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Samaneh Davoudi, Tina Ahmadi, Evangelia Papavasilieou, Ilya Leskov, Lucia Sobrin
PURPOSE: To identify autoantigens in autoimmune retinopathy patients by phage immunoprecipitation sequencing (PhIP-Seq), a new technique for autoantigen discovery. METHODS: PhIP-Seq was used to sequence putative autoantibodies in plasma from 11 patients with autoimmune retinopathy and eight controls. We compared the autoantibodies' molecular weights with those of proteins detected by Western blot. RESULTS: Several autoantigens were found in cases and not detected in the controls...
October 11, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Clark A Briggs, Shreaya Chakroborty, Grace E Stutzmann
The current state of the AD research field is highly dynamic is some respects, while seemingly stagnant in others. Regarding the former, our current lack of understanding of initiating disease mechanisms, the absence of effective treatment options, and the looming escalation of AD patients is energizing new research directions including a much-needed re-focusing on early pathogenic mechanisms, validating novel targets, and investigating relevant biomarkers, among other exciting new efforts to curb disease progression and foremost, preserve memory function...
September 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Hila Roshanravan, Eun Y Kim, Stuart E Dryer
The arachidonic acid metabolite 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE) regulates renal function, including changes in glomerular function evoked during tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF). This study describes the cellular actions of 20-HETE on cultured podocytes, assessed by whole-cell recordings from cultured podocytes combined with pharmacological and cell-biological manipulations of cells. Bath superfusion of 20-HETE activates cationic currents that are blocked by the pan-TRP blocker SKF-96365 and by 50 μM La(3+), and which are attenuated after siRNA knockdown of TRPC6 subunits...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Zili Zhang, Jian Wang, Jianxing He, Xiansheng Zeng, Xindong Chen, Mingmei Xiong, Qipeng Zhou, Meihua Guo, Defu Li, Wenju Lu
OBJECTIVE: Store operated calcium channels (SOCCs) and Receptor-operated calcium channels (ROCCs) are important pathways participating in regulation of intracellular Ca(2 +) concentration in various cell types. The purpose of our study is to determine whether genetic variations in key components of SOCCs and ROCCs are associated with lung cancer risk. METHODS: We identified 236 tagSNPs in 9 key genes related to SOCCs and ROCCs (TRPC1, TRPC3, TRPC4, TRPC6, TRPC7, ORAI1, ORAI2, STIM1, and STIM2) and evaluated their association with lung cancer risk in a two-stage case-control study with a total of 2433 lung cancer cases and 2433 cancer-free controls using Illumina high throughput genotyping platform...
September 2016: Meta Gene
Kevin J Morine, Vikram Paruchuri, Xiaoying Qiao, Mark Aronovitz, Gordon S Huggins, David DeNofrio, Michael S Kiernan, Richard H Karas, Navin K Kapur
INTRODUCTION: Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels are broadly expressed cation channels that mediate diverse physiological stimuli and include canonical (TRPC), melastatin (TRPM), and vanilloid (TRPV) subtypes. Recent studies have implicated a role for TRPC6 channels as an important component of signaling via the cytokine, transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFβ1) in right (RV) or left ventricular (LV) failure. Endoglin (Eng) is a transmembrane glycoprotein that promotes TRPC6 expression and TGFβ1 activity...
August 21, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Maija Suvanto, Jaakko Patrakka, Timo Jahnukainen, Pia-Maria Sjöström, Matti Nuutinen, Pekka Arikoski, Janne Kataja, Marjo Kestilä, Hannu Jalanko
BACKGROUND: Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is a common cause of end-stage renal disease in children but also occurs as an adult-onset condition. In a subset of SRNS patients, pathogenic variants are found in genes coding for podocyte foot process proteins. The aim of this study was to define the role of pathogenic variants in Finnish patients with familial and sporadic SRNS. METHODS: We analyzed SRNS-related genes NPHS1, NPHS2, NEPH1, ACTN4, TRPC6, INF2, WT1, CD2AP, LAMB2, and PLCE1 for disease-causing variants using direct sequencing of exons and intron/exon boundaries in all members of a family with dominant SRNS with early onset and slow progression to end-stage renal disease...
