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Chika Hamaya, Travis Barr, Gary R Strichartz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Local anesthetics (LAs) are often infiltrated subcutaneously for localized perioperative numbing. In addition to blocking nerve conduction, LAs act on pathways used by a variety of pain-inducing and inflammatory mediators. We describe the effects in isolated model sensory neurons of LAs on responses to the algogenic and sensitizing peptide, bradykinin (BK). METHODS: ND/7 sensory neurons were stimulated by different concentrations of BK in the presence or absence of LAs, with transient increases in intracellular calcium (Δ[Ca]in) detected fluorometrically in fields of cells...
March 17, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Robert Galinsky, Joanne O Davidson, Justin M Dean, Colin R Green, Laura Bennet, Alistair J Gunn
Perinatal encephalopathy remains a major cause of disability, such as cerebral palsy. Therapeutic hypothermia is now well established to partially reduce risk of disability in late preterm/term infants. However, new and complementary therapeutic targets are needed to further improve outcomes. There is increasing evidence that glia play a key role in neural damage after hypoxia-ischemia and infection/inflammation. In this review, we discuss the role of astrocytic gap junction (connexin) hemichannels in the spread of neural injury after hypoxia-ischemia and/or infection/inflammation...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Suresh Palanivel, Anastasia Zhurina, Phuong Doan, Jerome G Chandraseelan, Vinoth Kumar Megraj Khandelwal, Fedor I Zubkov, Kamran T Mahmudov, Armando J L Pombeiro, Olli Yli-Harja, Meenakshisundaram Kandhavelu
Arylhydrazones of active methylene compounds (AHAMCs) are potent chemotherapy agents for the cancer treatment. AHAMCs enhance the apoptotic cell death and antiproliferation properties in cancer cells. In this study, a series of AHAMCs, 13 compounds, was assayed for cytotoxicity, apoptosis, externalization of phosphatidylserine, heterogeneity and cellular calcium level changes. The in vitro cytotoxicity study against HEK293T cells suggests that AHAMCs have significant cytotoxic effect over the concentrations...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Cecilia Castillo, Juan Carlos Martinez, Marines Longart, Lisbeth García, Marianela Hernández, Jeismar Carballo, Héctor Rojas, Lorena Matteo, Liliana Casique, José Leonardo Escalona, Yuryanni Rodríguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Deyanell Hernández, Domingo Balbi, Raimundo Villegas
Collapsin Response Mediator Protein 2 (CRMP2) is an intracellular protein involved in axon and dendrite growth and specification. In this study, CRMP2 was identified in a conditioned media derived from degenerated sciatic nerves (CM). On cultured rat hippocampal neurons, acute extracellular application of CM or partially purified recombinant CRMP2 produced an increase in cytoplasmic calcium. The increase in cytoplasmic calcium was mostly mediated through NMDA receptors, with a minor contribution of N-type VDCC, and it was maintained as long as CM was present...
April 15, 2018: Neuroscience
Cleo Desormeaux, Tereza Bautzova, Sonia Garcia-Caraballo, Corinne Rolland, Maria Raffaella Barbaro, Stuart M Brierley, Giovanni Barbara, Nathalie Vergnolle, Nicolas Cenac
Proteases and Protease-Activated Receptors (PARs) are major mediators involved in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Our objectives were to decipher the expression and functionality (calcium signaling) of PARs in human dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons, and to define mechanisms involved in human sensory neuron signaling by IBS patient mediators.Human thoracic DRG were obtained from the national disease resource interchange. Expression of PAR1, PAR2 and PAR4 was assessed by immunohistochemistry and RT-qPCR in whole DRG or in primary cultures of isolated neurons...
March 15, 2018: Pain
Chen Xiong, Yan-Zhao Wu, Yu Zhang, Zi-Xiao Wu, Xue-Yan Chen, Ping Jiang, Hui-Cai Guo, Ke-Rang Xie, Ke-Xin Wang, Su-Wen Su
Doxorubicin (DOX) is a potent and broad-spectrum anthracycline chemotherapeutic agent, but dose-dependent cardiotoxic side effects limit its clinical application. This toxicity is closely associated with the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) radical during DOX metabolism. The present study investigated the effects of Berberine (Ber) on DOX-induced acute cardiac injury in a rat model and analysed its mechanism in cardiomyocytes in vitro . Serum creatine kinase (CK), creatine kinase isoenzyme (CK-MB) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels were significantly increased in the DOX group compared with the control group...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Marco A Alfonzo-Méndez, Gabriel Carmona-Rosas, David A Hernández-Espinosa, M Teresa Romero-Ávila, J Adolfo García-Sáinz
Human α1D -adrenoceptors (α1D -ARs) are a group of the seven transmembrane-spanning proteins that mediate many of the physiological and pathophysiological actions of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Although it is known that α1D -ARs are phosphoproteins, their specific phosphorylation sites and the kinases involved in their phosphorylation remain largely unknown. Using a combination of in silico analysis, mass spectrometry and site directed mutagenesis, we identified distinct α1D -AR phosphorylation patterns during noradrenaline- or phorbol ester-mediated desensitizations...
