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Connexin 43

Joseph B Fisher, Audrey Horst, Tina Wan, Min-Su Kim, John Auchampach, John Lough
Tat-interactive protein 60 (Tip60), encoded by the Kat5 gene, is a member of the MYST family of acetyltransferases. Cancer biology studies have shown that Tip60 induces the DNA damage response, apoptosis, and cell-cycle inhibition. Although Tip60 is expressed in the myocardium, its role in cardiomyocytes (CMs) is unclear. Earlier studies here showed that application of cardiac stress to globally targeted Kat5+/-haploinsufficient mice resulted in inhibition of apoptosis and activation of the CM cell-cycle, despite only modest reduction of Tip60 protein levels...
2016: PloS One
Chien-Cheng Chen, Chan-Yen Kuo, Rong-Fu Chen
Background: Cardiomyocyte under hypoxia cause cell death or damage is associated with heart failure. Gap junction, such as connexin 43 play a role in regulation of heart function under hypoxia. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) has been reported as an active component of propolis, has antioxidative, anti-inflammatory antiproliferative and antineoplastic biological properties. Aims: Connexin 43 appear to have a critical role in heart failure under hypoxia, there has been considerable interest in identifying the candidate component or compound to reduce cell death...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Hung X Nguyen, Robert D Kirkton, Nenad Bursac
The ability to directly enhance electrical excitability of human cells is hampered by the lack of methods to efficiently overexpress large mammalian voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSC). Here we describe the use of small prokaryotic sodium channels (BacNav) to create de novo excitable human tissues and augment impaired action potential conduction in vitro. Lentiviral co-expression of specific BacNav orthologues, an inward-rectifying potassium channel, and connexin-43 in primary human fibroblasts from the heart, skin or brain yields actively conducting cells with customizable electrophysiological phenotypes...
October 18, 2016: Nature Communications
Jian-Feng Wu, Jie Ji, Shu-Ying Dong, Bei-Bei Li, Mei-Ling Yu, Dan-Dan Wu, Liang Tao, Xu-Hui Tong
Chemotherapeutic drug-induced apoptosis is enhanced by gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) in a variety of tumor cells. Oxaliplatin and gefitinib are the most widely used chemotherapeutic drugs. However, the synergistic influence remains unknown in testicular cancer chemotherapy. The aim of the present study was to investigate the apoptosis induced by oxaliplatin combined with gefitinib and the potential mechanisms in I-10 testicular cancer cells. The results showed that gefitinib significantly enhanced oxaliplatin-induced apoptosis...
October 11, 2016: Oncology Reports
Alena-Svenja Wagner, Kristina Glenske, Verena Wolf, Daniela Fietz, Sybille Mazurek, Thomas Hanke, Andreas Moritz, Stefan Arnhold, Sabine Wenisch
The effects of extracellular calcium on osteogenic differentiation capacity of human bone-derived mesenchymal stromal cells with special regard to connexin 43 (cx43) have been investigated by means of cell culture experiments. Mesenchymal stromal cells isolated from human cancellous bone were cultured on tissue culture plates at different calcium ion (Ca(2+)) concentrations (1.8mmoll(-1), 10mmoll(-1), 20mmoll(-1)). Cell responses were evaluated by quantitative RT-PCR, immunofluorescence staining, and Lucifer Yellow fluorescence uptake experiments...
October 13, 2016: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
Matteo Ciocci, Egidio Iorio, Felicia Carotenuto, Haneen A Khashoggi, Francesca Nanni, Sonia Melino
The improvement of solubility and/or dissolution rate of poorly soluble natural compounds is an ideal strategy to make them optimal candidates as new potential drugs. Accordingly, the allyl sulfur compounds and omega-3 fatty acids are natural hydrophobic compounds that exhibit two important combined properties: cardiovascular protection and antitumor activity. Here, we have synthesized and characterized a novel formulation of diallyl disulfide (DADS) and α-linolenic acid (ALA) as protein-nanoemulsions (BAD-NEs), using ultrasounds...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
J Patrick Gonzalez, Sergii Kyrychenko, Victoria Kyrychenko, Joel S Schneider, Celine J Granier, Eric Himelman, Kevin Lahey, Qingshi Zhao, Ghassan Yehia, Yuan-Xiang Tao, Mantu Bhaumik, Natalia Shirokova, Diego Fraidenraich
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by the loss of the protein dystrophin, leading to muscle fragility, progressive weakening, and susceptibility to mechanical stress. Although dystrophin-negative mdx mouse models have classically been used to study DMD, phenotypes appear mild compared to patients. As a result, characterization of muscle pathology, especially in the heart, has proven difficult. We report that injection of mdx embryonic stem cells (ESCs) into Wild Type (WT) blastocysts produces adult mouse chimeras with severe DMD phenotypes in the heart and skeletal muscle...
