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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546558/probing-the-roles-of-calcium-binding-sites-during-the-folding-of-human-peptidylarginine-deiminase-4
#1
Yi-Liang Liu, Chien-Yun Lee, Yu-Ni Huang, Hui-Yi Chen, Guang-Yaw Liu, Hui-Chih Hung
Our recent studies of peptidylarginine deiminase 4 (PAD4) demonstrate that its non-catalytic Ca(2+)-binding sites play a crucial role in the assembly of the correct geometry of the enzyme. Here, we examined the folding mechanism of PAD4 and the role of Ca(2+) ions in the folding pathway. Multiple mutations were introduced into the calcium-binding sites, and these mutants were termed the Ca1_site, Ca2_site, Ca3_site, Ca4_site and Ca5_site mutants. Our data indicate that during the unfolding process, the PAD4 dimer first dissociates into monomers, and the monomers then undergo a three-state denaturation process via an intermediate state formation...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546154/synergistic-mucus-secretion-by-histamine-and-il-4-through-tmem16a-in-airway-epithelium
#2
Ju Wan Kang, Yong Hyuk Lee, Min Jeong Kang, Hyun Jae Lee, Ryung Oh, Hyun Jin Min, Wan Namkung, Jae Young Choi, Sang Nam Lee, Chang-Hoon Kim, Joo-Heon Yoon, Hyung-Ju Cho
Histamine is an important mediator of allergic reactions, and mucus hypersecretion is a major allergic symptom. However, the direct effect of histamine on mucus secretion from airway mucosal epithelia has not been clearly demonstrated. TMEM16A is a Ca2+-activated chloride channel, and it is closely related to fluid secretion in airway mucosal epithelia. We investigated whether histamine directly induces fluid secretion from epithelial cells or submucosal glands (SMG) and mechanisms related therewith in allergic airway diseases...
May 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544414/effective-low-cost-recovery-of-toxic-arsenate-anions-from-water-using-hollow-sphere-trapper-geodes
#3
Sherif A El-Safty, Mohamed A Shenashen, Naeem Akhtar, Mahmoud M Selim, Wafaa M Morsy, Hitoshi Yamaguchi, Satoshi Kawada, Abdulaziz A Alhamid, Naoki Ohashi, Izumi Ichinose, Ahmed Alamoudi
Because of the devastating impacts of arsenic to terrestrial and aquatic organisms, recovery, removal, disposal and management of arsenic-contaminated water has a considerable challenge and become an urgent necessity in the field of water treatment. This study reports control fabrication of low-cost adsorbents based on microscopic NiO hollow sphere geode-shelled a 100 nm of poly-CN nano-sphere particles-like nodules of poly-carbon nitride that intrinsically stacked and wrapped around the hollow nest spheres to form 500-700 nm shell...
May 22, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542554/sodium-tanshinone-iia-sulfonate-stimulated-cl-secretion-in-mouse-trachea
#4
Peng-Xiao Chen, Yi-Lin Zhang, Jia-Wen Xu, Ming-Hao Yu, Jie-Hong Huang, Lei Zhao, Wen-Liang Zhou
Sodium tanshinone IIA sulfonate (STS) is a derivate of tanshinone IIA, a lipophilic compound in Salvia miltiorrhiza. This study aimed to investigate the effect of STS on ion transport in mouse tracheal epithelium and the mechanisms underlying it. Short-circuit current (Isc) was measured to evaluate the effect of STS on transepithelial ion transport. Intracellular Ca2+ imaging was performed to observe intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) changes induced by STS in primary cultured mouse tracheal epithelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542453/extracellular-calcium-promotes-bone-formation-from-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-amplifying-the-effects-of-bmp-2-on-smad-signalling
#5
Rubén Aquino-Martínez, Natalia Artigas, Beatriz Gámez, José Luis Rosa, Francesc Ventura
Understanding the molecular events that regulate osteoblast differentiation is essential for the development of effective approaches to bone regeneration. In this study, we analysed the osteoinductive properties of extracellular calcium in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (BM-MSC) differentiation. We cultured BM-MSCs in 3D gelatin scaffolds with Ca2+ and BMP-2 as osteoinductive agents. Early and late osteogenic gene expression and bone regeneration in a calvarial critical-size defect model demonstrate that extracellular Ca2+ enhances the effects of BMP-2 on Osteocalcin, Runx2 and Osterix expression and promotes bone regeneration in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542430/ros-regulation-of-axonal-mitochondrial-transport-is-mediated-by-ca2-and-jnk-in-drosophila
#6
Pin-Chao Liao, Lauren C Tandarich, Peter J Hollenbeck
