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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545280/-impacts-of-early-metoprolol-intervention-on-connexin-43-and-phosphorylated-connexin-43-expression-in-rabbits-with-experimental-myocardial-infarction
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M Zhou, Q Lu, J Q Jiang, Z N Chen, Z G Gong, Z G Li, W W Fu, S F Ding
Objective: To investigate the early intervention effects of metoprolol on connexin 43(Cx43) and phosphorylated Cx43 (p-Cx43) expression in rabbits with post myocardial infarction. Methods: A total of 24 adult male New Zealand white rabbits were divided into sham group (n=6), early treatment group(n=6), routine treatment group(n=6), and myocardial infarction group(n=6) with a randomized block design blocked by weight. Myocardial infarction was induced by left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) ligation...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528343/the-dome-wall-of-bladder-acts-as-a-pacemaker-site-in-detrusor-instability-in-rats
#2
Yan-Lan Yu, Qian He, Gong-Hui Li, Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to confirm that the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) in the dome wall of the bladder are pacemaker cells, and that the dome wall of the bladder acts as a pacemaker site in the detrusor instability (DI) rat model. MATERIAL AND METHODS The model of DI in Wistar rats was established and urodynamic studies measuring the bladder volume and pressure were performed. The detrusor excitability was investigated using the amplitude and frequency of phasic contraction of strips. The localization and quantity of ICCs was identified by immunohistochemistry and c-KIT protein expression in the rat bladder...
May 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526583/the-connexin-43-c-terminus-a-tail-of-many-tales
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REVIEW
Edward Leithe, Marc Mesnil, Trond Aasen
Connexins are chordate gap junction channel proteins that, by enabling direct communication between the cytosols of adjacent cells, create a unique cell signalling network. Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) has important roles in controlling cell growth and differentiation and in tissue development and homeostasis. Moreover, several non-canonical connexin functions unrelated to GJIC have been discovered. Of the 21 members of the human connexin family, connexin 43 (Cx43) is the most widely expressed and studied...
May 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518143/calcium-sensing-receptor-protects-high-glucose-induced-energy-metabolism-disorder-via-blocking-gp78-ubiquitin-proteasome-pathway
#4
Yuehong Wang, Ping Gao, Can Wei, Hongzhu Li, Li Zhang, Yajun Zhao, Bo Wu, Ye Tian, Weihua Zhang, Lingyun Wu, Rui Wang, Changqing Xu
Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a major complication and fatal cause of the patients with diabetes. The calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) is a G protein-coupled receptor, which is involved in maintaining calcium homeostasis, regulating cell proliferation and apoptosis, and so on. In our previous study, we found that CaSR expression, intracellular calcium levels and cardiac function were all significantly decreased in DCM rats; however, the exact mechanism are not clear yet. The present study revealed the protective role of CaSR in myocardial energy metabolism disorder induced by high glucose (HG) as well as the underlying mechanism...
