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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714852/the-small-molecule-mimetic-agonist-trimebutine-of-adhesion-molecule-l1-contributes-to-functional-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
#1
Junping Xu, Chengliang Hu, Qiong Jiang, Hongchao Pan, Huifan Shen, Melitta Schachner
Curing spinal cord injury (SCI) in mammals is a daunting task because of the lack of permissive mechanisms and strong inhibitory responses at and around the lesion. The neural cell adhesion molecule L1CAM (L1) has been shown to favor axonal regrowth and enhance neuronal survival and synaptic plasticity, and thus constitutes a viable target to promote regeneration after SCI. Since delivery of full-length L1 or its extracellular domain could encounter difficulties in translation to therapy in humans, we have identified several small organic compounds that bind to L1 and stimulate neuronal survival, neuronal migration, and neurite outgrowth in an L1-dependent manner...
July 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714851/pdgfr%C3%AE-functions-in-endothelial-derived-cells-to-regulate-neural-crest-cells-and-development-of-the-great-arteries
#2
Haig Aghajanian, Young Kuk Cho, Nicholas W Rizer, Qiaohong Wang, Li Li, Karl Degenhardt, Rajan Jain
Originating as a single vessel emerging from the embryonic heart, the truncus arteriosus must septate and remodel into the aorta and pulmonary artery to support postnatal life. Defective remodeling or septation leads to abnormalities collectively known as conotruncal defects, which are associated with significant mortality and morbidity. Multiple populations of cells must interact to coordinate outflow tract remodeling, and cardiac neural crest has emerged as particularly important during this process. Abnormalities in cardiac neural crest have been implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple conotruncal defects, including persistent truncus arteriosus, double outlet right ventricle, and tetralogy of Fallot...
July 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645892/meis1-effects-on-motor-phenotypes-and-the-sensorimotor-system-in-mice
#3
Aaro V Salminen, Lillian Garrett, Barbara Schormair, Jan Rozman, Florian Giesert, Kristina M Niedermeier, Lore Becker, Birgit Rathkolb, Ildikó Rácz, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Eckhard Wolf, Andreas Zimmer, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Miguel Torres, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Wolfgang Wurst, Sabine M Hölter, Juliane Winkelmann
MEIS1 is a developmental transcription factor linked to restless legs syndrome (RLS) in genome-wide association studies. RLS is a movement disorder leading to severe sleep reduction and with significant impact on the quality-of-life of patients. In genome-wide association studies, MEIS1 has consistently been the gene with the highest effect size and functional studies suggest a disease-relevant downregulation. Therefore, haploinsufficiency of Meis1 could be the most potential system for modeling RLS in animals...
June 23, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623239/-ccug-n-rna-toxicity-in-a-drosophila-model-for-myotonic-dystrophy-type-2-dm2-activates-apoptosis
#4
Vildan Betul Yenigun, Mario Sirito, Alla Amcheslavky, Tomek Czernuszewicz, Jordi Colonques-Bellmunt, Irma García-Alcover, Marzena Wojciechowska, Clare Bolduc, Zhihong Chen, Arturo López Castel, Ralf Krahe, Andreas Bergmann
The myotonic dystrophies are prototypic toxic RNA gain-of-function diseases. Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2) are caused by different unstable, noncoding microsatellite repeat expansions -- (CTG)DM1 in DMPK and (CCTG)DM2 in CNBP Although transcription of mutant repeats into (CUG)DM1 or (CCUG)DM2 appears to be necessary and sufficient to cause disease, their pathomechanisms remain incompletely understood. To study the mechanisms of (CCUG)DM2 toxicity and develop a convenient model for drug screening, we generated a transgenic DM2 model in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster with (CCUG)n repeats of variable length (n=16 and 106)...
June 16, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615189/bar-coding-neurodegeneration-identifying-sub-cellular-effects-of-human-neurodegenerative-disease-proteins-using-drosophila-leg-neurons
#5
Josefin Fernius, Annika Starkenberg, Stefan Thor
Genetic, biochemical and histological studies have identified a number of different proteins as key drivers of human neurodegenerative diseases. Whereas different proteins are typically involved in different disease, there is also considerable overlap. Addressing disease protein dysfunction in an in vivo neuronal context is often time-consuming and requires labor-intensive analysis of transgenic models. To facilitate the rapid, cellular analysis of disease protein dysfunction, we have developed a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) adult leg neuron assay...
