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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341826/mu-opioid-receptors-inhibit-the-exercise-pressor-reflex-by-closing-n-type-calcium-channels-but-not-by-opening-girk-channels-in-rats
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Juan A Estrada, Marc P Kaufman
Mu opioid G-protein coupled receptors (MOR) interact with ion channels to decrease neuronal excitability. In humans, intrathecal administration of the MOR agonist, fentanyl, inhibits the exercise pressor reflex, an effect that can be attributed to either the opening of inward rectifying potassium channels (GIRK) or the closing of N-type calcium channels. The purpose of this study was to determine if the highly selective MOR agonist DAMGO attenuates the exercise pressor reflex, and which of these two channels are responsible for this effect...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339804/ephb6-and-testosterone-in-concert-regulate-epinephrine-release-by-adrenal-gland-chromaffin-cells
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Yujia Wang, Wei Shi, Alexandre Blanchette, Junzheng Peng, Shijie Qi, Hongyu Luo, Jonathan Ledoux, Jiangping Wu
Erythropoietin-producing human hepatocellular receptor (EPH) B6 (EPHB6) is a member of the receptor tyrosine kinase family. We previously demonstrated that EPHB6 knockout reduces catecholamine secretion in male but not female mice, and castration reverses this phenotype. We showed here that male EPHB6 knockout adrenal gland chromaffin cells presented reduced acetylcholine-triggered Ca2+ influx. Such reduction depended on the non-genomic effect of testosterone. Increased large conductance calcium-activated potassium channel current densities were recorded in adrenal gland chromaffin cells from male EPHB6 knockout mice but not from castrated knockout or female knockout mice...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339150/altered-function-of-neuronal-l-type-calcium-channels-in-ageing-and-neuroinflammation-implications-in-age-related-synaptic-dysfunction-and-cognitive-decline
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REVIEW
Sheeja Navakkode, Chao Liu, Tuck Wah Soong
The rapid developments in science have led to an increase in human life expectancy and thus, ageing and age-related disorders/diseases have become one of the greatest concerns in the 21st century. Cognitive abilities tend to decline as we get older. This age-related cognitive decline is mainly attributed to aberrant changes in synaptic plasticity and neuronal connections. Recent studies show that alterations in Ca2+ homeostasis underlie the increased vulnerability of neurons to age-related processes like cognitive decline and synaptic dysfunctions...
January 12, 2018: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338006/a-model-for-cooperative-gating-of-l-type-ca2-channels-and-its-effects-on-cardiac-alternans-dynamics
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Daisuke Sato, Rose E Dixon, Luis F Santana, Manuel F Navedo
In ventricular myocytes, membrane depolarization during the action potential (AP) causes synchronous activation of multiple L-type CaV1.2 channels (LTCCs), which trigger the release of calcium (Ca2+) from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). This results in an increase in intracellular Ca2+ (Cai) that initiates contraction. During pulsus alternans, cardiac contraction is unstable, going from weak to strong in successive beats despite a constant heart rate. These cardiac alternans can be caused by the instability of membrane potential (Vm) due to steep AP duration (APD) restitution (Vm-driven alternans), instability of Cai cycling (Ca2+-driven alternans), or both, and may be modulated by functional coupling between clustered CaV1...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335357/nonlinear-relationship-between-spike-dependent-calcium-influx-and-trpc-channel-activation-enables-robust-persistent-spiking-in-neurons-of-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex
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Stéphanie Ratté, Sergei Karnup, Steven A Prescott
Persistent spiking - the continuation of spiking after a stimulus ends - is thought to support working memory. Muscarinic receptor activation enables persistent spiking among synaptically isolated pyramidal neurons in anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) but a detailed characterization of that spiking is lacking and the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we show that the rate of persistent spiking in ACC neurons is insensitive to the intensity and number of triggers but can be modulated by injected current, and that persistent spiking can resume after several seconds of hyperpolarization-imposed quiescence...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330545/de-novo-bk-channel-variant-causes-epilepsy-by-affecting-voltage-gating-but-not-ca2-sensitivity
