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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445075/dried-plum-ingestion-increases-the-osteoblastogenic-capacity-of-human-serum
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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
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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)...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434165/connexin-hemichannels-in-astrocytes-an-assessment-of-controversies-regarding-their-functional-characteristics
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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428247/induction-of-cell-death-and-gain-of-function-properties-of-connexin26-mutants-predict-severity-of-skin-disorders-and-hearing-loss
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Eric R Press, Qing Shao, John J Kelly, Katrina Chin, Anton Alaga, Dale W Laird
Connexin26 (Cx26) is a gap junction protein that oligomerizes in the cell to form hexameric transmembrane channels called connexons. Cell surface connexons dock between adjacent cells to allow for gap junctional intercellular communication. Numerous autosomal dominant mutations in the Cx26 encoding GJB2 gene lead to many skin disorders and sensorineural hearing loss. Although some insights have been gained into the pathogenesis of these diseases, it is not fully understood how distinct GJB2 mutations result in hearing loss alone or in skin pathologies with comorbid hearing loss...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424784/evaluation-of-connexin-43-redistribution-and-endocytosis-in-astrocytes-subjected-to-ischemia-reperfusion-or-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-and-reoxygenation
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Hongyan Xie, Yu Cui, Shuai Hou, Juan Wang, Jing Miao, Fang Deng, Jiachun Feng
Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the major component protein in astrocytic gap junction communication. Recent studies have shown the cellular processes of gap junction internalization and degradation, but many details remain unknown. This study investigated the distribution of Cx43 and its mechanism after ischemic insult. Astrocyte culture system and a model of ischemia/reperfusion (IR) or oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (OGDR) were established. Cx43 distribution was observed by laser scanning confocal microscopy under different cultivation conditions...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419546/connexin43-and-runx2-interact-to-affect-cortical-bone-geometry-skeletal-development-and-osteoblast-and-osteoclast-function
#9
Atum M Buo, Ryan E Tomlinson, Eric R Eidelman, Max Chason, Joseph P Stains
The coupling of osteoblasts and osteocytes by connexin43 (Cx43) gap junctions permits the sharing of second messengers that coordinate bone cell function and cortical bone acquisition. However, details of how Cx43 converts shared second messengers into signals that converge onto essential osteogenic processes are incomplete. Here, we use in vitro and in vivo methods to show that Cx43 and Runx2 functionally interact to regulate osteoblast gene expression and proliferation, ultimately affecting cortical bone properties...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418864/bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-overexpressing-mir-21-efficiently-repair-myocardial-damage-in-rats
#10
Yan-Ling Zeng, Hao Zheng, Qiu-Ru Chen, Xiao-Hong Yuan, Jin-Hua Ren, Xiao-Feng Luo, Ping Chen, Zhe-Yao Lin, Shao-Zhen Chen, Xue-Qiong Wu, Min Xiao, Yong-Quan Chen, Zhi-Zhe Chen, Jian-Da Hu, Ting Yang
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the ability of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) overexpressing microRNA-21 (miR-21) to repair cardiac damage induced by anthracyclines in rats. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats of 2~3 weeks old were selected to isolate and culture BMSCs. A lentivirus harboring pLVX-miR-21 was generated and transfected into rat BMSCs. The rats were assigned into an untreated negative control group, and groups injected with adriamycin alone or with adriamycin followed by BMSCs, pLVX-BMSCs or pLVX-miR-21-BMSCs (n = 10 each)...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404615/myeloperoxidase-mediates-postischemic-arrhythmogenic-ventricular-remodeling
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Martin Mollenhauer, Kai Friedrichs, Max Lange, Jan Gesenberg, Lisa Remane, Christina Kerkenpaß, Jenny Krause, Johanna Schneider, Thorben Ravekes, Martina Maass, Marcel Halbach, Gabriel Peinkofer, Tomo Saric, Dennis Mehrkens, Matti Adam, Florian G Deuschl, Denise Lau, Birgit Geertz, Kashish Manchanda, Thomas Eschenhagen, Lukas Kubala, Tanja K Rudolph, Yuping Wu, Wh W Tang, Stanley L Hazen, Stephan Baldus, Anna Klinke, Volker Rudolph
Rationale: Ventricular arrhythmias remain the leading cause of death in patients suffering myocardial ischemia. Myeloperoxidase (MPO), a heme-enzyme released by polymorphonuclear neutrophils, accumulates within ischemic myocardium and has been linked to adverse left ventricular remodeling. Objective: To reveal the role of MPO for the development of ventricular arrhythmias. Methods and Results: In different murine models of myocardial ischemia MPO deficiency profoundly decreased vulnerability for ventricular tachycardia (VT) upon programmed right ventricular and burst stimulation and spontaneously as assessed by ECG telemetry following isoproterenol injection...
