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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938081/sleep-in-insects
#1
Charlotte Helfrich-Förster
Sleep is essential for proper brain function in mammals and insects. During sleep, animals are disconnected from the external world; they show high arousal thresholds and changed brain activity. Sleep deprivation results in a sleep rebound. Research using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has helped us understand the genetic and neuronal control of sleep. Genes involved in sleep control code for ion channels, factors influencing neurotransmission and neuromodulation, and proteins involved in the circadian clock...
September 22, 2017: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938012/f-map-a-bayesian-approach-to-infer-the-gene-regulatory-network-using-external-hints
#2
Maryam Shahdoust, Hamid Pezeshk, Hossein Mahjub, Mehdi Sadeghi
The Common topological features of related species gene regulatory networks suggest reconstruction of the network of one species by using the further information from gene expressions profile of related species. We present an algorithm to reconstruct the gene regulatory network named; F-MAP, which applies the knowledge about gene interactions from related species. Our algorithm sets a Bayesian framework to estimate the precision matrix of one species microarray gene expressions dataset to infer the Gaussian Graphical model of the network...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935901/a-brain-targeting-lipidated-peptide-for-neutralizing-rna-mediated-toxicity-in-polyglutamine-diseases
#3
Qian Zhang, Mengbi Yang, Kasper K Sørensen, Charlotte S Madsen, Josephine T Boesen, Ying An, Shao Hong Peng, Yuming Wei, Qianwen Wang, Knud J Jensen, Zhong Zuo, Ho Yin Edwin Chan, Jacky Chi Ki Ngo
Polyglutamine (PolyQ) diseases are progressive neurodegenerative disorders caused by both protein- and RNA-mediated toxicities. We previously showed that a peptidyl inhibitor, P3, which binds directly to expanded CAG RNA can inhibit RNA-induced nucleolar stress and suppress RNA-induced neurotoxicity. Here we report a N-acetylated and C-amidated derivative of P3, P3V8, that showed a more than 20-fold increase in its affinity for expanded CAG RNA. The P3V8 peptide also more potently alleviated expanded RNA-induced cytotoxicity in vitro, and suppressed polyQ neurodegeneration in Drosophila with no observed toxic effects...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935711/distinct-regenerative-potential-of-trunk-and-appendages-of-drosophila-mediated-by-jnk-signalling
#4
Raquel Martín, Noelia Pinal, Ginés Morata
The Drosophila body comprises a central part, the trunk, and outgrowths of the trunk, the appendages. Much is known about appendage regeneration, but little about the trunk. As the wing imaginal disc contains a trunk component, the notum, and a wing appendage, we have investigated the response to ablation of these two components. We find that in contrast with the strong regenerative response of the wing, the notum does not regenerate. Nevertheless, the elimination of the wing primordium elicits a proliferative response of notum cells, but they do not regenerate wing; they form a notum duplicate...
September 21, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935704/the-splicing-co-factor-barricade-tat-sf1-is-required-for-cell-cycle-and-lineage-progression-in-drosophila-neural-stem-cells
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Monika K Abramczuk, Thomas R Burkard, Vivien Rolland, Victoria Steinmann, Peter Duchek, Yanrui Jiang, Sebastian Wissel, Heinrich Reichert, Juergen A Knoblich
Stem cells need to balance self-renewal and differentiation for correct tissue development and homeostasis. Defects in this balance can lead to developmental defects or tumor formation. In recent years, mRNA splicing has emerged as one important mechanism regulating cell fate decisions. Here we address the role of the evolutionary conserved splicing co-factor Barricade (Barc)/Tat-SF1/CUS2 in Drosophila neural stem cell (neuroblast) lineage formation. We show that Barc is required for the generation of neurons during Drosophila brain development by ensuring correct neural progenitor proliferation and differentiation...
