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David Ramírez, Wendy Gonzalez, Rafael A Fissore, Ingrid Carvacho
Voltage-gated calcium (CaV) channels are widely expressed and are essential for the completion of multiple physiological processes. Close regulation of their activity by specific inhibitors and agonists become fundamental to understand their role in cellular homeostasis as well as in human tissues and organs. CaV channels are divided into two groups depending on the membrane potential required to activate them: High-voltage activated (HVA, CaV1.1-1.4; CaV2.1-2.3) and Low-voltage activated (LVA, CaV3.1-3.3)...
October 13, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023772/negative-modulation-of-the-gabaa-%C3%AF-1-receptor-function-by-l-cysteine
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Andrea N Beltrán González, Florencia Vicentini, Daniel J Calvo
L-Cysteine is an endogenous Sulphur containing amino acid with multiple and varied roles in the central nervous system, including neuroprotection and the maintenance of the redox balance. However, it was also suggested as an excitotoxic agent implicated in the pathogenesis of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. L-Cysteine can modulate the activity of ionic channels, including voltage-gated calcium channels and glutamatergic NMDA receptors, whereas its effects on GABAergic neurotransmission had not been studied before...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021340/downregulation-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-by-cacnb4
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Mohamad Rima, Marwa Daghsni, Anaïs Lopez, Ziad Fajloun, Lydie Lefrancois, Mireia Dunach, Yasuo Mori, Philippe Merle, Juan L Brusés, Michel de Waard, Michel Ronjat
The β4 isoform of the β-subunits of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel regulates cell proliferation and cell cycle progression. Herein we show that co-expression of the β4-subunit with actors of the canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in a hepatoma cell line inhibits Wnt responsive gene transcription and decreases cell division, in agreement with the role of the Wnt pathway in cell proliferation. β4-subunit-mediated inhibition of Wnt signaling is observed in the presence of LiCl, an inhibitor of GSK3 that promotes β-catenin translocation to the nucleus...
October 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021148/the-voltage-sensor-of-excitation-contraction-coupling-in-mammals-inactivation-and-interaction-with-ca-2
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Juan Ferreira Gregorio, Germán Pequera, Carlo Manno, Eduardo Ríos, Gustavo Brum
In skeletal muscle, the four-helix voltage-sensing modules (VSMs) of CaV1.1 calcium channels simultaneously gate two Ca(2+) pathways: the CaV1.1 pore itself and the RyR1 calcium release channel in the sarcoplasmic reticulum. Here, to gain insight into the mechanism by which VSMs gate RyR1, we quantify intramembrane charge movement associated with VSM activation (sensing current) and gated Ca(2+) release flux in single muscle cells of mice and rats. As found for most four-helix VSMs, upon sustained depolarization, rodent VSMs lose the ability to activate Ca(2+) release channels opening; their properties change from a functionally capable mode, in which the mobile sensor charge is called charge 1, to an inactivated mode, charge 2, with a voltage dependence shifted toward more negative voltages...
October 11, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019979/cryo-electron-microscopy-structure-of-the-lysosomal-calcium-permeable-channel-trpml3
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Marscha Hirschi, Mark A Herzik, Jinhong Wie, Yang Suo, William F Borschel, Dejian Ren, Gabriel C Lander, Seok-Yong Lee
The modulation of ion channel activity by lipids is increasingly recognized as a fundamental component of cellular signalling. The transient receptor potential mucolipin (TRPML) channel family belongs to the TRP superfamily and is composed of three members: TRPML1-TRPML3. TRPMLs are the major Ca(2+)-permeable channels on late endosomes and lysosomes (LEL). They regulate the release of Ca(2+) from organelles, which is important for various physiological processes, including organelle trafficking and fusion. Loss-of-function mutations in the MCOLN1 gene, which encodes TRPML1, cause the neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder mucolipidosis type IV, and a gain-of-function mutation (Ala419Pro) in TRPML3 gives rise to the varitint-waddler (Va) mouse phenotype...
