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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782051/the-novel-sodium-channel-modulator-gs-458967-gs967-is-an-effective-treatment-in-a-mouse-model-of-scn8a-encephalopathy
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Erin M Baker, Christopher H Thompson, Nicole A Hawkins, Jacy L Wagnon, Eric R Wengert, Manoj K Patel, Alfred L George, Miriam H Meisler, Jennifer A Kearney
OBJECTIVE: De novo mutations of SCN8A, encoding the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV 1.6, have been associated with a severe infant onset epileptic encephalopathy. Individuals with SCN8A encephalopathy have a mean age of seizure onset of 4-5 months, with multiple seizure types that are often refractory to treatment with available drugs. Anecdotal reports suggest that high-dose phenytoin is effective for some patients, but there are associated adverse effects and potential for toxicity...
May 21, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782000/induction-of-nephrotic-syndrome-in-mice-by-retrobulbar-injection-of-doxorubicin-and-prevention-of-volume-retention-by-sustained-release-aprotinin
#2
Bernhard N Bohnert, Ferruh Artunc
Nephrotic syndrome is the most extreme manifestation of proteinuric kidney disease and characterized by heavy proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, and edema due to sodium retention and hyperlipidemia. To study the pathophysiology of this syndrome, rodent models have been developed based on the injection of toxic substances such as doxorubicin causing podocyte damage. In mice, only few strains are susceptible to this model. In wildtype 129S1/SvImJ mice, the administration of doxorubicin by rapid intravenous injection to the retrobulbar sinus induces experimental nephrotic syndrome that features all the symptoms of human disease including sodium retention and edema...
May 6, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780324/intercalated-disk-extracellular-nanodomain-expansion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Tristan B Raisch, Matthew S Yanoff, Timothy R Larsen, Mohammed A Farooqui, D Ryan King, Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, Robert G Gourdie, Joseph W Baker, William S Arnold, Soufian T AlMahameed, Steven Poelzing
Aims: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Previous evidence in animal models suggests that the gap junction (GJ) adjacent nanodomain - perinexus - is a site capable of independent intercellular communication via ephaptic transmission. Perinexal expansion is associated with slowed conduction and increased ventricular arrhythmias in animal models, but has not been studied in human tissue. The purpose of this study was to characterize the perinexus in humans and determine if perinexal expansion associates with AF...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779889/epithelial-sodium-channel-regulates-adult-neural-stem-cell-proliferation-in-a-flow-dependent-manner
#4
David Petrik, Michael H Myoga, Sofia Grade, Niklas J Gerkau, Melanie Pusch, Christine R Rose, Benedikt Grothe, Magdalena Götz
One hallmark of adult neurogenesis is its adaptability to environmental influences. Here, we uncovered the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) as a key regulator of adult neurogenesis as its deletion in neural stem cells (NSCs) and their progeny in the murine subependymal zone (SEZ) strongly impairs their proliferation and neurogenic output in the olfactory bulb. Importantly, alteration of fluid flow promotes proliferation of SEZ cells in an ENaC-dependent manner, eliciting sodium and calcium signals that regulate proliferation via calcium-release-activated channels and phosphorylation of ERK...
May 9, 2018: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779467/calcium-sodium-and-trp-channel-expression-in-human-fetal-midbrain-derived-neural-progenitor-cells
#5
Nancy Stanslowsky, Salini Tharmarasa, Selma Staege, Norman Kalmbach, Martin Klietz, Sigrid Schwarz, Andreas Leffler, Florian Wegner
Voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels as well as transient receptor potential (TRP) channels are expressed during the differentiation of human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) and are likely to be involved in regulating neurogenesis. However, the molecular composition of these ion channels in proliferating and differentiating hNPCs is largely unknown. Here, we investigated fetal mesencephalic hNPCs in respect to their sodium, calcium, and TRP channel subunit expression and function. Quantitative real-time PCR indicated a significant upregulation of voltage-gated sodium and calcium channel subunits in hNPCs after differentiation for 3 weeks in vitro...
