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Neil C Ford, Mark L Baccei
Spinal lamina I projection neurons serve as a major conduit by which noxious stimuli detected in the periphery are transmitted to nociceptive circuits in the brain, including the parabrachial nucleus (PB) and the periaqueductal gray (PAG). While neonatal spino-PB neurons are more than twice as likely to exhibit spontaneous activity compared to spino-PAG neurons, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear since nothing is known about the voltage-independent (i.e. 'leak') ion channels expressed by these distinct populations during early life...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience
Reza Ashrafi, Marianne Yon, Lucy Pickavance, Joseph Yanni Gerges, Gershan Davis, John Wilding, Kun Jian, Henggui Zhang, George Hart, Mark Boyett
Introduction. Obesity is increasingly common and is associated with an increased prevalence of cardiac arrhythmias. The aim of this study was to see whether in obesity there is proarrhythmic gene expression of ventricular ion channels and related molecules. Methods and Results. Rats were fed on a high-fat diet and compared to control rats on a normal diet (n = 8). After 8 weeks, rats on the high-fat diet showed significantly greater weight gain and higher adiposity. Left ventricle samples were removed at 8 weeks and mRNA expression of ion channels and other molecules was measured using qPCR...
2016: Journal of Obesity
Jun Wei Li, Shao Ying Xiao, Xiao Xiao Xie, Hui Zhou, Chun Li Pang, Shan Shan Li, Hai Lin Zhang, Diomedes E Logothetis, Yong Zhan, Hai Long An
Kir2.1 (also known as IRK1) plays key roles in regulation of resting membrane potential and cell excitability. To achieve its physiological roles, Kir2.1 performs a series of conformational transition, named as gating. However, the structural basis of gating is still obscure. Here, we combined site-directed mutation, two-electrode voltage clamp with molecular dynamics simulations and determined that H221 regulates the gating process of Kir2.1 by involving a weak interaction network. Our data show that the H221R mutant accelerates the rundown kinetics and decelerates the reactivation kinetics of Kir2...
October 3, 2016: Proteins
Hai M Nguyen, Eva M Grössinger, Makoto Horiuchi, Kyle W Davis, Lee-Way Jin, Izumi Maezawa, Heike Wulff
Microglia are highly plastic cells that can assume different phenotypes in response to microenvironmental signals. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) promote differentiation into classically activated M1-like microglia, which produce high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and nitric oxide and are thought to contribute to neurological damage in ischemic stroke and Alzheimer's disease. IL-4 in contrast induces a phenotype associated with anti-inflammatory effects and tissue repair. We here investigated whether these microglia subsets vary in their K(+) channel expression by differentiating neonatal mouse microglia into M(LPS) and M(IL-4) microglia and studying their K(+) channel expression by whole-cell patch-clamp, quantitative PCR and immunohistochemistry...
October 3, 2016: Glia
Nicholas G Spencer, Tom Schilling, Francesc Miralles, Claudia Eder
Microglial priming and enhanced reactivity to secondary insults cause substantial neuronal damage and are hallmarks of brain aging, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases. It is, thus, of particular interest to identify mechanisms involved in microglial priming. Here, we demonstrate that priming of microglia with interferon-γ (IFN γ) substantially enhanced production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) following stimulation of microglia with ATP. Priming of microglial ROS production was substantially reduced by inhibition of p38 MAPK activity with SB203580, by increases in intracellular glutathione levels with N-Acetyl-L-cysteine, by blockade of NADPH oxidase subunit NOX2 activity with gp91ds-tat or by inhibition of nitric oxide production with L-NAME...
2016: PloS One
Lena Rubi, Xaver Koenig, Helmut Kubista, Hannes Todt, Karlheinz Hilber
Kir2.x channels in ventricular cardiomyocytes (most prominently Kir2.1) account for the inward rectifier potassium current IK1, which controls the resting membrane potential and the final phase of action potential repolarization. Recently it was hypothesized that the dystrophin-associated protein complex (DAPC) is important in the regulation of Kir2.x channels. To test this hypothesis, we investigated potential IK1 abnormalities in dystrophin-deficient ventricular cardiomyocytes derived from the hearts of Duchenne muscular dystrophy mouse models...
