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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642276/dedifferentiation-proliferation-and-redifferentiation-of-adult-mammalian-cardiomyocytes-after-ischemic-injury
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Wei Eric Wang, Liangpeng Li, Xuewei Xia, Wenbin Fu, Qiao Liao, Cong Lan, Dezhong Yang, Hongmei Chen, Rongchuan Yue, Cindy S Zeng, Lin Zhou, Bin Zhou, Dayue D Duan, Xiongwen Chen, Steven R Houser, Chunyu Zeng
Background -Adult mammalian hearts have a limited ability to generate new cardiomyocytes. Proliferation of existing adult cardiomyocytes (ACM) is a potential source of new cardiomyocytes. Understanding the fundamental biology of ACM proliferation could be of great clinical significance for treating myocardial infarction (MI). We aim to understand the process and regulation of ACM proliferation and its role in new cardiomyocyte formation of post-MI mouse hearts. Methods -β-actin-GFP transgenic mice and fate-mapping Myh6-MerCreMer-tdTomato/lacZ mice were used to trace the fate of ACMs...
June 22, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642043/mitochondrial-cx43-an-important-component-of-cardiac-preconditioning
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Antonio Rodríguez-Sinovas, Marisol Ruiz-Meana, Amanda Denuc, David García-Dorado
Connexin 43 (Cx43) forms gap junction channels that are essential for the propagation of electrical depolarization in cardiomyocytes, but also with important roles in the pathophysiology of reperfusion injury. However, more recent studies have shown that Cx43 has also important functions independent from intercellular communication between adjacent cardiomyocytes. Some of these actions have been related to the presence of Cx43 in the mitochondria of these cells (mitoCx43). The functions of mitoCx43 have not been completely elucidated, but there is strong evidence indicating that mitoCx43 modulates mitochondrial respiration at respiratory complex I, production of radical oxygen species and ATP synthesis...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637680/myoendothelial-gap-junctions-mediate-regulation-of-angiopoietin-2-induced-vascular-hyporeactivity-after-hypoxia-through-connexin-43-gated-camp-transfer
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Jing Xu, Guang-Ming Yang, Tao Li, Liang-Ming Liu
Angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) contributes to vascular hyporeactivity after hemorrhagic shock and hypoxia through upregulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), in a vascular endothelial cell (VEC)-specific and Ang2/Tie2 receptor-dependent manner. While iNOS is primarily expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), the mechanisms of signal transfer from VECs to VSMCs are unknown. A double-sided co-culture model with VECs and VSMCs from Sprague Dawley rats was used to investigate the role of myoendothelial gap junctions (MEGJs), the connexin (Cx) isoforms involved and other relevant mechanisms...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627584/gastric-electrical-stimulation-improves-enteric-neuronal-survival
#4
Nian Wang, Kun Li, Shuangning Song, Jie Chen
Research and clinical experience with vagotomy have confirmed that damage to the central nervous system severely affects physiological movement in the gastrointestinal system. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of synchronized dual-pulse gastric electrical stimulation (SGES) on the apoptosis of enteric neurons and the possible pathways involved in these effects in vagotomized rats. For this purpose, Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomized into a control group, an early subdiaphragmatic vagotomized group (ESDV group), an early subdiaphragmatic vagotomized group with short-term SGES (ESDV + SSGES group), a terminal subdiaphragmatic vagotomized group (TSDV group) and a terminal subdiaphragmatic vagotomized group with long-term SGES (TSDV + LSGES group)...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624390/nkx2-5-enhances-the-efficacy-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-transplantation-in-treatment-heart-failure-in-rats
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Bo Deng, Jin Xin Wang, Xing Xing Hu, Peng Duan, Lin Wang, Yang Li, Qing Lei Zhu
AIMS: The aim of this study is to determine whether Nkx2.5 transfection of transplanted bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) improves the efficacy of treatment of adriamycin-induced heart failure in a rat model. MAIN METHODS: Nkx2.5 was transfected in MSCs by lentiviral vector transduction. The expressions of Nkx2.5 and cardiac specific genes in MSCs and Nkx2.5 transfected mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs-Nkx2.5) were analyzed with quantitative real-time PCR and Western blot in vitro...
