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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098883/developmental-expression-of-toll%C3%A2-like-receptors-in-the-guinea-pig-lung
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Lingjie Ma, Jiali Yang, Li Yang, Juan Shi, Jing Xue, Yong Li, Xiaoming Liu
The guinea pig is a useful model for investigating infectious and non‑infectious lung diseases due to the sensitivity of its respiratory system and susceptibility to infectious agents. Toll‑like receptors (TLRs) are important components of the innate immune response and are critical for lung immune function. In the present study, the differentiation of epithelial cells in the guinea pig lung was examined during gestation by studying anatomic morphology and the major epithelial cell types using cell type‑specific markers...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098310/a-computational-model-predicts-genetic-nodes-that-allow-switching-between-species-specific-responses-in-a-conserved-signaling-network
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Adriana T Dawes, David Wu, Karley K Mahalak, Edward M Zitnik, Natalia Kravtsova, Haiwei Su, Helen M Chamberlin
Cell signaling networks regulate a variety of developmental and physiological processes, and changes in their response to external stimuli are often implicated in disease initiation and progression. To elucidate how different responses can arise from conserved signaling networks, we have developed a mathematical model of the well-characterized Caenorhabditis vulval development network involving EGF, Wnt and Notch signaling that recapitulates biologically observed behaviors. We experimentally block a specific element of the EGF pathway (MEK), and find different behaviors in vulval development in two Caenorhabditis species, C...
January 18, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097057/a-gene-expression-study-of-dorso-ventrally-restricted-pigment-pattern-in-adult-fins-of-neolamprologus-meeli-an-african-cichlid-species
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Ehsan Pashay Ahi, Kristina M Sefc
Fish color patterns are among the most diverse phenotypic traits found in the animal kingdom. Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control in chromatophore distribution and pigmentation underlying this diversity is a major goal in developmental and evolutionary biology, which has predominantly been pursued in the zebrafish model system. Here, we apply results from zebrafish work to study a naturally occurring color pattern phenotype in the fins of an African cichlid species from Lake Tanganyika...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096221/efficient-crispr-cas9-assisted-gene-targeting-enables-rapid-and-precise-genetic-manipulation-of-mammalian-neural-stem-cells
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Raul Bardini Bressan, Pooran Singh Dewari, Maria Kalantzaki, Ester Gangoso, Mantas Matjusaitis, Claudia Garcia-Diaz, Carla Blin, Vivien Grant, Harry Bulstrode, Sabine Gogolok, William C Skarnes, Steven M Pollard
Mammalian neural stem (NS) cell lines provide a tractable model for discovery across stem cell and developmental biology, regenerative medicine and neuroscience. They can be derived from foetal or adult germinal tissues and continuously propagated in vitro as adherent monolayers. NS cells are clonally expandable, genetically stable, and easily transfectable - experimental attributes compatible with targeted genetic manipulations. However, gene targeting - so critical for functional studies of embryonic stem cells - has not been exploited to date in NS cells...
January 17, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095647/new-generation-mass-spectrometry-expands-the-toolbox-of-cell-and-developmental-biology
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Camille Lombard-Banek, Erika P Portero, Rosemary M Onjiko, Peter Nemes
Systems cell biology understanding of development requires characterization of all the molecules produced in the biological system. Decades of research and new-generation sequencing provided functional information on key genes and transcripts. However, there is less information available on how differential gene expression translates into the domains of functionally important proteins, peptides, and metabolites, and how changes in these molecules impact development. Mass spectrometry (MS) is the current technology of choice for the detection and quantification of large numbers of proteins and metabolites, because it requires no use of antibodies, functional probes, or a priori knowledge of molecules produced in the system...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095645/what-we-can-learn-from-a-tadpole-about-ciliopathies-and-airway-diseases-using-systems-biology-in-xenopus-to-study-cilia-and-mucociliary-epithelia
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Peter Walentek, Ian K Quigley
Over the past years, the Xenopus embryo has emerged as an incredibly useful model organism for studying the formation and function of cilia and ciliated epithelia in vivo. This has led to a variety of findings elucidating the molecular mechanisms of ciliated cell specification, basal body biogenesis, cilia assembly and ciliary motility. These findings also revealed the deep functional conservation of signaling, transcriptional, post-transcriptional and protein networks employed in the formation and function of vertebrate ciliated cells...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095618/genome-wide-analysis-of-canonical-wnt-target-gene-regulation-in-xenopus-tropicalis-challenges-%C3%AE-catenin-paradigm
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Yukio Nakamura, Stefan Hoppler
Wnt/β-catenin signaling is an important cell-to-cell signaling mechanism that controls gene expression during embryonic development and is critically implicated in human diseases. Developmental, cellular, and transcriptional responses to Wnt signaling are remarkably context-specific in different biological processes. While nuclear localization of β-catenin is the key to activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway and target gene expression, the molecular mechanisms of how the same Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway induces specific responses remain undetermined...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095616/using-xenopus-to-understand-human-disease-and-developmental-disorders
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Amy Sater, Sally A Moody
Model animals are crucial to biomedical research. Among the commonly used model animals, the amphibian, Xenopus, has had tremendous impact because of its unique experimental advantages, cost effectiveness, and close evolutionary relationship with mammals as a tetrapod. Over the past 50 years the use of Xenopus has made possible many fundamental contributions to biomedicine, and it is a cornerstone of research in cell biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, immunology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and physiology...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095111/increased-numb-protein-expression-predicts-poor-clinical-outcomes-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-patients
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Zhenguo Liu, Canqiao Luo, Weixiong Yang, Kefeng Wang, Chuang Hu, Jianyong Zou, Hua Zhu, Liwu Fu, Jing Nie, Chao Cheng
Numb is a protein whose asymmetric segregation during cell division determines cell fate and has numerous functions relevant to multiple fields of study, including developmental neurobiology and cancer biology. Little is known about the role of Numb in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), the predominant histological esophageal carcinoma in Asian populations. In this study, we focused on the expression and biological functions of Numb in the context of ESCC. From analysis of tissue microarrays with 212 patients, it was found that Numb was significantly upregulated in ESCC tissues compared to corresponding non-cancerous tissues...
