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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344776/dawning-of-a-new-era-in-trp-channel-structural-biology-by-cryo-electron-microscopy
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M Gregor Madej, Christine M Ziegler
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) permits the determination of atomic protein structures by averaging large numbers of individual projection images recorded at cryogenic temperatures-a method termed single-particle analysis. The cryo-preservation traps proteins within a thin glass-like ice layer, making literally a freeze image of proteins in solution. Projections of randomly adopted orientations are merged to reconstruct a 3D density map. While atomic resolution for highly symmetric viruses was achieved already in 2009, the development of new sensitive and fast electron detectors has enabled cryo-EM for smaller and asymmetrical proteins including fragile membrane proteins...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331839/functional-characterization-of-a-novel-herg-variant-in-a-family-with-recurrent-sudden-infant-death-syndrome-retracting-a-genetic-diagnosis
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Valentine Sergeev, Frances Perry, Thomas M Roston, Shubhayan Sanatani, Glen F Tibbits, Thomas W Claydon
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is the most common cardiac ion channelopathy and has been found to be responsible for approximately 10% of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases. Despite increasing use of broad panels and now whole exome sequencing (WES) in the investigation of SIDS, the probability of identifying a pathogenic mutation in a SIDS victim is low. We report a family-based study who are afflicted by recurrent SIDS in which several members harbor a variant, p.Pro963Thr, in the C-terminal region of the human-ether-a-go-go (hERG) gene, published to be responsible for cases of LQTS type 2...
December 20, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230996/-research-progress-of-the-correlation-between-caveolin-and-unexpected-sudden-cardiac-death
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F Y Wu, L L Gai, X P Kong, B Hao, E W Huang, H Shi, L H Sheng, L Quan, S P Liu, B Luo
Due to the negative autopsy and without cardiac structural abnormalities, unexpected sudden cardiac death (USCD) is always a tough issue for forensic pathological expertise. USCD may be associated with parts of fatal arrhythmic diseases. These arrhythmic diseases may be caused by disorders of cardiac ion channels or channel-related proteins. Caveolin can combine with multiple myocardial ion channel proteins through its scaffolding regions and plays an important role in maintaining the depolarization and repolarization of cardiac action potential...
June 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186675/inactivation-of-mechanically-activated-piezo1-ion-channels-is-determined-by-the-c-terminal-extracellular-domain-and-the-inner-pore-helix
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Jason Wu, Michael Young, Amanda H Lewis, Ashley N Martfeld, Breanna Kalmeta, Jörg Grandl
Piezo proteins form mechanically activated ion channels that are responsible for our sense of light touch, proprioception, and vascular blood flow. Upon activation by mechanical stimuli, Piezo channels rapidly inactivate in a voltage-dependent manner through an unknown mechanism. Inactivation of Piezo channels is physiologically important, as it modulates overall mechanical sensitivity, gives rise to frequency filtering of repetitive mechanical stimuli, and is itself the target of numerous human disease-related channelopathies that are not well understood mechanistically...
November 28, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161016/selective-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-peptide-toxins-from-animal-venom-pharmacological-probes-and-analgesic-drug-development
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Ying Wu, Hui Ma, Fan Zhang, Chun-Lei Zhang, Xiaohan Zou, Zhengyu Cao
Voltage-gated sodium channels (Navs) play critical roles in action potential generation and propagation. Nav channelopathy as well as pathological sensitization contribute to allodynia and hyperalgesia. Recent evidence has demonstrated the significant roles of Nav subtypes (Nav1.3, 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9) in nociceptive transduction and therefore these Navs may represent attractive targets for analgesic drug discovery. Animal toxins are structurally diverse peptides that are highly potent yet selective on ion channel subtypes and therefore representing valuable probes to elucidate the structures, gating properties and cellular functions of ion channels...
November 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138928/mechanisms-of-drug-binding-to-voltage-gated-sodium-channels
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M E O'Leary, M Chahine
Voltage-gated sodium (Na(+)) channels are expressed in virtually all electrically excitable tissues and are essential for muscle contraction and the conduction of impulses within the peripheral and central nervous systems. Genetic disorders that disrupt the function of these channels produce an array of Na(+) channelopathies resulting in neuronal impairment, chronic pain, neuromuscular pathologies, and cardiac arrhythmias. Because of their importance to the conduction of electrical signals, Na(+) channels are the target of a wide variety of local anesthetic, antiarrhythmic, anticonvulsant, and antidepressant drugs...