June 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621931/tunable-surface-repellency-maintains-stemness-and-redox-capacity-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Daniel A Balikov, Spencer William Crowder, Timothy C Boire, Jung Bok Lee, Mukesh K Gupta, Aidan M Fenix, Holley N Lewis, Caitlyn M Ambrose, Philip A Short, Chang-Soo Kim, Dylan T Burnette, Matthew A Reilly, N Sanjeeva Murthy, Mi-Lan Kang, Won Shik Kim, Hak-Joon Sung
Human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) hold great promise for regenerative medicine due to their multipotent differentiation capacity and immunomodulatory capabilities. Substantial research has elucidated mechanisms by which extracellular cues regulate hMSC fate decisions, but considerably less work has addressed how material properties can be leveraged to maintain undifferentiated stem cells. Here, we show that synthetic culture substrates designed to exhibit moderate cell-repellency promote high stemness and low oxidative stress - two indicators of naïve, healthy stem cells - in commercial and patient-derived hMSCs...
June 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612258/downregulated-glia-interplay-and-increased-mirna-155-as-promising-markers-to-track-als-at-an%C3%A2-early-stage
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Carolina Cunha, Catarina Santos, Cátia Gomes, Adelaide Fernandes, Alexandra Marçal Correia, Ana Maria Sebastião, Ana Rita Vaz, Dora Brites
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease of unknown cause. Absence of specific targets and biomarkers compromise the development of new therapeutic strategies and of innovative tools to stratify patients and assess their responses to treatment. Here, we investigate changes in neuroprotective-neuroinflammatory actions in the spinal cord of SOD1 (G93A) mice, at presymptomatic and symptomatic stages to identify stage-specific biomarkers and potential targets. Results showed that in the presymptomatic stage, there are alterations in both astrocytes and microglia, which comprise decreased expression of GFAP and S100B and upregulation of GLT-1, as well as reduced expression of CD11b, M2-phenotype markers, and a set of inflammatory mediators...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607928/extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-affect-myogenic-processes-in-c2c12-myoblasts-role-of-gap-junction-mediated-intercellular-communication
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Caterina Morabito, Nathalie Steimberg, Francesca Rovetta, Jennifer Boniotti, Simone Guarnieri, Giovanna Mazzoleni, Maria A Mariggiò
Extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMFs) can interact with biological systems. Although they are successfully used as therapeutic agents in physiatrics and rehabilitative practice, they might represent environmental pollutants and pose a risk to human health. Due to the lack of evidence of their mechanism of action, the effects of ELF-EMFs on differentiation processes in skeletal muscle were investigated. C2C12 myoblasts were exposed to ELF-EMFs generated by a solenoid. The effects of ELF-EMFs on cell viability and on growth and differentiation rates were studied using colorimetric and vital dye assays, cytomorphology, and molecular analysis of MyoD and myogenin expression, respectively...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602541/connexin-43-enhances-bax-activation-via-jnk-activation-in-sunitinib-induced-apoptosis-in-mesothelioma-cells
#9
Miaki Uzu, Hiromi Sato, Ayaka Shimizu, Yukihiro Shibata, Koichi Ueno, Akihiro Hisaka
The constituent protein of gap junctions, connexin (Cx), interacts with various proteins via its C-terminus region, including kinases, cell-adhesion proteins, and a pro-apoptotic protein, Bax. This molecular interaction may affect expression and functioning of the interacting proteins and modulate the cellular physiology. In our previous work, Cx43 was found to interact directly with Bax and in the presence of sunitinib, lead to the Bax-mediated apoptosis in mesothelioma cells. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of how Cx43 promotes Bax-mediated apoptosis using the same cell line...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601938/enhanced-gap-junction-intercellular-communication-inhibits-catabolic-and-pro-inflammatory-responses-in-tenocytes-against-heat-stress
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Eijiro Maeda, Shunsuke Kimura, Masahiko Yamada, Masataka Tashiro, Toshiro Ohashi
Elevation of tendon core temperature during severe activity is well known. However, its effects on tenocyte function have not been studied in detail. The present study tested a hypothesis that heat stimulation upregulates tenocyte catabolism, which can be modulated by the inhibition or the enhancement of gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC). Tenocytes isolated from rabbit Achilles tendons were subjected to heat stimulation at 37 °C, 41 °C or 43 °C for 30 min, and changes in cell viability, gene expressions and GJIC were examined...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586033/sufentanil-attenuates-oxaliplatin-cytotoxicity-via-inhibiting-connexin-43%C3%A2-composed-gap-junction-function
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Qi Zhang, Min Su
Comprehensive strategies for the treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC) have become increasingly important. One of the most important factors is pain relief. Therefore, patients with CRC are concurrently treated with analgesics and chemotherapeutic agents; however, the effects of analgesics on the therapeutic activity of chemotherapeutic agents remain largely unknown. The present study investigated the effects of three widely used analgesics in clinics: Fentanyl, remifentanil and sufentanil, on the cytotoxicity of oxaliplatin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic agent for CRC...
