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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488330/inhibition-of-cx43-mediates-protective-effects-on-hypoxic-reoxygenated-human-neuroblastoma-cells
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Nunzio Vicario, Giovanna Calabrese, Agata Zappalà, Carmela Parenti, Stefano Forte, Adriana Carol Eleonora Graziano, Luca Vanella, Rosalia Pellitteri, Venera Cardile, Rosalba Parenti
Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), a special population of glial cells, are able to synthesise several trophic factors exerting a neuroprotective action and promoting growth and functional recovery in both in vitro and in vivo models. In the present work, we investigated the neuroprotective effects of OEC-conditioned medium (OEC-CM) on two different human neuron-like cell lines, SH-SY5Y and SK-N-SH (neuroblastoma cell lines), under normoxic and hypoxic conditions. In addition, we also focused our attention on the role of connexins (Cxs) in the neuroprotective processes...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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/28422293/an-autocrine-atp-release-mechanism-regulates-basal-ciliary-activity-in-airway-epithelium
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Karla Droguett, Mariana Rios, Daniela V Carreño, Camilo Navarrete, Christian Fuentes, Manuel Villalón, Nelson P Barrera
Extracellular nucleotides, including ATP, are locally released by the airway epithelium and stimulate ciliary activity in a [Ca(2+) ]i dependent manner after mechanical stimulation of ciliated cells. However, it is unclear if the released ATP is involved in regulating basal ciliary activity and mediating changes in ciliary activity in response to chemical stimulation. In this study we evaluated ciliary beat frequency (CBF) and ciliary beating forces in primary cultures from mouse tracheal epithelium, using videomicroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421552/gap-junction-modulation-of-low-frequency-oscillations-in-the-cerebellar-granule-cell-layer
#4
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/28415753/high-mobility-group-box-1-antagonist-limits-metastatic-seeding-in-the-lungs-via-reduction-of-cell-cell-adhesion
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Adi Karsch-Bluman, Benzion Amoyav, Nethanel Friedman, Hila Shoval, Ouri Schwob, Ezra Ella, Ori Wald, Ofra Benny
Metastatic spread is the leading cause for cancer-related mortality, with the lungs being a major site for metastatic seeding. Available therapies for patients with metastatic disease are extremely limited. Therefore, there is a desperate need for new strategies to prevent or limit metastatic dissemination and treat existing metastases. The metastatic cascade is highly complex and is affected by multiple factors related to both tumor cells themselves and the microenvironment in the future site of metastasis...
May 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401401/modulation-of-tonic-gaba-currents-by-anion-channel-and-connexin-hemichannel-antagonists
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Christopher B Ransom, Zucheng Ye, William J Spain, George B Richerson
Anion channels and connexin hemichannels are permeable to amino acid neurotransmitters. It is hypothesized that these conductive pathways release GABA, thereby influencing ambient GABA levels and tonic GABAergic inhibition. To investigate this, we measured the effects of anion channel/hemichannel antagonists on tonic GABA currents of rat hippocampal neurons. In contrast to predictions, blockade of anion channels and hemichannels with NPPB potentiated tonic GABA currents of neurons in culture and acute hippocampal slices...
April 12, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400257/phase-amplitude-coupled-persistent-theta-and-gamma-oscillations-in-rat-primary-motor-cortex-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Nicholas W Johnson, Mazhar Özkan, Adrian P Burgess, Emma J Prokic, Keith A Wafford, Michael J O'Neill, Stuart D Greenhill, Ian M Stanford, Gavin L Woodhall
In vivo, theta (4-7 Hz) and gamma (30-80 Hz) neuronal network oscillations are known to coexist and display phase-amplitude coupling (PAC). However, in vitro, these oscillations have for many years been studied in isolation. Using an improved brain slice preparation technique we have, using co-application of carbachol (10 μM) and kainic acid (150 nM), elicited simultaneous theta (6.6 ± 0.1 Hz) and gamma (36.6 ± 0.4 Hz) oscillations in rodent primary motor cortex (M1). Each oscillation showed greatest power in layer V...
