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Juan Rodriguez-Paris, Jörg Waldhaus, Jeenal A Gordhandas, Lynn Pique, Iris Schrijver
We characterized a novel GJB2 missense variant, c.133G>A, p.Gly45Arg, and compared it with the only other variant at the same amino acid position of the connexin 26 protein (Cx26) reported to date: c.134G>A, p.Gly45Glu. Whereas both variants are associated with hearing loss and are dominantly inherited, p.Gly45Glu has been implicated in the rare fatal keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome, which results in cutaneous infections and septicemia with premature demise in the first year of life. In contrast, p...
2016: PeerJ
Xiuhong Cai, Xiang Li, Hong Qi, Fang Wei, Jianyong Chen, Jianwei Shuai
The gating properties of the inositol 1, 4, 5-trisphosphate (IP3) receptor (IP3R) are determined by the binding and unbinding capability of Ca(2+) ions and IP3 messengers. With the patch clamp experiments, the stationary properties have been discussed for Xenopus oocyte type-1 IP3R (Oo-IP3R1), type-3 IP3R (Oo-IP3R3) and Spodoptera frugiperda IP3R (Sf-IP3R). In this paper, in order to provide insights about the relation between the observed gating characteristics and the gating parameters in different IP3Rs, we apply the immune algorithm to fit the parameters of a modified DeYoung-Keizer model...
October 17, 2016: Physical Biology
Nayeli Rivera-Ramírez, Wilber Montejo-López, María-Cristina López-Méndez, Agustín Guerrero-Hernández, Anayansi Molina-Hernández, Ubaldo García-Hernández, José-Antonio Arias-Montaño
The histamine H3 receptor (H3R) is abundantly expressed in the Central Nervous System where it regulates several functions pre and postsynaptically. H3Rs couple to Gαi/o proteins and trigger or modulate several intracellular signaling pathways, including the cAMP/PKA pathway and the opening of N- and P/Q-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels. In transfected cells, activation of the human H3R of 445 amino acids (hH3R445) results in phospholipase C (PLC) stimulation and release of Ca(2+) from intracellular stores...
October 12, 2016: Neurochemistry International
Ignat Printsev, Daniel Curiel, Kermit L Carraway
The canonical function of the endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD) system is to enforce quality control among membrane-associated proteins by targeting misfolded secreted, intra-organellar, and intramembrane proteins for degradation. However, increasing evidence suggests that ERAD additionally functions in maintaining appropriate levels of a subset of membrane-associated proteins. In this 'quantity control' capacity, ERAD responds to environmental cues to regulate the proteasomal degradation of specific ERAD substrates according to cellular need...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Membrane Biology
Zhixue Wang, Zijing Liu, Lijng Zhou, Tingting Long, Xing Zhou, Yixi Bao
OBJECTIVE: This study is to investigate the role of second messengers and TLR4/NF-κB signaling pathway in the immunomodulatory activities of Astragalus polysaccharide (APS) and Polysaccharopeptide (PSP) in macrophages. METHODS: RAW 264.7 macrophage cells were treated with APS, PSP, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), or NiCl2. Power-spectral method was used to detect protein kinase C (PKC) and Griess reaction to detect nitric oxide (NO). ELISA was conducted to detect cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), diglycerides (DAG), inositol 1, 4, 5-triphosphate (IP3), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Wenbin Zhong, Guoping Pan, Lin Wang, Shiqian Li, Jingsong Ou, Mengyang Xu, Jiwei Li, Biying Zhu, Xiuye Cao, Hongling Ma, Chaowen Li, Jun Xu, Vesa M Olkkonen, Bart Staels, Daoguang Yan
RATIONALE: Macrophage survival within the arterial wall is a central factor contributing to atherogenesis. Oxysterols, major components of oxidized LDL (ox-LDL), exert cytotoxic effects on macrophages. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether ORP4L, an oxysterol-binding protein, affects macrophage survival and the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: By hiring cell biological approaches and ORP4L(-/-) mice, we show that ORP4L co-expresses with and forms a complex with G&alphaq/11 and PLCβ3 in macrophages...
October 11, 2016: Circulation Research
A Young Han, Hui Su Lee, Geun Hee Seol
This study assessed the effects of essential oil of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (fennel oil) and of trans-anethole, the main component of fennel oil, on extracellular Ca(2+)-induced store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) into vascular endothelial (EA) cells and their mechanisms of action. Components of fennel oil were analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) in EA cells was determined using Fura-2 fluorescence. In the presence of extracellular Ca(2+), fennel oil significantly increased [Ca(2+)]c in EA cells; this increase was significantly inhibited by the Ca(2+) channel blockers La(3+) and nifedipine...
