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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214987/severe-convulsions-and-dysmyelination-in-both-jimpy-and-cx32-47-mice-may-associate-astrocytic-l-channel-function-with-myelination-and-oligodendrocytic-connexins-with-internodal-kv-channels
#1
Y H Gerald Chaban, Ye Chen, Elna Hertz, Leif Hertz
The Jimpy mouse illustrates the importance of interactions between astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. It has a mutation in Plp coding for proteolipid protein and DM20. Its behavior is normal at birth but from the age of ~2 weeks it shows severe convulsions associated with oligodendrocyte/myelination deficits and early death. A normally occurring increase in oxygen consumption by highly elevated K(+) concentrations is absent in Jimpy brain slices and cultured astrocytes, reflecting that Plp at early embryonic stages affects common precursors as also shown by the ability of conditioned medium from normal astrocytes to counteract histological abnormalities...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211875/a-hyaluronan-hydrogel-scaffold-based-xeno-free-culture-system-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-human-corneal-epithelial-stem-cells
#2
D Chen, Y Qu, X Hua, L Zhang, Z Liu, S C Pflugfelder, D-Q Li
PurposeTo develop a hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo cultivation of human corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs).Patients and MethodsCESCs were cultivated from donor limbal explants on the HyStem-C Hydrogel bio-scaffold in 12-well plates for 3 weeks. Group A used the traditional supplemented hormonal epidermal medium (SHEM) and group B used the defined SHEM (without fetal bovine serum and toxin A, adding 20% serum replacement). The growth and morphology of the cultured cells were assessed by phase contrast microscope...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205646/connexin30-3-is-expressed-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-and-is-responsive-to-leukemia-inhibitory-factor
#3
Mikako Saito, Yuma Asai, Keiichi Imai, Shoya Hiratoko, Kento Tanaka
The expression of 19 connexin (Cx) isoforms was observed in the mouse embryonic stem (ES) cell line, EB3. Their expression patterns could be classified into either pluripotent state-specific, differentiating stage-specific, or non-specific Cxs. We focused on Cx30.3 as typical of the first category. Cx30.3 was pluripotent state-specific and upregulated by leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), a specific cytokine that maintains the pluripotent state of ES cell, via a Jak signaling pathway. Cx30.3 protein was localized to both the cell membrane and cytosol...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205211/unraveling-a-novel-mechanism-for-the-up-regulation-of-connexin43-gap-junctions-between-cells-derived-from-the-blood-brain-barrier
#4
Juan C Sáez
Endothelial cells from different vascular territories in mammals express at least three connexins (Cxs: Cx37, Cx40 and Cx43), which are protein subunits of gap junction channels. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203706/the-ubiquitous-isoform-of-na-k-atpase-atp1a1-regulates-junctional-proteins-connexin-43-and-claudin-11-via-src-egfr-erk1-2-creb-pathway-in-rat-sertoli-cells%C3%A2
#5
Gayathri D Rajamanickam, John P Kastelic, Jacob C Thundathil
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203704/blocking-connexin-channels-improves-embryo-development-of-vitrified-bovine-blastocysts%C3%A2
#6
Nerea Ortiz-Escribano, Katarzyna Joanna Szymańska, Melissa Bol, Lynn Vandenberghe, Elke Decrock, Mario Van Poucke, Luc Peelman, Etienne Van den Abbeel, Ann Van Soom, Luc Leybaert
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202692/localization-of-phosphorylated-connexin-43-by-serial-section-immunogold-electron-microscopy
#7
Rachael P Norris, Valentina Baena, Mark Terasaki
Gap junction turnover occurs by the internalization of both plasma membranes of a gap junction plaque to form a double membrane-enclosed vesicle, or connexosome. Phosphorylation has a key role in regulation, but further progress requires clearly distinguishing gap junctions and connexosomes and precisely localizing proteins to them. We examined by electron microscopy serial sections of mouse preovulatory ovarian follicles collected with an automated tape collecting ultramicrotome (ATUM). We found connexosomes may form from adjacent cell bodies, from thin cell processes, or from the same cell...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193563/calcium-oxidative-stress-and-connexin-channels-a-harmonious-orchestra-directing-the-response-to-radiotherapy-treatment
#8
REVIEW
Elke Decrock, Delphine Hoorelbeke, Raghda Ramadan, Tinneke Delvaeye, Marijke De Bock, Nan Wang, Dmitri V Krysko, Sarah Baatout, Geert Bultynck, An Aerts, Mathieu Vinken, Luc Leybaert
Although radiotherapy is commonly used to treat cancer, its beneficial outcome is frequently hampered by the radiation resistance of tumor cells and adverse reactions in normal tissues. Mechanisms of cell-to-cell communication and how intercellular signals are translated into cellular responses, have become topics of intense investigation, particularly within the field of radiobiology. A substantial amount of evidence is available demonstrating that both gap junctional and paracrine communication pathways can propagate radiation-induced biological effects at the intercellular level, commonly referred to as radiation-induced bystander effects (RIBE)...
