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Irena Svobodova, Anirban Bhattaracharya, Milorad Ivetic, Zdenka Bendova, Hana Zemkova
The circadian rhythms in physiological and behavioral functions are driven by a pacemaker located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The rhythms continue in constant darkness and depend on cell-cell communication between neurons and glia. The SCN astrocytes generate also a circadian rhythm in extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) accumulation, but molecular mechanisms that regulate ATP release are poorly understood. Here, we tested the hypothesis that ATP is released via the plasma membrane purinergic P2X7 receptors (P2X7Rs) and P2Y receptors (P2YRs) which have been previously shown to be expressed in the SCN tissue at transcriptional level...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Sara Crespo Yanguas, Tereza C da Silva, Isabel V A Pereira, Joost Willebrords, Michaël Maes, Marina Sayuri Nogueira, Inar Alves de Castro, Isabelle Leclercq, Guilherme R Romualdo, Luís F Barbisan, Luc Leybaert, Bruno Cogliati, Mathieu Vinken
Although a plethora of signaling pathways are known to drive the activation of hepatic stellate cells in liver fibrosis, the involvement of connexin-based communication in this process remains elusive. Connexin43 expression is enhanced in activated hepatic stellate cells and constitutes the molecular building stone of hemichannels and gap junctions. While gap junctions support intercellular communication, and hence the maintenance of liver homeostasis, hemichannels provide a circuit for extracellular communication and are typically opened by pathological stimuli, such as oxidative stress and inflammation...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sarah Falk
Pain is a major complication for cancer patients significantly compromising their quality of life. Current treatment is far from optimal and particularly bone-related cancer pain poses an increasing clinical and socio-economical problem. Connexins, key proteins in cell-cell communication, have the potential to affect cancer-induced bone pain at multiple levels, including nociceptive signaling and bone degradation. This study tested the analgesic potential of carbenoxolone, a broad-acting connexin blocker, in a mouse model of cancer-induced bone pain...
March 6, 2018: Pain
Linqiang Zhou, Chenglin Liu, Zhong Wang, Haitao Shen, Zunjia Wen, Dongdong Chen, Qing Sun, Gang Chen
Pannexins serve an important role in the regulation of extracellular neuronal regenerative currents and cellular signal transduction of glial cells; however, the effects of pannexins in various cerebrovascular diseases have not been reported. The present study focused on the expression and influence of pannexins in a rat model of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), and confirmed that pannexins (including Pannexin‑1, Pannexin‑2 and Pannexin‑3) are expressed in rat brain tissues. However, only the expression of Pannexin‑1 was significantly increased and peaked 48 h post‑ICH...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Deyanira Guadalupe Acuña-Hernández, Laura Arreola-Mendoza, Ramsés Santacruz-Márquez, Sihomara Patricia García-Zepeda, Lyda Yuliana Parra-Forero, Jesús Alberto Olivares-Reyes, Isabel Hernández-Ochoa
In ovarian follicles, cumulus cells communicate with the oocyte through gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC), to nurture the oocyte and control its meiosis arrest and division. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a monomer found in polycarbonate-made containers that can induce functional alterations, including impaired oocyte meiotic division and reduced molecule transfer in GJIC. However, how BPA alters oocyte meiotic division is unclear. We investigated whether BPA effects on oocyte meiotic division were correlated with reduced transfer in GJIC...
February 16, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Shenglong Li, Jing Wang, Yudi Han, Xiaoteng Li, Changjian Liu, Zhengshuai Lv, Xiuhui Wang, Xin Tang, Zhe Wang
The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of pannexin1 (Px1) protein channels on osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) under mechanical stress stimulation. MSCs were isolated from Sprague Dawley rats (3 weeks old, weighing 100-120 g) and cultured in vitro . A safe concentration of carbenoxolone was determined (CBX, an inhibitor of Px1 channels; 100 µM) on MSCs using the Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK8) method. MSCs were divided into 6 groups: Control, stress (4,000 µ strain), and stress following 3, 6, 12, and 24 h pretreatment with CBX...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Minchul Seo, S K M Azizul Islam, Seong-Su Moon
Hypothalamus is the regulatory center of both appetite and energy balance, and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in the hypothalamus is involved in the pathogenesis of obesity. Recently, inhibition of 11 β hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type1 (11β-HSD1) was reported to have an anti-obesity effect by reducing fat mass. However, link between the role of 11β-HSD1 in hypothalamus and obesity has yet to be elucidated. In this study, embryonal primary hypothalamic neurons and high fat diet (HFD) fed mice were used to investigate the anorexigenic effects of 11β-HSD1 inhibitors in in vitro and in vivo...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Mozibur Rahman, Rui Sun, Subhendu Mukherjee, Bernd Nilius, Luke J Janssen
We previously described several ionic conductances in human pulmonary fibroblasts (HPFs), including one activated by two structurally distinct TRPV4-channel agonists: 4α-phorbol-12,13-didecanoate (4αPDD) and GSK1016790A. However, the TRPV4-activated current exhibited peculiar properties: it developed slowly over many minutes, exhibited reversal potentials that could vary by tens of millivolts even within a given cell, and was not easily reversed by subsequent addition of two distinct TRPV4-selective blockers (RN-1734 or HC-067047)...
