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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821809/impact-of-varying-social-experiences-during-life-history-on-behaviour-gene-expression-and-vasopressin-receptor-gene-methylation-in-mice
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Carina Bodden, Daniel van den Hove, Klaus-Peter Lesch, Norbert Sachser
Both negative and positive social experiences during sensitive life phases profoundly shape brain and behaviour. Current research is therefore increasingly focusing on mechanisms mediating the interaction between varying life experiences and the epigenome. Here, male mice grew up under either adverse or beneficial conditions until adulthood, when they were subdivided into groups exposed to situations that either matched or mismatched previous conditions. It was investigated whether the resulting four life histories were associated with changes in anxiety-like behaviour, gene expression of selected genes involved in anxiety and stress circuits, and arginine vasopressin receptor 1a (Avpr1a) gene methylation...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821654/wnt9a-can-influence-cell-fates-and-neural-connectivity-across-the-radial-axis-of-the-developing-cochlea
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Vidhya Munnamalai, Ulrike J Sienknecht, R Keith Duncan, M Katie Scott, Ankita Thawani, Kristen N Fantetti, Nadia M Atallah, Deborah J Biesemeier, Kuhn H Song, Kirsten Luethy, Eric Traub, Donna M Fekete
Vertebrate hearing organs manifest cellular asymmetries across the radial axis that underlie afferent versus efferent circuits between the inner ear and the brain. Thus, understanding the molecular control of patterning across this axis has important functional implications. Radial axis patterning begins before the cells become postmitotic, and is likely linked to the onset of asymmetric expression of secreted factors adjacent to the sensory primordium. This study explores one such asymmetrically-expressed gene, Wnt9a, that becomes restricted to the neural edge of the avian auditory organ, the basilar papilla, by embryonic day (E) 5...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821643/changes-in-the-excitability-of-neocortical-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-are-not-specific-to-corticospinal-neurons-and-are-modulated-by-advancing-disease
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Juhyun Kim, Ethan G Hughes, Ashwin S Shetty, Paola Arlotta, Loyal A Goff, Dwight E Bergles, Solange P Brown
Cell-type specific changes in neuronal excitability have been proposed to contribute to the selective degeneration of corticospinal neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and to neocortical hyperexcitability, a prominent feature of both inherited and sporadic variants of the disease, but the mechanisms underlying selective loss of specific cell types in ALS are not known. We analyzed the physiological properties of distinct classes of cortical neurons in the motor cortex of hSOD1(G93A) mice of both sexes and found that they all exhibit increases in intrinsic excitability that depend on disease stage...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820204/droplet-microfluidics-for-synthetic-biology
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Philip C Gach, Kosuke Iwai, Peter W Kim, Nathan J Hillson, Anup K Singh
Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary field that aims to engineer biological systems for useful purposes. Organism engineering often requires the optimization of individual genes and/or entire biological pathways (consisting of multiple genes). Advances in DNA sequencing and synthesis have recently begun to enable the possibility of evaluating thousands of gene variants and hundreds of thousands of gene combinations. However, such large-scale optimization experiments remain cost-prohibitive to researchers following traditional molecular biology practices, which are frequently labor-intensive and suffer from poor reproducibility...
August 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818793/cellular-adaptation-to-xenobiotics-interplay-between-xenosensors-reactive-oxygen-species-and-foxo-transcription-factors
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Lars-Oliver Klotz, Holger Steinbrenner
Cells adapt to an exposure to xenobiotics by upregulating the biosynthesis of proteins involved in xenobiotic metabolism. This is achieved largely via activation of cellular xenosensors that modulate gene expression. Biotransformation of xenobiotics frequently comes with the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS, in turn, are known modulators of signal transduction processes. FOXO (forkhead box, class O) transcription factors are among the proteins deeply involved in the cellular response to stress, including oxidative stress elicited by the formation of ROS...
August 3, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818490/inhibition-of-quorum-sensing-controlled-biofilm-formation-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-quorum-sensing-inhibitors
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Kalaiarasan Ellappan, Kottha Thirumalaswamy, Belgode Narasimha Harish, Gnanasambandam Vasuki, Veeresh Kumar Sali, James John
Antimicrobial therapy against extensively drug-resistant (XDR) P. aeruginosa biofilms is less efficient compared to the treatment of equal bacterial counts of free-floating planktonic cells, which has become a serious threat in hospital environment. P. aeruginosa regulate their cooperative activities and physiological process through a cell to cell chemical communication process called Quorum sensing (QS). This attracted our interest to synthesize, and to chemically characterize two anti-QS compounds, N-(4-{4-fluoroanilno} butanoyl) -L-homoserine lactone (FABHL) and N-(4-{4-chlororoanilno} butanoyl) -L-homoserine lactone (CABHL) to inhibit biofilm formation via disabling the QS circuits...
