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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823085/chromaffin-cells-as-a-model-to-evaluate-mechanisms-of-cell-death-and-neuroprotective-compounds
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REVIEW
Cristobal de Los Rios, Maria F Cano-Abad, Mercedes Villarroya, Manuela G López
In this review, we show how chromaffin cells have contributed to evaluate neuroprotective compounds with diverse mechanisms of action. Chromaffin cells are considered paraneurons, as they share many common features with neurons: (i) they synthesize, store, and release neurotransmitters upon stimulation and (ii) they express voltage-dependent calcium, sodium, and potassium channels, in addition to a wide variety of receptors. All these characteristics, together with the fact that primary cultures from bovine adrenal glands or chromaffin cells from the tumor pheochromocytoma cell line PC12 are easy to culture, make them an ideal model to study neurotoxic mechanisms and neuroprotective drugs...
August 19, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823028/backbone-resonance-assignments-of-complexes-of-human-voltage-dependent-sodium-channel-nav1-2-iq-motif-peptide-bound-to-apo-calmodulin-and-to-the-c-domain-fragment-of-apo-calmodulin
#2
Ryan Mahling, Adina M Kilpatrick, Madeline A Shea
Human voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.2 has a single pore-forming α-subunit and two transmembrane β-subunits. Expressed primarily in the brain, NaV1.2 is critical for initiation and propagation of action potentials. Milliseconds after the pore opens, sodium influx is terminated by inactivation processes mediated by regulatory proteins including calmodulin (CaM). Both calcium-free (apo) CaM and calcium-saturated CaM bind tightly to an IQ motif in the C-terminal tail of the α-subunit. Our thermodynamic studies and solution structure (2KXW) of a C-domain fragment of apo (13)C,(15)N- CaM (CaMC) bound to an unlabeled peptide with the sequence of rat NaV1...
August 19, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822969/preconditioning-with-the-bkca-channel-activator-ns-1619-prevents-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-inflammation-and-mucosal-barrier-dysfunction-ros-and-ho-1
#3
Hongyan Dai, Meifang Wang, Parag N Patel, Theodore J Kalogeris, Yajun Liu, William Durante, Ronald J Korthuis
Activation of large conductance, calcium-activated potassium (BKCa) channels evokes cell survival programs that mitigate intestinal ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) inflammation and injury 24 hours later. The goal of the current study was to determine the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and heme oxygenase (HO)-1 in delayed acquisition of tolerance to I/R induced by pretreatment with the BKCa channel opener NS-1619. Superior mesentery arteries were occluded for 45 min followed by reperfusion for 70 min in wild type (WT) or HO-1 null (HO-1(-/-)) mice that were pretreated with NS-1619 or saline vehicle 24 hrs earlier...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822472/tens-like-stimulation-downregulates-inflammatory-cytokines-in-a-pc-12-cell-line
#4
Guy Sovak, Brian Budgell
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)-like stimulation on the expression of the proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), interleukin 1β (IL-1β), and IL-6 in PC-12 cells, which are commonly used as neuronal cell models. METHODS: Nerve growth factor-differentiated PC-12 cells were exposed to electrical stimulation for 15 minutes at 1 mA, 200 μs, and 100 Hz. Cell lysate from stimulated and control cells was assayed for TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6...
July 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821660/contribution-of-astroglial-cx43-hemichannels-to-the-modulation-of-glutamatergic-currents-by-d-serine-in-the-mouse-prefrontal-cortex
#5
Claire Meunier, Nan Wang, Chenju Yi, Glenn Dallerac, Pascal Ezan, Annette Koulakoff, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Astrocytes interact dynamically with neurons by modifying synaptic activity and plasticity. This interplay occurs through a process named gliotransmission, meaning that neuroactive molecules are released by astrocytes. Acting as a gliotransmitter, D-serine co-agonist of the NMDA receptor at the glycine binding site, can be released by astrocytes in a calcium [Ca(2+)]i-dependent manner. A typical feature of astrocytes is their high expression level of connexin43 (Cx43), a protein forming gap junction channels and hemichannels associated with dynamic neuroglial interactions...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818302/mitochondrial-ca-2-activated-k-channels-and-their-role-in-cell-life-and-death-pathways
#6
REVIEW
Inge E Krabbendam, Birgit Honrath, Carsten Culmsee, Amalia M Dolga
Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels (KCa) are expressed at the plasma membrane and in cellular organelles. Expression of all KCa channel subtypes (BK, IK and SK) has been detected at the inner mitochondrial membrane of several cell types. Primary functions of these mitochondrial KCa channels include the regulation of mitochondrial ROS production, maintenance of the mitochondrial membrane potential and preservation of mitochondrial calcium homeostasis. These channels are therefore thought to contribute to cellular protection against oxidative stress through mitochondrial mechanisms of preconditioning...
