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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428758/modulation-of-asymmetric-flux-in-heterotypic-gap-junctions-by-pore-shape-particle-size-and-charge
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Abhijit Mondal, Frank B Sachse, Alonso P Moreno
Gap junction channels play a vital role in intercellular communication by connecting cytoplasm of adjoined cells through arrays of channel-pores formed at the common membrane junction. Their structure and properties vary depending on the connexin isoform(s) involved in forming the full gap junction channel. Lack of information on the molecular structure of gap junction channels has limited the development of computational tools for single channel studies. Currently, we rely on cumbersome experimental techniques that have limited capabilities...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428247/induction-of-cell-death-and-gain-of-function-properties-of-connexin26-mutants-predict-severity-of-skin-disorders-and-hearing-loss
#2
Eric R Press, Qing Shao, John J Kelly, Katrina Chin, Anton Alaga, Dale W Laird
Connexin26 (Cx26) is a gap junction protein that oligomerizes in the cell to form hexameric transmembrane channels called connexons. Cell surface connexons dock between adjacent cells to allow for gap junctional intercellular communication. Numerous autosomal dominant mutations in the Cx26 encoding GJB2 gene lead to many skin disorders and sensorineural hearing loss. Although some insights have been gained into the pathogenesis of these diseases, it is not fully understood how distinct GJB2 mutations result in hearing loss alone or in skin pathologies with comorbid hearing loss...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420171/pannexin-and-connexin-mediated-intercellular-communication-in-platelet-function
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REVIEW
Filippo Molica, Florian B Stierlin, Pierre Fontana, Brenda R Kwak
The three major blood cell types, i.e., platelets, erythrocytes and leukocytes, are all produced in the bone marrow. While red blood cells are the most numerous and white cells are the largest, platelets are small fragments and account for a minor part of blood volume. However, platelets display a crucial function by preventing bleeding. Upon vessel wall injury, platelets adhere to exposed extracellular matrix, become activated, and form a platelet plug preventing hemorrhagic events. However, when platelet activation is exacerbated, as in rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque, the same mechanism may lead to acute thrombosis causing major ischemic events such as myocardial infarction or stroke...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417552/enhanced-phototoxicity-of-photodynamic-treatment-by-cx26-composed-gjic-via-ros-calcium-and-lipid-peroxide-mediated-pathways
#4
Deng-Pan Wu, Tian-Yu Lin, Li-Ru Bai, Jin-Lan Huang, Yan Zhou, Nan Zhou, Sheng-Lei Zhong, Shan Gao, Xiao-Xing Yin
In spite of the promising initial treatment responses presented by photodynamic therapy (PDT), 5-year recurrence rates remain high level. Therefore, improvement in the efficacy of PDT is needed. There are reports showing that connexin(Cx) 26-composed gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) enhances the intercellular propagation of "death signal", thereby increasing chemotherapeutic cytotoxicity. However, it is unclear whether Cx26-formed GJIC has an effect on PDT phototoxicity. The results in the present study showed that Cx26-composed GJ formation at high density enhances the phototoxicity of Photofrin-PDT...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415614/connexin40-controls-endothelial-activation-by-dampening-nfkb-activation
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Jean-Francois Denis, Ke Ludwig Scheckenbach, Anna Pfenniger, Merlijn J Meens, Rob Krams, Lucile Miquerol, Steven Taffet, Marc Chanson, Mario Delmar, Brenda R Kwak
Connexins are proteins forming gap junction channels for intercellular communication. Connexin40 (Cx40) is highly expressed by endothelial cells (ECs) of healthy arteries but this expression is lost in ECs overlying atherosclerotic plaques. Low/oscillatory shear stress observed in bends and bifurcations of arteries is atherogenic partly through activation of the pro-inflammatory NFκB pathway in ECs. In this study, we investigated the relation between shear stress, Cx40 and NFκB. Shear stress-modifying casts were placed around carotid arteries of mice expressing eGFP under the Cx40 promoter (Cx40+/eGFP)...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369869/connexin43-intercellular-communication-drives-the-early-differentiation-of-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-into-osteoblasts
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Julie Talbot, Régis Brion, Audrey Lamora, Mathilde Mullard, Sarah Morice, Dominique Heymann, Franck Verrecchia
