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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550061/the-lectin-chaperone-calnexin-is-involved-in-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-response-by-regulating-ca-2-homeostasis-in-aspergillus-nidulans
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Shenghua Zhang, Hailin Zheng, Qiuyi Chen, Yuan Chen, Sha Wang, Ling Lu, Shizhu Zhang
The Ca(2+)-mediated signaling pathway is crucial for environmental adaptation in fungi. Here we show that calnexin, a molecular chaperone located in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), plays an important role in regulating cytosolic free calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) in Aspergillus nidulans Inactivation of calnexin (ClxA) in A. nidulans caused severe defects in hyphal growth and conidiation under ER stress caused by the ER-stress inducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT) or high temperature. Importantly, defects in the ΔclxA mutant were restored by the addition of extracellular calcium...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544090/functional-tuning-of-the-catalytic-residue-pka-in-a-de-novo-designed-esterase
#2
Katharina Hiebler, Zsófia Lengyel, Carlos A Castañeda, Olga V Makhlynets
AlleyCatE is a de novo designed esterase that can be allosterically regulated by calcium ions. This artificial enzyme has been shown to hydrolyze p-nitrophenyl acetate (pNPA) and 4-nitrophenyl-(2-phenyl)-propanoate (pNPP) with high catalytic efficiency. AlleyCatE was created by introducing a single histidine residue (His(144) ) into a hydrophobic pocket of calmodulin. In this work, we explore the determinants of catalytic properties of AlleyCatE. We obtained the pKa value of the catalytic histidine using experimental measurements by NMR and pH rate profile and compared these values to those predicted from electrostatics pKa calculations (from both empirical and continuum electrostatics calculations)...
May 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542400/intracellular-ca2-homeostasis-and-jak1-stat3-pathway-are-involved-in-the-protective-effect-of-propofol-on-bv2-microglia-against-hypoxia-induced-inflammation-and-apoptosis
#3
Yan Lu, Yuechao Gu, Xiaowei Ding, Jiaqiang Wang, Jiawei Chen, Changhong Miao
BACKGROUND: Perioperative hypoxia may induce microglial inflammation and apoptosis, resulting in brain injury. The neuroprotective effect of propofol against hypoxia has been reported, but the underlying mechanisms are far from clear. In this study, we explored whether and how propofol could attenuate microglia BV2 cells from CoCl2-induced hypoxic injury. METHODS: Mouse microglia BV2 cells were pretreated with propofol, and then stimulated with CoCl2. TNF-α level in the culture medium was measured by ELISA kit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542068/reduced-cortical-excitatory-synapse-number-in-apoe4-mice-is-associated-with-increased-calcineurin-activity
#4
Aidan L Neustadtl, Charisse N Winston, Maia Parsadanian, Bevan S Main, Sonia Villapol, Mark P Burns
Synaptic loss is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that is associated with the onset of cognitive decline and the loss of executive function. The strongest genetic risk factor for AD is the APOE4 allele, which results in both a greater risk of developing AD as well as an earlier age of onset of AD. Dendritic spines, the anatomical substrate of the excitatory synapse, are reduced in the cortex of humanized APOE4 mice but the reason for this synaptic decline is unknown. Calcineurin, a calcium/calmodulin dependent phosphatase, is a mediator of dendritic spine retraction...
May 24, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541541/intraoperative-chlorpromazine-treatment-for-prevention-of-radial-artery-spasm-in-aortocoronary-bypass-grafting
#5
Vladimir Shipulin, Boris Kozlov, Georgiy Nasrashvili, Vasiliy Zatolokin, Mikhael Kuznetsov, Dmitry Panfilov, Sergey Afanas'ev
A detailed description of intraoperative prevention of radial artery graft spasm using a solution of the calmodulin inhibitor chlorpromazine is presented. This method is used in direct myocardial revascularization and can reliably prevent perioperative spasm of radial artery grafts, as confirmed by intraoperative flow measurement, bypass angiography in the postoperative period, and in vitro experimental data.
