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Eriko Seo, Toshiyuki Sazi, Morio Togawa, Osamu Nagata, Masataka Murakami, Shigeaki Kojima, Yoshiteru Seo
Infrared photoplethysmogram (IR-PPG) and magnetic resonance image (MRI) of the Mytilus galloprovincialis heart were obtained simultaneously. Heart rate was varied by changing temperature, aerial exposure and hypoxia. Higher heart rates (35-20 beat min(-1)) were usually observed at 20°C under the aerobic condition, typical IR-PPG represented a single peak (peak v). The upward and downward slopes of the peak v corresponded to the filling and contraction of the ventricle, respectively. A double-peak IR-PPG was observed in a wide range of heart rates (35 to 5 beats min(-1)) under various conditions...
October 19, 2016: Biology Open
Nataly E Gruntenko, Natalya V Adonyeva, Elena V Burdina, Evgenia K Karpova, Olga V Andreenkova, Daniil V Gladkikh, Yury Y Ilinsky, Inga Yu Rauschenbach
The Forkhead BoxO transcription factor (FOXO) is a component of the insulin signalling pathway and plays a role in responding to adverse conditions, such as oxidative stress and starvation. In stressful conditions, FOXO moves from the cytosol to the nucleus where it activates gene expression programmes. Here, we show that FOXO in Drosophila melanogaster responds to heat stress as it does to other stressors. The catecholamine signalling pathway is another component of the stress response. In Drosophila, dopamine and octopamine levels rise steeply under heat, nutrition and mechanical stresses, which is followed by a decrease in the activity of synthesis enzymes...
October 17, 2016: Biology Open
Hasan Al Toufailia, Denise A Alves, José M S Bento, Luis C Marchini, Francis L W Ratnieks
Social insects have many defence mechanisms against pests and pathogens. One of these is hygienic behaviour, which has been studied in detail in the honey bee, Apis mellifera Hygienic honey bee workers remove dead and diseased larvae and pupae from sealed brood cells, thereby reducing disease transfer within the colony. Stingless bees, Meliponini, also rear brood in sealed cells. We investigated hygienic behaviour in three species of Brazilian stingless bees (Melipona scutellaris, Scaptotrigona depilis, Tetragonisca angustula) in response to freeze-killed brood...
October 17, 2016: Biology Open
Ramona Jühlen, Dana Landgraf, Angela Huebner, Katrin Koehler
It has been shown that the nucleoporin ALADIN plays a significant role in the redox homeostasis of the cell but its function in steroidogenesis contributing to adrenal atrophy in triple A syndrome remains largely unknown. In an attempt to identify new interaction partners of ALADIN, co-immunoprecipitation followed by proteome analysis was conducted in different expression models using the human adrenocortical tumour cell line NCI-H295R. Our results suggest an interaction of ALADIN with the microsomal protein PGRMC2...
October 17, 2016: Biology Open
Marie Duranteau, Jean-Jacques Montagne, Zohra Rahmani
The Spindle Assembly Checkpoint (SAC) is a surveillance mechanism that ensures accurate segregation of chromosomes into two daughter cells. BubR1, a key component of the SAC, play also a role in the mitotic timing since depletion of BubR1 leads to an accelerated mitosis. We previously found that, unlike what was reported in mammalian cells, mutation of the KEN1-box domain of Drosophila BubR1 (bubR1-KEN1 mutant) that affects the binding of BubR1 to Cdc20, the activating co-factor of the APC/C, did not accelerate the mitotic timing despite resulting in a defective SAC...
October 14, 2016: Biology Open
Prateek Mahalwar, Ajeet Pratap Singh, Andrey Fadeev, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Uwe Irion
The conspicuous striped coloration of zebrafish is produced by cell-cell interactions among three different types of chromatophores: black melanophores, orange/yellow xanthophores and silvery/blue iridophores. During color pattern formation xanthophores undergo dramatic cell shape transitions and acquire different densities, leading to compact and orange xanthophores at high density in the light stripes, and stellate, faintly pigmented xanthophores at low density in the dark stripes. Here, we investigate the mechanistic basis of these cell behaviors in vivo, and show that local, heterotypic interactions with dense iridophores regulate xanthophore cell shape transition and density...
October 14, 2016: Biology Open
Yongfeng Guo, Kerry Flegel, Jayashree Kumar, Daniel J McKay, Laura A Buttitta
During development cell proliferation and differentiation must be tightly coordinated to ensure proper tissue morphogenesis. Because steroid hormones are central regulators of developmental timing, understanding the links between steroid hormone signaling and cell proliferation is crucial to understanding the molecular basis of morphogenesis. Here we examined the mechanism by which the steroid hormone ecdysone regulates the cell cycle in Drosophila We find that a cell cycle arrest induced by ecdysone in Drosophila cell culture is analogous to a G2 cell cycle arrest observed in the early pupa wing...
