We review the mechanisms involved in differential regulation of ion transport that allow the fine tuning of salt and K(+) balance.”
“Our recent studies have shown that high concentration of taxol induced a caspase-independent paraptosis-like cell death and cytoplasmic vacuolization derived predominantly from endoplasmic reticulum (ER) swelling in human lung carcinoma cell lines (ASTC-a-1). In this report, we further explored the relationship between taxol-induced cell death and vacuolization, and the roles of protein synthesis, mitogen-activated protein kinase kinases (MEK), c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and P38 in taxol-induced paraptosis. Enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) was
used to probe the cell morphological change, while ER-targeted red fluorescent
protein (er-RFP) was used to probe ER spatial distribution. Real-time monitoring CA3 of the ER swelling dynamics during the formation of vacuolization inside single living cells co-expressing EGFP and er-RFP further demonstrated that taxol-induced cytoplasmic vacuolization was from the ER restructuring due to fusion and swelling. PI staining showed that taxol-induced vacuolization YH25448 cell line was not necrosis. These results further demonstrated that the taxol-induced cell death was neither apoptosis nor necrosis, and fitted the criteria of paraptosis characterized by cytoplasmic vacuolization, caspase-independence, lack of apoptotic morphology and insensitivity to broad caspase inhibitor. Our data further indicated that taxol-induced CDK assay paraptosis required neither protein synthesis nor the participation of MEK, JNK, and P38, which was different from the insulin-like
growth factor I receptor (IGFIR)-induced paraptosis. These results suggest that high concentration of taxol activates an alternative paraptotic cell death pathway. J. Cell. Physiol. 222: 421-432, 2010. (C) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.”
“The objectives were to: (1) develop a time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay (TRFIA) to measure insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) in canine plasma; (2) investigate changes of plasma concentrations of INSL3 and testosterone with age in normal male dogs; and (3) compare hormonal concentrations among cryptorchid, normal, and castrated dogs to evaluate endocrine function of the Leydig cell component in retained testes. Blood samples were taken from normal male dogs from prepubertal age to advanced age (4 mo to 14 y, n = 89), and from unilateral cryptorchid (n = 31), bilateral cryptorchid (n = 7), and castrated dogs (n = 3). Canine plasma INSL3 was measured with a newly developed TRFIA. The minimum detection limit of the INSL3 assay was 0.02 ng/ml and the detection range was 0.02 to 20 ng/ml. Plasma INSL3 concentrations increased (P < 0.05) from prepubertal age (4-6 mo) to pubertal age (6-12 mo), and then declined (P < 0.