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Voltage-gated calcium channels

Junting Huang, Gerald W Zamponi
Calcium entry via voltage gated calcium channels mediates a wide range of physiological functions, whereas calcium channel dysregulation has been associated with numerous pathophysiological conditions. There are myriad cell signaling pathways that act on voltage gated calcium channels to fine tune their activities and to regulate their cell surface expression. These regulatory mechanisms include the activation of G protein-coupled receptors and downstream phosphorylation events, and their control over calcium channel trafficking through direct physical interactions...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Donal Melanaphy, Christpher D Johnson, Maxim Kustov, Connall Watson, Lyudmyla Borysova, Theodore Burdyga, Alexander V Zholos
Transient receptor potential melastatin 8 (TRPM8) is the principal cold and menthol receptor channel. Characterized primarily for its cold sensing role in sensory neurons, it is expressed and functional in several non-neuronal tissues, including vasculature. We previously demonstrated that menthol causes vasoconstriction and vasodilatation in isolated arteries, depending on vascular tone. Here we investigated calcium's role in responses mediated by TRPM8 ligands in rat tail artery myocytes using patch-clamp electrophysiology and ratiometric Ca(2+) recording...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Jessica M Meves, Binhai Zheng
In this issue of Neuron, Tedeschi et al. (2016) describe the voltage-gated calcium channel subunit alpha2delta2 as a developmental switch from axon elongation to synapse formation and transmission that doubles as a suppressor of axon regeneration, providing a molecular clue for the synaptic stabilization hypothesis of CNS regeneration failure.
October 19, 2016: Neuron
A Andrade, J Hope, A Allen, V Yorgan, D Lipscombe, J Q Pan
CACNA1I is a candidate schizophrenia risk gene. It encodes the pore-forming human CaV3.3 α1 subunit, a subtype of voltage-gated calcium channel that contributes to T-type currents. Recently, two de novo missense variations, T797M and R1346H, of hCaV3.3 were identified in individuals with schizophrenia. Here we show that R1346H, but not T797M, is associated with lower hCaV3.3 protein levels, reduced glycosylation, and lower membrane surface levels of hCaV3.3 when expressed in human cell lines compared to wild-type...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Emmanuel Bourinet, Gerald W Zamponi
Venoms from various predatory species, such as fish hunting mollusks scorpions, snakes and arachnids contain a large spectrum of toxins that include blockers of voltage-gated calcium channels. These peptide blockers act by two principal manners - physical occlusion of the pore and prevention of activation gating. Many of the calcium channel-blocking peptides have evolved to tightly occupy their binding pocket on the principal pore forming subunit of the channel, often rendering block poorly reversible. Moreover, several of the best characterized blocking peptides have developed a high degree of channel subtype selectivity...
October 15, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Satoshi Umemura
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a heterogeneous group of disorders including both sporadic and familial forms (familial hyperaldosteronism type I, II and III). PA is the most frequent endocrine cause of secondary hypertension and associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular complications, compared with essential hypertension.Here I review the recent progress in understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to autonomous aldosterone production in PA.Systematic screening detects primary aldosteronism in 5 to 10% of all patients with hypertension and in approximately 20% of patients with resistant hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
D K Rieger, E Navarro, I Buendia, E Parada, L González-Lafuente, R Leon, A P Costa, I A Heinrich, K S Nascimento, B S Cavada, M G Lopez, J Egea, R B Leal
Lectins are proteins that bind cellular glycans and can modulate various neuronal functions. We have evaluated the neuroprotective effect of ConBr, a lectin purified from the seeds of Canavalia brasiliensis in a model of rat organotypic hippocampal cultures (OHCs) exposed to oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD). OGD for 15 min followed by 24 h re-oxygenation significantly increased cell death, caused mitochondrial depolarization and increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) in CA1 region of OHCs. ConBr (0.1 μg/mL) added during the re-oxygenation period counteracted cell death, mitochondrial depolarization and overproduction of ROS induced by OGD...