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Xia Li, Sibylle Poschmann, Qiuyun Chen, Walid Fazeli, Nelly Jouayed Oundjian, Francesca M Snoeijen-Schouwenaars, Oliver Fricke, Erik-Jan Kamsteeg, Marjolein Willemsen, Qing Kenneth Wang
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases and it causes profound morbidity and mortality. We identified the first de novo variant in KCNMA1 (c.2984 A > G (p.(N995S)))-encoding the BK channel-that causes epilepsy, but not paroxysmal dyskinesia, in two independent families. The c.2984 A > G (p.(N995S)) variant markedly increased the macroscopic potassium current by increasing both the channel open probability and channel open dwell time. The c.2984 A > G (p.(N995S)) variant did not affect the calcium sensitivity of the channel...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317246/presynaptic-calcium-channels
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REVIEW
Sumiko Mochida
At the presynaptic terminal, neuronal firing activity induces membrane depolarization and subsequent Ca2+ entry through voltage-gated Ca2+ (CaV) channels triggers neurotransmitter release from the active zone. Presynaptic Ca2+ channels form a large signaling complex, which targets synaptic vesicles to Ca2+ channels for efficient release and mediates Ca2+ channel regulation. The presynaptic CaV2 channel family (comprising CaV2.1, CaV2.2 and CaV2.3 isoforms) encode the pore-forming α1 subunit. The cytoplasmic regions are the target of regulatory proteins for channel modulation...
January 6, 2018: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317195/induction-of-divalent-cation-permeability-by-heterologous-expression-of-a-voltage-sensor-domain
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Hiroki Arima, Hidekazu Tsutsui, Ayako Sakamoto, Manabu Yoshida, Yasushi Okamura
The voltage sensor domain (VSD) is a protein domain that confers sensitivity to membrane potential in voltage-gated ion channels as well as the voltage-sensing phosphatase. Although VSDs have long been considered to function as regulatory units acting on adjacent effectors, recent studies have revealed the existence of direct ion permeation paths in some mutated VSDs and in the voltage-gated proton channel. In this study, we show that calcium currents are evoked upon membrane hyperpolarization in cells expressing a VSD derived from an ascidian voltage-gated ion channel superfamily...
January 6, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313588/paraneoplastic-inverse-myasthenic-syndrome-as-a-presentation-of-bronchogenic-carcinoma
#9
G S Chowdhary, Malav Jhala
Tumours may produce growth factors and cytokines responsible for signs and symptoms distant to the primary or metastatic site. This may be the first sign of a malignancy and its recognition may be critical for early cancer detection. Moreover, proper diagnosis spares the patient of extensive and expensive search for an alternate cause of the neurological dysfunction. In neurological paraneoplastic syndromes like Lambert Eaton Myasthenic syndrome associated with small cell lung cancer, evidence of autoimmunity against presynaptic neuro-muscular junction by anti voltage gated calcium channel anti bodies is well documented...
September 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306662/ciguatoxins-activate-the-calcineurin-signalling-pathway-in-yeasts-potential-for-development-of-an-alternative-detection-tool
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Hélène Martin-Yken, Camille Gironde, Sylvain Derick, Hélène Taiana Darius, Christophe Furger, Dominique Laurent, Mireille Chinain
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are lipid-soluble polyether compounds produced by dinoflagellates from the genus Gambierdiscus spp. typically found in tropical and subtropical zones. This endemic area is however rapidly expanding due to environmental perturbations, and both toxic Gambierdiscus spp. and ciguatoxic fishes have been recently identified in the North Atlantic Ocean (Madeira and Canary islands) and Mediterranean Sea. Ciguatoxins bind to Voltage Gated Sodium Channels on the membranes of sensory neurons, causing Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in humans, a disease characterized by a complex array of gastrointestinal, neurological, neuropsychological, and cardiovascular symptoms...
