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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432032/neuronal-excitation-and-permeabilization-by-200-ns-pulsed-electric-field-an-optical-membrane-potential-study-with-fluovolt-dye
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Andrei G Pakhomov, Iurii Semenov, M Casciola, Shu Xiao
Electric field pulses of nano- and picosecond duration are a novel modality for neurostimulation, activation of Ca(2+) signaling, and tissue ablation. However it is not known how such brief pulses activate voltage-gated ion channels. We studied excitation and electroporation of hippocampal neurons by 200-ns pulsed electric field (nsPEF), by means of time-lapse imaging of the optical membrane potential (OMP) with FluoVolt dye. Electroporation abruptly shifted OMP to a more depolarized level, which was reached within <1ms...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414744/knockdown-resistance-mutations-predict-ddt-resistance-and-pyrethroid-tolerance-in-the-visceral-leishmaniasis-vector-phlebotomus-argentipes
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Bruno Gomes, Bidyut Purkait, Rinki Michelle Deb, Aarti Rama, Rudra Pratap Singh, Geraldine Marie Foster, Michael Coleman, Vijay Kumar, Mark Paine, Pradeep Das, David Weetman
BACKGROUND: Indoor residual spraying (IRS) with DDT has been the primary strategy for control of the visceral leishmaniasis (VL) vector Phlebotomus argentipes in India but efficacy may be compromised by resistance. Synthetic pyrethroids are now being introduced for IRS, but with a shared target site, the para voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC), mutations affecting both insecticide classes could provide cross-resistance and represent a threat to sustainable IRS-based disease control. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A region of the Vgsc gene was sequenced in P...
April 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373025/early-life-febrile-seizures-worsen-adult-phenotypes-in-scn1a-mutants
#3
Stacey B B Dutton, Karoni Dutt, Ligia A Papale, Sandra Helmers, Alan L Goldin, Andrew Escayg
Mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) gene SCN1A, encoding the Nav1.1 channel, are responsible for a number of epilepsy disorders including genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) and Dravet syndrome (DS). Patients with SCN1A mutations often experience prolonged early-life febrile seizures (FSs), raising the possibility that these events may influence epileptogenesis and lead to more severe adult phenotypes. To test this hypothesis, we subjected 21-23-day-old mice expressing the human SCN1A GEFS+ mutation R1648H to prolonged hyperthermia, and then examined seizure and behavioral phenotypes during adulthood...
March 31, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359334/cytokine-cascades-induced-by-mechanical-trauma-injury-alter-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-activity-in-intact-cortical-neurons
#4
Weiqiang Chen, Jiangtao Sheng, Jingfang Guo, Guoyi Peng, Jinfang Hong, Bingbing Li, Xiaoxuan Chen, Kangsheng Li, Shousen Wang
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) triggers both immediate (primary) and long-term (secondary) tissue damages. Secondary damages can last from hours to days or even a lifetime. Secondary damages implicate several mechanisms, including influence of inflammatory mediators, mainly cytokines, on excitability of ion channels. However, studies should further explore the effects of inflammatory cytokines on voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) and excitability in distal intact neurons...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347465/zn-2-reduction-induces-neuronal-death-with-changes-in-voltage-gated-potassium-and-sodium-channel-currents
#5
Kun Tian, Cong-Cong He, Hui-Nan Xu, Yu-Xiang Wang, Hong-Gang Wang, Di An, Bin Heng, Wei Pang, Yu-Gang Jiang, Yan-Qiang Liu
In the present study, cultured rat primary neurons were exposed to a medium containing N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine (TPEN), a specific cell membrane-permeant Zn(2+) chelator, to establish a model of free Zn(2+) deficiency in neurons. The effects of TPEN-mediated free Zn(2+) ion reduction on neuronal viability and on the performance of voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) and potassium channels (Kvs) were assessed. Free Zn(2+) deficiency 1) markedly reduced the neuronal survival rate, 2) reduced the peak amplitude of INa, 3) shifted the INa activation curve towards depolarization, 4) modulated the sensitivity of sodium channel voltage-dependent inactivation to a depolarization voltage, and 5) increased the time course of recovery from sodium channel inactivation...
May 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347352/combined-target-site-kdr-mutations-play-a-primary-role-in-highly-pyrethroid-resistant-phenotypes-of-aedes-aegypti-from-saudi-arabia
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Ashwaq M Al Nazawi, Jabir Aqili, Mohammed Alzahrani, Philip J McCall, David Weetman
BACKGROUND: Pyrethroid resistance is a threat to effective vector control of Aedes aegypti, the vector of dengue, Zika and other arboviruses, but there are many major knowledge gaps on the mechanisms of resistance. In Jeddah and Makkah, the principal dengue-endemic areas of Saudi Arabia, pyrethroids are used widely for Ae. aegypti control but information about resistance remains sparse, and the underlying genetic basis is unknown. Findings from an ongoing study in this internationally significant area are reported here...
