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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352267/differential-susceptibility-of-striatal-hippocampal-and-cortical-neurons-to-caspase-6
#1
Anastasia Noël, Libin Zhou, Bénédicte Foveau, P Jesper Sjöström, Andréa C LeBlanc
Active cysteinyl protease Caspase-6 is associated with early Alzheimer and Huntington diseases. Higher entorhinal cortex and hippocampal Caspase-6 levels correlate with lower cognitive performance in aged humans. Caspase-6 induces axonal degeneration in human primary neuron cultures and causes inflammation and neurodegeneration in mouse hippocampus, and age-dependent memory impairment. To assess whether Caspase-6 causes damage to another neuronal system, a transgenic knock-in mouse overexpressing a self-activated form of Caspase-6 five-fold in the striatum, the area affected in Huntington disease, and 2...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351994/full-molecular-trajectories-of-rna-polymerase-at-single-base-pair-resolution
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Maurizio Righini, Antony Lee, Cristhian Cañari-Chumpitaz, Troy Lionberger, Ronen Gabizon, Yves Coello, Ignacio Tinoco, Carlos Bustamante
In recent years, highly stable optical tweezers systems have enabled the characterization of the dynamics of molecular motors at very high resolution. However, the motion of many motors with angstrom-scale dynamics cannot be consistently resolved due to poor signal-to-noise ratio. Using an acousto-optic deflector to generate a "time-shared" dual-optical trap, we decreased low-frequency noise by more than one order of magnitude compared with conventional dual-trap optical tweezers. Using this instrument, we implemented a protocol that synthesizes single base-pair trajectories, which are used to test a Large State Space Hidden Markov Model algorithm to recover their individual steps...
January 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350007/-the-metabolic-profilings-study-of-serum-and-spinal-cord-from-acute-spinal-cord-injury-rats-%C3%A2-h-nmr-spectroscopy
#3
Hua-Hui Hu, Xiao-Long Huang, Ren-Fu Quan, Zong-Bao Yang, Jing-Jing Xu
OBJECTIVE: To establish the rat model of acute spinal cord injury, followed by aprimary study on this model with ¹H NMR based on metabonomics and to explore the metabonomics and biomarkers of spinal cord injury rat. METHODS: Twenty eight-week-old adult male SD rats of clean grade, with body weight of (200±10) g, were divided into sham operation group and model group in accordance with the law of random numbers, and every group had 10 rats. The rats of sham operation group were operated without damaging the spinal cord, and rats of model group were made an animal model of spinal cord incomplete injury according to the modified Allen's method...
February 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348144/a-crispr-tagging-based-screen-reveals-localized-players-in-wnt-directed-asymmetric-cell-division
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Jennifer K Heppert, Ariel M Pani, Allyson M Roberts, Daniel J Dickinson, Bob Goldstein
Oriented cell divisions are critical to establish and maintain cell fates and tissue organization. Diverse extracellular and intracellular cues have been shown to provide spatial information for mitotic spindle positioning, however, the molecular mechanisms by which extracellular signals communicate with cells to direct mitotic spindle positioning are largely unknown. In animal cells, oriented cell divisions are often achieved by the localization of force-generating, motor protein complexes to discrete cortical domains...
