Scientific publications

Lymphatic Connexins and Pannexins in Health and Disease

This review highlights current knowledge on the expression and function of connexins and pannexins, transmembrane channel proteins that play an important role in intercellular communication, in both the developing and mature lymphatic vasculature.

In Vitro Liver Toxicity Testing of Chemicals: A Pragmatic Approach

The liver is among the most frequently targeted organs by noxious chemicals of diverse nature. Liver toxicity testing using laboratory animals not only raises serious ethical questions, but is also rather poorly predictive of human safety towards chemicals.

Mechanisms Underlying Connexin Hemichannel Activation in Disease

Gap junctions and connexin hemichannels mediate intercellular and extracellular communication, respectively. While gap junctions are seen as the “good guys” by controlling homeostasis, connexin hemichannels are considered as the “bad guys”, as their activation is associated with the onset and dissemination of disease.

Canonical and Non-Canonical Roles of Connexin43 in Cardioprotection

Since the mid-20th century, ischemic heart disease has been the world’s leading cause of death. Developing effective clinical cardioprotection strategies would make a significant impact in improving both quality of life and longevity in the worldwide population.

Non-canonical roles of connexins

Gap junctions mediate cellular communication and homeostasis by controlling the intercellular exchange of small and hydrophilic molecules and ions. Gap junction channels are formed by the docking of 2 hemichannels of adjacent cells, which in turn are composed of 6 connexin subunits.

Connexin and pannexin (hemi)channels: emerging targets in the treatment of liver disease

Connexin proteins are the building blocks of hemichannels, which dock further between adjacent cells to form gap junctions. Gap junctions control the intercellular exchange of critical homeostasis regulators.

Targeting of chondrocyte plasticity via connexin43 modulation attenuates cellular senescence and fosters a pro-regenerative environment in osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic disease characterized by articular cartilage degeneration, is a leading cause of disability and pain worldwide. In OA, chondrocytes in cartilage undergo phenotypic changes and senescence, restricting cartilage regeneration and favouring disease progression.

Pannexin1 links lymphatic function to lipid metabolism and atherosclerosis

Extracellular ATP is a central signaling molecule in inflammatory responses. Pannexin1 (Panx1) channels release ATP in a controlled manner and have been implicated in various inflammatory pathologies, but their role in atherogenesis remains elusive.