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chloride channel blockers

Logan J Voss, Sebastian Karalus, Vilhelm Englund, James W Sleigh
BACKGROUND: Ketamine is a general anesthetic thought to act by antagonizing N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors. However, ketamine acts on multiple channels, many of which are potential targets-including hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated and potassium channels. In this study we tested the hypothesis that potassium leak channels contribute to the anesthetic action of ketamine. METHODS: Adult mouse cortical slices (400 µm) were exposed to no-magnesium artificial cerebrospinal fluid to generate seizure-like event activity...
March 6, 2018: Anesthesiology
C Altamura, G F Mangiatordi, O Nicolotti, D Sahbani, A Farinato, F Leonetti, M R Carratù, D Conte, J-F Desaphy, P Imbrici
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Despite the fact that chloride channels are involved in several physiological processes and acquired diseases, the availability of compounds selectively targeting CLC proteins is rather limited. ClC-1 channels are responsible for sarcolemma repolarization after an action potential in skeletal muscle fibers and have been associated with myotonia congenita and myotonic dystrophy as well as with other muscular physiopathological conditions. To date only a few ClC-1 blockers have been discovered, such as anthracene-9-carboxylic acid (9-AC) and niflumic acid (NFA), whereas no useful activator exists...
March 3, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Man-Song Li, Elizabeth A Cowley, Yassine El Hiani, Paul Linsdell
The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is a Cl- channel that apparently has evolved from an ancestral active transporter. Key to CFTR's switch from pump to channel function may have been the appearance of one or more "lateral portals". Such portals connect the cytoplasm to the transmembrane channel pore, allowing a continuous pathway for the electro-diffusional movement of Cl- ions. However, these portals remain the least well-characterized part of the Cl- transport pathway; even the number of functional portals is uncertain, and if multiple portals do exist, their relative functional contributions are unknown...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Xi Luo, Lu Xue, Hao Xu, Qing-Yang Zhao, Qian Wang, Yu-Shan She, Dun-An Zang, Jinhua Shen, Yong-Bo Peng, Ping Zhao, Meng-Fei Yu, Weiwei Chen, Li-Qun Ma, Shu Chen, Shanshan Chen, Xiangning Fu, Sheng Hu, Xiaowei Nie, Chenyou Shen, Chunbin Zou, Gangjian Qin, Jiapei Dai, Guangju Ji, Yunchao Su, Shen Hu, Jingyu Chen, Qing-Hua Liu
Because of the serious side effects of the currently used bronchodilators, new compounds with similar functions must be developed. We screened several herbs and found that Polygonum aviculare L. contains ingredients that inhibit the precontraction of mouse and human airway smooth muscle (ASM). High K+ -induced precontraction in ASM was completely inhibited by nifedipine, a selective blocker of L-type voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels (LVDCCs). However, nifedipine only partially reduced the precontraction induced by acetylcholine chloride (ACH)...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yan Li, Shanshan Xu, Zhiwei Wang, Lingchao He, Kang Xu, Genxuan Wang
Sugars play important roles in regulating plant growth, development and stomatal movement. Here, we found that glucose triggered stomatal closure, showing a dose-and time-dependent manner in Arabidopsis. Pharmacological data showed that glucose-induced stomatal closure was greatly inhibited by catalase (CAT, a reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger), diphenyleneiodonium chloride (DPI, an NADPH oxidase inhibitor), lanthanum chloride (LaCl3, a Ca2+ channel blocker), ethylene glycol tetraacetic acid (EGTA, a Ca2+ chelator), two nitrate reductase (NR) inhibitors, tungstate and sodium azide (NaN3), while not affected by salicylhydroxamic acid (SHAM, a peroxidase inhibitor)...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Tae Sik Sung, Sung Jin Hwang, Sang Don Koh, Yulia Bayguinov, Lauen E Peri, Peter J Blair, Timothy I Webb, David M Pardo, Jason R Rock, Kenton M Sanders, Sean M Ward
Enteric motor neurotransmission is essential for normal gastrointestinal (GI) motility. Controversy exists regarding the cells and ionic conductance(s) that mediate post-junctional neuroeffector responses to motor neurotransmitters. Isolated intramuscular ICC (ICC-IM) and smooth muscle cells (SMCs) from murine fundus muscles were used to determine the conductances activated by carbachol (CCh) in each cell-type. The calcium-activated chloride conductance (CaCC), Ano1 is expressed by ICC-IM but not resolved in SMCs, and CCh activated a Cl- conductance in ICC-IM and a non-selective cation conductance (NSCC) in SMCs...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Yumiko Nishimura-Danjobara, Keisuke Oyama, Kumio Yokoigawa, Yasuo Oyama
To study the adverse effects of N-(3-oxododecanoyl)-l-homoserine-lactone (ODHL), a quorum sensing molecule, on mammalian host cells, its effect on membrane potential was examined in rat thymic lymphocytes using flow cytometric techniques with a voltage-sensitive fluorescent probe. As 3-300 μM ODHL elicited hyperpolarization, it is likely that it increases membrane K+ permeability because hyperpolarization is directly linked to changing K+ gradient across membranes, but not Na+ and Cl- gradients. ODHL did not increase intracellular Ca2+ concentration...
