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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829947/a-single-cell-biochemistry-approach-reveals-par-complex-dynamics-during-cell-polarization
#1
Daniel J Dickinson, Francoise Schwager, Lionel Pintard, Monica Gotta, Bob Goldstein
Regulated protein-protein interactions are critical for cell signaling, differentiation, and development. For the study of dynamic regulation of protein interactions in vivo, there is a need for techniques that can yield time-resolved information and probe multiple protein binding partners simultaneously, using small amounts of starting material. Here we describe a single-cell protein interaction assay. Single-cell lysates are generated at defined time points and analyzed using single-molecule pull-down, yielding information about dynamic protein complex regulation in vivo...
August 21, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829939/protein-clustering-shapes-polarity-protein-gradients
#2
Edwin Munro
In this issue of Developmental Cell, Dickinson et al. (2017) and Rodriguez et al. (2017), along with Wang et al. (2017) in Nature Cell Biology, show how PAR protein oligomerization can dynamically couple protein diffusion and transport by cortical flow to control kinase activity gradients and polarity in the C. elegans zygote.
August 21, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829773/caenorhabditis-elegans-atpase-inhibitor-factor-1-if1-mai-2-preserves-the-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-%C3%AE-%C3%AF-m-and-is-important-to-induce-germ-cell-apoptosis
#3
L P Fernández-Cárdenas, E Villanueva-Chimal, L S Salinas, C José-Nuñez, M Tuena de Gómez Puyou, R E Navarro
When the electrochemical proton gradient is disrupted in the mitochondria, IF1 (Inhibitor Factor-1) inhibits the reverse hydrolytic activity of the F1Fo-ATP synthase, thereby allowing cells to conserve ATP at the expense of losing the mitochondrial membrane potential (Δψm). The function of IF1 has been studied mainly in different cell lines, but these studies have generated contrasting results, which have not been helpful to understand the real role of this protein in a whole organism. In this work, we studied IF1 function in Caenorhabditis elegans to understand IF1´s role in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828256/biological-effects-of-carbon-nanotubes-generated-in-forest-wildfire-ecosystems-rich-in-resinous-trees-on-native-plants
#4
Javier Lara-Romero, Jesús Campos-García, Nabanita Dasgupta-Schubert, Salomón Borjas-García, D K Tiwari, Francisco Paraguay-Delgado, Sergio Jiménez-Sandoval, Gabriel Alonso-Nuñez, Mariela Gómez-Romero, Roberto Lindig-Cisneros, Homero Reyes De la Cruz, Javier A Villegas
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have a broad range of applications and are generally considered human-engineered nanomaterials. However, carbon nanostructures have been found in ice cores and oil wells, suggesting that nature may provide appropriate conditions for CNT synthesis. During forest wildfires, materials such as turpentine and conifer tissues containing iron under high temperatures may create chemical conditions favorable for CNT generation, similar to those in synthetic methods. Here, we show evidence of naturally occurring multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) produced from Pinus oocarpa and Pinus pseudostrobus, following a forest wildfire...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827395/cytoskeletal-variations-in-an-asymmetric-cell-division-support-diversity-in-nematode-sperm-size-and-sex-ratios
#5
Ethan S Winter, Anna Schwarz, Gunar Fabig, Jessica L Feldman, André Pires-daSilva, Thomas Müller-Reichert, Penny L Sadler, Diane C Shakes
Asymmetric partitioning is an essential component of many developmental processes. As spermatogenesis concludes, sperm are streamlined by discarding unnecessary cellular into cellular wastebags called residual bodies (RBs). During nematode spermatogenesis, this asymmetric partitioning event occurs shortly after anaphase II, and both microtubules and actin partition into a central RB. Here we use fluorescence and transmission electron microscopy to elucidate and compare the intermediate steps of RB formation in C...
