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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087519/sympathetic-modulation-of-electrical-activation-in-normal-and-infarcted-myocardium-implications-for-arrhythmogenesis
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Olujimi A Ajijola, Robert L Lux, Anadjeet Khahera, OhJin Kwon, Eric Aliotta, Daniel Ennis, Michael C Fishbein, Jeffrey Laurence Ardell, Kalyanam Shivkumar
: Background The influence of cardiac sympathetic innervation on electrical activation in normal and chronically infarcted ventricular myocardium is not understood. Methods and Results Yorkshire pigs with normal hearts (NL, n=12) or anterior myocardial infarction (MI, n=9) underwent high-resolution mapping of the anteroapical left ventricle, at baseline, and during left and right stellate ganglion stimulation (LSGS & RSGS, respectively). Conduction velocity (CV), activation times (AT), & directionality of propagation were measured...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087314/a-protective-role-of-cumulus-cells-after-short-term-exposure-of-rat-cumulus-cell-oocyte-complexes-to-lifestyle-or-environmental-contaminants
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Kelly A Campen, Kenneth P McNatty, Janet L Pitman
Ovarian follicular fluid provides a potential reservoir for exogenous compounds that may adversely affect oocyte quality. This study examined the effects of common lifestyle and environmental contaminants, namely bisphenol-A (BPA), caffeine, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), nicotine and Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol on gap junction genes (Gja1, Gja4) and proteins (GJA1), glucose metabolism genes (Gfpt1, Pfkp) and oocyte growth factor genes (Bmp15, Gdf9), as well as gap junction transfer rate, in rat cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs)...
January 10, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079651/branch-retinal-vein-occlusion-secondary-to-a-retinal-arteriolar-macroaneurysm-a-novel-mechanism-supported-by-multimodal-imaging
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Yi Chen, Simon D M Chen, Fred K Chen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To report a case of a branch retinal vein occlusion secondary to a retinal arteriolar macroaneurysm (RAM). METHODS: Retrospective case report describing examination findings, treatment outcome and unique multimodal imaging features demonstrated on fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, optical coherence tomography angiography and adaptive optics photography of the retinal vessels and RAM. RESULTS: A 61-year-old man presented with 20/200 vision in the right eye because of a branch retinal vein occlusion secondary to a RAM...
January 10, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079382/single-molecule-transport-at-a-rectifying-gaas-contact
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Andrea Vezzoli, Richard James Brooke, Nicolo Ferri, Simon J Higgins, Walther Schwarzacher, Richard J Nichols
In most single- or few-molecule devices, the contact electrodes are simple ohmic resistors. Here we describe a new type of single-molecule device in which metal and semiconductor contact electrodes impart a function, namely current rectification, which is then modified by a molecule bridging the gap. We study junctions with the structure Au STM tip/X/n-GaAs substrate, where 'X' is either a simple alkanedithiol or a conjugated unit bearing thiol/methylthiol contacts, and we detect current jumps corresponding to the attachment and detachment of single molecules...
January 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077706/connexin-mediated-signaling-in-nonsensory-cells-is-crucial-for-the-development-of-sensory-inner-hair-cells-in-the-mouse-cochlea
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Stuart L Johnson, Federico Ceriani, Oliver Houston, Roman Polishchuk, Elena Polishchuk, Giulia Crispino, Veronica Zorzi, Fabio Mammano, Walter Marcotti
: Mutations in the genes encoding for gap junction proteins connexin 26 (Cx26) and connexin 30 (Cx30) have been linked to syndromic and nonsyndromic hearing loss in mice and humans. The release of ATP from connexin hemichannels in cochlear nonsensory cells has been proposed to be the main trigger for action potential activity in immature sensory inner hair cells (IHCs), which is crucial for the refinement of the developing auditory circuitry. Using connexin knock-out mice, we show that IHCs fire spontaneous action potentials even in the absence of ATP-dependent intercellular Ca(2+) signaling in the nonsensory cells...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077322/a-protein-kinase-a-ezrin-complex-regulates-connexin-43-gap-junction-communication-in-liver-epithelial-cells
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Aleksandra Dukic, Linda Hofstad Haugen, Guillaume Pidoux, Edward Leithe, Oddmund Bakke, Kjetil Taskén
Communication between adjacent cells can occur via gap junctions (GJ) composed of connexin (Cx) hexamers that allow passage of small molecules. One of the most widely and highly expressed Cxs in human tissues is Cx43, shown to be regulated through phosphorylation by several kinases including PKA. Ezrin is a membrane associated protein that can serve as an A kinase anchoring protein (AKAP) and hold an anchored pool of PKA. Here, we used the liver epithelial cell line IAR20, which expresses Cx43 as the predominant GJ protein, to test the hypothesis that Ezrin may associate with Cx43 in cell types that form stable GJs and serve as an AKAP...
