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SK channels

Zheng Zhang, Hannah A Ledford, Seojin Park, Wenying Wang, Sassan Rafizadeh, Hyo Jeong Kim, Wilson Xu, Ling Lu, Victor C Lau, Anne A Knowlton, Xiao-Dong Zhang, Ebenezer N Yamoah, Nipavan Chiamvimonvat
The normal function of ion channels depends critically on the precise subcellular localization and the number of channel proteins on the cell surface membrane. Small-conductance, Ca(2+) -activated K(+) channels (SK, KCa 2) are expressed in human atrial myocytes and responsible for shaping atrial action potentials. Understanding the mechanisms of SK channel trafficking may provide new insights into the regulation controlling the repolarization of atrial myocytes. We have previously demonstrated that the C and N termini of SK2 channels interact with actin-binding proteins, α-actinin2 and filamin A, respectively...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Ursula Ravens, Katja E Odening
Despite the epidemiological scale of atrial fibrillation, current treatment strategies are of limited efficacy and safety. Ideally, novel drugs should specifically correct the pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for atrial fibrillation with no other cardiac or extracardiac actions. Atrial-selective drugs are directed toward cellular targets with sufficiently different characteristics in atria and ventricles to modify only atrial function. Several potassium (K(+)) channels with either predominant expression in atria or distinct electrophysiological properties in atria and ventricles can serve as atrial-selective drug targets...
October 12, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jeppe Egedal Kirchhoff, Jonas Goldin Diness, Lea Abildgaard, Majid Sheykhzade, Morten Grunnet, Thomas Jespersen
Dose is an important parameter in terms of both efficacy and adverse effects in pharmacological treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Both of the class III antiarrhythmics dofetilide and amiodarone have documented anti-AF effects. While dofetilide has dose-related ventricular side effects, amiodarone primarily has adverse non-cardiac effects. Pharmacological inhibition of small conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SK) channels has recently been reported to be antiarrhythmic in a number of animal AF models. In a Langendorff model of acutely induced AF on guinea pig hearts, it was investigated whether a combination of the SK channel blocker N-(pyridin-2-yl)-4-(pyridin-2-yl)thiazol-2-amine (ICA) together with either dofetilide or amiodarone provided a synergistic effect...
October 8, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Sk Shaid-Ur Rahman, Thorsten Klein, Sebastian Klembt, Jürgen Gutowski, Detlef Hommel, Kathrin Sebald
We present evidence for the existence of a hybrid state of Tamm plasmons and microcavity exciton polaritons in a II-VI material based microcavity sample covered with an Ag metal layer. The bare cavity mode shows a characteristic anticrossing with the Tamm-plasmon mode, when microreflectivity measurements are performed for different detunings between the Tamm plasmon and the cavity mode. When the Tamm-plasmon mode is in resonance with the cavity polariton four hybrid eigenstates are observed due to the coupling of the cavity-photon mode, the Tamm-plasmon mode, and the heavy- and light-hole excitons...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Masaru Ishibashi, Iryna Gumenchuk, Kenichi Miyazaki, Takafumi Inoue, William N Ross, Christopher S Leonard
UNLABELLED: Orexins (hypocretins) are neuropeptides that regulate multiple homeostatic processes, including reward and arousal, in part by exciting serotonergic dorsal raphe neurons, the major source of forebrain serotonin. Here, using mouse brain slices, we found that, instead of simply depolarizing these neurons, orexin-A altered the spike encoding process by increasing the postspike afterhyperpolarization (AHP) via two distinct mechanisms. This orexin-enhanced AHP (oeAHP) was mediated by both OX1 and OX2 receptors, required Ca(2+) influx, reversed near EK, and decayed with two components, the faster of which resulted from enhanced SK channel activation, whereas the slower component decayed like a slow AHP (sAHP), but was not blocked by UCL2077, an antagonist of sAHPs in some neurons...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Xixun Du, Huamin Xu, Limin Shi, Zhifeng Jiang, Ning Song, Hong Jiang, Junxia Xie
Iron importer divalent metal transporter 1 (DMT1) plays a crucial role in the nigal iron accumulation in Parkinson's disease (PD). Membrane hyperpolarization is one of the factors that could affect its iron transport function. Besides iron, selective activation of the ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP) channels also contributes to the vulnerability of dopaminergic neurons in PD. Interestingly, activation of KATP channels could induce membrane hyperpolarization. Therefore, it is of vital importance to study the effects of activation of KATP channels on DMT1-mediated iron uptake function...
