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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320163/inhibition-of-17-beta-estradiol-on-neuronal-excitability-via-enhancing-girk1-mediated-inwardly-rectifying-potassium-currents-and-girk1-expression
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Yuwen Zhang, Yian Huang, Guoxiang Wang, Xin Wang, Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: Catamenial epilepsy is a common central nervous system disease in female, which is influenced by the 17-β-estradiol (estrogen) level during the menstrual cycle. Low level (<0.05ng/ml) of estrogen normally accompanies with the perimenstrual classification of catamenial epilepsy, however, without clear mechanism. In previous studies, estrogen has been demonstrated to possess widely regulatory effects on potassium channels. Here, the effect of 17-β-estradiol on modulating inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) currents was investigated in cultured hippocampal neurons...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319196/h-channels-in-embryonic-biomphalaria-glabrata-cell-membranes-putative-roles-in-snail-host-schistosome-interactions
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Brandon J Wright, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino, Meyer B Jackson
The human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni causes intestinal schistosomiasis, a widespread neglected tropical disease. Infection of freshwater snails Biomphalaria spp. is an essential step in the transmission of S. mansoni to humans, although the physiological interactions between the parasite and its obligate snail host that determine success or failure are still poorly understood. In the present study, the B. glabrata embryonic (Bge) cell line, a widely used in vitro model for hemocyte-like activity, was used to investigate membrane properties, and assess the impact of larval transformation proteins (LTP) on identified ion channels...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315286/coronary-endarterectomy-or-patch-angioplasty-for-diffuse-left-anterior-descending-artery-disease
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Ohad Bitan, Paul A Pirundini, Eyal Leshem, Carrie Consalvi, Siobhan McGurk, Quincy King, Dan Loberman
Background Coronary endarterectomy and patch angioplasty for the left anterior descending (LAD) artery have been shown to be effective adjunct techniques to surgical revascularization for severe coronary lesions. The objective of this study is to review the short- and long-term results of these two methods in our institution. Methods We retrospectively reviewed 166 consecutive patients who underwent internal thoracic artery grafting to the LAD, with either adjunct endarterectomy (95 patients) or patch angioplasty (71 patients) between 2002 and 2014...
March 17, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306530/ascorbic-acid-does-not-modulate-potassium-currents-in-cultured-human-lymphocytes
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Saravanakumar Snekalatha, Praghalathan Kanthakumar
BACKGROUND: Ascorbic acid (AA) is known to modulate lymphocyte function, but the mechanism of action is not clearly understood. As voltage-gated potassium currents play an important role in lymphocyte function, the effect of AA on voltage-gated potassium currents was studied. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured in the presence of increasing concentrations of AA (0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mM). Potassium currents in resting lymphocytes were studied by whole cell patch clamp technique using a depolarizing protocol...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303387/caveolar-remodeling-is-a-critical-mechanotransduction-mechanism-of-the-stretch-induced-l-type-ca-2-channel-activation-in-vascular-myocytes
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Sang Woong Park, Kyung Chul Shin, Hyun Ji Park, Soon-Kyu Yoou, Jin-Yeon Park, Young-Sun Kang, Dong Jun Sung, Jae Gon Kim, Seung Hwa Park, BoKyung Kim, Hana Cho, Young Min Bae
Activation of L-type voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VDCCL) by membrane stretch contributes to many biological responses such as myogenic contraction of arteries. However, mechanism for the stretch-induced VDCCL activation is unclear. In this study, we examined the hypothesis that caveolar remodeling and its related signaling cascade contribute to the stretch-induced activation of VDCCL in rat mesenteric arterial smooth muscle cells. The VDCCL currents were recorded with nystatin-perforated or with conventional whole-cell patch-clamp technique...
March 16, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303261/long-lasting-visuo-vestibular-mismatch-in-freely-behaving-mice-reduces-the-vestibulo-ocular-reflex-and-leads-to-neural-changes-in-the-direct-vestibular-pathway
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Julie Carcaud, Filipa França de Barros, Erwin Idoux, Daniel Eugène, Lionel Reveret, Lee E Moore, Pierre-Paul Vidal, Mathieu Beraneck
Calibration of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) depends on the presence of visual feedback. However, the cellular mechanisms associated with VOR modifications at the level of the brainstem remain largely unknown. A new protocol was designed to expose freely behaving mice to a visuo-vestibular mismatch during a 2-week period. This protocol induced a 50% reduction of the VOR. In vivo pharmacological experiments demonstrated that the VOR reduction depends on changes located outside the flocculus/paraflocculus complex...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300552/monoaminergic-modulation-of-gabaergic-transmission-onto-cerebellar-globular-cells
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Moritoshi Hirono, Soichi Nagao, Yuchio Yanagawa, Shiro Konishi
Cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs) project their axon collaterals to underneath of the PC layer and make GABAergic synaptic contacts with globular cells, a subgroup of Lugaro cells. GABAergic transmission derived from the PC axon collaterals is so powerful that it could inhibit globular cells and regulate their firing patterns. However, the physiological properties and implications of the GABAergic synapses on globular cells remain unknown. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from globular cells in the mouse cerebellum, we examined the monoaminergic modulation of GABAergic inputs to these cells...