January 17, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094809/genome-wide-identification-evolution-and-expression-analysis-of-ring-finger-protein-genes-in-brassica-rapa
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Intikhab Alam, Yan-Qing Yang, Yong Wang, Mei-Lan Zhu, Heng-Bo Wang, Boulos Chalhoub, Yun-Hai Lu
More and more RING finger genes were found to be implicated in various important biological processes. In the present study, a total of 731 RING domains in 715 predicted proteins were identified in Brassica rapa genome (AA, 2n = 20), which were further divided into eight types: RING-H2 (371), RING-HCa (215), RING-HCb (47), RING-v (44), RING-C2 (38), RING-D (10), RING-S/T (5) and RING-G (1). The 715 RING finger proteins were further classified into 51 groups according to the presence of additional domains...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093925/hypermethylation-of-antisense-long-noncoding-rnas-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Gerald Arthur, Md Almamun, Kristen Taylor
AIM: Long noncoding RNAs serve critical regulatory functions highly specific for a tissue and its developmental stage. Antisense long ncRNA (AS-lncRNA) methylation changes in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) versus normal pre-B-cell lymphoblasts were evaluated to identify potential differential methylation in this group of genes. MATERIALS & METHODS: The methylome of ALL and normal lymphoblasts was examined by the methylated CpG island recovery assay followed by NGS...
January 17, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093727/gene-expression-boundary-scaling-and-organ-size-regulation-in-the-drosophila-embryo
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REVIEW
Christopher Amourda, Timothy E Saunders
How the shape and size of tissues and organs is regulated during development is a major question in developmental biology. Such regulation relies upon both intrinsic cues (such as signaling networks) and extrinsic inputs (such as from neighboring tissues). Here, we focus on pattern formation and organ development during Drosophila embryogenesis. In particular, we outline the importance of both biochemical and mechanical tissue-tissue interactions in size regulation. We describe how the Drosophila embryo can potentially provide novel insights into how shape and size are regulated during development...
January 16, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093352/cyp24a1-loss-of-function-clinical-phenotype-of-monoallelic-and-biallelic-mutations
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REVIEW
Thomas O Carpenter
CYP24A1, encoding the vitamin D-24-hydroxylase, is of major clinical and physiologic importance, serving to regulate the catabolism of 1,25-(OH)2D, the physiologically active vitamin D metabolite. In addition to facilitating catabolism of 1,25-(OH)2D, CYP24A1 also enhances the turnover and elimination of 25-OHD, the abundant precursor metabolite and storage form of the vitamin. CYP24A1 can be stimulated hormonally by 1,25-(OH)2D and by FGF23, whereas CYP27B1, encoding the vitamin D-1α-hydroxylase, is stimulated hormonally by parathyroid hormone (PTH) and downregulated by FGF23...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093237/transgenerational-epigenetics-integrating-soma-to-germline-communication-with-gametic-inheritance
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REVIEW
Abhay Sharma
Evidence supporting germline mediated epigenetic inheritance of environmentally induced traits has increasingly emerged over the past several years. Although the mechanisms underlying this inheritance remain unclear, recent findings suggest that parental gamete-borne epigenetic factors, particularly RNAs, affect post-fertilization and developmental gene regulation, ultimately leading to phenotypic appearance in the offspring. Complex processes involving gene expression and epigenetic regulation are considered to perpetuate across generations...
