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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352464/origin-of-heterogeneous-spiking-patterns-from-continuously-distributed-ion-channel-densities-a-computational-study-in-spinal-dorsal-horn-neurons
#1
Arjun Balachandar, Steven A Prescott
Neurons are often classified by spiking pattern. Yet some neurons exhibit distinct patterns under subtly different test conditions, which suggests that they operate near an abrupt transition, or bifurcation. A set of such neurons may exhibit heterogeneous spiking patterns not because of qualitative differences in which ion channels they express, but rather because quantitative differences in expression levels cause neurons to operate on opposite sides of a bifurcation. Neurons in the spinal dorsal horn, for example, respond to somatic current injection with patterns that include tonic-, single-, gap-, delayed- and reluctant-spiking...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352299/bunyavirus-requirement-for-endosomal-k-reveals-new-roles-of-cellular-ion-channels-during-infection
#2
Samantha Hover, Becky Foster, Juan Fontana, Alain Kohl, Steve A N Goldstein, John N Barr, Jamel Mankouri
In order to multiply and cause disease a virus must transport its genome from outside the cell into the cytosol, most commonly achieved through the endocytic network. Endosomes transport virus particles to specific cellular destinations and viruses exploit the changing environment of maturing endocytic vesicles as triggers to mediate genome release. Previously we demonstrated that several bunyaviruses, which comprise the largest family of negative sense RNA viruses, require the activity of cellular potassium (K+) channels to cause productive infection...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352128/phosphorylation-of-the-transient-receptor-potential-ankyrin-1-by-cyclin-dependent-kinase-5-affects-chemo-nociception
#3
Bradford E Hall, Michaela Prochazkova, Matthew R Sapio, Paul Minetos, Natalya Kurochkina, B K Binukumar, Niranjana D Amin, Anita Terse, John Joseph, Stephen J Raithel, Andrew J Mannes, Harish C Pant, Man-Kyo Chung, Michael J Iadarola, Ashok B Kulkarni
Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) is a key neuronal kinase that is upregulated during inflammation, and can subsequently modulate sensitivity to nociceptive stimuli. We conducted an in silico screen for Cdk5 phosphorylation sites within proteins whose expression was enriched in nociceptors and identified the chemo-responsive ion channel Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) as a possible Cdk5 substrate. Immunoprecipitated full length TRPA1 was shown to be phosphorylated by Cdk5 and this interaction was blocked by TFP5, an inhibitor that prevents activation of Cdk5...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352074/aldosterone-sgk1-and-ion-channels-in-the-kidney
#4
REVIEW
William C Valinsky, Rhian M Touyz, Alvin Shrier
Hyperaldosteronism, a common cause of hypertension, is strongly connected to Na+, K+, and Mg2+ dysregulation. Owing to its steroidal structure, aldosterone is an active transcriptional modifier when bound to the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) in cells expressing the enzyme 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 2, such as those comprising the aldosterone-sensitive distal nephron (ASDN). One such up-regulated protein, the ubiquitous serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1), has the capacity to modulate the surface expression and function of many classes of renal ion channels, including those that transport Na+ (ENaC), K+ (ROMK/BK), Ca2+ (TRPV4/5/6), Mg2+ (TRPM7/6), and Cl- (ClC-K, CFTR)...
January 31, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351871/systemic-signaling-in-response-to-wounding-and-pathogens
#5
REVIEW
Richard Hilleary, Simon Gilroy
Plants possess systemic signaling networks that allow the perception of local stresses to be translated into plant-wide responses. Although information can be propagated via a variety of molecules such as hormones and RNAs moving within the bulk flow of the phloem or in the transpiration stream, the vasculature also appears to be a major pathway whereby extremely rapid signals move bi-directionally throughout the plant. In these cases, the movement mechanisms are not dependent on redistribution through bulk flow...
