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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923658/temporal-regulation-of-gap-junctional-communication-between-tenocytes-subjected-to-static-tensile-strain-with-physiological-and-non-physiological-amplitudes
#1
Eijiro Maeda, Haicheng Pian, Toshiro Ohashi
The present study has been performed on temporal changes in gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) between tenocytes under static tensile strain with the magnitude of 0% (no strain), 4% (physiological magnitude) or 8% (overloading magnitude) during a 24-h culture period. Tenocytes were isolated from rabbit Achilles tendon and seeded on a stretchable microgroove substrate. GJIC was evaluated as intercellular diffusion coefficient of calcein (DGJ) using fluorescence loss in photobleaching (FLIP) protocol accompanied with a mathematical model of molecular diffusion both within the cell and between the cells...
December 3, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916369/expression-of-connexin-26-and-connexin-43-is-reduced-in-hirschsprung-s-disease
#2
David Coyle, Brian Doyle, Justin M Murphy, Anne Marie O'Donnell, John Gillick, Prem Puri
BACKGROUND: Despite having an optimal pull-through operation, some children with Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR) continue to experience persistent bowel symptoms. Coordinated colonic electrical activity depends on intercellular communication between the enteric nerves, interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs), smooth muscle cells, and fibroblast-like (platelet-derived growth factor receptor-alpha-positive) cells. Gap junctions are low-resistance channels composed of connexin (Cx) proteins which couple cells electrically and chemically...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904658/circulating-microparticles-enhanced-rat-vascular-wall-remodeling-following-endothelial-denudation
#3
Fan-Yen Lee, Hung-I Lu, Han-Tan Chai, Jiunn-Jye Sheu, Yi-Ling Chen, Tein-Hung Huang, Gour-Shenq Kao, Sheng-Yi Chen, Sheng-Ying Chung, Pei-Hsun Sung, Hsueh-Wen Chang, Mel S Lee, Hon-Kan Yip
This study tested the hypothesis that circulating microparticles (MPs) exacerbated vascular wall (VW) remodeling after endothelial denudation by 0.014 wire in a rat model. Adult male Sprague Dawley rats (n = 40) were equally categorized into group 1 [sham-control (SC); 3.0 mL saline intravenous injection], group 2 [SC + intravenous MPs (1.0 × 10(7)) derived from patients with carotid artery stenosis (CAS)], group 3 [femoral arterial endothelial denudation (FAED)], group 4 (FAED + MPs derived from healthy subjects), and group 5 (FAED + CAS-derived MPs)...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903977/dioscin-augments-hsv-tk-mediated-suicide-gene-therapy-for-melanoma-by-promoting-connexin-based-intercellular-communication
#4
Jianyong Xiao, Guangxian Zhang, Bin Li, Yingya Wu, Xijuan Liu, Yuhui Tan, Biaoyan Du
Suicide gene therapy is a promising strategy against melanoma. However, the low efficiency of the gene transfer technique can limit its application. Our preliminary data showed that dioscin, a glucoside saponin, could upregulate the expression of connexins Cx26 and Cx43, major components of gap junctions, in melanoma cells. We hypothesized that dioscin may increase the bystander effect of herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase/ganciclovir (HSV-tk/GCV) through increasing the formation of gap junctions. Further analysis showed that dioscin indeed could increase the gap junctional intercellular communication in B16 melanoma cells, resulting in more efficient GCV-induced bystander killing in B16tk cells...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899284/defective-lymphatic-valve-development-and-chylothorax-in-mice-with-a-lymphatic-specific-deletion-of-connexin43
#5
Stephanie J Munger, Michael J Davis, Alexander M Simon
Lymphatic valves (LVs) are cusped luminal structures that permit the movement of lymph in only one direction and are therefore critical for proper lymphatic vessel function. Congenital valve aplasia or agenesis can, in some cases, be a direct cause of lymphatic disease. Knowledge about the molecular mechanisms operating during the development and maintenance of LVs may thus aid in the establishment of novel therapeutic approaches to treat lymphatic disorders. In this study, we examined the role of Connexin43 (Cx43), a gap junction protein expressed in lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs), during valve development...
