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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933173/a-rare-case-of-gestational-thyrotoxicosis-as-a-cause-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
#1
Varalaxmi Bhavani Nannaka, Dmitry Lvovsky
: Angina pectoris in pregnancy is unusual and Prinzmetal's angina is much rarer. It accounts for 2% of all cases of angina. It is caused by vasospasm, but the mechanism of spasm is unknown but has been linked with hyperthyroidism in some studies. Patients with thyrotoxicosis-induced acute myocardial infarction are unusual and almost all reported cases have been associated with Graves' disease. Human chorionic gonadotropin hormone-induced hyperthyroidism occurs in about 1.4% of pregnant women, mostly when hCG levels are above 70-80 000 IU/L...
2016: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932986/role-of-quercetin-in-modulating-chloride-transport-in-the-intestine
#2
Bo Yu, Yu Jiang, Lingling Jin, Tonghui Ma, Hong Yang
Epithelial chloride channels provide the pathways for fluid secretion in the intestine. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) and calcium-activated chloride channels (CaCCs) are the main chloride channels in the luminal membrane of enterocytes. These transmembrane proteins play important roles in many physiological processes. In this study, we have identified a flavonoid quercetin as a modulator of CaCC chloride channel activity. Fluorescence quenching assay showed that quercetin activated Cl(-) transport in a dose-dependent manner, with EC50 ~37 μM...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932504/expression-of-cav1-3-calcium-channel-in-the-human-and-mouse-colon-post-transcriptional-inhibition-by-ifn%C3%AE
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Vijayababu M Radhakrishnan, Maryam M Gilpatrick, Nouralhoda Dehdashti, Pawel R Kiela, Fayez K Ghishan
It has been hypothesized that apically expressed L-type Ca(2+) channel Cav1.3 (encoded by CACNA1D gene) contributes towards an alternative TRPV6-independent route of intestinal epithelial Ca(2+) absorption, especially during digestion when high luminal concentration of Ca(2+) and other nutrients limit TRPV6 contribution. We and others have implicated altered expression and activity of key mediators of intestinal and renal Ca(2+) (re)absorption as contributors to negative systemic Ca2+ balance and bone loss in intestinal inflammation...
December 8, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929468/using-linear-agarose-channels-to-study-drosophila-larval-crawling-behavior
#4
Xiao Sun, Ellie S Heckscher
Drosophila larval crawling is emerging as a powerful model to study neural control of sensorimotor behavior. However, larval crawling behavior on flat open surfaces is complex, including: pausing, turning, and meandering. This complexity in the repertoire of movement hinders detailed analysis of the events occurring during a single crawl stride cycle. To overcome this obstacle, linear agarose channels were made that constrain larval behavior to straight, sustained, rhythmic crawling. In principle, because agarose channels and the Drosophila larval body are both optically clear, the movement of larval structures labeled by genetically-encoded fluorescent probes can be monitored in intact, freely-moving larvae...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929417/atp-release-from-human-airway-epithelial-cells-exposed-to-staphylococcus-aureus-alpha-toxin
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Romina Baaske, Mandy Richter, Nils Möller, Sabine Ziesemer, Ina Eiffler, Christian Müller, Jan-Peter Hildebrandt
Airway epithelial cells reduce cytosolic ATP content in response to treatment with S. aureus alpha-toxin (hemolysin A, Hla). This study was undertaken to investigate whether this is due to attenuated ATP generation or to release of ATP from the cytosol and extracellular ATP degradation by ecto-enzymes. Exposure of cells to rHla did result in mitochondrial calcium uptake and a moderate decline in mitochondrial membrane potential, indicating that ATP regeneration may have been attenuated. In addition, ATP may have left the cells through transmembrane pores formed by the toxin or through endogenous release channels (e...
