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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087622/calmodulin-limits-pathogenic-na-channel-persistent-current
#1
Haidun Yan, Chaojian Wang, Steven O Marx, Geoffrey S Pitt
Increased "persistent" current, caused by delayed inactivation, through voltage-gated Na(+) (NaV) channels leads to cardiac arrhythmias or epilepsy. The underlying molecular contributors to these inactivation defects are poorly understood. Here, we show that calmodulin (CaM) binding to multiple sites within NaV channel intracellular C-terminal domains (CTDs) limits persistent Na(+) current and accelerates inactivation across the NaV family. Arrhythmia or epilepsy mutations located in NaV1.5 or NaV1.2 channel CTDs, respectively, reduce CaM binding either directly or by interfering with CTD-CTD interchannel interactions...
January 13, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069669/refining-the-molecular-organization-of-the-cardiac-intercalated-disc
#2
REVIEW
Sarah H Vermij, Hugues Abriel, Toon A B van Veen
This review presents an extensively integrated model of the cardiac intercalated disc (ID), a highly orchestrated structure that connects adjacent cardiomyocytes. Classically, three main structures are distinguished: gap junctions (GJs) metabolically and electrically connect cytoplasm of adjacent cardiomyocytes; adherens junctions (AJs) connect the actin cytoskeleton of adjacent cells; and desmosomes function as cell anchors and connect intermediate filaments. Furthermore, ion channels reside in the ID. Mutations in ID proteins have been associated with cardiac arrhythmias such as Brugada syndrome and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy...
January 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067623/seizure-control-through-genetic-and-pharmacological-manipulation-of-pumilio-a-key-component-of-neuronal-homeostasis
#3
Wei-Hsiang Lin, Carlo N G Giachello, Richard A Baines
Epilepsy is a significant disorder for which approximately one-third of patients do not respond to drug treatments. Next-generation drugs, which interact with novel targets, are required to provide a better clinical outcome for these individuals. To identify potential novel targets for antiepileptic drug (AED) design, we used RNA sequencing to identify changes in gene transcription in two seizure models of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster The first model compared gene transcription between wildtype (WT) and the bangsenseless(1) (para(bss)) mutant; a gain-of-function in the sole fly voltage-gated sodium channel (paralytic)...
December 14, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041976/moving-pieces-in-a-cryptomic-puzzle-cryptide-from-tityus-serrulatus-ts3-nav-toxin-as-potential-agonist-of-muscarinic-receptors
#4
Cibele Rocha-Resende, Nádia Miricéia Leão, Maria Elena de Lima, Robson Augusto Santos, Adriano Monteiro de Castro Pimenta, Thiago Verano-Braga
Cryptome is as a subset of a given proteome containing bioactive cryptides embedded in larger peptides or proteins. We pinpointed a striking sequence similarity between two peptides from the Tityus serrulatus venom: Ts10 (KKDGYPVEYDRAY) and the N-terminal of Ts3 (KKDGYPVEYDNCAY). Ts3 (former Tityustoxin or TsIV) is an α-neurotoxin acting on voltage-gated sodium channels while Ts10 (former Peptide T) is a bradykinin-potentiating peptide and was originally reported as inhibitor of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACEi)...
December 29, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029122/network-allocation-vector-nav-optimization-for-underwater-handshaking-based-protocols
#5
Junho Cho, Ethungshan Shitiri, Ho-Shin Cho
In this paper, we obtained the optimized network allocation vector (NAV) for underwater handshaking-based protocols, as inefficient determination of the NAV leads to unnecessarily long silent periods. We propose a scheme which determines the NAV by taking into account all possible propagation delays: propagation delay between a source and a destination; propagation delay between a source and the neighbors; and propagation delay between a destination and the neighbors. Such an approach effectively allows the NAV to be determined precisely equal to duration of a busy channel, and the silent period can be set commensurate to that duration...
