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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521299/isradipine-attenuates-mptp-induced-dopamine-neuron-degeneration-by-inhibiting-up-regulation-of-l-type-calcium-channels-and-iron-accumulation-in-the-substantia-nigra-of-mice
#1
Qi-Min Wang, Yu-Yu Xu, Shang Liu, Ze-Gang Ma
The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) on MPTP-induced dopamine (DA) neuron degeneration and iron accumulation in the substantia nigra (SN) of mice. By real-time PCR and western blots, we first quatified expressions of L-type Cav1.2 and Cav1.3 calcium channel α1 subunits in the SN of experimental mice treated with MPTP. We found that the expressions of Cav1.2 and Cav1.3 calcium channel α1 subunits markedly increased after MPTP treatment for 2 and 3 weeks. Secondly, we observed the effects of isradipine, a LTCC antagonist, on MPTP-induced DA neuron degeneration and iron accumulation in the SN...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497380/from-gene-to-behavior-l-type-calcium-channel-mechanisms-underlying-neuropsychiatric-symptoms
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REVIEW
Zeeba D Kabir, Arlene Martínez-Rivera, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha
The L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) Cav1.2 and Cav1.3, encoded by the CACNA1C and CACNA1D genes, respectively, are important regulators of calcium influx into cells and are critical for normal brain development and plasticity. In humans, CACNA1C has emerged as one of the most widely reproduced and prominent candidate risk genes for a range of neuropsychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder (BD), schizophrenia (SCZ), major depressive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...
May 11, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458279/regulatory-mechanism-of-mast-cell-activation-by-zinc-signaling
#3
Keigo Nishida, Ryota Uchida
 Mast cells are hematopoietic-lineage cells that participate in immunoglobulin E (IgE)-associated immune responses, including allergic reactions and parasite resistance. Recent studies have shown that zinc (Zn) ion can behave as an intracellular signaling molecule and that Zn is involved in mast cell activation. We demonstrated that mast cells stimulated through the high-affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI) rapidly release intracellular Zn from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and we named this phenomenon the "Zn wave"...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453742/blinded-contractility-analysis-in-hipsc-cardiomyocytes-in-engineered-heart-tissue-format-comparison-with-human-atrial-trabeculae
#4
Ingra Mannhardt, Alexandra Eder, Berengere Dumotier, Maksymilian Prondzynski, Elisabeth Krämer, Martin Traebert, Klaus-Dieter Söhren, Frederik Flenner, Konstantina Stathopoulou, Marc D Lemoine, Lucie Carrier, Torsten Christ, Thomas Eschenhagen, Arne Hansen
Objective: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CM) may serve as a new assay for drug testing in a human context, but their validity particularly for the evaluation of inotropic drug effects remains unclear. In this blinded analysis, we compared the effects of 10 indicator compounds with known inotropic effects in electrically stimulated (1.5 Hz) hiPSC-CM-derived 3 dimensional engineered heart tissue (EHT) and human atrial trabeculae (hAT). Methods and results: Human EHTs were prepared from iCell® hiPSC-CM, hAT obtained at routine heart surgery...
April 27, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402855/stim1-ca-2-sensor-control-of-l-type-ca-2-channel-dependent-dendritic-spine-structural-plasticity-and-nuclear-signaling
#5
Philip J Dittmer, Angela R Wild, Mark L Dell'Acqua, William A Sather
Potentiation of synaptic strength relies on postsynaptic Ca(2+) signals, modification of dendritic spine structure, and changes in gene expression. One Ca(2+) signaling pathway supporting these processes routes through L-type Ca(2+) channels (LTCC), whose activity is subject to tuning by multiple mechanisms. Here, we show in hippocampal neurons that LTCC inhibition by the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) sensor, stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1), is engaged by the neurotransmitter glutamate, resulting in regulation of spine ER structure and nuclear signaling by the NFATc3 transcription factor...
