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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544556/electrophysiological-analysis-of-synaptic-transmission-in-drosophila
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Maria Bykhovskaia, Alexander Vasin
Synaptic transmission is dynamic, plastic, and highly regulated. Drosophila is an advantageous model system for genetic and molecular studies of presynaptic and postsynaptic mechanisms and plasticity. Electrical recordings of synaptic responses represent a wide-spread approach to study neuronal signaling and synaptic transmission. We discuss experimental techniques that allow monitoring synaptic transmission in Drosophila neuromuscular and central systems. Recordings of synaptic potentials or currents at the larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are most common and provide numerous technical advantages due to robustness of the preparation, large and identifiable muscles, and synaptic boutons which can be readily visualized...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542320/the-ik1-kir2-1-channel-agonist-zacopride-prevents-and-cures-acute-ischemic-arrhythmias-in-the-rat
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Xu-Wen Zhai, Li Zhang, Yun-Fei Guo, Ying Yang, Dong-Ming Wang, Yan Zhang, Pan Li, Yi-Fan Niu, Qi-Long Feng, Bo-Wei Wu, Ji-Min Cao, Qing-Hua Liu
Arrhythmogenesis in acute myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with depolarization of resting membraine potential (RMP) and decrease of inward rectifier potassium current (IK1) in cardiomyocytes. However, clinical anti-arrhythmic agents that primarily act on RMP by enhancing the IK1 channel are not currently available. We hypothesized that zacopride, a selective and moderate agonist of the IK1/Kir2.1 channels, prevents and cures acute ischemic arrhythmias. To test this viewpoint, adult Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were subjected to MI by ligating the left main coronary artery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542001/acetaminophen-metabolite-n-acylphenolamine-induces-analgesia-via-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1-receptors-expressed-on-the-primary-afferent-terminals-of-c-fibers-in-the-spinal-dorsal-horn
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Nobuko Ohashi, Daisuke Uta, Mika Sasaki, Masayuki Ohashi, Yoshinori Kamiya, Tatsuro Kohno
BACKGROUND: The widely used analgesic acetaminophen is metabolized to N-acylphenolamine, which induces analgesia by acting directly on transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 or cannabinoid 1 receptors in the brain. Although these receptors are also abundant in the spinal cord, no previous studies have reported analgesic effects of acetaminophen or N-acylphenolamine mediated by the spinal cord dorsal horn. We hypothesized that clinical doses of acetaminophen induce analgesia via these spinal mechanisms...
May 25, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536248/the-signaling-lipid-phosphatidylinositol-3-5-bisphosphate-targets-plant-clc-a-anion-h-exchange-activity
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Armando Carpaneto, Anna Boccaccio, Laura Lagostena, Eleonora Di Zanni, Joachim Scholz-Starke
Phosphatidylinositol-3,5-bisphosphate (PI(3,5)P2) is a low-abundance signaling lipid associated with endo-lysosomal and vacuolar membranes in eukaryotic cells. Recent studies on Arabidopsis indicated a critical role of PI(3,5)P2 in vacuolar acidification and morphology during ABA-induced stomatal closure, but the molecular targets in plant cells remained unknown. By using patch-clamp recordings on Arabidopsis vacuoles, we show here that PI(3,5)P2 does not affect the activity of vacuolar H(+)-pyrophosphatase or vacuolar H(+)-ATPase...
