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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092692/smile-seq-identifies-binding-motifs-of-single-and-dimeric-transcription-factors
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Alina Isakova, Romain Groux, Michael Imbeault, Pernille Rainer, Daniel Alpern, Riccardo Dainese, Giovanna Ambrosini, Didier Trono, Philipp Bucher, Bart Deplancke
Resolving the DNA-binding specificities of transcription factors (TFs) is of critical value for understanding gene regulation. Here, we present a novel, semiautomated protein-DNA interaction characterization technology, selective microfluidics-based ligand enrichment followed by sequencing (SMiLE-seq). SMiLE-seq is neither limited by DNA bait length nor biased toward strong affinity binders; it probes the DNA-binding properties of TFs over a wide affinity range in a fast and cost-effective fashion. We validated SMiLE-seq by analyzing 58 full-length human, mouse, and Drosophila TFs from distinct structural classes...
January 16, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090761/modest-overexpression-of-foxo-maintains-cardiac-proteostasis-and-ameliorates-age-associated-functional-decline
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Anna C Blice-Baum, Alexander C Zambon, Gaurav Kaushik, Meera C Viswanathan, Adam J Engler, Rolf Bodmer, Anthony Cammarato
Heart performance declines with age. Impaired protein quality control (PQC), due to reduced ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) activity, autophagic function, and/or chaperone-mediated protein refolding, contributes to cardiac deterioration. The transcription factor FOXO participates in regulating genes involved in PQC, senescence, and numerous other processes. Here, a comprehensive approach, involving molecular genetics, novel assays to probe insect cardiac physiology, and bioinformatics, was utilized to investigate the influence of heart-restricted manipulation of dFOXO expression in the rapidly aging Drosophila melanogaster model...
February 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090760/expression-patterns-of-cardiac-aging-in-drosophila
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Leah Cannon, Alexander C Zambon, Anthony Cammarato, Zhi Zhang, Georg Vogler, Matthew Munoz, Erika Taylor, Jérôme Cartry, Sanford I Bernstein, Simon Melov, Rolf Bodmer
Aging causes cardiac dysfunction, often leading to heart failure and death. The molecular basis of age-associated changes in cardiac structure and function is largely unknown. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is well-suited to investigate the genetics of cardiac aging. Flies age rapidly over the course of weeks, benefit from many tools to easily manipulate their genome, and their heart has significant genetic and phenotypic similarities to the human heart. Here, we performed a cardiac-specific gene expression study on aging Drosophila and carried out a comparative meta-analysis with published rodent data...
February 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089518/transcriptional-pre-patterning-of-drosophila-gastrulation
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Bomyi Lim, Michael Levine, Yuji Yamakazi
Gastrulation of the Drosophila embryo is one of the most intensively studied morphogenetic processes in animal development [1-4]. Particular efforts have focused on the formation of the ventral furrow, whereby ∼1,000 presumptive mesoderm cells exhibit coordinated apical constrictions that mediate invagination [5, 6]. Apical constriction depends on a Rho GTPase signaling pathway (T48/Fog) that is deployed by the developmental regulatory genes twist and snail [7-10]. It is thought that coordinate mesoderm constriction depends on high levels of myosin along the ventral midline, although the basis for this localization is uncertain...
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088785/the-igh-locus-3-cis-regulatory-super-enhancer-co-opts-aid-for-allelic-transvection
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Sandrine Le Noir, Brice Laffleur, Claire Carrion, Armand Garot, Sandrine Lecardeur, Eric Pinaud, Yves Denizot, Jane Skok, Michel Cogné
Immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) alleles have ambivalent relationships: they feature both allelic exclusion, ensuring monoallelic expression of a single immunoglobulin (Ig) allele, and frequent inter-allelic class-switch recombination (CSR) reassembling genes from both alleles. The IgH locus 3' regulatory region (3'RR) includes several transcriptional cis-enhancers promoting activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)-dependent somatic hypermutation (SHM) and CSR, and altogether behaves as a strong super-enhancer...
