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Tanziyah Muqeem, Biswarup Ghosh, Vitor Pinto, Angelo C Lepore, Manuel Covarrubias
Presynaptic voltage-gated K+ (Kv) channels in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons are thought to regulate nociceptive synaptic transmission in the spinal dorsal horn. However, the Kv channel subtypes responsible for this critical role have not been identified. The Kv3.4 channel is particularly important because it is robustly expressed in DRG nociceptors, where it regulates action potential (AP) duration. Furthermore, Kv3.4 dysfunction is implicated in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain in multiple pain models...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Lena H Nguyen, Anne E Anderson
Cortical dysplasia (CD) is a common cause for intractable epilepsy. Hyperactivation of the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway has been implicated in CD; however, the mechanisms by which mTOR hyperactivation contribute to the epilepsy phenotype remain elusive. Here, we investigated whether constitutive mTOR hyperactivation in the hippocampus is associated with altered voltage-gated ion channel expression in the neuronal subset-specific Pten knockout (NS-Pten KO) mouse model of CD with epilepsy. We found that the protein levels of Kv1...
February 23, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mayra Delgado-Ramírez, José J De Jesús-Pérez, Iván A Aréchiga-Figueroa, Jorge Arreola, Scott K Adney, Carlos A Villalba-Galea, Diomedes E Logothetis, Aldo A Rodríguez-Menchaca
Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) is a membrane phospholipid that regulates the function of multiple ion channels, including some members of the voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channel superfamily. The PIP2 sensitivity of Kv channels is well established for all five members of the Kv7 family and for Kv1.2 channels; however, regulation of other Kv channels by PIP2 remains unclear. Here, we investigate the effects of PIP2 on Kv2.1 channels by applying exogenous PIP2 to the cytoplasmic face of excised membrane patches, activating muscarinic receptors (M1R), or depleting endogenous PIP2 using a rapamycin-translocated 5-phosphatase (FKBP-Inp54p)...
January 29, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yanyan Ren, Lanying Pan, Wei Zhao, Lei Xu, Jianwei Xu, Haiyin Lu, Yuan Chen
Stellera chamaejasme L. (Thymelaeaceae) is a toxic perennial herb and widespread in Mongolia and the northern parts of China. Previous studies have revealed that Neochamaejasmin A (NCA), one of the main active ingredients in the plant roots, has many bioactivities such as inhibiting the P-gp-mediated efflux. But whether NCA affects ion channels is unknown. Here the whole cell patch clamp technique was used to investigate whether NCA affects ion channels, especially how it inhibits KV1.4. Mutagenesis and structure-based molecular simulation were used for analysis of inhibition mechanism and identification of binding site...
January 19, 2018: Brain Research
Grzegorz Sikora, Agnieszka Wyłomańska, Janusz Gajda, Laura Solé, Elizabeth J Akin, Michael M Tamkun, Diego Krapf
Protein and lipid nanodomains are prevalent on the surface of mammalian cells. In particular, it has been recently recognized that ion channels assemble into surface nanoclusters in the soma of cultured neurons. However, the interactions of these molecules with surface nanodomains display a considerable degree of heterogeneity. Here, we investigate this heterogeneity and develop statistical tools based on the recurrence of individual trajectories to identify subpopulations within ion channels in the neuronal surface...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
Tania Chernov-Rogan, Tianbo Li, Gang Lu, Henry Verschoof, Kuldip Khakh, Steven W Jones, Maureen H Beresini, Chang Liu, Daniel F Ortwine, Steven J McKerrall, David H Hackos, Daniel Sutherlin, Charles J Cohen, Jun Chen
Many ion channels, including Nav1.7, Cav1.3, and Kv1.3, are linked to human pathologies and are important therapeutic targets. To develop efficacious and safe drugs, subtype-selective modulation is essential, but has been extremely difficult to achieve. We postulate that this challenge is caused by the poor assay design, and investigate the Nav1.7 membrane potential assay, one of the most extensively employed screening assays in modern drug discovery. The assay uses veratridine to activate channels, and compounds are identified based on the inhibition of veratridine-evoked activities...
