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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911782/egfr-signaling-is-critical-for-maintaining-the-superficial-layer-of-articular-cartilage-and-preventing-osteoarthritis-initiation
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Haoruo Jia, Xiaoyuan Ma, Wei Tong, Basak Doyran, Zeyang Sun, Luqiang Wang, Xianrong Zhang, Yilu Zhou, Farid Badar, Abhishek Chandra, X Lucas Lu, Yang Xia, Lin Han, Motomi Enomoto-Iwamoto, Ling Qin
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disease, characterized by progressive destruction of the articular cartilage. The surface of joint cartilage is the first defensive and affected site of OA, but our knowledge of genesis and homeostasis of this superficial zone is scarce. EGFR signaling is important for tissue homeostasis. Immunostaining revealed that its activity is mostly dominant in the superficial layer of healthy cartilage but greatly diminished when OA initiates. To evaluate the role of EGFR signaling in the articular cartilage, we studied a cartilage-specific Egfr-deficient (CKO) mouse model (Col2-Cre EgfrWa5/flox)...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908915/-the-hypothalamic-glucagon-like-peptide-1-glp-1-receptor-glp-1r-is-sufficient-but-not-necessary-for-the-regulation-of-energy-balance-and-glucose-homeostasis-in-mice
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Melissa A Burmeister, Jennifer E Ayala, Hannah Smouse, Adriana Landivar-Rocha, Jacob D Brown, Daniel J Drucker, Doris A Stoffers, Darleen A Sandoval, Randy J Seeley, Julio E Ayala
Pharmacological activation of the hypothalamic glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor (GLP-1R) promotes weight loss and improves glucose tolerance. This demonstrates that the hypothalamic GLP-1R is sufficient but does not show whether it is necessary for the effects of exogenous GLP-1R agonists (GLP-1RA) or endogenous GLP-1 on these parameters. To address this, we crossed mice harboring floxed Glp1r alleles to mice expressing Nkx2.1-Cre to knock down Glp1r expression throughout the hypothalamus (GLP-1RKD(ΔNkx2...
December 1, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907249/grainyhead-like-3-grhl3-deficiency-in-brain-leads-to-altered-locomotor-activity-and-decreased-anxiety-like-behaviours-in-aged-mice
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Sebastian Dworkin, Alana Auden, Darren D Partridge, Maria Daglas, Robert L Medcalf, Theo Mantamadiotis, Smitha R Georgy, Charbel Darido, Stephen M Jane, Stephen B Ting
The highly conserved Grainyhead-like (Grhl) family of transcription factors, comprising three members in vertebrates (Grhl1-3), play critical regulatory roles during embryonic development, cellular proliferation and apoptosis. Although loss of Grhl function leads to multiple neural abnormalities in numerous animal models, a comprehensive analysis of Grhl expression and function in the mammalian brain has not been reported. Here we show that only Grhl3 expression is detectable in the embryonic mouse brain; particularly within the habenula, an organ known to modulate repressive behaviours...
December 1, 2016: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906183/male-sterility-in-mcl-1-flox-mice-is-not-due-to-enhanced-mcl1-protein-stability
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Casey Ah-Cann, Maximilien Tailler, Andrew J Kueh, Marco J Herold, Joseph T Opferman, Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat, Philippe Bouillet
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906051/the-lysine-methyltransferase-ehmt2-g9a-is-dispensable-for-skeletal-muscle-development-and-regeneration
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Regan-Heng Zhang, Robert N Judson, David Y Liu, Jürgen Kast, Fabio M V Rossi
BACKGROUND: Euchromatic histone-lysine N-methyltransferase 2 (G9a/Ehmt2) is the main enzyme responsible for the apposition of H3K9 di-methylation on histones. Due to its dual role as an epigenetic regulator and in the regulation of non-histone proteins through direct methylation, G9a has been implicated in a number of biological processes relevant to cell fate control. Recent reports employing in vitro cell lines indicate that Ehmt2 methylates MyoD to repress its transcriptional activity and therefore its ability to induce differentiation of activated myogenic cells...
