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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934392/nceh-1-modulates-cholesterol-metabolism-and-protects-against-%C3%AE-synuclein-toxicity-in-a-c-elegans-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Siyuan Zhang, Samantha A Glukhova, Kim A Caldwell, Guy A Caldwell
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an aging-associated neurodegenerative disease affecting millions worldwide. Misfolding, oligomerization and accumulation of the human α-synuclein protein is a key pathological hallmark of PD and is associated with the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons over the course of aging. Lifespan extension via the suppression of IGF-1/insulin-like signaling (IIS) offers a possibility to retard disease onset through induction of metabolic changes that provide neuroprotection. The nceh-1 gene of Caenorhabditis elegans encodes an ortholog of neutral cholesterol ester hydrolase 1 (NCEH-1), an IIS downstream protein that was identified in a screen as a modulator of α-synuclein accumulation in vivo...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934375/into-the-wild-parallel-transcriptomics-of-the-tsetse-wigglesworthia-mutualism-within-kenyan-populations
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Miguel Medina Munoz, Adam R Pollio, Hunter L White, Rita V M Rio
Tsetse flies (Diptera: Glossinidae) have medical significance as the obligate vectors of African trypanosomes. In addition, tsetse harbor a simple gut microbiota. A predominant gut microbiota member, the Gammaproteobacterium Wigglesworthia spp., has coevolved with tsetse for a significant portion of Glossina radiation proving critical to tsetse fitness. Although multiple roles have been described for Wigglesworthia within colony flies, little research has been dedicated towards functional characterization within wild tsetse...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932414/hox-gene-cluster-of-the-ascidian-halocynthia-roretzi-reveals-multiple-ancient-steps-of-cluster-disintegration-during-ascidian-evolution
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Yuka Sekigami, Takuya Kobayashi, Ai Omi, Koki Nishitsuji, Tetsuro Ikuta, Asao Fujiyama, Noriyuki Satoh, Hidetoshi Saiga
BACKGROUND: Hox gene clusters with at least 13 paralog group (PG) members are common in vertebrate genomes and in that of amphioxus. Ascidians, which belong to the subphylum Tunicata (Urochordata), are phylogenetically positioned between vertebrates and amphioxus, and traditionally divided into two groups: the Pleurogona and the Enterogona. An enterogonan ascidian, Ciona intestinalis (Ci), possesses nine Hox genes localized on two chromosomes; thus, the Hox gene cluster is disintegrated...
2017: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931935/alpha-tc1-and-beta-tc-6-genomic-profiling-uncovers-both-shared-and-distinct-transcriptional-regulatory-features-with-their-primary-islet-counterparts
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Nathan Lawlor, Ahrim Youn, Romy Kursawe, Duygu Ucar, Michael L Stitzel
Alpha TC1 (αTC1) and Beta-TC-6 (βTC6) mouse islet cell lines are cellular models of islet (dys)function and type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, genomic characteristics of these cells, and their similarities to primary islet alpha and beta cells, are undefined. Here, we report the epigenomic (ATAC-seq) and transcriptomic (RNA-seq) landscapes of αTC1 and βTC6 cells. Each cell type exhibits hallmarks of its primary islet cell counterpart including cell-specific expression of beta (e.g., Pdx1) and alpha (e.g., Arx) cell transcription factors (TFs), and enrichment of binding motifs for these TFs in αTC1/βTC6 cis-regulatory elements...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931746/voltage-gated-sodium-channel-gene-repertoire-of-lampreys-gene-duplications-tissue-specific-expression-and-discovery-of-a-long-lost-gene
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Harold H Zakon, Weiming Li, Nisha E Pillai, Sumanty Tohari, Prashant Shingate, Jianfeng Ren, Byrappa Venkatesh
Studies of the voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels of extant gnathostomes have made it possible to deduce that ancestral gnathostomes possessed four voltage-gated sodium channel genes derived from a single ancestral chordate gene following two rounds of genome duplication early in vertebrates. We investigated the Nav gene family in two species of lampreys (the Japanese lamprey Lethenteron japonicum and sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus) (jawless vertebrates-agnatha) and compared them with those of basal vertebrates to better understand the origin of Nav genes in vertebrates...