May 23, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535735/clenbuterol-attenuates-herg-channel-by-promoting-the-mature-channel-degradation
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Ling Luo, Peijing Hu, Changqing Miao, Aiqun Ma, Tingzhong Wang
Clenbuterol, a β2-selective adrenergic receptor agonist, is illicitly used in weight loss and performance enhancement and animal production. Increasing evidence demonstrates that clenbuterol induces various kinds of arrhythmias and QTc interval prolongation. However, little is known about the underlying mechanism. Most drugs are associated with QTc prolongation through interfering with human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) K(+) channels. The present study aims to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of clenbuterol on the hERG channel...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533887/lidocaine-suppresses-glioma-cell-proliferation-by-inhibiting-trpm7-channels
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Tiandong Leng, Suizhen Lin, Zhigang Xiong, Jun Lin
BACKGROUND: Malignant glioma is the most common brain cancer with devastating prognosis. Recurrence of malignant glioma following surgery is very common with few preventive and therapeutic options. Novel targets and therapeutic agents are constantly sought for better outcome. Our previous study established that inhibition of transient receptor potential melastatin 7 (TRPM7) channels resulted in significant decrease of human glioma cell growth and proliferation. As local anesthetic lidocaine has been shown to inhibit TRPM7 currents, we hypothesize that lidocaine may suppress glioma cell proliferation through TRPM7 channel inhibition...
2017: International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533740/correlation-of-ventricular-arrhythmogenesis-with-neuronal-remodeling-of-cardiac-postganglionic-parasympathetic-neurons-in-the-late-stage-of-heart-failure-after-myocardial-infarction
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Dongze Zhang, Huiyin Tu, Chaojun Wang, Liang Cao, Robert L Muelleman, Michael C Wadman, Yu-Long Li
Introduction: Ventricular arrhythmia is a major cause of sudden cardiac death in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Our recent study demonstrates that N-type Ca(2+) currents in intracardiac ganglionic neurons are reduced in the late stage of CHF rats. Rat intracardiac ganglia are divided into the atrioventricular ganglion (AVG) and sinoatrial ganglion. Only AVG nerve terminals innervate the ventricular myocardium. In this study, we tested the correlation of electrical remodeling in AVG neurons with ventricular arrhythmogenesis in CHF rats...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533091/na-h-exchange-regulatory-factor-1-is-required-for-romk1-k-channel-expression-in-the-surface-membrane-of-cultured-m-1-cortical-collecting-duct-cells
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Takashi Suzuki, Kazuyoshi Nakamura, Taira Mayanagi, Kenji Sobue, Manabu Kubokawa
The ROMK1 K(+) channel, a member of the ROMK channel family, is the major candidate for the K(+) secretion pathway in the renal cortical collecting duct (CCD). ROMK1 possesses a PDZ domain-binding motif at its C-terminus that is considered a modulator of ROMK1 expression via interaction with Na(+)/H(+) exchange regulatory factor (NHERF) 1 and NHERF2 scaffold protein. Although NHERF1 is a potential binding partner of the ROMK1 K(+) channel, the interaction between NHERF1 and K(+) channel activity remains unclear...
May 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522805/nitric-oxide-donor-protects-against-acetic-acid-induced-gastric-ulcer-in-rats-via-s-nitrosylation-of-trpv1-on-vagus-nerve
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Ting Han, Yan Tang, Jing Li, Bing Xue, Liping Gong, Jingxin Li, Xiao Yu, Chuanyong Liu
This study was conducted to investigate the effects of nitric oxide (NO) in acetic acid-induced gastric ulcer of rats and the underlying mechanisms. We found that peritoneal injection of sodium nitroprusside (SNP), a NO donor, decreased the ulcer area, inflammatory cell infiltration and MPO degree in acetic acid-induced gastric ulcer in rats. This effect was abolished by a transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) antagonist or prior subdiaphragmatic vagotomy. SNP increased the jejunal mesenteric afferent discharge in a dose-depended manner, which was largely diminished by pretreatment of S-nitrosylation blocker N-ethylmaleimide, TRPV1 antagonist capsazepine, genetic deletion of TRPV1, or vagotomy...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520841/chronic-inflammatory-pain-impairs-mglur5-mediated-depolarization-induced-suppression-of-excitation-in-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex
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Baolin Guo, Jiaqi Wang, Han Yao, Keke Ren, Jing Chen, Jing Yang, Guohong Cai, Haiying Liu, Yunlong Fan, Wenting Wang, Shengxi Wu
The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is a critical hub for nociceptive perception and pain-related anxiety. Long-term synaptic plasticity in ACC was found to be important for chronic inflammatory pain and pain-related anxiety. As short-term synaptic plasticity, depolarization-induced suppression of excitation (DSE) is involved in several conditions, such as chronic stress, epilepsy, and autism. However, it is still unknown whether DSE in the ACC is involved in the central sensitization of pain and anxiety. Using a whole-cell patch clamp, calcium imaging, western blot, and behavioral testing, we found that DSE was induced by a 2 s depolarization in postsynaptic pyramidal cells in ACC...
