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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424158/generation-of-a-multipurpose-prdm16-allele-by-targeted-trapping
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A Strassman, F Schnütgen, Q Dai, J C Jones, A C Gomez, L Pitstick, N E Holton, R Moskal, E R Leslie, H von Melchner, D R Beier, B 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 enabling 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...
April 19, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389479/characterization-of-drosophila-saposin-related-mutants-as-a-model-for-lysosomal-sphingolipid-storage-diseases
#2
Julia Sellin, Heike Schulze, Marie Paradis, Dominic Gosejacob, Cyrus Papan, Andrej Shevchenko, Olympia Ekaterina Psathaki, Achim Paululat, Melanie Thielisch, Konrad Sandhoff, Michael Hoch
Sphingolipidoses are inherited diseases belonging to the class of lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs), which are characterized by the accumulation of indigestible material in the lysosome caused by specific defects in the lysosomal degradation machinery. While some LSDs can be efficiently treated by enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), this is not possible if the nervous system is affected due to the presence of the blood brain barrier. Sphingolipidoses in particular often present as severe, untreatable forms of LSDs with massive sphingolipid and membrane accumulation in lysosomes, neurodegeneration, and very short life expectancy...
April 7, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381495/dietary-reversal-of-neuropathy-in-a-murine-model-of-prediabetes-and-the-metabolic-syndrome
#3
Lucy M Hinder, Phillipe D O'Brien, John M Hayes, Carey Backus, Andrew P Solway, Catrina Sims-Robinson, Eva L Feldman
Patients with the metabolic syndrome, defined as obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), can develop the same macro- and microvascular complications as patients with type 2 diabetes, including peripheral neuropathy. In type 2 diabetes, glycemic control has little effect on the development and progression of peripheral neuropathy, suggesting that other metabolic syndrome components may contribute to the presence of neuropathy. A parallel phenomenon is observed in patients with prediabetes and the metabolic syndrome, where improvement in weight and dyslipidemia more closely correlates with restoration of nerve function than improvement in glycemic status...
April 5, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363987/progesterone-induced-neuroprotection-in-reperfusion-promoted-mitochondrial-dysfunction-following-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats
#4
Syed Suhail Andrabi, Suhel Parvez, Heena Tabassum
Alterations in mitochondrial permeability transition and organelle damage are key players in the development of cerebral ischemic tissue injury due to associated modifications in ATP turnover and cellular apoptosis/necrosis. Early restoration of blood flow and improvement of mitochondrial function might reverse the situation and help in recovery following an onset of stroke. Mitochondria and related bioenergetics can be effectively used as pharmacological targets. Progesterone (P4), one of the promising neurosteroids, has been found neuroprotective in various models of neurological diseases through a number of mechanisms...
March 31, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360125/cellular-levels-of-growth-factor-receptor-bound-protein-2-grb2-and-cytoskeleton-stability-are-correlated-in-a-neurodegenerative-scenario
#5
Piyali Majumder, Kasturi Roy, Brijesh Kumar Singh, Nihar Ranjan Jana, Debashis Mukhopadhyay
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) manifests neuronal loss. On the premises of Grb2 overexpression in AD mouse brain and brain tissues of AD patients, our study primarily focuses on the stability of cytoskeletal proteins in the context of degenerative AD like conditions. Two predominant molecular features of AD, extracellular accumulation of Aβ oligomers and intracellular elevation of AICD levels, have been used to closely inspect the series of signaling events. In their presence, multiple signaling pathways involving ROCK and PAK1 proteins lead to disassembly of the cytoskeleton and Grb2 partially counterbalances the cytoskeletal loss...
March 30, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360124/genetic-mutations-linked-to-parkinson-s-disease-differentially-control-nucleolar-activity-in-pre-symptomatic-mouse-models
#6
V Evsyukov, A Domanskyi, H Bierhoff, S Gispert, R Mustafa, F Schlaudraff, B Liss, R Parlato
Genetic mutations underlying neurodegenerative disorders impair ribosomal DNA (rDNA) transcription suggesting nucleolar dysfunction as a novel pathomechanism in polyglutamine diseases and in certain forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/frontotemporal dementia. Here, we investigated nucleolar activity in pre-symptomatic digenic models of Parkinson's disease (PD) modeling the multifactorial etiology of this disease.To this end, we analyzed a novel mouse model mildly overexpressing the mutant human-A53T-alpha-synuclein (hA53T-SNCA/PARK1) in a PTEN-induced kinase 1 (PINK1/PARK6) knock-out background and mutant mice lacking both DJ-1/PARK7 and PINK1/PARK6...
