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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231872/a-deeper-examination-of-thorellius-atrox-scorpion-venom-components-with-omic-techonologies
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Teresa Romero-Gutierrez, Esteban Peguero-Sanchez, Miguel A Cevallos, Cesar V F Batista, Ernesto Ortiz, Lourival D Possani
This communication reports a further examination of venom gland transcripts and venom composition of the Mexican scorpion Thorellius atrox using RNA-seq and tandem mass spectrometry. The RNA-seq, which was performed with the Illumina protocol, yielded more than 20,000 assembled transcripts. Following a database search and annotation strategy, 160 transcripts were identified, potentially coding for venom components. A novel sequence was identified that potentially codes for a peptide with similarity to spider ω-agatoxins, which act on voltage-gated calcium channels, not known before to exist in scorpion venoms...
December 12, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230810/trauma-exposure-interacts-with-the-genetic-risk-of-bipolar-disorder-in-alcohol-misuse-of-us-soldiers
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R Polimanti, J Kaufman, H Zhao, H R Kranzler, R J Ursano, R C Kessler, M B Stein, J Gelernter
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether trauma exposure moderates the genetic correlation between substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders, we tested whether trauma exposure modifies the association of genetic risks for mental disorders with alcohol misuse and nicotine dependence (ND) symptoms. METHODS: High-resolution polygenic risk scores (PRSs) were calculated for 10 732 US Army soldiers (8346 trauma-exposed and 2386 trauma-unexposed) based on genome-wide association studies of bipolar disorder (BD), major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia...
December 11, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230552/identification-of-clustered-phosphorylation-sites-in-pkd2l1-how-pkd2l1-channel-activation-is-regulated-by-cyclic-adenosine-monophosphate-signaling-pathway
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Eunice Yon June Park, Misun Kwak, Kotdaji Ha, Insuk So
Polycystic kidney disease 2-like-1 (PKD2L1), or polycystin-L or TRPP2, formerly TRPP3, is a transient receptor potential (TRP) superfamily member. It is a calcium-permeable non-selective cation channel that regulates intracellular calcium concentration and thereby calcium signaling. PKD2L1 has been reported to take part in hedgehog signaling in renal primary cilia and sour tasting coupling with PKD1L3. In addition to the previous reports, PKD2L1 is recently found to play a crucial role in localization with β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) on the neuronal primary cilia...
December 11, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230527/lefty2-inhibits-endometrial-receptivity-by-downregulating-orai1-expression-and-store-operated-ca2-entry
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Madhuri S Salker, Yogesh Singh, Ruban R Peter Durairaj, Jing Yan, Md Alauddin, Ni Zeng, Jennifer H Steel, Shaqiu Zhang, Jaya Nautiyal, Zoe Webster, Sara Y Brucker, Diethelm Wallwiener, B Anne Croy, Jan J Brosens, Florian Lang
Early embryo development and endometrial differentiation are initially independent processes, and synchronization, imposed by a limited window of implantation, is critical for reproductive success. A putative negative regulator of endometrial receptivity is LEFTY2, a member of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β family. LEFTY2 is highly expressed in decidualizing human endometrial stromal cells (HESCs) during the late luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, coinciding with the closure of the window of implantation...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229864/cytoplasmic-cl-couples-membrane-remodeling-to-epithelial-morphogenesis
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Mu He, Wenlei Ye, Won-Jing Wang, Eirish S Sison, Yuh Nung Jan, Lily Yeh Jan
Chloride is the major free anion in the extracellular space (>100 mM) and within the cytoplasm in eukaryotes (10 ∼ 20 mM). Cytoplasmic Cl- level is dynamically regulated by Cl- channels and transporters. It is well established that movement of Cl- across the cell membrane is coupled with cell excitability through changes in membrane potential and with water secretion. However, whether cytoplasmic Cl- plays additional roles in animal development and tissue homeostasis is unknown. Here we use genetics, cell biological and pharmacological tools to demonstrate that TMEM16A, an evolutionarily conserved calcium-activated chloride channel (CaCC), regulates cytoplasmic Cl- homeostasis and promotes plasma membrane remodeling required for mammalian epithelial morphogenesis...