May 19, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778846/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-treatment-with-lacosamide-postmarketing-experience-from-the-middle-east-region
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Maher Arabi, Taoufik Alsaadi, Wassim Nasreddine, Jasem Al-Hashel, Maya Dirani, Ahmad Beydoun
PURPOSE: Lacosamide (LCM) was recently introduced in the Middle East. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of LCM in patients with focal onset seizures and determine if our results are comparable with those derived from Western countries. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis from two medical centers on consecutive patients diagnosed as having focal onset seizures and treated with add-on LCM. The primary efficacy variables were the 50% responder and seizure-free rates, and the secondary outcome variables included the percentages of patients who achieved seizure remission during the last 6-month follow-up period and the percentages of discontinuation due to lack of efficacy or tolerability...
May 17, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778719/effect-of-heptanol-and-ethanol-on-excitation-wave-propagation-in-a-neonatal-rat-ventricular-myocyte-monolayer
#7
A D Podgurskaya, V A Tsvelaya, S R Frolova, I Y Kalita, N N Kudryashova, K I Agladze
In this work, the action of heptanol and ethanol was investigated in a two-dimensional (2D) model of cardiac tissue: the neonatal rat ventricular myocyte monolayer. Heptanol is known in electrophysiology as a gap junction uncoupler but may also inhibit voltage-gated ionic channels. Ethanol is often associated with the occurrence of arrhythmias. These substances influence sodium, calcium, and potassium channels, but the complete mechanism of action of heptanol and ethanol remains unknown. The optical mapping method was used to measure conduction velocities (CVs) in concentrations of 0...
May 17, 2018: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778594/differetial-toxin-profiles-of-ciguatoxins-in-marine-organisms-chemistry-fate-and-global-distribution
#8
REVIEW
Lucía Soliño, Pedro Reis Costa
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are fish metabolism products and a result of biotransformation of precursor gambiertoxins produced, in the first instance, by benthic dinoflagellates Gambierdiscus and Fukuyoa. Ciguatoxins are potent neurotoxins that selectively open voltage gated sodium channels in excitable cells causing the human food poisoning known as Ciguatera (CFP). Endemic from tropical areas in central Pacific and West Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea, CTX may affects up to 500,000 people annually due to fish consumption...
May 17, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777701/ropivacaine-inhibits-the-migration-of-esophageal-cancer-cells-via-sodium-channel-independent-but-prenylation-dependent-inhibition-of-rac1-jnk-paxillin-fak
#9
Yaqin Zhang, Xiaohong Peng, Qinghong Zheng
The direct anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects of local anesthetics have been well documented in various cancers. However, whether local anesthetics affect cancer metastasis and their underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. In this work, we show that ropivacaine at the clinically relevant concentration significantly inhibits esophageal cancer cell migration. Interestingly, ropivacaine at the same concentration does not display inhibitory effects on esophageal cancer cell growth and survival...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776379/development-of-a-rapid-field-applicable-molecular-diagnostic-for-knockdown-resistance-kdr-markers-in-an-gambiae
#10
Vera T Unwin, Shaun Ainsworth, Emily J Rippon, El Hadji Amadou Niang, Mark J I Paine, David Weetman, Emily R Adams
BACKGROUND: The spread of insecticide resistance (IR) is a major threat to vector control programmes for mosquito-borne diseases. Early detection of IR using diagnostic markers could help inform these programmes, especially in remote locations where gathering reliable bioassay data is challenging. Most current molecular tests for genetic IR markers are only suitable for use in well-equipped laboratory settings. There is an unmet need for field-applicable diagnostics. METHODS: A single-cartridge test was designed to detect key IR mutations in the major African vector of malaria, Anopheles gambiae...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776361/emergence-of-knock-down-resistance-in-the-anopheles-gambiae-complex-in-the-upper-river-region-the-gambia-and-its-relationship-with-malaria-infection-in-children
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Anne L Wilson, Margaret Pinder, John Bradley, Martin J Donnelly, Majidah Hamid-Adiamoh, Lamin B S Jarju, Musa Jawara, David Jeffries, Ballah Kandeh, Emily J Rippon, Kolawole Salami, Umberto D'Alessandro, Steven W Lindsay
BACKGROUND: Insecticide resistance threatens malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa. Knockdown resistance to pyrethroids and organochlorines in Anopheles gambiae sensu lato (s.l.) is commonly caused by mutations in the gene encoding a voltage-gated sodium channel which is the target site for the insecticide. The study aimed to examine risk factors for knockdown resistance in An. gambiae s.l. and its relationship with malaria infection in children in rural Gambia. Point mutations at the Vgsc-1014 locus, were measured in An...
