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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323875/the-clinical-features-outcomes-and-genetic-characteristics-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-patients-with-severe-right-ventricular-hypertrophy
#1
Xiying Guo, Chaomei Fan, Lei Tian, Yanling Liu, Hongyue Wang, Shihua Zhao, Fujian Duan, Xiuling Zhang, Xing Zhao, Fengqi Wang, Hongguang Zhu, Aiqing Lin, Xia Wu, Yishi Li
INTRODUCTION: Severe right ventricular hypertrophy (SRVH) is a rare phenotype in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) for which limited information is available. This study was undertaken to investigate the clinical, prognostic and genetic characteristics of HCM patients with SRVH. METHODS: HCM with SRVH was defined as HCM with a maximum right ventricular wall thickness ≥10 mm. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) was performed in HCM patients with SRVH. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to identify risk factors for cardiac death and events in HCM with SRVH...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323614/a-chloroplast-retrograde-signal-3-phosphoadenosine-5-phosphate-acts-as-a-secondary-messenger-in-abscisic-acid-signaling-in-stomatal-closure-and-germination
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Wannarat Pornsiriwong, Gonzalo M Estavillo, Kai Xun Chan, Estee E Tee, Diep Ganguly, Peter A Crisp, Su Yin Phua, Chenchen Zhao, Jiaen Qiu, Jiyoung Park, Miing Tiem Yong, Nazia Nisar, Arun Kumar Yadav, Benjamin Schwessinger, John Rathjen, Christopher I Cazzonelli, Philippa B Wilson, Matthew Gilliham, Zhong-Hua Chen, Barry J Pogson
Organelle-nuclear retrograde signaling regulates gene expression, but its roles in specialized cells and integration with hormonal signaling remain enigmatic. Here we show that the SAL1-PAP (3'-phosphoadenosine 5'- phosphate) retrograde pathway interacts with abscisic acid (ABA) signaling to regulate stomatal closure and seed germination in Arabidopsis. Genetically or exogenously manipulating PAP bypasses the canonical signaling components ABA Insensitive 1 (ABI1) and Open Stomata 1 (OST1); priming an alternative pathway that restores ABA-responsive gene expression, ROS bursts, ion channel function, stomatal closure and drought tolerance in ost1-2...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319451/a-best-example-of-channel-structure-annotation-by-molecular-simulation
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Shanlin Rao, Gianni Klesse, Phillip J Stansfeld, Stephen J Tucker, Mark S P Sansom
An increasing number of ion channel structures are being determined. This generates a need for computational tools to enable functional annotation of channel structures. However, a number of studies of ion channel and model pores have indicated that the physical dimensions of a pore are not always a reliable indicator of its conductive status. This is due to the unusual behavior of water within nano-confined spaces, resulting in a phenomenon referred to as 'hydrophobic gating'. We have recently demonstrated how simulating the behavior of water within an ion channel pore can be used to predict its conductive status...
March 20, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319375/dissociative-photoionization-of-dimethyl-carbonate-the-more-it-is-cut-the-bigger-the-fragment-ion
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Xiangkun Wu, Xiaoguo Zhou, Patrick Hemberger, Andras Bodi
The dissociation of internal energy selected dimethyl carbonate (DMC) cations was studied by imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy (iPEPICO) in the 10.3-12.5 eV photon energy range. Vibrational fine structure is observed in the ground state band of the threshold photoelectron spectrum up to the dissociation threshold, and Franck-Condon simulations identify the O-C-O bend mode, in particular in combination with the C=O stretch mode, to be active. The DMC ionization energy was determined to be 10...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319196/h-channels-in-embryonic-biomphalaria-glabrata-cell-membranes-putative-roles-in-snail-host-schistosome-interactions
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Brandon J Wright, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino, Meyer B Jackson
The human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni causes intestinal schistosomiasis, a widespread neglected tropical disease. Infection of freshwater snails Biomphalaria spp. is an essential step in the transmission of S. mansoni to humans, although the physiological interactions between the parasite and its obligate snail host that determine success or failure are still poorly understood. In the present study, the B. glabrata embryonic (Bge) cell line, a widely used in vitro model for hemocyte-like activity, was used to investigate membrane properties, and assess the impact of larval transformation proteins (LTP) on identified ion channels...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318658/sudden-death-in-athletes
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Domenico Corrado, Alessandro Zorzi
Competitive sports activity is associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiovascular death (SCD) in adolescents and young adults with clinically silent cardiovascular disorders. While in middle-aged/senior athletes atherosclerotic coronary artery disease accounts for the vast majority of SCDs, in young athletes the spectrum of substrates is wider and includes inherited (cardiomyopathies) and congenital (anomalous origin of coronary arteries) structural heart diseases. Inherited ion channel diseases have been implicated in SCDs occurring with an apparently normal heart at autopsy...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317272/roles-of-ng2-glia-in-ischemic-stroke
#7
REVIEW
Fei-Er Song, Jia-Lv Huang, Si-Han Lin, Shuo Wang, Guo-Fen Ma, Xiao-Ping Tong
Recent studies have shown that a widely distributed class of glial cells, termed NG2-glia, engages in rapid signaling with surrounding neurons through direct synaptic contacts in the developing and mature central nervous system (CNS). This unique glial cell group has a typical function of proliferating and differentiating into oligodendrocytes during early development of the brain, which is crucial to axon myelin formation. Therefore, NG2-glia are also called oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs). In vitro and in vivo studies reveal that NG2-glia expressing receptors and ion channels demonstrate functional significance for rapid signaling with neuronal synapses and modulation of neuronal activities in both physiological and pathological conditions...
