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Domenique D Zomer-van Ommen, Eyleen de Poel, Evelien Kruisselbrink, Hugo Oppelaar, Annelotte M Vonk, Hettie M Janssens, Cornelis K van der Ent, Marne C Hagemeijer, Jeffrey M Beekman
BACKGROUND: New functional assays using primary human intestinal adult stem cell cultures can be valuable tools to study epithelial defects in human diseases such as cystic fibrosis. METHODS: CFTR-mediated ion transport was measured in rectal organoid-derived monolayers grown from subjects with various CFTR mutations and compared to donor-matched intestinal current measurements (ICM) in rectal biopsies and forskolin-induced swelling of rectal organoids. RESULTS: Rectal organoid-derived monolayers were generated within four days...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
Jean-Claude Henquin
In vitro studies of human pancreatic islets are critical for understanding normal insulin secretion and its perturbations in diabetic β-cells, but the influence of islet preparation characteristics and organ donor attributes in such experiments is poorly documented. Preparations from normal donors were tested with a standardized protocol evaluating dynamic insulin secretion induced by glucose, tolbutamide, and cAMP (forskolin). Secretion rates, normalized to insulin content (fractional insulin secretion), were analyzed as a function of preparation and donor characteristics...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Sheng Y Ang, Bronwyn A Evans, Daniel P Poole, Romke Bron, Jesse J DiCello, Ross A D Bathgate, Martina Kocan, Dana S Hutchinson, Roger J Summers
Insulin-like peptide 5 (INSL5) is a newly discovered gut hormone expressed in colonic enteroendocrine L-cells but little is known about its biological function. Here, we show using RT-qPCR and in situ hybridisation that Insl5 mRNA is highly expressed in the mouse colonic mucosa, colocalised with proglucagon immunoreactivity. In comparison, mRNA for RXFP4 (the cognate receptor for INSL5) is expressed in various mouse tissues, including the intestinal tract. We show that the human enteroendocrine L-cell model NCI-H716 cell line, and goblet-like colorectal cell lines SW1463 and LS513 endogenously express RXFP4...
April 2018: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Hyemi Bae, Jeongyoon Choi, Young-Won Kim, Donghee Lee, Jung-Ha Kim, Jae-Hong Ko, Hyoweon Bang, Taeho Kim, Inja Lim
This study investigated the expression of voltage-gated K⁺ (KV ) channels in human cardiac fibroblasts (HCFs), and the effect of nitric oxide (NO) on the KV currents, and the underlying phosphorylation mechanisms. In reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, two types of KV channels were detected in HCFs: delayed rectifier K⁺ channel and transient outward K⁺ channel. In whole-cell patch-clamp technique, delayed rectifier K⁺ current (IK ) exhibited fast activation and slow inactivation, while transient outward K⁺ current (Ito ) showed fast activation and inactivation kinetics...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jeremy Streuli, Alan G Harris, Cecilia Cottiny, Florent Allagnat, Adrian F Daly, Eric Grouzmann, Karim Abid
BACKGROUND: Somatostatin analogs (SSAs) are first-line medical therapy for the treatment of acromegaly and neuroendocrine tumors that express somatostatin receptors (SSTR). Somatostatin suppresses secretion of a large number of hormones through the stimulation of the five SSTR. However, unbalanced inhibition of secretion as observed with the highly potent SSAs pasireotide causes hyperglycaemia mainly by inhibiting insulin secretion. In contrast, AP102 a new SSAs has neutral effect on blood glucose while suppressing GH secretion...
March 2, 2018: Neuropeptides
Asuka Mogi, Ryo Yomoda, Syunya Kimura, Chisato Tsushima, Jun Takouda, Miho Sawauchi, Tomoko Maekawa, Hidenobu Ohta, Satoshi Nishino, Masatake Kurita, Nariyasu Mano, Noriko Osumi, Takahiro Moriya
The mitotic activity of certain tissues in the body is closely associated with circadian clock function. However, the effects of growth factors on the molecular clockwork are not fully understood. Stimulation of neural stem cells (NSCs) with epidermal growth factor (EGF), a well-known mitogen, is known to cause synchronized cell cycle progression with a period of approximately 24 h, closely associated with the Per2 gene expression rhythm. Here, we examined the effects of EGF on the molecular clockwork of NSCs...
