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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529981/caenorhabditis-elegans-an-important-tool-for-dissecting-microrna-functions
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Ziwen Zhu, Duo Zhang, Heedoo Lee, Yang Jin
Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), a member of the phylum Nematoda, carries the evolutionarily conserved genes comparing to mammals. Due to its short lifespan and completely sequenced genome, C. elegans becomes a potentially powerful model for mechanistic studies in human diseases. In this mini review, we will outline the current understandings on C. elegans as a model organism for microRNA (miRNA)-related research in the pathogenesis of human diseases.
June 2016: Biomed Genet Genom
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528634/3d-subcellular-localization-with-superresolution-array-tomography-on-ultrathin-sections-of-various-species
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Sebastian M Markert, Vivien Bauer, Thomas S Muenz, Nicola G Jones, Frederik Helmprobst, Sebastian Britz, Markus Sauer, Wolfgang Rössler, Markus Engstler, Christian Stigloher
Array Tomography (AT) is a relatively easy-to-use and yet powerful method to put molecular identity in its full ultrastructural context. Ultrathin sections are stained with fluorophores and then imaged by light and afterward by electron microscopy to obtain a correlated view of a region of interest: its ultrastructure and specific staining. By combining AT with high-pressure freezing for superior structural preservation and superresolution light microscopy, even small subcellular structures can be mapped in 3D...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526752/the-apical-ecm-preserves-embryonic-integrity-and-distributes-mechanical-stress-during-morphogenesis
#3
Thanh Thi Kim Vuong-Brender, Shashi Kumar Suman, Michel Labouesse
Epithelia are bound by both basal and apical extracellular matrices (ECM). While the composition and function of the former have been intensively investigated, less is known about the latter. The embryonic sheath, the ECM apical to the C. elegans embryonic epidermis, has been suggested to promote its elongation. In an RNAi screen for the components of the sheath, we identified the Zona Pellucida domain proteins NOAH-1 and NOAH-2. We found that these proteins act in the same pathway, and in parallel to three other putative sheath proteins, SYM-1, LET-4 and FBN-1/Fibrillin, to ensure embryonic integrity and promote elongation...
May 19, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524858/caspase-dependent-non-apoptotic-processes-in-development
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REVIEW
Yu-Ichiro Nakajima, Erina Kuranaga
Caspases are at the core of executing apoptosis by orchestrating cellular destruction with proteolytic cascades. Caspase-mediated proteolysis also controls diverse nonlethal cellular activities such as proliferation, differentiation, cell fate decision, and cytoskeletal reorganization. During the last decade or so, genetic studies of Drosophila have contributed to our understanding of the in vivo mechanism of the non-apoptotic cellular responses in developmental contexts. Furthermore, recent studies using C...
May 19, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523422/usefulness-of-the-non-conventional-caenorhabditis-elegans-model-to-assess-candida-virulence
#5
Marcelo Ortega-Riveros, Iker De-la-Pinta, Cristina Marcos-Arias, Guillermo Ezpeleta, Guillermo Quindós, Elena Eraso
Invasive candidiasis is caused mainly by Candida albicans, but other Candida species have increasing etiologies. These species show different virulence and susceptibility levels to antifungal drugs. The aims of this study were to evaluate the usefulness of the non-conventional model Caenorhabditis elegans to assess the in vivo virulence of seven different Candida species and to compare the virulence in vivo with the in vitro production of proteinases and phospholipases, hemolytic activity and biofilm development capacity...
May 18, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515089/the-n-terminus-regulates-voltage-dependent-gating-of-calhm-ion-channels
#6
Jessica E Tanis, Zhongming Ma, J Kevin Foskett
CALHM1 and its C. elegans (ce) homolog, CLHM-1, belong to a new family of physiologically important ion channels that are regulated by voltage and extracellular Ca(2+) (Ca(2+)o), but lack a canonical voltage-sensing domain. Consequently, the intrinsic voltage-dependent gating mechanisms for CALHM channels are unknown. Here, we performed voltage-clamp experiments on ceCLHM-1 chimeric, deletion, insertion and point mutants to assess the role of the N-terminus (NT) in CALHM channel gating. Analyses of chimeric channels in which the ceCLHM-1 and human (h)CALHM1 N-termini were interchanged showed that the hCALHM1 NT destabilized channel-closed states, whereas the ceCLHM-1 NT had a stabilizing effect...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514418/small-molecule-pheromones-and-hormones-controlling-nematode-development
#7
Rebecca A Butcher
The existence of small-molecule signals that influence development in Caenorhabditis elegans has been known for several decades, but only in recent years have the chemical structures of several of these signals been established. The identification of these signals has enabled connections to be made between these small molecules and fundamental signaling pathways in C. elegans that influence not only development but also metabolism, fertility, and lifespan. Spurred by these important discoveries and aided by recent advances in comparative metabolomics and NMR spectroscopy, the field of nematode chemistry has the potential to expand dramatically in the coming years...