October 17, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Jingying Gao, Tao Bai, Lele Ren, Yaqin Ding, Xiangqin Zhong, Hui Wang, Yangyan Guo, Jie Li, Yunfeng Liu, Yi Zhang
Uncarboxylated osteocalcin, a bone matrix protein, has been proposed to regulate glucose metabolism by increasing insulin secretion, improving insulin sensitivity and stimulating β cell proliferation. Our previous study also indicated that uncarboxylated osteocalcin stimulates insulin secretion by inhibiting voltage-gated potassium (KV) channels. The goal of this study is to further investigate the underlying mechanisms for the regulation of Kv channels and insulin secretion by uncarboxylated osteocalcin. Insulin secretion and Kv channel currents were examined by radioimmunoassay and patch-clamp technique, respectively...
October 14, 2016: Peptides
Nayeli Rivera-Ramírez, Wilber Montejo-López, María-Cristina López-Méndez, Agustín Guerrero-Hernández, Anayansi Molina-Hernández, Ubaldo García-Hernández, José-Antonio Arias-Montaño
The histamine H3 receptor (H3R) is abundantly expressed in the Central Nervous System where it regulates several functions pre and postsynaptically. H3Rs couple to Gαi/o proteins and trigger or modulate several intracellular signaling pathways, including the cAMP/PKA pathway and the opening of N- and P/Q-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels. In transfected cells, activation of the human H3R of 445 amino acids (hH3R445) results in phospholipase C (PLC) stimulation and release of Ca(2+) from intracellular stores...
October 12, 2016: Neurochemistry International
Nan Zhang, Shengchang Yang, Chang Wang, Jianghua Zhang, Lifang Huo, Yiru Cheng, Chuan Wang, Zhanfeng Jia, Leiming Ren, Lin Kang, Wei Zhang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and type II diabetes mellitus (DM2) are the most common aging-related diseases and are characterized by β-amyloid and amylin accumulation, respectively. Multiple studies have indicated a strong correlation between these two diseases. Amylin oligomerization in the brain appears to be a novel risk factor for developing AD. Although amylin aggregation has been demonstrated to induce cytotoxicity in neurons through altering Ca(2+) homeostasis, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully explored...
October 12, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Jörg Striessnig
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 15, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Anne-Marie Malfait, Richard J Miller
Worldwide, osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the leading causes of chronic pain, for which adequate relief is not available. Ongoing peripheral input from the affected joint is a major factor in OA-associated pain. Therefore, this review focuses predominantly on peripheral targets emerging in the preclinical and clinical arena. Nerve growth factor is the most advanced of these targets, and its blockade has shown tremendous promise in clinical trials in knee OA. A number of different types of ion channels, including voltage-gated sodium channels and calcium channels, transient receptor potential channels, and acid-sensing ion channels, are important for neuronal excitability and play a role in pain genesis...
October 12, 2016: Current Osteoporosis Reports
Ryan L O'Hare Doig, Carole A Bartlett, Nicole M Smith, Stuart I Hodgetts, Sarah A Dunlop, Livia Hool, Melinda Fitzgerald
Combinations of Ca(2+) channel inhibitors have been proposed as an effective means to prevent excess Ca(2+) flux and death of neurons and glia following neurotrauma in vivo. However, it is not yet known if beneficial outcomes such as improved viability have been due to direct effects on intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations. Here, the effects of combinations of Lomerizine (Lom), YM872, memantine and/or oxATP to block voltage gated Ca(2+) channels, Ca(2+) permeable AMPA receptors, NMDA receptors and purinergic P2X7 receptors (P2X7R) respectively, on Ca(2+) concentration and viability of primary mixed cortical cultures exposed to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) insult, were assessed...