January 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Akiko Kojima, Yutaka Fukushima, Yuki Ito, Wei-Guang Ding, Rika Ueda, Tomoyoshi Seto, Hirotoshi Kitagawa, Hiroshi Matsuura
Propofol blocks the voltage-gated human Kv1.5 (hKv1.5) channel by preferentially affecting in its open state. A previous mutational study suggested that several amino acids within the pore region of the hKv1.5 channel are involved in mediating the blocking action of propofol. The present investigation was undertaken to elucidate the predicted binding modes of propofol within the pore cavity of the open-state hKv1.5 channel, using computational docking and mutagenesis approaches. The docking simulation using a homology model of the hKv1...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Jennifer Leigh Rodgers, Eva Samal, Subhra Mohapatra, Siva Kumar Panguluri
Hyperoxia, or supplemental oxygen, is regularly used in the clinical setting for critically ill patients in ICU. However, several recent studies have demonstrated the negative impact of this treatment in patients in critical care, including increased rates of lung and cardiac injury, as well as increased mortality. The purpose of this study was to determine the predisposition for arrhythmias and electrical remodeling in a type 2 diabetic mouse model (db/db), as a result of hyperoxia treatment. For this, db/db and their heterozygous controls were treated with hyperoxia (> 90% oxygen) or normoxia (normal air) for 72-h...
December 5, 2017: Heart and Vessels
Vipin Sharma, Sooraj V Nair, Pooja Jaitley, Udayraj P Nakade, Abhishek Sharma, Soumen Choudhury, Satish Kumar Garg
Cellular coupling of beta3 -adrenoceptors (β3 -ADR) to potassium channels in myometrium is largely unknown. In vitro study was undertaken to unravel the presence of β3 -adrenergic receptors (ADR) and the role of K+ -channels in mediating β3 -ADR-induced relaxation in isolated myometrial strips from cyclic non-pregnant water buffaloes. Isometric tension was recorded in isolated myometrial strips using data acquisition system based physiograph. Compared to SR 59230A, BRL 37344 was found to be more potent in inducing β3 -dependent myometrial relaxation which was significantly (p < 0...
February 2018: Theriogenology
Martin Nybo Andersen, Lasse Skibsbye, Arnela Saljic, Martin Zahle Larsen, Hanne Borger Rasmussen, Thomas Jespersen
Over the last years extensive kinase-mediated regulation of a number of voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels important in cardiac electrophysiology has been reported. This includes regulation of Kv1.5, Kv7.1 and Kv11.1 cell surface expression, where the kinase-mediated regulation appears to center around the ubiquitin ligase Nedd4-2. In the present study we examined whether Kv1.4, constituting the cardiac Ito,s current, is subject to similar regulation. In the epithelial Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell line, which constitutes a highly reproducible model system for addressing membrane targeting, we find, by confocal microscopy, that Kv1...
November 23, 2017: Channels
Ikbale El Ayachi, Jun Zhang, Xiao-Ying Zou, Zongdong Yu, Wei Wei, Kristen M S O'Connell, George T-J Huang
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) give rise to neural stem/progenitor cells (NSCs), serving as a good source for neural regeneration. Here, we established transgene-free (TF) iPSCs from dental stem cells (DSCs) and determined their capacity to differentiate into functional neurons in vitro. Generated TF iPSCs from stem cells of apical papilla (SCAP) and dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) underwent two methods -- embryoid body (EB)-mediated and direct induction, to guide TF-DSC iPSCs along with H9 or H9 Syn-GFP (human embryonic stem cells) into functional neurons in vitro...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
David M Chiasson, Kristina Haage, Katharina Sollweck, Andreas Brachmann, Petra Dietrich, Martin Parniske
The coordinated control of Ca2+ signaling is essential for development in eukaryotes. Cyclic nucleotide-gated channel (CNGC) family members mediate Ca2+ influx from cellular stores in plants (Charpentier et al., 2016; Gao et al., 2016; Frietsch et al., 2007; Urquhart et al., 2007). Here, we report the unusual genetic behavior of a quantitative gain-of-function CNGC mutation ( brush ) in Lotus japonicus resulting in a leaky tetrameric channel. brush resides in a cluster of redundant CNGCs encoding subunits which resemble metazoan voltage-gated potassium (Kv1-Kv4) channels in assembly and gating properties...
