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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...
February 8, 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 8, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177159/connexin43-mutant-patient-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-exhibit-altered-differentiation-potential
#5
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
#6
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...
February 4, 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-correlated-with-oxidative-stress-in-brains-of-traumatic-brain-injury-rats
#8
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...
February 2, 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...
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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049723/defective-signaling-osteoblastogenesis-and-bone-remodeling-in-a-mouse-model-of-connexin43-c-terminal-truncation
#16
Megan C Moorer, Carla Hebert, Ryan E Tomlinson, Shama R Iyer, Max Chason, Joseph P Stains
In skeletal tissue, loss or mutation of the gap junction protein, connexin43 (Cx43), in cells of the osteoblast-lineage leads to a profound cortical bone phenotype and defective tissue remodeling. There is mounting evidence in bone cells that the C-terminus (CT) of Cx43 is a docking platform for signaling effectors and is required for efficient downstream signaling. Here, we examined this function, using a mouse model of Cx43 CT-truncation (Gja1 K258Stop). Relative to Gja1(+/-) controls, male Gja1(-/K258stop) mice have a cortical bone phenotype that is remarkably similar to those reported for deletion of the entire Cx43 gene in osteoblasts...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042145/hippocampal-expression-of-connexin36-and-connexin43-during-epileptogenesis-in-pilocarpine-model-of-epilepsy
#17
Sahel Motaghi, Mohammad Sayyah, Vahab Babapour, Reza Mahdian
BACKGROUND: Gap junctions (GJs) provide direct intercellular communications that are formed by hexameric protein subunits, called connexin (Cx). The role of Cxs in epileptogenesis has not received sufficient attention. Hippocampus with critical function in epileptogenesis has a wide network of GJs. We examined the protein expression levels of hippocampal Cx36 (the prominent Cx present between GABAergic interneurons) and Cx43 (the main Cx expressed by astrocytes) during epileptogenesis in the pilocarpine model of epilepsy...
January 2, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034749/functional-consequences-of-co-expressing-connexin40-or-connexin45-with-connexin43-on-intercellular-electrical-coupling
#18
Neil M Thomas, Rosaire Gray, Christopher H Fry, Thomas Desplantez, Nicholas S Peters, Nicholas J Severs, Kenneth T Macleod, Emmanuel Dupont
The functional characteristics of the co-expression of connexin43, connexin40, and connexin45 proteins in human myocardium are thought to play an important role in governing normal propagation of the cardiac electrical impulse and in generating the myocardial substrate for some arrhythmias and conduction disturbances. A rat liver epithelial cell line, that endogenously expresses connexin43, was used to induce also expression of connexin40 or connexin45 after stable transfection using an inducible ecdysone system...
January 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029075/connexin43-and-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#19
Lingyun Zu, Ningxin Wen, Changjie Liu, Mingming Zhao, Lemin Zheng
The treatment and prevention of ischemic cardiomyopathy is one of the most concerned research points in cardiovascular field recently. Gap junction is the basic structure of cardiac electrophysiology, connexin is the basic unit of gap junctions, Connexin43(Cx43) is the most abundant member of Cx family in heart ,the normal expression of Cx43 is crucial for heart development,electrically coupled cardiomyocytes activities and the regulation of myocardial function. The connection between Cx43 and myocardial ischemia/reperfusion or reperfusion injury has become the current research focus...
December 27, 2016: Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009969/the-role-of-connexin43-in-diabetic-microvascular-complications
#20
Hui Li, Fang Wang
Diabetes mellitus is one of the largest global healthcare problems. People with diabetes have high risk of developing any of the microvascularcomplications, including retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy, which can bring much more serious psychological and economic burden for the diabetic patients. As a consequence of its microvascular complications, diabetes has become the leading cause of blindness, end-stage renal disease, and a variety of debilitating neuropathies. Although the mechanisms involved in the development and progression of these three diabetic microvascular complications are different and have not been completely elucidated, some common histopathological features like increased vascular permeability and apoptosis of specific vascular cells are shared in retinopathy and nephropathy...
November 2016: Discovery Medicine
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