December 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229703/orai1-plays-a-crucial-role-in-central-sensitization-by-modulating-neuronal-excitability
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Yannong Dou, Jingsheng Xia, Ruby Gao, Xinghua Gao, Frances M Munoz, Dongyu Wei, Yuzhen Tian, James E Barrett, Seena Ajit, Olimpia Meucci, James W Putney, Yue Dai, Huijuan Hu
Pathological pain is a common and debilitating condition that is often poorly managed. Central sensitization is an important mechanism underlying pathological pain. However, candidate molecules involved in central sensitization remain unclear. Store-operated calcium channels (SOCs) mediate important calcium signals in non-excitable and excitable cells. SOCs have been implicated in a wide variety of human pathophysiological conditions including immunodeficiency, occlusive vascular diseases and cancer. However, the role of SOCs in central nervous system (CNS) disorders has been relatively unexplored...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228786/oxidative-stress-induces-disruption-of-the-axon-initial-segment
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Kareem Clark, Brooke A Sword, Jeffrey L Dupree
The axon initial segment (AIS), the domain responsible for action potential initiation and maintenance of neuronal polarity, is targeted for disruption in a variety of central nervous system pathological insults. Previous work in our laboratory implicates oxidative stress as a potential mediator of structural AIS alterations in two separate mouse models of central nervous system inflammation, as these effects were attenuated following reactive oxygen species scavenging and NADPH oxidase-2 ablation. While these studies suggest a role for oxidative stress in modulation of the AIS, the direct effects of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) on the stability of this domain remain unclear...
November 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228015/development-of-an-iron-selective-antioxidant-probe-with-protective-effects-on-neuronal-function
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Olimpo García-Beltrán, Natalia P Mena, Pabla Aguirre, Germán Barriga-González, Antonio Galdámez, Edgar Nagles, Tatiana Adasme, Cecilia Hidalgo, Marco T Núñez
Iron accumulation, oxidative stress and calcium signaling dysregulation are common pathognomonic signs of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson´s and Alzheimer's diseases, Friedreich ataxia and Huntington's disease. Given their therapeutic potential, the identification of multifunctional compounds that suppress these damaging features is highly desirable. Here, we report the synthesis and characterization of N-(1,3-dihydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)propan-2-yl)-2-(7-hydroxy-2-oxo-2H-chromen-4-yl)acetamide, named CT51, which exhibited potent free radical neutralizing activity both in vitro and in cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227453/effect-of-prophylactic-medication-on-associated-dizziness-and-motion-sickness-in-migraine
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Seung-Han Lee, Seong-Hae Jeong, Ji-Soo Kim, Hyo-Jung Kim, Kwang-Dong Choi, Jae-Hwan Choi, Sun-Young Oh, Ji-Yun Park, Dong Uk Kim, Byung-Kun Kim
OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of prophylactic medications for migraine in reducing associated dizziness and motion sickness. STUDY DESIGN: Multicenter prospective observational study. SETTING: Nationwide 9 Dizziness Clinics in South Korea. PATIENTS: One hundred thirty-eight patients who required a preventive medication for migraine accompanied by dizziness and motion sickness. INTERVENTION: At least one of the prophylactic medications was prescribed among the beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, and antiepileptic drugs...
January 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226878/asic1a-contributes-to-the-symptom-of-pain-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-prostatitis
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Song Fan, Zong-Yao Hao, Li Zhang, Jun Zhou, Yi-Fei Zhang, Shen Tai, Xian-Sheng Zhang, Chao-Zhao Liang
This study aims to validate our hypothesis that acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) may contribute to the symptom of pain in patients with chronic prostatitis (CP). We first established a CP rat model, then isolated the L5-S2 spinal dorsal horn neurons for further studies. ASIC1a was knocked down and its effects on the expression of neurogenic inflammation-related factors in the dorsal horn neurons of rat spinal cord were evaluated. The effect of ASIC1a on the Ca2+ ion concentration in the dorsal horn neurons of rat spinal cord was measured by the intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) intensity...
