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Connexin 43

Aleksandra Aljakna, Estelle Lauer, Sébastien Lenglet, Silke Grabherr, Tony Fracasso, Marc Augsburger, Sara Sabatasso, Aurélien Thomas
Simultaneous assessment of a panel of protein markers is becoming essential in order to enhance biomarker research and improve diagnostics. Specifically, postmortem diagnostics of early myocardial ischemia in sudden cardiac death cases could benefit from a multiplex marker assessment in the same tissue section. Current analytical antibody-based techniques (immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence) limit multiplex analysis usually to not more than three antibodies. In this study, mass spectrometry-immunohistochemistry (MS-IHC) was performed by combining laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) with rare-metal-isotope-tagged antibodies as a technique for multiplex analysis of human postmortem myocardial tissue samples...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Kirsten F Smit, Moritz Konkel, Raphaela Kerindongo, Maximilian A Landau, Coert J Zuurbier, Markus W Hollmann, Benedikt Preckel, Rienk Nieuwland, Martin Albrecht, Nina C Weber
Caveolins are involved in anaesthetic-induced cardioprotection. Actin filaments are located in close connection to Caveolins in the plasma membrane. We hypothesised that helium might affect the cytoskeleton and induce secretion of Caveolin. HCAEC, HUVEC and Cav-1 siRNA transfected HUVEC were exposed for 20 minutes to either helium (5% CO2 , 25% O2 , 70% He) or control gas (5% CO2 , 25% O2 , 70% N2 ). Cells and supernatants were collected for infrared Western blot analysis, immunofluorescence staining, nanoparticle tracking analysis and permeability measurements...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Akira Yoshida, Jong-Kook Lee, Satoki Tomoyama, Keiko Miwa, Keiichi Shirakawa, Sanae Hamanaka, Tomoyuki Yamaguchi, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Shigeru Miyagawa, Yoshiki Sawa, Issei Komuro, Yasushi Sakata
Aims: The aim of the present study is to develop in vitro experimental analytical method for the electrophysiological properties of allogeneic induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (CMs) in cardiac conduction defect model. Methods and results: Cardiomyocytes were derived from rat induced pluripotent stem cells CMs (riPSC-CMs) using an embryoid body-based differentiation method with the serial application of growth factors including activin-A, bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP-4), and inhibitor of wnt production 2 (IWP-2)...
March 15, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Wen Hao, Shutian Shi, Shenghui Zhou, Xiao Wang, Shaoping Nie
This study aimed to examine the effects of aspirin on the growth and cardiomyocyte differentiation grade of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs). BMMSCs were divided into five differentiation groups with different concentrations of aspirin (0mM, 0.5mM, 1mM, 2mM, or 5mM), and a undifferentiated control group. Cell growth was measured by cell proliferation, apoptosis assays and DNA cycle analysis. The differentiation grade of BMMSC-derived cardiomyocyte-like cells was examined by measuring the levels of cardiac-specific proteins with cyto-immunofluorescence staining, flow cytometry, and Western blotting...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
F de Michele, J Poels, M G Giudice, F De Smedt, J Ambroise, M Vermeulen, D Gruson, C Wyns
STUDY QUESTION: How does the formation of the blood-testis barrier (BTB), as reflected by the expression of connexin 43 and claudin 11 proteins during the pubertal transition period, take place in vitro compared to samples from a large cohort of pre/peripubertal boys? SUMMARY ANSWER: The BTB connexin 43 and claudin 11 expression patterns appeared to be partially achieved in organotypic culture when compared to that in samples from 71 pre/peripubertal patients. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although alterations in the protein expression patterns of the BTB, whose main components are connexin 43 and claudin 11, are known to be associated with impaired spermatogenesis in mice and adult men, there is a lack of knowledge on its formation in pre-peripubertal human tissue both in vitro and in vivo...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Annalucia Carbone, Roberto Zefferino, Elisa Beccia, Valeria Casavola, Stefano Castellani, Sante Di Gioia, Valentina Giannone, Manuela Seia, Antonella Angiolillo, Carla Colombo, Maria Favia, Massimo Conese
We previously found that human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSCs) in coculture with CF immortalised airway epithelial cells (CFBE41o- line, CFBE) on Transwell® filters acquired an epithelial phenotype and led to the expression of a mature and functional CFTR protein. In order to explore the role of gap junction- (GJ-) mediated intercellular communication (GJIC) in this rescue, cocultures (hAMSC : CFBE, 1 : 5 ratio) were studied for the formation of GJIC, before and after silencing connexin 43 (Cx43), a major component of GJs...