February 2, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Shin-Ichi Akanuma, Hideyuki Higashi, Souhei Maruyama, Koji Murakami, Masanori Tachikawa, Yoshiyuki Kubo, Ken-Ichi Hosoya
The changes in the transport function of the outer blood-retinal barrier (BRB), formed by retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells, under pathological conditions need to be understood to normalize the retinal homeostasis in retinal diseases. Connexin 43 (Cx43) is known to be one of the basic units of gap junctions and hemichannels, which are opened by changes in extracellular conditions. The purpose of this study was to clarify the expression of Cx43 in RPE cells of the retina and Cx43 contribution to compound transport functions in RPE cells...
January 23, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Vytautas Raškevičius, Vaidas Jotautis, Lina Rimkutė, Alina Marandykina, Mintautė Kazokaitė, Visvaldas Kairys, Vytenis Arvydas Skeberdis
In our recent study, we have demonstrated that short carbon chain n -alcohols (up to octanol) stimulated while long carbon chain n -alcohols inhibited the conductance of connexin 36 (Cx36) gap junction (GJ) channels. In contrast, GJ channels composed of other types of Cxs all were inhibited by n -alcohols independently on their carbon chain length. To identify the putative structural domains of Cx36, responsible for the dual effect of n -alcohols, we performed structural modeling of Cx36 protein docking with hexanol and isoflurane that stimulated as well as nonanol and carbenoxolone that inhibited the conductance of Cx36 GJs and revealed their multiple common docking sites and a single pocket accessible only to hexanol and isoflurane...
January 3, 2018: Bioscience Reports
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
Cynthia Layse Ferreira de Almeida, Samara Alves Brito, Temístocles Italo de Santana, Henrique Bandeira Alves Costa, Carlson Helder Reis de Carvalho Júnior, Márcia Vanusa da Silva, Lécio Leone de Almeida, Larissa Araújo Rolim, Vanda Lucia Dos Santos, Almir Gonçalves Wanderley, Teresinha Gonçalves da Silva
Spondias purpurea is used in folk medicine to treat diarrhea and diuresis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the phytochemical profile and antioxidant and antiulcer activities of the hexane extract of the leaves of S. purpurea (SpHE). Phytochemical profile was evaluated via thin layer chromatography (TLC) and HPLC. SpHE was screened for antioxidant activities using DPPH, ABTS, FRAP, and phosphomolybdenum assays. To determine its antiulcer properties, animals were pretreated with injured control, lansoprazole, ranitidine, carbenoxolone, or SpHE (12...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Cátia Vieira, Fátima Ferreirinha, Maria T Magalhães-Cardoso, Isabel Silva, Patrícia Marques, Paulo Correia-de-Sá
Uncoupling between ATP overflow and extracellular adenosine formation changes purinergic signaling in post-inflammatory ileitis. Adenosine neuromodulation deficits were ascribed to feed-forward inhibition of ecto-5'-nucleotidase/CD73 by high extracellular adenine nucleotides in the inflamed ileum. Here, we hypothesized that inflammation-induced changes in cellular density may also account to unbalance the release of purines and their influence on [3 H]acetylcholine release from longitudinal muscle-myenteric plexus preparations of the ileum of 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS)-treated rats...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Travis L Calkins, Andrew DeLaat, Peter M Piermarini
In adult dipteran insects (flies), the crop is a diverticulum of the esophagus that serves as a food storage organ. The crop pumps stored contents into the alimentary canal for digestion and absorption. The pumping is mediated by peristaltic contractions of the crop musculature. In adult female mosquitoes, the crop (ventral diverticulum) selectively stores sugar solutions (e.g., nectar); proteinaceous blood meals by-pass the crop and are transferred directly to the midgut for digestion. The mechanisms that regulate crop contractions have never been investigated in mosquitoes...
