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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202467/a-key-centriole-assembly-interaction-interface-between-human-plk4-and-stil-appears-to-not-be-conserved-in-flies
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Matthew A Cottee, Steven Johnson, Jordan W Raff, Susan M Lea
A small number of proteins form a conserved pathway of centriole duplication. In humans and flies, the binding of Plk4/Sak to STIL/Ana2 initiates daughter centriole assembly. In humans, this interaction is mediated by an interaction between the Polo-Box-3 (PB3) domain of Plk4 and the coiled-coil domain of STIL (HsCCD). We showed previously that the Drosophila Ana2 coiled-coil domain (DmCCD) is essential for centriole assembly, but it forms a tight parallel tetramer in vitro that likely precludes an interaction with PB3...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202466/time-varying-auditory-gain-control-in-response-to-double-pulse-stimuli-in-harbour-porpoises-is-not-mediated-by-a-stapedial-reflex
#2
Asger Emil Munch Schrøder, Kristian Beedholm, Peter Teglberg Madsen
Echolocating animals reduce their output level and hearing sensitivity, presumably to stabilize the perceived echo intensity during target approaches. In bats this variation in hearing sensitivity is formed by a call-induced stapedial reflex that tapers off over time after the call. Here we test the hypothesis that a similar mechanism exists in toothed whales by subjecting a trained harbour porpoise to a series of double sound pulses varying in delay and frequency, while measuring the magnitudes of the evoked ABRs...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202465/metabolic-rate-and-hypoxia-tolerance-are-affected-by-group-interactions-and-sex-in-the-fruit-fly-drosophila-melanogaster-new-data-and-a-literature-survey
#3
Warren Burggren, BriAnna M Souder, Dao H Ho
Population density and associated behavioral adjustments are potentially important in regulating physiological performance in many animals. In r-selected species like the fruit fly (Drosophila), where population density rapidly shifts in unpredictable and unstable environments, density-dependent physiological adjustments may aid survival of individuals living in a social environment. Yet, how population density (and associated social behaviors) affects physiological functions like metabolism is poorly understood in insects...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193602/preference-for-and-learning-of-amino-acids-in-larval-drosophila
#4
Nana Kudow, Daisuke Miura, Michael Schleyer, Naoko Toshima, Bertram Gerber, Teiichi Tanimura
Relative to other nutrients, less is known about how animals sense amino acids and how behaviour is organized accordingly. This is a significant gap in our knowledge, because amino acids are required for protein synthesis-and hence for life as we know it. Choosing larvae as a study case, we provide the first systematic analysis of both the preference behaviour for and the learning of all 20 canonical amino acids in Drosophila We report that preference for individual amino acids differs according to the kind of amino acid, both in first-instar and in third-instar larvae...
February 13, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183698/constitutively-active-notch1-converts-cranial-neural-crest-derived-frontonasal-mesenchyme-to-perivascular-cells-in-vivo
#5
Sophie R Miller, Surangi N Perera, Clare V H Baker
Perivascular/mural cells originate from either the mesoderm or the cranial neural crest. Regardless of their origin, Notch signalling is necessary for their formation. Furthermore, in both chicken and mouse, constitutive Notch1 activation (via expression of the Notch1 intracellular domain) is sufficient in vivo to convert trunk mesoderm-derived somite cells to perivascular cells, at the expense of skeletal muscle. In experiments originally designed to investigate the effect of premature Notch1 activation on the development of neural crest-derived olfactory ensheathing glial cells (OECs), we used in ovo electroporation to insert a tetracycline-inducible NotchΔE construct (encoding a constitutively active mutant of mouse Notch1) into the genome of chicken cranial neural crest cell precursors, and activated NotchΔE expression by doxycycline injection at embryonic day 4...
February 9, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167493/smad4-regulates-growth-plate-matrix-production-and-chondrocyte-polarity
#6
Amanda T Whitaker, Ellora Berthet, Andrea Cantu, Diana J Laird, Tamara Alliston
Smad4 is an intracellular effector of the TGFβ family that has been implicated in Myhre syndrome, a skeletal dysplasia characterized by short stature, brachydactyly and stiff joints. The TGFβ pathway also plays a critical role in the development, organization and proliferation of the growth plate, although the exact mechanisms remain unclear. Skeletal phenotypes in Myhre syndrome overlap with processes regulated by the TGFβ pathway, including organization and proliferation of the growth plate and polarity of the chondrocyte...