February 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188160/endogenous-hydrogen-sulfide-contributes-to-uterine-quiescence-during-pregnancy
#9
Xingji You, Zixi Chen, Huina Zhao, Chen Xu, Weina Liu, Qianqian Sun, Ping He, Hang Gu, Xin Ni
Recent evidence suggests that uterine activation for labor is associated with inflammation within uterine tissues. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) plays a critical role in inflammatory responses in various tissues. Our previous study has shown that human myometrium produces H2S via its generating enzymes cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE) and cystathionine-β-synthetase (CBS) during pregnancy. We therefore explored whether H2S plays a role in the maintenance of uterine quiescence during pregnancy. Human myometrial biopsies were obtained from pregnant women at term...
February 10, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181929/corneal-endothelial-cell-integrity-in-precut-human-donor-corneas-enhanced-by-autocrine-vasoactive-intestinal-peptide
#10
Shay-Whey M Koh, Timothy Coll, Dante Gloria, Nicholas Sprehe
PURPOSE: To demonstrate that vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), a corneal endothelial (CE) cell autocrine factor, maintains the integrity of corneal endothelium in human donor corneoscleral explants precut for endothelial keratoplasty. METHODS: Twelve paired human donor corneoscleral explants used as control versus VIP-treated explants (10 nM, 30 minutes, 37°C) were shipped (4°C) to the Lions Eye Institute for Transplantation and Research for precutting (Moria CBM-ALTK Keratome), shipped back to the laboratory, and cultured in ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF, 0...
February 8, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177659/effects-of-ferulic-acid-on-oxidative-stress-heat-shock-protein-70-connexin-43-and-monoamines-in-hippocampus-of-pentylenetetrazole-kindled-rats
#11
Abdelaziz M Hussein, Khalid M Abbas, Osama A Abulseoud, Elhussainy Mohamed Abouelez Elhussainy
The present study investigated the effects of ferulic acid on pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures, oxidative stress markers (malondialdhyde (MDA), catalase (CAT) and reduced glutathione (GSH)), connexin (Cx) 43, heat shock protein (Hsp) 70 and monoamines (serotonin (5HT) and norepinephrine (NE) levels in a rat model of PTZ-induced kindling. Sixty Sprague Dawley rats were divided into 5 equal groups, a) normal group, b) FA group: normal rats received FA at a dose of 40 mg/kg daily, c) PTZ group: rats received PTZ at a dose of 50 mg/kg i...
February 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177159/connexin43-mutant-patient-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-exhibit-altered-differentiation-potential
#12
Jessica L Esseltine, Qing Shao, Courtney Brooks, Jacinda Sampson, Dean H Betts, Cheryle Séguin, Dale W Laird
We present for the first time the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from a patient with a connexin-linked disease. The importance of gap junctional intercellular communication in bone homeostasis is exemplified by the autosomal dominant developmental disorder oculodentodigital dysplasia (ODDD) which is linked to mutations in the GJA1 (Cx43) gene. ODDD is characterised by craniofacial malformations, ophthalmic deficits, enamel hypoplasia and syndactyly. In addition to harboring a Cx43 p.V216L mutation, ODDD iPSCs exhibit reduced Cx43 mRNA and protein abundance when compared to control iPSCs and display impaired channel function...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176351/role-of-connexin-43-in-cadmium-induced-proliferation-of-human-prostate-epithelial-cells
#13
Qingping Liu, Xiaoli Ji, Zehe Ge, Haipeng Diao, Xiuli Chang, Lihua Wang, Qing Wu
Connexins (Cxs), the subunits of gap junction channels, are involved in many physiological processes. Aberrant control of Cxs and gap junction intercellular communication may contribute to many diseases, including the promotion of cancer. Cd exposure is associated with increased risk of human prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia. The roles of Cxs in the effects of Cd on the prostate have, however, not been reported previously. In this study, the human prostate epithelial cell line RWPE-1 was exposed to Cd...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174541/regulation-of-connexin-based-channels-by-fatty-acids
#14
REVIEW
Carlos Puebla, Mauricio A Retamal, Rodrigo Acuña, Juan C Sáez
In this mini-review, we briefly summarize the current knowledge about the effects of fatty acids (FAs) on connexin-based channels, as well as discuss the limited information about the impact FAs may have on pannexins (Panxs). FAs regulate diverse cellular functions, some of which are explained by changes in the activity of channels constituted by connexins (Cxs) or Panxs, which are known to play critical roles in maintaining the functional integrity of diverse organs and tissues. Cxs are transmembrane proteins that oligomerize into hexamers to form hemichannels (HCs), which in turn can assemble into dodecamers to form gap junction channels (GJCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170287/intermediate-reprogramming-of-mouse-skin-fibroblasts-into-stem-like-cells-by-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4
#15
Seung-Eun Lee, Sang-Jun Uhm, Yeo-Jin Son, Yun-Gwi Park, Eun-Young Kim, Se-Pill Park
Specific transcription factors are sufficient to reprogram fully induced pluripotent stem cells or other types of cells. These findings raise the question of whether chemical molecules or proteins can replace transcription factors to alter the defined cell fate. In this study, we treated mouse skin fibroblasts (MSFs) with bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) and examined intermediate reprogramming of MSFs into stem-like cells. Putative epidermal stem cells isolated from the ventral skin epidermis of an adult mouse were used to confirm the reprogramming activity of BMP4, which increased the proliferation of these cells...
