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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161558/electrical-synapses-new-rules-for-assembling-an-old-structure-asymmetrically
#1
James I Nagy, John E Rash
Electrical synapses are emerging as complex structures, consisting of gap junction-forming connexin proteins and also multiple scaffolding and regulatory protein components, which were assumed to be symmetrically organized across these synapses; however, new findings reveal their synaptic asymmetry.
November 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158540/calcium-binding-and-voltage-gating-in-cx46-hemichannels
#2
Bernardo I Pinto, Amaury Pupo, Isaac E García, Karel Mena-Ulecia, Agustín D Martínez, Ramón Latorre, Carlos Gonzalez
The opening of connexin (Cx) hemichannels in the membrane is tightly regulated by calcium (Ca(2+)) and membrane voltage. Electrophysiological and atomic force microscopy experiments indicate that Ca(2+) stabilizes the hemichannel closed state. However, structural data show that Ca(2+) binding induces an electrostatic seal preventing ion transport without significant structural rearrangements. In agreement with the closed-state stabilization hypothesis, we found that the apparent Ca(2+) sensitivity is increased as the voltage is made more negative...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158523/treatment-of-myocardial-infarction-with-gene-modified-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-a-small-molecular-hydrogel
#3
Zhiye Wu, Guoqin Chen, Jianwu Zhang, Yongquan Hua, Jinliang Li, Bei Liu, Anqing Huang, Hekai Li, Minsheng Chen, Caiwen Ou
The effect of transplanted rat mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be reduced by extracellular microenvironment in myocardial infarction (MI). We tested a novel small-molecular hydrogel (SMH) on whether it could provide a scaffold for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)-modified MSCs and alleviate ventricular remodeling while preserving cardiac function after MI. Overexpression of HGF in MSCs increased Bcl-2 and reduced Bax and caspase-3 levels in response to hypoxia in vitro. Immunocytochemistry demonstrated that cardiac troponin (cTnT), desmin and connexin 43 expression were significantly enhanced in the 5-azacytidine (5-aza) with SMH group compared with the 5-aza only group in vitro and in vivo...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155206/inhibition-of-connexin-43-translocation-on-mitochondria-accelerates-cocl2-induced-apoptotic-response-in-a-chemical-model-of-hypoxia
#4
Michela Pecoraro, Aldo Pinto, Ada Popolo
Hypoxia is the basis of many myocardial conditions, and it can initiate cell death programs, among which apoptosis is well-known. Connexin 43 (Cx43), the major component of cardiomyocyte Gap Junctions, is important in cardioprotection. Cx43is involved in ischemia/reperfusion injury and ischemic preconditioning's protection in vitro; however, its role on cardiomyocyte under hypoxia is still unclear. Reports have shown that Cx43 is also located at the inner membrane of mitochondria where it has been implicated in enhanced ischemic preconditioning response...
November 16, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154903/in-vitro-mesenchymal-epithelial-transition-in-nih3t3-fibroblasts-results-in-onset-of-low-dose-radiation-hypersensitivity-coupled-with-attenuated-connexin-43-response
#5
Ankit Mathur, Ashish Kumar, Bincy Babu, Sudhir Chandna
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition (MET) is associated with altered cell adhesion patterns. Independent studies showed that cellular adhesion regulates low-dose hyper-radiosensitivity (HRS), a phenomenon reported widely in tumour cells. Therefore, present study aimed to investigate whether MET and associated cellular adhesion alterations affect cellular radiosensitivity. METHODS: We established multiple stages of MET by in vitro transformation of NIH3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblasts...
November 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154812/under-stressful-conditions-activation-of-the-ionotropic-p2x7-receptor-differentially-regulates-gaba-and-glutamate-release-from-nerve-terminals-of-the-rat-cerebral-cortex
#6
Aurora R Barros-Barbosa, Ângela Oliveira, M Graça Lobo, J Miguel Cordeiro, Paulo Correia-de-Sá
γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate (Glu) are the main inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system (CNS), respectively. Fine tuning regulation of extracellular levels of these amino acids is essential for normal brain activity. Recently, we showed that neocortical nerve terminals from patients with epilepsy express higher amounts of the non-desensitizing ionotropic P2X7 receptor. Once activated by ATP released from neuronal cells, the P2X7 receptor unbalances GABAergic vs...
