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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910888/microtubule-stabilising-peptides-rescue-tau-phenotypes-in-vivo
#1
Shmma Quraishe, Megan Sealey, Louise Cranfield, Amritpal Mudher
The microtubule cytoskeleton is a highly dynamic, filamentous network underpinning cellular structure and function. In Alzheimer's disease, the microtubule cytoskeleton is compromised, leading to neuronal dysfunction and eventually cell death. There are currently no disease-modifying therapies to slow down or halt disease progression. However, microtubule stabilisation is a promising therapeutic strategy that is being explored. We previously investigated the disease-modifying potential of a microtubule-stabilising peptide NAP (NAPVSIPQ) in a well-established Drosophila model of tauopathy characterised by microtubule breakdown and axonal transport deficits...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909948/little-effect-of-hsp90-inhibition-on-the-quantitative-wing-traits-variation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#2
Kazuo H Takahashi
Drosophila wings have been a model system to study the effect of HSP90 on quantitative trait variation. The effect of HSP90 inhibition on environmental buffering of wing morphology varies among studies while the genetic buffering effect of it was examined in only one study and was not detected. Variable results so far might show that the genetic background influences the environmental and genetic buffering effect of HSP90. In the previous studies, the number of the genetic backgrounds used is limited. To examine the effect of HSP90 inhibition with a larger number of genetic backgrounds than the previous studies, 20 wild-type strains of Drosophila melanogaster were used in this study...
December 1, 2016: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909242/beneficial-effects-of-rapamycin-in-a-drosophila-model-for-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia
#3
Shiyu Xu, Michael Stern, James A McNew
The locomotor deficits in the hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) reflect degeneration of upper motor neurons, but the mechanisms underlying this neurodegeneration are unknown. We established a Drosophila model for the HSP atlastin (atl), which encodes an ER fusion protein. Here we show that neuronal atl loss causes degeneration of specific thoracic muscles that is preceded by other pathologies including accumulation of aggregates containing poly-ubiquitin (poly-UB), increased generation of reactive oxygen species, and activation of the JNK/Foxo stress response pathway...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908785/disco-interacting-protein-2-regulates-axonal-bifurcation-and-guidance-of-drosophila-mushroom-body-neurons
#4
Yohei Nitta, Daisuke Yamazaki, Atsushi Sugie, Makoto Hiroi, Tetsuya Tabata
Axonal branching is one of the key processes within the enormous complexity of the nervous system to enable a single neuron to send information to multiple targets. However, the molecular mechanisms that control branch formation are poorly understood. In particular, previous studies have rarely addressed the mechanisms underlying axonal bifurcation, in which axons form new branches via splitting of the growth cone. We demonstrate that DISCO Interacting Protein 2 (DIP2) is required for precise axonal bifurcation in Drosophila mushroom body (MB) neurons by suppressing ectopic bifurcation and regulating the guidance of sister axons...
November 28, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907135/the-histone-deacetylase-gene-rpd3-is-required-for-starvation-stress-resistance
#5
Ei Nakajima, Kouhei Shimaji, Takanari Umegawachi, Saki Tomida, Hideki Yoshida, Nana Yoshimoto, Shingo Izawa, Hiroshi Kimura, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Epigenetic regulation in starvation is important but not fully understood yet. Here we identified the Rpd3 gene, a Drosophila homolog of histone deacetylase 1, as a critical epigenetic regulator for acquiring starvation stress resistance. Immunostaining analyses of Drosophila fat body revealed that the subcellular localization and levels of Rpd3 dynamically changed responding to starvation stress. In response to starvation stress, the level of Rpd3 rapidly increased, and it accumulated in the nucleolus in what appeared to be foci...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906621/isolation-of-a-novel-protein-p12-from-adult-drosophila-melanogaster-that-inhibits-deoxyribonucleoside-and-protein-kinase-activities-and-activates-3-5-exonuclease-activity
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Louise Slot Christiansen, Gabriella van Zanten, Dvora Berenstein, Marianne Lauridsen, Søren Kjærulff, Leif Søndergaard, Birgitte Munch-Petersen
We have previously found that Drosophila melanogaster only has one deoxyribonucleoside kinase, Dm-dNK, however, capable to phosphorylate all four natural deoxyribonucleosides. Dm-dNK was originally isolated from an embryonic cell line. We wanted to study the expression of Dm-dNK during development from embryonic cells to adult flies and found declining Dm-dNK activity during development and no activity in adult flies. Surprisingly, the extract from adult flies exhibited a strong inhibitory effect on deoxyribonucloside kinase activity...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906179/pink1-dependent-phosphorylation-of-pink1-and-parkin-is-essential-for-mitochondrial-quality-control
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Na Zhuang, Lin Li, She Chen, Tao Wang
Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to the pathogenesis of a large number of inherited diseases in humans, including Parkinson's disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. The Parkinson's disease genes pink1 and parkin, which encode a mitochondrially targeted protein kinase, and an E3 ubiquitin ligase, respectively, participate in a key mitochondrial quality-control pathway that eliminates damaged mitochondria. In the current study, we established an in vivo PINK1/Parkin-induced photoreceptor neuron degeneration model in Drosophila with the aim of dissecting the PINK1/Parkin pathway in detail...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906168/immunofluorescent-antibody-staining-of-intact-drosophila-larvae
#8
Laurina Manning, Chris Q Doe
Antibody staining is a vital technique for studying the development of many model organisms, including Drosophila. Reliable protocols have long been available for antibody staining of Drosophila whole-mount embryos and dissected larvae. By contrast, methods for staining whole larvae have rarely been reported, are unreliable, and fail to work on large third-instar larvae. This has become a major limitation to understanding the role of multitissue interactions such as neural circuit formation and cell metastasis...