December 6, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927103/mechanism-of-action-of-relaxant-effect-of-agastache-mexicana-ssp-mexicana-essential-oil-in-guinea-pig-trachea-smooth-muscle
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Andrés Navarrete, Natalia Ávila-Rosas, Mateo Majín-León, José Luis Balderas-López, Alejandro Alfaro-Romero, José Carlos Tavares-Carvalho
CONTEXT: Agastache mexicana ssp. mexicana (Kunth) Lint & Epling (Lamiaceae), popularly known as 'toronjil morado', is used in Mexican traditional medicine for the treatment of several diseases such as hypertension, anxiety and respiratory disorders. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the relaxant action mechanism of A. mexicana ssp. mexicana essential oil (AMEO) in guinea-pig isolated trachea model. MATERIALS AND METHOD: AMEO was analyzed by GC/MS...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926840/calcium-dependent-structural-dynamics-of-a-spin-labeled-ryr-peptide-bound-to-calmodulin
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Cheng Her, Jesse E McCaffrey, David D Thomas, Christine B Karim
We have used chemical synthesis, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and circular dichroism to detect and analyze the structural dynamics of a ryanodine receptor (RyR) peptide bound to calmodulin (CaM). The skeletal muscle calcium release channel RyR1 is activated by Ca(2+)-free CaM and inhibited by Ca(2+)-bound CaM. To probe the structural mechanism for this regulation, wild-type RyRp and four spin-labeled derivatives were synthesized, each containing the nitroxide probe 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidine-1-oxyl-4-amino-4-carboxylic acid substituted for a single amino acid...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924223/mitochondrial-permeability-transition-pore-induction-is-linked-to-formation-of-the-complex-of-atpase-c-subunit-polyhydroxybutyrate-and-inorganic-polyphosphate
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P A Elustondo, M Nichols, A Negoda, A Thirumaran, E Zakharian, G S Robertson, E V Pavlov
Mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening allows free movement of ions and small molecules leading to mitochondrial membrane depolarization and ATP depletion that triggers cell death. A multi-protein complex of the mitochondrial ATP synthase has an essential role in mPTP. However, the molecular identity of the central 'pore' part of mPTP complex is not known. A highly purified fraction of mammalian mitochondria containing C-subunit of ATPase (C-subunit), calcium, inorganic polyphosphate (polyP) and polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) forms ion channels with properties that resemble the native mPTP...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923588/autophagy-and-akt-creb-signalling-play-an-important-role-in-the-neuroprotective-effect-of-nimodipine-in-a-rat-model-of-vascular-dementia
#9
Ming Hu, Zhijuan Liu, Peiyuan Lv, Hebo Wang, Yifei Zhu, Qianqian Qi, Jing Xu
The Akt/CREB signalling pathway is involved in neuronal survival and protection. Autophagy is also likely to be involved in survival mechanisms. Nimodipine is an L-type calcium channel antagonist that reduces excessive calcium influx during pathological conditions (contributing to its neuroprotective properties). However, the potential role of nimodipine in autophagic and Akt/CREB signalling is not well understood. In addition, little is known about the relationship between autophagic and Akt/CREB signalling...
December 3, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921040/new-insights-into-the-molecular-mechanisms-targeting-tubular-channels-transporters-in-pkd-development
#10
REVIEW
Ming Wu, Shengqiang Yu
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (PKD) or autosomal recessive PKD is caused by a mutation in the PKD1, PKD2 or PKHD1 gene, which encodes polycystin-1, polycystin-2 or fibrocystin, respectively. Embryonic and postnatal mutation studies show that transport or channel function is dysregulated before the initiation of cystogenesis, suggesting that the abnormality of transport or channel function plays a critical role in the pathology of PKD. SUMMARY: Polycystin-2 by itself is a calcium-permeable cation channel, and its channel function can be regulated by polycystin-1 or fibrocystin...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920912/synthesis-and-crystal-structure-of-calcium-dizinc-iron-iii-tris-orthophosphate-cazn2fe-po4-3
#11
Jamal Khmiyas, Abderrazzak Assani, Mohamed Saadi, Lahcen El Ammari
Single crystals of the title compound, CaZn2Fe(PO4)3, were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction. In the asymmetric unit, all atoms are located in fully occupied general positions of the P21/c space group. The zinc atoms are located on two crystallographically independent sites with tetra-hedral and distorted triangular-based bipyramidal geometries. Two edge-sharing triangular bipyramidal ZnO5 units form a dimer, which is linked to slightly deformed FeO6 octa-hedra via a common edge. The resulting chains are inter-connected through PO4 tetra-hedra to form a layer perpendicular to the b axis...