May 18, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774303/myotonia-permanens-with-nav1-4-g1306e-displays-varied-phenotypes-during-course-of-life
#12
Frank Lehmann-Horn, Adele D'Amico, Enrico Bertini, Mauro Lomonaco, Luciano Merlini, Kevin R Nelson, Heike Philippi, Gabriele Siciliano, Frank Spaans, Karin Jurkat-Rott
Introduction: Myotonia permanens due to Nav1.4-G1306E is a rare sodium channelopathy with potentially life-threatening respiratory complications. Our goal was to study phenotypic variability throughout life. Methods: Clinical neurophysiology and genetic analysis were performed. Using existing functional expression data we determined the sodium window by integration. Results: In 10 unrelated patients who were believed to have epilepsy, respiratory disease or Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, we made the same prima facie diagnosis and detected the same heterologous Nav1...
September 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774173/role-of-interventional-radiology-in-the-management-of-peripheral-vascular-malformations-a-tertiary-care-center-experience
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Misbah Tahir, Muhammad Anees Mumtaz, Anum Sultan, Jawaid Iqbal, Raza Sayani
Peripheral vascular malformations (PVMs) represent a wide spectrum of vascular abnormalities occurring due to anomalous connections between arteries, veins, capillaries, and lymphatic channels at the microscopic level, in different combinations. They are rare and challenging to treat. Different operators may have different approaches based on their experience and expertise. Sclerotherapy either alone or in combination with embolization has been used as an independent method for the treatment of PVMs. Purpose The aim of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of sclerotherapy and embolization, with or without surgery, for the treatment of peripheral vascular malformations, based on our approach...
March 16, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773995/hypoxia-reoxygenation-of-rat-renal-arteries-impairs-vasorelaxation-via-modulation-of-endothelium-independent-sgc-cgmp-pkg-signaling
#14
Diana Braun, Christa Zollbrecht, Stefanie Dietze, Rudolf Schubert, Stefan Golz, Holger Summer, Pontus B Persson, Mattias Carlström, Marion Ludwig, Andreas Patzak
Ischemia/reperfusion injury holds a key position in many pathological conditions such as acute kidney injury and in the transition to chronic stages of renal damage. We hypothesized that besides a reported disproportional activation of vasoconstrictor response, hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) adversely affects endothelial dilatory systems and impairs relaxation in renal arteries. Rat renal interlobar arteries were studied under isometric conditions. Hypoxia was induced by application of 95% N2 , 5% CO2 for 60 min to the bath solution, followed by a 10 min period of reoxygenation (95% O2 , 5% CO2 )...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773582/activation-of-large-conductance-calcium-activated-k-channels-by-nitric-oxide-mediates-apelin-induced-relaxation-of-coronary-arteries
#15
Amreen Mughal, Chengwen Sun, Stephen T O'Rourke
Apelin increases coronary blood flow, cardiac contractility and cardiac output. Based on these favorable hemodynamic effects, apelin and apelin-like analogs are being developed for treating heart failure and related disorders; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying apelin-induced coronary vasodilation are unknown. This study aimed to elucidate the signaling pathways by which apelin causes smooth muscle relaxation in coronary arteries. Receptors for apelin (APJ receptors) were expressed in coronary arteries, as determined by Western blot and PCR analyses...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773519/the-neurosteroid-allopregnanolone-sulfate-inhibits-na-v-1-3-%C3%AE-subunit-containing-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-expressed-in-xenopus-oocytes
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Takafumi Horishita, Nobuyuki Yanagihara, Susumu Ueno, Dan Okura, Reiko Horishita, Tomoko Minami, Yuichi Ogata, Yuka Sudo, Yasuhito Uezono, Takashi Kawasaki
