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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644712/comparative-analysis-of-behavioral-and-transcriptional-variation-underlying-co2-sensory-neuron-function-and-development-in-drosophila
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Jia Wern Pan, Joi McLaughlin, Haining Yang, Charles Leo, Paula Rambarat, Sumie Okuwa, Anaïs Monroy-Eklund, Sabrina Clark, Corbin D Jones, Pelin Cayirlioglu Volkan
Carbon dioxide is an important environmental cue for many insects, regulating many behaviors including some that have direct human impacts. To further improve our understanding of how this system varies among closely related insect species, we examined both the behavioral response to CO2 as well as the transcriptional profile of key developmental regulators of CO2 sensory neurons in the olfactory system across the Drosophila genus. We found that CO2 generally evokes repulsive behavior across most of the Drosophilids we examined, but this behavior has been lost or reduced in several lineages...
June 23, 2017: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638443/dosage-compensation-and-sex-specific-epigenetic-landscape-of-the-x-chromosome-in-the-pea-aphid
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Gautier Richard, Fabrice Legeai, Nathalie Prunier-Leterme, Anthony Bretaudeau, Denis Tagu, Julie Jaquiéry, Gaël Le Trionnaire
BACKGROUND: Heterogametic species display a differential number of sex chromosomes resulting in imbalanced transcription levels for these chromosomes between males and females. To correct this disequilibrium, dosage compensation mechanisms involving gene expression and chromatin accessibility regulations have emerged throughout evolution. In insects, these mechanisms have been extensively characterized only in Drosophila but not in insects of agronomical importance. Aphids are indeed major pests of a wide range of crops...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636597/phase-separation-drives-heterochromatin-domain-formation
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Amy R Strom, Alexander V Emelyanov, Mustafa Mir, Dmitry V Fyodorov, Xavier Darzacq, Gary H Karpen
Constitutive heterochromatin is an important component of eukaryotic genomes that has essential roles in nuclear architecture, DNA repair and genome stability, and silencing of transposon and gene expression. Heterochromatin is highly enriched for repetitive sequences, and is defined epigenetically by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 and recruitment of its binding partner heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). A prevalent view of heterochromatic silencing is that these and associated factors lead to chromatin compaction, resulting in steric exclusion of regulatory proteins such as RNA polymerase from the underlying DNA...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630141/temperature-responsive-mirnas-in-drosophila-orchestrate-adaptation-to-different-ambient-temperatures
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Isabel Fast, Charlotte Hewel, Laura Wester, Julia Schumacher, Daniel Gebert, Hans Zischler, Christian Berger, David Rosenkranz
The majority of Drosophila genes are expressed in a temperature-dependent manner, but the way in which small RNAs may contribute to this effect is completely unknown as we currently lack an idea of how small RNA transcriptomes change as a function of temperature. Applying high throughput sequencing techniques complemented by quantitative real-time PCR experiments, we demonstrate that altered ambient temperature induces drastic, but reversible changes in sequence composition and total abundance of both, miRNA- and piRNA populations...
June 19, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620760/notch-an-interactive-player-in-neurogenesis-and-disease
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Runrui Zhang, Anna Engler, Verdon Taylor
Notch signaling is evolutionarily conserved from Drosophila to human. It plays critical roles in neural stem cell maintenance and neurogenesis in the embryonic brain as well as in the adult brain. Notch functions greatly depend on careful regulation and cross-talk with other regulatory mechanisms. Deregulation of Notch signaling is involved in many neurodegenerative diseases and brain disorders. Here, we summarize the fundamental role of Notch in neuronal development and specification and discuss how epigenetic regulation and pathway cross-talk contribute to Notch function...
