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Tao Wei, Lei Liu, Xiaoying Zhou
Airway smooth muscle (ASM) is a prominent effecter in maintaining bronchial muscle contraction and responsible for airway hyper-responsiveness (AHR); the phenotype change and over-proliferation of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) play key roles in the pathogenesis of asthma. The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-proliferation effects of Cortex Dictamni aqueous extract (CDAE) and ethanol extract (CDE) on ASMCs and the possible underline mechanisms. Cell proliferation rates were determined by MTT assay; matrix metalloproteinases-2 (MMP-2) activity was examined by gelatin zymography; cell proliferation and migration were appraised by in-vitro cell-gap closure assessment; protein expressions of p38, Bcl-2 and FAK of ASMCs were evaluated by western blotting and Ca2+ influx of cells was measured by confocal laser microscope...
March 13, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Pan Pan, Hongmin Zhang, Longxiang Su, Xiaoting Wang, Dawei Liu
To explore the mechanism of mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) mediating the protective of melatonin when septic cardiomyopathy. UCP2 knocked out mice and cardiomyocytes were used to study the effect of melatonin in response to LPS. Indicators of myocardial and mitochondria injury including mitochondrial membrane potential, mitochondrial permeability transition pore, calcium loading, ROS, and ATP detection were assessed. In addition cell viability and apoptosis as well as autophagy-associated proteins were evaluated...
March 16, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Corina T Madreiter-Sokolowski, Armin A Sokolowski, Markus Waldeck-Weiermair, Roland Malli, Wolfgang F Graier
Senescence is related to the loss of cellular homeostasis and functions, which leads to a progressive decline in physiological ability and to aging-associated diseases. Since mitochondria are essential to energy supply, cell differentiation, cell cycle control, intracellular signaling and Ca2+ sequestration, fine-tuning mitochondrial activity appropriately, is a tightrope walk during aging. For instance, the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) ensures a supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), but is also the main source of potentially harmful levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
March 16, 2018: Genes
Frederik Flenner, Nicole Arlt, Mahtab Nasib, Sophie Schobesberger, Thea Koch, Ursula Ravens, Felix Friedrich, Viacheslav Nikolaev, Torsten Christ, Sebastian N Stehr
BACKGROUND: Systemic toxicity of local anesthetics is predominantly complicated by their myocardial toxicity. Especially long-acting local anesthetics exert a negative inotropic effect that has been described at lower concentrations than defined for blockade of myocardial ion channels. We evaluated the negative inotropic effect of bupivacaine at a concentration described for clinical toxicity testing the hypothesis that negative inotropy is a result of reduced Ca sensitivity rather than blockade of ion channels...
March 16, 2018: Anesthesiology
Rafiq Ahmad, Nirmalya Tripathy, Min-Sang Ahn, Jin-Young Yoo, Yoon-Bong Hahn
Seed layer plays a crucial role to achieve high electrical conductivity and ensure higher performance of the devices. In this study, we report fabrication of a solution-gated field-effect transistor (FET) sensor based on zinc oxide nanorods (ZnO NRs) modified iron oxide nanoparticles (α-Fe2O3 NPs) grown on a highly conductive sandwich-like seed layer (ZnO seed layer/Ag nanowires/ZnO seed layer). The sandwich-like seed layer and ZnO NRs modification with α-Fe2O3 NPs provide excellent conductivity and prevent possible ZnO NRs surface damage from low pH enzyme immobilization, respectively...
