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Gry Fluge Vindedal, Anna E Thoren, Vidar Jensen, Arne Klungland, Yong Zhang, Michael J Holtzman, Ole Petter Ottersen, Erlend A Nagelhus
There is a constitutive production of water in brain. The efflux routes of this excess water remain to be identified. We used basal brain water content as a proxy for the capacity of water exit routes. Basal brain water content was increased in mice with a complete loss of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channels (global Aqp4(-/-) mice), but not in mice with a selective removal of perivascular AQP4 or in a novel mouse line with a selective deletion of ependymal AQP4 (Foxj1-Cre-Aqp4(flox/flox) mice). Unique for the global Aqp4(-/-) mice is the loss of the AQP4 pool subjacent to the pial membrane...
October 14, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Shuo Zhao, Huanfen Zhou, Xudong Peng, Shaoying Tan, Zihao Liu, Tingjun Chen, Quangang Xu, Shihui Wei
OBJECTIVE: This study retrospectively analyzed the frequency of anti-thyroid antibodies (ATAs) and thyroid disease in patients with optic neuritis (ON). METHODS: Tests of serum thyroglobulin (TG) and thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies and thyroid function were performed in 97 ON patients. Blood also was drawn to test for AQP4-Ab using cell-based and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. Comparisons of the frequencies of ATAs, thyroid diseases and thyroid function were performed based on AQP4-Ab status...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
A Yaba, B Sozen, B Suzen, N Demir
Tanycytes are special ependymal cells located in the ventrolateral wall and floor of the third ventricle having processes extending nuclei that regulate reproductive functions and around of vessels in median eminance. The aquaporins (AQPs) are a family of transmembrane proteins that transport water and glycerol. AQP-7 and -9 are permeable to other small molecules as glycerol and therefore called aquaglyceroporins. In this study, we aimed to show localization of AQP-7 and -9 in epithelial cells of choroid plexus and tanycytes during female mouse estrus cycle...
October 13, 2016: Morphologie: Bulletin de L'Association des Anatomistes
Michael Groszmann, Hannah L Osborn, John R Evans
Aquaporins are channel proteins that function to increase the permeability of biological membranes. In plants, aquaporins are encoded by multigene families that have undergone substantial diversification in land plants. The Plasma membrane Intrinsic Proteins (PIPs) subfamily of aquaporins are of particular interest given their potential to improve plant water relations and photosynthesis. Flowering plants have between 7 and 28 PIP genes. Their expression varies with tissue and cell type, through development and in response to a variety of factors, contributing to the dynamic and tissue specific control of permeability...
October 14, 2016: Plant, Cell & Environment
Ashley E Mohrman, Mahmoud Farrag, He Huang, Stephan Ossowski, Stephanie Haft, Leah P Shriver, Nic D Leipzig
Syringomyelia is a condition of the spinal cord in which a syrinx, or fluid-filled cavity, forms from trauma, malformation, or general disorder. Previous work has shown that in noncanalicular syringomyelia irregular flow and pressure conditions enhance the volumetric growth of syrinxes. A better understanding of the underlying molecular pathways associated with syrinx formation will unveil targets for treatments and possibly prevention of syringomyelia in the future. In this study, we performed an established surgical induction of a syrinx using quisqualic acid and kaolin injections in rats to characterize the injury at the molecular level by RNA sequencing and metabolomics techniques at three and six weeks post-injury...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Constanze Pinske, R Gary Sawers
Numerous recent developments in the biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology of formate and H2 metabolism and of the [NiFe]-hydrogenase (Hyd) cofactor biosynthetic machinery are highlighted. Formate export and import by the aquaporin-like pentameric formate channel FocA is governed by interaction with pyruvate formate-lyase, the enzyme that generates formate. Formate is disproportionated by the reversible formate hydrogenlyase (FHL) complex, which has been isolated, allowing biochemical dissection of evolutionary parallels with complex I of the respiratory chain...