May 25, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539687/phylogenetic-analysis-of-monascus-and-new-species-from-honey-pollen-and-nests-of-stingless-bees
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R N Barbosa, S L Leong, O Vinnere-Pettersson, A J Chen, C M Souza-Motta, J C Frisvad, R A Samson, N T Oliveira, J Houbraken
The genus Monascus was described by van Tieghem (1884) to accommodate M. ruber and M. mucoroides, two species with non-ostiolate ascomata. Species delimitation in the genus is still mainly based on phenotypic characters, and taxonomic studies that include sequence data are limited. The genus is of economic importance. Species are used in fermented Asian foods as food colourants (e.g. 'red rice' (ang-kak, angka)) and found as spoilage organisms, and recently Monascus was found to be essential in the lifecycle of stingless bees...
March 2017: Studies in Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536695/cardiac-protection-of-valsartan-on-juvenile-rats-with-heart-failure-by-inhibiting-activity-of-camkii-via-attenuating-phosphorylation
#7
Yao Wu, Feifei Si, Xiaojuan Ji, Kunfeng Jiang, Sijie Song, Qijian Yi
Background. This study was undertaken to determine relative contributions of phosphorylation and oxidation to the increased activity of calcium/calmodulin-stimulated protein kinase II (CaMKII) in juveniles with cardiac myocyte dysfunction due to increased pressure overload. Methods. Juvenile rats underwent abdominal aortic constriction to induce heart failure. Four weeks after surgery, rats were then randomly divided into two groups: one group given valsartan (HF + Val) and the other group given placebo (HF + PBO)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535942/gallic-acid-increases-atrial-natriuretic-peptide-secretion-and-mechanical-dynamics-through-activation-of-pkc
#8
Xia Liu, Ying Zhang, Lan Hong, Chun-Ji Han, Bo Zhang, Shuai Zhou, Cheng-Zhe Wu, Li-Ping Liu, Xun Cui
AIMS: Gallic acid (GA) protects against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury, prevents cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis, and has anti-inflammatory activity in the heart. However, its effects in regulating atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) secretion are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the function of GA in regulating ANP secretion and atrial dynamics in rat atria. KEY FINDINGS: GA (0.01, 0.05, and 0.1μmol/L) significantly increased atrial ANP secretion and induced positive inotropy dose-dependently...
May 20, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535500/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-5-mediates-ca2-influx-and-inhibits-chondrocyte-autophagy-in-a-rat-osteoarthritis-model
#9
Yingliang Wei, Yanfang Wang, Yutong Wang, Lunhao Bai
BACKGROUND: Autophagy, a self-protective mechanism of chondrocytes, has become a promising target to impede the progress of osteoarthritis (OA). Autophagy is regulated by cytosolic Ca2+ activity and may thus be modified by the Ca2+ permeable transient receptor potential channel vanilloid 5 (TRPV5). Therefore, we investigated the potential role of TRPV5 in mediating Ca2+ influx and in inhibiting chondrocyte autophagy in a rat OA model. METHODS: The rat OA model was assessed by macroscopic and histological analyses...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529531/the-protective-effect-of-lavender-essential-oil-and-its-main-component-linalool-against-the-cognitive-deficits-induced-by-d-galactose-and-aluminum-trichloride-in-mice
#10
Pan Xu, Kezhu Wang, Cong Lu, Liming Dong, Li Gao, Ming Yan, Silafu Aibai, Yanyan Yang, Xinmin Liu
Lavender essential oil (LO) is a traditional medicine used for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It was extracted from Lavandula angustifolia Mill. This study was designed to investigate the effects of lavender essential oil (LO) and its active component, linalool (LI), against cognitive impairment induced by D-galactose (D-gal) and AlCl3 in mice and to explore the related mechanisms. Our results revealed that LO (100 mg/kg) or LI (100 mg/kg) significantly protected the cognitive impairments as assessed by the Morris water maze test and step-though test...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527717/inhibition-of-the-lateral-habenular-camk%C3%A2-abolishes-naloxone-precipitated-conditioned-place-aversion-in-morphine-dependent-mice
#11
Jing Wang, Min Li, Ping Wang, Yunhong Zha, Zhi He, Zicheng Li
