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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350987/the-super-elongation-complex-drives-neural-stem-cell-fate-commitment
#1
Kun Liu, Dan Shen, Jingwen Shen, Shihong M Gao, Bo Li, Chouin Wong, Weidong Feng, Yan Song
Asymmetric stem cell division establishes an initial difference between a stem cell and its differentiating sibling, critical for maintaining homeostasis and preventing carcinogenesis. Yet the mechanisms that consolidate and lock in such initial fate bias remain obscure. Here, we use Drosophila neuroblasts to demonstrate that the super elongation complex (SEC) acts as an intrinsic amplifier to drive cell fate commitment. SEC is highly expressed in neuroblasts, where it promotes self-renewal by physically associating with Notch transcription activation complex and enhancing HES (hairy and E(spl)) transcription...
March 27, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343031/assessing-the-genotoxic-effects-of-two-lipid-peroxidation-products-4-oxo-2-nonenal-and-4-hydroxy-hexenal-in-haemocytes-and-midgut-cells-of-drosophila-melanogaster-larvae
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Eşref Demir, Ricard Marcos
Lipid peroxidation products can induce tissue damage and are implicated in diverse pathological conditions, including aging, atherosclerosis, brain disorders, cancer, lung and various liver disorders. Since in vivo studies produce relevant information, we have selected Drosophila melanogaster as a suitable in vivo model to characterise the potential risks associated to two lipid peroxidation products namely 4-oxo-2-nonenal (4-ONE) and 4-hydroxy-hexenal (4-HHE). Toxicity, intracellular reactive oxygen species production, and genotoxicity were the end-points evaluated...
March 22, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340370/validation-of-comet-assay-in-oregon-r-and-wild-type-strains-of-drosophila-melanogaster-exposed-to-a-natural-radioactive-environment-in-brazilian-semiarid-region
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Cícero Jorge Verçosa, Aroldo Vieira de Moraes Filho, Ícaro Fillipe de Araújo Castro, Robson Gomes Dos Santos, Kenya Silva Cunha, Daniela de Melo E Silva, Ana Cristina Lauer Garcia, Julio Alejandro Navoni, Viviane Souza do Amaral, Claudia Rohde
Natural radiation of geological origin is a common phenomenon in Brazil, a country where radioactive agents such as uranium may be often found. As an unstable atom, uranium undergoes radioactive decay with the generation of a series of decay by-products, including radon, which may be highly genotoxic and trigger several pathological processes, among which cancer. Because it is a gas, radon may move freely between cracks and gaps in the ground, seeping upwards into the buildings and in the environment. In this study, two Drosophila melanogaster Meigen (Diptera, Drosophilidae) strains called Oregon-R and Wild (collected in a non-radioactive environment) were exposed to atmospheric radiation in the Lajes Pintadas city, in the semiarid zone of northeastern Brazil...
March 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304334/kdm2-family-members-are-regulated-by-hif-1-in-hypoxia
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Michael Batie, Jimena Druker, Laura D'Ignazio, Sonia Rocha
Hypoxia is not only a developmental cue but also a stress and pathological stimulus in many human diseases. The response to hypoxia at the cellular level relies on the activity of the transcription factor family, hypoxia inducible factor (HIF). HIF-1 is responsible for the acute response and transactivates a variety of genes involved in cellular metabolism, cell death, and cell growth. Here, we show that hypoxia results in increased mRNA levels for human lysine (K)-specific demethylase 2 (KDM2) family members, KDM2A and KDM2B, and also for Drosophila melanogaster KDM2, a histone and protein demethylase...
March 17, 2017: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301874/veph1-expression-decreases-vascularisation-in-ovarian-cancer-xenografts-and-inhibits-vegfa-and-il8-expression-through-inhibition-of-akt-activation
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Premalatha Shathasivam, Alexandra Kollara, Thomasina Spybey, Soyeon Park, Blaise Clarke, Maurice J Ringuette, Theodore J Brown
BACKGROUND: VEPH1 is amplified in several cancers including ovarian but its impact on tumour progression is unknown. Previous work has shown that VEPH1 inhibits TGFβ signalling while its Drosophila ortholog increases tissue growth, raising the possibility that VEPH1 could impact tumour growth or progression. METHODS: A CRISPR approach was used to disrupt VEPH1 expression in ovarian cancer ES-2 cells, while VEPH1-negative SKOV3 cells were stably transfected with VEPH1 cDNA...