January 18, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347539/theory-of-nanobubble-formation-and-induced-force-in-nanochannels
#5
Noriyoshi Arai, Takahiro Koishi, Toshikazu Ebisuzaki
This paper presents a fundamental theory of nanobubble formation and induced force in confined nanochannels. It is shown that nanobubble formation between hydrophobic plates can be predicted from their surface tension and geometry, with estimated values for the surface free energy and the force acting on the plates in good agreement with the results of molecular dynamics simulation and experimentation. When a bubble is formed between two plates, vertical attractive force and horizontal retract force due to the shifted plates are applied to the plates...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347361/folding-time-dependence-of-the-motions-of-a-molecular-motor-in-an-amorphous-medium
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Simona Ciobotarescu, Solene Bechelli, Gabriel Rajonson, Samuel Migirditch, Brooke Hester, Nicolae Hurduc, Victor Teboul
We investigate the dependence of the displacements of a molecular motor embedded inside a glassy material on its folding characteristic time τ_{f}. We observe two different time regimes. For slow foldings (regime I) the diffusion evolves very slowly with τ_{f}, while for rapid foldings (regime II) the diffusion increases strongly with τ_{f}(D≈τ_{f}^{-2}), suggesting two different physical mechanisms. We find that in regime I the motor's displacement during the folding process is counteracted by a reverse displacement during the unfolding, while in regime II this counteraction is much weaker...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347189/turing-mechanism-for-homeostatic-control-of-synaptic-density-during-c-elegans-growth
#7
Heather A Brooks, Paul C Bressloff
We propose a mechanism for the homeostatic control of synapses along the ventral cord of Caenorhabditis elegans during development, based on a form of Turing pattern formation on a growing domain. C. elegans is an important animal model for understanding cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. Our mathematical model consists of two interacting chemical species, where one is passively diffusing and the other is actively trafficked by molecular motors, which switch between forward and backward moving states (bidirectional transport)...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346962/osmotic-mechanism-of-the-loop-extrusion-process
#8
Tetsuya Yamamoto, Helmut Schiessel
The loop extrusion theory assumes that protein factors, such as cohesin rings, act as molecular motors that extrude chromatin loops. However, recent single molecule experiments have shown that cohesin does not show motor activity. To predict the physical mechanism involved in loop extrusion, we here theoretically analyze the dynamics of cohesin rings on a loop, where a cohesin loader is in the middle and unloaders at the ends. Cohesin monomers bind to the loader rather frequently and cohesin dimers bind to this site only occasionally...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346950/generalized-archimedes-principle-in-active-fluids
#9
Nitzan Razin, Raphael Voituriez, Jens Elgeti, Nir S Gov
We show how a gradient in the motility properties of noninteracting pointlike active particles can cause a pressure gradient that pushes a large inert object. We calculate the force on an object inside a system of active particles with position-dependent motion parameters, in one and two dimensions, and show that a modified Archimedes' principle is satisfied. We characterize the system, both in terms of the model parameters and in terms of experimentally measurable quantities: the spatial profiles of the density, velocity and pressure...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343638/commissural-neurons-transgress-the-cns-pns-boundary-in-absence-of-ventricular-zone-derived-netrin-1
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Juan Antonio Moreno-Bravo, Sergi Roig Puiggros, Heike Blockus, Chloé Dominici, Pavol Zelina, Patrick Mehlen, Alain Chédotal
During the development of the central nervous system (CNS), only motor axons project into peripheral nerves. Little is known about the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control the development of a boundary at the CNS surface and prevent CNS neuron emigration from the neural tube. It has previously been shown that a subset of spinal cord commissural axons abnormally invades sensory nerves in Ntn1 hypomorphic embryos and Dcc knockouts. However, whether netrin 1 also plays a similar role in the brain is unknown...
January 17, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343244/hsp70-at-the-membrane-driving-protein-translocation
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Elizabeth A Craig
Efficient movement of proteins across membranes is required for cell health. The translocation process is particularly challenging when the channel in the membrane through which proteins must pass is narrow-such as those in the membranes of the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria. Hsp70 molecular chaperones play roles on both sides of these membranes, ensuring efficient translocation of proteins synthesized on cytosolic ribosomes into the interior of these organelles. The "import motor" in the mitochondrial matrix, which is essential for driving the movement of proteins across the mitochondrial inner membrane, is arguably the most complex Hsp70-based system in the cell...
