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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082347/expressional-changes-of-connexin-isoform-genes-in-the-rat-caput-epididymis-exposed-to-flutamide-or-estradiol-benzoate-at-the-early-postnatal-age
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Ki-Ho Lee
Direct communication between neighboring cells through connexin (Cx)-based gap junction is a crucial biolo-gical manner to regulate functions of a tissue consisting of multi-cell types. The present research evaluated expressional changes of Cx isoforms in the caput epididymis of adult rat exposed to estradiol benzoate (EB) or flutamide (Flu) at the early postnatal age. A single subcutaneous administration of EB at a low-dose [0.015 µg /kg body weight (BW)] or a high-dose (1.5 µg/kg BW) or Flu at a low-dose (500 µg/kg BW) or a high-dose (5 mg/kg BW) was performed to an animal at 1 week of age...
September 2017: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994005/characterisation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-endothelial-cells-under-shear-stress-using-an-easy-to-use-microfluidic-cell-culture-system
#2
Rsituko Ohtani-Kaneko, Kenjiro Sato, Atsuhiro Tsutiya, Yuka Nakagawa, Kazutoshi Hashizume, Hidekatsu Tazawa
Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived endothelial cells (iPSC-ECs) can contribute to elucidating the pathogenesis of heart and vascular diseases and developing their treatments. Their precise characteristics in fluid flow however remain unclear. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to characterise these features. We cultured three types of ECs in a microfluidic culture system: commercially available human iPS-ECs, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and human umbilical artery endothelial cells (HUAECs)...
October 9, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982669/targeting-cx40-connexin40-expression-or-function-reduces-angiogenesis-in-the-developing-mouse-retina
#3
Jacques-Antoine Haefliger, Florent Allagnat, Lauriane Hamard, Loïc Le Gal, Paolo Meda, Denise Nardelli-Haefliger, Elisabeth Génot, Florian Alonso
OBJECTIVE: Cx40 (Connexin40) forms intercellular channels that coordinate the electric conduction in the heart and the vasomotor tone in large vessels. The protein was shown to regulate tumoral angiogenesis; however, whether Cx40 also contributes to physiological angiogenesis is still unknown. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Here, we show that Cx40 contributes to physiological angiogenesis. Genetic deletion of Cx40 leads to a reduction in vascular growth and capillary density in the neovascularization model of the mouse neonatal retina...
November 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962867/ginsenoside-re-prevents-angiotensin-ii-induced-gap-junction-remodeling-by-activation-of-ppar%C3%AE-in-isolated-beating-rat-atria
#4
Bo Zhang, Xun Cui, Hong-Hua Jin, Lan Hong, Xia Liu, Xiang Li, Qing-Gao Zhang, Li-Ping Liu
AIMS: Ginsenoside Re (G-Re), a major ginsenoside in ginseng, has many beneficial pharmacological effects on negative cardiac contractility, electromechanical alternans, antiarrhythmia, angiogenic regeneration and cardiac electrophysiological function. However, effects of G-Re on gap-junction remodeling are unclear. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effect of G-Re on angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced downregulation of connexin-40 (CX40) and -43 (CX43) in beating rat left atria...
December 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947768/ventricular-myocardium-development-and-the-role-of-connexins-in-the-human-fetal-heart
#5
Eleftheria Pervolaraki, James Dachtler, Richard A Anderson, Arun V Holden
The developmental timeline of the human heart remains elusive. The heart takes on its characteristic four chambered appearance by ~56 days gestational age (DGA). However, owing to the complexities (both technical and logistical) of exploring development in utero, we understand little of how the ventricular walls develop. To address this, we employed diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging to explore the architecture and tissue organization of the developing heart aged 95-143 DGA. We show that fractional anisotropy increases (from ~0...
September 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931948/abnormal-arterial-venous-fusions-and-fate-specification-in-mouse-embryos-lacking-blood-flow
#6
Jennifer J Hwa, Nathan Beckouche, Lawrence Huang, Yoseph Kram, Henrik Lindskog, Rong A Wang
The functions of blood flow in the morphogenesis of mammalian arteries and veins are not well understood. We examined the development of the dorsal aorta (DA) and the cardinal vein (CV) in Ncx1 (-/-) mutants, which lack blood flow due to a deficiency in a sodium calcium ion exchanger expressed specifically in the heart. The mutant DA and CV were abnormally connected. The endothelium of the Ncx1 (-/-) mutant DA lacked normal expression of the arterial markers ephrin-B2 and Connexin-40. Notch1 activation, known to promote arterial specification, was decreased in mutant DA endothelial cells (ECs), which ectopically expressed the venous marker Coup-TFII...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903013/spatiotemporally-non-uniform-ca-2-dynamics-of-cardiac-purkinje-fibers-in-mouse-myocardial-infarct
#7
Taka-Aki Matsuyama, Hideo Tanaka, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Tetsuro Takamatsu
Surviving Purkinje fibers in myocardial infarct are regarded as an important substrate in arrhythmogenesis. However, poorly understood are functional properties of Purkinje fibers in the infarcted heart. We sought to visualize intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) dynamics of Purkinje fiber networks in the mouse myocardial infarct. Using 3- to 4-day-old or 7- to 9-day-old infarcted hearts after the left coronary-artery ligation corresponding, respectively, to acute or healing phase, we conducted rapid fluo4-fluorescence imaging on the endocardial surface of the left ventricular septum by macro-zoom fluorescence microscopy and rapid-scanning confocal microscopy...