January 7, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077262/virus-innexins-induce-alterations-in-insect-cell-and-tissue-function
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Daniel K Hasegawa, Stephanie L Erickson, Bradley M Hersh, Matthew W Turnbull
Polydnaviruses are dsDNA viruses that induce immune and developmental alterations in their caterpillar hosts. Characterization of polydnavirus gene families and family members is necessary to understand mechanisms of pathology and evolution of these viruses, and may aid to elucidate the role of host homologues if present. For example, the polydnavirus vinnexin gene family encodes homologues of insect gap junction genes (innexins) that are expressed in host immune cells (hemocytes). While the roles of Innexin proteins and gap junctions in insect immunity are largely unclear, we previously demonstrated that Vinnexins form functional gap junctions and alter the junctional characteristics of a host Innexin when co-expressed in paired Xenopus oocytes...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075455/tnf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-regulates-apoptosis-of-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-through-gap-junctions
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Mei Tang, Jun Fang
Inflammatory cytokines are released by immune cells and are able to induce vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) to undergo apoptosis, causing atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Changes in the expression levels of connexins (Cxs) have been demonstrated in VSMCs to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic progression. The present study examined the effect of tumor necrosis factor‑α (TNF‑α) on Cx43 expression levels and apoptosis in human VSMCs. Overexpression of Cx43 plasmids notably stimulated VSMC proliferation...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075020/adenosine-receptors-regulate-gap-junction-coupling-of-the-human-cerebral-microvascular-endothelial-cells-hcmec-d3-by-ca-2-influx-through-cng-channels
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Almke Bader, Willem Bintig, Daniela Begandt, Anne Klett, Ina G Siller, Carola Gregor, Frank Schaarschmidt, Babette Weksler, Ignacio Romero, Pierre-Olivier Couraud, Stefan W Hell, Anaclet Ngezahayo
The human cerebral microvascular endothelial cell line hCMEC/D3 was used to characterize the physiological link between adenosine receptors and the gap junction coupling in endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier. Expressed adenosine receptor subtypes and connexin (Cx) isoforms were identified by RT-PCR. Scrape loading/dye transfer was used to evaluate the impact of the A2A and A2B adenosine receptor subtype agonist 2-phenylaminoadenosine (2-PAA) on the gap junction coupling. We found that 2-PAA stimulated cAMP synthesis and enhanced gap junction coupling in a concentration-dependent manner...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074643/ultra-photostable-mesoporous-silica-coated-gap-enhanced-raman-tags-gerts-for-high-speed-bioimaging
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Yuqing Zhang, Yuanyuan Qiu, Li Lin, Hongchen Gu, Zeyu Xiao, Jian Ye
Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tags can be utilized as optical labeling nanoprobes similar to fluorescent dyes and quantum dots for bioimaging with additional advantages of the fingerprint vibrational signal as a unique optical code and the ultra-narrow linewidth for multiplexing. However, the development of SERS imaging technique is much less well-established compared to fluorescence imaging mainly due to the speed limitation. An effective strategy to improve the SERS imaging speed and simultaneously maintain the photostability of SERS tags has been never reported to the best of our knowledge...