2016: Scientific Reports
Lu Gan, Zhen-Hua Wang, Hong Zhang, Xin Zhou, Hui Zhou, Chao Sun, Jing Si, Rong Zhou, Cheng-Jun Ma, Ji Li
AIM: Ginsenosides are considered to be the major pharmacologically active ginseng constituents, whereas 20(S)-protopanaxadiol [20(S)-PPD] is the active metabolite of ginsenosides in gut. In this study we investigated the effect of 20(S)-PPD on isolated rat thoracic aortas as well as its vasorelaxant mechanisms. METHODS: Aortic rings with or without endothelium were prepared from Wistar rats and suspended in organ-chambers. The changes in tension of the preparations were recorded through isometric transducers connected to a data acquisition system...
September 12, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Jarrod P Meadows, Mikael C Guzman-Karlsson, Scott Phillips, Jordan A Brown, Sarah K Strange, J David Sweatt, John J Hablitz
Epigenetic modifications, such as DNA cytosine methylation, contribute to the mechanisms underlying learning and memory by coordinating adaptive gene expression and neuronal plasticity. Transcription-dependent plasticity regulated by DNA methylation includes synaptic plasticity and homeostatic synaptic scaling. Memory-related plasticity also includes alterations in intrinsic membrane excitability mediated by changes in the abundance or activity of ion channels in the plasma membrane, which sets the threshold for action potential generation...
August 23, 2016: Science Signaling
Hiroaki Takagi, Hikaru Hashitani
The modulation of spontaneous excitability in detrusor smooth muscle (DSM) upon the pharmacological activation of different populations of K(+) channels was investigated. Effects of distinct K(+) channel openers on spontaneous action potentials in DSM of the guinea-pig bladder were examined using intracellular microelectrode techniques. NS1619 (10μM), a large conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channel opener, transiently increased action potential frequency and then prevented their generation without hyperpolarizing the membrane in a manner sensitive to iberiotoxin (IbTX, 100nM)...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Chih-Chieh Yu, Tsai Chia-Ti, Pei-Lung Chen, Cho-Kai Wu, Fu-Chun Chiu, Fu-Tien Chiang, Peng-Sheng Chen, Chi-Ling Chen, Lian-Yu Lin, Jyh-Ming Juang, Li-Ting Ho, Ling-Ping Lai, Wei-Shiung Yang, Jiunn-Lee Lin
Potassium calcium-activated channel subfamily N member 2 (KCNN2) encodes an integral membrane protein that forms small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels. Recent studies in animal models show that SK channels are important in atrial and ventricular repolarization and arrhythmogenesis. However, the importance of SK channels in human arrhythmia remains unclear. The purpose of the present study was to test the association between genetic polymorphism of the SK2 channel and the occurrence of cardiac tachyarrhythmias in humans...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Tingting Yang, Hai-Liang Zhang, Qingnan Liang, Yingtang Shi, Yan-Ai Mei, Paula Q Barrett, Changlong Hu
Aldosterone, which plays a key role in maintaining water and electrolyte balance, is produced by zona glomerulosa cells of the adrenal cortex. Autonomous overproduction of aldosterone from zona glomerulosa cells causes primary hyperaldosteronism. Recent clinical studies have highlighted the pathological role of the KCNJ5 potassium channel in primary hyperaldosteronism. Our objective was to determine whether small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated potassium (SK) channels may also regulate aldosterone secretion in human adrenocortical cells...
September 2016: Hypertension
Kenton M Sanders
The idea of an inhibitory innervation in the gut came from Geoff Burnstock's group at the University of Melbourne in the 1960s. Being resistant to antagonists of norepinephrine and acetylcholine, enteric inhibitory neurotransmission became known as non-cholinergic, non-adrenergic (NANC) neurotransmission. ATP (or a closely related nucleotide) was proposed as the inhibitory neurotransmitter based on release of purines during nerve stimulation and similarities between responses to ATP and transmural nerve stimulation in several gut preparations...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Wojciech Margas, Laurent Ferron, Manuela Nieto-Rostro, Arnold Schwartz, Annette C Dolphin
Gene deletion of the voltage-gated calcium channel auxiliary subunit α2δ-1 has been shown previously to have a cardiovascular phenotype, and a reduction in mechano- and cold sensitivity, coupled with delayed development of neuropathic allodynia. We have also previously shown that dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neuron calcium channel currents were significantly reduced in α2δ-1 knockout mice. To extend our findings in these sensory neurons, we have examined here the properties of action potentials (APs) in DRG neurons from α2δ-1 knockout mice in comparison to their wild-type (WT) littermates, in order to dissect how the calcium channels that are affected by α2δ-1 knockout are involved in setting the duration of individual APs and their firing frequency...
