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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732158/deleterious-consequences-of-udp-galactopyranose-mutase-inhibition-for-nematodes
#1
Valerie J Winton, Alexander M Justen, Helen Deng, Laura L Kiessling
Parasitic nematodes pose a serious threat to agriculture, livestock, and human health. Increasing resistance to anti-parasitic agents underscores the need to replenish our anthelmintic arsenal. The non-pathogenic Caenorhabditis elegans, which serves as an effective model of parasitic helminths, has been used to search for new anthelmintic leads. We previously reported small-molecule inhibitors of the essential C. elegans protein UDP-galactopyranose mutase (UGM or Glf). This enzyme is required for the generation of galactofuranose (Galf)-containing glycans and is needed in nematodes for proper cuticle formation...
July 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732077/mutations-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-orthologs-of-human-genes-required-for-mitochondrial-trna-modification-cause-similar-electron-transport-chain-defects-but-different-nuclear-responses
#2
Carmen Navarro-González, Ismaïl Moukadiri, Magda Villarroya, Ernesto López-Pascual, Simon Tuck, M-Eugenia Armengod
Several oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) diseases are caused by defects in the post-transcriptional modification of mitochondrial tRNAs (mt-tRNAs). Mutations in MTO1 or GTPBP3 impair the modification of the wobble uridine at position 5 of the pyrimidine ring and cause heart failure. Mutations in TRMU affect modification at position 2 and cause liver disease. Presently, the molecular basis of the diseases and why mutations in the different genes lead to such different clinical symptoms is poorly understood...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728902/role-of-mirnas-in-development-and-disease-lessons-learnt-from-small-organisms
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REVIEW
Swati Chandra, Divya Vimal, Divya Sharma, Vipin Rai, Subash Chandra Gupta, D Kar Chowdhuri
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) constitute a class of small (21-24 nucleotides) non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila melanogaster, and many other small organisms have been instrumental in deciphering the biological functions of miRNAs. While some miRNAs from small organisms are highly conserved across the taxa, others are organism specific. The miRNAs are known to play a crucial role during development and in various cellular functions such as cell survival, cell proliferation, and differentiation...
July 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727813/label-free-three-dimensional-imaging-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-with-visible-optical-coherence-microscopy
#4
Séverine Coquoz, Paul J Marchand, Arno Bouwens, Laurent Mouchiroud, Vincenzo Sorrentino, Daniel Szlag, Johan Auwerx, Theo Lasser
Fast, label-free, high-resolution, three-dimensional imaging platforms are crucial for high-throughput in vivo time-lapse studies of the anatomy of Caenorhabditis elegans, one of the most commonly used model organisms in biomedical research. Despite the needs, methods combining all these characteristics have been lacking. Here, we present label-free imaging of live Caenorhabditis elegans with three-dimensional sub-micrometer resolution using visible optical coherence microscopy (visOCM). visOCM is a versatile optical imaging method which we introduced recently for tomography of cell cultures and tissue samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727758/longevity-effect-of-a-polysaccharide-from-chlorophytum-borivilianum-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#5
Steve Thomas Pannakal, Sibylle Jäger, Albert Duranton, Amit Tewari, Subarna Saha, Aneesha Radhakrishnan, Nita Roy, Jean François Kuntz, Soraya Fermas, Darryl James, Jane Mellor, Namita Misra, Lionel Breton
The traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, provides insights and practical solutions towards a healthy life style. Rasayana is a branch of Ayurveda known for preserving and promoting health, enhancing the quality of life and delaying the aging process. In the traditional knowledge, the Rasayana herb, Chlorophytum borivilianum (C. borivilanum) is regarded as a general health promoting tonic that delays aging and increases lifespan, cognitive function and physical strength. Aging is a complex and multifactorial physiological phenomenon that manifests itself over a wide range of biological systems, tissues, and functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724632/hydrogen-peroxide-produced-by-superoxide-dismutase-sod-2-is-required-for-sperm-activation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#6
Taro Sakamoto, Hirotaka Imai
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is a ubiquitous antioxidant enzyme that catalytically converts the superoxide radical to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). In mammals, high SOD activity can be detected in sperm and seminal plasma, and a correlation between loss of SOD activity and male infertility has been observed; however, the underlying mechanisms remain to be clarified. Here, we report that the deletion of two major SOD genes in Caenorhabditis elegans, sod-1 and sod-2, cause sperm activation defects, thereby leading to a significant reduction in brood size...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723894/cysteine-protease-cathepsin-b-mediates-radiation-induced-bystander-effects