April 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402392/caveolae-localized-l-type-ca2-channels-do-not-contribute-to-function-or-hypertrophic-signalling-in-the-mouse-heart
#6
Robert N Correll, Catherine A Makarewich, Hongyu Zhang, Chen Zhang, Michelle A Sargent, Allen J York, Remus M Berretta, Xiongwen Chen, Steven R Houser, Jeffery D Molkentin
Aims: L-type Ca2+ channels (LTCCs) in adult cardiomyocytes are localized to t-tubules where they initiate excitation-contraction coupling. Our recent work has shown that a subpopulation of LTCCs found at the surface sarcolemma in caveolae of adult feline cardiomyocytes can also generate a Ca2+ microdomain that activates nuclear factor of activated T-cells signaling and cardiac hypertrophy, although the relevance of this paradigm to hypertrophy regulation in vivo has not been examined...
June 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370799/through-modulation-of-cardiac-ca-2-handling-ucp2-affects-cardiac-electrophysiology-and-influences-the-susceptibility-for-ca-2-mediated-arrhythmias
#7
Robert Larbig, Sara Reda, Vera Paar, Andrea Trost, Johannes Leitner, Stephanie Weichselbaumer, Karolina A Motloch, Bernhard Wernly, Andreas Arrer, Benjamin Strauss, Michael Lichtenauer, Herbert A Reitsamer, Lars Eckardt, Guiscard Seebohm, Uta C Hoppe, Lukas J Motloch
Introduction UCP2 belongs to a superfamily of mitochondrial ion transporters. Due to its beneficial influence on production of reactive oxygen species it is suggested to reduce cardiac ischemic reperfusion injury. Recent studies uncovered its ability to regulate mitochondrial Ca(2+) -uptake and therefore to influence cardiac cytosolic Ca(2+) -handling, indicating compensatory pathways to avoid toxic Ca(2+) -overload in UCP2 knock-out mice (UCP2(-/-) ). However, the specific mechanisms and their impact on cardiac electrophysiology remain speculative...
March 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363981/alcohol-dependence-disrupts-amygdalar-l-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-mechanisms
#8
Florence P Varodayan, Giordano de Guglielmo, Marian L Logrip, Olivier George, Marisa Roberto
L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (LTCCs) are implicated in several psychiatric disorders that are comorbid with alcoholism and involve amygdala dysfunction. Within the amygdala, the central nucleus (CeA) is critical in acute alcohol's reinforcing actions, and its dysregulation in human alcoholics drives their negative emotional state and motivation to drink. Here we investigated the specific role of CeA LTCCs in the effects of acute alcohol at the molecular, cellular physiology, and behavioral levels, and their potential neuroadaptation in alcohol-dependent rats...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346053/rapid-prototyping-of-a-cyclic-olefin-copolymer-microfluidic-device-for-automated-oocyte-culturing
#9
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...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335032/allele-specific-ablation-rescues-electrophysiological-abnormalities-in-a-human-ips-cell-model-of-long-qt-syndrome-with-a-calm2-mutation
#10
Yuta Yamamoto, Takeru Makiyama, Takeshi Harita, Kenichi Sasaki, Yimin Wuriyanghai, Mamoru Hayano, Suguru Nishiuchi, Hirohiko Kohjitani, Sayako Hirose, Jiarong Chen, Fumika Yokoi, Taisuke Ishikawa, Seiko Ohno, Kazuhisa Chonabayashi, Hideki Motomura, Yoshinori Yoshida, Minoru Horie, Naomasa Makita, Takeshi Kimura
Calmodulin is a ubiquitous Ca2+ sensor molecule encoded by three distinct calmodulin genes, CALM1-3. Recently, mutations in CALM1-3 have been reported to be associated with severe early-onset long-QT syndrome (LQTS). However, the underlying mechanism through which heterozygous calmodulin mutations lead to severe LQTS remains unknown, particularly in human cardiomyocytes. We aimed to establish an LQTS disease model associated with a CALM2 mutation (LQT15) using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and to assess mutant allele-specific ablation by genome editing for the treatment of LQT15...
