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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445096/chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-promotes-myocardial-ischemia-related-ventricular-arrhythmias-and-sudden-cardiac-death
#1
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%O 2 and 30 s at 21%O 2 , 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
#2
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...
February 8, 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
#3
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...
February 8, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29370099/fabrications-and-performance-of-wireless-lc-pressure-sensors-through-ltcc-technology
#4
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
#5
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...
January 12, 2018: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286330/control-of-silver-diffusion-in-low-temperature-co-fired-diopside-glass-ceramic-microwave-dielectrics
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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...
November 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068429/3-axis-fully-integrated-capacitive-tactile-sensor-with-flip-bonded-cmos-on-ltcc-interposer
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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 Ca(2+) 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 Ca(2+)-sensitive enzymes to a nanodomain in the immediate vicinity of the LTCC by an unknown mechanism...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859158/metabolic-inhibition-reduces-cardiac-l-type-ca2-channel-current-due-to-acidification-caused-by-atp-hydrolysis
#13
Giedrius Kanaporis, Rimantas Treinys, Rodolphe Fischmeister, Jonas Jurevičius
Metabolic stress evoked by myocardial ischemia leads to impairment of cardiac excitation and contractility. We studied the mechanisms by which metabolic inhibition affects the activity of L-type Ca2+ channels (LTCCs) in frog ventricular myocytes. Metabolic inhibition induced by the protonophore FCCP (as well as by 2,4- dinitrophenol, sodium azide or antimycin A) resulted in a dose-dependent reduction of LTCC current (ICa,L) which was more pronounced during β-adrenergic stimulation with isoprenaline. ICa,L was still reduced by metabolic inhibition even in the presence of 3 mM intracellular ATP, or when the cell was dialysed with cAMP or ATP-γ-S to induce irreversible thiophosphorylation of LTCCs, indicating that reduction in ICa,L is not due to ATP depletion and/or reduced phosphorylation of the channels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830723/selective-recovery-of-silver-from-waste-low-temperature-co-fired-ceramic-and-valorization-through-silver-nanoparticle-synthesis
#14
Basudev Swain, Dongyoon Shin, So Yeong Joo, Nak Kyoon Ahn, Chan Gi Lee, Jin-Ho Yoon
Considering the value of silver metal and silver nanoparticles, the waste generated during manufacturing of low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) were recycled through the simple yet cost effective process by chemical-metallurgy. Followed by leaching optimization, silver was selectively recovered through precipitation. The precipitated silver chloride was valorized though silver nanoparticle synthesis by a simple one-pot greener synthesis route. Through leaching-precipitation optimization, quantitative selective recovery of silver chloride was achieved, followed by homogeneous pure silver nanoparticle about 100nm size were synthesized...
August 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708381/microfabrication-of-monolithic-microfluidic-platforms-using-low-temperature-co-fired-ceramics-suitable-for-fluorescence-imaging
#15
Pedro Couceiro, Julián Alonso-Chamarro
In this work, the influence of laser ablation and lamination parameters in the fabrication of embedded microstructures using Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramics, have been studied. First, the influence of laser ablation parameters in the dimensions of fabricated microchannels in Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramics substrates was characterized and strategies for tailoring the microchannels aspect ratios are described. The influence of lamination conditions on the fabrication of monolithically embedded microstructures is presented...
September 5, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697452/effect-of-fluoride-exposure-on-mrna-expression-of-cav1-2-and-calcium-signal-pathway-apoptosis-regulators-in-pc12-cells
#16
Qiuxia Liao, Rui Zhang, Xiaoyu Wang, Weiwei Nian, Lulu Ke, Wei Ouyang, Zigui Zhang
This study investigated the effects of fluoride exposure on the mRNA expression of Cav1.2 calcium signaling pathway and apoptosis regulatory molecules in PC12 cells. The viability of PC12 cell receiving high fluoride (5.0mM) and low fluoride (0.5mM) alone or fluoride combined with L-type calcium channel (LTCC) agonist/inhibitor (5umol/L FPL6417/2umol/L nifedipine) was detected using cell counting kit-8 at different time points (2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 10, and 24h). Changes in the cell configuration were observed after exposing the cells to fluoride for 24h...
June 30, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669898/relevance-of-tissue-specific-subunit-expression-in-channelopathies
#17
REVIEW
Hartwig Seitter, Alexandra Koschak
Channelopathies are a diverse group of human disorders that are caused by mutations in genes coding for ion channels or channel-regulating proteins. Several dozen channelopathies have been identified that involve both non-excitable cells as well as electrically active tissues like brain, skeletal and smooth muscle or the heart. In this review, we start out from the general question which ion channel genes are expressed tissue-selectively. We mined the human gene expression database Human Protein Atlas (HPA) for tissue-enriched ion channel genes and found 85 genes belonging to the ion channel families...
June 29, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648030/-effect-and-mechanism-of-intermittent-alkaline-stimulation-on-high-phosphorus-induced-calcification-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-of-rats
#18
Y L Bai, J S Xu, T Tian, J X Zhang, L W Cui, H R Zhang, S L Zhang
Objective: To explore the effect and possible mechanisms of intermittent alkaline on rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) calcification induced by high phosphorus. Methods: VSMCs were isolated from rat thoracic aorta and cultured in vitro. The fourth generation VSMCs were randomly divided into control group, high phosphorus+ pH7.4, high phosphorus+ pH7.5, high phosphorus+ pH7.6 and high phosphorus+ pH7.7 group with random number table. The control group was cultured in DMEM with 10% fetal bovine serum. Other groups were cultured in DMEM with 10 mmol/L β-glycerophosphate and alkalized by 7...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631947/predominant-contribution-of-l-type-cav1-2-channel-stimulation-to-impaired-intracellular-calcium-and-cerebral-artery-vasoconstriction-in-diabetic-hyperglycemia
#19
Stefano Morotti, Madeline Nieves-Cintrón, Matthew A Nystoriak, Manuel F Navedo, Eleonora Grandi
Enhanced L-type Ca(2+) channel (LTCC) activity in arterial myocytes contributes to vascular dysfunction during diabetes. Modulation of LTCC activity under hyperglycemic conditions could result from membrane potential-dependent and independent mechanisms. We have demonstrated that elevations in extracellular glucose (HG), similar to hyperglycemic conditions during diabetes, stimulate LTCC activity through phosphorylation of CaV1.2 at serine 1928. Prior studies have also shown that HG can suppress the activity of K(+) channels in arterial myocytes, which may contribute to vasoconstriction via membrane depolarization...
July 4, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600562/influence-of-w-substitution-on-crystal-structure-phase-evolution-and-microwave-dielectric-properties-of-na0-5bi0-5-moo4-ceramics-with-low-sintering-temperature
#20
Li-Xia Pang, Di Zhou, Ze-Ming Qi, Zhen-Xing Yue
In this work, the (Na0.5Bi0.5)(Mo1-xWx)O4 (x = 0.0, 0.5 and 1.0) ceramics were prepared via solid state reaction method. All the samples can be well densified at sintering temperature about ~720 °C. Dense and homogeneous microstructure with grain size lying between 2~8 μm can be observed from scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Microwave dielectric permittivity of the (Na0.5Bi0.5)(Mo0.5W0.5)O4 ceramic was found to be temperature-independent in a wide range between 25~120 °C with a temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF) ~-6 ppm/°C, a permittivity ~28...
June 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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