September 21, 2017: ELife
Pin W Liu, Nathaniel T Blair, Bruce P Bean
Action potential (AP) shape is a key determinant of cellular electrophysiological behavior. We found that in small-diameter, capsaicin-sensitive dorsal root ganglia neurons corresponding to nociceptors (from rats of either sex), stimulation at frequencies as low as 1 Hz produced progressive broadening of the APs. Stimulation at 10 Hz for 3 s resulted in an increase in AP width by an average of 76 ± 7% at 22°C and by 38 ± 3% at 35°C. AP clamp experiments showed that spike broadening results from frequency-dependent reduction of potassium current during spike repolarization...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Elisa Venturini, Luigi Leanza, Michele Azzolini, Stephanie Kadow, Andrea Mattarei, Michael Weller, Ghazaleh Tabatabai, Michael J Edwards, Mario Zoratti, Cristina Paradisi, Ildikò Szabò, Erich Gulbins, Katrin Anne Becker
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most aggressive cancers, counting for a high number of the newly diagnosed patients with central nervous system (CNS) cancers in the United States and Europe. Major features of GBM include aggressive and invasive growth as well as a high resistance to treatment. Kv1.3, a potassium channel of the shaker family, is expressed in the inner mitochondrial membrane of many cancer cells. Inhibition of mitochondrial Kv1.3 was shown to induce apoptosis in several tumor cells at doses that were not lethal for normal cells...
September 1, 2017: Neuro-Signals
Kazunobu Ogiwara, Susumu Ohya, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Hisao Yamamura, Yuji Imaizumi
Salt-sensitive hypertension induces renal injury via decreased blood flow in the renal artery (RA), and ion channel dysfunction in RA myocytes (RAMs) may be involved in the higher renal vascular resistance. We examined the effects of several voltage-gated K(+) (KV) channel blockers on the resting tension in endothelium-denuded RA strips and delayed-rectifier K(+) currents in RAMs of Dahl salt-sensitive hypertensive rats (Dahl-S) fed with low- (Dahl-LS) and high-salt diets (Dahl-HS). The tetraethylammonium (TEA)-induced contraction in RA strips were significantly larger in Dahl-HS than Dahl-LS...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Doris Lam, Starlee Lively, Lyanne C Schlichter
BACKGROUND: Acute CNS damage is commonly studied using rat and mouse models, but increasingly, molecular analysis is finding species differences that might affect the ability to translate findings to humans. Microglia can undergo complex molecular and functional changes, often studied by in vitro responses to discrete activating stimuli. There is considerable evidence that pro-inflammatory (M1) activation can exacerbate tissue damage, while anti-inflammatory (M2) states help resolve inflammation and promote tissue repair...
August 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Nace Zidar, Aleš Žula, Tihomir Tomašič, Marc Rogers, Robert W Kirby, Jan Tytgat, Steve Peigneur, Danijel Kikelj, Janez Ilaš, Lucija Peterlin Mašič
We have prepared three alkaloids from the Agelas sponges, clathrodin, hymenidin and oroidin, and a series of their synthetic analogues, and evaluated their inhibitory effect against six isoforms of the Kv1 subfamily of voltage-gated potassium channels, Kv1.1-Kv1.6, expressed in Chinese Hamster ovary (CHO) cells using automated patch clamp electrophysiology assay. The most potent inhibitor was the (E)-N-(3-(2-amino-1H-imidazol-4-yl)allyl)-4,5-dichloro-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxamide (6g) with IC50 values between 1...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Rían W Manville, Daniel L Neverisky, Geoffrey W Abbott
Voltage-gated potassium channels of the KCNQ (Kv7) subfamily are essential for control of cellular excitability and repolarization in a wide range of cell types. Recently, we and others found that some KCNQ channels functionally and physically interact with sodium-dependent solute transporters, including myo-inositol transporters SMIT1 and SMIT2, potentially facilitating various modes of channel-transporter signal integration. In contrast to indirect effects such as channel regulation by SMIT-transported, myo-inositol-derived phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2), the mechanisms and functional consequences of the physical interaction of channels with transporters have been little studied...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
Ursula Ravens
In the wake of demographic change in Western countries, atrial fibrillation has reached an epidemiological scale, yet current strategies for drug treatment of the arrhythmia lack sufficient efficacy and safety. In search of novel medications, atrial-selective drugs that specifically target atrial over other cardiac functions have been developed. Here, I will address drugs acting on potassium (K(+)) channels that are either predominantly expressed in atria or possess electrophysiological properties distinct in atria from ventricles...
November 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Maike Marczenke, Ilaria Piccini, Isabella Mengarelli, Jakob Fell, Albrecht Röpke, Guiscard Seebohm, Arie O Verkerk, Boris Greber
The ultrarapid delayed rectifier K(+) current (IKur), mediated by Kv1.5 channels, constitutes a key component of the atrial action potential. Functional mutations in the underlying KCNA5 gene have been shown to cause hereditary forms of atrial fibrillation (AF). Here, we combine targeted genetic engineering with cardiac subtype-specific differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to explore the role of Kv1.5 in atrial hiPSC-cardiomyocytes. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis of integration-free hiPSCs was employed to generate a functional KCNA5 knockout...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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