May 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295232/cav-1-3-channels-play-a-crucial-role-in-the-formation-of-paroxysmal-depolarization-shifts-in-cultured-hippocampal-neurons
#11
Victoria Stiglbauer, Matej Hotka, Manuel Ruiß, Karlheinz Hilber, Stefan Boehm, Helmut Kubista
OBJECTIVE: An increase of neuronal Cav 1.3 L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) has been observed in various animal models of epilepsy. However, LTCC inhibitors failed in clinical trials of epileptic treatment. There is compelling evidence that paroxysmal depolarization shifts (PDSs) involve Ca(2+) influx through LTCCs. PDSs represent a hallmark of epileptiform activity. In recent years, a probable epileptogenic role for PDSs has been proposed. However, the implication of the two neuronal LTCC isoforms, Cav 1...
March 11, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289693/cav1-2-channels-mediate-persistent-chronic-stress-induced-behavioral-deficits-that-are-associated-with-prefrontal-cortex-activation-of-the-p25-cdk5-glucocorticoid-receptor-pathway
#12
Charlotte C Bavley, Delaney K Fischer, Bryant K Rizzo, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha
Chronic stress is known to precipitate and exacerbate neuropsychiatric symptoms, and exposure to stress is particularly pathological in individuals with certain genetic predispositions. Recent genome wide association studies have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the gene CACNA1C, which codes for the Cav1.2 subunit of the L-type calcium channel (LTCC), as a common risk variant for multiple neuropsychiatric conditions. Cav1.2 channels mediate experience-dependent changes in gene expression and long-term synaptic plasticity through activation of downstream calcium signaling pathways...
December 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288859/mitochondrial-toxicity-of-perfluorooctane-sulfonate-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#13
Lei-Lei Tang, Jia-Dan Wang, Ting-Ting Xu, Zhe Zhao, Jia-Jie Zheng, Ren-Shan Ge, Dan-Yan Zhu
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is a persistent organic contaminant that may cause cardiotoxicity in animals and humans. However, little is known about the underlying mechanism by which it affects the organelle toxicity in cardiomyocytes during the cardiogenesis. Our previous proteomic study showed that differences of protein expression mainly existed in mitochondria of cardiomyocytes differentiated from embryonic stem (ES) cells after exposure to PFOS. Here, we focused on mitochondrial toxicity of PFOS in ES cell-derived cardiomyocytes...
March 10, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239561/regulation-of-cardiac-cacnb2-by-microrna-499-potential-role-in-atrial-fibrillation
#14
Tian-You Ling, Xiao-Li Wang, Qiang Chai, Tong Lu, John M Stulak, Lyle D Joyce, Richard C Daly, Kevin L Greason, Li-Qun Wu, Win-Kuang Shen, Yong-Mei Cha, Hon-Chi Lee
The L-type calcium channel (LTCC) is one of the major ion channels that are known to be associated with the electrical remodeling of atrial fibrillation (AF). In AF, there is significant downregulation of the LTCC, but the underlying mechanism for such downregulation is not clear. We have previously reported that microRNA-499 (miR-499) is significantly upregulated in patients with permanent AF and that KCNN3, the gene that encodes the small-conductance calcium-activated potassium channel 3 (SK3), is a target of miR-499...
June 2017: BBA Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230278/deletion-of-psychiatric-risk-gene-cacna1c-impairs-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-cell-autonomous-fashion
#15
Bianca Völkening, Kai Schönig, Golo Kronenberg, Dusan Bartsch, Tillmann Weber
Ca(2+) is a universal signal transducer which fulfills essential functions in cell development and differentiation. CACNA1C, the gene encoding the alpha-1C subunit (i.e., Cav 1.2) of the voltage-dependent l-type calcium channel (LTCC), has been implicated as a risk gene in a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. To parse the role of Cav 1.2 channels located on astrocyte-like stem cells and their descendants in the development of new granule neurons, we created Tg(GLAST-CreERT2) /Cacna1c(fl/fl) /RCE:loxP mice, a transgenic tool that allows cell-type-specific inducible deletion of Cacna1c...
