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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337914/electrically-actuated-valves-for-woven-fabric-lateral-flow-devices
#1
Tanya Narahari, Dhananjaya Dendukuri, Shashi K Murthy
The integration of flow control elements into low-cost biosensors, presents a significant engineering challenge. This article describes the development and integration of active, chemical valves into lateral flow devices, using a scalable, single-step, weaving-based manufacturing approach. The valve was constructed from an electrically conductive polymer, polypyrrole. The polymer switches between wetting and non-wetting states when it is reduced and oxidized via the application of an electrochemical potential...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336549/eavk-segment-c-sequence-confers-ca-2-dependent-changes-to-the-kinetics-of-full-length-human-ano1
#2
Peter R Strege, Simon J Gibbons, Amelia Mazzone, Cheryl E Bernard, Arthur Beyder, Gianrico Farrugia
Anoctamin1 (Ano1, TMEM16A) is a calcium-activated chloride channel specifically expressed in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract muscularis propria. Ano1 is necessary for normal electrical slow waves and ICC proliferation. The full length human Ano1 sequence includes an additional exon, exon "0," at the N-terminus. Ano1 with exon "0" (Ano1(0)) had a lower EC50 for intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) and faster chloride current (ICl) kinetics. The Ano1 alternative splice variant with segment "c" encoding exon 13 expresses on the first intracellular loop four additional amino acid residues, EAVK, which alter ICl at low [Ca(2+)]i Exon 13 is expressed in 75-100% of Ano1 transcripts in most human tissues but only 25% in human stomach...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334417/pharmacovigilance-database-search-discloses-clc-k-channels-as-a-novel-target-of-the-at1-receptor-blockers-valsartan-and-olmesartan
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Paola Imbrici, Domenico Tricarico, Giuseppe Felice Mangiatordi, Orazio Nicolotti, Marcello Diego Lograno, Diana Conte, Antonella Liantonio
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Human ClC-K chloride channels are highly attractive targets for drug discovery for their physiological role and association with genetic disorders. These channels are pivotal in the kidney as they control chloride reabsorption and water diuresis. In addition, loss-of-function mutations of CLCKNB and BSND genes cause Bartter's syndrome (BS), whereas CLCNKA and CLCKNB gain-of-function polymorphisms predispose to a rare form of salt sensitive hypertension. Both disorders lack a personalized therapy that is in most cases only symptomatic...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325641/spectrum-of-nondystrophic-skeletal-muscle-channelopathies-in-children
#4
Fouad Al-Ghamdi, Basil T Darras, Partha S Ghosh
BACKGROUND: The nondystrophic skeletal muscle channelopathies are a group of disorders caused by mutations of various voltage-gated ion channel genes, including nondystrophic myotonia and periodic paralysis. METHODS: We identified patients with a diagnosis of muscle channelopathy from our neuromuscular database in a tertiary care pediatric center from 2005 to 2015. We then performed a retrospective review of their medical records for demographic characteristics, clinical features, investigations, treatment, and follow-up...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320898/a-personal-historic-perspective-on-the-role-of-chloride-in-skeletal-and-cardiac-muscle
#5
REVIEW
Otto F Hutter
During the early decades of the last century, skeletal muscle was held to be impermeable to chloride ions. This theory, based on shaky grounds, was famously falsified by Boyle and Conway in 1941. Two decades later and onwards, the larger part of the resting conductance of skeletal muscle was found to be due to chloride ions, sensitive to the chemical environment, and to be time-and-voltage dependent. So, much of the groundwork for the physiological role of chloride ions in skeletal muscle was laid before the game-changing discovery of chloride channels...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320373/nelumbo-nucifera-leaves-extracts-inhibit-mouse-airway-smooth-muscle-contraction
#6
Xiao Yang, Lu Xue, Qingyang Zhao, Congli Cai, Qing-Hua Liu, Jinhua Shen
BACKGROUND: Alkaloids extracted from lotus leaves (AELL) can relax vascular smooth muscle. However, whether AELL has a similar relaxant role on airway smooth muscle (ASM) remains unknown. This study aimed to explore the relaxant property of AELL on ASM and the underlying mechanism. METHODS: Alkaloids were extracted from dried lotus leaves using the high temperature rotary evaporation extraction method. The effects of AELL on mouse ASM tension were studied using force measuring and patch-clamp techniques...