December 24, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026020/low-pho-boosts-burst-firing-and-catecholamine-release-by-blocking-task-1-and-bk-channels-while-preserving-cav1-channels-in-mouse-chromaffin-cells
#6
Laura Guarina, David H F Vandael, Valentina Carabelli, Emilio Carbone
Mouse chromaffin cells (MCCs) generate action potential (AP) firing that regulates the Ca(2+) -dependent release of catecholamines (CAs). Recent findings indicate that MCCs possess a variety of spontaneous firing modes that span from the common "tonic-irregular" to the less frequent "burst" firing. This latter is evident in a small fraction of MCCs but occurs regularly when Nav1.3/1.7 channels are made less available or when the Slo1β2-subunit responsible for BK channel inactivation is deleted. Burst firing causes massive increases of Ca(2+) -entry and potentiates CA release ∼3...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024120/ion-channels-long-qt-syndrome-and-arrhythmogenesis-in-ageing
#7
Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Karan R Chadda, Samantha C Salvage, Haseeb Valli, Shiraz Ahmad, Andrew A Grace, Christopher L-H Huang
Ageing is associated with increased prevalences of both atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, reflecting disruption of the normal sequence of ion channel activation and inactivation generating the propagated cardiac action potential. Experimental models with specific ion channel genetic modifications have helped clarify the interacting functional roles of ion channels and how their dysregulation contributes to arrhythmogenic processes at the cellular and systems level. They have also investigated interactions between these ion channel abnormalities and age-related processes in producing arrhythmic tendency...
December 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007400/consequences-of-acute-nav1-1-exposure-to-deltamethrin
#8
T F James, Miroslav N Nenov, Cynthia M Tapia, Marzia Lecchi, Shyny Koshy, Thomas A Green, Fernanda Laezza
BACKGROUND: Pyrethroid insecticides are the most popular class of insecticides in the world, despite their near-ubiquity, their effects of delaying the onset of inactivation of voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels have not been well-evaluated in all the mammalian Nav isoforms. OBJECTIVE: Here we compare the well-studied Nav1.6 isoforms to the less-understood Nav1.1 in their responses to acute deltamethrin exposure. METHODS: We used patch-clamp electrophysiology to record sodium currents encoded by either Nav1...
December 19, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003466/ultrastructural-anatomy-of-nodes-of-ranvier-in-the-peripheral-nervous-system-as-revealed-by-sted-microscopy
#9
Elisa D'Este, Dirk Kamin, Francisco Balzarotti, Stefan W Hell
We used stimulated emission depletion (STED) superresolution microscopy to analyze the nanoscale organization of 12 glial and axonal proteins at the nodes of Ranvier of teased sciatic nerve fibers. Cytoskeletal proteins of the axon (betaIV spectrin, ankyrin G) exhibit a high degree of one-dimensional longitudinal order at nodal gaps. In contrast, axonal and glial nodal adhesion molecules [neurofascin-186, neuron glial-related cell adhesion molecule (NrCAM)] can arrange in a more complex, 2D hexagonal-like lattice but still feature a ∼190-nm periodicity...
December 21, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998617/biophysical-molecular-and-pharmacological-characterization-of-voltage-dependent-sodium-channels-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#10
Adrien Moreau, Aurélie Mercier, Olivier Thériault, Mohamed Boutjdir, Bettina Burger, Dagmar I Keller, Mohamed Chahine
BACKGROUND: The ability to differentiate patient-specific human induced pluripotent stem cells in cardiac myocytes (hiPSC-CM) offers novel perspectives for cardiovascular research. A number of studies, that reported mainly on current-voltage curves used hiPSC-CM to model voltage-gated Na(+) channel (Nav) dysfunction. However, the expression patterns and precise biophysical and pharmacological properties of Nav channels from hiPSC-CM remain unknown. Our objective was to study the characteristics of Nav channels from hiPSC-CM and assess the appropriateness of this novel cell model...
