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Drosophila blood brain barrier

Shirley L Zhang, Zhifeng Yue, Denice M Arnold, Gregory Artiushin, Amita Sehgal
Endogenous circadian rhythms are thought to modulate responses to external factors, but mechanisms that confer time-of-day differences in organismal responses to environmental insults/therapeutic treatments are poorly understood. Using a xenobiotic, we find that permeability of the Drosophila "blood"-brain barrier (BBB) is higher at night. The permeability rhythm is driven by circadian regulation of efflux and depends on a molecular clock in the perineurial glia of the BBB, although efflux transporters are restricted to subperineurial glia (SPG)...
February 27, 2018: Cell
Sarah J Parkhurst, Pratik Adhikari, Jovana S Navarrete, Arièle Legendre, Miguel Manansala, Fred W Wolf
Ethanol is the most common drug of abuse. It exerts its behavioral effects by acting on widespread neural circuits; however, its impact on glial cells is less understood. We show that Drosophila perineurial glia are critical for ethanol tolerance, a simple form of behavioral plasticity. The perineurial glia form the continuous outer cellular layer of the blood-brain barrier and are the interface between the brain and the circulation. Ethanol tolerance development requires the A kinase anchoring protein Akap200 specifically in perineurial glia...
February 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Montserrat Torres-Oliva, Julia Schneider, Gordon Wiegleb, Felix Kaufholz, Nico Posnien
Drosophila melanogaster head development represents a valuable process to study the developmental control of various organs, such as the antennae, the dorsal ocelli and the compound eyes from a common precursor, the eye-antennal imaginal disc. While the gene regulatory network underlying compound eye development has been extensively studied, the key transcription factors regulating the formation of other head structures from the same imaginal disc are largely unknown. We obtained the developmental transcriptome of the eye-antennal discs covering late patterning processes at the late 2nd larval instar stage to the onset and progression of differentiation at the end of larval development...
January 23, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Samantha J Hindle, Roeben N Munji, Elena Dolghih, Garrett Gaskins, Souvinh Orng, Hiroshi Ishimoto, Allison Soung, Michael DeSalvo, Toshihiro Kitamoto, Michael J Keiser, Matthew P Jacobson, Richard Daneman, Roland J Bainton
Central nervous system (CNS) chemical protection depends upon discrete control of small-molecule access by the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Curiously, some drugs cause CNS side-effects despite negligible transit past the BBB. To investigate this phenomenon, we asked whether the highly BBB-enriched drug efflux transporter MDR1 has dual functions in controlling drug and endogenous molecule CNS homeostasis. If this is true, then brain-impermeable drugs could induce behavioral changes by affecting brain levels of endogenous molecules...
October 31, 2017: Cell Reports
S M Müller, F Ebert, G Raber, S Meyer, J Bornhorst, S Hüwel, H-J Galla, K A Francesconi, T Schwerdtle
Arsenic-containing hydrocarbons (AsHCs), a subgroup of arsenolipids (AsLs) occurring in fish and edible algae, possess a substantial neurotoxic potential in fully differentiated human brain cells. Previous in vivo studies indicating that AsHCs cross the blood-brain barrier of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster raised the question whether AsLs could also cross the vertebrate blood-brain barrier (BBB). In the present study, we investigated the impact of several representatives of AsLs (AsHC 332, AsHC 360, AsHC 444, and two arsenic-containing fatty acids, AsFA 362 and AsFA 388) as well as of their metabolites (thio/oxo-dimethylpropionic acid, dimethylarsinic acid) on porcine brain capillary endothelial cells (PBCECs, in vitro model for the blood-brain barrier)...
October 20, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
Siya G Sibiya, Musa V Mbandla, Thavi Govender, Adeola Shobo, William M U Daniels
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by extracellular deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques. These protein deposits impair synaptic plasticity thereby producing a progressive decline in cognitive function. Current therapies are merely palliative and only slow cognitive decline. Poly-N-methylated Aβ-Peptide C-Terminal Fragments (MEPTIDES) were recently shown to reduce Aβ toxicity in vitro and in Drosophila melanogaster, however whether these novel compounds are effective in inhibiting Aβ-induced toxicity in the mammalian brain remains unclear...
