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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779964/the-c-elegans-set-2-set1-histone-h3-lys4-h3k4-methyltransferase-preserves-genome-stability-in-the-germline
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M Herbette, M G Mercier, F Michal, D Cluet, C Burny, G Yvert, V J Robert, F Palladino
Maintaining the integrity of genetic information across generations is essential for both cell survival and reproduction, and requires the timely repair of DNA damage. Histone-modifying enzymes play a central role in the DNA repair process through the deposition and removal of post-translational modifications on the histone tails. Specific histone modification act in the DNA repair process through the recruitment of proteins and complexes with specific enzymatic activities, or by altering the chromatin state at the site of DNA lesions...
July 29, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760991/presumptive-trp-channel-ced-11-promotes-cell-volume-decrease-and-facilitates-degradation-of-apoptotic-cells-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Kaitlin Driscoll, Gillian M Stanfield, Rita Droste, H Robert Horvitz
Apoptotic cells undergo a series of morphological changes. These changes are dependent on caspase cleavage of downstream targets, but which targets are significant and how they facilitate the death process are not well understood. In Caenorhabditis elegans an increase in the refractility of the dying cell is a hallmark morphological change that is caspase dependent. We identify a presumptive transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channel, CED-11, that acts in the dying cell to promote the increase in apoptotic cell refractility...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759574/differential-regulation-of-germ-line-apoptosis-and-germ-cell-differentiation-by-cpeb-family-members-in-c-elegans
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Kapil Dev Singh, Xue Zheng, Stuart Milstein, Martin Keller, Bernd Roschitzki, Jonas Grossmann, Michael O Hengartner
Cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding (CPEB) proteins are evolutionary conserved RNA-binding proteins that control mRNA polyadenylation and translation. Orthologs in humans and other vertebrates are mainly involved in oogenesis. This is also the case for the C. elegans CPEB family member CPB-3, whereas two further CPEB proteins (CPB-1 and FOG-1) are involved in spermatogenesis. Here we describe the characterisation of a new missense allele of cpb-3 and show that loss of cpb-3 function leads to an increase in physiological germ cell death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744338/role-of-kallistatin-treatment-in-aging-and-cancer-by-modulating-mir-34a-and-mir-21-expression
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REVIEW
Julie Chao, Youming Guo, Pengfei Li, Lee Chao
Kallistatin is an endogenous protein that regulates differential signaling pathways and a wide spectrum of biological activities via its two structural elements: an active site and a heparin-binding domain. Kallistatin via its heparin-binding site inhibits vascular inflammation and oxidative stress by antagonizing TNF-α-induced NADPH oxidase activity, NF-κB activation, and inflammatory gene expression in endothelial cells. Moreover, kallistatin via its active site inhibits microRNA-34a (miR-34a) synthesis and stimulates eNOS and SIRT1 expression in endothelial progenitor cells, whereas its heparin-binding site is crucial for blocking TNF-α-induced miR-21 expression and oxidative stress, thus reducing cellular senescence...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733033/discovery-of-small-molecule-inhibitors-for-the-c-elegans-caspase-ced-3-by-high-throughput-screening
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Scott Brantley, Steven W Cotten, David R Lamson, Ginger R Smith, Rihe Liu, Kevin P Williams
C.elegans has been widely used as a model organism for programmed cell death and apoptosis. Although, the CED-3 caspase is the primary effector of cell death in C. elegans, no selective inhibitors have been identified. Utilizing high-throughput screening with recombinant C. elegans CED-3 protein, we have discovered and confirmed 21 novel small molecule inhibitors. Six compounds had IC50 values < 10 μM. From these, four distinct chemotypes were identified. The inhibitor scaffolds described here could lead to the development of selective molecular probes to facilitate our understanding of programmed cell death in this model organism...
July 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723894/cysteine-protease-cathepsin-b-mediates-radiation-induced-bystander-effects
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Yu Peng, Man Zhang, Lingjun Zheng, Qian Liang, Hanzeng Li, Jeng-Ting Chen, Hongyan Guo, Sawako Yoshina, Yu-Zen Chen, Xiang Zhao, Xiaoqi Wu, Bin Liu, Shohei Mitani, Jau-Song Yu, Ding Xue
The radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE) refers to a unique process in which factors released by irradiated cells or tissues exert effects on other parts of the animal not exposed to radiation, causing genomic instability, stress responses and altered apoptosis or cell proliferation. Although RIBEs have important implications for radioprotection, radiation safety and radiotherapy, the molecular identities of RIBE factors and their mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Here we use Caenorhabditis elegans as a model in which to study RIBEs, and identify the cysteine protease CPR-4, a homologue of human cathepsin B, as the first RIBE factor in nematodes, to our knowledge...