October 6, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Po-Min Yang, Yu-Ting Huang, Yu-Qi Zhang, Chia-Wen Hsieh, Being-Sun Wung
The production of nitric oxide (NO) by endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) plays a major role in maintaining vascular homeostasis. This study elucidated the potential role of carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing molecules (CORMs) in NO production and explored the underlying mechanisms in endothelial cells. We observed that 25μM CORM-2 could increase NO production and stimulate an increase in the intracellular Ca(2+) level. Furthermore, ethylene glycol-bis(β-aminoethyl ether)-N,N,N',N'-tetra acetic acid caused CORM-2-induced NO production, which was abolished by 1,2-bis(2-aminophenoxy) ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid tetraacetoxy-methyl ester (BAPTA-AM), indicating that intracellular Ca(2+) release plays a major role in eNOS activation...
October 5, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
Akitoshi Miyamoto, Kotomi Sugiura, Katsukiko Mikoshiba
Monitoring the dynamic patterns of intracellular signaling molecules, such as inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) and Ca(2+), that control many diverse cellular processes, provides us significant information to understand the regulatory mechanism of cellular functions. For searching more sensitive and higher dynamic range probes for signaling molecules, convenient and supersensitive high throughput screening systems are required. Here we show the optimal "in Escherichia coli (E. coli) colony" screening method based on the twin-arginine translocase (Tat) pathway and introduce a novel application of a confocal microscope as a supersensitive detection system to measure changes in the fluorescence intensity of fluorescent probes in E...
October 1, 2016: Cell Calcium
Siying Zhu, Barbara C McGrath, Yuting Bai, Xin Tang, Douglas R Cavener
PERK (EIF2AK3) is an ER-resident eIF2α kinase required for behavioral flexibility and metabotropic glutamate receptor-dependent long-term depression via its translational control. Motivated by the recent discoveries that PERK regulates Ca(2+) dynamics in insulin-secreting β-cells underlying glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, and modulates Ca(2+) signals-dependent working memory, we explored the role of PERK in regulating Gq protein-coupled Ca(2+) dynamics in pyramidal neurons. We found that acute PERK inhibition by the use of a highly specific PERK inhibitor reduced the intracellular Ca(2+) rise stimulated by the activation of acetylcholine, metabotropic glutamate and bradykinin-2 receptors in primary cortical neurons...
October 1, 2016: Molecular Brain
Emanuel Staudt, Pathmanaban Ramasamy, Helmut Plattner, Martin Simon
Phospholipase C (PLC) is an important enzyme of signal transduction pathways by generation of second messengers from membrane lipids. PLCs are also indicated to cleave glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchors of surface proteins thus releasing these into the environment. However, it remains unknown whether this enzymatic activity on the surface is due to distinct PLC isoforms in higher eukaryotes. Ciliates have, in contrast to other unicellular eukaryotes, multiple PLC isoforms as mammals do. Thus, Paramecium represents a perfect model to study subcellular distribution and potential surface activity of PLC isoforms...
September 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Isao Takahashi, Keiichiro Kyozuka
An important step for successful fertilization and further development is the increase in intracellular Ca2+ in the activated oocyte. It has been known that starfish oocytes become increasingly sensitive to inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) during meiotic maturation to exhibit highly efficient IP3-induced Ca2+ release (IICR) by the time of germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD). However, we noted that the peak level of intracellular Ca2+ increase after insemination is already high in the maturing oocytes before GVBD...
October 3, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
Masaru Ishibashi, Iryna Gumenchuk, Kenichi Miyazaki, Takafumi Inoue, William N Ross, Christopher S Leonard
UNLABELLED: Orexins (hypocretins) are neuropeptides that regulate multiple homeostatic processes, including reward and arousal, in part by exciting serotonergic dorsal raphe neurons, the major source of forebrain serotonin. Here, using mouse brain slices, we found that, instead of simply depolarizing these neurons, orexin-A altered the spike encoding process by increasing the postspike afterhyperpolarization (AHP) via two distinct mechanisms. This orexin-enhanced AHP (oeAHP) was mediated by both OX1 and OX2 receptors, required Ca(2+) influx, reversed near EK, and decayed with two components, the faster of which resulted from enhanced SK channel activation, whereas the slower component decayed like a slow AHP (sAHP), but was not blocked by UCL2077, an antagonist of sAHPs in some neurons...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Mélissa Bol, Nan Wang, Marijke De Bock, Benjamin Wacquier, Elke Decrock, Ashish Gadicherla, Kelly Decaluwé, Bert Vanheel, Harold V van Rijen, Dmitri V Krysko, Geert Bultynck, Geneviève Dupont, Johan Van de Voorde, Luc Leybaert
AIMS: Connexins form gap-junctions (GJs) that directly connect cells, thereby coordinating vascular cell function and controlling vessel diameter and blood flow. GJs are composed of two hemichannels contributed by each of the connecting cells. Hemichannels also exist as non-junctional channels that, when open, lead to the entry/loss of ions and the escape of ATP. Here we investigated cross-talk between hemichannels and Ca(2+)/purinergic signaling in controlling blood vessel contraction...