January 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087625/faithful-mrna-splicing-depends-on-the-prp19-complex-subunit-faint-sausage-and-is-required-for-tracheal-branching-morphogenesis-in-drosophila
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Julia Sauerwald, Charlotte Soneson, Mark D Robinson, Stefan Luschnig
Morphogenesis requires the dynamic regulation of gene expression, including transcription, mRNA maturation and translation. Dysfunction of the general mRNA splicing machinery can cause surprisingly specific cellular phenotypes, but the basis for these effects is not clear. Here we show that the Drosophila faint sausage (fas) locus, implicated in epithelial morphogenesis and previously reported to encode a secreted immunoglobulin domain protein, in fact encodes a subunit of the spliceosome-activating Prp19 complex, which is essential for efficient pre-mRNA splicing...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087460/identification-of-the-doublesex-protein-binding-sites-that-activate-expression-of-lozenge-in-the-female-genital-disc-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Shunsuke Wagamitsu, Dan Takase, Fugaku Aoki, Masataka G Suzuki
Normal sexual differentiation in the genital organs is essential for the animal species that use sexual reproduction. Although it is known that doublesex (dsx) is required for the sexual development of the genitalia in various insect species, the direct target genes responsible for the sexual differentiation of the genitalia have not been identified. The lozenge (lz) gene is expressed in the female genital disc and is essential for developments of spermathecae and accessory glands in Drosophila melanogaster...
January 10, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087276/drosophila-argonaute2-turnover-is-regulated-by-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-pathway
#8
Madoka Chinen, Elissa P Lei
Argonaute (AGO) proteins play a central role in the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway, which is a cytoplasmic mechanism important for post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. In Drosophila, AGO2 also functions in the nucleus to regulate chromatin insulator activity and transcription. Although there are a number of studies focused on AGO2 function, the regulation of AGO2 turnover is not well understood. We found that mutation of T1149 or R1158 in the conserved PIWI domain causes AGO2 protein instability, but only T1149 affects RNAi activity...
January 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079523/symbiont-induced-odorant-binding-proteins-mediate-insect-host-hematopoiesis
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Joshua B Benoit, Aurélien Vigneron, Nichole A Broderick, Yineng Wu, Jennifer S Sun, John R Carlson, Serap Aksoy, Brian L Weiss
Symbiotic bacteria assist in maintaining homeostasis of the animal immune system. However, the molecular mechanisms that underlie symbiont-mediated host immunity are largely unknown. Tsetse flies (Glossina spp.) house maternally transmitted symbionts that regulate the development and function of their host's immune system. Herein we demonstrate that the obligate mutualist, Wigglesworthia, up-regulates expression of odorant binding protein six in the gut of intrauterine tsetse larvae. This process is necessary and sufficient to induce systemic expression of the hematopoietic RUNX transcription factor lozenge and the subsequent production of crystal cells, which actuate the melanotic immune response in adult tsetse...