March 30, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348140/a-classification-system-for-zebrafish-adipose-tissues
#7
James E N Minchin, John F Rawls
The zebrafish model system offers significant utility for in vivo imaging of adipose tissue (AT) dynamics, and screening to identify chemical and genetic modifiers of adiposity. In particular, AT can be accurately quantified in live zebrafish using fluorescent lipophilic dyes (FLDs). Although, this methodology offers considerable promise, the comprehensive identification and classification of zebrafish ATs has not been performed. Here we utilize FLDs and in vivo imaging to systematically identify, classify and quantify the zebrafish AT pool...
March 27, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331058/slga-the-homologue-of-the-human-schizophrenia-associated-prodh-gene-acts-in-clock-neurons-to-regulate-drosophila-aggression
#8
Liesbeth Zwarts, Veerle Vulsteke, Edgar Buhl, James J L Hodge, Patrick Callaerts
Mutations in proline dehydrogenase (PRODH) are linked to behavioral alterations in schizophrenia and as part of DiGeorge and velo-cardio-facial syndromes, but the role of PRODH in their etiology remains unclear. We here establish a Drosophila model to study the role of PRODH in behavioral disorders. We determine the distribution of the Drosophila PRODH homolog slgA in the brain and show that knock-down and overexpression of human PRODH and slgA in the lateral neurons ventral (LNv) lead to altered aggressive behavior...
March 22, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331057/upregulation-of-distinct-collagen-transcripts-in-post-surgery-scar-tissue-a-study-of-conjunctival-fibrosis
#9
Li-Fong Seet, Li Zhen Toh, Stephanie W L Chu, Sharon N Finger, Jocelyn L L Chua, Tina T Wong
Excessive accumulation of collagen is often used to assess the development of fibrosis. This study aims to identify collagen genes that define fibrosis in the conjunctiva following glaucoma filtration surgery (GFS). Using the mouse model of GFS, we have identified collagen transcripts that were upregulated in the fibrotic phase of wound healing via RNA-seq. The top three highest induced collagen transcripts belong to Col8a1, Col11a1 and Col8a2 Further validation of the Col8a1, Col11a1 and Col8a2 transcripts revealed their increase by 67-, 54- and 18-folds respectively in the fibrotic phase, compared to 12-fold for Col1a1, the most commonly evaluated collagen gene for fibrosis...
March 22, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325753/mouse-model-for-inherited-renal-fibrosis-associated-with-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#10
Sian E Piret, Eric Olinger, Anita A C Reed, M Andrew Nesbit, Tertius A Hough, Liz Bentley, Olivier Devuyst, Roger Cox, Rajesh V Thakker
Renal fibrosis is a common feature of renal failure resulting from multiple aetiologies, including diabetic nephropathy, hypertension and inherited renal disorders. However, the mechanisms of renal fibrosis are incompletely understood and we therefore explored these by establishing a mouse model for a renal tubular disorder, referred to as autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease (ADTKD) due to missense uromodulin (UMOD) mutations (ADTKD-UMOD). ADTKD-UMOD, which is associated with retention of mutant uromodulin in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of renal thick ascending limb cells, is characterized by hyperuricemia, interstitial fibrosis, inflammation, and renal failure, and we used targeted homologous recombination to generate a knock-in mouse model with an ADTKD-causing missense cysteine to arginine uromodulin mutation (C125R)...
March 21, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280001/a-rapid-and-effective-method-for-screening-sequencing-and-reporter-verification-of-engineered-frameshift-mutations-in-zebrafish
#11
Sergey V Prykhozhij, Shelby L Steele, Babak Razaghi, Jason N Berman
Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 adaptive immunity against pathogens in bacteria has been adapted for genome editing and applied in zebrafish (Danio rerio) to generate frameshift mutations in protein-coding genes. Although there are methods to detect, quantify and sequence CRISPR/Cas9-induced mutations, identifying mutations in F1 heterozygous fish remains challenging. Additionally, sequencing a mutation and assuming that it causes a frameshift does not prove causality because of possible alternative translation start sites and potential effects of mutations on splicing...