June 15, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575027/linking-epigenetic-function-to-electrostatics-the-dnmt2-structural-model-example
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Gilberto Cavalheiro Vieira, Gustavo Fioravanti Vieira, Marialva Sinigaglia, Vera Lúcia da Silva Valente
The amino acid sequence of DNMT2 is very similar to the catalytic domains of bacterial and eukaryotic proteins. However, there is great variability in the region of recognition of the target sequence. While bacterial DNMT2 acts as a DNA methyltransferase, previous studies have indicated low DNA methylation activity in eukaryotic DNMT2, with preference by tRNA methylation. Drosophilids are known as DNMT2-only species and the DNA methylation phenomenon is a not elucidated case yet, as well as the ontogenetic and physiologic importance of DNMT2 for this species group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549975/knockdown-of-epigenetic-transcriptional-co-regulator-brd2a-disrupts-apoptosis-and-proper-formation-of-hindbrain-and-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-mhb-region-in-zebrafish
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Tami Murphy, Heather Melville, Eliza Fradkin, Giana Bistany, Gregory Branigan, Kelly Olsen, Catharine R Comstock, Hayley Hanby, Ellie Garbade, Angela J DiBenedetto
Brd2 is a member of the bromodomain-extraterminal domain (BET) family of proteins and functions as an acetyl-histone-directed transcriptional co-regulator and recruitment scaffold in chromatin modification complexes affecting signal-dependent transcription. While Brd2 acts as a protooncogene in mammalian blood, developmental studies link it to regulation of neuronal apoptosis and epilepsy, and complete knockout of the gene is invariably embryonic lethal. In Drosophila, the Brd2 homolog acts as a maternal effect factor necessary for segment formation and identity and proper expression of homeotic loci, including Ultrabithorax and engrailed...
May 23, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529475/fragile-x-associated-tremor-ataxia-syndrome-from-molecular-pathogenesis-to-development-of-therapeutics
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Ha Eun Kong, Juan Zhao, Shunliang Xu, Peng Jin, Yan Jin
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a premutation CGG repeat expansion (55-200 repeats) within the 5' UTR of the fragile X gene (FMR1). FXTAS is characterized by intension tremor, cerebellar ataxia, progressive neurodegeneration, parkinsonism and cognitive decline. The development of transgenic mouse and Drosophila melanogaster models carrying an expanded CGG repeat has yielded valuable insight into the pathophysiology of FXTAS. To date, we know of two main molecular mechanisms of this disorder: (1) a toxic gain of function of the expanded CGG-repeat FMR1 mRNA, which results in the binding/sequestration of the CGG-binding proteins; and (2) CGG repeat-associated non-AUG-initiated (RAN) translation, which generates a polyglycine peptide toxic to cells...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515049/a-generalized-linear-model-for-decomposing-cis-regulatory-parent-of-origin-and-maternal-effects-on-allele-specific-gene-expression
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Yasuaki Takada, Ryutaro Miyagi, Aya Takahashi, Toshinori Endo, Naoki Osada
Joint quantification of genetic and epigenetic effects on gene expression is important for understanding the establishment of complex gene regulation systems in living organisms. In particular, genomic imprinting and maternal effects play important roles in the developmental process of mammals and flowering plants. However, the influence of these effects on gene expression are difficult to quantify because they act simultaneously with cis-regulatory mutations. Here we propose a simple method to decompose cis-regulatory (i...
May 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465421/hyperactive-locomotion-in-a-drosophila-model-is-a-functional-readout-for-the-synaptic-abnormalities-underlying-fragile-x-syndrome
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Risa Kashima, Patrick L Redmond, Prajakta Ghatpande, Sougata Roy, Thomas B Kornberg, Thomas Hanke, Stefan Knapp, Giorgio Lagna, Akiko Hata
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of heritable intellectual disability and autism and affects ~1 in 4000 males and 1 in 8000 females. The discovery of effective treatments for FXS has been hampered by the lack of effective animal models and phenotypic readouts for drug screening. FXS ensues from the epigenetic silencing or loss-of-function mutation of the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene, which encodes an RNA binding protein that associates with and represses the translation of target mRNAs...
