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Aquaporin 9

Jiaojiao Hou, Yuan Li, Xüxia Ren, Fei Gao, Yuqin Chen, Yaoxing Yi, Lili Kang, Yürui Luo, Mei Yang
Aquaporin-9 (AQP9) is an aquaglyceroporin that biophysically conducts water, glycerol, and other small solutes. AQP9 is expressed in hepatocytes on the sinusoidal surfaces of hepatocyte plates in the liver, where it is considered responsible for the glycerol uptake in gluconeogenesis. However, limited information is available on the expression and regulating mechanism of AQP9 in different hyperglycemia models. Thus, this study examined the expression patterns of AQP9 and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) in Types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) to clarify the roles and regulating mechanism of AQP9 in gluconeogenesis...
March 9, 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Giuseppe Angelico, Rosario Caltabiano, Carla Loreto, Antonio Ieni, Giovanni Tuccari, Caterina Ledda, Venerando Rapisarda
BACKGROUND: The immunohistochemical expression of aquaporin-1 (AQP1) in asbestos-related malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is emerging as a useful prognostic indicator of improved survival. A significantly increased incidence of MPM in a small town in southern Italy was ascribed to exposure to fluoro-edenite (FE), a naturally occurring asbestos fiber. We investigated the immunohistochemical expression of AQP1 in patients affected by FE-related MPM; taking into consideration its suggested independent prognostic role, its possible correlation with clinicopathological parameters and patient outcome was also evaluated...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
John J Chen, W Oliver Tobin, Masoud Majed, Jiraporn Jitprapaikulsan, James P Fryer, Jacqueline A Leavitt, Eoin P Flanagan, Andrew McKeon, Sean J Pittock
Importance: Autoantibodies to aquaporin-4 (AQP4) and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) are recently established biomarkers of autoimmune optic neuritis whose frequency and accompanying phenotype, especially for MOG-IgG, are still being characterized. The Optic Neuritis Treatment Trial (ONTT) was a well-known randomized clinical trial in optic neuritis; therefore, knowledge of the serostatus and accompanying phenotype of these patients would be useful to determine the frequency of these antibodies in patients presenting with typical monocular optic neuritis and their outcomes...
February 22, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Gabriel Adan Araújo Leite, Marciana Sanabria, Marilia Martins Cavariani, Janete Aparecida Anselmo-Franci, Patrícia Fernanda Felipe Pinheiro, Raquel Fantin Domeniconi, Wilma De Grava Kempinas
The increase of obesity, bad eating habits and the lack of physical exercises are highly related to dyslipidemias. Rosuvastatin is a lipid-lowering drug and has been indicated to prevent cardiovascular diseases and to treat dyslipidemias due to its higher efficiency to reduce serum cholesterol concentrations. This study aimed to evaluate the reproductive adverse effects on sexual maturity due to rosuvastatin exposure in juvenile male rats during prepuberty. Three groups were randomly formed with newly weaned rats: control, whose rats received saline solution 0...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Wei Wang, Qing Li, Tao Yang, Dongsheng Li, Feng Ding, Hongzhi Sun, Guang Bai
Aquaporin 5 (AQP5) is a water channel protein that is over-expressed in many tumors. Elevated expression of AQP5 is associated with poor prognosis of colorectal cancer. Yet, whether AQP5 plays a role in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of colorectal cancer has not been reported until now. Here we aim to investigate the function of AQP5 in the EMT process of colorectal cancer. We transfected HCT116 and SW480 cells with AQP5-specific shRNA and verified the knockdown efficiency through western blotting and real-time PCR...
February 17, 2018: Cytotechnology
Philippe Cabre, M Mejdoubi, S Jeannin, H Merle, Y Plumelle, G Cavillon, D Smadja, R Marignier
OBJECTIVE: Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a very severe autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system. It affects young subjects and has a poor prognosis both on a functional and vital level. Therefore, it is imperative to reduce the frequency of relapses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and neuroradiological effectiveness of rituximab (RTX) on active forms of NMO. METHODS: We conducted a 2-year open prospective multicenter study that included 32 patients treated with RTX at a dose of 375 mg/m2 /week for 1 month...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Katharina Rump, Michael Adamzik
Background: Sepsis is a common cause of death in intensive care units worldwide. Due to the high complexity of this immunological syndrome development of novel therapeutic strategies is urgent. Promising drug targets or biomarkers may depict aquaporins (AQPs) as they regulate crucial key mechanisms of sepsis. Main body: Here we report on base of the current literature that several AQPs are involved in different physiological processes of sepsis. In immune system mainly AQPs 3, 5 and 9 seem to be important, as they regulate the migration of different immune cells...
