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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779467/calcium-sodium-and-trp-channel-expression-in-human-fetal-midbrain-derived-neural-progenitor-cells
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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/29778719/effect-of-heptanol-and-ethanol-on-excitation-wave-propagation-in-a-neonatal-rat-ventricular-myocyte-monolayer
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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/29773754/a-critical-neurodevelopmental-role-for-l-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-in-neurite-extension-and-radial-migration
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Satoshi Kamijo, Yuichiro Ishii, Shin-Ichiro Horigane, Kanzo Suzuki, Masamichi Ohkura, Junichi Nakai, Hajime Fujii, Sayaka Takemoto-Kimura, Haruhiko Bito
In spite of many association studies linking gene polymorphisms and mutations of L-type Voltage-Gated Ca2+ Channels (VGCC) in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, specific L-type VGCC roles during brain development remain unclear. Yet, calcium signaling has been shown to be essential for neurodevelopmental processes such as sculpting of neurites, functional wiring and fine tuning of growing networks. To bridge this gap, we performed submembraneous calcium imaging using a membrane-tethered genetically-encoded calcium indicator (GECI) Lck-G-CaMP7...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770866/meucin-49-a-multifunctional-scorpion-venom-peptide-with-bactericidal-synergy-with-neurotoxins
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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
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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/29755321/voltage-gated-calcium-channel-activation-by-backpropagating-action-potentials-downregulates-nmdar-function
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Anne-Kathrin Theis, Balázs Rózsa, Gergely Katona, Dietmar Schmitz, Friedrich W Johenning
The majority of excitatory synapses are located on dendritic spines of cortical glutamatergic neurons. In spines, compartmentalized Ca2+ signals transduce electrical activity into specific long-term biochemical and structural changes. Action potentials (APs) propagate back into the dendritic tree and activate voltage gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs). For spines, this global mode of spine Ca2+ signaling is a direct biochemical feedback of suprathreshold neuronal activity. We previously demonstrated that backpropagating action potentials (bAPs) result in long-term enhancement of spine VGCCs...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748711/calcium-and-voltage-gated-bk-channels-in-vascular-smooth-muscle
#7
REVIEW
Alex M Dopico, Anna N Bukiya, Jonathan H Jaggar
Ion channels in vascular smooth muscle regulate myogenic tone and vessel contractility. In particular, activation of calcium- and voltage-gated potassium channels of large conductance (BK channels) results in outward current that shifts the membrane potential toward more negative values, triggering a negative feed-back loop on depolarization-induced calcium influx and SM contraction. In this short review, we first present the molecular basis of vascular smooth muscle BK channels and the role of subunit composition and trafficking in the regulation of myogenic tone and vascular contractility...
May 11, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748133/retinoic-acid-inhibits-neuronal-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
#8
Eric de Hoog, Mark K Lukewich, Gaynor E Spencer
Retinoic acid is the active metabolite of vitamin A and regulates several important cellular processes by activating retinoic acid receptors (RAR) and retinoid X receptors (RXR). These receptors generally act as transcription factors, though non-genomic actions of both retinoic acid and the receptors have also been reported. One such nongenomic effect includes the modulation of Ca2+ levels during homeostatic synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. Retinoic acid can thus affect Ca2+ signaling and can potentially control both synaptic plasticity and neuronal firing...
February 13, 2018: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747396/beta-estradiol-regulates-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-and-estrogen-receptors-in-telocytes-from-human-myometrium
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Adela Banciu, Daniel Dumitru Banciu, Cosmin Catalin Mustaciosu, Mihai Radu, Dragos Cretoiu, Junjie Xiao, Sanda Maria Cretoiu, Nicolae Suciu, Beatrice Mihaela Radu
Voltage-gated calcium channels and estrogen receptors are essential players in uterine physiology, and their association with different calcium signaling pathways contributes to healthy and pathological conditions of the uterine myometrium. Among the properties of the various cell subtypes present in human uterine myometrium, there is increasing evidence that calcium oscillations in telocytes (TCs) contribute to contractile activity and pregnancy. Our study aimed to evaluate the effects of beta-estradiol on voltage-gated calcium channels and estrogen receptors in TCs from human uterine myometrium and to understand their role in pregnancy...
