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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818996/regulation-of-cx37-channel-and-growth-suppressive-properties-by-phosphorylation
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Nicole L Jacobsen, Tasha K Pontifex, Hanjun Li, Joell L Solan, Paul D Lampe, Paul L Sorgen, Janis M Burt
Connexin 37 (Cx37)-mediated growth suppression requires interaction between its carboxyl terminus (CT) and functional pore-forming domain. Using rat insulinoma cells, we show that Cx37 induces cell death and cell cycle arrest as well as slowed cell cycling. Whether differential phosphorylation might regulate intramolecular interactions and consequently growth suppressive phenotype is unknown. Protein kinase C inhibition increased the open probability of low conductance gap junction channels (GJCh) and reduced GJCh closed state probability...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811572/inhibition-of-connexin-hemichannels-alleviates-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-mice
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Joost Willebrords, Bruno Cogliati, Isabel Veloso Alves Pereira, Tereza Cristina da Silva, Sara Crespo Yanguas, Michaël Maes, Veronica Mollica Govoni, Andressa Lima, Daniele Aparecida Felisbino, Elke Decrock, Marina Sayuri Nogueira, Inar Alves de Castro, Isabelle Leclercq, Luc Leybaert, Robim Marcelino Rodrigues, Mathieu Vinken
While gap junctions mediate intercellular communication and support liver homeostasis, connexin hemichannels are preferentially opened by pathological stimuli, including inflammation and oxidative stress. The latter are essential features of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. In this study, it was investigated whether connexin32 and connexin43 hemichannels play a role in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Mice were fed a choline-deficient high-fat diet or normal diet for 8 weeks. Thereafter, TAT-Gap24 or TAT-Gap19, specific inhibitors of hemichannels composed of connexin32 and connexin43, respectively, were administered for 2 weeks...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810580/connexin-43-enhances-paclitaxel-cytotoxicity-in-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
#3
Siqi Wang, Shiwu Zhang, Zhenying Zhao, Chunze Zhang, Xiaoyun Yang, Yijia Wang
Colorectal cancer has a relatively low sensitivity to paclitaxel. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of connexin 43 (Cx43), which is a structural component of gap junctional communication (GJC), in paclitaxel cytotoxicity in colorectal cancer cells. Three colorectal cancer cell lines (HCT106, HCT116 and LoVo) were transfected with Cx43 and used to examine paclitaxel cytotoxicity. A western blot assay was used to confirm Cx43 expression in transfected cell lines as well as the expression of several proteins that are associated with paclitaxel cytotoxicity...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810266/physiological-and-optical-alterations-precede-the-appearance-of-cataracts-in-cx46fs380-mice
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Peter J Minogue, Junyuan Gao, Rebecca K Zoltoski, Layne A Novak, Richard T Mathias, Eric C Beyer, Viviana M Berthoud
Purpose: Cx46fs380 mice model a human autosomal-dominant cataract caused by a mutant lens connexin46, Cx46. Lenses from Cx46fs380 mice develop cataracts that are first observed at ∼2 months in homozygotes and at ≥4 months in heterozygotes. The present studies were conducted to determine whether Cx46fs380 mouse lenses exhibited abnormalities before there are detectable cataracts. Methods: Lenses from wild-type and Cx46fs380 mice were studied at 1 to 3 months of age...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810241/molecular-epidemiology-of-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-in-northern-ostrobothnia-finland-a-population-based-study
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Maria Marttila, Laura Kytövuori, Seppo Helisalmi, Mika Kallio, Marjo Laitinen, Mikko Hiltunen, Mikko Kärppä, Kari Majamaa
BACKGROUND: Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common hereditary neuromuscular disorder with a population prevalence of 9.7-82.3/100,000. In this study, we have estimated the prevalence of CMT and its subtypes in Finland and examined the frequency of molecular etiologies. METHODS: A population-based survey included adult patients with peripheral neuropathy from the province of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Secondary causes of peripheral polyneuropathy were excluded and patients with clinical and neurophysiological features pertinent with CMT were included...