July 22, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818275/electromagnetic-fields-may-act-via-calcineurin-inhibition-to-suppress-immunity-thereby-increasing-risk-for-opportunistic-infection-conceivable-mechanisms-of-action
#7
P R Doyon, O Johansson
While a good number of studies have demonstrated that modern, man-made ambient electromagnetic fields can have both stimulatory and inhibitory effect on immune system function, the precise mechanisms have yet to be completely elucidated. It is hypothesized here that, depending on the parameters, one of the means by which long-term electromagnetic field exposure has the potential to eventually lead to immunosuppression is via downstream inhibition of the enzyme calcineurin - a protein phosphatase, which activates the T-cells of the immune system and can be blocked by pharmaceutical agents...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817716/endothelial-dysfunction-in-renal-arcuate-arteries-of-obese-zucker-rats-the-roles-of-nitric-oxide-endothelium-derived-hyperpolarizing-factors-and-calcium-activated-k-channels
#8
Dandan Yin, Qianchen Wang, Xun Zhou, Ying Li
The roles of nitric oxide (NO), endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factors (EDHF), and calcium-activated K+ (KCa) channels in diabetes-associated endothelial dysfunction of small renal arteries are not clear. The present study investigated acetylcholine (ACh)-induced vasorelaxation of renal arcuate arteries from obese Zucker (OZ) rats at different diabetes durations, and the relative contribution of NO, EDHF, and KCa channels to the endothelial dysfunction. OZ rats of 7 weeks (prediabetic stage), 12 weeks (early diabetic stage), and 20 weeks (late diabetic stage), and time-matched lean control rats, were studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817484/levosimendan-in-acute-and-advanced-heart-failure-an-appraisal-of-the-clinical-database-and-evaluation-of-its-therapeutic-applications
#9
J Altenberger, F Gustafsson, V-P Harjola, K Karason, D Kindgen-Milles, M Kivikko, G Malfatto, Z Papp, J Parissis, P Pollesello, G Pölzl, C Tschöpe
The use of inotropes for correcting haemodynamic dysfunction in patients with congestive heart failure has been described over many decades. However, negative or insufficient data have been collected regarding the effects of cardiac glycosides, catecholamines and phosphodiesterase inhibitors on quality of life and survival. More recently, the calcium sensitizer and potassium channel-opener levosimendan has been proposed as a safer inodilator than traditional agents in some heart failure settings, such as Advanced Heart Failure...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817206/loureirin-b-promotes-insulin-secretion-through-inhibition-of-katp-channel-and-influx-of-intracellular-calcium
#10
Yijie Sha, Yuelin Zhang, Jing Cao, Kai Qian, Bing Niu, Qin Chen
The development of new diabetes drugs continues to be explored. Loureirin B, a flavonoid, extracted from Dracaena cochinchinensis, has been confirmed to increase insulin secretion and decrease blood glucose levels. For searching the promotion of insulin secretion with the treatment of loureirin B, experiments were employed based on cell experiments and computational methods. Firstly, promotion of insulin secretion was dependent on extracellular glucose concentration. At the genetic level, loureirin B enhanced the relative mRNA level of Pdx-1 and MafA...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815011/genomic-upregulation-of-cardiac-cav1-2%C3%AE-and-ncx1-by-estrogen-in-women
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Rita Papp, Glenna C L Bett, Agnieszka Lis, Randall L Rasmusson, István Baczkó, András Varró, Guy Salama