2018: Cell & Bioscience
Rosanna Avola, Adriana Carol Eleonora Graziano, Giovanna Pannuzzo, Ferdaous Albouchi, Venera Cardile
The purpose of this research was to explore the behavior of aquaporins (AQPs) in an in vitro model of Parkinson's disease that is a recurrent neurodegenerative disorder caused by the gradual, progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta. Because of postmortem studies have provided evidences for oxidative damage and alteration of water flow and energy metabolism, we carried out an investigation about AQP4 and 9, demonstrated in the brain to maintain water and energy homeostasis...
February 8, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Ao Xiong, Ge Jin, Renping Xiong, Hong Lu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the protein expression related to cognitive and learning memory function, and to investigate the effect of aquaporin 4 (AQP4) silence on learning and memory function in traumatic brain injury (TBI) rats. METHODS: Ninety-six healthy adult male Wistar rats were divided into groups according to the random number table. (1) Forty-eight rats were divided into sham operation (sham) group, TBI group (by using modified Feeney method), AQP4 RNA interference (RNAi) negative group [TBI+meaningless small interfering RNA (siRNA)-AQP4 liposome solution 10 μL], and AQP4 RNAi group (TBI+siRNA-AQP4 liposome solution 10 μL)...
February 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Zheng Zhang, Linlei Zhang, Jiaou Chen, Yungang Cao, Man Qu, Xinda Lin, Zhao Han, Xunming Ji
BACKGROUND: We showed previously that 2-(2-benzofuranyl)-2-imidazoline (2-BFI), a ligand to type 2 imidazoline receptor (I2R) exerts neuroprotective effects in ischemia stroke via an unknown mechanism. The present study was to investigate whether 2-BFI can protect the neurovascular unit (NVU) using a rat model of 90 min focal cerebral ischemia. METHODS: Rats were randomly divided into three groups: thesham-operated group; the vehicle control group and the 2-BFI group which received 2-BFI (3 mg/kg) immediately after the start of middle cerebralartery occlusion (MCAO)...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Masahiko Haneda, Shinya Hayashi, Tomoyuki Matsumoto, Shingo Hashimoto, Koji Takayama, Nobuaki Chinzei, Shinsuke Kihara, Kazuhiro Takeuchi, Kotaro Nishida, Ryosuke Kuroda
Inflammation serves an important role in the progression of osteoarthritis (OA), and IL‑1β may act as a catabolic factor on cartilage, reducing the synthesis of primary cartilage components type II collagen and aggrecan. Aquaporin 1 (AQP1) is a 28‑kDa water channel formed of six transmembrane domains on the cell membrane. AQP1 is highly expressed in the anus, gallbladder and liver, and is moderately expressed in the hippocampus, ependymal cells of the central nervous system and articular cartilage. It was hypothesized that AQP1 may be highly expressed in OA cartilage and that it may increase the expression of catabolic factors during inflammatory OA progression...
February 2, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Chengyao Gu, Yunqin Wu, Zhenyi Fan, Weiwei Han
The aim was to investigate the neuroprotective effects and potential mechanism mediated by simvastatin in a mouse model of intracerebral hemorrhage. CD-1 mice were subjected to infusion of collagenase type IV into the left striatum in order to induce intracerebral hemorrhage. Western blot analysis, the TUNEL assay and the modified neurological severity score were used in the present study to analyze the efficacy of simvastatin for intracerebral hemorrhage. The results demonstrated that simvastatin treatment improved the cerebral water content and blood-brain barrier disruption in the intracerebral hemorrhage animals...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
W Wang, Q Li, T Yang, D Li, F Ding, H Sun, G Bai
Aquaporin (AQP)-5 is an essential member of AQP family involved in the tumorigenesis of various malignant tumors. However, its role in the angiogenesis of colorectal cancer is unclear and requires further investigation. In this study, a pRNA-H1.1 vector containing the short hairpin RNA (shRNA) targeting AQP5 mRNA was constructed to inhibit the endogenous expression of AQP5 in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). We found that the AQP5-silenced HUVECs acquired decreased proliferation, migration and tube formation ability...
2018: Neoplasma
L K Jakobsen, K Trelborg, P S Kingo, S Hoyer, K-E Andersson, J C Djurhuus, R Norregaard, L H Olsen
The expression of aquaporins (AQPs) in the fetal porcine urinary tract and its relation to gestational age has not been established. Tissue samples from the renal pelvis, ureter, bladder and urethra were obtained from porcine fetuses. Samples were examined by RT-PCR (AQPs 1-11), QPCR (AQPs positive on RT-PCR), and immunohistochemistry. Bladder samples were additionally examined by Western blotting. RNA was extracted from 76 tissue samples obtained from 19 fetuses. Gestational age was 60 (n=11) or 100 days (n=8)...