March 15, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Zong-Mei Bian, Matthew G Field, Susan G Elner, Victor M Elner
Human retinal pigment epithelial (hRPE) cells play important immune-regulatory roles in a variety of retinal pathologic processes, including the production of inflammatory cytokines that are essential mediators of the innate immune response within the ocular microenvironment. The pro-inflammatory "alarmin" cytokine IL-1α has been implicated in both infectious and non-infectious retinal diseases, but its regulation in the retina is poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the expression and regulation of IL-1α within hRPE cells...
March 15, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Erika Contreras-Nuñez, Gerardo Blancas-Flores, Miguel Cruz, Julio Cesar Almanza-Perez, Jaime H Gomez-Zamudio, Jose Luis Ventura-Gallegosc, Alejandro Zentella-Dehesa, Roberto-Lazzarini, Ruben Roman-Ramos, Francisco Javier Alarcon-Aguilar
Glycine modulates inflammatory processes mediated by macrophages and adipocytes through decreasing the secretion of TNF-α, IL-6, and leptin, while increasing adiponectin. These effects have been associated with the inactivation of NF-κB in response to TNF-α, across an increase of its inhibitor IκB-α in adipocytes. However, glycine upstream mainly influences the IκB kinase (IKK) complex, a multi-protein kinase complex considered a critical point in regulation of the NF-κB pathway; whether that is responsible for the TNF-α-induced phosphorylation of IkB has not been explored...
March 15, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Zhaoqun Liu, Lingling Wang, Yunchen Yan, Yan Zheng, Wenjing Ge, Meijia Li, Weilin Wang, Xiaorui Song, Linsheng Song
Dopamine (DA), a significant member of catecholamines, is reported to induce biomineralization of calcium carbonate vaterite microspheres via dopamine receptor (DR) in bivalves, implying the modulation of dopaminergic system on shell formation during larval development. In this research, a homologue of D1 type DR (CgD1DR-1) was identified from oyster Crassostrea gigas, whose full length cDNA was 1197 bp. It was widely expressed in various tissues of C. gigas, with the significantly higher levels in hepatopancreas, mantle, muscle and gill...
March 14, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Junsheng Yang, Zhuangzhuang Zhao, Mingxue Gu, Xinghua Feng, Haoxing Xu
Cells utilize calcium ions (Ca2+ ) to signal almost all aspects of cellular life, ranging from cell proliferation to cell death, in a spatially and temporally regulated manner. A key aspect of this regulation is the compartmentalization of Ca2+ in various cytoplasmic organelles that act as intracellular Ca2+ stores. Whereas Ca2+ release from the large-volume Ca2+ stores, such as the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Golgi apparatus, are preferred for signal transduction, Ca2+ release from the small-volume individual vesicular stores that are dispersed throughout the cell, such as lysosomes, may be more useful in local regulation, such as membrane fusion and individualized vesicular movements...
March 16, 2018: Protein & Cell
Anna Szewczyk, Julie Gehl, Malgorzata Daczewska, Jolanta Saczko, Stine Krog Frandsen, Julita Kulbacka
Calcium electroporation (CaEP) describes the use of electric pulses (electroporation) to transiently permeabilize cells to allow supraphysiological doses of calcium to enter the cytosol. Calcium electroporation has successfully been investigated for treatment of cutaneous metastases in a clinical study. This preclinical study explores the possible use of calcium electroporation for treatment of sarcoma. A normal murine muscle cell line (C2C12), and a human rhabdomyosarcoma cell line (RD) were used in the undifferentiated and differentiated state...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Zhihan Zhao, Huan Lan, Xin Li, Gökhan Yücel, Siegfried Lang, Katherine Sattler, Jan-Dierk Schünemann, Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann, Lukas Cyganek, Jochen Utikal, Thomas Wieland, Karen Bieback, Ralf Bauer, Antonius Ratte, Regina Pribe-Wolferts, Kleopatra Rapti, Daniel Nowak, Janina Wittig, Dierk Thomas, Patrick Most, Hugo A Katus, Ursula Ravens, Constanze Schmidt, Martin Borggrefe, Xiao-Bo Zhou, Oliver J Müller, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMD) are a heritable group of genetically determined disorders with a primary involvement of the pelvic or shoulder girdle musculature with partially cardiac manifestation, such as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and life-threatening tachyarrhythmia. We report here that human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes from a patient with LGMD2I and DCM associated with recurrent ventricular tachycardia displayed ion channel dysfunction and abnormality of calcium homeostasis...