October 11, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988421/voltage-gated-sodium-channels-viewed-through-a-structural-biology-lens
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REVIEW
Thomas Clairfeuille, Hui Xu, Christopher M Koth, Jian Payandeh
Voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels initiate and propagate action potentials in excitable cells, and are frequently dysregulated or mutated in human disease. Despite decades of intense physiological and biophysical research, eukaryotic Nav channels have so far eluded high-resolution structure determination because of their biochemical complexity. Recently, simpler bacterial voltage-gated sodium (BacNav) channels have provided templates to understand the structural basis of voltage-dependent activation, inactivation, ion selectivity, and drug block in eukaryotic Nav and related voltage-gated calcium (Cav) channels...
December 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979964/schwannomin-interacting-protein-1-isoform-iqcj-schip1-is-a-multi-partner-ankyrin-and-spectrin-binding-protein-involved-in-the-organization-of-nodes-of-ranvier
#12
Pierre-Marie Martin, Carmen Cifuentes-Diaz, Jérôme Devaux, Marta Garcia, Jocelyne Bureau, Sylvie Thomasseau, Esther Klingler, Jean-Antoine Girault, Laurence Goutebroze
Nodes of Ranvier are essential regions for action potential conduction in myelinated fibers. They are enriched in multimolecular complexes comprised of voltage-gated Nav and Kv7 channels associated with cell adhesion molecules. Cytoskeletal proteins ankyrin-G (AnkG) and βIV-spectrin control the organization of these complexes and provide mechanical support to the plasma membrane. IQCJ-SCHIP1 is a cytoplasmic protein present in axon initial segments and nodes of Ranvier. It interacts with AnkG and is absent from nodes and axon initial segments of βIV-spectrin and AnkG mutant mice...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960031/functional-studies-of-sodium-channels-from-target-to-compound-identification
#13
Daniel Bertrand, Bruno Biton, Thomas Licher, Jean-Marie Chambard, Christophe Lanneau, Michel Partiseti, Isabel A Lefevre
Over the last six decades, voltage-gated sodium (Nav ) channels have attracted a great deal of scientific and pharmaceutical interest, driving fundamental advances in both biology and technology. The structure and physiological function of these channels have been extensively studied; clinical and genetic data have uncovered their implication in diseases such as epilepsy, arrhythmias, and pain, bringing them into focus as current and future drug targets. While different techniques have been established to record the activity of Nav channels, proper determination of their properties still presents serious challenges, depending upon the experimental conditions and the desired subtype of channel to be characterized...
December 13, 2016: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919210/three-dimensional-modelling-of-the-voltage-gated-sodium-ion-channel-from-anopheles-gambiae-reveals-spatial-clustering-of-evolutionarily-conserved-acidic-residues-at-the-extracellular-sites
#14
Rithvik S Vinekar, Ramanathan Sowdhamini
The eukaryotic voltage-gated sodium channel(e-Nav) is a large asymmetric transmembrane protein with important functions concerning neurological function. No structure has been resolved at high resolution for this protein. A homology model of the transmembrane and extracellular regions of an Anopheles gambiae para-like channel with emphasis on the pore entrance has been constructed, based upon the templates provided by a prokaryotic sodium channel and a potassium two-pore channel. The latter provides a template for the extracellular regions, which are located above the entrance to the pore, which is likely to open at a side of a dome formed by these loops...
