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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317237/disruption-of-the-cx43-mir21-pathway-leads-to-osteocyte-apoptosis-and-increased-osteoclastogenesis-with-aging
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Hannah M Davis, Rafael Pacheco-Costa, Emily G Atkinson, Lucas R Brun, Arancha R Gortazar, Julia Harris, Masahiro Hiasa, Surajudeen A Bolarinwa, Toshiyuki Yoneda, Mircea Ivan, Angela Bruzzaniti, Teresita Bellido, Lilian I Plotkin
Skeletal aging results in apoptosis of osteocytes, cells embedded in bone that control the generation/function of bone forming and resorbing cells. Aging also decreases connexin43 (Cx43) expression in bone; and osteocytic Cx43 deletion partially mimics the skeletal phenotype of old mice. Particularly, aging and Cx43 deletion increase osteocyte apoptosis, and osteoclast number and bone resorption on endocortical bone surfaces. We examined herein the molecular signaling events responsible for osteocyte apoptosis and osteoclast recruitment triggered by aging and Cx43 deficiency...
March 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296544/the-conduction-system-and-expressions-of-hyperpolarization-activated-cyclic-nucleotide-gated-cation-channel-4-and-connexin43-expressions-in-the-hearts-of-fetal-day-13-mice
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Y Wen, B Li
We investigated the development of the sinus node of the heart conduction system by localizing hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated cation channel 4 (HCN4) and connexin43 (Cx43) in the hearts of fetal day 13 mice. Horizontal serial sections of day 13 whole fetuses were stained by hematoxylin and eosin and immunofluorescence to identify myocardial cells that express HCN4, hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated cation channel 2 (HCN2) and Cx43. Expression levels of HCN4 and Cx43 were determined by quantitative RT-PCR in both fetal day 13 and adult mice...
2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295574/cd38-positively-regulates-postnatal-development-of-astrocytes-cell-autonomously-and-oligodendrocytes-non-cell-autonomously
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Tsuyoshi Hattori, Minoru Kaji, Hiroshi Ishii, Roboon Jureepon, Mika Takarada-Iemata, Hieu Minh Ta, Thuong Manh Le, Ayumu Konno, Hirokazu Hirai, Yoshitake Shiraishi, Noriyuki Ozaki, Yasuhiko Yamamoto, Hiroshi Okamoto, Shigeru Yokoyama, Haruhiro Higashida, Yasuko Kitao, Osamu Hori
Glial development is critical for the function of the central nervous system. CD38 is a multifunctional molecule with ADP-ribosyl cyclase activity. While critical roles of CD38 in the adult brain such as oxytocin release and social behavior have been reported, those in the developing brain remain largely unknown. Here we demonstrate that deletion of Cd38 leads to impaired development of astrocytes and oligodendrocytes in mice. CD38 is highly expressed in the developing brains between postnatal day 14 (P14) and day 28 (P28)...
March 13, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280004/connexin-purinergic-signaling-in-enteric-glia-mediates-the-prolonged-effect-of-morphine-on-constipation
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Sukhada Bhave, Aravind Gade, Minho Kang, Kurt F Hauser, William L Dewey, Hamid I Akbarali
Morphine is one of the most widely used drugs for the treatment of pain. However, side effects, including persistent constipation and antinociceptive tolerance limit its clinical efficacy. Prolonged morphine treatment results in a "leaky" gut predisposing to colonic inflammation that is facilitated by microbial dysbiosis and associated bacterial translocation. In this study, we examined the role of enteric glia in mediating this secondary inflammatory response to prolonged treatment with morphine. We found that purinergic P2X receptor activity was significantly enhanced in enteric glia that were isolated from mice with long-term morphine treatment (in vivo) but not upon direct exposure of glia to morphine (in vitro)...
