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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922635/fucoidan-coated-ciprofloxacin-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-intracellular-and-biofilm-infections-of-salmonella
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Elbi S, Nimal T R, Rajan V K, Gaurav Baranwal, Raja Biswas, Jayakumar R, Sathianarayanan S
Salmonella infections and their gallstone associated biofilm infections are difficult to treat due to poor penetration of antibiotics into the intracellular compartments of macrophages and within biofilms. Here we developed ciprofloxacin loaded chitosan nanoparticles (cCNPs) and fucoidan (Fu) coated cCNPs (Fu-cCNPs). Characterizations of these nanoparticles were carried out using Dynamic Light Scattering‎, Transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The prepared cCNPs and Fu-cCNPs have the size range of 124±7nm and 320±18nm, respectively...
September 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922568/spectral-libraries-for-swath-ms-assays-for-drosophila-melanogaster-and-solanum-lycopersicum
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Bertrand Fabre, Dagmara Korona, Clara I Mata-Martinez, Harriet T Parsons, Michael J Deery, Maarten L A T M Hertog, Bart M Nicolaï, Steven Russell, Kathryn S Lilley
Quantitative proteomics methods have emerged as powerful tools for measuring protein expression changes at the proteome level. Using mass-spectrometry (MS) based approaches, it is now possible to routinely quantify thousands of proteins. However, pre-fractionation of the samples at the protein or peptide level is usually necessary to go deep into the proteome, increasing both MS analysis time and technical variability. Recently, a new MS acquisition method named SWATH was introduced with the potential to provide good coverage of the proteome as well as a good measurement precision without prior sample fractionation...
September 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922353/synthesizing-developmental-trajectories
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Paul Villoutreix, Joakim Andén, Bomyi Lim, Hang Lu, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Amit Singer, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
Dynamical processes in biology are studied using an ever-increasing number of techniques, each of which brings out unique features of the system. One of the current challenges is to develop systematic approaches for fusing heterogeneous datasets into an integrated view of multivariable dynamics. We demonstrate that heterogeneous data fusion can be successfully implemented within a semi-supervised learning framework that exploits the intrinsic geometry of high-dimensional datasets. We illustrate our approach using a dataset from studies of pattern formation in Drosophila...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922346/grid-seq-reveals-the-global-rna-chromatin-interactome
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Xiao Li, Bing Zhou, Liang Chen, Lan-Tao Gou, Hairi Li, Xiang-Dong Fu
Higher eukaryotic genomes are bound by a large number of coding and non-coding RNAs, but approaches to comprehensively map the identity and binding sites of these RNAs are lacking. Here we report a method to capture in situ global RNA interactions with DNA by deep sequencing (GRID-seq), which enables the comprehensive identification of the entire repertoire of chromatin-interacting RNAs and their respective binding sites. In human, mouse, and Drosophila cells, we detected a large set of tissue-specific coding and non-coding RNAs that are bound to active promoters and enhancers, especially super-enhancers...
September 18, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921711/foxp-expression-identifies-a-kenyon-cell-subtype-in-the-honeybee-mushroom-bodies-linking-them-to-fruitfly-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-c-neurons
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Adriana Schatton, Constance Scharff
The arthropod mushroom bodies (MB) are a higher order sensory integration center. In insects, they play a central role in associative olfactory learning and memory. In Drosophila melanogaster (Dm), the highly ordered connectivity of heterogeneous MB neuron populations has been mapped using sophisticated molecular genetic and anatomical techniques. The MB-core subpopulation was recently shown to express the transcription factor FoxP with relevance for decision-making. Here we report the development and adult distribution of a FoxP-expressing neuron population in the MB of honeybees (Apis mellifera, Am) using in situ hybridization and a custom-made antiserum...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921430/production-of-recombinant-rabies-virus-glycoprotein-by-insect-cells-in-a-single-use-fixed-bed-bioreactor
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Daniella C Ventini-Monteiro, Renato M Astray, Carlos A Pereira
A single-use fixed-bed bioreactor (iCELLis nano) can be used for cultivating non adherent insect cells, which can be then recovered for scaling up or for harvesting a membrane-associated viral glycoprotein with high quality in terms of preserved protein structure and biological function. Here, we describe the procedures for establishing genetically modified Drosophila melanogaster Schneider 2 (S2) cell cultures in the iCELLis nano bioreactor and for quantifying by ELISA the recombinant rabies virus glycoprotein (rRVGP) synthesized...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920944/the-dosage-dependent-effect-exerted-by-the-nm23-h1-h2-homolog-ndk-1-on-distal-tip-cell-migration-in-c-elegans
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Zsolt Farkas, Luca Fancsalszky, Éva Saskői, Alexandra Gráf, Krisztián Tárnok, Anil Mehta, Krisztina Takács-Vellai
Abnormal regulation of cell migration and altered rearrangement of the cytoskeleton are fundamental properties of metastatic cells. The first identified metastasis suppressor NM23-H1, which displays nucleoside-diphosphate kinase (NDPK) activity is involved in these processes. NM23-H1 inhibits the migratory and invasive potential of some cancer cells. Correspondingly, numerous invasive cancer cell lines (eg, breast, colon, oral, hepatocellular carcinoma, and melanoma) display low endogenous NM23 levels. In this review, we summarize mechanisms, which are linked to the anti-metastatic activity of NM23...
