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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888323/the-calmodulin-gene-in-neurospora-crassa-is-required-for-normal-vegetative-growth-ultraviolet-survival-and-sexual-development
#1
Vijya Laxmi, Ranjan Tamuli
We isolated a Neurospora crassa mutant of the calmodulin (cmd) gene using repeat-induced point mutation and studied its phenotypes. The cmd (RIP) mutant showed a defect in growth, reduced aerial hyphae, decreased carotenoid accumulation, a severe reduction in viability upon ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, and a fertility defect. Moreover, meiotic silencing of the cmd gene resulted in a barren phenotype. In addition, we also performed site-directed mutational analysis of the calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase-2 (Ca(2+)/CaMK-2), a target of the CaM protein encoded by the cmd gene...
November 25, 2016: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883090/sphingosine-1-phosphate-lyase-ablation-disrupts-presynaptic-architecture-and-function-via-an-ubiquitin-proteasome-mediated-mechanism
#2
Daniel N Mitroi, André U Deutschmann, Maren Raucamp, Indulekha Karunakaran, Konstantine Glebov, Michael Hans, Jochen Walter, Julie Saba, Markus Gräler, Dan Ehninger, Elena Sopova, Oleg Shupliakov, Dieter Swandulla, Gerhild van Echten-Deckert
The bioactive lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a degradation product of sphingolipids that are particularly abundant in neurons. We have shown previously that neuronal S1P accumulation is toxic leading to ER-stress and an increase in intracellular calcium. To clarify the neuronal function of S1P, we generated brain-specific knockout mouse models in which S1P-lyase (SPL), the enzyme responsible for irreversible S1P cleavage was inactivated. Constitutive ablation of SPL in the brain (SPL(fl/fl/Nes)) but not postnatal neuronal forebrain-restricted SPL deletion (SPL(fl/fl/CaMK)) caused marked accumulation of S1P...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878554/the-involvement-of-the-decrease-of-astrocytic-wnt5a-in-the-cognitive-decline-in-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy
#3
Saidan Ding, Zhu Xu, Jianjing Yang, Leping Liu, Xueli Huang, Xuebao Wang, Qichuan Zhuge
Wnt signaling plays a key role in neuroprotection and synaptic plasticity. We speculate that the impairment of Wnt signaling may mediate astrocytic neurotrophins (NTs) production and the impairment of Wnt signaling to astrocytic NTs production contributes to the pathogenesis of minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE). Here, we found that induction of astrocytic NTs synthesis was by Wnt5a via the calcium/calmodulin-sensitive protein kinase II (CaMK II)-cAMP-response element-binding protein (CREB) pathway in PCAs...
November 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863837/the-effects-of-ropivacaine-hydrochloride-on-the-expression-of-camk-ii-mrna-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons
#4
Xianjie Wen, Xiaohong Lai, Xiaohong Li, Tao Zhang, Hua Liang
In this study, we identified the subtype of Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMK II) mRNA in dorsal root ganglion neurons and observed the effects of ropivacaine hydrochloride in different concentration and different exposure time on the mRNA expression. Dorsal root ganglion neurons were isolated from the SD rats and cultured in vitro. The mRNA of the CaMK II subtype in dorsal root ganglion neurons were detected by real-time PCR. As well as, the dorsal root ganglion neurons were treated with ropivacaine hydrochloride in different concentration (1mM,2mM, 3mM and 4mM) for the same exposure time of 4h, or different exposure time (0h,2h,3h,4h and 6h) at the same concentration(3mM)...
November 15, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823926/cisplatin-induced-neuropathic-pain-is-mediated-by-upregulation-of-n-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons
#5
Markus Leo, Linda-Isabell Schmitt, Martin Erkel, Margarita Melnikova, Jürgen Thomale, Tim Hagenacker
Cisplatin is important in the treatment of various types of cancer. Although it is highly effective, it also has severe side effects, with neurotoxicity in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons being one of the most common. The key mechanisms of neurotoxicity are still controversially discussed; however, disturbances of the calcium homeostasis in DRG neurons have been suggested to mediate cisplatin neurotoxicity. By using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique, immunostaining and behavioral experiments with Sprague-Dawley rats, we examined the influence of short- and long-term exposure to cisplatin on voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) currents (ICa(V)) in small DRG neurons...
