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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424321/the-drosophila-zo-1-protein-polychaetoid-suppresses-deltex-regulated-notch-activity-to-modulate-germline-stem-cell-niche-formation
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Hideyuki Shimizu, Marian B Wilkin, Simon A Woodcock, Alessandro Bonfini, Yvonne Hung, Sabine Mazaleyrat, Martin Baron
The developmental signalling protein Notch can be proteolytically activated following ligand-interaction at the cell surface, or can be activated independently of its ligands, following Deltex (Dx)-induced Notch endocytosis and trafficking to the lysosomal membrane. The means by which different pools of Notch are directed towards these alternative outcomes remains poorly understood. We found that the Drosophila ZO-1 protein Polychaetoid (Pyd) suppresses specifically the Dx-induced form of Notch activation both in vivo and in cell culture assays...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424320/trpa1-expression-and-its-functional-activation-in-rodent-cortex
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Ehsan Kheradpezhouh, Julian M C Choy, Vincent R Daria, Ehsan Arabzadeh
TRPA1 is a non-selective cation channel involved in pain sensation and neurogenic inflammation. Although TRPA1 is well established in a number of organs including the nervous system, its presence and function in the mammalian cortex remains unclear. Here, we demonstrate the expression of TRPA1 in rodent somatosensory cortex through immunostaining and investigate its functional activation by whole-cell electrophysiology, Ca(2+) imaging and two-photon photoswitching. Application of TRPA1 agonist (AITC) and antagonist (HC-030031) produced significant modulation of activity in layer 5 (L5) pyramidal neurons in both rats and mice; AITC increased intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations and depolarized neurons, and both effects were blocked by HC-030031...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404797/self-adjuvanting-c18-lipid-vinil-sulfone-pp2a-vaccine-study-of-the-induced-immunomodulation-against-trichuris-muris-infection
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M Gomez-Samblas, J J García-Rodríguez, M Trelis, D Bernal, F J Lopez-Jaramillo, F Santoyo-Gonzalez, S Vilchez, A M Espino, F Bolás-Fernández, A Osuna
Despite the importance of the adjuvant in the immunization process, very few adjuvants merge with the antigens in vaccines. A synthetic self-adjuvant oleic-vinyl sulfone (OVS) linked to the catalytic region of recombinant serine/threonine phosphatase 2A from the nematode Angiostrongylus costaricensis (rPP2A) was used for intranasal immunization in mice previously infected with Trichuris muris The animal intranasal immunization with rPP2A-OVS showed a reduction of 99.01% in the number of the nematode eggs and 97...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404796/tuning-cancer-fate-the-unremitting-role-of-host-immunity
#4
REVIEW
B Calì, B Molon, A Viola
Host immunity plays a central and complex role in dictating tumour progression. Solid tumours are commonly infiltrated by a large number of immune cells that dynamically interact with the surrounding microenvironment. At first, innate and adaptive immune cells successfully cooperate to eradicate microcolonies of transformed cells. Concomitantly, surviving tumour clones start to proliferate and harness immune responses by specifically hijacking anti-tumour effector mechanisms and fostering the accumulation of immunosuppressive immune cell subsets at the tumour site...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381629/snps-in-microrna-target-sites-and-their-potential-role-in-human-disease
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REVIEW
Adrianna Moszyńska, Magdalena Gebert, James F Collawn, Rafał Bartoszewski
In the post-genomic era, the goal of personalized medicine is to determine the correlation between genotype and phenotype. Developing high-throughput genotyping technologies such as genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and the 1000 Genomes Project (http://www.internationalgenome.org/about/#1000G_PROJECT) has dramatically enhanced our ability to map where changes in the genome occur on a population level by identifying millions of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Polymorphisms, particularly those within the coding regions of proteins and at splice junctions, have received the most attention, but it is also now clear that polymorphisms in the non-coding regions are important...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381628/a-puzzling-homology-a-brittle-star-using-a-putative-cnidarian-type-luciferase-for-bioluminescence