March 19, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316997/sildenafil-can-affect-innate-and-adaptive-immune-system-in-both-experimental-animals-and-patients
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REVIEW
Monika Kniotek, Agnieszka Boguska
Sildenafil, a type 5 phosphodiesterase inhibitor (PDE5-I), is primarily used for treating erectile dysfunction. Sildenafil inhibits the degradation of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) by competing with cGMP for binding site of PDE5. cGMP is a secondary messenger activating protein kinases and a common regulator of ion channel conductance, glycogenolysis, and cellular apoptosis. PDE5 inhibitors (PDE-Is) found application in cardiology, nephrology, urology, dermatology, oncology, and gynecology. Positive result of sildenafil treatment is closely connected with its immunomodulatory effects...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316956/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-due-to-long-qt-syndrome-a-brief-review-of-the-genetic-substrate-and-prevalence
#9
REVIEW
Nikolaos S Ioakeimidis, Theodora Papamitsou, Soultana Meditskou, Zafiroula Iakovidou-Kritsi
The pathophysiological mechanisms which lead to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are not completely understood. Cardiac channelopathies are a well-established causative factor with long QT syndrome (LQTS) being the most frequent one, accounting for approximately 12% of SIDS cases. The genetic substrate of the above arrhythmogenic syndrome has been thoroughly described but only specific gene mutations or polymorphisms have been identified as SIDS causative. The review will focus on the prevalence of LQTS-induced SIDS or near-SIDS cases and the mutations held responsible...
December 2017: Journal of Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315268/sigma-1-receptor-antagonists-a-new-class-of-neuromodulatory-analgesics
#10
Cristina Sánchez-Fernández, José Manuel Entrena, José Manuel Baeyens, Enrique José Cobos
The sigma-1 receptor is a unique ligand-operated chaperone present in key areas for pain control, in both the peripheral and central nervous system. Sigma-1 receptors interact with a variety of protein targets to modify their function. These targets include several G-protein-coupled receptors such as the μ-opioid receptor, and ion channels such as the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR). Sigma-1 antagonists modify the chaperoning activity of sigma-1 receptor by increasing opioid signaling and decreasing NMDAR responses, consequently enhancing opioid antinociception and decreasing the sensory hypersensitivity that characterizes pathological pain conditions...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315267/pharmacological-modulation-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-and-the-treatment-of-pain
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Manuel Merlos, Javier Burgueño, Enrique Portillo-Salido, Carlos Ramón Plata-Salamán, José Miguel Vela
There is a critical need for new analgesics acting through new mechanisms of action, which could increase the efficacy with respect to existing therapies and reduce their unwanted effects. Current preclinical evidence supports the modulatory role of sigma-1 receptors (σ1R) in nociception, mainly based on the pain-attenuated phenotype of σ1R knockout mice and on the antinociceptive effect exerted by σ1R antagonists on pains of different etiologies. σ1R is highly expressed in different pain areas of the CNS and the periphery (particularly dorsal root ganglia), and interacts and modulates the functionality of different receptors and ion channels ...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315265/sigma-1-receptor-and-ion-channel-dynamics-in-cancer
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Olivier Soriani, Raphaël Rapetti-Mauss
SigmaR1 is a multitasking chaperone protein which has mainly been studied in CNS physiological and pathophysiological processes such as pain, memory, neurodegenerative diseases (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, retinal neurodegeneration ), stroke and addiction . Strikingly, G-protein and ion channels are the main client protein fami lies of this atypical chaperone and the recent advances that have been performed for the last 10 years demonstrate that SigmaR1 is principally activated following tissue injury and disease development to promote cell survival...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315127/inherited-ventricular-arrhythmias-the-role-of-the-multi-subunit-structure-of-the-l-type-calcium-channel-complex
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Julie Briot, Marie-Philippe Tétreault, Benoîte Bourdin, Lucie Parent
The normal heartbeat is conditioned by transient increases in the intracellular free Ca(2+) concentration. Ca(2+) influx in cardiomyocytes is regulated by the activity of the heteromeric L-type voltage-activated CaV1.2 channel. A complex network of interactions between the different proteins forming the ion channel supports the kinetics and the activation gating of the Ca(2+) influx. Alterations in the biophysical and biochemical properties or in the biogenesis in any of these proteins can lead to serious disturbances in the cardiac rhythm...