BACKGROUND: Women have a higher risk of lethal arrhythmias than men in long QT syndrome type 2 (LQTS2), but the mechanisms remain uncertain due to the limited availability of healthy control human tissue. We have previously reported that in female rabbits, estrogen increases arrhythmia risk in drug-induced LQTS2 by upregulating L-type Ca(2+) (ICa,L) and sodium-calcium exchange (INCX) currents at the base of the epicardium by a genomic mechanism. This study investigates if the effects of estrogen on rabbit ICa,L and INCX apply to human hearts...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814523/screening-of-fda-approved-drugs-for-inhibitors-against-japanese-encephalitis-virus-infection
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Shaobo Wang, Yang Liu, Jiao Guo, Peilin Wang, Leike Zhang, Gengfu Xiao, Wei Wang
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), an arthropod-borne flavivirus, is a major cause of acute viral encephalitis in humans. There is no approved drug available for JEV-specific treatment, and the vaccines are not effective against all clinical JEV isolates. Herein, a high-throughput screening was performed against JEV from an FDA-approved drug library. Five hit drugs were identified that inhibited JEV infection with a selective index > 10. Antiviral activities of these five hit drugs against other flavivirus, including Zika virus, were also validated...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813015/transcriptional-responses-of-creeping-bentgrass-to-2-3-butanediol-a-bacterial-volatile-compound-bvc-analogue
#13
Yi Shi, Kuiju Niu, Bingru Huang, Wenhui Liu, Huiling Ma
Bacterial volatile compounds (BVCs) have been reported to enhance plant growth and elicit plant defenses against fungal infection and insect damage. The objective of this study was to determine transcriptomic changes in response to synthetic BVC that could be associated with plant resistance to Rhizoctonia solani in creeping bentgrass. The 2,3-butanediol (BD) (250 µM) was sprayed on creeping bentgrass leaves grown in jam jars. The result showed that synthetic BD induced plant defense against R. solani for creeping bentgrass...
August 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810916/the-catsper-channel-and-its-roles-in-male-fertility-a-systematic-review
#14
REVIEW
Xiang-Hong Sun, Ying-Ying Zhu, Lin Wang, Hong-Ling Liu, Yong Ling, Zong-Li Li, Li-Bo Sun
The Catsper channel is a sperm-specific, Ca(2+)-permeable, pH-dependent, and low voltage-dependent channel that is essential for the hyperactivity of sperm flagellum, chemotaxis towards the egg, capacitation and acrosome reaction. All of these physiological events require calcium entry into sperm cells. Remarkably, Catsper genes are exclusively expressed in the testis during spermatogenesis, and are sensitive to ion channel-induced pH change, such as NHEs, Ca(2+)ATPase, K(+) channel, Hv1 channel and HCO3(-) transporters...
August 15, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810912/inhibition-of-trpm7-suppresses-cell-proliferation-of-colon-adenocarcinoma-in-vitro-and-induces-hypomagnesemia-in-vivo-without-affecting-azoxymethane-induced-early-colon-cancer-in-mice
#15
Junhao Huang, Hideki Furuya, Malika Faouzi, Zheng Zhang, Mahealani Monteilh-Zoller, F Kelly Galbraith Kawabata, David Horgen, Toshihiko Kawamori, Reinhold Penner, Andrea Fleig
BACKGROUND: Magnesium (Mg(2+)) is an essential cation implicated in carcinogenesis, solid tumor progression and metastatic potential. The Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin Member 7 (TRPM7) is a divalent ion channel involved in cellular and systemic Mg(2+) homeostasis. Abnormal expression of TRPM7 is found in numerous cancers, including colon, implicating TRPM7 in this process. METHODS: To establish a possible link between systemic magnesium (Mg(2+)) status, the Mg(2+) conducting channel TRPM7 in colon epithelial cells, and colon carcinogenesis, in vitro whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, qPCR, and pharmacological tools were used probing human colorectal adenocarcinoma HT-29 as well as normal primary mouse colon epithelial cells...