June 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600349/a-mouse-model-of-hereditary-coproporphyria-identified-in-an-enu-mutagenesis-screen
#6
Ashlee J Conway, Fiona C Brown, Robert O Fullinfaw, Benjamin T Kile, Stephen M Jane, David J Curtis
A genome-wide ENU mutagenesis screen in mice was performed to identify novel regulators of erythropoiesis. Here we describe a mouse line, RBC16, which harbours a dominantly inherited mutation in the Cpox gene, responsible for production of the haem biosynthesis enzyme, coproporphyrinogen III oxidase (CPOX). A premature stop codon in place of a tryptophan at amino acid 373 results in reduced mRNA expression and diminished protein levels, yielding a microcytic red cell phenotype in heterozygous mice. Urinary and faecal porphyrins in female RBC16 heterozygotes were significantly elevated compared to that of wildtype littermates, particularly coproporphyrinogen III, while males were biochemically normal...
June 9, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600348/loss-of-the-wnt-receptor-frizzled7-in-the-gastric-epithelium-is-deleterious-and-triggers-rapid-repopulation-in-vivo
#7
Dustin J Flanagan, Nicholas Barker, Cameron Nowell, Hans Clevers, Matthias Ernst, Toby J Phesse, Elizabeth Vincan
The gastric epithelium consists of tubular glandular units each containing several differentiated cells types, and populations of stem cells, which enable the stomach to secrete the acid, mucus and various digestive enzymes required for its function. Cell signalling provides cues to regulate development and homeostasis of adult tissues, however very little is known about which cell signalling pathways are required for homeostasis of the gastric epithelium. Many diseases, such as cancer, arise as a result of deregulation to signalling pathways that regulate homeostasis of the diseased organ...
June 9, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550101/a-novel-experimental-rat-model-of-peripheral-nerve-scarring-reliably-mimicking-post-surgical-complications-and-recurring-adhesions
#8
Angela Lemke, Carina Penzenstadler, James Ferguson, Dominika Lidinsky, Rudolf Hopf, Monika Bradl, Heinz Redl, Susanne Wolbank, Thomas Hausner
Inflammation, fibrosis and perineural adhesions with the surrounding tissue are common pathological processes following nerve injury and surgical interventions on peripheral nerves in human patients. Furthermore, these signs can reoccur following external neurolysis, currently the most common surgical treatment, thus leading to renewed nerve function impairment and chronic pain. To enable a successful evaluation of new therapeutic approaches, it is crucial to use a reproducible animal model that mimics the main clinical symptoms occurring in human patients...
May 26, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550100/an-alternative-surgical-approach-reduces-variability-following-filament-induction-of-experimental-stroke-in-mice
#9
M Trotman-Lucas, M E Kelly, J Janus, R Fern, C L Gibson
Animal models are critical for understanding the pathology of stroke and investigating potential treatments. However, in vivo stroke models are associated, particularly in mice, with high variability in lesion volume. We investigated whether a surgical refinement where reperfusion is not reliant on the Circle of Willis reduced outcome variability. Mice underwent 60 minutes of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion avoiding ligation of the external carotid artery. During reperfusion the common carotid artery was either ligated (standard approach), or it was repaired to allow re-establishment of blood flow through the common carotid artery...
May 26, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550099/viral-delivery-of-c9orf72-hexanucleotide-repeat-expansions-in-mice-lead-to-repeat-length-dependent-neuropathology-and-behavioral-deficits
#10
Saul Herranz-Martin, Jayanth Chandran, Katherine Lewis, Padraig Mulcahy, Adrian Higginbottom, Callum Walker, Isabel Martinez-Pena Y Valenzuela, Ross A Jones, Ian Coldicott, Tommaso Iannitti, Mohammed Akaaboune, Sherif F El-Khamisy, Thomas H Gillingwater, Pamela J Shaw, Mimoun Azzouz
Intronic GGGGCC repeat expansions in C9orf72 are the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Two major pathologies stemming from the hexanucleotide RNA expansions (HREs) have been identified in postmortem tissue: intracellular RNA foci and repeat-associated non-ATG dependent (RAN) dipeptides, though it is unclear how these and other hallmarks of disease contribute to the pathophysiology of neuronal injury. Here we generated two novel lines of mice that overexpress either 10 pure or 102 interrupted G4C2 repeats mediated by adeno-associated virus (AAV) and characterized relevant pathology and disease-related behavioral phenotypes...
