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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526335/the-spider-toxin-ph%C3%AE-1%C3%AE-recombinant-possesses-strong-analgesic-activity
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Flavia Karine Rigo, Gabriela Trevisan, Samira Dal-Toé De Prá, Marta Nascimento Cordeiro, Marcia Helena Borges, Juliana Figueiredo Silva, Flavia Viana Santa Cecilia, Alessandra Hubner de Souza, Gabriela de Oliveira Adamante, Alessandra Marcon Milioli, Célio José de Castro Junior, Juliano Ferreira, Marcus Vinicius Gomez
The native Phα1β - a Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel (VGCC) blocker - and its Recombinant Version - were both tested in rodent pain models with an intraplantar injections of capsaicin or formalin, a chronic constriction injury, and melanoma cancer related pain. The formalin nociceptive behaviour in the neurogenic phase was not affected by the toxin pre-treatments, while in the inflammatory phase, Phα1β and the Recombinant form caused a significant reduction. The nociception that was triggered by capsaicin, an agonist of the TRPV1 vanilloid receptor, was totally blocked by 100 pmol/site, i...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515322/g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-directly-modulates-vesicle-fusion-by-competing-with-synaptotagmin-for-binding-to-neuronal-snare-proteins-embedded-in-membranes
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Zack Zurawski, Brian Page, Michael C Chicka, Rebecca L Brindley, Christopher A Wells, Anita M Preininger, Karren Hyde, James A Gilbert, Osvaldo Cruz-Rodriguez, Kevin P M Currie, Edwin R Chapman, Simon Alford, Heidi E Hamm
Gi/o-coupled GPCRs can inhibit neurotransmitter release at synapses via multiple mechanisms. In addition to Gβγ-mediated modulation of voltage-gated calcium channels(VGCC), inhibition can also be mediated through the direct interaction of Gβγ subunits with the soluble N-ethylmaleimide attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex of the vesicle fusion apparatus. Binding studies with soluble SNARE complexes have shown that Gβγ binds to both ternary SNARE complexes, t-SNARE heterodimers, and monomeric SNAREs, competing with synaptotagmin(syt)1 for binding sites on t-SNARE...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510727/alternative-splicing-in-the-c-terminal-tail-of-cav2-1-is-essential-for-preventing-a-neurological-disease-in-mice
#3
Tomonori Aikawa, Takaki Watanabe, Taisuke Miyazaki, Takayasu Mikuni, Minoru Wakamori, Miyano Sakurai, Hidenori Aizawa, Nobutaka Ishizu, Masahiko Watanabe, Masanobu Kano, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Kei Watase
Alternative splicing (AS) that occurs at the final coding exon (exon 47) of the Cav2.1 voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) gene produces two major isoforms in the brain, MPI and MPc. These isoforms differ in their splice acceptor sites; human MPI is translated into a polyglutamine tract associated with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6), whereas MPc splices to an immediate stop codon, resulting in a shorter cytoplasmic tail.To gain insight into the functional role of the AS in vivo and whether modulating the splice patterns at this locus can be a potential therapeutic strategy for SCA6, here we created knockin mice that exclusively express MPc by inserting the splice-site mutation...
May 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456310/deltamethrin-affects-the-expression-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-%C3%AE-1-subunits-and-the-locomotion-egg-laying-foraging-behavior-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
#4
Rune Zeng, Xing Yu, Xing Tan, Shan Ye, Zhong Ding
Deltamethrin belongs to the class of synthetic pyrethroids, which are being widely used as insecticides in agricultural practices. Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) are the primary targets of these chemicals for toxicity to insects. Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) does not have VGSCs but is susceptible to deltamethrin. Recent findings have suggested that pyrethroids can affect voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs). However, it remains elusive whether deltamethrin induces toxicity to C. elegans via modulating the activity of VGCCs...