October 13, 2016: Biology Open
Miao Yu, Yu Liu, Jing Li, Brianna N Natale, Shuqin Cao, Dongliang Wang, Jeffrey D Amack, Huaiyu Hu
Mutations in the extracellular matrix protein eyes shut homolog (EYS) cause photoreceptor degeneration in patients with retinitis pigmentosa 25. Functions of EYS remain poorly understood, due in part to the lack of an EYS gene in mouse. We investigated the localization of vertebrate EYS proteins and engineered loss-of-function alleles in zebrafish. Immunostaining indicated that EYS localized near the connecting cilium/transition zone in photoreceptors. EYS also strongly localized to the cone outer segments and weakly to the rod outer segments and cone terminals in primate retinas...
October 13, 2016: Biology Open
Dalya Ataca, Marian Caikovski, Alessandra Piersigilli, Alexandre Moulin, Charaf Benarafa, Sarah E Earp, Yakir Guri, Corinne Kostic, Yvan Arsenivic, Raija Soininen, Suneel S Apte, Cathrin Brisken
The ADAMTS family comprises 19 secreted metalloproteinases that cleave extracellular matrix components and have diverse functions in numerous disease and physiological contexts. A number of them remain 'orphan' proteases, among them ADAMTS18, which has been implicated in developmental eye disorders, platelet function and various malignancies. To assess in vivo function of ADAMTS18, we generated a mouse strain with inactivated Adamts18 alleles. In the C57Bl6/Ola background, Adamts18 deficient mice are born in a normal Mendelian ratio, and are viable but show a transient growth delay...
October 11, 2016: Biology Open
K B Michel, P Aerts, S Van Wassenbergh
Few vertebrates capture prey in both the aquatic and the terrestrial environment due to the conflicting biophysical demands of feeding in water versus air. The Atlantic mudskipper (Periophthalmus barbarus) is known to be proficient at feeding in the terrestrial environment and feeds predominately in this environment. Given the considerable forward flow of water observed during the mouth opening phase to assist with feeding on land, the mudskipper must alter the function of its feeding system to feed successfully in water...
October 7, 2016: Biology Open
Matt Sumethasorn, Thomas L Turner
Recent work on the model fly Drosophila melanogaster has reported inconsistencies in that they either do or do not prefer to lay eggs on intermediate concentrations of ethanol. We resolve this discrepancy by showing that this species strongly prefers ovipositing on ethanol when it is close to a non-ethanol substrate, but strongly avoids ethanol when options are farther apart. We also show fluidity of these behaviors among other Drosophila species: D. melanogaster is more responsive to ethanol than close relatives in that it prefers ethanol more than other species in the close-proximity case, but avoids ethanol more than other species in the distant case...
September 30, 2016: Biology Open
Alexander V Tschulakow, Ulrich Schraermeyer, H Peter Rodemann, Sylvie Julien-Schraermeyer
Retinoblastoma (Rb) is the most frequent primary intraocular tumour in children and if let untreated, can cause death. Preclinical animal models that mimic molecular, genetic, and cellular features of cancers are essential for studying cancer and searching for promising diagnosis and treatment modalities. There are several models described for Rb, but none of them fully met our requirements.The aim of this study was to create a novel xenograft-nude mouse-model with broad application possibilities, which closely resembles the clinical observations and to investigate the development and spread of the tumour by using SLO/OCT as well as histology methods...
September 30, 2016: Biology Open
Shifeng Li, Wei Liu, Ying Lei, Jianhong Long
Keloid scarring is an abnormal pathological scar characterized by excessive fibro proliferation and extracellular matrix deposition. Electronic beam irradiation is commonly used with surgical removal to control high recurrence rates of keloid scarring; however, the mechanism remains unknown. In this study, we used keloid-derived primary fibroblasts (KF) as the cell model. A dose of 15Gy energy was used on the cells, followed by quantitative PCR (Q-PCR), Western blotting and gene overexpression/knock down techniques to reveal the molecular mechanisms affected by electronic beam irradiation...
September 30, 2016: Biology Open
Ben Steventon, Roberto Mayor, Andrea Streit
Cranial placodes contribute to sensory structures including the inner ear, the lens and olfactory epithelium and the neurons of the cranial sensory ganglia. At neurula stages, placode precursors are interspersed in the ectoderm surrounding the anterior neural plate before segregating into distinct placodes by as yet unknown mechanisms. Here, we perform live imaging to follow placode progenitors as they aggregate to form the lens and otic placodes. We find that while placode progenitors move with the same speed as their non-placodal neighbours, they exhibit increased persistence and directionality and these properties are required to assemble morphological placodes...