May 17, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514198/piceatannol-reduces-fat-accumulation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#8
Peiyi Shen, Yiren Yue, Kee-Hong Kim, Yeonhwa Park
Excess fat accumulation and abnormal metabolism are involved in numerous diseases and thus the research on identification of compounds that can regulate energy homeostasis could significantly facilitate the current effort to prevent and/or treat metabolic disorders. Piceatannol, one of the natural stilbenes, was previously found to decrease lipid accumulation of 3T3-L1 adipocytes. However, its role in fat metabolism in vivo is not known. Thus, Caenorhabditis elegans as an animal model was used in the current study to determine the effect of piceatannol on fat accumulation and its underlying mechanisms...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513161/improved-synthesis-for-modular-ascarosides-uncovers-biological-activity
#9
Ying K Zhang, Marco A Sanchez-Ayala, Paul W Sternberg, Jagan Srinivasan, Frank C Schroeder
A versatile synthesis of modular ascarosides, a family of signaling molecules from Caenorhabditis elegans and other nematodes, via hydrogenolysis of a cyclic sulfate derived from methyl-α-l-rhamnopyranoside is reported. The route enables selective introduction of different side chains at the 1, 2, and 4 positions of the sugar, as demonstrated for ascarosides from C. elegans and Pristionchus pacificus. Bioassays with synthetic samples of 4'-tigloyl ascaroside mbas#3 revealed its role as an avoidance or dispersal signal...
May 17, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512373/assessment-of-globodera-pallida-rna-extracted-from-solanum-roots
#10
N Carol Casavant, Joseph C Kuhl, Fangming Xiao, Allan B Caplan, Louise-Marie Dandurand
The introduction of high-throughput sequencing technologies has made transcriptome analyses of plant-pathogen interactions almost routine. Nevertheless, it is still challenging to obtain RNA from populations made up of two species. An RNA extraction method that worked well on free-living Caenorhabditis elegans failed when applied to isolated Globodera pallida J2 larva. Furthermore, alternative protocols that extracted RNA from free-living J2 larva produced less satisfactory results once the animals entered their hosts' roots...
March 2017: Journal of Nematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512194/ancient-antagonism-between-celf-and-rbfox-families-tunes-mrna-splicing-outcomes
#11
Matthew R Gazzara, Michael J Mallory, Renat Roytenberg, John Lindberg, Anupama Jha, Kristen W Lynch, Yoseph Barash
Over 95% of human multi-exon genes undergo alternative splicing, a process important in normal development and often dysregulated in disease. We sought to analyze the global splicing regulatory network of CELF2 in human T cells, a well-studied splicing regulator critical to T cell development and function. By integrating high-throughput sequencing data for binding and splicing quantification with sequence features and probabilistic splicing code models, we find evidence of splicing antagonism between CELF2 and the RBFOX family of splicing factors...
May 16, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508547/functional-phosphatome-requirement-for-protein-homeostasis-networked-mitochondria-and-sarcomere-structure-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans-muscle
#12
Susann Lehmann, Joseph J Bass, Thomas F Barratt, Mohammed Z Ali, Nathaniel J Szewczyk
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle is central to locomotion and metabolic homeostasis. The laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans has been developed into a genomic model for assessing the genes and signals that regulate muscle development and protein degradation. Past work has identified a receptor tyrosine kinase signalling network that combinatorially controls autophagy, nerve signal to muscle to oppose proteasome-based degradation, and extracellular matrix-based signals that control calpain and caspase activation...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508060/in-vivo-mapping-of-tissue-and-subcellular-specific-proteomes-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Aaron W Reinke, Raymond Mak, Emily R Troemel, Eric J Bennett
Multicellular organisms are composed of tissues that have distinct functions requiring specialized proteomes. To define the proteome of a live animal with tissue and subcellular resolution, we adapted a localized proteomics technology for use in the multicellular model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. This approach couples tissue- and location-specific expression of the enzyme ascorbate peroxidase (APX), which enables proximity-based protein labeling in vivo, and quantitative proteomics to identify tissue- and subcellular-restricted proteomes...