January 16, 2018: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351552/in-situ-recording-of-ionic-currents-in-projection-neurons-and-kenyon-cells-in-the-olfactory-pathway-of-the-honeybee
#6
Jan Kropf, Wolfgang Rössler
The honeybee olfactory pathway comprises an intriguing pattern of convergence and divergence: ~60.000 olfactory sensory neurons (OSN) convey olfactory information on ~900 projection neurons (PN) in the antennal lobe (AL). To transmit this information reliably, PNs employ relatively high spiking frequencies with complex patterns. PNs project via a dual olfactory pathway to the mushroom bodies (MB). This pathway comprises the medial (m-ALT) and the lateral antennal lobe tract (l-ALT). PNs from both tracts transmit information from a wide range of similar odors, but with distinct differences in coding properties...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351511/chemogenetic-tools-for-causal-cellular-and-neuronal-biology
#7
Deniz Atasoy, Scott M Sternson
Chemogenetic technologies enable selective pharmacological control of specific cell populations. An increasing number of approaches have been developed that modulate different signaling pathways. Selective pharmacological control over G protein-coupled receptor signaling, ion channel conductances, protein association, protein stability, and small molecule targeting allows modulation of cellular processes in distinct cell types. Here, we review these chemogenetic technologies and instances of their applications in complex tissues in vivo and ex vivo...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350526/folding-graphene-film-yields-high-areal-energy-storage-in-lithium-ion-batteries
#8
Bin Wang, Jaegeon Ryu, Sungho Choi, Gyujin Song, Dongki Hong, Chihyun Hwang, Xiong Chen, Bo Wang, Wei Li, Hyun-Kon Song, Soojin Park, Rodney S Ruoff
We show that a high energy density can be achieved in a practical manner with freestanding electrodes without using conductive carbon, binders, and current collectors. We made and used a folded graphene composite electrode designed for a high areal capacity anode. The traditional thick graphene composite electrode, such as made by filtering graphene oxide to create a thin film and reducing it such as through chemical or thermal methods, has sluggish reaction kinetics. Instead, we have made and tested a thin composite film electrode that was folded several times using a water-assisted method; it provides a continuous electron transport path in the fold regions and introduces more channels between the folded layers, which significantly enhances the electron/ion transport kinetics...
January 19, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348631/dynamic-all-optical-drug-screening-on-cardiac-voltage-gated-ion-channels
#9
Jonas Streit, Sonja Kleinlogel
Voltage-gated ion channels (VGCs) are prime targets for the pharmaceutical industry, but drug profiling on VGCs is challenging, since drug interactions are confined to specific conformational channel states mediated by changes in transmembrane potential. Here we combined various optogenetic tools to develop dynamic, high-throughput drug profiling assays with defined light-step protocols to interrogate VGC states on a millisecond timescale. We show that such light-induced electrophysiology (LiEp) yields high-quality pharmacological data with exceptional screening windows for drugs acting on the major cardiac VGCs, including hNav1...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348619/cytokine-mediated-changes-in-k-channel-activity-promotes-an-adaptive-ca2-response-that-sustains-%C3%AE-cell-insulin-secretion-during-inflammation
#10
Matthew T Dickerson, Avery M Bogart, Molly K Altman, Sarah C Milian, Kelli L Jordan, Prasanna K Dadi, David A Jacobson
Cytokines present during low-grade inflammation contribute to β-cell dysfunction and diabetes. Cytokine signaling disrupts β-cell glucose-stimulated Ca2+ influx (GSCI) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca2+ ([Ca2+]ER) handling, leading to diminished glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). However, cytokine-mediated changes in ion channel activity that alter β-cell Ca2+ handling remain unknown. Here we investigated the role of K+ currents in cytokine-mediated β-cell dysfunction. Kslow currents, which control the termination of intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) oscillations, were reduced following cytokine exposure...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347760/anomalies-in-the-equilibrium-and-nonequilibrium-properties-of-correlated-ions-in-complex-molecular-environments
#11
Sathiya Mahakrishnan, Subrata Chakraborty, Amrendra Vijay