March 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245135/connexin43-controls-the-myofibroblastic-differentiation-of-bronchial-fibroblasts-from-asthmatic-patients
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Milena Paw, Izabela Borek, Dawid Wnuk, Damian Ryszawy, Katarzyna Piwowarczyk, Katarzyna Kmiotek, Katarzyna A Wójcik-Pszczoła, Małgorzata Pierzchalska, Zbigniew Madeja, Marek Sanak, Przemysław Błyszczuk, Marta Michalik, Jarosław Czyż
Pathologic accumulation of myofibroblasts in asthmatic bronchi is regulated by extrinsic stimuli and by the intrinsic susceptibility of bronchial fibroblasts to transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β). The specific function of gap junctions and connexins in this process remained unknown. Here, we investigated the role of connexin (Cx)43 in TGF-β-induced myofibroblastic differentiation of fibroblasts derived from bronchoscopic biopsies of asthmatic patients and non-asthmatic donors. Asthmatic fibroblasts expressed considerably higher levels of Cx43 and were more susceptible to TGF-β1-induced myofibroblastic differentiation than their non-asthmatic counterparts...
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205211/unraveling-a-novel-mechanism-for-the-up-regulation-of-connexin43-gap-junctions-between-cells-derived-from-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Juan C Sáez
Endothelial cells from different vascular territories in mammals express at least three connexins (Cxs: Cx37, Cx40 and Cx43), which are protein subunits of gap junction channels. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188112/thrombin-induces-inositol-trisphosphate-mediated-spatially-extensive-responses-in-lung-microvessels
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Rachel Escue, Kathirvel Kandasamy, Kaushik Parthasarathi
Activation of plasma membrane receptors initiates compartmentalized second messenger signaling. Whether this compartmentalization facilitates the preferential intercellular diffusion of specific second messengers is unclear. Toward this, the receptor-mediated agonist, thrombin, was instilled into microvessels in a restricted region of isolated blood-perfused mouse lungs. Subsequently, the thrombin-induced increase in endothelial F-actin was determined using confocal fluorescence microscopy. Increased F-actin was evident in microvessels directly treated with thrombin and in those located in adjoining thrombin-free regions...
April 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181145/low-after-high-glucose-down-regulated-cx43-in-h9c2-cells-by-autophagy-activation-via-cross-regulation-by-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-and-mek-erk1-2-signal-pathways
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Yaguang Bi, Guangyu Wang, Xiangdong Liu, Meng Wei, Qingyong Zhang
PURPOSE: Hypoglycemia in diabetes is a strong predictor of cardiovascular events. High-glucose have been reported to alter connexin43 expression and to promote autophagy in cardiomyocytes. We investigated whether low-after-high glucose would influence connexin43 expression and autophagy in H9c2 cells. METHODS: H9c2 cells were incubated in 33.3 mM glucose for 24 h followed by 2.5 mM glucose for 2, 4, 6, or 12 h with or without chloroquine (autophagy inhibitor), U0126 (MEK1/2 inhibitor) or LY294002 (PI3K inhibitor)...
February 8, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181063/connexin43-and-the-intercellular-signaling-network-regulating-skeletal-remodeling
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REVIEW
Megan C Moorer, Joseph P Stains
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: This review highlights recent developments into how intercellular communication through connexin43 facilitates bone modeling and remodeling. RECENT FINDINGS: Connexin43 is required for both skeletal development and maintenance, particularly in cortical bone, where it carries out multiple functions, including preventing osteoclastogenesis, restraining osteoprogenitor proliferation, promoting osteoblast differentiation, coordinating organized collagen matrix deposition, and maintaining osteocyte survival...