May 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438566/t-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-are-involved-in-endothelium-dependent-relaxation-of-mice-pulmonary-artery
#5
Guillaume Gilbert, Arnaud Courtois, Mathilde Dubois, Laure-Anne Cussac, Thomas Ducret, Philippe Lory, Roger Marthan, Jean-Pierre Savineau, Jean-François Quignard
In pulmonary arterial endothelial cells, Ca(2+) channels and intracellular Ca(2+)concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) control the release of vasorelaxant factors such as nitric oxide and are involved in the regulation of pulmonary arterial blood pressure. The present study was undertaken to investigate the implication of T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+)channels (T-VGCCs, Cav3.1 channel) in the endothelium-dependent relaxation of intrapulmonary arteries. Relaxation was quantified by means of a myograph in wild type and Cav3...
April 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435258/quantum-dots-modulate-intracellular-ca-2-level-in-lung-epithelial-cells
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Huijuan Yin, Jacopo M Fontana, Johan Solandt, Johnny Israelsson Jussi, Hao Xu, Hjalmar Brismar, Ying Fu
While adverse effects of nanoparticles on lung health have previously been proposed, few studies have addressed the direct effects of nanoparticle exposure on the airway epithelium. In this work, we examine the response of the pulmonary airway to nanoparticles by measuring intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) in the Calu-3 epithelial layer stimulated by 3-mercaptopropionic-acid (3MPA) coated CdSe-CdS/ZnS core-multishell quantum dots (QDs). Simultaneous transient transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) decrease and global [Ca(2+)]i increase in Calu-3 epithelial layer, accompanied by cell displacements, contraction, and expansion, were observed under QD deposition...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434782/dimeric-isoxazolyl-1-4-dihydropyridines-have-enhanced-binding-at-the-multi-drug-resistance-transporter
#7
Scott A Steiger, Chun Li, Donald S Backos, Philip Reigan, N R Natale
A series of dimeric isoxazolyl-1,4-dihydropyridines (IDHPs) were prepared by click chemistry and examined for their ability to bind the multi-drug resistance transporter (MDR-1), a member of the ATP-binding cassette superfamily (ABC). Eight compounds in the present study exhibited single digit micromolar binding to this efflux transporter. One monomeric IDHP m-Br-1c, possessed submicromolar binding of 510nM at MDR-1. Three of the dimeric IDHPs possessed <1.5µM activity, and 4b and 4c were observed to have superior binding selectivity compared to their corresponding monomers verses the voltage gated calcium channel (VGCC)...
April 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432032/neuronal-excitation-and-permeabilization-by-200-ns-pulsed-electric-field-an-optical-membrane-potential-study-with-fluovolt-dye
#8
Andrei G Pakhomov, Iurii Semenov, Maura Casciola, Shu Xiao
Electric field pulses of nano- and picosecond duration are a novel modality for neurostimulation, activation of Ca(2+) signaling, and tissue ablation. However it is not known how such brief pulses activate voltage-gated ion channels. We studied excitation and electroporation of hippocampal neurons by 200-ns pulsed electric field (nsPEF), by means of time-lapse imaging of the optical membrane potential (OMP) with FluoVolt dye. Electroporation abruptly shifted OMP to a more depolarized level, which was reached within <1ms...
July 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348377/bilirubin-augments-ca-2-load-of-developing-bushy-neurons-by-targeting-specific-subtype-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
#9
Min Liang, Xin-Lu Yin, Hai-Bo Shi, Chun-Yan Li, Xin-Yi Li, Ning-Ying Song, Hao-Song Shi, Yi Zhao, Lu-Yang Wang, Shan-Kai Yin
Neonatal brain is particularly vulnerable to pathological levels of bilirubin which elevates and overloads intracellular Ca(2+), leading to neurotoxicity. However, how voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) are functionally involved in excess calcium influx remains unknown. By performing voltage-clamp recordings from bushy cells in the ventral cochlear nucleus (VCN) in postnatal rat pups (P4-17), we found the total calcium current density was more than doubled over P4-17, but the relative weight of VGCC subtypes changed dramatically, being relatively equal among T, L, N, P/Q and R-type at P4-6 to predominantly L, N, R over T and P/Q at P15-17...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297674/nanoscale-structural-plasticity-of-the-active-zone-matrix-modulates-presynaptic-function
#10
Oleg O Glebov, Rachel E Jackson, Christian M Winterflood, Dylan M Owen, Ellen A Barker, Patrick Doherty, Helge Ewers, Juan Burrone
The active zone (AZ) matrix of presynaptic terminals coordinates the recruitment of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) and synaptic vesicles to orchestrate neurotransmitter release. However, the spatial organization of the AZ and how it controls vesicle fusion remain poorly understood. Here, we employ super-resolution microscopy and ratiometric imaging to visualize the AZ structure on the nanoscale, revealing segregation between the AZ matrix, VGCCs, and putative release sites. Long-term blockade of neuronal activity leads to reversible AZ matrix unclustering and presynaptic actin depolymerization, allowing for enrichment of AZ machinery...