May 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742403/alternative-splicing-at-n-terminus-and-domain-i-modulates-ca-v-1-2-inactivation-and-surface-expression
#10
Peter Bartels, Dejie Yu, Hua Huang, Zhenyu Hu, Stefan Herzig, Tuck Wah Soong
The CaV 1.2 L-type calcium channel is a key conduit for Ca2+ influx to initiate excitation-contraction coupling for contraction of the heart and vasoconstriction of the arteries and for altering membrane excitability in neurons. Its α1C pore-forming subunit is known to undergo extensive alternative splicing to produce many CaV 1.2 isoforms that differ in their electrophysiological and pharmacological properties. Here, we examined the structure-function relationship of human CaV 1.2 with respect to the inclusion or exclusion of mutually exclusive exons of the N-terminus exons 1/1a and IS6 segment exons 8/8a...
May 8, 2018: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740331/voltage-gated-sodium-channel-%C3%AE-1-%C3%AE-1b-subunits-regulate-cardiac-physiology-and-pathophysiology
#11
REVIEW
Nnamdi Edokobi, Lori L Isom
Cardiac myocyte contraction is initiated by a set of intricately orchestrated electrical impulses, collectively known as action potentials (APs). Voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV s) are responsible for the upstroke and propagation of APs in excitable cells, including cardiomyocytes. NaV s consist of a single, pore-forming α subunit and two different β subunits. The β subunits are multifunctional cell adhesion molecules and channel modulators that have cell type and subcellular domain specific functional effects...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738885/regulation-of-seizure-induced-mecp2-ser421-phosphorylation-in-the-developing-brain
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Evan C Rosenberg, Jocelyn J Lippman-Bell, Marcus Handy, Samantha S Soldan, Sanjay Rakhade, Cristina Hilario-Gomez, Kaitlyn Folweiler, Leah Jacobs, Frances E Jensen
Neonatal seizures disrupt normal synaptic maturation and often lead to later-life epilepsy and cognitive deficits. During early life, the brain exhibits heightened synaptic plasticity, in part due to a developmental overabundance of CaV 1.2 L-type voltage gated calcium (Ca2+ ) channels (LT-VGCCs) and Ca2+ -permeable AMPARs (CP-AMPARs) lacking GluA2 subunits. We hypothesized that early-life seizures overactivate these channels, in turn dysregulating Ca2+ -dependent signaling pathways including that of methyl-CPG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2), a transcription factor implicated in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Rett Syndrome...
May 5, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736723/developing-high-throughput-assays-to-analyze-and-screen-electrophysiological-phenotypes
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Jen Q Pan, David Baez-Nieto, Andrew Allen, Hao-Ran Wang, Jeffrey R Cottrell
Ion channels represent nearly a quarter of all targets that currently available medications modulate, and their dysfunction underlies increasing number of human diseases. Functional analysis of ion channels have traditionally been a bottleneck in large-scale analyses. Recent technological breakthroughs in automated planar electrophysiology have democratized the technique to enable high-throughput patch clamping at scale. In this chapter, we describe the methodology to perform a phenotypic screen on voltage-gated calcium channels across many different genetic coding variations and against small-molecule modulators...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29733375/tissue-selective-restriction-of-rna-editing-of-cav1-3-by-splicing-factor-srsf9
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Hua Huang, Katannya Kapeli, Wenhao Jin, Yuk Peng Wong, Thiruma Valavan Arumugam, Joanne Huifen Koh, Sumitra Srimasorn, Karthik Mallilankaraman, John Jia En Chua, Gene W Yeo, Tuck Wah Soong
Adenosine DeAminases acting on RNA (ADAR) catalyzes adenosine-to-inosine (A-to-I) conversion within RNA duplex structures. While A-to-I editing is often dynamically regulated in a spatial-temporal manner, the mechanisms underlying its tissue-selective restriction remain elusive. We have previously reported that transcripts of voltage-gated calcium channel CaV1.3 are subject to brain-selective A-to-I RNA editing by ADAR2. Here, we show that editing of CaV1.3 mRNA is dependent on a 40 bp RNA duplex formed between exon 41 and an evolutionarily conserved editing site complementary sequence (ECS) located within the preceding intron...