September 21, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935691/insights-into-ddt-resistance-from-the-drosophila-melanogaster-genetic-reference-panel
#6
Joshua M Schmidt, Paul Battlay, Rebecca S Gledhill-Smith, Robert T Good, Chris Lumb, Alexandre Fournier-Level, Charles Robin
Insecticide resistance is considered a classic model of microevolution, where a strong selective agent is applied to a large natural population, resulting in a change in frequency of alleles that confer resistance. While many insecticide resistance variants have been characterized at the gene level, they are typically single genes of large effect identified in highly resistant pest species. In contrast, multiple variants have been implicated in DDT resistance in Drosophila melanogaster, however only the Cyp6g1 locus has previously been shown to be relevant to field populations...
September 21, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935608/mechanical-coupling-of-microtubule-dependent-motor-teams-during-peroxisome-transport-in-drosophila-s2-cells
#7
María Cecilia De Rossi, Diana E Wetzler, Lorena Benseñor, María Emilia De Rossi, Mariela Sued, Daniela Rodríguez, Vladimir Gelfand, Luciana Bruno, Valeria Levi
BACKGROUND: Intracellular transport requires molecular motors that step along cytoskeletal filaments actively dragging cargoes through the crowded cytoplasm. Here, we explore the interplay of the opposed polarity motors kinesin-1 and cytoplasmic dynein during peroxisome transport along microtubules in Drosophila S2 cells. METHODS: We used single particle tracking with nanometer accuracy and millisecond time resolution to extract quantitative information on the bidirectional motion of organelles...
September 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935600/identification-and-function-analysis-of-ras-related-nuclear-protein-from-macrobrachium-rosenbergii-involved-in-spiroplasma-eriocheiris-infection
#8
Mingxiao Ning, Yunji Xiu, Meijun Yuan, Jingxiu Bi, Min Liu, Panpan Wei, Yuye Yan, Wei Gu, Wen Wang, Qingguo Meng
A ras-related nuclear protein (Ran) protein was obtained from Macrobrachium rosenbergii, named MrRan. Phylogenetic analysis results showed that MrRan was clustered in one group together with other crustaceans. Tissue distribution analysis revealed that MrRan was expressed mainly in gill, intestine and stomach, and expressed weakly in muscle. The MrRan expression levels in gill and hemocyte of prawns were significantly up-regulated after challenged by Spiroplasma eriocheiris. The copy number of S. eriocheiris in MrRan dsRNA injection group was significantly less than control groups during infection...
September 18, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934390/protein-phosphatase-1-regulates-huntingtin-exon-1-aggregation-and-toxicity
#9
Joana Branco-Santos, Federico Herrera, Gonçalo M Poças, Yolanda Pires-Afonso, Flaviano Giorgini, Pedro M Domingos, Tiago F Outeiro
Huntington's disease is neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine expansion in the N-terminal region of the huntingtin protein (N17). Here, we analysed the relative contribution of each phosphorylatable residue in the N17 region (T3, S13 and S16) towards huntingtin exon 1 (HTTex1) oligomerization, aggregation and toxicity in human cells and Drosophila neurons. We used bimolecular fluorescence complementation to show that expression of single phosphomimic mutations completely abolished HTTex1 aggregation in human cells...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934387/mutations-in-tgm6-induce-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-sca35
#10
Debasmita Tripathy, Beatrice Vignoli, Nandini Ramesh, Maria Jose Polanco, Marie Coutelier, Christopher D Stephen, Marco Canossa, Marie-Lorraine Monin, Pascale Aeschlimann, Shannon Turberville, Daniel Aeschlimann, Jeremy D Schmahmann, Marios Hadjivassiliou, Alexandra Durr, Udai B Pandey, Maria Pennuto, Manuela Basso
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 35 (SCA35) is a rare autosomal-dominant neurodegenerative disease caused by mutations in the TGM6 gene, which codes for transglutaminase 6 (TG6). Mutations in TG6 induce cerebellar degeneration by an unknown mechanism. We identified seven patients bearing new mutations in TGM6. To gain insights into the molecular basis of mutant TG6-induced neurotoxicity, we analyzed all the seven new TG6 mutants and the five TG6 mutants previously linked to SCA35. We found that the wild-type (TG6-WT) protein mainly localized to the nucleus and perinuclear area, whereas five TG6 mutations showed nuclear depletion, increased accumulation in the perinuclear area, insolubility and loss of enzymatic function...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934338/effect-of-localized-hypoxia-on-drosophila-embryo-development