April 12, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397038/association-of-connexin-gene-polymorphism-with-essential-hypertension-in-kazak-and-han-chinese-in-xinjiang-china
#12
Li-Jie Wang, Wen-Wen Zhang, Liang Zhang, Wen-Yan Shi, Ying-Zi Wang, Ke-Tao Ma, Wei-Dong Liu, Lei Zhao, Li Li, Jun-Qiang Si
Essential hypertension (EH) is affected by both genetic and environmental factors. The polymorphism of connexin (Cx) genes is found associated with the development of hypertension. However, the association of the polymorphism of Cxs with EH has not been investigated. This study aimed to investigate the association of the polymorphism of connexin (Cx) genes Cx37, Cx40, and Cx43 with EH in Kazak and Han Chinese in Xinjiang, China. Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) were used to analyze the polymorphism of Cx genes in Kazak and Han EH patients as well as their normotensive controls...
April 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396412/endotoxin-induced-autocrine-atp-signaling-inhibits-neutrophil-chemotaxis-through-enhancing-myosin-light-chain-phosphorylation
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Xu Wang, Weiting Qin, Xiaohan Xu, Yuyun Xiong, Yisen Zhang, Huafeng Zhang, Bingwei Sun
Although the neutrophil recruitment cascade during inflammation has been well described, the molecular players that halt neutrophil chemotaxis remain unclear. In this study, we found that lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was a potent stop signal for chemotactic neutrophil migration. Treatment with an antagonist of the ATP receptor (P2X1) in primary human neutrophils or knockout of the P2X1 receptor in neutrophil-like differentiated HL-60 (dHL-60) cells recovered neutrophil chemotaxis. Further observations showed that LPS-induced ATP release through connexin 43 (Cx43) hemichannels was responsible for the activation of the P2X1 receptor and the subsequent calcium influx...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396058/connexin43-high-prostate-cancer-cells-induce-endothelial-connexin43-up-regulation-through-the-activation-of-intercellular-erk1-2-dependent-signaling-axis
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Katarzyna Piwowarczyk, Milena Paw, Damian Ryszawy, Magdalena Rutkowska-Zapała, Zbigniew Madeja, Maciej Siedlar, Jarosław Czyż
Connexin(Cx)43 regulates the invasive potential of prostate cancer cells and participates in their extravasation. To address the role of endothelial Cx43 in this process, we analyzed Cx43 regulation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells in the proximity of Cx43(high) (DU-145 and MAT-LyLu) and Cx43(low) prostate cancer cells (PC-3 and AT-2). Endothelial Cx43 up-regulation was observed during the diapedesis of DU-145 and MAT-LyLu cells. This process was attenuated by transient Cx43 silencing in cancer cells and by chemical inhibition of ERK1/2-dependent signaling in endothelial cells...
April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394432/immunofluorescence-reveals-unusual-patterns-of-labelling-for-connexin43-localized-to-calbindin-d28k-positive-interstitial-cells-in-the-pineal-gland
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D D Tsao, S G Wang, B D Lynn, J I Nagy
Gap junctions between cells in the pineal gland have been described ultrastructurally, but their connexin constituents have not been fully characterized. We used immunofluorescence in combination with markers of pineal cells to document the cellular localization of connexin43 (Cx43). Immunofluorescence labelling of Cx43 with several different antibodies was widely distributed throughout the pineal, whereas another connexin examined, connexin26, was not found in pineal but only in surrounding leptomeninges. Labelling apparently associated with plasma membranes was visualized either as fine Cx43-puncta (1-2 μm) or as unusually large pools of Cx43 ranging up to 4-7 μm in diameter or length...