May 4, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729231/calcium-influx-differentially-regulates-migration-velocity-and-directedness-in-response-to-electric-field-application
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R Babona-Pilipos, N Liu, A Pritchard-Oh, A Mok, D Badawi, M R Popovic, C M Morshead
Neural precursor cells (NPCs) respond to externally applied direct current electrical fields (DCEFs) by undergoing rapid and directed migration toward the cathode in a process known as galvanotaxis. It is unknown if the underlying mechanisms of galvanotactic migration is common to non-electrosensitive cells and if so, how NPCs and other galvanotactic cells sense and transduce electrical fields into cellular motility. In this study, we show that distinct aspects of NPC galvanotactic migration: motility (quantified through |velocity|) and directedness, are differentially regulated by calcium...
May 2, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728980/backbone-resonance-assignments-of-complexes-of-apo-human-calmodulin-bound-to-iq-motif-peptides-of-voltage-dependent-sodium-channels-na-v-1-1-na-v-1-4-and-na-v-1-7
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Holly M Isbell, Adina M Kilpatrick, Zesen Lin, Ryan Mahling, Madeline A Shea
Human voltage-gated sodium (NaV ) channels are critical for initiating and propagating action potentials in excitable cells. Nine isoforms have different roles but similar topologies, with a pore-forming α-subunit and auxiliary transmembrane β-subunits. NaV pathologies lead to debilitating conditions including epilepsy, chronic pain, cardiac arrhythmias, and skeletal muscle paralysis. The ubiquitous calcium sensor calmodulin (CaM) binds to an IQ motif in the C-terminal tail of the α-subunit of all NaV isoforms, and contributes to calcium-dependent pore-gating in some channels...
May 4, 2018: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29723500/calcium-channels-synaptic-plasticity-and-neuropsychiatric-disease
#17
REVIEW
Evanthia Nanou, William A Catterall
Voltage-gated calcium channels couple depolarization of the cell-surface membrane to entry of calcium, which triggers secretion, contraction, neurotransmission, gene expression, and other physiological responses. They are encoded by ten genes, which generate three voltage-gated calcium channel subfamilies: CaV 1; CaV 2; and CaV 3. At synapses, CaV 2 channels form large signaling complexes in the presynaptic nerve terminal, which are responsible for the calcium entry that triggers neurotransmitter release and short-term presynaptic plasticity...
May 2, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29720608/drosophila-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-%C3%AE-1-subunits-regulate-cardiac-function-in-the-aging-heart
#18
Alexander Lam, Priyanka Karekar, Kajol Shah, Girija Hariharan, Michelle Fleyshman, Harmehak Kaur, Harpreet Singh, Shubha Gururaja Rao
Ion channels maintain numerous physiological functions and regulate signaling pathways. They are the key targets for cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), acting as signaling switches between ROS and ionic homeostasis. We have carried out a paraquat (PQ) screen in Drosophila to identify ion channels regulating the ROS handling and survival in Drosophila melanogaster. Our screen has revealed that α1-subunits (D-type, T-type, and cacophony) of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) handle PQ-mediated ROS stress differentially in a gender-based manner...
May 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719450/exposure-to-835-mhz-rf-emf-decreases-the-expression-of-calcium-channels-inhibits-apoptosis-but-induces-autophagy-in-the-mouse-hippocampus
#19
Ju Hwan Kim, Uy Dong Sohn, Hyung-Gun Kim, Hak Rim Kim
The exponential increase in the use of mobile communication has triggered public concerns about the potential adverse effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) emitted by mobile phones on the central nervous system (CNS). In this study, we explored the relationship between calcium channels and apoptosis or autophagy in the hippocampus of C57BL/6 mice after RF-EMF exposure with a specific absorption rate (SAR) of 4.0 W/kg for 4 weeks. Firstly, the expression level of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs), a key regulator of the entry of calcium ions into the cell, was confirmed by immunoblots...
May 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719253/an-improved-method-for-modeling-voltage-gated-ion-channels-at-atomic-accuracy-applied-to-human-ca-v-channels
#20
Wilnelly Martinez-Ortiz, Timothy J Cardozo
Voltage-gated ion channels (VGICs) are associated with hundreds of human diseases. To date, 3D structural models of human VGICs have not been reported. We developed a 3D structural integrity metric to rank the accuracy of all VGIC structures deposited in the PDB. The metric revealed inaccuracies in structural models built from recent single-particle, non-crystalline cryo-electron microscopy maps and enabled the building of highly accurate homology models of human Cav channel α1 subunits at atomic resolution...
May 1, 2018: Cell Reports
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