#11
Zhinan Wang, Shawn C Oppegard, David T Eddington, Jun Cheng
Environmental stress, such as oxygen deprivation, affects various cellular activities and developmental processes. In this study, we directly investigated Drosophila embryo development in vivo while cultured on a microfluidic device, which imposed an oxygen gradient on the developing embryos. The designed microfluidic device enabled both temporal and spatial control of the local oxygen gradient applied to the live embryos. Time-lapse live cell imaging was used to monitor the morphology and cellular migration patterns as embryos were placed in various geometries relative to the oxygen gradient...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934062/manipulating-the-aggregation-activity-of-human-prion-like-proteins
#12
Sean M Cascarina, Kacy R Paul, Eric D Ross
Considerable advances in understanding the protein features favoring prion formation in yeast have facilitated the development of effective yeast prion prediction algorithms. Here we discuss a recent study in which we systematically explored the utility of the yeast prion prediction algorithm PAPA for designing mutations to modulate the aggregation activity of the human prion-like protein hnRNPA2B1. Mutations in hnRNPA2B1 cause multisystem proteinopathy in humans, and accelerate aggregation of the protein in vitro...
September 21, 2017: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933588/death-by-over-eating-the-gaucher-disease-associated-gene-gba1-identified-in-a-screen-for-mediators-of-autophagic-cell-death-is-necessary-for-developmental-cell-death-in-drosophila-midgut
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Santosh K Dasari, Eyal Schejter, Shani Bialik, Aya Shkedy, Vered Levin-Salomon, Smadar Levin-Zaidman, Adi Kimchi
Autophagy is critical for homeostasis and cell survival during stress, but can also lead to cell death, a little understood process that has been shown to contribute to developmental cell death in lower model organisms, and to human cancer cell death. We recently reported (1) on our thorough molecular and morphologic characterization of an autophagic cell death system involving resveratrol treatment of lung carcinoma cells. To gain mechanistic insight into this death program, we performed a signalome-wide RNAi screen for genes whose functions are necessary for resveratrol-induced death...
September 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932814/the-gut-commensal-microbiome-of-drosophila-melanogaster-is-modified-by-the-endosymbiont-wolbachia
#14
Rama K Simhadri, Eva M Fast, Rong Guo, Michaela J Schultz, Natalie Vaisman, Luis Ortiz, Joanna Bybee, Barton E Slatko, Horacio M Frydman
Endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria and the gut microbiome have independently been shown to affect several aspects of insect biology, including reproduction, development, life span, stem cell activity, and resistance to human pathogens, in insect vectors. This work shows that Wolbachia bacteria, which reside mainly in the fly germline, affect the microbial species present in the fly gut in a lab-reared strain. Drosophila melanogaster hosts two main genera of commensal bacteria-Acetobacter and Lactobacillus. Wolbachia-infected flies have significantly reduced titers of Acetobacter...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932696/an-automated-workflow-for-quantifying-rna-transcripts-in-individual-cells-in-large-data-sets
#15
Matthew C Pharris, Tzu-Ching Wu, Xinping Chen, Xu Wang, David M Umulis, Vikki M Weake, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem
Advanced molecular probing techniques such as single molecule fluorescence in situ hybridization (smFISH) or RNAscope can be used to assess the quantity and spatial location of mRNA transcripts within cells. Quantifying mRNA expression in large image sets usually involves automated counting of fluorescent spots. Though conventional spot counting algorithms may suffice, they often lack high-throughput capacity and accuracy in cases of crowded signal or excessive noise. Automatic identification of cells and processing of many images is still a challenge...