Emergent statistical attributes, and therefore the equations of state, of an assembly of interacting charge carriers embedded within a complex molecular environment frequently exhibit a variety of anomalies, particularly in the high-density (equivalently, the concentration) regime, which are not well understood, because they do not fall under the low-concentration phenomenologies of Debye-Hückel-Onsager and Poisson-Nernst-Planck, including their variants. To go beyond, we here use physical concepts and mathematical tools from quantum scattering theory, transport theory with the Stosszahlansatz of Boltzmann, and classical electrodynamics (Lorentz gauge) and obtain analytical expressions both for the average and the frequency-wave vector-dependent longitudinal and transverse current densities, diffusion coefficient, and the charge density, and therefore the analytical expressions for (a) the chemical potential, activity coefficient, and the equivalent conductivity for strong electrolytes and (b) the current-voltage characteristics for ion-transport processes in complex molecular environments...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347452/incorporating-born-solvation-energy-into-the-three-dimensional-poisson-nernst-planck-model-to-study-ion-selectivity-in-kcsa-k-channels
#12
Xuejiao Liu, Benzhuo Lu
Potassium channels are much more permeable to potassium than sodium ions, although potassium ions are larger and both carry the same positive charge. This puzzle cannot be solved based on the traditional Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) theory of electrodiffusion because the PNP model treats all ions as point charges, does not incorporate ion size information, and therefore cannot discriminate potassium from sodium ions. The PNP model can qualitatively capture some macroscopic properties of certain channel systems such as current-voltage characteristics, conductance rectification, and inverse membrane potential...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347346/elucidating-distinct-ion-channel-populations-on-the-surface-of-hippocampal-neurons-via-single-particle-tracking-recurrence-analysis
#13
Grzegorz Sikora, Agnieszka Wyłomańska, Janusz Gajda, Laura Solé, Elizabeth J Akin, Michael M Tamkun, Diego Krapf
Protein and lipid nanodomains are prevalent on the surface of mammalian cells. In particular, it has been recently recognized that ion channels assemble into surface nanoclusters in the soma of cultured neurons. However, the interactions of these molecules with surface nanodomains display a considerable degree of heterogeneity. Here, we investigate this heterogeneity and develop statistical tools based on the recurrence of individual trajectories to identify subpopulations within ion channels in the neuronal surface...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346730/2d-spectroscopy-is-being-used-to-address-core-scientific-questions-in-biology-and-materials-science
#14
Megan Petti, Justin P Lomont, Michał Maj, Martin T Zanni
Two-dimensional spectroscopy is a powerful tool for extracting structural and dynamic information from a wide range of chemical systems. We provide a brief overview of the ways in which two-dimensional visible and infrared spectroscopies are being applied to elucidate fundamental details of important processes in biological and materials science. The topics covered include amyloid proteins, photo-synthetic complexes, ion channels, photovoltaics, batteries, as well as a variety of promising new methods in two-dimensional spectroscopy...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344870/cell-specific-rna-quantification-in-human-sn-da-neurons-from-heterogeneous-post-mortem-midbrain-samples-by-uv-laser-microdissection-and-rt-qpcr
#15
Johanna Duda, Michael Fauler, Jan Gründemann, Birgit Liss
Cell specificity of gene expression analysis is from particular relevance when the abundance of target cells is not homogeneous in the compared tissue samples, like it is the case, e.g., when comparing brain tissues from controls and in neurodegenerative disease states. While single-cell gene expression profiling is already a methodological challenge per se, it becomes even more prone to artifacts when analyzing individual cells from human post-mortem samples. Not only because human samples can never be matched as precisely as those from animal models, but also, because the RNA-quality that can be obtained from human samples usually displays a high range of variability...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344825/the-voltage-dependent-anion-channel-vdac-of-pacific-oysters-crassostrea-gigas-is-upaccumulated-during-infection-by-the-ostreid-herpesvirus-1-oshv-1-an-indicator-of-the-warburg-effect
#16
Lizenn Delisle, Marine Fuhrmann, Claudie Quéré, Marianna Pauletto, Vianney Pichereau, Fabrice Pernet, Charlotte Corporeau
Voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) is a key mitochondrial protein. VDAC drives cellular energy metabolism by controlling the influx and efflux of metabolites and ions through the mitochondrial membrane, playing a role in its permeabilization. This protein exerts a pivotal role during the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infection in shrimp, through its involvement in a particular metabolism that plays in favor of the virus, the Warburg effect. The Warburg effect corresponds to an atypical metabolic shift toward an aerobic glycolysis that provides energy for rapid cell division and resistance to apoptosis...