November 2017: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860164/the-endothelium-in-hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction
#8
Benjamin Grimmer, Wolfgang Michael Kuebler
Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) in combination with hypercapnic pulmonary vasoconstriction redistributes pulmonary blood flow from poorly aerated to better ventilated lung regions by an active process of local vasoconstriction. Impairment of HPV results in ventilation-perfusion mismatch and is commonly associated with various lung diseases including pneumonia, sepsis, or cystic fibrosis. Although several regulatory pathways have been identified, considerable knowledge gaps persist, and a unifying concept of the signaling pathways that underlie HPV and their impairment in lung diseases has not yet emerged...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828022/c1019t-polymorphism-in-the-connexin-37-gene-and-myocardial-infarction-risk-in-premature-coronary-artery-disease
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Mehrdad Sheikhvatan, Mohammadali Boroumand, Mehrdad Behmanesh, Seyed Hesameddin Abbasi, Gholamreza Davoodi, Shayan Ziaee, Sara Cheraghi
Background: The C1019T polymorphism of the connexin-37 (GJA4) gene is a single-nucleotide polymorphisms involved in atherosclerotic plaque rupture and atherosclerosis predisposition. We examined the association between the C1019T polymorphism of the GJA4 gene and the occurrence of myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with premature coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods: Our study recruited 1000 patients with the final diagnosis of premature CAD and classified them into 2 groups: with a history of MI (n = 461) and without it (n = 539)...
April 2017: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772035/bioelectrical-signals-improve-cardiac-function-and-modify-gene-expression-of-extracellular-matrix-components
#10
Karin Macfelda, Barbara Kapeller, Alexander Holly, Bruno K Podesser, Udo Losert, Kersten Brandes, Peter Goettel, Johannes Mueller
AIMS: Beyond the influence of stimulating devices on cardiac excitation, their use in treating patients with heart failure has positive effects on the myocardium at the molecular level. Electrical signals can induce a wide spectrum of effects in living tissue. Therefore, we sought to determine whether applying electrical microcurrent directly to failing hearts leads to functional improvement. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixteen male spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) with heart failure underwent application of a patch electrode to the left ventricular epicardium and placement of a subcutaneous counter electrode...
August 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674041/transient-notch-activation-induces-long-term-gene-expression-changes-leading-to-sick-sinus-syndrome-in-mice
#11
Yun Qiao, Catherine Lipovsky, Stephanie Hicks, Somya Bhatnagar, Gang Li, Aditi Khandekar, Robert Guzy, Kel Vin Woo, Colin G Nichols, Igor R Efimov, Stacey Rentschler
RATIONALE: Notch signaling programs cardiac conduction during development, and in the adult ventricle, injury-induced Notch reactivation initiates global transcriptional and epigenetic changes. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether Notch reactivation may stably alter atrial ion channel gene expression and arrhythmia inducibility. METHODS AND RESULTS: To model an injury response and determine the effects of Notch signaling on atrial electrophysiology, we transiently activate Notch signaling within adult myocardium using a doxycycline-inducible genetic system (inducible Notch intracellular domain [iNICD])...
August 18, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661424/vitamin-c-and-microvascular-dysfunction-in-systemic-inflammation
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REVIEW
Karel Tyml
Sepsis, life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysfunctional host response to infection, is associated with high mortality. A promising strategy to improve the outcome is to inject patients intravenously with ascorbate (vitamin C). In animal models of sepsis, this injection improves survival and, among others, the microvascular function. This review examines our recent work addressing ascorbate's ability to inhibit arteriolar dysfunction and capillary plugging in sepsis. Arteriolar dysfunction includes impaired vasoconstriction/dilation (previously reviewed) and impaired conduction of vasoconstriction/dilation along the arteriole...