January 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077621/functional-redundancy-and-non-redundancy-between-two-troponin-c-isoforms-in-drosophila-adult-muscles
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Maria B Chechenova, Sara Maes, Sandy T Oas, Cloyce Nelson, Kaveh G Kiani, Anton L Bryantsev, Richard M Cripps
We investigated the functional overlap of two muscle Troponin C (TpnC) genes that are expressed in the adult fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster: TpnC4 is predominantly expressed in the indirect flight muscles (IFM), whereas TpnC41C is the main isoform in the tergal depressor of the trochanter muscle (TDT or jump muscle). Using CRISPR/Cas9, we created a transgenic line with a homozygous deletion of TpnC41C, and compared its phenotype to a line lacking functional TpnC4 We found that the removal of either of these genes leads to expression of the other isoform in both muscle types...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077616/different-modes-of-enhancer-specific-regulation-by-runt-and-even-skipped-during-drosophila-segmentation
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Saiyu Hang, J Peter Gergen
The initial metameric expression of the Drosophila sloppy paired 1 (slp1) gene is controlled by two distinct cis-regulatory DNA elements that interact in a non-additive manner to integrate inputs from transcription factors encoded by the pair-rule segmentation genes. We performed Chromatin Immuno-Precipitation (ChIP) on reporter genes containing these elements in different embryonic genotypes to investigate the mechanism of their regulation. The Distal Early Stripe Element (DESE) mediates both activation and repression by Runt...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076810/dna-occupancy-of-polymerizing-transcription-factors-a-chemical-model-of-the-ets-family-factor-yan
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C Matthew Hope, Ilaria Rebay, John Reinitz
Transcription factors use both protein-DNA and protein-protein interactions to assemble appropriate complexes to regulate gene expression. Although most transcription factors operate as monomers or dimers, a few, including the E26 transformation-specific family repressors Drosophila melanogaster Yan and its human homolog TEL/ETV6, can polymerize. Although polymerization is required for both the normal and oncogenic function of Yan and TEL/ETV6, the mechanisms by which it influences the recruitment, organization, and stability of transcriptional complexes remain poorly understood...
January 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076795/hangover-links-nuclear-rna-signaling-to-camp-regulation-via-the-phosphodiesterase-4d-ortholog-dunce
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Manuela Ruppert, Mirjam Franz, Anastasios Saratsis, Laura Velo Escarcena, Oliver Hendrich, Li Ming Gooi, Isabell Schwenkert, Ansgar Klebes, Henrike Scholz
The hangover gene defines a cellular stress pathway that is required for rapid ethanol tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster. To understand how cellular stress changes neuronal function, we analyzed Hangover function on a cellular and neuronal level. We provide evidence that Hangover acts as a nuclear RNA binding protein and we identified the phosphodiesterase 4d ortholog dunce as a target RNA. We generated a transcript-specific dunce mutant that is impaired not only in ethanol tolerance but also in the cellular stress response...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076775/nutritional-programming-of-lifespan-by-foxo-inhibition-on-sugar-rich-diets
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Adam J Dobson, Marina Ezcurra, Charlotte E Flanagan, Adam C Summerfield, Matthew D W Piper, David Gems, Nazif Alic
Consumption of unhealthy diets is exacerbating the burden of age-related ill health in aging populations. Such diets can program mammalian physiology to cause long-term, detrimental effects. Here, we show that, in Drosophila melanogaster, an unhealthy, high-sugar diet in early adulthood programs lifespan to curtail later-life survival despite subsequent dietary improvement. Excess dietary sugar promotes insulin-like signaling, inhibits dFOXO-the Drosophila homolog of forkhead box O (FOXO) transcription factors-and represses expression of dFOXO target genes encoding epigenetic regulators...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069434/identification-and-functional-analysis-of-a-tep-gene-from-a-crustacean-reveals-its-transcriptional-regulation-mediated-by-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jnk-pathways-and-its-broad-protective-roles-against-multiple-pathogens
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Chaozheng Li, Haoyang Li, Bang Xiao, Yonggui Chen, Sheng Wang, Kai Lǚ, Bin Yin, Sedong Li, Jianguo He
Thioester-containing proteins (TEPs) are present in a wide range of species from deuterostomes to protostomes and are thought to be involved in innate immunity. In the current study, a TEP gene homologous to insect TEPs (iTEP) from the crustacean Litopenaeus vannamei, named LvTEP1, is cloned and functionally characterized. The open reading frame (ORF) of LvTEP1 is 4383 bp in length, encoding a polypeptide of 1460 amino acids with a calculated molecular weight of 161.1 kDa LvTEP1, which is most similar to other TEPs from insects, contains some conserved sequence features, including a N-terminal signal peptide, a canonical thioester (TE) motif, and a C-terminal distinctive cysteine signature...