October 2016: EcoSal Plus
Mi Suk Lee, Hyo-Jung Choi, Eui-Jung Park, Hye-Jeong Park, Tae-Hwan Kwon
Carboxyl-terminus of AQP2 (AQP2c) undergoes post-translational modifications, including phosphorylation and ubiquitination, for the regulation of aquaporin-2 (AQP2) translocation and protein abundance. We aimed to identify novel proteins interacting with AQP2c. Recombinant AQP2c protein was made in E. coli BL21 (DE3) by exploiting the pET32 TrxA fusion system. Lysates of rat kidney inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) tubule suspensions interacted with rat AQP2c bound to Ni(2+)-resin were subjected to LC-MS/MS proteomic analysis...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Edgar Carnero Contentti, Mariana De Virgiliis, Javier Pablo Hryb, Felisa Leguizamon, Julia Celso, José Luis Di Pace, Mónica Perassolo
BACKGROUND: Antibodies against aquaporin-4 (AQP4-ab) have diagnostic and prognostic value. However, little is known to date about their utility in the first event of optic neuritis (ON). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of systematic AQP4-ab determination in a retrospective cohort of patients with a first onset of ON. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients (n = 42) were tested for AQP4-ab in the following context: typical ON (TON) and atypical ON (AON)...
October 13, 2016: European Neurology
Chen Gu
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Many believe autoimmune pathogenesis plays a key role in MS, but its target(s) remains elusive. A recent study detected autoantibodies against KIR4.1, an ATP-sensitive, inward rectifier potassium channel, in nearly half of the MS patients examined. KIR4.1 channels are expressed in astrocytes. Together with aquaporin 4 (AQP4) water channels, they regulate astrocytic functions vital for myelination. Autoantibodies against AQP4 have been established as a key biomarker for neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and contributed to diagnostic and treatment strategy adjustments...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Juliana E Bajic, Georgina L Eden, Lorrinne S Lampton, Ker Y Cheah, Kerry A Lymn, Jinxin V Pei, Andrea J Yool, Gordon S Howarth
AIM: To investigate the effects of orally gavaged aqueous rhubarb extract (RE) on 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-induced intestinal mucositis in rats. METHODS: Female Dark Agouti rats (n = 8/group) were gavaged daily (1 mL) with water, high-dose RE (HDR; 200 mg/kg) or low-dose RE (LDR; 20mg/kg) for eight days. Intestinal mucositis was induced (day 5) with 5-FU (150 mg/kg) via intraperitoneal injection. Intestinal tissue samples were collected for myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity and histological examination...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Sujuan Liu, Juan Mao, Tinghua Wang, Xuemei Fu
Aquaporin-4 (AQP4), a water-channel protein, controls water fluxes into and out of the brain parenchyma. The role of AQP4 in brain edema formation and resolution remains controversial. This study therefore determined the roles of AQP4 in brain edema and explored the underlying molecular mechanism. We established hypoxia-ischemia (HI) neonatal rat model in vivo and HI cell model in vitro, which were administrated with lentiviral or shRNA vector, respectively. We found that the neurologic deficit and motor dysfunction could be induced by HI with more serious brain damage after longer HI time, and swollen cells with enlarged surrounding space were observed after HI induction...
October 10, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Huanfen Zhou, Wei Wang, Quangang Xu, Shaoying Tan, Shuo Zhao, Mo Yang, Chunxia Peng, Shihui Wei
Purpose. Although optic neuritis (ON) in children is relatively common, visual outcomes and factors associated with the condition have not been well documented. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical features and visual outcomes of ON in Chinese children. Methods. Patients with a first episode of ON at a tertiary neuroophthalmic centre in China were assessed and followed up for at least three months. Visual outcomes and clinical, laboratory, and neuroimaging findings were reviewed. In patients with bilateral ON, only the eyes with worse visual acuity (VA) at presentation were used for statistical analysis...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Pablo C Sandoval, J'Neka S Claxton, Jae Wook Lee, Fahad Saeed, Jason D Hoffert, Mark A Knepper
Vasopressin-mediated regulation of renal water excretion is defective in a variety of water balance disorders in humans. It occurs in part through long-term mechanisms that regulate the abundance of the aquaporin-2 water channel in renal collecting duct cells. Here, we use deep DNA sequencing in mouse collecting duct cells to ask whether vasopressin signaling selectively increases Aqp2 gene transcription or whether it triggers a broadly targeted transcriptional network. ChIP-Seq quantification of binding sites for RNA polymerase II was combined with RNA-Seq quantification of transcript abundances to identify genes whose transcription is regulated by vasopressin...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tetsuya Akaishi, Ichiro Nakashima, Takayuki Takeshita, Kimihiko Kaneko, Shunji Mugikura, Douglas Kazutoshi Sato, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Toru Nakazawa, Masashi Aoki, Kazuo Fujihara
