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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527957/streptozotocin-alters-glucose-transport-connexin-expression-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-functions-in-neurons-and-astrocytes
#1
Joyshree Biswas, Sonam Gupta, Dinesh Kumar Verma, Sarika Singh
The study was undertaken to explore the cell specific streptozotocin (STZ) induced mechanistic alterations. STZ induced rodent model is a well established experimental model of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and in our previous studies we have established it as an in vitro screening model of AD by employing N2A neuronal cells. Therefore, STZ was selected in the present study to understand the STZ induced cell specific alterations by utilizing neuronal N2A and astrocytes C6 cells. Both neuronal and astrocyte cells were treated with STZ at 10, 50, 100 and 1000μM concentration for 48 h...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526583/the-connexin-43-c-terminus-a-tail-of-many-tales
#2
REVIEW
Edward Leithe, Marc Mesnil, Trond Aasen
Connexins are chordate gap junction channel proteins that, by enabling direct communication between the cytosols of adjacent cells, create a unique cell signalling network. Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) has important roles in controlling cell growth and differentiation and in tissue development and homeostasis. Moreover, several non-canonical connexin functions unrelated to GJIC have been discovered. Of the 21 members of the human connexin family, connexin 43 (Cx43) is the most widely expressed and studied...
May 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520915/ovary-specific-depletion-of-the-nuclear-receptor-nr5a2-compromises-expansion-of-the-cumulus-oophorus-but-not-fertilization-by-icsi
#3
Kalyne Bertolin, Marie-Charlotte Meinsohn, João Suzuki, Jan Gossen, Kristina Schoonjans, Rajesha Duggavathi, Bruce D Murphy
The orphan nuclear receptor, liver receptor homolog-1 (Nr5a2) is widely expressed in mammalian tissues, its ovarian expression is restricted to granulosa cells of activated follicles. We employed the floxed Nr5a2 (Nr5a2f/f) mutant mouse line and two granulosa-specific Cre lines, Amhr2Cre and tgCyp19Cre, to develop two tissue- and time-specific Nr5a2 depletion models, Nr5a2Amhr2-/- and Nr5a2Cyp19-/-. In the Nr5a2Cyp19-/- ovaries, Nr5a2 was depleted in mural granulosa, but not cumulus cells. We induced follicular development in mutant and wild type (control, CON) mice with equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) followed 44h later treatment with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) to induce ovulation...
May 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513236/enhanced-gap-junctional-channel-activity-between-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-cerebral-artery-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#4
Li-Jie Wang, Ke-Tao Ma, Wen-Yan Shi, Ying-Zi Wang, Lei Zhao, Xin-Yan Chen, Xin-Zhi Li, Xue-Wei Jiang, Zhong-Shuang Zhang, Li Li, Jun-Qiang Si
The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of hypertension on the gap junctions between vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the cerebral arteries (CAs) of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). The functions of gap junctions in the CAs of VSMCs in SHRs and control normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were studied using whole-cell patch clamp recordings and pressure myography, and the expression levels of connexins were analyzed using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analyses...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510614/connexin-dependent-intercellular-stress-signaling-in-tissue-homeostasis-and-tumor-development
#5
Jarosław Czyż, Katarzyna Piwowarczyk, Milena Paw, Marcin Luty, Tomasz Wróbel, Jessica Catapano, Zbigniew Madeja, Damian Ryszawy
Cellular stress responses determine tissue development, homeostasis and pathogenesis. Paracrine signaling, exchange of mechanical stimuli and intercellular transfer of small metabolites via connexin-built gap junctional channels are involved in the cellular stress detection and propagation of stress stimuli in multicellular networks. Cellular stress responses are also regulated through the activity of unpaired connexons (hemichannels) and via the intracellular interference of connexins with the cell cycle and pro-apoptotic machinery...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507509/loss-of-elp3-impairs-the-acetylation-and-distribution-of-connexin-43-in-the-developing-cerebral-cortex
#6
Sophie Laguesse, Pierre Close, Laura Van Hees, Alain Chariot, Brigitte Malgrange, Laurent Nguyen
The Elongator complex is required for proper development of the cerebral cortex. Interfering with its activity in vivo delays the migration of postmitotic projection neurons, at least through a defective α-tubulin acetylation. However, this complex is already expressed by cortical progenitors where it may regulate the early steps of migration by targeting additional proteins. Here we report that connexin-43 (Cx43), which is strongly expressed by cortical progenitors and whose depletion impairs projection neuron migration, requires Elongator expression for its proper acetylation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500173/tgf-%C3%AE-1-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-plays-a-pivotal-role-in-cardiac-myofibroblast-arrhythmogenicity
#7
Nicolò Salvarani, Ange Maguy, Stefano A De Simone, Michele Miragoli, Florian Jousset, Stephan Rohr
BACKGROUND: TGF-β1 (transforming growth factor-β1) importantly contributes to cardiac fibrosis by controlling differentiation, migration, and collagen secretion of cardiac myofibroblasts. It is still elusive, however, to which extent TGF-β1 alters the electrophysiological phenotype of myofibroblasts and cardiomyocytes and whether it affects proarrhythmic myofibroblast-cardiomyocyte crosstalk observed in vitro. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patch-clamp recordings of cultured neonatal rat ventricular myofibroblasts revealed that TGF-β1, applied for 24 to 48 hours at clinically relevant concentrations (≤2...