August 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817803/developmental-dysfunction-of-vip-interneurons-impairs-cortical-circuits
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Renata Batista-Brito, Martin Vinck, Katie A Ferguson, Jeremy T Chang, David Laubender, Gyorgy Lur, James M Mossner, Victoria G Hernandez, Charu Ramakrishnan, Karl Deisseroth, Michael J Higley, Jessica A Cardin
GABAergic interneurons play important roles in cortical circuit development. However, there are multiple populations of interneurons and their respective developmental contributions remain poorly explored. Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) and its interneuron-specific receptor ERBB4 are critical genes for interneuron maturation. Using a conditional ErbB4 deletion, we tested the role of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)-expressing interneurons in the postnatal maturation of cortical circuits in vivo. ErbB4 removal from VIP interneurons during development leads to changes in their activity, along with severe dysregulation of cortical temporal organization and state dependence...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815907/t7-rna-polymerase-driven-inducible-cell-lysis-for-dna-transfer-from-escherichia-coli-to-bacillus-subtilis
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Mario Juhas, James W Ajioka
The majority of the good DNA editing techniques have been developed in Escherichia coli; however, Bacillus subtilis is better host for a plethora of synthetic biology and biotechnology applications. Reliable and efficient systems for the transfer of synthetic DNA between E. coli and B. subtilis are therefore of the highest importance. Using synthetic biology approaches, such as streamlined lambda Red recombineering and Gibson Isothermal Assembly, we integrated genetic circuits pT7L123, Repr-ts-1 and pLT7pol encoding the lysis genes of bacteriophages MS2, ΦX174 and lambda, the thermosensitive repressor and the T7 RNA polymerase into the E...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815540/long-noncoding-rnas-in-mammalian-development-and-diseases
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Parna Saha, Shreekant Verma, Rashmi U Pathak, Rakesh K Mishra
Following analysis of sequenced genomes and transcriptome of many eukaryotes, it is evident that virtually all protein-coding genes have already been discovered. These advances have highlighted an intriguing paradox whereby the relative amount of protein-coding sequences remain constant but nonprotein-coding sequences increase consistently in parallel to increasing evolutionary complexity. It is established that differences between species map to nonprotein-coding regions of the genome that surprisingly is transcribed extensively...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814751/comparison-of-chronic-physical-and-emotional-social-defeat-stress-effects-on-mesocorticolimbic-circuit-activation-and-voluntary-consumption-of-morphine
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S E Cooper, M Kechner, D Caraballo-Pérez, S Kaska, A J Robison, M S Mazei-Robison
Chronic social defeat stress (CSDS) is a well-established rodent model of depression that induces persistent social avoidance. CSDS triggers molecular adaptations throughout the mesocorticolimbic reward circuit, including changes in the activity of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), that may also influence drug reward. One limitation of traditional, physical CSDS (PS) is that injury complicates the study of opiate drugs like morphine. Thus, we sought to characterize a variation of CSDS, termed emotional CSDS (ES), that eliminates this confound...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811646/pafah1b1-haploinsufficiency-disrupts-gaba-neurons-and-synaptic-e-i-balance-in-the-dentate-gyrus
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Matthew T Dinday, Kelly M Girskis, Sunyoung Lee, Scott C Baraban, Robert F Hunt
Hemizygous mutations in the human gene encoding platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase IB subunit alpha (Pafah1b1), also called Lissencephaly-1, can cause classical lissencephaly, a severe malformation of cortical development. Children with this disorder suffer from deficits in neuronal migration, severe intellectual disability, intractable epilepsy and early death. While many of these features can be reproduced in Pafah1b1(+/-) mice, the impact of Pafah1b1(+/-) on the function of individual subpopulations of neurons and ultimately brain circuits is largely unknown...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809032/a-sensitive-and-versatile-in-situ-hybridization-protocol-for-gene-expression-analysis-in-developing-amniote-brains
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Pei-Shan Hou, Takuma Kumamoto, Carina Hanashima
The detection of specific RNA molecules in embryonic tissues has wide research applications including studying gene expression dynamics in brain development and evolution. Recent advances in sequencing technologies have introduced new animal models to explore the molecular principles underlying the assembly and diversification of brain circuits between different amniote species. Here, we provide a step-by-step protocol for a versatile in situ hybridization method that is immediately applicable to a range of amniote embryos including zebra finch and Madagascar ground gecko, two new model organisms that have rapidly emerged for comparative brain studies over recent years...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803467/not-gate-genetic-circuits-to-control-gene-expression-in-cyanobacteria
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Arnaud Taton, Amy T Ma, Mizuho Ota, Susan Golden, James W Golden
To downregulate gene expression in cyanobacteria, we constructed NOT gate genetic circuits using orthogonal promoters and their cognate repressors regulated translationally by synthetic riboswitches. Four NOT gates were tested and characterized in five cyanobacterial strains using fluorescent reporter-gene assays. In comparison to alternative systems used to downregulate gene expression in cyanobacteria, these NOT gates performed well, reducing YFP reporter expression by 4 to 50-fold. We further evaluated these NOT gates by controlling the expression of the ftsZ gene, which encodes a prokaryotic tubulin homolog that is required for cell division and is essential for Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942...
