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Gap junction intercellular communication

Jian-Feng Wu, Jie Ji, Shu-Ying Dong, Bei-Bei Li, Mei-Ling Yu, Dan-Dan Wu, Liang Tao, Xu-Hui Tong
Chemotherapeutic drug-induced apoptosis is enhanced by gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) in a variety of tumor cells. Oxaliplatin and gefitinib are the most widely used chemotherapeutic drugs. However, the synergistic influence remains unknown in testicular cancer chemotherapy. The aim of the present study was to investigate the apoptosis induced by oxaliplatin combined with gefitinib and the potential mechanisms in I-10 testicular cancer cells. The results showed that gefitinib significantly enhanced oxaliplatin-induced apoptosis...
October 11, 2016: Oncology Reports
Taizen Nakase, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Hajime Miyata
Fragility of atheromatous plaque in the internal carotid artery can be a risk of brain infarction. The activation of macrophages by oxidative stress and the vulnerability of vascular endothelial cells have been reported to participate in the fragility of atheromatous plaque. Therefore, from the view point of prevention of brain infarction, we investigated the pathological factors which may influence the stabilization of atheromatous plaque. Patients undertaking carotid endoarterectomy (CEA) were continuously screened...
October 13, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
Jason D Domogauer, Sonia M de Toledo, Edouard I Azzam
Understanding the early heterotypic interactions between cancer cells and the surrounding non-cancerous stroma is important in elucidating the events leading to stromal activation and establishment of the tumor microenvironment (TME). Several in vitro and in vivo models of the TME have been developed; however, in general these models do not readily permit isolation of individual cell populations, under non-perturbing conditions, for further study. To circumvent this difficulty, we have employed an in vitro TME model using a cell growth substrate consisting of a permeable microporous membrane insert that permits simple generation of highly enriched cell populations grown intimately, yet separately, on either side of the insert's membrane for extended co-culture times...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Raquel Gago-Fuentes, John F Bechberger, Marta Varela-Eirin, Adrian Varela-Vazquez, Benigno Acea, Eduardo Fonseca, Christian C Naus, Maria D Mayan
Chondrocytes in cartilage and bone cells population express connexin43 (Cx43) and gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) is essential to synchronize cells for coordinated electrical, mechanical, metabolic and chemical communication in both tissues. Reduced Cx43 connectivity decreases chondrocyte differentiation and defective Cx43 causes skeletal defects. The carboxy terminal domain (CTD) of Cx43 is located in the cytoplasmic side and is key for protein functions. Here we demonstrated that chondrocytes from the CTD-deficient mice, K258stop/Cx43KO and K258stop/K258stop, have reduced GJIC, increased rates of proliferation and reduced expression of collagen type II and proteoglycans...
September 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Debarshi Banerjee
Gap junctions are cell-to-cell junctions that are located in the basolateral surface of two adjoining cells. A gap junction channel is composed of a family of proteins called connexins. Gap junction channels maintain intercellular communication between two cells through the exchange of ions, small metabolites, and electrical signals. Gap junction channels or connexins are widespread in terms of their expression and function in maintaining the development, differentiation, and homeostasis of vertebrate tissues...
2016: International Journal of Cell Biology
Alireza Milani, Marzieh Basirnejad, Sepideh Shahbazi, Azam Bolhassani
Carotenoids and retinoids have several similarities in biological activities such as antioxidant properties, the inhibition of malignant tumor growth, and the induction of apoptosis. Supplementation with carotenoids can influence cell growth regulation, and modulate gene expression and immune response. Epidemiologic studies have shown the correlation of high carotenoid intake from food sources with reduced risk of breast, cervical, ovarian, colorectal cancers, and cardiovascular or eye diseases. Cancer chemoprevention by dietary carotenoids involves some approaches including gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC), growth factor signaling, cell cycle progression, differentiation-related proteins, retinoid-like receptors, antioxidant response element, nuclear receptors, AP-1 transcriptional complex, Wnt/β-Catenin pathway, and inflammatory cytokines...
