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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197715/vacuolar-ion-channels-in-the-liverwort-marchantia-polymorpha-influence-of-ion-channel-inhibitors
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Mateusz Koselski, Kazimierz Trebacz, Halina Dziubinska
Potassium-permeable slow activating vacuolar channels (SV) and chloride-permeable channels in the vacuole of the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha were characterized in respect to calcium dependence, selectivity, and pharmacology. The patch-clamp method was used in the study of ion channel activity in the vacuoles from the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. The whole-vacuole recordings allowed simultaneous observation of two types of currents-predominant slow activated currents recorded at positive voltages and fast activated currents recorded at negative voltages...
February 14, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161542/vasorelaxation-effect-of-glycyrrhizae-uralensis-through-the-endothelium-dependent-pathway
#2
Chu Shan Tan, Yung Sing Ch'ng, Yean Chun Loh, Mohd Zaini Asmawi, Mariam Ahmad, Mun Fei Yam
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Glycyrrhiza uralensis (G. uralensis) is one of the herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and serves as an envoy medicinal. Since G. uralensis plays a major role in the anti-hypertensive TCM formulae, we believe that G. uralensis might possess vasorelaxation activity. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study is designed to investigate the vasorelaxation effect of G. uralensis from various extracts and to study its pharmacology effect...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161538/chloride-channel-clc-2-enhances-intestinal-epithelial-tight-junction-barrier-function-via-regulation-of-caveolin-1-and-caveolar-trafficking-of-occludin
#3
Prashant K Nighot, Lana Leung, Thomas Y Ma
Previous studies have demonstrated that the chloride channel ClC-2 plays a critical role in intestinal epithelial tight junction (TJ) barrier function via intracellular trafficking of TJ protein occludin. To study the mechanism of ClC-2-mediated TJ barrier function and intracellular trafficking of occludin, we established ClC-2 over-expressing Caco-2 cell line (Caco-2(CLCN2)) by full length ClC-2 ORF transfection. ClC-2 over-expression (Caco-2(CLCN2)) significantly enhanced TJ barrier (increased TER by ≥2 times and reduced inulin flux by 50%) compared to control Caco-2(pEZ) cells...
February 2, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125813/signal-transduction-underlying-the-inhibitory-mechanism-of-fluoxetine-on-electrical-field-stimulation-response-in-rat-ileal-smooth-muscle
#4
Phyu Phyu Khin, Tin Sandar Zaw, Uy Dong Sohn
Fluoxetine (FLX), a well-known antidepressant drug under the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, exerts its action by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin selectively. In some studies, it has been demonstrated that FLX relaxes the intestinal smooth muscle. In this study, we aimed at studying the signal transduction pathway underlying the muscle relaxation effect of FLX on electrically stimulated rat ileal muscle contraction. To investigate the possible mechanism involved, various antagonists were used...
January 27, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071216/disinhibition-of-the-rat-prelimbic-cortex-promotes-serotonergic-activation-of-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus-and-panicolytic-like-behavioral-effects
#5
Paula Sm Yamashita, Ailton Spiacci, James E Hassel, Christopher A Lowry, Helio Zangrossi
Several studies have shown that serotonin plays a dual role in the modulation of defensive behaviors related to anxiety and panic. A major source of serotonergic projections to limbic structures responsible for this modulation is the dorsal raphe nucleus (DR). Anatomical studies indicate that the prelimbic (PL) cortex sends dense glutamatergic projections to the DR, leading to stimulation or inhibition of serotonin release in structures innervated by the DR. The objective of the present study was to investigate if GABAergic disinhibition of the PL by means of local administration of picrotoxin (PIC), a chloride channel blocker, can affect serotonergic tone and the expression of defensive behaviors related to anxiety and panic...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040564/role-of-potassium-channels-in-chlorogenic-acid-induced-apoptotic-volume-decrease-and-cell-cycle-arrest-in-candida-albicans
#6
JiEun Yun, Dong Gun Lee
BACKGROUND: Chlorogenic acid (CRA) is an abundant phenolic compound in the human diet. CRA has a potent antifungal effect, inducing cell death in Candida albicans. However, there are no further studies to investigate the antifungal mechanism of CRA, associated with ion channels. METHODS: To evaluate the inhibitory effects on CRA-induced cell death, C. albicans cells were pretreated with potassium and chloride channel blockers, separately. Flow cytometry was carried out to detect several hallmarks of apoptosis, such as cell cycle arrest, caspase activation, and DNA fragmentation, after staining of the cells with SYTOX green, FITC-VAD-FMK, and TUNEL...
