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Francesca Martorana, Daniela Gaglio, Maria Rosaria Bianco, Federica Aprea, Assunta Virtuoso, Marcella Bonanomi, Lilia Alberghina, Michele Papa, Anna Maria Colangelo
Neuronal differentiation involves extensive modification of biochemical and morphological properties to meet novel functional requirements. Reorganization of the mitochondrial network to match the higher energy demand plays a pivotal role in this process. Mechanisms of neuronal differentiation in response to nerve growth factor (NGF) have been largely characterized in terms of signaling, however, little is known about its impact on mitochondrial remodeling and metabolic function. In this work, we show that NGF-induced differentiation requires the activation of autophagy mediated by Atg9b and Ambra1, as it is disrupted by their genetic knockdown and by autophagy blockers...
March 9, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Alberto González, Claudio A Sáez, Bernardo Morales, Alejandra Moenne
The existence of functional Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels was analyzed in Ectocarpus siliculosus using agonists of human TRPs and specific antagonists of TRPA1, TRPC5, TRPM8 and TRPV; intracellular calcium was detected for 60 min. Increases in intracellular calcium were observed at 13, 29, 39 and 50-52 min, which appeared to be mediated by the activation of TRPM8/V1 at 13 min, TRPV1 at 29 min, TRPA1/V1 at 39 min and TRPA1/C5 at 50-52 min. In addition, intracellular calcium increases appear to be due to extracellular calcium entry, not requiring protein kinase activation...
March 2, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Paul R Evans, Kyle J Gerber, Eric B Dammer, Duc M Duong, Devrishi Goswami, Daniel J Lustberg, Juan Zou, Jenny J Yang, Serena M Dudek, Patrick R Griffin, Nicholas T Seyfried, John R Hepler
Regulator of G Protein Signaling 14 (RGS14) is a complex scaffolding protein that integrates G protein and MAPK signaling pathways. In the adult mouse brain, RGS14 is predominantly expressed in hippocampal CA2 neurons where it naturally inhibits synaptic plasticity and hippocampus-dependent learning and memory. However, the signaling proteins that RGS14 natively engages to regulate plasticity are unknown. Here, we show that RGS14 exists in a high molecular weight protein complex in brain. To identify RGS14 neuronal interacting partners, endogenous RGS14 immunoprecipitated from mouse brain was subjected to mass spectrometry and proteomic analysis...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Hideji Murakoshi
In the past decade, the various types of genetically-encoded optogenetic tools using blue-light sensitive LOV2 domain have been developed and applied in a wide range of areas including neuroscience field. Recently, we succeeded in developing a photoactivatable inhibitory peptide, a genetically-encoded light inducible CaMKⅡ inhibitory peptide. Using this new optogenetic tool, we found that the 1 min of CaMKⅡ activation is sufficient for triggering structural plasticity of synapses(spines)in hippocampal neurons...
2018: Clinical Calcium
L Han, Q B Dong, Y C Wei, A C Zheng, J X Li, K Hong, Y Q Wu, X S Cheng
Objective: To investigate the effect and related mechanism of homocysteine (Hcy) on calcium overload in neonatal rat atrial cells (NRICs). Methods: NRICs were assigned to 9 groups after culture for 3 days: (1) control group; (2) Hcy group (0, 50, 100, 200, 500 μmol/L for 48 hours); (3) antioxidant group (NAC, 10 μmol/L for 24 hours); (4) Hcy+NAC group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 10 μmol/L NAC for 24 hours); (5) calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase Ⅱδ (CaMKⅡδ) inhibitor group (KN-93, 3 μmol/L KN-93 for 5 hours); (6) specific sodium current inhibitor group (ELE, 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours); (7) Hcy+KN-93 group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 3 μmol/L KN-93 for 5 hours); (8) Hcy+ELE group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours; (9) Hcy+KN-93+ELE group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 3 μmol/L KN-93 and 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours)...
February 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Xunlei Kang, Changhao Cui, Chen Wang, Guojin Wu, Heyu Chen, Zhigang Lu, Xiaoli Chen, Li Wang, Jie Huang, Huimin Geng, Meng Zhao, Zhengshan Chen, Markus Müschen, Huan-You Wang, Cheng Cheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: We recently identified the human leukocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor B2 (LILRB2) and its mouse ortholog-paired Ig-like receptor (PirB) as receptors for several angiopoietin-like proteins (Angptls). We also demonstrated that PirB is important for the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), but exactly how an inhibitory receptor such as PirB can support cancer development is intriguing. RESULTS: Here, we showed that the activation of Ca (2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinases (CAMKs) is coupled with PirB signaling in AML cells...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Leonardo Vinícius Monteiro de Assis, Maria Nathalia Moraes, Keila Karoline Magalhães-Marques, Ana Maria Castrucci
The mammalian skin has a photosensitive system comprised by several opsins, including rhodopsin (OPN2) and melanopsin (OPN4). Recently, our group showed that UVA (4.4 kJ/m2) leads to immediate pigment darkening (IPD) in murine normal and malignant melanocytes. We show the role of OPN2 and OPN4 as UVA sensors: UVA-induced IPD was fully abolished when OPN4 was pharmacologically inhibited by AA9253 or when OPN2 and OPN4 were knocked down by siRNA in both cell lines. Our data, however, demonstrate that phospholipase C/protein kinase C pathway, a classical OPN4 pathway, is not involved in UVA-induced IPD in either cell line...