August 16, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804969/on-chip-andreev-devices-hard-superconducting-gap-and-quantum-transport-in-ballistic-nb-in0-75-ga0-25-as-quantum-well-nb-josephson-junctions
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Kaveh Delfanazari, Reuben K Puddy, Pengcheng Ma, Teng Yi, Moda Cao, Yilmaz Gul, Ian Farrer, David A Ritchie, Hannah J Joyce, Michael J Kelly, Charles G Smith
A superconducting hard gap in hybrid superconductor-semiconductor devices has been found to be necessary to access topological superconductivity that hosts Majorana modes (non-Abelian excitation). This requires the formation of homogeneous and barrier-free interfaces between the superconductor and semiconductor. Here, a new platform is reported for topological superconductivity based on hybrid Nb-In0.75 Ga0.25 As-quantum-well-Nb that results in hard superconducting gap detection in symmetric, planar, and ballistic Josephson junctions...
August 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803831/localization-of-connexin-43-gap-junctions-and-hemichannels-in-tanycytes-of-adult-mice
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Anett Szilvásy-Szabó, Edina Varga, Zsuzsa Beliczai, Ronald M Lechan, Csaba Fekete
Tanycytes are specialized glial cells lining the lateral walls and the floor of the third ventricle behind the optic chiasm. In addition to functioning as barrier cells, they also have an important role in the regulation of neuroendocrine axes and energy homeostasis. To determine whether tanycytes communicate with each other via Connexin 43 (Cx43) gap junctions, individual tanycytes were loaded with Lucifer yellow (LY) through a patch pipette. In all cases, LY filled a larger group of tanycytes as well as blood vessels adjacent to tanycyte processes...
August 10, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795918/the-role-of-implementation-science-training-in-global-health-from-the-perspective-of-graduates-of-the-field-s-first-dedicated-doctoral-program
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Arianna R Means, David E Phillips, Grégoire Lurton, Anne Njoroge, Sabine M Furere, Rong Liu, Wisal M Hassan, Xiaochen Dai, Orvalho Augusto, Peter Cherutich, Gloria Ikilezi, Caroline Soi, Dong Roman Xu, Christopher G Kemp
Bridging the 'know-do gap' is an enormous challenge for global health practitioners. They must be able to understand local health dynamics within the operational and social contexts that engender them, test and adjust approaches to implementation in collaboration with communities and stakeholders, interpret data to inform policy decisions, and design adaptive and resilient health systems at scale. These skills and methods have been formalized within the nascent field of Implementation Science (IS). As graduates of the world's first PhD program dedicated explicitly to IS, we have a unique perspective on the value of IS and the training, knowledge, and skills essential to bridging the 'know-do gap'...
December 2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795432/subcellular-reorganization-and-altered-phosphorylation-of-the-astrocytic-gap-junction-protein-connexin43-in-human-and-experimental-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#9
Tushar Deshpande, Tingsong Li, Michel K Herde, Albert Becker, Hartmut Vatter, Martin K Schwarz, Christian Henneberger, Christian Steinhäuser, Peter Bedner
Dysfunctional astrocytes are increasingly recognized as key players in the development and progression of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). One of the dramatic changes astrocytes undergo in MTLE with hippocampal sclerosis (HS) is loss of gap junction coupling. To further elucidate molecular mechanism(s) underlying this alteration, we assessed expression, cellular localization and phosphorylation status of astrocytic gap junction proteins in human and experimental MTLE-HS. In addition to conventional confocal analysis of immunohistochemical staining we employed expansion microscopy, which allowed visualization of blood-brain-barrier (BBB) associated cellular elements at a sub-µm scale...
August 10, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795183/investigation-of-electronic-transport-under-mechanical-strain-in-a-molecular-junction-composed-of-a-polyyne-bridge-connected-to-swcnt-electrodes
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S M Corrêa, D F S Ferreira, M R S Siqueira, J C Reis-Silva, J F P Leal, C A B da Silva, J Del Nero
In the present work we propose a novel treatment to investigate ballistic electron transport under mechanical strain in a 1-D molecular bridge composed of alternating simple and triple bonds (polyyne) connected between two Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube (SWCNT) electrodes. Calculations with the DFT-NEGF methodology were performed in order to analyze this system at low values of mechanical strain (compression and distension) and at equilibrium length in the presence of bias voltages applied along the longitudinal direction...