2017: MethodsX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931572/drosophila-neprilysin-1-rescues-memory-deficits-caused-by-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide
#16
Oriane Turrel, Valérie Goguel, Thomas Preat
Neprilysins are type-II metalloproteinases known to degrade and inactivate a number of small peptides, in particular the mammalian amyloid-β peptide (Aβ). In Drosophila, several neprilysins expressed in the brain are required for middle-term (MTM) and long-term memory (LTM) in the dorsal paired medial (DPM) neurons, a pair of large neurons that broadly innervate the mushroom bodies (MB), the center of olfactory memory. These data indicate that one or several peptides need to be degraded for MTM and LTM. We have previously shown that the fly amyloid precursor protein (APPL) is required for memory in the MB...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931407/the-emerging-roles-of-phosphatases-in-hedgehog-pathway
#17
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Long Zhao, Liguo Wang, Chunli Chi, Wenwen Lan, Ying Su
Hedgehog signaling is evolutionarily conserved and plays a pivotal role in cell fate determination, embryonic development, and tissue renewal. As aberrant Hedgehog signaling is tightly associated with a broad range of human diseases, its activities must be precisely controlled. It has been known that several core components of Hedgehog pathway undergo reversible phosphorylations mediated by protein kinases and phosphatases, which acts as an effective regulatory mechanism to modulate Hedgehog signal activities...
September 20, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931163/influence-of-quercetin-in-the-temporal-regulation-of-redox-homeostasis-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#18
Perumal Subramanian, Kanimozhi Kaliyamoorthy, Jaime Jacqueline Jayapalan, Puteri Shafinaz Abdul-Rahman, Onn Haji Hashim
Numerous biological processes are governed by the biological clock. Studies using Drosophila melanogaster (L.) are valuable that could be of importance for their effective applications on rodent studies. In this study, the beneficial role of quercetin (a flavonoid) on H2O2 induced stress in D. melanogaster was investigated. D. melanogaster flies were divided into four groups (group I - control, group II - H2O2 (acute exposure), group III - quercetin, and group IV - quercetin + H2O2 treated). Negative geotaxis assay, oxidative stress indicators (protein carbonyls, thiobarbituric reactive substances [TBARS]), and antioxidants (superoxide dismutase [SOD], catalase [CAT], glutathione-S-transferase [GST], glutathione peroxidase, and reduced glutathione [GSH]) were measured at 4 h intervals over 24 h and temporal expression of heat shock protein-70 (Hsp70), Upd1 (homolog of IL-6 in Drosophila), and nitric oxide synthase (Nos) was analyzed by Western blotting...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931001/an-automated-rapid-iterative-negative-geotaxis-assay-for-analyzing-adult-climbing-behavior-in-a-drosophila-model-of-neurodegeneration
#19
Wenze Cao, Li Song, Jingjing Cheng, Na Yi, Luyi Cai, Fu-de Huang, Margaret Ho
Neurodegenerative diseases are frequently associated with a progressive loss of movement ability, reduced life span, and age-dependent neurodegeneration. To understand the mechanism of these cellular events, and their causal relationships with each other, Drosophila melanogaster, with its sophisticated genetic tools and diverse behavioral features, are used as disease models for assessing neurodegenerative phenotypes. Here we describe a high-throughput method to analyze Drosophila adult negative geotaxis behavior, as an indication for possible motor defects associated with neurodegeneration...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930984/high-fat-diet-feeding-and-high-throughput-triacylglyceride-assay-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#20
Soda Balla Diop, Ryan T Birse, Rolf Bodmer
Heart disease is the number one cause of human death worldwide. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between obesity and cardiac malfunction in humans, but more tools and research efforts are needed to better elucidate the mechanisms involved. For over a century, the genetically highly tractable model of Drosophila has been instrumental in the discovery of key genes and molecular pathways that proved to be highly conserved across species. Many biological processes and disease mechanisms are functionally conserved in the fly, such as development (e...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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