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Chen Gu
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Many believe autoimmune pathogenesis plays a key role in MS, but its target(s) remains elusive. A recent study detected autoantibodies against KIR4.1, an ATP-sensitive, inward rectifier potassium channel, in nearly half of the MS patients examined. KIR4.1 channels are expressed in astrocytes. Together with aquaporin 4 (AQP4) water channels, they regulate astrocytic functions vital for myelination. Autoantibodies against AQP4 have been established as a key biomarker for neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and contributed to diagnostic and treatment strategy adjustments...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Leif Hertz, Ye Chen
Initial clearance of extracellular K(+) ([K(+)]o) following neuronal excitation occurs by astrocytic uptake, because elevated [K(+)]o activates astrocytic but not neuronal Na(+),K(+)-ATPases. Subsequently, astrocytic K(+) is re-released via Kir4.1 channels after distribution in the astrocytic functional syncytium via gap junctions. The dispersal ensures widespread release, preventing renewed [K(+)]o increase and allowing neuronal Na(+),K(+)-ATPase-mediated re-uptake. Na(+),K(+)-ATPase operation creates extracellular hypertonicity and cell shrinkage which is reversed by the astrocytic cotransporter NKCC1...
September 28, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Viviane Wilms, Christine Köppl, Chris Söffgen, Anna-Maria Hartmann, Hans Gerd Nothwang
In the cochlea, mammals maintain a uniquely high endolymphatic potential (EP), which is not observed in other vertebrate groups. However, a high [K(+)] is always present in the inner ear endolymph. Here, we show that Kir4.1, which is required in the mammalian stria vascularis to generate the highly positive EP, is absent in the functionally equivalent avian tegmentum vasculosum. In contrast, the molecular repertoire required for K(+) secretion, specifically NKCC1, KCNQ1, KCNE1, BSND and CLC-K, is shared between the tegmentum vasculosum, the vestibular dark cells and the marginal cells of the stria vascularis...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Federico Sicca, Elena Ambrosini, Maria Marchese, Luigi Sforna, Ilenio Servettini, Giulia Valvo, Maria Stefania Brignone, Angela Lanciotti, Francesca Moro, Alessandro Grottesi, Luigi Catacuzzeno, Sara Baldini, Sonia Hasan, Maria Cristina D'Adamo, Fabio Franciolini, Paola Molinari, Filippo M Santorelli, Mauro Pessia
Dysfunction of the inwardly-rectifying potassium channels Kir4.1 (KCNJ10) represents a pathogenic mechanism contributing to Autism-Epilepsy comorbidity. To define the role of Kir4.1 variants in the disorder, we sequenced KCNJ10 in a sample of affected individuals, and performed genotype-phenotype correlations. The effects of mutations on channel activity, protein trafficking, and astrocyte function were investigated in Xenopus laevis oocytes, and in human astrocytoma cell lines. An in vivo model of the disorder was also explored through generation of kcnj10a morphant zebrafish overexpressing the mutated human KCNJ10...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Fei Wang, Hongfei Xiang, Gregory Fischer, Zhen Liu, Matthew J Dupont, Quinn H Hogan, Hongwei Yu
In dorsal root ganglia (DRG), satellite glial cells (SGCs) tightly ensheathe the somata of primary sensory neurons to form functional sensory units. SGCs are identified by their flattened and irregular morphology and expression of a variety of specific marker proteins. In this report, we present evidence that the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A synthase isoenzymes 1 and 2 (HMGCS1 and HMGCS2) are abundantly expressed in SGCs. Immunolabeling with the validated antibodies revealed that both HMGCS1 and HMGCS2 are highly colabeled with a selection of SGC markers, including GS, GFAP, Kir4...
September 23, 2016: Brain Research
Amit Bar-Or, Rogier Q Hintzen, Russell C Dale, Kevin Rostasy, Wolfgang Brück, Tanuja Chitnis
Elucidating pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the spectrum of pediatric-onset CNS demyelinating diseases, particularly those that may distinguish multiple sclerosis (MS) from other entities, promises to both improve diagnostics and guide more-informed therapeutic decisions. Observations that pediatric- and adult-onset MS share the same genetic and environmental risk factors support the view that these conditions represent essentially the same illness manifesting at different ages. Nonetheless, special consideration must be given when CNS inflammation manifests in early life, at a time when multiple organs (including immune and nervous systems) are actively maturing...
August 30, 2016: Neurology
Zhong-Feng Wang, Xiong-Li Yang
Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness, is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by optic nerve degeneration related to apoptotic death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). In the pathogenesis of RGC death following the onset of glaucoma, functional changes of glutamate receptors are commonly regarded as important risk factors. During the past several years, we have explored the mechanisms underlying RGC apoptosis and retinal Müller cell reactivation (gliosis) in a rat chronic ocular hypertension (COH) model...