December 5, 2016: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917859/scn4b-acts-as-a-metastasis-suppressor-gene-preventing-hyperactivation-of-cell-migration-in-breast-cancer
#15
Emeline Bon, Virginie Driffort, Frédéric Gradek, Carlos Martinez-Caceres, Monique Anchelin, Pablo Pelegrin, Maria-Luisa Cayuela, Séverine Marionneau-Lambot, Thibauld Oullier, Roseline Guibon, Gaëlle Fromont, Jorge L Gutierrez-Pajares, Isabelle Domingo, Eric Piver, Alain Moreau, Julien Burlaud-Gaillard, Philippe G Frank, Stéphan Chevalier, Pierre Besson, Sébastien Roger
The development of metastases largely relies on the capacity of cancer cells to invade extracellular matrices (ECM) using two invasion modes termed 'mesenchymal' and 'amoeboid', with possible transitions between these modes. Here we show that the SCN4B gene, encoding for the β4 protein, initially characterized as an auxiliary subunit of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV) in excitable tissues, is expressed in normal epithelial cells and that reduced β4 protein levels in breast cancer biopsies correlate with high-grade primary and metastatic tumours...
December 5, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916464/subtype-specific-block-of-voltage-gated-k-channels-by-%C3%AE-conopeptides
#16
Enrico Leipold, Florian Ullrich, Markus Thiele, Alesia A Tietze, Heinrich Terlau, Diana Imhof, Stefan H Heinemann
The neurotoxic cone snail peptide μ-GIIIA specifically blocks skeletal muscle voltage-gated sodium (NaV1.4) channels. The related conopeptides μ-PIIIA and μ-SIIIA, however, exhibit a wider activity spectrum by also inhibiting the neuronal NaV channels NaV1.2 and NaV1.7. Here we demonstrate that those μ-conopeptides with a broader target range also antagonize select subtypes of voltage-gated potassium channels of the KV1 family: μ-PIIIA and μ-SIIIA inhibited KV1.1 and KV1.6 channels in the nanomolar range, while being inactive on subtypes KV1...
December 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903401/-impact-of-neuronal-sodium-channel-nav-1-8-on-cardiac-function-and-cardiovascular-diseases
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November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896920/fusion-of-ssm6a-with-a-protein-scaffold-retains-selectivity-on-nav-1-7-and-improves-its-therapeutic-potential-against-chronic-pain
#18
Chuan Wang, Bin Shan, Qiong Wang, Qunyuan Xu, Hailin Zhang, Huimeng Lei
Voltage gated sodium channel NaV 1.7 serves an attractive target for chronic pain treatment. Several venom peptides were found to selectively inhibit NaV 1.7 but with intrinsic problems. Among them, Ssm6a, a recently discovered centipede venom peptide, shows the greatest selectivity against NaV 1.7, but dissociates from the target too fast and loses bioactivity in synthetic forms. As a disulfide-rich venom peptide, it is difficult to optimize Ssm6a by artificial mutagenesis and produce the peptide with common industrial manufacturing methods...
November 29, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896032/gene-expression-profile-of-sodium-channel-subunits-in-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-during-experimental-paclitaxel-induced-neuropathic-pain-in-mice
#19
Willias Masocha
Paclitaxel, a chemotherapeutic agent, causes neuropathic pain whose supraspinal pathophysiology is not fully understood. Dysregulation of sodium channel expression, studied mainly in the periphery and spinal cord level, contributes to the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. We examined gene expression of sodium channel (Nav) subunits by real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) at day 7 post first administration of paclitaxel, when mice had developed paclitaxel-induced thermal hyperalgesia...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886338/frequency-of-the-val1016ile-mutation-on-the-kdr-gene-in-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-in-south-brazil
#20
M L Collet, C Frizzo, E Orlandin, L D P Rona, J C Nascimento, M A E Montano, G A Müller, G Wagner
Recently, the number of Aedes aegypti foci has increased in west of Santa Catarina, south Brazil, which has increased concern regarding mosquito-borne disease outbreaks such as dengue fever, Zika virus, and chikungunya. Therefore, it is important to monitor genetic resistance to insecticides through "knockdown resistance". Homozygosity (Ile/Ile) at position 1016 in the coding region of a voltage-dependent sodium channel gene (Nav) may induce resistance to pyrethroid insecticides. We evaluated the frequency of these alleles in A...
November 21, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
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