May 27, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905063/efficient-gene-targeting-in-mouse-zygotes-mediated-by-crispr-cas9-protein
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Chris J Jung, Junli Zhang, Elizabeth Trenchard, Kent C Lloyd, David B West, Barry Rosen, Pieter J de Jong
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has rapidly advanced targeted genome editing technologies. However, its efficiency in targeting with constructs in mouse zygotes via homology directed repair (HDR) remains low. Here, we systematically explored optimal parameters for targeting constructs in mouse zygotes via HDR using mouse embryonic stem cells as a model system. We characterized several parameters, including single guide RNA cleavage activity and the length and symmetry of homology arms in the construct, and we compared the targeting efficiency between Cas9, Cas9nickase, and dCas9-FokI...
November 30, 2016: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894274/gene-cassette-knock-in-in-mammalian-cells-and-zygotes-by-enhanced-mmej
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Tomomi Aida, Shota Nakade, Tetsushi Sakuma, Yayoi Izu, Ayu Oishi, Keiji Mochida, Harumi Ishikubo, Takako Usami, Hidenori Aizawa, Takashi Yamamoto, Kohichi Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Although CRISPR/Cas enables one-step gene cassette knock-in, assembling targeting vectors containing long homology arms is a laborious process for high-throughput knock-in. We recently developed the CRISPR/Cas-based precise integration into the target chromosome (PITCh) system for a gene cassette knock-in without long homology arms mediated by microhomology-mediated end-joining. RESULTS: Here, we identified exonuclease 1 (Exo1) as an enhancer for PITCh in human cells...
November 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889925/deletion-of-the-vesicular-acetylcholine-transporter-from-pedunculopontine-laterodorsal-tegmental-neurons-modifies-gait
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Helena Janickova, Kaie Rosborough, Mohammed Al-Onaizi, Ornela Kljakic, Monica S Guzman, Robert Gros, Marco A M Prado, Vania F Prado
Postural instability and gait disturbances, common disabilities in the elderly and frequently present in Parkinson's disease (PD), have been suggested to be related to dysfunctional cholinergic signalling in the brainstem. We investigated how long-term loss of cholinergic signalling from mesopontine nuclei influence motor behaviours. We selectively eliminated the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) in pedunculopontine and laterodorsal tegmental nuclei cholinergic neurons to generate mice with selective mesopontine cholinergic deficiency (VAChT(E)(n1-Cre-flox/flox) )...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889645/suppression-of-tumor-growth-and-muscle-wasting-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-pancreatic-cancer-by-the-novel-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-ar-42
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Sally E Henderson, Li-Yun Ding, Xiaokui Mo, Tanios Bekaii-Saab, Samuel K Kulp, Ching-Shih Chen, Po-Hsien Huang
PURPOSE: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This study was aimed at evaluating the efficacy of AR-42 (formerly OSU-HDAC42), a novel histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor currently in clinical trials, in suppressing tumor growth and/or cancer-induced muscle wasting in murine models of PDAC. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The in vitro antiproliferative activity of AR-42 was evaluated in six human pancreatic cancer cell lines (AsPC-1, COLO-357, PANC-1, MiaPaCa-2, BxPC-3, SW1990)...
November 24, 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886408/role-of-rock2-in-cd4-cells-in-allergic-airways-responses-in-mice
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David I Kasahara, Joel A Mathews, Fernanda M C Ninin, Allison P Wurmbrand, James K Liao, Stephanie A Shore
BACKGROUND: Rho kinases (ROCKs) contribute to allergic airways disease. ROCKs also play a role in lymphocyte proliferation and migration. OBJECTIVE: To determine the role of ROCK2 acting within CD4(+) cells in allergic airways responses. METHODS: ROCK2 haploinsufficient (ROCK2(+/-) ) and wildtype mice were sensitized with ovalbumin (OVA). ROCK2(+/-) mice then received either CD4(+) cells from ROCK2 sufficient OVA TCR transgenic (OT-II) mice or saline i...
November 25, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882949/sumo-specific-protease-1-protects-neurons-from-apoptotic-death-during-transient-brain-ischemia-reperfusion
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Huijun Zhang, Yan Wang, Aoxue Zhu, Dehua Huang, Shining Deng, Jinke Cheng, Michael X Zhu, Yong Li
SUMO-specific protease 1 (SENP1) deconjugates SUMO from modified proteins. Although post-ischemic activation of SUMO conjugation was suggested to be neuroprotective against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury, the function of SENP1 in this process remained unclear. Here we show that transient middle cerebral artery occlusion in mice followed by 6, 12 and 24 h reperfusion significantly enhanced SENP1 levels in the affected brain area, independent of transcription. Consistent with the increase in SENP1, the levels of SUMO1-conjugated proteins were decreased by I/R in cortical neurons of control littermate mice, but unchanged in that of animals with conditional ablation of SENP1 gene from adult principal neurons, the SENP1(flox/flox):CamKIIα-Cre (SENP1 cKO) mice...