August 14, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802563/metabolic-circuit-involving-free-fatty-acids-microrna-122-and-triglyceride-synthesis-in-liver-and-muscle-tissues
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Chofit Chai, Mila Rivkin, Liav Berkovits, Alina Simerzin, Elina Zorde-Khvalevsky, Nofar Rosenberg, Shiri Klein, Dayana Yaish, Ronen Durst, Shoshana Shpitzen, Shiran Udi, Joseph Tam, Joerg Heeren, Anna Worthmann, Christoph Schramm, Johannes Kluwe, Revital Ravid, Eran Hornstein, Hilla Giladi, Eithan Galun
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Effective treatments are needed for hepatic steatosis characterized by accumulation of triglycerides in hepatocytes, which leads to hepatocellular carcinoma. MicroRNA 122 (MIR122) is expressed only in the liver, where it regulates lipid metabolism. We investigated the mechanism by which free fatty acids (FFAs) regulate MIR122 expression and the effect of MIR122 on triglyceride synthesis. METHODS: We analyzed MIR122 promoter activity and validated its target mRNAs by transfection of luciferase reporter plasmids into Huh7, BNL-1ME, and HEK293 cultured cell lines...
August 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801913/design-of-synthetic-promoters-for-gene-circuits-in-mammalian-cells
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Pratik Saxena, Daniel Bojar, Martin Fussenegger
Synthetic biology, the synthesis of engineering and biology, has rapidly matured and has dramatically increased the complexity of artificial gene circuits in recent years. The deployment of intricate synthetic gene circuits in mammalian cells requires the establishment of very precise and orthogonal control of transgene expression. In this chapter, we describe methods of modulating the expression of transgenes at the transcriptional level. Using cAMP-response element-binding protein (CREB)-dependent promoters as examples, a tool for the precise tuning of gene expression by using different core promoters and by varying the binding affinity of transcription factor operator sites is described...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801912/computational-sequence-design-with-r2odna-designer
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James T MacDonald, Velia Siciliano
Recently developed DNA assembly methods have enabled the rapid and simultaneous assembly of multiple parts to create complex synthetic gene circuits. A number of groups have proposed the use of computationally designed orthogonal spacer sequences to guide the ordered assembly of parts using overlap-directed or homologous recombination-based methods. This approach is particularly useful for assembling multiple parts with repetitive elements. Orthogonal spacer sequences (sometimes called UNSs-unique nucleotide sequences) also have a number of other potential uses including in the design of synthetic promoters regulated by novel regulatory elements...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801911/a-modular-approach-to-building-complex-synthetic-circuits
#17
Yinqing Li, Ron Weiss
Efficient assembly of genetic circuits is a critical element in synthetic biology for implementing complex gene expression systems. Here we present an assembly framework that integrates recent developments in DNA recombination technologies and unique nucleotide sequences for modular and reliable construction of complex genetic circuits. All relevant protocols are described in detail. Implementing these protocols relies on readily available reagents and basic molecular biology techniques without the need for specialized equipment...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800289/viral-master-circuits-from-discovery-to-new-therapy-targets
#18
Anand Pai, Leor S Weinberger
Current antivirals effectively target diverse viruses at various stages of their life cycles. Nevertheless, curative therapy has remained elusive for important pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and herpesviruses, in large part due to viral latency and the evolution of resistance to existing therapies. Here, we review the discovery of viral master circuits: virus-encoded autoregulatory gene networks that autonomously control viral expression programs (i.e., between active, latent, and abortive fates)...
August 11, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796233/intracellular-directed-evolution-of-proteins-from-combinatorial-libraries-based-on-conditional-phage-replication
#19
Andreas K Brödel, Alfonso Jaramillo, Mark Isalan
Directed evolution is a powerful tool to improve the characteristics of biomolecules. Here we present a protocol for the intracellular evolution of proteins with distinct differences and advantages in comparison with established techniques. These include the ability to select for a particular function from a library of protein variants inside cells, minimizing undesired coevolution and propagation of nonfunctional library members, as well as allowing positive and negative selection logics using basally active promoters...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795356/drosophila-studies-on-autism-spectrum-disorders
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REVIEW
Yao Tian, Zi Chao Zhang, Junhai Han
In the past decade, numerous genes associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been identified. These genes encode key regulators of synaptogenesis, synaptic function, and synaptic plasticity. Drosophila is a prominent model system for ASD studies to define novel genes linked to ASDs and decipher their molecular roles in synaptogenesis, synaptic function, synaptic plasticity, and neural circuit assembly and consolidation. Here, we review Drosophila studies on ASD genes that regulate synaptogenesis, synaptic function, and synaptic plasticity through modulating chromatin remodeling, transcription, protein synthesis and degradation, cytoskeleton dynamics, and synaptic scaffolding...
August 9, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
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