May 26, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546289/a-tripeptidyl-peptidase-1-is-a-binding-partner-of-gphr-golgi-ph-regulator-in-dictyostelium
#11
Maria Stumpf, Rolf Müller, Berthold Gaßen, Regina Wehrstedt, Petra Fey, Malte A Karow, Ludwig Eichinger, Gernot Glöckner, Angelika A Noegel
Mutations in tripeptidyl peptidase 1 (TPP1) have been associated with late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL2), a neurodegenerative disorder. TPP1 is a lysosomal serine protease, which removes tripeptides from the amino terminus of proteins and is composed of an N-terminal prodomain and a catalytic domain. It is conserved in mammals, amphibians, fish and the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. D. discoideum harbors at least six genes encoding tripeptidyl peptidase 1, tpp1A to tpp1F We identified TPP1F as binding partner of Dictyostelium GPHR (Golgi pH regulator), which is an evolutionary highly conserved intracellular transmembrane protein...
May 25, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546288/dynamic-changes-in-the-skeletal-muscle-proteome-during-denervation-induced-atrophy
#12
Franziska Lang, Sriram Aravamudhan, Hendrik Nolte, Clara Tuerk, Soraya Hölper, Stefan Müller, Stefan Günther, Bert Blaauw, Thomas Braun, Marcus Krüger
Loss of neuronal stimulation enhances protein breakdown and reduces protein synthesis, causing rapid muscle mass loss. To elucidate the pathophysiological adaptations that occur in atrophying muscles, we used stable isotope labelling and mass spectrometry to accurately quantify protein expression changes during denervation-induced atrophy after sciatic nerve section in the mouse gastrocnemius muscle (GAST). Additionally, mice were fed a SILAC diet containing (13)C6 lysine for four, seven, or eleven days to calculate relative levels of protein synthesis in denervated and control muscles...
May 25, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495673/parallel-imaging-of-drosophila-embryos-for-quantitative-analysis-of-genetic-perturbations-of-the-ras-pathway
#13
Yogesh Goyal, Thomas J Levario, Henry H Mattingly, Susan Holmes, Stanislav Y Shvartsman, Hang Lu
The Ras pathway patterns the poles of the Drosophila embryo by downregulating the levels and activity of a DNA-binding transcriptional repressor Capicua (Cic). We demonstrate that the spatiotemporal pattern of Cic during this signaling event can be harnessed for functional studies of the Ras-pathway mutations from human diseases. Our approach relies on a new microfluidic device that enables parallel imaging of Cic dynamics in dozens of live embryos. We found that although the pattern of Cic in early embryos is complex, it can be accurately approximated by a product of one spatial profile and one time-dependent amplitude...
May 11, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483796/imaging-of-viral-neuroinvasion-in-the-zebrafish-reveals-that-sindbis-and-chikungunya-viruses-favour-different-entry-routes
#14
Gabriella Passoni, Christelle Langevin, Nuno Palha, Bryan C Mounce, Valérie Briolat, Pierre Affaticati, Elodie De Job, Jean-Stéphane Joly, Marco Vignuzzi, Maria-Carla Saleh, Philippe Herbomel, Pierre Boudinot, Jean-Pierre Levraud
Alphaviruses, such as chikungunya (CHIKV) and Sindbis virus (SINV), are vector‑borne pathogens that cause acute illnesses in humans and are sometimes associated with neuropathies, especially in infants and elderly patients. Little is known about their entry mechanism in the central nervous system (CNS), even for SINV, which has been used extensively as a model for viral encephalopathies. We previously established a CHIKV infection model in the optically transparent zebrafish larva; here we describe a new SINV infection model in this host...
