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Inês Vieira da Silva, Graça Soveral
Obesity is one of the most important metabolic disorders of this century and is associated with a cluster of the most dangerous cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as insulin resistance and diabetes , dyslipidemia and hypertension , collectively named Metabolic Syndrome. The role of aquaporins in glycerol metabolism facilitating glycerol release from the adipose tissue and distribution to various tissues and organs, unveils these membrane channels as important players in lipid balance and energy homeostasis and points to their involvement in a variety of pathophysiological mechanisms including insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Yingjie Li, Weiling Wang, Tao Jiang, Baoxue Yang
Several aquaporin (AQP )-type water channels are expressed in kidney: AQP1 in the proximal tubule, thin descending limb of Henle, and vasa recta; AQP2 -6 in the collecting duct; AQP7 in the proximal tubule; AQP8 in the proximal tubule and collecting duct; and AQP11 in the endoplasmic reticulum of proximal tubule cells. AQP2 is the vasopressin-regulated water channel that is important in hereditary and acquired diseases affecting urine-concentrating ability. The roles of AQPs in renal physiology and transepithelial water transport have been determined using AQP knockout mouse models...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Lu Tie, Di Wang, Yundi Shi, Xuejun Li
Recent studies have shown that some aquaporins (AQPs ), including AQP1, AQP4, AQP7 and AQP9, are expressed in endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells and heart of cardiovascular system. These AQPs are involved in the cardiovascular function and in pathological process of related diseases, such as cerebral ischemia , congestion heart failure , hypertension and angiogenesis. Therefore, it is important to understand the accurate association between AQPs and cardiovascular system, which may provide novel approaches to prevent and treat related diseases...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Mengmeng Xu, Ming Xiao, Shao Li, Baoxue Yang
Aquaporins (AQPs ) mediate water flux between the four distinct water compartments in the central nervous system (CNS). In the present chapter, we mainly focus on the expression and function of the 9 AQPs expressed in the CNS, which include five members of aquaporin subfamily: AQP1, AQP4, AQP5, AQP6, and AQP8; three members of aquaglyceroporin subfamily: AQP3, AQP7, and AQP9; and one member of superaquaporin subfamily: AQP11. In addition, AQP1, AQP2 and AQP4 expressed in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) are also reviewed...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
N Songsasen, C Thongkittidilok, K Yamamizu, D E Wildt, P Comizzoli
Using the domestic cat as a non-rodent, larger animal model, the objective was to determine the impact of a brief incubation in a hypertonic microenvironment on (1) ovarian follicle and oocyte growth in vitro, (2) developmental capacity of the resident oocyte, and (3) expression of aquaporin (AQP) genes in parallel with genes involved in regulation of folliculogenesis. In Study 1: Secondary or early antral follicles encapsulated in 0.5% alginate were allocated to one of three treatment groups: 1) culture in standard medium at 290 mOsm for 15 d (Control); 2) incubation in 350 mOsm medium for 1 h followed by culture in standard medium for 15 d (Hypertonic-1h); or 3) incubation in 350 mOsm medium for 24 h followed by incubation in standard medium for additional 14 d (Hypertonic-24h)...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
Leire Méndez-Giménez, Sara Becerril, Rafael Moncada, Víctor Valentí, Secundino Fernández, Beatriz Ramírez, Victoria Catalán, Javier Gómez-Ambrosi, Graça Soveral, María M Malagón, Carlos Diéguez, Amaia Rodríguez, Gema Frühbeck
BACKGROUND: Gastric plication is a minimally invasive bariatric surgical procedure, where the greater curvature is plicated inside the gastric lumen. Our aims were to analyze the effectiveness of gastric plication on the resolution of obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, and fatty liver in an experimental model of diet-induced obesity (DIO) and to evaluate changes in glycerol metabolism, a key substrate for adiposity and gluconeogenesis, in adipose tissue and the liver. METHODS: Male Wistar DIO rats (n = 58) were subjected to surgical (sham operation and gastric plication) or dietary interventions [fed a normal diet (ND) or high-fat diet (HFD) or pair-fed to the amount of food eaten by gastric-plicated animals]...
January 4, 2017: Obesity Surgery
R K Kasimanickam, V R Kasimanickam, A Arangasamy, J P Kastelic
Mammalian sperm are exposed to a natural hypoosmotic environment during male-to-female reproductive tract transition; although this activates sperm motility in vivo, excessive swelling can harm sperm structure and function. Aquaporins (AQPs) is a family of membrane-channel proteins implicated in sperm osmoregulation. The objective was to determine associations among relative sperm volume shift, hypoosmotic swelling test (HOST), sperm aquaporin (AQP) 7 mRNA abundances, and sire conception rate (SCR; fertility estimate) in Holstein bulls at a commercial artificial insemination center...