August 21, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827349/the-4e-bp-growth-pathway-regulates-the-effect-of-ambient-temperature-on-drosophila-metabolism-and-lifespan
#6
Gil B Carvalho, Ilaria Drago, Sany Hoxha, Ryuichi Yamada, Olena Mahneva, Kimberley D Bruce, Alina Soto Obando, Bruno Conti, William W Ja
Changes in body temperature can profoundly affect survival. The dramatic longevity-enhancing effect of cold has long been known in organisms ranging from invertebrates to mammals, yet the underlying mechanisms have only recently begun to be uncovered. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, this process is regulated by a thermosensitive membrane TRP channel and the DAF-16/FOXO transcription factor, but in more complex organisms the underpinnings of cold-induced longevity remain largely mysterious. We report that, in Drosophila melanogaster, variation in ambient temperature triggers metabolic changes in protein translation, mitochondrial protein synthesis, and posttranslational regulation of the translation repressor, 4E-BP (eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E-binding protein)...
August 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827345/indoles-from-commensal-bacteria-extend-healthspan
#7
Robert Sonowal, Alyson Swimm, Anusmita Sahoo, Liping Luo, Yohei Matsunaga, Ziqi Wu, Jui A Bhingarde, Elizabeth A Ejzak, Ayush Ranawade, Hiroshi Qadota, Domonica N Powell, Christopher T Capaldo, Jonathan M Flacker, Rhienallt M Jones, Guy M Benian, Daniel Kalman
Multiple studies have identified conserved genetic pathways and small molecules associated with extension of lifespan in diverse organisms. However, extending lifespan does not result in concomitant extension in healthspan, defined as the proportion of time that an animal remains healthy and free of age-related infirmities. Rather, mutations that extend lifespan often reduce healthspan and increase frailty. The question arises as to whether factors or mechanisms exist that uncouple these processes and extend healthspan and reduce frailty independent of lifespan...
August 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827289/mip-map-high-throughput-mapping-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-temperature-sensitive-mutants-via-molecular-inversion-probes
#8
Calvin A Mok, Vinci Au, Owen A Thompson, Mark L Edgley, Louis Gevirtzman, John Yochem, Joshua Lowry, Nadin Memar, Matthew R Wallenfang, Dominique Rasoloson, Bruce Bowerman, Ralf Schnabel, Geraldine Seydoux, Donald G Moerman, Robert H Waterston
Mutants remain a powerful means for dissecting gene function in model organisms such as Caenorhabditis elegans. Massively parallel sequencing has simplified the detection of variants after mutagenesis but determining precisely which change is responsible for phenotypic perturbation remains a key step. Genetic mapping paradigms in C. elegans rely on bulk segregant populations produced by crosses with the problematic Hawaiian wild isolate and an excess of redundant information from whole-genome sequencing (WGS)...
August 21, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826819/a-real-time-biosensor-for-erk-activity-reveals-signaling-dynamics-during-c-%C3%A2-elegans-cell-fate-specification
#9
Claire de la Cova, Robert Townley, Sergi Regot, Iva Greenwald
Kinase translocation reporters (KTRs) are genetically encoded fluorescent activity sensors that convert kinase activity into a nucleocytoplasmic shuttling equilibrium for visualizing single-cell signaling dynamics. Here, we adapt the first-generation KTR for extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) to allow easy implementation in vivo. This sensor, "ERK-nKTR," allows quantitative and qualitative assessment of ERK activity by analysis of individual nuclei and faithfully reports ERK activity during development and neural function in diverse cell contexts in Caenorhabditis elegans...
August 10, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826674/evolutionarily-conserved-principles-predict-3d-chromatin-organization
#10
M Jordan Rowley, Michael H Nichols, Xiaowen Lyu, Masami Ando-Kuri, I Sarahi M Rivera, Karen Hermetz, Ping Wang, Yijun Ruan, Victor G Corces
Topologically associating domains (TADs), CTCF loop domains, and A/B compartments have been identified as important structural and functional components of 3D chromatin organization, yet the relationship between these features is not well understood. Using high-resolution Hi-C and HiChIP, we show that Drosophila chromatin is organized into domains we term compartmental domains that correspond precisely with A/B compartments at high resolution. We find that transcriptional state is a major predictor of Hi-C contact maps in several eukaryotes tested, including C...
