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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495872/the-planarian-trpa1-homolog-mediates-extraocular-behavioral-responses-to-near-ultraviolet-light
#1
Taylor R Birkholz, Wendy S Beane
Although light is most commonly thought of as a visual cue, many animals possess mechanisms to detect light outside of the eye for various functions, including predator avoidance, circadian rhythms, phototaxis, and migration. Similar to C. elegans, leeches, and Drosophila larvae, we confirmed that planarians are also capable of detecting and responding to light using extraocular photoreception. We found that when either eyeless or decapitated worms were exposed to near ultraviolet (UV) light, intense wildtype photophobic behaviors were still observed...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487051/planarians-set-new-paths-for-innate-immune-memory
#2
Samuel T Keating, Niels P Riksen, Mihai G Netea
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 5, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482323/planarians-as-models-of-cadmium-induced-neoplasia-provide-measurable-benchmarks-for-mechanistic-studies
#3
Evelyn B Voura, Melissa J Montalvo, Kevin T Dela Roca, Julia M Fisher, Virginie Defamie, Swami R Narala, Rama Khokha, Margaret E Mulligan, Colleen A Evans
Bioassays of planarian neoplasia highlight the potential of these organisms as useful standards to assess whether environmental toxins such as cadmium promote tumorigenesis. These studies complement other investigations into the exceptional healing and regeneration of planarians - processes that are driven by a population of active stem cells, or neoblasts, which are likely transformed during planarian tumor growth. Our goal was to determine if planarian tumorigenesis assays are amenable to mechanistic studies of cadmium carcinogenesis...
August 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479611/genetic-variation-and-geographic-differentiation-in-the-marine-triclad-bdelloura-candida-platyhelminthes-tricladida-maricola-ectocommensal-on-the-american-horseshoe-crab-limulus-polyphemus
#4
Ana Riesgo, Emily A Burke, Christopher Laumer, Gonzalo Giribet
Bdelloura candida (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Maricola) is an ectocommensal symbiont on the American horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus, living on the book gills and appendages, where it spends its entire life. Given its limited dispersal capabilities and its inability to live outside of the host, we hypothesized a genetic structure that parallels that of its host. We obtained 84 planarian individuals from 19 horseshoe crabs collected from 10 sites from Massachusetts to Florida. We amplified the mitochondrial 16S rRNA and the nuclear internal transcribed spacer 2 and conducted phylogeographic and population genetic analyses, which show a clear and strong genetic break between the populations in the Atlantic and the Gulf coasts...
2017: Marine Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467318/coordination-of-size-control-reproduction-and-generational-memory-in-freshwater-planarians
#5
Xingbo Yang, Kelson Kaj, David Schwab, Eva-Maria Schoetz Collins
Uncovering the mechanisms that control size, growth, and division rates of systems reproducing through binary division means understanding basic principles of their life cycle. Recent work has focused on how division rates are regulated in bacteria and yeast, but this question has not yet been addressed in more complex, multicellular organisms. We have acquired a unique large-scale data set on the growth and asexual reproduction of two freshwater planarian species, Dugesia japonica and Dugesia tigrina, which reproduce by transverse fission and succeeding regeneration of head and tail pieces into new planarians...
May 3, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461239/phred-1-is-a-divergent-neurexin-1-homolog-that-organizes-muscle-fibers-and-patterns-organs-during-regeneration
#6
Carolyn E Adler, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado
Regeneration of body parts requires the replacement of multiple cell types. To dissect this complex process, we utilized planarian flatworms that are capable of regenerating any tissue after amputation. An RNAi screen for genes involved in regeneration of the pharynx identified a novel gene, Pharynx regeneration defective-1 (PHRED-1) as essential for normal pharynx regeneration. PHRED-1 is a predicted transmembrane protein containing EGF, Laminin G, and WD40 domains, is expressed in muscle, and has predicted homologs restricted to other lophotrochozoan species...
April 28, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456423/staphylococcus-aureus-promotes-smed-pgrp-2-smed-setd8-1-methyltransferase-signalling-in-planarian-neoblasts-to-sensitize-anti-bacterial-gene-responses-during-re-infection
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Cedric Torre, Prasad Abnave, Landry Laure Tsoumtsa, Giovanna Mottola, Catherine Lepolard, Virginie Trouplin, Gregory Gimenez, Julie Desrousseaux, Stephanie Gempp, Anthony Levasseur, Laetitia Padovani, Emmanuel Lemichez, Eric Ghigo
Little is known about how organisms exposed to recurrent infections adapt their innate immune responses. Here, we report that planarians display a form of instructed immunity to primo-infection by Staphylococcus aureus that consists of a transient state of heightened resistance to re-infection that persists for approximately 30days after primo-infection. We established the involvement of stem cell-like neoblasts in this instructed immunity using the complementary approaches of RNA-interference-mediated cell depletion and tissue grafting-mediated gain of function...