October 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016852/potassium-channel-dysfunction-underlies-purkinje-neuron-spiking-abnormalities-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
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James M Dell'Orco, Stefan M Pulst, Vikram G Shakkottai
Alterations in Purkinje neuron firing often accompany ataxia, but the molecular basis for these changes is poorly understood. In a mouse model of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2), a progressive reduction in Purkinje neuron firing frequency accompanies cell atrophy. We investigated the basis for altered Purkinje neuron firing in SCA2. A reduction in the expression of large-conductance calcium-activated potassium (BK) channels and Kv3.3 voltage-gated potassium channels accompanies the inability of Purkinje neurons early in disease to maintain repetitive spiking...
October 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993838/delta-opioid-receptor-expression-and-function-in-primary-afferent-somatosensory-neurons
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Amaury François, Grégory Scherrer
The functional diversity of primary afferent neurons of the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) generates a variety of qualitatively and quantitatively distinct somatosensory experiences, from shooting pain to pleasant touch. In recent years, the identification of dozens of genetic markers specifically expressed by subpopulations of DRG neurons has dramatically improved our understanding of this diversity and provided the tools to manipulate their activity and uncover their molecular identity and function. Opioid receptors have long been known to be expressed by discrete populations of DRG neurons, in which they regulate cell excitability and neurotransmitter release...
October 10, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993448/aberrant-splicing-induced-by-dysregulated-rbfox2-produces-enhanced-function-of-cav1-2-calcium-channel-and-vascular-myogenic-tone-in-hypertension
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Yingying Zhou, Jia Fan, Huayuan Zhu, Li Ji, Wenyong Fan, Isha Kapoor, Yue Wang, Yuan Wang, Guoqing Zhu, Juejin Wang
Calcium influx from activated voltage-gated calcium channel CaV1.2 in vascular smooth muscle cells is indispensable for maintaining myogenic tone and blood pressure. The function of CaV1.2 channel can be optimized by alternative splicing, one of post-transcriptional modification mechanisms. The splicing factor Rbfox2 is known to regulate the CaV1.2 pre-mRNA alternative splicing events during neuronal development. However, Rbfox2's roles in modulating the key function of vascular CaV1.2 channel and in the pathogenesis of hypertension remain elusive...
October 9, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990373/sigma-1-receptor-agonist-increases-axon-outgrowth-of-hippocampal-neurons-via-voltage-gated-calcium-ions-channels
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Dong Li, Shu-Zhuo Zhang, Yu-Hong Yao, Yun Xiang, Xiao-Yun Ma, Xiao-Li Wei, Hai-Tao Yan, Xiao-Yan Liu
INTRODUCTION: Sigma-1 receptors (Sig-1Rs) are unique endoplasmic reticulum proteins that have been implicated in both neurodegenerative and ischemic diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and stroke. Accumulating evidence has suggested that Sig-1R plays a role in neuroprotection and axon outgrowth. The underlying mechanisms of Sig-1R-mediated neuroprotection have been well elucidated. However, the mechanisms underlying the effects of Sig-1R on axon outgrowth are not fully understood. METHODS: To clarify this issue, we utilized immunofluorescence to compare the axon lengths of cultured naïve hippocampal neurons before and after the application of the Sig-1R agonist, SA4503...
October 8, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989085/ferulic-acid-relaxed-rat-aortic-small-mesenteric-and-coronary-arteries-by-blocking-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-and-calcium-desensitization-via-dephosphorylation-of-erk1-2-and-mypt1
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Zhong-Yan Zhou, Jia-Qi Xu, Wai-Rong Zhao, Xin-Lin Chen, Yu Jin, Nuo Tang, Jing-Yi Tang
Ferulic acid, a natural ingredient presents in several Chinese Materia Medica such as Radix Angelicae Sinensis, has been identified as an important multifunctional and physiologically active small molecule. However, its pharmacological activity in different blood vessel types and underlying mechanisms are unclear. The present study was to investigate the vascular reactivity and the possible action mechanism of FA on aorta, small mesenteric arteries and coronary arteries isolated from Wistar rats. We found FA dose-dependently relieved the contraction of aorta, small mesenteric arteries and coronary arteries induced by different contractors, U46619, phenylephrine (Phe) and KCl...