November 27, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882143/expression-of-connexin-43-ion-channels-and-ca-2-handling-proteins-in-rat-pulmonary-vein-cardiomyocytes
#6
Yaqiong Xiao, Xue Cai, Andrew Atkinson, Sunil Jit Logantha, Mark Boyett, Halina Dobrzynski
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. AF is thought to be triggered by ectopic beats, originating primarily in the myocardial sleeves surrounding the pulmonary veins (PVs). The mechanisms underlying these cardiac arrhythmias remain unclear. To investigate this, frozen sections of heart and lung tissue from adult rats without arrhythmia were obtained in different planes, stained with Masson's trichrome, and immunolabeled for connexin 43 (Cx43), caveolin-3 (Cav3), hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 4 (HCN4), Nav1...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876669/ginsenoside-rg1-induced-antidepressant-effects-involve-the-protection-of-astrocyte-gap-junctions-within-the-prefrontal-cortex
#7
Can Jin, Zhen-Zhen Wang, Heng Zhou, Yu-Xia Lou, Jiao Chen, Wei Zuo, Man-Tong Tian, Zhi-Qi Wang, Guo-Hua Du, Ichiro Kawahata, Tohru Yamakuni, Yi Zhang, Nai-Hong Chen, Dan-Shen Zhang
Ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) exhibits antidepressant-like activity by increasing neurogenesis and dendritic spine density without discernible side effects. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying Rg1 antidepressant activity remain poorly understood. As the dysfunction of gap junctions between astrocytes in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is implicated in major depression disorder, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Rg1 on astrocyte gap junctions in the PFC. Rats exposed to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) were administered Rg1 (5, 10, and 20mg/kg) for 28days and analyzed for depressive symptoms using the sucrose preference and forced swimming tests...
November 19, 2016: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870307/abrogation-of-gap-junctional-communication-in-es-cells-results-in-a-disruption-of-primitive-endoderm-formation-in-embryoid-bodies
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Philipp Wörsdörfer, Felicitas Bosen, Martina Gebhardt, Nicole Russ, Katrin Zimmermann, David Komla Kessie, Thileepan Sekaran, Angela Egert, Süleyman Ergün, Hubert Schorle, Alexander Pfeifer, Frank Edenhofer, Klaus Willecke
Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) has been suggested to be involved in early embryonic development but the actual functional role remained elusive. Connexin (Cx) 43 and Cx45 are co-expressed in embryonic stem (ES) cells, form gap junctions and are considered to exhibit adhesive function and/or to contribute to the establishment of defined communication compartments. Here we describe the generation of Cx43/Cx45-double deficient mouse ES cells to achieve almost complete breakdown of GJIC. Cre-loxP induced deletion of both, Cx43 and Cx45, results in a block of differentiation in embryoid bodies without affecting pluripotency marker expression and proliferation in ES cells...
November 21, 2016: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856288/a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial-evaluating-a-connexin43-mimetic-peptide-in-cutaneous-scarring
#9
Christina L Grek, Jade Montgomery, Meenakshi Sharma, A Ravi, J S Rajkumar, Kurtis E Moyer, Robert G Gourdie, Gautam S Ghatnekar
BACKGROUND: The transmembrane protein, connexin43 (Cx43) has key roles in fibrogenic processes including inflammatory signaling and extracellular matrix composition. aCT1 is a Cx43 mimetic peptide that in preclinical studies accelerated wound closure, decreased inflammation and granulation tissue area and normalized mechanical properties following cutaneous injury. PURPOSE: We evaluated the efficacy and safety of aCT1 in the reduction of scar formation in human incisional wounds...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849058/inhibition-of-connexin-43-prevents-trauma-induced-heterotopic-ossification
#10
Bing Tu, Shen Liu, Guangwang Liu, Zhiwei Li, Yangbai Sun, Cunyi Fan
Heterotopic ossification (HO) can result from traumatic injury, surgery or genetic diseases. Here, we demonstrate that overexpression of connexin 43 (Cx43) is critical for the development and recurrence of traumatic HO in patients. Inhibition of Cx43 by shRNA substantially suppressed the osteogenic differentiation of MC-3T3 cells and the expression of osteogenic genes. We employed a tenotomy mouse model to explore the hypothesis that Cx43 is vital to the development of HO. Inhibition of Cx43 by a specific shRNA decreased extraskeletal bone formation in vivo...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848138/dexamethasone-and-levetiracetam-reduce-hetero-cellular-gap-junctional-coupling-between-f98-glioma-cells-and-glial-cells-in-vitro
