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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533367/data-driven-modeling-reveals-cell-behaviors-controlling-self-organization-during-myxococcus-xanthus-development
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Christopher R Cotter, Heinz-Bernd Schüttler, Oleg A Igoshin, Lawrence J Shimkets
Collective cell movement is critical to the emergent properties of many multicellular systems, including microbial self-organization in biofilms, embryogenesis, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. However, even the best-studied systems lack a complete picture of how diverse physical and chemical cues act upon individual cells to ensure coordinated multicellular behavior. Known for its social developmental cycle, the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus uses coordinated movement to generate three-dimensional aggregates called fruiting bodies...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532517/expression-of-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-in-hen-ovary
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Pengfei Li, Xuejing Yu, Jianshan Xie, Xiaolei Yao, Wenzhong Liu, Jianbo Yao, Zhiwei Zhu, Lihua Lyu
BACKGROUND: Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART), discovered initially by via differential display RT-PCR analysis of brains of rats administered cocaine, is expressed mainly in central nervous system or neuronal origin cells, and is involved in a wide range of behaviors, such as regulation of food intake, energy homeostasis, and reproduction. The hens egg-laying rate mainly depends on the developmental status of follicles, expression of CART have not been identified from hen follicles, the regulatory mechanisms of CART biological activities are still unknown...
May 22, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532165/16p11-2-microduplication-and-associated-symptoms-a-case-study
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Martin Knoll, Kirsten Arnett, Jeremy Hertza
The minimal amount known regarding chromosomal microduplications and microdeletions presents a fascinating new direction of research into better understanding misunderstood symptoms and overall genomic influence. Specifically, the 16p11.2 microduplication has been associated with a myriad of possible cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms. The purpose of this study is to inform the reader of the biological basis of the 16p11.2 microduplication, review sources that suggest a link between the microduplication and clinically relevant diagnoses/sources of impairment, and to better understand the implications and development of symptoms through the illustration of a case example...
May 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529696/in-silico-gene-expression-profiling-in-cannabis-sativa
#4
Luca Massimino
The cannabis plant and its active ingredients (i.e., cannabinoids and terpenoids) have been socially stigmatized for half a century. Luckily, with more than 430,000 published scientific papers and about 600 ongoing and completed clinical trials, nowadays cannabis is employed for the treatment of many different medical conditions. Nevertheless, even if a large amount of high-throughput functional genomic data exists, most researchers feature a strong background in molecular biology but lack advanced bioinformatics skills...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528457/exposure-to-parents-negative-emotions-as-a-developmental-pathway-to-the-family-aggregation-of-depression-and-anxiety-in-the-first-year-of-life
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REVIEW
Evin Aktar, Susan M Bögels
Depression and anxiety load in families. In the present study, we focus on exposure to parental negative emotions in first postnatal year as a developmental pathway to early parent-to-child transmission of depression and anxiety. We provide an overview of the little research available on the links between infants' exposure to negative emotion and infants' emotional development in this developmentally sensitive period, and highlight priorities for future research. To address continuity between normative and maladaptive development, we discuss exposure to parental negative emotions in infants of parents with as well as without depression and/or anxiety diagnoses...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527179/making-time-conservation-of-biological-clocks-from-fungi-to-animals
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Jay C Dunlap, Jennifer J Loros
The capacity for biological timekeeping arose at least three times through evolution, in prokaryotic cyanobacteria, in cells that evolved into higher plants, and within the group of organisms that eventually became the fungi and the animals. Neurospora is a tractable model system for understanding the molecular bases of circadian rhythms in the last of these groups, and is perhaps the most intensively studied circadian cell type. Rhythmic processes described in fungi include growth rate, stress responses, developmental capacity, and sporulation, as well as much of metabolism; fungi use clocks to anticipate daily environmental changes...