August 10, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822104/comparison-of-the-toxic-effects-of-quinolinic-acid-and-3-nitropropionic-acid-in-c-elegans-involvement-of-the-skn-1-pathway
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Ilan Kotlar, Aline Colonnello, María Fernanda Aguilera-González, Daiana Silva Avila, María Eduarda de Lima, Rodolfo García-Contreras, Alma Ortíz-Plata, Félix Alexandre Antunes Soares, Michael Aschner, Abel Santamaría
The tryptophan metabolite, quinolinic acid (QUIN), and the mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP) are two important tools for toxicological research commonly used in neurotoxic models of excitotoxicity, oxidative stress, energy depletion, and neuronal cell death in mammals. However, their toxic properties have yet to be explored in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) for the establishment of novel, simpler, complementary, alternative, and predictive neurotoxic model of mammalian neurotoxicity...
August 18, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821673/unc-18-and-tomosyn-antagonistically-control-synaptic-vesicle-priming-downstream-of-unc-13-in-c-elegans
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Seungmee Park, Na-Ryum Bin, Bin Yu, Raymond Wong, Ewa Sitarska, Kyoko Sugita, Ke Ma, Junjie Xu, Chi-Wei Tien, Arash Algouneh, Ekaterina Turlova, Siyan Wang, Pranay Siriya, Waleed Shahid, Lorraine Kalia, Zhong-Ping Feng, Philippe P Monnier, Hong-Shuo Sun, Mei Zhen, Shangbang Gao, Josep Rizo, Shuzo Sugita
Munc18-1/UNC-18 is believed to prime SNARE-mediated membrane fusion, yet the underlying mechanisms remain enigmatic. Here, we examined how potential gain-of-function mutations of Munc18-1/UNC-18 affect locomotory behavior and synaptic transmission, and how Munc18-1-mediated priming is related to Munc13-1/UNC-13 and Tomosyn/TOM-1, positive and negative SNARE regulators, respectively. We show that a Munc18-1(P335A)/UNC-18(P334A) mutation leads to significantly increased locomotory activity and acetylcholine release in C...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820880/knock-out-of-a-mitochondrial-sirtuin-protects-neurons-from-degeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#13
Rachele Sangaletti, Massimo D'Amico, Jeff Grant, David Della-Morte, Laura Bianchi
Sirtuins are NAD⁺-dependent deacetylases, lipoamidases, and ADP-ribosyltransferases that link cellular metabolism to multiple intracellular pathways that influence processes as diverse as cell survival, longevity, and cancer growth. Sirtuins influence the extent of neuronal death in stroke. However, different sirtuins appear to have opposite roles in neuronal protection. In Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that knock-out of mitochondrial sirtuin sir-2.3, homologous to mammalian SIRT4, is protective in both chemical ischemia and hyperactive channel induced necrosis...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820333/protease-dead-separase-inhibits-chromosome-segregation-and-rab-11-vesicle-trafficking
#14
Xiaofei Bai, Joshua N Bembenek
Separase cleaves cohesin to allow chromosome segregation. Separase also regulates cortical granule exocytosis and vesicle trafficking during cytokinesis, both of which involve RAB-11. We investigated whether separase regulates exocytosis through a proteolytic or non-proteolytic mechanism. In C. elegans, protease-dead separase (SEP-1(PD)::GFP) is dominant negative. Consistent with its role in cohesin cleavage, SEP-1(PD)::GFP causes chromosome segregation defects. As expected, partial depletion of cohesin rescues this defect, confirming that SEP-1(PD)::GFP acts through a substrate trapping mechanism...