#7
Yu Peng, Man Zhang, Lingjun Zheng, Qian Liang, Hanzeng Li, Jeng-Ting Chen, Hongyan Guo, Sawako Yoshina, Yu-Zen Chen, Xiang Zhao, Xiaoqi Wu, Bin Liu, Shohei Mitani, Jau-Song Yu, Ding Xue
The radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE) refers to a unique process in which factors released by irradiated cells or tissues exert effects on other parts of the animal not exposed to radiation, causing genomic instability, stress responses and altered apoptosis or cell proliferation. Although RIBEs have important implications for radioprotection, radiation safety and radiotherapy, the molecular identities of RIBE factors and their mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Here we use Caenorhabditis elegans as a model in which to study RIBEs, and identify the cysteine protease CPR-4, a homologue of human cathepsin B, as the first RIBE factor in nematodes, to our knowledge...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723566/genome-wide-rnai-screen-for-fat-regulatory-genes-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans-identifies-a-proteostasis-ampk-axis-critical-for-starvation-survival
#8
Christopher M Webster, Elizabeth C Pino, Christopher E Carr, Lianfeng Wu, Ben Zhou, Lucydalila Cedillo, Michael C Kacergis, Sean P Curran, Alexander A Soukas
Organisms must execute metabolic defenses to survive nutrient deprivation. We performed a genome-wide RNAi screen in Caenorhabditis elegans to identify fat regulatory genes indispensable for starvation resistance. Here, we show that opposing proteostasis pathways are principal determinants of starvation survival. Reduced function of cytoplasmic aminoacyl tRNA synthetases (ARS genes) increases fat mass and extends starvation survival, whereas reduced proteasomal function reduces fat and starvation survival. These opposing pathways converge on AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) as the critical effector of starvation defenses...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721038/toxicity-based-toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic-assessment-of-bioaccumulation-and-nanotoxicity-of-zerovalent-iron-nanoparticles-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#9
Ying-Fei Yang, Yi-Jun Lin, Chung-Min Liao
Elucidating the relationships between the toxicity-based-toxicokinetic (TBTK)/toxicodynamic (TD) properties of engineered nanomaterials and their nanotoxicity is crucial for human health-risk analysis. Zerovalent iron (Fe(0)) nanoparticles (NPs) are one of the most prominent NPs applied in remediating contaminated soils and groundwater. However, there are concerns that Fe(0)NP application contributes to long-term environmental and human health impacts. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a surrogate in vivo model that has been successfully applied to assess the potential nanotoxicity of these nanomaterials...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720579/recruitment-of-histone-modifications-to-assist-mrna-dosage-maintenance-after-degeneration-of-cytosine-dna-methylation-during-animal-evolution
#10
Andrew Yf Chang, Ben-Yang Liao
Following gene duplication, mRNA expression of the duplicated gene is reduced to maintain mRNA dosage. In mammals, this process is achieved with increased cytosine DNA methylation of the promoters of duplicated genes to suppress transcriptional initiation. However, not all animal species possess a full apparatus for cytosine DNA methylation. For such species such as roundworm (Caenorhabditis elegans, "worm" hereafter) or fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster, "fly" hereafter), it is unclear how reduced expression of duplicated genes has been achieved evolutionarily...
July 18, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719603/the-%C3%A2-100-lab-a-3d-printable-open-source-platform-for-fluorescence-microscopy-optogenetics-and-accurate-temperature-control-during-behaviour-of-zebrafish-drosophila-and-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Andre Maia Chagas, Lucia L Prieto-Godino, Aristides B Arrenberg, Tom Baden
Small, genetically tractable species such as larval zebrafish, Drosophila, or Caenorhabditis elegans have become key model organisms in modern neuroscience. In addition to their low maintenance costs and easy sharing of strains across labs, one key appeal is the possibility to monitor single or groups of animals in a behavioural arena while controlling the activity of select neurons using optogenetic or thermogenetic tools. However, the purchase of a commercial solution for these types of experiments, including an appropriate camera system as well as a controlled behavioural arena, can be costly...
July 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719000/zc3h12a-mcpip1-regnase-1-related-endonucleases-an-evolutionary-perspective-on-molecular-mechanisms-and-biological-functions
#12
REVIEW
Cornelia Habacher, Rafal Ciosk
The mammalian Zc3h12a/MCPIP1/Regnase-1, an extensively studied regulator of inflammatory response, is the founding member of a ribonuclease family, which includes proteins related by the presence of the so-called Zc3h12a-like NYN domain. Recently, several related proteins have been described in Caenorhabditis elegans, allowing comparative evaluation of molecular functions and biological roles of these ribonucleases. We discuss the structural features of these proteins, which endow some members with ribonuclease (RNase) activity while others with auxiliary or RNA-independent functions...
