depression, especially the depression induced by administration of MFQ...
December 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219059/inhibition-of-intercellular-communication-between-prostate-cancer-cells-by-a-specific-anti-steap-1-single-chain-antibody
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Seyed-Alireza Esmaeili, Foroogh Nejatollahi, Amirhossein Sahebkar
BACKGROUND: Six-Transmembrane epithelial antigen of the prostate-1 (STEAP-1) is present at the intercellular junctions of the secretory epithelium of prostate and is overexpressed in all steps of prostate cancer. STEAP-1 acts as a transporter protein or a putative channel between cancer cells while it has limited expression in normal human tissues. This protein has been suggested as an attractive target for prostate cancer immunotherapy. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at the development of a specific single chain fragment variable (scFv) antibody against STEAP-1 epitope and testing the inhibitory effect of the selected scFv antibody in blocking gap junctions between tumor cells...
December 7, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217522/drosophila-syd-1-has-rhogap-activity-that-is-required-for-presynaptic-clustering-of-bruchpilot-elks-but-not-neurexin-1
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Michael A Spinner, David A Walla, Tory G Herman
Syd-1 proteins are required for presynaptic development in worm, fly, and mouse. Syd-1s in all three species contain a Rho GTPase activating protein (GAP)-like domain of unclear significance. Invertebrate Syd-1s are thought to lack GAP activity, and mouse mSYD1A has GAP activity that is thought to be dispensible for its function. Here we show that Drosophila melanogaster Syd-1 can interact with all six fly Rhos and has GAP activity toward Rac1 and Cdc42. During development, fly Syd-1 clusters multiple presynaptic proteins at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), including the cell adhesion molecule Neurexin (Nrx-1) and the active zone (AZ) component Bruchpilot (Brp), both of which Syd-1 binds directly...
December 7, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215893/bright-electroluminescence-from-single-graphene-nanoribbon-junctions
#16
Michael C Chong, Nasima Afsharimani, Fabrice Scheurer, Claudia Cardoso, Andrea Ferretti, Deborah Prezzi, Guillaume Schull
Thanks to their highly tunable band gaps, graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with atomically precise edges are emerging as mechanically and chemically robust candidates for nanoscale light emitting devices of modulable emission color. While their optical properties have been addressed theoretically in depth, only few experimental studies exist, limited to ensemble measurements and without any attempt to integrate them in an electronic-like circuit. Here we report on the electroluminescence of individual GNRs suspended between the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and a Au(111) substrate, constituting thus a realistic opto-electronic circuit...
December 7, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211918/decellularized-human-placenta-supports-hepatic-tissue-and-allows-rescue-in-acute-liver-failure
#17
Zurab Kakabadze, Anne Kakabadze, David Chakhunashvili, Lika Karalashvili, Ekaterine Berishvili, Yogeshwar Sharma, Sanjeev Gupta
Tissue engineering with scaffolds to form transplantable organs is of wide interest. Decellularized tissues have been tested for this purpose, although supplies of healthy donor tissues, vascular recellularization for perfusion and tissue homeostasis in engineered organs pose challenges. We hypothesized decellularized human placenta will be suitable for tissue engineering. The universal availability and unique structures of placenta for accommodating tissue, including presence of embedded vessels, were major attractions...
December 6, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210458/distribution-of-cardiac-sodium-channels-in-clusters-potentiates-ephaptic-interactions-in-the-intercalated-disc
#18
Echrak Hichri, Hugues Abriel, Jan P Kucera
It has been proposed that ephaptic interactions in intercalated discs, mediated by extracellular potentials, contribute to cardiac impulse propagation when gap junctional coupling is reduced. However, experiments demonstrating ephaptic effects on the cardiac Na+ current (INa ) are scarce. Furthermore, Na+ channels form clusters around gap junction plaques, but the electrophysiological significance of these clusters has never been investigated. In patch clamp experiments with HEK cells stably expressing human Nav 1...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209227/the-role-of-na-k-2cl-cotransporter-1-nkcc1-slc12a2-in-dental-epithelium-during-enamel-formation-in-mice
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Rozita Jalali, Johannes C Lodder, Behrouz Zandieh-Doulabi, Dimitra Micha, James E Melvin, Marcelo A Catalan, Huibert D Mansvelder, Pamela DenBesten, Antonius Bronckers
Na+:K+:2Cl- cotransporters (NKCCs) belong to the SLC12A family of cation-coupled Cl- transporters. We investigated whether enamel-producing mouse ameloblasts express NKCCs. Transcripts for Nkcc1 were identified in the mouse dental epithelium by RT-qPCR and NKCC1 protein was immunolocalized in outer enamel epithelium and in the papillary layer but not the ameloblast layer. In incisors of Nkcc1-null mice late maturation ameloblasts were disorganized, shorter and the mineral density of the enamel was reduced by 10% compared to wild-type controls...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208787/assessment-of-marginal-adaptation-and-sealing-ability-of-root-canal-sealers-an-in-vitro-study
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Vimal Remy, Vineesh Krishnan, Tisson V Job, Madhavankutty S Ravisankar, C V Renjith Raj, Seena John
AIM: This study aims to compare the marginal adaptation and sealing ability [mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA)-Fillapex, AH Plus, Endofill sealers] of root canal sealers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the present study, the inclusion criteria include 45 single-rooted extracted mandibular premolar teeth, with single canal and complete root formation. The sectioning of the samples was done at the cementoenamel junction using a low-speed diamond disc. Step-back technique was used to prepare root canals manually...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
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