February 7, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170202/autologous-neohep-derived-from-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-patients-blood-monocytes-by-upregulation-of-c-met-signaling
#16
Jashdeep Bhattacharjee, Barun Das, Disha Sharma, Preeti Sahay, Kshama Jain, Alaknanda Mishra, Srikanth Iyer, Puja Nagpal, Vinod Scaria, Perumal Nagarajan, Prakash Khanduri, Asok Mukhopadhyay, Pramod Upadhyay
In view of the escalating need for autologous cell-based therapy for treatment of liver diseases, a novel candidate has been explored in the present study. The monocytes isolated from hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) nucleic acid test (NAT)-positive (HNP) blood were differentiated to hepatocyte-like cells (NeoHep) in vitro by a two-step culture procedure. The excess neutrophils present in HNP blood were removed before setting up the culture. In the first step of culture, apoptotic cells were depleted and genes involved in hypoxia were induced, which was followed by the upregulation of genes involved in the c-MET signaling pathway in the second step...
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168732/two-modes-of-enteric-gliotransmission-differentially-affect-gut-physiology
#17
Vladimir Grubišić, Vladimir Parpura
Enteric glia (EG) in the enteric nervous system can modulate neuronally regulated gut functions. Using molecular genetics, we assessed the effects that molecular entities expressed in EG and otherwise mediating two distinct mechanisms of gliotransmitter release, connexin 43 (Cx43) hemichannel vs. Ca(2+) -dependent exocytosis, have on gut function. The expression of mutated Cx43(G138R) (which favors hemichannel, as opposed to gap-junctional activity) in EG increased gut motility in vivo, while a knock-down of Cx43 in EG resulted in the reduction of gut motility...
February 7, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167212/recruitment-of-rna-molecules-by-connexin-rna-binding-motifs-implication-in-rna-and-dna-transport-through-microvesicles-and-exosomes
#18
REVIEW
Marta Varela-Eirin, Adrian Varela-Vazquez, Marina Rodríguez-Candela Mateos, Anton Vila-Sanjurjo, Eduardo Fonseca, José L Mascareñas, M Eugenio Vázquez, Maria D Mayan
Connexins (Cxs) are integral membrane proteins that form high-conductance plasma membrane channels, allowing communication from cell to cell (via gap junctions) and from cells to the extracellular environment (via hemichannels). Initially described for their role in joining excitable cells (nerve and muscle), gap junctions (GJs) are found between virtually all cells in solid tissues and are essential for functional coordination by enabling the direct transfer of small signalling molecules, metabolites, ions, and electrical signals from cell to cell...
February 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165047/relevance-of-mortalin-to-cancer-cell-stemness-and-cancer-therapy
#19
Chae-Ok Yun, Priyanshu Bhargava, Youjin Na, Jung-Sun Lee, Jihoon Ryu, Sunil C Kaul, Renu Wadhwa
Mortalin/mtHsp70 is a member of Hsp70 family of proteins. Enriched in a large variety of cancers, it has been shown to contribute to the process of carcinogenesis by multiple ways including inactivation of tumor suppressor p53 protein, deregulation of apoptosis and activation of EMT signaling. In this study, we report that upregulation of mortalin contributes to cancer cell stemness. Several cancer cell stemness markers, such as ABCG2, OCT-4, CD133, ALDH1, CD9, MRP1 and connexin were upregulated in mortalin-overexpressing cells that showed higher ability to form spheroids...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160200/reversal-of-tresk-downregulation-alleviates-neuropathic-pain-by-inhibiting-activation-of-gliocytes-in-the-spinal-cord
#20
Jun Zhou, Hongtao Chen, Chengxiang Yang, Jiying Zhong, Wanyou He, Qingming Xiong
Despite the consensus that activation of TWIK-related spinal cord K(+) (TRESK) might contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic pain, the specific mechanisms underlying the transfer and development of pain signals still remain obscure. In the present study, we validated that TRESK was expressed in neurons instead of glial cells. Furthermore, in the SNI model of neuropathic pain (NP), downregulation of TRESK in spinal cord neurons resulted in upregulation of connexin 36 (Cx36) and connexin 43 (Cx43), both being subtypes of gap junctions in the spinal cord, with gliocytes in the spinal cord activated ultimately...
February 3, 2017: Neurochemical Research
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