March 27, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338073/veratridine-produces-distinct-calcium-response-profiles-in-mouse-dorsal-root-ganglia-neurons
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Zainab A Mohammed, Ciara Doran, David Grundy, Mohammed A Nassar
Nociceptors are a subpopulation of dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons that detect noxious stimuli and signal pain. Veratridine (VTD) is a voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) modifier that is used as an "agonist" in functional screens for VGSC blockers. However, there is very little information on VTD response profiles in DRG neurons and how they relate to neuronal subtypes. Here we characterised VTD-induced calcium responses in cultured mouse DRG neurons. Our data shows that the heterogeneity of VTD responses reflects distinct subpopulations of sensory neurons...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238546/regulation-of-thalamic-and-cortical-network-synchrony-by-scn8a
#8
Christopher D Makinson, Brian S Tanaka, Jordan M Sorokin, Jennifer C Wong, Catherine A Christian, Alan L Goldin, Andrew Escayg, John R Huguenard
Voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) mutations cause severe epilepsies marked by intermittent, pathological hypersynchronous brain states. Here we present two mechanisms that help to explain how mutations in one VGSC gene, Scn8a, contribute to two distinct seizure phenotypes: (1) hypoexcitation of cortical circuits leading to convulsive seizure resistance, and (2) hyperexcitation of thalamocortical circuits leading to non-convulsive absence epilepsy. We found that loss of Scn8a leads to altered RT cell intrinsic excitability and a failure in recurrent RT synaptic inhibition...
March 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124609/recombinant-expression-functional-characterization-of-two-scorpion-venom-toxins-with-three-disulfide-bridges-from-the-chinese-scorpion-buthus-martensii-karsch
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ShengGuo Lin, XueLin Wang, XueYao Hu, YongShan Zhao, MingYi Zhao, JingHai Zhang, Yong Cui
Scorpion venom contains a large variety of biologically active peptides. However, most of these peptides have not been identified and characterized. Peptides with three disulfide bridges, existing in the scorpion venom, have not been studied in detail and have been poorly characterized until now. Here, we report the recombinant expression and functional characterization of two kinds of venom peptides (BmKBTx and BmNaL-3SS2) with three disulfide bridges. This study adopted an effective E. coli system. The genes for BmKBTx and BmNaL-3SS2 were obtained by the Polymerase Chain Reaction method and finally cloned to the pSYPU-1b vector...
January 17, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118359/the-ampk-activator-a769662-blocks-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-discovery-of-a-novel-pharmacophore-with-potential-utility-for-analgesic-development
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Marina N Asiedu, Chongyang Han, Sulayman D Dib-Hajj, Stephen G Waxman, Theodore J Price, Gregory Dussor
Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSC) regulate neuronal excitability by governing action potential (AP) generation and propagation. Recent studies have revealed that AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activators decrease sensory neuron excitability, potentially by preventing sodium (Na+) channel phosphorylation by kinases such as ERK or via modulation of translation regulation pathways. The direct positive allosteric modulator A769662 displays substantially greater efficacy than other AMPK activators in decreasing sensory neuron excitability suggesting additional mechanisms of action...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078312/biallelic-scn10a-mutations-in-neuromuscular-disease-and-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Marios Kambouris, Julien Thevenon, Ariane Soldatos, Allison Cox, Joshi Stephen, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Yasser Al-Sarraj, Hala Boulos, William Bone, James C Mullikin, Alice Masurel-Paulet, Judith St-Onge, Yannis Dufford, Corrine Chantegret, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Jamil Al-Alami, Laurence Faivre, Jean Baptiste Riviere, William A Gahl, Alexander G Bassuk, May Christine V Malicdan, Hatem El-Shanti
OBJECTIVES: Two consanguineous families, one of Sudanese ethnicity presenting progressive neuromuscular disease, severe cognitive impairment, muscle weakness, upper motor neuron lesion, anhydrosis, facial dysmorphism, and recurrent seizures and the other of Egyptian ethnicity presenting with neonatal hypotonia, bradycardia, and recurrent seizures, were evaluated for the causative gene mutation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Homozygosity mapping and whole exome sequencing (WES) identified damaging homozygous variants in SCN10A, namely c...
January 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994149/fgf14-is-a-regulator-of-kcnq2-3-channels
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Juan Lorenzo Pablo, Geoffrey S Pitt
KCNQ2/3 (Kv7.2/7.3) channels and voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) are enriched in the axon initial segment (AIS) where they bind to ankyrin-G and coregulate membrane potential in central nervous system neurons. The molecular mechanisms supporting coordinated regulation of KCNQ and VGSCs and the cellular mechanisms governing KCNQ trafficking to the AIS are incompletely understood. Here, we show that fibroblast growth factor 14 (FGF14), previously described as a VGSC regulator, also affects KCNQ function and localization...
January 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867092/peptide-rich-venom-from-the-spider-heteropoda-venatoria-potently-inhibits-insect-voltage-gated-sodium-channels
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Yazhou Huang, Xinzhou Wu, Peng Zhang, Zhigui Duan, Xi Zhou, Minzhi Chen, Athar Farooq, Songping Liang, Zhonghua Liu
Heteropoda venatoria is a venomous spider species distributed worldwide and has a characteristic habit of feeding on insects. Reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography and matrix-assisted laser-desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry analyses revealed that H. venatoria venom contains hundreds of peptides with a predominant molecular weights of 3000-5000 Da. Intra-abdominal injection of the venom had severe toxic effects on cockroaches and caused death at higher concentrations. The LD50 was 28...