Although it has been demonstrated that human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs) express the ubiquitous connexin43 (Cx43) and form functional gap junctions, their role in the early differentiation of hBMSCs into osteoblasts remains poorly documented. Using in vitro assays, we show that Cx43 expression and gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) are increased during the differentiation of hBMSCs into osteoblasts, both at the protein and mRNA levels. Two independent procedures to reduce GJIC, a pharmacological approach with GJIC inhibitors (18α-glycyrrhetinic acid and Gap27 peptide) and a molecular approach using small interfering RNA against Cx43, demonstrated that the presence of Cx43 and functional junctional channels are essential to the ability of hBMSCs to differentiate into osteoblasts in vitro...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366808/calpain-inhibitor-alleviates-permanent-hearing-loss-induced-by-intense-noise-by-preventing-disruption-of-gap-junction-mediated-intercellular-communication-in-the-cochlear-spiral-ligament
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Taro Yamaguchi, Masanori Yoneyama, Kiyokazu Ogita
Our previous studies demonstrated that intense noise-induced hearing loss might be at least in part due to an oxidative stress-induced decrease in the level of gap junction-composing protein connexins in the spiral ligament (SL) of the cochlear lateral wall structures in mice. Further, an in vivo exposure of mice to intense noise activates calpain in the cochlear SL. Based on these studies, we sought to determine whether a calpain inhibitor would prevent an intense noise exposure from causing hearing loss, disruption of gap junction-mediated intercellular communication (GJIC) in the SL...
March 30, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356970/influence-of-gap-junction-intercellular-communication-composed-of-connexin-43-on-the-antineoplastic-effect-of-adriamycin-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Guojun Jiang, Shuying Dong, Meiling Yu, Xi Han, Chao Zheng, Xiaoguang Zhu, Xuhui Tong
Gap junctions (GJs) serve the principal role in the antineoplastic (cytotoxicity and induced apoptosis) effect of chemical drugs. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of GJ intercellular communication (GJIC) composed of connexin 43 (Cx43) on adriamycin cytotoxicity in breast cancer cells. Four cell lines (Hs578T, MCF-7, MDA-MB-231 and SK-BR-3) with different degree of malignancy were used in the study. The results of western blotting and immunofluorescence revealed that, in Hs578T and MCF-7 cells, which have a low degree of malignancy, the expression levels of Cx43 and GJIC were higher than those in MDA-MB-231 and SK-BR-3 cells (which have a high degree of malignancy)...
February 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356735/inhibition-of-gap-junction-intercellular-communication-is-involved-in-silica-nanoparticles-induced-h9c2-cardiomyocytes-apoptosis-via-the-mitochondrial-pathway
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Zhong-Jun Du, Guan-Qun Cui, Juan Zhang, Xiao-Mei Liu, Zhi-Hu Zhang, Qiang Jia, Jack C Ng, Cheng Peng, Cun-Xiang Bo, Hua Shao
Gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) between cardiomyocytes is essential for synchronous heart contraction and relies on connexin-containing channels. Connexin 43 (Cx43) is a major component involved in GJIC in heart tissue, and its abnormal expression is closely associated with various cardiac diseases. Silica nanoparticles (SNPs) are known to induce cardiovascular toxicity. However, the mechanisms through which GJIC plays a role in cardiomyocytes apoptosis induced by SNPs remain unknown. The aim of the present study is to determine whether SNPs-decreased GJIC promotes apoptosis in rat cardiomyocytes cell line (H9c2 cells) via the mitochondrial pathway using CCK-8 Kit, scrape-loading dye transfer technique, Annexin V/PI double-staining assays, and Western blot analysis...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350052/the-role-of-gap-junctions-in-inflammatory-and-neoplastic-disorders-review
#10
Pui Wong, Victoria Laxton, Saurabh Srivastava, Yin Wah Fiona Chan, Gary Tse
Gap junctions are intercellular channels made of connexin proteins, mediating both electrical and biochemical signals between cells. The ability of gap junction proteins to regulate immune responses, cell proliferation, migration, apoptosis and carcinogenesis makes them attractive therapeutic targets for treating inflammatory and neoplastic disorders in different organ systems. Alterations in gap junction profile and expression levels are observed in hyperproliferative skin disorders, lymphatic vessel diseases, inflammatory lung diseases, liver injury and neoplastic disorders...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342022/identifying-connexin-expression-and-determining-gap-junction-intercellular-communication-in-rainbow-trout-cells
#11
Joshua Hooper, Sarah J Poynter, Stephanie J DeWitte-Orr
Gap junctions are groups of membrane-bound channels that allow the passage of small molecules and ions between cells, permitting cell-cell communication. Because of their importance in cell homeostasis, gap junction presence and function were characterized in three commonly studied rainbow trout cell lines, namely RTgill-W1, RTgutGC, and RTG-2. Firstly, gap junction presence was determined by screening for gap junction protein alpha 7 and alpha 1 (GJA7 and GJA1) presence at the transcript level and GJA7 at the protein level...