July 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659600/comparative-genetic-proteomic-and-phosphoproteomic-analysis-of-c-elegans-embryos-with-a-focus-on-ham-1-stox-and-pig-1-melk-in-dopaminergic-neuron-development
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Sarah-Lena Offenburger, Dalila Bensaddek, Alejandro Brenes Murillo, Angus I Lamond, Anton Gartner
Asymmetric cell divisions are required for cellular diversity and defects can lead to altered daughter cell fates and numbers. In a genetic screen for C. elegans mutants with defects in dopaminergic head neuron specification or differentiation, we isolated a new allele of the transcription factor HAM-1 [HSN (Hermaphrodite-Specific Neurons) Abnormal Migration]. Loss of both HAM-1 and its target, the kinase PIG-1 [PAR-1(I)-like Gene], leads to abnormal dopaminergic head neuron numbers. We identified discrete genetic relationships between ham-1, pig-1 and apoptosis pathway genes in dopaminergic head neurons...
June 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630005/transgenerational-effects-of-proton-beam-irradiation-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-germline-apoptosis
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Hyemin Min, Minhee Sung, Miseol Son, Ichiro Kawasaki, Yhong-Hee Shim
When treating cancer using radiation therapy, it is critical to increase patient survival rates and to reduce side effects. In this respect, proton beam radiation treatment performs better than other radiation treatments because of its high target specificity. However, complications still remain after proton beam radiation treatment. Among them, the risk to progeny after irradiation of their parents is a major concern. In this study, we analyzed the transgenerational effects of proton beam irradiation using the model organism Caenorhabditis...
August 26, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611662/an-antifungal-mechanism-of-protolichesterinic-acid-from-the-lichen-usnea-albopunctata-lies-in-the-accumulation-of-intracellular-ros-and-mitochondria-mediated-cell-death-due-to-apoptosis-in-candida-tropicalis
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S N Kumar, C Mohandas
Candida species causes superficial and life-threatening systemic infections and are difficult to treat due to the resistance of these organism to various clinically used drugs. Protolichesterinic acid is a well-known lichen compound. Although the antibacterial activity of protolichesterinic acid has been reported earlier, the antifungal property and its mechanism of action are still largely unidentified. The goal of the present investigation is to explore the anticandidal activity and mechanism of action of protolichesterinic acid, especially against Candida tropicalis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532516/properties-of-realgar-bioleaching-using-an-extremely-acidophilic-bacterium-and-its-antitumor-mechanism-as-an-anticancer-agent
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REVIEW
Peng Chen, Ruixiang Xu, Lei Yan, Zhengrong Wu, Yan Wei, Wenbin Zhao, Xin Wang, Qinjian Xie, Hongyu Li
Realgar is a naturally occurring arsenic sulfide (or Xionghuang, in Chinese). It contains over 90% tetra-arsenic tetra-sulfide (As4S4). Currently, realgar has been confirmed the antitumor activities, both in vitro and in vivo, of realgar extracted using Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans (A. ferrooxidans). Bioleaching, a new technology to greatly improve the use rate of arsenic extraction from realgar using bacteria, is a novel methodology that addressed a limitation of the traditional method for realgar preparation...
May 22, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524858/caspase-dependent-non-apoptotic-processes-in-development
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REVIEW
Yu-Ichiro Nakajima, Erina Kuranaga
Caspases are at the core of executing apoptosis by orchestrating cellular destruction with proteolytic cascades. Caspase-mediated proteolysis also controls diverse nonlethal cellular activities such as proliferation, differentiation, cell fate decision, and cytoskeletal reorganization. During the last decade or so, genetic studies of Drosophila have contributed to our understanding of the in vivo mechanism of the non-apoptotic cellular responses in developmental contexts. Furthermore, recent studies using C...
August 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481930/expression-of-human-bcl-xl-ser49-and-ser62-mutants-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-causes-germline-defects-and-aneuploidy
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Prasamit Saurav Baruah, Myriam Beauchemin, J Alexander Parker, Richard Bertrand
An interesting feature of Bcl-xL protein is the presence of an unstructured loop domain between α1 and α2 helices, a domain not essential for its anti-apoptotic function and absent in CED-9 protein. Within this domain, Bcl-xL undergoes dynamic phosphorylation and dephosphorylation at Ser49 and Ser62 during G2 and mitosis in human cells. Studies have revealed that when these residues are mutated, cells harbour mitotic defects, including chromosome mis-attachment, lagging, bridging and mis-segregation with, ultimately, chromosome instability and aneuploidy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472769/spatial-function-of-the-oxidative-dna-damage-response-in-radiation-induced-bystander-effects-in-intra-and-inter-system-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Qingqing Li, Jue Shi, Lianyun Chen, Furu Zhan, Hang Yuan, Jun Wang, An Xu, Lijun Wu
Though the signaling events involved in radiation induced bystander effects (RIBE) have been investigated both in vitro and in vivo, the spatial function of these communications, especially the related signaling pathways, is not fully elucidated. In the current study, significant increases of DNA damage were clearly observed in C. elegans germline upon irradiation to both intra-system of posterior pharynx and inter-system of vulva, in which more severe damage, even to F1 generation worms, was shown for vulva irradiation...