February 2017: Theriogenology
Umberto Laforenza, Giorgia Pellavio, Anna Lisa Marchetti, Claudia Omes, Federica Todaro, Giulia Gastaldi
Different aquaporins (AQPs) are expressed in human sperm cells and with a different localization. Their function has been related to cell volume control in response to the osmotic changes encountered passing from the epididymal fluid to the cervical mucus or involved in the end stage of cytoplasm removal during sperm maturation. Recently, AQPs have also shown hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) permeability properties. Here, we investigate the expression, localization and functioning of AQPs in human sperm cells with particular attention to their role as peroxiporins in reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging in both normospermic and sub-fertile human subjects...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sílvia Rocha-Rodrigues, Amaia Rodríguez, Sara Becerril, Beatriz Ramírez, I O Gonçalves, Jorge Beleza, Gema Frühbeck, António Ascensão, José Magalhães
We aimed to investigate the effects of two physical exercise models, voluntary physical activity (VPA) and endurance training (ET) as preventive and therapeutic strategies, respectively, on lipid accumulation regulators and mitochondrial content in VAT of rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). Sprague Dawley rats (6 wks old, n=60) were assigned into sedentary and VPA groups fed isoenergetic diets: standard (S, 35 kcal% fat) or HFD (71 kcal% fat). The VPA groups had free access to wheel running during the entire protocol...
November 22, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Jesper S Hansen, Christian Krintel, Malin Hernebring, Tatu J K Haataja, Sofia de Marè, Sebastian Wasserstrom, Urszula Kosinska-Eriksson, Madelene Palmgren, Cecilia Holm, Karin G Stenkula, Helena A Jones, Karin Lindkvist-Petersson
Accumulating evidence suggests that dysregulated glycerol metabolism contributes to the pathophysiology of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Glycerol efflux from adipocytes is regulated by the aquaglyceroporin AQP7, which is translocated upon hormone stimulation. Here, we propose a molecular mechanism where the AQP7 mobility in adipocytes is dependent on perilipin 1 and protein kinase A. Biochemical analyses combined with ex vivo studies in human primary adipocytes, demonstrate that perilipin 1 binds to AQP7, and that catecholamine activated protein kinase A phosphorylates the N-terminus of AQP7, thereby reducing complex formation...
December 2016: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Jeanne Durendale Chiadak, Tatjana Arsenijevic, Francoise Gregoire, Nargis Bolaky, Valerie Delforge, Jason Perret, Christine Delporte
Aquaglyceroporins, belonging to the family of aquaporins (AQPs), are integral plasma membrane proteins permeable to water and glycerol that have emerged as key players in obesity. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression profile of AQPs in undifferentiated and differentiated 3T3-L1 cells and to investigate the changes in expression of aquaglyceroporins in 3T3-L1 cells differentiated into adipocytes and subjected to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) mimicking inflammation occurring during obesity. Furthermore, the study aimed at identifying the signaling cascade involved in the regulation of aquaglyceroporins expression upon LPS stimulation...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Tania Quesada-López, Laura González-Dávalos, Enrique Piña, Ofelia Mora
Adipose Tissue (AT) is a complex organ with a crucial regulatory role in energy metabolism and in the development of obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome (MS). Modified responses and the metabolism of hormones have been observed in visceral adiposity during obesity, specifically as related with cortisone. The objective of this study was to assess, in the 3T3-L1 adipocyte cell line, the short-term effect of cortisone on the expression of 11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (Hsd1), which is responsible for activation of cortisone into cortisol, and for Aquaporin 7 (Aqp7), involved in glycerol transport through the cell membrane...
July 2016: Adipocyte
Cui Zhu, Zhuang Chen, Zongyong Jiang
Stomach and intestines are involved in the secretion of gastrointestinal fluids and the absorption of nutrients and fluids, which ensure normal gut functions. Aquaporin water channels (AQPs) represent a major transcellular route for water transport in the gastrointestinal tract. Until now, at least 11 AQPs (AQP1-11) have been found to be present in the stomach, small and large intestines. These AQPs are distributed in different cell types in the stomach and intestines, including gastric epithelial cells, gastric glands cells, absorptive epithelial cells (enterocytes), goblet cells and Paneth cells...
