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Carbon Monoxide Modulates Connexin Function through a Lipid Peroxidation-Dependent Process: A Hypothesis.

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dc.contributor.author Retamal, Mauricio
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-04T14:14:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-04T14:14:33Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Frontiers in Physiology, June 2016, p.259 es_CL
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2016.00259 es_CL
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11447/915
dc.description Centro de Fisiología Celular e Integrativa es_CL
dc.description.abstract Hemichannels are ion channels composed of six connexins (Cxs), and they have the peculiarity to be permeable not only to ions, but also to molecules such as ATP and glutamate. Under physiological conditions they present a low open probability, which is sufficient to enable them to participate in several physiological functions. However, massive and/or prolonged hemichannel opening induces or accelerates cell death. Therefore, the study of the molecular mechanisms that control hemichannel activity appears to be essential for understanding several physiological and pathological processes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gaseous transmitter that modulates many cellular processes, some of them through modulation of ion channel activity. CO exerts its biological actions through the activation of guanylate cyclase and/or inducing direct carbonylation of proline, threonine, lysine, and arginine. It is well accepted that guanylate cyclase dependent pathway and direct carbonylation, are not sensitive to reducing agents. However, it is important to point out that CO-through a lipid peroxide dependent process-can also induce a secondary carbonylation in cysteine groups, which is sensitive to reducing agents. Recently, in our laboratory we demonstrated that the application of CO donors to the bath solution inhibited Cx46 hemichannel currents in Xenopus laevis oocytes, a phenomenon that was fully reverted by reducing agents. Therefore, a plausible mechanism of CO-induced Cx46 hemichannel inhibition is through Cx46-lipid oxidation. In this work, I will present current evidence and some preliminary results that support the following hypothesis: Carbon monoxide inhibits Cx46 HCs through a lipid peroxidation-dependent process. The main goal of this paper is to broaden the scientific community interest in studying the relationship between CO-Fatty acids and hemichannels, which will pave the way to more research directed to the understanding of the molecular mechanism(s) that control the opening and closing of hemichannels in both physiological and pathological conditions. es_CL
dc.language.iso en_US es_CL
dc.publisher Lausanne : Frontiers Research Foundation es_CL
dc.subject PUFAs es_CL
dc.subject Carbon monoxide es_CL
dc.subject Connexins es_CL
dc.subject Hemichannels es_CL
dc.subject Lipid peroxides es_CL
dc.title Carbon Monoxide Modulates Connexin Function through a Lipid Peroxidation-Dependent Process: A Hypothesis. es_CL
dc.type Artículo es_CL


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