August 10, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794401/three-dimensional-reconstruction-of-root-cells-and-interdental-cells-in-the-rat-inner-ear-by-serial-section-scanning-electron-microscopy
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Ryusuke Shodo, Manabu Hayatsu, Daisuke Koga, Arata Horii, Tatsuo Ushiki
In the cochlea, a high K(+) environment in the endolymph is essential for the maintenance of normal hearing function, and the transport of K(+) ions through gap junctions of the cochlear epithelium is thought to play an important role in endolymphatic homeostasis. The aim of the present study was to demonstrate the three-dimensional (3D) ultrastructure of spiral ligament root cells and interdental cells, which are located at both ends of the gap junction system of the cochlea epithelium. Serial semi-thin sections of plastic-embedded rat cochlea were mounted on glass slides, stained with uranyl acetate and lead citrate, and observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) using the backscattered electron (BSE) mode...
2017: Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794110/involvement-of-connexin43-phosphorylation-and-gap-junctional-communication-in-vasopressin-induced-rock-dependent-vasoconstriction-after-hemorrhagic-shock
#12
Guangming Yang, Xiaoyong Peng, Yue Wu, Tao Li, Liangming Liu
We examined the roles played by gap junctions (GJs) and the GJ channel protein connexin43 (Cx43) in arginine vasopressin (AVP)-induced vasoconstriction after hemorrhagic shock, and their relationship to Rho kinase (ROCK) and protein kinase C (PKC). The results showed AVP induced an endothelium-independent contraction in rat superior mesenteric arteries (SMAs). Blocking the GJs significantly decreased the contractile response of SMAs and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) to AVP after shock and hypoxia. The selective Cx43-mimetic peptide inhibited the vascular contractile effect of AVP after shock and hypoxia...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791791/functional-molecular-junctions-derived-from-double-self-assembled-monolayers
#13
Sohyeon Seo, Eunhee Hwang, Yunhee Cho, Junghyun Lee, Hyoyoung Lee
Information processing through molecular junctions is becoming more important as devices are miniaturized to nanoscale. Herein, we report functional molecular junctions derived from double self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) intercalated between soft graphene electrodes. Newly assembled molecular junctions are fabricated by placing one molecular SAM/(top) electrode on another molecular SAM/(bottom) electrode via a contact-assembly technique. Double SAMs can provide tunnelling conjugation across the van der Waals gap between the terminals of each monolayer and exhibit new electrical functions...
August 9, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790385/connexin-43-enhances-tumor-suppressing-activity-of-artesunate-via-gap-junction-dependent-as-well-as-independent-pathways-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
#14
Asif Raza, Archita Ghoshal, S Chockalingam, Siddhartha Sankar Ghosh
The gap junction (GJ) protein connexin-43 (Cx43) is considered as a tumour suppressor protein for its role in reversing the phenotype of the cancer cells. In this study, we exploited the antitumor property of Cx43 in conjunction with the artesunate (ART), a plant-based active anti-malarial compound. The reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by ART resulted in DNA damage, which in turn led to DNA damage response by activation of DNA damage repair proteins. GJ deficient MCF-7 cells transfected with Cx43 gene showed an increased sensitivity towards dose-dependent ART treatment and required a significantly lower dose of ART to attain its IC50, as compared to parental cells...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780873/control-of-rectification-in-molecular-junctions-contact-effects-and-molecular-signature
#15
Quyen Van Nguyen, Pascal Martin, Denis Frath, Maria Luisa Della Rocca, Frederic Lafolet, Clément Barraud, Philippe Lafarge, Vineetha Mukundan, David James, Richard L McCreery, Jean-Christophe Lacroix
Thin layers of oligomers with thickness between 7 and 9 nm were deposited on flat gold electrode surfaces by electrochemical reduction of diazonium reagents, then a Ti(2 nm)/Au top contact was applied to complete a solid-state molecular junction. The molecular layers investigated included donor molecules with relatively high energy HOMO, molecules with high HOMO-LUMO gaps and acceptor molecules with low energy LUMO and terminal alkyl chain. Using an oligo(bisthienylbenzene) based layer, a molecule whose HOMO energy level in vacuum is close to the fermi level of the gold bottom electrode, the devices exhibit robust and highly reproducible rectification ratios above 1000 at low voltage (2...