October 13, 2016: Stem Cells
Monique Culturato Padilha Mendonça, Edilene Siqueira Soares, Marcelo Bispo de Jesus, Helder José Ceragioli, Ângela Giovana Batista, Ádám Nyúl-Tóth, Judit Molnár, Imola Wilhelm, Mario Roberto Marostica Junior, Istvan Krizbai, Maria Alice da Cruz-Hofling
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) coating has been frequently used to improve the pharmacokinetic behavior of nanoparticles. Studies which contribute to better unravel the effects of PEGylation on the toxicity of nanoparticle formulation are therefore highly relevant. In the present study, reduced graphene oxide (rGO) was functionalized with PEG and its effects on key components of the blood-brain barrier, such as astrocytes and endothelial cells, were analyzed in culture and in an in vivo rat model. The in vitro studies demonstrated concentration-dependent toxicity...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Nan Yang, Fang Yu, Genze Shao, Yi Fu, Wei Kong
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by dilatation of the ventricular chambers and impaired myocardial contractility. The results of our previous study indicated that a deficiency in matricellular cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) led to spontaneous and progressive DCM in mice via the ubiquitination/degradation of integrin β1. However, the specific ubiquitin enzyme involved in degradation of integrin β1 and the pathogenesis of DCM remain elusive. We first compared gene expression profiles in hearts from 3-month-old wild type and COMP(-/-) mice using microarray analysis...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Tuba Esatbeyoglu, Gerald Rimbach
The aim of this review is to summarize the relevant literature about the use of canthaxanthin in food science and nutrition research. Canthaxanthin is a red-orange carotenoid that belongs to the xanthophyll group. This naturally occurring pigment is present in bacteria, algae and some fungi. Canthaxanthin is also responsible for the color of flamingo feathers, koi carp skin and crustacean shells. Canthaxanthin is widely used in poultry (broiler, laying hens) as a feed additive. Canthaxanthin can be obtained by total synthesis...
September 30, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Jing Zhang, Shuguang Jin, Jinchang Zhao, Huan Li
To investigate the adverse effect of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) on Leydig cells and its mechanism related to gap junction, Leydig cells isolated from adult rats were treated with 0.1% dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), 50mg/L DBP, 50mg/L DBP+10μM prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and 40μM flutamide respectively. Radioimmunoassay, semi-quantitative RT-PCR, immunofluorescence and Western blot were applied to determine the expression of testosterone and Connexin 43 (Cx43) in Leydig cells. The expression of testosterone and Cx43 were both decreased in DBP group (P<0...
September 15, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Deguo Wang, Hongjun Zhu, Qing Yang, Yirun Sun
Relaxin is safe and efficient to use for treating acute heart failure. However, the electrophysiological and arrhythmogenic effects of relaxin in an experimental healing infarction model remain unknown. In this study, a rat model with myocardial infarction (MI) received relaxin (0.5mg/kg per day) or vehicle (sodium acetate) infusion via implantable mini-pumps for 2 weeks. Thereafter, hemodynamic measurement, electrophysiological study, histological examination, and immunofluorescence labeling were performed...
September 23, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Paula Pierozan, Helena Biasibetti, Felipe Schmitz, Helena Ávila, Mariana M Parisi, Florencia Barbe-Tuana, Angela T S Wyse, Regina Pessoa-Pureur
QUIN is a glutamate agonist playing a role in the misregulation of the cytoskeleton, which is associated with neurodegeneration in rats. In this study, we focused on microglial activation, FGF2/Erk signaling, gap junctions (GJs), inflammatory parameters and redox imbalance acting on cytoskeletal dynamics of the in QUIN-treated neural cells of rat striatum. FGF-2/Erk signaling was not altered in QUIN-treated primary astrocytes or neurons, however cytoskeleton was disrupted. In co-cultured astrocytes and neurons, QUIN-activated FGF2/Erk signaling prevented the cytoskeleton from remodeling...