September 16, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Aleksandra R Dukic, David W McClymont, Kjetil Taskén
Connexin 43 (Cx43), the predominant gap junction (GJ) protein, directly interacts with the A-kinase-anchoring protein (AKAP) Ezrin in human cytotrophoblasts and a rat liver epithelial cells (IAR20). The Cx43-Ezrin-protein kinase (PKA) complex facilitates Cx43 phosphorylation by PKA, which triggers GJ opening in cytotrophoblasts and IAR20 cells and may be a general mechanism regulating GJ intercellular communication (GJIC). Considering the importance of Cx43 GJs in health and disease, they are considered potential pharmaceutical targets...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Screening
Tone A Fykerud, Lars M Knudsen, Max Z Totland, Vigdis Sørensen, Shiva Dahal-Koirala, Ragnhild A Lothe, Andreas Brech, Edward Leithe
In order to achieve accurate chromosome segregation, eukaryotic cells undergo a dramatic change in morphology to obtain a spherical shape during mitosis. Interphase cells communicate directly with each other by exchanging ions and small molecules via gap junctions, which have important roles in controlling cell growth and differentiation. As cells round up during mitosis, the gap junctional communication between mitotic cells and adjacent interphase cells ceases. Whether mitotic cells use alternative mechanisms for mediating direct cell-cell communication during rounding is currently unknown...
September 13, 2016: Cell Cycle
Matthias Klein, Tobias Bopp
T regulatory (Treg) cells are one of the key players in the immune tolerance network, and a plethora of manuscripts have described their development and function in the course of the last two decades. Nevertheless, it is still a matter of debate as to which mechanisms and agents are employed by Treg cells, providing the basis of their suppressive potency. One of the important candidates is cyclic AMP (cAMP), which is long known as a potent suppressor at least of T cell activation and function. While this suppressive function by itself is widely accepted, the source and the mechanism of action of cAMP are less clear, and a multitude of seemingly contradictory data allow for, in principle, two different scenarios of cAMP-mediated suppression...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Arturo Ponce, Isabel Larre, Aida Castillo, Catalina Flores-Maldonado, Odette Verdejo-Torres, Ruben Gerardo Contreras, Marcelino Cereijido
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The fact that ouabain has been identified as an endogenous substance, led us to inquire its physiological role in epithelial cells. Based on previous observations, we hypothesized that it influences processes related to cell contacts. Previously we have shown that nanomolar concentrations of ouabain up-regulate tight junctions, accelerate ciliogenesis, and increase gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC). Given that silencing assays indicated that connexin 43 (Cnx43) is involved in the GJIC response, in the present work we study whether ouabain affects Cnx43 expression and distribution...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Christina Göngrich, Diego García-González, Corentin Le Magueresse, Lena C Roth, Yasuhito Watanabe, Deborah J Burks, Valery Grinevich, Hannah Monyer
Gap junctions are present in many cell types throughout the animal kingdom and allow fast intercellular electrical and chemical communication between neighboring cells. Connexin-36 (Cx36), the major neuronal gap junction protein, synchronizes cellular activity in the brain, but also in other organs. Here we identify a sex-specific role for Cx36 within the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis at the level of the anterior pituitary gland (AP). We show that Cx36 is expressed in gonadotropes of the AP sustaining their synchronous activity...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Michelle E Wall, Nathaniel A Dyment, Josie Bodle, Jon Volmer, Elizabeth Loboa, Anna Cederlund, Ann M Fox, Albert J Banes
Signaling in tenocytes during development, homeostasis and injury involves multiple and redundant pathways. Given that tendons transmit mechanical forces from muscle to bone to effect movement, a key function for tenocytes is the detection of and response to mechanical stimulation. Mechanotransduction involves matrix-integrin-cytoskeleton to nucleus signaling, gap junction intercellular communication, changes in intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)), activation of receptors and their pathways, and responses to biochemical factors such as hormones, growth factors, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and its derivatives, and neuromodulators...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Youbin Chen, Jiankun Xu, Haojie Liao, Zebin Ma, Yuantao Zhang, Hongjiang Chen, Zhonglian Huang, Jun Hu
As a type of mechanical stimulation, extracorporeal shockwave (ESW) has been widely used in the clinic to treat bone fracture delayed union and non-unions. A large number of studies have shown beneficial effects of ESW in promoting fracture healing by inducing bone regeneration; however, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. ESW has been shown to induce the production of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), which is essential for gap junction intercellular communication in response to mechanical stress. Among the 19 known gap junction subunits, connexin43 (Cx43) is the most prevalent for mediating the response of mechanical stress...