November 14, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149731/purinergic-drug-targets-for-gastrointestinal-disorders
#7
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Geoffrey Burnstock, Kenneth A Jacobson, Fievos L Christofi
Purinergic receptors are implicated in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal disorders and are being explored as potential therapeutic targets. Gut inflammation releases ATP that acts on neuronal, glial, epithelial and immune cells. Purinergic signalling in glia and neurons is implicated in enteric neuropathies. Inflammation activates glia to increase ATP release and alter purinergic signalling. ATP release causes neuron death and gut motor dysfunction in colitis via a P2X7-dependent neural-glial pathway and a glial purinergic-connexin-43 pathway...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145579/progesterone-the-maternal-immune-system-and-the-onset-of-parturition-in-the-mouse
#8
Lydia F Edey, Hector Georgiou, Kieran P O'Dea, Sam Mesiano, Bronwen R Herbert, Kaiyu Lei, Renyi Hua, Danijela Markovic, Simon N Waddington, David MacIntyre, Philip Bennett, Masao Takata, Mark R Johnson
The role of progesterone (P4) in the regulation of the local (uterine) and systemic innate immune system, myometrial expression of connexin 43 (Cx-43) and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and the onset of parturition was examined in: 1) naïve mice delivering at term; 2) E16 mice treated with RU486 (P4-antagonist) to induce preterm parturition; and 3) in mice treated with P4 to prevent term parturition.In naïve mice, myometrial neutrophil and monocyte numbers peaked at E18 and declined with the onset of parturition...
November 14, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143961/upregulation-of-epidermal-gap-junctional-proteins-in-patients-with-venous-disease
#9
M Kanapathy, R Simpson, L Madden, C Thrasivoulou, A Mosahebi, D L Becker, T Richards
BACKGROUND: Leg ulceration is a feared complication of venous insufficiency. It is not known whether varicose veins predispose skin to poor wound healing. The expression pattern of gap junctional protein connexin, a known marker of poor wound healing, was investigated across various stages of venous disease. METHODS: Patients undergoing intervention for varicose veins were assessed according to the Clinical Etiologic Anatomic Pathophysiologic (CEAP) classification of varicose veins...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143947/connexin-30-is-expressed-in-a-subtype-of-mouse-brain-pericytes
#10
Noémie Mazaré, Alice Gilbert, Anne-Cécile Boulay, Nathalie Rouach, Martine Cohen-Salmon
Pericytes are mural cells of blood microvessels which play a crucial role at the neurovascular interface of the central nervous system. They are involved in the regulation of blood-brain barrier integrity, angiogenesis, clearance of toxic metabolites, capillary hemodynamic responses, and neuroinflammation, and they demonstrate stem cell activity. Morphological and molecular studies to characterize brain pericytes recently pointed out some heterogeneity in pericyte population. Nevertheless, a clear definition of pericyte subtypes is still lacking...
November 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143226/aligned-ovine-diaphragmatic-myoblasts-overexpressing-human-connexin-43-seeded-on-poly-l-lactic-acid-scaffolds-for-potential-use-in-cardiac-regeneration
#11
Carlos Sebastián Giménez, Paola Locatelli, Florencia Montini Ballarin, Alejandro Orlowski, Ricardo A Dewey, Milagros Pena, Gustavo Abel Abraham, Ernesto Alejandro Aiello, María Del Rosario Bauzá, Luis Cuniberti, Fernanda Daniela Olea, Alberto Crottogini
Diaphragmatic myoblasts (DMs) are precursors of type-1 muscle cells displaying high exhaustion threshold on account that they contract and relax 20 times/min over a lifespan, making them potentially useful in cardiac regeneration strategies. Besides, it has been shown that biomaterials for stem cell delivery improve cell retention and viability in the target organ. In the present study, we aimed at developing a novel approach based on the use of poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) scaffolds seeded with DMs overexpressing connexin-43 (cx43), a gap junction protein that promotes inter-cell connectivity...
