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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546434/behavioral-deficits-following-withdrawal-from-chronic-ethanol-are-influenced-by-slo-channel-function-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Luisa L Scott, Scott J Davis, Rachel C Yen, Greg J Ordemann, Sarah K Nordquist, Deepthi Bannai, Jonathan T Pierce
Symptoms of withdrawal from chronic alcohol use are a driving force for relapse in alcohol dependence. Thus, uncovering molecular targets to lessen their severity is key to breaking the cycle of dependence. Using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, we tested whether one highly conserved ethanol target, the large-conductance, calcium-activated potassium channel (known as the BK channel or Slo1), modulates ethanol withdrawal. Consistent with a previous report, we found that C. elegans displays withdrawal-related behavioral impairments after cessation of chronic ethanol exposure...
May 25, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545550/genetic-variation-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-and-its-accessibility-in-the-model-organism-caenorhabditis-elegans
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REVIEW
Yiru Anning Wang, Jan Edward Kammenga, Simon Crawford Harvey
BACKGROUND: Neurodegenerative diseases (NGDs) such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are debilitating and largely untreatable conditions strongly linked to age. The clinical, neuropathological, and genetic components of NGDs indicate that neurodegeneration is a complex trait determined by multiple genes and by the environment. MAIN BODY: The symptoms of NGDs differ among individuals due to their genetic background, and this variation affects the onset and progression of NGD and NGD-like states...
May 25, 2017: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545126/pheromone-sensing-neurons-regulate-peripheral-lipid-metabolism-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Rosalind Hussey, Jon Stieglitz, Jaleh Mesgarzadeh, Tiffany T Locke, Ying K Zhang, Frank C Schroeder, Supriya Srinivasan
It is now established that the central nervous system plays an important role in regulating whole body metabolism and energy balance. However, the extent to which sensory systems relay environmental information to modulate metabolic events in peripheral tissues has remained poorly understood. In addition, it has been challenging to map the molecular mechanisms underlying discrete sensory modalities with respect to their role in lipid metabolism. In previous work our lab has identified instructive roles for serotonin signaling as a surrogate for food availability, as well as oxygen sensing, in the control of whole body metabolism...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544390/phenotypic-plasticity-and-remodeling-in-the-stress-induced-caenorhabditis-elegans-dauer
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REVIEW
Rebecca J Androwski, Kristen M Flatt, Nathan E Schroeder
Organisms are often capable of modifying their development to better suit their environment. Under adverse conditions, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans develops into a stress-resistant alternative larval stage called dauer. The dauer stage is the primary survival stage for C. elegans in nature. Large-scale tissue remodeling during dauer conveys resistance to harsh environments. The environmental and genetic regulation of the decision to enter dauer has been extensively studied. However, less is known about the mechanisms regulating tissue remodeling...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544360/impairment-of-insulin-signalling-in-peripheral-tissue-fails-to-extend-murine-lifespan
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Troy L Merry, Doreen Kuhlow, Beate Laube, Doris Pöhlmann, Andreas F H Pfeiffer, C Ronald Kahn, Michael Ristow, Kim Zarse
Impaired insulin/IGF1 signalling has been shown to extend lifespan in model organisms ranging from yeast to mammals. Here we sought to determine the effect of targeted disruption of the insulin receptor (IR) in non-neuronal tissues of adult mice on the lifespan. We induced hemizygous (PerIRKO(+/-) ) or homozygous (PerIRKO(-/-) ) disruption of the IR in peripheral tissue of 15-weeks-old mice using a tamoxifen-inducible Cre transgenic mouse with only peripheral tissue expression, and subsequently monitored glucose metabolism, insulin signalling and spontaneous death rates over 4 years...