March 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027400/elevated-intracellular-na-concentrations-in-developing-spinal-neurons
#7
Casie Lindsly, Carlos Gonzalez-Islas, Peter Wenner
Over 25 years ago it was first reported that intracellular chloride levels (Cl(-)in ) were higher in developing neurons than in maturity. This finding has had significant implications for understanding the excitability of developing networks and recognizing the underlying causes of hyperexcitability associated with disease and neural injury. While there is some evidence that intracellular sodium levels (Na(+)in ) change during the development of non-neural cells, it has largely been assumed that Na(+)in is the same in developing and mature neurons...
March 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011945/orexin-a-modulates-ins-1e-cell-proliferation-and-insulin-secretion-via-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-and-transient-receptor-potential-channels
#8
M Skrzypski, N Khajavi, S Mergler, M Billert, D Szczepankiewicz, T Wojciechowicz, K W Nowak, M Z Strowski
Orexins A (OXA) and B (OXB) control energy homeostasis by regulating food intake, energy expenditure and sleep-wake cycle. Several studies showed that OXA stimulates insulin secretion and proliferation of beta cells. However, mechanisms of action are still not well understood. Here, we investigated whether ERK and transient receptor potential channels (TRPs) play a role in mediating the effect of OXA on cell growth, insulin production, and secretion using the established INS-1E cell line. Cell proliferation was measured using BrdU assay...
October 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999941/extracellular-phosphates-enhance-activities-of-voltage-gated-proton-channels-and-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-murine-osteoclast-like-cells
#9
Guangshuai Li, Katsuyuki Miura, Miyuki Kuno
Osteoclasts are highly differentiated bone-resorbing cells and play a significant role in bone remodelling. In the resorption pit, inorganic phosphate (Pi) concentrations increase because of degradation of hydroxyapatite. We studied effects of extracellular Pi on voltage-gated H(+) channels in osteoclast-like cells derived from a macrophage cell line (RAW264). Extracellular Pi (1.25-20 mM) increased the H(+) channel currents dose dependently and reversibly. The Pi-induced increases were attenuated by removal of extracellular Na(+) and by phosphonoformic acid, a blocker of Na(+)-dependent Pi transporters...
December 21, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989677/salt-controls-feeding-decisions-in-a-blood-sucking-insect
#10
Gina Pontes, Marcos H Pereira, Romina B Barrozo
Salts are necessary for maintaining homeostatic conditions within the body of all living organisms. Like with all essential nutrients, deficient or excessive ingestion of salts can result in adverse health effects. The taste system is a primary sensory modality that helps animals to make adequate feeding decisions in terms of salt consumption. In this work we show that sodium and potassium chloride salts modulate the feeding behavior of Rhodnius prolixus in a concentration-dependent manner. Feeding is only triggered by an optimal concentration of any of these salts (0...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984129/aluminum-exposure-for-one-hour-decreases-vascular-reactivity-in-conductance-and-resistance-arteries-in-rats
#11
Patrícia Medeiros Schmidt, Alyne Goulart Escobar, João Guilherme Dini Torres, Caroline Silveira Martinez, Danize Aparecida Rizzetti, Simone Noremberg Kunz, Dalton Valentim Vassallo, María Jesús Alonso, Franck Maciel Peçanha, Giulia Alessandra Wiggers
AIMS: Aluminum (Al) is an important environmental contaminant; however, there are not enough evidences of Al-induced cardiovascular dysfunction. We investigated the effects of acute exposure to aluminum chloride (AlCl3) on blood pressure, vascular reactivity and oxidative stress. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male Wistar rats were divided into two groups: Untreated: vehicle (ultrapure water, ip) and AlCl3: single dose of AlCl3 (100mg/kg,ip). Concentration-response curves to phenylephrine in the absence and presence of endothelium, the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NAME, the potassium channels blocker tetraethylammonium, and the NADPH oxidase inhibitor apocynin were performed in segments from aortic and mesenteric resistance arteries...