November 5, 2016: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806760/-the-crosstalk-between-canonical-and-noncanonical-wnt-signaling-pathway-in-osteoblast-differentiation-of-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells-in-inflammatory-microenvironments
#6
N Liu, H G Shi, W Zhang, B Gu
Objective: To investigate the crosstalk between canonical Wnt/β-catenin and noncanonical Wnt/Ca(2+) pathway in osteoblast differentiation process of periodontal ligament stem cell (PDLSC) in inflammatory microenvironments. Methods: PDLSCs were obtained from human healthy individuals(H-PDLSC) and patients with periodontitis(P-PDLSC). The H/P-PDLSCs were transfected with β-catenin siRNA. Cell morphology was observed under fluorescent microscope and transfection efficiency was easured by Western blotting after transfection of PDLSC...
November 9, 2016: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796283/the-pseudokinase-camkv-is-required-for-the-activity-dependent-maintenance-of-dendritic-spines
#7
Zhuoyi Liang, Yi Zhan, Yang Shen, Catherine C L Wong, John R Yates, Florian Plattner, Kwok-On Lai, Nancy Y Ip
Dendritic spine stabilization depends on afferent synaptic input and requires changes in actin cytoskeleton dynamics and protein synthesis. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Here we report the identification of 'calmodulin kinase-like vesicle-associated' (CaMKv), a pseudokinase of the CaMK family with unknown function, as a synaptic protein crucial for dendritic spine maintenance. CaMKv mRNA localizes at dendrites, and its protein synthesis is regulated by neuronal activity. CaMKv function is inhibited upon phosphorylation by cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) at Thr345...
October 31, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734911/novelty-during-a-late-postacquisition-time-window-attenuates-the-persistence-of-fear-memory
#8
Cynthia Katche, Micol Tomaiuolo, Guido Dorman, Jorge H Medina, Haydee Viola
Learning to avoid threats in the environment is highly adaptive. However, sometimes a dysregulation of fear memories processing may underlie fear-related disorders. Despite recent advances, a major question of how to effectively attenuate persistent fear memories in a safe manner remains unresolved. Here we show experiments employing a behavioural tool to target a specific time window after training to limit the persistence of a fear memory in rats. We observed that exposure to a novel environment 11 h after an inhibitory avoidance (IA) training that induces a long-lasting memory, attenuates the durability of IA memory but not its formation...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27708635/the-kinome-of-edible-and-medicinal-fungus-wolfiporia-cocos
#9
Wei Wei, Shaohua Shu, Wenjun Zhu, Ying Xiong, Fang Peng
Wolfiporia cocos is an edible and medicinal fungus that grows in association with pine trees, and its dried sclerotium, known as Fuling in China, has been used as a traditional medicine in East Asian countries for centuries. Nearly 10% of the traditional Chinese medicinal preparations contain W. cocos. Currently, the commercial production of Fuling is limited because of the lack of pine-based substrate and paucity of knowledge about the sclerotial development of the fungus. Since protein kinase (PKs) play significant roles in the regulation of growth, development, reproduction, and environmental responses in filamentous fungi, the kinome of W...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27667720/g9a-inhibits-mef2c-activity-to-control-sarcomere-assembly
#10
Jin Rong Ow, Monica Palanichamy Kala, Vinay Kumar Rao, Min Hee Choi, Narendra Bharathy, Reshma Taneja
In this study, we demonstrate that the lysine methyltransferase G9a inhibits sarcomere organization through regulation of the MEF2C-HDAC5 regulatory axis. Sarcomeres are essential for muscle contractile function. Presently, skeletal muscle disease and dysfunction at the sarcomere level has been associated with mutations of sarcomere proteins. This study provides evidence that G9a represses expression of several sarcomere genes and its over-expression disrupts sarcomere integrity of skeletal muscle cells. G9a inhibits MEF2C transcriptional activity that is essential for expression of sarcomere genes...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27616426/membrane-receptor-cross-talk-in-gonadotropin-igf-i-and-insulin-mediated-steroidogenesis-in-fish-ovary-an-overview
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Dilip Mukherjee, Suravi Majumder, Sujata Roy Moulik, Puja Pal, Shreyasi Gupta, Payel Guha, Dhynendra Kumar
Gonadal steroidogenesis is critical for survival and reproduction of all animals. The pathways that regulate gonadal steroidogenesis are therefore conserved among animals from the steroidogenic enzymes to the intracellular signaling molecules and G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that mediate the activity of these enzymes. Regulation of fish ovarian steroidogenesis in vitro by gonadotropin (GtH) and GPCRs revealed interaction between adenylate cyclase and calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinases (CaMKs) and also MAP kinase pathway...