The neurosteroid allopregnanolone has potent analgesic effects, and its potential use for neuropathic pain is supported by recent reports. However, the analgesic mechanisms are obscure. The voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav ) α subunit Nav 1.3 is thought to play an essential role in neuropathic pain. Here, we report the effects of allopregnanolone sulfate (APAS) on sodium currents (INa ) in Xenopus oocytes expressing Nav 1.3 with β1 or β3 subunits. APAS suppressed INa of Nav 1.3 with β1 and β3 in a concentration-dependent manner (IC50 values; 75 and 26 μmol/L)...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771936/assigning-crystallographic-electron-densities-with-free-energy-calculations-the-case-of-the-fluoride-channel-fluc
#17
Igor Ariz-Extreme, Jochen S Hub
Approximately 90% of the structures in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) were obtained by X-ray crystallography or electron microscopy. Whereas the overall quality of structure is considered high, thanks to a wide range of tools for structure validation, uncertainties may arise from density maps of small molecules, such as organic ligands, ions or water, which are non-covalently bound to the biomolecules. Even with some experience and chemical intuition, the assignment of such disconnected electron densities is often far from obvious...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770866/meucin-49-a-multifunctional-scorpion-venom-peptide-with-bactericidal-synergy-with-neurotoxins
#18
Bin Gao, Julie Dalziel, Simone Tanzi, Shunyi Zhu
Besides key roles in prey capture and predator defense, scorpion venom also functions as internal immune agents protecting the venom gland from infection and external immune agents cleaning saprophytic microbes from their own body surfaces. However, antimicrobials (typically antimicrobial peptides, AMPs) in the venom often exist in low abundance that might exclude their immune role alone, leaving an open question with regard to their in vivo biological function. Here, we report the bactericidal activity of seven peptides isolated from the scorpion Mesobuthus eupeus venom, including one classical α-helical AMP and five ion channel-targeted neurotoxins...
May 16, 2018: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769724/structural-basis-for-gating-pore-current-in-periodic-paralysis
#19
Daohua Jiang, Tamer M Gamal El-Din, Christopher Ing, Peilong Lu, Régis Pomès, Ning Zheng, William A Catterall
Potassium-sensitive hypokalaemic and normokalaemic periodic paralysis are inherited skeletal muscle diseases characterized by episodes of flaccid muscle weakness1,2 . They are caused by single mutations in positively charged residues ('gating charges') in the S4 transmembrane segment of the voltage sensor of the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav 1.4 or the calcium channel Cav 1.11,2 . Mutations of the outermost gating charges (R1 and R2) cause hypokalaemic periodic paralysis1,2 by creating a pathogenic gating pore in the voltage sensor through which cations leak in the resting state3,4 ...
May 16, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767556/hydronephrosis-is-associated-with-elevated-plasmin-in-urine-in-pediatric-patients-and-rats-and-changes-in-ncc-and-%C3%AE-enac-abundance-in-rat-kidney
#20
Rikke Zachar, Ammar Al-Mashhadi, Henrik Dimke, Per Svenningsen, Boye L Jensen, Mattias Carlström
Obstruction of urine flow at the level of the pelvo-ureteric junction (UPJO) and subsequent development of hydronephrosis is one of the most common congenital renal malformations. UPJO is associated with development of salt-sensitive hypertension, which is set by the obstructed kidney, and with a stimulated renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) in rodent models. This study aimed at investigating the hypothesis that i) in pediatric patients with UPJO the RAAS is activated prior to surgical relief of the obstruction; ii) in rats with UPJO the RAAS activation is reflected by increased abundance of renal aldosterone-stimulated Na+ transporters; and iii) the injured UPJO kidney allows aberrant filtration of plasminogen leading to proteolytic activation of the epithelial sodium channel gamma subunit (γ-ENaC)...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
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