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Fatme Seval Ismail, Zahra Moinfar, Nora Prochnow, Hannes Dambach, Daniel Hinkerohe, Claus Gert Haase, Eckart Förster, Pedro Michael Faustmann
Gap junctions (GJs) in astrocytes and glioma cells are important channels for cell-to-cell communication that contribute to homo- and heterocellular coupling. According to recent studies, heterocellular gap-junctional communication (H-GJC) between glioma cells and their surrounding environment enhances glioma progression. Therefore, we developed a new in vitro model to examine H-GJC between glioma cells, astrocytes and microglia. Consequently, F98 rat glioma cells were double-labeled with GJ-impermeable (CM-DiI) and GJ-permeable dye (calcein AM) and were seeded on unlabeled astrocyte-microglia co-cultures...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837015/the-role-of-pannexin-3-in-bone-biology
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M Ishikawa, Y Yamada
Cell-cell and cell-matrix communications play important roles in both cell proliferation and differentiation. Gap junction proteins mediate signaling communication by exchanging small molecules and dramatically stimulating intracellular signaling pathways to determine cell fate. Vertebrates have 2 gap junction families: pannexins (Panxs) and connexins (Cxs). Unlike Cxs, the functions of Panxs are not fully understood. In skeletal formation, Panx3 and Cx43 are the most abundantly expressed gap junction proteins from each family...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836897/positive-versus-negative-effects-of-vegf165-on-ca2-signaling-and-no-production-in-human-endothelial-cells
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Derek S Boeldt, Jennifer Krupp, Fu-Xian Yi, Nauman Khurshid, Dinesh M Shah, Ian M Bird
The role increased vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays in vascular function during normal vs preeclamptic pregnancy has been a source of some controversy of late. In this study we seek to understand how VEGF165 influences vasodilator production via Ca(2+) signaling mechanisms in human endothelial cells. We utilize human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) as well as intact ex vivo human umbilical vein (HUV Endo) to address direct stimulation of Ca(2+) and NO by VEGF165 alone, as well as the effect of VEGF165 on subsequent ATP-stimulated Ca(2+) signaling and NO production...
November 11, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835804/gap-junctional-connexin-messenger-rna-expression-in-the-ovine-uterus-and-placenta-effects-of-estradiol-17%C3%AE-treatment-early-pregnancy-stages-and-embryo-origin
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M L Johnson, D A Redmer, L P Reynolds, A T Grazul-Bilska
Gap junctions play a major role in direct, contact-dependent cell-cell communication, and they have been implicated in the regulation of cellular metabolism and the coordination of cellular functions during growth and differentiation of organs and tissues. Gap junctional channels, composed of connexin (Cx) proteins, have been detected and shown to be influenced by hormones (eg, estrogen and progesterone) in uterine and placental tissues in several species. We hypothesized that (1) the messenger RNA (mRNA) for Cx26, Cx32, Cx37, and Cx43 is expressed in the uterus of ovariectomized sheep treated with estradiol-17β (E2) and in ovine placenta during early pregnancy, (2) E2-treatment of ovariectomized ewes would cause time-specific changes in Cx26, Cx32, Cx37, and Cx43 mRNA expression (experiment 1), and (3) expression of these 4 Cx would vary across the days of early pregnancy (experiment 2) and will be affected by embryo origin (ie, after application of assisted reproductive technologies [ARTs]; experiment 3)...
January 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826746/protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-1b-ptp1b-is-required-for-cardiac-lineage-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Zahra Shokati Eshkiki, Mohammad Hossein Ghahremani, Parisa Shabani, Sattar Gorgani Firuzjaee, Asie Sadeghi, Hossein Ghanbarian, Reza Meshkani
Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) has been shown to regulate multiple cellular events such as differentiation, cell growth, and proliferation; however, the role of PTP1B in differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells into cardiomyocytes remains unexplored. In the present study, we investigated the effects of PTP1B inhibition on differentiation of ES cells into cardiomyocytes. PTP1B mRNA and protein levels were increased during the differentiation of ES cells into cardiomyocytes. Accordingly, a stable ES cell line expressing PTP1B shRNA was established...