February 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177159/connexin43-mutant-patient-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-exhibit-altered-differentiation-potential
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Jessica L Esseltine, Qing Shao, Courtney Brooks, Jacinda Sampson, Dean H Betts, Cheryle Séguin, Dale W Laird
We present for the first time the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from a patient with a connexin-linked disease. The importance of gap junctional intercellular communication in bone homeostasis is exemplified by the autosomal dominant developmental disorder oculodentodigital dysplasia (ODDD) which is linked to mutations in the GJA1 (Cx43) gene. ODDD is characterised by craniofacial malformations, ophthalmic deficits, enamel hypoplasia and syndactyly. In addition to harboring a Cx43 p.V216L mutation, ODDD iPSCs exhibit reduced Cx43 mRNA and protein abundance when compared to control iPSCs and display impaired channel function...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167212/recruitment-of-rna-molecules-by-connexin-rna-binding-motifs-implication-in-rna-and-dna-transport-through-microvesicles-and-exosomes
#11
REVIEW
Marta Varela-Eirin, Adrian Varela-Vazquez, Marina Rodríguez-Candela Mateos, Anton Vila-Sanjurjo, Eduardo Fonseca, José L Mascareñas, M Eugenio Vázquez, Maria D Mayan
Connexins (Cxs) are integral membrane proteins that form high-conductance plasma membrane channels, allowing communication from cell to cell (via gap junctions) and from cells to the extracellular environment (via hemichannels). Initially described for their role in joining excitable cells (nerve and muscle), gap junctions (GJs) are found between virtually all cells in solid tissues and are essential for functional coordination by enabling the direct transfer of small signalling molecules, metabolites, ions, and electrical signals from cell to cell...
April 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158934/inducibility-of-ventricular-arrhythmia-1-year-following-treatment-with-heavy-ion-irradiation-in-dogs-with-myocardial-infarction
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Mari Amino, Koichiro Yoshioka, Yoshiya Furusawa, Sachie Tanaka, Noboru Kawabe, Tadashi Hashida, Teruyo Tsukada, Masako Izumi, Sadaki Inokuchi, Teruhisa Tanabe, Yuji Ikari
BACKGROUND: Targeted external heavy ion irradiation (THIR) of rabbit hearts 2 weeks after myocardial infarction (MI) reduced the vulnerability of fatal ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VT/VF) in association with the increased connexin43 (Cx43). Increased Cx43 was maintained for at least 1 year in normal rabbits, but the long-term antiarrhythmic effects in the MI model are unknown. We investigated the propensity for late potentials and VT/VF inducibility. METHODS: Intracoronary injection of microspheres was performed to induce non-transmural MI in anaesthetized 8 beagles...
February 3, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157110/connexin40-correlates-with-oxidative-stress-in-brains-of-traumatic-brain-injury-rats
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Wei Chen, Yijun Guo, Wenjin Yang, Ping Zheng, Jinsong Zeng, Wusong Tong
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress is an important factor in the pathophysiologic changes after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Connexin43 (Cx43) was reported to contribute to cerebral damage. However, the impacts of Cx40 have not been investigated in detail. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we hypothesized that Cx40 was involved in oxidative stress-induced brain injury after TBI. METHODS: The controlled cortical impact (CCI) model was introduced to Wistar rats as a TBI model...
2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135716/overexpression-of-cardiac-specific-kinase-tnni3k-promotes-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-differentiation-into-cardiomyocytes
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Yin Wang, Shi-Qiang Wang, Li-Peng Wang, Yu-Hong Yao, Chun-Yan Ma, Jin-Feng Ding, Jue Ye, Xian-Min Meng, Rui-Xia Xu, Jian-Jun Li
Backgroud/Aims: The biological function of cardiac troponin I-interacting kinase (TNNI3K), a cardiac-specific functional kinase, is largely unknown. We investigated the effect of human TNNI3K (hTNNI3K) on the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) into cardiomyocytes. METHODS: First, the time-space expression of endogenous Tnni3k was detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and western blotting at 16 different time-points over a period of 28 days. Further, action potentials and calcium current with/without 5 µM nifedipine were measured by patch clamp for mESC-derived cardiomyocytes...