September 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920724/insulin-induces-relaxation-and-decreases-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-vasoconstriction-in-human-placental-vascular-bed-in-a-mechanism-mediated-by-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-and-l-arginine-nitric-oxide-pathways
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Lissette Cabrera, Andrea Saavedra, Susana Rojas, Marcela Cid, Cristina Valenzuela, David Gallegos, Pamela Careaga, Emerita Basualto, Astrid Haensgen, Eduardo Peña, Coralia Rivas, Juan Carlos Vera, Victoria Gallardo, Leandro Zúñiga, Carlos Escudero, Luis Sobrevia, Mark Wareing, Marcelo González
HIGHLIGHTS Short-term incubation with insulin increases the L-arginine transport in HUVECs.Short-term incubation with insulin increases the NO synthesis in HUVECs.Insulin induces relaxation in human placental vascular bed.Insulin attenuates the constriction induced by hydrogen peroxide in human placenta.The relaxation induced by insulin is dependent on BKCa channels activity in human placenta. Insulin induces relaxation in umbilical veins, increasing the expression of human amino acid transporter 1 (hCAT-1) and nitric oxide synthesis (NO) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920569/does-calcium-channel-blockade-have-a-role-in-prevention-of-expression-of-sepsis-in-renal-transplant-recipients
#13
REVIEW
John A D'Elia, Ray E Gleason, Anthony P Monaco, Larry A Weinrauch
Many antihypertensive agents have been demonstrated to assist in preservation of kidney function, among them those that modulate calcium channels. Calcium channel blockers may also be of value in protecting hemodialysis patients from complications of sepsis. In diabetic recipients of kidney transplant allografts treated with cyclosporine, calcium channel blockade has been retrospectively linked to improved graft preservation and to fewer episodes of sepsis. This brief review outlines clinical and experimental publications on potential protection from sepsis by addition of calcium channel blockers to standard antibiotic therapy in individuals who may or may not have normal kidney function, or in the presence or absence of immunosuppression...
2016: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920497/efficacy-and-safety-of-two-fixed-dose-combinations-of-s-amlodipine-and-telmisartan-ckd-828-versus-s-amlodipine-monotherapy-in-patients-with-hypertension-inadequately-controlled-using-s-amlodipine-monotherapy-an-8-week-multicenter-randomized-double-blind-phase
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Sang-Hyun Ihm, Hui-Kyung Jeon, Tae-Joon Cha, Taek-Jong Hong, Sang-Hyun Kim, Nae-Hee Lee, Jung Han Yoon, Namsik Yoon, Kyung-Kuk Hwang, Sang-Ho Jo, Ho-Joong Youn
PURPOSE: To evaluate the blood pressure (BP) lowering efficacy and safety of CKD-828, a fixed-dose combination of S-amlodipine (the more active isomer of amlodipine besylate, which is calcium channel blocker) and telmisartan (long acting angiotensin receptor blocker), in patients with hypertension inadequately controlled with S-amlodipine monotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible patients (N=187) who failed to respond after 4-week S-amlodipine 2.5 mg monotherapy (sitting diastolic blood pressure [sitDBP] ≥90 mmHg) to receive CKD-828 2...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919874/diltiazem-versus-metoprolol-for-rate-control-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-rapid-ventricular-response-in-the-emergency-department
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Michelle C Hines, Brent N Reed, Vijay Ivaturi, Laura J Bontempo, Michael C Bond, Bryan D Hayes
PURPOSE: The impact of patient-specific factors on the choice of β-blocker versus calcium channel blocker therapy for rate control in emergency department (ED) patients treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) was investigated. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to evaluate the influence of demographics, prior medication use, hemodynamic and clinical characteristics, and other variables on selection of first-line therapy for AF among patients admitted to the ED of an academic medical center over a 22-month period (October 2012-July 2014) who received i...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919294/heantos-4-a-natural-plant-extract-used-in-the-treatment-of-drug-addiction-modulates-t-type-calcium-channels-and-thalamocortical-burst-firing