May 8, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679670/psoriasiform-skin-disease-in-transgenic-pigs-with-high-copy-ectopic-expression-of-human-integrins-%C3%AE-2-and-%C3%AE-1
#15
Nicklas Heine Staunstrup, Karin Stenderup, Sidsel Mortensen, Maria Nascimento Primo, Cecilia Rosada, Torben Steiniche, Ying Liu, Rong Li, Mette Schmidt, Stig Purup, Frederik Dagnæs-Hansen, Lisbeth Dahl Schrøder, Lars Svensson, Thomas Kongstad Petersen, Henrik Callesen, Lars Bolund, Jacob Giehm Mikkelsen
Psoriasis is a complex human-specific disease characterized by perturbed keratinocyte proliferation and a pro-inflammatory environment in the skin. Porcine skin architecture and immunity are very similar to that in humans, rendering the pig a suitable animal model for studying the biology and treatment of psoriasis. Expression of integrins, which is normally confined to the basal layer of the epidermis, is maintained in suprabasal keratinocytes in psoriatic skin, modulating proliferation and differentiation as well as leukocyte infiltration...
July 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679669/a-small-molecule-trkb-ligand-restores-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-and-object-location-memory-in-rett-syndrome-mice
#16
Wei Li, Alba Bellot-Saez, Mary L Phillips, Tao Yang, Frank M Longo, Lucas Pozzo-Miller
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein-2 (MECP2), a transcriptional regulator of many genes, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF levels are reduced in RTT autopsy brains and in multiple brain areas of Mecp2-deficient mice. Furthermore, experimental interventions that increase BDNF levels improve RTT-like phenotypes in Mecp2 mutant mice. Here, we characterized the actions of a small-molecule ligand of the BDNF receptor TrkB in hippocampal function in Mecp2 mutant mice...
July 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679668/cell-models-of-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-advances-and-opportunities
#17
REVIEW
Elena Sommariva, Ilaria Stadiotti, Gianluca L Perrucci, Claudio Tondo, Giulio Pompilio
Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is a rare genetic disease that is mostly inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. It is associated predominantly with mutations in desmosomal genes and is characterized by the replacement of the ventricular myocardium with fibrous fatty deposits, arrhythmias and a high risk of sudden death. In vitro studies have contributed to our understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms underlying this disease, including its genetic determinants, as well as its cellular, signaling and molecular defects...
July 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424158/generation-of-a-multipurpose-prdm16-mouse-allele-by-targeted-gene-trapping
#18
Alexander Strassman, Frank Schnütgen, Qi Dai, Jennifer C Jones, Angela C Gomez, Lenore Pitstick, Nathan E Holton, Russell Moskal, Erin R Leslie, Harald von Melchner, David R Beier, Bryan C Bjork
Gene trap mutagenesis is a powerful tool to create loss-of-function mutations in mice and other model organisms. Modifications of traditional gene trap cassettes, including addition of conditional features in the form of Flip-excision (FlEx) arrays to enable directional gene trap cassette inversions by Cre and Flpe site-specific recombinases, greatly enhanced their experimental potential. By taking advantage of these conditional gene trap cassettes, we developed a generic strategy for generating conditional mutations and validated this strategy in mice carrying a multipurpose allele of the Prdm16 transcription factor gene...
July 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592657/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-models-of-lysosomal-storage-disorders
#19
REVIEW
Daniel K Borger, Benjamin McMahon, Tamanna Roshan Lal, Jenny Serra-Vinardell, Elma Aflaki, Ellen Sidransky
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have provided new opportunities to explore the cell biology and pathophysiology of human diseases, and the lysosomal storage disorder research community has been quick to adopt this technology. Patient-derived iPSC models have been generated for a number of lysosomal storage disorders, including Gaucher disease, Pompe disease, Fabry disease, metachromatic leukodystrophy, the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses, Niemann-Pick types A and C1, and several of the mucopolysaccharidoses...
June 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592656/hypothalamic-circuits-regulating-appetite-and-energy-homeostasis-pathways-to-obesity
#20
REVIEW
Katharina Timper, Jens C Brüning
The 'obesity epidemic' represents a major global socioeconomic burden that urgently calls for a better understanding of the underlying causes of increased weight gain and its associated metabolic comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. Improving our understanding of the cellular basis of obesity could set the stage for the development of new therapeutic strategies. The CNS plays a pivotal role in the regulation of energy and glucose homeostasis. Distinct neuronal cell populations, particularly within the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus, sense the nutrient status of the organism and integrate signals from peripheral hormones including pancreas-derived insulin and adipocyte-derived leptin to regulate calorie intake, glucose metabolism and energy expenditure...
June 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
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