March 20, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319451/a-best-example-of-channel-structure-annotation-by-molecular-simulation
#7
Shanlin Rao, Gianni Klesse, Phillip J Stansfeld, Stephen J Tucker, Mark S P Sansom
An increasing number of ion channel structures are being determined. This generates a need for computational tools to enable functional annotation of channel structures. However, a number of studies of ion channel and model pores have indicated that the physical dimensions of a pore are not always a reliable indicator of its conductive status. This is due to the unusual behavior of water within nano-confined spaces, resulting in a phenomenon referred to as 'hydrophobic gating'. We have recently demonstrated how simulating the behavior of water within an ion channel pore can be used to predict its conductive status...
March 20, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317122/an-anthropomorphic-abdominal-phantom-for-deformable-image-registration-accuracy-validation-in-adaptive-radiation-therapy
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Yuliang Liao, Linjing Wang, Xiangdong Xu, Haibin Chen, Jiawei Chen, Guoqian Zhang, Huaiyu Lei, Ruihao Wang, Shuxu Zhang, Xuejun Gu, Xin Zhen, Linghong Zhou
PURPOSE: To design and construct a three-dimensional (3D) anthropomorphic abdominal phantom for geometric accuracy and dose summation accuracy evaluations of deformable image registration (DIR) algorithms for adaptive radiation therapy (ART). METHOD: Organ molds, including liver, kidney, spleen, stomach, vertebra and two metastasis tumors, were 3D printed using contours from an ovarian cancer patient. The organ molds were molded with deformable gels made of different mixtures of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and the softener dioctyl terephthalate...
March 20, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301408/k-cl-cotransporter-2-mediated-cl-extrusion-determines-developmental-stage-dependent-impact-of-propofol-anesthesia-on-dendritic-spines
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Martin Puskarjov, Hubert Fiumelli, Adrian Briner, Timea Bodogan, Kornel Demeter, Claudia-Marvine Lacoh, Martina Mavrovic, Peter Blaesse, Kai Kaila, Laszlo Vutskits
BACKGROUND: General anesthetics potentiating γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-mediated signaling are known to induce a persistent decrement in excitatory synapse number in the cerebral cortex when applied during early postnatal development, while an opposite action is produced at later stages. Here, the authors test the hypothesis that the effect of general anesthetics on synaptogenesis depends upon the efficacy of GABA receptor type A (GABAA)-mediated inhibition controlled by the developmental up-regulation of the potassium-chloride (K-Cl) cotransporter 2 (KCC2)...
March 16, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300155/volume-sensitive-outwardly-rectifying-chloride-channel-blockers-protect-against-high-glucose-induced-apoptosis-of-cardiomyocytes-via-autophagy-activation
#10
Lin Wang, Mingzhi Shen, Xiaowang Guo, Bo Wang, Yuesheng Xia, Ning Wang, Qian Zhang, Lintao Jia, Xiaoming Wang
Hyperglycemia is a well-characterized contributing factor for cardiac dysfunction and heart failure among diabetic patients. Apoptosis of cardiomyocytes plays a major role during the onset and pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). Nonetheless, the molecular machinery underlying hyperglycemia-induced cardiac damage and cell death remains elusive. In the present study, we found that chloride channel blockers, 4,4'-diisothiocya-natostilbene-2,2'- disulfonic acid (DIDS) and 4-(2-butyl-6,7-dichlor-2-cyclopentyl-indan-1-on-5-yl) oxybutyric acid (DCPIB), inhibited high glucose-activated volume-sensitive outwardly rectifying (VSOR) Cl(-) channel and improved the viability of cardiomyocytes...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299581/expression-of-anoctamin-1-is-associated-with-advanced-tumor-stage-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-predicts-recurrence-after-surgery
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Y He, H Li, Y Chen, P Li, L Gao, Y Zheng, Y Sun, J Chen, X Qian
PURPOSE: Anoctamin 1 (ANO1), a recently identified calcium-activated chloride channel, has been found to have a critical role in tumorigenesis and tumor progression in several types of cancer. However, its role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains to be elucidated. In this study, we evaluated the utility of ANO1 as a prognostic marker. PATIENTS AND METHODS: ANO1 expression was detected in tumor tissues and paraneoplastic tissues of I-IV stage NSCLC patients who received surgical treatment by using immunohistochemical and quantitative RT-PCR analyses...