September 27, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931065/chlamydomonas-fap265-is-a-tubulin-polymerization-promoting-protein-essential-for-flagellar-reassembly-and-hatching-of-daughter-cells-from-the-sporangium
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Damayanti Tammana, Trinadh Venkata Satish Tammana
Tubulin polymerization promoting proteins (TPPPs) belong to a family of neomorphic moon lighting proteins, involved in various physiological and pathological conditions. In physiological conditions, TPPPs play an important role in microtubule dynamics regulating mitotic spindle assembly and in turn cell proliferation. In pathological situations, TPPPs interact with α-synuclein and β-amyloid and promote their aggregation leading to Parkinson's disease and multiple system atrophy. Orthologs of TPPP family proteins were identified in ciliary proteomes from various organisms including Chlamydomonas but their role in ciliogenesis was not known...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930614/inter-species-functional-interactome-of-nuclear-steroid-receptors-r1
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Styliani A Geronikolou, Athanasia Pavlopoulou, Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, George Chrousos
Steroids exert their actions by binding to the glucocorticoid, mineralocorticoid, androgen, estrogen and progesterone classes of receptors. Despite an exponential increase in our knowledge of steroid receptors, their interactions with other molecules, subcellular location and functions still need further elucidation. To unravel the mechanism(s) of action of the steroid hormones, as well as the function of their cognate nuclear receptors, an interaction network was created (henceforth referred to as "R1 Interactome")- illustrating that robust interactions have been preserved in rodents, frog, zebra fish and drosophila...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929533/crystal-structure-of-a-novel-prolidase-from-deinococcus-radiodurans-identifies-new-subfamily-of-bacterial-prolidases
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Venkata N Are, Sahayog N Jamdar, Biplab Ghosh, Venuka Durani Goyal, Ashwani Kumar, Sanchit Neema, Rekha Gadre, Ravindra D Makde
Xaa-Pro peptidases (XPP) are dinuclear peptidases of MEROPS M24B family that hydrolyze Xaa-Pro iminopeptide bond with a trans-proline at the second position of the peptide substrate. XPPs specific towards dipeptides are called prolidases while those that prefer longer oligopeptides are called aminopeptidases P. Though XPPs are strictly conserved in bacterial and archaeal species, the structural and sequence features that distinguish between prolidases and aminopeptidases P are not always clear. Here, we report 1...
September 20, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928453/molecular-characterization-of-emaraviruses-associated-with-pigeonpea-sterility-mosaic-disease
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Surender Kumar, B L Subbarao, Vipin Hallan
Sterility Mosaic Disease (SMD) of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh) is a complex disease due to various factors including the presence of a mixed infection. Comparison of dsRNA profile and small RNA (sRNA) deep sequencing analysis of samples from three locations revealed the presence of Pigeonpea sterility mosaic virus-I and II (PPSMV-I and II) from Chevella and only PPSMV-II from Bengaluru and Coimbatore. PPSMV-I genome consisted of four while PPSMV-II encompassed six RNAs. The two viruses have modest sequence homology between their corresponding RNA 1-4 encoding RdRp, glycoprotein precursor, nucleocapsid and movement proteins and the corresponding orthologs of other emaraviruses...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928284/functional-and-evolutionary-insights-from-the-ciona-notochord-transcriptome
#10
Wendy M Reeves, Yuye Wu, Matthew J Harder, Michael T Veeman
The notochord of the ascidian Ciona consists of only 40 cells, and is a longstanding model for studying organogenesis in a small, simple embryo. Here, we perform RNAseq on flow-sorted notochord cells from multiple stages to define a comprehensive Ciona notochord transcriptome. We identify 1364 genes with enriched expression and extensively validate the results by in situ hybridization. These genes are highly enriched for Gene Ontology terms related to the extracellular matrix, cell adhesion and cytoskeleton...