#16
Stuart M Cain, Soyon Ahn, Esperanza Garcia, Yiming Zhang, Zeina Waheed, John R Tyson, Yi Yang, Tran Van Sung, Anthony G Phillips, Terrance P Snutch
Heantos-4 is a refined combination of plant extracts currently approved to treat opiate addiction in Vietnam. In addition to its beneficial effects on withdrawal and prevention of relapse, reports of sedation during clinical treatment suggest that arousal networks in the brain may be recruited during Heantos administration. T-type calcium channels are implicated in the generation of sleep rhythms and in this study we examined whether a Heantos-4 extraction modulates T-type calcium channel currents generated by the Cav3...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918898/roles-of-l-type-calcium-channels-cav1-2-and-the-distal-c-terminus-dct-in-differentiation-and-mineralization-of-rat-dental-apical-papilla-stem-cells-rscaps
#17
Qianqian Gao, Jianping Ge, Yanqin Ju, Changsheng Li, Jian Gao, Meisheng Wu, Shouliang Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Voltage-gated inward Ca(2+) currents (ICa) are triggered by cell depolarization and commonly produce transient increases in the cytoplasmic free Ca(2+) concentration. The CaV1.2 distal C-terminus is susceptible to proteolytic cleavage, which yields a truncated CaV1.2 subunit and a cleaved C-terminal fragment (CCt or DCT). Stem cells from the apical papilla (SCAPs) has a capacity for differentiation into the odontoblastic-like cells in vitro and dentin forming in vivo, which makes SCAPs advantages in tissue engineering and regenerative endodontic...
November 4, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918554/asic1a-mediates-the-drug-resistance-of-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-via-the-ca-2-pi3-kinase-akt-signaling-pathway
#18
Yihao Zhang, Ting Zhang, Chao Wu, Quan Xia, Dujuan Xu
Chemotherapy is the main treatment method of patients with advanced liver cancer. However, drug resistance is a serious problem in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Acid sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) is a H(+)-gated cation channel; it mediates tumor cell migration and invasion, which suggests that it is involved in the development of malignant tumors. Therefore, we studied the relationship between ASIC1a and drug resistance in human hepatocellular carcinoma. In our study, we found that ASIC1a is highly expressed in human HCC tissue, and that its levels were significantly increased in resistant HCC cells Bel7402/FU and HepG2/ADM...
December 5, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918045/modeling-ion-permeation-through-a-bacterial-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-cavab-using-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#19
Jamal Adiban, Yousef Jamali, Hashem Rafii-Tabar
Activation of voltage-gated calcium channels by action potentials leads to the influx of Ca(2+) ions. In this study, the ion permeation characteristics in bacterial voltage-gated calcium (CaVAb) channels were investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. Furthermore, the potential of mean force (PMF) calculations was evaluated to determine the free energy profile for the permeation of cations (Ca(2+) and Na(+)) and anions (Cl(-)) in the CaVAb channel. The results showed that both Ca(2+) and Na(+) cations experienced a deep energy well, while the Cl(-) anion experienced a relatively high energy barrier at the center of the selectivity filter (site 2)...
December 5, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917283/protective-effects-of-nimodipine-and-lithium-against-aluminum-induced-cell-death-and-oxidative-stress-in-pc12-cells
#20
Jamileh Saberzadeh, Mehdi Omrani, Mohammad Ali Takhshid
OBJECTIVES: The role of aluminum (Al) in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases has been implicated in several studies. However, the exact mechanisms of cytotoxic effects of Al have not been elucidated yet. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of L-type calcium channel antagonist, nimodipine (NM), and lithium chloride (LiCl) on Al-induced toxicity in PC12 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PC12 cells were treated with Al-maltolate (Almal) in the presence and absence of different concentrations of NM (50-150 μm) and/or LiCl (0...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
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