Gap-junction-mediated cell-to-cell communication

@article{Herv2013GapjunctionmediatedCC,
  title={Gap-junction-mediated cell-to-cell communication},
  author={Jean-Claude Herv{\'e} and Mickaël Derangeon},
  journal={Cell and Tissue Research},
  year={2013},
  volume={352},
  pages={21-31}
}
Cells of multicellular organisms need to communicate with each other and have evolved various mechanisms for this purpose, the most direct and quickest of which is through channels that directly connect the cytoplasms of adjacent cells. Such intercellular channels span the two plasma membranes and the intercellular space and result from the docking of two hemichannels. These channels are densely packed into plasma-membrane spatial microdomains termed “gap junctions” and allow cells to exchange… 

Coupling cell communication and optogenetics: Implementation of a light-inducible intercellular system in yeast

It is demonstrated that external light information is propagated through a diffusible signaling molecule to modulate gene expression in a synthetic system, which will pave the road for studies allowing optogenetic control of population-level dynamics.

Neighbor-specific gene expression revealed from physically interacting cells during mouse embryonic development

An innovative approach to study contact-specific gene regulation during embryogenesis with potential broader implication in other physiologically relevant processes is described.

Membrane Bioenergetics and Labor Separation in Electrically Connected Cell Systems

The hypothesis is considered about the possible participation, in the self-organization of intracellular structures at the apex of the growing hyphae of N. crassa, of local electric fields that are created during the division between the cells of the functions of generation of the MP and the use of its energy.

Preparation of Cell-Seeded Heart Patch In Vitro; Co-Culture of Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell and Cardiomyocytes in Amnion Bilayer Patch

Cardiomyogenesis capacity of hAdSC co-cultured with hCardio in a 3-D scaffold taken from the 30–40yo donor showed better morphology and viability than the 60-70yo group, but maintained less than 5 days in this system.

Gap junction-mediated cell-to-cell communication in oral development and oral diseases: a concise review of research progress

With the ever-increasing understanding of connexins in oral diseases, therapeutic strategies could be developed to target these membrane channels in various oral diseases and maxillofacial dysplasia.

Diffusion through Nanopores in Connected Lipid Bilayer Networks.

This work reported a direct link between the mesoscopic permeation properties and the microscopic characteristics of the pores, such as their number, size, and spatial arrangement, which is successfully modeled by a continuous time random walk description.

Distinct roles for innexin gap junctions and hemichannels in mechanosensation

Heterologous expression of unc-7 in touch-insensitive chemosensory neurons confers ectopic touch sensitivity, indicating a direct role for UNC-7 hemichannels in mechanosensation.

Relationships Between Enamel Prism Decussation and Organization of the Ameloblast Layer in Rodent Incisors

A new methodology based on confocal laser microscopy is used to reconstruct the enamel microstructure of rodent incisors in three dimensions (3D) with the ameloblasts in situ, and confirmed that rodent and artiodactyl enamel do not share the same mechanism of decussation formation.

Physiology of Astroglia.

Astrocytes are tightly integrated into neural networks and act within the context of neural tissue; astrocytes control homeostasis of the CNS at all levels of organization from molecular to the whole organ.