May 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498436/exposure-to-a-chronic-high-fat-diet-promotes-atrial-structure-and-gap-junction-remodeling-in-rats
#8
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/28497398/early-markers-of-myocardial-ischemia-from-the-experimental-model-to-forensic-pathology-cases-of-sudden-cardiac-death
#9
Sara Sabatasso, Milena Moretti, Patrice Mangin, Tony Fracasso
The goal of this study was to assess whether early markers of myocardial ischemia, identified in a previous experimental work, can be applied in forensic pathology cases of sudden, ischemic cardiac death. These markers include desphosphorylated connexin 43 (Cx43), JunB, TUNEL assay, myoglobin, and troponin T. Fourteen cases of sudden cardiac death with gross and/or histological signs of myocardial infarction and 14 cases of sudden cardiac death with signs of early ischemia at histology and positive immunoreactions for fibronectin and C5b-9 were investigated...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495272/pannexins-in-vision-hearing-olfaction-and-taste
#10
REVIEW
Paige Whyte-Fagundes, Ryan Siu, Cherie Brown, Georg Zoidl
In mammals, the pannexin gene family consists of three members (Panx1, 2, 3), which represent a class of integral membrane channel proteins sharing some structural features with chordate gap junction proteins, the connexins. Since their discovery in the early 21st century, pannexin expression has been detected throughout the vertebrate body including eye, ear, nose and tongue, making the investigation of the roles of this new class of channel protein in health and disease very appealing. The localization in sensory organs, coupled with unique channel properties and associations with major signaling pathways make Panx1, and its relative's, significant contributors for fundamental functions in sensory perception...
May 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492539/non-junctional-cx32-mediates-anti-apoptotic-and-pro-tumor-effects-via-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-in-human-cervical-cancer-cells
#11
Yifan Zhao, Yongchang Lai, Hui Ge, Yunquan Guo, Xue Feng, Jia Song, Qin Wang, Lixia Fan, Yuexia Peng, Minghui Cao, Andrew L Harris, Xiyan Wang, Liang Tao
The role of connexin proteins (Cx), which form gap junctions (GJ), in progression and chemotherapeutic sensitivity of cervical cancer (CaCx), is unclear. Using cervix specimens (313 CaCx, 78 controls) and CaCx cell lines, we explored relationships among Cx expression, prognostic variables and mechanisms that may link them. In CaCx specimens, Cx32 was upregulated and cytoplasmically localized, and three other Cx downregulated, relative to controls. Cx32 expression correlated with advanced FIGO staging, differentiation and increased tumor size...
May 11, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488330/inhibition-of-cx43-mediates-protective-effects-on-hypoxic-reoxygenated-human-neuroblastoma-cells
#12
Nunzio Vicario, Giovanna Calabrese, Agata Zappalà, Carmela Parenti, Stefano Forte, Adriana Carol Eleonora Graziano, Luca Vanella, Rosalia Pellitteri, Venera Cardile, Rosalba Parenti
Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), a special population of glial cells, are able to synthesise several trophic factors exerting a neuroprotective action and promoting growth and functional recovery in both in vitro and in vivo models. In the present work, we investigated the neuroprotective effects of OEC-conditioned medium (OEC-CM) on two different human neuron-like cell lines, SH-SY5Y and SK-N-SH (neuroblastoma cell lines), under normoxic and hypoxic conditions. In addition, we also focused our attention on the role of connexins (Cxs) in the neuroprotective processes...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487024/co-localization-of-microsomal-prostaglandin-e-synthase-1-with-cyclooxygenase-1-in-layer-ii-of-murine-placental-syncytiotrophoblasts
#13
Mai Inagaki, Tomohiro Nishimura, Shin-Ichi Akanuma, Takeo Nakanishi, Masanori Tachikawa, Ikumi Tamai, Ken-Ichi Hosoya, Emi Nakashima, Masatoshi Tomi
The placenta is an organ that secretes prostaglandin (PG) E2 into the fetal-placental circulation to regulate both vascular tone and remodeling of the fetal ductus arteriosus. Placental PGE2 synthesis might be mediated by microsomal PGE synthase-1 (mPGES-1), in addition to cyclooxygenase (COX) isoforms. Thus, the purpose of this study is to clarify the temporal and spatial expression patterns of mPGES-1, together with COX-1 and COX-2, in murine placenta. We found that mPGES-1 and COX-1 protein levels continuously increased in the placental labyrinth from gestational day (GD) 13...