May 18, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513236/enhanced-gap-junctional-channel-activity-between-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-cerebral-artery-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#5
Li-Jie Wang, Ke-Tao Ma, Wen-Yan Shi, Ying-Zi Wang, Lei Zhao, Xin-Yan Chen, Xin-Zhi Li, Xue-Wei Jiang, Zhong-Shuang Zhang, Li Li, Jun-Qiang Si
The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of hypertension on the gap junctions between vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the cerebral arteries (CAs) of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). The functions of gap junctions in the CAs of VSMCs in SHRs and control normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were studied using whole-cell patch clamp recordings and pressure myography, and the expression levels of connexins were analyzed using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analyses...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507509/loss-of-elp3-impairs-the-acetylation-and-distribution-of-connexin-43-in-the-developing-cerebral-cortex
#6
Sophie Laguesse, Pierre Close, Laura Van Hees, Alain Chariot, Brigitte Malgrange, Laurent Nguyen
The Elongator complex is required for proper development of the cerebral cortex. Interfering with its activity in vivo delays the migration of postmitotic projection neurons, at least through a defective α-tubulin acetylation. However, this complex is already expressed by cortical progenitors where it may regulate the early steps of migration by targeting additional proteins. Here we report that connexin-43 (Cx43), which is strongly expressed by cortical progenitors and whose depletion impairs projection neuron migration, requires Elongator expression for its proper acetylation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503689/effects-of-elemene-on-inhibiting-proliferation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-promoting-reendothelialization-at-the-stent-implantation-site
#7
Wenjie Sun, Yuhua Huang, Tieying Yin, Jingjing Wang, Ruolin Du, Juhui Qiu, Yuan Zhang, Yazhou Wang, Jinju Chen, Guixue Wang
Anticancer drugs are commonly used as inhibitors of vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation in clinical treatments. This study aims to investigate how elemene affects the proliferation of VSMCs, the restenosis, and the reendothelialization after implanting the elemene-coated stents. VSMCs derived from rat aorta were used to test the cell proliferation, cell cycle, migration, apoptosis, cytoskeletal protein F-actin, intracellular Ca(2+), IncRNA chip and gene expression of PCNA, P53, and Cx43 when cultured with elemene...
May 15, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498436/exposure-to-a-chronic-high-fat-diet-promotes-atrial-structure-and-gap-junction-remodeling-in-rats
#8
Tianyu Meng, Gong Cheng, Yuejiao Wei, Shuting Ma, Yongrong Jiang, Jine Wu, Xin Zhou, Chaofeng Sun
Obesity has been demonstrated to be linked to atrial fibrillation (AF) with atrial enlargement and tissue fibrosis. Long-term high calorie intake is the main reason for the prevalence of obesity. To investigate the possible causes of AF, such as chronic high-fat diet (HFD), and to identify the underlying mechanisms, the present study analyzed a variety of structural and gap junctional electrophysiological alterations in the atria of female rats fed an HFD. After consistent HFD feeding of female rats for 12 weeks, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Masson's staining, RT-qPCR, western blotting, immunofluorescence and TUNEL staining were performed...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497398/early-markers-of-myocardial-ischemia-from-the-experimental-model-to-forensic-pathology-cases-of-sudden-cardiac-death
#9
Sara Sabatasso, Milena Moretti, Patrice Mangin, Tony Fracasso
The goal of this study was to assess whether early markers of myocardial ischemia, identified in a previous experimental work, can be applied in forensic pathology cases of sudden, ischemic cardiac death. These markers include desphosphorylated connexin 43 (Cx43), JunB, TUNEL assay, myoglobin, and troponin T. Fourteen cases of sudden cardiac death with gross and/or histological signs of myocardial infarction and 14 cases of sudden cardiac death with signs of early ischemia at histology and positive immunoreactions for fibronectin and C5b-9 were investigated...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488330/inhibition-of-cx43-mediates-protective-effects-on-hypoxic-reoxygenated-human-neuroblastoma-cells
#10
Nunzio Vicario, Giovanna Calabrese, Agata Zappalà, Carmela Parenti, Stefano Forte, Adriana Carol Eleonora Graziano, Luca Vanella, Rosalia Pellitteri, Venera Cardile, Rosalba Parenti
Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), a special population of glial cells, are able to synthesise several trophic factors exerting a neuroprotective action and promoting growth and functional recovery in both in vitro and in vivo models. In the present work, we investigated the neuroprotective effects of OEC-conditioned medium (OEC-CM) on two different human neuron-like cell lines, SH-SY5Y and SK-N-SH (neuroblastoma cell lines), under normoxic and hypoxic conditions. In addition, we also focused our attention on the role of connexins (Cxs) in the neuroprotective processes...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486649/hyperandrogenemia-reduces-endothelium-derived-hyperpolarizing-factor-mediated-relaxation-in-mesenteric-artery-of-female-rats
#11
Jay S Mishra, Amar S More, Gary D V Hankins, Sathish Kumar
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often present with hyperandrogenemia along with vascular dysfunction and elevated blood pressure. In animal models of PCOS, anti-androgen treatment decreased blood pressure, indicating a key role for androgens in the development of hypertension. However, the underlying androgen-mediated mechanism that contributes to increased blood pressure is not known. This study determined whether elevated androgens affect endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF)-mediated vascular relaxation responses through alteration in function of gap junctional proteins...
