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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211790/flpstop-a-tool-for-conditional-gene-control-in-drosophila
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Yvette Erica Fisher, Helen H Yang, Jesse Isaacman-Beck, Marjorie Xie, Daryl M Gohl, Thomas R Clandinin
Manipulating gene function cell type-specifically is a common experimental goal in Drosophila research and has been central to studies of neural development, circuit computation, and behavior. However, current cell type-specific gene disruption techniques in flies often reduce gene activity incompletely or rely on cell division. Here we describe FlpStop, a generalizable tool for conditional gene disruption and rescue in post-mitotic cells. In proof-of-principle experiments, we manipulated apterous, a regulator of wing development...
February 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208692/economic-impact-of-the-introduction-and-establishment-of-drosophila-suzukii-on-sweet-cherry-production-in-switzerland
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Dominique Mazzi, Esther Bravin, Manuela Meraner, Robert Finger, Stefan Kuske
First detected in Switzerland in 2011, the invasive Drosophila suzukii, spotted wing drosophila, has caused recurring costs for growers of berries and fruit. Recommended management approaches rely on a set of methods, tailored to suit crop requirements under the prevailing local conditions. Control of D. suzukii represents a substantial economic burden for growers, in terms of material, equipment, new infrastructure and extra labour. However, those growers who invest wisely to deliver unblemished produce are rewarded with high payoffs...
February 8, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202360/lycopene-resveratrol-vitamin-c-and-feso4-increase-damage-produced-by-pro-oxidant-carcinogen-4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide-in-drosophila-melanogaster-xenobiotic-metabolism-implications
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I E Dueñas-García, M E Heres-Pulido, M R Arellano-Llamas, J De la Cruz-Núñez, V Cisneros-Carrillo, C S Palacios-López, L Acosta-Anaya, L F Santos-Cruz, L Castañeda-Partida, A Durán-Díaz
4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide (4-NQO) is a pro-oxidant carcinogen bioactivated by xenobiotic metabolism (XM). We investigated if antioxidants lycopene [0.45, 0.9, 1.8 μM], resveratrol [11, 43, 172 μM], and vitamin C [5.6 mM] added or not with FeSO4 [0.06 mM], modulate the genotoxicity of 4-NQO [2 mM] with the Drosophila wing spot test standard (ST) and high bioactivation (HB) crosses, with inducible and high levels of cytochromes P450, respectively. The genotoxicity of 4-NQO was higher when dissolved in an ethanol - acetone mixture...
February 12, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195188/sumo-regulates-the-activity-of-smoothened-and-costal-2-in-drosophila-hedgehog-signaling
#4
Jie Zhang, Yajuan Liu, Kai Jiang, Jianhang Jia
In Hedgehog (Hh) signaling, the GPCR-family protein Smoothened (Smo) acts as a signal transducer that is regulated by phosphorylation and ubiquitination, which ultimately change the cell surface accumulation of Smo. However, it is not clear whether Smo is regulated by other post-translational modifications, such as sumoylation. Here, we demonstrate that knockdown of the small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) pathway components Ubc9 (a SUMO-conjugating enzyme E2), PIAS (a SUMO-protein ligase E3), and Smt3 (the SUMO isoform in Drosophila) by RNAi prevents Smo accumulation and alters Smo activity in the wing...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183243/life-history-traits-of-an-extended-longevity-phenotype-of-drosophila-melanogaster
#5
S Deepashree, Thimmappa Shivanandappa, Saraf R Ramesh
BACKGROUND: Aging or senescence is a complex biological phenomenon. Artificially selected Drosophila for extended longevity is one of the experimental models used to understand the mechanisms involved in aging and to test various theories. OBJECTIVE: To examine the life history traits and biochemical defenses in relation to aging in an extended longevity phenotype of Drosophila melanogaster. METHODS: Life history traits viz., survivability, fecundity, development time, dry weight, wing size, lipid content, starvation, desiccation and cold resistances, locomotory ability, antioxidant enzyme activities and reactive oxygen species level between control and selected lines of D...
