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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351848/a-distinct-class-of-genome-rearrangements-driven-by-heterologous-recombination
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Ana María León-Ortiz, Stephanie Panier, Grzegorz Sarek, Jean-Baptiste Vannier, Harshil Patel, Peter J Campbell, Simon J Boulton
Erroneous DNA repair by heterologous recombination (Ht-REC) is a potential threat to genome stability, but evidence supporting its prevalence is lacking. Here we demonstrate that recombination is possible between heterologous sequences and that it is a source of chromosomal alterations in mitotic and meiotic cells. Mechanistically, we find that the RTEL1 and HIM-6/BLM helicases and the BRCA1 homolog BRC-1 counteract Ht-REC in Caenorhabditis elegans, whereas mismatch repair does not. Instead, MSH-2/6 drives Ht-REC events in rtel-1 and brc-1 mutants and excessive crossovers in rtel-1 mutant meioses...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350786/multiple-biological-defects-caused-by-calycosin-7-o-%C3%AE-d-glucoside-in-the-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans-are-associated-with-the-activation-of-oxidative-damage
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Jianqin Zhang, Xiaoli Xue, Yang Yang, Wen Ma, Yan Han, Xuemei Qin
Calycosin-7-O-β-d-glucoside (CG) is an important active isoflavone compound in Radix Astragali that has many bioactivities. However, the toxicological effects and related toxicological mechanism of CG have been rarely documented. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the toxicity effects of CG on the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. Some characteristics of the nematode, including lifespan, movement behavior and reproductive capacity, were used to detect the toxic effects of CG on C. elegans...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348603/comprehensive-list-of-sumo-targets-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-its-implication-for-evolutionary-conservation-of-sumo-signaling
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Krzysztof Drabikowski, Jacqueline Ferralli, Michal Kistowski, Jacek Oledzki, Michal Dadlez, Ruth Chiquet-Ehrismann
Post-translational modification by small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) is a key regulator of cell physiology, modulating protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions. Recently, SUMO modifications were postulated to be involved in response to various stress stimuli. We aimed to identify the near complete set of proteins modified by SUMO and the dynamics of the modification in stress conditions in the higher eukaryote, Caenorhabditis elegans. We identified 874 proteins modified by SUMO in the worm. We have analyzed the SUMO modification in stress conditions including heat shock, DNA damage, arsenite induced cellular stress, ER and osmotic stress...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346382/6-ohda-induced-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-is-promoted-by-the-engulfment-pathway-and-inhibited-by-the-transthyretin-related-protein-ttr-33
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Sarah-Lena Offenburger, Xue Yan Ho, Theresa Tachie-Menson, Sean Coakley, Massimo A Hilliard, Anton Gartner
Oxidative stress is linked to many pathological conditions including the loss of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease. The vast majority of disease cases appear to be caused by a combination of genetic mutations and environmental factors. We screened for genes protecting Caenorhabditis elegans dopaminergic neurons from oxidative stress induced by the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) and identified the transthyretin-related gene ttr-33. The only described C. elegans transthyretin-related protein to date, TTR-52, has been shown to mediate corpse engulfment as well as axon repair...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346364/mutations-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-neuroligin-like-glit-1-the-apoptosis-pathway-and-the-calcium-chaperone-crt-1-increase-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-after-6-ohda-treatment
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Sarah-Lena Offenburger, Elisabeth Jongsma, Anton Gartner
The loss of dopaminergic neurons is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease, the aetiology of which is associated with increased levels of oxidative stress. We used C. elegans to screen for genes that protect dopaminergic neurons against oxidative stress and isolated glit-1 (gliotactin (Drosophila neuroligin-like) homologue). Loss of the C. elegans neuroligin-like glit-1 causes increased dopaminergic neurodegeneration after treatment with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), an oxidative-stress inducing drug that is specifically taken up into dopaminergic neurons...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320528/developmental-finite-element-analysis-of-cichlid-pharyngeal-jaws-quantifying-the-generation-of-a-key-innovation
