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Aquaporin 9

A Yaba, B Sozen, B Suzen, N Demir
Tanycytes are special ependymal cells located in the ventrolateral wall and floor of the third ventricle having processes extending nuclei that regulate reproductive functions and around of vessels in median eminance. The aquaporins (AQPs) are a family of transmembrane proteins that transport water and glycerol. AQP-7 and -9 are permeable to other small molecules as glycerol and therefore called aquaglyceroporins. In this study, we aimed to show localization of AQP-7 and -9 in epithelial cells of choroid plexus and tanycytes during female mouse estrus cycle...
October 13, 2016: Morphologie: Bulletin de L'Association des Anatomistes
Yang Gao, Deborah Stuart, Jennifer S Pollock, Takamune Takahashi, Donald E Kohan
Nitric oxide (NO) inhibits collecting duct (CD) Na+ and water reabsorption. Mice with CD-specific knockout (KO) of NO synthase 1 (NOS1) have salt-sensitive hypertension. In contrast, the role of NOS3 in CD salt and water reabsorption is unknown. Mice with CD NOS3 KO were generated with loxP-flanked exons 9-12 (encodes the calmodulin binding site) of the NOS3 gene and the aquaporin-2 promoter-Cre transgene. There were no differences between control and CD NOS3 KO mice, irrespective of sex, in food intake, water intake, urine volume, urinary Na+ or K+ excretion, plasma renin concentration, blood pressure or pulse during 7 days of normal (0...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Hui-Jin Ye, Jian-Jie Bai, Pei-Pei Guo, Wei Wang, Chun-Shui Lin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of propofol on cell invasion and expressions of aquaporin-3 (APQ-3) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in human lung adenocarcinoma cancer A549 cells. METHOD: A549 cells were treated with propofol at the concentrations of 25, 50, and 100 µmol/L for 12 or 24 h. RT-PCR was used to detect the effect of propofol on AQP-3 mRNA level in A549 cells, and the effects of propofol treatments for 24 h on AQP-3 and MMP-9 protein expression and the invasive ability of A549 cells were assessed with Western blotting and Transwell assay, respectively...
August 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Tomohiko Uchida, Masahiro Mori, Akiyuki Uzawa, Hiroki Masuda, Mayumi Muto, Ryohei Ohtani, Satoshi Kuwabara
BACKGROUND: Inflammation in neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is triggered by a serum antibody against the aquaporin-4 (AQP4). This process requires antibody penetration of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), but the mechanisms for BBB disruption in NMO remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether changes in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), and cytokines are associated with BBB disruption in NMO...
September 28, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Valentina Damato, Amelia Evoli, Raffaele Iorio
Importance: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) are autoimmune astrocytopathies characterized by predominant involvement of the optic nerves and spinal cord. In most patients, an IgG autoantibody binding to astrocytic aquaporin 4, the principal water channel of the central nervous system, is detected. Rituximab, a chimeric monoclonal antibody specific for the CD20 B-lymphocyte surface antigen, has been increasingly adopted as a first-line off-label treatment for patients with NMOSDs...
September 26, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Ozge Altintas, Mehmet Ozgen Altintas, Meltem Kumas, Talip Asil
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of the Ischemic preconditioning (IPreC) on the expression profile of cerebral miRNAs against stroke by induced transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) in diabetic rats. METHODS: Eighty male Spraque Dawley rats were allocated to eight groups. In order to evaluate the expression profile of miRNAs, we induced transient MCAo seven days after STZ-induced diabetes (DM). Also we performed IPreC 72 h before transient MCAo to assess whether IPreC could have a neuroprotective effect against ischemia-reperfusion injury...
September 16, 2016: Neurological Research
Mustafa A Karwad, Tara Macpherson, Bo Wang, Elena Theophilidou, Sarir Sarmad, David A Barrett, Michael Larvin, Karen L Wright, Jonathan N Lund, Saoirse E O'Sullivan
Cannabinoids modulate intestinal permeability through CB1 The endocannabinoid-like compounds oleoylethanolamine (OEA) and palmitoylethanolamine (PEA) play an important role in digestive regulation, and we hypothesized they would also modulate intestinal permeability. Transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) was measured in human Caco-2 cells to assess permeability after application of OEA and PEA and relevant antagonists. Cells treated with OEA and PEA were stained for cytoskeletal F-actin changes and lysed for immunoassay...