December 8, 2017: Asian Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225324/effects-of-cilnidipine-an-l-n-type-calcium-channel-blocker-on-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-japanese-post-stroke-hypertensive-patients-results-from-the-ca-attend-study
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Tomohisa Nezu, Naohisa Hosomi, Shiro Aoki, Noriyuki Suzuki, Tsukasa Teshima, Hitoshi Sugii, Shinobu Nagahama, Yoshiki Kurose, Hirofumi Maruyama, Masayasu Matsumoto
AIMS: Although several antihypertensive agents reduced the carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), it remains unclear whether those agents affect the interadventitial diameter (IAD). We aimed to examine whether cilnidipine, an L/N-type calcium channel blocker, reduced the common carotid IMT or IAD in post-stroke hypertensive patients. METHODS: The common carotid IMT and IAD were measured at the start of cilnidipine treatment and 12 months from that. The changes in the mean max-IMT or IAD between baseline and the 12-month follow-up were evaluated and compared between the thick group (max-IMT ≥1...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225183/ca2-mediates-axotomy-induced-necrosis-and-apoptosis-of-satellite-glial-cells-remote-from-the-transection-site-in-the-isolated-crayfish-mechanoreceptor
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Andrey Khaitin, Mikhail Rudkovskii, Anatoly Uzdensky
Severe nerve injury such as axotomy induces neuron degeneration and death of surrounding glial cells. Using a crayfish stretch receptor that consists of a single mechanoreceptor neuron enveloped by satellite glia, we showed that axotomy not only mechanically injures glial cells at the transection location, but also induces necrosis or apoptosis of satellite glial cells remote from the transection site. We studied Ca2+role in spontaneous or axotomy-induced death of remote glial cells. Stretch receptors were isolated using the original technique that kept the neuron connected to the ventral cord ganglion (control preparations)...
December 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223474/fine-tuning-of-store-operated-calcium-entry-by-fast-and-slow-ca2-dependent-inactivation-involvement-of-saraf
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Isaac Jardín, Letizia Albarran, Ginés M Salido, Jose J López, Stewart O Sage, Juan A Rosado
Store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) is a functionally relevant mechanism for Ca2+ influx present in electrically excitable and non-excitable cells. Regulation of Ca2+ entry through store-operated channels is essential to maintain an appropriate intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis and prevent cell damage. Calcium-release activated channels exhibit Ca2+-dependent inactivation mediated by two temporally separated mechanisms: fast Ca2+-dependent inactivation takes effect in the order of milliseconds and involves the interaction of Ca2+ with residues in the channel pore while slow Ca2+-dependent inactivation (SCDI) develops over tens of seconds, requires a global rise in [Ca2+]cyt and is a mechanism regulated by mitochondria...
December 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223295/could-calcium-channel-blockers-treat-2-illnesses-with-1-pill
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John Oppenheimer, H William Kelly
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December 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222635/cardiovascular-response-of-rat-aorta-to-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-dehp-exposure
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Melissa Mariana, Joana Feiteiro, Elisa Cairrao
Phthalates are one of the main constituents of plastic, reaching up to 40% of the total plastic weight, and their main function is to impart flexibility/elasticity to polymers that would otherwise be rigid. Phthalates are known as endocrine disruptors, since they can interfere with hormone homeostasis. Regarding the cardiovascular system, it was already shown the effects of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) exposure with significant changes in several calcium-handling proteins and an increase in the blood pressure of mice offspring, suggesting that DEHP leads to vasocontraction...