May 8, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485004/sialic-acid-expression-in-human-fetal-skeletal-muscle-during-limb-early-myogenesis
#12
Mirca Marini, Erica Sarchielli, Giorgia Donata Zappoli Thyrion, Stefano Ambrosini, Eleonora Sgambati
Investigations on animal models demonstrated that changes of sialic acid (SA) expression, particularly the polymeric form, in the skeletal muscle during embryonic and post-natal development seem to be related to muscle differentiation and functionality onset. The aim of this study was to evaluate the monomeric and polymeric SA expression in human skeletal muscle during early stages of fetal development, when important morphofunctional events occur. Specimens of fetal skeletal muscle from limb, between 9 and 12 weeks of gestation (wg), were obtained from 19 pregnant women...
May 9, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471544/neonatal-hypothyroidism-affects-testicular-glucose-homeostasis-through-increased-oxidative-stress-in-prepubertal-mice-effects-on-glut3-glut8-and-cx43
#13
D Sarkar, S K Singh
Thyroid hormones (THs) play an important role in maintaining the link between metabolism and reproduction and the altered THs status is associated with induction of oxidative stress in various organs like brain, heart, liver and testis. Further, reactive oxygen species play a pivotal role in regulation of glucose homeostasis in several organs, and glucose utilization by Leydig cells is essential for testosterone biosynthesis and thus is largely dependent on glucose transporter 8 (GLUT8). Glucose uptake by Sertoli cells is mediated through glucose transporter 3 (GLUT3) under the influence of THs to meet energy requirement of developing germ cells...
May 4, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459162/myocardial-connexin-43-is-up-regulated-in-response-to-acute-cardiac-injury-in-rats
#14
Csilla Viczenczova, Branislav Kura, Kiranj K Chaudagar, Barbara Bacova, Tamara Benova, Miroslav Barancik, Vladimir Knezl, Táňa Ravingerová, Narcis Tribulova, Jan Slezak
We aimed to explore whether myocardial intercellular channel protein connexin-43 (Cx43) along with PKCε and MMP-2 might be implicated in responses to acute cardiac injury induced by two distinct sub-lethal interventions in Wistar rats. Animals underwent either single chest irradiation at dose of 25 Gy or subcutaneous injection of isoproterenol (ISO, 120 mg/kg) and were compared with untreated controls. Forty-two days post-interventions, the hearts were excised and left ventricles were used for analysis. Findings showed an increase of total as well as phosphorylated forms of myocardial Cx43 regardless the type of interventions...