March 9, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258125/a-drosophila-model-of-dominant-inclusion-body-myopathy-3-shows-diminished-myosin-kinetics-that-reduce-muscle-power-and-yield-myofibrillar-defects
#12
Jennifer A Suggs, Girish C Melkani, Bernadette M Glasheen, Mia M Detor, Anju Melkani, Nathan P Marsan, Douglas M Swank, Sanford I Bernstein
Inclusion body myopathy type 3 (IBM-3) patients display congenital joint contractures with early-onset muscle weakness that becomes more severe in adults. The disease arises from an autosomal dominant point mutation causing an E706K substitution in myosin heavy chain type IIa. We previously expressed the corresponding myosin mutation (E701K) in homozygous Drosophila indirect flight muscles and recapitulated the myofibrillar degeneration and inclusion bodies observed in the human disease. We also found that purified E701K myosin has dramatically reduced actin-sliding velocity and ATPase levels...
March 3, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237966/drosophila-model-of-myeloproliferative-neoplasm-reveals-a-feed-forward-loop-in-the-jak-pathway-mediated-by-p38-mapk-signalling
#13
Ana Terriente-Félix, Lidia Pérez, Sarah J Bray, Angel R Nebreda, Marco Milán
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) of the Philadelphia-negative class comprise polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). They are associated with aberrant amounts of myeloid lineage cells in the blood, and in the case of overt PMF, with the development of myelofibrosis in the bone marrow and the failure to produce normal blood cells. These diseases are usually caused by gain-of-function mutations in the kinase JAK2 Here we use Drosophila to investigate the consequences of activation of the JAK2 ortholog in hematopoiesis...
February 24, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237965/genetic-dissection-of-anterior-segment-dysgenesis-caused-by-a-col4a1-mutation
#14
Mao Mao, Márton Kiss, Yvonne Ou, Douglas B Gould
Ocular anterior segment dysgenesis (ASD) describes a spectrum of clinically and genetically heterogeneous congenital disorders affecting anterior structures that often lead to impaired vision. More importantly, between 50-75% of patients with ASD develop early onset and aggressive glaucoma. Although several genes have been implicated in the etiology of ASD, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Type IV collagen alpha 1 (COL4A1) is an extracellular matrix protein and a critical component of nearly all basement membranes...
February 24, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237964/vulnerability-to-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-of-primary-neurons-derived-from-tg2576-alzheimer-mice-role-of-intraneuronal-abeta-accumulation-and-astrocytes
#15
Vito Antonio Baldassarro, Alessandra Marchesini, Luciana Giardino, Laura Calzà
Microvascular dysfunction is considered an integral part of Alzheimer disease (AD) pathogenesis, but the possible relationship between amyloid pathology, microvascular dysfunction and cell death is still unclear. In order to investigate the influence of intraneuronal Abeta (Aβ) accumulation on vulnerability to hypoxia, we isolated primary cortical neurons from Tg2576 (carrying the APPSwe mutation) and Wt fetal mice. We first demonstrated that neurons isolated from Tg2576 new-born mice show an increase in VEGFa mRNA expression and a decrease in the expression of the two VEGF receptors, i...
February 24, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213588/a-differential-autophagy-dependent-response-to-dna-double-strand-brakes-in-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-sporadic-als-patients
#16
Shane Wald-Altman, Edward Pichinuk, Or Kakhlon, Miguel Weil
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable motor neurodegenerative disease caused by a diversity of genetic and environmental factors leading to neuromuscular degeneration and pathophysiological implications in non-neural systems. Our previous work showed abnormal transcriptional expression levels of biomarker genes in non-neuronal cell samples from ALS patients. The same genes proved to be differentially expressed in brain, spinal cord and muscle of the SOD1(G93A) ALS mouse model. These observations support the pathophysiological relevance of the ALS biomarkers discovered in human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) isolated from bone marrow samples of ALS patients (ALS-hMSC)...