January 1, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595734/vasostatin-1-stops-structural-remodeling-and-improves-calcium-handling-via-the-enos-no-pkg-pathway-in-rat-hearts-subjected-to-chronic-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-activation
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Dandan Wang, Yingguang Shan, Yan Huang, Yanhong Tang, Yuting Chen, Ran Li, Jing Yang, Congxin Huang
PURPOSE: Chronically elevated catecholamine levels activate cardiac β-adrenergic receptors, which play a vital role in the pathogenesis of heart failure. Evidence suggests that vasostatin-1 (VS-1) exerts anti-adrenergic effects on isolated and perfused hearts in vitro. Whether VS-1 ameliorates hypertrophy/remodeling by inducing the chronic activation of β-adrenergic receptors is unknown. The present study aims to test the efficacy of using VS-1 to treat the advanced hypertrophy/remodeling that result from chronic β-adrenergic receptor activation and to determine the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie this response...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27583167/basic-roles-of-key-molecules-connected-with-nmdar-signaling-pathway-on-regulating-learning-and-memory-and-synaptic-plasticity
#13
REVIEW
Hui Wang, Rui-Yun Peng
With key roles in essential brain functions ranging from the long-term potentiation (LTP) to synaptic plasticity, the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid receptor (NMDAR) can be considered as one of the fundamental glutamate receptors in the central nervous system. The role of NMDA R was first identified in synaptic plasticity and has been extensively studied. Some molecules, such as Ca(2+), postsynaptic density 95 (PSD-95), calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMK II), protein kinase A (PKA), mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) responsive element binding protein (CREB), are of special importance in learning and memory...
2016: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27558804/pleiotropic-roles-of-ca-2-calmodulin-dependent-pathways-in-regulating-cadmium-induced-toxicity-in-human-osteoblast-like-cell-lines
#14
Thao T Ha, Shalimar T Burwell, Matthew L Goodwin, Jacob A Noeker, Sara J Heggland
The heavy metal cadmium is a widespread environmental contaminant that has gained public attention due to the global increase in cadmium-containing electronic waste. Human exposure to cadmium is linked to the pathogenesis of osteoporosis. We previously reported cadmium induces apoptosis and decreases alkaline phosphatase mRNA expression via extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase (ERK) activation in Saos-2 bone-forming osteoblasts. This study examines the mechanisms of cadmium-induced osteotoxicity by investigating roles of Ca(+2)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CAMK) pathways...
October 17, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27502588/inhibition-of-hydrogen-sulfide-on-the-proliferation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-involved-in-the-modulation-of-calcium-sensing-receptor-in-high-homocysteine
#15
Yuwen Wang, Xiyao Wang, Xiaohui Liang, Jichao Wu, Shiyun Dong, Hongzhu Li, Meili Jin, Dianjun Sun, Weihua Zhang, Xin Zhong
Hyperhomocysteinemia induces the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) inhibits the phenotype switch of VSMCs and calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) regulated the production of endogenous H2S. However, whether CaSR inhibits the proliferation of VSMCs by regulating the endogenous cystathionine-gamma-lyase (CSE, a major enzyme that produces H2S) pathway in high homocysteine (HHcy) has not been previously investigated. The intracellular calcium concentration, the concentration of H2S, the cell viability, the proliferation and the expression of proteins of cultured VSMCs from rat thoracic aortas were measured, respectively...
