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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792886/t-grasp-a-targeted-grasp-for-assessing-neuronal-connectivity
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Harold K Shearin, Casey D Quinn, Robert D Mackin, Ian S Macdonald, R Steven Stowers
BACKGROUND: Understanding how behaviors are generated by neural circuits requires knowledge of the synaptic connections between the composite neurons. Methods for mapping synaptic connections, such as electron microscopy and paired recordings, are labor intensive and alternative methods are thus desirable. NEW METHOD: Development of a targeted GFP Reconstitution Across Synaptic Partners(GRASP) method, t-GRASP, for assessing neural connectivity is described. RESULTS: Numerous different pre-synaptic and post-synaptic/dendritic proteins were tested for enhancing the specificity of GRASP signal to synaptic regions...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791839/ubiquitylation-dynamics-of-the-clock-cell-proteome-and-timeless-during-a-circadian-cycle
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Áron Szabó, Christian Papin, David Cornu, Elisabeth Chélot, Zoltán Lipinszki, Andor Udvardy, Virginie Redeker, Ugo Mayor, François Rouyer
Circadian clocks have evolved as time-measuring molecular devices to help organisms adapt their physiology to daily changes in light and temperature. Transcriptional oscillations account for a large fraction of rhythmic protein abundance. However, cycling of various posttranslational modifications, such as ubiquitylation, also contributes to shape the rhythmic protein landscape. In this study, we used an in vivo ubiquitin labeling assay to investigate the circadian ubiquitylated proteome of Drosophila melanogaster...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779104/alternative-splicing-of-the-xmas-mrna-encoding-the-mrna-export-protein-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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D V Kopytova, Yu V Il'in, E N Nabirochkina
It is shown that Drosophila melanogaster has Xmas mRNA whose alternative splicing leads to the formation of three transcripts: Xmas, Xmas-2, and Xmas-1. As a result, three proteins are synthesized: Xmas, Xmas-2, and, presumably, Xmas-1. The size of the Xmas protein is close to the size of its homologue in humans. Adult flies contain large amounts of this protein, whereas in embryos it is absent.
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779102/insulator-protein-su-hw-is-indispensable-for-amplification-of-part-of-drosophila-amplicons-in-follicular-cells-dafcs-during-early-oogenesis
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A N Krasnov, N E Vorobyova, M Yu Mazina
We found that the Su(Hw) insulator protein binds to all known Drosophila amplicons in follicular cells (DAFCs). Su(Hw) binding is required for ORC replication complex positioning on part of DAFCs during early oogenesis. Our data allow us to expand the current view on the role of the Su(Hw) protein in Drosophila oogenesis as a transcription repressor. We assume that Su(Hw) is involved in the coordination of transcription and replication processes during oogenesis in Drosophila.
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776334/swi-snf-regulates-half-of-its-targets-without-the-need-of-atp-driven-nucleosome-remodeling-by-brahma
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Antonio Jordán-Pla, Simei Yu, Johan Waldholm, Thomas Källman, Ann-Kristin Östlund Farrants, Neus Visa
BACKGROUND: Brahma (BRM) is the only catalytic subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complex of Drosophila melanogaster. The function of SWI/SNF in transcription has long been attributed to its ability to remodel nucleosomes, which requires the ATPase activity of BRM. However, recent studies have provided evidence for a non-catalytic function of BRM in the transcriptional regulation of a few specific genes. RESULTS: Here we have used RNA-seq and ChIP-seq to identify the BRM target genes in S2 cells, and we have used a catalytically inactive BRM mutant (K804R) that is unable to hydrolyze ATP to investigate the magnitude of the non-catalytic function of BRM in transcription regulation...
May 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765071/effects-of-cold-acclimation-and-dsrna-injections-on-gs1l-gene-splicing-in-drosophila-montana
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David Hopkins, Tapio Envall, Noora Poikela, Olli T Pentikäinen, Maaria Kankare
Alternative splicing, in which one gene produce multiple transcripts, may influence how adaptive genes respond to specific environments. A newly produced transcriptome of Drosophila montana shows the Gs1-like (Gs1l) gene to express multiple splice variants and to be down regulated in cold acclimated flies with increased cold tolerance. Gs1l's effect on cold tolerance was further tested by injecting cold acclimated and non-acclimated flies from two distantly located northern and southern fly populations with double stranded RNA (dsRNA) targeting Gs1l...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764959/a-targeted-rnai-screen-reveals-drosophila-female-sterile-genes-that-control-the-size-of-germline-stem-cell-niche-during-development
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Yueh Cho, Chun-Ming Lai, Kun-Yang Lin, Hwei-Jan Hsu
Adult stem cells maintain tissue homeostasis. This unique capability largely depends on the stem cell niche, a specialized microenvironment, which preserves stem cell identity through physical contacts and secreted factors. In many cancers, latent tumor cell niches are thought to house stem cells and aid tumor initiation. However, in developing tissue and cancer it is unclear how the niche is established. The well-characterized germline stem cells (GSCs) and niches in the Drosophila melanogaster ovary provide an excellent model to address this fundamental issue...