June 29, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640508/intraglomerular-gap-junctions-enhance-interglomerular-synchrony-in-a-sparsely-connected-olfactory-bulb-network
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Frederic Pouille, Thomas S McTavish, Lawrence E Hunter, Diego Restrepo, Nathan E Schoppa
KEY POINTS: Despite sparse connectivity, population-level interactions between mitral cells (MCs) and granule cells (GCs) can generate synchronized oscillations in the rodent olfactory bulb. Intraglomerular gap junctions between MCs at the same glomerulus can greatly enhance synchronized activity of MCs at different glomeruli. The facilitating effect of intraglomerular gap junctions on interglomerular synchrony is through triggering of mutually synchronizing interactions between MCs and GCs...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622830/corrigendum-to-involvement-of-autophagy-in-connexin-40-reduction-in-the-late-phase-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats-brain-res-bull-131-2017-100-106
#14
Wei Chen, Yijun Guo, Wenjin Yang, Ping Zheng, Jinsong Zeng, Wusong Tong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545280/-impacts-of-early-metoprolol-intervention-on-connexin-43-and-phosphorylated-connexin-43-expression-in-rabbits-with-experimental-myocardial-infarction
#15
M Zhou, Q Lu, J Q Jiang, Z N Chen, Z G Gong, Z G Li, W W Fu, S F Ding
Objective: To investigate the early intervention effects of metoprolol on connexin 43(Cx43) and phosphorylated Cx43 (p-Cx43) expression in rabbits with post myocardial infarction. Methods: A total of 24 adult male New Zealand white rabbits were divided into sham group (n=6), early treatment group(n=6), routine treatment group(n=6), and myocardial infarction group(n=6) with a randomized block design blocked by weight. Myocardial infarction was induced by left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) ligation...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498436/exposure-to-a-chronic-high-fat-diet-promotes-atrial-structure-and-gap-junction-remodeling-in-rats
#16
Tianyu Meng, Gong Cheng, Yuejiao Wei, Shuting Ma, Yongrong Jiang, Jine Wu, Xin Zhou, Chaofeng Sun
Obesity has been demonstrated to be linked to atrial fibrillation (AF) with atrial enlargement and tissue fibrosis. Long-term high calorie intake is the main reason for the prevalence of obesity. To investigate the possible causes of AF, such as chronic high-fat diet (HFD), and to identify the underlying mechanisms, the present study analyzed a variety of structural and gap junctional electrophysiological alterations in the atria of female rats fed an HFD. After consistent HFD feeding of female rats for 12 weeks, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Masson's staining, RT-qPCR, western blotting, immunofluorescence and TUNEL staining were performed...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429502/involvement-of-erk1-2-in-cx43-depression-induced-by-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-in-atrial-myocytes
#17
Xin Li, Fang Rao, Chun-Yu Deng, Wei Wei, Fang-Zhou Liu, Hui Yang, Zhao-Yu Wang, Su-Juan Kuang, Xiao-Yan Chen, Yu-Mei Xue, Shu-Lin Wu
Connexin 43 (Cx43) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation (AF). The present study sought to investigate the effect of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a pleiotropic cytokine, on Cx43 expression and activity and determine the intracellular signaling pathways. Cx43 protein and mRNA levels were assayed using immunofluorescence, real-time PCR, and western blot. We found that increased MIF and extracellular regulated protein kinases (ERK) expression was accompanied by a significant reduction in Cx43 protein expression in atrial tissues from patients with AF compared with those with sinus rhythm...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373150/involvement-of-autophagy-in-connexin-40-reduction-in-the-late-phase-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
#18
Wei Che, Yijun Guo, Wenjin Yang, Ping Zheng, Jinsong Zeng, Wusong Tong
Brain trauma can activate an attenuation of connexin gap junction that is implicated in neuronal injury, but the underlying cellular mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Here, we aimed to study whether autophagy, a stress-response process for recycling of intracellular proteins and organelles, is involved in the reduction of connexin 40 (Cx40) during the late phase of traumatic brain injury (TBI). In a rat model of TBI induced by controlled cortical impact (CCI), we found that Cx40 protein in the brain started to decline at post-surgery day 2 and the decrease continued for up to day 6...
April 1, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350969/mechanisms-of-spontaneous-pacing-sinoatrial-nodal-cells-neonatal-cardiomyocytes-and-human-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#19
Martin Morad, Xiao-Hua Zhang
The sinoatrial (SA) node is the primary site from which the mammalian heart is paced, but the mechanisms underlying the pacemaking still remain clouded. It is generally believed that the hyperpolarization-activated current If, encoded by hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) genes, contributes significantly to pacing, which in tandem with inward current generated by efflux of Ca(2+) via the Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX), resulting from the released Ca(2+), mediates the diastolic depolarization...
October 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260321/-hydroxyfasudi-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-endothelial-dysfunction-via-suppressing-the-expression-of-rho-associated-coiled-coil-protein-kinase-1-connexin-43-and-caveolin-1
#20
P F Zheng, X H Wu, W Huang, G T Ma, Q Bi
Objective: To investigate the effect and mechanism of hydroxyfasudi (HF), a specific Rho kinase inhibitor, on lipopolysaccharide(LPS)induced endothelial dysfunction. Methods: A total of 24 male Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into control group(n=6), HF group(n=6), LPS group(n=6) and LPS + HF group(n=6) with random number table method. There was no special treatment in control group. HF (30 mg/kg) was injected intraperitoneally in HF group. LPS (1 mg/kg) were injected intravenously in LPS group. In LPS+ HF group, HF (30 mg/kg) was injected intraperitoneally, followed by intravenous LPS injection (1 mg/kg) 30 minutes later...
February 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
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