March 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274920/h2o2-augments-cytosolic-calcium-in-nucleus-tractus-solitarii-neurons-via-multiple-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
#11
Tim D Ostrowski, Heather A Dantzler, Luis Polo-Parada, David D Kline
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a profound role in cardiorespiratory function under normal physiological conditions and disease states. ROS can influence neuronal activity by altering various ion channels and transporters. Within the nucleus tractus solitarii (nTS), a vital brainstem area for cardiorespiratory control, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) induces sustained hyperexcitability following an initial depression of neuronal activity. The mechanism(s) associated with the delayed hyperexcitability are unknown...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265056/hysteresis-of-kcsa-potassium-channel-s-activation-deactivation-gating-is-caused-by-structural-changes-at-the-channel-s-selectivity-filter
#12
Cholpon Tilegenova, D Marien Cortes, Luis G Cuello
Mode-shift or hysteresis has been reported in ion channels. Voltage-shift for gating currents is well documented for voltage-gated cation channels (VGCC), and it is considered a voltage-sensing domain's (VSD) intrinsic property. However, uncoupling the Shaker K(+) channel's pore domain (PD) from the VSD prevented the mode-shift of the gating currents. Consequently, it was proposed that an open-state stabilization of the PD imposes a mechanical load on the VSD, which causes its mode-shift. Furthermore, the mode-shift displayed by hyperpolarization-gated cation channels is likely caused by structural changes at the channel's PD similar to those underlying C-type inactivation...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235895/spike-and-neuropeptide-dependent-mechanisms-control-gnrh-neuron-nerve-terminal-ca-2-over-diverse-time-scales
#13
Karl J Iremonger, Robert Porteous, Allan E Herbison
Fast cell-to-cell communication in the brain is achieved by action potential-dependent synaptic release of neurotransmitters. The fast kinetics of transmitter release are determined by transient Ca(2+) elevations in presynaptic nerve terminals. Neuromodulators have previously been shown to regulate transmitter release by inhibiting presynaptic Ca(2+) influx. Few studies to date have demonstrated the opposite, that is, neuromodulators directly driving presynaptic Ca(2+) rises and increases in nerve terminal excitability...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212804/potassium-channels-in-regulation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-contraction-and-growth
#14
W F Jackson
Potassium channels importantly contribute to the regulation of vascular smooth muscle (VSM) contraction and growth. They are the dominant ion conductance of the VSM cell membrane and importantly determine and regulate membrane potential. Membrane potential, in turn, regulates the open-state probability of voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (VGCC), Ca(2+) influx through VGCC, intracellular Ca(2+), and VSM contraction. Membrane potential also affects release of Ca(2+) from internal stores and the Ca(2+) sensitivity of the contractile machinery such that K(+) channels participate in all aspects of regulation of VSM contraction...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210211/app-as-a-protective-factor-in-acute-neuronal-insults
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REVIEW
Dimitri Hefter, Andreas Draguhn
Despite its key role in the molecular pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the physiological function of amyloid precursor protein (APP) is unknown. Increasing evidence, however, points towards a neuroprotective role of this membrane protein in situations of metabolic stress. A key observation is the up-regulation of APP following acute (stroke, cardiac arrest) or chronic (cerebrovascular disease) hypoxic-ischemic conditions. While this mechanism may increase the risk or severity of AD, APP by itself or its soluble extracellular fragment APPsα can promote neuronal survival...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202361/pre-clinical-evaluation-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-blockers-derived-from-the-spider-p-%C3%A2-nigriventer-in-glioma-progression