January 26, 2018: European Journal of Cell Biology
Chinnakkaruppan Adaikkan, Elham Taha, Iliana Barrera, Orit David, Kobi Rosenblum
BACKGROUND: Ketamine is an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, which on administration produces fast-acting antidepressant responses in patients with major depressive disorder. Yet, the mechanism underlying the antidepressant action of ketamine remains unclear. METHODS: To unravel the mechanism of action of ketamine, we treated wild-type C57BL/6 mice with calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) specific inhibitor tatCN21 peptide. We also used eukaryotic elongation factor 2 kinase (eEF2K) (also known as CaMKIII) knockout mice...
December 5, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
Mozibur Rahman, Rui Sun, Subhendu Mukherjee, Bernd Nilius, Luke J Janssen
We previously described several ionic conductances in human pulmonary fibroblasts (HPFs), including one activated by two structurally distinct TRPV4-channel agonists: 4α-phorbol-12,13-didecanoate (4αPDD) and GSK1016790A. However, the TRPV4-activated current exhibited peculiar properties: it developed slowly over many minutes, exhibited reversal potentials that could vary by tens of millivolts even within a given cell, and was not easily reversed by subsequent addition of two distinct TRPV4-selective blockers (RN-1734 or HC-067047)...
February 2, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Snehal Gite, R Paul Ross, Dara Kirke, Freddy Guihéneuf, Justine Aussant, Dagmar B Stengel, Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan, Catherine Stanton
OBJECTIVES: To search for novel compounds that will protect neuronal cells under stressed conditions that may help to restore neuronal plasticity. METHODS: A model of corticosterone (CORT)-induced stress in human neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y) was used to compare the efficacy of 6 crude extracts and 10 pure compounds (6 polyphenols, 2 carotenoids, 1 amino acid analogue, and 1 known antidepressant drug) to increase neuronal plasticity and to decrease cytotoxicity...
January 29, 2018: Nutritional Neuroscience
Laís Monteiro Rodrigues Loureiro, Caio Eduardo Gonçalves Reis, Teresa Helena Macedo da Costa
Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world and it can improve insulin sensitivity, stimulating glucose uptake in skeletal muscle when adequate carbohydrate intake is observed. The aim of this review is to analyze the effects of coffee and coffee components on muscle glycogen metabolism. A literature search was conducted according to PRISMA and seven studies were included. They explored the effects of coffee components on various substances and signaling proteins. In one of the studies with humans, caffeine was shown to increase glucose levels, Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CaMK) phosphorylation, glycogen resynthesis rates and glycogen accumulation after exercise...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
Xin-Tian Wu, Wei Liang, Li-Ping Yan, Ling-Ling Wang, Cheng Ma
OBJECTIVE: To observe the changes of intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) concentration and expression of calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinaseⅡ (CaMKⅡ) in spinal dorsal horn neurons of spared nerve injury (SNI) rats, so as to explore its mechanisms underlying improvement of neuropathic pain. METHODS: One hundred and ten SD rats were randomly divided into 5 groups: sham control, model, EA, AP-5 and L-NAME groups. The sham group underwent only a simple separation of the sciatic nerve but without ligation and abscission...
December 25, 2017: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Atsuhiko Ishida, Noriyuki Sueyoshi, Isamu Kameshita
Intracellular signal transduction is built on the basis of the subtle balance between phosphorylation and dephosphorylation. Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase phosphatase (CaMKP/PPM1F/POPX2) and CaMKP-N (PPM1E/POPX1) are Ser/Thr phosphatases that belong to the PPM (protein phosphatase, Mg2+/Mn2+-dependent) family. The former was discovered in rat brain as a novel protein phosphatase regulating Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinases (CaMKs), whereas the latter was first identified in human cDNA databases using the rat CaMKP sequence...