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Tim Peterson, Gerd B Müller
Advances in imaging and modeling facilitate the calculation of biomechanical forces in biological specimens. These factors play a significant role during ontogenetic development of cichlid pharyngeal jaws, a key innovation responsible for one of the most prolific species diversifications in recent times. MicroCT imaging of radiopaque-stained vertebrate embryos were used to accurately capture the spatial relationships of the pharyngeal jaw apparatus in two cichlid species (Haplochromis elegans and Amatitlania nigrofasciata) for the purpose of creating a time series of developmental stages using finite element models, which can be used to assess the effects of biomechanical forces present in a system at multiple points of its ontogeny...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283995/protection-by-extra-virgin-olive-oil-against-oxidative-stress-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-chemical-and-biological-studies-on-the-health-benefits-due-to-a-major-component-of-the-mediterranean-diet
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Miriam Rossi, Francesco Caruso, Lorraine Kwok, Grace Lee, Alessio Caruso, Fabio Gionfra, Elena Candelotti, Stuart L Belli, Nora Molasky, Kathleen M Raley-Susman, Stefano Leone, Tomáš Filipský, Daniela Tofani, Jens Pedersen, Sandra Incerpi
We report the results of in vivo studies in Caenorhabditis elegans nematodes in which addition of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to their diet significantly increased their life span with respect to the control group. Furthermore, when nematodes were exposed to the pesticide paraquat, they started to die after two days, but after the addition of EVOO to their diet, both survival percentage and lifespans of paraquat-exposed nematodes increased. Since paraquat is associated with superoxide radical production, a test for scavenging this radical was performed using cyclovoltammetry and the EVOO efficiently scavenged the superoxide...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282044/ethanolic-extract-of-streblus-asper-leaves-protects-against-glutamate-induced-toxicity-in-ht22-hippocampal-neuronal-cells-and-extends-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Anchalee Prasansuklab, Krai Meemon, Prasert Sobhon, Tewin Tencomnao
BACKGROUND: Although such local herb as Streblus asper (family Moraceae) has long been recognized for traditional folk medicines and important ingredient of traditional longevity formula, its anti-neurodegeneration or anti-aging activity is little known. This study aimed to investigate the neuroprotective effect of S. asper leaf extracts (SA-EE) against toxicity of glutamate-mediated oxidative stress, a crucial factor contributing to the neuronal loss in age-associated neurodegenerative diseases and the underlying mechanism as well as to evaluate its longevity effect...
December 28, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276721/measuring-oxidative-stress-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-paraquat-and-juglone-sensitivity-assays
#9
Megan M Senchuk, Dylan J Dues, Jeremy M Van Raamsdonk
Oxidative stress has been proposed to be one of the main causes of aging and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many diseases. Sensitivity to oxidative stress can be measured by quantifying survival following exposure to a reactive oxygen species (ROS)-generating compound such as paraquat or juglone. Sensitivity to oxidative stress is a balance between basal levels of ROS, the ability to detoxify ROS, and the ability to repair ROS-mediated damage.
January 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274400/conditional-mitotimer-reporter-mice-for-assessment-of-mitochondrial-structure-oxidative-stress-and-mitophagy
#10
Rebecca J Wilson, Joshua C Drake, Di Cui, Mei Zhang, Heather M Perry, Jennifer A Kashatus, Christine M Kusminski, Philipp E Scherer, David F Kashatus, Mark D Okusa, Zhen Yan
Assessment of structural and functional changes of mitochondria is vital for biomedical research as mitochondria are the power plants essential for biological processes and tissue/organ functions. Others and we have developed a novel reporter gene, pMitoTimer, which codes for a redox sensitive mitochondrial targeted protein that switches from green fluorescence protein (GFP) to red fluorescent protein (DsRed) when oxidized. It has been shown in transfected cells, transgenic C. elegans and Drosophila m., as well as somatically transfected adult skeletal muscle that this reporter gene allows quantifiable assessment of mitochondrial structure, oxidative stress, and lysosomal targeting of mitochondria-containing autophagosomes...
