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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924205/the-multifunctional-polydnavirus-tnbvank1-protein-impact-on-host-apoptotic-pathway
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Rosanna Salvia, Gerarda Grossi, Angela Amoresano, Carmen Scieuzo, Marisa Nardiello, Chiara Giangrande, Ilaria Laurenzana, Vitalba Ruggieri, Sabino A Bufo, S Bradleigh Vinson, Monica Carmosino, David Neunemann, Heiko Vogel, Pietro Pucci, Patrizia Falabella
Toxoneuron nigriceps (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) is an endophagous parasitoid of the larval stages of the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). The bracovirus associated with this wasp (TnBV) is currently being studied. Several genes expressed in parasitised host larvae have been isolated and their possible roles partly elucidated. TnBVank1 encodes an ankyrin motif protein similar to insect and mammalian IκB, an inhibitor of the transcription nuclear factor κB (NF-κB). Here we show that, when TnBVank1 was stably expressed in polyclonal Drosophila S2 cells, apoptosis is induced...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922346/grid-seq-reveals-the-global-rna-chromatin-interactome
#2
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
#3
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/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/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/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/28917635/evolutionary-analysis-of-nucleosome-positioning-sequences-based-on-new-symmetric-relative-entropy
#7
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/28916647/the-effect-of-common-inversion-polymorphisms-in-2l-t-and-in-3r-mo-on-patterns-of-transcriptional-variation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#8
Erik Lavington, Andrew D Kern
Chromosomal inversions are an ubiquitous feature of genetic variation. Theoretical models describe several mechanisms by which inversions can drive adaptation and be maintained as polymorphisms. While inversions have been shown previously to be under selection, or contain genetic variation under selection, the specific phenotypic consequences of inversions leading to their maintenance remain unclear. Here we use genomic sequence and expression data from the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel to explore the effects of two cosmopolitan inversions, In(2L)t and In(3R)Mo, on patterns of transcriptional variation...
September 15, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916169/the-large-and-small-spen-family-proteins-stimulate-axon-outgrowth-during-neurosecretory-cell-remodeling-in-drosophila
#9
Tingting Gu, Tao Zhao, Uday Kohli, Randall S Hewes
Split ends (SPEN) is the founding member of a well conserved family of nuclear proteins with critical functions in transcriptional regulation and the post-transcriptional processing and nuclear export of transcripts. In animals, the SPEN proteins fall into two size classes that perform either complementary or antagonistic functions in different cellular contexts. Here, we show that the two Drosophila representatives of this family, SPEN and Spenito (NITO), regulate metamorphic remodeling of the CCAP/bursicon neurosecretory cells...
September 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913870/mimicry-in-butterflies-co-option-and-a-bag-of-magnificent-developmental-genetic-tricks
#10
REVIEW
Riddhi Deshmukh, Saurav Baral, A Gandhimathi, Muktai Kuwalekar, Krushnamegh Kunte
Butterfly wing patterns are key adaptations that are controlled by remarkable developmental and genetic mechanisms that facilitate rapid evolutionary change. With swift advancements in the fields of genomics and genetic manipulations, identifying the regulators of wing development and mimetic wing patterns has become feasible even in nonmodel organisms such as butterflies. Recent mapping and gene expression studies have identified single switch loci of major effects such as transcription factors and supergenes as the main drivers of adaptive evolution of mimetic and polymorphic butterfly wing patterns...
September 14, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911739/role-of-inward-rectifier-potassium-channels-in-salivary-gland-function-and-sugar-feeding-of-the-fruit-fly-drosophila-melanogaster
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Daniel R Swale, Zhilin Li, Felix Guerrero, Adalberto A Pérez De León, Lane D Foil
The arthropod salivary gland is of critical importance for horizontal transmission of pathogens, yet a detailed understanding of the ion conductance pathways responsible for saliva production and excretion is lacking. A superfamily of potassium ion channels, known as inward rectifying potassium (Kir) channels, is overexpressed in the Drosophila salivary gland by 32-fold when compared to the whole body mRNA transcripts. Therefore, we aimed to test the hypothesis that pharmacological and genetic depletion of salivary gland specific Kir channels alters the efficiency of the gland and reduced feeding capabilities using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism that could predict similar effects in arthropod disease vectors...
September 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910574/o-glcnacylation-of-boundary-element-associated-factor-beaf-32-in-drosophila-melanogaster-correlates-with-active-histone-marks-at-the-promoters-of-its-target-genes
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Debaditya De, Satish Kallappagoudar, Jae-Min Lim, Rashmi U Pathak, Rakesh K Mishra
Boundary Element-Associated Factor 32 (BEAF 32) is a sequence specific DNA binding protein involved in functioning of chromatin domain boundaries in Drosophila. Several studies also show it to be involved in transcriptional regulation of a large number of genes, many of which are annotated to have cell cycle, development and differentiation related function. Since post-translational modifications (PTMs) of proteins add to their functional capacity, we investigated the PTMs on BEAF 32. The protein is known to be phosphorylated and O-GlcNAcylated...