January 26, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132078/targeting-the-tight-junction-protein-zonula-occludens-1-with-the-connexin43-mimetic-peptide-%C3%AE-ct1-reduces-vegf-dependent-rpe-pathophysiology
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Elisabeth Obert, Randy Strauss, Carlene Brandon, Christina Grek, Gautam Ghatnekar, Robert Gourdie, Bärbel Rohrer
A critical target tissue in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), which forms the outer blood-retina barrier (BRB). RPE-barrier dysfunction might result from attenuation/disruption of intercellular tight junctions. Zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) is a major structural protein of intercellular junctions. A connexin43-based peptide mimetic, αCT1, was developed to competitively block interactions at the PDZ2 domain of ZO-1, thereby inhibiting ligands that selectively bind to this domain...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124626/focus-on-lens-connexins
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REVIEW
Viviana M Berthoud, Anaclet Ngezahayo
The lens is an avascular organ composed of an anterior epithelial cell layer and fiber cells that form the bulk of the organ. The lens expresses connexin43 (Cx43), connexin46 (Cx46) and connexin50 (Cx50). Epithelial Cx50 has critical roles in cell proliferation and differentiation, likely involving growth factor-dependent signaling pathways. Both Cx46 and Cx50 are crucial for lens transparency; mutations in their genes have been linked to congenital and age-related cataracts. Congenital cataract-associated connexin mutants can affect protein trafficking, stability and/or function, and the functional effects may differ between gap junction channels and hemichannels...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124622/intermittent-hypoxia-causes-nox2-dependent-remodeling-of-atrial-connexins
#17
Joanna Gemel, Zihan Su, Alex Gileles-Hillel, Abdelnaby Khalyfa, David Gozal, Eric C Beyer
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to the development of heart disease and arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. Since altered conduction through gap junction channels can contribute to the pathogenesis of such arrhythmias, we examined the abundance and distributions of the major cardiac gap junction proteins, connexin40 (Cx40) and connexin43 (Cx43) in mice treated with sleep fragmentation or intermittent hypoxia (IH) as animal models of the components of obstructive sleep apnea...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122732/na-k-atpase-regulates-intercellular-communication-in-the-vascular-wall-via-csrc-kinase-dependent-connexin43-phosphorylation
#18
Lise Hangaard, Elena V Bouzinova, Christian Staehr, Vibeke S Dam, Sukhan Kim, Zijian Xie, Christian Aalkjaer, Vladimir V Matchkov
Communication between vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is dependent on gap junctions and is regulated by the Na,K-ATPase. The Na,K-ATPase is therefore important for synchronized VSMCs oscillatory activity, i.e. vasomotion. The signaling between the Na,K-ATPase and gap junctions is unknown. We tested here the hypothesis that that this signaling involves cSrc kinase. Intercellular communication was assessed by membrane capacitance measurements of electrically coupled VSMCs. Vasomotion in isometric myograph, input resistance and synchronized [Ca(2+)]i transients were used as readout for intercellular coupling in rat mesenteric small arteries in vitro...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111350/antiarrhythmic-effects-of-interleukin-1-inhibition-after-myocardial-infarction
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Nicole M De Jesus, Lianguo Wang, Johnny Lai, Robert R Rigor, Samantha D Francis Stuart, Donald M Bers, Merry L Lindsey, Crystal M Ripplinger
BACKGROUND: Interleukin 1β (IL-1β) is a key regulator of the inflammatory response after myocardial infarction (MI) by modulating immune cell recruitment, cytokine production, and extracellular matrix turnover. Elevated levels of IL-1β are associated with adverse remodeling, and inhibition of IL-1 signaling after MI results in improved contractile function. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to determine whether IL-1 signaling also contributes to post-MI arrhythmogenesis...
January 19, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074341/gap-junction-protein-connexin43-deregulation-contributes-to-bladder-carcinogenesis-via-targeting-mapk-pathway
#20
Xiao-Lin Ai, Qiang Chi, Yu Qiu, Hong-Yang Li, Dong-Jie Li, Jia-Xu Wang, Zhi-Yong Wang
High expression of connexins was found in a variety of cancers, but their role is still controversial. We investigated whether connexin43 (Cx43) contributed to bladder carcinogenesis through MAPK activation. In this study, we found that Cx43 expression was significantly increased in bladder cancer tissues and cell line. Overexpression of Cx43 in bladder cancer 5637 cells increased cell proliferation, promoted cell cycle progression, and inhibited apoptosis. Western blot showed that JNK and ERK pathways were dramatically activated in Cx43-overexpressed cells...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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