November 15, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133423/gap-junctional-coupling-between-retinal-amacrine-and-ganglion-cells-underlies-coherent-activity-integral-to-global-object-perception
#12
Kaushambi Roy, Sandeep Kumar, Stewart A Bloomfield
Coherent spike activity occurs between widely separated retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in response to a large, contiguous object, but not to disjointed objects. Since the large spatial separation between the RGCs precludes common excitatory inputs from bipolar cells, the mechanism underlying this long-range coherence remains unclear. Here, we show that electrical coupling between RGCs and polyaxonal amacrine cells in mouse retina forms the synaptic mechanism responsible for long-range coherent activity in the retina...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126985/spatiotemporal-expression-pattern-of-connexin-43-during-early-chick-embryogenesis
#13
Karyn Jourdeuil, Lisa A Taneyhill
During embryogenesis, a single cell develops into new tissues and organs that are made up of a number of different cell types. The assembly of the trigeminal ganglion (cranial nerve V), an important component of the peripheral nervous system, typifies this process. The trigeminal ganglia perform key sensory functions, including sensing pain and touch in the face, and arise from cells of two different progenitor populations, the neural crest and the cranial placodes. One question that remains poorly understood is how these two populations of cells interact with each other during development to form a functional ganglion...
November 7, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126976/involvement-of-glucose-related-energy-crisis-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-insinuation-of-streptozotocin-induced-alzheimer-s-like-pathology
#14
Joyshree Biswas, Sonam Gupta, Dinesh Kumar Verma, Parul Gupta, Abhishek Singh, Shubhangini Tiwari, Poonam Goswami, Sharad Sharma, Sarika Singh
The present study was conducted to correlate the cellular and molecular alterations in Alzheimer's pathology employing streptozotocin (STZ) induced experimental rat model. The STZ was administered in rat brain bilaterally by intracerebroventricular route using stereotaxic surgery followed by donepezil dosing. The Alzheimer's related pathological marker like acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity, tau phosphorylation and amyloid aggregation were observed after STZ administration. STZ treatment showed decreased glucose and glucose transporters (GLUT) level along with augmented level of calcium in both cortical and hippocampal regions of rat brain...
November 7, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126233/endothelin-1-promotes-human-germinal-vesicle-stage-oocyte-maturation-by-downregulating-connexin-26-expression-in-cumulus-cells
#15
Long Cui, Jiajie Shen, Li Fang, Xiaodan Mao, Hanzhi Wang, Yinghui Ye
STUDY QUESTION: Does endothelin-1 (ET-1) promote human oocyte maturation and by what mechanism? SUMMARY ANSWER: Addition of ET-1 to the medium in which human germinal vesicle (GV)-stage immature oocytes are cultured enhances the GV breakdown (GVBD) rate; the resumption of meiosis may be initiated by ET-1 downregulating the expression of connexin-26 (Cx26) in cumulus cells via endothelin receptor type B (ETRB), leading to decreased cAMP levels in the oocyte. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The paracrine factor ET-1 is secreted by ovarian somatic cells in pre-ovulatory follicles and regulates oocyte maturation in mice...