April 24, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455125/relapse-to-cocaine-seeking-in-an-invertebrate
#8
Akua O Amaning-Kwarteng, Aman Asif-Malik, Yue Pei, Juan J Canales
Addiction is characterised by cycles of compulsive drug taking, periods of abstinence and episodes of relapse. The extinction/reinstatement paradigm has been extensively used in rodents to model human relapse and explore underlying mechanisms and therapeutics. However, relapse to drug seeking behaviour has not been previously demonstrated in invertebrates. Here, we used a cocaine conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm in the flatworm, planarian, followed by extinction and reinstatement of drug seeking...
April 25, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448039/surgical-ablation-assay-for-studying-eye-regeneration-in-planarians
#9
Jacob M Morton, Marwa A Saad, Wendy S Beane
In the study of adult stem cells and regenerative mechanisms, planarian flatworms are a staple in vivo model system. This is due in large part to their abundant pluripotent stem cell population and ability to regenerate all cell and tissue types after injuries that would be catastrophic for most animals. Recently, planarians have gained popularity as a model for eye regeneration. Their ability to regenerate the entire eye (comprised of two tissue types: pigment cells and photoreceptors) allows for the dissection of the mechanisms regulating visual system regeneration...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445093/dynamics-of-cytokine-like-activity-in-the-hyperplasic-ovary-of-ex-fissiparous-planarians
#10
Abdel Halim Harrath, Abdelhabib Semlali, Lamjed Mansour, Waleed Aldahmash, Suliman Y Al Omar, Mohamed S Al Anazi, Jens R Nyengaard, Saleh Alwasel
The origin of infertility in the hyperplasic ovary of ex-fissiparous planarians remains poorly understood. In a previous study we demonstrated that a complex process of early autophagy, followed by apoptotic processes, occurs in the hyperplasic ovary of the freshwater planarian Dugesia arabica. The present study aimed to investigate whether the mRNA expression levels of selected mRNA-like genes are altered in the hyperplasic ovary of the ex-fissiparous freshwater planarian D. arabica compared to the normal ovary...
February 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434803/genetic-dissection-of-the-planarian-reproductive-system-through-characterization-of-schmidtea-mediterranea-cpeb-homologs
#11
Labib Rouhana, Junichi Tasaki, Amir Saberi, Phillip A Newmark
Cytoplasmic polyadenylation is a mechanism of mRNA regulation prevalent in metazoan germ cells; it is largely dependent on Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation Element Binding proteins (CPEBs). Two CPEB homologs were identified in the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Smed-CPEB1 is expressed in ovaries and yolk glands of sexually mature planarians, and required for oocyte and yolk gland development. In contrast, Smed-CPEB2 is expressed in the testes and the central nervous system; its function is required for spermatogenesis as well as non-autonomously for development of ovaries and accessory reproductive organs...
April 21, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400424/increased-taxon-sampling-reveals-thousands-of-hidden-orthologs-in-flatworms
#12
Jose M Martin-Duran, Joseph F Ryan, Bruno Vellutini, Kevin Pang, Andreas Hejnol
Gains and losses shape the gene complement of animal lineages and are a fundamental aspect of genomic evolution. Acquiring a comprehensive view of the evolution of gene repertoires is limited by the intrinsic limitations of common sequence similarity searches and available databases. Thus, a subset of the gene complement of an organism consists of hidden orthologs, i.e., those with no apparent homology to sequenced animal lineages - mistakenly considered new genes - but actually representing rapidly evolving orthologs or undetected paralogs...
April 11, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376328/platyhelminthes
#13
James J Collins
Platyhelminthes (flatworms) have captivated the imagination of biologists for centuries. Indeed, planarian flatworms were used as experimental models decades before Caenorhabditis elegans became known as 'the worm'. Although planarians experienced a brief fall from grace, with the advent of molecular tools, planarians, such as Schmidtea mediterranea, have emerged in recent years as powerful models to study the basis of stem cell regulation and tissue regeneration. Flatworms are not just everyone's favorite experimental subjects from high school biology - they also include some of nature's most successful parasites, many of which have plagued humans throughout our history...
