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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432181/dual-nature-of-pseudouridylation-in-u2-snrna-pus1p-dependent-and-pus1p-independent-activities-in-yeasts-and-higher-eukaryotes
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Svetlana Deryusheva, Joseph G Gall
The pseudouridine at position 43 in vertebrate U2 snRNA is one of the most conserved posttranscriptional modifications of spliceosomal snRNAs; the equivalent position is pseudouridylated in U2 snRNAs in different phyla including fungi, insects, and worms. Pseudouridine synthase Pus1p acts alone on U2 snRNA to form this pseudouridine in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and mouse. Furthermore, in S. cerevisiae Pus1p is the only pseudouridine synthase for this position. Using an in vivo yeast cell system we tested enzymatic activity of Pus1p from the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the frog Xenopus tropicalis...
April 21, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432094/the-use-of-synthetic-hybrid-strains-to-determine-the-role-of-replicon-3-in-virulence-of-the-burkholderia-cepacia-complex
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Kirsty Agnoli, Roman Freitag, Margarida C Gomes, Christian Jenul, Angela Suppiger, Olga Mannweiler, Carmen Frauenknecht, Daniel Janser, Annette C Vergunst, Leo Eberl
The Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) displays a wealth of metabolic diversity with great biotechnological potential, but the utilisation of these bacteria is limited by their opportunistic pathogenicity to humans. The third replicon of the Bcc, megaplasmid pC3 (0.5 to 1.4 Mb, previously chromosome 3), is important for various phenotypes, including virulence, antifungal and proteolytic activities, and the utilization of certain substrates. Approximately half of plasmid pC3 is well-conserved throughout sequenced Bcc members, while the other half is not...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431245/host-microbe-co-metabolism-dictates-cancer-drug-efficacy-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans
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Timothy A Scott, Leonor M Quintaneiro, Povilas Norvaisas, Prudence P Lui, Matthew P Wilson, Kit-Yi Leung, Lucia Herrera-Dominguez, Sonia Sudiwala, Alberto Pessia, Peter T Clayton, Kevin Bryson, Vidya Velagapudi, Philippa B Mills, Athanasios Typas, Nicholas D E Greene, Filipe Cabreiro
Fluoropyrimidines are the first-line treatment for colorectal cancer, but their efficacy is highly variable between patients. We queried whether gut microbes, a known source of inter-individual variability, impacted drug efficacy. Combining two tractable genetic models, the bacterium E. coli and the nematode C. elegans, we performed three-way high-throughput screens that unraveled the complexity underlying host-microbe-drug interactions. We report that microbes can bolster or suppress the effects of fluoropyrimidines through metabolic drug interconversion involving bacterial vitamin B6, B9, and ribonucleotide metabolism...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431244/bacterial-metabolism-affects-the-c-%C3%A2-elegans-response-to-cancer-chemotherapeutics
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Aurian P García-González, Ashlyn D Ritter, Shaleen Shrestha, Erik C Andersen, L Safak Yilmaz, Albertha J M Walhout
The human microbiota greatly affects physiology and disease; however, the contribution of bacteria to the response to chemotherapeutic drugs remains poorly understood. Caenorhabditis elegans and its bacterial diet provide a powerful system to study host-bacteria interactions. Here, we use this system to study how bacteria affect the C. elegans response to chemotherapeutics. We find that different bacterial species can increase the response to one drug yet decrease the effect of another. We perform genetic screens in two bacterial species using three chemotherapeutic drugs: 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine (FUDR), and camptothecin (CPT)...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431118/combining-human-epigenetics-and-sleep-studies-in-c-elegans-a-cross-species-approach-for-finding-conserved-genes-regulating-sleep
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Huiyan Huang, Yong Zhu, Melissa N Eliot, Valerie S Knopik, John E McGeary, Mary A Carskadon, Anne C Hart
Study Objectives: We aimed to test a combined approach to identify conserved genes regulating sleep and to explore the association between DNA methylation and sleep length. Methods: We identified candidate genes associated with shorter versus longer sleep duration in college students based on DNA methylation using Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip arrays. Orthologous genes in Caenorhabditiselegans were identified and we examined whether their loss of function affected C...
April 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430184/the-ubiquitin-ligase-lin41-trim71-targets-p53-to-antagonize-cell-death-and-differentiation-pathways-during-stem-cell-differentiation
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Duong Thi Thuy Nguyen, Daniel Richter, Geert Michel, Sibylle Mitschka, Waldemar Kolanus, Elisa Cuevas, F Gregory Wulczyn
Rapidity and specificity are characteristic features of proteolysis mediated by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Therefore, the UPS is ideally suited for the remodeling of the embryonic stem cell proteome during the transition from pluripotent to differentiated states and its inverse, the generation of inducible pluripotent stem cells. The Trim-NHL family member LIN41 is among the first E3 ubiquitin ligases to be linked to stem cell pluripotency and reprogramming. Initially discovered in C. elegans as a downstream target of the let-7 miRNA, LIN41 is now recognized as a critical regulator of stem cell fates as well as the timing of neurogenesis...