January 4, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291445/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-ring-opened-cromakalim-analogues-with-relaxant-effects-on-vascular-and-respiratory-smooth-muscles-and-as-stimulators-of-elastin-synthesis
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Mourad Bouhedja, Basile Peres, Wassim Fhayli, Zeinab Ghandour, Ahcène Boumendjel, Gilles Faury, Smail Khelili
Two new series of ring-opened analogues of cromakalim bearing sulfonylurea moieties (series A: with N-unmethylated sulfonylureas, series B: with N-methylated sulfonylureas) were synthesized and tested as relaxants of vascular and respiratory smooth muscles (rat aorta and trachea, respectively). Ex vivo biological evaluations indicated that the most active compounds, belonging to series B, displayed a marked vasorelaxant activity on endothelium-intact aortic rings and the trachea. A majority of series B compounds exhibited a higher vasorelaxant activity (EC50 < 22 μM) than that of the reference compound diazoxide (EC50 = 24 μM)...
December 21, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288765/cardiac-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-and-their-regulation-by-%C3%AE-adrenergic-signaling
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REVIEW
Neema Kumari, Himanshu Gaur, Anamika Bhargava
Voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) are the predominant source of calcium influx in the heart leading to calcium-induced calcium release and ultimately excitation-contraction coupling. In the heart, VGCCs are modulated by the β-adrenergic signaling. Signaling through β-adrenergic receptors (βARs) and modulation of VGCCs by β-adrenergic signaling in the heart are critical signaling and changes to these have been significantly implicated in heart failure. However, data related to calcium channel dysfunction in heart failure is divergent and contradictory ranging from reduced function to no change in the calcium current...
December 27, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288665/intact-calcium-signaling-in-adrenergic-deficient-embryonic-mouse-hearts
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Jessica N Peoples, David G Taylor, Alexander N Katchman, Steven N Ebert
Mouse embryos that lack the ability to produce the adrenergic hormones, norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (EPI), due to disruption of the dopamine beta-hydroxylase (Dbh-/-) gene inevitably perish from heart failure during mid-gestation. Since adrenergic stimulation is well-known to enhance calcium signaling in developing as well as adult myocardium, and impairments in calcium signaling are typically associated with heart failure, we hypothesized that adrenergic-deficient embryonic hearts would display deficiencies in cardiac calcium signaling relative to adrenergic-competent controls at a developmental stage immediately preceding the onset of heart failure, which first appears beginning or shortly after mouse embryonic day 10...
December 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286091/identifying-heterogeneous-subtypes-of-gastric-cancer-and-subtype%C3%A2-specific-subpaths-of-microrna%C3%A2-target-pathways
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Yuanhang Li, Weijun Bai, Xu Zhang
The present study aimed to classify gastric cancer (GC) into subtypes and to screen the subtype‑specific genes, their targeted microRNAs (miRNAs) and enriched pathways to explore the putative mechanism of each GC subtypes. The GSE13861 data set was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus and used to screen differential expression genes (DEGs) in GC samples based on the detection of imbalanced differential signal algorithm. The specific genes in each subtype were identified with the cut‑off criterion of U>0...
December 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274300/unconjugated-bilirubin-modulates-neuronal-signaling-only-in-wild-type-mice-but-not-after-ablation-of-the-r-type-cav-2-3-voltage-gated-calcium-channel
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Walid Albanna, Felix Neumaier, Jan Niklas Lüke, Konstantin Kotliar, Catharina Conzen, Ute Lindauer, Jürgen Hescheler, Hans Clusmann, Toni Schneider, Gerrit Alexander Schubert
INTRODUCTION: The relationship between blood metabolites and hemoglobin degradation products (BMHDPs) formed in the cerebrospinal fluid and the development of vasospasm and delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) has been the focus of several previous studies, but their molecular and cellular targets remain to be elucidated. METHODS: Because BMHDP-induced changes in Cav 2.3 channel function are thought to contribute to DCI after aSAH, we studied their modulation by unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) in an organotypical neuronal network from wild-type (WT) and Cav 2...