May 22, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544111/kallistatin-reduces-vascular-senescence-and-aging-by-regulating-microrna-34a-sirt1-pathway
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Youming Guo, Pengfei Li, Lin Gao, Jingmei Zhang, Zhirong Yang, Grant Bledsoe, Eugene Chang, Lee Chao, Julie Chao
Kallistatin, an endogenous protein, protects against vascular injury by inhibiting oxidative stress and inflammation in hypertensive rats and enhancing the mobility and function of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). We aimed to determine the role and mechanism of kallistatin in vascular senescence and aging using cultured EPCs, streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice, and Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). Human kallistatin significantly decreased TNF-α-induced cellular senescence in EPCs, as indicated by reduced senescence-associated β-galactosidase activity and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 expression, and elevated telomerase activity...
May 24, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542494/forces-applied-during-classical-touch-assays-for-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Adam L Nekimken, Eileen A Mazzochette, Miriam B Goodman, Beth L Pruitt
For decades, Caenorhabditis elegans roundworms have been used to study the sense of touch, and this work has been facilitated by a simple behavioral assay for touch sensation. To perform this classical assay, an experimenter uses an eyebrow hair to gently touch a moving worm and observes whether or not the worm reverses direction. We used two experimental approaches to determine the manner and moment of contact between the eyebrow hair tool and freely moving animals and the forces delivered by the classical assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542414/the-intestinal-torc2-signaling-pathway-contributes-to-associative-learning-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Naoko Sakai, Hayao Ohno, Masahiro Tomioka, Yuichi Iino
Several types of associative learning are dependent upon the presence or absence of food, and are crucial for the survival of most animals. Target of rapamycin (TOR), a kinase which exists as a component of two complexes, TOR complex 1 (TORC1) and TOR complex 2 (TORC2), is known to act as a nutrient sensor in numerous organisms. However, the in vivo roles of TOR signaling in the nervous system remain largely unclear, partly because its multifunctionality and requirement for survival make it difficult to investigate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541563/the-double-stranded-rna-binding-protein-rde-4-can-act-cell-autonomously-during-feeding-rnai-in-c-elegans
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Pravrutha Raman, Soriayah M Zaghab, Edward C Traver, Antony M Jose
Long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) can silence genes of matching sequence upon ingestion in many invertebrates and is therefore being developed as a pesticide. Such feeding RNA interference (RNAi) is best understood in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, where the dsRNA-binding protein RDE-4 initiates silencing by recruiting an endonuclease to process long dsRNA into short dsRNA. These short dsRNAs are thought to move between cells because muscle-specific rescue of rde-4 using repetitive transgenes enables silencing in other tissues...
May 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539886/corrigendum-mechanosensory-neuron-aging-differential-trajectories-with-lifespan-extending-alaskan-berry-and-fungal-treatments-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Courtney Scerbak, Elena Vayndorf, Alicia Hernandez, Colin McGill, Barbara Taylor
[This corrects the article on p. 173 in vol. 8, PMID: 27486399.].
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539870/a-select-subset-of-electron-transport-chain-genes-associated-with-optic-atrophy-link-mitochondria-to-axon-regeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Wendy M Knowlton, Thomas Hubert, Zilu Wu, Andrew D Chisholm, Yishi Jin
The role of mitochondria within injured neurons is an area of active interest since these organelles are vital for the production of cellular energy in the form of ATP. Using mechanosensory neurons of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to test regeneration after neuronal injury in vivo, we surveyed genes related to mitochondrial function for effects on axon regrowth after laser axotomy. Genes involved in mitochondrial transport, calcium uptake, mitophagy, or fission and fusion were largely dispensable for axon regrowth, with the exception of eat-3/Opa1...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539408/temporal-regulation-of-epithelium-formation-mediated-by-foxa-mklp1-mgcracgap-and-par-6
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Stephen E Von Stetina, Jennifer Liang, Georgios Marnellos, Susan E Mango
To establish the animal body plan, embryos link the external epidermis to the internal digestive tract. In Caenorhabditis elegans, this linkage is achieved by the Arcade Cells, which form an epithelial bridge between the foregut and epidermis, but little is known about how development of these three epithelia is coordinated temporally. The Arcade Cell epithelium is generated after the epidermis and digestive tract epithelia have matured, ensuring that both organs can withstand the mechanical stress of embryo elongation; mis-timing of epithelium formation leads to defects in morphogenesis...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537553/longitudinal-imaging-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-in-a-microfabricated-device-reveals-variation-in-behavioral-decline-during-aging
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Matthew A Churgin, Sang-Kyu Jung, Chih-Chieh Yu, Xiangmei Chen, David M Raizen, Christopher Fang-Yen
The roundworm C. elegans is a mainstay of aging research due to its short lifespan and easily manipulable genetics. Current, widely used methods for long-term measurement of C. elegans are limited by low throughput and the difficulty of performing longitudinal monitoring of aging phenotypes. Here we describe the WorMotel, a microfabricated device for long-term cultivation and automated longitudinal imaging of large numbers of C. elegans confined to individual wells. Using the WorMotel, we find that short-lived and long-lived strains exhibit patterns of behavioral decline that do not temporally scale between individuals or populations, but rather resemble the shortest and longest lived individuals in a wild type population...