September 13, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Chen Chen, Sun Xiaobo, Wang Yuge, Shu Yaqing, Fang Ling, Peng Lisheng, Lu Zhengqi, Qiu Wei
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and autoantibodies. METHODS: Blood samples of 108 NMOSD patients and 38 controls were collected from January 2012 to August 2014. Immunological parameters, including anti-aquaporin 4, antinuclear, anti-ribonucleoprotein, anti-SM, anti-SSA/Ro, anti-SSB/La and anti-ribosomal P-protein autoantibodies were examined. RESULTS: The NMOSD group exhibited a significantly higher percentage of anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies compared with the control group (76...
September 8, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
Niall J English, José-A Garate
An extensive suite of non-equilibrium molecular-dynamics simulation has been performed for ∼0.85-0.9 μs of human aquaporin 4 in the absence and presence of externally applied static and alternating electric fields applied along the channels (in both axial directions in the static case, taken as the laboratory z-axis). These external fields were of 0.0065 V/Å (r.m.s.) intensity (of the same order as physiological electrical potentials); alternating fields ranged in frequency from 2.45 to 500 GHz. In-pore gating dynamics was studied, particularly of the relative propensities for "open" and "closed" states of the conserved arginines in the arginine/aromatic area (itself governed in no small part by external-field response of the dipolar alignment of the histidine-201 residue in the selectivity filter)...
August 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Hai Chen, Shi-Meng Liu, Xu-Xiang Zhang, Ya-Ou Liu, Si-Zhao Li, Zheng Liu, Hui-Qing Dong
BACKGROUND: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) was long believed to be an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS). This study aimed to describe the clinical features of patients with MS and NMOSD to assist in differential diagnoses in clinical practice. METHODS: Data including the patients' serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tests, image findings, and clinical information from 175 patients with MS or NMOSD at Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University from November 2012 to May 2014 were collected and analyzed retrospectively...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Matthias Gawlitza, Eckhard Fiedler, Stefan Schob, Karl-Titus Hoffmann, Alexey Surov
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate to which degree the peritumoral brain edema in patients with meningiomas depends on aquaporin-4 (AQP4) expression, tumor grade, tumor volume, Ki-67 expression, and cell count. PROCEDURES: Thirty-three patients (25 women, 8 men; mean age 56.6 ± 16.0 years) with an intracranial meningioma underwent a standardized magnetic resonance (MR) examination prior to surgical resection. Edema indices (EIs) and tumor volumes were measured on the MR images...
August 23, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Mariana M Castro, Bongki Kim, Eric Hill, Maria C Q Fialho, Luciano C H P Puga, Mariella B Freitas, Sylvie Breton, Mariana Machado-Neves
Desmodus rotundus is a vampire bat species that inhabits Latin America. Some basic aspects of this species' biology are still unknown, as the histophysiological characteristics of the male reproductive tract. Our study has focused on its epididymis, which is an important organ for performing a variety of functions, especially the sperm maturation and storage. The aim of this study was to identify principal, narrow, clear, and basal cells using cell-specific markers such as aquaporin 9 (AQP9), vacuolar H(+)-ATPase (V-ATPase), and cytokeratin 5 (KRT5)...
August 22, 2016: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Manjunath Netravathi, Jitender Saini, Anita Mahadevan, Bollampalli Hari-Krishna, Ravi Yadav, Pramod Kumar Pal, Parthasarathy Satishchandra
BACKGROUND: Recently, pruritus has been recognised as an important association with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD). OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical and radiological characteristics of patients with NMOSD and pruritus. METHODS AND RESULTS: Among 57 consecutive patients with NMOSD, 15 (26.3% women) reported pruritus. All had aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibodies. The mean age was 34.5 ± 9.1 years, age at onset was 31.3 ± 11...