January 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074341/gap-junction-protein-connexin43-deregulation-contributes-to-bladder-carcinogenesis-via-targeting-mapk-pathway
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Xiao-Lin Ai, Qiang Chi, Yu Qiu, Hong-Yang Li, Dong-Jie Li, Jia-Xu Wang, Zhi-Yong Wang
High expression of connexins was found in a variety of cancers, but their role is still controversial. We investigated whether connexin43 (Cx43) contributed to bladder carcinogenesis through MAPK activation. In this study, we found that Cx43 expression was significantly increased in bladder cancer tissues and cell line. Overexpression of Cx43 in bladder cancer 5637 cells increased cell proliferation, promoted cell cycle progression, and inhibited apoptosis. Western blot showed that JNK and ERK pathways were dramatically activated in Cx43-overexpressed cells...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072541/proximity-effect-transfer-from-nbti-into-a-semiconductor-heterostructure-via-epitaxial-aluminum
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Asbjorn Drachmann, Henri Juhani Suominen, Morten Kjaergaard, Borzoyeh Shojaei, Chris Palmstrom, Charles M Marcus, Fabrizio Nichele
We demonstrate the transfer of the superconducting properties of NbTi---a large-gap high-critical-field superconductor---into an InAs heterostructure via a thin intermediate layer of epitaxial Al. Two device geometries, a Josephson junction and a gate-defined quantum point contact, are used to characterize interface transparency and the two-step proximity effect. In the Josephson junction, multiple Andreev reflection reveal near-unity transparency, with an induced gap Δ*=0.50 meV and a critical temperature of 7...
January 10, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071741/loss-of-coupling-distinguishes-gjb1-mutations-associated-with-cns-manifestations-of-cmt1x-from-those-without-cns-manifestations
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Charles K Abrams, Mikhail Goman, Sarah Wong, Steven S Scherer, Kleopas A Kleopa, Alejandro Peinado, Mona M Freidin
CMT1X, an X-linked inherited neuropathy, is caused by mutations in GJB1, which codes for Cx32, a gap junction protein expressed by Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes. Many GJB1 mutations cause central nervous system (CNS) abnormality in males, including stable subclinical signs and, less often, short-duration episodes characterized by motor difficulties and altered consciousness. However, some mutations have no apparent CNS effects. What distinguishes mutations with and without CNS manifestations has been unclear...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071598/extended-majorana-zero-modes-in-a-topological-superconducting-normal-t-junction
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Christian Spanslatt, Eddy Ardonne
We investigate the sub gap properties of a three terminal Josephson T-junction composed of topologically superconducting wires connected by a normal metal region. This system naturally hosts zero energy Andreev bound states which are of self-conjugate Majorana nature and we show that they are, in contrast to ordinary Majorana zero modes, spatially extended in the normal metal region. If the T-junction respects time-reversal symmetry, we show that a zero mode is distributed only in two out of three arms in the junction and tuning the superconducting phases allows for transfer of the mode between the junction arms...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070649/bipolar-cell-gap-junctions-serve-major-signaling-pathways-in-the-human-retina
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Orsolya Kántor, Alexandra Varga, Roland Nitschke, Angela Naumann, Anna Énzsöly, Ákos Lukáts, Arnold Szabó, János Németh, Béla Völgyi
Connexin36 (Cx36) constituent gap junctions (GJ) throughout the brain connect neurons into functional syncytia. In the retina they underlie the transmission, averaging and correlation of signals prior conveying visual information to the brain. This is the first study that describes retinal bipolar cell (BC) GJs in the human inner retina, whose function is enigmatic even in the examined animal models. Furthermore, a number of unique features (e.g. fovea, trichromacy, midget system) necessitate a reexamination of the animal model results in the human retina...