July 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585113/sex-dependent-glial-signaling-in-pathological-pain-distinct-roles-of-spinal-microglia-and-astrocytes
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Gang Chen, Xin Luo, M Yawar Qadri, Temugin Berta, Ru-Rong Ji
Increasing evidence suggests that spinal microglia regulate pathological pain in males. In this study, we investigated the effects of several microglial and astroglial modulators on inflammatory and neuropathic pain following intrathecal injection in male and female mice. These modulators were the microglial inhibitors minocycline and ZVEID (a caspase-6 inhibitor) and the astroglial inhibitors L-α-aminoadipate (L-AA, an astroglial toxin) and carbenoxolone (a connexin 43 inhibitor), as well as U0126 (an ERK kinase inhibitor) and D-JNKI-1 (a c-Jun N-terminal kinase inhibitor)...
June 5, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584630/connexin-43-key-roles-in-the-skin
#13
Xiao-Fei Zhang, Xiaofeng Cui
Gap junctions are tightly packed intercellular channels that serve a common purpose of allowing the intercellular exchange of small metabolites, second messengers and electrical signals. Connexins (Cxs) are gap junction proteins. Currently, 20 and 21 members of Cxs have been characterized in mice and humans, respectively. Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the most ubiquitously expressed type of Cx in the skin. It is produced by various different types of skin cell, such as keratinocytes, fibroblasts, endothelial and basal cells, melanocytes and dermal papilla cells...
June 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576854/mdivi-1-induced-acute-changes-in-the-angiogenic-profile-after-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-female-mice
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Sudhakar Veeranki, Suresh C Tyagi
The aim of this study is to determine the effects of mitochondrial division inhibitor 1 (Mdivi-1), the mitochondrial fission inhibitor, on the angiogenic profiles after the ischemia reperfusion injury (IR injury) in female mice. Female mice were treated with Mdivi-1 inhibitor, 2 days prior, on the day of IR injury and 2 days after IR injury, for a period of 5 days. Both control and treatment groups underwent 30 min of ischemia and 72 h of reperfusion. On the day 3, mice were sacrificed and the ischemic and nonischemic portions of heart tissue were collected...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576679/effects-of-low-doses-of-carbendazim-or-iprodione-either-separately-or-in-mixture-on-the-pubertal-rat-seminiferous-epithelium-an-ex-vivo-study
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Philippe Durand, Guillaume Martin, Antonine Blondet, Jérôme Gilleron, Diane Carette, Stéphane Janczarski, Emilie Christin, Georges Pointis, Marie-Hélène Perrard
It has been shown that non-cytotoxic doses of Carbendazim (CBZ), a broad-spectrum benzimidazole fungicide, possess endocrine-disrupting (androgen-like) actions, ex vivo, on the pubertal rat seminiferous epithelium. Iprodione (IPR), a dicarboximide fungicide, is also known to be an endocrine-disrupter (anti-androgen). The effect of a mixture of these two pesticides was investigated in the validated rat seminiferous tubule culture model. Cultures were performed in the absence or presence of CBZ 50nM or IPR 50nM either alone or in mixture (Mix), over a 3-week period...