May 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515683/a-population-of-projection-neurons-that-inhibits-the-lateral-horn-but-excites-the-antennal-lobe-through-chemical-synapses-in-drosophila
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Kazumichi Shimizu, Mark Stopfer
In the insect olfactory system, odor information is transferred from the antennal lobe (AL) to higher brain areas by projection neurons (PNs) in multiple AL tracts (ALTs). In several species, one of the ALTs, the mediolateral ALT (mlALT), contains some GABAergic PNs; in the Drosophila brain, the great majority of ventral PNs (vPNs) are GABAergic and project through this tract to the lateral horn (LH). Most excitatory PNs (ePNs), project through the medial ALT (mALT) to the mushroom body (MB) and the LH. Recent studies have shown that GABAergic vPNs play inhibitory roles at their axon terminals in the LH...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514017/isopimaric-acid-a-multi-targeting-ion-channel-modulator-reducing-excitability-and-arrhythmicity-in-a-spontaneously-beating-mouse-atrial-cell-line
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Sajjad Salari, Malin Silverå Ejneby, Johan Brask, Fredrik Elinder
AIM: Atrial fibrillation is the most common persistent cardiac arrhythmia, and it is not well controlled by present drugs. Because some resin acids open voltage-gated potassium channels and reduce neuronal excitability, we explored the effects of the resin acid isopimaric acid (IPA) on action potentials and ion currents in cardiomyocytes. METHODS: Spontaneously beating mouse atrial HL-1 cells were investigated with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. RESULTS: 1-25 μmol L(-1) IPA reduced the action potential frequency by up to 50%...
May 17, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513236/enhanced-gap-junctional-channel-activity-between-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-cerebral-artery-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Li-Jie Wang, Ke-Tao Ma, Wen-Yan Shi, Ying-Zi Wang, Lei Zhao, Xin-Yan Chen, Xin-Zhi Li, Xue-Wei Jiang, Zhong-Shuang Zhang, Li Li, Jun-Qiang Si
The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of hypertension on the gap junctions between vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the cerebral arteries (CAs) of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). The functions of gap junctions in the CAs of VSMCs in SHRs and control normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were studied using whole-cell patch clamp recordings and pressure myography, and the expression levels of connexins were analyzed using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analyses...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512142/a-well-known-potassium-channel-plays-a-critical-role-in-lysosomes
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Michael X Zhu
Whole-endolysosome patch clamping presents new opportunities to identify and characterize channels pivotal for these acidic organelles. In this issue (Wang et al., 2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201612123), the identification of a role for the large conductance calcium-activated potassium channel brings new thinking about regulation of lysosome membrane potential and function.
May 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511915/altered-ionic-currents-and-amelioration-by-igf-1-and-pacap-in-motoneuron-derived-cells-modelling-sbma
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Aura M Jiménez Garduño, Leon J Juárez-Hernández, María J Polanco, Laura Tosatto, Daniela Michelatti, Daniele Arosio, Manuela Basso, Maria Pennuto, Carlo Musio
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), also known as Kennedy's disease, is a motor neuron disease caused by the expansion of a polymorphic CAG tandem repeat encoding a polyglutamine (polyQ) tract in the androgen receptor (AR) gene. SBMA is triggered by the binding of mutant AR to its natural ligands, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). To investigate the neuronal alterations of motor neuron cell models of SBMA, we applied patch-clamp methods to verify how polyQ expansions in the AR alter cell ionic currents...