February 16, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188264/immortalized-human-myotonic-dystrophy-muscle-cell-lines-to-assess-therapeutic-compounds
#17
Ludovic Arandel, Micaela Polay-Espinosa, Magdalena Matloka, Audrey Bazinet, Damily De Dea Diniz, Naïra Naouar, Frédérique Rau, Arnaud Jollet, Frédérique Edom-Vovard, Kamel Mamchaoui, Mark Tarnopolsky, Jack Puymirat, Christophe Battail, Anne Boland, Jean-Francois Deleuze, Vincent Mouly, Arnaud F Klein, Denis Furling
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2) are autosomal dominant neuromuscular diseases caused by microsatellite expansions and belong to the family of RNA dominant disorders. Availability of cellular models in which the DM mutation is expressed within its natural context is essential to facilitate efforts to identify new therapeutic compounds. Here we generated immortalized DM1 and DM2 human muscle cell lines that display nuclear RNA-aggregates of expanded repeats, a hallmark of myotonic dystrophy. Selected clones of DM1 and DM2 immortalized myoblasts behave as parental primary myoblasts with a reduced fusion capacity of immortalized DM1 myoblasts when compared to control and DM2 cells...
February 10, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188263/overexpression-of-mitochondrial-oxodicarboxylate-carrier-odc1-preserves-oxidative-phosphorylation-in-a-yeast-model-of-the-barth-syndrome
#18
Maxence de Taffin de Tilques, Déborah Tribouillard-Tanvier, Emmanuel Tétaud, Eric Testet, Jean-Paul di Rago, Jean-Paul Lasserre
Cardiolipin (CL) is a diglycerol phospholipid mostly found in mitochondria where it optimizes numerous processes including oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS). To function properly CL needs to be unsaturated, which requires the acyltransferase tafazzin. Loss-of-function mutations in this protein are responsible for the Barth syndrome (BTHS), presumably because of a diminished OXPHOS capacity. Here we show that overexpressing Odc1p, a conserved oxodicarboxylic acid carrier located in the mitochondrial inner membrane, fully restores oxidative phosphorylation in a yeast model (taz1Δ) of the Barth syndrome...
February 10, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183735/new-insights-into-the-regulatory-function-of-cyfip1-in-the-context-of-wave-and-fmrp-containing-complexes
#19
Sabiha Abekhoukh, H Bahar Sahin, Mauro Grossi, Samantha Zongaro, Thomas Maurin, Irene Madrigal, Daniele Kazue-Sugioka, Annick Raas-Rothschild, Mohamed Doulazmi, Pilar Carrera, Andrea Stachon, Steven Scherer, Maria Rita Drula Do Nascimento, Alain Trembleau, Ignacio Arroyo, Szatmari Peter, Isabel M Smith, Montserrat Milà, Adam C Smith, Angela Giangrande, Isabelle Caillé, Barbara Bardoni
CYtoplasmic FMRP Interacting Protein 1 (CYFIP1) is a candidate gene for intellectual disability (ID), autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy. It is a member of a family of proteins that is very conserved during evolution, sharing high homology with dCYFIP, its Drosophila homolog. CYFIP1 interacts with the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP), whose absence causes the Fragile X Syndrome, and with the translation initiation factor eIF4E. It is a member of the WAVE Regulatory Complex (WRC), thus representing a link between translational regulation and actin cytoskeleton...
February 9, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167616/towards-trans-diagnostic-mechanisms-in-psychiatry-neurobehavioral-profile-of-rats-with-a-loss-of-function-point-mutation-in-the-dopamine-transporter-gene
#20
Valentina Vengeliene, Anton Bespalov, Martin Roßmanith, Sandra Horschitz, Stefan Berger, Ana L Relo, Hamid R Noori, Peggy Schneider, Thomas Enkel, Dusan Bartsch, Miriam Schneider, Berthold Behl, Anita C Hansson, Patrick Schloss, Rainer Spanagel
The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) matrix has been developed to reorient psychiatric research towards measurable behavioral dimensions and underlying mechanisms. Here we used a new genetic rat model with a loss of function point mutation in the dopamine transporter (DAT) gene (Slc6a3_N157K) to systematically study the RDoC matrix (www.nimh.nih.gov/research-priorities/rdoc/constructs/rdoc-matrix.shtml). First, we examined the impact of the Slc6a3_N157K mutation on monoaminergic signaling. We then performed behavioral tests representing each of the five RDoC domains - negative and positive valence systems, cognitive, social, and in arousal/regulatory systems...
February 6, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
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