August 29, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Letizia Albarrán, José J López, Luis J Gómez, Ginés M Salido, Juan A Rosado
Canonical transient receptor potential-1 (TRPC1) is an almost ubiquitously expressed channel that plays a relevant role in cell function. As other TRPC members, TRPC1 forms receptor-operated cation channels that exhibit both STIM1-dependent and store-independent behaviour. The STIM1 inhibitor SARAF (for store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE)-associated regulatory factor) modulates SOCE by interaction with the STIM1 region responsible for Orai1 activation (SOAR). Furthermore, SARAF modulates Ca(2+) entry through the arachidonate-regulated Ca(2+) (ARC) channels, consisting of Orai1 and Orai3 heteropentamers and plasma membrane-resident STIM1...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Journal
David W Hammers, Margaret M Sleeper, Sean C Forbes, Ai Shima, Glenn A Walter, H Lee Sweeney
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of mortality among Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients and lacks effective therapies. Phosphodiesterase type 5 is implicated in dystrophic pathology, and the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor tadalafil has recently been studied in a clinical trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. METHODS AND RESULTS: Tadalafil was evaluated for the prevention of cardiomyopathy in the mdx mouse and golden retriever muscular dystrophy dog models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Worapong Singchat, Ekarat Hitakomate, Budsaba Rerkarmnuaychoke, Aorarat Suntronpong, Beiyuan Fu, Winai Bodhisuwan, Surin Peyachoknagul, Fengtang Yang, Sittichai Koontongkaew, Kornsorn Srikulnath
Genomic alteration in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) was studied in two cell line pairs (HN30-HN31 and HN4-HN12) using conventional C-banding, multiplex fluorescence in situ hybridization (M-FISH), and array comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH). HN30 and HN4 were derived from primary lesions in the pharynx and base of tongue, respectively, and HN31 and HN12 were derived from lymph-node metastatic lesions belonging to the same patients. Gain of chromosome 1, 7, and 11 were shared in almost all cell lines...
2016: PloS One
Jie Tao, Zhen Lan, Yunman Wang, Hongya Hei, Lulu Tian, Wanma Pan, Xuemei Zhang, Wen Peng
Large-conductance calcium-activated potassium (BK) channels are currently considered as vital players in a variety of renal physiological processes. In podocytes, BK channels become active in response to stimuli that increase local cytosolic Ca(2+), possibly secondary to activation of slit diaphragm TRPC6 channels by chemical or mechanical stimuli. Insulin increases filtration barrier permeability through mobilization of BK channels. In mesangial cells, BK channels co-expressed with β1 subunits act as a major component of the counteractive response to contraction in order to regulate glomerular filtration...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
X Y Li, P X Ran, J Wang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) on the Smad signaling pathway in rat distal pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), and to explore the role of the transient receptor potential ion channel (TRPC) protein 1 and 6(TRPC1, 6) in rat distal PASMCs. METHODS: Distal pulmonary arteries were isolated from adult male Wistar rats(n=6, 280-300 g). The endothelium-denuded pulmonary artery tissue was digested using Collagenase and PASMCs were cultured...
July 2016: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Jun Zhang, Wenju Lu, Yuqin Chen, Qian Jiang, Kai Yang, Meichan Li, Ziyi Wang, Xin Duan, Lei Xu, Haiyang Tang, Dejun Sun, Jian Wang
The ubiquitin-proteasome system is considered to be the key regulator of protein degradation. Bortezomib (BTZ) is the first proteasome inhibitor approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treatment of relapsed multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. Recently, BTZ treatment was reported to inhibit right ventricular hypertrophy and vascular remodeling in hypoxia-exposed and monocrotaline-injected rats. However, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. We previously confirmed that hypoxia-elevated basal intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) and store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) are involved in pulmonary vascular remodeling...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Hitesh Soni, Adebowale Adebiyi
Glomerular mesangial cell (GMC) proliferation and death are involved in the pathogenesis of glomerular disorders. The mechanisms that control GMC survival are poorly understood, but may include signal transduction pathways that are modulated by changes in intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) concentration. In this study, we investigated whether activation of the canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) 6 channels and successive [Ca(2+)]i elevation alter neonatal GMC survival. Hyperforin (HF)-induced TRPC6 channel activation increased [Ca(2+)]i concentration, inhibited proliferation, and triggered apoptotic cell death in primary neonatal pig GMCs...