November 8, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816814/vitamin-e-and-caloric-restriction-promote-hepatic-homeostasis-through-expression-of-connexin-26-n-cad-e-cad-and-cholesterol-metabolism-genes
#16
Leonardo Vinícius Santolim, Maria Esméria Corezola do Amaral, José Luís Fachi, Maíra Felonato Mendes, Camila Andréa de Oliveira
Connexins (Cx) and cadherins are responsible for cell homeostasis. The Cx activity is directly related to cholesterol. The present work investigates whether vitamin E, with or without caloric restriction (CR), alters the mRNA expression of Cx26, Cx32, Cx43, N-cadherins (N-cads), E-cadherins (E-cads) and alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and evaluates their relation to cholesterol metabolism in rat liver. Animals were divided into different groups: control with ad libitum diet (C), control+vitamin E (CV), aloric restriction with intake to 60% of group C (CR), and the intake of group CR+vitamin E (RV)...
January 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814646/blockage-of-hemichannels-alters-gene-expression-in-osteocytes-in-a-high-magneto-gravitational-environment
#17
Huiyun Xu, Dandan Ning, Dezhi Zhao, Yunhe Chen, Dongdong Zhao, Sumin Gu, Jean Xin Jiang, Peng Shang
Osteocytes, the most abundant cells in bone, are highly responsive to external environmental changes. We tested how Cx43 hemichannels which mediate the exchange of small molecules between cells and extracellular environment impact genome wide gene expression under conditions of abnormal gravity and magnetic field. To this end, we subjected osteocytic MLO-Y4 cells to a high magneto-gravitational environment and used microarray to examine global gene expression and a specific blocking antibody was used to assess the role of Cx43 hemichannels...
January 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813551/rehmannia-glutinosa-oligosaccharide-induces-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-cardiomyocyte-like-cells
#18
X H Wang, H W Du, X H Guo, S W Wang, R B Zhou, Y Li, Z B Li, Y S Zhao, Q L Zhu
The aim of this study was to observe the effect of Rehmannia glutinosa oligosaccharide (RGO) on differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into cardiomyocyte-like cells . Rat MSCs were isolated, treated, and grouped as follows: RGO treatment group, 5-azacytidine (5-aza) treatment group, RGO + 5-aza treatment group, and control group. Following a four-week induction period, cardiac troponin I (cTnI) levels in MSCs were quantified by chemiluminescence, and the levels of myocardial enzymes creatine kinase (CK) and creatine kinase isoenzyme-MB (CK-MB) were measured using a dry chemistry analyzer...
October 17, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809287/cx43-mediates-resistance-against-mpp%C3%A2-%C2%BA-induced-apoptosis-in-sh-sy5y-neuroblastoma-cells-via-modulating-the-mitochondrial-apoptosis-pathway
#19
In-Su Kim, Palanivel Ganesan, Dong-Kug Choi
Neuronal apoptosis in the substantia nigra par compacta (SNpc) appears to play an essential role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. However, the mechanisms responsible for the death of dopaminergic neurons are not fully understood yet. To explore the apoptotic mechanisms, we used a well-known parkinsonian toxin, 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridine (MPP⁺), to induce neuronal apoptosis in the human dopaminergic SH-SY5Y cell line. The most common method of interaction between cells is gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) mediated by gap junctions (GJs) formed by transmembrane proteins called connexins (Cx)...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799555/cardiac-electrical-defects-in-progeroid-mice-and-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome-patients-with-nuclear-lamina-alterations
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José Rivera-Torres, Conrado J Calvo, Anna Llach, Gabriela Guzmán-Martínez, Ricardo Caballero, Cristina González-Gómez, Luis J Jiménez-Borreguero, Juan A Guadix, Fernando G Osorio, Carlos López-Otín, Adela Herraiz-Martínez, Nuria Cabello, Alex Vallmitjana, Raul Benítez, Leslie B Gordon, José Jalife, José M Pérez-Pomares, Juan Tamargo, Eva Delpón, Leif Hove-Madsen, David Filgueiras-Rama, Vicente Andrés
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a rare genetic disease caused by defective prelamin A processing, leading to nuclear lamina alterations, severe cardiovascular pathology, and premature death. Prelamin A alterations also occur in physiological aging. It remains unknown how defective prelamin A processing affects the cardiac rhythm. We show age-dependent cardiac repolarization abnormalities in HGPS patients that are also present in the Zmpste24(-/-) mouse model of HGPS. Challenge of Zmpste24(-/-) mice with the β-adrenergic agonist isoproterenol did not trigger ventricular arrhythmia but caused bradycardia-related premature ventricular complexes and slow-rate polymorphic ventricular rhythms during recovery...
November 15, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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