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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317220/acamprosate-rescues-neuronal-defects-in-the-drosophila-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Russell L Hutson, Rachel L Thompson, Andrew P Bantel, Charles R Tessier
AIMS: Several off-label studies have shown that acamprosate can provide some clinical benefits in youth with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), an autism spectrum disorder caused by loss of function of the highly conserved FMR1 gene. This study investigated the ability of acamprosate to rescue cellular, molecular and behavioral defects in the Drosophila model of FXS. MAIN METHODS: A high (100μM) and low (10μM) dose of acamprosate was fed to Drosophila FXS (dfmr1 null) or genetic control (w1118) larvae and then analyzed in multiple paradigms...
January 6, 2018: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282074/the-rap-activator-gef26-regulates-synaptic-growth-and-neuronal-survival-via-inhibition-of-bmp-signaling
#2
Keunjung Heo, Minyeop Nahm, Min-Jung Lee, Young-Eun Kim, Chang-Seok Ki, Seung Hyun Kim, Seungbok Lee
In Drosophila, precise regulation of BMP signaling is essential for normal synaptic growth at the larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ) and neuronal survival in the adult brain. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying fine-tuning of BMP signaling in neurons remain poorly understood. We show that loss of the Drosophila PDZ guanine nucleotide exchange factor Gef26 significantly increases synaptic growth at the NMJ and enhances BMP signaling in motor neurons. We further show that Gef26 functions upstream of Rap1 in motor neurons to restrain synaptic growth...
December 28, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258853/drosophila-active-zones-from-molecules-to-behaviour
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REVIEW
Nadine Ehmann, David Owald, Robert J Kittel
In a constantly changing environment, neuronal circuits need to be updated and adjusted to elicit directed actions. Synaptic plasticity plays an important role in modulating such globally and locally acting networks. The active zone (AZ) is a protein-rich compartment of chemical synapses, where precisely orchestrated molecular interactions control synaptic vesicle (SV) fusion with the presynaptic membrane. The subsequent release of neurotransmitter substances onto postsynaptic receptor fields forms the basis of neuronal communication...
December 16, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249293/epigenetic-crosstalk-pharmacological-inhibition-of-hdacs-can-rescue-defective-synaptic-morphology-and-neurotransmission-phenotypes-associated-with-loss-of-the-chromatin-reader-kismet
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REVIEW
Nina K Latcheva, Jennifer M Viveiros, Edward A Waddell, Phuong T T Nguyen, Faith L W Liebl, Daniel R Marenda
We are beginning to appreciate the complex mechanisms by which epigenetic proteins control chromatin dynamics to tightly regulate normal development. However, the interaction between these proteins, particularly in the context of neuronal function, remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that the activity of histone deacetylases (HDACs) opposes that of a chromatin remodeling enzyme at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Pharmacological inhibition of HDAC function reverses loss of function phenotypes associated with Kismet, a chromodomain helicase DNA-binding (CHD) protein...
December 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217522/drosophila-syd-1-has-rhogap-activity-that-is-required-for-presynaptic-clustering-of-bruchpilot-elks-but-not-neurexin-1
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Michael A Spinner, David A Walla, Tory G Herman
Syd-1 proteins are required for presynaptic development in worm, fly, and mouse. Syd-1s in all three species contain a Rho GTPase activating protein (GAP)-like domain of unclear significance. Invertebrate Syd-1s are thought to lack GAP activity, and mouse mSYD1A has GAP activity that is thought to be dispensible for its function. Here we show that Drosophila melanogaster Syd-1 can interact with all six fly Rhos and has GAP activity toward Rac1 and Cdc42. During development, fly Syd-1 clusters multiple presynaptic proteins at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), including the cell adhesion molecule Neurexin (Nrx-1) and the active zone (AZ) component Bruchpilot (Brp), both of which Syd-1 binds directly...
