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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773910/the-l-type-calcium-channel-blocker-isradipine-attenuates-cue-induced-cocaine-seeking-by-enhancing-dopaminergic-activity-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-to-nucleus-accumbens-pathway
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Nii A Addy, Eric J Nunes, Shannon M Hughley, Keri M Small, Sarah J Baracz, Joshua L Haight, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha
Previous preclinical and clinical investigations have focused on the L-type calcium channel (LTCC) as a potential therapeutic target for substance abuse. While some clinical studies have examined the ability of LTCC blockers to alter cocaine's subjective effects, very few LTCC studies have examined cocaine relapse. Here, we examined whether ventral tegmental area (VTA)-specific or systemic administration of the LTCC inhibitor, isradipine, altered cocaine-seeking behavior in a rat model. Male Sprague-Dawley rats first received 10 days of cocaine self-administration training (2 h sessions), where active lever depression resulted in delivery of a ∼0...
May 3, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751590/construction-and-functionality-of-a-ceramic-resonant-pressure-sensor-for-operation-at-elevated-temperatures
#2
Matej Sadl, Andraz Bradesko, Darko Belavic, Andreja Bencan, Barbara Malic, Tadej Rojac
Piezoelectric ceramic resonant pressure sensors have shown potential as sensing elements for harsh environments, such as elevated temperatures. For operating temperatures exceeding ~250 °C, conventional and widely used Pb(Zr,Ti)O₃ (PZT) piezoelectrics should be replaced. Here, a ceramic pressure sensor from low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) was constructed by integrating a piezoelectric actuator made from bismuth ferrite (BiFeO₃) on a diaphragm. This ferroelectric material was selected because of its high Curie temperature (TC = 825 °C) and as a lead-free piezoelectric extensively investigated for high-temperature applications...
May 3, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732439/rad-gtpase-deletion-attenuates-post-ischemic-cardiac-dysfunction-and-remodeling
#3
Janet R Manning, Lakshman Chelvarajan, Bryana M Levitan, Catherine N Withers, Prabhakara R Nagareddy, Christopher M Haggerty, Brandon K Fornwalt, Erhe Gao, Himi Tripathi, Ahmed Abdel-Latif, Douglas A Andres, Jonathan Satin
The protein Rad interacts with the LTCC to modulate trigger Ca2+ , hence to govern contractility. Reducing Rad levels increases cardiac output. Ablation of Rad also attenuated the inflammatory response following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Future studies to target deletion of Rad in the heart could be conducted to establish a novel treatment paradigm whereby pathologically stressed hearts would be given a safe, stable positive inotropic support without arrhythmias and without pathological structural remodeling...
February 2018: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684406/conservation-of-cardiac-l-type-ca-2-channels-and-their-regulation-in-drosophila-a-novel-genetically-pliable-channelopathic-model
#4
Worawan B Limpitikul, Meera C Viswanathan, Brian O'Rourke, David T Yue, Anthony Cammarato
Dysregulation of L-type Ca2+ channels (LTCCs) underlies numerous cardiac pathologies. Understanding their modulation with high fidelity relies on investigating LTCCs in their native environment with intact interacting proteins. Such studies benefit from genetic manipulation of endogenous channels in cardiomyocytes, which often proves cumbersome in mammalian models. Drosophila melanogaster, however, offers a potentially efficient alternative as it possesses a relatively simple heart, is genetically pliable, and expresses well-conserved genes...
June 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29626474/canstatin-modulates-l-type-calcium-channel-activity-in-rat-ventricular-cardiomyocytes
#5
Keisuke Imoto, Masaki Hirakawa, Muneyoshi Okada, Hideyuki Yamawaki
Excessive increase of cytosolic Ca2+ through the activation of L-type Ca2+ channels (LTCCs) via β adrenergic receptor induces apoptosis of cardiomyocytes. Canstatin, a cleaved fragment of collagen type IV α2 chain, is abundantly expressed in normal heart tissue. We previously reported that canstatin inhibits β adrenergic receptor-stimulated apoptosis in cardiomyoblasts. Here, we tested the hypothesis that canstatin regulates LTCCs activity in ventricular cardiomyocytes. Collagen type IV α2 chain (COL4A2) small interfering (si) RNA (for canstatin suppression) or control siRNA was injected via jugular vein in Wistar rats...