January 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069431/small-rna-seq-analysis-reveals-microrna-regulation-of-the-imd-pathway-during-escherichia-coli-infection-in-drosophila
#16
Shengjie Li, Li Shen, Lianjie Sun, Jiao Xu, Ping Jin, Liming Chen, Fei Ma
Drosophila have served as a model for research on innate immunity for decades. However, knowledge of the post-transcriptional regulation of immune gene expression by microRNAs (miRNAs) remains rudimentary. In the present study, using small RNA-seq and bioinformatics analysis, we identified 67 differentially expressed miRNAs in Drosophila infected with Escherichia coli compared to injured flies at three time-points. Furthermore, we found that 21 of these miRNAs were potentially involved in the regulation of Imd pathway-related genes...
January 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069423/identification-and-characterization-of-pyrokinin-and-capa-peptides-and-corresponding-gpcrs-from-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii
#17
Man-Yeon Choi, Seung-Joon Ahn, A Young Kim, Youngho Koh
The family of FXPRLamide peptides serves as a major insect hormone. It is characterized by a core active amino acid sequence conserved at the C-terminal ends, and provides various physiological roles across the Insecta. In this study we identified and characterized pyrokinin (PK) and Capa cDNAs encoding two FXPRLamide peptides, pyrokinin and CAPA-DH (diapause hormone), and two corresponding G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) from spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii. Expressions of PK and CAPA mRNAs were differentially observed during all life stages except the embryo, and the detection of CAPA transcription was relatively strong compared with the PK gene in SWD...
January 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068320/myc-suppresses-tumor-invasion-and-cell-migration-by-inhibiting-jnk-signaling
#18
X Ma, J Huang, Y Tian, Y Chen, Y Yang, X Zhang, F Zhang, L Xue
Tumor metastasis, but not primary overgrowth, is the leading cause of mortality for cancer patients. During the past decade, Drosophila melanogaster has been well-accepted as an excellent model to address the intrinsic mechanism of different aspects of cancer progression, ranging from tumor initiation to metastasis. In a genetic screen performed in Drosophila, aiming to find novel modulators of tumor invasion, we identified the oncoprotein Myc as a negative regulator. While expression of Myc dramatically blocks tumor invasion and cell migration, loss of Myc promotes cell migration in vivo...
January 9, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067623/seizure-control-through-genetic-and-pharmacological-manipulation-of-pumilio-a-key-component-of-neuronal-homeostasis
#19
Wei-Hsiang Lin, Carlo N G Giachello, Richard A Baines
Epilepsy is a significant disorder for which approximately one-third of patients do not respond to drug treatments. Next-generation drugs, which interact with novel targets, are required to provide a better clinical outcome for these individuals. To identify potential novel targets for antiepileptic drug (AED) design, we used RNA sequencing to identify changes in gene transcription in two seizure models of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster The first model compared gene transcription between wildtype (WT) and the bangsenseless(1) (para(bss)) mutant; a gain-of-function in the sole fly voltage-gated sodium channel (paralytic)...
December 14, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067410/the-photolyase-cryptochrome-family-of-proteins-as-dna-repair-enzymes-and-transcriptional-repressors
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Ibrahim Halil Kavakli, Ibrahim Baris, Mehmet Tardu, Şeref Gül, Haşimcan Öner, Sibel Çal, Selma Bulut, Darya Yarparvar, Çağlar Berkel, Pınar Ustaoğlu, Cihan Aydın
Light is a very important environmental factor that governs many cellular responses in organisms. As a consequence, organisms possess different kinds of light-sensing photoreceptors to regulate their physiological variables and adapt to a given habitat. The cryptochrome/photolyase family (CPF) includes photoreceptors that perform different functions in different organisms. Photolyases repair ultraviolet-induced DNA damage by a process known as photoreactivation using photons absorbed from the blue end of the light spectrum...
November 16, 2016: Photochemistry and Photobiology
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