Addictive substances mediate positive and negative states promoting compulsive drug use. However, substrates for aversive effects of drugs are not fully understood. We found that inactivation of the lateral habenula (LHb) by microinjection of tetrodotoxin (TTX) abolished naloxone-precipitated conditioned place aversion (CPA) in morphine-dependent mice. We also found that lateral habenular administration of KN-62, a specific inhibitor for calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), abolished naloxone-precipitated CPA in morphine-dependent mice...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526135/regulation-of-cell-calcium-and-role-of-plasma-membrane-calcium-atpases
#12
T Calì, M Brini, E Carafoli
The plasma membrane Ca(2+) ATPase (PMCA pump) is a member of the superfamily of P-type pumps. It has 10 transmembrane helices and 2 cytosolic loops, one of which contains the catalytic center. Its most distinctive feature is a C-terminal tail that contains most of the regulatory sites including that for calmodulin. The pump is also regulated by acidic phospholipids, kinases, a dimerization process, and numerous protein interactors. In mammals, four genes code for the four basic isoforms. Isoform complexity is increased by alternative splicing of primary transcripts...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526071/retinoid-acid-induced-microrna-31-5p-suppresses-myogenic-proliferation-and-differentiation-by-targeting-camkii%C3%AE
#13
Bo Liu, Chao Liu, Wei Cong, Nan Li, Nan Zhou, Yi Tang, Chao Wei, Han Bai, Ying Zhang, Jing Xiao
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that Wnt5a/CaMKIIδ (calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II delta) pathway was involved in the embryonic tongue deformity induced by excess retinoic acid (RA). Our latest study found that the expression of miR-31-5p, which was predicted to target the 3'UTR of CamkIIδ, was raised in the RA-treated embryonic tongue. Thus, we hypothesized that the excess RA regulated Wnt5a/CaMKIIδ pathway through miR-31-5p in embryonic tongue. METHODS: C2C12 myoblast line was employed as an in vitro model to examine the suppression of miR-31-5p on CamkIIδ expression, through which RA impaired the myoblast proliferation and differentiation in embryonic tongue...
May 11, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520808/proteomic-analysis-of-biomphalaria-glabrata-plasma-proteins-with-binding-affinity-to-those-expressed-by-early-developing-larval-schistosoma-mansoni
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Xiao-Jun Wu, Nathalie Dinguirard, Grzegorz Sabat, Hong-di Lui, Laura Gonzalez, Michael Gehring, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino
Interactions between early developing Schistosoma mansoni larval stages and the hemolymph of its snail intermediate host represent the first molecular encounter with the snail's immune system. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of this early parasite-host interaction, biotinylated sporocyst tegumental membrane (Mem) proteins and larval transformation proteins (LTP) were affixed to streptavidin-agarose beads and used as affinity matrices to enrich for larval-reactive plasma proteins from susceptible (NMRI) and resistant (BS-90) strains of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516430/ramelteon-improves-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-like-behaviors-exhibited-by-fatty-acid-binding-protein-3-null-mice
#15
Yasushi Yabuki, Ibuki Takahata, Kazuya Matsuo, Yuji Owada, Kohji Fukunaga
We previously reported that fatty acid-binding protein 3 (FABP3) knockout (Fabp3 (-/-)) mice exhibit abnormal dopamine-related behaviors such as enhanced dopamine D2 receptor antagonist-induced catalepsy behaviors. Here, we report that Fabp3 null mice exhibit cognitive deficits, hyperlocomotion and impaired fear extinction, and thus show post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-like behaviors. Notably, chronic administration of ramelteon (1.0 mg/kg, p.o.), a melatonin receptor agonist, improved all PTSD-like behaviors tested in Fabp3 (-/-) mice...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516199/cloning-and-stress-induced-expression-analysis-of-calmodulin-in-the-antarctic-alga-chlamydomonas-sp-ice-l
#16
Ying-Ying He, Yi-Bin Wang, Zhou Zheng, Fang-Ming Liu, Mei-Ling An, Xiao-Dong He, Chang-Feng Qu, Lu-Lu Li, Jin-Lai Miao
Calmodulin (CaM) is a Ca(2+)-binding protein that plays a role in several Ca(2+) signaling pathways, which dynamically regulates the activities of hundreds of proteins. The ice alga Chlamydomonas sp. ICE-L, which has the ability to adapt to extreme polar conditions, is a crucial primary producer in Antarctic ecosystem. This study hypothesized that Cam helps the ICE-L to adapt to the fluctuating conditions in the polar environment. It first verified the overall length of Cam, through RT-PCR and RACE-PCR, based on partial Cam transcriptome library of ICE-L...