May 30, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576383/cholesterol-metabolism-and-glaucoma-modulation-of-muller-cell-membrane-organization-by-24s-hydroxycholesterol
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Ségolène Gambert, Pierre-Henry Gabrielle, Elodie Masson, Elise Leger-Charnay, Arthur Ferrerro, Arthur Vannier, Clément Gendrault, Méline Lachot, Catherine Creuzot-Garcher, Alain Bron, Stéphane Gregoire, Laurent Leclere, Lucy Martine, Géraldine Lucchi, Caroline Truntzer, Delphine Pecqueur, Lionel Bretillon
Glaucoma is a progressive and irreversible blinding neuropathy that is characterized by the loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Muller Glial Cell (MGC) activation is induced in retinal gliosis. MGCs are the most numerous glial cells in the retina and one of their roles is to sustain cholesterol homeostasis. 24S-hydroxycholesterol (24S-OHC) is one of the form of cholesterol elimination from the retina and is overexpressed during glaucoma. The objective of this study was to determine whether 24S-OHC triggers MGC membrane dynamics involving lipid rafts and contributes to gliosis at early and late time points...
May 30, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576298/intracellular-trafficking-pathways-of-cx43-gap-junction-channels
#17
Irina Epifantseva, Robin Shaw
Gap Junction (GJ) channels, including the most common Connexin 43 (Cx43), have fundamental roles in excitable tissues by facilitating rapid transmission of action potentials between adjacent cells. For instance, synchronization during each heartbeat is regulated by these ion channels at the cardiomyocyte cell-cell border. Cx43 protein has a short half-life, and rapid synthesis and timely delivery of those proteins to particular subdomains are crucial for the cellular organization of gap junctions and maintenance of intracellular coupling...
May 30, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566289/microtubule-assisted-altered-trafficking-of-astrocytic-gap-junction-protein-connexin-43-is-associated-with-depletion-of-connexin-47-during-mouse-hepatitis-virus-infection
#18
Rahul Basu, Abhishek Bose, Deepthi Thomas, Jayasri Das Sarma
Gap junctions (GJs) are important for maintenance of central nervous system (CNS) homeostasis. GJ proteins, connexin 43 (Cx43) and connexin 47 (Cx47), play crucial role in production and maintenance of central nervous system (CNS) myelin. Cx43 is mainly expressed by astrocytes in the CNS, and forms gap junction intercellular communications (GJICs) between astrocytes (Cx43/Cx43) and astrocytes to oligodendrocytes (Cx43/Cx47). Mutations of these connexin (Cx) proteins cause dysmyelinating diseases in humans. Previously it has been shown that Cx43 localization and expression is altered due to mouse hepatitis virus (MHV)-A59 infection both in vivo and in vitro; however, its mechanism and association with loss of myelin protein was not elaborated...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562477/sepsis-induced-channelopathy-in-skeletal-muscles-is-associated-with-expression-of-non-selective-channels
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Elisa Balboa, Fujiko Saavedra, Luis A Cea, Aníbal A Vargas, Valeria Ramírez, Rosalba Escamilla, Juan C Sáez, Tomás Regueira
Skeletal muscles (∼50% of the body weight) are affected during acute and late sepsis and represent one sepsis associate organ dysfunction. Cell membrane changes has been proposed to result from a channelopathy of yet unknown cause associated to mitochondrial dysfunction and muscle atrophy. We hypothesize that the channelopathy might be explained at least in part by the expression of non-selective channels. Here, this possibility was studied in a characterized mice model of late sepsis with evident skeletal muscle atrophy induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)...
May 30, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559397/cyclic-nucleotides-differentially-regulate-cx43-gap-junction-function-in-uterine-artery-endothelial-cells-from-pregnant-ewes
#20
Bryan C Ampey, Amanda C Ampey, Gladys E Lopez, Ian M Bird, Ronald R Magness
Cell-cell communication is dependent on GJ (gap junction) proteins such as Cx43 (connexin 43). We previously demonstrated the importance of Cx43 function in establishing the enhanced pregnancy vasodilatory phenotype during pregnancy in uterine artery endothelial cells from pregnant (P-UAEC) ewes. Cx43 is regulated by elevating cAMP and PKA (protein kinase A)-dependent Cx43 S365 phosphorylation-associated trafficking and GJ open gating, which is opposed by PKC (protein kinase C)-dependent S368 phosphorylation-mediated GJ turnover and closed gating...
May 30, 2017: Hypertension
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