We compared the clinical features of optic neuritis (ON) that are frequently observed in various central nervous system demyelinating diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), anti-aquaporin 4 (AQP4) antibody- and anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) autoantibody-related diseases. Almost all the AQP4-ON patients were female, whereas half of the MOG-ON patients were male. The ON-onset age was younger in MS-ON and was older in AQP4-ON. The ON-lesion detected using optic MRI in the acute phase was longer in MOG-ON and showed severe swelling and twisting...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Leandro Castañeyra-Ruiz, Ibrahim González-Marrero, Luis G Hernández-Abad, Emilia M Carmona-Calero, Gundela Meyer, Agustín Castañeyra-Perdomo
The choroid plexuses (ChP) are highly vascularized tissues suspended from each of the cerebral ventricles. Their main function is to secret cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that fills the ventricles and the subarachnoid spaces, forming a crucial system for the development and maintenance of the CNS. However, despite the essential role of the ChP-CSF system to regulate the CNS in a global manner, it still remains one of the most understudied areas in neurobiology. Here we define by immunohistochemistry the expression of different proteins involved in the maturation and functionality of the ChP from the late embryological period to maturity...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Axel R Concepcion, Martin Vaeth, Larry E Wagner, Miriam Eckstein, Lee Hecht, Jun Yang, David Crottes, Maximilian Seidl, Hyosup P Shin, Carl Weidinger, Scott Cameron, Stuart E Turvey, Thomas Issekutz, Isabelle Meyts, Rodrigo S Lacruz, Mario Cuk, David I Yule, Stefan Feske
Eccrine sweat glands are essential for sweating and thermoregulation in humans. Loss-of-function mutations in the Ca2+ release-activated Ca2+ (CRAC) channel genes ORAI1 and STIM1 abolish store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE), and patients with these CRAC channel mutations suffer from anhidrosis and hyperthermia at high ambient temperatures. Here we have shown that CRAC channel-deficient patients and mice with ectodermal tissue-specific deletion of Orai1 (Orai1K14Cre) or Stim1 and Stim2 (Stim1/2K14Cre) failed to sweat despite normal sweat gland development...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Helena W Morrison, Jessica A Filosa
Epidemiological studies report that infarct size is decreased and stroke outcomes are improved in young females when compared to males. However, mechanistic insight is lacking. We posit that sex-specific differences in glial cell functions occurring immediately after ischemic stroke are a source of dichotomous outcomes. In this study we assessed astrocyte Ca(2+) dynamics, aquaporin 4 (AQP4) polarity, S100β expression pattern, as well as, microglia morphology and phagocytic marker CD11b in male and female mice following 60min of middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience
Yang Gao, Deborah Stuart, Jennifer S Pollock, Takamune Takahashi, Donald E Kohan
Nitric oxide (NO) inhibits collecting duct (CD) Na+ and water reabsorption. Mice with CD-specific knockout (KO) of NO synthase 1 (NOS1) have salt-sensitive hypertension. In contrast, the role of NOS3 in CD salt and water reabsorption is unknown. Mice with CD NOS3 KO were generated with loxP-flanked exons 9-12 (encodes the calmodulin binding site) of the NOS3 gene and the aquaporin-2 promoter-Cre transgene. There were no differences between control and CD NOS3 KO mice, irrespective of sex, in food intake, water intake, urine volume, urinary Na+ or K+ excretion, plasma renin concentration, blood pressure or pulse during 7 days of normal (0...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
H Yu, G L Qi, J Wang, L Chen, Z Deng, Y S Zhao, S S Lei, X Q Zhu
Epilepsy refers to a clinical syndrome generated by spontaneous seizures in the central nervous system. Epilepsy triggers a complex pathological process including inflammatory response and aquaporin 4 (AQP4) increase. It has been reported that AQP4 helps to enhance the immunological function of the central nervous system in pathological conditions, but the relationship between AQP4 and inflammatory cytokines is poorly understood in chronic epilepsy processes. As an inhibitor of sulfonamide carbonic anhydrase (CA), acetazolamide (AZA) may inhibit water infiltration through AQP4...
September 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Mathilde Royer, David Cohen, Nathalie Aubry, Vera Vendramin, Simone Scalabrin, Federica Cattonaro, Marie-Béatrice Bogeat-Triboulot, Irène Hummel
Molecular regulation of growth must include spatial and temporal coupling of cell production and cell expansion. The underlying mechanisms, especially under environmental challenge, remain obscure. Spatial patterns of cell processes make the root apex well suited to deciphering stress signaling pathways, and to investigating both processes. Kinematics and RNA-sequencing were used to analyze the immediate growth response of hydroponically grown Populus nigra cuttings submitted to osmotic stress. About 7400 genes and unannotated transcriptionally active regions were differentially expressed between the division and elongation zones...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
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