2018: Stem Cells International
Amandine Jullienne, Andrew M Fukuda, Aleksandra Ichkova, Nina Nishiyama, Justine Aussudre, André Obenaus, Jérôme Badaut
Aquaporins (AQPs) facilitate water diffusion through the plasma membrane. Brain aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is present in astrocytes and has critical roles in normal and disease physiology. We previously showed that a 24.9% decrease in AQP4 expression after in vivo silencing resulted in a 45.8% decrease in tissue water mobility as interpreted from magnetic resonance imaging apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC). Similar to previous in vitro studies we show decreased expression of the gap junction protein connexin 43 (Cx43) in vivo after intracortical injection of siAQP4 in the rat...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Michela Pecoraro, Michele Ciccarelli, Antonella Fiordelisi, Guido Iaccarino, Aldo Pinto, Ada Popolo
Doxorubicin (DOXO) administration induces alterations in Connexin 43 (Cx43) expression and localization, thus, inducing alterations in chemical and electrical signal transmission between cardiomyocytes and in intracellular calcium homeostasis even evident after a single administration. This study was designed to evaluate if Diazoxide (DZX), a specific opener of mitochondrial KATP channels widely used for its cardioprotective effects, can fight DOXO-induced cardiotoxicity in a short-time mouse model. DZX (20 mg/kg i...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
François Cossais, Sebastian Leuschner, Martina Barrenschee, Christina Lange, Michael Ebsen, Ilka Vogel, Martina Böttner, Thilo Wedel
BACKGROUND: Diverticular disease (DD) is a common gastrointestinal inflammatory disorder associated with an enteric neuropathy. Although enteric glial cells (EGCs) are essential regulators of intestinal inflammation and motility functions, their contribution to the pathophysiology of DD remains unclear. Therefore, we analyzed the expression of specific EGC markers in patients with DD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Expression of the glial markers S100β, GFAP, Sox10, and Connexin 43 was analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR in colonic specimens of patients with DD and in that of controls...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Jian-Qiang Huang, Xiao-Yang Chen, Fang Huang, Ji-Min Fan, Xiao-Wei Shi, Yan-Kai Ju
Connexion 43 (Cx43), a gap junction protein, is expressed abundantly in the airway and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of asthma. However, the effects of blocking Cx43 in asthma remain unclear. We investigated the therapeutic effects of two specific Cx43 inhibitors (Gap26 and Gap27) on the development of allergic airway disease in mice. Allergic asthma was induced in BALB/c mice by sensitization and challenge with ovalbumin (OVA). Different doses of Cx43 inhibitors were administered by aerosol inhalation 1 h after OVA challenge on days 21 and 23...
February 2018: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Jing Li, Shuai Wang, Jie Bai, Xiao-Lei Yang, Yun-Long Zhang, Yi-Lin Che, Hui-Hua Li, Yan-Zong Yang
Angiotensin II (Ang II) and inflammation are associated with pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation (AF), but the underlying molecular mechanisms of these events remain unknown. The immunoproteasome has emerged as a critical regulator of inflammatory responses. Here, we investigated its role in Ang II-induced AF in immunosubunit PSMB10 (also known as β2i or LMP10) knockout (KO) mice. AF was induced by Ang II infusion (2000 ng/min per kg). PSMB10 expression and trypsin-like activity were increased in atrial tissues and serum from Ang II-treated mice or serum from patients with AF...
March 5, 2018: Hypertension
Mélanie Busby, Michael T Hallett, Isabelle Plante
Gap junction transmembrane channels allow the transfer of small molecules between the cytoplasm of adjacent cells. They are formed by proteins named connexins (Cxs) that have long been considered as a tumor suppressor. This widespread view has been challenged by recent studies suggesting that the role of Connexin 43 (Cx43) in cancer is tissue- and stage-specific and can even promote tumor progression. High throughput profiling of invasive breast cancer has allowed for the construction of subtyping schemes that partition patients into at least four distinct intrinsic subtypes...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Runhong Lei, Xue Bai, Yanan Chang, Juan Li, Yanxia Qin, Kui Chen, Weihong Gu, Shibo Xia, Jiaxin Zhang, Zhenbo Wang, Gengmei Xing
The excellent biocompatibility and biological effects of fullerenol and its derivatives make their biomedical application promising. The potential effects of fullerenol in mammals have been extensively studied, but little is known about its effects on female reproduction. Using canonical oocyte-granulosa cell complexes (OGCs) in vitro maturation culture model, we investigated the effect of fullerenol on the first oocyte meiotic resumption. In the surrounding granulosa cells, fullerenol nanoparticles occluded the extracellular domain of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to reduce EGFR-ligand binding and subsequent extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) activation, which involved the regulation of connexin 43 (CX43) expression and internalization...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yongqing Chen, Fangju Su, Juanping Han, Piqi Jiao, Wenyun Guo
To study the expression of Rho kinase (Rho associated coil forming protein kinase-1, ROCK-1) and its substrate myosin phosphatase target subunit 1 (myosin phosphatase target subunit-1, MYPT-1), connexin 40 (Cx40) and connexin 43 (Cx43) in the left atrial appendage of patients with atrial fibrillation, and explore the role of ROCK signaling pathway in patients with atrial fibrillation and its underlying mechanism. Methods: 40 patients undergoing open heart surgery were divided into two groups; atrial fibrillation group (AF group) and sinus rhythm group (SR group)...