April 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390472/pannexin-channels-increase-propidium-iodide-permeability-in-frozen-thawed-dog-spermatozoa
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J L Torres, J Palomino, R D Moreno, M De Los Reyes
Pannexins (Panx) are proteins that form functional single membrane channels, but they have not yet been described in dogs. The aim of the present study was to detect Panx1, Panx2 and Panx3 in frozen-thawed dog spermatozoa using flow cytometry and immunofluorescence analyses, evaluating the relationship of these proteins with propidium iodide (PI) in frozen-thawed spermatozoa. Fresh and frozen-thawed dog spermatozoa from eight dogs were preincubated with 3μM PI with or without 15μM carbenoxolone (CBX) or 1mM probenecid (PBD), two Panx channel inhibitors, and then incubated with rabbit anti-Panx1, anti-Panx2 and anti-Panx3 antibodies (1:200)...
April 10, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369176/glial-calcium-waves-are-triggered-by-seizure-activity-and-not-essential-for-initiating-ictal-onset-or-neurovascular-coupling
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Eliza Baird-Daniel, Andy G S Daniel, Michael Wenzel, Dan Li, Jyun-You Liou, Philippe Laffont, Mingrui Zhao, Rafael Yuste, Hongtao Ma, Theodore H Schwartz
It has been postulated that glia play a critical role in modifying neuronal activity, mediating neurovascular coupling, and in seizure initiation. We investigated the role of glia in ictogenesis and neurovascular coupling through wide-field multicell and 2-photon single cell imaging of calcium and intrinsic signal imaging of cerebral blood volume in an in vivo rat model of focal neocortical seizures. Ictal events triggered a slowly propagating glial calcium wave that was markedly delayed after both neuronal and hemodynamic onset...
March 21, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356735/inhibition-of-gap-junction-intercellular-communication-is-involved-in-silica-nanoparticles-induced-h9c2-cardiomyocytes-apoptosis-via-the-mitochondrial-pathway
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Zhong-Jun Du, Guan-Qun Cui, Juan Zhang, Xiao-Mei Liu, Zhi-Hu Zhang, Qiang Jia, Jack C Ng, Cheng Peng, Cun-Xiang Bo, Hua Shao
Gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) between cardiomyocytes is essential for synchronous heart contraction and relies on connexin-containing channels. Connexin 43 (Cx43) is a major component involved in GJIC in heart tissue, and its abnormal expression is closely associated with various cardiac diseases. Silica nanoparticles (SNPs) are known to induce cardiovascular toxicity. However, the mechanisms through which GJIC plays a role in cardiomyocytes apoptosis induced by SNPs remain unknown. The aim of the present study is to determine whether SNPs-decreased GJIC promotes apoptosis in rat cardiomyocytes cell line (H9c2 cells) via the mitochondrial pathway using CCK-8 Kit, scrape-loading dye transfer technique, Annexin V/PI double-staining assays, and Western blot analysis...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332205/evidence-that-5-ht-stimulates-intracellular-ca-2-signalling-and-activates-pannexin-1-currents-in-type-ii-cells-of-the-rat-carotid-body
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Sindhubarathi Murali, Min Zhang, Colin A Nurse
Carotid body (CB) chemoreceptor (type I) cells can synthesize and release 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and increased autocrine-paracrine 5-HT2 receptor signalling contributes to sensory long-term facilitation during chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH). However, recent studies suggest that adjacent glial-like type II cells can respond to CB paracrine signals by elevating intracellular calcium (Δ[Ca(2+) ]i ) and activating carbenoxolone-sensitive, ATP-permeable, pannexin-1 (Panx-1)-like channels. Here, using dissociated rat CB cultures, we found that 5-HT induced Δ[Ca(2+) ]i responses in a subpopulation of type I cells, and in most (∼67%) type II cells identified by their sensitivity to the P2Y2 receptor agonist, UTP...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320863/rac1-gtpase-regulates-11%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-2-and-fibrotic-remodeling