January 6, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Cui-Ping Guo, Zhen Wei, Fang Huang, Min Qin, Xing Li, Yu-Man Wang, Qun Wang, Jian-Zhi Wang, Rong Liu, Bin Zhang, Hong-Lian Li, Xiao-Chuan Wang
Although increasing evidences suggest a relationship between hypertension and brain function for years, it is still unclear whether hypertension constitutes a risk factor for cognitive decline and its underlying mechanism. In the present study, an experimental animal model of hypertension simply by feeding rats with high salt diet was employed. We found that long-term high salt intake caused a marked increase of systolic blood pressure linked to a declined regional cerebral blood flow. Fear conditioning and morris water maze behavioral test revealed that high salt diet induced hippocampal dependent spatial reference memory deficits, while a decreased synaptogenesis without neuronal loss in hippocampus was observed in high salt treated rats...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
Qin Li, Xiaoyu Ding, Weikang Bi, Jinglin Wang, Yong Zou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of N-butylphthalide (NBP) on cognitive function in acute severe carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning rats and its mechanism. METHODS: 120 health Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into three groups (n = 40): normal control group (NC group), CO poisoning group (CO group) and NBP treatment group (NBP group). The acute severe CO poisoning model was established in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber by intoxicated with 1 000 ×10-6 CO for 40 minutes, followed with 3 000 ×10-6 CO for another 20 minutes, and then received hyperbaric oxygen therapy 1...
December 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Juliana Mikaelly Dias Soares, Ana Ediléia Barbosa Pereira Leal, Juliane Cabral Silva, Jackson R G S Almeida, Helinando Pequeno de Oliveira
Background: The development of alternatives for insulin secretion control in vivo or in vitro represents an important aspect to be investigated. In this direction, natural products have been progressively explored with this aim. In particular, flavonoids are potential candidates to act as insulin secretagogue. Objective: To study the influence of flavonoid on overall modulation mechanisms of insulin secretion. Methods: The research was conducted in the following databases and platforms: PubMed, Scopus, ISI Web of Knowledge, SciELO, LILACS, and ScienceDirect, and the MeSH terms used for the search were flavonoids, flavones, islets of Langerhans, and insulin-secreting cells...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Juan Wang, Yunjie Guo, Xue Zhang
Calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CAMK) is physiologically activated in fertilized human oocytes and is involved in the Ca2+ response pathways that link the fertilization calmodulin signal to meiosis resumption and cortical granule exocytosis. The kinase has an unstructured C-terminal tail that can be recognized and bound by the PDZ5 domain of its cognate partner, the multi-PDZ domain protein (MUP). In the current study, we reported a rational biomolecular design of halogen-bonding system at the complex interface of CAMK's C-terminal peptide with MUP PDZ5 domain by using high-level computational approaches...
February 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Peipei Yuan, Xiaoke Zheng, Meng Li, Yingying Ke, Yang Fu, Qi Zhang, Xiaolan Wang, Weisheng Feng
Lepidium apetalum Willd has been used to reduce edema and promote urination. Cis-desulfoglucotropaeolin (cis-DG) and trans-desulfoglucotropaeolin (trans-DG) were isolated from Lepidium apetalum Willd, and caused a significant increase in cell viability in a hypertonic model in NRK52e cells. In the hypertonic model, cis-DG and trans-DG significantly promoted the cell viability of NRK52e cells and inhibited the elevation of Na⁺ in the supernatant, inhibited the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) system, significantly reduced the levels of angiotensin II (Ang II) and aldosterone (ALD), and lowered aquaporin-2 (AQP2) and Na⁺-K⁺ ATP content in renal medulla...
November 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Ana B Ramos-Hryb, Mauricio P Cunha, Francis L Pazini, Vicente Lieberknecht, Rui D S Prediger, Manuella P Kaster, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Ursolic acid has been shown to display antidepressant-like effects in mice through the modulation of monoaminergic systems. In this study, we sought to investigate the involvement of signaling pathways on the antidepressant-like effects of ursolic acid. METHODS: Mice were treated orally with ursolic acid (0.1mg/kg) and, 45min later they received the followings inhibitors by intracerebroventricular route: H-89 (PKA inhibitor, 1μg/mouse), KN-62 (CAMK-II inhibitor, 1μg/mouse), chelerythrine (PKC inhibitor, 1μg/mouse), U0126 (MEK1/2 inhibitor, 5μg/mouse), PD98059 (MEK1/2 inhibitor, 5μg/mouse), wortmannin (PI3K irreversible inhibitor, 0...
December 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Qiumei Yang, Ye Li, Xulong Zhang, Daiwen Chen
Both Pax3 and Pax7 can activate a large panel of genes involved in muscle stem cell function. Despite a significant overlap in their transcriptional network, functional difference between them is observed. After overexpressing Pax3 or Pax7 in C2C12, we find both Zac1 and GPR39 are upregulated by Pax7 but not Pax3. Further studies suggest Zac1 interacts directly with Pax7, which can regulate GPR39 expression by activating Zac1. In addition, the effect of Zac1/GPR39 system on myogenic progression has been illuminated: Zac1/GPR39 can promote myogenic differentiation and produce type-II muscle fibers...
February 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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