September 14, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910410/the-function-of-drosophila-larval-class-iv-dendritic-arborization-sensory-neurons-in-the-larval-pupal-transition-is-separable-from-their-function-in-mechanical-nociception-responses
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Hannah E Brown, Trishna Desai, Allison J Murphy, Harshida Pancholi, Zachary W Schmidt, Hannah Swahn, Eric C Liebl
The sensory and physiological inputs which govern the larval-pupal transition in Drosophila, and the neuronal circuity that integrates them, are complex. Previous work from our laboratory identified a dosage-sensitive genetic interaction between the genes encoding the Rho-GEF Trio and the zinc-finger transcription factor Sequoia that interfered with the larval-pupal transition. Specifically, we reported heterozygous mutations in sequoia (seq) dominantly exacerbated the trio mutant phenotype, and this seq-enhanced trio mutant genotype blocked the transition of third instar larvae from foragers to wanderers, a requisite behavioral transition prior to pupation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900087/-nascent-polypeptide-associated-complex-as-tissue-specific-cofactor-during-germinal-cell-differentiation-in-drosophila-testes
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G L Kogan, N V Akulenko, Yu A Abramov, O A Sokolova, E A Fefelova, V A Gvozdev
During the process of spermatogenesis, the proliferation of spermatogonia (stem cell descendants) is replaced by their differentiation in growing spermatocytes responsible for the preparation to meiosis, which is accompanied by a cardinal change in transcriptional programs. We have demonstrated that, in drosophila, this process is accompanied by a splash of the expression of β-subunit of nascent polypeptide-associated complex (NAC) associated by ribosomes. Nascent polypeptide-associated complex is known as a chaperone involved in co-translational protein folding...
July 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899597/playing-well-with-others-extrinsic-cues-regulate-neural-progenitor-temporal-identity-to-generate-neuronal-diversity
#15
REVIEW
Mubarak Hussain Syed, Brandon Mark, Chris Q Doe
During neurogenesis, vertebrate and Drosophila progenitors change over time as they generate a diverse population of neurons and glia. Vertebrate neural progenitors have long been known to use both progenitor-intrinsic and progenitor-extrinsic cues to regulate temporal patterning. In contrast, virtually all temporal patterning mechanisms discovered in Drosophila neural progenitors (neuroblasts) involve progenitor-intrinsic temporal transcription factor cascades. Recent results, however, have revealed several extrinsic pathways that regulate Drosophila neuroblast temporal patterning: nutritional cues regulate the timing of neuroblast proliferation/quiescence and a steroid hormone cue that is required for temporal transcription factor expression...
September 9, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894941/evolutionary-coincidence-of-adaptive-changes-in-exuperantia-and-the-emergence-of-bicoid-in-cyclorrhapha-diptera
#16
Janaina Lima de Oliveira, Iderval Silva Sobrinho-Junior, Samira Chahad-Ehlers, Reinaldo Alves de Brito
The great radiation in the infraorder Cyclorrhapha involved several morphological and molecular changes, including important changes in anterior egg development. During Drosophila oogenesis, exuperantia (exu) is critical for localizing bicoid (bcd) messenger RNA (mRNA) to the anterior region of the oocyte. Because it is phylogenetically older than bcd, which is exclusive to Cyclorrhapha, we hypothesize that exu has undergone adaptive changes to enable this new function. Although exu has been well studied in Drosophila, there is no functional or transcriptional information about it in any other Diptera...
September 11, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894169/an-embryonic-system-to-assess-direct-and-indirect-wnt-transcriptional-targets
#17
Jahnavi Suresh, Nathan Harmston, Ka Keat Lim, Prameet Kaur, Helen Jingshu Jin, Jay B Lusk, Enrico Petretto, Nicholas S Tolwinski
During animal development, complex signals determine and organize a vast number of tissues using a very small number of signal transduction pathways. These developmental signaling pathways determine cell fates through a coordinated transcriptional response that remains poorly understood. The Wnt pathway is involved in a variety of these cellular functions, and its signals are transmitted in part through a β-catenin/TCF transcriptional complex. Here we report an in vivo Drosophila assay that can be used to distinguish between activation, de-repression and repression of transcriptional responses, separating upstream and downstream pathway activation and canonical/non-canonical Wnt signals in embryos...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894158/biophysical-characterisation-of-the-novel-zinc-binding-property-in-suppressor-of-fused
#18
Amira Jabrani, Staëlle Makamte, Emilie Moreau, Yasmine Gharbi, Anne Plessis, Lucia Bruzzone, Matthieu Sanial, Valérie Biou
Suppressor of Fused (SUFU) is a highly conserved protein that acts as a negative regulator of the Hedgehog (HH) signalling pathway, a major determinant of cell differentiation and proliferation. Therefore, SUFU deletion in mammals has devastating effects on embryo development. SUFU is part of a multi-protein cytoplasmic signal-transducing complex. Its partners include the Gli family of transcription factors that function either as repressors, or as transcription activators according to the HH activation state...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893190/canonical-and-non-canonical-jak-stat-transcriptional-targets-may-be-involved-in-distinct-and-overlapping-cellular-processes
#19
Amy Tsurumi, Connie Zhao, Willis X Li
BACKGROUND: The Janus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway has been well-characterized as a crucial signal transduction cascade that regulates vital biological responses including development, immunity and oncogenesis. Additionally to its canonical pathway that uses the phosphorylated form of the STAT transcription factor, recently the non-canonical pathway involving heterochromatin formation by unphosphorylated STAT was recently uncovered. Considering the significant role of the JAK/STAT pathway, we used the simple Drosophila system in which the non-canonical pathway was initially characterized, to compare putative canonical versus non-canonical transcriptional targets across the genome...
September 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892511/the-equilibrium-between-antagonistic-signaling-pathways-determines-the-number-of-synapses-in-drosophila
#20
Sheila Jordán-Álvarez, Elena Santana, Sergio Casas-Tintó, Ángel Acebes, Alberto Ferrús
The number of synapses is a major determinant of behavior and many neural diseases exhibit deviations in that number. However, how signaling pathways control this number is still poorly understood. Using the Drosophila larval neuromuscular junction, we show here a PI3K-dependent pathway for synaptogenesis which is functionally connected with other previously known elements including the Wit receptor, its ligand Gbb, and the MAPkinases cascade. Based on epistasis assays, we determined the functional hierarchy within the pathway...
2017: PloS One
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