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Laorrat Phuapittayalert, Phisid Saenganantakarn, Wisa Supanpaiboon, Supaporn Cheunchoojit, Wiphawi Hipkaeo, Natthiya Sakulsak
Cadmium (Cd) has known to produce many adverse effects on organs including placenta. Many essential transporters are involved in Cd transport pathways such as DMT-1, ZIP as well as L-VDCC. Fourteen pregnant women participated and were divided into two groups: high and low Cd-exposed (H-Cd, L-Cd) groups on the basis of their residential areas, Cd concentrations in the blood (B-Cd), urine (U-Cd), and placenta (P-Cd). The results showed that the B-Cd and U-Cd were significantly increased in H-Cd group (p < 0...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Meng Chen, Nathaniel Rothman, Yuanqing Ye, Jian Gu, Paul A Scheet, Maosheng Huang, David W Chang, Colin P Dinney, Debra T Silverman, Jonine D Figueroa, Stephen J Chanock, Xifeng Wu
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are designed to identify individual regions associated with cancer risk, but only explain a small fraction of the inherited variability. Alternative approach analyzing genetic variants within biological pathways has been proposed to discover networks of susceptibility genes with additional effects. The gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) may complement and expand traditional GWAS analysis to identify novel genes and pathways associated with bladder cancer risk. We selected three GSEA methods: Gen-Gen, Aligator, and the SNP Ratio Test to evaluate cellular signaling pathways involved in bladder cancer susceptibility in a Texas GWAS population...
July 2016: Genes & Cancer
Liyong Zhang, David J Tester, Di Lang, Yili Chen, Jinxiang Zheng, Rui Gao, Robert F Corliss, Shuangbo Tang, John W Kyle, Chao Liu, Michael J Ackerman, Jonathan C Makielski, Jianding Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To look for previously unrecognized cardiac structural abnormalities and address the genetic cause for sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS). METHODS: Data for 148 SUNDS victims and 444 controls (matched 1:3 on sex, race, and age of death within 1 year) were collected from Sun Yat-sen University from January 1, 1998, to December 31, 2014, to search morphological changes. An additional 17 patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS) collected from January 1, 2006, to December 31, 2014, served as a comparative disease cohort...
October 1, 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Chen Zhang
The present diagnostic classification of mental illnesses is primarily based on symptomatology. A recent cross-disorder genome-wide association study revealed that there were genetic similarities between multiple clinically defined diagnoses (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorder) on regions of chromosomes 3p21 and 10q24 and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within two L-type voltage-gated calcium channel subunits of CACNA1C and CACNB2...
February 25, 2016: Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
Fanfan Zheng, Yue Cui, Hao Yan, Bing Liu, Tianzi Jiang
Schizophrenia is a highly heritable disorder with multiple susceptibility genes. Previously, we identified CACNA1C rs2007044 as a new risk locus for schizophrenia, with the minor allele G as risk allele. This association was recently validated by a powerful genome-wide association study. However, the underlying neural mechanisms remain unclear. Therefore, we tested whether the risk allele has an influence on cortical surface area and thickness in a sample of schizophrenia patients and healthy controls. We found significant genotype by diagnosis interactions on cortical surface area, but not thickness, in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the left superior parietal cortex, both of which are key components of the central executive network...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zewei Sun, Dongchen Zhou, Xudong Xie, Shuai Wang, Zhen Wang, Wenting Zhao, Hongfei Xu, Liangrong Zheng
Increased macrophage accumulation occurs in the atria of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the phenotype and functions of the macrophages in AF remain unclear. We investigated the macrophage-atrial myocyte interaction in AF patients and found that the increased macrophages were mainly pro-inflammatory macrophages (iNOS(+), Arg1(-)). Tachypacing of HL-1 atrial myocytes also led to pro-inflammatory macrophage polarization. In addition, lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated pro-inflammatory macrophages-induced atrial electrical remodeling, evidenced by increased AF incidence and decreased atrial effective refractory period and L-type calcium currents (I Ca-L) in both canine and mouse AF models...
November 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
Patricia Gassó, Vanessa Sánchez-Gistau, Sergi Mas, Gisela Sugranyes, Natalia Rodríguez, Daniel Boloc, Elena de la Serna, Soledad Romero, Dolores Moreno, Carmen Moreno, Covadonga M Díaz-Caneja, Amalia Lafuente, Josefina Castro-Fornieles
Schizophrenia (SZ) and bipolar disorder (BD) are severe mental diseases associated with cognitive impairment, mood disturbance, and psychosis. Both disorders are highly heritable and share a common genetic background. The present study assesses, for the first time, differences in genotype frequencies of polymorphisms located in genes involved in neurodevelopment and synaptic plasticity between genetic high-risk individuals (offspring of patients with SZ or BD; N=100: 31 and 69, respectively) and control subjects (offspring of community controls; N=96)...