April 3, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338057/the-identification-of-%C3%A1-tryptophan-as-a-bioactive-substance-for-postembryonic-ovarian-development-in-the-planarian-dugesia-ryukyuensis
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Kazuya Kobayashi, Takanobu Maezawa, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Hiroyuki Onuki, Yurie Horiguchi, Hiroshi Hirota, Tetsuo Ishida, Kihachiro Horiike, Yasutoshi Agata, Manabu Aoki, Motonori Hoshi, Midori Matsumoto
Many metazoans start germ cell development during embryogenesis, while some metazoans possessing pluripotent stem cells undergo postembryonic germ cell development. The latter reproduce asexually but develop germ cells from pluripotent stem cells or dormant primordial germ cells when they reproduce sexually. Sexual induction of the planarian Dugesia ryukyuensis is an important model for postembryonic germ cell development. In this experimental system, hermaphroditic reproductive organs are differentiated in presumptive gonadal regions by the administration of a crude extract from sexual planarians to asexual ones...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331971/an-integrated-view-of-asteroid-regeneration-tissues-cells-and-molecules
#15
REVIEW
Yousra Ben Khadra, Michela Sugni, Cinzia Ferrario, Francesco Bonasoro, Ana Varela Coelho, Pedro Martinez, Maria Daniela Candia Carnevali
The potential for repairing and replacing cells, tissues, organs and body parts is considered a primitive attribute of life shared by all the organisms, even though it may be expressed to a different extent and which is essential for the survival of both individual and whole species. The ability to regenerate is particularly evident and widespread within invertebrates. In spite of the wide availability of experimental models, regeneration has been comprehensively explored in only a few animal systems (i.e., hydrozoans, planarians, urodeles) leaving many other animal groups unexplored...
March 22, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326682/nervous-system-development-and-regeneration-in-freshwater-planarians
#16
REVIEW
Kelly G Ross, Ko W Currie, Bret J Pearson, Ricardo M Zayas
Planarians have a long history in the fields of developmental and regenerative biology. These animals have also sparked interest in neuroscience due to their neuroanatomy, spectrum of simple behaviors, and especially, their almost unparalleled ability to generate new neurons after any type of injury. Research in adult planarians has revealed that neuronal subtypes homologous to those found in vertebrates are generated from stem cells throughout their lives. This feat is recapitulated after head amputation, wherein animals are capable of regenerating whole brains and regaining complete neural function...
March 22, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324191/planarian-homolog-of-puromycin-sensitive-aminopeptidase-djpsa-is-required-for-brain-regeneration
#17
Suge Wu, Bin Liu, Zuoqing Yuan, Xiufang Zhang, Hong Liu, Qiuxiang Pang, Bosheng Zhao
Puromycin-sensitive aminopeptidase (PSA) belongs to the M1 zinc metallopeptidase family. PSA is the most abundant aminopeptidase in the brain and plays a role in the metabolism of neuropeptides including those involved in neurodegeneration. A cDNA DjPsa was identified from the planarian Dugesia japonica cDNA library. It contains a 639-bp open reading frame corresponding to a deduced protein of 212 amino acids. Whole mount in situ hybridization revealed that DjPsa is expressed in the brain and ventral nerve cords of intact and regenerating animals and demonstrates a tissue and stage-specific expression pattern of DjPsa in developing embryos and larvae...
June 2017: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322998/14-3-3-%C3%AE-and-14-3-3-%C3%AE-contribute-to-immune-responses-in-planarian-dugesia-japonica
#18
Qingqing Lu, Suge Wu, Hui Zhen, Hongkuan Deng, Qian Song, Kaifu Ma, Zhonghong Cao, Qiuxiang Pang, Bosheng Zhao
14-3-3 proteins are a family of highly conserved acidic proteins that regulate cellular processes. They act as a kind of important signaling molecules taking part in many crucial decisions throughout the development process. We have isolated and characterized two members of the 14-3-3 family, namely, Dj14-3-3 α and Dj14-3-3 ζ in the planarian Dugesia japonica. The Dj14-3-3 α and ζ genes encode polypeptides of 260 and 255 amino acids respectively. We have proved that the Dj14-3-3 α and ζ genes were especially expressed in the pharynx in adult and regenerating planarians by in situ hybridization and they were not involved in regeneration process...
June 5, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318417/itfish-enhanced-staining-by-iterative-fluorescent-in-situ-hybridization
#19
Richard H Row, Benjamin L Martin
Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) is an important tool for zebrafish research, particularly when observing the expression of two different genes in the same embryo. Peroxidase-catalyzed deposition of tyramide-conjugated dyes is a widely used and cost-effective approach to performing FISH. A major limitation of the technique is that it does not work well for weakly expressed genes. Here we present a method adapted from planarian research for use in zebrafish that provides a dramatic enhancement of weak staining...
March 20, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302668/sulphated-glycosaminoglycans-support-an-assortment-of-planarian-rhabdite-structures
#20
Matthew J Hayes
Planaria are soft-bodied, bilateral flatworms of the phylum Platyhelminthes. They are covered in cilia and use ciliary-gliding to traverse the substratum while hunting. Their body surface is covered in a layer of viscous slime primarily derived from specialised secretory granules known as rhabdites. The slime must somehow stay associated with the surface of the animal in aqueous environments whilst also lubricating the interface of the animal and the surfaces over which the animal moves. The slime prevents damage to the animal's soft body and also contributes to adhesion to the substratum...
May 15, 2017: Biology Open
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