January 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819327/structure-and-function-of-fs50-a-salivary-protein-from-the-flea-xenopsylla-cheopis-that-blocks-the-sodium-channel-nav1-5
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Xueqing Xu, Bei Zhang, Shilong Yang, Su An, José M C Ribeiro, John F Andersen
Naturally occurring toxins have been invaluable tools for the study of structural and functional relationships of voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSC). Few studies have been made of potential channel-modulating substances from blood-feeding arthropods. He we describe the characterization FS50, a salivary protein from the flea, Xenopsylla cheopis, that exhibits an inhibitory activity against the NaV1.5 channel with an IC50 of 1.58 μM. The pore-blocking mechanism of this toxin is evident from the kinetics of activation and inactivation suggesting that FS50 does not interfere with the voltage sensor of NaV1...
November 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815510/voltage-gated-sodium-channels-and-pain-related-disorders
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Alexandros H Kanellopoulos, Ayako Matsuyama
Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) are heteromeric transmembrane protein complexes. Nine homologous members, SCN1A-11A, make up the VGSC gene family. Sodium channel isoforms display a wide range of kinetic properties endowing different neuronal types with distinctly varied firing properties. Among the VGSCs isoforms, Nav1.7, Nav1.8 and Nav1.9 are preferentially expressed in the peripheral nervous system. These isoforms are known to be crucial in the conduction of nociceptive stimuli with mutations in these channels thought to be the underlying cause of a variety of heritable pain disorders...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799911/huperzine-a-provides-robust-and-sustained-protection-against-induced-seizures-in-scn1a-mutant-mice
#16
Jennifer C Wong, Stacey B B Dutton, Stephen D Collins, Steven Schachter, Andrew Escayg
De novo loss-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) SCN1A (encoding Nav1.1) are the main cause of Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic early-life encephalopathy associated with prolonged and recurrent early-life febrile seizures (FSs), refractory afebrile epilepsy, cognitive and behavioral deficits, and a 15-20% mortality rate. SCN1A mutations also lead to genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+), which is an inherited disorder characterized by early-life FSs and the development of a range of adult epilepsy subtypes...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752065/engineering-prokaryotic-channels-for-control-of-mammalian-tissue-excitability
#17
Hung X Nguyen, Robert D Kirkton, Nenad Bursac
The ability to directly enhance electrical excitability of human cells is hampered by the lack of methods to efficiently overexpress large mammalian voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSC). Here we describe the use of small prokaryotic sodium channels (BacNav) to create de novo excitable human tissues and augment impaired action potential conduction in vitro. Lentiviral co-expression of specific BacNav orthologues, an inward-rectifying potassium channel, and connexin-43 in primary human fibroblasts from the heart, skin or brain yields actively conducting cells with customizable electrophysiological phenotypes...
October 18, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723825/multiple-insecticide-resistance-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-funestus-from-northern-cameroon-is-mediated-by-metabolic-resistance-alongside-potential-target-site-insensitivity-mutations
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Benjamin D Menze, Jacob M Riveron, Sulaiman S Ibrahim, Helen Irving, Christophe Antonio-Nkondjio, Parfait H Awono-Ambene, Charles S Wondji
BACKGROUND: Despite the recent progress in establishing the patterns of insecticide resistance in the major malaria vector Anopheles funestus, Central African populations of this species remain largely uncharacterised. To bridge this important gap and facilitate the implementation of suitable control strategies against this vector, we characterised the resistance patterns of An. funestus population from northern Cameroon. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Collection of indoor-resting female mosquitoes in Gounougou (northern Cameroon) in 2012 and 2015 revealed a predominance of An...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703972/corrigendum-to-vgsc-a-web-based-vector-graph-toolkit-of-genome-synteny-and-collinearity
#19
Yiqing Xu, Changwei Bi, Guoxin Wu, Suyun Wei, Xiaogang Dai, Tongming Yin, Ning Ye
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1155/2016/7823429.].
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697698/characterization-of-brevetoxin-pbtx-3-exposure-in-neurons-of-the-anoxia-tolerant-freshwater-turtle-trachemys-scripta
#20
Courtney C Cocilova, Sarah L Milton
Harmful algal blooms are increasing in frequency and extent worldwide and occur nearly annually off the west coast of Florida where they affect both humans and wildlife. The dinoflagellate Karenia brevis is a key organism in Florida red tides that produces a suite of potent neurotoxins collectively referred to as the brevetoxins (PbTx). Brevetoxins bind to and open voltage gated sodium channels (VGSC), increasing cell permeability in excitable cells and depolarizing nerve and muscle tissue. Exposed animals may thus show muscular and neurological symptoms including head bobbing, muscle twitching, paralysis, and coma; large HABs can result in significant morbidity and mortality of marine life, including fish, birds, marine mammals, and sea turtles...
November 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
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