May 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523006/virtual-plant-tissue-building-blocks-for-next-generation-plant-growth-simulation
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Dirk De Vos, Abdiravuf Dzhurakhalov, Sean Stijven, Przemyslaw Klosiewicz, Gerrit T S Beemster, Jan Broeckhove
Motivation: Computational modeling of plant developmental processes is becoming increasingly important. Cellular resolution plant tissue simulators have been developed, yet they are typically describing physiological processes in an isolated way, strongly delimited in space and time. Results: With plant systems biology moving toward an integrative perspective on development we have built the Virtual Plant Tissue (VPTissue) package to couple functional modules or models in the same framework and across different frameworks...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521943/developmental-regulation-and-evolution-of-scaling-novel-insights-through-the-study-of-onthophagus-beetles
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REVIEW
Sofia Casasa, Daniel B Schwab, Armin P Moczek
Scaling relationships play critical roles in defining biological shape, trait functionality, and species characteristics, yet the developmental basis of scaling and its evolution remain poorly resolved in most taxa. In the horned beetle genus Onthophagus, scaling relationships of most traits are largely comparable across many species, however, the morphology and scaling of horns, a recent evolutionary invention, has diversified dramatically, ranging from modestly to highly positively linear to more complex sigmoidal allometries...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521942/regulation-development-and-evolution-of-caste-ratios-in-the-hyperdiverse-ant-genus-pheidole
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REVIEW
Angelica Lillico-Ouachour, Ehab Abouheif
Ant colonies are considered complex biological systems because many individuals are divided into different castes that interact to efficiently perform their tasks. Colonies in the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole have evolved a worker caste with at least two subcastes: soldiers and minor workers. The proportion of soldiers and minor workers in a colony has a major impact on the colony's fitness and is tightly regulated. Here, we summarize over 100 years of research on the internal, external, and developmental factors that regulate subcaste production as well as influence subcaste evolution in Pheidole...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521404/silencing-tak1-alters-gene-expression-signatures-in-bladder-cancer-cells
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Jimin Chen, Nan Zhang, Jiaming Wen, Zhewei Zhang
The aim of the present study was to identify the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) that are induced by the silencing of transforming growth factor-β-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) in bladder cancer cells and to analyze the potential biological effects. Dataset GSE52452 from mutant fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) bladder cancer cells transfected with control siRNA or TAK1-specific siRNA was downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus. The DEGs between the two groups were identified using Limma package following data pre-processing by Affy in Bioconductor...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520764/rib-biomechanical-properties-exhibit-diagnostic-potential-for-accurate-ageing-in-forensic-investigations
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Andrea Bonicelli, Bledar Xhemali, Elena F Kranioti, Peter Zioupos
Age estimation remains one of the most challenging tasks in forensic practice when establishing a biological profile of unknown skeletonised remains. Morphological methods based on developmental markers of bones can provide accurate age estimates at a young age, but become highly unreliable for ages over 35 when all developmental markers disappear. This study explores the changes in the biomechanical properties of bone tissue and matrix, which continue to change with age even after skeletal maturity, and their potential value for age estimation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518097/light-sheet-based-fluorescence-microscopy-of-living-or-fixed-and-stained-tribolium-castaneum-embryos
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Frederic Strobl, Selina Klees, Ernst H K Stelzer
The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum has become an important insect model organism in developmental genetics and evolutionary developmental biology. The observation of Tribolium embryos with light sheet-based fluorescence microscopy has multiple advantages over conventional widefield and confocal fluorescence microscopy. Due to the unique properties of a light sheet-based microscope, three dimensional images of living specimens can be recorded with high signal-to-noise ratios and significantly reduced photo-bleaching as well as photo-toxicity along multiple directions over periods that last several days...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518091/long-term-live-imaging-of-drosophila-eye-disc
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Chia-Kang Tsao, Hui-Yu Ku, Y Henry Sun
Live imaging provides the ability to continuously track dynamic cellular and developmental processes in real time. Drosophila larval imaginal discs have been used to study many biological processes, such as cell proliferation, differentiation, growth, migration, apoptosis, competition, cell-cell signaling, and compartmental boundary formation. However, methods for the long-term ex vivo culture and live imaging of the imaginal discs have not been satisfactory, despite many efforts. Recently, we developed a method for the long-term ex vivo culture and live imaging of imaginal discs for up to 18 h...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517363/cleave-but-not-leave-astrotactin-proteins-in-development-and-disease
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REVIEW
Hao Chang
Over the years, animal studies have identified astrotactins as important membrane proteins for glial-guided neuronal migration during central nervous system development and hair follicle polarity control during skin development. Biochemical studies have revealed intramembrane proteolysis as an important feature of astrotactins. The two fragments of astrotactins remain linked together by a disulfide bond after the proteolytic cleavage. In humans, mutations in astrotactin genes have also been linked to a wide range of diseases, including several developmental brain disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer...
