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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777401/bantam-regulates-the-axonal-geometry-of-drosophila-larval-brain-by-modulating-actin-regulator-enabled
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Animesh Banerjee, Jagat Kumar Roy
During development, axonogenesis, an integral part of neurogenesis, is based on well-concerted events comprising generation, rearrangement, migration, elongation, and adhesion of neurons. Actin, specifically the crosstalk between the guardians of actin polymerization, like enabled, chickadee, capping protein plays an essential role in crafting several events of axonogenesis. Recent evidences reflect multifaceted role of microRNA during axonogenesis. Here, we investigated the role of bantam miRNA, a well-established miRNA in Drosophila, in regulating the actin organization during brain development...
May 18, 2018: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777168/the-genetic-basis-of-female-pheromone-differences-between-drosophila-melanogaster-and-d-simulans
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Jessica A Pardy, Howard D Rundle, Mark A Bernards, Amanda J Moehring
Chemical signals are one means by which many insect species communicate. Differences in the combination of surface chemicals called cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) can influence mating behavior and affect reproductive isolation between species. Genes influencing three CHC compounds have been identified in Drosophila melanogaster. However, the genetic basis of other CHC compounds, whether these genes affect species differences in CHCs, and the genes' resulting effect on interspecies mating, remains unknown. We used fine-scale deficiency mapping of the third chromosome to identify 43 genomic regions that influence production of CHCs in both D...
May 19, 2018: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776969/identifying-genetic-players-in-cell-sheet-morphogenesis-using-a-drosophila-deficiency-screen-for-genes-on-chromosome-2r-involved-in-dorsal-closure
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Richard D Mortensen, Regan P Moore, Stephanie M Fogerson, Hellen Y Chiou, Chimdindu V Obinero, Neel K Prabhu, Angela H Wei, Janice M Crawford, Daniel P Kiehart
Cell sheet morphogenesis characterizes key developmental transitions and homeostasis, in vertebrates and throughout phylogeny, including gastrulation, neural tube formation and wound healing. Dorsal closure, a process during Drosophila embryogenesis, has emerged as a model for cell sheet morphogenesis. ∼140 genes are currently known to affect dorsal closure and new genes are identified each year. Many of these genes were identified in screens that resulted in arrested development. Dorsal closure is remarkably robust and many questions regarding the molecular mechanisms involved in this complex biological process remain...
May 18, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776334/swi-snf-regulates-half-of-its-targets-without-the-need-of-atp-driven-nucleosome-remodeling-by-brahma
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Antonio Jordán-Pla, Simei Yu, Johan Waldholm, Thomas Källman, Ann-Kristin Östlund Farrants, Neus Visa
BACKGROUND: Brahma (BRM) is the only catalytic subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complex of Drosophila melanogaster. The function of SWI/SNF in transcription has long been attributed to its ability to remodel nucleosomes, which requires the ATPase activity of BRM. However, recent studies have provided evidence for a non-catalytic function of BRM in the transcriptional regulation of a few specific genes. RESULTS: Here we have used RNA-seq and ChIP-seq to identify the BRM target genes in S2 cells, and we have used a catalytically inactive BRM mutant (K804R) that is unable to hydrolyze ATP to investigate the magnitude of the non-catalytic function of BRM in transcription regulation...
May 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775737/deltex-interacts-with-eiger-and-consequently-influences-the-cell-death-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Debdeep Dutta, Ankita Singh, Maimuna Sali Paul, Vartika Sharma, Mousumi Mutsuddi, Ashim Mukherjee
TNF-JNK signaling is one of the highly conserved signaling pathways that regulate a broad spectrum of cellular processes including proliferation and apoptosis. Eiger, the sole homologue of TNF in Drosophila, initiates the TNF-JNK pathway to induce cell death. Previously, Deltex (Dx) has been identified as a Notch signaling component that regulates vesicular trafficking of Notch. In the present study, we have investigated the interaction between these two proteins in order to identify how Dx influences the activity of Eiger...