March 16, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281543/egfr-arf6-regulation-of-hh-signalling-stimulates-oncogenic-ras-tumour-overgrowth
#6
Chiswili Chabu, Da-Ming Li, Tian Xu
Multiple signalling events interact in cancer cells. Oncogenic Ras cooperates with Egfr, which cannot be explained by the canonical signalling paradigm. In turn, Egfr cooperates with Hedgehog signalling. How oncogenic Ras elicits and integrates Egfr and Hedgehog signals to drive overgrowth remains unclear. Using a Drosophila tumour model, we show that Egfr cooperates with oncogenic Ras via Arf6, which functions as a novel regulator of Hh signalling. Oncogenic Ras induces the expression of Egfr ligands. Egfr then signals through Arf6, which regulates Hh transport to promote Hh signalling...
March 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278156/a-new-mode-of-dna-binding-distinguishes-capicua-from-other-hmg-box-factors-and-explains-its-mutation-patterns-in-cancer
#7
Marta Forés, Lucía Simón-Carrasco, Leiore Ajuria, Núria Samper, Sergio González-Crespo, Matthias Drosten, Mariano Barbacid, Gerardo Jiménez
HMG-box proteins, including Sox/SRY (Sox) and TCF/LEF1 (TCF) family members, bind DNA via their HMG-box. This binding, however, is relatively weak and both Sox and TCF factors employ distinct mechanisms for enhancing their affinity and specificity for DNA. Here we report that Capicua (CIC), an HMG-box transcriptional repressor involved in Ras/MAPK signaling and cancer progression, employs an additional distinct mode of DNA binding that enables selective recognition of its targets. We find that, contrary to previous assumptions, the HMG-box of CIC does not bind DNA alone but instead requires a distant motif (referred to as C1) present at the C-terminus of all CIC proteins...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275687/hedgehog-signaling-links-chronic-inflammation-to-gastric-cancer-precursor-lesions
#8
REVIEW
Juanita L Merchant, Lin Ding
Since its initial discovery in Drosophila, Hedgehog (HH) signaling has long been associated with foregut development. The mammalian genome expresses 3 HH ligands, with sonic hedgehog (SHH) levels highest in the mucosa of the embryonic foregut. More recently, interest in the pathway has shifted to improving our understanding of its role in gastrointestinal cancers. The use of reporter mice proved instrumental in our ability to probe the expression pattern of SHH ligand and the cell types responding to canonical HH signaling during homeostasis, inflammation, and neoplastic transformation...
March 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272458/modulation-of-lat1-slc7a5-transporter-activity-and-stability-by-membrane-cholesterol
#9
David Dickens, George N Chiduza, Gareth S A Wright, Munir Pirmohamed, Svetlana V Antonyuk, S Samar Hasnain
LAT1 (SLC7A5) is a transporter for both the uptake of large neutral amino acids and a number of pharmaceutical drugs. It is expressed in numerous cell types including T-cells, cancer cells and brain endothelial cells. However, mechanistic knowledge of how it functions and its interactions with lipids are unknown or limited due to inability of obtaining stable purified protein in sufficient quantities. Our data show that depleting cellular cholesterol reduced the Vmax but not the Km of the LAT1 mediated uptake of a model substrate into cells (L-DOPA)...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271570/single-domain-antibodies-for-the-knockdown-of-cytosolic-and-nuclear-proteins
#10
REVIEW
Thomas Böldicke
Single domain antibodies (sdAbs) from camels or sharks comprise only the variable heavy chain domain. Human sdAbs comprise the variable domain of the heavy chain (VH) or light chain (VL) and can be selected from human antibodies. SdAbs are stable, non aggregating molecules in vitro and in vivo compared to complete antibodies and scFv fragments. They are excellent novel inhibitors of cytosolic/nuclear proteins because they are correctly folded inside the cytosol in contrast to scFv fragments. SdAbs are unique because of their excellent specificity and possibility to target posttranslational modifications such as phosphorylation sites, conformers or interaction regions of proteins that cannot be targeted with genetic knockout techniques and are impossible to knockdown with RNAi...
