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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137729/the-shear-wave-elastic-modulus-and-the-increased-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nf-kb-p65-and-cyclooxygenase-2-cox-2-expression-in-the-area-of-myofascial-trigger-points-activated-in-a-rat-model-by-blunt-trauma-to-the-vastus-medialis
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Hengyong Lv, Zhen Li, Tiantian Hu, Yuexiang Wang, Jinpeng Wu, Yingxin Li
We aimed to elucidate the increased inflammatory cytokines expression such as nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB/p65), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC) in the area of activated myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in a rat model by blunt trauma to the vastus medialis and to evaluate the feasibility of a quantitative analysis of muscle elastic modulus using shear wave elastography (SWE). Twelve 7-week-old male SD rats were divided into normal (NM, n = 6) and model groups (MO, n = 6)...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125390/responsiveness-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-in-sh-sy5y-human-neuroblastoma-cells-on-micropillar-substrates
#2
Wenxu Wang, Donghuo Zhong, Yu Lin, Rong Fan, Zhengjun Hou, Xiumei Cao, Yubin Ren
In this study, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) micropillar substrates were fabricated to evaluate the influence of topographic substrates on cell morphological and functional characteristics, such as spreading area, voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) and membrane potential. The proliferation, spreading area, perimeter and circularity of SH-SY5Y cells interfaced with different substrates were first investigated. In addition, the cytoskeleton and focal adhesion of a cell as important manifestations of cell morphology were analyzed by immunofluorescence...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061745/mechanism-of-action-of-miltefosine-on-leishmania-donovani-involves-the-impairment-of-acidocalcisomes-function-and-the-activation-of-the-sphingosine-dependent-plasma-membrane-ca-2-channel
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Andrea K Pinto-Martinez, Jessica Rodriguez-Durán, Xenon Serrano-Martin, Vanessa Hernandez-Rodriguez, Gustavo Benaim
Leishmania donovani is the causing agent of visceral leishmaniasis, a common infection that affects millions of people from the most underdeveloped countries. Miltefosine is the only oral drug to treat infections caused by L. donovani. Nevertheless, its mechanism of action is not well understood. While miltefosine inhibits the synthesis of phosphatidylcholine, and also affects the parasite mitochondrion inhibiting the cytochrome C oxidase, it is to be expected that this potent drug also produces its effect through other targets...
October 23, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054436/in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-screening-of-candidate-therapeutics-to-restore-neurotransmission-in-nerve-terminals-intoxicated-by-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-a1
#4
Phillip H Beske, Aaron B Bradford, Katie M Hoffman, Sydney Mason, Patrick M McNutt
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are exceedingly potent neurological poisons that block cholinergic release in the peripheral nervous system and cause death by asphyxiation. While post-exposure prophylaxis can effectively eliminate toxin in the bloodstream, there are no clinically effective treatments to prevent or reverse disease once BoNT has entered the neuron. To address the need for post-symptomatic countermeasures, we designed and developed an in vitro assay based on whole-cell, patch-clamp electrophysiological monitoring of miniature excitatory post-synaptic currents in synaptically active murine embryonic stem cell-derived neurons...