September 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Kenichi Watanabe, Remya Sreedhar, Rajarajan A Thandavarayan, Vengadeshprabhu Karuppagounder, Vijayasree V Giridharan, Shanish Antony, Meilei Harima, Masahiko Nakamura, Kenji Suzuki, Hiroshi Suzuki, Hirohito Sone, Somasundaram Arumugam
Cardiac fibrosis is the major hallmark of adverse cardiac remodeling in chronic heart failure (CHF) and its therapeutic targeting might help against cardiac dysfunction during chronic conditions. Diuretic agents are potentially useful in these cases, but their effects on the cardiac fibrosis pathogenesis are yet to be identified. This study was designed to identify and compare the effects of diuretic drugs torasemide and furosemide on cardiac fibrosis in a rat model of dilated cardiomyopathy induced by porcine cardiac myosin mediated experimental autoimmune myocarditis...
September 24, 2016: BioFactors
Ce Shi, Honghao Zhang, Ke'ale Louie, Yuji Mishina, Hongchen Sun
Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are well orchestrated through different mechanisms of communication during bone remodeling. Previously we found that osteoclast-specific disruption of one of the BMP receptors, Bmpr1a, results in increased osteoblastic bone formation in mice. We hypothesized that BMPR1A signaling in osteoclasts regulates production of either membrane bound proteins or secreted molecules that regulated osteoblast differentiation. In our current study, we co-cultured wild type osteoblasts with either control osteoclasts or osteoclasts lacking BMPR1A signaling activity...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Jill R Crittenden, Paul W Tillberg, Michael H Riad, Yasuyuki Shima, Charles R Gerfen, Jeffrey Curry, David E Housman, Sacha B Nelson, Edward S Boyden, Ann M Graybiel
The dopamine systems of the brain powerfully influence movement and motivation. We demonstrate that striatonigral fibers originating in striosomes form highly unusual bouquet-like arborizations that target bundles of ventrally extending dopamine-containing dendrites and clusters of their parent nigral cell bodies. Retrograde tracing showed that these clustered cell bodies in turn project to the striatum as part of the classic nigrostriatal pathway. Thus, these striosome-dendron formations, here termed "striosome-dendron bouquets," likely represent subsystems with the nigro-striato-nigral loop that are affected in human disorders including Parkinson's disease...
October 4, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
V Nagibin, T Egan Benova, C Viczenczova, B Szeiffova Bacova, I Dovinova, M Barancik, N Tribulova
Mechanisms underlying atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, particularly in aged population, are not fully elucidated. We have previously shown an increased propensity of old guinea pigs (GPs) heart to inducible AF when comparing to young animals. This study aimed to verify our hypothesis that susceptibility of aged heart to AF may be attributed to abnormalities in myocardial connexin-43 (Cx43) and extracellular matrix that affect cardiac electrical properties. Experiments were conducted on male and female 4-week-old and 24-week-old GPs...
September 19, 2016: Physiological Research
B Szeiffová Bačová, T Egan Beňová, C Viczenczová, T Soukup, H Rauchová, S Pavelka, V Knezl, M Barančík, N Tribulová
Thyroid hormones are powerful modulators of heart function and susceptibility to arrhythmias via both genomic and non-genomic actions. We aimed to explore expression of electrical coupling protein connexin-43 (Cx43) in the heart of rats with altered thyroid status and impact of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3) supplementation. Adult male Lewis rats were divided into following six groups: euthyroid controls, hyperthyroid (treated with T(3)) and hypothyroid (treated with methimazol) with or without six-weeks lasting supplementation with omega-3 (20 mg/100 g/day)...
September 19, 2016: Physiological Research
T Egan Benova, B Szeiffova Bacova, C Viczenczova, E Diez, M Barancik, N Tribulova
Gap junction connexin channels are important determinants of myocardial conduction and synchronization that is crucial for coordinated heart function. One of the main risk factors for cardiovascular events that results in heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke as well as sudden arrhythmic death is hypertension. Mislocalization and/or dysfunction of specific connexin-43 channels due to hypertension-induced myocardial remodeling have been implicated in the occurrence of life-threatening arrhythmias and heart failure in both, humans as well as experimental animals...
September 19, 2016: Physiological Research
Xin-Hua Zhang, Yun Qian, Zheng Li, Ning-Ning Zhang, Yun-Jie Xie
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stem-like glioma cells display hallmark therapeutic resistance. Understanding of the mechanisms underlying these properties will be vital for the development of effective therapies. In this study, we found that VSIG4 protein is upregulated in glioblastoma. Overexpressing VSIG4 induced EMT and significantly promoted invasion and migration in glioblastoma U-87MG cells. Moreover, we showed that its overexpression promoted formation of glioma stem cell phenotypes in U-87MG cells...
September 16, 2016: Oncology Reports
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