December 20, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259193/jak-stat-and-tgf-%C3%A3-activation-as-potential-adverse-outcome-pathway-of-tio2nps-phototoxicity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Hunbeen Kim, Jaeseong Jeong, Nivedita Chatterjee, Carlos P Roca, Dahye Yoon, Suhkmann Kim, Younghun Kim, Jinhee Choi
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2NPs) are widely used nanoparticles, whose catalytic activity is mainly due to photoactivation. In this study, the toxicity of TiO2NPs was investigated on the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, with and without UV activation. Comparative analyses across the four treatments revealed that UV-activated TiO2NPs led to significant reproductive toxicity through oxidative stress. To understand the underlying molecular mechanism, transcriptomics and metabolomics analyses were conducted, followed by whole-genome network-based pathway analyses...
December 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242625/regulation-of-hyperoxia-induced-social-behaviour-in-pristionchus-pacificus-nematodes-requires-a-novel-cilia-mediated-environmental-input
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Eduardo Moreno, Bogdan Sieriebriennikov, Hanh Witte, Christian Rödelsperger, James W Lightfoot, Ralf J Sommer
Social behaviours are frequently utilised for defence and stress avoidance in nature. Both Caenorhabditis elegans and Pristionchus pacificus nematodes display social behaviours including clumping and bordering, to avoid hyperoxic stress conditions. Additionally, both species show natural variation in social behaviours with "social" and "solitary" strains. While the single solitary C. elegans N2 strain has evolved under laboratory domestication due to a gain-of-function mutation in the neuropeptide receptor gene npr-1, P...
December 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241538/an-elongin-cullin-socs-box-complex-regulates-stress-induced-serotonergic-neuromodulation
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Xicotencatl Gracida, Michael F Dion, Gareth Harris, Yun Zhang, John A Calarco
Neuromodulatory cells transduce environmental information into long-lasting behavioral responses. However, the mechanisms governing how neuronal cells influence behavioral plasticity are difficult to characterize. Here, we adapted the translating ribosome affinity purification (TRAP) approach in C. elegans to profile ribosome-associated mRNAs from three major tissues and the neuromodulatory dopaminergic and serotonergic cells. We identified elc-2, an Elongin C ortholog, specifically expressed in stress-sensing amphid neuron dual ciliated sensory ending (ADF) serotonergic sensory neurons, and we found that it plays a role in mediating a long-lasting change in serotonin-dependent feeding behavior induced by heat stress...
December 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237573/identification-of-cytochrome-b5-cytb-5-1-and-cytb-5-2-in-c-elegans-evidence-for-differential-regulation-of-scd
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Baoshen He, Jingjing Zhang, Yanli Wang, Yamei Li, Xiaoju Zou, Bin Liang
Unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs) play crucial roles in living organisms regarding development, energy metabolism, stress resistance, etc. The biosynthesis of UFAs starts from the introduction of the first double bond by stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD), converting saturated fatty acids (SFAs) to monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). This desaturation is considered to be an aerobic process that requires cytochrome b5 reductase, cytochrome b5 and SCD. However, this enzyme system remains elusive in Caenorhabditis elegans...