March 8, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265305/the-10th-anniversary-of-the-publication-of-genes-and-environment-memoir-of-establishing-the-japanese-environmental-mutagen-society-and-a-proposal-for-a-new-collaborative-study-on-mutagenic-hormesis
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Shizuyo Sutou
The Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society (JEMS) was established in 1972 by 147 members, 11 of whom are still on the active list as of May 1, 2016. As one of them, I introduce some historic topics here. These include 1) establishment of JEMS, 2) the issue of 2-(2-furyl)-3-(3-nitro-2-furyl)acrylamide (AF-2), 3) the Mammalian Mutagenicity Study Group (MMS) and its achievements, and 4) the Collaborative Study Group of the Micronucleus Test (CSGMT) and its achievements. In addition to these historic matters, some of which are still ongoing, a new collaborative study is proposed on adaptive response or hormesis by mutagens...
2017: Genes and Environment: the Official Journal of the Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257417/phosphotyrosine-phosphatase-r3-receptors-origin-evolution-and-structural-diversification
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Javier U Chicote, Rob DeSalle, Antonio García-España
Subtype R3 phosphotyrosine phosphatase receptors (R3 RPTPs) are single-spanning membrane proteins characterized by a unique modular composition of extracellular fibronectin repeats and a single cytoplasmatic protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) domain. Vertebrate R3 RPTPs consist of five members: PTPRB, PTPRJ, PTPRH and PTPRO, which dephosphorylate tyrosine residues, and PTPRQ, which dephosphorylates phophoinositides. R3 RPTPs are considered novel therapeutic targets in several pathologies such as ear diseases, nephrotic syndromes and cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251407/jujube-ziziphus-jujuba-mill-fruit-feeding-extends-lifespan-and-increases-tolerance-to-environmental-stresses-by-regulating-aging-associated-gene-expression-in-drosophila
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Saurav Ghimire, Man Su Kim
Jujube (Ziziphus Jujuba Mill.) fruit has been utilized as an adjunct to alleviate medical symptoms including, but not limited to, anorexia, fatigue, anxiety and mild diarrhea for centuries. Despite a growing body of literature revealing jujube fruit's health promoting properties such as anti-cancer, anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant effects (shown with cell-based in vitro platforms), there is a paucity of studies systemically examining its impact on whole organisms or throughout the entire course of life utilizing in vivo model systems...
March 1, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250052/a-novel-mode-of-induction-of-the-humoral-innate-immune-response-in-drosophila-larvae
#14
Hiroyuki Kenmoku, Aki Hori, Takayuki Kuraishi, Shoichiro Kurata
Drosophila adults have been utilized as a genetically tractable model organism to decipher the molecular mechanisms of humoral innate immune responses. In an effort to promote the utility of Drosophila larvae as an additional model system, in this study, we describe a novel aspect of an induction mechanism for innate immunity in these larvae. By using a fine tungsten needle created for manipulating semi-conductor devices, larvae were subjected to septic injury. However, although Toll pathway mutants were susceptible to infection with Gram-positive bacteria as had been shown for Drosophila adults, microbe clearance was not affected in the mutants...