January 17, 2018: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344776/dawning-of-a-new-era-in-trp-channel-structural-biology-by-cryo-electron-microscopy
#17
REVIEW
M Gregor Madej, Christine M Ziegler
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) permits the determination of atomic protein structures by averaging large numbers of individual projection images recorded at cryogenic temperatures-a method termed single-particle analysis. The cryo-preservation traps proteins within a thin glass-like ice layer, making literally a freeze image of proteins in solution. Projections of randomly adopted orientations are merged to reconstruct a 3D density map. While atomic resolution for highly symmetric viruses was achieved already in 2009, the development of new sensitive and fast electron detectors has enabled cryo-EM for smaller and asymmetrical proteins including fragile membrane proteins...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344775/new-saliva-secretion-model-based-on-the-expression-of-na-k-pump-and-k-channels-in-the-apical-membrane-of-parotid-acinar-cells
#18
János Almássy, Elias Siguenza, Marianna Skaliczki, Klara Matesz, James Sneyd, David I Yule, Péter P Nánási
The plasma membrane of parotid acinar cells is functionally divided into apical and basolateral regions. According to the current model, fluid secretion is driven by transepithelial ion gradient, which facilitates water movement by osmosis into the acinar lumen from the interstitium. The osmotic gradient is created by the apical Cl- efflux and the subsequent paracellular Na+ transport. In this model, the Na+-K+ pump is located exclusively in the basolateral membrane and has essential role in salivary secretion, since the driving force for Cl- transport via basolateral Na+-K+-2Cl- cotransport is generated by the Na+-K+ pump...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344669/clc-2-is-a-positive-modulator-of-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cell-differentiation-and-myelination
#19
Xiaolin Hou, Rui Zhang, Junyan Wang, Yunhong Li, Fan Li, Yan Zhang, Xiaomin Zheng, Ying Shen, Yin Wang, Liang Zhou
Oligodendrocytes (OLs) are myelin-forming cells that are present within the central nervous system. Impaired oligodendrocyte precursor cell (OPC) differentiation into mature OLs is a major cause of demyelination diseases. Therefore, identifying the underlying molecular mechanisms of OPC differentiation is crucial to understand the processes of myelination and demyelination. It has been acknowledged that various extrinsic and intrinsic factors are involved in the control of OPC differentiation; however, the function of ion channels, particularly the voltage‑gated chloride channel (CLC), in OPC differentiation and myelination are not fully understood...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344503/genetics-of-magnesium-disorders
#20
REVIEW
Heng Li, Shiren Sun, Jianghua Chen, Goushuang Xu, Hanmin Wang, Qi Qian
Background: Magnesium (Mg2+), the second most abundant cation in the cell, is woven into a multitude of cellular functions. Dysmagnesemia is associated with multiple diseases and, when severe, can be life-threatening. Summary: This review discusses Mg2+ homeostasis and function with specific focus on renal Mg2+ handling. Intrarenal channels and transporters related to Mg2+ absorption are discussed. Unraveling the rare genetic diseases with manifestations of dysmagnesemia has greatly increased our understanding of the complex and intricate regulatory network in the kidney, specifically, functions of tight junction proteins including claudin-14, -16, -19, and -10; apical ion channels including: TRPM6, Kv1...
December 2017: Kidney Diseases
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