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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161404/mutation-dependent-aggregation-and-toxicity-in-a-drosophila-model-for-ubqln2-associated-als
#1
Sang Hwa Kim, Shannon G Stiles, Joseph M Feichtmeier, Nandini Ramesh, Lihong Zhan, Mark A Scalf, Lloyd M Smith, Udai Bhan Pandey, Randal S Tibbetts
Members of the conserved ubiquilin (UBQLN) family of ubiquitin (Ub) chaperones harbor an antipodal UBL (Ub-like)-UBA (Ub-associated) domain arrangement and participate in proteasome and autophagosome-mediated protein degradation. Mutations in a proline-rich-repeat region (PRR) of UBQLN2 cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/frontotemporal dementia (FTD); however, neither the normal functions of the PRR nor impacts of ALS-associated mutations within it are well understood. In this study we show that ALS mutations perturb UBQLN2 solubility and folding in a mutation-specific manner...
November 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159281/the-role-of-the-gustatory-system-in-the-coordination-of-feeding
#2
REVIEW
Vladimiros Thoma, Kimiko Kobayashi, Hiromu Tanimoto
To survive, all animals must find, inspect, and ingest food. Behavioral coordination and control of feeding is therefore a challenge that animals must face. Here, we focus on how the gustatory system guides the precise execution of behavioral sequences that promote ingestion and suppresses competing behaviors. We summarize principles learnt from Drosophila, where underlying sensory neuronal mechanisms are illustrated in great detail. Moreover, we compare these principles with findings in other animals, where such coordination plays prominent roles...
November 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159026/highlights-for-the-6th-international-ion-channel-conference-ion-channel-structure-function-disease-and-therapeutics
#3
Limei Wang, Kewei Wang
To foster communication and interactions amongst international scholars and scientists in the field of ion channel research, the 6th International Ion Channel Conference (IICC-2017) was held between June 23-27, 2017 in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, China. The meeting consisted of 450 attendees and 130 speakers and poster presenters. The program consisted of research progress, new findings and ongoing studies that were focused on (1) Ion channel structure and function; (2) Ion channel physiology and human diseases; (3) Ion channels as targets for drug discovery; (4) Technological advances in ion channel research...
November 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158889/non-canonical-dorsoventral-patterning-in-the-moth-midge-clogmia-albipunctata
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Karl R Wotton, Anna Alcaine-Colet, Johannes Jaeger, Eva Jiménez-Guri
Background: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are of central importance for dorsal-ventral (DV) axis specification. They are core components of a signalling cascade that includes the BMP ligand decapentaplegic (DPP) and its antagonist short gastrulation (SOG) in Drosophila melanogaster. These components are very ancient, with orthologs involved in DV patterning in both protostomes and deuterostomes. Despite such strong conservation, recent comparative work in insects has revealed interesting differences in the way the patterning function of the DV system is achieved in different species...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158683/animal-models-of-asthma-utility-and-limitations
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REVIEW
Marcelo Vivolo Aun, Rafael Bonamichi-Santos, Fernanda Magalhães Arantes-Costa, Jorge Kalil, Pedro Giavina-Bianchi
Clinical studies in asthma are not able to clear up all aspects of disease pathophysiology. Animal models have been developed to better understand these mechanisms and to evaluate both safety and efficacy of therapies before starting clinical trials. Several species of animals have been used in experimental models of asthma, such as Drosophila, rats, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, pigs, primates and equines. However, the most common species studied in the last two decades is mice, particularly BALB/c. Animal models of asthma try to mimic the pathophysiology of human disease...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158494/mrg15-stimulates-ash1-h3k36-methyltransferase-activity-and-facilitates-ash1-trithorax-group-protein-function-in-drosophila
#6
Chang Huang, Fu Yang, Zhuqiang Zhang, Jing Zhang, Gaihong Cai, Lin Li, Yong Zheng, She Chen, Rongwen Xi, Bing Zhu
Ash1 is a Trithorax group protein that possesses H3K36-specific histone methyltransferase activity, which antagonizes Polycomb silencing. Here we report the identification of two Ash1 complex subunits, Mrg15 and Nurf55. In vitro, Mrg15 stimulates the enzymatic activity of Ash1. In vivo, Mrg15 is recruited by Ash1 to their common targets, and Mrg15 reinforces Ash1 chromatin association and facilitates the proper deposition of H3K36me2. To dissect the functional role of Mrg15 in the context of the Ash1 complex, we identify an Ash1 point mutation (Ash1-R1288A) that displays a greatly attenuated interaction with Mrg15...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158481/female-specific-myoinhibitory-peptide-neurons-regulate-mating-receptivity-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#7
Yong-Hoon Jang, Hyo-Seok Chae, Young-Joon Kim
