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Curr Med Sci ; 39(1): 21-27, 2019 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30868487


Increased use of pyrethroids and the exposure to pyrethroids for pregnant women and children have raised the concerns over the potential effect of pyrethroids on developmental cardiotoxicity and other abnormalities. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether long term perinatal deltamethrin exposure altered embryonic cardiac electrophysiology in mice. Pregnant mice were administered with 0 or 3 mg/kg of deltamethrin by gavage daily from gestational day (gd) 10.5 to gd 17. 5. Whole cell patch-clamp technique was used in electrophysiological study, and real time RT-PCR was applied to analyze the molecular changes for the electrophysiological properties. Deltamethrin exposure resulted in increased mortality of pregnant mice and decreased viability of embryos. Moreover, deltamethrin slowed the maximum depolarization velocity (Vmax), prolonged the action potential duration (APD) and depolarized the maximum diastolic potential (MDP) of embryonic cardiomyocytes. Additionally, perinatal deltamethrin exposure decreased the mRNA expression of Na+ channel regulatory subunit Navß1, inward rectifier K+ channel subunit Kir2.1, and delayed rectifier K+ channel subunit MERG while the L-type Ca2+ channel subunit, Cav1.2 expression was increased. On the contrary, deltamethrin administration did not significantly alter the regulation of ß-adrenergic or muscarinic receptor on embryonic cardiomyocytes. In conclusion, deltamethrin exposure at perinatal stage significantly alters mRNA expression of embryonic cardiac ion channels and therefore influences embryonic cardiac electrophysiological properties. This highlights the need to understand the persistent effects of pyrethroid exposure on cardiac function during embryonic development due to potential for cardiac arrhythmogenicity.

Embrião de Mamíferos/efeitos dos fármacos , Exposição Materna/efeitos adversos , Miócitos Cardíacos/citologia , Nitrilos/efeitos adversos , Piretrinas/efeitos adversos , Potenciais de Ação/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Canais de Cálcio Tipo L/genética , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Canal de Potássio ERG1 , Embrião de Mamíferos/química , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/efeitos dos fármacos , Idade Gestacional , Humanos , Camundongos , Mortalidade , Miócitos Cardíacos/efeitos dos fármacos , Canais de Potássio Corretores do Fluxo de Internalização/genética , Gravidez
Front Neurol ; 9: 498, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29997570


Background: Recent studies have shown that renal disease is associated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) markers of cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD), independent of traditional vascular risk factors. Although large artery lesions might be involved in the cerebrorenal association, evidence has been lacking. Methods: A total of 928 participants from a population-based cohort study were included. Kidney injury measurements included urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). CSVD was assessed on MRI by white matter hyperintensity volume (WMHV), lacunes, brain parenchymal fraction (BPF), cerebral microbleeds (CMBs), and perivascular space. Carotid plaques and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) were used to assess large artery atherosclerosis and stiffness. Multivariable linear and logistic regression and additional interaction models were used for statistical analysis. Results: Individuals with elevated ACR had higher prevalence of lacunes and more WMHV (p = 0.001 and 0.000, respectively), those with decreased eGFR had smaller brain volume, higher prevalence of lacunes and deep CMBs (p = 0.009, p = 0.017) and p = 0.010 respectively). Interaction analysis revealed that carotid plaque and baPWV significantly enhanced the association between eGFR and BPF (p = 0.001 and p = 0.002, respectively), that is, the association of eGFR with BPF was only significant among participants with carotid plaque and higher baPWV. In addition, carotid plaque enhanced the association between ACR and WMHV (p = 0.034) and baPWV enhanced the association between ACR and the presence of lacunes (p = 0.027). Modifying effect of large vessel disease markers on the association between kidney injury measurements and CMBs was not significant. Conclusion: Evaluation of subclinical CVSD in individuals with kidney injury is warranted, especially in those with combined large artery disease.

Clin Transl Sci ; 11(4): 428-434, 2018 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29697202


As a proinflammatory cytokine, CD137 (4-1BB, TNFRSF9) is present in membrane-bound and soluble forms. Increased expression of CD137 was recently found in T cells in human atherosclerotic plaques. However, the exact role of CD137 in ischemic stroke is not clear. In this study we analyzed the protein levels of soluble CD137 (sCD137) and the expression of CD137 on CD4+ T cells in the peripheral blood of patients with acute atherothrombotic stroke by using the cytometry beads array (CBA) and flow cytometry. Within 24 hours of onset, the stroke patients showed elevated levels of sCD137 (2.7 pg/ml) and CD137 expression on CD4+ T cells (4.9 ± 3.2%) compared with normal controls (1.1 pg/ml, P < 0.01; 1.3 ± 1.0%, P < 0.01). Alterations in CD137 expression may enhance ischemia-induced inflammatory responses via bidirectional signaling and, consequently, aggravate brain injury in early stages of this disorder.

Aterosclerose/sangue , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/sangue , Trombose/sangue , Membro 9 da Superfamília de Receptores de Fatores de Necrose Tumoral/sangue , Idoso , Aterosclerose/complicações , Aterosclerose/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/etiologia , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/imunologia , Trombose/etiologia , Trombose/imunologia , Membro 9 da Superfamília de Receptores de Fatores de Necrose Tumoral/imunologia , Membro 9 da Superfamília de Receptores de Fatores de Necrose Tumoral/metabolismo
Transl Neurosci ; 7(1): 76-83, 2016.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28123825


Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO) are inflammatory demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). Various genetic and environmental factors have been identified to contribute to etiology of MS and NMO. Aquaporin 4 (AQP4), is the most abundant water channel in CNS. AQP4 is expressed in astrocytes of the brain, spinal cord, optic nerve and supportive cells in sensory organs. In contrast to MS, immunoreactivity of AQP4 is abolished in NMO lesions. However, conflicting results have been reported regarding the association between AQP4 polymorphisms and demyelinating disorders. Considering the ethnic differences of genetic variations, replications in other cohorts are required. In this study, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of AQP4 gene in patients with NMO/neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD), and MS in the Northern Han Chinese population were examined. Six selected AQP4 SNPs were genotyped by high-resolution melting (HRM) method. Compared with healthy control (HC), there was no significant difference of AQP4 allele and genotype frequency in MS or NMO/NMOSD group. This study showed no significant association of common AQP4 SNPs with MS or NMO/NMOSD, strongly suggesting that polymorphisms of AQP4 gene are unlikely to confer MS or NMO/NMOSD susceptibility, at least in Northern Han Chinese population.