2016: Scientific Reports
Yun-Ping Mu, Da-Cen Lin, Fu-Rong Yan, Hai-Xia Jiao, Long-Xin Gui, Mo-Jun Lin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Alterations in intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) underlie the pathogenesis of various cardiovascular diseases. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) is the primary functional protein associated with caveolae, which are invaginations in the plasma membrane, and is a regulator of [Ca2+]i signaling. Caveolae and Cav-1 increase the activity of store-operated Ca2+ channels (SOCC) in rat pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), and these enhancing effects were more pronounced in rats with pulmonary hypertension (PH)...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Bharathi Aravamudan, Michael A Thompson, Christina M Pabelick, Y S Prakash
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a neurotrophin produced by airway smooth muscle (ASM), enhances inflammation effects on airway contractility, supporting the idea that locally produced growth factors influence airway diseases such as asthma. We endeavored to dissect intrinsic mechanisms regulating endogenous, as well as inflammation (TNF-α)-induced BDNF secretion in ASM of nonasthmatic vs. asthmatic humans. We focused on specific Ca(2+) regulation- and inflammation-related signaling cascades and quantified BDNF secretion...
August 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Xudong Wu, Artur A Indzhykulian, Paul D Niksch, Roxanna M Webber, Miguel Garcia-Gonzalez, Terry Watnick, Jing Zhou, Melissa A Vollrath, David P Corey
Members of the TRP superfamily of ion channels mediate mechanosensation in some organisms, and have been suggested as candidates for the mechanotransduction channel in vertebrate hair cells. Some TRP channels can be ruled out based on lack of an inner ear phenotype in knockout animals or pore properties not similar to the hair-cell channel. Such studies have excluded Trpv4, Trpa1, Trpml3, Trpm1, Trpm3, Trpc1, Trpc3, Trpc5, and Trpc6. However, others remain reasonable candidates. We used data from an RNA-seq analysis of gene expression in hair cells as well as data on TRP channel conductance to narrow the candidate group...
2016: PloS One
Alexandre Bouron, Sylvain Chauvet, Stuart Dryer, Juan A Rosado
Canonical transient receptor potential 6 (TRPC6) proteins assemble into heteromultimeric structures forming non-selective cation channels. In addition, many TRPC6-interacting proteins have been identified like some enzymes, channels, pumps, cytoskeleton-associated proteins, immunophilins, or cholesterol-binding proteins, indicating that TRPC6 are engaged into macromolecular complexes. Depending on the cell type and the experimental conditions used, TRPC6 activity has been reported to be controlled by diverse modalities...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Alejandro Berna-Erro, Isaac Jardín, Tarik Smani, Juan A Rosado
Agonist-induced changes in cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) are central events in platelet physiology. A major mechanism supporting agonist-induced Ca(2+) signals is store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE), where the Ca(2+) sensor STIM1 and the channels of the Orai family, as well as TRPC members are the key elements. STIM1-dependent SOCE plays a major role in collagen-stimulated Ca(2+) signaling, phosphatidylserine exposure and thrombin generation. Furthermore, studies involving Orai1 gain-of-function mutants and platelets from Orai1-deficient mice have revealed the importance of this channel in thrombosis and hemostasis to those found in STIM1-deficient mice indicating that SOCE might play a prominent role in thrombus formation...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Janina Staffel, Daniela Valletta, Anna Federlein, Katharina Ehm, Regine Volkmann, Andrea M Füchsl, Ralph Witzgall, Michaela Kuhn, Frank Schweda
The cardiac natriuretic peptides (NPs), atrial NP and B-type NP, regulate fluid homeostasis and arterial BP through renal actions involving increased GFR and vascular and tubular effects. Guanylyl cyclase-A (GC-A), the transmembrane cGMP-producing receptor shared by these peptides, is expressed in different renal cell types, including podocytes, where its function is unclear. To study the effects of NPs on podocytes, we generated mice with a podocyte-specific knockout of GC-A (Podo-GC-A KO). Despite the marked reduction of GC-A mRNA in GC-A KO podocytes to 1% of the control level, Podo-GC-A KO mice and control littermates did not differ in BP, GFR, or natriuresis under baseline conditions...
May 6, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Ji-Hee Kim, Jian Xie, Kyu-Hee Hwang, Yueh-Lin Wu, Noelynn Oliver, Minseob Eom, Kyu-Sang Park, Nestor Barrezueta, In-Deok Kong, R Paul Fracasso, Chou-Long Huang, Seung-Kuy Cha
Klotho is a type-1 membrane protein predominantly produced in the kidney, the extracellular domain of which is secreted into the systemic circulation. Membranous and secreted Klotho protect organs, including the kidney, but whether and how Klotho directly protects the glomerular filter is unknown. Here, we report that secreted Klotho suppressed transient receptor potential channel 6 (TRPC6)-mediated Ca(2+) influx in cultured mouse podocytes by inhibiting phosphoinositide 3-kinase-dependent exocytosis of the channel...
May 5, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
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