November 15, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121758/tpeak-tend-dispersion-as-a-predictor-for-malignant-arrhythmia-events-in-patients-with-vasospastic-angina
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Wang Xianpei, Wu Sha, Gao Chuanyu, Yan Juanjuan, Chen Chong, Shi Yongen, Feng Yu, Lin Zhenhao
BACKGROUND: Tpeak-Tend interval (Tp-e interval) in electrocardiogram (ECG) has been reported to predict malignant arrhythmia events (MAE) in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and ion channelopathy. Tp-e interval and other ECG parameters as predictors for MAE was evaluated in patients with vasospastic angina (VA). METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty-two patients with VA (Non-MAE group) and 20 patients with VA complicated by MAE (MAE group) were enrolled in our Division of Cardiology between January 2010 and December 2015...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099038/massively-parallel-sequencing-of-genes-implicated-in-heritable-cardiac-disorders-a-strategy-for-a-small-diagnostic-laboratory
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Ivone U S Leong, Alexander Stuckey, Daniele Belluoccio, Vicky Fan, Jonathan R Skinner, Debra O Prosser, Donald R Love
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in people before the age of 35 years is a devastating event for any family. The causes of SCD in the young can be broadly divided into two groups: heritable cardiac disorders that affect the heart structure (cardiomyopathies) and primary electrical disorders (cardiac ion channelopathies). Genetic testing is vital as those suffering from cardiac ion channelopathies have structurally normal hearts, and those with cardiomyopathies may only show subtle abnormalities in the heart and these signs may not be detected during an autopsy...
October 10, 2017: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080794/animal-toxins-for-channelopathy-treatment
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REVIEW
Sergey Kozlov
Ion channels are transmembrane proteins that allow passive flow of ions inside and/or outside of cells or cell organelles. Except mutations lead to nonfunctional protein production or abolished receptor entrance on the membrane surface an altered channel may have two principal conditions that can be corrected. The channel may conduct fewer ions through (loss-of-function mutations) or too many ions (gain-of-function mutations) compared to a normal channel. Toxins from animal venoms are specialised molecules that are generally oriented toward interactions with ion channels...
October 25, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079902/structural-models-of-ligand-bound-sodium-channels
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Boris S Zhorov
X-ray and cryo-EM structures of tetrameric and pseudo-tetrameric P-loop channels are used to elaborate homology models of mammalian voltage-gated sodium channels with drugs and neurotoxins. Such models integrate experimental data, assist in planning new experiments, and may facilitate drug design. This chapter outlines sodium channel models with local anesthetics, anticonvulsants, and antiarrhythmics, which are used to manage pain and treat sodium channelopathies. Further summarized are sodium channel models with tetrodotoxin, mu-conotoxins, batrachotoxin, scorpion toxins, and insecticides...
September 14, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058196/in-vivo-analysis-of-potassium-channelopathies-loose-patch-recording-of-purkinje-cell-firing-in-living-awake-zebrafish
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Jui-Yi Hsieh, Diane M Papazian
Zebrafish is a lower vertebrate model organism that facilitates integrative analysis of the in vivo effects of potassium and other ion channel mutations at the molecular, cellular, developmental, circuit, systems, and behavioral levels of analysis. Here, we describe a method for extracellular, loose patch electrophysiological recording of electrical activity in cerebellar Purkinje cells in living, awake zebrafish, with the goal of investigating pathological mechanisms underlying channelopathies or other diseases that disrupt cerebellar function...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048771/catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-an-update
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Andrés R Pérez-Riera, Raimundo Barbosa-Barros, Marianne P C de Rezende Barbosa, Rodrigo Daminello-Raimundo, Augusto A de Lucca, Luiz C de Abreu
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia is a rare devastating lethal inherited disorder or sporadic cardiac ion channelopathy characterized by unexplained syncopal episodes, and/or sudden cardiac death (SCD), aborted SCD (ASCD), or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) observed in children, adolescents, and young adults without structural heart disease, consequence of adrenergically mediated arrhythmias: exercise-induced, by acute emotional stress, atrial pacing, or β-stimulant infusion, even when the electrocardiogram is normal...
October 19, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037745/genetics-update-monogenetics-polygene-disorders-and-the-quest-for-modifying-genes
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Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi
The genetic channelopathies are a broad collection of diseases. Many ion channel genes demonstrate wide phenotypic pleiotropy, but nonetheless concerted efforts have been made to characterise genotype-phenotype relationships. In this review we give an overview of the factors that influence genotype-phenotype relationships across this group of diseases as a whole, using specific individual channelopathies as examples. We suggest reasons for the limitations observed in these relationships. We discuss the role of ion channel variation in polygenic disease and highlight research that has contributed to unravelling the complex aetiological nature of these conditions...
October 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028646/advances-in-understanding-the-molecular-underpinnings-of-adrenocortical-tumors
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Norman G Nicolson, Jianling Man, Tobias Carling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Adrenocortical tumors are divided into benign adenomas and malignant carcinomas. The former is relatively common and carries a favorable prognosis, whereas the latter is rare and frequently presents at an advanced stage, with poor outcomes. Advances in next-generation sequencing, genome analysis, and bioinformatics have allowed for high-throughput molecular characterization of adrenal tumorigenesis. RECENT FINDINGS: Although recent genomic, epigenomic, and transcriptomic studies in large tumor cohorts have confirmed the central roles of aberrant Wnt/ß-catenin signaling, constitutive protein kinase A pathway activation, cell cycle dysregulation, and ion channelopathies in adrenal tumorigenesis, these studies also revealed novel signature events underlying malignant differentiation of adrenocortical carcinomas...