September 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928281/engrailed-acts-with-nejire-to-control-decapentaplegic-expression-in-the-drosophila-ovarian-stem-cell-niche
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Lichao Luo, Chia Keng Siah, Yu Cai
Homeostasis of adult tissues is maintained by a small number of stem cells, which are sustained by their niches. In the Drosophila female germline stem cell (GSC) niche, Decapentaplegic (Dpp) is the primary factor that promotes GSC self-renewal. However, the mechanism regulating dpp expression in the niche is largely unknown. Here, we identify a 2.0 kb fragment located in a 5' cis-regulatory region of the dpp locus containing enhancer activity that drives its expression in the niche. This region is distinct from a previously characterized 3' cis-regulatory enhancer responsible for dpp expression in imaginal discs...
September 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927841/maternal-provision-of-transformer-2-is-required-for-female-development-and-embryo-viability-in-the-wasp-nasonia-vitripennis
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Elzemiek Geuverink, Anna H Rensink, Inge Rondeel, Leo W Beukeboom, Louis van de Zande, Eveline C Verhulst
In insect sex determination a primary signal starts the genetic sex determination cascade that, in most insect orders, is subsequently transduced down the cascade by a transformer (tra) ortholog. Only a female-specifically spliced tra mRNA yields a functional TRA-protein that forms a complex with TRA2, encoded by a transformer-2 (tra2) ortholog, to act as a sex specific splicing regulator of the downstream transcription factors doublesex (dsx) and fruitless (fru). Here, we identify the tra2 ortholog of the haplodiploid parasitoid wasp N...
September 16, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926933/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-reveals-cold-responsive-proteins-involved-in-leaf-senescence-in-upland-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l
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Xuewei Zheng, Shuli Fan, Hengling Wei, Chengcheng Tao, Qiang Ma, Qifeng Ma, Siping Zhang, Hongbin Li, Chaoyou Pang, Shuxun Yu
Premature leaf senescence occurs in the ultimate phase of the plant, and it occurs through a complex series of actions regulated by stress, hormones and genes. In this study, a proteomic analysis was performed to analyze the factors that could induce premature leaf senescence in two cotton cultivars. We successfully identified 443 differential abundant proteins (DAPs) from 7388 high-confidence proteins at four stages between non-premature senescence (NS) and premature senescence (PS), among which 158 proteins were over-accumulated, 238 proteins were down-accumulated at four stages, and 47 proteins displayed overlapped accumulation...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926587/functional-characterization-of-zebrafish-orthologs-of-the-human-beta-3-glucosyltransferase-b3glct-gene-mutated-in-peters-plus-syndrome
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Eric Weh, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Sanaa Muheisen, Robert S Haltiwanger, Elena V Semina
Peters Plus Syndrome (PPS) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by ocular defects, short stature, brachydactyly, characteristic facial features, developmental delay and other highly variable systemic defects. Classic PPS is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the B3GLCT gene encoding for a β3-glucosyltransferase that catalyzes the attachment of glucose via a β1-3 glycosidic linkage to O-linked fucose on thrombospondin type 1 repeats (TSRs). B3GLCT was shown to participate in a non-canonical ER quality control mechanism; however, the exact molecular processes affected in PPS are not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924042/alternative-cleavage-of-the-bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-gbb-produces-ligands-with-distinct-developmental-functions-and-receptor-preference
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Edward N Anderson, Kristi A Wharton
The family of TGF-β and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling proteins have numerous developmental and physiological roles. They are made as proprotein dimers, then cleaved by proprotein convertases to release the C-terminal domain as an active ligand dimer. Multiple proteolytic processing sites in Glass bottom boat (Gbb), the Drosophila BMP7 ortholog, can produce distinct ligand forms. Cleavage at the S1 or atypical S0 site in Gbb produces Gbb15, the conventional small BMP ligand, while NS site cleavage produces a larger Gbb38 ligand...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923894/h-ipse-is-a-pathogen-secreted-host-nucleus-infiltrating-protein-infiltrin-expressed-exclusively-by-the-schistosoma-haematobium-egg-stage
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Luke F Pennington, Abdulaziz Alouffi, Evaristus C Mbanefo, Debalina Ray, David M Heery, Theodore S Jardetzky, Michael H Hsieh, Franco H Falcone
Urogenital schistosomiasis, caused by the parasitic trematode Schistosoma haematobium, affects over 112 million people worldwide. As with S. mansoni infections, the pathology in urogenital schistosomiasis is mainly related to the egg stage, which induces granulomatous inflammation of affected tissues. Schistosoma eggs and their secretions have been studied extensively for the related S. mansoni organism which is more amenable to laboratory studies. Indeed, we have shown that IPSE/alpha-1 (M-IPSE herein), a major protein secreted from S ...