September 10, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27474567/effects-of-abalone-haliotis-discus-hannai-ino-gonad-polysaccharides-on-cholecystokinin-release-in-stc-1-cells-and-its-signaling-mechanism
#16
Jun Zhao, Da-Yong Zhou, Jing-Feng Yang, Shuang Song, Ting Zhang, Ce Zhu, Yan-Qing Song, Chen-Xu Yu, Bei-Wei Zhu
Abalone gonad polysaccharide (AGP) -31, -32 and -33 prepared in this study had the molecular weight (MW) of 37.8, 32.2 and 27.5kDa, respectively. They all contained mannose, rhamnose, glucuronic acid, glucose, galactose, xylose, arabinose, and fucose, with very similar monosaccharide profile. All the three polysaccharides could significantly increase the secretion of cholecystokinin (CCK) in STC-1 cells. Among them, AGP-32 showed the strongest effect. However, the low-MW fragments of AGP-32 showed significantly lower activity than AGP-32 itself...
October 20, 2016: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27462879/the-cam-kinase-cmk-1-mediates-a-negative-feedback-mechanism-coupling-the-c-elegans-glutamate-receptor-glr-1-with-its-own-transcription
#17
Benjamin J Moss, Lidia Park, Caroline L Dahlberg, Peter Juo
Regulation of synaptic AMPA receptor levels is a major mechanism underlying homeostatic synaptic scaling. While in vitro studies have implicated several molecules in synaptic scaling, the in vivo mechanisms linking chronic changes in synaptic activity to alterations in AMPA receptor expression are not well understood. Here we use a genetic approach in C. elegans to dissect a negative feedback pathway coupling levels of the AMPA receptor GLR-1 with its own transcription. GLR-1 trafficking mutants with decreased synaptic receptors in the ventral nerve cord (VNC) exhibit compensatory increases in glr-1 mRNA, which can be attributed to increased glr-1 transcription...
July 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27457884/standardized-chinese-formula-xin-ke-shu-inhibits-the-myocardium-ca-2-overloading-and-metabolic-alternations-in-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-infarction-rats
#18
Yue-Tao Liu, Chao Zhou, Hong-Mei Jia, Xing Chang, Zhong-Mei Zou
Xin-Ke-Shu (XKS) is a traditional Chinese patent medicine used for treatment of coronary heart diseases in China. However, its mechanism of action is still unclear. In this paper, the mediation of XKS on the isoproterenol (ISO)-induced myocardial infarction (MI) rat were evaluated based on a tissue-targeted metabonomics in vitro/vivo. The result indicated that twelve metabolic pathways were involved in the therapeutic effect of XKS in vivo, where seven pathways were associated with the Ca(2+) overloading mechanism...
2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27451188/identification-of-peptides-in-wheat-germ-hydrolysate-that-demonstrate-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-ii-inhibitory-activity
#19
Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee, Sayaka Akiyama, Jian Guo, Mitsuru Tanaka, Toshiro Matsui
Hydrolysis of wheat germ by proteases resulted in bioactive peptides that demonstrated an inhibitory effect against the vasoconstrictive Ca(2+)-calmodulin (CaM)-dependent protein kinase II (CaMK II). The hydrolysate by thermolysin (1.0wt%, 5h) showed a particularly potent CaMK II inhibition. As a result of mixed mode high-performance liquid chromatography of thermolysin hydrolysate with pH elution gradient ranging between 4.8 and 8.9, the fraction eluted at pH 8.9 was the most potent CaMK II inhibitor. From this fraction, Trp-Val and Trp-Ile were identified as CaMK II inhibitors...
December 15, 2016: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27449752/the-ca-2-calmodulin-camkk2-axis-nature-s-metabolic-camshaft
#20
REVIEW
Kathrina L Marcelo, Anthony R Means, Brian York
Calcium (Ca(2+)) is an essential ligand that binds its primary intracellular receptor calmodulin (CaM) to trigger a variety of downstream processes and pathways. Central to the actions of Ca(2+)/CaM is the activation of a highly conserved Ca(2+)/CaM kinase (CaMK) cascade that amplifies Ca(2+) signals through a series of subsequent phosphorylation events. Proper regulation of Ca(2+) flux is necessary for whole-body metabolism and disruption of Ca(2+) homeostasis has been linked to various metabolic diseases...
October 2016: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
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