February 9, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181532/a-floral-fragrance-methyl-benzoate-is-an-efficient-green-pesticide
#6
Yan Feng, Aijun Zhang
Over-reliance on synthetic pesticides in insect pest control has caused widespread public and scientific concerns for human health and the environment, especially since many insect pests have already developed resistances to conventional pesticides and Bt products. For this reason, there is a considerable interest in development of alternative control methods for insect pest management. Based on laboratory studies, we report that methyl benzoate (MB), a naturally-occurring compound in many plants, may possess toxicity against various stages of a variety of insect pests, including the brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys, diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, and tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, as well as the spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174264/hippo-signaling-promotes-jnk-dependent-cell-migration
#7
Xianjue Ma, Hongxiang Wang, Jiansong Ji, Wenyan Xu, Yihao Sun, Wenzhe Li, Xiaoping Zhang, Juxiang Chen, Lei Xue
Overwhelming studies show that dysregulation of the Hippo pathway is positively correlated with cell proliferation, growth, and tumorigenesis. Paradoxically, the detailed molecular roles of the Hippo pathway in cell invasion remain debatable. Using a Drosophila invasion model in wing epithelium, we show herein that activated Hippo signaling promotes cell invasion and epithelial-mesenchymal transition through JNK, as inhibition of JNK signaling dramatically blocked Hippo pathway activation-induced matrix metalloproteinase 1 expression and cell invasion...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158673/deciphering-the-dna-code-for-the-function-of-the-drosophila-polydactyl-zinc-finger-protein-suppressor-of-hairy-wing
#8
Ryan M Baxley, James D Bullard, Michael W Klein, Ashley G Fell, Joel A Morales-Rosado, Tingting Duan, Pamela K Geyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152299/development-of-a-reporter-system-for-in-vivo-monitoring-of-%C3%AE-secretase-activity-in-drosophila
#9
Young Gi Hong, Seyun Roh, Donggi Paik, Sangyun Jeong
The γ-secretase complex represents an evolutionarily conserved family of transmembrane aspartyl proteases that cleave numerous type-I membrane proteins, including the β-amyloid precursor protein (APP) and the receptor Notch. All known rare mutations in APP and the γ-secretase catalytic component, presenilin, which lead to increased amyloid βpeptide production, are responsible for early-onset familial Alzheimer's disease. β-amyloid protein precursor-like (APPL) is the Drosophila ortholog of human APP. Here, we created Notch- and APPL-based Drosophila reporter systems for in vivo monitoring of γ-secretase activity...
January 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148822/transcriptional-responses-to-hyperplastic-mrl-signalling-in-drosophila
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143945/differential-regulation-of-cyclin-e-by-yorkie-scalloped-signaling-in-organ-development
#11
Zhiqiang Shu, Wu-Min Deng
Tissue integrity and homeostasis are accomplished through strict spatial and temporal regulation of cell growth and proliferation during development. Various signaling pathways have emerged as major growth regulators across metazoans; yet, how differential growth within a tissue is spatiotemporally coordinated remains largely unclear. Here, we report a role of a growth modulator Yorkie (Yki), the Drosophila homolog of Yes-associated protein (YAP), differentially regulates its targets in Drosophila wing imaginal discs, whereby Yki interacts with its transcriptional partner, Scalloped (Sd), the homolog of the TEAD/TEF family transcription factor in mammals, to control an essential cell-cycle regulator Cyclin E (CycE)...
January 30, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132816/the-function-and-organization-of-the-motor-system-controlling-flight-maneuvers-in-flies
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Theodore Lindsay, Anne Sustar, Michael Dickinson
Animals face the daunting task of controlling their limbs using a small set of highly constrained actuators. This problem is particularly demanding for insects such as Drosophila, which must adjust wing motion for both quick voluntary maneuvers and slow compensatory reflexes using only a dozen pairs of muscles. To identify strategies by which animals execute precise actions using sparse motor networks, we imaged the activity of a complete ensemble of wing control muscles in intact, flying flies. Our experiments uncovered a remarkably efficient logic in which each of the four skeletal elements at the base of the wing are equipped with both large phasically active muscles capable of executing large changes and smaller tonically active muscles specialized for continuous fine-scaled adjustments...
February 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129731/geographic-variation-in-the-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii-diptera-drosophilidae-based-on-mitochondrial-dna-sequences
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Deuk-Soo Choi, Jeong Sun Park, Min Jee Kim, Jong Seok Kim, Su Yeon Jeong, Jun Seong Jeong, Jinyoung Park, Iksoo Kim
The spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae), is an economically damaging pest that feeds on most thin-skinned fruits. It was originally native to a few Asian countries, including Korea, but is now found in North America and Europe. In this study, we sequenced portions of the mitochondrial (mt) COI and ND4 genes from a total of 195 individuals collected mainly from Korea. We then combined GenBank-registered COI sequences from all ancestral-range and introduced-range populations with our own COI data to assess the worldwide diversity, divergence, and relatedness of SWD haplotypes...
January 27, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114289/optogenetic-inhibition-of-behavior-with-anion-channelrhodopsins
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Farhan Mohammad, James C Stewart, Stanislav Ott, Katarina Chlebikova, Jia Yi Chua, Tong-Wey Koh, Joses Ho, Adam Claridge-Chang
Optogenetics uses light exposure to manipulate physiology in genetically modified organisms. Abundant tools for optogenetic excitation are available, but the limitations of current optogenetic inhibitors present an obstacle to demonstrating the necessity of neuronal circuits. Here we show that anion channelrhodopsins can be used to specifically and rapidly inhibit neural systems involved in Drosophila locomotion, wing expansion, memory retrieval and gustation, thus demonstrating their broad utility in the circuit analysis of behavior...