December 7, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161404/mutation-dependent-aggregation-and-toxicity-in-a-drosophila-model-for-ubqln2-associated-als
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Sang Hwa Kim, Shannon G Stiles, Joseph M Feichtmeier, Nandini Ramesh, Lihong Zhan, Mark A Scalf, Lloyd M Smith, Udai Bhan Pandey, Randal S Tibbetts
Members of the conserved ubiquilin (UBQLN) family of ubiquitin (Ub) chaperones harbor an antipodal UBL (Ub-like)-UBA (Ub-associated) domain arrangement and participate in proteasome and autophagosome-mediated protein degradation. Mutations in a proline-rich-repeat region (PRR) of UBQLN2 cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/frontotemporal dementia (FTD); however, neither the normal functions of the PRR nor impacts of ALS-associated mutations within it are well understood. In this study we show that ALS mutations perturb UBQLN2 solubility and folding in a mutation-specific manner...
November 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130196/super-resolution-single-molecule-fish-at-the-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
#7
Joshua S Titlow, Lu Yang, Richard M Parton, Ana Palanca, Ilan Davis
The lack of an effective, simple, and highly sensitive protocol for fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) at the Drosophila larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ) has hampered the study of mRNA biology. Here, we describe our modified single molecule FISH (smFISH) methods that work well in whole mount Drosophila NMJ preparations to quantify primary transcription and count individual cytoplasmic mRNA molecules in specimens while maintaining ultrastructural preservation. The smFISH method is suitable for high-throughput sample processing and 3D image acquisition using any conventional microscopy imaging modality and is compatible with the use of antibody colabeling and transgenic fluorescent protein tags in axons, glia, synapses, and muscle cells...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114039/neuronal-activity-drives-fmrp-and-hspg-dependent-matrix-metalloproteinase-function-required-for-rapid-synaptogenesis
#8
Mary L Dear, Jarrod Shilts, Kendal Broadie
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) functions modulate synapse formation and activity-dependent plasticity. Aberrant MMP activity is implicated in fragile X syndrome (FXS), a disease caused by the loss of the RNA-binding protein FMRP and characterized by neurological dysfunction and intellectual disability. Gene expression studies in Drosophila suggest that Mmps cooperate with the heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) glypican co-receptor Dally-like protein (Dlp) to restrict trans-synaptic Wnt signaling and that synaptogenic defects in the fly model of FXS are alleviated by either inhibition of Mmp or genetic reduction of Dlp...
November 7, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105522/orb2-as-modulator-of-brat-and-their-role-at-the-neuromuscular-junction
#9
Elena Santana, Sergio Casas-Tintó
How synapses are built and dismantled is a central question in neurobiology. A wide range of proteins and processes from gene transcription to protein degradation are involved. Orb2 regulates mRNA translation depending on its monomeric or oligomeric state to modulate nervous system development and memory. Orb2 is expressed in Drosophila larval brain and neuromuscular junction (NMJ), Orb2 knockdown causes a reduction of synapse number and defects in neuronal morphology. Brain tumor (Brat) is an Orb2 target; it is expressed in larval brain related with cell growth and proliferation...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037990/roles-for-the-vcp-co-factors-npl4-and-ufd1-in-neuronal-function-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#10
Dwayne J Byrne, Mark J Harmon, Jeremy C Simpson, Craig Blackstone, Niamh C O'Sullivan
The VCP-Ufd1-Npl4 complex regulates proteasomal processing within cells by delivering ubiquitinated proteins to the proteasome for degradation. Mutations in VCP are associated with two neurodegenerative diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and inclusion body myopathy with Paget's disease of the bone and frontotemporal dementia (IBMPFD), and extensive study has revealed crucial functions of VCP within neurons. By contrast, little is known about the functions of Npl4 or Ufd1 in vivo. Using neuronal-specific knockdown of Npl4 or Ufd1 in Drosophila melanogaster, we infer that Npl4 contributes to microtubule organization within developing motor neurons...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994789/focal-macropatch-recordings-of-synaptic-currents-from-the-drosophila-larval-neuromuscular-junction