February 6, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167492/disruption-of-pdgfra-alters-endocardial-and-myocardial-fusion-during-zebrafish-cardiac-assembly
#7
Suzan El-Rass, Shahram Eisa-Beygi, Edbert Khong, Koroboshka Brand-Arzamendi, Antonio Mauro, Haibo Zhang, Karl J Clark, Stephen C Ekker, Xiao-Yan Wen
Cardiac development in vertebrates is a finely tuned process regulated by a set of conserved signaling pathways. Perturbations of these processes are often associated with congenital cardiac malformations. Platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα) is a highly conserved tyrosine kinase receptor, which is essential for development and organogenesis. Disruption of Pdgfrα function in murine models are embryonic lethal due to severe cardiovascular defects, suggesting a role in cardiac development, thus necessitating the use of alternative models to explore its precise function...
February 6, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167491/simplified-3d-protocol-capable-of-generating-early-cortical-neuroepithelium
#8
Dwayne B Holmes, Vivi M Heine
Here we report a 3D cerebellar differentiation protocol with quick startup method, defined medium, and no special materials or handling requirements. Three fibroblast growth factors (FGF2, 4, and 8) were used for cerebellar patterning and smoothened agonist (SAG) for granule cell development. After 35 days, differentiation products exhibited similar structures and neuronal markers reported in prior "organoid" and "spheroid" protocols. This included cells positive for KIRREL2 (a marker of early cerebellar neuroepithelium) and ZIC1 (a marker for granule cells)...
February 6, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126711/the-correlation-between-the-length-of-repetitive-domain-and-mechanical-properties-of-the-recombinant-flagelliform-spidroin
#9
Xue Li, Chang-Hua Shi, Chuan-Long Tang, Yu-Ming Cai, Qing Meng
Spider silk is an attractive biopolymer with numerous potential applications due to its remarkable characteristics. Among the six categories of spider silks, flagelliform (Flag) spider silk possesses longer and more repetitive core domains than others, therefore performing the highest extensibility. To investigate the correlation between the recombinant spidroin size and the synthetic fiber properties, four recombinant proteins with different size (N-Scn-C (n=1-4)) were constructed and expressed using IMPACT system...
January 26, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126710/behavioral-evidence-for-a-magnetic-sense-in-the-oriental-armyworm-mythimna-separata
#10
Jingjing Xu, Wei Pan, Yingchao Zhang, Yue Li, Guijun Wan, Fajun Chen, Gregory A Sword, Weidong Pan
Progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms underlying directional navigation in migratory insects, yet the magnetic compass involved has not been fully elucidated. Here we developed a flight simulation system to study the flight directionality of the migratory armyworm Mythimna separata in response to magnetic fields. Armyworm moths were exposed to either a 500nT extreme weak magnetic field, 1.8T strong magnetic field, or a deflecting magnetic field and subjected to tethered flight trials indoors in the dark...
January 26, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126709/enhanced-store-operated-ca2-influx-and-orai1-expression-in-ventricular-fibroblasts-from-human-failing-heart
#11
Gracious R Ross, Tanvir Bajwa, Stacie Edwards, Larisa Emelyanova, Farhan Rizvi, Ekhson L Holmuhamedov, Paul Werner, Francis X Downey, A Jamil Tajik, Arshad Jahangir
Excessive cardiac fibrosis, characterized by increased collagen-rich extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition, is a major predisposing factor for mechanical and electrical dysfunction in heart failure (HF). The human ventricular fibroblast (hVF) remodeling mechanisms that cause excessive collagen deposition in HF are unclear, although reports suggest a role for [Ca(2+)]i in fibrosis. Therefore, we determined the association of differences in cellular Ca(2+) dynamics and collagen secretion/deposition between hVFs from failing and normal (control) hearts...
January 26, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108477/quantitative-microscopy-uncovers-ploidy-changes-during-mitosis-in-live-drosophila-embryos-and-their-effect-on-nuclear-size
#12
Wee Choo Puah, Rambabu Chinta, Martin Wasser
Time-lapse microscopy is a powerful tool to investigate cellular and developmental dynamics. In Drosophila melanogaster, it can be used to study division cycles in embryogenesis. To obtain quantitative information from 3D time-lapse data and track proliferating nuclei from the syncytial stage until gastrulation, we developed an image analysis pipeline consisting of nuclear segmentation, tracking, annotation and quantification. Image analysis of maternal-haploid (mh) embryos revealed that a fraction of haploid syncytial nuclei fused to give rise to nuclei of higher ploidy (2n, 3n, 4n)...