March 16, 2018: ACS Sensors
Anna Szewczyk, Julie Gehl, Malgorzata Daczewska, Jolanta Saczko, Stine Krog Frandsen, Julita Kulbacka
Calcium electroporation (CaEP) describes the use of electric pulses (electroporation) to transiently permeabilize cells to allow supraphysiological doses of calcium to enter the cytosol. Calcium electroporation has successfully been investigated for treatment of cutaneous metastases in a clinical study. This preclinical study explores the possible use of calcium electroporation for treatment of sarcoma. A normal murine muscle cell line (C2C12), and a human rhabdomyosarcoma cell line (RD) were used in the undifferentiated and differentiated state...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Xueying Wang, Ksenia V Kastanenka, Michal Arbel-Ornath, Caitlin Commins, Akira Kuzuya, Amanda J Lariviere, Grant A Krafft, Franz Hefti, Jasna Jerecic, Brian J Bacskai
Soluble amyloid β oligomers (AβOs) are widely recognized neurotoxins that trigger aberrant signaling in specific subsets of neurons, leading to accumulated neuronal damage and memory disorders in Alzheimer's disease (AD). One of the profound downstream consequences of AβO-triggered events is dysregulation of cytosolic calcium concentration ([Ca2+ ]i ), which has been implicated in synaptic failure, cytoskeletal abnormalities, and eventually neuronal death. We have developed an in vitro/in vivo drug screening assay to evaluate putative AβO-blocking candidates by measuring AβO-induced real-time changes in [Ca2+ ]i ...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Immacolata Castellano, Oriana Migliaccio, Giarita Ferraro, Elisa Maffioli, Daniela Marasco, Antonello Merlino, Adriana Zingone, Gabriella Tedeschi, Anna Palumbo
The major yolk protein toposome plays crucial roles during gametogenesis and development of sea urchins. We previously found that nitration of toposome increases in the gonads of a Paracentrotus lividus population living in a marine protected area affected by toxic blooms of Ostreospsis cf. ovata, compared to control populations. This modification is associated with ovatoxin accumulation, high levels of nitric oxide in the gonads, and a remarkable impairment of progeny development. However, nothing is known about the environmental-mediated-regulation of the structure and biological function of toposome...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Chengyuan Lin, Jin Bai, Mulan He, Anderson O L Wong
In this study, structural analysis of grass carp prolactin (PRL) gene was performed and the signaling mechanisms for pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP) regulation of PRL promoter activity were investigated. In αT3-1 cells, PRL promoter activity could be induced by oPACAP38 which was blocked by PACAP antagonist but not the VIP antagonist. The stimulatory effect of oPACAP38 was mimicked by activation of AC/cAMP and voltage-sensitive Ca2+ channel (VSCC) signaling, or induction of Ca2+ entry...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yanting Wang, Wenxian Lan, Zhenzhen Yan, Jing Gao, Xinlian Liu, Sheng Wang, Xiying Guo, Chunxi Wang, Hu Zhou, Jiuping Ding, Chunyang Cao
Large-conductance Ca2+ - and voltage-dependent K+ (BK) channels display diverse biological functions while their pore-forming α subunit is coded by a single Slo1 gene. The variety of BK channels is correlated with the effects of BKα coexpression with auxiliary β (β1-β4) subunits, as well as newly defined γ subunits. Charybdotoxin (ChTX) blocks BK channel through physically occluding the K+ -conduction pore. Human brain enriched β4 subunit (hβ4) alters the conductance-voltage curve, slows activation and deactivation time courses of BK channels...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Zhihan Zhao, Huan Lan, Xin Li, Gökhan Yücel, Siegfried Lang, Katherine Sattler, Jan-Dierk Schünemann, Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann, Lukas Cyganek, Jochen Utikal, Thomas Wieland, Karen Bieback, Ralf Bauer, Antonius Ratte, Regina Pribe-Wolferts, Kleopatra Rapti, Daniel Nowak, Janina Wittig, Dierk Thomas, Patrick Most, Hugo A Katus, Ursula Ravens, Constanze Schmidt, Martin Borggrefe, Xiao-Bo Zhou, Oliver J Müller, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMD) are a heritable group of genetically determined disorders with a primary involvement of the pelvic or shoulder girdle musculature with partially cardiac manifestation, such as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and life-threatening tachyarrhythmia. We report here that human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes from a patient with LGMD2I and DCM associated with recurrent ventricular tachycardia displayed ion channel dysfunction and abnormality of calcium homeostasis...
March 2018: Circ Genom Precis Med
Sean C Edington, Andrea Gonzalez, Thomas R Middendorf, D Brent Halling, Richard W Aldrich, Carlos R Baiz
The Ca2+ -sensing protein calmodulin (CaM) is a popular model of biological ion binding since it is both experimentally tractable and essential to survival in all eukaryotic cells. CaM modulates hundreds of target proteins and is sensitive to complex patterns of Ca2+ exposure, indicating that it functions as a sophisticated dynamic transducer rather than a simple on/off switch. Many details of this transduction function are not well understood. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, ultrafast 2D infrared (2D IR) spectroscopy, and electronic structure calculations were used to probe interactions between bound metal ions (Ca2+ and several trivalent lanthanide ions) and the carboxylate groups in CaM's EF-hand ion-coordinating sites...
March 15, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Bailin Liu, Ruixiu Shi, Xiang Li, Yanping Liu, Xueqin Feng, Xueyi Chen, Xiaorong Fan, Yingying Zhang, Wenna Zhang, Jiaqi Tang, Xiuwen Zhou, Na Li, Xiyuan Lu, Zhice Xu
BACKGROUND: Prenatal hypoxia is suggested to be associated with increased risks of hypertension in offspring. This study tested whether prenatal hypoxia resulted in salt-sensitive offspring and its related mechanisms of vascular ion channel remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Pregnant rats were housed in a normoxic (21% O2 ) or hypoxic (10.5% O2 ) chamber from gestation days 5 to 21. A subset of male offspring received a high-salt diet (8% NaCl) from 4 to 12 weeks after birth...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Mohammad Golam Mostofa, Ajit Ghosh, Zhong-Guang Li, Md Nurealam Siddiqui, Masayuki Fujita, Lam-Son Phan Tran
Abiotic stresses are the most common harmful factors, adversely affecting all aspects of plants' life. Plants have to elicit appropriate responses against multifaceted effects of abiotic stresses by reprogramming various cellular processes. Signaling molecules play vital roles in sensing environmental stimuli to modulate gene expression, metabolism and physiological processes in plants to cope with the adverse effects. Methylglyoxal (MG), a dicarbonyl compound, is known to accumulate in cells as a byproduct of various metabolic pathways, including glycolysis...
