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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329830/secondhand-smoke-prevalent-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-binary-mixture-induced-specific-mitogenic-and-pro-inflammatory-cell-signaling-events-in-lung-epithelial-cells
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Ross S Osgood, Brad L Upham, Pierre R Bushel, Kalpana Velmurugan, Ka-Na Xiong, Alison K Bauer
Low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (LMW PAHs; < 206.3 g/mol) are prevalent and ubiquitous environmental contaminants, presenting a human health concern, and have not been as thoroughly studied as the high MW PAHs. LMW PAHs exert their pulmonary effects, in part, through P38-dependent and -independent mechanisms involving cell-cell communication and the production of pro-inflammatory mediators known to contribute to lung disease. Specifically, we determined the effects of two representative LMW PAHs, 1-methylanthracene (1-MeA) and fluoranthene (Flthn), individually and as a binary PAH mixture on the dysregulation of gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) and connexin 43 (Cx43), activation of mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPK), and induction of inflammatory mediators in a mouse non-tumorigenic alveolar type II cell line (C10)...
January 30, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324853/discursive-junctions-in-flood-risk-governance-a-comparative-understanding-in-six-european-countries
#2
Maria Kaufmann, Mark Wiering
Flood risks are managed differently across Europe. While a number of research studies aim to understand these differences, they tend to pay little attention to the social constructionist aspects of flood risk governance, i.e. the meaning that societies give to flood risk and governance. This paper aims to address this gap by understanding differences in flood risk management approaches (FRMA) from a discursive-institutional perspective. Based on this perspective, an analytical framework was developed to systematically analyse and compare discourses pertaining to flood risk and its governance in six European member states (England (the United Kingdom), Flanders (Belgium), France, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322233/corrigendum-a-connexin30-mutation-rescues-hearing-and-reveals-roles-for-gap-junctions-in-cochlear-amplification-and-micromechanics
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Victoria A Lukashkina, Snezana Levic, Andrei N Lukashkin, Nicola Strenzke, Ian J Russell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322085/examination-of-the-effect-of-sodium-nitrite-on-gap-junction-function-during-ischaemia-and-reperfusion-in-anaesthetized-dogs
#4
Gottfried Miskolczi, Márton Gönczi, Mária Kovács, Ágnes Végh
It has previously been proved that sodium nitrite, infused prior to coronary artery occlusion or before reperfusion, results in marked antiarrhythmic effect in anaesthetized dogs. We have now examined whether this protection involves the modulation of gap junction (GJ) function by nitric oxide (NO), derived from nitrite administration under ischaemic conditions. Two groups of chloralose and urethane anaesthetized dogs, each containing 13 animals, were subjected to a 25 min period occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery, followed by reperfusion...
March 2017: Acta Biologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319640/the-corneal-epithelial-barrier-and-its-developmental-role-in-isolating-corneal-epithelial-and-conjunctival-cells-from-one-another
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James K Kubilus, Carolina Zapater I Morales, Thomas F Linsenmayer
Purpose: During development, the corneal epithelium (CE) and the conjunctiva are derived from the surface ectoderm. Here we have examined how, during development, the cells of these two issues become isolated from each other. Methods: Epithelia from the anterior eyes of chicken embryos were labeled with the fluorescent, lipophilic dye, 1,1'-dioctadecyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate (DiI). DiI was placed on the epithelial surface of the developing anterior eye and its diffusion was monitored by fluorescence microscopy...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317880/antidromic-rectifying-gap-junctions-amplify-chemical-transmission-at-functionally-mixed-electrical-chemical-synapses
#6
Ping Liu, Bojun Chen, Roger Mailler, Zhao-Wen Wang
Neurons communicate through chemical synapses and electrical synapses (gap junctions). Although these two types of synapses often coexist between neurons, little is known about whether they interact, and whether any interactions between them are important to controlling synaptic strength and circuit functions. By studying chemical and electrical synapses between premotor interneurons (AVA) and downstream motor neurons (A-MNs) in the Caenorhabditis elegans escape circuit, we found that disrupting either the chemical or electrical synapses causes defective escape response...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
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/28314820/amyloid-precursor-protein-in-drosophila-glia-regulates-sleep-and-genes-involved-in-glutamate-recycling
#8
Abud Jose Farca Luna, Magali Perier, Laurent Seugnet
The Amyloid Precursor Protein (App) plays a crucial role in Alzheimer disease (AD) via the production and deposition of toxic β-amyloid peptides. App is heavily expressed in neurons where the vast majority of studies investigating its function have been carried out, while almost nothing is known about its function in glia, where it is also expressed, and can potentially participate in the regulation of neuronal physiology. In this report, we investigated whether Appl, the Drosophila homolog of App, could influence sleep-wake regulation when its function is manipulated in glial cells...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304284/scanning-gate-microscopy-of-magnetic-focusing-in-graphene-devices-quantum-vs-classical-simulation
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Marko D Petrović, Slaviša Milovanović, Francois Peeters
We compare classical versus quantum electron transport in recently investigated magnetic focusing devices [S. Bhandari et al., Nano Lett. 16, 1690 (2016)] exposed to the perturbing potential of a scanning gate microscope (SGM). Using the Landauer-Büttiker formalism for a multi-terminal device, we calculate resistance maps that are obtained as the SGM tip is scanned over the sample. There are three unique regimes in which the scanning tip can operate (focusing, repelling, and mixed regime) which are investigated...
