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Chengzhi Chen, Xuejun Jiang, Shiyan Gu, Yanhao Lai, Yuan Liu, Zunzhen Zhang
Arsenite has been shown to induce a variety of oxidative damage in mammalian cells. However, the mechanisms underlying cellular responses to its adverse effects remain unknown. We previously showed that the level of Nrf2, a nuclear transcription factor significantly increased in arsenite-treated human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cells suggesting that Nrf2 is involved in responding to arsenite-induced oxidative damage. To explore how Nrf2 can impact arsenite-induced oxidative damage, in this study, we examined Nrf2 activation and its regulation upon cellular arsenite exposure as well as its effects on arsenite-induced oxidative damage in HBE cells...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Toxicology
Caifeng Jiao, Pei Wang, Runqiang Yang, Lu Tian, Zhenxin Gu
In this study, in order to investigate the role of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) in nitric oxide-guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (NO-cGMP)-induced isoflavone accumulation in soybean sprouts under UV-B radiation, the sprouts were treated with donors and inhibitors of NO and cGMP as well as IP3 inhibitor. Results show that NO, with cGMP as a second messenger, stimulates IP3 accumulation under UV-B radiation. Consistent with the increase in IP3 content, the up-regulation of gene and protein expression of phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC) in response to sodium nitroprusside (SNP) (exogenous NO donor) and 8-Br-cGMP (cGMP analog) was also observed...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jian-Jun Wen, Xianxiu Wan, John Thacker, Nisha Jain Garg
BACKGROUND: Chagasic cardiomyopathy (CCM) caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc) infection is prevalent in Latin America and recognized as an emerging infectious heart disease in the US. The NO-cGMP-PKG1α pathway maintains cardiac homeostasis and inotropy and may be disturbed due to phosphodiesterase (PDE5) mediated cGMP catabolism in CCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6 mice were infected with Tc, and at the end of acute parasitemia (i.e. 45 days post-infection), treated with sildenafil (SIL, 1 mg/kg) twice per week for 3 weeks...
June 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Leyou Zhang, Qing Wu, Yi Mu, Jingxia Zhang
As a new summarized record of an individual's medical data and information, Personal Health Record (PHR) can be accessible online. The owner can control fully his/her PHR files to be shared with different users such as doctors, clinic agents, and friends. However, in an open network environment like in the Cloud, these sensitive privacy information may be gotten by those unauthorized parties and users. In this paper, we consider how to achieve PHR data confidentiality and provide fine-grained access control of PHR files in the public Cloud based on Attribute Based Encryption(ABE)...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Kaivan Khavandi, Rachael L Baylie, Sarah A Sugden, Majid Ahmed, Viktoria Csato, Philip Eaton, David C Hill-Eubanks, Adrian D Bonev, Mark T Nelson, Adam S Greenstein
Activation of Ca(2+)-sensitive, large-conductance potassium (BK) channels in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) by local, ryanodine receptor-mediated Ca(2+) signals (Ca(2+) sparks) acts as a brake on pressure-induced (myogenic) vasoconstriction-a fundamental mechanism that regulates blood flow in small resistance arteries. We report that physiological intraluminal pressure within resistance arteries activated cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) in VSMCs through oxidant-induced formation of an intermolecular disulfide bond between cysteine residues...
October 11, 2016: Science Signaling
Jennifer L Krill, Ken Dawson-Scully
While the mammalian brain functions within a very narrow range of oxygen concentrations and temperatures, the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has employed strategies to deal with a much wider range of acute environmental stressors. The foraging (for) gene encodes the cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG), has been shown to regulate thermotolerance in many stress-adapted species, including Drosophila, and could be a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of hyperthermia in mammals. Whereas previous thermotolerance studies have looked at the effects of PKG variation on Drosophila behavior or excitatory postsynaptic potentials at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), little is known about PKG effects on presynaptic mechanisms...
2016: PloS One
Feng Pan, Jinwei You, Yuan Liu, Xuefeng Qiu, Wen Yu, Jiehua Ma, Lianjun Pan, Aixia Zhang, Qipeng Zhang
To better understand the molecular aetiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus-associated erectile dysfunction (T2DMED) and to provide candidates for further study of its diagnosis and treatment, this study was designed to investigate differentially expressed microRNAs (miRNAs) in the corpus cavernosum (CC) of mice with T2DMED using GeneChip array techniques (Affymetrix miRNA 4.0 Array) and to predict target genes and signalling pathways regulated by these miRNAs based on bioinformatic analysis using TargetScan, the DAIAN web platform and DAVID...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Leticia Riverón-Negrete, Cristina Fernandez-Mejia
In recent decades, it has been found that vitamins affect biological functions in ways other than their long-known functions. Vitamins A and niacin are the best known. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that serves as a covalently-bound coenzyme of carboxylases. It is now well documented that biotin participates in processes other than classical enzyme catalysis reactions. Several lines of evidence have shown that pharmacological concentrations of biotin have a wide repertoire of effects on systemic processes such as glucose and lipid metabolism, hypertension, reproduction, development, and immunity...