May 2, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457744/piwi-is-required-during-drosophila-embryogenesis-to-license-dual-strand-pirna-clusters-for-transposon-repression-in-adult-ovaries
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Abdou Akkouche, Bruno Mugat, Bridlin Barckmann, Carolina Varela-Chavez, Blaise Li, Raoul Raffel, Alain Pélisson, Séverine Chambeyron
Most piRNAs in the Drosophila female germline are transcribed from heterochromatic regions called dual-strand piRNA clusters. Histone 3 lysine 9 trimethylation (H3K9me3) is required for licensing piRNA production by these clusters. However, it is unclear when and how they acquire this permissive heterochromatic state. Here, we show that transient Piwi depletion in Drosophila embryos results in H3K9me3 decrease at piRNA clusters in ovaries. This is accompanied by impaired biogenesis of ovarian piRNAs, accumulation of transposable element transcripts, and female sterility...
May 4, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449092/genome-wide-dna-methylomes-from-discrete-developmental-stages-reveal-the-predominance-of-non-cpg-methylation-in-tribolium-castaneum
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Xiaowen Song, Fei Huang, Juanjuan Liu, Chengjun Li, Shanshan Gao, Wei Wu, Mengfan Zhai, Xiaojuan Yu, Wenfeng Xiong, Jia Xie, Bin Li
Cytosine DNA methylation is a vital epigenetic regulator of eukaryotic development. Whether this epigenetic modification occurs in Tribolium castaneum has been controversial, its distribution pattern and functions have not been established. Here, using bisulphite sequencing (BS-Seq), we confirmed the existence of DNA methylation and described the methylation profiles of the four life stages of T. castaneum. In the T. castaneum genome, both symmetrical CpG and non-CpG methylcytosines were observed. Symmetrical CpG methylation, which was catalysed by DNMT1 and occupied a small part in T...
April 25, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442993/alcohol-induced-neuroadaptation-is-orchestrated-by-the-histone-acetyltransferase-cbp
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Alfredo Ghezzi, Xiaolei Li, Linda K Lew, Thilini P Wijesekera, Nigel S Atkinson
Homeostatic neural adaptations to alcohol underlie the production of alcohol tolerance and the associated symptoms of withdrawal. These adaptations have been shown to persist for relatively long periods of time and are believed to be of central importance in promoting the addictive state. In Drosophila, a single exposure to alcohol results in long-lasting alcohol tolerance and symptoms of withdrawal following alcohol clearance. These persistent adaptations involve mechanisms such as long-lasting changes in gene expression and perhaps epigenetic restructuring of chromosomal regions...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436983/stable-polycomb-dependent-transgenerational-inheritance-of-chromatin-states-in-drosophila
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Filippo Ciabrelli, Federico Comoglio, Simon Fellous, Boyan Bonev, Maria Ninova, Quentin Szabo, Anne Xuéreb, Christophe Klopp, Alexei Aravin, Renato Paro, Frédéric Bantignies, Giacomo Cavalli
Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (TEI) describes the transmission of alternative functional states through multiple generations in the presence of the same genomic DNA sequence. Very little is known about the principles and the molecular mechanisms governing this type of inheritance. Here, by transiently enhancing 3D chromatin interactions, we established stable and isogenic Drosophila epilines that carry alternative epialleles, as defined by differential levels of Polycomb-dependent trimethylation of histone H3 Lys27 (forming H3K27me3)...