March 15, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293832/the-mechanistic-role-of-the-calcium-activated-chloride-channel-ano1-in-tumor-growth-and-signaling
#12
Anke Bill, Larry Alex Gaither
Multiple studies have described the high expression and amplification of Anoctamin 1 (ANO1) in various cancers, including, but not limited to breast cancer, head and neck cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors and glioblastoma. ANO1 has been demonstrated to be critical for tumor growth in breast and head and neck cancers through its regulation of EGFR signaling and pathway modulators like MAPK and protein kinase B. However, the discovery of ANO1 as a calcium activated chloride channel came as a surprise to the field and has given rise to many questions...
March 15, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293191/an-exploration-of-charge-compensating-ion-channels-across-the-phagocytic-vacuole-of-neutrophils
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Juliet R Foote, Philippe Behe, Mathew Frampton, Adam P Levine, Anthony W Segal
Neutrophils phagocytosing bacteria and fungi exhibit a burst of non-mitochondrial respiration that is required to kill and digest the engulfed microbes. This respiration is accomplished by the movement of electrons across the wall of the phagocytic vacuole by the neutrophil NADPH oxidase, NOX2. In this study, we have attempted to identify the non-proton ion channels or transporters involved in charge compensation by examining the effect of inhibitors on vacuolar pH and cross-sectional area, and on oxygen consumption...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290981/case-report-of-clinical-vignette-osteopetrosis
#14
John B Moore, Thanh D Hoang, Alfred F Shwayhat
INTRODUCTION: Osteopetrosis is a connective tissue disorder resulting from abnormally dense bone predisposing patients to fracture. The clinical pattern of fractures across time and space as well as suggestive radiographic findings usually raises diagnostic suspicion. Multiple genetic mutations resulting in dysfunctional osteoclasts have been implicated in the pathogenesis of osteopetrosis with variable inheritance patterns. In severe cases, usually inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, the medullary cavity important in the production of normal blood cell progenitors is replaced by defective endochondral bone, leading to pancytopenia and consequential extramedullary hematopoiesis...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289711/the-volume-regulated-anion-channel-lrrc8-in-nodose-neurons-is-sensitive-to-acidic-ph
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Runping Wang, Yongjun Lu, Susheel Gunasekar, Yanhui Zhang, Christopher J Benson, Mark W Chapleau, Rajan Sah, François M Abboud
The leucine rich repeat containing protein 8A (LRRC8A), or SWELL1, is an essential component of the volume-regulated anion channel (VRAC) that is activated by cell swelling and ionic strength. We report here for the first time to our knowledge its expression in a primary cell culture of nodose ganglia neurons and its localization in the soma, neurites, and neuronal membrane. We show that this neuronal VRAC/SWELL1 senses low external pH (pHo) in addition to hypoosmolarity. A robust sustained chloride current is seen in 77% of isolated nodose neurons following brief exposures to extracellular acid pH...