March 24, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329830/secondhand-smoke-prevalent-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-binary-mixture-induced-specific-mitogenic-and-pro-inflammatory-cell-signaling-events-in-lung-epithelial-cells
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Ross S Osgood, Brad L Upham, Pierre R Bushel, Kalpana Velmurugan, Ka-Na Xiong, Alison K Bauer
Low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (LMW PAHs; < 206.3 g/mol) are prevalent and ubiquitous environmental contaminants, presenting a human health concern, and have not been as thoroughly studied as the high MW PAHs. LMW PAHs exert their pulmonary effects, in part, through P38-dependent and -independent mechanisms involving cell-cell communication and the production of pro-inflammatory mediators known to contribute to lung disease. Specifically, we determined the effects of two representative LMW PAHs, 1-methylanthracene (1-MeA) and fluoranthene (Flthn), individually and as a binary PAH mixture on the dysregulation of gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) and connexin 43 (Cx43), activation of mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPK), and induction of inflammatory mediators in a mouse non-tumorigenic alveolar type II cell line (C10)...
January 30, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295002/-ultrastructural-characteristics-of-gap-junctions-in-human-glial-brain-tumors
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E Yu Kirichenko, A F Savchenko, D V Kozachenko, A E Matsionis, A K Logvinov
AIM: to conduct an electron microscopic study of intercellular communication in the samples of gemistocytic astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, and glioblastoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Surgically resected tumor tissue fragments were fixed in 2.5% glutaraldehyde solution, afterfixed in 1% OsO4 solution, dehydrated, and embedded in epoxy resin. Ultrathin sections were examined using a Jem 1011 electron microscope (Jeol, Japan). RESULTS: Solitary and closely spaced gap junctions (GJs) formed by the thin processes that have the ultrastructure of an astroglial processes were identified in the astrocytoma samples...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287521/single-cell-microinjection-for-cell-communication-analysis
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Anael Viana Pinto Alberto, André G Bonavita, Antonio A Fidalgo-Neto, Filipe Berçot, Luiz A Alves
Gap junctions are intercellular channels that allow the communication of neighboring cells. This communication depends on the contribution of a hemichannel by each neighboring cell to form the gap junction. In mammalian cells, the hemichannel is formed by six connexins, monomers with four transmembrane domains and a C and N terminal within the cytoplasm. Gap junctions permit the exchange of ions, second messengers, and small metabolites. In addition, they have important roles in many forms of cellular communication within physiological processes such as synaptic transmission, heart contraction, cell growth and differentiation...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259990/role-of-gap-junctions-in-the-contractile-response-to-agonists-in-the-mesenteric-resistance-artery-of-rats-with-acute-hypoxia
#15
Huan Liu, Xin-Zhi Li, Min Peng, Wei Ji, Lei Zhao, Li Li, Liang Zhang, Jun-Qiang Si, Ke-Tao Ma
Hypoxic exposure results in the vascular dysfunction and reduction of vasomotor responses and thus disrupts or reduces blood flow in the resistance arteries. Connexin (Cx)-mediated gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) serves a critical role in the regulation of vasomotor tone and the synchronized contraction of arteries, however whether the adverse effect of hypoxia on vasomotor responses in vascular smooth muscle layer of resistance arteries is involved in changes in the GJIC and the expression of Cx43 and Cx45 remains to be elucidated...