March 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299900/development-of-a-robust-mammalian-cell-based-assay-for-studying-recombinant-%C3%AE-4-%C3%AE-1-3-%C3%AE-gabaa-receptor-subtypes
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Christina B Falk-Petersen, Rikke Søgaard, Kenneth L Madsen, Anders B Klein, Bente Frølund, Petrine Wellendorph
δ-Containing GABAA receptors are located extrasynaptically and mediate tonic inhibition. Their involvement in brain physiology positions them as interesting drug targets. There is thus a continued interest in establishing reliable recombinant expression systems for δ-containing GABAA receptors. Inconveniently, the recombinant expression of especially α4 β1/3 δ receptors has been found to be notoriously difficult, due to mixed receptor populations and/or stoichiometries and differential pharmacology depending on the expression system used...
March 16, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299825/fingolimod-gilenya-%C3%A2-in-multiple-sclerosis-bradycardia-atrioventricular-blocks-and-mild-effect-on-the-qtc-interval-something-to-do-with-the-l-type-calcium-channel
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Sylvie Pilote, Chantale Simard, Benoit Drolet
Cardiac arrhythmias and ECG abnormalities including bradycardia, prolongation of the QT interval and atrioventricular (AV) conduction blocks have been extensively observed with fingolimod, the first marketed oral drug for treating the relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis. The present study was aiming to further elucidate the effects of fingolimod on cardiac electrophysiology at three different levels; 1) in vitro, 2) ex vivo and 3) in vivo. 1) Patch-clamp experiments in whole cell configuration were performed on Cav 1...
March 16, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298303/ampa-receptor-mediated-rapid-epscs-in-vestibular-calyx-afferents
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Matthew Edward Kirk, Frances L Meredith, Tim A Benke, Katherine J Rennie
In the vestibular periphery neurotransmission between hair cells and primary afferent nerves occurs via specialized ribbon synapses. Type I vestibular hair cells (HCI) make synaptic contacts with calyx terminals, which enclose most of the HCI basolateral surface. To probe synaptic transmission, whole cell patch clamp recordings were made from calyx afferent terminals isolated together with their mature HCI from gerbil crista. Neurotransmitter release was measured as excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) in voltage clamp...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298165/high-throughput-patch-clamp-screening-in-human-%C3%AE-6-containing-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
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Lucas C Armstrong, Glenn E Kirsch, Nikolai B Fedorov, Caiyun Wu, Yuri A Kuryshev, Abby L Sewell, Zhiqi Liu, Arianne L Motter, Carmine S Leggett, Michael S Orr
Nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco products, is an agonist at nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in the brain. The subtypes of nAChR are defined by their α- and β-subunit composition. The α6β2β3 nAChR subtype is expressed in terminals of dopaminergic neurons that project to the nucleus accumbens and striatum and modulate dopamine release in brain regions involved in nicotine addiction. Although subtype-dependent selectivity of nicotine is well documented, subtype-selective profiles of other tobacco product constituents are largely unknown and could be essential for understanding the addiction-related neurological effects of tobacco products...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295340/directional-excitatory-input-to-direction-selective-ganglion-cells-in-the-rabbit-retina
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Kumiko A Percival, Sowmya Venkataramani, Robert G Smith, W Rowland Taylor
Directional responses in retinal ganglion cells are generated in large part by direction-selective release of GABA from starburst amacrine cells onto direction-selective ganglion cells (DSGCs). The excitatory inputs to DSGCs are also widely reported to be direction-selective, however, recent evidence suggests that glutamate release from bipolar cells is not directional, and directional excitation seen in patch-clamp analyses may be an artifact resulting from incomplete voltage control. Here we test this voltage-clamp-artifact hypothesis in recordings from 62 On-Off DSGCs in the rabbit retina...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295315/a-comparative-analysis-of-the-physiological-properties-of-neurons-in-the-anterolateral-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-in-the-mus-musculus-rattus-norvegicus-and-macaca-mulatta
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Sarah E Daniel, Jidong Guo, Donald G Rainnie
The anterolateral group of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNSTALG ) is a critical modulator of a variety of rodent and primate behaviors spanning anxiety behavior and drug addiction. Three distinct neuronal cell types have been previously defined in the rat BNSTALG based on differences in the voltage-response to hyperpolarizing and depolarizing current injection. Differences in genetic expression profile between these three cell types suggest electrophysiological cell type may be an indicator for functional differences in the circuit of the rat BNSTALG ...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295232/cav-1-3-channels-play-a-crucial-role-in-the-formation-of-paroxysmal-depolarization-shifts-in-cultured-hippocampal-neurons
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Victoria Stiglbauer, Matej Hotka, Manuel Ruiß, Karlheinz Hilber, Stefan Boehm, Helmut Kubista
OBJECTIVE: An increase of neuronal Cav 1.3 L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) has been observed in various animal models of epilepsy. However, LTCC inhibitors failed in clinical trials of epileptic treatment. There is compelling evidence that paroxysmal depolarization shifts (PDSs) involve Ca(2+) influx through LTCCs. PDSs represent a hallmark of epileptiform activity. In recent years, a probable epileptogenic role for PDSs has been proposed. However, the implication of the two neuronal LTCC isoforms, Cav 1...