March 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288174/poor-phenotype-genotype-association-in-a-large-series-of-patients-with-type-iii-bartter-syndrome
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Alejandro García Castaño, Gustavo Pérez de Nanclares, Leire Madariaga, Mireia Aguirre, Álvaro Madrid, Sara Chocrón, Inmaculada Nadal, Mercedes Navarro, Elena Lucas, Julia Fijo, Mar Espino, Zilac Espitaletta, Víctor García Nieto, David Barajas de Frutos, Reyner Loza, Guillem Pintos, Luis Castaño, Gema Ariceta
INTRODUCTION: Type III Bartter syndrome (BS) is an autosomal recessive renal tubule disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in the CLCNKB gene, which encodes the chloride channel protein ClC-Kb. In this study, we carried out a complete clinical and genetic characterization in a cohort of 30 patients, one of the largest series described. By comparing with other published populations, and considering that 80% of our patients presented the p.Ala204Thr Spanish founder mutation presumably associated with a common phenotype, we aimed to test the hypothesis that allelic differences could explain the wide phenotypic variability observed in patients with type III BS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285851/ivermectin-old-drug-new-tricks
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REVIEW
Roz Laing, Victoria Gillan, Eileen Devaney
Ivermectin is one of the most important drugs in veterinary and human medicine for the control of parasitic infection and was the joint focus of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, some 35 years after its remarkable discovery. Although best described for its activity on glutamate-gated chloride channels in parasitic nematodes, understanding of its mode of action remains incomplete. In the field of veterinary medicine, resistance to ivermectin is now widespread, but the mechanisms underlying resistance are unresolved...
March 9, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280458/jmv5656-a-novel-derivative-of-tlqp-21-triggers-the-activation-of-a-calcium-dependent-potassium-outward-current-in-microglial-cells
#18
Ilaria Rivolta, Anna Binda, Laura Molteni, Laura Rizzi, Elena Bresciani, Roberta Possenti, Jean-Alain Fehrentz, Pascal Verdié, Jean Martinez, Robert J Omeljaniuk, Vittorio Locatelli, Antonio Torsello
TLQP-21 (TLQPPASSRRRHFHHALPPAR) is a multifunctional peptide that is involved in the control of physiological functions, including feeding, reproduction, stress responsiveness, and general homeostasis. Despite the huge interest in TLQP-21 biological activity, very little is known about its intracellular mechanisms of action. In microglial cells, TLQP-21 stimulates increases of intracellular Ca(2+) that may activate functions, including proliferation, migration, phagocytosis and production of inflammatory molecules...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278029/overview-of-surface-measurements-and-spatial-characterization-of-submicron-particulate-matter-during-the-discover-aq-2013-campaign-in-houston
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Y J Leong, N P Sanchez, H W Wallace, B Karakurt Cevik, C S Hernandez, Y Han, J H Flynn, P Massoli, C Floerchinger, E C Fortner, S Herndon, J K Bean, L Hildebrandt Ruiz, W Jeon, Y Choi, B Lefer, R J Griffin
The sources of submicron particulate matter (PM1) remain poorly characterized in the industrialized city of Houston. A mobile sampling approach was used to characterize PM1 composition and concentration across Houston based on high time resolution measurements of non-refractory PM1 and trace gases during the DISCOVER-AQ Texas 2013 campaign. Two pollution zones with marked differences in PM1 levels, character, and dynamics were established based on cluster analysis of organic aerosol mass loadings sampled at sixteen sites...
February 28, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275112/clic1-null-mice-demonstrate-a-role-for-clic1-in-macrophage-superoxide-production-and-tissue-injury
#20
Barbara Ulmasov, Jonathan Bruno, Kiyoko Oshima, Yao-Wen Cheng, Stephen P Holly, Leslie V Parise, Terrance M Egan, John C Edwards
We generated and studied CLIC1 null (C1KO) mice to investigate the physiological role of this protein. C1KO and matched wild-type (WT) mice were studied in two models of acute toxic tissue injury. CLIC1 expression is upregulated following acute injury of WT kidney and pancreas and is absent in C1KOs. Acute tissue injury is attenuated in the C1KOs and this correlates with an absence of the rise in tissue reactive oxygen species (ROS) that is seen in WT mice. Infiltration of injured tissue by inflammatory cells was comparable between WT and C1KOs...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
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