February 7, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
Roberta Costa, Davide Antonio Civello, Emanuele Bernardinelli, Simone Vanoni, Michaela Zopf, Giada Scantamburlo, Charity Nofziger, Wolfgang Patsch, Markus Paulmichl, Silvia Dossena
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In the human genome, more than 400 genes encode ion channels, which are ubiquitously expressed and often coexist and participate in almost all physiological processes. Therefore, ion channel blockers represent fundamental tools in discriminating the contribution of individual channel types to a physiological phenomenon. However, unspecific effects of these compounds may represent a confounding factor. Three commonly used chloride channel inhibitors, i.e. 4,4'-diisothiocyano-2,2'-stilbene-disulfonic acid (DIDS), 5-nitro-2-[(3-phenylpropyl) amino]benzoic acid (NPPB) and the anti-inflammatory drug niflumic acid were tested to identify the lowest concentration effective on Cl- channels and ineffective on K+ channels...
February 2, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Shaoyi Zhang, Gautier Stoll, José Manuel Bravo San Pedro, Valentina Sica, Allan Sauvat, Florine Obrist, Oliver Kepp, Yousheng Li, Luigi Maiuri, Naoufal Zamzami, Guido Kroemer
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) due to the ΔF508 mutation of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) can be treated with a combination of cysteamine and Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Since ECGC is not a clinically approved drug, we attempted to identify other compounds that might favourably interact with cysteamine to induce autophagy and thus rescuing the function of ΔF508 CFTR as a chloride channel in the plasma membrane. For this, we screened a compound library composed by chemically diverse autophagy inducers for their ability to enhance autophagic flux in the presence of cysteamine...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Daniel Callau-Vázquez, Stephan A Pless, Timothy Lynagh
Glutamate-gated chloride channels (GluCls) are neurotransmitter receptors that mediate crucial inhibitory signaling in invertebrate neuromuscular systems. Their role in invertebrate physiology and their absence from vertebrates make GluCls a prime target for antiparasitic drugs. GluCls from flatworm parasites are substantially different from and are much less understood than those from roundworm and insect parasites, hindering the development of potential therapeutics targeting GluCls in flatworm-related diseases such as schistosomiasis...
February 7, 2018: Biochemistry
Wonjong Lee, Dong Gun Lee
Silymarin, which is derived from the seeds of Silybum marianum, has been widely used to prevent and treat liver diseases. In our previous study, we reported that at concentrations above the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC), silymarin exhibited antifungal activity against Candida albicans by targeting its plasma membrane. However, the antifungal mechanism at concentration below the MIC remains unknown. Therefore, we aimed to determine the underlying mechanism of antifungal effects of silymarin at concentration below the MIC...