March 5, 2018: Neuroscience
Yunxia O'Malley, Pavana G Rotti, Ian M Thornell, Oriana G Vanegas Calderón, Christopher Febres-Aldana, Katelin Durham, Jianrong Yao, Xiaopeng Li, Zheng Zhu, Andrew W Norris, Joseph Zabner, John F Engelhardt, Aliye Uc
Pancreatic ductular epithelial cells comprise the majority of duct cells in pancreas, control cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR)-dependent bicarbonate [HCO3 - ] secretion, but are difficult to grow as a polarized monolayer. Using NIH-3T3-J2 fibroblast feeder cells and a Rho-associated kinase inhibitor, we produced well-differentiated and polarized porcine pancreatic ductular epithelial cells. Cells grown on semipermeable filters at air-liquid interface (ALI) developed typical epithelial cell morphology and stable transepithelial resistance (TER), expressed epithelial cell markers (zona occludens-1 and beta catenin), duct cell markers (SOX-9 and CFTR), but no acinar (amylase) or islet cell (chromogranin) markers...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Koji Sato, Peter W Sorensen
Although it is well established that the olfactory epithelium of teleost fish detects at least 6 classes of biologically-relevant odorants using five types of olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs), little is understood about the specificity of individual OSNs and thus how they encode identity of natural odors. In this study we used in vivo extracellular single-unit recording to examine the odor-responsiveness and physiological characteristics of 109 individual OSNs in mature male goldfish to a broad range of biological odorants including feeding stimuli (amino acids, polyamines, nucleotides), sex pheromones (sex steroids, prostaglandins) and a putative social cue (bile acids)...
March 3, 2018: Chemical Senses
Stefanie Klinger, Gerhard Breves
BACKGROUND: Beneficial effects of Resveratrol (RSV) have been demonstrated, including effects on transporters and channels. However, little is known about how RSV influences intestinal transport. The aim of this study was to further characterize the effects of RSV on intestinal transport and the respective mechanisms. METHODS: Porcine jejunum and ileum were incubated with RSV (300 µM, 30 min) in Ussing chambers (functional studies) and tissue bathes (detection of protein expression, phosphorylation, association with detergent resistant membranes (DRMs))...
March 3, 2018: Nutrients
Pushpendra Kumar Shukla, Ankita Misra, Manish Kumar, Jaichand, Kuldeep Singh, Juber Akhtar, Sharad Srivastava, Pawan K Agrawal, Ajay K Singh Rawat
Background: Coleus forskohlii is a well-known industrially important medicinal plant, for its high forskolin content. Objective: A simple, selective, and sensitive high-performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) method was developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of forskolin and iso-forskolin in C. forskohlii germplasm collected from the Eastern Ghats, India. Materials and Methods: Chromatographic separation of the targeted marker(s) was obtained on precoated silica plates using toluene: ethyl acetate: methanol (90:30:0...
January 2018: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Richa Dubey, Sudha S Malhotra, Satish K Gupta
PROBLEM: To study the role of miRNA(s) during trophoblastic BeWo cell fusion. METHOD OF STUDY: Changes in miRNA(s) profile of BeWo cells treated with forskolin were analyzed using Affymetrix miRNA microarray platform. Down-regulated miRNA, miR-92a-1-5p, was overexpressed in BeWo cells followed by forskolin treatment to understand its relevance in the process of BeWo cell fusion by desmoplakin I+II staining and hCG secretion by ELISA. Predicted targets of miR-92a-1-5p were also confirmed by qRT-PCR/Western blotting...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Andrée-Anne Hudon Thibeault, Cathy Vaillancourt, J Thomas Sanderson
Estrogen production by the human villous trophoblast is dependent on the biosynthetic enzyme aromatase (CYP19; CYP19A1) and is crucial for successful placental development and pregnancy outcome. Using villous cytotrophoblast cells (vCTs) freshly isolated from normal term placenta, we characterized the promoter-specific expression of CYP19A1 mRNA (derived from promoters I.1, I.4, I.8 or total transcript) and aromatase activity during villous trophoblast syncytialization. CYP19A1 mRNA levels and aromatase activity in vCTs reached a maximum after about 48 h of culture...
February 20, 2018: Biochimie
Jaya Gautam, Suhrid Banskota, Sajita Shah, Jun-Goo Jee, Eunju Kwon, Ying Wang, Dong Young Kim, Hyun Wook Chang, Jung-Ae Kim
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In this study, we examined that 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE) acts as a ligand for GPR109A, which elicits both anti-inflammatory and cell death responses. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Agonistic activity of 4-HNE was determined by observing the inhibition of cAMP generation in CHO-K1-GPR109A-Gi cell line, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) binding assay, and competition binding assay with [3 H]niacin. 4-HNE-mediated signaling pathways and cellular responses were investigated in GPR109A-expressing and -non-expressing cells...