September 18, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919441/a-unique-ph-dependent-recognition-of-methylated-histone-h3k4-by-pps-and-dido
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Adam H Tencer, Jovylyn Gatchalian, Brianna J Klein, Abid Khan, Yi Zhang, Brian D Strahl, Karel H M van Wely, Tatiana G Kutateladze
The protein partner of Sans-fille (PPS) and its human homolog DIDO mediate diverse chromatin activities, including the regulation of stemness genes in embryonic stem cells and splicing in Drosophila. Here, we show that the PHD fingers of PPS and DIDO recognize the histone mark H3K4me3 in a pH-dependent manner: the binding is enhanced at high pH values but is decreased at low pH. Structural analysis reveals that the pH dependency is due to the presence of a histidine residue in the K4me3-binding aromatic cage of PPS...
September 8, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919436/the-notch-pathway-regulates-the-second-mitotic-wave-cell-cycle-independently-of-bhlh-proteins
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Abhishek Bhattacharya, Ke Li, Manon Quiquand, Gerard Rimesso, Nicholas E Baker
Notch regulates both neurogenesis and cell cycle activity to coordinate precursor cell generation in the differentiating Drosophila eye. Mosaic analysis with mitotic clones mutant for Notch components was used to identify the pathway of Notch signaling that regulates the cell cycle in the Second Mitotic Wave. Although S phase entry depends on Notch signaling and on the transcription factor Su(H), the transcriptional co-activator Mam and the bHLH repressor genes of the E(spl)-Complex were not essential, although these are Su(H) coactivators and targets during the regulation of neurogenesis...
September 14, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919205/adaptive-evolution-leads-to-cross-species-incompatibility-in-the-pirna-transposon-silencing-machinery
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Swapnil S Parhad, Shikui Tu, Zhiping Weng, William E Theurkauf
Reproductive isolation defines species divergence and is linked to adaptive evolution of hybrid incompatibility genes. Hybrids between Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila simulans are sterile, and phenocopy mutations in the PIWI interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway, which silences transposons and shows pervasive adaptive evolution, and Drosophila rhino and deadlock encode rapidly evolving components of a complex that binds to piRNA clusters. We show that Rhino and Deadlock interact and co-localize in simulans and melanogaster, but simulans Rhino does not bind melanogaster Deadlock, due to substitutions in the rapidly evolving Shadow domain...
September 9, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919007/on-the-importance-of-protein-diffusion-in-biological-systems-the-example-of-the-bicoid-morphogen-gradient
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REVIEW
Cécile Fradin
Morphogens are proteins that form concentration gradients in embryos and developing tissues, where they act as postal codes, providing cells with positional information and allowing them to behave accordingly. Bicoid was the first discovered morphogen, and remains one of the most studied. It regulates segmentation in flies, forming a striking exponential gradient along the anterior-posterior axis of early Drosophila embryos, and activating the transcription of multiple target genes in a concentration-dependent manner...
September 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918952/a-dual-function-for-prickle-in-regulating-frizzled-stability-during-feedback-dependent-amplification-of-planar-polarity
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Samantha J Warrington, Helen Strutt, Katherine H Fisher, David Strutt
The core planar polarity pathway coordinates epithelial cell polarity during animal development, and loss of its activity gives rise to a range of defects, from aberrant morphogenetic cell movements to failure to correctly orient structures, such as hairs and cilia. The core pathway functions via a mechanism involving segregation of its protein components to opposite cells ends, where they form asymmetric intracellular complexes that couple cell-cell polarity. This segregation is a self-organizing process driven by feedback interactions between the core proteins themselves...
September 7, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918947/hormonal-signaling-cascade-during-an-early-adult-critical-period-required-for-courtship-memory-retention-in-drosophila
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Sang Soo Lee, Yike Ding, Natalie Karapetians, Crisalejandra Rivera-Perez, Fernando Gabriel Noriega, Michael E Adams
Formation and expression of memories are critical for context-dependent decision making. In Drosophila, a courting male rejected by a mated female subsequently courts less avidly when paired with a virgin female, a behavioral modification attributed to "courtship memory." Here we show the critical role of hormonal state for maintenance of courtship memory. Ecdysis-triggering hormone (ETH) is essential for courtship memory through regulation of juvenile hormone (JH) levels in adult males. Reduction of JH levels via silencing of ETH signaling genes impairs short-term courtship memory, a phenotype rescuable by the JH analog methoprene...
September 7, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918946/cooperative-behavior-emerges-among-drosophila-larvae
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Mark Dombrovski, Leanne Poussard, Kamilia Moalem, Lucia Kmecova, Nic Hogan, Elisabeth Schott, Andrea Vaccari, Scott Acton, Barry Condron
Spectacular examples of cooperative behavior emerge among a variety of animals and may serve critical roles in fitness [1, 2]. However, the rules governing such behavior have been difficult to elucidate [2]. Drosophila larvae are known to socially aggregate [3, 4] and use vision, mechanosensation, and gustation to recognize each other [5-8]. We describe here a model experimental system of cooperative behavior involving Drosophila larvae. While foraging in liquid food, larvae are observed to align themselves and coordinate their movements in order to drag a common air cavity and dig deeper...