January 5, 2018: Physiological Research
Carsten Finke, Hanna Zimmermann, Florence Pache, Frederike C Oertel, Velina Sevdalinova Chavarro, Yelyzaveta Kramarenko, Judith Bellmann-Strobl, Klemens Ruprecht, Alexander U Brandt, Friedemann Paul
Importance: Severe visual impairment is one of the major symptoms in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), but functional network reorganization induced by the diminished sensory input has not been investigated thus far. Objective: To examine adaptive visual network connectivity changes in NMOSD. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this cross-sectional study, data were collected from May 1, 2013, through February 31, 2016, from 31 patients with aquaporin-4 antibody-positive NMOSD and 31 age- and sex-matched healthy control individuals at the Department of Neurology and NeuroCure Clinical Research Center at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany...
January 2, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Li-Yun Pan, Ya-Feng Chen, Hong-Chang Li, Li-Ming Bi, Wen-Jie Sun, Gui-Fang Sun, Xiao-Fen Zhang, Ke Xu, Dian-Xu Feng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Dachengqi decoction (DCQD) is a well-known traditional Chinese herbal drug with strong anti-inflammatory effects. Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) plays a vital role in maintaining the stability and integrity of the vascular wall and prevents vascular leakage due to inflammatory mediators. Our previous work found that DCQD protects against pancreatic injury in rats with severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). This study aims to investigate the effects of DCQD on intestinal endothelial damage in both damaged human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and SAP rats...
December 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Charlotte Graugaard-Jensen, Gitte M Hvistendahl, Jørgen Frøkiær, Peter Bie, Jens Christian Djurhuus
To test the hypothesis that use of oral contraceptives (OC) changes diurnal variation in fluid balance mechanisms including blood pressure, secretion of vasopressin and oxytocin, and renal water and electrolyte excretion. Fifteen naturally cycling (NC) women in mid-follicular phase and 11 long-term OC users were included in a 24-h standardized inpatient study for measurements of vasopressin, oxytocin, sodium, and osmolality in plasma as well as urinary excretion of electrolytes, aquaporin-2, and prostaglandin E2...
December 2017: Physiological Reports
Ronglin Cai, Ling Hu, Guoming Shen, Qing Yu, Jie Wang, Zijian Wu, Meng Li
OBJECTIVE: To explore the partial action mechanism and the myocardial protective effect differences between electroacupuncture (EA) preconditioning at "Neiguan"(PC 6) and "Taiyuan"(LU 9) in rats with acute myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. METHODS: Ninety-six Wistar rats were randomly assigned into a sham-operation group, a model group, a Neiguan group and a Taiyuan group, 24 rats in each one. The rats in the Neiguan group and Taiyuan group were treated with EA (2 Hz in frequency, 1 mA in intensity) at "Neiguan" (PC 6) and "Taiyuan" (LU 9) respectively, 20 min per treatment, once a day for consecutive 7 days...
February 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Frederik Bühring Bjørkskov, Simon Lyngaa Krabbe, Casper Normann Nurup, Julie Winkel Missel, Mariana Spulber, Julie Bomholt, Karen Molbaek, Claus Helix-Nielsen, Kamil Gotfryd, Pontus Gourdon, Per Amstrup Pedersen
The sparse number of high-resolution human membrane protein structures severely restricts our comprehension of molecular physiology and ability to exploit rational drug design. In the search for a standardized, cheap and easily handled human membrane protein production platform, we thoroughly investigated the capacity of S. cerevisiae to deliver high yields of prime quality human AQPs, focusing on poorly characterized members including some previously shown to be difficult to isolate. Exploiting GFP labeled forms we comprehensively optimized production and purification procedures resulting in satisfactory yields of all nine AQP targets...
December 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
Erica M Weekman, Abigail E Woolums, Tiffany L Sudduth, Donna M Wilcock
High plasma levels of homocysteine, termed hyperhomocysteinemia, are a risk factor for vascular cognitive impairment and dementia, which is the second leading cause of dementia. While hyperhomocysteinemia induces microhemorrhages and cognitive decline in mice, the specific effect of hyperhomocysteinemia on each cell type remains unknown. We took separate cultures of astrocytes, microglia, endothelial cells, and neuronal cells and treated each with moderate levels of homocysteine for 24, 48, 72, and 96 hr...
November 2017: ASN Neuro
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