October 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042437/posttranslational-processing-and-membrane-translocation-of-the-yeast-regulatory-mid1-subunit-of-the-cch1-vgcc-nalcn-cation-channel-family
#5
Kazuko Iida, Jinfeng Teng, Toshihiko Cho, Sato Yoshikawa-Kimura, Hidetoshi Iida
Saccharomyces cerevisiae Mid1 is composed of 548 amino acids and a regulatory subunit of Cch1, a member of the eukaryotic pore-forming, four-domain cation channel family. The amino acid sequence and voltage insensitivity of Cch1 are more similar to those of Na+ leak channel non-selective (NALCN) than to the α1 subunit of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs). Despite a lack in overall primary sequence similarity, Mid1 resembles in some aspects VGCC α2/δ regulatory subunits and NALCN-associated proteins. Unlike animal α2/δ subunits, Mid1 and NALCN-associated proteins are essential for the function of the pore-forming subunit...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020622/homeostatic-presynaptic-plasticity-is-specifically-regulated-by-p-q-type-ca-2-channels-at-mammalian-hippocampal-synapses
#6
Alexander F Jeans, Fran C van Heusden, Bashayer Al-Mubarak, Zahid Padamsey, Nigel J Emptage
Voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VGCC) represent the principal source of Ca(2+) ions driving evoked neurotransmitter release at presynaptic boutons. In mammals, presynaptic Ca(2+) influx is mediated mainly via P/Q-type and N-type VGCC, which differ in their properties. Changes in their relative contributions tune neurotransmission both during development and in Hebbian plasticity. However, whether this represents a functional motif also present in other forms of activity-dependent regulation is unknown. Here, we study the role of VGCC in homeostatic plasticity (HSP) in mammalian hippocampal neurons using optical techniques...
October 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992975/a-prospective-placebo-controlled-study-on-the-humoral-immune-response-to-and-safety-of-tetanus-revaccination-in-myasthenia-gravis
#7
Ellen Strijbos, Maartje G Huijbers, Inge E van Es, Iris Alleman, Monique M van Ostaijen-Ten Dam, Jaap Bakker, Erik W van Zwet, Cornelia M Jol-van der Zijde, Maarten D van Tol, Jan J Verschuuren
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the humoral immune response to and safety of a tetanus revaccination in patients with myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. METHODS: A tetanus revaccination was administered to 66 patients. Before and 4weeks after revaccination a blood sample and clinical outcome scores were obtained. Anti-tetanus IgG total, IgG1 and IgG4 titres were measured with an ELISA and disease-specific antibody titres (AChR, MuSK or VGCC) with a radio-immunoprecipitation assay...
October 6, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990373/sigma-1-receptor-agonist-increases-axon-outgrowth-of-hippocampal-neurons-via-voltage-gated-calcium-ions-channels
#8
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/28978758/targeting-of-photoreceptor-genes-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-via-zinc-finger-nucleases-and-crispr-cas9
#9
Andre Greiner, Simon Kelterborn, Heide Evers, Georg Kreimer, Irina Sizova, Peter Hegemann
The fast-growing biflagellated single celled chlorophyte Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is the most widely used alga in basic research. The physiological functions of the 18 sensory photoreceptors are of particular interest with respect to C. reinhardtii development and behavior. Despite the demonstration of gene editing in C. reinhardtii in 1995, the isolation of mutants lacking easily ascertained newly acquired phenotypes remains problematic due to low DNA recombination efficiency. We optimized gene-editing protocols for several Chlamydomonas strains (including wild-type CC-125) using zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), genetically encoded CRISPR/associated protein 9 (Cas9) from Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes, and recombinant Cas9 and developed protocols for rapidly isolating non-selectable gene mutants...