November 24, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881672/mineralocorticoid-receptor-deficiency-in-macrophages-inhibits-atherosclerosis-by-affecting-foam-cell-formation-and-efferocytosis
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Zhu-Xia Shen, Xiao-Qing Chen, Xue-Nan Sun, Jian-Yong Sun, Wu-Chang Zhang, Xiao-Jun Zheng, Yu-Yao Zhang, Huan-Jing Shi, Jia-Wei Zhang, Chao Li, Jun Wang, Xu Liu, Sheng-Zhong Duan
Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) has been considered as a potential target for treating atherosclerosis. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms are not completely understood. We aim to explore the functions and mechanisms of macrophage MR in atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis-susceptible LDLRKO chimeric mice with bone marrow cells from floxed control (FC) mice or from myeloid MR knockout (MRKO) mice were generated and fed with high cholesterol diet. Oil red O staining showed that MRKO decreased atherosclerotic lesion area in LDLRKO mice...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881487/osteogenesis-requires-fak-dependent-collagen-synthesis-by-fibroblasts-and-osteoblasts
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Dhaarmini Rajshankar, Yongqiang Wang, Christopher A McCulloch
Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is critical in adhesion-dependent signaling, but its role in osteogenesis in vivo is ill defined. We deleted Fak in fibroblasts and osteoblasts in Floxed-Fak mice bred with those expressing Cre-recombinase driven by 3.6 kb α1(I)-collagen promoter. Compared with wild-type (WT), conditional FAK-knockout (CFKO) mice were shorter (2-fold; P < 0.0001) and had crooked, shorter tails (50%; P < 0.0001). Microcomputed tomography analysis showed reduced bone volume (4-fold in tails; P < 0...
November 23, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871306/akirin2-is-essential-for-the-formation-of-the-cerebral-cortex
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Peter J Bosch, Leah C Fuller, Carolyn M Sleeth, Joshua A Weiner
BACKGROUND: The proper spatial and temporal regulation of dorsal telencephalic progenitor behavior is a prerequisite for the formation of the highly-organized, six-layered cerebral cortex. Premature differentiation of cells, disruption of cell cycle timing, excessive apoptosis, and/or incorrect neuronal migration signals can have devastating effects, resulting in a number of neurodevelopmental disorders involving microcephaly and/or lissencephaly. Though genes encoding many key players in cortical development have been identified, our understanding remains incomplete...
November 21, 2016: Neural Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864286/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-plays-divergent-roles-in-modulating-vascular-remodeling-inflammation-and-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-murine-model-of-scleroderma
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Kazuyuki Tsujino, Nilgun Isik Reed, Amha Atakilit, Xin Ren, Dean Sheppard
The efficacy and feasibility of targeting TGF-β in pulmonary fibrosis and lung vascular remodeling in systemic sclerosis (SSc) have not been well elucidated. In this study, we analyzed how blocking TGF-β signaling affects pulmonary abnormalities in fos-related antigen 2 (Fra-2) transgenic mice, a murine model that manifests three important lung pathological features of SSc: fibrosis, inflammation, and vascular remodeling. To interrupt TGF-β signaling in the Fra-2 transgenic mice, we used a pan-TGF-β blocking antibody, 1D11, and transgenic mice in which TGF-β receptor type 2 (Tgfbr2) is deleted from smooth muscle cells and myofibroblasts (α-SMA-CreER; Tgfbr2flox/flox)...