November 8, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122954/pregnancy-adapted-uterine-artery-endothelial-cell-ca2-signaling-and-its-relationship-with-membrane-potential
#16
Roxanne E Alvarez, Derek S Boeldt, Bikash R Pattnaik, Hannah L Friedman, Ian M Bird
Pregnancy-derived uterine artery endothelial cells (P-UAEC) express P2Y2 receptors and at high cell density show sustained and synchronous [Ca2+]i burst responses in response to ATP Bursts in turn require coupling of transient receptor potential canonical type3 channel (TRPC3) and inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor type 2 (IP3R2), which is upregulated in P-UAEC in a manner dependent on connexin 43 (Cx43) gap junctions. While there is no known direct interaction of TRPC3 with Cx43, early descriptions of TRPC3 function showed it may also be influenced by altered membrane potential (Vm)...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121655/experimental-blunt-chest-trauma-induced-myocardial-inflammation-and-alteration-of-gap-junction-protein-connexin-43
#17
Miriam Kalbitz, Elisa Maria Amann, Belinda Bosch, Annette Palmer, Anke Schultze, Jochen Pressmar, Birte Weber, Martin Wepler, Florian Gebhard, Hubert Schrezenmeier, Rolf Brenner, Markus Huber-Lang
OBJECTIVE: Severe blunt chest trauma in humans is associated with high mortality rates. Whereas lung tissue damage and lung inflammation after blunt chest trauma have extensively been investigated, the traumatic and posttraumatic effects on the heart remain poorly understood. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to define cardiac injury patterns in an experimental blunt chest trauma model in rats. METHODS: Experimental blunt chest trauma was induced by a blast wave in rats, with subsequent analysis of its effects on the heart...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119736/yimu-san-improves-obstetric-ability-of-pregnant-mice-by-increasing-serum-oxytocin-levels-and-connexin-43-expression-in-uterine-smooth-muscle
#18
Qi-Huan Wang, Shuang Zhang, Li-Meng Qin, Wen-Jun Zhang, Feng-Hua Liu, Jian-Qin Xu, Yun-Fei Ma, Ke-Dao Teng
Prolonged farrowing remains one of the critical challenges in intensive pig farming. This study aims to explore the effects and mechanism of Yimu San (YMS), a Chinese veterinary medicine micro mist, on delivery ability with mouse models. Thirty-two pregnant mice were randomly divided into a control group and low-YMS, med-YMS, and high-YMS groups. The labor process time and stillbirth rate were recorded, the levels of serum oxytocin and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) were measured with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116012/connexin-32-and-connexin-43-are-involved-in-lineage-restriction-of-hepatic-progenitor-cells-to-hepatocytes
#19
Haiyun Pei, Chao Zhai, Huilin Li, Fang Yan, Jinhua Qin, Hongfeng Yuan, Rui Zhang, Shuyong Wang, Wencheng Zhang, Mingyang Chang, Yunfang Wang, Xuetao Pei
BACKGROUND: Bi-potential hepatic progenitor cells can give rise to both hepatocytes and cholangiocytes, which is the last phase and critical juncture in terms of sequentially hepatic lineage restriction from any kind of stem cells. If their differentiation can be controlled, it might access to functional hepatocytes to develop pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as cell therapies for end-stage liver diseases. METHODS: In this study, we investigated the influence of Cx32 and Cx43 on hepatocyte differentiation of WB-F344 cells by in vitro gain and loss of function analyses...
November 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115581/tramadol-attenuates-the-sensitivity-of-glioblastoma-to-temozolomide-through-the-suppression-of-cx43%C3%A2-mediated-gap-junction-intercellular-communication
#20
Lingzhi Wang, Yuexia Peng, Jianxin Peng, Min Shao, Li Ma, Zhuoli Zhu, Guocheng Zhong, Zhengyuan Xia, Huansen Huang
Analgesics and antineoplastic drugs are often used concurrently for cancer patients. Our previous study reported that gap junctions composed of connexin32 (Cx32) was implicated in the effect of analgesics on cisplatin cytotoxicity. However, the effect of analgesic on the most widely expressed connexin (Cx), connexin43 (Cx43), and whether such effect mediates the influence on chemotherapeutic efficiency remain unknown. By manipulation of Cx43 expression or gap junction function, we found that there were gap junction-dependent and independent effect of Cx43 on temozolomide (TMZ) sensitivity in U87 glioblastoma cells...
November 3, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
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