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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822104/comparison-of-the-toxic-effects-of-quinolinic-acid-and-3-nitropropionic-acid-in-c-elegans-involvement-of-the-skn-1-pathway
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Ilan Kotlar, Aline Colonnello, María Fernanda Aguilera-González, Daiana Silva Avila, María Eduarda de Lima, Rodolfo García-Contreras, Alma Ortíz-Plata, Félix Alexandre Antunes Soares, Michael Aschner, Abel Santamaría
The tryptophan metabolite, quinolinic acid (QUIN), and the mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP) are two important tools for toxicological research commonly used in neurotoxic models of excitotoxicity, oxidative stress, energy depletion, and neuronal cell death in mammals. However, their toxic properties have yet to be explored in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) for the establishment of novel, simpler, complementary, alternative, and predictive neurotoxic model of mammalian neurotoxicity...
August 18, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820880/knock-out-of-a-mitochondrial-sirtuin-protects-neurons-from-degeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Rachele Sangaletti, Massimo D'Amico, Jeff Grant, David Della-Morte, Laura Bianchi
Sirtuins are NAD⁺-dependent deacetylases, lipoamidases, and ADP-ribosyltransferases that link cellular metabolism to multiple intracellular pathways that influence processes as diverse as cell survival, longevity, and cancer growth. Sirtuins influence the extent of neuronal death in stroke. However, different sirtuins appear to have opposite roles in neuronal protection. In Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that knock-out of mitochondrial sirtuin sir-2.3, homologous to mammalian SIRT4, is protective in both chemical ischemia and hyperactive channel induced necrosis...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819099/the-genetic-basis-of-natural-variation-in-a-phoretic-behavior
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Daehan Lee, Heeseung Yang, Jun Kim, Shannon Brady, Stefan Zdraljevic, Mostafa Zamanian, Heekyeong Kim, Young-Ki Paik, Leonid Kruglyak, Erik C Andersen, Junho Lee
Phoresy is a widespread form of commensalism that facilitates dispersal of one species through an association with a more mobile second species. Dauer larvae of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans exhibit a phoretic behavior called nictation, which could enable interactions with animals such as isopods or snails. Here, we show that natural C. elegans isolates differ in nictation. We use quantitative behavioral assays and linkage mapping to identify a genetic locus (nict-1) that mediates the phoretic interaction with terrestrial isopods...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818938/comprehensive-single-cell-transcriptional-profiling-of-a-multicellular-organism
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Junyue Cao, Jonathan S Packer, Vijay Ramani, Darren A Cusanovich, Chau Huynh, Riza Daza, Xiaojie Qiu, Choli Lee, Scott N Furlan, Frank J Steemers, Andrew Adey, Robert H Waterston, Cole Trapnell, Jay Shendure
To resolve cellular heterogeneity, we developed a combinatorial indexing strategy to profile the transcriptomes of single cells or nuclei, termed sci-RNA-seq (single-cell combinatorial indexing RNA sequencing). We applied sci-RNA-seq to profile nearly 50,000 cells from the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans at the L2 larval stage, which provided >50-fold "shotgun" cellular coverage of its somatic cell composition. From these data, we defined consensus expression profiles for 27 cell types and recovered rare neuronal cell types corresponding to as few as one or two cells in the L2 worm...
August 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818867/exploring-potential-germline-associated-roles-of-the-trim-nhl-protein-nhl-2%C3%A2-through-rnai-screening
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Gregory M Davis, Wai Y Low, Joshua W T Anderson, Peter R Boag
TRIM-NHL proteins are highly conserved regulators of developmental pathways in vertebrates and invertebrates. The TRIM-NHL family member, NHL-2 in Caenorhabditis elegans functions as a miRNA cofactor to regulate developmental timing. Similar regulatory roles have been reported in other model systems, with the mammalian orthologue in mice, TRIM32, contributing to muscle and neuronal cell proliferation via miRNA activity. Given the interest associated with TRIM-NHL family proteins, we aimed to further investigate the role of NHL-2 in C...
August 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818268/-metformin-resistant-folic-acid-producing-probiotics-or-folic-acid-against-metformin-s-adverse-effects-like-diarrhea
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Abdullah Olgun
Metformin, first line medication in the treatment of type2 diabetes by millions of patients worldwide, causes gastrointestinal adverse effects (i.e. diarrhea) in approximately 30% of patients, frequently leading to discontinuation. Interestingly, metformin was reported to increase life span in a microscopic worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, by decreasing folate and methionine production of bacteria that this worm uses as a food source. Metformin can be expected to have a similar effect on some microorganisms of human gut microbiota...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817787/evaluation-of-the-electron-transfer-flavoprotein-etf-as-an-antibacterial-target-in-burkholderia-cenocepacia
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Maria S Stietz, Christina Lopez, Osasumwen Osifo, Marcelo Tolmasky, Silvia T Cardona
There are hundreds of essential genes in multidrug resistant bacterial genomes, but only a few of their products are exploited as antibacterial targets. An example is the electron flavoprotein (ETF) which is required for growth and viability in <i>Burkholderia cenocepacia</i>. Here, we evaluated ETF as an antibiotic target for <i>Burkholderia cepacia</i> complex (Bcc). Depletion of the bacterial ETF during infection of <i>Caenorhabditis elegans</i> significantly extended survival of the nematodes, proving that ETF is essential for survival of <i>B...