#11
Alexander Vasin, Maria Bykhovskaia
Drosophila neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is an excellent model system to study glutamatergic synaptic transmission. We describe the technique of focal macropatch recordings of synaptic currents from visualized boutons at the Drosophila larval NMJ. This technique requires customized fabrication of recording micropipettes, as well as a compound microscope equipped with a high magnification, long-distance water immersion objective, differential interference contrast (DIC) optics, and a fluorescent attachment. The recording electrode is positioned on the top of a selected synaptic bouton visualized with DIC optics, epi-fluorescence, or both...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978466/post-transcriptional-inhibition-of-hsc70-4-hspa8-expression-leads-to-synaptic-vesicle-cycling-defects-in-multiple-models-of-als
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Alyssa N Coyne, Ileana Lorenzini, Ching-Chieh Chou, Meaghan Torvund, Robert S Rogers, Alexander Starr, Benjamin L Zaepfel, Jennifer Levy, Jeffrey Johannesmeyer, Jacob C Schwartz, Hiroshi Nishimune, Konrad Zinsmaier, Wilfried Rossoll, Rita Sattler, Daniela C Zarnescu
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a synaptopathy accompanied by the presence of cytoplasmic aggregates containing TDP-43, an RNA-binding protein linked to ∼97% of ALS cases. Using a Drosophila model of ALS, we show that TDP-43 overexpression (OE) in motor neurons results in decreased expression of the Hsc70-4 chaperone at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Mechanistically, mutant TDP-43 sequesters hsc70-4 mRNA and impairs its translation. Expression of the Hsc70-4 ortholog, HSPA8, is also reduced in primary motor neurons and NMJs of mice expressing mutant TDP-43...
October 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973139/homeostatic-plasticity-can-be-induced-and-expressed-to-restore-synaptic-strength-at-neuromuscular-junctions-undergoing-als-related-degeneration
#13
Sarah Perry, Yifu Han, Anushka Das, Dion Dickman
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is debilitating neurodegenerative disease characterized by motor neuron dysfunction and progressive weakening of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Hereditary ALS is strongly associated with variants in the human C9orf72 gene. We have characterized C9orf72 pathology at the Drosophila NMJ and utilized several approaches to restore synaptic strength in this model. First, we demonstrate a dramatic reduction in synaptic arborization and active zone number at NMJs following C9orf72 transgenic expression in motor neurons...
November 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912273/neuroligin-4-regulates-synaptic-growth-via-the-bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-signaling-pathway-at-the-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
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Xinwang Zhang, Menglong Rui, Guangmin Gan, Cong Huang, Jukang Yi, Huihui Lv, Wei Xie
The neuroligin (Nlg) family of neural cell adhesion molecules is thought to be required for synapse formation and development and has been linked to the development of autism spectrum disorders in humans. In Drosophila melanogaster, mutations in the neuroligin 1-3 genes have been reported to induce synapse developmental defects at neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), but the role of neuroligin 4 (dnlg4) in synapse development has not been determined. Here, we report that the Drosophila neuroligin 4 (DNlg4) is different from DNlg1-3 in that it presynaptically regulates NMJ synapse development...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860114/notum-coordinates-synapse-development-via-extracellular-regulation-of-wingless-trans-synaptic-signaling
#15
Danielle L Kopke, Sofia C Lima, Cyrille Alexandre, Kendal Broadie
Synaptogenesis requires orchestrated communication between pre- and postsynaptic cells via coordinated trans-synaptic signaling across the extracellular synaptomatrix. The first Wnt signaling ligand discovered, Drosophila Wingless (Wg; Wnt1 in mammals), plays crucial roles in synaptic development, regulating synapse architecture as well as functional differentiation. Here, we investigate synaptogenic functions of the secreted extracellular deacylase Notum, which restricts Wg signaling by cleaving an essential palmitoleate moiety...