March 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236972/regulation-of-cell-polarity-by-par-1-mark-kinase
#15
Youjun Wu, Erik E Griffin
PAR-1/MARK kinases are conserved serine/threonine kinases that are essential regulators of cell polarity. PAR-1/MARK kinases localize and function in opposition to the anterior PAR proteins to control the asymmetric distribution of factors in a wide variety polarized cells. In this review, we discuss the mechanisms that control the localization and activity of PAR-1/MARK kinases, including their antagonistic interactions with the anterior PAR proteins. We focus on the role PAR-1 plays in the asymmetric division of the Caenorhabditis elegans zygote, in the establishment of the anterior/posterior axis in the Drosophila oocyte and in the control of microtubule dynamics in mammalian neurons...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236967/the-hippo-pathway-a-master-regulatory-network-important-in-development-and-dysregulated-in-disease
#16
Cathie M Pfleger
The Hippo Pathway is a master regulatory network that regulates proliferation, cell growth, stemness, differentiation, and cell death. Coordination of these processes by the Hippo Pathway throughout development and in mature organisms in response to diverse external and internal cues plays a role in morphogenesis, in controlling organ size, and in maintaining organ homeostasis. Given the importance of these processes, the Hippo Pathway also plays an important role in organismal health and has been implicated in a variety of diseases including eye disease, cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration, and cancer...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205624/the-small-molecule-auten-99-autophagy-enhancer-99-prevents-the-progression-of-neurodegenerative-symptoms
#17
Tibor Kovács, Viktor Billes, Marcell Komlós, Bernadette Hotzi, Anna Manzéger, Anna Tarnóci, Diána Papp, Fanni Szikszai, Janka Szinyákovics, Ákos Rácz, Béla Noszál, Szilvia Veszelka, Fruzsina R Walter, Mária A Deli, Laszlo Hackler, Robert Alfoldi, Orsolya Huzian, Laszlo G Puskas, Hanna Liliom, Krisztián Tárnok, Katalin Schlett, Adrienn Borsy, Ervin Welker, Attila L Kovács, Zsolt Pádár, Attila Erdős, Adam Legradi, Annamaria Bjelik, Károly Gulya, Balázs Gulyás, Tibor Vellai
Autophagy functions as a main route for the degradation of superfluous and damaged constituents of the cytoplasm. Defects in autophagy are implicated in the development of various age-dependent degenerative disorders such as cancer, neurodegeneration and tissue atrophy, and in accelerated aging. To promote basal levels of the process in pathological settings, we previously screened a small molecule library for novel autophagy-enhancing factors that inhibit the myotubularin-related phosphatase MTMR14/Jumpy, a negative regulator of autophagic membrane formation...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196804/nipped-a-regulates-intestinal-stem-cell-proliferation-in-drosophila
#18
Helen Marie Tauc, Alpaslan Tasdogan, Patrick Meyer, Petra Pandur
Adult stem cells uphold a delicate balance between quiescent and active states, a deregulation of which can lead to age-associated diseases such as cancer. In Drosophila, intestinal stem cell (ISC) proliferation is tightly regulated and mis-regulation is detrimental to intestinal homeostasis. Various factors are known to govern ISC behavior; however, transcriptional changes in ISCs during aging are still unclear. RNA sequencing of young and old ISCs newly identified Nipped-A, a subunit of histone acetyltransferase complexes, as a regulator of ISC proliferation that is upregulated in old ISCs...
February 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196122/detrimental-elavl-1-hur-dependent-gsk3%C3%AE-mrna-stabilization-impairs-resolution-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#19
Olivia Hoffman, Nana Burns, István Vadász, Holger K Eltzschig, Michael G Edwards, Christine U Vohwinkel
A hallmark of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is accumulation of protein-rich edema in the distal airspaces and its removal is critical for patient survival. Previous studies have shown a detrimental role of Glycogen Synthase Kinase (GSK) 3β during ARDS via inhibition of alveolar epithelial protein transport. We hypothesized that post-transcriptional regulation of GSK3β could play a functional role in ARDS resolution. To address this hypothesis, we performed an in silico analysis to identify regulatory genes whose expression correlation to GSK3β messenger RNA utilizing two lung cancer cell line array datasets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188816/a-chemical-genomics-approach-to-drug-reprofiling-in-oncology-antipsychotic-drug-risperidone-as-a-potential-adenocarcinoma-treatment
#20
Suzanne J Dilly, Andrew J Clark, Andrew Marsh, Daniel A Mitchell, Ricky Cain, Colin W G Fishwick, Paul C Taylor
Drug reprofiling is emerging as an effective paradigm for discovery of cancer treatments. Herein, an antipsychotic drug is immobilised using the Magic Tag(®) chemical genomics tool and screened against a T7 bacteriophage displayed library of polypeptides from Drosophila melanogaster, as a whole genome model, to uncover an interaction with a section of 17-β-HSD10, a proposed prostate cancer target. A computational study and enzyme inhibition assay with full length human 17-β-HSD10 identifies risperidone as a drug reprofiling candidate...
February 8, 2017: Cancer Letters
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