October 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020622/homeostatic-presynaptic-plasticity-is-specifically-regulated-by-p-q-type-ca-2-channels-at-mammalian-hippocampal-synapses
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Alexander F Jeans, Fran C van Heusden, Bashayer Al-Mubarak, Zahid Padamsey, Nigel J Emptage
Voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VGCC) represent the principal source of Ca(2+) ions driving evoked neurotransmitter release at presynaptic boutons. In mammals, presynaptic Ca(2+) influx is mediated mainly via P/Q-type and N-type VGCC, which differ in their properties. Changes in their relative contributions tune neurotransmission both during development and in Hebbian plasticity. However, whether this represents a functional motif also present in other forms of activity-dependent regulation is unknown. Here, we study the role of VGCC in homeostatic plasticity (HSP) in mammalian hippocampal neurons using optical techniques...
October 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986244/expression-of-recombinant-%C3%AE-toxin-bmkm9-from-scorpion-buthus-martensii-karsch-and-its-functional-characterization-on-sodium-channels
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Fan Yang, Shuang Liu, Yaoyun Zhang, Chenhu Qin, Lingna Xu, Wenhua Li, Zhijian Cao, Wenxin Li, Yingliang Wu
Scorpion toxins are invaluable pharmacological tools for studying ion channels and potential drugs for channelopathies. The long-chain toxins from scorpion venom with four disulfide bridges exhibit their unusual bioactivity or biotoxicity by acting on the sodium channels. However, the functional properties of most toxins are still unclear due to their tiny amounts in crude venom and their challenging production by chemical and gene engineering techniques. Here, we expressed one of the long-chain α-toxins, BmKM9, found in the venom of the scorpion Buthus martensii Karsch and characterized its pharmacological properties on sodium channels...
October 3, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930537/differences-in-ion-channel-phenotype-and-function-between-humans-and-animal-models
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Mark R Tanner, Christine Beeton
Ion channels play crucial roles in regulating a broad range of physiological processes. They form a very large family of transmembrane proteins. Their diversity results from not only a large number of different genes encoding for ion channel subunits but also the ability of subunits to assemble into homo- or heteromultimers, the existence of splice variants, and the expression of different regulatory subunits. These characteristics and the existence of very selective modulators make ion channels very attractive targets for therapy in a wide variety of pathologies...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927993/voltage-gated-sodium-channel-%C3%AE-subunits-the-power-outside-the-pore-in-brain-development-and-disease
#18
REVIEW
Jacob M Hull, Lori L Isom
Voltage gated sodium channels (VGSCs) were first identified in terms of their role in the upstroke of the action potential. The underlying proteins were later identified as saxitoxin and scorpion toxin receptors consisting of α and β subunits. We now know that VGSCs are heterotrimeric complexes consisting of a single pore forming α subunit joined by two β subunits; a noncovalently linked β1 or β3 and a covalently linked β2 or β4 subunit. VGSC α subunits contain all the machinery necessary for channel cell surface expression, ion conduction, voltage sensing, gating, and inactivation, in one central, polytopic, transmembrane protein...
September 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884460/potassium-channels-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-parkinson-s-disease
#19
REVIEW
Xiaoyan Chen, Bao Xue, Jun Wang, Haixia Liu, Limin Shi, Junxia Xie
The pathogenesis of the second major neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson's disease (PD), is closely associated with the dysfunction of potassium (K(+)) channels. Therefore, PD is also considered to be an ion channel disease or neuronal channelopathy. Mounting evidence has shown that K(+) channels play crucial roles in the regulations of neurotransmitter release, neuronal excitability, and cell volume. Inhibition of K(+) channels enhances the spontaneous firing frequency of nigral dopamine (DA) neurons, induces a transition from tonic firing to burst discharge, and promotes the release of DA in the striatum...
September 7, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865303/defects-at-the-crossroads-of-gabaergic-signaling-in-generalized-genetic-epilepsies
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REVIEW
Jing-Qiong Kang
Seizure disorders are very common and affect 3% of the general population. The recurrent unprovoked seizures that are also called epilepsies are highly diverse as to both underlying genetic basis and clinic presentations. Recent genetic advances and sequencing technologies indicate that many epilepsies previously thought to be without known causes, or idiopathic generalized epilepsies (IGEs), are virtually genetic epilepsy as they are caused by genetic variations. IGEs are estimated to account for ∼15-20% of all epilepsies...
November 2017: Epilepsy Research
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