November 18, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861538/development-and-validation-of-a-new-mouse-model-to-investigate-the-role-of-sv2a-in-epilepsy
#16
Catherine Menten-Dedoyart, Maria Elisa Serrano Navacerrada, Odile Bartholome, Judit Sánchez Gil, Virginie Neirinckx, Sabine Wislet, Guillaume Becker, Alain Plenevaux, Priscilla Van den Ackerveken, Bernard Rogister
SV2A is a glycoprotein present in the membranes of most synaptic vesicles. Although it has been highly conserved throughout evolution, its physiological role remains largely unknown. Nevertheless, Levetiracetam, a very effective anti-epileptic drug, has been recently demonstrated to bind to SV2A. At present, our understanding of the normal function of SV2A and its possible involvement in diseases like epilepsy is limited. With this study, we sought to develop a relevant model enabling analysis of SV2A's role in the occurrence or progression of epilepsy...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856454/endothelial-cell-specific-deletion-of-p2y2-receptor-promotes-plaque-stability-in-atherosclerosis-susceptible-apoe-null-mice
#17
Chen Xingjuan, Shaomin Qian, April Hoggatt, Hongying Tang, Timothy A Hacker, Alexander G Obukhov, Paul B Herring, Cheikh I Seye
OBJECTIVE: Nucleotide P2Y2 receptor (P2Y2R) contributes to vascular inflammation by increasing vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 expression in endothelial cells (EC), and global P2Y2R deficiency prevents fatty streak formation in apolipoprotein E null (ApoE(-/-)) mice. Because P2Y2R is ubiquitously expressed in vascular cells, we investigated the contribution of endothelial P2Y2R in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. APPROACH AND RESULTS: EC-specific P2Y2R-deficient mice were generated by breeding VEcadherin5-Cre mice with the P2Y2R floxed mice...
November 17, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856416/regulation-and-function-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-signaling-in-colonic-injury-and-inflammation
#18
Tuo Ji, Hidehiko Takabayashi, Maria Mao, Xu Han, Xiang Xue, Jennifer C Brazil, Kathryn A Eaton, Yatrik M Shah, Andrea Todisco
The bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) regulate gastrointestinal homeostasis. We investigated the expression of BMP-4 and the localization and function of BMP signaling during colonic injury and inflammation. Wild type mice and mice expressing the β-galactosidase (β-gal) gene under the control of a BMP responsive element (BRE), BMP-4-β-gal/+ mice, and animals generated by crossing villin-Cre mice to mice with floxed alleles of BMP receptor 1A (villin-Cre;Bmpr1a(flox/flox)), were treated with DSS to induce colonic injury and inflammation...
November 17, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847137/essential-roles-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-1-and-mammalian-tolloid-like-1-in-postnatal-root-dentin-formation
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Jun Wang, Alison M Muir, Yinshi Ren, Dawiyat Massoudi, Daniel S Greenspan, Jian Q Feng
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in the proteinase bone morphogenetic protein-1 (BMP1) were recently identified in patients with osteogenesis imperfecta, which can be associated with type 1 dentinogenesis imperfecta. BMP1 is co-expressed in various tissues and has overlapping activities with the closely related proteinase mammalian tolloid-like 1 (TLL1). In this study we investigated whether removing the overlapping activities of BMP1 and TLL1 affects the mineralization of tooth root dentin. METHODS: Floxed alleles of the BMP1 and TLL1 genes were excised via ubiquitously expressed Cre induced by tamoxifen treatment beginning at 3 days of age (harvested at 3 weeks of age) or beginning at 4 weeks of age (harvested at 8 weeks of age)...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835699/gasdermin-c-is-upregulated-by-inactivation-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-receptor-type-ii-in-the-presence-of-mutated-apc-promoting-colorectal-cancer-proliferation
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Masashi Miguchi, Takao Hinoi, Manabu Shimomura, Tomohiro Adachi, Yasufumi Saito, Hiroaki Niitsu, Masatoshi Kochi, Haruki Sada, Yusuke Sotomaru, Tsuneo Ikenoue, Kunitoshi Shigeyasu, Kohji Tanakaya, Yasuhiko Kitadai, Kazuhiro Sentani, Naohide Oue, Wataru Yasui, Hideki Ohdan
Mutations in TGFBR2, a component of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling pathway, occur in high-frequency microsatellite instability (MSI-H) colorectal cancer (CRC). In mouse models, Tgfbr2 inactivation in the intestinal epithelium accelerates the development of malignant intestinal tumors in combination with disruption of the Wnt-β-catenin pathway. However, no studies have further identified the genes influenced by TGFBR2 inactivation following disruption of the Wnt-β-catenin pathway. We previously described CDX2P-G19Cre;Apcflox/flox mice, which is stochastically null for Apc in the colon epithelium...
2016: PloS One
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