January 20, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895048/parecoxib-inhibits-glioblastoma-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-by-up-regulating-mirna-29c
#13
Lin-Yong Li, Jie Xiao, Qiang Liu, Kun Xia
Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most lethal brain cancers worldwide, and there is an urgent need for development of novel therapeutic approaches. Parecoxib is a well-known cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor, had already been developed for postoperative analgesia with high efficience and low adverse reaction. Recent study suggested that parecoxib potently enhances immunotherapeutic efficacy of GBM, but its effects on GBM growth, migration and invasion had never been studied before. In the present study, MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) and, BrdU (5-Bromo-2-deoxyUridine) incorporation assays were used to evaluate the cell proliferation of GBM cells...
November 28, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202474/correction-innovative-approaches-to-establish-and-characterize-primary-cultures-an-ex-vivo-3d-system-and-the-zebrafish-model
#14
Chiara Liverani, Federico La Manna, Arwin Groenewoud, Laura Mercatali, Gabri Van Der Pluijm, Federica Pieri, Davide Cavaliere, Alessandro De Vita, Chiara Spadazzi, Giacomo Miserocchi, Alberto Bongiovanni, Federica Recine, Nada Riva, Dino Amadori, Ennio Tasciotti, Ewa Snaar-Jagalska, Toni Ibrahim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202473/response-to-on-the-importance-of-understanding-physiology-when-estimating-energetics-in-cetaceans
#15
LETTER
A Fahlman, J van der Hoop, M J Moore, G Levine, J Rocho-Levine, M Brodsky
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202472/on-the-importance-of-understanding-physiology-when-estimating-energetics-in-cetaceans
#16
LETTER
Lars P Folkow, Arnoldus Schytte Blix
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202471/oocyte-shuttle-a-recombinant-protein-transporting-donor-dna-into-the-xenopus-oocyte-in-situ
#17
Duri Rungger, Lisbeth Muster, Oleg Georgiev, Elisabeth Rungger-Brändle
The newly developed oocyte shuttle protein contains a streptavidin moiety that tightly binds biotinylated DNA. Injected intravenously into adult Xenopus females, the protein-DNA complex is rapidly transported through the bloodstream and, within the ovary, the vitellogenin ligand present in the protein binds to the receptors at the surface of the oocytes. The bound complex is internalized and translocates into the oocyte nucleus thanks to an SV40 nuclear localization signal, enhanced by an adjacent casein kinase phosphorylation site...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202470/the-effect-of-foot-posture-on-capacity-to-apply-free-moments-to-the-ground-implications-for-fighting-performance-in-great-apes
#18
David R Carrier, Christopher Cunningham
In contrast to most other primates, great apes have feet in which the heel supports body weight during standing, walking and running. One possible advantage of this plantigrade foot posture is that it may enhance fighting performance by increasing the ability to apply free moments (i.e. force couples) to the ground. We tested this possibility by measuring performance of human subjects when performing from plantigrade and digitigrade (standing on the ball of the foot and toes) postures. We found that plantigrade posture substantially increased the capacity to apply free moments to the ground and to perform a variety of behaviors that are likely to be important to fighting performance in great apes...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202469/establishment-and-maintenance-of-sexual-preferences-that-cause-a-reproductive-isolation-between-medaka-strains-in-close-association
#19
Mayuka Ikawa, Emi Ohya, Hiroka Shimada, Makiko Kamijo, Shoji Fukamachi
Animals choose reproductive partners based on their sexual preferences which are established at a certain time point before, during, or after sexual maturation. The preferences are often divergent within a species, which suppresses gene flow between populations and may promote speciation. There are two strains of medaka (Oryzias latipes) that differ by a single transgene and mate assortatively depending on skin color. Here, we demonstrate that symmetrically biased (mutually exclusive) sexual preferences are (1) gradually established during growth depending on skin color and the color of surrounding fish, (2) strong enough to minimize gene flow between the strains at a population level, and (3) inflexibly retained after sexual maturation, even after weeks of daily mating with partners of the other strain...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202468/the-crumbs_c-isoform-of-drosophila-shows-tissue-and-stage-specific-expression-and-prevents-light-dependent-retinal-degeneration
#20
Stephanie Spannl, Alexandra Kumichel, Sarita Hebbar, Katja Kapp, Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan, Sylke Winkler, Rosana Blawid, Gregor Jessberger, Elisabeth Knust
Drosophila Crumbs (Crb) is a key regulator of epithelial polarity and fulfils a plethora of other functions, such as growth regulation, morphogenesis of photoreceptor cells and prevention of retinal degeneration. This raises the question how a single gene regulates such diverse functions, which in mammals are controlled by three different paralogs. Here, we show that in Drosophila different Crb protein isoforms are differentially expressed as a result of alternative splicing. All isoforms are transmembrane proteins that differ by just one EGF-like repeat in their extracellular portion...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
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