May 23, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29621176/functionalized-thick-film-impedance-sensors-for-use-in-in-vitro-cell-culture
#6
Heike Bartsch, Martin Baca, Uta Fernekorn, Jens Müller, Andreas Schober, Hartmut Witte
Multi-electrode arrays find application in electrophysiological recordings. The quality of the captured signals depends on the interfacial contact between electrogenic cells and the electronic system. Therefore, it requires reliable low-impedance electrodes. Low-temperature cofired ceramic technology offers a suitable platform for rapid prototyping of biological reactors and can provide both stable fluid supply and integrated bio-hardware interfaces for recordings in electrogenic cell cultures. The 3D assembly of thick film gold electrodes in in vitro bio-reactors has been demonstrated for neuronal recordings...
April 5, 2018: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29513717/an-anti-pdgfr%C3%AE-aptamer-for-selective-delivery-of-small-therapeutic-peptide-to-cardiac-cells
#7
Alessandra Romanelli, Alessandra Affinito, Concetta Avitabile, Silvia Catuogno, Paola Ceriotti, Margherita Iaboni, Jessica Modica, Geroloma Condorelli, Daniele Catalucci
Small therapeutic peptides represent a promising field for the treatment of pathologies such as cardiac diseases. However, the lack of proper target-selective carriers hampers their translation towards a potential clinical application. Aptamers are cell-specific carriers that bind with high affinity to their specific target. However, some limitations on their conjugation to small peptides and the functionality of the resulting aptamer-peptide chimera exist. Here, we generated a novel aptamer-peptide chimera through conjugation of the PDGFRβ-targeting Gint4...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29513520/multilayer-functional-tapes-cofired-at-450-%C3%A2-c-beyond-htcc-and-ltcc-technologies
#8
Jobin Varghese, Tuomo Siponkoski, Maciej Sobocinski, Timo Vahera, Heli Jantunen
This paper reports the first ultralow sintering temperature (450 °C) cofired multifunctional ceramic substrate based on a commercial lead zirconium titanate (PZ29)-glass composite, which is fabricated by tape casting, isostatic lamination, and sintering. This substrate was prepared from a novel tape casting slurry composition suitable for cofiring at low temperatures with commercial Ag electrodes at 450 °C. The green cast tape and sintered substrate showed a surface roughness of 146 and 355 nm, respectively, suitable for device-level fabrication by postprocessing...
April 4, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445096/chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-promotes-myocardial-ischemia-related-ventricular-arrhythmias-and-sudden-cardiac-death
#9
Jessica Morand, Claire Arnaud, Jean-Louis Pepin, Diane Godin-Ribuot
We investigated the effects of intermittent hypoxia (IH), such as that encountered in severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients, on the development and severity of myocardial ischemia-related ventricular arrhythmias. Rats were exposed to 14 days of IH (30 s at 5%O2 and 30 s at 21%O2 , 8 h·day-1 ) or normoxia (N, similar air-air cycles) and submitted to a 30-min coronary ligature. Arterial blood pressure (BP) and ECG were recorded for power spectral analysis, ECG interval measurement and arrhythmia quantification...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423686/tgf-%C3%AE-1-regulation-of-p-jnk-and-l-type-calcium-channel-cav1-2-in-cortical-neurons
#10
Zhenning Liu, Jiangtao Sheng, Guoyi Peng, Jinhua Yang, Weiqiang Chen, Kangsheng Li
Central nervous system (CNS) diseases can cause a series of neuronal lesions, which may be improved by the anti-apoptotic neuroprotection of transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1). In neurons, L-type Ca2+ channels (LTCC) are mainly composed of Cav1.2 subunits. Given the implication of TGF-β1 in numerous CNS diseases, we examined the neuroprotective effects of TGF-β1 on the Cav1.2 channel in the CNS. To simulate acute mechanical traumatic brain injury (TBI), we used a needle to create parallel scratches across plates, which were cultured for 9 h...