April 10, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394173/sheep-isolated-secondary-follicles-are-able-to-produce-metaphase-ii-oocytes-after-vitrification-and-long-term-in-vitro-growth
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Franciele Osmarini Lunardi, Francisco Leo Nascimento de Aguiar, Livia Brunetti Apolloni, Ana Beatriz Graça Duarte, Naiza Arcângela Ribeiro de Sá, Érica Suzanne Soares Leal, Antonia Debora Sales, Carlos Henrique Lobo, Cláudio Cabral Campello, Johan Smitz, Gary Allen Apgar, José Ricardo de Figueiredo, Ana Paula Ribeiro Rodrigues
The vitrification of preantral follicles followed by in vitro growth (IVG) could be valuable to produce fertilizable oocytes. However, the meiotic resumption rates of oocytes cultured from vitrified secondary follicles (SF) have been reported as suboptimal. This study aimed to verify two base media (alpha modification of minimum essential medium, α-MEM, and tissue culture medium 199, TCM199) on vitrified SF regarding different requirements during IVG. Sheep ovarian fragments were divided in six groups: (1) Fresh groups (Control α-MEM and TCM199): SF without vitrification; (2) Follicle-Vitrified (Follicle-Vit α-MEM and TCM199): SF vitrified after isolation; and (3) Tissue-Vitrified (Tissue-Vit α-MEM and TCM199): SF vitrified enclosed in ovarian fragments and, subsequently, isolated...
April 10, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372536/hoxa10-and-hoxa11-regulate-the-expression-of-contraction-associated-proteins-and-contribute-to-regionalized-myometrium-phenotypes-in-women
#17
Yinan Li, Haolong Li, Ning Xie, Ruiqi Chen, Ahn Rhi Lee, Donna Slater, Stephen Lye, Xuesen Dong
A relaxed fundus (FUN) and a contracted lower uterine segment (LUS) of human myometrium are required for maintaining pregnancy. How this regional myometrium function is regulated remains unclear. We have previously reported that the homeobox protein A13 (HoxA13) is highly expressed in the LUS and can enhance the expression of contraction-associated proteins (CAPs). Here, we show that in contrast to HoxA13, HoxA10 and HoxA11 genes are expressed at significantly higher levels in myometrium tissues and primary myocytes from the FUN...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370142/morphological-study-of-a-connexin-43-gfp-reporter-mouse-highlights-glial-heterogeneity-amacrine-cells-and-olfactory-ensheathing-cells
#18
Panos Theofilas, Christian Steinhäuser, Martin Theis, Amin Derouiche
Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the main astrocytic connexin and forms the basis of the glial syncytium. The morphology of connexin-expressing cells can be best studied in transgenic mouse lines expressing cytoplasmic fluorescent reporters, since immunolabeling the plaques can obscure the shapes of the individual cells. The Cx43kiECFP mouse generated by Degen et al. (FASEBJ 26:4576, 2012) expresses cytosolic ECFP and has previously been used to establish that Cx43 may not be expressed by all astrocytes within a population, and this can vary in a region-dependent way...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369869/connexin43-intercellular-communication-drives-the-early-differentiation-of-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-into-osteoblasts
#19
Julie Talbot, Régis Brion, Audrey Lamora, Mathilde Mullard, Sarah Morice, Dominique Heymann, Franck Verrecchia
Although it has been demonstrated that human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs) express the ubiquitous connexin43 (Cx43) and form functional gap junctions, their role in the early differentiation of hBMSCs into osteoblasts remains poorly documented. Using in vitro assays, we show that Cx43 expression and gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) are increased during the differentiation of hBMSCs into osteoblasts, both at the protein and mRNA levels. Two independent procedures to reduce GJIC, a pharmacological approach with GJIC inhibitors (18α-glycyrrhetinic acid and Gap27 peptide) and a molecular approach using small interfering RNA against Cx43, demonstrated that the presence of Cx43 and functional junctional channels are essential to the ability of hBMSCs to differentiate into osteoblasts in vitro...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369703/the-gap-junction-modifier-zp1609-decreases-cardiomyocyte-hypercontracture-following-ischemia-reperfusion-independent-from-mitochondrial-connexin-43
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Kerstin Boengler, Marko Bulic, Rolf Schreckenberg, Klaus-Dieter Schlueter, Rainer Schulz
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Dysregulation of gap junction-mediated cell coupling contributes to development of arrhythmias and myocardial damage after ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Connexin 43 (Cx43) is present at ventricular gap junctions and also in cardiomyocyte mitochondria. The dipeptide ZP1609 ((2S, 4R)-1-(2-aminoacetyl)-4-benzamidopyrrolidine-2-caboxylic acid) has antiarrhythmic properties and reduces infarct size when given at reperfusion. It is unclear, whether ZP1609 targets Cx43-containing mitochondria and impacts on cardiomyocyte hypercontracture following I/R...
March 30, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
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