September 2016: Medical Hypotheses
A Ozan Bicen, Ian F Akyildiz, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Yevgeni Koucheryavy
The use of intra/inter cellular calcium ion (Ca2+) signaling for molecular communication (MC) is investigated in this paper. In particular, the elevation of the intracellular Ca2+ concentration upon the external excitation, i.e., Ca2+ wave generation, and the intercellular propagation of Ca2+ wave over consecutive cells are studied for information transmission. The main objective of this paper is to develop a linear channel model for intra/inter cellular Ca2+ MC. In this context, the end-to-end Ca2+ MC system is studied under three blocks: the wave generation, the gap junctional (intercellular) propagation, and the intracellular propagation...
August 4, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
Simon Restrepo, Konrad Basler
Calcium signalling is a highly versatile cellular communication system that modulates basic functions such as cell contractility, essential steps of animal development such as fertilization and higher-order processes such as memory. We probed the function of calcium signalling in Drosophila wing imaginal discs through a combination of ex vivo and in vivo imaging and genetic analysis. Here we discover that wing discs display slow, long-range intercellular calcium waves (ICWs) when mechanically stressed in vivo or cultured ex vivo...
2016: Nature Communications
Xiao-Yuan Mao, Qiu-Qi Li, Yuan-Feng Gao, Hong-Hao Zhou, Zhao-Qian Liu, Wei-Lin Jin
Metastasis is a common phenomenon in the progression and dissemination of cancer. It is estimated that metastasis accounts for 90% cancer-related mortality. Although the formation of tumor metastasis is relatively well understood, the underlying molecular mechanisms responsible for the emergence of aggressive cancer phenotype are still elusive. Figuring out the mechanisms by which cancer cells evade from the tumor is beneficial for obtaining novel and effectively therapeutic approaches. Primary tumors are composed of various subpopulations of cells with heterogeneous metastatic characteristics and the occurrence of metastatic dissemination is mainly dependent upon the interactions between tumor and the surrounding microenvironment...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Letters
Ju Yeun Lee, Sei Mee Yoon, Eun Ju Choi, Jinu Lee
Terbinafine is an antifungal agent that selectively inhibits fungal sterol synthesis by blocking squalene epoxidase. We evaluated the effect of terbinafine on gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC). Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and I-YFP GJIC assays revealed that terbinafine inhibits GJIC in a reversible and dose-dependent manner in FRT-Cx43 and LN215 cells. Treatment with terbinafine did not affect Cx43 phosphorylation status or intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, well-known action mechanisms of various GJIC blockers...
September 15, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
W Zheng, Q Huang, S Pan, W Fan, G Wang, Y Yuan, J Gu, X Liu, Z Liu, J Bian
Zearalenone (ZEA) is a nonsteroidal estrogenic mycotoxin produced by Fusarium species. The exposure risk to humans and animals is the consumption of contaminated food and animal feeds. The aim of this study was to investigate ZEA-induced effects and its tumorigenic mechanism in TM3 cells (mouse Leydig cells). Cell proliferation, apoptosis, and gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) were assessed in this study. Results showed that low concentrations of ZEA could significantly promote the growth of TM3 cells...
July 29, 2016: Human & Experimental Toxicology
Anja Beckmann, Madline Schubert, Nadine Hainz, Alexandra Haase, Ulrich Martin, Thomas Tschernig, Carola Meier
Gap junction proteins are essential for direct intercellular communication but also influence cellular differentiation and migration. The expression of various connexin gap junction proteins has been demonstrated in embryonic stem cells, with Cx43 being the most intensely studied. As Cx43 is the most prominent gap junction protein in the heart, cardiomyocyte-differentiated stem cells have been studied intensely. To date, however, little is known about the expression and the subcellular distribution of Cx43 in undifferentiated stem cells or about the structural arrangement of channels...
July 25, 2016: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Anna Steuer, Anke Schmidt, Petra Labohá, Pavel Babica, Juergen F Kolb
Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) is an important mechanism that is involved and affected in many diseases and injuries. So far, the effect of nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) on the communication between cells was not investigated. An in vitro approach is presented with rat liver epithelial WB-F344 cells grown and exposed in a monolayer. In order to observe sub-lethal effects, cells were exposed to pulsed electric fields with a duration of 100ns and amplitudes between 10 and 20kV/cm...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
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