December 23, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259539/the-contribution-of-l-type-cav1-3-channels-to-retinal-light-responses
#16
Liheng Shi, Janet Ya-An Chang, Fei Yu, Michael L Ko, Gladys Y-P Ko
L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (LTCCs) regulate tonic neurotransmitter release from sensory neurons including retinal photoreceptors. There are three types of LTCCs (Cav1.2, Cav1.3, and Cav1.4) expressed in the retina. While Cav1.2 is expressed in all retinal cells including the Müller glia and neurons, Cav1.3 and Cav1.4 are expressed in the retinal neurons with Cav1.4 exclusively expressed in the photoreceptor synaptic terminals. Mutations in the gene encoding Cav1.4 cause incomplete X-linked congenital stationary night blindness in humans...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246857/new-cav2-calcium-channel-gating-modifiers-with-agonist-activity-and-therapeutic-potential-to-treat-neuromuscular-disease
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Man Wu, Hayley V White, Blake Boehm, Christopher J Meriney, Kaylan Kerrigan, Michael Frasso, Mary Liang, Erika M Gotway, Madeleine Wilcox, Jon W Johnson, Peter Wipf, Stephen D Meriney
Voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) are critical regulators of many cellular functions, including the activity-dependent release of chemical neurotransmitter from nerve terminals. At nerve terminals, the Cav2 family of VGCCs are closely positioned with neurotransmitter-containing synaptic vesicles. The relationship between calcium ions and transmitter release is such that even subtle changes in calcium flux through VGCCs have a strong influence on the magnitude of transmitter released. Therefore, modulators of the calcium influx at nerve terminals have the potential to strongly affect transmitter release at synapses...
December 12, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231872/a-deeper-examination-of-thorellius-atrox-scorpion-venom-components-with-omic-techonologies
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Teresa Romero-Gutierrez, Esteban Peguero-Sanchez, Miguel A Cevallos, Cesar V F Batista, Ernesto Ortiz, Lourival D Possani
This communication reports a further examination of venom gland transcripts and venom composition of the Mexican scorpion Thorellius atrox using RNA-seq and tandem mass spectrometry. The RNA-seq, which was performed with the Illumina protocol, yielded more than 20,000 assembled transcripts. Following a database search and annotation strategy, 160 transcripts were identified, potentially coding for venom components. A novel sequence was identified that potentially codes for a peptide with similarity to spider ω-agatoxins, which act on voltage-gated calcium channels, not known before to exist in scorpion venoms...
December 12, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230810/trauma-exposure-interacts-with-the-genetic-risk-of-bipolar-disorder-in-alcohol-misuse-of-us-soldiers
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R Polimanti, J Kaufman, H Zhao, H R Kranzler, R J Ursano, R C Kessler, M B Stein, J Gelernter
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether trauma exposure moderates the genetic correlation between substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders, we tested whether trauma exposure modifies the association of genetic risks for mental disorders with alcohol misuse and nicotine dependence (ND) symptoms. METHODS: High-resolution polygenic risk scores (PRSs) were calculated for 10 732 US Army soldiers (8346 trauma-exposed and 2386 trauma-unexposed) based on genome-wide association studies of bipolar disorder (BD), major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia...
December 11, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228786/oxidative-stress-induces-disruption-of-the-axon-initial-segment
#20
Kareem Clark, Brooke A Sword, Jeffrey L Dupree
The axon initial segment (AIS), the domain responsible for action potential initiation and maintenance of neuronal polarity, is targeted for disruption in a variety of central nervous system pathological insults. Previous work in our laboratory implicates oxidative stress as a potential mediator of structural AIS alterations in two separate mouse models of central nervous system inflammation, as these effects were attenuated following reactive oxygen species scavenging and NADPH oxidase-2 ablation. While these studies suggest a role for oxidative stress in modulation of the AIS, the direct effects of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) on the stability of this domain remain unclear...
November 2017: ASN Neuro
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