January 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905548/neurexin-regulates-nighttime-sleep-by-modulating-synaptic-transmission
#9
Huawei Tong, Qian Li, Zi Chao Zhang, Yi Li, Junhai Han
Neurexins are cell adhesion molecules involved in synaptic formation and synaptic transmission. Mutations in neurexin genes are linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which are frequently associated with sleep problems. However, the role of neurexin-mediated synaptic transmission in sleep regulation is unclear. Here, we show that lack of the Drosophila α-neurexin homolog significantly reduces the quantity and quality of nighttime sleep and impairs sleep homeostasis. We report that neurexin expression in Drosophila mushroom body (MB) αβ neurons is essential for nighttime sleep...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904993/molecular-mechanisms-of-heart-failure-insights-from-drosophila
#10
Shasha Zhu, Zhe Han, Yan Luo, Yulin Chen, Qun Zeng, Xiushan Wu, Wuzhou Yuan
Heart failure places an enormous burden on health and economic systems worldwide. It is a complex disease that is profoundly influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Neither the molecular mechanisms underlying heart failure nor effective prevention strategies are fully understood. Fortunately, relevant aspects of human heart failure can be experimentally studied in tractable model animals, including the fruit fly, Drosophila, allowing the in vivo application of powerful and sophisticated molecular genetic and physiological approaches...
December 1, 2016: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903907/chromatin-binding-of-gcn5-in-drosophila-is-largely-mediated-by-cp190
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Tamer Ali, Marcus Krüger, Sabin Bhuju, Michael Jarek, Marek Bartkuhn, Rainer Renkawitz
Centrosomal 190 kDa protein (CP190) is a promoter binding factor, mediates long-range interactions in the context of enhancer-promoter contacts and in chromosomal domain formation. All Drosophila insulator proteins bind CP190 suggesting a crucial role in insulator function. CP190 has major effects on chromatin, such as depletion of nucleosomes, high nucleosomal turnover and prevention of heterochromatin expansion. Here, we searched for enzymes, which might be involved in CP190 mediated chromatin changes. Eighty percent of the genomic binding sites of the histone acetyltransferase Gcn5 are colocalizing with CP190 binding...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903903/novel-roles-of-hp1a-and-mcm10-in-dna-replication-genome-maintenance-and-photoreceptor-cell-differentiation
#12
Nicole Vo, Dang Ngoc Anh Suong, Natsuki Yoshino, Hideki Yoshida, Sue Cotterill, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Both Mcm10 and HP1a are known to be required for DNA replication. However, underlying mechanism is not clarified yet especially for HP1. Knockdown of both HP1a and Mcm10 genes inhibited the progression of S phase in Drosophila eye imaginal discs. Proximity Ligation Assay (PLA) demonstrated that HP1a is in close proximity to DNA replication proteins including Mcm10, RFC140 and DNA polymerase ϵ 255 kDa subunit in S-phase. This was further confirmed by co-immunoprecipitation assay. The PLA signals between Mcm10 and HP1a are specifically observed in the mitotic cycling cells, but not in the endocycling cells...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903648/evidence-against-a-role-for-the-parkinsonism-associated-protein-dj-1-in-methylglyoxal-detoxification
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Daniel H Pfaff, Thomas Fleming, Peter Nawroth, Aurelio A Teleman
Methylglyoxal (MG) is a reactive metabolite that forms adducts on lysine and arginine residues of proteins, thereby affecting their function. Methylglyoxal is detoxified by the Glyoxalase system, consisting of two enzymes, Glo1 and Glo2, that act sequentially to convert MG into D-lactate. Recently, the Parkinsonism-associated protein DJ-1 was described in vitro to have glyoxalase activity, thereby detoxifying the MG metabolite, or deglycase activity, thereby removing the adduct formed by MG on proteins. Since Drosophila is an established model system to study signaling, neurodegeneration and metabolic regulation in vivo, we asked whether DJ-1 contributes to MG detoxification in vivo...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903625/brain-wiring-explains-sex-differences-in-drosophila-behaviour
#14
Ruth Archer
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December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903433/cold-acclimation-allows-drosophila-flies-to-maintain-mitochondrial-functioning-under-cold-stress
#15
Hervé Colinet, David Renault, Damien Roussel
Environmental stress generally disturbs cellular homeostasis. Researchers have hypothesized that chilling injury is linked to a shortage of ATP. However, previous studies conducted on insects exposed to nonfreezing low temperatures presented conflicting results. In this study, we investigated the mitochondrial bioenergetics of Drosophila melanogaster flies exposed to chronic cold stress (4 °C). We assessed mitochondrial oxygen consumption while monitoring the rate of ATP synthesis at various times (0, 1, 2, and 3 days) during prolonged cold stress and at two assay temperatures (25 and 4 °C)...