August 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Veronne de Vrind, Jacqueline Scuvée-Moreau, Guillaume Drion, Cyrine Hmaied, Fabian Philippart, Dominique Engel, Vincent Seutin
Although small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SK) channels and various types of voltage-gated Ca(2+) (Cav) channels have been described in midbrain dopaminergic neurons, the nature of their interactions is unclear. More particularly, the role of various Cav channel types in either promoting irregularity of firing (by generating an inward current during SK channel blockade) or promoting regularity of firing (by providing the source of Ca(2+) for the activation of SK channels) has not been systematically explored...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Masayuki Ohashi, Toru Hirano, Kei Watanabe, Hirokazu Shoji, Nobuko Ohashi, Hiroshi Baba, Naoto Endo, Tatsuro Kohno
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a reactive oxygen species, is an important signaling molecule for synaptic and neuronal activity in the central nervous system; it is produced excessively in brain ischemia and spinal cord injury. Although H2O2-mediated modulations of synaptic transmission have been reported in ventral horn (VH) neurons of the rat spinal cord, the effects of H2O2 on neuronal excitability and membrane properties remain poorly understood. Accordingly, the present study investigated such effects using a whole-cell patch-clamp technique...
September 7, 2016: Neuroscience
Samira Abbasi, Ataollah Abbasi, Yashar Sarbaz, Parviz Shahabi
INTRODUCTION: Loss of inhibitory output from Purkinje cells leads to hyperexcitability of the Deep Cerebellar Nuclei (DCN), which results in cerebellar ataxia. Also, inhibition of small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channel increases firing rate of DCN, which could cause cerebellar ataxia. Therefore, SK channel activators can be effective in reducing the symptoms of this disease, and used for the treatment of cerebellar ataxia. In this regard, we hypothesized that blockade of SK channels in different compartments of DCN would increase firing rate with different value...
January 2016: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
Lasse Skibsbye, Ursula Ravens
Any disturbance of electrical impulse formation in the heart and of impulse conduction or action potential (AP) repolarization can lead to rhythm disorders. Potassium (K(+)) channels play a prominent role in the AP repolarization process. In this review we describe the causes and mechanisms of proarrhythmic effects that arise as a response to blockers of cardiac K(+) channels. The largest and chemically most diverse groups of compound targets are Kv11.1 (hERG) and Kv7.1 (KvLQT1) channels. Finally, the proarrhythmic propensity of atrial-selective K(+) blockers inhibiting Kv1...
June 2016: Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Thom Griffith, Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, Jack R Mellor
The key trigger for Hebbian synaptic plasticity is influx of Ca2+ into postsynaptic dendritic spines. The magnitude of [Ca2+] increase caused by NMDA-receptor (NMDAR) and voltage-gated Ca2+ -channel (VGCC) activation is thought to determine both the amplitude and direction of synaptic plasticity by differential activation of Ca2+ -sensitive enzymes such as calmodulin. Ca2+ influx is negatively regulated by Ca2+ -activated K+ channels (SK-channels) which are in turn inhibited by neuromodulators such as acetylcholine...
May 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Chih-Chieh Yu, Jum-Suk Ko, Tomohiko Ai, Wen-Chin Tsai, Zhenhui Chen, Michael Rubart, Matteo Vatta, Thomas H Everett, Alfred L George, Peng-Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Apamin-sensitive small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels are gated by intracellular Ca(2+) through a constitutive interaction with calmodulin. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesize that arrhythmogenic human calmodulin mutations impede activation of SK channels. METHODS: We studied 5 previously published calmodulin mutations (N54I, N98S, D96V, D130G, and F90L). Plasmids encoding either wild-type or mutant calmodulin were transiently transfected into human embryonic kidney 293 cells that stably express subtype 2 of SK protein channels (SK2 cells)...
August 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Joyonna Carrie Gamble-George, Rita Baldi, Lindsay Halladay, Adrina Kocharian, Nolan Hartley, Carolyn Grace Silva, Holly Roberts, Andre Haymer, Lawrence J Marnett, Andrew Holmes, Sachin Patel
Mood and anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric conditions and are exacerbated by stress. Recent studies have suggested cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibition could represent a novel treatment approach or augmentation strategy for affective disorders including anxiety disorders and major depression. We show that traditional COX-2 inhibitors and a newly developed substrate-selective COX-2 inhibitor (SSCI) reduce a variety of stress-induced behavioral pathologies in mice. We found that these behavioral effects were associated with a dampening of neuronal excitability in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) ex vivo and in vivo, and were mediated by small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channel and CB1 cannabinoid receptor activation...
2016: ELife
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