March 12, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Nourdine Chakouri, Cyril Reboul, Doria Boulghobra, Adrien Kleindienst, Stéphane Nottin, Sandrine Gayrard, François Roubille, Stefan Matecki, Alain Lacampagne, Olivier Cazorla
BACKGROUND: The interplay between oxidative stress and other signaling pathways in the contractile machinery regulation during cardiac stress and its consequences on cardiac function remains poorly understood. We evaluated the effect of the crosstalk between β-adrenergic and redox signaling on post-translational modifications of sarcomeric regulatory proteins, Myosin Binding Protein-C (MyBP-C) and Troponin I (TnI). METHODS AND RESULTS: We mimicked in vitro high level of physiological cardiac stress by forcing rat hearts to produce high levels of oxidized glutathione...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Kexin Wang, Yang Xu, Qiong Sun, Jiangang Long, Jiankang Liu, Jian Ding
The multipurpose organelle mitochondria play an essential role(s) in controlling cardiac muscle contraction. Mitochondria, not only function as the powerhouses and the energy source of myocytes, but also modulate intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis, the production of intermediary metabolites/reactive oxygen species (ROS), and other cellular processes. Those molecular events can substantially influence myocardial contraction. Mitochondrial dysfunction is usually associated with cardiac remodeling, and is the causal factor of heart contraction defects in many cases...
March 16, 2018: Free Radical Research
Noura Brahmi, Mongi Saoudi, Yamina Kadri, Chomous Kallel, Aida El Euch, Fatma Makni Ayadi, Abdel Halim Harrath, Abdelfatah El Feki, Mohamed Salah Allagui
High fat diet (HFD) exposure is associated with various pathological dysfunctions, including haematological disorders and oxidative stress. The in vitro analysis of AECG revealed the presence of important levels of polyphenols and flavonoids, and denoted antioxidant capacities confirmed by nitric oxide radical (NO• ), reducing the power and HPLC chemical components' determinations. The animals exposed to HFD revealed a severe damage in the blood cells structure and haematological parameters accompanied with a significant decrease in serum Mg2+ and Ca2+ ATPase activities...
March 15, 2018: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
Ni Zhu, Bing Yi, Zhifu Guo, Guanxin Zhang, Shengdong Huang, Yongwen Qin, Xianxian Zhao, Jianxin Sun
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pim-1 is a serine/threonine kinase that is highly expressed in the heart, and exerts potent cardiac protective effects through enhancing survival, proliferation, and regeneration of cardiomyocytes. Its myocardial specific substrates, however, remain unknown. In the present study, we aim to investigate whether Pim-1 modulates myofilament activity through phosphorylation of cardiac troponin I (cTnI), a key component in regulating myofilament function in the heart. METHODS: Coimmunoprecipitation and immunofluorescent assays were employed to investigate the interaction of Pim-1 with cTnI in cardiomyocytes...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Irena Branyikova, Monika Filipenska, Katerina Urbanova, Marek C Ruzicka, Martin Pivokonsky, Tomas Branyik
Alkaline flocculation has been studied due to its potential as a low-cost harvesting method for microalgae. However, surface properties (zeta potential, contact angles) as inputs into physicochemical interaction models have not yet been applied systematically. In this work, forced alkaline flocculation of the freshwater microalgae Chlorella vulgaris induced by calcium phosphate precipitates was studied as a model system. Response surface methodology was used to quantify the effect of independent variables (concentration of Ca2+ (0...
March 6, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Phu Hai Nguyen, Erika I Lutter, Ted Hackstadt
Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular bacterium that replicates within a vacuole termed an inclusion. At the end of their intracellular developmental cycle, chlamydiae are released either by lysis of the host cell or extrusion of the intact inclusion. The inclusion membrane is extensively modified by the insertion of type III secreted inclusion membrane proteins, Incs, which contribute to inclusion membrane structure and facilitate host-pathogen interactions. An interaction was identified between the inclusion membrane protein, MrcA, and the Ca2+ channel inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor, type 3 (ITPR3)...
March 2018: PLoS Pathogens
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