August 6, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780624/carbon-monoxide-releasing-molecule-2-inhibits-connexin-43-hemichannel-activity-in-spinal-cord-astrocytes-to-attenuate-neuropathic-pain
#16
Hui Wang, Xuejun Sun
Carbon monoxide-releasing molecule (CORM-2) acts as a carbon monoxide (CO) deliverer in a more controlled manner without altering carboxyhemoglobin level and exerts potential function in inhibiting inflammation and/or acute nociception. However, the regulatory mechanism of CORM-2 on spinal nerve ligation (SNL)-induced neuropathic pain is not currently clear. Our study aims to investigate the role of CORM-2 in neuropathic pain and the underlying mechanism. We found that spinal cord astrocytes were dramatically activated on day 7 after SNL...
August 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771925/radical-enhanced-charge-transport-in-single-molecule-phenothiazine-electrical-junctions
#17
Junyang Liu, Xiaotao Zhao, Qusiy Al-Galiby, Xiaoyan Huang, Jueting Zheng, Ruihao Li, Cancan Huang, Yang Yang, Jia Shi, David Zsolt Manrique, Colin Lambert, Martin R Bryce, Wenjing Hong
We studied the single-molecule conductance through an acid oxidant triggered phenothiazine (PTZ) based radical junction using the Mechanically Controllable Break Junction technique. The electrical conductance of the radical state was enhanced by up to 200 times compared to the neutral state, with high stability lasting for at least two months and high junction formation probability at room-temperature. Theoretical studies revealed that the conductance increase is due to a significant decrease of HOMO-LUMO gap and also the enhanced transmission close to the HOMO orbital when the radical forms...
August 3, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771232/di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-exposure-impairs-meiotic-progression-and-dna-damage-repair-in-fetal-mouse-oocytes-in-vitro
#18
Jing-Cai Liu, Fang-Nong Lai, Ling Li, Xiao-Feng Sun, Shun-Feng Cheng, Wei Ge, Yu-Feng Wang, Lan Li, Xi-Feng Zhang, Massimo De Felici, Paul W Dyce, Wei Shen
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), is the most common member of the class of phthalates that are used as plasticizers and have become common environmental contaminants. A number of studies have shown that DEHP exposure impacts reproductive health in both male and female mammals by acting as an estrogen analog. Here, we investigated the effects of DEHP on meiotic progression of fetal mouse oocytes by using an in vitro model of ovarian tissue culture. The results showed that 10 or 100 μM DEHP exposure inhibited the progression of oocytes throughout meiotic prophase I, specifically from the pachytene to diplotene stages...
August 3, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770210/extracellular-vesicles-tunneling-nanotubes-and-cellular-interplay-synergies-and-missing-links
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REVIEW
Muhammad Nawaz, Farah Fatima
The process of intercellular communication seems to have been a highly conserved evolutionary process. Higher eukaryotes use several means of intercellular communication to address both the changing physiological demands of the body and to fight against diseases. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in understanding how cell-derived nanovesicles, known as extracellular vesicles (EVs), can function as normal paracrine mediators of intercellular communication, but can also elicit disease progression and may be used for innovative therapies...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769935/deciphering-the-complex-signaling-systems-that-regulate-intestinal-epithelial-cell-death-processes-and-shedding
#20
REVIEW
Angela M Patterson, Alastair J M Watson
Intestinal epithelial cells play a fundamental role in maintaining homeostasis. Shedding of intestinal cells in a controlled manner is critical to maintenance of barrier function. Barrier function is maintained during this shedding process by a redistribution of tight junctional proteins to facilitate closure of the gap left by the shedding cell. However, despite the obvious importance of epithelial cell shedding to gut health, a central question is how the extrusion of epithelial cells is achieved, enabling barrier integrity to be maintained in the healthy gut and restored during inflammation remains largely unanswered...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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