August 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Ola Abdelhadi, Daniela Iancu, Horia Stanescu, Robert Kleta, Detlef Bockenhauer
EAST syndrome is a recently described autosomal recessive disorder secondary to mutations in KCNJ10 (Kir4.1), a gene encoding a potassium channel expressed in the brain, eye, ear and kidney. This condition is characterized by 4 cardinal features; Epilepsy, Ataxia, Sensorineural deafness, and (a renal salt-wasting) Tubulopathy, hence the acronym EAST syndrome. Here we review reported clinical manifestations, in particular the neurological signs and symptoms which typically have the most impact on the quality of life of patients...
2016: Rare Diseases
Osamu Higuchi, Shunya Nakane, Waka Sakai, Yasuhiro Maeda, Masaaki Niino, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Toshiyuki Fukazawa, Seiji Kikuchi, Kazuo Fujihara, Hidenori Matsuo
OBJECTIVES: To examine anti-KIR4.1 antibodies by 2 different assays in Japanese patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) or neuromyelitis optica (NMO). METHODS: One hundred sixty serum samples from 57 patients with MS, 40 patients with NMO/NMO spectrum disorder (NMOSD), and 50 healthy controls (all were Japanese) were tested with ELISA using a synthetic peptide of the first extracellular portion of human KIR4.1. In addition, we attempted to detect anti-KIR4.1 immunoglobulin G in the serum by the luciferase immunoprecipitation systems (LIPS) with the full length of human KIR4...
October 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Wen-Hui Wang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Renal potassium (K) secretion plays a key role in maintaining K homeostasis. The classic mechanism of renal K secretion is focused on the connecting tubule and cortical collecting duct, in which K is uptaken by basolateral Na-K-ATPase and is secreted into the lumen by apical ROMK (Kir1.1) and Ca-activated big conductance K channel. Recently, genetic studies and animal models have indicated that inwardly rectifying K channel 4.1 (Kir4.1 or Kcnj10) in the distal convoluted tubule (DCT) may play a role in the regulation of K secretion in the aldosterone-sensitive distal nephron by targeting the NaCl cotransporter (NCC)...
September 2016: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Sandrine Joly, Dana A Dodd, Benjamin F Grewe, Vincent Pernet
In the adult retina, we have previously shown that Nogo-A was highly expressed in Müller glia. However, the role of Nogo-A in the glial cell physiology is not clear. In this study, we investigated the possible influence that Nogo-A may exert on other polarized molecules in Müller cells, in particular inwardly rectifying potassium channel 4.1 (Kir4.1) and aquaporin 4 (AQP4) that respectively control potassium and water exchange in glial cells. Our results showed that adenovirus-mediated Nogo-A overexpression with AdNogo-A increased the immunofluorescent signal of Kir4...
August 3, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Xiangming Li, Bernardo Ortega, Boyoung Kim, Paul A Welling
Nearly all members of the inwardly rectifying potassium (Kir) channel family share a cytoplasmic domain structure that serves as an unusual AP-1 clathrin adaptor-dependent Golgi export signal in one Kir channel, Kir2.1 (KCNJ2), raising the question whether Kir channels share a common Golgi export mechanism. Here we explore this idea, focusing on two structurally and functionally divergent Kir family members, Kir2.3 (KCNJ4) and Kir4.1/5.1 (KCNJ10/16), which have ∼50% amino identity. We found that Golgi export of both channels is blocked upon siRNA-mediated knockdown of the AP-1 γ subunit, as predicted for the common AP-1-dependent trafficking process...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
S Lassiale, F Valamanesh, C Klein, D Hicks, M Abitbol, C Versaux-Botteri
Muller glial cells (MGC) are essential for normal functioning of retina. They are especially involved in potassium (K+) and water homeostasis, via inwardly rectifying K+ (Kir 4.1) and aquaporin-4 (AQP4) channels respectively. Because MGC appear morphologically and functionally altered in most retinal pathologies, we studied the expression of AQP 4 and Kir 4.1 during the time course of progressive retinal degeneration in Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats, an animal model for the hereditary human retinal degenerative disease Retinitis pigmentosa...