May 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507513/appetitive-olfactory-learning-and-long-term-associative-memory-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#14
Saori Nishijima, Ichiro N Maruyama
Because of the relative simplicity of its nervous system, Caenorhabditis elegans is a useful model organism to study learning and memory at cellular and molecular levels. For appetitive conditioning in C. elegans, food has exclusively been used as an unconditioned stimulus (US). It may be difficult to analyze neuronal circuits for associative memory since food is a multimodal combination of olfactory, gustatory, and mechanical stimuli. Here, we report classical appetitive conditioning and associative memory in C...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507100/the-microrna-machinery-regulates-fasting-induced-changes-in-gene-expression-and-longevity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#15
Akiko Kogure, Masaharu Uno, Takako Ikeda, Eisuke Nishida
Intermittent fasting (IF) is a dietary restriction regimen that extends the lifespans of Caenorhabditis elegans and mammals by inducing changes in gene expression. However, how IF induces these changes and promotes longevity remains unclear. One proposed mechanism involves gene regulation by microRNAs (miRNAs), small non-coding RNAs (approximately 22 nucleotides) that repress gene expression and whose expression can be altered by fasting. To test this proposition, we examined the role of the miRNA machinery in fasting-induced transcriptional changes and longevity in C...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506879/a-new-platform-for-long-term-tracking-and-recording-of-neural-activity-and-simultaneous-optogenetic-control-in-freely-behaving-caenorhabditis-elegans
#16
Keiko Gengyo-Ando, Yuko Kagawa-Nagamura, Masamichi Ohkura, Xianfeng Fei, Min Chen, Koichi Hashimoto, Junichi Nakai
BACKGROUND: Real-time recording and manipulation of neural activity in freely behaving animals can greatly advance our understanding of how neural circuits regulate behavior. Ca(2+) imaging and optogenetic manipulation with optical probes are key technologies for this purpose. However, integrating the two optical approaches with behavioral analysis has been technically challenging. NEW METHOD: Here, we developed a new imaging system, ICaST (Integrated platform for Ca(2+) imaging, Stimulation, and Tracking), which combines an automatic worm tracking system and a fast-scanning laser confocal microscope, to image neurons of interest in freely behaving C...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506208/a-strategy-to-apply-quantitative-epistasis-analysis-on-developmental-traits
#17
Marta K Labocha, Wang Yuan, Boanerges Aleman-Meza, Weiwei Zhong
BACKGROUND: Genetic interactions are keys to understand complex traits and evolution. Epistasis analysis is an effective method to map genetic interactions. Large-scale quantitative epistasis analysis has been well established for single cells. However, there is a substantial lack of such studies in multicellular organisms and their complex phenotypes such as development. Here we present a method to extend quantitative epistasis analysis to developmental traits. METHODS: In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, we applied RNA interference on mutants to inactivate two genes, used an imaging system to quantitatively measure phenotypes, and developed a set of statistical methods to extract genetic interactions from phenotypic measurement...
May 15, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505088/1-4-naphthoquinone-triggers-nematode-lethality-by-inducing-oxidative-stress-and-activating-insulin-igf-signaling-pathway-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
Jia Wang, Guangzhi Zeng, Xiaobing Huang, Zhe Wang, Ninghua Tan
Plant-parasitic nematodes are destructive pathogens causing enormous economic losses worldwide. With the withdrawal of fumigants, organophosphates and carbamates, pathogenic nematode control is more difficult. Phytochemicals are the plant secondary metabolites and are friendly for men and the environment. For developing new nematocidal candidates, we screened 790 phytochemicals using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans and found 10 active compounds, 3 of which were further evaluated for their inhibitory activities against egg hatching of C...
May 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503972/molecular-mechanisms-of-anti-oxidant-and-anti-aging-effects-induced-by-convallatoxin-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#19
Jia Xu, Youming Guo, Tianzhuo Sui, Qifei Wang, Yue Zhang, Ruining Zhang, Mingyang Wang, Shuwen Guan, Liping Wang
Convallatoxin is widely used as a cardiac glycoside in acute and chronic congestive heart-failure and paroxysmal tachycardia, with many effects and underlying protective mechanisms on inflammation and cellular proliferation. However, convallatoxin has not been investigated in its antioxidant effects and lifespan extension in Caenorhabditis elegans. In this study, we found that convallatoxin (20 μM) could significantly prolong the lifespan of wild-type C. elegans up to 16.3% through daf-16, but not sir-2.1 signaling and increased thermotolerance and resistance to paraquat-induced oxidative stress...
May 14, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503130/uncoupling-the-trade-off-between-somatic-proteostasis-and-reproduction-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-models-of-polyglutamine-diseases
#20
Netta Shemesh, Nadav Shai, Lana Meshnik, Rotem Katalan, Anat Ben-Zvi
Caenorhabditis elegans somatic protein homeostasis (proteostasis) is actively remodeled at the onset of reproduction. This proteostatic collapse is regulated cell-nonautonomously by signals from the reproductive system that transmit the commitment to reproduction to somatic cells. Here, we asked whether the link between the reproductive system and somatic proteostasis could be uncoupled by activating downstream effectors in the gonadal longevity cascade. Specifically, we examined whether over-expression of lipl-4 (lipl-4(oe)), a target gene of the gonadal longevity pathway, or increase in arachidonic acid (AA) levels, associated with lipl-4(oe), modulated proteostasis and reproduction...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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