January 22, 2018: IUBMB Life
Xiaolin Hou, Rui Zhang, Junyan Wang, Yunhong Li, Fan Li, Yan Zhang, Xiaomin Zheng, Ying Shen, Yin Wang, Liang Zhou
Oligodendrocytes (OLs) are myelin-forming cells that are present within the central nervous system. Impaired oligodendrocyte precursor cell (OPC) differentiation into mature OLs is a major cause of demyelination diseases. Therefore, identifying the underlying molecular mechanisms of OPC differentiation is crucial to understand the processes of myelination and demyelination. It has been acknowledged that various extrinsic and intrinsic factors are involved in the control of OPC differentiation; however, the function of ion channels, particularly the voltage‑gated chloride channel (CLC), in OPC differentiation and myelination are not fully understood...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Lixia Sun, Yaru Dong, Jing Zhao, Yuan Yin, Bainan Tong, Yajuan Zheng, Hua Xin
When treating glaucoma, excessive scar tissue reactions reduce the postoperative survival rate of the filtering bleb. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that the proliferation, migration and extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis of fibroblasts are important molecular mechanisms underlying scar formation. Recent evidence has demonstrated that chloride channels play an important role in controlling cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and the cell cycle process in several cell types, but the effects of chloride channels on conjunctival fibroblasts have not be studied...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Jeannine Witte, Josephine Lampe, Anna Koenen, Ines Urbaneck, Antje Steinbach, Rainer Rettig, Olaf Grisk
OBJECTIVE: Antiangiogenic receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (RTKI) induce arterial hypertension which may limit their use. Renal fractional sodium excretion (FENa) is reduced in early RTKI-induced hypertension, whereas fractional lithium excretion is unaltered. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that activated distal tubule and collecting duct sodium reabsorption contributes to RTKI-induced hypertension. METHODS: Amiloride-sensitive and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)-sensitive fractional sodium reabsorption (FRNa) and renal epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) as well as sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) abundances were determined in sunitinib-treated and control rats...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
Xiayun Yang, Shusheng Tang, Daowen Li, Xiaohong Yu, Fuyun Wang, Xilong Xiao
Bcl-2 homologous antagonist/killer (BAK1) is a critical regulator of mitochondrial apoptosis. Although upregulation of BAK1 induces apoptosis has been established, the underlying molecular mechanism is far from clear. 4,4'-diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (DIDS), an organic anion used as a blocker of anion exchangers and chloride channels, has been proved to rescue cell apoptosis both in vitro and in vivo. However, whether DIDS can inhibit BAK1-induced mitochondrial apoptosis remains undefined. Thus, this study aimed to explore whether DIDS could protect BAK1-induced apoptosis through GSK3β/β-catenin signaling pathway...
June 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Zafar Iqbal, Idris Bello, Mohd Zaini Asmawi, Majed Ahmed Al-Mansoub, Ashfaq Ahmad, Qaiser Jabeen, Yam Mun Fei
Previous studies have investigated the cardiovascular activity of Gynura procumbens Merr. single-solvent extracts. The objective of this study was to evaluate the in vitro vasorelaxant properties and the underlying pharmacological mechanisms of serial extracts and fractions of Gynura procumbens (GP). The leaves of GP were serially extracted with petroleum ether, chloroform, methanol and water using the maceration method. Suspended aortic ring preparations were pre-contracted with phenylephrine (PE 1 µM), followed by cumulative addition of GP extracts (0...
November 28, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
Lucien Rufener, Vanessa Danelli, Daniel Bertrand, Heinz Sager
BACKGROUND: The isoxazolines are a novel class of parasiticides that are potent inhibitors of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-gated chloride channels (GABACls) and, to a lesser extent, of inhibitory glutamate-gated chloride channels (GluCls). Lotilaner (Credelio™), a novel representative of this chemical class, is currently evaluated for its excellent ectoparasiticide properties. METHODS: In this study, we investigated the molecular mode of action and pharmacology of lotilaner...
November 1, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Steven J St John, Anya M McBrayer, Erin E Krauskopf
In a series of behavioral experiments in the 1960s, G.R. Morrison identified several unique features of the taste of Na2CO3 to rats; namely, it is 1) considerably more intense than NaCl at isomolar concentrations, 2) avoided at 10 times lower concentrations than NaCl to thirsty rats, 3) preferred at 10 times lower concentrations than NaCl in sodium-depleted rats. He also demonstrated its qualitatively similarity to NaCl. In Experiment 1, we confirmed and extended many of Morrison's observations. Rats were injected with furosemide on 3 occasions to stimulate a sodium appetite...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
Alden S Estep, Neil D Sanscrainte, Christy M Waits, Jessica E Louton, James J Becnel
Puerto Rico (PR) has a long history of vector-borne disease and insecticide-resistant Aedes aegypti (L.). Defining contributing mechanisms behind phenotypic resistance is critical for effective vector control intervention. However, previous studies from PR have each focused on only one mechanism of pyrethroid resistance. This study examines the contribution of P450-mediated enzymatic detoxification and sodium channel target site changes to the overall resistance phenotype of Ae. aegypti collected from San Juan, PR, in 2012...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
Florence Sonneville, Manon Ruffin, Christelle Coraux, Nathalie Rousselet, Philippe Le Rouzic, Sabine Blouquit-Laye, Harriet Corvol, Olivier Tabary
Cystic fibrosis results from reduced cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein activity leading to defective epithelial ion transport. Ca2+-activated Cl- channels mediate physiological functions independently of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. Anoctamin 1 (ANO1/TMEM16A) was identified as the major Ca2+-activated Cl- channel in airway epithelial cells, and we recently demonstrated that downregulation of the anoctamin 1 channel in cystic fibrosis patients contributes to disease severity via an unknown mechanism...
September 27, 2017: Nature Communications
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