February 19, 2018: Heart Surgery Forum
J Patrick Gonzalez, Jayalakshmi Ramachandran, Eric Himelman, Myriam A Badr, Chifei Kang, Julie Nouet, Nadezhda Fefelova, Lai-Hua Xie, Natalia Shirokova, Jorge E Contreras, Diego Fraidenraich
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) associated cardiomyopathy remains incurable. Connexin 43 (Cx43) is upregulated and remodeled in the hearts of mdx mice, a mouse model of DMD. Hearts from Wild Type, mdx, and mdx:Cx43(+/-) mice were studied before (4-6 months) and after (10-15 months) the onset of cardiomyopathy to assess the impact of decreasing Cx43 levels on cardiac pathology in dystrophic mice. Increased connexin 43 protein levels in mdx hearts were not observed in mdx:Cx43(+/-) hearts. Cx43 remodeling in mdx hearts was attenuated in mdx:Cx43(+/-) hearts...
February 2, 2018: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Samah R Khalil, Amany Tharwat Mohammed, Amir H Abd-Elfatah, Asmaa W Zaglool
The aim of this study was to explore the potential effects of quercetin (QUR) on doxorubicin (DOX)-induced nephrotoxicity. Fifty male rats were assigned to five groups (10 rats each): a control group, a DOX-treated group (total dose, 15 mg/kg bw, intraperitoneally), a QUR-treated group (50 mg/kg bw/day, orally), a prophylaxis co-treated group, and a therapeutic co-treated group. Biochemical parameters and renal function were measured. Moreover, kidney tissues were homogenized for inflammatory marker evaluation and real-time qPCR analysis to determine the changes in intermediate filament protein mRNA levels (desmin, vimentin, connexin 43 and nestin)...
February 20, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Mutsuo Nuriya, Daisuke Yasui, Tomoko Yamada, Takuma Aoki, Masato Yasui
Propofol is widely used as a general anesthetic and is generally considered to exert its action by regulating neuronal firing via facilitation of GABAA receptors. However, accumulating evidence suggests that propofol also acts on astrocytes, including inhibitory effects on gap junctional coupling, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, using acute cortical brain slices prepared from mice of either sex, we characterize propofol-induced molecular changes in astrocytic gap junction protein connexin 43 (Cx43)...
February 17, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Zhan Wang, Sang Jin Lee, Heng-Jie Cheng, James J Yoo, Anthony Atala
Bioengineering of a functional cardiac tissue composed of primary cardiomyocytes has great potential for myocardial regeneration and in vitro tissue modeling. However, its applications remain limited because the cardiac tissue is a highly organized structure with unique physiologic, biomechanical, and electrical properties. In this study, we undertook a proof-of-concept study to develop a contractile cardiac tissue with cellular organization, uniformity, and scalability by using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategy...
February 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Hu Zhai, Wenyi Dai, Yu Wang
This study investigated the protective effect of metoprolol on cardiomyocytes in rabbits with heart failure and its possible mechanism. Sixty New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into infarction group and non-infarction group, 30 in each group. Myocardial infarction was constructed by ligation of anterior descending branch of coronary artery. Coronary artery threading without ligation after thoracotomy was performed for rabbits in non-infarction group. After model construction, rabbits in each group were further divided into control group (n=15) and metoprolol group (n=15), and fed with normal diet and normal diet + metoprolol...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Jin Ma, Shiyu Ma, Chunxia Yin, Huanlin Wu
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate whether a Shengmai San-derived herbal, Fumai granule (FM), which had a preventive effect on atrial fibrillation (AF) in myocardial infarction (MI)-induced heart failure (HF) rat and to determine the underlying mechanisms. DESIGN AND METHODS: MI was induced by a ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery. One week after MI surgery, FM was gavaged for 4 weeks. AF inducibility was detected by transesophageal programmed electrical stimulation technology...
February 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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