July 18, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718764/crispr-mediated-genetic-interaction-profiling-identifies-rna-binding-proteins-controlling-metazoan-fitness
#13
Adam D Norris, Xicotencatl Gracida, John Calarco
Genetic interaction screens have aided our understanding of complex genetic traits, diseases, and biological pathways. However, approaches for synthetic genetic analysis with null-alleles in metazoans have not been feasible. Here, we present a CRISPR/Cas9-based Synthetic Genetic Interaction (CRISPR-SGI) approach enabling systematic double-mutant generation. Applying this technique in Caenorhabditis elegans, we comprehensively screened interactions within a set of 14 conserved RNA binding protein genes, generating all possible single and double mutants...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716951/a-calcium-diacylglycerol-stimulated-protein-kinase-c-c-elegans-pkc-2-links-thermal-signals-to-learned-behavior-by-acting-in-a-sensory-neuron-and-intestinal-cells
#14
Marianne Land, Charles S Rubin
Ca(2+) and diacylglycerol (DAG) activated protein kinase C (cPKC) promotes learning and behavioral plasticity. However, knowledge of in vivo regulation and exact functions of cPKCs that affect behavior is limited. We show that PKC-2, a C. elegans cPKC, is essential for a complex behavior, thermotaxis. C. elegans memorizes a nutrient-associated cultivation temperature (Tc) and migrates along Tc within a 17-25°C gradient. pkc-2 gene disruption abrogated thermotaxis; a PKC-2 transgene, driven by endogenous pkc-2 promoters, restored thermotaxis behavior in pkc-2(-/-) animals...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716930/conserved-gene-regulatory-module-specifies-lateral-neural-borders-across-bilaterians
#15
Yongbin Li, Di Zhao, Takeo Horie, Geng Chen, Hongcun Bao, Siyu Chen, Weihong Liu, Ryoko Horie, Tao Liang, Biyu Dong, Qianqian Feng, Qinghua Tao, Xiao Liu
The lateral neural plate border (NPB), the neural part of the vertebrate neural border, is composed of central nervous system (CNS) progenitors and peripheral nervous system (PNS) progenitors. In invertebrates, PNS progenitors are also juxtaposed to the lateral boundary of the CNS. Whether there are conserved molecular mechanisms determining vertebrate and invertebrate lateral neural borders remains unclear. Using single-cell-resolution gene-expression profiling and genetic analysis, we present evidence that orthologs of the NPB specification module specify the invertebrate lateral neural border, which is composed of CNS and PNS progenitors...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716093/c-elegans-sup-46-an-hnrnpm-family-rna-binding-protein-that-prevents-paternally-mediated-epigenetic-sterility
#16
Wendy L Johnston, Aldis Krizus, Arun K Ramani, Wade Dunham, Ji Young Youn, Andrew G Fraser, Anne-Claude Gingras, James W Dennis
BACKGROUND: In addition to DNA, gametes contribute epigenetic information in the form of histones and non-coding RNA. Epigenetic programs often respond to stressful environmental conditions and provide a heritable history of ancestral stress that allows for adaptation and propagation of the species. In the nematode C. elegans, defective epigenetic transmission often manifests as progressive germline mortality. We previously isolated sup-46 in a screen for suppressors of the hexosamine pathway gene mutant, gna-2(qa705)...
July 17, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714591/experimental-evolution-with-a-multicellular-host-causes-diversification-within-and-between-microbial-parasite-populations-differences-in-emerging-phenotypes-of-two-different-parasite-strains
#17
Michaela H Kloesener, Joy Bose, Rebecca D Schulte
Host-parasite coevolution is predicted to have complex evolutionary consequences, potentially leading to the emergence of genetic and phenotypic diversity for both antagonists. However, little is known about variation in phenotypic responses to coevolution between different parasite strains exposed to the same experimental conditions. We infected Caenorhabditis elegans with one of two strains of Bacillus thuringiensis and either allowed the host and the parasite to experimentally coevolve (coevolution treatment) or allowed only the parasite to adapt to the host (one-sided parasite adaptation)...
July 17, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713491/mulberry-anthocyanin-extract-ameliorates-oxidative-damage-in-hepg2-cells-and-prolongs-the-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-through-mapk-and-nrf2-pathways
#18
Fujie Yan, Yushu Chen, Ramila Azat, Xiaodong Zheng
Mulberry anthocyanins possess many pharmacological effects including liver protection, anti-inflammation, and anticancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether mulberry anthocyanin extract (MAE) exerts beneficial effects against oxidative stress damage in HepG2 cells and Caenorhabditis elegans. In vitro, MAE prevented cytotoxicity, increased glucose consumption and uptake, and eliminated excessive intracellular free radicals in H2O2-induced cells. Moreover, MAE pretreatment maintained Nrf2, HO-1, and p38 MAPK stimulation and abolished upregulation of p-JNK, FOXO1, and PGC-1α that were involved in oxidative stress and insulin signalling modulation...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713422/computational-analysis-of-lifespan-experiment-reproducibility
#19
Michael Petrascheck, Dana L Miller
Independent reproducibility is essential to the generation of scientific knowledge. Optimizing experimental protocols to ensure reproducibility is an important aspect of scientific work. Genetic or pharmacological lifespan extensions are generally small compared to the inherent variability in mean lifespan even in isogenic populations housed under identical conditions. This variability makes reproducible detection of small but real effects experimentally challenging. In this study, we aimed to determine the reproducibility of C...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712372/segmenting-microscopy-images-of-multi-well-plates-based-on-image-contrast
#20
Weiyang Chen, Bo Liao, Weiwei Li, Xiangjun Dong, Matthew Flavel, Markandeya Jois, Guojun Li, Bo Xian
Image segmentation is a key process in analyzing biological images. However, it is difficult to detect the differences between foreground and background when the image is unevenly illuminated. The unambiguous segmenting of multi-well plate microscopy images with various uneven illuminations is a challenging problem. Currently, no publicly available method adequately solves these various problems in bright-field multi-well plate images. Here, we propose a new method based on contrast values which removes the need for illumination correction...
July 17, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
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