September 23, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Yuri M Kokoz, Edward V Evdokimovskii, Alexander V Maltsev, Miroslav N Nenov, Olga V Nakipova, Alexey S Averin, Oleg Yu Pimenov, Ilia Y Teplov, Alexey V Berezhnov, Santiago Reyes, Alexey E Alekseev
Sustained cardiac adrenergic stimulation has been implicated in the development of heart failure and ventricular dysrhythmia. Conventionally, α2 adrenoceptors (α2-AR) have been assigned to a sympathetic short-loop feedback aimed at attenuating catecholamine release. We have recently revealed the expression of α2-AR in the sarcolemma of cardiomyocytes and identified the ability of α2-AR signaling to suppress spontaneous Ca(2+) transients through nitric oxide (NO) dependent pathways. Herein, patch-clamp measurements and serine/threonine phosphatase assay revealed that, in isolated rat cardiomyocytes, activation of α2-AR suppressed L-type Ca(2+) current (ICaL) via stimulation of NO synthesis and protein kinase G- (PKG) dependent activation of phosphatase reactions, counteracting isoproterenol-induced β-adrenergic activation...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Hsiang-Ting Ho, Andriy E Belevych, Bin Liu, Ingrid M Bonilla, Przemysław B Radwański, Igor V Kubasov, Héctor H Valdivia, Karsten Schober, Cynthia A Carnes, Sándor Györke
Although the effects and the underlying mechanism of sympathetic stimulation on cardiac Ca handling are relatively well established both in health and disease, the modes of action and mechanisms of parasympathetic modulation are poorly defined. Here, we demonstrate that parasympathetic stimulation initiates a novel mode of excitation-contraction coupling that enhances the efficiency of cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca store utilization. This efficient mode of excitation-contraction coupling involves reciprocal changes in the phosphorylation of ryanodine receptor 2 at Ser-2808 and Ser-2814...
November 2016: Hypertension
Monn Monn Myat, Unisha Patel
Lumen formation and maintenance are important for the development and function of essential organs such as the lung, kidney and vasculature. In the Drosophila embryonic trachea, lumena form de novo to connect the different tracheal branches into an interconnected network of tubes. Here, we identify a novel role for the receptor type guanylyl cyclase at 76C (Gyc76C) in de novo lumen formation in the Drosophila trachea. We show that in embryos mutant for gyc76C or its downsteam effector protein kinase G (PKG) 1, tracheal lumena are disconnected...
2016: PloS One
Peter M Benz, Hebatullah Laban, Joana Zink, Lea Günther, Ulrich Walter, Stepan Gambaryan, Karim Dib
BACKGROUND: Vasodilator-Stimulated Phosphoprotein (VASP) is involved in the inhibition of agonist-induced platelet aggregation by cyclic nucleotides and the adhesion of platelets to the vascular wall. αIIbβ3 is the main integrin responsible for platelet activation and Rap1b plays a key role in integrin signalling. We investigated whether VASP is involved in the regulation of Rap1b in platelets since VASP-null platelets exhibit augmented adhesion to endothelial cells in vivo. METHODS: Washed platelets from wild type and VASP-deficient mice were stimulated with thrombin, the purinergic receptors agonist ADP, or the thromboxane A2 receptor agonist U46619 and Rap1b activation was measured using the GST-RalGDS-RBD binding assay...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Hyun Jung Kim, Hyungwoo Kim, Myeong Ho Jung, Young Kyu Kwon, Byung Joo Kim
Berberine is traditionally used to treat gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders. The interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) are the pacemaker cells of the gastrointestinal tract, which are responsible for the production of gut movements. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of berberine on pacemaker potentials (PPs) in cultured ICC clusters from the mouse small intestine, and sought to identify the receptors involved and the underlying mechanisms of action. All experiments were performed on cultured ICCs, and a whole‑cell patch‑clamp configuration was used to record PPs from ICC clusters (current clamp mode)...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Dandan Wang, Yingguang Shan, Yan Huang, Yanhong Tang, Yuting Chen, Ran Li, Jing Yang, Congxin Huang
PURPOSE: Chronically elevated catecholamine levels activate cardiac β-adrenergic receptors, which play a vital role in the pathogenesis of heart failure. Evidence suggests that vasostatin-1 (VS-1) exerts anti-adrenergic effects on isolated and perfused hearts in vitro. Whether VS-1 ameliorates hypertrophy/remodeling by inducing the chronic activation of β-adrenergic receptors is unknown. The present study aims to test the efficacy of using VS-1 to treat the advanced hypertrophy/remodeling that result from chronic β-adrenergic receptor activation and to determine the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie this response...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Michelle Braybrook, Sam O'Connor, Philip Churchward, Thushara Perera, Parisa Farzanehfar, Malcolm Horne