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Jérôme Delroisse, Esther Ullrich-Lüter, Stefanie Blaue, Olga Ortega-Martinez, Igor Eeckhaut, Patrick Flammang, Jérôme Mallefet
Bioluminescence relies on the oxidation of a luciferin substrate catalysed by a luciferase enzyme. Luciferins and luciferases are generic terms used to describe a large variety of substrates and enzymes. Whereas luciferins can be shared by phylogenetically distant organisms which feed on organisms producing them, luciferases have been thought to be lineage-specific enzymes. Numerous light emission systems would then have co-emerged independently along the tree of life resulting in a plethora of non-homologous luciferases...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381627/characterization-of-rbp9-and-rbp10-two-developmentally-regulated-rna-binding-proteins-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#7
Luis Miguel De Pablos, Steve Kelly, Janaina de Freitas Nascimento, Jack Sunter, Mark Carrington
The fate of an mRNA is determined by its interaction with proteins and small RNAs within dynamic complexes called ribonucleoprotein complexes (mRNPs). In Trypanosoma brucei and related kinetoplastids, responses to internal and external signals are mainly mediated by post-transcriptional processes. Here, we used proximity-dependent biotin identification (BioID) combined with RNA-seq to investigate the changes resulting from ectopic expression of RBP10 and RBP9, two developmentally regulated RNA-binding proteins (RBPs)...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330934/fundamental-mechanisms-of-telomerase-action-in-yeasts-and-mammals-understanding-telomeres-and-telomerase-in-cancer-cells
#8
REVIEW
Christine A Armstrong, Kazunori Tomita
Aberrant activation of telomerase occurs in 85-90% of all cancers and underpins the ability of cancer cells to bypass their proliferative limit, rendering them immortal. The activity of telomerase is tightly controlled at multiple levels, from transcriptional regulation of the telomerase components to holoenzyme biogenesis and recruitment to the telomere, and finally activation and processivity. However, studies using cancer cell lines and other model systems have begun to reveal features of telomeres and telomerase that are unique to cancer...
March 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298310/atypical-centrioles-are-present-in-tribolium-sperm
#9
E L Fishman, Kyoung Jo, Andrew Ha, Rachel Royfman, Ashtyn Zinn, Malathi Krishnamurthy, Tomer Avidor-Reiss
Typical centrioles are made of microtubules organized in ninefold symmetry. Most animal somatic cells have two centrioles for normal cell division and function. These centrioles originate from the zygote, but because the oocyte does not provide any centrioles, it is surprising that the zygotes of many animals are thought to inherit only one centriole from the sperm. Recently, in the sperm of Drosophila melanogaster, we discovered a second centriolar structure, the proximal centriole-like structure (PCL), which functions in the zygote...
March 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298309/the-genetics-of-phenotypic-plasticity-in-nematode-feeding-structures
#10
REVIEW
Ralf J Sommer, Mohannad Dardiry, Masa Lenuzzi, Suryesh Namdeo, Tess Renahan, Bogdan Sieriebriennikov, Michael S Werner
Phenotypic plasticity has been proposed as an ecological and evolutionary concept. Ecologically, it can help study how genes and the environment interact to produce robust phenotypes. Evolutionarily, as a facilitator it might contribute to phenotypic novelty and diversification. However, the discussion of phenotypic plasticity remains contentious in parts due to the absence of model systems and rigorous genetic studies. Here, we summarize recent work on the nematode Pristionchus pacificus, which exhibits a feeding plasticity allowing predatory or bacteriovorous feeding...