August 25, 2016: Channels
Alejandro Vila, Christopher M Whitaker, John O'Brien
Synaptic processes and plasticity of synapses are mediated by large suites of proteins. In most cases, many of these proteins are tethered together by synaptic scaffold proteins. Scaffold proteins have a large number and typically a variety of protein interaction domains that allow many different proteins to be assembled into functional complexes. As each scaffold protein has a different set of protein interaction domains and a unique set of interacting partners, the presence of synaptic scaffolds can provide insight into the molecular mechanisms that regulate synaptic processes...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Shuxi Ren, Chunli Pang, Junwei Li, Yayue Huang, Suhua Zhang, Yong Zhan, Hailong An
Kir2.1 plays key roles in setting rest membrane potential and modulation of cell excitability. Mutations of Kir2.1, such as D172N or E299V, inducing gain-of-function, can cause type3 short QT syndrome (SQT3) due to the enlarged outward currents. So far, there is no clinical drug target to block the currents of Kir2.1. Here, we identified a novel blocker of Kir2.1, styrax, which is a kind of natural compound selected from traditional Chinese medicine. Our data show that styrax can abolish the inward and outward currents of Kir2...
August 12, 2016: Channels
Sun-Joo Lee, Feifei Ren, Eva-Maria Zangerl-Plessl, Sarah Heyman, Anna Stary-Weinzinger, Peng Yuan, Colin G Nichols
Inward rectifier potassium (Kir) channel activity is controlled by plasma membrane lipids. Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) binding to a primary site is required for opening of classic inward rectifier Kir2.1 and Kir2.2 channels, but interaction of bulk anionic phospholipid (PL(-)) with a distinct second site is required for high PIP2 sensitivity. Here we show that introduction of a lipid-partitioning tryptophan at the second site (K62W) generates high PIP2 sensitivity, even in the absence of PL(-) Furthermore, high-resolution x-ray crystal structures of Kir2...
September 2016: Journal of General Physiology
Yoshio Takemoto, Rafael J Ramirez, Miki Yokokawa, Kuljeet Kaur, Daniela Ponce-Balbuena, Mohamad C Sinno, B Cicero Willis, Hamid Ghanbari, Steven R Ennis, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, Bettina C Henzi, Rakesh Latchamsetty, Roberto Ramos-Mondragon, Hassan Musa, Raphael P Martins, Sandeep V Pandit, Sami F Noujaim, Thomas Crawford, Krit Jongnarangsin, Frank Pelosi, Frank Bogun, Aman Chugh, Omer Berenfeld, Fred Morady, Hakan Oral, José Jalife
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether Gal-3 mediates sustained atrial fibrillation (AF)-induced atrial structural and electrical remodeling and contributes to AF perpetuation. BACKGROUND: Galectin-3 (Gal-3) mediates extracellular matrix remodeling in heart failure, but its role in AF progression remains unexplored. METHODS: We examined intracardiac blood samples from patients with AF (N=55) to identify potential biomarkers of AF recurrence. In a sheep model of tachypacing-induced AF (N=20), we tested the effects of Gal-3 inhibition during AF progression...
April 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
José Jalife
Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is the most severe cardiac rhythm disturbance and one of the most important immediate causes of sudden cardiac death. In the structurally normal heart, a small number of stable reentrant sources, perhaps 1 or 2, underlie the mechanism of VF, and the stabilization of the sources, their frequency, and the complexity of the turbulent waves they generate depend on the expression, spatial distribution, and intermolecular interactions of the 2 most important ion channels that control cardiac excitability: the inward rectifier potassium channel, Kir2...
September 2016: Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Z Horakova, P Matejovic, M Pasek, J Hosek, M Simurdova, J Simurda, M Bebarova
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia at alcohol consumption. Its pathogenesis is complex, at least partly related to changes of cardiac inward rectifier potassium currents including IK1. Both ethanol and acetaldehyde have been demonstrated to considerably modify IK1 in rat ventricular myocytes. However, analogical data on the atrial IK1 are lacking. The present study aimed to analyse IK1 changes induced by ethanol and acetyldehyde in atrial myocytes. The experiments were performed by the whole cell patch-clamp technique at 23 ± 1°C on enzymatically isolated rat and guinea-pig atrial myocytes as well as on expressed human Kir2...
June 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, Joyce Lin, James P Keener, Robert Gourdie, Steven Poelzing
It was recently demonstrated that cardiac sodium channels (Nav1.5) localized at the perinexus, an intercalated disc (ID) nanodomain associated with gap junctions (GJ), may contribute to electrical coupling between cardiac myocytes via an ephaptic mechanism. Impairment of ephaptic coupling by acute interstitial edema (AIE)-induced swelling of the perinexus was associated with arrhythmogenic, anisotropic conduction slowing. Given that Kir2.1 has also recently been reported to localize at intercalated discs, we hypothesized that Kir2...