November 30, 2016: Psychiatry Research
Laura J Sittig, Peter Carbonetto, Kyle A Engel, Kathleen S Krauss, Camila M Barrios-Camacho, Abraham A Palmer
Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified numerous loci that influence risk for psychiatric diseases. Genetically engineered mice are often used to characterize genes implicated by GWASs. These studies are based on the assumption that observed genotype-phenotype relationships will generalize to humans, implying that the results would at least generalize to other inbred mouse strains. Given current concerns about reproducibility, we sought to directly test this assumption. We produced F1 crosses between male C57BL/6J mice heterozygous for null alleles of Cacna1c and Tcf7l2 and wild-type females from 30 inbred laboratory strains...
September 21, 2016: Neuron
Miho Kawaida, Tokiya Abe, Toshio Nakanishi, Yoko Miyahara, Hiroyuki Yamagishi, Michiie Sakamoto, Taketo Yamada
Timothy syndrome (TS) is a congenital long QT syndrome that is associated with syndactyly and mutations in CACNA1C, encoding an L-type voltage-dependent calcium channel, Cav1.2. Recently, TS has been associated with autism and other psychological disorders. This case indicated bradycardia by prenatal screening and was diagnosed as TS by the occurrence of syndactyly and QT prolongation at birth. Despite therapy with anti-arrhythmia reagents and a pacemaker, the patient died 2 months after birth and was autopsied...
October 2016: Pathology International
Susana Cañón, Ricardo Caballero, Adela Herraiz-Martínez, Marta Pérez-Hernández, Begoña López, Felipe Atienza, José Jalife, Leif Hove-Madsen, Eva Delpón, Antonio Bernad
microRNAs (miR) have considerable potential as therapeutic tools in cardiac diseases. Alterations in atrial miR are involved in the development of atrial fibrillation (AF), but the molecular mechanism underlying their contribution to atrial remodeling in chronic atrial fibrillation (CAF) is only partially understood. Here we used miR array to analyze the miR profile of atrial biopsies from sinus rhythm (SR) and CAF patients. qRT-PCR identified a distinctive CAF-miR signature and described conserved miR-208b upregulation in human and ovine AF atrial tissue...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
M L Prieto, E Ryu, G D Jenkins, A Batzler, M M Nassan, A B Cuellar-Barboza, J Pathak, S L McElroy, M A Frye, J M Biernacka
Patients with bipolar disorder (BD) have a high prevalence of comorbid medical illness. However, the mechanisms underlying these comorbidities with BD are not well known. Certain genetic variants may have pleiotropic effects, increasing the risk of BD and other medical illnesses simultaneously. In this study, we evaluated the association of BD-susceptibility genetic variants with various medical conditions that tend to co-exist with BD, using electronic health records (EHR) data linked to genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data...
2016: Translational Psychiatry
Wei Li, Nai-Zhong Zheng, Qi Yuan, Ke Xu, Fan Yang, Lei Gu, Gu-Yan Zheng, Guo-Jie Luo, Chun Fan, Guang-Ju Ji, Bo Zhang, Huiqing Cao, Xiao-Li Tian
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August 12, 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
Jieyun Bai, Kuanquan Wang, Qince Li, Yongfeng Yuan, Henggui Zhang
Mutations in the CACNA1C gene are associated with ventricular tachycardia (VT). Although the CACNA1C mutations were well identified in patients with cardiac arrhythmias, mechanisms by which cardiac arrhythmias are generated in such genetic mutation conditions remain unclear. In this study, we identified a novel mechanism of VT resulted from enhanced repolarization dispersion which is a key factor for arrhythmias in the CACNA1C G1911R mutation using multi-scale computational models of the human ventricle. The increased calcium influx in the mutation prolonged action potential duration (APD), produced steepened action potential duration restitution (APDR) curves as well as augmented membrane potential differences among different cell types during repolarization, increasing transmural dispersion of repolarization (DOR) and the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of cardiac electrical activities...
2016: Scientific Reports
Fengping He, Xin Xu, Shuguo Yuan, Liangqiu Tan, Lingjun Gao, Shaochun Ma, Shebin Zhang, Zhanzhong Ma, Wei Jiang, Fenglian Liu, Baofeng Chen, Beibei Zhang, Jungang Pang, Xiuyan Huang, Jiaqiang Weng
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia causing high morbidity and mortality. While changing of the cellular calcium homeostasis plays a critical role in AF, the L-type calcium channel α1c protein has suggested as an important regulator of reentrant spiral dynamics and is a major component of AF-related electrical remodeling. Our computational modeling predicted that miRNA-223 may regulate the CACNA1C gene which encodes the cardiac L-type calcium channel α1c subunit. We found that oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) cholesterol significantly up-regulates both the expression of miRNA-223 and L-type calcium channel protein...