October 27, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940997/real-time-label-free-detection-of-local-exocytosis-outside-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-using-laser-tweezers-raman-spectroscopy
#12
Rui-Qiong Luo, Fang Wei, Shu-Shi Huang, Yue-Ming Jiang, Shan-Lei Zhang, Wen-Qing Mo, Hong Liu, Xi Rong
The examination of insulin (Ins) exocytosis at the single-cell level by conventional methods, such as electrophysiological approaches, total internal reflection imaging, and two-photon imaging technology, often requires an invasive microelectrode puncture or label. In this study, high concentrations of glucose and potassium chloride were used to stimulate β cell Ins exocytosis, while low concentrations of glucose and calcium channel blockers served as the blank and negative control, respectively. Laser tweezers Raman spectroscopy (LTRS) was used to capture the possible Raman scattering signal from a local zone outside of the cell edge...
December 9, 2016: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940219/anoctamin2-tmem16b-forms-the-ca-2-activated-cl-channel-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#13
Susanne Keckeis, Nadine Reichhart, Christophe Roubeix, Olaf Strauß
Chloride channels (Cl channels) play an essential role for the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). They provide a plasma membrane conductance for Cl(-) important for transepithelial transport and volume regulation. Ca(2+)-dependent chloride channels (CaCC) in the RPE were found to adapt Cl(-) transport to specific needs by increasing intracellular free Ca(2+). Although a variety of Cl channels have been identified in the RPE, the molecular identity of the CaCC remains controversial. Sagittal sections of mouse retina were stained against anoctamin2 (Ano2) and analyzed by confocal microscopy...
December 8, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939722/the-effects-of-linalool-on-the-excitability-of-central-neurons-of-snail-caucasotachea-atrolabiata
#14
Jafar Vatanparast, Sara Bazleh, Mahyar Janahmadi
Linalool is a major constituent of the essential oil of several plant species and possesses several biological activities. In this work, we studied the effects of linalool on excitability of central neurons of land snail Caucasotachea atrolabiata and tried to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. The lower concentration of linalool (0.1mM) showed suppressive action on spontaneous activity and pentylenetetrazole-induced epileptiform activity. These effects were associated with elevation of the action potential threshold and reduction of action potential rising phase, supporting the inhibitory action of linalool on Na(+) channels...
February 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933932/mechanism-of-the-pseudoirreversible-binding-of-amantadine-to-the-m2-proton-channel
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Salomé Llabrés, Jordi Juárez-Jiménez, Matteo Masetti, Rosana Leiva, Santiago Vázquez, Sabrina Gazzarrini, Anna Moroni, Andrea Cavalli, F Javier Luque
The M2 proton channel of influenza A virus is an integral membrane protein involved in the acidification of the viral interior, a step necessary for the release of the viral genetic material and replication of new virions. The aim of this study is to explore the mechanism of drug (un)binding to the M2 channel in order to gain insight into the structural and energetic features relevant for the development of novel inhibitors. To this end, we have investigated the binding of amantadine (Amt) to the wild type (wt) M2 channel and its V27A variant using multiple independent molecular dynamics simulations, exploratory conventional metadynamics, and multiple-walkers well-tempered metadynamics calculations...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844056/hyperpolarization-activated-currents-and-subthreshold-resonance-in-granule-cells-of-the-olfactory-bulb
#16
Ruilong Hu, Katie A Ferguson, Christina B Whiteus, Dimphna H Meijer, Ricardo C Araneda
An important contribution to neural circuit oscillatory dynamics is the ongoing activation and inactivation of hyperpolarization-activated currents (Ih). Network synchrony dynamics play an important role in the initial processing of odor signals by the main olfactory bulb (MOB) and accessory olfactory bulb (AOB). In the mouse olfactory bulb, we show that Ih is present in granule cells (GCs), the most prominent inhibitory neuron in the olfactory bulb, and that Ih underlies subthreshold resonance in GCs. In accord with the properties of Ih, the currents exhibited sensitivity to changes in extracellular K(+) concentration and ZD7288 (4-ethylphenylamino-1,2-dimethyl-6-methylaminopyrimidin chloride), a blocker of Ih...