BACKGROUND: While tremor in Parkinson's Disease (PD) can be characterised in the consulting room, its relationship to treatment and fluctuations can be clinically helpful. OBJECTIVE: To develop an ambulatory assessment of tremor of PD. METHODS: Accelerometry data was collected using the Parkinson's KinetiGraph System (PKG, Global Kinetics). An algorithm was developed, which could successfully distinguish been subjects with a resting or postural tremor that involved the wrist whose frequency was greater than 3 Hz...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
Ji Young Lee, Helena M Linge, Kanta Ochani, Ke Lin, Edmund J Miller
INTRODUCTION: Sepsis is characterized by dysregulated systemic inflammation and cytokine storm. Angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) is known to closely correlate with severity of sepsis-related acute lung injury and mortality. The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanisms involved in Ang-2 secretion to better understand the pathophysiology of sepsis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The concentration of Ang-2 was assessed in culture medium of pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells in the presence or absence of Gram-positive bacteria cell wall components [lipoteichoic acid (LTA) and peptidoglycan (PGN)] stimulation at different time points ranging from 15 minutes to 24 hours...
September 1, 2016: Experimental Lung Research
Mei-Yueh Lee, Kun-Bow Tsai, Jong-Hau Hsu, Shyi-Jang Shin, Jiunn-Ren Wu, Jwu-Lai Yeh
Liraglutide, a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonist, is widely used to treat diabetes. However, its effect on pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is unknown. In this study, we investigated its effects on rats with monocrotaline (MCT)-induced PAH and mechanisms on rat pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs). Liraglutide was investigated for both prevention and treatment of MCT-induced PAH. The hemodynamic and body weight changes, right heart hypertrophy, lung morphology, immune-reactivity of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), endothelin-1 and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) levels, protein expressions of eNOS, soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGCα), protein kinase G (PKG) and Rho kinase (ROCK) II pathway were measured in both in vivo and in vitro...
2016: Scientific Reports
Asger Andersen, Jonas Agerlund Povlsen, Jacob Johnsen, Nichlas Riise Jespersen, Hans Erik Bøtker, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk
BACKGROUND: To investigate whether modulation of the sGC-cGMP-PKG pathway protects against ischemia and reperfusion injury in the healthy and the failing right ventricle (RV). METHODS: Hearts from male Wistar rats with a healthy RV (n=39) or a hypertrophic and failing RV induced by pulmonary trunk banding (n=57) were isolated and perfused in a pressure-controlled modified Langendorff setup. The isolated hearts were randomized to control, ischemic preconditioning (IPC, 2×5min of global ischemia), a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor vardenafil (66nM) alone and in combination with a cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) blocker KT 5823 (1μM)...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Christiana Ossig, Florin Gandor, Mareike Fauser, Cecile Bosredon, Leonid Churilov, Heinz Reichmann, Malcolm K Horne, Georg Ebersbach, Alexander Storch
INTRODUCTION: Effective management and development of new treatment strategies for response fluctuations in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) largely depends on clinical rating instruments such as the PD home diary. The Parkinson's kinetigraph (PKG) measures movement accelerations and analyzes the spectral power of the low frequencies of the accelerometer data. New algorithms convert each hour of continuous PKG data into one of the three motor categories used in the PD home diary, namely motor Off state and On state with and without dyskinesia...
2016: PloS One
Benjamin Kalbe, Marian Schlimm, Julia Mohrhardt, Paul Scholz, Fabian Jansen, Hanns Hatt, Sabrina Osterloh
The secretion, motility and transport by intestinal tissues are regulated among others by specialized neuroendocrine cells, the so-called enterochromaffin (EC) cells. These cells detect different luminal stimuli, such as mechanical stimuli, fatty acids, glucose and distinct chemosensory substances. The EC cells react to the changes in their environment through the release of transmitter molecules, most importantly serotonin, to mediate the corresponding physiological response. However, little is known about the molecular targets of the chemical stimuli delivered from consumed food, spices and cosmetics within EC cells...
October 2016: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
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