September 27, 2016: Cardiovascular Research
Fei Liu, Zi-Fa Li, Zhen-Yong Wang, Lin Wang
Ca(2+) signaling plays a vital role in regulating apoptosis and autophagy. We previously proved that cytosolic Ca(2+) overload is involved in cadmium (Cd)-induced apoptosis in rat proximal tubular (rPT) cells, but the source of elevated cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) and the effect of potential subcellular Ca(2+) redistribution on apoptosis and autophagy remain to be elucidated. Firstly, data showed that Cd-induced elevation of [Ca(2+)]c was primarily generated intracellularly. Moreover, elevations of [Ca(2+)]c and mitochondrial Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]mit) with depletion of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) levels ([Ca(2+)]ER) were revealed in Cd-treated rPT cells, but this subcellular Ca(2+) redistribution was significantly suppressed by 2-Aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Caifeng Jiao, Runqiang Yang, Zhenxin Gu
In this study, the roles of ABA-cADPR-Ca(2+) and ABA-IP3-Ca(2+) signaling pathways in UV-B-induced isoflavone accumulation in soybean sprouts were investigated. Results showed that abscisic acid (ABA) up regulated cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR) and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) levels in soybean sprouts under UV-B radiation. Furthermore, cADPR and IP3, as second messengers of UV-B-triggered ABA, induced isoflavone accumulation by up-regulating proteins and genes expression and activity of isoflavone biosynthetic-enzymes (chalcone synthase, CHS; isoflavone synthase, IFS)...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Tamás Oláh, Dóra Bodnár, Adrienn Tóth, János Vincze, János Fodor, Barbara Reischl, Adrienn Kovács, Olga Ruzsnavszky, Beatrix Dienes, Péter Szentesi, Oliver Friedrich, László Csernoch
Marijuana was found to cause muscle weakness, but it is unknown whether it affects the muscles directly, or modulates only the motor control of the central nervous system. Although the presence of CB1 cannabinoid receptors (CB1R) - responsible for the psychoactive effects of the drug in the brain - have recently been shown in skeletal muscle, it is unclear how CB1R-mediated signalling affects the contraction and Ca²⁺ homeostasis of mammalian skeletal muscle. Here we demonstrate that in vitro CB1R activation increased muscle fatigability, decreased the Ca(2+) -sensitivity of the contractile apparatus, but did not alter the amplitude of single twitch contractions...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Mi-Hee Lim, In Cheul Jeung, Jinyoung Jeong, Sung-Jin Yoon, Sang-Hyun Lee, Jongjin Park, Yu-Seon Kang, Hansu Lee, Young-Jun Park, Hee Gu Lee, Seon-Jin Lee, Baek Soo Han, Nam Woong Song, Sang Chul Lee, Jang-Seong Kim, Kwang-Hee Bae, Jeong-Ki Min
Despite the rapid expansion of the biomedical applications of graphene oxide (GO), safety issues related to GO, particularly with regard to its effects on vascular endothelial cells (ECs), have been poorly evaluated. To explore possible GO-mediated vasculature cytotoxicity and determine lateral GO size relevance, we constructed four types of GO: micrometer-sized GO (MGO; 1089.9 ± 135.3 nm), submicrometer-sized GO (SGO; 390.2 ± 51.4 nm), nanometer-sized GO (NGO; 65.5 ± 16.3 nm), and graphene quantum dots (GQDs)...
September 15, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Ji Eun Kim, Jun Go, Eun Kyoung Koh, Sung Hwa Song, Ji Eun Sung, Hyun Ah Lee, Young Hee Lee, Jin Tae Hong, Dae Youn Hwang
Several natural products containing tannins are used as traditional medicines for treatment of constipation; however, their pharmacological mechanism is not well understood. The laxative effects of gallotannin-enriched extract isolated from Galla Rhois (GEGR) were investigated using a constipation model induced by loperamide (Lop) injection. After analysis for antioxidant activity of GEGR, alterations in the excretion parameters, histological structure, mucin secretion, and related protein levels were measured in the transverse colon of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with Lop-induced constipation following treatment with 250, 500 and 1,000 mg/ml of GEGR...
2016: PloS One
Matt Crook, Awani Upadhyay, Liyana J Ido, Wendy Hanna-Rose
Identification of pro-cell-survival signaling pathways has implications for cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease. We show that the Caenorhaditis elegans epidermal growth factor receptor LET-23 has a pro-survival function in counteracting excitotoxicity, and we identify novel molecular players required for this pro-survival signaling. uv1 sensory cells in the C. elegans uterus undergo excitotoxic death in response to activation of the OSM-9/OCR-4 TRPV channel by the endogenous agonist nicotinamide...
September 7, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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