August 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819099/the-genetic-basis-of-natural-variation-in-a-phoretic-behavior
#15
Daehan Lee, Heeseung Yang, Jun Kim, Shannon Brady, Stefan Zdraljevic, Mostafa Zamanian, Heekyeong Kim, Young-Ki Paik, Leonid Kruglyak, Erik C Andersen, Junho Lee
Phoresy is a widespread form of commensalism that facilitates dispersal of one species through an association with a more mobile second species. Dauer larvae of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans exhibit a phoretic behavior called nictation, which could enable interactions with animals such as isopods or snails. Here, we show that natural C. elegans isolates differ in nictation. We use quantitative behavioral assays and linkage mapping to identify a genetic locus (nict-1) that mediates the phoretic interaction with terrestrial isopods...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818938/comprehensive-single-cell-transcriptional-profiling-of-a-multicellular-organism
#16
Junyue Cao, Jonathan S Packer, Vijay Ramani, Darren A Cusanovich, Chau Huynh, Riza Daza, Xiaojie Qiu, Choli Lee, Scott N Furlan, Frank J Steemers, Andrew Adey, Robert H Waterston, Cole Trapnell, Jay Shendure
To resolve cellular heterogeneity, we developed a combinatorial indexing strategy to profile the transcriptomes of single cells or nuclei, termed sci-RNA-seq (single-cell combinatorial indexing RNA sequencing). We applied sci-RNA-seq to profile nearly 50,000 cells from the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans at the L2 larval stage, which provided >50-fold "shotgun" cellular coverage of its somatic cell composition. From these data, we defined consensus expression profiles for 27 cell types and recovered rare neuronal cell types corresponding to as few as one or two cells in the L2 worm...
August 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818867/exploring-potential-germline-associated-roles-of-the-trim-nhl-protein-nhl-2%C3%A2-through-rnai-screening
#17
Gregory M Davis, Wai Y Low, Joshua W T Anderson, Peter R Boag
TRIM-NHL proteins are highly conserved regulators of developmental pathways in vertebrates and invertebrates. The TRIM-NHL family member, NHL-2 in Caenorhabditis elegans functions as a miRNA cofactor to regulate developmental timing. Similar regulatory roles have been reported in other model systems, with the mammalian orthologue in mice, TRIM32, contributing to muscle and neuronal cell proliferation via miRNA activity. Given the interest associated with TRIM-NHL family proteins, we aimed to further investigate the role of NHL-2 in C...
August 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818268/-metformin-resistant-folic-acid-producing-probiotics-or-folic-acid-against-metformin-s-adverse-effects-like-diarrhea
#18
Abdullah Olgun
Metformin, first line medication in the treatment of type2 diabetes by millions of patients worldwide, causes gastrointestinal adverse effects (i.e. diarrhea) in approximately 30% of patients, frequently leading to discontinuation. Interestingly, metformin was reported to increase life span in a microscopic worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, by decreasing folate and methionine production of bacteria that this worm uses as a food source. Metformin can be expected to have a similar effect on some microorganisms of human gut microbiota...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817787/evaluation-of-the-electron-transfer-flavoprotein-etf-as-an-antibacterial-target-in-burkholderia-cenocepacia
#19
Maria S Stietz, Christina Lopez, Osasumwen Osifo, Marcelo Tolmasky, Silvia T Cardona
There are hundreds of essential genes in multidrug resistant bacterial genomes, but only a few of their products are exploited as antibacterial targets. An example is the electron flavoprotein (ETF) which is required for growth and viability in <i>Burkholderia cenocepacia</i>. Here, we evaluated ETF as an antibiotic target for <i>Burkholderia cepacia</i> complex (Bcc). Depletion of the bacterial ETF during infection of <i>Caenorhabditis elegans</i> significantly extended survival of the nematodes, proving that ETF is essential for survival of <i>B...
August 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817671/immunohistochemical-analysis-reveals-variations-in-proteasome-tissue-expression-in-c-elegans
#20
Elisa Mikkonen, Caj Haglund, Carina I Holmberg
The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) plays a crucial part in normal cell function by mediating intracellular protein clearance. We have previously shown that UPS-mediated protein degradation varies in a cell type-specific manner in C. elegans. Here, we use formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded C. elegans sections to enable studies on endogenous proteasome tissue expression. We show that the proteasome immunoreactivity pattern differs between cell types and within subcellular compartments in adult wild-type (N2) C...
2017: PloS One
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