April 21, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428744/mutational-analysis-at-intersubunit-interfaces-of-an-anionic-glutamate-receptor-reveals-a-key-interaction-important-for-channel-gating-by-ivermectin
#7
Nurit Degani-Katzav, Revital Gortler, Marina Weissman, Yoav Paas
The broad-spectrum anthelmintic drug ivermectin (IVM) activates and stabilizes an open-channel conformation of invertebrate chloride-selective glutamate receptors (GluClRs), thereby causing a continuous inflow of chloride ions and sustained membrane hyperpolarization. These effects suppress nervous impulses and vital physiological processes in parasitic nematodes. The GluClRs are pentamers. Homopentameric receptors assembled from the Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) GluClα (GLC-1) subunit can inherently respond to IVM but not to glutamate (the neurotransmitter)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428426/transgenerational-transmission-of-environmental-information-in-c-elegans
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Adam Klosin, Eduard Casas, Cristina Hidalgo-Carcedo, Tanya Vavouri, Ben Lehner
The environment experienced by an animal can sometimes influence gene expression for one or a few subsequent generations. Here, we report the observation that a temperature-induced change in expression from a Caenorhabditis elegans heterochromatic gene array can endure for at least 14 generations. Inheritance is primarily in cis with the locus, occurs through both oocytes and sperm, and is associated with altered trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9me3) before the onset of zygotic transcription. Expression profiling reveals that temperature-induced expression from endogenous repressed repeats can also be inherited for multiple generations...
April 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428286/a-genetic-analysis-of-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-detoxification-response
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Tetsunari Fukushige, Harold E Smith, Johji Miwa, Michael W Krause, John A Hanover
Oxidative damage contributes to human diseases of aging including diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disorders. Reactive oxygen species resulting from xenobiotic and endogenous metabolites are sensed by a poorly understood process, triggering a cascade of regulatory factors and leading to the activation of the transcription factor Nrf2 (SKN-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans). Nrf2/SKN-1 activation promotes the induction of the Phase II detoxification system that serves to limit oxidative stress. We have extended a previous C...
April 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428253/twitchin-kinase-inhibits-muscle-activity
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Yohei Matsunaga, Hyundoo Hwang, Barbara Franke, Rhys Williams, McKenna Penley, Hiroshi Qadota, Hong Yi, Levi T Morran, Hang Lu, Olga Mayans, Guy M Benian
Muscle sarcomeres contain giant polypeptides composed of multiple immunoglobulin and fibronectin domains and one or two protein kinase domains. Although binding partners for a number of this family's kinase domains have been identified, the catalytic necessity of these kinase domains remains unknown. In addition, various members of this kinase family are suspected pseudokinases with no, or little, activity. Here, we address catalytic necessity for the first time using the prototypic invertebrate representative twitchin (UNC-22) from C...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427936/molecular-dissection-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-atp-binding-cassette-transporter-protein-haf-4-to-investigate-its-subcellular-localization-and-dimerization
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Takahiro Tanji, Hirohisa Shiraishi, Kenji Nishikori, Reiko Aoyama, Kazuaki Ohashi, Masatomo Maeda, Ayako Ohashi-Kobayashi
Caenorhabditis elegans HAF-4 and HAF-9 are half-type ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter proteins, which are highly homologous to the human peptide transporter protein, transporter associated with antigen processing-like (TAPL, ABCB9). TAPL forms homodimers and localizes to lysosomes, whereas HAF-4 and HAF-9 form heterodimers and localize to intestine-specific non-acidified organelles. Both TAPL and HAF-4/HAF-9 are predicted to have four amino-terminal transmembrane helices [transmembrane domain 0 (TMD0)] additional to the six transmembrane helices that form the canonical core domain of ABC transporters with a cytosolic ABC region...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426808/a-screen-for-protective-drugs-against-delayed-hypoxic-injury
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Chun-Ling Sun, Huiliang Zhang, Meng Liu, Wang Wang, C Michael Crowder
Despite longstanding efforts to develop cytoprotective drugs against ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injuries, there remains no effective therapeutics to treat hypoxic injury. The failure of traditional strategies at solving this problem suggests the need for novel and unbiased approaches that can lead to previously unsuspected targets and lead compounds. Towards this end, we report here a unique small molecule screen in the nematode C. elegans for compounds that improve recovery when applied after the hypoxic insult, using a C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425080/monitoring-of-paternal-mitochondrial-degradation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Miyuki Sato, Ken Sato
In Caenorhabditis elegans embryos, paternally inherited mitochondria and their mitochondrial DNA are degraded via selective autophagy called allophagy (allogeneic organelle autophagy). This is a developmentally programmed autophagy and combined with C. elegans genetics and in vivo imaging provides a unique opportunity to analyze selective autophagy under physiological conditions.