August 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817611/the-directed-migration-of-gonadal-distal-tip-cells-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-requires-ngat-1-a-%C3%A3-1-4-n-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-enzyme
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Joseph Veyhl, Robert J Dunn, Wendy L Johnston, Alexa Bennett, Lijia W Zhang, James W Dennis, Harry Schachter, Joseph G Culotti
Glycoproteins such as growth factor receptors and extracellular matrix have well-known functions in development and cancer progression, however, the glycans at sites of modification are often heterogeneous molecular populations which makes their functional characterization challenging. Here we provide evidence for a specific, discrete, well-defined glycan modification and regulation of a stage-specific cell migration in Caenorhabditis elegans. We show that a chain-terminating, putative null mutation in the gene encoding a predicted β1,4-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase, named ngat-1, causes a maternally rescued temperature sensitive (ts) defect in the second phase of the three phase migration pattern of the posterior, but not the anterior, hermaphrodite Distal Tip Cell (DTC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815872/a-multimethod-computational-simulation-approach-for-investigating-mitochondrial-dynamics-and-dysfunction-in-degenerative-aging
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Timothy E Hoffman, Katherine J Barnett, Lyle Wallis, William H Hanneman
Research in biogerontology has largely focused on the complex relationship between mitochondrial dysfunction and biological aging. In particular, the mitochondrial free radical theory of aging (MFRTA) has been well accepted. However, this theory has been challenged by recent studies showing minimal increases in reactive oxygen species (ROS) as not entirely deleterious in nature, and even beneficial under the appropriate cellular circumstances. To assess these significant and nonintuitive observations in the context of a functional system, we have taken an in silico approach to expand the focus of the MFRTA by including other key mitochondrial stress response pathways, as they have been observed in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans...
August 16, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812710/developmental-constraints-shape-the-evolution-of-the-nematode-mid-developmental-transition
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Harel Zalts, Itai Yanai
Evolutionary theory assumes that genetic variation is uniform and gradual in nature, yet morphological and gene expression studies have revealed that different life-stages exhibit distinct levels of cross-species conservation. In particular, a stage in mid-embryogenesis is highly conserved across species of the same phylum, suggesting that this stage is subject to developmental constraints, either by increased purifying selection or by a strong mutational bias. An alternative explanation, however, holds that the same 'hourglass' pattern of variation may result from increased positive selection at the earlier and later stages of development...
March 27, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810059/targeted-genome-editing-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-using-crispr-cas9
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REVIEW
Behnom Farboud
Utilization of programmable nucleases to generate DNA lesions at precise endogenous sequences has transformed the ability to edit genomes from microbes to plants and animals. This is especially true in organisms that previously lacked the means to engineer precise genomic changes, like Caenorhabditis elegans. C. elegans is a 1 mm long free-living, nonparasitic, nematode worm, which is easily cultivated in a laboratory. Its detailed genetic map and relatively compact genome (~100 megabases) helped make it the first metazoan to have its entire genome sequenced...
August 15, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808962/northern-blot-detection-of-virus-derived-small-interfering-rnas-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-using-nonradioactive-oligo-probes
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Tianyun Long, Rui Lu
Northern blot analysis has been widely used as a tool for detection and characterization of specific RNA molecules. When coupled with radioactive probe northern blot allows for robust detection and characterization of small RNA molecules of trace amount. Here, we describe the detection and size characterization of virus-derived small interfering RNAs (vsiRNAs) in C. elegans using nonradioactive DNA oligo probes in northern blotting. Our protocol allows for the detection and characterization of not only primary vsiRNAs but also secondary vsiRNAs, a class of single-stranded vsiRNAs that has distinct migration pattern, and can be easily adapted to the detection of vsiRNAs in other organisms...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808410/the-effects-of-erzincan-grape-vitis-vinifera-spp-cimin-and-benzothiazol-on-a-caenorhabditis-elegans-organism-model
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Hulya Ozpinar, Necati Ozpinar, Savas Karakus
BACKGROUND: Grapes and their products are known to have been used for the treatment of diseases throughout history. OBJECTIVE: It was aimed to investigate the effects of Erzincan Cimin grapes on an organism model of Caenorhabditis elegans N2 wild type and C. elegans BS913 strains with gonad cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of methanol extracts of the skin and seeds of Erzincan Cimin grapes were examined separately on C. elegans N2 wild type and an effect was determined on lifespan...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808060/the-human-rna-binding-protein-and-e3-ligase-mex-3c-binds-the-mex-3-recognition-element-mre-motif-with-high-affinity
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Lingna Yang, Chongyuan Wang, Fudong Li, Jiahai Zhang, Anam Nayab, Jihui Wu, Yunyu Shi, Qingguo Gong
MEX-3 is a KH domain-containing RNA-binding protein, first identified as a translational repressor in Caenorhabditis elegans, while its four orthologs (MEX-3A-D) in human and mouse were subsequently found to have E3 ubiquitin ligase activity mediated by a RING domain and critical for RNA degradation. Current evidence implicates human MEX-3C in many essential biological processes and suggests a strong connection with immune diseases and carcinogenesis. The highly conserved dual KH domains in MEX-3 proteins enable RNA binding and are essential for the recognition of the 3' UTR and posttranscriptional regulation of MEX-3 target transcripts...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807780/mgl-1-on-aiy-neurons-translates-starvation-to-reproductive-plasticity-via-neuropeptide-signaling-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Haelim Jeong, Young-Ki Paik
Reproductive plasticity is the ability of an animal to modulate its reproductive functions in response to environmental changes. For example, Caenorhabditis elegans, a free-living nematode, can adjust the onsets of oogenesis and embryogenesis under harsh environmental conditions, including starvation. However, the molecular mechanisms used to perceive and translate environmental signals into reproductive functional adjustments remain largely uncharacterized. We discovered that in C. elegans, the glutamate receptor homolog MGL-1 initiated reproductive plasticity in response to starvation...