March 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29420074/extracellular-acidosis-suppresses-calcification-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-by-inhibiting-calcium-influx-via-l-type-calcium-channels
#11
Shenglei Zhang, Jinsheng Xu, Yu Feng, Junxia Zhang, Liwen Cui, Huiran Zhang, Yaling Bai
Vascular calcification such as arteriosclerosis, which is characterized by a calcification of the tunica media, is a severe complication of chronic kidney disease (CKD), contributing to the high prevalence of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with CKD. An essential step during the development of arteriosclerosis is the transdifferentiation/calcification of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), resembling osteogenesis. Metabolic acidosis, a common clinical manifestation in CKD, is known to decrease vascular calcification...
2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29370099/fabrications-and-performance-of-wireless-lc-pressure-sensors-through-ltcc-technology
#12
Lin Lin, Mingsheng Ma, Faqiang Zhang, Feng Liu, Zhifu Liu, Yongxiang Li
This paper presents a kind of passive wireless pressure sensor comprised of a planar spiral inductor and a cavity parallel plate capacitor fabricated through low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology. The LTCC material with a low Young's modulus of ~65 GPa prepared by our laboratory was used to obtain high sensitivity. A three-step lamination process was applied to construct a high quality cavity structure without using any sacrificial materials. The effects of the thickness of the sensing membranes on the sensitivity and detection range of the pressure sensors were investigated...
January 25, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29354603/is-the-location-of-the-tumor-another-prognostic-factor-for-patients-with-colon-cancer
#13
Myung-Kyu Jung, Ui Sup Shin, Young-Jun Ki, Yong-Bae Kim, Sun-Mi Moon, Se-Jin Sung
Purpose: In this study, we investigated both the characteristics of right colon cancer (RTCC) in comparison with those of left colon cancer (LTCC) and the impact of the location of the colon cancer on the prognosis. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the cases of 974 patients with nonmetastatic colon cancer who had undergone surgery with a curative intent from January 2001 to December 2011. RTCC was defined as a tumor located proximal to the splenic flexure. The characteristics of RTCC cancer were investigated by using descriptive analyses, and their impacts on the prognosis were assessed by using a Cox multivariate regression...
December 2017: Annals of Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339150/altered-function-of-neuronal-l-type-calcium-channels-in-ageing-and-neuroinflammation-implications-in-age-related-synaptic-dysfunction-and-cognitive-decline
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REVIEW
Sheeja Navakkode, Chao Liu, Tuck Wah Soong
The rapid developments in science have led to an increase in human life expectancy and thus, ageing and age-related disorders/diseases have become one of the greatest concerns in the 21st century. Cognitive abilities tend to decline as we get older. This age-related cognitive decline is mainly attributed to aberrant changes in synaptic plasticity and neuronal connections. Recent studies show that alterations in Ca2+ homeostasis underlie the increased vulnerability of neurons to age-related processes like cognitive decline and synaptic dysfunctions...
March 2018: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286330/control-of-silver-diffusion-in-low-temperature-co-fired-diopside-glass-ceramic-microwave-dielectrics
#15
Chen-Chia Chou, Chun-Yao Chang, Guang-Yu Chen, Wen-Jiao Liao, Kuei-Chih Feng, Chung-Ya Tsao
Electrode material for low-temperature co-fired diopside glass-ceramic used for microwave dielectrics was investigated in the present work. Diffusion of silver from the electrode to diopside glass-ceramics degrades the performance of the microwave dielectrics. Two approaches were adopted to resolve the problem of silver diffusion. Firstly, silicon-oxide (SiO₂) powder was employed and secondly crystalline phases were chosen to modify the sintering behavior and inhibit silver ions diffusion. Nanoscale amorphous SiO₂ powder turns to the quartz phase uniformly in dielectric material during the sintering process, and prevents the silver from diffusion...