February 23, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
David K Meyerholz, David A Stoltz, Nick D Gansemer, Sarah E Ernst, Daniel P Cook, Matthew D Strub, Erica N LeClair, Carrie K Barker, Ryan J Adam, Mariah R Leidinger, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Philip H Karp, Michael J Welsh, Paul B McCray
Loss of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) function causes cystic fibrosis (CF), predisposing the lungs to chronic infection and inflammation. In young infants with CF, structural airway defects are increasingly recognized before the onset of significant lung disease, which suggests a developmental origin and a possible role in lung disease pathogenesis. The role(s) of CFTR in lung development is unclear and developmental studies in humans with CF are not feasible. Young CF pigs have structural airway changes and develop spontaneous postnatal lung disease similar to humans; therefore, we studied lung development in the pig model (non-CF and CF)...
February 21, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Myeong-Ok Nam, Soojung Hahn, Joo Hyun Jee, Tae-Sun Hwang, Ho Yoon, Dong Hyeon Lee, Min-Soo Kwon, Jongman Yoo
Organoids, a multi-cellular and organ-like structure cultured in vitro , can be used in a variety of fields such as disease modeling, drug discovery, or cell therapy development. When organoids derived from Lgr5 stem cells are cultured ex vivo , recombinant R-spondin-1 protein should be added at a high concentration for the initiation and maintenance of the organoids. Because the addition of large amounts of R-spondin-1 greatly increases the cost of organoids, the organoids grown with R-spondin-1 are not practical for large-scale drug screening and for the development of therapeutic agents...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Jessica Idowu, Trisha Home, Nisha Patel, Brenda Magenheimer, Pamela V Tran, Robin L Maser, Christopher J Ward, James P Calvet, Darren P Wallace, Madhulika Sharma
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder characterized by fluid-filled cysts in the kidney and liver that ultimately leads to end-stage renal disease. Currently there is no globally approved therapy for PKD. The Notch signaling pathway regulates cellular processes such as proliferation and de-differentiation, which are cellular hallmarks of PKD. Thus we hypothesized that the Notch pathway plays a critical role in PKD. Evaluation of protein expression of Notch signaling components in kidneys of Autosomal Recessive PKD (ARPKD) and Autosomal Dominant PKD (ADPKD) mouse models and of ADPKD patients revealed that Notch pathway members, particularly Notch3, were consistently upregulated or activated in cyst-lining epithelial cells...
February 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Grace McMacken, Dan Cox, Andreas Roos, Juliane Müller, Roger Whittaker, Hanns Lochmüller
Inherited defects of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) comprise an increasingly diverse range of disorders, termed congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS). Therapies acting on the sympathetic nervous system, including the selective β2 adrenergic agonist salbutamol and the α and β adrenergic agonist ephedrine, have become standard treatment for several types of CMS. However, the mechanism of the therapeutic effect of sympathomimetics in these disorders is not understood. Here, we examined the effect of salbutamol on NMJ development using zebrafish with deficiency of the key postsynaptic proteins Dok-7 and MuSK...
February 16, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Valéria Ferreira-Silva, Fernando L Primo, Munira M A Baqui, Danielle A R Magalhães, Maristela D Orellana, Andrielle Castilho-Fernandes, Mario C Cruz, Niehls O S Câmara, Dimas T Covas, Antonio C Tedesco
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the neural protein expression pattern of human multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) treated with forskolin (free-form/FF). The study investigated forskolin's capacity to enhance intracellular levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) by activating adenylate cyclase and probably by inducing neuron-like cells in vitro. In addition, because nanotechnology is a growing field of tissue engineering, we also assessed the action of a new system called the nanostructured-forskolin (NF) to examine the improvement of drug delivery...
February 13, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Qian Liu, Chao Wu, Shengquan Huang, Qingjian Wu, Tao Zhou, Xiaobing Liu, Xin Liu, Xiaoyan Hu, Longkun Li
Spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to bereft voluntary control of bladder, but the possible role of spontaneous excited system in bladder of SCI patients is poorly understood. Hyper-polarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are deemed to regulate the spontaneous contraction of bladder, our study explored the functional role of HCN channels in SCI induced neurogenic bladder. Sixty female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into control, sham and SCI groups. Rat models subjected to SCI at S2 levels were successfully established and were assessed using hematoxylin and eosin staining and cystometry...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Hai-Hong Wang, Yan Li, Ang Li, Fang Yan, Zhen-Lin Li, Zhong-Ying Liu, Lei Zhang, Jian Zhang, Wei-Ren Dong, Lin Zhang
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January 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
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