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Daniel Lavall, Pia Schuster, Nadine Jacobs, Andrey Kazakov, Michael Böhm, Ulrich Laufs
The aim of the study was to characterize the role of Rac1 GTPase for the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR)-mediated pro-fibrotic remodeling. Transgenic mice with cardiac overexpression of constitutively active Rac1 (RacET) develop an age-dependent phenotype with atrial dilatation, fibrosis, and atrial fibrillation. Expression of MR was similar in RacET and WT mice. The expression of 11β hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD2) was age-dependently up-regulated in the atria and the left ventricles of RacET mice on mRNA and protein levels...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280004/connexin-purinergic-signaling-in-enteric-glia-mediates-the-prolonged-effect-of-morphine-on-constipation
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Sukhada Bhave, Aravind Gade, Minho Kang, Kurt F Hauser, William L Dewey, Hamid I Akbarali
Morphine is one of the most widely used drugs for the treatment of pain. However, side effects, including persistent constipation and antinociceptive tolerance, limit its clinical efficacy. Prolonged morphine treatment results in a "leaky" gut, predisposing to colonic inflammation that is facilitated by microbial dysbiosis and associated bacterial translocation. In this study, we examined the role of enteric glia in mediating this secondary inflammatory response to prolonged treatment with morphine. We found that purinergic P2X receptor activity was significantly enhanced in enteric glia that were isolated from mice with long-term morphine treatment (in vivo) but not upon direct exposure of glia to morphine (in vitro)...
March 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244642/carbenoxolone-inhibits-trpv4-channel-initiated-oxidative-urothelial-injury-and-ameliorates-cyclophosphamide-induced-bladder-dysfunction
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Xiling Zhang, Shan Gao, Masayoshi Tanaka, Zhen Zhang, Yanru Huang, Takahiko Mitsui, Manabu Kamiyama, Schuichi Koizumi, Jianglin Fan, Masayuki Takeda, Jian Yao
Carbenoxolone (CBX) is a clinically prescribed drug for the treatment of digestive ulcer and inflammation. It is also a widely used pharmacological inhibitor of several channels in basic research. Given that the overactivity of several channels, including those inhibitable by CBX, underlies bladder dysfunction, we tested the potential therapeutic application and mechanism of CBX in the treatment of voiding dysfunction. In a mouse model of cystitis induced by cyclophosphamide (CYP), CBX administration prevented the CYP-elicited increase in bladder weight, oedema, haemorrhage, and urothelial injury...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168011/semipurified-ethyl-acetate-partition-of-methanolic-extract-of-melastoma-malabathricum-leaves-exerts-gastroprotective-activity-partly-via-its-antioxidant-antisecretory-anti-inflammatory-action-and-synergistic-action-of-several-flavonoid-based-compounds
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Noor Wahida Ismail Suhaimy, Ahmad Khusairi Noor Azmi, Norhafizah Mohtarrudin, Maizatul Hasyima Omar, Siti Farah Md Tohid, Manraj Singh Cheema, Lay Kek Teh, Mohd Zaki Salleh, Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria
Recent study has demonstrated the gastroprotective activity of crude methanolic extract of M. malabathricum leaves. The present study evaluated the gastroprotective potential of semipurified extracts (partitions): petroleum ether, ethyl acetate (EAMM), and aqueous obtained from the methanolic extract followed by the elucidation of the gastroprotective mechanisms of the most effective partition. Using the ethanol-induced gastric ulcer assay, all partitions exerted significant gastroprotection, with EAMM being the most effective partition...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088386/trypsin-induces-biphasic-muscle-contraction-and-relaxation-via-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1-and-neurokinin-receptors-1-2-in-porcine-esophageal-body
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Bai Xiaopeng, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Eikichi Ihara, Katsuya Hirano, Kayoko Nakano, Mayumi Hirano, Yoshinao Oda, Kazuhiko Nakamura