April 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250650/chronic-intake-of-green-propolis-negatively-affecting-the-rat-testis
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Grasiela Dias de Campos Severi-Aguiar, Suellen Josine Pinto, Cristina Capucho, Camila Andrea Oliveira, Maria Aparecida Diamante, Renata Barbieri, Fabrícia Souza Predes, Heidi Dolder
BACKGROUND: Human and animal evidence suggests that environmental toxicants may have an adverse impact on male reproductive health, reducing the population's reproductive output. Owing to the renewed attraction for natural products, some of them constitute effective alternatives to mitigate these effects. Propolis is a candidate for this use because of its intrinsic properties. In many situations, it improved the testicular damage and alleviated the toxic effects induced by environmental contaminant exposure...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245135/connexin43-controls-the-myofibroblastic-differentiation-of-bronchial-fibroblasts-from-asthmatic-patients
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Milena Paw, Izabela Borek, Dawid Wnuk, Damian Ryszawy, Katarzyna Piwowarczyk, Katarzyna Kmiotek, Katarzyna A Wójcik-Pszczoła, Małgorzata Pierzchalska, Zbigniew Madeja, Marek Sanak, Przemysław Błyszczuk, Marta Michalik, Jarosław Czyż
Pathologic accumulation of myofibroblasts in asthmatic bronchi is regulated by extrinsic stimuli and by the intrinsic susceptibility of bronchial fibroblasts to transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β). The specific function of gap junctions and connexins in this process remained unknown. Here, we investigated the role of connexin (Cx)43 in TGF-β-induced myofibroblastic differentiation of fibroblasts derived from bronchoscopic biopsies of asthmatic patients and non-asthmatic donors. Asthmatic fibroblasts expressed considerably higher levels of Cx43 and were more susceptible to TGF-β1-induced myofibroblastic differentiation than their non-asthmatic counterparts...
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220297/what-roles-do-colon-stem-cells-and-gap-junctions-play-in-the-left-and-right-location-of-origin-of-colorectal-cancers
#18
James E Trosko, Heinz-Josef Lenz
This "Commentary" examines an important clinical observation that right-sided colorectal cancers appear less treatable than the left-sided cancers. The concepts of (a) the "initiation/promotion/progression" process, (b) the stem cell hypothesis, (c) the role gap junctional intercellular communication, (d) cancer cells lacking GJIC either because of the non-expression of connexin genes or of non-functional gap junction proteins, and (e) the role of the microbiome in promoting initiated colon stem cells to divide symmetrically or asymmetrically are examined to find an explanation...
March 2017: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193563/calcium-oxidative-stress-and-connexin-channels-a-harmonious-orchestra-directing-the-response-to-radiotherapy-treatment
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REVIEW
Elke Decrock, Delphine Hoorelbeke, Raghda Ramadan, Tinneke Delvaeye, Marijke De Bock, Nan Wang, Dmitri V Krysko, Sarah Baatout, Geert Bultynck, An Aerts, Mathieu Vinken, Luc Leybaert
Although radiotherapy is commonly used to treat cancer, its beneficial outcome is frequently hampered by the radiation resistance of tumor cells and adverse reactions in normal tissues. Mechanisms of cell-to-cell communication and how intercellular signals are translated into cellular responses, have become topics of intense investigation, particularly within the field of radiobiology. A substantial amount of evidence is available demonstrating that both gap junctional and paracrine communication pathways can propagate radiation-induced biological effects at the intercellular level, commonly referred to as radiation-induced bystander effects (RIBE)...
February 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190758/intercellular-signalling-cross-talk-to-kill-to-heal-and-to-rejuvenate
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REVIEW
Egor Y Plotnikov, Denis N Silachev, Vasily A Popkov, Ljubava D Zorova, Irina B Pevzner, Savva D Zorov, Stanislovas S Jankauskas, Valentina A Babenko, Gennady T Sukhikh, Dmitry B Zorov
Intercellular cross-talk is a fundamental process for spreading cellular signals between neighbouring and distant cells to properly regulate their metabolism, to coordinate homeostasis, adaptation and survival as a functional tissue and organ. In this review, we take a close molecular view of the underpinning molecular mechanisms of such complex intercellular communications. There are several studied forms of cell-to-cell communications considered crucial for the maintenance of multicellular organisms. The most explored is paracrine signalling which is realised through the release of diffusible signalling factors (e...
January 23, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
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