January 13, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092740/temporal-variations-in-early-developmental-decisions-an-engine-of-forebrain-evolution
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REVIEW
H Bielen, S Pal, S Tole, C Houart
Tight control of developmental timing is pivotal to many major processes in developmental biology, such as patterning, fate specification, cell cycle dynamics, cell migration and connectivity. Temporal change in these ontogenetic sequences is known as heterochrony, a major force in the evolution of body plans and organogenesis. In the last 5 years, studies in fish and rodents indicate that heterochrony in signaling during early development generates diversity in forebrain size and complexity. Here, we summarize these findings and propose that, additionally to spatio-temporal tuning of neurogenesis, temporal and quantitative modulation of signaling events drive pivotal changes in shape, size and complexity of the forebrain across evolution, participating to the generation of diversity in animal behavior and emergence of cognition...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092121/hox-functional-diversity-novel-insights-from-flexible-motif-folding-and-plastic-protein-interaction
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Miguel Ortiz-Lombardia, Nicolas Foos, Corinne Maurel-Zaffran, Andrew J Saurin, Yacine Graba
How the formidable diversity of forms emerges from developmental and evolutionary processes is one of the most fascinating questions in biology. The homeodomain-containing Hox proteins were recognized early on as major actors in diversifying animal body plans. The molecular mechanisms underlying how this transcription factor family controls a large array of context- and cell-specific biological functions is, however, still poorly understood. Clues to functional diversity have emerged from studies exploring how Hox protein activity is controlled through interactions with PBC class proteins, also evolutionary conserved HD-containing proteins...
January 16, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090703/differentiation-of-islet-progenitors-regulated-by-nicotinamide-into-transcriptome-verified-%C3%AE-cells-that-ameliorate-diabetes
#17
Fang-Xu Jiang, Kevin Li, Michael Archer, Munish Mehta, Emma Jamieson, Adrian Charles, Jan E Dickinson, Masahito Matsumoto, Grant Morahan
Developmental stage-specific differentiation of stem or progenitor cells into safe and functional cells is of fundamental importance in regenerative medicine, including β-cell replacement. However, the differentiation of islet progenitor cells (IPCs) into insulin-secreting β cells remains elusive. Here, we report that the multi-functional molecule nicotinamide (NIC) is a specific differentiation regulator of mouse IPCs. The differentiated cells regulated by NIC exhibited many characteristics of adult β cells, including ameliorating preclinical diabetes and a highly comparable transcriptome profile...
January 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090561/diversity-in-rotavirus-host-glycan-interactions-a-sweet-spectrum
#18
REVIEW
Sasirekha Ramani, Liya Hu, B V Venkataram Prasad, Mary K Estes
Interaction with cellular glycans is a critical initial step in the pathogenesis of many infectious agents. Technological advances in glycobiology have expanded the repertoire of studies delineating host glycan-pathogen interactions. For rotavirus, the VP8* domain of the outer capsid spike protein VP4 is known to interact with cellular glycans. Sialic acid was considered the key cellular attachment factor for rotaviruses for decades. Although this is true for many rotavirus strains causing infections in animals, glycan array screens show that many human rotavirus strains bind nonsialylated glycoconjugates, called histo-blood group antigens, in a strain-specific manner...
May 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089512/paleozoic-nymphal-wing-pads-support-dual-model-of-insect-wing-origins
#19
Jakub Prokop, Martina Pecharová, André Nel, Thomas Hörnschemeyer, Ewa Krzemińska, Wiesław Krzemiński, Michael S Engel
The appearance of wings in insects, early in their evolution [1], has been one of the more critical innovations contributing to their extraordinary diversity. Despite the conspicuousness and importance of wings, the origin of these structures has been difficult to resolve and represented one of the "abominable mysteries" in evolutionary biology [2]. More than a century of debate has boiled the matter down to two competing alternatives-one of wings representing an extension of the thoracic notum, the other stating that they are appendicular derivations from the lateral body wall...
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088864/an-integrated-high-throughput-multi-omics-platform-enables-data-driven-construction-of-cellular-responses-and-reveals-global-drug-mechanisms-of-action
#20
Jeremy L Norris, Melissa A Farrow, Danielle B Gutierrez, Lauren D Palmer, Nicole Muszynski, Stacy D Sherrod, James C Pino, Jamie L Allen, Jeffrey M Spraggins, Alex L R Lubbock, Ashley T Jordan, William Burns, James C Poland, Carrie E Romer, M Lisa Manier, Yuan-Wei Nei, Boone M Prentice, Kristie L Rose, Salisha Hill, Raf Van de Plas, Tina Tsui, Nathaniel M Braman, M Ray Keller, Stacey A Rutherford, Nichole A Lobdell, Carlos F Lopez, D Borden Lacy, John A McLean, John Peter Wikswo, Eric P Skaar, Richard M Caprioli
An understanding of how cells respond to perturbation is essential for biological applications; however, most approaches for profiling cellular response are limited in scope to pre-established targets. Global analysis of molecular mechanism will advance our understanding of the complex networks constituting cellular perturbation and lead to advancements in areas, such as infectious disease pathogenesis, developmental biology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and toxicology. We have developed a high-throughput multi-omics platform for comprehensive, de novo characterization of cellular mechanisms of action...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
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