December 29, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222635/cardiovascular-response-of-rat-aorta-to-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-dehp-exposure
#16
Melissa Mariana, Joana Feiteiro, Elisa Cairrao
Phthalates are one of the main constituents of plastic, reaching up to 40% of the total plastic weight, and their main function is to impart flexibility/elasticity to polymers that would otherwise be rigid. Phthalates are known as endocrine disruptors, since they can interfere with hormone homeostasis. Regarding the cardiovascular system, it was already shown the effects of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) exposure with significant changes in several calcium-handling proteins and an increase in the blood pressure of mice offspring, suggesting that DEHP leads to vasocontraction...
December 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126879/mechanical-stretch-increases-l-type-calcium-channel-stability-in-cardiomyocytes-through-a-polycystin-1-akt-dependent-mechanism
#17
A Córdova-Casanova, I Olmedo, J A Riquelme, G Barrientos, G Sánchez, T G Gillette, S Lavandero, M Chiong, P Donoso, Z Pedrozo
The L-type calcium channel (LTCC) is an important determinant of cardiac contractility. Therefore, changes in LTCC activity or protein levels could be expected to affect cardiac function. Several studies describing LTCC regulation are available, but only a few examine LTCC protein stability. Polycystin-1 (PC1) is a mechanosensor that regulates heart contractility and is involved in mechanical stretch-induced cardiac hypertrophy. PC1 was originally described as an unconventional Gi/o protein-coupled receptor in renal cells...
February 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068429/3-axis-fully-integrated-capacitive-tactile-sensor-with-flip-bonded-cmos-on-ltcc-interposer
#18
Sho Asano, Masanori Muroyama, Takahiro Nakayama, Yoshiyuki Hata, Yutaka Nonomura, Shuji Tanaka
This paper reports a 3-axis fully integrated differential capacitive tactile sensor surface-mountable on a bus line. The sensor integrates a flip-bonded complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) with capacitive sensing circuits on a low temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) interposer with Au through vias by Au-Au thermo-compression bonding. The CMOS circuit and bonding pads on the sensor backside were electrically connected through Au bumps and the LTCC interposer, and the differential capacitive gap was formed by an Au sealing frame...
October 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944724/rapid-prototyping-of-a-cyclic-olefin-copolymer-microfluidic-device-for-automated-oocyte-culturing
#19
Miguel Berenguel-Alonso, Maria Sabés-Alsina, Roser Morató, Oriol Ymbern, Laura Rodríguez-Vázquez, Oriol Talló-Parra, Julián Alonso-Chamarro, Mar Puyol, Manel López-Béjar
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) can benefit from the features of microfluidic technologies, such as the automation of time-consuming labor-intensive procedures, the possibility to mimic in vivo environments, and the miniaturization of the required equipment. To date, most of the proposed approaches are based on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as platform substrate material due to its widespread use in academia, despite certain disadvantages, such as the elevated cost of mass production. Herein, we present a rapid fabrication process for a cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) monolithic microfluidic device combining hot embossing-using a low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) master-and micromilling...
October 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916724/a-novel-mechanism-for-ca-2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-ii-targeting-to-l-type-ca-2-channels-that-initiates-long-range-signaling-to-the-nucleus
#20
Xiaohan Wang, Christian R Marks, Tyler L Perfitt, Terunaga Nakagawa, Amy Lee, David A Jacobson, Roger J Colbran
Neuronal excitation can induce new mRNA transcription, a phenomenon called excitation-transcription (E-T) coupling. Among several pathways implicated in E-T coupling, activation of voltage-gated L-type Ca2+ channels (LTCCs) in the plasma membrane can initiate a signaling pathway that ultimately increases nuclear CREB phosphorylation and, in most cases, expression of immediate early genes. Initiation of this long-range pathway has been shown to require recruitment of Ca2+ -sensitive enzymes to a nanodomain in the immediate vicinity of the LTCC by an unknown mechanism...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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