2016: Scientific Reports
Francesca Rusconi, Paola Ceriotti, Michele Miragoli, Pierluigi Carullo, Nicolò Salvarani, Marcella Rocchetti, Elisa Di Pasquale, Stefano Rossi, Maddalena Tessari, Silvia Caprari, Magali Cazade, Paolo Kunderfranco, Jean Chemin, Marie-Louise Bang, Fabio Polticelli, Antonio Zaza, Giuseppe Faggian, Gianluigi Condorelli, Daniele Catalucci
BACKGROUND: L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) play important roles in regulating cardiomyocyte physiology, which is governed by appropriate LTCC trafficking to and density at the cell surface. Factors influencing the expression, half-life, subcellular trafficking, and gating of LTCCs are therefore critically involved in conditions of cardiac physiology and disease. METHODS: Yeast 2-hybrid screenings, biochemical and molecular evaluations, protein interaction assays, fluorescence microscopy, structural molecular modeling, and functional studies were used to investigate the molecular mechanisms through which the LTCC Cavβ2 chaperone regulates channel density at the plasma membrane...
August 16, 2016: Circulation
Zunsong Hu, Fangchao Liu, Mengting Li, Jiang He, Jianfeng Huang, Dabeeru C Rao, James E Hixson, Charles Gu, Tanika N Kelly, Shufeng Chen, Dongfeng Gu, Xueli Yang
BACKGROUND: We aimed to examine the associations of voltage-dependent calcium-channel genes CACNA1A and CACNA1C with blood pressure (BP) changes and hypertension incidence in a longitudinal family study. METHODS: A total of 1,768 Han Chinese participants from the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Salt Sensitivity (GenSalt) follow-up study were eligible for the current study. Nine BP measurements were obtained at baseline and each follow-up visit using a random-zero sphygmomanometer...
July 14, 2016: American Journal of Hypertension
Andrew P Landstrom, Nicole J Boczek, Dan Ye, Christina Y Miyake, Caridad M De la Uz, Hugh D Allen, Michael J Ackerman, Jeffrey J Kim
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the CACNA1C-encoded L-type calcium channel have been associated with Timothy syndrome (TS) with severe QT prolongation, syndactyly, facial dysmorphisms, developmental delay, and sudden death. Recently, patients hosting CACNA1C mutations with only long QT syndrome (LQTS) have been described. We sought to identify novel variants in CACNA1C associated with either TS or LQTS, and to determine the impact of the mutation on channel function. METHODS/RESULTS: Two probands were identified with mutations in CACNA1C, one with a TS-associated mutation, G406R, and a second with genotype-negative LQTS...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Yanhong Chen, Didi Zhu, Jiamin Yuan, Zhonglin Han, Yao Wang, Zhiyong Qian, Xiaofeng Hou, Tingting Wu, Jiangang Zou
The heterodimerized transcription factors CLOCK-BMAL1 regulate the cardiomyocyte circadian rhythms. The L-type calcium currents play important role in the cardiac electrogenesis and arrhythmogenesis. Whether and how the CLOCK-BMAL1 regulate the cardiac L-type calcium channels are yet to be determined. The functions of the L-type calcium channels were evaluated with patch clamping techniques. Recombinant adenoviruses of CLOCK and BMAL1 were used in the expression experiments. We reported that the expressions and functions of CACNA1C (the α-subunit of the L-type calcium channels) showed circadian rhythms, with the peak at zeitgeber time 3 (ZT3)...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Wei Li, Nai-Zhong Zheng, Qi Yuan, Ke Xu, Fan Yang, Lei Gu, Gu-Yan Zheng, Guo-Jie Luo, Chun Fan, Guang-Ju Ji, Bo Zhang, Huiqing Cao, Xiao-Li Tian
UNLABELLED: Entry of calcium into cardiomyocyte via L-type calcium channel (LTCC) is fundamental to cardiac contraction. CACNA1C, a type of LTCC and a hallmark of a matured ventricular myocyte, is developmentally regulated. Here, we identified 138 potential transcription factors by a comparative genomic study on 5-kb promoter regions of CACNA1C gene across eight vertebrate species, and showed that six factors were developmentally regulated with the expression of Cacna1c in mouse P19cl6 in vitro cardiomyocyte differentiation model...
September 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
Gerhard P Dahl, Gregory E Conner, Feng Qiu, Junjie Wang, Edward Spindler, Jason A Campagna, H Peter Larsson
UNLABELLED: Clevidipine, a dihydropyridine (DHP) analogue, lowers blood pressure (BP) by inhibiting l-type calcium channels (CaV1.2; gene CACNA1C) predominantly located in vascular smooth muscle (VSM). However, clinical observations suggest that clevidipine acts by a more complex mechanism. Clevidipine more potently reduces pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) than systemic vascular resistance and its spectrum of effects on PVR are not shared by other DHPs. Clevidipine has potent spasmolytic effects in peripheral arteries at doses that are sub-clinical for BP lowering and, in hypertensive acute heart failure, clevidipine, but not other DHPs, provides dyspnea relief, partially independent of BP reduction...
August 2016: EBioMedicine
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