Mitochondria perform critical functions including aerobic ATP production and calcium (Ca2+) homeostasis, but are also a major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. To maintain cellular function and survival in neurons, mitochondria are transported along axons, and accumulate in regions with high demand for their functions. Oxidative stress and abnormal mitochondrial axonal transport are associated with neurodegenerative disorders. However, we know little about the connection between these two...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542400/intracellular-ca2-homeostasis-and-jak1-stat3-pathway-are-involved-in-the-protective-effect-of-propofol-on-bv2-microglia-against-hypoxia-induced-inflammation-and-apoptosis
#7
Yan Lu, Yuechao Gu, Xiaowei Ding, Jiaqiang Wang, Jiawei Chen, Changhong Miao
BACKGROUND: Perioperative hypoxia may induce microglial inflammation and apoptosis, resulting in brain injury. The neuroprotective effect of propofol against hypoxia has been reported, but the underlying mechanisms are far from clear. In this study, we explored whether and how propofol could attenuate microglia BV2 cells from CoCl2-induced hypoxic injury. METHODS: Mouse microglia BV2 cells were pretreated with propofol, and then stimulated with CoCl2. TNF-α level in the culture medium was measured by ELISA kit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541442/cbl-interacting-protein-kinase-6-negatively-regulates-immune-response-to-pseudomonas-syringae-in-arabidopsis
#8
Atish Sardar, Ashis Kumar Nandi, Debasis Chattopadhyay
Cytosolic calcium ion (Ca2+) is an essential mediator of the plant innate immune response. Here, we report that a calcium-regulated protein kinase Calcineurin B-like protein (CBL)-interacting protein kinase 6 (CIPK6) functions as a negative regulator of immunity against the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis thaliana. Arabidopsis lines with compromised expression of CIPK6 exhibited enhanced disease resistance to the bacterial pathogen and to P. syringae harboring certain but not all avirulent effectors, while restoration of CIPK6 expression resulted in abolition of resistance...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539874/juvenile-hippocampal-ca2-region-expresses-aggrecan
#9
Asako Noguchi, Nobuyoshi Matsumoto, Shota Morikawa, Hideki Tamura, Yuji Ikegaya
Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are distributed primarily around inhibitory interneurons in the hippocampus, such as parvalbumin-positive interneurons. PNNs are also present around excitatory neurons in some brain regions and prevent plasticity in these neurons. A recent study demonstrated that PNNs also exist around mouse hippocampal pyramidal cells, which are the principle type of excitatory neurons, in the CA2 subregion and modulate the excitability and plasticity of these neurons. However, the development of PNNs in the CA2 region during postnatal maturation was not fully investigated...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539338/expression-of-trans-and-paracellular-calcium-and-magnesium-transport-proteins-in-renal-and-intestinal-epithelia-during-lactation
#10
Megan R Beggs, Ida Appel, Per Svenningsen, Karsten Skjødt, R Todd Alexander, Henrik Dimke
Significant alterations in maternal calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) balance occur during lactation. Ca2+ is the primary divalent cation mobilized into breast milk by demineralization of the skeleton and alterations in intestinal and renal Ca2+ transport. Mg2+ is also concentrated in breast milk, but the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. To determine the molecular alterations in Ca2+ and Mg2+ transport in the intestine and kidney during lactation, 3 groups of female mice consisting of either non-pregnant controls, lactating mice, or mice undergoing involution were examined...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538815/effects-of-electroacupuncture-on-stress-and-anxiety-related-responses-in-rats
#11
Ricardo M Bassetto, Tatiana Wscieklica, Kathlein C P Pouza, Daniela Ortolani, Milena B Viana, Isabel C Cespedes, Regina C Spadari
The aim of this work was to investigate if eletroacupuncture at PC6 would modulate the stress-induced anxiety-like behavior and the level of activation of several brain areas. Rats were distributed in groups: control; submitted to immobilization; submitted to immobilization and eletroacupuncture at PC6 or at the tail. Immobilization increased grooming and decreased stretched attend postures and the time spent in the open arms of the ele-vated plus-maze. Eletroacupuncture at PC6 or tail canceled the effect of immobilization on grooming and attenuated the stretched attend posture...