March 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275106/transfer-of-disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1-aggregates-between-neuronal-like-cells-occurs-in-tunnelling-nanotubes-and-is-promoted-by-dopamine
#11
Seng Zhu, Saïda Abounit, Carsten Korth, Chiara Zurzolo
The disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) gene was identified as a genetic risk factor for chronic mental illnesses (CMI) such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe recurrent depression. Insoluble aggregated DISC1 variants were found in the cingular cortex of sporadic, i.e. non-genetic, CMI patients. This suggests protein pathology as a novel, additional pathogenic mechanism, further corroborated in a recent transgenic rat model presenting DISC1 aggregates. Since the potential role of aggregation of DISC1 in sporadic CMI is unknown, we investigated whether DISC1 undergoes aggregation in cell culture and could spread between neuronal cells in a prion-like manner, as shown for amyloid proteins in neurodegenerative diseases...
March 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250106/parallel-analysis-of-arabidopsis-circadian-clock-mutants-reveals-different-scales-of-transcriptome-and-proteome-regulation
#12
Alexander Graf, Diana Coman, R Glen Uhrig, Sean Walsh, Anna Flis, Mark Stitt, Wilhelm Gruissem
The circadian clock regulates physiological processes central to growth and survival. To date, most plant circadian clock studies have relied on diurnal transcriptome changes to elucidate molecular connections between the circadian clock and observable phenotypes in wild-type plants. Here, we have integrated RNA-sequencing and protein mass spectrometry data to comparatively analyse the lhycca1, prr7prr9, gi and toc1 circadian clock mutant rosette at the end of day and end of night. Each mutant affects specific sets of genes and proteins, suggesting that the circadian clock regulation is modular...
March 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250105/neuronal-function-of-the-mrna-decapping-complex-determines-survival-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-at-high-temperature-through-temporal-regulation-of-heterochronic-gene-expression
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Fivos Borbolis, Christina-Maria Flessa, Fani Roumelioti, George Diallinas, Dimitrios J Stravopodis, Popi Syntichaki
In response to adverse environmental cues, Caenorhabditis elegans larvae can temporarily arrest development at the second moult and form dauers, a diapause stage that allows for long-term survival. This process is largely regulated by certain evolutionarily conserved signal transduction pathways, but it is also affected by miRNA-mediated post-transcriptional control of gene expression. The 5'-3' mRNA decay mechanism contributes to miRNA-mediated silencing of target mRNAs in many organisms but how it affects developmental decisions during normal or stress conditions is largely unknown...
March 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228471/novel-layers-of-rna-polymerase-iii-control-affecting-trna-gene-transcription-in-eukaryotes
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REVIEW
Ewa Leśniewska, Magdalena Boguta
RNA polymerase III (Pol III) transcribes a limited set of short genes in eukaryotes producing abundant small RNAs, mostly tRNA. The originally defined yeast Pol III transcriptome appears to be expanding owing to the application of new methods. Also, several factors required for assembly and nuclear import of Pol III complex have been identified recently. Models of Pol III based on cryo-electron microscopy reconstructions of distinct Pol III conformations reveal unique features distinguishing Pol III from other polymerases...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228470/a-conditional-mutant-of-the-fatty-acid-synthase-unveils-unexpected-cross-talks-in-mycobacterial-lipid-metabolism
#15
Matías Cabruja, Sonia Mondino, Yi Ting Tsai, Julia Lara, Hugo Gramajo, Gabriela Gago
Unlike most bacteria, mycobacteria rely on the multi-domain enzyme eukaryote-like fatty acid synthase I (FAS I) to make fatty acids de novo. These metabolites are precursors of the biosynthesis of most of the lipids present both in the complex mycobacteria cell wall and in the storage lipids inside the cell. In order to study the role of the type I FAS system in Mycobacterium lipid metabolism in vivo, we constructed a conditional mutant in the fas-acpS operon of Mycobacterium smegmatis and analysed in detail the impact of reduced de novo fatty acid biosynthesis on the global architecture of the cell envelope...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202626/cancer-cells-exhibit-clonal-diversity-in-phenotypic-plasticity