April 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447571/neuroprotective-effects-of-betulin-in-pharmacological-and-transgenic-c-elegans-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Chia-Wen Tsai, Rong-Tzong Tsai, Shih-Ping Liu, Chang-Shi Chen, Min-Chen Tsai, Shao-Hsuan Chien, Huey-Shan Hung, Shinn-Zong Lin, Woei-Cherng Shyu, Ru-Huei Fu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common degenerative disorder of the central nervous system in the elderly.It is characterized by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta, as well as by motor dysfunction. Although the causes of PD are not well understood, aggregation of α-synuclein (α-syn) in neurons contributes to this disease. Currently, therapeutics for PD provide satisfactory symptom relief, but not a cure. Treatment strategies include attempts to identify new drugs that will prevent or arrest the progressive course of PD by correcting disease-specific pathogenic process...
April 26, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409303/size-matters-how-c-elegans-asymmetric-divisions-regulate-apoptosis
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REVIEW
Jerome Teuliere, Gian Garriga
Apoptosis is a form of programmed cell death used by metazoans to eliminate abnormal cells, control cell number, and shape the development of organs. The use of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model for the study of apoptosis has led to important insights into how cells die and how their corpses are removed. Eighty percent of these apoptotic cell deaths occur during nervous system development and in daughters of neuroblasts that divide asymmetrically. Pioneering work defined a conserved apoptosis pathway that is initiated in C...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378570/evaluation-of-the-antioxidant-property-and-effects-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-of-xiangxi-flavor-vinegar-a-hunan-local-traditional-vinegar
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Run-Ting Huang, Qing Huang, Gen-Liang Wu, Chun-Guang Chen, Zong-Jun Li
Xiangxi flavor vinegar (XV) is one of Hunan Province's traditional fermented vinegars. It is produced from herb, rice, and spring water with spontaneous liquid-state fermentation techniques. In this study, we investigated the antioxidant property of XV by analyzing its antioxidant compounds, its free radical scavenging property in vitro and in vivo, and its effects on antioxidant enzyme activity and apoptosis in Caenorhabditis elegans. The results showed that XV is rich in antioxidants. In particular, ligustrazine reached 6...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369609/4-bromodiphenyl-ether-induces-germ-cell-apoptosis-by-induction-of-ros-and-dna-damage-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Xinyue You, Jing Xi, Yiyi Cao, Jinfu Zhang, Yang Luan
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers may affect male reproductive function; however, the underlying mechanism is still uncertain. By using Caenorhabditis elegans, a commonly used model to study basic biological processes in apoptosis, we investigated the toxic effects of 4-bromodiphenyl ether (BDE-3), the most fundamental mono-BDE generated from degradation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in the environment. We found that BDE-3 treated worms exhibited decreased life spans, impaired fecundity and delayed egg laying...
June 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324491/monitoring-mitophagy-during-aging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
Nikolaos Charmpilas, Konstantinos Kounakis, Nektarios Tavernarakis
Mitochondria constitute the main energy-producing centers of eukaryotic cells. In addition, they are involved in several crucial cellular processes, such as lipid metabolism, calcium buffering, and apoptosis. As such, their malfunction can be detrimental for proper cellular physiology and homeostasis. Mitophagy is a mechanism that protects and maintains cellular function by sequestering harmful or dysfunctional mitochondria to lysosomes for degradation. In this report, we present experimental procedures for quantitative, in vivo monitoring of mitophagy events in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294943/a-team-of-heterochromatin-factors-collaborates-with-small-rna-pathways-to-combat-repetitive-elements-and-germline-stress
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Alicia N McMurchy, Przemyslaw Stempor, Tessa Gaarenstroom, Brian Wysolmerski, Yan Dong, Darya Aussianikava, Alex Appert, Ni Huang, Paulina Kolasinska-Zwierz, Alexandra Sapetschnig, Eric A Miska, Julie Ahringer
Repetitive sequences derived from transposons make up a large fraction of eukaryotic genomes and must be silenced to protect genome integrity. Repetitive elements are often found in heterochromatin; however, the roles and interactions of heterochromatin proteins in repeat regulation are poorly understood. Here we show that a diverse set of C. elegans heterochromatin proteins act together with the piRNA and nuclear RNAi pathways to silence repetitive elements and prevent genotoxic stress in the germ line. Mutants in genes encoding HPL-2/HP1, LIN-13, LIN-61, LET-418/Mi-2, and H3K9me2 histone methyltransferase MET-2/SETDB1 also show functionally redundant sterility, increased germline apoptosis, DNA repair defects, and interactions with small RNA pathways...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230788/the-adverse-effects-of-triptolide-on-the-reproductive-system-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-oogenesis-impairment-and-decreased-oocyte-quality
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Qinli Ruan, Yun Xu, Rui Xu, Jiaying Wang, Yongqing Hua, Meng Wang, Jinao Duan
Previous studies have revealed that Triptolide damages female reproductive capacity, but the mechanism is unclear. In this study, we used Caenorhabditis elegans to investigate the effects of Triptolide on the germline and explore its possible mechanisms. Our data show that exposure for 4 h to 50 and 100 mg/L Triptolide reduced C. elegans fertility, led to depletion and inactivation of spermatids with the changes in the expression levels of related genes, and increased the number of unfertilized oocytes through damaging chromosomes and DNA damage repair mechanisms...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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