May 22, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537890/protective-effect-of-madecassoside-on-h2o2-induced-oxidative-stress-and-autophagy-activation-in-human-melanocytes
#12
Yuting Ling, Qingli Gong, Xixi Xiong, Li Sun, Wene Zhao, Wenyuan Zhu, Yan Lu
BACKGROUND: Centella asiatica (L.) Urb. is a traditional Chinese medicine that has many medical applications, including wound healing and anti-oxidation. Some traditional Chinese Medicine doctors have found that it has therapeutic effects for external use in the repigmentation of vitiligo and post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of madecassoside, a major bioactive component of C. asiatica, on oxidative stress in human melanocytes and its possible mechanism of action...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537876/activation-of-perk-branch-of-er-stress-mediates-homocysteine-induced-bkca%C3%A2-channel-dysfunction-in-coronary-artery-via-foxo3a-dependent-regulation-of-atrogin-1
#13
Wen-Tao Sun, Xiang-Chong Wang, Shiu-Kwong Mak, Guo-Wei He, Xiao-Cheng Liu, Malcolm John Underwood, Qin Yang
The molecular mechanism of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in vascular pathophysiology remains inadequately understood. We studied the role of ER stress in homocysteine-induced impairment of coronary dilator function, with uncovering the molecular basis of the effect of ER stress on smooth muscle large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BKCa) channels. The vasodilatory function of BKCa channels was studied in a myograph using endothelium-denuded porcine small coronary arteries. Primary cultured porcine coronary artery smooth muscle cells were used for mRNA and protein measurements and current recording of BKCa channels...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535537/triggering-of-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-exemestane
#14
Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Rosi Bissinger, Hang Cao, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The steroidal aromatase inactivator exemestane blocks estrogen biosynthesis and is thus employed for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Exemestane is in part effective by stimulation of suicidal cell death or apoptosis. Side effects of exemestane treatment include anemia. At least in theory, exemestane induced anemia could be secondary to stimulation of suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface...