April 20, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424218/gop-1-promotes-apoptotic-cell-degradation-by-activating-the-small-gtpase-rab2-in-c-elegans
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Jianhua Yin, Yaling Huang, Pengfei Guo, Siqi Hu, Sawako Yoshina, Nan Xuan, Qiwen Gan, Shohei Mitani, Chonglin Yang, Xiaochen Wang
Apoptotic cells generated by programmed cell death are engulfed by phagocytes and enclosed within plasma membrane-derived phagosomes. Maturation of phagosomes involves a series of membrane-remodeling events that are governed by the sequential actions of Rab GTPases and lead to formation of phagolysosomes, where cell corpses are degraded. Here we identified gop-1 as a novel regulator of apoptotic cell clearance in Caenorhabditis elegans Loss of gop-1 affects phagosome maturation through the RAB-5-positive stage, causing defects in phagosome acidification and phagolysosome formation, phenotypes identical to and unaffected by loss of unc-108, the C...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424053/stress-induced-nuclear-granules-form-in-response-to-accumulation-of-misfolded-proteins-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Katherine M Sampuda, Mason Riley, Lynn Boyd
BACKGROUND: Environmental stress can affect the viability or fecundity of an organism. Environmental stressors may affect the genome or the proteome and can cause cellular distress by contributing to protein damage or misfolding. This study examines the cellular response to environmental stress in the germline of the nematode, C. elegans. RESULTS: Salt stress, oxidative stress, and starvation, but not heat shock, induce the relocalization of ubiquitin, proteasome, and the TIAR-2 protein into distinct subnuclear regions referred to as stress induced nuclear granules (SINGs)...
April 19, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423308/how-a-mutation-that-slows-aging-can-also-disproportionately-extend-end-of-life-decrepitude
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Katie Podshivalova, Rex A Kerr, Cynthia Kenyon
The goal of aging research is to extend healthy, active life. For decades, C. elegans daf-2 insulin/insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) receptor mutants have served as a model for extended lifespan and youthfulness. However, a recent report suggested that their longevity is associated with an undesirable phenotype: a disproportionately long period of decrepitude at the end of life. In the human population, such an outcome would be a burden to society, bringing into question the relevance of daf-2 mutants as a model for life extension...
April 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422646/coordinated-control-of-terminal-differentiation-and-restriction-of-cellular-plasticity
#17
Tulsi Patel, Oliver Hobert
The acquisition of a specific cellular identity is usually paralleled by a restriction of cellular plasticity. Whether and how these two processes are coordinated is poorly understood. Transcription factors called terminal selectors activate identity-specific effector genes during neuronal differentiation to define the structural and functional properties of a neuron. To study restriction of plasticity, we ectopically expressed C. elegans CHE-1, a terminal selector of ASE sensory neuron identity. In undifferentiated cells, ectopic expression of CHE-1 results in activation of ASE neuron type-specific effector genes...
April 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422103/c-elegans-takes-out-the-trash
#18
Ellen P Neff
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: Lab Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420711/excitatory-neurons-sculpt-gabaergic-neuronal-connectivity-in-the-c-elegans-motor-circuit
#19
Belinda Barbagallo, Alison Philbrook, Denis Touroutine, Navonil Banerjee, Devyn Oliver, Christopher M Lambert, Michael M Francis
Establishing and maintaining the appropriate number of GABA synapses is key for balancing excitation and inhibition in the nervous system, though we have only a limited understanding of the mechanisms controlling GABA circuit connectivity. Here, we show that disrupting cholinergic innervation of GABAergic neurons in the C. elegans motor circuit alters GABAergic neuron synaptic connectivity. These changes are accompanied by a reduced frequency and increased amplitude of GABAergic synaptic events. Acute genetic disruption in early development-during the integration of post-embryonic born GABAergic neurons into the circuit-produces irreversible effects on GABAergic synaptic connectivity that mimic those produced by chronic manipulations...
April 18, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418071/chronic-exposure-to-graphene-based-nanomaterials-induces-behavioral-deficits-and-neural-damage-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
Ping Li, Tiantian Xu, Siyu Wu, Lili Lei, Defu He
Nanomaterials of graphene and its derivatives have been widely applied in recent years, but whose impacts on the environment and health are still not well understood. In the present study, the potential adverse effects of graphite (G), graphite oxide nanoplatelets (GO) and graphene quantum dots (GQDs) on the motor nervous system were investigated using nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as the assay system. After being characterized using TEM, SEM, XPS and PLE, three nanomaterials were chronically exposed to C...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
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