August 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806951/phytochemical-analysis-and-in-vitro-anthelmintic-activity-of-lophira-lanceolata-ochnaceae-on-the-bovine-parasite-onchocerca-ochengi-and-on-drug-resistant-strains-of-the-free-living-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Justin Kalmobé, Dieudonné Ndjonka, Djafsia Boursou, Jacqueline Dikti Vildina, Eva Liebau
BACKGROUND: Onchocerciasis is one of the tropical neglected diseases (NTDs) caused by the nematode Onchocerca volvulus. Control strategies currently in use rely on mass administration of ivermectin, which has marked activity against microfilariae. Furthermore, the development of resistance to ivermectin was observed. Since vaccine and safe macrofilaricidal treatment against onchocerciasis are still lacking, there is an urgent need to discover novel drugs. This study was undertaken to investigate the anthelmintic activity of Lophira lanceolata on the cattle parasite Onchocerca ochengi and the anthelmintic drug resistant strains of the free living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and to determine the phytochemical profiles of the extracts and fractions of the plants...
August 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804683/erratum-leucine-nicotinic-acid-synergy-stimulates-ampk-sirt1-signaling-and-regulates-lipid-metabolism-and-lifespan-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-hyperlipidemia-and-atherosclerosis-in-mice
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Antje Bruckbauer, Jheelam Banerjee, Qiang Cao, Xin Cui, Jia Jing, Lin Zha, Fenfen Li, Bingzhong Xue, Hang Shi, Michael B Zemel
[This corrects the article on p. 33 in vol. 7, PMID: 28533928.].
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802256/stochastic-feeding-dynamics-arise-from-the-need-for-information-and-energy
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Monika Scholz, Aaron R Dinner, Erel Levine, David Biron
Animals regulate their food intake in response to the available level of food. Recent observations of feeding dynamics in small animals showed feeding patterns of bursts and pauses, but their function is unknown. Here, we present a data-driven decision-theoretical model of feeding in Caenorhabditis elegans Our central assumption is that food intake serves a dual purpose: to gather information about the external food level and to ingest food when the conditions are good. The model recapitulates experimentally observed feeding patterns...
August 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801529/silencing-of-repetitive-dna-is-controlled-by-a-member-of-an-unusual-caenorhabditis-elegans-gene-family
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Eduardo Leyva-Díaz, Nikolaos Stefanakis, Inés Carrera, Lori Glenwinkel, Guoqiang Wang, Monica Driscoll, Oliver Hobert
Repetitive DNA sequences are subject to gene silencing in various animal species. Under specific circumstances repetitive DNA sequences can escape such silencing. For example, when exogenously added, extrachromosomal DNA sequences that are stably inherited in multicopy repetitive arrays in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans are frequently silenced in the germline, whereas such silencing often does not occur in the soma. This indicates that somatic cells might utilize factors that prevent repetitive DNA silencing...
August 11, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801508/intricate-and-cell-type-specific-populations-of-endogenous-circular-dna-eccdna-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-homo-sapiens
#20
Massa J Shoura, Idan Gabdank, Loren Hansen, Jason Merker, Jason Gotlib, Stephen D Levene, Andrew Z Fire
Investigations aimed at defining the 3-D configuration of eukaryotic chromosomes have consistently encountered an endogenous population of chromosome-derived circular genomic DNA, referred to as extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA). While the production, distribution, and activities of eccDNAs remain understudied, eccDNA formation from specific regions of the linear genome has profound consequences on the regulatory and coding capabilities for these regions. Here, we define eccDNA distributions in C. elegans and in three human cell types, utilizing a set of DNA-topology dependent approaches for enrichment and characterization...
August 11, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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