March 17, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300755/vitamin-d-impacts-the-expression-of-runx2-target-genes-and-modulates-inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-membrane-vesicle-biogenesis-gene-networks-in-143b-osteosarcoma-cells
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Rama Garimella, Priyanka Tadikonda, Ossama Tawfik, Sumedha Gunewardena, Peter Rowe, Peter Van Veldhuizen
Osteosarcoma (OS) is an aggressive malignancy of bone affecting children, adolescents and young adults. Understanding vitamin D metabolism and vitamin D regulated genes in OS is an important aspect of vitamin D/cancer paradigm, and in evaluating vitamin D as adjuvant therapy for human OS. Vitamin D treatment of 143B OS cells induced significant and novel changes in the expression of genes that regulate: (a) inflammation and immunity; (b) formation of reactive oxygen species, metabolism of cyclic nucleotides, sterols, vitamins and mineral (calcium), quantity of gap junctions and skeletogenesis; (c) bone mineral density; and (d) cell viability of skeletal cells, aggregation of bone cancer cells and exocytosis of secretory vesicles...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300322/astroglia-as-a-cellular-target-for-neuroprotection-and-treatment-of-neuro-psychiatric-disorders
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REVIEW
Beihui Liu, Anja G Teschemacher, Sergey Kasparov
Astrocytes are key homeostatic cells of the central nervous system. They cooperate with neurons at several levels, including ion and water homeostasis, chemical signal transmission, blood flow regulation, immune and oxidative stress defense, supply of metabolites and neurogenesis. Astroglia is also important for viability and maturation of stem-cell derived neurons. Neurons critically depend on intrinsic protective and supportive properties of astrocytes. Conversely, all forms of pathogenic stimuli which disturb astrocytic functions compromise neuronal functionality and viability...
March 16, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295002/-ultrastructural-characteristics-of-gap-junctions-in-human-glial-brain-tumors
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E Yu Kirichenko, A F Savchenko, D V Kozachenko, A E Matsionis, A K Logvinov
AIM: to conduct an electron microscopic study of intercellular communication in the samples of gemistocytic astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, and glioblastoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Surgically resected tumor tissue fragments were fixed in 2.5% glutaraldehyde solution, afterfixed in 1% OsO4 solution, dehydrated, and embedded in epoxy resin. Ultrathin sections were examined using a Jem 1011 electron microscope (Jeol, Japan). RESULTS: Solitary and closely spaced gap junctions (GJs) formed by the thin processes that have the ultrastructure of an astroglial processes were identified in the astrocytoma samples...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291244/tailoring-the-electronic-and-magnetic-properties-of-monolayer-sno-by-b-c-n-o-and-f-adatoms
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Junguang Tao, Lixiu Guan
Recently, SnO has attracted more and more attention, because it is a bipolar electronic material holding great potential in the design of p-n junction. In this paper, we examine the effect of extrinsic point defects on modifying the electronic and magnetic properties of SnO using density functionals theory (DFT). The surface adatoms considered are B, C, N, O and F with a [He] core electronic configuration. All adatoms are found energetically stable. B, C, N and F adatoms will modify the band gap and introduce band gap states...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289018/adrenergic-signaling-strengthens-cardiac-myocyte-cohesion
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Camilla Schinner, Franziska Vielmuth, Vera Rötzer, Matthias Hiermaier, Mariya Radeva, Thu K Co, Eva Hartlieb, Andreas Schmidt, Axel Imhof, Ahmed Messoudi, Anja Horn, Angela Schlipp, Volker Spindler, Jens Waschke
Rationale: The sympathetic nervous system is a major mediator of heart function. Intercalated discs (ICDs) composed of desmosomes, adherens junctions and gap junctions provide the structural backbone for coordinated contraction of cardiac myocytes. Objective: Gap junctions dynamically remodel to adapt to sympathetic signaling. However, it is unknown whether such rapid adaption also occurs for the adhesive function provided by desmosomes and adherens junctions. Methods and Results: Atomic force microscopy revealed that β-adrenergic signaling enhances both the number of desmoglein 2 (Dsg2) -specific interactions along cell junctions and the mean Dsg2-mediated binding forces, whereas N-cadherin-mediated interactions were not affected...