October 9, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
Anne Volkenhoff, Johannes Hirrlinger, Johannes M Kappel, Christian Klämbt, Stefanie Schirmeier
All complex nervous systems are metabolically separated from circulation by a blood-brain barrier (BBB) that prevents uncontrolled leakage of solutes into the brain. Thus, all metabolites needed to sustain energy homeostasis must be transported across this BBB. In invertebrates, such as Drosophila, the major carbohydrate in circulation is the disaccharide trehalose and specific trehalose transporters are expressed by the glial BBB. Here we analyzed whether glucose is able to contribute to energy homeostasis in Drosophila...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
Julia Sellin, Heike Schulze, Marie Paradis, Dominic Gosejacob, Cyrus Papan, Andrej Shevchenko, Olympia Ekaterina Psathaki, Achim Paululat, Melanie Thielisch, Konrad Sandhoff, Michael Hoch
Sphingolipidoses are inherited diseases belonging to the class of lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs), which are characterized by the accumulation of indigestible material in the lysosome caused by specific defects in the lysosomal degradation machinery. While some LSDs can be efficiently treated by enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), this is not possible if the nervous system is affected due to the presence of the blood-brain barrier. Sphingolipidoses in particular often present as severe, untreatable forms of LSDs with massive sphingolipid and membrane accumulation in lysosomes, neurodegeneration and very short life expectancy...
June 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Alamin Mohammed, Megan B O'Hare, Alice Warley, Guy Tear, Richard I Tuxworth
The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses are a group of recessively inherited, childhood-onset neurodegenerative conditions. Several forms are caused by mutations in genes encoding putative lysosomal membrane proteins. Studies of the cell biology underpinning these disorders are hampered by the poor antigenicity of the membrane proteins, which makes visualization of the endogenous proteins difficult. We have used Drosophila to generate knock-in YFP-fusions for two of the NCL membrane proteins: CLN7 and CLN3. The YFP-fusions are expressed at endogenous levels and the proteins can be visualized live without the need for overexpression...
July 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
Dong Li, Yanling Liu, Chunli Pei, Peng Zhang, Linqing Pan, Jing Xiao, Songshu Meng, Zengqiang Yuan, Xiaolin Bi
The Hippo signaling pathway is highly conserved from Drosophila to mammals and plays a central role in maintaining organ size and tissue homeostasis. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) physiologically isolates the brain from circulating blood or the hemolymph system, and its integrity is strictly maintained to perform sophisticated neuronal functions. Until now, the underlying mechanisms of subperineurial glia (SPG) growth and BBB maintenance during development are not clear. Here, we report an miR-285-Yorkie (Yki)/Multiple Ankyrin repeats Single KH domain (Mask) double-negative feedback loop that regulates SPG growth and BBB integrity...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Astrid Weiler, Anne Volkenhoff, Helen Hertenstein, Stefanie Schirmeier
The nervous system in higher vertebrates is separated from the circulation by a layer of specialized endothelial cells. It protects the sensitive neurons from harmful blood-derived substances, high and fluctuating ion concentrations, xenobiotics or even pathogens. To this end, the brain endothelial cells and their interlinking tight junctions build an efficient diffusion barrier. A structurally analogous diffusion barrier exists in insects, where glial cell layers separate the hemolymph from the neural cells...
February 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
Tibor Kovács, Viktor Billes, Marcell Komlós, Bernadette Hotzi, Anna Manzéger, Anna Tarnóci, Diána Papp, Fanni Szikszai, Janka Szinyákovics, Ákos Rácz, Béla Noszál, Szilvia Veszelka, Fruzsina R Walter, Mária A Deli, Laszlo Hackler, Robert Alfoldi, Orsolya Huzian, Laszlo G Puskas, Hanna Liliom, Krisztián Tárnok, Katalin Schlett, Adrienn Borsy, Ervin Welker, Attila L Kovács, Zsolt Pádár, Attila Erdős, Adam Legradi, Annamaria Bjelik, Károly Gulya, Balázs Gulyás, Tibor Vellai
Autophagy functions as a main route for the degradation of superfluous and damaged constituents of the cytoplasm. Defects in autophagy are implicated in the development of various age-dependent degenerative disorders such as cancer, neurodegeneration and tissue atrophy, and in accelerated aging. To promote basal levels of the process in pathological settings, we previously screened a small molecule library for novel autophagy-enhancing factors that inhibit the myotubularin-related phosphatase MTMR14/Jumpy, a negative regulator of autophagic membrane formation...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tina Schwabe, Xiaoling Li, Ulrike Gaul
During development, many epithelia are formed by a mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET). Here, we examine the major stages and underlying mechanisms of MET during blood-brain barrier formation in Drosophila We show that contact with the basal lamina is essential for the growth of the barrier-forming subperineurial glia (SPG). Septate junctions (SJs), which provide insulation of the paracellular space, are not required for MET, but are necessary for the establishment of polarized SPG membrane compartments...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
Wenchao Sun, Seongsoo Lee, Xiaoran Huang, Song Liu, Mohammed Inayathullah, Kwang-Min Kim, Hongxiang Tang, J Wesson Ashford, Jayakumar Rajadas
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneity. Critical components of the two AD pathological pathways, Aβ-amyloidosis and Tauopathy, have been considered as therapeutic targets. Among them, much effort is focused on aberrant Tau phosphorylation and targeting Tau-phosphorylating kinases. Methylene blue (MB), a phenothiazine dye that crosses the blood-brain barrier, has been shown to hit multiple molecular targets involved in AD and have beneficial effects in clinical studies...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Alvaro Sanchez-Martinez, Michelle Beavan, Matthew E Gegg, Kai-Yin Chau, Alexander J Whitworth, Anthony H V Schapira
GBA gene mutations are the greatest cause of Parkinson disease (PD). GBA encodes the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase (GCase) but the mechanisms by which loss of GCase contributes to PD remain unclear. Inhibition of autophagy and the generation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress are both implicated. Mutant GCase can unfold in the ER and be degraded via the unfolded protein response, activating ER stress and reducing lysosomal GCase. Small molecule chaperones that cross the blood brain barrier help mutant GCase refold and traffic correctly to lysosomes are putative treatments for PD...