January 10, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069793/decreased-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signalling-contributes-to-the-pathogenesis-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-mutations-in-the-lamin-a-c-gene
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Caroline Le Dour, Coline Macquart, Fusako Sera, Shunichi Homma, Gisele Bonne, John P Morrow, Howard J Worman, Antoine Muchir
Cardiomyopathy caused by lamin A/C gene (LMNA) mutations (hereafter referred as LMNA cardiomyopathy) is characterized by cardiac conduction abnormalities and left ventricular systolic dysfunction predisposing to heart failure. Previous cardiac transcriptional profiling of Lmna(H222P/H222P) mouse, a small animal model of LMNA cardiomyopathy, suggested decreased WNT/β-catenin signalling. We confirmed decreased WNT/β-catenin signalling in the hearts of these mice by demonstrating decreased β-catenin and WNT proteins...
January 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069669/refining-the-molecular-organization-of-the-cardiac-intercalated-disc
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Sarah H Vermij, Hugues Abriel, Toon A B van Veen
This review presents an extensively integrated model of the cardiac intercalated disc (ID), a highly orchestrated structure that connects adjacent cardiomyocytes. Classically, three main structures are distinguished: gap junctions (GJs) metabolically and electrically connect cytoplasm of adjacent cardiomyocytes; adherens junctions (AJs) connect the actin cytoskeleton of adjacent cells; and desmosomes function as cell anchors and connect intermediate filaments. Furthermore, ion channels reside in the ID. Mutations in ID proteins have been associated with cardiac arrhythmias such as Brugada syndrome and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy...
January 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066916/ammonia-mediates-cortical-hemichannel-dysfunction-in-rodent-models-of-chronic-liver-disease
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Anna Hadjihambi, Francesco De Chiara, Patrick S Hosford, Abeba Habtetion, Anastassios Karagiannis, Nathan Davies, Alexander V Gourine, Rajiv Jalan
: The pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in cirrhosis is multifactorial and ammonia is thought to play a key role. Astroglial dysfunction is known to be present in HE. Astrocytes are extensively connected by gap junctions formed of connexins, which also exist as functional hemichannels allowing exchange of molecules between the cytoplasm and the extracellular milieu. The astrocyte-neuron lactate shuttle hypothesis suggests that neuronal activity is fuelled (at least in part) by lactate provided by neighbouring astrocytes...
January 9, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060274/gap-junctional-intercellular-communication-a-functional-biomarker-to-assess-adverse-effects-of-toxicants-and-toxins-and-health-benefits-of-natural-products
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Brad L Upham, Iva Sovadinová, Pavel Babica
This protocol describes a scalpel loading-fluorescent dye transfer (SL-DT) technique that measures intercellular communication through gap junction channels, which is a major intercellular process by which tissue homeostasis is maintained. Interruption of gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) by toxicants, toxins, drugs, etc. has been linked to numerous adverse health effects. Many genetic-based human diseases have been linked to mutations in gap junction genes. The SL-DT technique is a simple functional assay for the simultaneous assessment of GJIC in a large population of cells...
December 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056049/asc-induces-apoptosis-via-activation-of-caspase-9-by-enhancing-gap-junction-mediated-intercellular-communication
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Masato Kitazawa, Shigeaki Hida, Chifumi Fujii, Shun'ichiro Taniguchi, Kensuke Ito, Tomio Matsumura, Nagisa Okada, Takashi Sakaizawa, Akira Kobayashi, Michiko Takeoka, Shin-Ichi Miyagawa
ASC (apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD) is a key adaptor molecule of inflammasomes that mediates inflammatory and apoptotic signals. Aberrant methylation-induced silencing of ASC has been observed in a variety of cancer cells, thus implicating ASC in tumor suppression, although this role remains incompletely defined especially in the context of closely neighboring cell proliferation. As ASC has been confirmed to be silenced by abnormal methylation in HT1080 fibrosarcoma cells as well, this cell line was investigated to characterize the precise role and mechanism of ASC in tumor progression...
2017: PloS One
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