September 18, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923019/evolutionary-history-and-functional-divergence-of-the-cytochrome-p450-gene-superfamily-between-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-brassica-species-uncover-effects-of-whole-genome-and-tandem-duplications
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Jingyin Yu, Sadia Tehrim, Linhai Wang, Komivi Dossa, Xiurong Zhang, Tao Ke, Boshou Liao
BACKGROUND: The cytochrome P450 monooxygenase (P450) superfamily is involved in the biosynthesis of various primary and secondary metabolites. However, little is known about the effects of whole genome duplication (WGD) and tandem duplication (TD) events on the evolutionary history and functional divergence of P450s in Brassica after splitting from a common ancestor with Arabidopsis thaliana. RESULTS: Using Hidden Markov Model search and manual curation, we detected that Brassica species have nearly 1...
September 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922823/de-novo-genome-assembly-of-camptotheca-acuminata-a-natural-source-of-the-anti-cancer-compound-camptothecin
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Dongyan Zhao, John P Hamilton, Gina M Pham, Emily Crisovan, Krystle Wiegert-Rininger, Brieanne Vaillancourt, Dean DellaPenna, C Robin Buell
Camptotheca acuminata is 1 of a limited number of species that produce camptothecin, a pentacyclic quinoline alkaloid with anti-cancer activity due to its ability to inhibit DNA topoisomerase. While transcriptome studies have been performed previously with various camptothecin-producing species, no genome sequence for a camptothecin-producing species is available to date. We generated a high-quality de novo genome assembly for C. acuminata representing 403 174 860 bp on 1394 scaffolds with an N50 scaffold size of 1752 kbp...
September 1, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922750/identification-of-iridoid-glucoside-transporters-in-catharanthus-roseus
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Bo Larsen, Victoria L Fuller, Jacob Pollier, Alex Van Moerkercke, Fabian Schweizer, Richard Payne, Maite Colinas, Sarah E O'Connor, Alain Goossens, Barbara A Halkier
Monoterpenoid indole alkaloids (MIAs) are plant defense compounds and high-value pharmaceuticals. Biosynthesis of the universal MIA precursor, secologanin, is organized between internal phloem-associated parenchyma (IPAP) and epidermis cells. Transporters for intercellular transport of proposed mobile pathway intermediates have remained elusive. Screening of an Arabidopsis thaliana transporter library expressed in Xenopus oocytes identified AtNPF2.9 as a putative iridoid glucoside importer. Eight orthologs were identified in Catharanthus roseus, of which three, CrNPF2...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922424/deletion-of-the-rodent-malaria-ortholog-for-falcipain-1-highlights-differences-between-hepatic-and-blood-stage-merozoites
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Christine S Hopp, Brandy L Bennett, Satish Mishra, Christine Lehmann, Kirsten K Hanson, Jing-Wen Lin, Kimberly Rousseau, Filomena A Carvalho, Wouter A van der Linden, Nuno C Santos, Matthew Bogyo, Shahid M Khan, Volker Heussler, Photini Sinnis
Proteases have been implicated in a variety of developmental processes during the malaria parasite lifecycle. In particular, invasion and egress of the parasite from the infected hepatocyte and erythrocyte, critically depend on protease activity. Although falcipain-1 was the first cysteine protease to be characterized in P. falciparum, its role in the lifecycle of the parasite has been the subject of some controversy. While an inhibitor of falcipain-1 blocked erythrocyte invasion by merozoites, two independent studies showed that falcipain-1 disruption did not affect growth of blood stage parasites...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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