Duodenal reflux of fluids containing trypsin relates to refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Esophageal peristalsis and clearance are important factors in GERD pathogenesis. However, the function of trypsin in esophageal body contractility is not fully understood. In this study, effects of trypsin on circular smooth muscle (CSM) and longitudinal smooth muscle (LSM) of the porcine esophageal body were examined. Trypsin elicited a concentration dependent biphasic response, a major contraction and a subsequent relaxation only in CSM...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065778/protective-effects-of-tongxinluo-on-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-related-to-connexin-43-calpain-ii-bax-caspase-3-pathway-in-rat
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Xiao Cheng, Zijun Hou, Jingbo Sun, Yan Huang, Lixin Wang, Ziyi Zhou, Li-Hua Zhou, Yefeng Cai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Tongxinluo (TXL) is a multifunctional traditional Chinese medicine and has been widely used in the treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Numerous studies demonstrate that TXL is a novel neuroprotective drug, however, the mechanisms are largely unknown. AIM OF THE STUDY: we aimed to demonstrate the protective effect of TXL on cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and provide the evidence for the involvement of Connexin 43/Calpain II/ Bax/Caspase-3 pathway in TXL-mediated neuroprotection...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054154/interstitial-cell-modulation-of-pyeloureteric-peristalsis-in-the-mouse-renal-pelvis-examined-using-fibsem-tomography-and-calcium-indicators
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Hikaru Hashitani, Michael J Nguyen, Haruka Noda, Retsu Mitsui, Ryuhei Higashi, Keisuke Ohta, Kei-Ichiro Nakamura, Richard J Lang
Typical and atypical smooth muscle cells (TSMCs and ASMCs, respectively) and interstitial cells (ICs) within the pacemaker region of the mouse renal pelvis were examined using focused ion beam scanning electron (FIB SEM) tomography, immunohistochemistry and Ca(2+) imaging. Individual cells within 500-900 electron micrograph stacks were volume rendered and associations with their neighbours established. 'Ribbon-shaped', Ano1 Cl(-) channel immuno-reactive ICs were present in the adventitia and the sub-urothelial space adjacent to the TSMC layer...
January 4, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824928/carbenoxolone-disodium-treatment-for-canine-pituitary-dependent-hyperadrenocorticism
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Takahiro Teshima, Hirotaka Matsumoto, Tomoko Okusa, Rion Uchiyama, Hidekazu Koyama
Pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism (PDH) is mainly caused by pituitary corticotroph tumors in dogs. A characteristic feature of corticotroph tumors is their resistance to negative feedback by glucocorticoids. In some animal species, including dogs, the aberrant expression of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11HSD), a cortisol metabolic enzyme, is observed in corticotroph tumors. We previously reported that carbenoxolone (CBX), an inhibitor of 11HSD, suppressed ACTH secretion from the pituitary gland, and decreased cortisol concentrations in healthy dogs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792814/glycyrrhizin-reduces-hmgb1-and-bacterial-load-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-keratitis
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Sandamali A Ekanayaka, Sharon A McClellan, Ronald P Barrett, Shikhil Kharotia, Linda D Hazlett
Purpose: High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) contributes to poor disease outcome in Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis. This study tests the prophylactic effect of treatment with HMGB1 inhibitors, glycyrrhizin (GLY) and its derivative, carbenoxolone (CBX), for Pseudomonas keratitis. Methods: We treated C57BL/6 (B6) mice subconjunctivally with GLY or CBX, infected with a noncytotoxic clinical isolate (KEI 1025) or a cytotoxic strain (ATCC 19660) of P. aeruginosa, and injected intraperitoneally with either agent...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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