May 18, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516456/description-of-embryonic-development-and-ultrastructure-in-miracidia-of-cardiocephaloides-longicollis-digenea-strigeidae-in-relation-to-active-host-finding-strategy-in-a-marine-environment
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Ana Born-Torrijos, Astrid S Holzer, Juan A Raga, Gabrielle S van Beest, Aneta Yoneva
The functional ultrastructure and embryonic development of miracidia in naturally released eggs of the trematode Cardiocephaloides longicollis were studied using light and transmission electron microscopy. This species has operculated eggs and embryogenesis occurs in the marine environment before an actively infecting ciliated miracidium hatches. Six different developmental stages were identified. The lack of pores in the eggshell indicates its impermeability and the miracidium's dependency on glycogen nutritive reserves, contained in numerous vitellocytes in early embryos...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515229/unique-cell-biological-profiles-of-retinal-disease-causing-missense-mutations-in-the-polarity-protein-crumbs
#16
Milena Pellikka, Ulrich Tepass
Mutations in human CRB1 are a major cause of retinal disease that lead to blindness. CRB1 is a transmembrane protein found in the inner segment of photoreceptor cells (PRCs) and the apical membrane of Müller glia. The function of the extracellular region of CRB1 is poorly understood although more than 80 disease-causing missense mutations have been mapped to it. We have recreated four mutations in Drosophila Crumbs (Crb) that affect different extracellular domains. Crb regulates epithelial polarity and growth, and contributes to PRC differentiation and survival...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514427/illuminating-developmental-biology-through-photochemistry
#17
Lukasz Kowalik, James K Chen
Developmental biology has been continually shaped by technological advances, evolving from a descriptive science into one immersed in molecular and cellular mechanisms. Most recently, genome sequencing and 'omics' profiling have provided developmental biologists with a wealth of genetic and biochemical information; however, fully translating this knowledge into functional understanding will require new experimental capabilities. Photoactivatable probes have emerged as particularly valuable tools for investigating developmental mechanisms, as they can enable rapid, specific manipulations of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cells with spatiotemporal precision...
May 17, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513431/dissection-of-zebrafish-shha-function-using-site-specific-targeting-with-a-cre-dependent-genetic-switch
#18
Kotaro Sugimoto, Subhra P Hui, Delicia Z Sheng, Kazu Kikuchi
Despite the extensive use of zebrafish as a model organism in developmental biology and regeneration research, genetic techniques enabling conditional analysis of gene function are limited. In this study, we generated Zwitch, a Cre-dependent invertible gene-trap cassette, enabling the establishment of conditional alleles in zebrafish by generating intronic insertions via in vivo homologous recombination. To demonstrate the utility of Zwitch, we generated a conditional sonic hedgehog a (shha) allele. Homozygous shha mutants developed normally; however, shha mutant embryos globally expressing Cre exhibited strong reductions in endogenous shha and shha target gene mRNA levels and developmental defects associated with null shha mutations...
May 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512457/the-25-26-nt-small-rnas-in-phytophthora-parasitica-are-associated-with-efficient-silencing-of-homologous-endogenous-genes
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Jinbu Jia, Wenqin Lu, Chengcheng Zhong, Ran Zhou, Junjie Xu, Wei Liu, Xiuhong Gou, Qinhu Wang, Junliang Yin, Cheng Xu, Weixing Shan
Small RNAs (sRNAs) are important non-coding RNA regulators, playing key roles in developmental regulation, transposon suppression, environmental response, host-pathogen interaction and other diverse biological processes. However, their roles in oomycetes are poorly understood. Here, we performed sRNA sequencing and RNA sequencing of Phytophthora parasitica at stages of vegetative growth and infection of Arabidopsis roots to examine diversity and function of sRNAs in P. parasitica, a model hemibiotrophic oomycete plant pathogen...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512313/a-rapid-capillary-pressure-driven-micro-channel-to-demonstrate-newtonian-fluid-behavior-of-zebrafish-blood-at-high-shear-rates
#20
Juhyun Lee, Tzu-Chieh Chou, Dongyang Kang, Hanul Kang, Junjie Chen, Kyung In Baek, Wei Wang, Yichen Ding, Dino Di Carlo, Yu-Chong Tai, Tzung K Hsiai
Blood viscosity provides the rheological basis to elucidate shear stress underlying developmental cardiac mechanics and physiology. Zebrafish is a high throughput model for developmental biology, forward-genetics, and drug discovery. The micro-scale posed an experimental challenge to measure blood viscosity. To address this challenge, a microfluidic viscometer driven by surface tension was developed to reduce the sample volume required (3μL) for rapid (<2 min) and continuous viscosity measurement. By fitting the power-law fluid model to the travel distance of blood through the micro-channel as a function of time and channel configuration, the experimentally acquired blood viscosity was compared with a vacuum-driven capillary viscometer at high shear rates (>500 s(-1)), at which the power law exponent (n) of zebrafish blood was nearly 1 behaving as a Newtonian fluid...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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