November 26, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901468/loss-of-frataxin-activates-the-iron-sphingolipid-pdk1-mef2-pathway-in-mammals
#16
Kuchuan Chen, Tammy Szu-Yu Ho, Guang Lin, Kai Li Tan, Matthew N Rasband, Hugo J Bellen
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease caused by mutations in Frataxin (FXN). Loss of FXN causes impaired mitochondrial function and iron homeostasis. An elevated production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was previously proposed to contribute to the pathogenesis of FRDA. We recently showed that loss of frataxin homolog (fh), a Drosophila homolog of FXN, causes a ROS independent neurodegeneration in flies (Chen et al., 2016). In fh mutants, iron accumulation in the nervous system enhances the synthesis of sphingolipids, which in turn activates 3-phosphoinositide dependent protein kinase-1 (Pdk1) and myocyte enhancer factor-2 (Mef2) to trigger neurodegeneration of adult photoreceptors...
November 30, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901078/asian-citrus-psyllid-rnai-pathway-rnai-evidence
#17
Clauvis N T Taning, Eduardo C Andrade, Wayne B Hunter, Olivier Christiaens, Guy Smagghe
Diaphorina citri, known as the Asian citrus psyllid, is an important pest of citrus because it transmits a phloem-limited bacteria strongly implicated in huanglongbing (citrus greening disease). Emerging biotechnologies, such as RNA interference, could provide a new sustainable and environmentally friendly strategy for the management of this pest. In this study, genome and functional analysis were performed to verify whether the RNAi core genes are present in the Asian psyllid genome and if the RNAi machinery could be exploited to develop a management strategy for this pest...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900550/biogenesis-of-diverse-plant-phasirnas-involves-an-mirna-trigger-and-dicer-processing
#18
Reina Komiya
It has been almost 30 years since RNA interference (RNAi) was shown to silence genes via double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) in Caenorhabditis elegans (Fire et al. 1998). 20-30-nucleotide (nt) small non-coding RNAs are a key element of the RNAi machinery. Recently, phased small interfering RNAs (phasiRNAs), small RNAs that are generated from a long RNA precursor at intervals of 21 to 26-nt, have been identified in plants and animals. In Drosophila, phasiRNAs are generated by the endonuclease, Zucchini (Zuc), in germlines...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900350/swath-ms-dataset-of-heat-shock-treated-drosophila-melanogaster-embryos
#19
Bertrand Fabre, Dagmara Korona, Daniel J H Nightingale, Steven Russell, Kathryn S Lilley
Data independent acquisition (DIA) has emerged as a promising mass spectrometry based approach, combining the advantages of shotgun and targeted proteomics. Here we applied a DIA approach (termed SWATH) to monitor the dynamics of the Drosophila melanogaster embryonic proteome upon heat-shock treatment. Embryos were incubated for 0.5, 1 or 3 h at 37 °C to induce heat-shock or maintained at 25 °C. The present dataset contains SWATH files acquired on a Sciex Triple-TOF 6600. A spectral library built in-house was used to analyse these data and led to the quantification of more than 2500 proteins at every timepoint...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900010/a-novel-mutation-of-the-fat2-gene-in-spinal-meningioma
#20
Genshu Tate, Koji Kishimoto, Toshiyuki Mitsuya
Meningiomas may be classified as neurofibromin 2 (NF2)-associated and non-NF2 meningiomas depending on the presence or absence of molecular alterations in the NF2 gene. One of the characteristic histological features of meningiomas is the whorl formation of neoplastic arachnoid cells. NF2 is a human homolog of the Drosophila gene, Merlin (Mer). In humans, NF2 is the gene responsible for the disease neurofibromatosis type II, which results in the development of brain tumors, including acoustic neurinoma and meningioma...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
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