March 11, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294308/neuronal-inhibition-and-seizure-suppression-by-acetoacetate-and-its-analog-2-phenylbutyrate
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Atsushi Kadowaki, Nagisa Sada, Narinobu Juge, Ayaka Wakasa, Yoshinori Moriyama, Tsuyoshi Inoue
OBJECTIVE: The ketogenic diet is clinically used to treat drug-resistant epilepsy. The diet treatment markedly increases ketone bodies (acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate), which work as energy metabolites in the brain. Here, we investigated effects of acetoacetate on voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VDCCs) in pyramidal cells of the hippocampus. We further explored an acetoacetate analog that inhibited VDCCs in pyramidal cells, reduced excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs), and suppressed seizures in vivo...
March 11, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293175/two-photon-na-imaging-reports-somatically-evoked-action-potentials-in-rat-olfactory-bulb-mitral-and-granule-cell-neurites
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Tiffany Ona-Jodar, Niklas J Gerkau, S Sara Aghvami, Christine R Rose, Veronica Egger
Dendrodendritic synaptic interactions are a hallmark of neuronal processing in the vertebrate olfactory bulb. Many classes of olfactory bulb neurons including the principal mitral cells (MCs) and the axonless granule cells (GCs) dispose of highly efficient propagation of action potentials (AP) within their dendrites, from where they can release transmitter onto each other. So far, backpropagation in GC dendrites has been investigated indirectly via Ca(2+) imaging. Here, we used two-photon Na(+) imaging to directly report opening of voltage-gated sodium channels due to AP propagation in both cell types...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293172/ethanol-modulates-the-spontaneous-complex-spike-waveform-of-cerebellar-purkinje-cells-recorded-in-vivo-in-mice
#17
Guang-Jian Zhang, Mao-Cheng Wu, Jin-Di Shi, Yin-Hua Xu, Chun-Ping Chu, Song-Biao Cui, De-Lai Qiu
Cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs) are sensitive to ethanol, but the effect of ethanol on spontaneous complex spike (CS) activity in these cells in vivo is currently unknown. Here, we investigated the effect of ethanol on spontaneous CS activity in PCs in urethane-anesthetized mice using in vivo patch-clamp recordings and pharmacological manipulation. Ethanol (300 mM) induced a decrease in the CS-evoked pause in simple spike (SS) firing and in the amplitude of the afterhyperpolarization (AHP) under current clamp conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290212/spirodela-polyrhiza-extract-modulates-the-activation-of-atopic-dermatitis-related-ion-channels-orai1-and-trpv3-and-inhibits-mast-cell-degranulation
#18
Joo Hyun Nam, Hyo Won Jung, Young-Won Chin, Won-Mo Yang, Hyo Sang Bae, Woo Kyung Kim
CONTEXT: Spirodela polyrhiza (L.) Schleid. (Lemnaceae), Spirodelae Herba (SH), has been known to relieve inflammation, urticaria and skin symptoms including pruritus, eczema and rash. OBJECTIVE: The effects of SH extract on two calcium ion channels, Orai1 and TRPV3, and their potential as novel therapeutics for atopic dermatitis (AD) were investigated. The regulatory role of Orai1 on mast cell degranulation was evaluated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The dried leaves of SH were extracted by 70% methanol...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288868/inhibition-of-kir4-1-potassium-channels-by-quinacrine
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Leticia G Marmolejo-Murillo, Iván A Aréchiga-Figueroa, Meng Cui, Eloy G Moreno-Galindo, Ricardo A Navarro-Polanco, José A Sánchez-Chapula, Tania Ferrer, Aldo A Rodríguez Menchaca
Inwardly rectifying potassium (Kir) channels are expressed in many cell types and contribute to a wide range of physiological processes. Particularly, Kir4.1 channels are involved in the astroglial spatial potassium buffering. In this work, we examined the effects of the cationic amphiphilic drug quinacrine on Kir4.1 channels heterologously expressed in HEK293 cells, employing the patch clamp technique. Quinacrine inhibited the currents of Kir4.1 channels in a concentration and voltage dependent manner. In inside-out patches, quinacrine inhibited Kir4...
March 10, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287579/patch-angioplasty-in-the-rat-aorta-or-inferior-vena-cava
#20
Hualong Bai, Xin Li, Takuya Hashimoto, Haidi Hu, Trenton R Foster, Jesse J Hanisch, Jeans M Santana, Alan Dardik
Pericardial patches are commonly used in vascular surgery to close vessels. To facilitate studies of the neointimal hyperplasia that forms on the patch, we developed a rat model of patch angioplasty that can be used in either a vein or an artery, creating a patch venoplasty or a patch arterioplasty, respectively. Technical aspects of this model are discussed. The infra-renal IVC or aorta are dissected and then clamped proximally and distally. A 3 mm venotomy or arteriotomy is performed in the infrarenal inferior vena cava or aorta of 6 to 8 week-old Wistar rats...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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