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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931948/abnormal-arterial-venous-fusions-and-fate-specification-in-mouse-embryos-lacking-blood-flow
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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
#2
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...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860164/the-endothelium-in-hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
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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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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
#9
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
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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
#11
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
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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
#13
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
#14
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...
March 28, 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
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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
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
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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/28177659/effects-of-ferulic-acid-on-oxidative-stress-heat-shock-protein-70-connexin-43-and-monoamines-in-the-hippocampus-of-pentylenetetrazole-kindled-rats
#18
Abdelaziz M Hussein, Khaled M Abbas, Osama A Abulseoud, El-Hussainy M A El-Hussainy
The present study investigated the effects of ferulic acid (FA) on pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures, oxidative stress markers (malondialdehyde (MDA), catalase, and reduced glutathione (GSH)), connexin (Cx) 43, heat shock protein 70 (Hsp 70), and monoamines (serotonin (5-HT) and norepinephrine (NE)) levels in a rat model of PTZ-induced kindling. Sixty Sprague Dawley rats were divided into 5 equal groups: (a) normal group; (b) FA group: normal rats received FA at a dose of 40 mg/kg daily; (c) PTZ group: normal rats received PTZ at a dose of 50 mg/kg i...
February 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170287/intermediate-reprogramming-of-mouse-skin-fibroblasts-into-stem-like-cells-by-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4
#19
Seung-Eun Lee, Sang-Jun Uhm, Yeo-Jin Son, Yun-Gwi Park, Eun-Young Kim, Se-Pill Park
Specific transcription factors are sufficient to reprogram fully induced pluripotent stem cells or other types of cells. These findings raise the question of whether chemical molecules or proteins can replace transcription factors to alter the defined cell fate. In this study, we treated mouse skin fibroblasts (MSFs) with bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) and examined intermediate reprogramming of MSFs into stem-like cells. Putative epidermal stem cells isolated from the ventral skin epidermis of an adult mouse were used to confirm the reprogramming activity of BMP4, which increased the proliferation of these cells...
April 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034749/functional-consequences-of-co-expressing-connexin40-or-connexin45-with-connexin43-on-intercellular-electrical-coupling
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Neil M Thomas, Rosaire Gray, Christopher H Fry, Thomas Desplantez, Nicholas S Peters, Nicholas J Severs, Kenneth T Macleod, Emmanuel Dupont
The functional characteristics of the co-expression of connexin43, connexin40, and connexin45 proteins in human myocardium are thought to play an important role in governing normal propagation of the cardiac electrical impulse and in generating the myocardial substrate for some arrhythmias and conduction disturbances. A rat liver epithelial cell line, that endogenously expresses connexin43, was used to induce also expression of connexin40 or connexin45 after stable transfection using an inducible ecdysone system...
January 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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