January 17, 2018: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343210/prediction-of-structural-consequences-for-disease-causing-variants-in-c21orf2-protein-using-computational-approaches
#12
Shalini Iyer, K Ravi Acharya, Vasanta Subramanian
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive motor-neurone disease, affects individuals usually aged between 50 and 70 years. C21orf2, recently identified as the new ALS susceptibility gene, harbours rare missense mutations that cause this fatal disease. We used bioinformatics and molecular modelling approaches to study specific ALS-associated mutations in C21orf2. Both native and mutant structures of the protein obtained from homology modelling were analysed in detail to gain insights into the potential impact of these mutations on the protein structure and its function...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342275/hot-spot-kif5a-mutations-cause-familial-als
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David Brenner, Rüstem Yilmaz, Kathrin Müller, Torsten Grehl, Susanne Petri, Thomas Meyer, Julian Grosskreutz, Patrick Weydt, Wolfgang Ruf, Christoph Neuwirth, Markus Weber, Susana Pinto, Kristl G Claeys, Berthold Schrank, Berit Jordan, Antje Knehr, Kornelia Günther, Annemarie Hübers, Daniel Zeller, Christian Kubisch, Sibylle Jablonka, Michael Sendtner, Thomas Klopstock, Mamede de Carvalho, Anne Sperfeld, Guntram Borck, Alexander E Volk, Johannes Dorst, Joachim Weis, Markus Otto, Joachim Schuster, Kelly Del Tredici, Heiko Braak, Karin M Danzer, Axel Freischmidt, Thomas Meitinger, Tim M Strom, Albert C Ludolph, Peter M Andersen, Jochen H Weishaupt
Heterozygous missense mutations in the N-terminal motor or coiled-coil domains of the kinesin family member 5A (KIF5A) gene cause monogenic spastic paraplegia (HSP10) and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2). Moreover, heterozygous de novo frame-shift mutations in the C-terminal domain of KIF5A are associated with neonatal intractable myoclonus, a neurodevelopmental syndrome. These findings, together with the observation that many of the disease genes associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disrupt cytoskeletal function and intracellular transport, led us to hypothesize that mutations in KIF5A are also a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
January 12, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341343/small-heat-shock-protein-b3-hspb3-mutation-in-an-axonal-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-family
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Da Eun Nam, Soo Hyun Nam, Ah Jin Lee, Young Bin Hong, Byung-Ok Choi, Ki Wha Chung
HSPB3 gene encodes a small heat-shock protein 27-like protein which has a high sequence homology with HSPB1. A mutation in the HSPB3 was reported as the putative underlying cause of distal hereditary motor neuropathy 2C (dHMN2C) in 2010. We identified a heterozygous mutation (c.352T>C, p.Tyr118His) in the HSPB3 from a Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2) family by the method of targeted next generation sequencing. The mutation was located in the well conserved alpha-crystalline domain, and several in silico predictions indicated a pathogenic effect of the mutation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337076/opposing-kinesin-and-myosin-i-motors-drive-membrane-deformation-and-tubulation-along-engineered-cytoskeletal-networks
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Betsy B McIntosh, Serapion Pyrpassopoulos, Erika L F Holzbaur, E Michael Ostap
Microtubule and actin filament molecular motors such as kinesin-1 and myosin-Ic (Myo1c) transport and remodel membrane-bound vesicles; however, it is unclear how they coordinate to accomplish these tasks. We introduced kinesin-1- and Myo1c-bound giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) into a micropatterned in vitro cytoskeletal matrix modeled after the subcellular architecture where vesicular sorting and membrane remodeling are observed. This array was composed of sparse microtubules intersecting regions dense with actin filaments, and revealed that Myo1c-dependent tethering of GUVs enabled kinesin-1-driven membrane deformation and tubulation...