September 22, 2016: Biology Open
Sadia Hamera, Youngsheng Yan, Xiaoguang Song, Safee Ullah Chaudhary, Iram Murtaza, Lei Su, Muhammad Tariq, Xiaoying Chen, Rongxiang Fang
The Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) suppressor 2b co-localizes with AGO4 in cytoplasmic and nuclear fractions of Arabidopsis thaliana Biochemical fractionation of A. thaliana cellular extracts revealed that 2b and AGO4 coexist in multiple size exclusions. 2b transgenic A. thaliana exhibited an enhanced accumulation of 24nt siRNAs from FWA and other heterochromatic loci. These plants also exhibited hypo-methylation of endogenous as well as transgene FWA promoter at non-CG sites. In corroboration, both transgenic 2b and CMV infection affected the regulation of transposons which mimics the ago4 phenotype...
September 22, 2016: Biology Open
Avinash V Dharmadhikari, Jenny J Sun, Krzysztof Gogolewski, Brandi L Carofino, Vladimir Ustiyan, Misty Hill, Tadeusz Majewski, Przemyslaw Szafranski, Monica J Justice, Russell S Ray, Mary E Dickinson, Vladimir V Kalinichenko, Anna Gambin, Pawel Stankiewicz
FOXF1 heterozygous point mutations and genomic deletions have been reported in newborns with a neonatally lethal lung developmental disorder, Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia with Misalignment of Pulmonary Veins (ACDMPV). However, no gain-of-function mutations in FOXF1 have been identified yet in human disease. To study the effects of FOXF1 overexpression in lung development, we generated a Foxf1 overexpression mouse model by knocking in a Cre-inducible Foxf1 allele into the ROSA26 (R26) locus. The mice were phenotyped using micro-computed tomography (micro-CT), head-out plethysmography, ChIP-seq and transcriptome analyses, immunohistochemistry, and lung histopathology...
September 16, 2016: Biology Open
Tu A Vo, Trina F Galloway, Tora Bardal, Christine K Halseth, Gunvor Øie, Elin Kjørsvik
Dynamics between hypertrophy (increase in cell size) and hyperplasia (increase in cell numbers) of white and red muscle in relation to body size (standard length - SL), and the influence of the first-feeding diets on muscle growth were investigated in Atlantic cod larvae (Gadus morhua). Cod larvae were fed copepod nauplii or rotifers of different nutritional qualities from 4 to 29 days post hatching (dph), Artemia nauplii from 20 to 40 dph and a formulated diet from 36 to 60 dph. The short period of feeding with cultivated copepod nauplii had a positive effect on both muscle hyperplasia and hypertrophy after the copepod/rotifer phase (19 dph), and a positive long term effect on muscle hypertrophy (60 dph)...
September 9, 2016: Biology Open
Quynh Thu Nguyen, Ulrike Wallner, Marion Schmicke, Dagmar Waberski, Heiko Henning
Mammalian spermatozoa utilize ATP as the energy source for key functions on the route to fertilization. ATP and its precursor nucleotides ADP and AMP are determined in many sperm physiology studies, mostly by bioluminescence assays. Assay results vary widely, mainly due to different efficiency in nucleotide extraction and prevention of their enzymatic degradation. Here, we describe a revised, validated protocol for efficient phosphatase inhibition and adenine nucleotide extraction resulting in consistently high ATP concentrations exceeding previously reported values for boar spermatozoa up to twenty-fold...
September 9, 2016: Biology Open
Chisato Kitazawa, Tsubasa Fujii, Yuji Egusa, Miéko Komatsu, Akira Yamanaka
Embryos of temnopleurid sea urchins exhibit species-specific morphologies. While Temnopleurus toreumaticus has a wrinkled blastula and then invaginates continuously at gastrulation, others have a smooth blastula and their invagination is stepwise. We studied blastula and gastrula formation in four temnopleurids using light and scanning electron microscopy to clarify the mechanisms producing these differences. Unlike T. toreumaticus, blastomeres of mid-blastulae in T. reevesii, T. hardwickii and Mespilia globulus formed pseudopods...
September 2, 2016: Biology Open
Elena Scarpa, Alice Roycroft, Eric Theveneau, Emmanuel Terriac, Matthieu Piel, Roberto Mayor
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October 15, 2016: Biology Open
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