May 15, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775584/conformational-activation-of-argonaute-by-distinct-yet-coordinated-actions-of-the-hsp70-and-hsp90-chaperone-systems
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Kotaro Tsuboyama, Hisashi Tadakuma, Yukihide Tomari
Loading of small RNAs into Argonaute, the core protein in RNA silencing, requires the Hsp70/Hsp90 chaperone machinery. This machinery also activates many other clients, including steroid hormone receptors and kinases, but how their structures change during chaperone-dependent activation remains unclear. Here, we utilized single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) to probe the conformational changes of Drosophila Ago2 mediated by the chaperone machinery. We found that empty Ago2 exists in various closed conformations...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775298/a-family-of-bodipy-photocages-cleaved-by-single-photons-of-visible-near-ir-light
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Julie A Peterson, Chamari Wijesooriya, Elizabeth J Gehrmann, Kaitlyn M Mahoney, Pratik P Goswami, Toshia R Albright, Aleem Syed, Andrew S Dutton, Emily A Smith, Arthur H Winter
Photocages are light-sensitive chemical protecting groups that provide external control over when, where, and how much of a biological substrate is activated in cells using targeted light irradiation. Regrettably, most popular photocages (e.g. o-nitrobenzyl groups) absorb cell-damaging ultraviolet wavelengths. A challenge with achieving longer wavelength bond-breaking photochemistry is that long-wavelength-absorbing chromophores have shorter excited state lifetimes and diminished excited state energies. However, here we report the synthesis of a family of BODIPY-derived photocages with tunable absorptions across the visible/near-IR that release chemical cargo under irradiation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774427/largely-flat-latitudinal-life-history-clines-in-the-dung-fly-sepsis-fulgens-across-europe-diptera-sepsidae
#8
Jeannine Roy, Wolf U Blanckenhorn, Patrick T Rohner
Clinal variation in body size and related life history traits is common and has stimulated the postulation of several eco-geographical rules. Whereas some clinal patterns are clearly adaptive, the causes of others remain obscure. We investigated intra-specific body size, development time and female fecundity (egg size and number) clines across 13 European populations of the dung fly Sepsis fulgens spanning 20° latitude from southern Italy to Estonia in a genetic common garden approach. Despite very short generation times (ca...
May 17, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773790/crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-targeting-in-arabidopsis-using-sequential-transformation
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Daisuke Miki, Wenxin Zhang, Wenjie Zeng, Zhengyan Feng, Jian-Kang Zhu
Homologous recombination-based gene targeting is a powerful tool for precise genome modification and has been widely used in organisms ranging from yeast to higher organisms such as Drosophila and mouse. However, gene targeting in higher plants, including the most widely used model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, remains challenging. Here we report a sequential transformation method for gene targeting in Arabidopsis. We find that parental lines expressing the bacterial endonuclease Cas9 from the egg cell- and early embryo-specific DD45 gene promoter can improve the frequency of single-guide RNA-targeted gene knock-ins and sequence replacements via homologous recombination at several endogenous sites in the Arabidopsis genome...
May 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773559/serrate-notch-signaling-regulates-the-size-of-the-progenitor-cell-pool-in-drosophila-imaginal-rings
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Sheng-An Yang, Wu-Min Deng
Drosophila imaginal rings are larval tissues composed of progenitor cells that are essential for the formation of adult foreguts, hindguts and salivary glands. Specified from subsets of ectoderm in the embryo, imaginal ring cells are kept quiescent until mid-second larval instar, and undergo rapid proliferation during the third instar to attain adequate numbers of cells that will replace apoptotic larval tissues for adult organ formation. Here we show that Notch signaling is activated in all three imaginal rings from middle embryonic stage to early pupal stage and that Notch signaling positively controls cell proliferation in all three imaginal rings during the third larval instar...
May 17, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773558/genetic-analyses-of-elys-mutations-in-drosophila-show-maternal-effect-lethality-and-interactions-with-nucleoporin-genes
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Kazuyuki Hirai, Zhuo Wang, Kohei Miura, Takaaki Hayashi, Takeshi Awasaki, Moe Wada, Yoko Keira, Hiroyuki O Ishikawa, Kyoichi Sawamura
ELYS determines the subcellular localizations of Nucleoporins (Nups) during interphase and mitosis. We made loss-of-function mutations of Elys in Drosophila melanogaster and found that ELYS is dispensable for zygotic viability and male fertility but the maternal supply is necessary for embryonic development. Subsequent to fertilization, mitotic progression of the embryos produced by the mutant females is severely disrupted at the first cleavage division, accompanied by irregular behavior of mitotic centrosomes...
May 18, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773557/a-length-dependent-evolutionarily-conserved-pathway-controls-nuclear-export-of-circular-rnas
#12
Chuan Huang, Dongming Liang, Deirdre C Tatomer, Jeremy E Wilusz
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are generated from many protein-coding genes. Most accumulate in the cytoplasm, but how circRNA localization or nuclear export is controlled remains unclear. Using RNAi screening, we found that depletion of the Drosophila DExH/D-box helicase Hel25E results in nuclear accumulation of long (>800-nucleotide), but not short, circRNAs. The human homologs of Hel25E similarly regulate circRNA localization, as depletion of UAP56 (DDX39B) or URH49 (DDX39A) causes long and short circRNAs, respectively, to become enriched in the nucleus...