October 4, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945273/vpac1-and-vpac2-receptor-opposed-modulation-of-gaba-release-from-hippocampal-nerve-terminals-involves-multiple-signalling-pathways
#10
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/28930822/five-years-experience-on-3-4-diaminopyridine-phosphate-in-lambert-eaton-syndrome-case-reports
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Simona Portaro, Teresa Brizzi, Stefano Sinicropi, Alberto Cacciola, Maria Cristina De Cola, Alessia Bramanti, Demetrio Milardi, Antonino Lupica, Placido Bramanti, Antonio Toscano, Carmelo Rodolico
RATIONALE: To report our experience on 7 patients (4 males and 3 females), affected by nonparaneoplastic Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, treated with 3,4-diaminopyridine phosphate (3,4-DAPP) either alone or in combination with other immunosuppressants or steroids. PATIENT CONCERNS: Patients have been evaluated at specific timepoints (ie, baseline and last 5 year follow-up), with neurological examination, autoantibodies against presynaptic voltage-gated Cav2.1 (P/Q type) calcium ion channel (VGCC) dosage, neurophysiological evaluation focusing on the increased amplitude of the compound muscle action potential (cMAP) after maximum voluntary effort, quantitative myasthenia gravis (QMG) and activities of daily living scales, and autonomic nervous system involvement evaluation...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921719/inflammation-alters-ampa-stimulated-calcium-responses-in-dorsal-striatal-d2-but-not-d1-spiny-projection-neurons
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Carissa D Winland, Nora Welsh, Alberto Sepulveda-Rodriguez, Stefano Vicini, Kathleen A Maguire-Zeiss
Neuroinflammation precedes neuronal loss in striatal neurodegenerative diseases and can be exacerbated by the release of proinflammatory molecules by microglia. These molecules can affect trafficking of AMPARs. The preferential trafficking of calcium-permeable versus impermeable AMPARs can result in disruptions of [Ca(2+) ]i and alter cellular functions. In striatal neurodegenerative diseases, changes in [Ca(2+) ]i and L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) have been reported. Therefore, this study sought to determine whether a proinflammatory environment alters AMPA-stimulated [Ca(2+) ]i through calcium-permeable AMPARs and/or L-type VGCCs in dopamine-2- and dopamine-1-expressing striatal spiny projection neurons (D2 and D1 SPNs) in the dorsal striatum...
November 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899915/conditional-deletion-of-the-l-type-calcium-channel-cav1-2-in-ng2-positive-cells-impairs-remyelination-in-mice
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Diara A Santiago González, Veronica T Cheli, Norma N Zamora, Tenzing N Lama, Vilma Spreuer, Geoffrey G Murphy, Pablo M Paez
Exploring the molecular mechanisms that drive the maturation of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) during the remyelination process is essential to developing new therapeutic tools to intervene in demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis. To determine whether L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (L-VGCCs) are required for OPC development during remyelination, we generated an inducible conditional knock-out mouse in which the L-VGCC isoform Cav1.2 was deleted in NG2-positive OPCs (Cav1.2(KO))...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867800/ciguatoxins-evoke-potent-cgrp-release-by-activation-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-subtypes-nav1-9-nav1-7-and-nav1-1
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Filip Touska, Simon Sattler, Philipp Malsch, Richard J Lewis, Peter W Reeh, Katharina Zimmermann
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are marine toxins that cause ciguatera fish poisoning, a debilitating disease dominated by sensory and neurological disturbances that include cold allodynia and various painful symptoms as well as long-lasting pruritus. Although CTXs are known as the most potent mammalian sodium channel activator toxins, the etiology of many of its neurosensory symptoms remains unresolved. We recently described that local application of 1 nM Pacific Ciguatoxin-1 (P-CTX-1) into the skin of human subjects induces a long-lasting, painful axon reflex flare and that CTXs are particularly effective in releasing calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP) from nerve terminals...