Upon mating, fruit fly females become refractory to further mating for several days. An ejaculate protein called sex peptide (SP) acts on uterine neurons to trigger this behavioural change, but it is still unclear how the SP signal modifies the mating decision. Here we describe two groups of female-specific local interneurons that are important for this process-the ventral abdominal lateral (vAL) and ventral abdominal medial (vAM) interneurons. Both vAL and vAM express myoinhibitory peptide (Mip)-GAL4. vAL is positive for Mip neuropeptides and the sex-determining transcriptional factor doublesex...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158446/drosophila-embryonic-type-ii-neuroblasts-origin-temporal-patterning-and-contribution-to-the-adult-central-complex
#8
Kathleen T Walsh, Chris Q Doe
Drosophila neuroblasts are an excellent model for investigating how neuronal diversity is generated. Most brain neuroblasts generate a series of ganglion mother cells (GMCs) that each make two neurons (type I lineage), but sixteen brain neuroblasts generate a series of intermediate neural progenitors (INPs) that each produce 4-6 GMCs and 8-12 neurons (type II lineage). Thus, type II lineages are similar to primate cortical lineages, and may serve as models for understanding cortical expansion. Yet the origin of type II neuroblasts remains mysterious: do they form in the embryo or larva? If they form in the embryo, do their progeny populate the adult central complex, as do the larval type II neuroblast progeny? Here we present molecular and clonal data showing that all type II neuroblasts form in the embryo, produce INPs, and express known temporal transcription factors...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158441/shep-regulates-drosophila-neuronal-remodeling-by-controlling-transcription-of-its-chromatin-targets
#9
Dahong Chen, Ryan K Dale, Elissa P Lei
Neuronal remodeling is critical to form the mature nervous system and can lead to neuropsychiatric diseases when disrupted. Global gene expression changes in neurons during remodeling as well as the factors that regulate these changes remain poorly defined. To elucidate this process, we performed RNA-seq on isolated Drosophila larval and pupal neurons and found up-regulated synaptic signaling and down-regulated gene expression regulators as a result of normal neuronal metamorphosis. We further tested the role of alan shepard (shep), which encodes an evolutionarily conserved RNA-binding protein required for proper neuronal remodeling...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158400/drosophila-protein-phosphatases-2a-b-wdb-and-wrd-regulate-meiotic-centromere-localization-and-function-of-the-mei-s332-shugoshin
#10
Belinda S Pinto, Terry L Orr-Weaver
Proper segregation of chromosomes in meiosis is essential to prevent miscarriages and birth defects. This requires that sister chromatids maintain cohesion at the centromere as cohesion is released on the chromatid arms when the homologs segregate at anaphase I. The Shugoshin proteins preserve centromere cohesion by protecting the cohesin complex from cleavage, and this has been shown in yeasts to be mediated by recruitment of the protein phosphatase 2A B' (PP2A B'). In metazoans, delineation of the role of PP2A B' in meiosis has been hindered by its myriad of other essential roles...
November 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158337/a-single-residue-mutation-in-the-g%C3%AE-q%C3%A2-subunit-of-the-g-protein-complex-causes-blindness-in-drosophila
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Jinguo Cao, Murali K Bollepalli, Yuhui Hu, Jin Zhang, Qiang Li, Hongmei Li, Hua Chang, Feng Xiao, Roger C Hardie, Yikang S Rong, Wen Hu
Heterotrimeric G proteins play central roles in many signaling pathways, including the phototransduction cascade in animals. However, the degree of involvement of the G protein subunit Gαq is not clear since animals with strong loss of function mutations previously reported remain responsive to light stimuli. We recovered a new allele of Gαq in Drosophila that abolishes light response in a conventional ERG assay, and reduces sensitivity in whole-cell recordings of dissociated cells by at least 5 orders of magnitude...
November 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158336/severe-fertility-effects-of-sheepish%C3%A2-sperm-caused-by-failure-to-enter-female-sperm-storage-organs-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Masatoshi Tomaru, Takashi Ohsako, Masahide Watanabe, Naoto Juni, Hiroshi Matsubayashi, Hiromi Sato, Ayako Takahashi, Masa-Toshi Yamamoto
In Drosophila, mature sperm are transferred from males to females during copulation, stored in the sperm storage organs of females, and then utilized for fertilization. Here, we report a gene named sheepish (shps) of D. melanogaster that is essential for sperm storage in females. shps mutant males, although producing morphologically normal and motile sperm that are effectively transferred to females, produce very few offspring. Direct counts of sperm indicated that the primary defect was correlated to failure of shps sperm to migrate into the female sperm storage organs...
November 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158293/gfzf-a-glutathione-s-transferase-protein-implicated-in-cell-cycle-regulation-and-hybrid-inviability-is-a-transcriptional-co-activator
#13
Douglas G Baumann, Mu-Shui Dai, Hua Lu, David S Gilmour
The core promoter of protein-encoding genes plays a central role in regulating transcription. M1BP is a transcriptional activator that associates with a core promoter element known as Motif 1 that resides at thousand of genes in Drosophila. To gain insight into how M1BP functions, we identified an interacting protein called GFZF. GFZF had been previously identified in genetic screens for factors involved in maintenance of hybrid inviability, the G2-M DNA damage checkpoint, and RAS/MAPK signaling but its contribution to these processes was unknown...