September 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785939/vasorelaxant-action-of-the-chloroform-fraction-of-orthosiphon-stamineus-via-no-cgmp-pathway-potassium-and-calcium-channels
#17
Mun Fei Yam, Chu Shan Tan, Mariam Ahmad, Shibao Ruan
Orthosiphon stamineus Benth. (Lamiaceae) is an important plant in traditional folk medicine that is used to treat hypertension and kidney stones. In humans, this plant has been tested as an addition regiment for antihypertensive treatment. Among the treatments for hypertension, O. stamineus had been to have diuretic and vasorelaxant effects in animal models. There is still very little information regarding the vasorelaxant effect of O. stamineus. Therefore, the present study was designed to investigate the vasorelaxant activity and mechanism of action of the fractions of O...
2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760989/mechanisms-underlying-the-endogenous-dopaminergic-inhibition-of-spinal-locomotor-circuit-function-in-xenopus-tadpoles
#18
Laurence D Picton, Keith T Sillar
Dopamine plays important roles in the development and modulation of motor control circuits. Here we show that dopamine exerts potent effects on the central pattern generator circuit controlling locomotory swimming in post-embryonic Xenopus tadpoles. Dopamine (0.5-100 μM) reduced fictive swim bout occurrence and caused both spontaneous and evoked episodes to become shorter, slower and weaker. The D2-like receptor agonist quinpirole mimicked this repertoire of inhibitory effects on swimming, whilst the D4 receptor antagonist, L745,870, had the opposite effects...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678152/in-silico-prediction-of-the-molecular-basis-of-cltx-and-aactx-interaction-with-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-mmp-2-to-inhibit-glioma-cell-invasion
#19
Houcemeddine Othman, Silke Andrea Wieninger, Mohamed ElAyeb, Michael Nilges, Najet Srairi-Abid
Glioblastoma is the deadliest type of brain cancer. Treatment could target the Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), which is known to be involved in the invasion process of glioblastoma cells. But current available inhibitors are not selective to MMP-2 due to their interaction with the catalytic binding site, which is highly conserved in all MMPs structures. Interestingly, members of the chloride channel blocker scorpion toxins, such as chlorotoxin (ClTx) and AaCTx, inhibit glioblastoma cell invasion and show a promising therapeutic potential...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27578144/propofol-inhibits-carbachol-induced-chloride-secretion-by-directly-targeting-the-basolateral-k-channel-in-rat-ileum-epithelium
#20
S-H Tang, H-Y Wang, H Sun, N An, L Xiao, Q Sun, D-B Zhao
BACKGROUND: Propofol is a widely used intravenous general anesthetic. Acetylcholine (ACh) is critical in controlling epithelial ion transport. This study was to investigate the effects of propofol on ACh-evoked secretion in rat ileum epithelium. METHODS: The Ussing chamber technique was used to investigate the effects of propofol on carbachol (CCh)-evoked short-circuit currents (Isc). KEY RESULTS: Propofol (10(-2) -10(-6)  mol/L) attenuated CCh-evoked Isc of rat ileum mucosa in a dose-dependent manner...
February 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
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