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Natália Fontana Nicoletti, Thaís Cristina Erig, Rafael Fernandes Zanin, Marcelo Ricardo Roxo, Nelson Pires Ferreira, Marcus Vinicius Gomez, Fernanda Bueno Morrone, Maria Martha Campos
This study investigated the effects of P/Q- and N-type voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) blockers derived from P. nigriventer in glioma progression, by means of in vitro and in vivo experiments. Glioma cells M059J, U-138MG and U-251MG were used to evaluate the antiproliferative effects of P/Q- and N-type VGCC inhibitors PhTx3-3 and Phα1β from P. nigriventer (0.3-100 pM), in comparison to MVIIC and MVIIA from C. magus (0.3-100 pM), respectively. The toxins were also analyzed in a glioma model induced by implantation of GL261 mouse cells...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127114/cacna1b-cav2-2-overexpression-and-its-association-with-clinicopathologic-characteristics-and-unfavorable-prognosis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#17
Xiaoyu Zhou, Wei Wang, Shu Zhang, Xudong Wang, Zhiyuan Tang, Jun Gu, Jun Li, Jianan Huang
CACNA1B (Cav2.2) encodes an N-type voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) ubiquitously expressed in brain and peripheral nervous system that is important for regulating neuropathic pain. Because intracellular calcium concentration is a key player in cell proliferation and apoptosis, VGCCs are implicated in tumorigenesis. Recent studies have identified CACNA1B (Cav2.2) being overexpressed in prostate and breast cancer tissues when compared to adjacent normal tissues; however, its role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has not been investigated...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093211/pharmacological-properties-of-sak3-a-novel-t-type-voltage-gated-ca-2-channel-enhancer
#18
Yasushi Yabuki, Kazuya Matsuo, Hisanao Izumi, Hidaka Haga, Takashi Yoshida, Minoru Wakamori, Akikazu Kakei, Kenji Sakimura, Takaichi Fukuda, Kohji Fukunaga
T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (T-VGCCs) function in the pathophysiology of epilepsy, pain and sleep. However, their role in cognitive function remains unclear. We previously reported that the cognitive enhancer ST101, which stimulates T-VGCCs in rat cortical slices, was a potential Alzheimer's disease therapeutic. Here, we introduce a more potent T-VGCC enhancer, SAK3 (ethyl 8'-methyl-2',4-dioxo-2-(piperidin-1-yl)-2'H-spiro[cyclopentane-1,3'-imidazo [1,2-a]pyridin]-2-ene-3-carboxylate), and characterize its pharmacological properties in brain...
January 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935186/coupling-of-a-voltage-gated-ca-2-channel-homologue-with-a-plasma-membrane-h-atpase-in-yeast
#19
Toshihiko Cho, Aya Ishii-Kato, Yuko Fukata, Yoshitaka Nakayama, Kazuko Iida, Masaki Fukata, Hidetoshi Iida
Yeast has a homologue of mammalian voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (VGCCs), enabling the efficient uptake of Ca(2+) . It comprises two indispensable subunits, Cch1 and Mid1, equivalent to the mammalian pore-forming α1 and auxiliary α2 /δ subunits, respectively. Unlike the physiological roles of Cch1/Mid1 channels, the regulatory mechanisms of the yeast VGCC homologue remain unclear. Therefore, we screened candidate proteins that interact with Mid1 by an unbiased proteomic approach and identified a plasma membrane H(+) -ATPase, Pma1, as a candidate...
January 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872869/dynamic-association-of-calcium-channel-subunits-at-the-cellular-membrane
#20
Andreas Voigt, Romy Freund, Jennifer Heck, Markus Missler, Gerald J Obermair, Ulrich Thomas, Martin Heine
High voltage gated calcium channels (VGCCs) are composed of at least three subunits, one pore forming [Formula: see text]-subunit, an intracellular [Formula: see text]-variant, and a mostly extracellular [Formula: see text]-variant. Interactions between these subunits determine the kinetic properties of VGCCs. It is unclear whether these interactions are stable over time or rather transient. Here, we used single-molecule tracking to investigate the surface diffusion of [Formula: see text]- and [Formula: see text]-subunits at the cell surface...
October 2016: Neurophotonics
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