January 9, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332269/behavioral-biochemical-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-parkinson-s-disease-mouse-model-using-the-neurotoxin-2-ch3-mptp-a-novel-approach
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Alice Laschuk Herlinger, Agihane Rodrigues Almeida, Sarah Martins Presti-Silva, Evaldo Vitor Pereira, Filipe Andrich, Rita Gomes Wanderley Pires, Cristina Martins-Silva
The neurotoxin MPTP has long been used to create a mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Indeed, several MPTP analogues have been developed, including 2'-CH3-MPTP, which was shown to induce nigrostriatal DA neuronal depletion more potently than MPTP. However, no study on behavioral and molecular alterations in response to 2'-CH3-MPTP has been carried out so far. In the present work, 2'-CH3-MPTP was administered to mice (2.5, 5.0 and 10 mg/kg per injection, once a day, 5 days) and histological, biochemical, molecular and behavioral alterations were evaluated...
January 13, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331789/anticonvulsant-activities-of-%C3%AE-asaronol-e-3-hydroxyasarone-an-active-constituent-derived-from-%C3%AE-asarone
#17
Xirui He, Yajun Bai, Min Zeng, Zefeng Zhao, Qiang Zhang, Ning Xu, Fanggang Qin, Xiaoyang Wei, Meimei Zhao, Ni Wu, Zehua Li, Yajun Zhang, Tai-Ping Fan, Xiaohui Zheng
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is one of chronic neurological disorders that affects 0.5-1.0% of the world's population during their lifetime. There is a still significant need to develop novel anticonvulsant drugs that possess superior efficacy, broad spectrum of activities and good safety profile. METHODS: α-Asaronol and two current antiseizure drugs (α-asarone and carbamazepine (CBZ)) were assessed by in vivo anticonvulsant screening with the three most employed standard animal seizure models, including maximal electroshock seizure (MES), subcutaneous injection-pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures and 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MP)-induced seizures in mice...
August 31, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331765/5-6-dihydropyrimidine-1-2h-carbothioamides-synthesis-in-vitro-gaba-at-screening-anticonvulsant-activity-and-molecular-modelling-study
#18
Meeta Sahu, Nadeem Siddiqui, Vidushi Sharma, Sharad Wakode
Even after considerable advances in the field of epilepsy treatment, convulsions are inefficiently controlled by standard drug therapy. Herein, a series of pyrimidine-carbothioamide derivatives 4(a-t) was designed as anticonvulsant agents by doing some important structural modifications in well-known anticonvulsant drugs. Two classical animal models were used for the in vivo anticonvulsant screening, maximum electroshock seizure (MES) and subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole (scPTZ) models; followed by motor impairment study by rotarod method...
January 2, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331130/femtosecond-coherent-nuclear-dynamics-of-excited-tetraphenylethylene-ultrafast-transient-absorption-and-ultrafast-raman-loss-spectroscopic-studies
#19
Surajit Kayal, Khokan Roy, Siva Umapathy
Ultrafast torsional dynamics plays an important role in the photoinduced excited state dynamics. Tetraphenylethylene (TPE), a model system for the molecular motor, executes interesting torsional dynamics upon photoexcitation. The photoreaction of TPE involves ultrafast internal conversion via a nearly planar intermediate state (relaxed state) that further leads to a twisted zwitterionic state. Here, we report the photoinduced structural dynamics of excited TPE during the course of photoisomerization in the condensed phase by ultrafast Raman loss (URLS) and femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331073/cerebrospinal-fluid-macrophage-biomarkers-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
A G Thompson, E Gray, M-L Thézénas, P D Charles, S Evetts, M T Hu, K Talbot, R Fischer, B M Kessler, M R Turner
Objective The neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome involving multiple molecular pathways. The development of biomarkers for use in therapeutic trials is a priority. We sought to use a high-throughput proteomic method to identify novel biomarkers in individual cerebrospinal fluid samples. Methods Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry with label-free quantification was used to identify cerebrospinal fluid proteins using samples from a well-characterised longitudinal cohort comprising patients with ALS (n=43), the upper motor neuron variant primary lateral sclerosis (PLS, n=6), cross-sectional healthy (n=20) and disease controls (Parkinsons's n=20, ALS mimic disorders n=12)...
January 13, 2018: Annals of Neurology
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