August 15, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810904/antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-among-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-nationwide-cohort
#16
Tero Penttilä, Heikki Mäkynen, Juha Hartikainen, Harri Hyppölä, Timo Lauri, Mika Lehto, Juha Lund, M J Pekka Raatikainen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that causes numerous visits to emergency departments (ED). The aim of the FinFib2 study was to evaluate whether treatment of patients with AF in ED is consistent with the contemporary European Society of Cardiology (ESC) management guidelines. Here we report the results of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) in ED. METHODS: All patients within the two-week study period whose primary reason for the ED visit was symptomatic AF were included into this prospective multicentre study...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810709/parallel-evolution-of-sperm-hyper-activation-ca2-channels
#17
Jacob C Cooper, Nitin Phadnis
Sperm hyper-activation is a dramatic change in sperm behavior where mature sperm burst into a final sprint in the race to the egg. The mechanism of sperm hyper-activation in many metazoans, including humans, consists of a jolt of Ca2+ into the sperm flagellum via CatSper ion channels. Surprisingly, all nine CatSper genes have been independently lost in several animal lineages. In Drosophila, sperm hyper-activation is performed through the cooption of the polycystic kidney disease 2 (pkd2) Ca2+ channel. The parallels between CatSpers in primates and pkd2 in Drosophila provide a unique opportunity to examine the molecular evolution of the sperm hyper-activation machinery in two independent, nonhomologous calcium channels separated by > 500 million years of divergence...
July 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809766/crispr-cas9-editing-of-nf1-gene-identifies-crmp2-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-nf1-related-pain-that-is-reversed-by-s-lacosamide
#18
Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Wennan Li, Kerry B Gilbraith, Shizhen Luo, Song Cai, Liberty François-Moutal, Lindsey A Chew, Seul Ki Yeon, Shreya S Bellampalli, Chaoling Qu, Jennifer Y Xie, Mohab M Ibrahim, May Khanna, Ki Duk Park, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disease linked to mutations of the Nf1 gene. NF1 patients commonly experience severe pain. Studies on mice with Nf1 haploinsufficiency have been instructive in identifying sensitization of ion channels as a possible cause underlying the heightened pain suffered by NF1 patients. However, behavioral assessments of Nf1+/- mice have led to uncertain conclusions about the potential causal role of Nf1 in pain. We used the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/(CRISPR)-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) genome editing system to create and mechanistically characterize a novel rat model of NF1-related pain...
July 3, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808933/cardiovascular-disease-in-clozapine-treated-patients-evidence-mechanisms-and-management
#19
REVIEW
Kathlyn J Ronaldson
Myocarditis occurs in about 3% of those initiated on clozapine but monitoring reduces the risk of serious outcome. Cardiomyopathy may develop after myocarditis, or from prolonged tachycardia. Monitoring using echocardiography is not deemed cost effective. Tachycardia, orthostatic hypotension and reduced heart rate variability are a group of clozapine-related adverse effects associated with autonomic dysfunction and may have serious consequences in the long term. Elevated heart rate and poor heart rate variability can be treated with a β-blocker or a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, while orthostatic hypotension can be alleviated by increased fluid intake and abdominal binding, but may require pharmacological intervention...
August 14, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807926/use-of-antihypertensive-medications-and-risk-of-adverse-breast-cancer-outcomes-in-a-seer-medicare-population
#20
Lu Chen, Jessica Chubak, Denise M Boudreau, William E Barlow, Noel S Weiss, Christopher I Li
BACKGROUND: It is unclear if use of common antihypertensive medications influences the risk of adverse breast cancer outcomes. METHODS: Using the linked Surveillance, Epidemiology and End-Results (SEER)-Medicare database, we identified 14,766 women between ages 66 and 80 years diagnosed with incident stage I/II breast cancer between 2007-2011. Medicare Part D data were obtained to characterize women's post-cancer use of various antihypertensive medications. Outcomes included a second breast cancer event (SBCE, a composite outcome defined as the first of a recurrence or a second contralateral primary breast cancer), breast cancer recurrence, and breast-cancer specific mortality...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
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