May 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486649/hyperandrogenemia-reduces-endothelium-derived-hyperpolarizing-factor-mediated-relaxation-in-mesenteric-artery-of-female-rats
#14
Jay S Mishra, Amar S More, Gary D V Hankins, Sathish Kumar
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often present with hyperandrogenemia along with vascular dysfunction and elevated blood pressure. In animal models of PCOS, anti-androgen treatment decreased blood pressure, indicating a key role for androgens in the development of hypertension. However, the underlying androgen-mediated mechanism that contributes to increased blood pressure is not known. This study determined whether elevated androgens affect endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF)-mediated vascular relaxation responses through alteration in function of gap junctional proteins...
May 8, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485004/sialic-acid-expression-in-human-fetal-skeletal-muscle-during-limb-early-myogenesis
#15
Mirca Marini, Erica Sarchielli, Giorgia Donata Zappoli Thyrion, Stefano Ambrosini, Eleonora Sgambati
Investigations on animal models demonstrated that changes of sialic acid (SA) expression, particularly the polymeric form, in the skeletal muscle during embryonic and post-natal development seem to be related to muscle differentiation and functionality onset. The aim of this study was to evaluate the monomeric and polymeric SA expression in human skeletal muscle during early stages of fetal development, when important morphofunctional events occur. Specimens of fetal skeletal muscle from limb, between 9 and 12 weeks of gestation (wg), were obtained from 19 pregnant women...
May 9, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478804/connexin-43-enhances-oxaliplatin-cytotoxicity-in-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
#16
S Q Wang, S W Zhang, C Z Zhang, Z Y Zhao, Y J Wang
Oxaliplatin, a platinum-based chemotherapeutic agent, is an important first-line drug in the treatment of colorectal cancers, but drug resistance causes treatment failure. It has been reported that gap junctional communication can enhance the cytotoxicity of platinum drugs.  The gap junction formed of connexin proteins provides a direct pathway for electrical and metabolic cell-cell interaction. The voltage-dependent gating of gap junction allows small hydrophilic molecules and ions to permeate to adjacent cells...
April 29, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476631/gating-of-connexin-channels-by-transjunctional-voltage-conformations-and-models-of-open-and-closed-states
#17
Thaddeus A Bargiello, Seunghoon Oh, Qingxiu Tang, Nicholas K Bargiello, Terry L Dowd, Taekyung Kwon
Voltage is an important physiologic regulator of channels formed by the connexin gene family. Connexins are unique among ion channels in that both plasma membrane inserted hemichannels (undocked hemichannels) and intercellular channels (aggregates of which form gap junctions) have important physiological roles. The hemichannel is the fundamental unit of gap junction voltage-gating. Each hemichannel displays two distinct voltage-gating mechanisms that are primarily sensitive to a voltage gradient formed along the length of the channel pore (the transjunctional voltage) rather than sensitivity to the absolute membrane potential (Vm or Vi-o)...
May 2, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475285/involvement-of-neurone-glia-neurone-neurone-communications-via-gap-junctions-in-synchronised-activity-of-kndy-neurones
#18
K Ikegami, S Minabe, N Ieda, T Goto, A Sugimoto, S Nakamura, N Inoue, S Oishi, A D Maturana, M Sanbo, M Hirabayashi, K-I Maeda, H Tsukamura, Y Uenoyama
Pulsatile secretion of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)/luteinizing hormone is indispensable for puberty onset and reproductive activities at adulthood in mammalian species. A cohort of neurones expressing three neuropeptides, kisspeptin, encoded by Kiss1 gene, neurokinin B (NKB) and dynorphin A, localised in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC), so-called KNDy neurones, are a putative intrinsic source of the GnRH pulse generator. Synchronous activity among KNDy neurones is thought to be required for pulsatile GnRH secretion...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474748/connexin36-localization-to-pinealocytes-in-the-pineal-gland-of-mouse-and-rat
#19
S G Wang, D D Tsao, K G Vanderpool, T Yasumura, J E Rash, J I Nagy
Several cell types in the pineal gland are known to establish intercellular gap junctions, but the connexin constituents of those junctions have not been fully characterized. Specifically, the expression of connexin36 (Cx36) protein and mRNA has been examined in the pineal, but the identity of cells that produce Cx36 and that form Cx36-containing gap junctions has not been determined. We used immunofluorescence and freeze fracture replica immunogold labelling (FRIL) of Cx36 to investigate the cellular and subcellular localization of Cx36 in the pineal gland of adult mouse and rat...
May 5, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471544/neonatal-hypothyroidism-affects-testicular-glucose-homeostasis-through-increased-oxidative-stress-in-prepubertal-mice-effects-on-glut3-glut8-and-cx43
#20
D Sarkar, S K Singh
Thyroid hormones (THs) play an important role in maintaining the link between metabolism and reproduction and the altered THs status is associated with induction of oxidative stress in various organs like brain, heart, liver and testis. Further, reactive oxygen species play a pivotal role in regulation of glucose homeostasis in several organs, and glucose utilization by Leydig cells is essential for testosterone biosynthesis and thus is largely dependent on glucose transporter 8 (GLUT8). Glucose uptake by Sertoli cells is mediated through glucose transporter 3 (GLUT3) under the influence of THs to meet energy requirement of developing germ cells...
May 4, 2017: Andrology
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