August 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Swapna Bera, Rajiv K Kar, Susanta Mondal, Kalipada Pahan, Anirban Bhunia
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) have shown promise in nonpermeable therapeutic drug delivery, because of their ability to transport a variety of cargo molecules across the cell membranes and their noncytotoxicity. Drosophila antennapedia homeodomain-derived CPP penetratin (RQIKIWFQNRRMKWKK), being rich in positively charged residues, has been increasingly used as a potential drug carrier for various purposes. Penetratin can breach the tight endothelial network known as the blood-brain barrier (BBB), permitting treatment of several neurodegenerative maladies, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease...
September 6, 2016: Biochemistry
Teresa Niccoli, Melissa Cabecinha, Anna Tillmann, Fiona Kerr, Chi T Wong, Dalia Cardenes, Alec J Vincent, Lucia Bettedi, Li Li, Sebastian Grönke, Jacqueline Dols, Linda Partridge
Glucose hypometabolism is a prominent feature of the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Disease progression is associated with a reduction in glucose transporters in both neurons and endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier. However, whether increasing glucose transport into either of these cell types offers therapeutic potential remains unknown. Using an adult-onset Drosophila model of Aβ (amyloid beta) toxicity, we show that genetic overexpression of a glucose transporter, specifically in neurons, rescues lifespan, behavioral phenotypes, and neuronal morphology...
September 12, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Marquis T Walker, Craig Montell
Mucolipidosis IV (MLIV) is a severe lysosomal storage disorder, which results from loss of the TRPML1 channel. MLIV causes multiple impairments in young children, including severe motor deficits. Currently, there is no effective treatment. Using a Drosophila MLIV model, we showed previously that introduction of trpml(+) in phagocytic glia rescued the locomotor deficit by removing early dying neurons, thereby preventing amplification of neuronal death from cytotoxicity. Because microglia, which are phagocytic cells in the mammalian brain, are bone marrow derived, and cross the blood-brain barrier, we used a mouse MLIV model to test the efficacy of bone marrow transplantation (BMT)...
July 1, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Sonia Hall, Robert E Ward
The septate junction (SJ) is the occluding junction found in the ectodermal epithelia of invertebrate organisms, and is essential to maintain chemically distinct compartments in epithelial organs, to provide the blood-brain barrier in the nervous system, and to provide an important line of defense against invading pathogens. More than 20 genes have been identified to function in the establishment or maintenance of SJs in Drosophila melanogaster Numerous studies have demonstrated the cell biological function of these proteins in establishing the occluding junction, whereas very few studies have examined further developmental roles for them...
August 9, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Ann-Christin Niehoff, Jacqueline Schulz, Jens Soltwisch, Sören Meyer, Hans Kettling, Michael Sperling, Astrid Jeibmann, Klaus Dreisewerd, Kevin A Francesconi, Tanja Schwerdtle, Uwe Karst
Arsenic-containing lipids (arsenolipids) are natural products of marine organisms such as fish, invertebrates, and algae, many of which are important seafoods. A major group of arsenolipids, namely, the arsenic-containing hydrocarbons (AsHC), have recently been shown to be cytotoxic to human liver and bladder cells, a result that has stimulated interest in the chemistry and toxicology of these compounds. In this study, elemental laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) and molecular matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI-)MS were used to image and quantify the uptake of an AsHC in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster...
May 17, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
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