October 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987508/acylated-and-unacylated-ghrelin-confer-neuroprotection-to-mesencephalic-neurons
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Johanna Wagner, Franca Vulinović, Anne Grünewald, Marcus M Unger, Jens C Möller, Christine Klein, Patrick P Michel, Vincent Ries, Wolfgang H Oertel, Daniel Alvarez-Fischer
The polypeptide ghrelin is an endogenous ligand at the growth hormone secretagogue receptor 1a. To ghrelin multiple functions have been ascribed including promotion of gastrointestinal motility. Postprandial ghrelin levels have been reported to be reduced in patients suffering from Parkinson disease (PD). Experimental studies revealed neuroprotective effects of ghrelin in different PD models. The purpose of the present study was (i) to further elucidate the mechanism underlying the neuroprotective action of ghrelin and (ii) to determine whether these effects occur with both the acylated and the unacylated form...
October 4, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982705/sk-channels-regulate-resting-properties-and-signaling-reliability-of-a-developing-fast-spiking-neuron
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Yihui Zhang, Hai Huang
Reliable and precise signal transmission is essential in circuits of the auditory brainstem in order to encode timing with submillisecond accuracy. Globular bushy cells reliably and faithfully transfer spike signals to the principal neurons of the medial nucleus of the trapezoid body (MNTB) through the giant glutamatergic synapse, the calyx of Held. Thus, the MNTB works as a relay nucleus that preserves the temporal pattern of firing at high frequency. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings, we observed a K(+) conductance mediated by small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels in the MNTB neurons from rats of either sex...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978484/a-wnt-calcium-signaling-cascade-regulates-neuronal-excitability-and-trafficking-of-nmdars
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Andrea McQuate, Elena Latorre-Esteves, Andres Barria
Wnt signaling controls multiple biological process, particularly the embryonic development of metazoans. Sustained expression of Wnt signaling components in the mature mammalian CNS and their apparent deregulation in certain neuropathologies suggest that it also plays a part beyond embryonic development to regulate normal brain function. We describe a noncanonical Wnt/Ca(2+) signaling cascade that regulates the electrophysiological intrinsic properties of rat neurons, resulting in sustained membrane depolarization and the mobilization of Ca(2+) from internal stores...
October 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978442/mechanisms-responsible-for-%C3%AF-pore-currents-in-cav-calcium-channel-voltage-sensing-domains
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Stefania Monteleone, Andreas Lieb, Alexandra Pinggera, Giulia Negro, Julian E Fuchs, Florian Hofer, Jörg Striessnig, Petronel Tuluc, Klaus R Liedl
Mutations of positively charged amino acids in the S4 transmembrane segment of a voltage-gated ion channel form ion-conducting pathways through the voltage-sensing domain, named ω-current. Here, we used structure modeling and MD simulations to predict pathogenic ω-currents in CaV1.1 and CaV1.3 Ca(2+) channels bearing several S4 charge mutations. Our modeling predicts that mutations of CaV1.1-R1 (R528H/G, R897S) or CaV1.1-R2 (R900S, R1239H) linked to hypokalemic periodic paralysis type 1 and of CaV1.3-R3 (R990H) identified in aldosterone-producing adenomas conducts ω-currents in resting state, but not during voltage-sensing domain activation...