October 7, 2016: Neuroscience
Harry Z E Greenberg, Kazi S Jahan, Jian Shi, W-S Vanessa Ho, Anthony P Albert
The present study investigates the effect of commonly used negative and positive allosteric modulators of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) on vascular reactivity. In wire myography studies, increasing [Ca(2+)]o from 1mM to 6mM induced concentration-dependent relaxations of methoxamine-induced pre-contracted rabbit mesenteric arteries, with 6mM [Ca(2+)]o producing almost complete relaxation. [Ca(2+)]o-induced relaxations were attenuated in the presence of the calcilytics Calhex-231 and NPS 2143, and abolished by the removal of the endothelium...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Deepika Sharma, Brijendra Kumar Tiwari, Subhash Mehto, Cecil Antony, Gunjan Kak, Yogendra Singh, Krishnamurthy Natarajan
The prevalence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) strains eliciting drug resistance has necessitated the need for understanding the complexities of host pathogen interactions. The regulation of calcium homeostasis by Voltage Gated Calcium Channel (VGCCs) upon M. tb infection has recently assumed importance in this area. We previously showed a suppressor role of VGCC during M. tb infections and recently reported the mechanisms of its regulation by M. tb. Here in this report, we further characterize the role of VGCC in mediating defence responses of macrophages during mycobacterial infection...
2016: PloS One
Andrea Tedeschi, Sebastian Dupraz, Claudia J Laskowski, Jia Xue, Thomas Ulas, Marc Beyer, Joachim L Schultze, Frank Bradke
Injuries to the adult CNS often result in permanent disabilities because neurons lose the ability to regenerate their axon during development. Here, whole transcriptome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis followed by gain- and loss-of-function experiments identified Cacna2d2, the gene encoding the Alpha2delta2 subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs), as a developmental switch that limits axon growth and regeneration. Cacna2d2 gene deletion or silencing promoted axon growth in vitro. In vivo, Alpha2delta2 pharmacological blockade through Pregabalin (PGB) administration enhanced axon regeneration in adult mice after spinal cord injury (SCI)...
September 27, 2016: Neuron
Sabine Nafzger, Jean-Sebastien Rougier
AIM: The L-type voltage-gated calcium channel Cav1.2 mediates the calcium influx into cells upon membrane depolarization. The list of cardiopathies associated to Cav1.2 dysfunctions highlights the importance of this channel in cardiac physiology. Calcium/calmodulin-dependent serine protein kinase (CASK), expressed in cardiac cells, has been identified as a regulator of Cav2.2 channels in neurons, but no experiments have been performed to investigate its role in Cav1.2 regulation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Full length or the distal C-terminal truncated of the pore-forming Cav1...
October 5, 2016: Cell Calcium
Sukanya Lodh, Junji Yano, Megan S Valentine, Judith L Van Houten
Paramecium cells swim by beating their cilia, and make turns by transiently reversing their power stroke. Reversal is caused by Ca(2+) entering the cilium through voltage-gated Ca(2+) (CaV) channels that are found exclusively in the cilia. As ciliary Ca(2+) levels return to normal, the cell pivots and swims forward in a new direction. Thus, the activation of the CaV channels causes cells to make a turn in their swimming paths. For 45 years, the physiological characteristics of the Paramecium ciliary CaV channels have been known, but the proteins were not identified until recently, when the P...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
Andrei Rozov, Nail Burnashev
Suppression of NMDA receptor (NMDAR)-mediated currents by intracellular Ca(2+) has been described as a negative feedback loop in NMDAR modulation. In the time scale of tenths of milliseconds the depth of the suppression does not depend on the Ca(2+) source. It may be caused by Ca(2+) influx through voltage-gated calcium channels, NMDAR channels or release from intracellular stores. However, NMDARs are often co-expressed in synapses with Ca(2+)-permeable AMPA receptors (AMPARs). Due to significant differences in activation kinetics between these two types of glutamate receptors (GluRs), Ca(2+) entry through AMPARs precedes full activation of NMDARs, and therefore, might have an impact on the amplitude of NMDAR-mediated currents...
September 28, 2016: Cell Calcium
J Tamargo, Luis Miguel Ruilope
Voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels are the primary route of Ca(2+) entry in vascular smooth muscle cells, playing a key role in the regulation of arterial tone and blood pressure. Since the 60´s, L-type Ca(2+) channel blockers (CCBs) have been widely used for the treatment of hypertension. Areas covered. T-type Ca(2+) channels regulate vascular tone in small-resistance vessels and aldosterone secretion, and N-type channels expressed in sympathetic nerve terminals regulate the release of neurotransmitters. We performed a literature search in MEDLINE, PubMed and ClinicalTrials...
October 4, 2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
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