March 13, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287706/nanoparticle-density-a-critical-biophysical-regulator-of-endothelial-permeability
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Chor Yong Tay, Magdiel Inggrid Setyawati, David Tai Leong
The integrity of the vasculature system is intrinsically sensitive to a short list of biophysical cues spanning from nano to micro scales. We have earlier found that certain nanoparticles could induce endothelial leakiness (nanoparticle induced endothelial leakiness, NanoEL). In this study, we report that the intrinsic density of the nanomaterial, a basic intrinsic material property not implicated in many nanoparticle-mediated biological effects, predominantly dictates the NanoEL effect. We demonstrated that the impinging force exerted by a library of increasing effective densities but consistently sized silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) could directly increase endothelial permeability...
March 13, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287521/single-cell-microinjection-for-cell-communication-analysis
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Anael Viana Pinto Alberto, André G Bonavita, Antonio A Fidalgo-Neto, Filipe Berçot, Luiz A Alves
Gap junctions are intercellular channels that allow the communication of neighboring cells. This communication depends on the contribution of a hemichannel by each neighboring cell to form the gap junction. In mammalian cells, the hemichannel is formed by six connexins, monomers with four transmembrane domains and a C and N terminal within the cytoplasm. Gap junctions permit the exchange of ions, second messengers, and small metabolites. In addition, they have important roles in many forms of cellular communication within physiological processes such as synaptic transmission, heart contraction, cell growth and differentiation...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284836/exciting-and-not-so-exciting-roles-of-pannexins
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REVIEW
Eliana Scemes, Jana Velíšková
It is the current view that purinergic signaling regulates many physiological functions. Pannexin1 (Panx1), a member of the gap junction family of proteins is an ATP releasing channel that plays important physio-pathological roles in various tissues, including the CNS. Upon binding to purinergic receptors expressed in neural cells, ATP triggers cellular responses including increased cell proliferation, cell morphology changes, release of cytokines, and regulation of neuronal excitability via release of glutamate, GABA and ATP itself...
March 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284720/gap-junction-proteins-are-key-drivers-of-endocrine-function
#18
REVIEW
Paolo Meda
It has long been known that the main secretory cells of exocrine and endocrine glands are connected by gap junctions, made by a variety of connexin species that ensure their electrical and metabolic coupling. Experiments in culture systems and animal models have since provided increasing evidence that connexin signaling contributes to control the biosynthesis and release of secretory products, as well as the life and death of secretory cells. More recently, genetic studies have further provided the first lines of evidence that connexins also control the function of human glands, which are central to the pathogenesis of major endocrine diseases...
March 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283593/mutations-in-noncoding-regions-of-gjb1-are-a-major-cause-of-x-linked-cmt
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Pedro J Tomaselli, Alexander M Rossor, Alejandro Horga, Zane Jaunmuktane, Aisling Carr, Paola Saveri, Giuseppe Piscosquito, Davide Pareyson, Matilde Laura, Julian C Blake, Roy Poh, James Polke, Henry Houlden, Mary M Reilly
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and clinical and genetic characteristics of patients with X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) due to mutations in noncoding regions of the gap junction β-1 gene (GJB1). METHODS: Mutations were identified by bidirectional Sanger sequence analysis of the 595 bases of the upstream promoter region, and 25 bases of the 3' untranslated region (UTR) sequence in patients in whom mutations in the coding region had been excluded...
March 10, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283553/genome-wide-association-study-of-sepsis-in-extremely-premature-infants
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Lakshmi Srinivasan, Grier Page, Haresh Kirpalani, Jeffrey C Murray, Abhik Das, Rosemary D Higgins, Waldemar A Carlo, Edward F Bell, Ronald N Goldberg, Kurt Schibler, Beena G Sood, David K Stevenson, Barbara J Stoll, Krisa P Van Meurs, Karen J Johnson, Joshua Levy, Scott A McDonald, Kristin M Zaterka-Baxter, Kathleen A Kennedy, Pablo J Sánchez, Shahnaz Duara, Michele C Walsh, Seetha Shankaran, James L Wynn, C Michael Cotten
OBJECTIVE: To identify genetic variants associated with sepsis (early-onset and late-onset) using a genome-wide association (GWA) analysis in a cohort of extremely premature infants. STUDY DESIGN: Previously generated GWA data from the Neonatal Research Network's anonymised genomic database biorepository of extremely premature infants were used for this study. Sepsis was defined as culture-positive early-onset or late-onset sepsis or culture-proven meningitis. Genomic and whole-genome-amplified DNA was genotyped for 1...
March 10, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
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