#16
Robert Austin Mathis, Ethan S Sokol, Piyush B Gupta
Phenotypic heterogeneity in cancers is associated with invasive progression and drug resistance. This heterogeneity arises in part from the ability of cancer cells to switch between phenotypic states, but the dynamics of this cellular plasticity remain poorly understood. Here we apply DNA barcodes to quantify and track phenotypic plasticity across hundreds of clones in a population of cancer cells exhibiting epithelial or mesenchymal differentiation phenotypes. We find that the epithelial-to-mesenchymal cell ratio is highly variable across the different clones in cancer cell populations, but remains stable for many generations within the progeny of any single clone-with a heritability of 0...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179500/ninein-is-essential-for-apico-basal-microtubule-formation-and-clip-170-facilitates-its-redeployment-to-non-centrosomal-microtubule-organizing-centres
#17
Deborah A Goldspink, Chris Rookyard, Benjamin J Tyrrell, Jonathan Gadsby, James Perkins, Elizabeth K Lund, Niels Galjart, Paul Thomas, Tom Wileman, Mette M Mogensen
Differentiation of columnar epithelial cells involves a dramatic reorganization of the microtubules (MTs) and centrosomal components into an apico-basal array no longer anchored at the centrosome. Instead, the minus-ends of the MTs become anchored at apical non-centrosomal microtubule organizing centres (n-MTOCs). Formation of n-MTOCs is critical as they determine the spatial organization of MTs, which in turn influences cell shape and function. However, how they are formed is poorly understood. We have previously shown that the centrosomal anchoring protein ninein is released from the centrosome, moves in a microtubule-dependent manner and accumulates at n-MTOCs during epithelial differentiation...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179499/structural-mechanistic-and-functional-insight-into-gliotoxin-bis-thiomethylation-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#18
Stephen K Dolan, Tobias Bock, Vanessa Hering, Rebecca A Owens, Gary W Jones, Wulf Blankenfeldt, Sean Doyle
Gliotoxin is an epipolythiodioxopiperazine (ETP) class toxin, contains a disulfide bridge that mediates its toxic effects via redox cycling and is produced by the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus Self-resistance against gliotoxin is effected by the gliotoxin oxidase GliT, and attenuation of gliotoxin biosynthesis is catalysed by gliotoxin S-methyltransferase GtmA. Here we describe the X-ray crystal structures of GtmA-apo (1.66 Å), GtmA complexed to S-adenosylhomocysteine (1.33 Å) and GtmA complexed to S-adenosylmethionine (2...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148823/spatial-distribution-and-characterization-of-non-apical-progenitors-in-the-zebrafish-embryo-central-nervous-system
#19
Rebecca McIntosh, Joseph Norris, Jon D Clarke, Paula Alexandre
Studies of non-apical progenitors (NAPs) have been largely limited to the developing mammalian cortex. They are postulated to generate the increase in neuron numbers that underlie mammalian brain expansion. Recently, NAPs have also been reported in the retina and central nervous system of non-mammalian species; in the latter, however, they remain poorly characterized. Here, we characterize NAP location along the zebrafish central nervous system during embryonic development, and determine their cellular and molecular characteristics and renewal capacity...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148822/transcriptional-responses-to-hyperplastic-mrl-signalling-in-drosophila
#20
Vincent Jonchère, Nada Alqadri, John Herbert, Lauren Dodgson, David Mason, Giovanni Messina, Francesco Falciani, Daimark Bennett
Recent work has implicated the actin cytoskeleton in tissue size control and tumourigenesis, but how changes in actin dynamics contribute to hyperplastic growth is still unclear. Overexpression of Pico, the only Drosophila Mig-10/RIAM/Lamellipodin adapter protein family member, has been linked to tissue overgrowth via its effect on the myocardin-related transcription factor (Mrtf), an F-actin sensor capable of activating serum response factor (SRF). Transcriptional changes induced by acute Mrtf/SRF signalling have been largely linked to actin biosynthesis and cytoskeletal regulation...
February 2017: Open Biology
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