March 18, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315020/novel-biomarkers-for-non-functioning-invasive-pituitary-adenomas-were-identified-by-using-analysis-of-micrornas-expression-profile
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Silin Wu, Ye Gu, Yuying Huang, Tyh-Chai Wong, Hailin Ding, Tengfei Liu, Yu Zhang, Xiaobiao Zhang
The microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in multiple pathological processes among various types of tumors. However, the functions of miRNAs in benign brain tumors are largely unexplored. In order to explore the pathogenesis of the invasiveness in non-functional pituitary adenoma (NFPA), the miRNAs expression profile was analyzed between invasive and non-invasive non-functional pituitary adenoma by miRNAs microarray. Six most significant differentially expressed miRNAs were identified including four upregulated miRNAs hsa-miR-181b-5p, hsa-miR-181d, hsa-miR-191-3p, and hsa-miR-598 and two downregulated miRNAs hsa-miR-3676-5p and hsa-miR-383...
March 17, 2017: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314815/the-phosphorylation-state-of-the-drosophila-trp-channel-modulates-the-frequency-response-to-oscillating-light-in-vivo
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Olaf Voolstra, Elisheva Rhodes-Mordov, Ben Katz, Jonas-Peter Bartels, Claudia Oberegelsbacher, Susanne Katharina Schotthöfer, Bushra Yasin, Hanan Tzadok, Armin Huber, Baruch Minke
Drosophila photoreceptors respond to oscillating light of high frequency (∼100 Hz), while the detected maximal frequency is modulated by the light rearing conditions, thus maintaining high sensitivity to light and high temporal resolution. However, the molecular basis for this adaptive process is unclear. Here, we report that dephosphorylation of the light-activated Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) ion channel at S936 is a fast, graded, light-, and Ca(2+)-dependent process that is partially modulated by the rhodopsin phosphatase Retinal Degeneration C (RDGC)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314540/technological-advances-shed-light-on-left-ventricular-cardiac-disturbances-in-cystic-fibrosis
#16
REVIEW
Zahra N Sayyid, Zachary M Sellers
Cystic fibrosis (CF), the most common autosomal recessive lethal disease in Caucasians, causes chronic pulmonary disease and can lead to cor pulmonale with right ventricular dysfunction. The presence of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in cardiac myocardia has prompted debate regarding possible defective ion channel-induced cardiomyopathy. Clinical heart disease in CF is considered rare and is restricted to case reports. It has been unclear if this is due to the lack of physiological importance of CFTR in the heart, the relatively short lifespan of those with CF, or a technical inability to detect subclinical disease...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303715/faradaic-ion-concentration-polarization-on-a-paper-fluidic-platform
#17
Xiang Li, Long Luo, Richard M Crooks
We describe the design and characteristics of a paper-based analytical device for analyte concentration enrichment. The device, called a hybrid paper-based analytical device (hyPAD), uses faradaic electrochemistry to create an ion depletion zone (IDZ), and hence a local electric field, within a nitrocellulose flow channel. Charged analytes are concentrated near the IDZ when their electrophoretic and electroosmotic velocities balance. This process is called faradaic ion concentration polarization. The hyPAD is simple to construct and uses only low-cost materials...
March 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303465/pharmacotherapy-in-generalized-anxiety-disorder-novel-experimental-medicine-models-and-emerging-drug-targets
#18
REVIEW
David S Baldwin, Ruihua Hou, Robert Gordon, Nathan T M Huneke, Matthew Garner
Many pharmacological and psychological approaches have been found efficacious in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), but many treatment-seeking patients will not respond and others will relapse despite continuing with interventions that initially had beneficial effects. Other patients will respond but then stop treatment early because of untoward effects such as sexual dysfunction, drowsiness, and weight gain. There is much scope for the development of novel approaches that could have greater overall effectiveness or acceptability than currently available interventions or that have particular effectiveness in specific clinical subgroups...
March 16, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302720/adjacent-channelrhodopsin-2-residues-within-transmembranes-2-and-7-regulate-cation-selectivity-and-distribution-of-the-two-open-states
#19
Ryan Richards, Robert E Dempski
Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) is a light-activated channel that can conduct cations of multiple valencies down the electrochemical gradient. Under continuous light exposure, ChR2 transitions from a high conducting open state (O1) to a low conducting open state (O2) with differing ion selectivity. The molecular basis for the O1 to O2 transition and how ChR2 modulates selectivity between states is currently unresolved. To this end, we used steered molecular dynamics, electrophysiology, and kinetic modeling to identify residues that contribute to gating and selectivity in discrete open states...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302382/congenital-heart-defect-causing-mutation-in-nkx2-5-displays-in-vivo-functional-deficit
#20
Abeer F Zakariyah, Rashida F Rajgara, John P Veinot, Ilona S Skerjanc, Patrick G Burgon
The Nkx2.5 gene encodes a transcription factor that plays a critical role in heart development. In humans, heterozygous mutations in NKX2.5 result in congenital heart defects (CHDs). However, the molecular mechanisms by which these mutations cause the disease remain unknown. NKX2.5-R142C is a mutation that was reported to be associated with atrial septal defect (ASD) and atrioventricular (AV) block in 13-patients from one family. The R142C mutation is located within both the DNA-binding domain and the nuclear localization sequence of NKX2...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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