May 24, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536360/coconut-cocos-nucifera-ethanolic-leaf-extract-reduces-amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-aggregation-and-paralysis-prevalence-in-transgenic-caenorhabditis-elegans-independently-of-free-radical-scavenging-and-acetylcholinesterase-inhibition
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Rafael Vincent Manalo, Maries Ann Silvestre, Aza Lea Anne Barbosa, Paul Mark Medina
Virgin coconut oil (VCO) has been the subject of several studies which have aimed to alleviate Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology, focusing on in vitro antioxidant and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory activities. Here, we studied an underutilized and lesser-valued part of the coconut tree, specifically the leaves, using in vitro and in vivo approaches. Coconut leaf extract (CLE) was screened for antioxidant and AChE inhibitory properties in vitro and therapeutic effects in two strains of transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans expressing amyloid-β1-42 (Aβ1-42) in muscle cells...
April 21, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536200/modulation-of-sensory-information-processing-by-a-neuroglobin-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Shigekazu Oda, Yu Toyoshima, Mario de Bono
Sensory receptor neurons match their dynamic range to ecologically relevant stimulus intensities. How this tuning is achieved is poorly understood in most receptors. The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans avoids 21% O2 and hypoxia and prefers intermediate O2 concentrations. We show how this O2 preference is sculpted by the antagonistic action of a neuroglobin and an O2-binding soluble guanylate cyclase. These putative molecular O2 sensors confer a sigmoidal O2 response curve in the URX neurons that has highest slope between 15 and 19% O2 and approaches saturation when O2 reaches 21%...
May 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535857/functional-characterization-of-the-collagen-binding-protein-dip2093-and-its-influence-on-host-pathogen-interaction-and-arthritogenic-potential-of-corynebacterium-diphtheriae
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Renata Stavracakis Peixoto, Camila Azevedo Antunes, Liliane Simpson Lourêdo, Vanilda Gonçalves Viana, Cintia Silva Dos Santos, Jemima Fuentes Ribeiro da Silva, Raphael Hirata, Elena Hacker, Ana Luíza Mattos-Guaraldi, Andreas Burkovski
Corynebacterium diphtheriae is typically recognized as the a etiological agent of diphtheria, a toxaemic infection of the respiratory tract; however, both non-toxigenic and toxigenic strains are increasingly isolated from cases of invasive infections. The molecular mechanisms responsible for bacterial colonization and dissemination to host tissues remain only partially understood. In this report, we investigated the role of DIP2093, described as a putative adhesin of the serine-aspartate repeat (Sdr) protein family in host-pathogen interactions of C...