October 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Maria Sancho, Nina C Samson, Bjorn O Hald, Ahmed M Hashad, Sean P Marrelli, Suzanne E Brett, Donald G Welsh
The conducted vasomotor response reflects electrical communication in the arterial wall and the distance signals spread is regulated by three factors including resident ion channels. This study defined the role of inward-rectifying K(+) channels (KIR) in governing electrical communication along hamster cerebral arteries. Focal KCl application induced a vasoconstriction that conducted robustly, indicative of electrical communication among cells. Inhibiting dominant K(+) conductances had no attenuating effect, the exception being Ba(2+) blockade of KIR Electrophysiology and Q-PCR analysis of smooth muscle cells revealed a Ba(2+)-sensitive KIR current comprised of KIR2...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Adrian Y C Wong, Elitza Hristova, Nina Ahlskog, Louis-Alexandre Tasse, Johnny K Ngsee, Prakash Chudalayandi, Richard Bergeron
The sigma-1 receptor (σ-1R) is an endoplasmic reticulum resident chaperone protein involved in a plethora of cellular functions, and whose disruption has been implicated in a wide range of diseases. Genetic analysis has revealed two σ-1R mutants involved in neuromuscular disorders. A point mutation (E102Q) in the ligand-binding domain results in the juvenile form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS16), and a 20 amino-acid deletion (Δ31-50) in the putative cytosolic domain leads to a form of distal hereditary motor neuropathy...
September 2016: Molecular Pharmacology
Yong Qiao, Chengchun Tang, Qingjie Wang, Dong Wang, Gaoliang Yan, Boqian Zhu
Phenotype switching of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) from the contractile type to the synthetic type is a hallmark of vascular disorders such as atherosclerosis and restenosis after angioplasty. Inward rectifier K(+) channel 2.1 (Kir2.1) has been identified in VSMC. However, whether it plays a functional role in regulating cellular transformation remains obscure. In this study, we evaluated the role of Kir2.1 on VSMC proliferation, migration, phenotype switching, and post-injury carotid neointimal formation...
September 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Young-Eun Leem, Hyeon-Ju Jeong, Hyun-Ji Kim, Jewoo Koh, KyeongJin Kang, Gyu-Un Bae, Hana Cho, Jong-Sun Kang
A potassium channel Kir2.1-associated membrane hyperpolarization is required for myogenic differentiation. However the molecular regulatory mechanisms modulating Kir2.1 channel activities in early stage of myogenesis are largely unknown. A cell surface protein, Cdo functions as a component of multiprotein cell surface complexes to promote myogenesis. In this study, we report that Cdo forms a complex with Kir2.1 during myogenic differentiation, and is required for the channel activity by enhancing the surface expression of Kir2...
2016: PloS One
Alberto di Silvio, JeanFrancois Rolland, Michela Stucchi
The FLIPR (Fluorescent Imaging Plate Reader) system has been extensively used in the early stages of drug discovery for the identification of small molecules as a starting point for drug development, and for the pharmacological characterization of compounds. The main application of the system has been the measurement of intracellular Ca(2+) signals using fluorescent calcium indicators.This chapter describes the application of a protocol for the study and characterization of state-dependent blockers of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels (VGCC) on the FLIPR(TETRA)...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yea Lu Tay, Yi Fan Teah, Yoong Min Chong, Mohd Fadzly Amar Jamil, Sina Kollert, Mohd Ilham Adenan, Habibah Abdul Wahab, Frank Döring, Erhard Wischmeyer, Mei Lan Tan
Mitragyna speciosa Korth is known for its euphoric properties and is frequently used for recreational purposes. Several poisoning and fatal cases involving mitragynine have been reported but the underlying causes remain unclear. Human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) encodes the cardiac IKr current which is a determinant of the duration of ventricular action potentials and QT interval. On the other hand, IK1, a Kir current mediated by Kir2.1 channel and IKACh, a receptor-activated Kir current mediated by GIRK channel are also known to be important in maintaining the cardiac function...
August 15, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Hideto Yamamura, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Hisao Yamamura, Kiyofumi Asai, Yuji Imaizumi
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is mainly composed of brain capillary endothelial cells (BCECs), astrocytes and pericytes. Brain ischemia causes hypoxic encephalopathy and damages BBB. However, it remains still unclear how hypoxia affects BCECs. In the present study, t-BBEC117 cells, an immortalized bovine brain endothelial cell line, were cultured under hypoxic conditions at 4-5% oxygen for 72 h. This hypoxic stress caused hyperpolarization of resting membrane potential. Patch-clamp recordings revealed a marked increase in Ba(2+)-sensitive inward rectifier K(+) current in t-BBEC117 cells after hypoxic culture...
August 5, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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