February 23, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202717/%C3%AE-adrenoceptor-activation-enhances-l-type-calcium-channel-currents-in-anterior-piriform-cortex-pyramidal-cells-of-neonatal-mice-implication-for-odor-learning
#16
Abhinaba Ghosh, Bandhan Mukherjee, Xihua Chen, Qi Yuan
Early odor preference learning occurs in one-week-old rodents when a novel odor is paired with a tactile stimulation mimicking maternal care. β-Adrenoceptors and L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) in the anterior piriform cortex (aPC) are critically involved in this learning. However, whether β-adrenoceptors interact directly with LTCCs in aPC pyramidal cells is unknown. Here we show that pyramidal cells expressed significant LTCC currents that declined with age. β-Adrenoceptor activation via isoproterenol age-dependently enhanced LTCC currents...
March 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186690/reduced-levels-of-cacna1c-attenuate-mesolimbic-dopamine-system-function
#17
C E Terrillion, D T Dao, R Cachope, M K Lobo, A C Puche, J F Cheer, T D Gould
Genetic variation in CACNA1C, which codes for the L-type calcium channel (LTCC) Cav 1.2, is associated with clinical diagnoses of bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. Dysregulation of the mesolimbic-dopamine (ML-DA) system is linked to these syndromes and LTCCs are required for normal DAergic neurotransmission between the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and nucleus accumbens (NAc). It is unclear, however, how variations in CACNA1C genotype, and potential subsequent changes in expression levels in these regions, modify risk...
February 10, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185965/cav1-2-but-not-cav1-3-l-type-calcium-channel-subtype-mediates-nicotine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-miceo
#18
Yudan Liu, Meghan Harding, Jules Dore, Xihua Chen
Nicotine use is one of the most common forms of drug addiction. Although L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) are involved in nicotine addiction, the contribution of the two primary LTCC subtypes (Cav1.2 and 1.3) is unknown. This study aims to determine the contribution of these two LTCC subtypes to nicotine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) responses by using transgenic mouse models that do not express Cav1.3 (Cav1.3(-/-)) or contain a mutation in the dihydropyridine (DHP) site of the Cav1.2 (Cav1.2DHP(-/-))...
April 3, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091657/zinc-transport-and-the-inhibition-of-the-l-type-calcium-channel-are-two-separable-functions-of-znt-1
#19
Eden Shusterman, Ofer Beharier, Shiri Levy, Raz Zarivach, Yoram Etzion, Craig R Campbell, Il-Ha Lee, Anuwat Dinudom, David I Cook, Asher Peretz, Amos Katz, Daniel Gitler, Arie Moran
Traditionally, proteins are considered to perform a single role, be it as an enzyme, a channel, a transporter or as a structural scaffold. However, recent studies have described moonlighting proteins that perform distinct and independent functions; for example, TRPM7 is both an ion channel and a kinase. ZnT-1 is a member of the Carrier Diffusion Facilitator family that is expressed throughout the phylogenetic tree from bacteria to humans. Since its cloning in 1995, ZnT-1 is considered a major extruder of Zn(2+) based on its capability to protect cells against zinc toxicity...
January 16, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056022/l-type-calcium-channel-inhibition-contributes-to-the-proarrhythmic-effects-of-aconitine-in-human-cardiomyocytes
#20
Jianjun Wu, Xiangchong Wang, Ying Ying Chung, Cai Hong Koh, Zhenfeng Liu, Huicai Guo, Qiang Yuan, Chuan Wang, Suwen Su, Heming Wei
Aconitine (ACO) is well-known for causing lethal ventricular tachyarrhythmias. While cardiac Na+ channel opening during repolarization has long been documented in animal cardiac myocytes, the cellular effects and mechanism of ACO in human remain unexplored. This study aimed to assess the proarrhythmic effects of ACO in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). ACO concentration-dependently (0.3 ~ 3.0 μM) shortened the action potentials (AP) durations (APD) in ventricular-like hiPSC-CMs by > 40% and induced delayed after-depolarization...
2017: PloS One
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