May 23, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535376/dephosphorylation-of-the-ndc80-tail-stabilizes-kinetochore-microtubule-attachments-via-the-ska-complex
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Dhanya K Cheerambathur, Bram Prevo, Neil Hattersley, Lindsay Lewellyn, Kevin D Corbett, Karen Oegema, Arshad Desai
During cell division, genome inheritance is orchestrated by microtubule attachments formed at kinetochores of mitotic chromosomes. The primary microtubule coupler at the kinetochore, the Ndc80 complex, is regulated by Aurora kinase phosphorylation of its N-terminal tail. Dephosphorylation is proposed to stabilize kinetochore-microtubule attachments by strengthening electrostatic interactions of the tail with the microtubule lattice. Here, we show that removal of the Ndc80 tail, which compromises in vitro microtubule binding, has no effect on kinetochore-microtubule attachments in the Caenorhabditis elegans embryo...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535375/morc-1-integrates-nuclear-rnai-and-transgenerational-chromatin-architecture-to-promote-germline-immortality
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Natasha E Weiser, Danny X Yang, Suhua Feng, Natallia Kalinava, Kristen C Brown, Jayshree Khanikar, Mallory A Freeberg, Martha J Snyder, Györgyi Csankovszki, Raymond C Chan, Sam G Gu, Taiowa A Montgomery, Steven E Jacobsen, John K Kim
Germline-expressed endogenous small interfering RNAs (endo-siRNAs) transmit multigenerational epigenetic information to ensure fertility in subsequent generations. In Caenorhabditis elegans, nuclear RNAi ensures robust inheritance of endo-siRNAs and deposition of repressive H3K9me3 marks at target loci. How target silencing is maintained in subsequent generations is poorly understood. We discovered that morc-1 is essential for transgenerational fertility and acts as an effector of endo-siRNAs. Unexpectedly, morc-1 is dispensable for siRNA inheritance but is required for target silencing and maintenance of siRNA-dependent chromatin organization...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535374/discovery-of-stromal-regulatory-networks-that-suppress-ras-sensitized-epithelial-cell-proliferation
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Huayang Liu, James A Dowdle, Safiya Khurshid, Nicholas J Sullivan, Nicholas Bertos, Komal Rambani, Markus Mair, Piotr Daniel, Esther Wheeler, Xing Tang, Kyle Toth, Michael Lause, Markus E Harrigan, Karl Eiring, Connor Sullivan, Matthew J Sullivan, Serena W Chang, Siddhant Srivastava, Joseph S Conway, Raleigh Kladney, Joseph McElroy, Sooin Bae, Yuanzhi Lu, Ali Tofigh, Sadiq M I Saleh, Soledad A Fernandez, Jeffrey D Parvin, Vincenzo Coppola, Erin R Macrae, Sarmila Majumder, Charles L Shapiro, Lisa D Yee, Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy, Michael Hallett, Michael C Ostrowski, Morag Park, Helen M Chamberlin, Gustavo Leone
Mesodermal cells signal to neighboring epithelial cells to modulate their proliferation in both normal and disease states. We adapted a Caenorhabditis elegans organogenesis model to enable a genome-wide mesodermal-specific RNAi screen and discovered 39 factors in mesodermal cells that suppress the proliferation of adjacent Ras pathway-sensitized epithelial cells. These candidates encode components of protein complexes and signaling pathways that converge on the control of chromatin dynamics, cytoplasmic polyadenylation, and translation...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534519/two-forms-of-death-in-ageing-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
Yuan Zhao, Ann F Gilliat, Matthias Ziehm, Mark Turmaine, Hongyuan Wang, Marina Ezcurra, Chenhao Yang, George Phillips, David McBay, William B Zhang, Linda Partridge, Zachary Pincus, David Gems
Ageing generates senescent pathologies, some of which cause death. Interventions that delay or prevent lethal pathologies will extend lifespan. Here we identify life-limiting pathologies in Caenorhabditis elegans with a necropsy analysis of worms that have died of old age. Our results imply the presence of multiple causes of death. Specifically, we identify two classes of corpse: early deaths with a swollen pharynx (which we call 'P deaths'), and later deaths with an atrophied pharynx (termed 'p deaths'). The effects of interventions on lifespan can be broken down into changes in the frequency and/or timing of either form of death...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
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