May 11, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535500/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-5-mediates-ca2-influx-and-inhibits-chondrocyte-autophagy-in-a-rat-osteoarthritis-model
#15
Yingliang Wei, Yanfang Wang, Yutong Wang, Lunhao Bai
BACKGROUND: Autophagy, a self-protective mechanism of chondrocytes, has become a promising target to impede the progress of osteoarthritis (OA). Autophagy is regulated by cytosolic Ca2+ activity and may thus be modified by the Ca2+ permeable transient receptor potential channel vanilloid 5 (TRPV5). Therefore, we investigated the potential role of TRPV5 in mediating Ca2+ influx and in inhibiting chondrocyte autophagy in a rat OA model. METHODS: The rat OA model was assessed by macroscopic and histological analyses...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534960/cellular-na-handling-mechanisms-involved-in-airway-smooth-muscle-contraction-review
#16
Bettina Sommer, Edgar Flores-Soto, Georgina Gonzalez-Avila
A decrease in bronchial diameter is designated as bronchoconstriction (BC) and impedes the flow of air through the airway. Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the airways, reversible BC and nonspecific hyperreactivity. These last two symptoms are dependent on airway smooth muscle. Stimuli that trigger contraction can be characterized as chemical (neurotransmitters, cytokines and terpenoids) and physical (volume inspired, air pressure). Both stimuli activate signaling pathways by acting on membrane proteins and facilitating the passage of ions through the membrane, generating a voltage change and a subsequent depolarization...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533434/lysophosphatidylinositol-induced-activation-of-the-cation-channel-trpv2-triggers-glucagon-like-peptide-1-secretion-in-enteroendocrine-l-cells
#17
Kazuki Harada, Tetsuya Kitaguchi, Taichi Kamiya, Kyaw Htet Aung, Kazuaki Nakamura, Kunihiro Ohta, Takashi Tsuboi
The lysophosphatidylinositol (LPI) has crucial roles in multiple physiological processes, including insulin exocytosis from pancreatic islets. However, the role of LPI in secretion of glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a hormone that enhances glucose-induced insulin secretion, is unclear. Here, we used the murine enteroendocrine L cell line GLUTag and primary murine small intestinal cells to elucidate the mechanism of LPI-induced GLP-1 secretion. Exogenous LPI addition increased intracellular Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) in GLUTag cells and induced GLP-1 secretion from both GLUTag and acutely prepared primary intestinal cells...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531251/ca2-dependent-phosphoregulation-of-the-plasma-membrane-ca2-atpase-aca8-modulates-stimulus-induced-calcium-signatures
#18
Alex Costa, Laura Luoni, Claudia Adriana Marrano, Kenji Hashimoto, Philipp Köster, Sonia Giacometti, Maria Ida De Michelis, Jörg Kudla, Maria Cristina Bonza
Ca2+ signals are transient, hence, upon a stimulus-induced increase in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration, cells have to re-establish resting Ca2+ levels. Ca2+ extrusion is operated by a wealth of transporters, such as Ca2+ pumps and Ca2+/H+ antiporters, which often require a rise in Ca2+ concentration to be activated. Here, we report a regulatory fine-tuning mechanism of the Arabidopsis thaliana plasma membrane-localized Ca2+-ATPase isoform ACA8 that is mediated by calcineurin B-like protein (CBL) and CBL-interacting protein kinase (CIPK) complexes...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531217/store-operated-ca2-entry-supports-contractile-function-in-hearts-of-hibernators
#19
Olga V Nakipova, Alexey S Averin, Edward V Evdokimovskii, Oleg Yu Pimenov, Leonid Kosarski, Dmitriy Ignat'ev, Andrey Anufriev, Yuri M Kokoz, Santiago Reyes, Andre Terzic, Alexey E Alekseev
Hibernators have a distinctive ability to adapt to seasonal changes of body temperature in a range between 37°C and near freezing, exhibiting, among other features, a unique reversibility of cardiac contractility. The adaptation of myocardial contractility in hibernation state relies on alterations of excitation contraction coupling, which becomes less-dependent from extracellular Ca2+ entry and is predominantly controlled by Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum, replenished by the Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530094/troponin-c-mutations-partially-stabilize-the-active-state-of-regulated-actin-and-fully-stabilize-the-active-state-when-paired-with-%C3%AE-14-tnt
#20
Tamatha Baxley, Dylan Johnson, Jose Renato Pinto, Joseph Michael Chalovich
Striated muscle contraction is regulated by the actin associated proteins tropomyosin and troponin. Activation of myosin ATPase activity is lowest in the absence of both Ca2+ and activating crossbridges (i.e. S1-ADP or rigor S1). Binding of activating species of myosin to actin at saturating Ca2+ stabilizes the most active state (M state) of actin-tropomyosin-troponin (regulated actin). Ca2+ binding alone produces partial stabilization of the active state. The extent of stabilization at saturating Ca2+ depends on the isoform of the troponin subunits, the phosphorylation state of troponin and, in the case of cardiac muscle, the presence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy producing mutants of troponin T and troponin I...
May 22, 2017: Biochemistry
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