April 29, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445075/dried-plum-ingestion-increases-the-osteoblastogenic-capacity-of-human-serum
#15
Paulina Delgado Cuenca, Lama Almaiman, Simon Schenk, Mark Kern, Shirin Hooshmand
In cell culture studies, dried plum (Prunus domestica L.) polyphenols increased osteoblast alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, mineralized nodule formation, and the expression of the bone marker genes runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) and osterix. The purpose of this study was to determine whether human serum collected 1 and 2 h after dried plum ingestion influenced osteoblast cell activity and gene expression. Five healthy women ingested 100 g of dried plum, and serum samples were collected at baseline (before dried plum ingestion) and 1 and 2 h postingestion of dried plum...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440455/%C3%AE-adrenoceptor-mediated-enhanced-inducibility-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-canine-system-inflammation-model
#16
Ying-Ying Chen, Ze-Wei Sun, Jian-Ping Jiang, Xiao-Dong Kang, Lin-Lin Wang, Yue-Liang Shen, Xu-Dong Xie, Liang-Rong Zheng
The exact mechanism associated with inflammation and atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the roles of connexin 43 (Cx43) and a1‑adrenergic receptor (α1‑AR) activation in the pathogenesis of system inflammation‑induced AF. A canine model of chronic low‑grade system inflammation was established by administrating a low dose of lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 0.1 µg/kg) for 2 weeks. Programmed stimulation was applied on the right atrial appendage to determine the effective refractory periods (ERP) and the window of vulnerability (WOV)...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434165/connexin-hemichannels-in-astrocytes-an-assessment-of-controversies-regarding-their-functional-characteristics
#17
Brian Skriver Nielsen, Daniel Bloch Hansen, Bruce R Ransom, Morten Schak Nielsen, Nanna MacAulay
Astrocytes in the mammalian central nervous system are interconnected by gap junctions made from connexins of the subtypes Cx30 and Cx43. These proteins may exist as hemichannels in the plasma membrane in the absence of a 'docked' counterpart on the neighboring cell. A variety of stimuli are reported to open the hemichannels and thereby create a permeation pathway through the plasma membrane. Cx30 and Cx43 have, in their hemichannel configuration, been proposed to act as ion channels and membrane pathways for different molecules, such as fluorescent dyes, ATP, prostaglandins, and glutamate...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432149/cd73-on-t-cells-orchestrates-cardiac-wound-healing-after-myocardial-infarction-by-purinergic-metabolic-reprogramming
#18
Nadine Borg, Christina Alter, Nicole Görldt, Christoph Jacoby, Zhaoping Ding, Bodo Steckel, Christine Quast, Florian Bönner, Daniela Friebe, Sebastian Temme, Ulrich Flögel, Jürgen Schrader
Background -T-cells are required for proper healing after myocardial infarction. The mechanism of their beneficial action, however, is unknown. The pro-inflammatory "danger signal" adenosine triphosphate (ATP), released from damaged cells, is degraded by the ectonucleotidases CD39 and CD73 to the anti-inflammatory mediator adenosine. Here, we investigate the contribution of CD73-derived adenosine produced by T-cells to cardiac remodeling after ischemia/reperfusion and define its mechanism of action. Methods -Myocardial ischemia (50 min /reperfusion) was induced in global CD73(-/-) and CD4-CD73(-/-) mice...
April 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429502/involvement-of-erk1-2-in-cx43-depression-induced-by-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-in-atrial-myocytes
#19
Xin Li, Fang Rao, Chun-Yu Deng, Wei Wei, Fang-Zhou Liu, Hui Yang, Zhao-Yu Wang, Su-Juan Kuang, Xiao-Yan Chen, Yu-Mei Xue, Shu-Lin Wu
Connexin 43 (Cx43) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation (AF). The present study sought to investigate the effect of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a pleiotropic cytokine, on Cx43 expression and activity and determine the intracellular signaling pathways. Cx43 protein and mRNA levels were assayed using immunofluorescence, real-time PCR, and western blot. We found that increased MIF and extracellular regulated protein kinases (ERK) expression was accompanied by a significant reduction in Cx43 protein expression in atrial tissues from patients with AF compared with those with sinus rhythm...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428758/modulation-of-asymmetric-flux-in-heterotypic-gap-junctions-by-pore-shape-particle-size-and-charge
#20
Abhijit Mondal, Frank B Sachse, Alonso P Moreno
Gap junction channels play a vital role in intercellular communication by connecting cytoplasm of adjoined cells through arrays of channel-pores formed at the common membrane junction. Their structure and properties vary depending on the connexin isoform(s) involved in forming the full gap junction channel. Lack of information on the molecular structure of gap junction channels has limited the development of computational tools for single channel studies. Currently, we rely on cumbersome experimental techniques that have limited capabilities...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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