May 15, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764918/a-feed-forward-relay-integrates-the-regulatory-activities-of-bicoid-and-orthodenticle-via-sequential-binding-to-suboptimal-sites
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Rhea R Datta, Jia Ling, Jesse Kurland, Xiaotong Ren, Zhe Xu, Gozde Yucel, Jackie Moore, Leila Shokri, Isabel Baker, Timothy Bishop, Paolo Struffi, Rimma Levina, Martha L Bulyk, Robert J Johnston, Stephen Small
The K50 (lysine at amino acid position 50) homeodomain (HD) protein Orthodenticle (Otd) is critical for anterior patterning and brain and eye development in most metazoans. In Drosophila melanogaster , another K50HD protein, Bicoid (Bcd), has evolved to replace Otd's ancestral function in embryo patterning. Bcd is distributed as a long-range maternal gradient and activates transcription of a large number of target genes, including otd Otd and Bcd bind similar DNA sequences in vitro, but how their transcriptional activities are integrated to pattern anterior regions of the embryo is unknown...
May 15, 2018: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764901/the-histone-demethylase-kdm5-is-essential-for-larval-growth-in-drosophila
#9
Coralie Drelon, Helen M Belalcazar, Julie Secombe
Regulated gene expression is necessary for developmental and homeostatic processes. The KDM5 family of transcriptional regulators are histone H3 lysine 4 demethylases that can function through both demethylase-dependent and independent mechanisms. While loss and overexpression of KDM5 proteins are linked to intellectual disability and cancer, respectively, their normal developmental functions remain less characterized. Drosophila melanogaster provides an ideal system to investigate KDM5 function, as it encodes a single ortholog in contrast to the four paralogs found in mammalian cells...
May 15, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764374/direct-measurement-of-pervasive-weak-repression-by-micrornas-and-their-role-at-the-network-level
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Fuqiang Ma, Pei Lin, Qingjian Chen, Xuemei Lu, Yong E Zhang, Chung-I Wu
BACKGROUND: A gene regulatory network (GRN) comprises many weak links that are often regulated by microRNAs. Since miRNAs rarely repress their target genes by more than 30%, doubts have been expressed about the biological relevance of such weak effects. These doubts raise the possibility of under-estimation as miRNA repression is usually estimated indirectly from equilibrium expression levels. RESULTS: To measure miRNA repression directly, we inhibited transcript synthesis in Drosophila larvae and collected time-course data on mRNA abundance, the decline of which reflects transcript degradation...
May 15, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760717/reduced-neuronal-transcription-of-escargot-the-drosophila-gene-encoding-a-snail-type-transcription-factor-promotes-longevity
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Alexander V Symonenko, Natalia V Roshina, Anna V Krementsova, Elena G Pasyukova
In recent years, several genes involved in complex neuron specification networks have been shown to control life span. However, information on these genes is scattered, and studies to discover new neuronal genes and gene cascades contributing to life span control are needed, especially because of the recognized role of the nervous system in governing homeostasis, aging, and longevity. Previously, we demonstrated that several genes that encode RNA polymerase II transcription factors and that are involved in the development of the nervous system affect life span in Drosophila melanogaster ...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759374/dependence-of-chromatosome-structure-on-linker-histone-sequence-and-posttranslational-modification
#12
Mehmet Ali Öztürk, Vlad Cojocaru, Rebecca C Wade
Linker histone (LH) proteins play a key role in higher-order structuring of chromatin for the packing of DNA in eukaryotic cells and in the regulation of genomic function. The common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) has a single somatic isoform of the LH (H1). It is thus a useful model organism for investigating the effects of the LH on nucleosome compaction and the structure of the chromatosome, the complex formed by binding of an LH to a nucleosome. The structural and mechanistic details of how LH proteins bind to nucleosomes are debated...
May 11, 2018: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755433/-de-novo-dna-synthesis-in-aedes-aegypti-midgut-cells-as-a-complementary-strategy-to-limit-dengue-viral-replication
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Javier Serrato-Salas, Salvador Hernández-Martínez, Jesús Martínez-Barnetche, Renaud Condé, Alejandro Alvarado-Delgado, Federico Zumaya-Estrada, Humberto Lanz-Mendoza
Aedes aegypti is the main vector of Dengue Virus, carrying the virus during the whole mosquito life post-infection. Few mosquito fitness costs have been associated to the virus infection, thereby allowing for a swift dissemination. In order to diminish the mosquito population, public health agency use persistent chemicals with environmental impact for disease control. Most countries barely use biological controls, if at all. With the purpose of developing novel Dengue control strategies, a detailed understanding of the unexplored virus-vector interactions is urgently needed...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754899/dynamic-fluctuations-in-subcellular-localization-of-the-hippo-pathway-effector-yorkie-in-vivo
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Samuel A Manning, Lucas G Dent, Shu Kondo, Ziqing W Zhao, Nicolas Plachta, Kieran F Harvey
The Hippo pathway is an evolutionarily conserved signaling network that integrates diverse cues to control organ size and cell fate. The central downstream pathway protein in Drosophila is the transcriptional co-activator Yorkie (YAP and TAZ in humans), which regulates gene expression with the Scalloped/TEA domain family member (TEAD) transcription factors [1-8]. A central regulatory step in the Hippo pathway is phosphorylation of Yorkie by the NDR family kinase Warts, which promotes Yorkie cytoplasmic localization by stimulating association with 14-3-3 proteins [9-12]...