May 17, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513846/a-calmodulin-like-protein-regulates-plasmodesmal-closure-during-bacterial-immune-responses
#17
Bo Xu, Cécilia Cheval, Anuphon Laohavisit, Bradleigh Hocking, David Chiasson, Tjelvar S G Olsson, Ken Shirasu, Christine Faulkner, Matthew Gilliham
Plants sense microbial signatures via activation of pattern recognition receptors (PPRs), which trigger a range of cellular defences. One response is the closure of plasmodesmata, which reduces symplastic connectivity and the capacity for direct molecular exchange between host cells. Plasmodesmal flux is regulated by a variety of environmental cues but the downstream signalling pathways are poorly defined, especially the way in which calcium regulates plasmodesmal closure. Here, we identify that closure of plasmodesmata in response to bacterial flagellin, but not fungal chitin, is mediated by a plasmodesmal-localized Ca(2+) -binding protein Calmodulin-like 41 (CML41)...
May 17, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511953/small-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-channels-in-the-plasma-membrane-mitochondria-and-the-er-pharmacology-and-implications-in-neuronal-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Birgit Honrath, Inge Krabbendam, Carsten Culmsee, Amalia Dolga
Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (KCa) channels regulate after-hyperpolarization in many types of neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system. Small conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (KCa2/SK) channels, a subfamily of KCa channels, are widely expressed in the central and peripheral nervous system, and in the cardiovascular system. Voltage-independent SK channels are activated by alterations in intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) which facilitates the opening of these channels through binding of Ca(2+) to calmodulin that is constitutively bound to the SK2 C-terminus...
May 13, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507506/differential-regulation-of-pi-4-5-p2-sensitivity-of-kv7-2-and-kv7-3-channels-by-calmodulin
#19
Carolina Gomis-Perez, Maria V Soldovieri, Covadonga Malo, Paolo Ambrosino, Maurizio Taglialatela, Pilar Areso, Alvaro Villarroel
HIGHLIGHTS - Calmodulin-dependent Kv7.2 current density without the need of binding calcium.- Kv7.2 current density increase is accompanied with resistance to PI(4,5)P2 depletion.- Kv7.3 current density is insensitive to calmodulin elevation.- Kv7.3 is more sensitive to PI(4,5)P2 depletion in the presence of calmodulin.- Apo-calmodulin influences PI(4,5)P2 dependence in a subunit specific manner. The identification and understanding of critical factors regulating M-current functional density, whose main components are Kv7...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506204/antibiotic-effects-of-loperamide-homology-of-human-targets-of-loperamide-with-targets-in-acanthamoeba-spp
#20
Abdul Mannan Baig, Zohaib Rana, M Mohsin Mannan, S Sumayya Tariq, H R Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Loperamide is an anti-diarrheal drug prescribed for non-infectious diarrhea. The drug is an opioid receptor agonist, a blocker of voltage-dependent calcium channel (Cav) and a calmodulin (CaM) inhibitor on human cells. Loperamide has been reported to exert anti-amoebic effects against pathogenic strains of Acanthamoeba castellanii. OBJECTIVES: The precise mode of antibiotic action, cellular target homology with human counterparts and the pattern of cell death induced by loperamide in Acanthamoeba castellanii remain to be established...
April 25, 2017: Recent Patents on Anti-infective Drug Discovery
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