December 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235522/an-optogenetic-arrhythmia-model-to-study-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-mutations
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Elisabeth Fischer, Alexander Gottschalk, Christina Schüler
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a condition of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), induced by physical activity or stress. Mutations in ryanodine receptor 2 (RyR2), a Ca2+ release channel located in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), or calsequestrin 2 (CASQ2), a SR Ca2+ binding protein, are linked to CPVT. For specific drug development and to study distinct arrhythmias, simple models are required to implement and analyze such mutations. Here, we introduced CPVT inducing mutations into the pharynx of Caenorhabditis elegans, which we previously established as an optogenetically paced heart model...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234427/a-chinese-herbal-formula-gengnianchun-ameliorates-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-toxicity-in-a-caenorhabditis-elegans-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Fanhui Meng, Jun Li, Yanqiu Rao, Wenjun Wang, Yan Fu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disorder, and the few drugs that are currently available only treat the symptoms. Traditional medicine or phytotherapy has been shown to protect against AD. In our previous studies, Gengnianchun (GNC), a traditional Chinese medicine formula with a prolongevity effect, protected against Aβ-induced cytotoxicity in pheochromocytoma cells (PC-12 cells) and hippocampal cells. Here, we investigated the effects and possible mechanisms by which GNC protected against Aβ toxicity using transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans CL4176...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228038/temporal-dynamics-of-gene-expression-in-heat-stressed-caenorhabditis-elegans
#17
Katharina Jovic, Mark G Sterken, Jacopo Grilli, Roel P J Bevers, Miriam Rodriguez, Joost A G Riksen, Stefano Allesina, Jan E Kammenga, L Basten Snoek
There is considerable insight into pathways and genes associated with heat-stress conditions. Most genes involved in stress response have been identified using mutant screens or gene knockdowns. Yet, there is limited understanding of the temporal dynamics of global gene expression in stressful environments. Here, we studied global gene expression profiles during 12 hours of heat stress in the nematode C. elegans. Using a high-resolution time series of increasing stress exposures, we found a distinct shift in gene expression patterns between 3-4 hours into the stress response, separating an initially highly dynamic phase from a later relatively stagnant phase...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211722/enhancing-mitochondrial-proteostasis-reduces-amyloid-%C3%AE-proteotoxicity
#18
Vincenzo Sorrentino, Mario Romani, Laurent Mouchiroud, John S Beck, Hongbo Zhang, Davide D' Amico, Norman Moullan, Francesca Potenza, Adrien W Schmid, Solène Rietsch, Scott E Counts, Johan Auwerx
Alzheimer's disease is a common and devastating disease characterized by aggregation of the amyloid-β peptide. However, we know relatively little about the underlying molecular mechanisms or how to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease. Here we provide bioinformatic and experimental evidence of a conserved mitochondrial stress response signature present in diseases involving amyloid-β proteotoxicity in human, mouse and Caenorhabditis elegans that involves the mitochondrial unfolded protein response and mitophagy pathways...
December 6, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202295/constitutive-map-kinase-activation-suppresses-germline-apoptosis-in-nth-1-dna-glycosylase-deficient-c-elegans
#19
Henok Kassahun, Tanima SenGupta, Alfonso Schiavi, Silvia Maglioni, Hanne K Skjeldam, Katarzyna Arczewska, Nicole L Brockway, Suzanne Estes, Lars Eide, Natascia Ventura, Hilde Nilsen
Oxidation of DNA bases, an inevitable consequence of oxidative stress, requires the base excision repair (BER) pathway for repair. Caenorhabditis elegans is a well-established model to study phenotypic consequences and cellular responses to oxidative stress. To better understand how BER affects phenotypes associated with oxidative stress, we characterised the C. elegans nth-1 mutant, which lack the only DNA glycosylase dedicated to repair of oxidative DNA base damage, the NTH-1 DNA glycosylase. We show that nth-1 mutants have mitochondrial dysfunction characterised by lower mitochondrial DNA copy number, reduced mitochondrial membrane potential, and increased steady-state levels of reactive oxygen species...
November 29, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196797/sorting-nexin-3-mutation-impairs-development-and-neuronal-function-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
Neide Vieira, Carlos Bessa, Ana J Rodrigues, Paulo Marques, Fung-Yi Chan, Ana Xavier de Carvalho, Margarida Correia-Neves, Nuno Sousa
The sorting nexins family of proteins (SNXs) plays pleiotropic functions in protein trafficking and intracellular signaling and has been associated with several disorders, namely Alzheimer's disease and Down's syndrome. Despite the growing association of SNXs with neurodegeneration, not much is known about their function in the nervous system. The aim of this work was to use the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans that encodes in its genome eight SNXs orthologs, to dissect the role of distinct SNXs, particularly in the nervous system...
December 1, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
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