April 24, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754814/llamatags-a-versatile-tool-to-image-transcription-factor-dynamics-in-live-embryos
#15
Jacques P Bothma, Matthew R Norstad, Simon Alamos, Hernan G Garcia
Embryonic cell fates are defined by transcription factors that are rapidly deployed, yet attempts to visualize these factors in vivo often fail because of slow fluorescent protein maturation. Here, we pioneer a protein tag, LlamaTag, which circumvents this maturation limit by binding mature fluorescent proteins, making it possible to visualize transcription factor concentration dynamics in live embryos. Implementing this approach in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, we discovered stochastic bursts in the concentration of transcription factors that are correlated with bursts in transcription...
April 26, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753813/fos-metamorphoses-lessons-from-mutants-in-model-organisms-drosophila
#16
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Carlos Alfonso-Gonzalez, Juan Rafael Riesgo-Escovar
The Fos oncogene gene family is evolutionarily conserved throughout Eukarya. Fos proteins characteristically have a leucine zipper and a basic region with a helix-turn-helix motif that binds DNA. In vertebrates, there are several Fos homologs. They can homo- or hetero-dimerize via the leucine zipper domain. Fos homologs coupled with other transcription factors, like Jun oncoproteins, constitute the Activator Protein 1 (AP-1) complex. From its original inception as an oncogene, the subsequent finding that they act as transcription factors binding DNA sequences known as TRE, to the realization that they are activated in many different scenarios, and to loss-of-function analysis, the Fos proteins have traversed a multifarious path in development and physiology...
May 10, 2018: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752350/the-domino-swi2-snf2-gene-product-represses-cell-death-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#17
Kaitlyn Ellis, Joanna Wardwell-Ozgo, Kenneth H Moberg, Barry Yedvobnick
The Drosophila domino locus encodes DNA-dependent ATPases of the SWI2/SNF2 class. This class of chromatin remodeler is associated with an array of cellular activities encompassing transcription, replication, repair and recombination. Moreover, domino was observed initially to maintain a repressive chromatin state via genetic interaction studies with homeotic genes. Although domino mutations were also characterized with a cell death phenotype, its association with a death pathway has not been investigated. Here we have used targeted RNA interference to depress domino function in the wing...
May 11, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752064/cell-specific-imd-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-responses-enable-simultaneous-antibacterial-immunity-and-intestinal-epithelial-cell-shedding-upon-bacterial-infection
#18
Zongzhao Zhai, Jean-Philippe Boquete, Bruno Lemaitre
Intestinal infection triggers potent immune responses to combat pathogens and concomitantly drives epithelial renewal to maintain barrier integrity. Current models propose that epithelial renewal is primarily driven by damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here we found that in Drosophila, the Imd-NF-κB pathway controlled enterocyte (EC) shedding upon infection, via a mechanism independent of ROS-associated apoptosis. Mechanistically, the Imd pathway synergized with JNK signaling to induce epithelial cell shedding specifically in the context of bacterial infection, requiring also the reduced expression of the transcription factor GATAe...
May 3, 2018: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750417/hits-clip-reveals-sex-differential-rna-binding-and-alterative-splicing-regulation-of-srm160-in-drosophila
#19
Chen Qiu, Yu Zhang, Yu-Jie Fan, Ting-Lin Pang, Yan Su, Shuai Zhan, Yong-Zhen Xu
Serine/arginine (SR)-rich proteins are critical for the regulation of alternative splicing (AS), which generates multiple mRNA isoforms from one gene and provides protein diversity for cell differentiation and tissue development. Genetic evidence suggests that Drosophila genital-specific overexpression of SR-related nuclear matrix protein of 160 kDa (SRm160), an SR protein with a PWI RNA-binding motif, causes defective development only in male flies and results in abnormal male genital structures and abnormal testis...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750298/role-of-smad3-signaling-in-the-epithelial%C3%A2-mesenchymal-transition-of-the-lens-epithelium-following-injury
#20
Fanlan Meng, Jun Li, Xiao Yang, Xiaoyong Yuan, Xin Tang
Transforming growth factor‑β (TGF‑β) is important in the development of posterior capsule opacification (PCO), and inhibition of the TGF‑β pathway may represent a novel method of treating PCO. Drosophila protein, mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 3 (Smad3) is a phosphorylated receptor‑activated Smad required for the transmission of TGF‑β signals. Smad3 knockout (KO) disturbs the activation of TGF‑β signaling, thus inhibiting the onset of PCO. In the present study, lens epithelial cell (LEC) damage induced by extracapsular cataract extraction was simulated by puncture of the anterior capsule using a 26‑gauge hypodermic needle...
May 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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