September 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918158/recombinant-expression-and-characterization-of-lucilia-cuprina-cyp6g3-activity-and-binding-properties-toward-multiple-pesticides
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Matthew J Traylor, Jong-Min Baek, Katelyn E Richards, Roberto Fusetto, W Huang, Peter Josh, Zhengzhong Chen, Padma Bollapragada, Richard A J O'Hair, Philip Batterham, Elizabeth M J Gillam
The Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina, is a primary cause of sheep flystrike and a major agricultural pest. Cytochrome P450 enzymes have been implicated in the resistance of L. cuprina to several classes of insecticides. In particular, CYP6G3 is a L. cuprina homologue of Drosophila melanogaster CYP6G1, a P450 known to confer multi-pesticide resistance. To investigate the basis of resistance, a bicistronic Escherichia coli expression system was developed to co-express active L. cuprina CYP6G3 and house fly (Musca domestica) P450 reductase...
September 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917942/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-testing-of-native-%C3%AE-conotoxins-from-the-injected-venom-of-conus-purpurascens
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REVIEW
Mickelene F Hoggard, Alena M Rodriguez, Herminsul Cano, Evan Clark, Han-Shen Tae, David J Adams, Tanja A Godenschwege, Frank Marí
α-Conotoxins inhibit nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and are used as probes to study cholinergic pathways in vertebrates. Model organisms, such as Drosophila melanogaster, express nAChRs in their CNS that are suitable to investigate the neuropharmacology of α-conotoxins in vivo. Here we report the paired nanoinjection of native α-conotoxin PIA and two novel α-conotoxins, PIC and PIC[O7], from the injected venom of Conus purpurascens and electrophysiological recordings of their effects on the giant fiber system (GFS) of D...
September 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917667/amyloid-%C3%AE-42-clearance-and-neuroprotection-mediated-by-x-box-binding-protein-1-signaling-decline-with-aging-in-the-drosophila-brain
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María S Marcora, Lautaro F Belfiori-Carrasco, Nadia I Bocai, Laura Morelli, Eduardo M Castaño
The unfolded protein response (UPR) may be pathogenically related to Alzheimer's disease. Yet, the effects of chronic amyloid-β42 (Aβ42) accumulation and UPR activation upon neurotoxicity remain unclear. Here, we show that neuronal Aβ42 expression in Drosophila activated the inositol-requiring protein-1/X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1) UPR branch before the onset of behavioral impairment and persisted with aging. Early upregulation of hsc3/BiP, a target of XBP1 and activating transcription factor 6 pathways, was also sustained in old animals...
August 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917665/improving-mitochondrial-function-significantly-reduces-metabolic-visual-motor-and-cognitive-decline-in-aged-drosophila-melanogaster
#18
Tobias W Weinrich, Ariathney Coyne, Thomas E Salt, Christopher Hogg, Glen Jeffery
Mitochondria play a major role in aging. Over time, mutations accumulate in mitochondrial DNA leading to reduced adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production and increased production of damaging reactive oxygen species. If cells fail to cope, they die. Reduced ATP will result in declining cellular membrane potentials leading to reduced central nervous system function. However, aged mitochondrial function is improved by long wavelength light (670 nm) absorbed by cytochrome c oxidase in mitochondrial respiration...
August 30, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917635/evolutionary-analysis-of-nucleosome-positioning-sequences-based-on-new-symmetric-relative-entropy
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Hu Meng, Hong Li, Yan Zheng, Zhenhua Yang, Yun Jia, Suling Bo
New Symmetric Relative Entropy (NSRE) was applied innovatively to analyze the nucleosome sequences in S. cerevisiae, S. pombe and Drosophila. NSRE distributions could well reflect the characteristic differences of nucleosome sequences among three organisms, and the differences indicate a concerted evolution in the sequence usage of nucleosome. Further analysis about the nucleosomes around TSS shows that the constitutive property of +1/-1 nucleosomes in S. cerevisiae is different from that in S. pombe and Drosophila, which indicates that S...
September 13, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916816/striking-diflubenzuron-resistance-in-culex-pipiens-the-prime-vector-of-west-nile-virus
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Linda Grigoraki, Arianna Puggioli, Konstantinos Mavridis, Vassilis Douris, Mario Montanari, Romeo Bellini, John Vontas
Culex pipiens mosquitoes cause severe nuisance and transmit human diseases including West Nile. Vector control by insecticides is the main tool to prevent these diseases and diflubenzuron is one of the most effective mosquito larvicides used in many places. Here, high levels of resistance were identified in Cx. pipiens from Italy, with a Resistance Ratio of 128 fold. The phenotype was associated with mutations at amino acid I1043 (I1043M and I1043L) of the Chitin synthase gene, which showed significantly higher frequency in bioassay survivors...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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