August 30, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862523/l-and-t-type-calcium-channel-blockers-protect-against-the-inhibitory-effects-of-mipafox-on-neurite-outgrowth-and-plasticity-related-proteins-in-sh-sy5y-cells
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Laís Silva Fernandes, Neife Aparecida G Dos Santos, Guilherme Luz Emerick, Antonio Cardozo Dos Santos
Some organophosphorus compounds (OP), including the pesticide mipafox, produce late onset distal axonal degeneration, known as organophosphorus-induced delayed neuropathy (OPIDN). The underlying mechanism involves irreversible inhibition of neuropathy target esterase (NTE) activity, elevated intracellular calcium levels, increased activity of calcium-activated proteases and impaired neuritogenesis. Voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC) appear to play a role in several neurologic disorders, including OPIDN. Therefore, this study aimed to examine and compare the neuroprotective effects of T-type (amiloride) and L-type (nimodipine) VGCC blockers induced by the inhibitory actions of mipafox on neurite outgrowth and axonal proteins of retinoic-acid-stimulated SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells, a neuronal model widely employed to determine the neurotoxicity attributed to OP...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815595/sigma-1-receptor-ligands-inhibit-catecholamine-secretion-from-adrenal-chromaffin-cells-due-to-block-of-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
#16
Rebecca L Brindley, Mary Beth Bauer, Nolan D Hartley, Kyle J Horning, Kevin P M Currie
Adrenal chromaffin cells (ACCs) are the neuroendocrine arm of the sympathetic nervous system and key mediators of the physiological stress response. Acetylcholine (ACh) released from preganglionic splanchnic nerves activates nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) on chromaffin cells causing membrane depolarization, opening voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (VGCC), and exocytosis of catecholamines and neuropeptides. The serotonin transporter is expressed in ACCs and interacts with 5-HT1A receptors to control secretion...
October 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814523/screening-of-fda-approved-drugs-for-inhibitors-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-infection
#17
Shaobo Wang, Yang Liu, Jiao Guo, Peilin Wang, Leike Zhang, Gengfu Xiao, Wei Wang
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), an arthropod-borne flavivirus, is a major cause of acute viral encephalitis in humans. No approved drug is available for the specific treatment of JEV infections, and the available vaccines are not effective against all clinical JEV isolates. In the study described here, a high-throughput screening of an FDA-approved drug library for inhibitors of JEV was performed. Five hit drugs that inhibited JEV infection with a selective index of >10 were identified. The antiviral activities of these five hit drugs against other flavivirus, including Zika virus, were also validated...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757442/endothelin-receptor-mediated-ca-2-signaling-in-coronary-arteries-after-experimentally-induced-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rat
#18
Sarah Brøgger Kristiansen, Kristian A Haanes, Majid Sheykhzade, Lars Edvinsson
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of death. It is caused by a blockage of a coronary artery leading to reduced blood flow to the myocardium and hence ischemic damage. In addition, a second wave of damage after the flow has been restored, named reperfusion injury greatly exacerbate the damage. For the latter, no medical treatment exist. In this study the aim was to characterize Ca(2+) sensitivity in coronary arteries following experimental ischemia/reperfusion injury...
October 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700936/alternative-splicing-of-p-q-type-ca-2-channels-shapes-presynaptic-plasticity
#19
Agnes Thalhammer, Andrea Contestabile, Yaroslav S Ermolyuk, Teclise Ng, Kirill E Volynski, Tuck Wah Soong, Yukiko Goda, Lorenzo A Cingolani
Alternative splicing of pre-mRNAs is prominent in the mammalian brain, where it is thought to expand proteome diversity. For example, alternative splicing of voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel (VGCC) α1 subunits can generate thousands of isoforms with differential properties and expression patterns. However, the impact of this molecular diversity on brain function, particularly on synaptic transmission, which crucially depends on VGCCs, is unclear. Here, we investigate how two major splice isoforms of P/Q-type VGCCs (Cav2...
July 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675819/anti-neuronal-autoantibodies-in-both-drug-responsive-and-resistant-focal-seizures-with-unknown-cause
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Gokcen Gozubatik-Celik, Cigdem Ozkara, Canan Ulusoy, Aysegul Gunduz, Sakir Delil, Naz Yeni, Erdem Tuzun
BACKGROUND: and Objective Autoimmunity is an emerging field of research in the etiology of different neurological disorders including epilepsy. We aimed to investigate the presence of neuronal autoantibodies in focal epilepsy with unknown cause and their clinical correlates in both drug-responsive and resistant patients. METHOD: Between 2009 and 2010 94 patients were prospectively enrolled, had their antibodies tested and clinically followed." An additional 50 age- and gender-matched controls were also tested for antibodies...
September 2017: Epilepsy Research
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