August 29, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mariusz T Skowronski, Agnieszka Skowronska, Aleksandra Rojek, Michal K Oklinski, Søren Nielsen
Aquaporins (AQPs) are membrane proteins involved in the regulation of cellular transport and the balance of water and glycerol and cell volume in the white adipose tissue (WAT). In our previous study, we found the co-expression of the AQP1 water channel and AQP7 in the mouse WAT. In our present study, we aimed to find out whether prolonged starvation influences the AQP1 expression of AQP7 knock-out mice (AQP7 KO) in the WAT. To resolve this hypothesis, immunoperoxidase, immunoblot and immunogold microscopy were used...
July 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Orkide Palabiyik, Aziz Karaca, Ebru Taştekin, Bilge Eren Yamasan, Burcu Tokuç, Tammam Sipahi, Selma Arzu Vardar
High-protein (HP) diets are commonly consumed by athletes despite their potential health hazard, which is postulated to enforce a negative effect on bone and renal health. However, its effects on heart have not been known yet. Aquaporin-7 (AQP7) is an aquaglyceroporin that facilitates glycerol and water transport. Glycerol is an important cardiac energy production substrate, especially during exercise, in conjunction with fatty acids and glucose. Glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) is an insulin-sensitive glucose transporter in heart...
October 2016: Biochemical Genetics
K Michalek
Aquaporins belong to a family of small, transmembrane proteins that form channels selectively permeable for water. Some of them known as aquaglyceroporins also enable transportation of other small molecules such as glycerol, urea or ammonia. To date, 13 isoforms of aquaporins has been discovered in mammals (AQP0 - AQP12), 9 of which is localized in different parts of the renal tubular epithelium. In recent years, particular interest has been paid to aquaporins selectively permeable only to water molecules, determination of their localization and expression allowed to define the role of these proteins in renal excretion of water and their importance in the development of diseases...
April 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Noelia Prieto-Martínez, Roser Morató, Rodrigo Muiño, Carlos O Hidalgo, Joan E Rodríguez-Gil, Sergi Bonet, Marc Yeste
The present study aimed to determine the localisation of aquaglyceroporins 3 (AQP3) and 7 (AQP7) in bull spermatozoa and their relationship with the sperm cell's resilience to withstand cryopreservation (i.e. cryotolerance). A total of 18 bull ejaculates were cryopreserved and their sperm quality analysed before and after freeze-thawing. The presence and localisation of AQP3 and AQP7 was determined through immunoblotting and immunocytochemistry. AQP3 was found in the mid-piece and AQP7 in the mid-piece and post-acrosomal region of bull spermatozoa...
May 25, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
X J Tan, H Huang, F He, L Zhu, H Li, Y S Jiang, H Li, X H Huang, Z S Sun, Z H Li
OBJECTIVE: To define the potential causative gene mutation in a Chinese pedigree with progressive cardiac conduction defect (PCCD). METHODS: Sanger sequencing was performed to define potential causative gene mutation in a four-generation family with 68 members including seven PCCD patients (5 male) from 2010 to 2015.No causative gene was detected by screening known candidate genes related to PCCD including SCN5A, NKX2.5 and LMNA.High-throughput sequencing technology on exon-enriched DNA was then used to search the causative genes in 2 patients and one normal family member...
May 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Aziz Karaca, Orkide Palabıyık, Ebru Taştekin, Fatma Nesrin Turan, Selma Arzu Vardar
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac uptake of fructose is thought to be mediated by glucose transporter 5 (GLUT5), whereas the uptake of glycerol is facilitated by aquaporin 7 (AQP7). We aimed to investigate the effect of a high-fructose diet (HFD) on GLUT5 and AQP7 levels in the rat heart subjected to exercise. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were allocated to control (C; n=11), exercise (E; n=10), HFD (n=12), and HFD plus exercise (HFD-E; n=12) groups. HFD was started 28 days before euthanasia...
April 26, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Xiaohua Fu, Lili Xing, Weihai Xu, Jing Shu
Recent evidence has suggested that the marked decrease in ovarian secretion of estrogens in postmenopausal women may be associated with the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The present study aimed to elucidate the mechanisms by which low levels of estrogen induce fatty liver disease using an ovariectomized (OVX) mouse model and an in vitro cell model. A total of 24 female C57/BL6 mice were divided into four groups: Sham operation, sham operation plus subcutaneous implantation of tamoxifen (TAM), bilateral OVX, and OVX plus subcutaneous implantation of 17β-estradiol (E2)...
July 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
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