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Cell migration/proliferation processes associated with wound healing were measured in BeWo cells at 6 h, when mitosis is still scarce. Cells were cultured in medium with 1% fetal bovine serum to minimize proliferation. BeWo cell migration covered 20.6 +/- 7.0%, 38.0 +/- 5.4%, 16.6 +/- 4.8% and 13.7 +/- 3.6% of the wound when cultivated under control,(More)
Aldosterone is a key regulator of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) and stimulates protein methylation on the β-subunit of the ENaC. We found that aldosterone (100 nM) promotes cellular migration in a wound-healing model in trophoblastic BeWo cells. Here, we tested if the positive influence of aldosterone on wound healing is related to methylation(More)
In this study, an outwardly rectifying chloride channel was characterized in the trophoblastic cell line BeWo, a human hormone-synthesizing cell which displays many biochemical and morphological properties similar to those reported for the human cytotrophoblast. Ion channel activity was recorded in the cell attached and inside-out configurations with(More)
Shroom is a family of related proteins linked to the actin cytoskeleton. xShroom1 is constitutively expressed in X. oocytes and is required for the expression of amiloride sensitive sodium channels (ENaC). Oocytes were injected with α, β, and γ mENaC and xShroom1 sense or antisense oligonucleotides. We used voltage clamp techniques to study the(More)
INTRODUCTION ENaC and CFTR are coexpressed in epithelia and have positive or negative functional interactions. In addition, ENaC and CFTR promote migration in placental trophoblastic cells and human airway cells, respectively. Here we tested the idea if CFTR is functionally expressed in BeWo cells, a trophoblastic cell line, and if it is involved in their(More)
Aldosterone modulates the activity of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) through changes in its trafficking, membrane expression and open probability. Plasma levels of aldosterone are decreased in preeclampsia. Herein we postulated that if aldosterone regulates ENaC expression then its expression should be decreased in preeclampsia. We found a diminished(More)
Trophoblastic abnormalities have a central role in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia, and some placental hormones, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), could affect the placental function. Here, we hypothesized that the elevated serum levels of hCG may be involved in the increased aquaporin-9 (AQP9) protein expression in preeclamptic placentas via(More)
Cystic fibrosis is caused by dysfunction or lack of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), a chloride channel that has a key role in maintaining ion and water homoeostasis in different tissues. CFTR is a cyclic AMP-activated Cl- channel found in the apical and basal plasma membrane of airway, intestinal, and exocrine epithelial(More)
Shroom is a family of related proteins linked to the actin cytoskeleton. xShroom1 is constitutively expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes, and it is required for the expression of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC). As there is a close relationship between ENaC and the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR), we examined the action of xShroom1 on(More)
The regulation of the epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC) during cell swelling is relevant in cellular processes in which cell volume changes occur, i.e., migration, proliferation and cell absorption. Its sensitivity to hypotonically induced swelling was investigated in the Xenopus oocyte expression system with the injection of the three subunits of mouse ENaC.(More)