December 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221971/preventive-treatment-with-lomerizine-increases-cerebral-blood-flows-during-the-interictal-phase-of-migraine
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Ken Ikeda, Joe Aoyagi, Sayori Hanashiro, Masahiro Sawada, Maya Kyuzen, Harumi Morioka, Junya Ebina, Junpei Nagasawa, Masaru Yanagihashi, Yuichi Ishikawa, Ken Miura, Kiyoko Murata, Takanori Takazawa, Kiyokazu Kawabe, Yasuo Iwasaki
BACKGROUND: Changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) were reported in migraineurs. However, little is known how preventive medications of migraine can influence rCBF. Lomerizine, a calcium channel blocker, has been used for migraine prophylaxis in Japan. We examined rCBF after lomerizine treatment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Migraine was diagnosed according to the criteria of the International Classification of Headache Disorders, Third Edition beta. Migraine subtype was classified into migraine with aura (MA) and migraine without aura (MO)...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221908/how-to-maintain-active-zone-integrity-during-high-frequency-transmission
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REVIEW
Niklas Byczkowicz, Andreas Ritzau-Jost, Igor Delvendahl, Stefan Hallermann
In the central nervous system, the frequency at which reliable synaptic transmission can be maintained varies strongly between different types of synapses. Several pre- and postsynaptic processes must interact to enable high-frequency synaptic transmission. One of the mechanistically most challenging issues arises during repetitive neurotransmitter release, when synaptic vesicles fuse in rapid sequence with the presynaptic plasma membrane within the active zone (AZ), potentially interfering with the structural integrity of the AZ itself...
December 5, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221906/presynaptic-active-zones-of-mammalian-neuromuscular-junctions-nanoarchitecture-and-selective-impairments-in-aging
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REVIEW
Yomna Badawi, Hiroshi Nishimune
Neurotransmitter release occurs at active zones, which are specialized regions of the presynaptic membrane. A dense collection of proteins at the active zone provides a platform for molecular interactions that promote recruitment, docking, and priming of synaptic vesicles. At mammalian neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), muscle-derived laminin β2 interacts with presynaptic voltage-gated calcium channels to organize active zones. The molecular architecture of presynaptic active zones has been revealed using super-resolution microscopy techniques that combine nanoscale resolution and multiple molecular identification...
December 5, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220556/drug-treatment-of-hypertension-in-sweden-in-relation-to-sex-age-and-comorbidity
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Fredrik Wallentin, Björn Wettermark, Thomas Kahan
The authors investigated antihypertensive drug treatment in Sweden using the Stockholm Regional Healthcare Data Warehouse, providing information on all healthcare consultations, diagnoses, hospitalizations, dispensed prescription drugs, sex, and age in 2.1 million persons. This cross-sectional analysis identified 292 428 individuals 20 years or older with hypertension (mean age 68 ± 13 years, 53% women). About half had no diabetes mellitus or cardiovascular comorbidity. The number of dispensed drugs was lower in women than in men (1...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219187/integrated-molecular-biochemical-and-physiological-assessment-unravels-key-extraction-method-mediated-influences-on-rat-neonatal-cardiomyocytes
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Leonardo Jensen, Elida Neri, Vinicius Bassaneze, Nathalia Corrêa De Almeida Oliveira, Rafael Dariolli, Thiago Lauro Turaça, Débora Levy, Douglas Veronez, Mariana Sacrini Ayres Ferraz, Adriano Mesquita Alencar, Sérgio Paulo Bydlowski, Idágene Aparecida Cestari, José Eduardo Krieger
Neonatal cardiomyocytes are instrumental for disease modeling, but the effects of different cell extraction methods on basic cell biological processes remain poorly understood. We assessed the influence of two popular methods to extract rat neonatal cardiomyocytes, Pre-plating (PP) and Percoll (PC) on cell structure, metabolism, and function. Cardiomyocytes obtained from PP showed higher gene expression for troponins, titin, and potassium and sodium channels compared to PC. Also, PP cells displayed higher levels of troponin I protein...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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