November 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157562/erk-regulates-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-in-fission-deficient-drosophila-follicle-cells-during-differentiation
#14
Darshika Tomer, Rohan Chippalkatti, Kasturi Mitra, Richa Rikhy
Mitochondrial morphology regulatory proteins interact with signaling pathways involved in differentiation. In Drosophila oogenesis, EGFR signaling regulates mitochondrial fragmentation in posterior follicle cells (PFCs). EGFR driven oocyte patterning and Notch signaling mediated differentiation are abrogated when PFCs are deficient for the mitochondrial fission protein Drp1. It is not known whether fused mitochondrial morphology in drp1 mutant PFCs exerts its effects on these signaling pathways through change in mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) activity...
November 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156628/-differentially-expressed-trna-derived-small-rnas-co-sediment-primarily-with-non-polysomal-fractions-in-drosophila
#15
Çağdaş Göktaş, Hatice Yiğit, Mehmet İlyas Coşacak, Bünyamin Akgül
Recent studies point to the existence of poorly characterized small regulatory RNAs generated from mRNAs, rRNAs and tRNAs. To explore the subcellular location of tRNA-derived small RNAs, 0-1 and 7-8 h Drosophila embryos were fractionated on sucrose density gradients. Analysis of 12,553,921 deep-sequencing reads from unfractionated and fractionated Drosophila embryos has revealed that tRFs, which are detected mainly from the 5'ends of tRNAs, co-sediment with the non-polysomal fractions. Interestingly, the expression levels of a subset of tRFs change temporally following the maternal-to-zygotic transition in embryos...
November 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155828/role-of-co-repressor-genomic-landscapes-in-shaping-the-notch-response
#16
Stephen K K Chan, Gustavo Cerda-Moya, Robert Stojnic, Kat Millen, Bettina Fischer, Silvie Fexova, Lenka Skalska, Maria Gomez-Lamarca, Zoe Pillidge, Steven Russell, Sarah J Bray
Repressors are frequently deployed to limit the transcriptional response to signalling pathways. For example, several co-repressors interact directly with the DNA-binding protein CSL and are proposed to keep target genes silenced in the absence of Notch activity. However, the scope of their contributions remains unclear. To investigate co-repressor activity in the context of this well defined signalling pathway, we have analysed the genome-wide binding profile of the best-characterized CSL co-repressor in Drosophila, Hairless, and of a second CSL interacting repressor, SMRTER...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155762/high-throughput-analysis-of-locomotor-behavior-in-the-drosophila-island-assay
#17
Ilse Eidhof, Michaela Fenckova, Dei M Elurbe, Bart van de Warrenburg, Anna Castells Nobau, Annette Schenck
Advances in next-generation sequencing technologies contribute to the identification of (candidate) disease genes for movement disorders and other neurological diseases at an increasing speed. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms that underlie these disorders. The genetic, molecular, and behavioral toolbox of Drosophila melanogaster makes this model organism particularly useful to characterize new disease genes and mechanisms in a high-throughput manner. Nevertheless, high-throughput screens require efficient and reliable assays that, ideally, are cost-effective and allow for the automatized quantification of traits relevant to these disorders...
November 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155751/dissection-and-immunofluorescent-staining-of-mushroom-body-and-photoreceptor-neurons-in-adult-drosophila-melanogaster-brains
#18
Seth M Kelly, Alexandra Elchert, Michael Kahl
Nervous system development involves a sequential series of events that are coordinated by several signaling pathways and regulatory networks. Many of the proteins involved in these pathways are evolutionarily conserved between mammals and other eukaryotes, such as the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, suggesting that similar organizing principles exist during the development of these organisms. Importantly, Drosophila has been used extensively to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating processes that are required in mammals including neurogenesis, differentiation, axonal guidance, and synaptogenesis...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155736/high-resolution-fluorescent-in-situ-hybridization-in-drosophila-embryos-and-tissues-using-tyramide-signal-amplification
#19
Allison Jandura, Jack Hu, Ronit Wilk, Henry M Krause
In our efforts to determine the patterns of expression and subcellular localization of Drosophila RNAs on a genome-wide basis, and in a variety of tissues, we have developed numerous modifications and improvements to our original fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) protocol. To facilitate throughput and cost effectiveness, all steps, from probe generation to signal detection, are performed using exon 96-well microtiter plates. Digoxygenin (DIG)-labelled antisense RNA probes are produced using either cDNA clones or genomic DNA as templates...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155714/application-of-multicolor-flpout-technique-to-study-high-resolution-single-cell-morphologies-and-cell-interactions-of-glia-in-drosophila
#20
Sara Batelli, Malte Kremer, Christophe Jung, Ulrike Gaul
Cells display different morphologies and complex anatomical relationships. How do cells interact with their neighbors? Do the interactions differ between cell types or even within a given type? What kinds of spatial rules do they follow? The answers to such fundamental questions in vivo have been hampered so far by a lack of tools for high resolution single cell labeling. Here, a detailed protocol to target single cells with a MultiColor FlpOut (MCFO) technique is provided. This method relies on three differently tagged reporters (HA, FLAG and V5) under UAS control that are kept silent by a transcriptional terminator flanked by two FRT sites (FRT-stop-FRT)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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