July 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Daniel R Swale, Haruto Kurata, Sujay V Kharade, Jonathan Sheehan, Rene Raphemot, Karl R Voigtritter, Eric E Figueroa, Jens Meiler, Anna L Blobaum, Craig W Lindsley, Corey R Hopkins, Jerod S Denton
The inward rectifier potassium (Kir) channel Kir7.1 (KCNJ13) has recently emerged as a key regulator of melanocortin signaling in the brain, electrolyte homeostasis in the eye, and uterine muscle contractility during pregnancy. The pharmacological tools available for exploring the physiology and therapeutic potential of Kir7.1 have been limited to relatively weak and nonselective small-molecule inhibitors. Here, we report the discovery in a fluorescence-based high-throughput screen of a novel Kir7.1 channel inhibitor, VU714...
July 20, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Arne Battefeld, Jan Klooster, Maarten H P Kole
Satellite oligodendrocytes (s-OLs) are closely apposed to the soma of neocortical layer 5 pyramidal neurons but their properties and functional roles remain unresolved. Here we show that s-OLs form compact myelin and action potentials of the host neuron evoke precisely timed Ba(2+)-sensitive K(+) inward rectifying (Kir) currents in the s-OL. Unexpectedly, the glial K(+) inward current does not require oligodendrocytic Kir4.1. Action potential-evoked Kir currents are in part mediated by gap-junction coupling with neighbouring OLs and astrocytes that form a syncytium around the pyramidal cell body...
2016: Nature Communications
Anton Dvorzhak, Tatyana Vagner, Knut Kirmse, Rosemarie Grantyn
UNLABELLED: This study evaluates single-cell indicators of glutamate transport in sulforhodamine 101-positive astrocytes of Q175 mice, a knock-in model of Huntington's disease (HD). Transport-related fluorescent ratio signals obtained with sodium-binding benzofuran isophtalate (SBFI) AM from unperturbed or voltage-clamped astrocytes and respective glutamate transporter currents (GTCs) were induced by photolytic or synaptic glutamate release and isolated pharmacologically. The HD-induced deficit ranged from -27% (GTC maximum at -100 mV in Ba(2+)) to -41% (sodium transients in astrocytes after loading SBFI-AM)...
May 4, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Xiao-Tong Su, Wen-Hui Wang
Kir4.1 is an inwardly rectifying potassium (K(+)) channel and is expressed in the brain, inner ear, and kidney. In the kidney, Kir4.1 is expressed in the basolateral membrane of the late thick ascending limb (TAL), the distal convoluted tubule (DCT), and the connecting tubule (CNT)/cortical collecting duct (CCD). It plays a role in K(+) recycling across the basolateral membrane in corresponding nephron segments and in generating negative membrane potential. The renal phenotypes of the loss-function mutations of Kir4...
July 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Chengbiao Zhang, Xiaotong Su, Lars Bellner, Dao-Hong Lin
The expression of caveolin-1 (Cav1) in corneal epithelium is associated with regeneration potency. We used Cav1(-/-) mice to study the role of Cav1 in modulating corneal wound healing. Western blot and whole cell patch clamp were employed to study the effect of Cav1 deletion on Kir4.1 current density in corneas. We found that Ba(2+)-sensitive K(+) currents in primary cultured murine corneal epithelial cells (pMCE) from Cav1(-/-) were dramatically reduced (602 pA) compared with those from wild type (WT; 1,300 pA)...
June 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Tiziana Annese, Patrizia Corsi, Simona Ruggieri, Roberto Tamma, Christian Marinaccio, Sabrina Picocci, Mariella Errede, Giorgina Specchia, Annamaria De Luca, Maria Antonia Frassanito, Vanessa Desantis, Angelo Vacca, Domenico Ribatti, Beatrice Nico
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is altered in mdx mouse, an animal model to study Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Our previous work demonstrated that perivascular glial endfeet control the selective exchanges between blood and neuropil as well as the BBB development and integrity; the alterations of dystrophin and dystrophin-associated protein complex (DAPs) in the glial cells of mdx mouse, parallel damages of the BBB and increase in vascular permeability. The aim of this study was to improve our knowledge about brain cellular components in the mdx mouse through the isolation, for the first time, of the adult neural stem cells (ANSCs)...
May 1, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Ruotian Jiang, Blanca Diaz-Castro, Loren L Looger, Baljit S Khakh
UNLABELLED: Astrocytes tile the entire CNS, but their functions within neural circuits in health and disease remain incompletely understood. We used genetically encoded Ca(2+)and glutamate indicators to explore the rules for astrocyte engagement in the corticostriatal circuit of adult wild-type (WT) and Huntington's disease (HD) model mice at ages not accompanied by overt astrogliosis (at approximately postnatal days 70-80). WT striatal astrocytes displayed extensive spontaneous Ca(2+)signals, but did not respond to cortical stimulation, implying that astrocytes were largely disengaged from cortical input in healthy tissue...
March 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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