May 17, 2018: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772558/the-function-of-replication-and-scf-complex-during-drosophila-wing-development
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Hidetsugu Kohzaki
Chromosomal DNA replication machinery functions in the growing cells and organs in multicellular organisms. We previously demonstrated that its knockdown in several tissues of Drosophila led to a rough eye phenotype, the loss of bristles in the eye and female sterile. In this paper, I investigated in detail the wing phenotype using RNAi flies, and observed that the knockdown not only of Mcm10 but also of some other prereplicative complex components including Cdt1, Polα-primase, RPA, Psf2 (partner of SLD five 2; a subunit of GINS (Go, Ichi, Nii, and San; five, one, two, and three in Japanese) and Rfc3 (replication factor C 3; a subunit of RFC complex) demonstrated wing phenotypes, using Gal4-driver flies...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772542/regulation-of-feeding-behavior-in-drosophila-through-the-interplay-of-gustation-physiology-and-neuromodulation
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Bhumika S, Arvind Kumar Singh
One of the most fundamental behaviors in all the organisms, in order to achieve a satiated state and internal energy homeostasis is feeding. The action of feeding in any being whether be it any vertebrate or an invertebrate involves the perception of the external environment along with the gamut of decision making processes to eat or to not eat. The feeding decision along with chemosensation through gustation and olfaction leads to intake of food with proper nutrient balance along with avoidance of bitter and toxic substances...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772521/myricetin-attenuates-neurodegeneration-and-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinsonism
#15
Vijayraja Dhanraj, Jeyaprakash Karuppaiah, Rengasamy Balakrishnan, Namasivayam Elangovan
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease due to dopaminergic neuron degeneration. It mostly affects the aged population, leads to memory decline and loss of motor coordination. The present study investigates the neuroprotective role of myricetin a flavonol isolated from the brown seaweed Turbinaria ornata in rotenone induced Drosophila model of PD. Rotenone administration led to dopaminergic neuronal degeneration, dopamine depletion, impaired muscular coordination, gait disturbances, memory decline oxidative stress and apoptosis...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772202/rnp-granule-assembly-via-ataxin-2-disordered-domains-is-required-for-long-term-memory-and-neurodegeneration
#16
Baskar Bakthavachalu, Joern Huelsmeier, Indulekha P Sudhakaran, Jens Hillebrand, Amanjot Singh, Arnas Petrauskas, Devasena Thiagarajan, M Sankaranarayanan, Laura Mizoue, Eric N Anderson, Udai Bhan Pandey, Eric Ross, K VijayRaghavan, Roy Parker, Mani Ramaswami
Human Ataxin-2 is implicated in the cause and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and type 2 spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA-2). In Drosophila, a conserved atx2 gene is essential for animal survival as well as for normal RNP-granule assembly, translational control, and long-term habituation. Like its human homolog, Drosophila Ataxin-2 (Atx2) contains polyQ repeats and additional intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs). We demonstrate that Atx2 IDRs, which are capable of mediating liquid-liquid phase transitions in vitro, are essential for efficient formation of neuronal mRNP assemblies in vivo...
May 16, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772196/ataxin-2-is-droppin-some-knowledge
#17
Lindsay A Becker, Aaron D Gitler
Ataxin-2 is an RNA-binding protein involved in translation regulation and mutated in neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS. In this issue of Neuron, Bakthavachalu et al. (2018) demonstrate that higher-order ataxin-2 RNA/protein assemblies are necessary for both translation-dependent learning and ALS-associated neurodegeneration in Drosophila.
May 16, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769701/a-drosophila-model-of-essential-tremor
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Philip Smith, Ronald Arias, Shilpa Sonti, Zagaa Odgerel, Ismael Santa-Maria, Brian D McCabe, Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, Elan D Louis, James J L Hodge, Lorraine N Clark
Essential Tremor (ET) is one of the most common neurological diseases, with an estimated 7 million affected individuals in the US; the pathophysiology of the disorder is poorly understood. Recently, we identified a mutation (KCNS2 (Kv9.2), c.1137 T > A, p.(D379E) in an electrically silent voltage-gated K+ channel α-subunit, Kv9.2, in a family with ET, that modulates the activity of Kv2 channels. We have produced transgenic Drosophila lines that express either the human wild type Kv9.2 (hKv9.2) or the ET causing mutant Kv9...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769531/myosin1d-is-an-evolutionarily-conserved-regulator-of-animal-left-right-asymmetry
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Thomas Juan, Charles Géminard, Jean-Baptiste Coutelis, Delphine Cerezo, Sophie Polès, Stéphane Noselli, Maximilian Fürthauer
The establishment of left-right (LR) asymmetry is fundamental to animal development, but the identification of a unifying mechanism establishing laterality across different phyla has remained elusive. A cilia-driven, directional fluid flow is important for symmetry breaking in numerous vertebrates, including zebrafish. Alternatively, LR asymmetry can be established independently of cilia, notably through the intrinsic chirality of the acto-myosin cytoskeleton. Here, we show that Myosin1D (Myo1D), a previously identified regulator of Drosophila LR asymmetry, is essential for the formation and function of the zebrafish LR organizer (LRO), Kupffer's vesicle (KV)...
May 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769227/influences-cold-spring-harbor-summer-courses-and-drosophila-melanogaster-neurogenetics
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Lily Yeh Jan, Yuh Nung Jan
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May 16, 2018: Journal of General Physiology
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