October 1, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846707/kek-6-a-truncated-trk-like-receptor-for-drosophila-neurotrophin-2-regulates-structural-synaptic-plasticity
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Suzana Ulian-Benitez, Simon Bishop, Istvan Foldi, Jill Wentzell, Chinenye Okenwa, Manuel G Forero, Bangfu Zhu, Marta Moreira, Mark Phizacklea, Graham McIlroy, Guiyi Li, Nicholas J Gay, Alicia Hidalgo
Neurotrophism, structural plasticity, learning and long-term memory in mammals critically depend on neurotrophins binding Trk receptors to activate tyrosine kinase (TyrK) signaling, but Drosophila lacks full-length Trks, raising the question of how these processes occur in the fly. Paradoxically, truncated Trk isoforms lacking the TyrK predominate in the adult human brain, but whether they have neuronal functions independently of full-length Trks is unknown. Drosophila has TyrK-less Trk-family receptors, encoded by the kekkon (kek) genes, suggesting that evolutionarily conserved functions for this receptor class may exist...
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790398/shedding-light-on-alzheimer-s-%C3%AE-amyloidosis-photosensitized-methylene-blue-inhibits-self-assembly-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptides-and-disintegrates-their-aggregates
#17
Byung Il Lee, Yoon Seok Suh, You Jung Chung, Kweon Yu, Chan Beum Park
Abnormal aggregation of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides is a major hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In spite of numerous attempts to prevent the β-amyloidosis, no effective drugs for treating AD have been developed to date. Among many candidate chemicals, methylene blue (MB) has proved its therapeutic potential for AD in a number of in vitro and in vivo studies; but the result of recent clinical trials performed with MB and its derivative was negative. Here, with the aid of multiple photochemical analyses, we first report that photoexcited MB molecules can block Aβ42 aggregation in vitro...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745645/a-simple-neuronal-mechanical-injury-methodology-to-study-drosophila-motor-neuron-degeneration
#18
Erika B Danella, Lani C Keller
The degeneration of neurons occurs during normal development and in response to injury, stress, and disease. The cellular hallmarks of neuronal degeneration are remarkably similar in humans and invertebrates as are the molecular mechanisms that drive these processes. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, provides a powerful yet simple genetic model organism to study the cellular complexities of neurodegenerative diseases. In fact, approximately 70% of disease-associated human genes have a Drosophila homolog and a plethora of tools and assays have been described using flies to study human neurodegenerative diseases...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576972/secreted-tissue-inhibitor-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-restricts-trans-synaptic-signaling-to-coordinate-synaptogenesis
#19
Jarrod Shilts, Kendal Broadie
Synaptogenesis is coordinated by trans-synaptic signals that traverse the specialized synaptomatrix between presynaptic and postsynaptic cells. Matrix metalloproteinase (Mmp) activity sculpts this environment, balanced by secreted tissue inhibitors of Mmp (Timp). Here, we use the simplified Drosophila melanogaster matrix metalloproteome to test the consequences of eliminating all Timp regulatory control of Mmp activity at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Using in situ zymography, we find Timp limits Mmp activity at the NMJ terminal and shapes extracellular proteolytic dynamics surrounding individual synaptic boutons...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544556/electrophysiological-analysis-of-synaptic-transmission-in-drosophila
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REVIEW
Maria Bykhovskaia, Alexander Vasin
Synaptic transmission is dynamic, plastic, and highly regulated. Drosophila is an advantageous model system for genetic and molecular studies of presynaptic and postsynaptic mechanisms and plasticity. Electrical recordings of synaptic responses represent a wide-spread approach to study neuronal signaling and synaptic transmission. We discuss experimental techniques that allow monitoring synaptic transmission in Drosophila neuromuscular and central systems. Recordings of synaptic potentials or currents at the larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are most common and provide numerous technical advantages due to robustness of the preparation, large and identifiable muscles, and synaptic boutons which can be readily visualized...
September 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
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