November 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
Josué A Velázquez-Moyado, Andrés Navarrete
INTRODUCTION: The development of electrochemical sensors for the detection of small molecules has already had a significant effect on the study of biology because of their selectivity and ability to measure low concentrations of small molecules that regulate various functions in living organisms. Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) is a gasotransmitter produced at low levels in several tissues including the stomach. Here, we propose a new method for detecting low concentrations of this transmitter in the rat stomach, in-vivo and in real time, with applications in pharmacology and physiology...
January 2018: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
María Elena Sánchez-Mendoza, Yaraset López-Lorenzo, Audifás-Salvador Matus-Meza, Jesús Arrieta
Hit, Lead & Candidate Discovery The gastroprotective effect of calealactone B, isolated from Calea urticifolia was assessed in an ethanol-induced model of gastric lesioning. The possible involvement of prostaglandins, nitric oxide (NO) and sulfhydryl groups in the mechanism of action of calealactone B was also assessed. Calealactone B inhibited ethanol-induced gastric injuries with a maximal effect (95.3 ± 2.6%) at 30 mg kg(-1) . A similar value was obtained at 10 mg kg(-1) (83.5 ± 7.7%). Meanwhile, the reference anti-ulcer drug, carbenoxolone, an 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11β-HSD) inhibitor administered at 30 mg kg(-1) showed 63...
October 26, 2017: Drug Development Research
Steven Condamine, Raphaël Lavoie, Dorly Verdier, Arlette Kolta
Stimuli that induce rhythmic firing in trigeminal neurons also increase astrocytic coupling and reveal networks that define the boundaries of this particular population. Rhythmic firing depends on astrocytic coupling which in turn depends on S100β. In many nervous functions that rely on the ability of neuronal networks to generate a rhythmic pattern of activity, coordination of firing is an essential feature. Astrocytes play an important role in some of these networks, but the contribution of astrocytic coupling remains poorly defined...
October 23, 2017: Glia
Javier Franco-Pérez, Joaquín Manjarrez-Marmolejo, Cesar Rodríguez-Balderas, Nelly Castro, Paola Ballesteros-Zebadua
Objective Quinine (QUIN) and carbenoxolone (CNX) elicit anticonvulsant effects typically characterized by the reduction of the epileptiform activity as well as changes in behavioral parameters related to seizures. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the effects of these molecules on the anticonvulsant activity of some classical antiepileptic drugs. Methods Male Wistar rats were used. Valproate (VPA), phenytoin (PHT), or carbamazepine (CBZ) was administered at sub-therapeutic doses for intraperitoneal via...
January 2018: Neurological Research
L J B Briant, T M Reinbothe, I Spiliotis, C Miranda, B Rodriguez, P Rorsman
Glucagon, the body's principal hyperglycaemic hormone, is released from the α-cells of the pancreatic islet. The secretion of this hormone is dysregulated in type 2 diabetes mellitus but the mechanisms controlling secretion are not well understood. Regulation of glucagon secretion by factors secreted by neighbouring β- and δ-cells (paracrine regulation) have been proposed to be important. In this study, we explored the importance of paracrine regulation by using an optogenetic strategy. Specific light-induced activation of β-cells in mouse islets expressing the light-gated channelrhodopsin-2 resulted in stimulation of electrical activity in δ-cells but suppression of α-cell activity...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Physiology
Di Lang, Daisuke Sato, Yanyan Jiang, Kenneth S Ginsburg, Crystal M Ripplinger, Donald M Bers
RATIONALE: Intercellular uncoupling and Ca2+ (Ca) mishandling can initiate triggered ventricular arrhythmias. Spontaneous Ca release activates inward current which depolarizes membrane potential (Vm ) and can trigger action potentials in isolated myocytes. However, cell-cell coupling in intact hearts limits local depolarization and may protect hearts from this arrhythmogenic mechanism. Traditional optical mapping lacks the spatial resolution to assess coupling of individual myocytes. OBJECTIVE: We investigate local intercellular coupling in Ca-induced depolarization in intact hearts, using confocal microscopy to measure local Vm and intracellular [Ca] simultaneously...
December 8, 2017: Circulation Research
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