October 3, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972185/calmodulin-regulates-cav3-t-type-channels-at-their-gating-brake
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Jean Chemin, Valentina Taiakina, Arnaud Monteil, Michael Piazza, Wendy Guan, Robert F Stephens, Ashraf Kitmitto, Zhiping P Pang, Annette C Dolphin, Edward Perez-Reyes, Thorsten Dieckmann, Joseph Guy Guillemette, J David Spafford
Calcium (Cav1 and Cav2) and sodium channels possess homologous CaM-binding motifs, known as IQ motifs in their C-termini, which associate with calmodulin (CaM), a universal calcium sensor. Cav3 T-type channels, which serve as pacemakers of the mammalian brain and heart, lack a C-terminal IQ motif. We illustrate that T-type channels associate with CaM using co-immunoprecipitation experiments and single particle cryo-electron microscopy. We demonstrate that protostome invertebrate (LCav3) and human Cav3.1, Cav3...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968387/dopamine-negatively-modulates-the-nca-ion-channels-in-c-elegans
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Irini Topalidou, Kirsten Cooper, Laura Pereira, Michael Ailion
The NALCN/NCA ion channel is a cation channel related to voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels. NALCN has been reported to be a sodium leak channel with a conserved role in establishing neuronal resting membrane potential, but its precise cellular role and regulation are unclear. The Caenorhabditis elegans orthologs of NALCN, NCA-1 and NCA-2, act in premotor interneurons to regulate motor circuit activity that sustains locomotion. Recently we found that NCA-1 and NCA-2 are activated by a signal transduction pathway acting downstream of the heterotrimeric G protein Gq and the small GTPase Rho...
October 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963858/kv-channel-trafficking-and-control-of-vascular-tone
#17
Raquibul Hasan, Jonathan H Jaggar
Membrane potential is a principal regulator of arterial contractility. Arterial smooth muscle cells express several different types of ion channel that control membrane potential, including voltage-gated K(+) (KV ) channels. KV channel activation leads to membrane hyperpolarization, resulting in inhibition of voltage-dependent calcium (Ca(2+) ) channels, a reduction in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+) ]i ) and vasodilation. In contrast, KV channel inhibition leads to membrane depolarization and vasoconstriction...
September 30, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957379/involvement-of-parkin-in-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-system-mediated-degradation-of-n-type-voltage-gated-ca2-channels
#18
Lizbeth Grimaldo, Alejandro Sandoval, Edgar Garza-López, Ricardo Felix
N-type calcium (CaV2.2) channels are widely expressed in the brain and the peripheral nervous system, where they play important roles in the regulation of transmitter release. Although CaV2.2 channel expression levels are precisely regulated, presently little is known regarding the molecules that mediate its synthesis and degradation. Previously, by using a combination of biochemical and functional analyses, we showed that the complex formed by the light chain 1 of the microtubule-associated protein 1B (LC1-MAP1B) and the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) E2 enzyme UBE2L3, may interact with the CaV2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945273/vpac1-and-vpac2-receptor-opposed-modulation-of-gaba-release-from-hippocampal-nerve-terminals-involves-multiple-signalling-pathways
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Diana Cunha-Reis, Joaquim Alexandre Ribeiro, Rodrigo F M de Almeida, Ana M Sebastião
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) is an important modulator of hippocampal synaptic transmission that influences both GABAergic synaptic transmission and glutamatergic cell excitability through activation of VPAC1 and VPAC2 receptors. Presynaptic enhancement of GABA release contributes to VIP modulation of hippocampal synaptic transmission. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We now investigated which VIP receptors and coupled transduction pathways are involved in VIP enhancement of K(+) -evoked [(3) H]-GABA) release from rat hippocampal isolated nerve terminals...
September 25, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938466/optogenetic-analysis-of-depolarization-dependent-glucagonlike-peptide-1-release
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Catalin Chimerel, Cristian Riccio, Keir Murison, Fiona M Gribble, Frank Reimann
Incretin hormones play an important role in the regulation of food intake and glucose homeostasis. Glucagonlike peptide-1 (GLP-1)-secreting cells have been demonstrated to be electrically excitable and to fire action potentials (APs) with increased frequency in response to nutrient exposure. However, nutrients can also be metabolized or activate G-protein-coupled receptors, thus potentially stimulating GLP-1 secretion independent of their effects on the plasma membrane potential. Here we used channelrhodopsins to manipulate the membrane potential of GLUTag cells, a well-established model of GLP-1-secreting enteroendocrine L cells...
October 1, 2017: Endocrinology
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