January 23, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101740/improving-parameter-inference-from-frap-data-an-analysis-motivated-by-pattern-formation-in-the-drosophila-wing-disc
#15
Lin Lin, Hans G Othmer
Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) is used to obtain quantitative information about molecular diffusion and binding kinetics at both cell and tissue levels of organization. FRAP models have been proposed to estimate the diffusion coefficients and binding kinetic parameters of species for a variety of biological systems and experimental settings. However, it is not clear what the connection among the diverse parameter estimates from different models of the same system is, whether the assumptions made in the model are appropriate, and what the qualities of the estimates are...
January 18, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079919/copper-oxide-nanoparticles-and-copper-sulphate-act-as-antigenotoxic-agents-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#16
Mohamed Alaraby, Alba Hernández, Ricard Marcos
The biological reactivity of metal and metal oxide nanomaterials is attributed to their redox properties, which would explain their pro- or anti-cancer properties depending on exposure circumstances. In this sense, copper oxide nanoparticles (CuONP) have been proposed as a potential anti-tumoral agent. The aim of this study was to assess if CuONP can exert antigenotoxic effects using Drosophila melanogaster as an in vivo model. Genotoxicity was induced by two well-known genotoxic compounds, namely potassium dichromate (PD) and ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS)...
January 12, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077491/sphingosine-1-phosphate-lyase-deficiency-causes-charcot-marie-tooth-neuropathy
#17
Derek Atkinson, Jelena Nikodinovic Glumac, Bob Asselbergh, Biljana Ermanoska, David Blocquel, Regula Steiner, Alejandro Estrada-Cuzcano, Kristien Peeters, Tinne Ooms, Els De Vriendt, Xiang-Lei Yang, Thorsten Hornemann, Vedrana Milic Rasic, Albena Jordanova
OBJECTIVE: To identify the unknown genetic cause in a nuclear family with an axonal form of peripheral neuropathy and atypical disease course. METHODS: Detailed neurologic, electrophysiologic, and neuropathologic examinations of the patients were performed. Whole exome sequencing of both affected individuals was done. The effect of the identified sequence variations was investigated at cDNA and protein level in patient-derived lymphoblasts. The plasma sphingoid base profile was analyzed...
January 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077066/the-essential-requirement-of-an-animal-heme-peroxidase-protein-during-the-wing-maturation-process-in-drosophila
#18
Dondra Bailey, Mohammed Abul Basar, Sanjay Nag, Nivedita Bondhu, Shaloei Teng, Atanu Duttaroy
BACKGROUND: Thus far, a handful of genes have been shown to be related to the wing maturation process in insects. A novel heme peroxidase enzyme known as curly suppressor (Cysu)(formerly CG5873), have been characterized in this report because it is involved in wing morphogenesis. Using bioinformatics tools we found that Cysu is remarkably conserved in the genus Drosophila (>95%) as well as in invertebrates (>70%), although its vertebrate orthologs show poor homology. Time-lapse imaging and histochemical analyses have confirmed that the defective wing phenotype of Cysu is not a result of any underlying cellular alterations; instead, its wings fail to expand in mature adults...
January 11, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069423/identification-and-characterization-of-pyrokinin-and-capa-peptides-and-corresponding-gpcrs-from-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii
#19
Man-Yeon Choi, Seung-Joon Ahn, A Young Kim, Youngho Koh
The family of FXPRLamide peptides serves as a major insect hormone. It is characterized by a core active amino acid sequence conserved at the C-terminal ends, and provides various physiological roles across the Insecta. In this study we identified and characterized pyrokinin (PK) and Capa cDNAs encoding two FXPRLamide peptides, pyrokinin and CAPA-DH (diapause hormone), and two corresponding G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) from spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii. Expressions of PK and CAPA mRNAs were differentially observed during all life stages except the embryo, and the detection of CAPA transcription was relatively strong compared with the PK gene in SWD...
January 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067325/free-flight-odor-tracking-in-drosophila-effect-of-wing-chemosensors-sex-and-pheromonal-gene-regulation
#20
Benjamin Houot, Vincent Gigot, Alain Robichon, Jean-François Ferveur
The evolution of powered flight in insects had major consequences for global biodiversity and involved the acquisition of adaptive processes allowing individuals to disperse to new ecological niches. Flies use both vision and olfactory input from their antennae to guide their flight; chemosensors on fly wings have been described, but their function remains mysterious. We studied Drosophila flight in a wind tunnel. By genetically manipulating wing chemosensors, we show that these structures play an essential role in flight performance with a sex-specific effect...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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