June 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374742/the-histone-methyltransferase-ash1l-is-required-for-epidermal-homeostasis-in-mice
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Gang Li, Zhisheng Ye, Cheng Shi, Ling Sun, Min Han, Yuan Zhuang, Tian Xu, Shimin Zhao, Xiaohui Wu
Epidermal homeostasis under normal and healing conditions are critical for the physical and functional maintenance of the skin barrier. It requires a proper balance between keratinocyte proliferation and differentiation under genetic and epigenetic regulations. Here we show that mice carrying a hypomorphic mutation of the histone methyltransferase Ash1l [(absent, small, or homeotic)-like (Drosophila)] develop epidermal hyperplasia and impaired epidermal stratification upon aging. In adult mutants, loss of Ash1l leads to more proliferative keratinocytes in disturbed differentiation stages...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355214/a-new-paramutation-like-example-at-the-delta-gene-of-drosophila
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Maria Capovilla, Alain Robichon, Minoo Rassoulzadegan
The hereditary transmission of a phenotype independent from DNA sequence implies epigenetic effects. Paramutation is a heritable epigenetic phenomenon observed in plants and animals. To investigate paramutation in Drosophila, we used the P{ry+t7.2 = PZ}Dl05151 P-element insertion in the Drosophila melanogaster genome that causes a dominant visible phenotype: the presence of characteristic extra-veins in the fly wings. This extra-vein phenotype presents variable expressivity and incomplete penetrance. The insert is a PZ element located 680 bp upstream from the ATG of the Delta (Dl) gene, encoding the Notch ligand involved in wing vein development, and acts as a null allele...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302795/causal-role-for-inheritance-of-h3k27me3-in-maintaining-the-off-state-of-a-drosophila-hox-gene
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Rory T Coleman, Gary Struhl
Many eukaryotic cells can respond to transient environmental or developmental stimuli with heritable changes in gene expression that are associated with nucleosome modifications. However, it remains uncertain whether modified nucleosomes play a causal role in transmitting such epigenetic memories, as opposed to controlling or merely reflecting transcriptional states inherited by other means. Here, we provide in vivo evidence that H3K27 trimethylated nucleosomes, once established at a repressed Drosophila HOX gene, remain heritably associated with that gene and can carry the memory of the silenced state through multiple rounds of replication, even when the capacity to copy the H3K27me3 mark to newly incorporated nucleosomes is diminished or abolished...
April 7, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302792/propagation-of-polycomb-repressed-chromatin-requires-sequence-specific-recruitment-to-dna
#18
Friederike Laprell, Katja Finkl, Jürg Müller
Epigenetic inheritance models posit that during Polycomb repression, Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) propagates histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) independently of DNA sequence. We show that insertion of Polycomb response element (PRE) DNA into the Drosophila genome creates extended domains of H3K27me3-modified nucleosomes in the flanking chromatin and causes repression of a linked reporter gene. After excision of PRE DNA, H3K27me3 nucleosomes become diluted with each round of DNA replication, and reporter gene repression is lost...
April 7, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282384/adaptation-of-a-to-i-rna-editing-in-drosophila
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Yuange Duan, Shengqian Dou, Shiqi Luo, Hong Zhang, Jian Lu
Adenosine-to-inosine (A-to-I) editing is hypothesized to facilitate adaptive evolution by expanding proteomic diversity through an epigenetic approach. However, it is challenging to provide evidences to support this hypothesis at the whole editome level. In this study, we systematically characterized 2,114 A-to-I RNA editing sites in female and male brains of D. melanogaster, and nearly half of these sites had events evolutionarily conserved across Drosophila species. We detected strong signatures of positive selection on the nonsynonymous editing sites in Drosophila brains, and the beneficial editing sites were significantly enriched in genes related to chemical and electrical neurotransmission...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247044/role-of-chromatin-modifications-in-drosophila-germline-stem-cell-differentiation
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REVIEW
Pooja Flora, Alicia McCarthy, Maitreyi Upadhyay, Prashanth Rangan
During Drosophila oogenesis, germline stem cells (GSCs) self-renew and differentiate to give rise to a mature egg. Self-renewal and differentiation of GSCs are regulated by both intrinsic mechanisms such as regulation of gene expression in the germ line and extrinsic signaling pathways from the surrounding somatic niche. Epigenetic mechanisms, including histone-modifying proteins, nucleosome remodeling complexes, and histone variants, play a critical role in regulating intrinsic gene expression and extrinsic signaling cues from the somatic niche...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
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