August 18, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Jin Myoung Seok, Eun Bin Cho, Hye Lim Lee, Hye-Jin Cho, Ju-Hong Min, Kwang Ho Lee, Byoung Joon Kim
BACKGROUND: Individual attacks of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) are generally severe enough to cause disability even after the onset attack. We aimed to elucidate the clinical characteristics of disabling attacks at the onset of NMO. METHODS: We investigated the clinical characteristics at onset and at first relapse in patients with NMO or NMO spectrum disorder with seropositive for the anti-aquaporin-4 antibody. A disabling attack at onset (DAO) was defined as an onset attack in which, at best recovery (allowing up to one year), patients were unable to walk without assistance or were left functionally blind in at least one affected eye...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Haowei Min, Chengxuan Chen, Shaowei Wei, Xiaoling Shang, Meiyun Sun, Ran Xia, Xiangguo Liu, Dongyun Hao, Huabang Chen, Qi Xie
Zea mays is an important crop that is sensitive to drought stress, but survival rates and growth status remain strong in some drought-tolerant lines under stress conditions. Under drought conditions, many biological processes, such as photosynthesis, carbohydrate metabolism and energy metabolism, are suppressed, while little is known about how the transcripts of genes respond to drought stress in the genome-wide rang in the seedling stage. In our study, the transcriptome profiles of two maize recombination inbred lines (drought-tolerant RIL70 and drought-sensitive RIL93) were analyzed at different drought stages to elucidate the dynamic mechanisms underlying drought tolerance in maize seedlings during drought conditions...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Miriam Zacchia, Enza Zacchia, Enrica Zona, Giovanna Capolongo, Ilaria Raiola, Luca Rinaldi, Francesco Trepiccione, Diego Ingrosso, Alessandra Perna, Valentina Di Iorio, Francesca Simonelli, Orson W Moe, Giovambattista Capasso
The renal phenotype in Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is highly variable. The present study describes renal findings in 41 BBS patients and analyzes the pathogenesis of hyposthenuria, the most common renal dysfunction. Five of 41 patients (12%) showed an estimated glomerular filtration rate < 60 ml·min(-1)·1.73 m(-2) Urine protein and urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio were over 200 and 30 mg/g in 9/24 and 7/23 patients, respectively. Four of 41 patients showed no renal anomalies on ultrasound. Twenty of 34 patients had hyposthenuria in the absence of renal insufficiency...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Ismael Sánchez Gomar, María Díaz Sánchez, Antonio José Uclés Sánchez, José Luis Casado Chocán, Nela Suárez-Luna, Reposo Ramírez-Lorca, Javier Villadiego, Juan José Toledo-Aral, Miriam Echevarría
Detection of IgG anti-Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) in serum of patients with Neuromyelitis optica syndrome disorders (NMOSD) has improved diagnosis of these processes and differentiation from Multiple sclerosis (MS). Recent findings also claim that a subgroup of patients with NMOSD, serum negative for IgG-anti-AQP4, present antibodies anti-AQP1 instead. Explore the presence of IgG-anti-AQP1 using a previously developed cell-based assay (CBA) highly sensitive to IgG-anti-AQP4. Serum of 205 patients diagnosed as NMOSD (8), multiple sclerosis (94), optic neuritis (39), idiopathic myelitis (29), other idiopathic demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system (9), other neurological diseases (18) and healthy controls (8), were used in a CBA over fixed HEK cells transfected with hAQP1-EGFP or hM23-AQP4-EGFP, treated with Triton X-100 and untreated...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Barbara Amann, Kristina J H Kleinwort, Sieglinde Hirmer, Walter Sekundo, Elisabeth Kremmer, Stefanie M Hauck, Cornelia A Deeg
Aquaporins (AQPs) are small integral membrane proteins with 13 members in mammals and are essential for water transport across membranes. They are found in many different tissues and cells. Currently, there are conflicting results regarding retinal aquaporin expression and subcellular localization between genome and protein analyses and among various species. AQP4, 7, 9 and 11 were described in the retina of men; whereas AQP6, 8 and 10 were earlier identified in rat retinas and AQP4, 5 and 11 in horses. Since there is a lack of knowledge regarding AQP expression on protein level in retinas of different animal models, we decided to analyze retinal cellular expression of AQP4, 5 and 11 in situ with immunohistochemistry...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Niels Frederik Breum Jakobsen, Esben Laugesen, Lars Rolighed, Peter H Nissen, Per Løgstrup Poulsen, Erling Bjerregaard Pedersen, Leif Mosekilde, Lars Rejnmark
OBJECTIVE: Loss-of-function variants in the gene encoding the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR) result in familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH), causing hypercalcemia with high normal or elevated parathyroid hormone levels. The CASR may also influence electrolyte and water homeostasis. It is unknown whether FHH affects cardiovascular health. We, therefore investigated whether FHH is associated with changes in the regulation of the cardiovascular system by measuring 24-h blood pressure (BP), arterial stiffness and vasoactive hormones...
October 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
Jihong Tong, Zhe Wu, Margaret M Briggs, Klaus Schulten, Thomas J McIntosh
Aquaporin-4 (AQP4), the primary water channel in glial cells of the mammalian brain, plays a critical role in water transport in the central nervous system. Previous experiments have shown that the water permeability of AQP4 depends on the cholesterol content in the lipid bilayer, but it was not clear whether changes in permeability were due to direct cholesterol-AQP4 interactions or to indirect effects caused by cholesterol-induced changes in bilayer elasticity or bilayer thickness. To determine the effects resulting only from bilayer thickness, here we use a combination of experiments and simulations to analyze AQP4 in cholesterol-free phospholipid bilayers with similar elastic properties but different hydrocarbon core thicknesses previously determined by x-ray diffraction...
July 12, 2016: Biophysical Journal
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