March 2018: Circ Genom Precis Med
Phu Hai Nguyen, Erika I Lutter, Ted Hackstadt
Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular bacterium that replicates within a vacuole termed an inclusion. At the end of their intracellular developmental cycle, chlamydiae are released either by lysis of the host cell or extrusion of the intact inclusion. The inclusion membrane is extensively modified by the insertion of type III secreted inclusion membrane proteins, Incs, which contribute to inclusion membrane structure and facilitate host-pathogen interactions. An interaction was identified between the inclusion membrane protein, MrcA, and the Ca2+ channel inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor, type 3 (ITPR3)...
March 2018: PLoS Pathogens
A Augusto Peluso, Jesper Bork Bertelsen, Kenneth Andersen, Tenna Pavia Mortensen, Pernille B Hansen, Colin Sumners, Michael Bader, Robson A Santos, U Muscha Steckelings
The angiotensin AT2 receptor (AT2 R) promotes vasodilation by nitric oxide (NO) release from endothelial cells. However, the mechanisms underlying the AT2 R-induced stimulation of endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) is still not completely understood. Therefore, we investigated whether in addition to the known AT2 R-mediated phosphorylation of eNOS at Ser1177, activation of phosphatases and dephosphorylation of eNOS at Tyr657 and Thr495 are also involved. Human Aortic Endothelial Cells (HAEC) were stimulated with the AT2 R-agonist C21 (1µM) in the presence or absence of either PD123319 (10µM; AT2 R-antagonist), L-NAME (10µM; eNOS inhibitor), MK-2206 (100nM; Akt-inhibitor) sodium fluoride (1nM; serine/threonine-phosphatase inhibitor) or sodium orthovanadate (10nM; tyrosine-phosphatase inhibitor)...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Shunying Hu, Pingjun Zhu, Hao Zhou, Ying Zhang, Yundai Chen
BACKGROUND: Melatonin is a neuroendocrine hormone synthesized primarily by the pineal gland that is indicated to effectively prevent myocardial reperfusion injury. It is unclear whether melatonin protects cardiac function from reperfusion injury by modulating intracellular calcium homeostasis. OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate that melatonin protect against myocardial reperfusion injury through modulating IP3R and SERCA2a to maintain calcium homeostasis via activation of ERK1 in cardiomyocytes...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Kumar Parijat Tripathi, Marina Piccirillo, Mario Rosario Guarracino
BACKGROUND: The endomembrane system, known as secretory pathway, is responsible for the synthesis and transport of protein molecules in cells. Therefore, genes involved in the secretory pathway are essential for the cellular development and function. Recent scientific investigations show that ER and Golgi apparatus may provide a convenient drug target for cancer therapy. On the other hand, it is known that abundantly expressed genes in different cellular organelles share interconnected pathways and co-regulate each other activities...
March 8, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
Ao Shen, Madeline Nieves-Cintron, Yawen Deng, Qian Shi, Dhrubajyoti Chowdhury, Jinyi Qi, Johannes W Hell, Manuel F Navedo, Yang K Xiang
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) transduce pleiotropic intracellular signals in a broad range of physiological responses and disease states. Activated GPCRs can undergo agonist-induced phosphorylation by G protein receptor kinases (GRKs) and second messenger-dependent protein kinases such as protein kinase A (PKA). Here, we characterize spatially segregated subpopulations of β2 -adrenergic receptor (β2 AR) undergoing selective phosphorylation by GRKs or PKA in a single cell. GRKs primarily label monomeric β2 ARs that undergo endocytosis, whereas PKA modifies dimeric β2 ARs that remain at the cell surface...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Emmet A Francis, Volkmar Heinrich
Global bursts in free intracellular calcium (Ca2+ ) are among the most conspicuous signaling events in immune cells. To test the common view that Ca2+ bursts mediate rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton in response to the activation of G protein-coupled receptors, we combined single-cell manipulation with fluorescence imaging and monitored the Ca2+ concentration in individual human neutrophils during complement-mediated chemotaxis. By decoupling purely chemotactic pseudopod formation from cell-substrate adhesion, we showed that physiological concentrations of anaphylatoxins, such as C5a, induced nonadherent human neutrophils to form chemotactic pseudopods but did not elicit Ca2+ bursts...
March 13, 2018: Science Signaling
Ayushi Guleria, Neha Thukral, Sudhir Chandna
Sf9 lepidopteran insect cells are 100-200 times more radioresistant than mammalian cells. This distinctive feature thus makes them suitable for studies exploring radioprotective molecular mechanisms. It has been established from previous studies of our group that downstream mitochondrial apoptotic signaling pathways in Sf9 cells are quite similar to mammalian cells, implicating the upstream signaling pathways in their extensive radioresistance. In the present study, intracellular and mitochondrial calcium levels remained unaltered in Sf9 cells in response to radiation, in sharp contrast to human (HEK293T) cells...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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