May 10, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511870/atp-sensitive-k-channels-maintain-resting-membrane-potential-in-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-from-the-mouse-colon
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Ji Sun Na, Chansik Hong, Man Woo Kim, Chan Guk Park, Hyun Goo Kang, Mei Jin Wu, Han Yi Jiao, Seok Choi, Jae Yeoul Jun
To investigate the role of ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channels on pacemaker activity in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), whole-cell patch clamping, RT-PCR, and intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) imaging were performed in cultured colonic ICC. Pinacidil (a K(+) channel opener) hyperpolarized the membrane and inhibited the generation of pacemaker potential, and this effect was reversed by glibenclamide (a KATP channel blocker). RT-PCR showed that Kir 6.1 and SUR2B were expressed in Ano-1 positive colonic ICC. Glibenclamide depolarized the membrane and increased pacemaker potential frequency...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508747/voltage-gated-na-currents-in-human-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons
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Xiulin Zhang, Birgit T Priest, Inna Belfer, Michael S Gold
Available evidence indicates voltage-gated Na(+) channels (VGSCs) in peripheral sensory neurons are essential for the pain and hypersensitivity associated with tissue injury. However, our understanding of the biophysical and pharmacological properties of the channels in sensory neurons is largely based on the study of heterologous systems or rodent tissue, despite evidence that both expression systems and species differences influence these properties. Therefore, we sought to determine the extent to which the biophysical and pharmacological properties of VGSCs were comparable in rat and human sensory neurons...
May 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507079/distance-constraints-on-activation-of-trpv4-channels-by-akap150-bound-pkc%C3%AE-in-arterial-myocytes
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Sendoa Tajada, Claudia M Moreno, Samantha O'Dwyer, Sean Woods, Daisuke Sato, Manuel F Navedo, L Fernando Santana
TRPV4 (transient receptor potential vanilloid 4) channels are Ca(2+)-permeable channels that play a key role in regulating vascular tone. In arterial myocytes, opening of TRPV4 channels creates local increases in Ca(2+) influx, detectable optically as "TRPV4 sparklets." TRPV4 sparklet activity can be enhanced by the action of the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II (AngII). This modulation depends on the activation of subcellular signaling domains that comprise protein kinase C α (PKCα) bound to the anchoring protein AKAP150...
May 15, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506844/proarrhythmic-risk-assessment-using-conventional-and-new-in%C3%A2-vitro-assays
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Sonia Goineau, Vincent Castagné
Drug-induced QT prolongation is a major safety issue in the drug discovery process. This study was conducted to assess the electrophysiological responses of four substances using established preclinical assays usually used in regulatory studies (hERG channel or Purkinje fiber action potential) and a new assay (human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs)-field potential). After acute exposure, moxifloxacin and dofetilide concentration-dependently decreased IKr amplitude (IC50 values: 102 μM and 40 nM, respectively) and lengthened action potential (100 μM moxifloxacin: +23% and 10 nM dofetilide: +18%) and field potential (300 μM moxifloxacin: +76% and 10 nM dofetilide: +38%) durations...
May 12, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504338/plasmonic-based-electrochemical-impedance-imaging-of-electrical-activities-in-single-cells
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Xian-Wei Liu, Yunze Yang, Wei Wang, Shaopeng Wang, Ming Gao, Jie Wu, Nongjian Tao
Studying electrical activities in cells, such as action potential and its propagation in neurons, requires a sensitive and non-invasive analytical tool that can image local electrical signals with high spatial and temporal resolutions. Here we report a plasmonic-based electrochemical impedance imaging technique to study transient electrical activities in single cells. The technique is based on the conversion of the electrical signal into a plasmonic signal, which is imaged optically without labels. We demonstrate imaging of the fast initiation and propagation of action potential within single neurons, and validate the imaging technique with the traditional patch clamp technique...
May 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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