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Bryan S McLean, Batsaikhan Nyamsuren, Andrey Tchabovsky, Joseph A Cook
Impacts of Quaternary environmental changes on mammal faunas of central Asia remain poorly understood due to a lack of geographically comprehensive phylogeographic sampling for most species. To help address this knowledge gap, we conducted the most extensive molecular analysis to date of the long-tailed ground squirrel (Urocitellus undulatus Pallas 1778) in Mongolia, a country that comprises the southern core of this species' range. Drawing on material from recent collaborative field expeditions, we genotyped 128 individuals at 2 mitochondrial genes (cytochrome b and cytochrome oxidase I; 1 797 bp total)...
March 8, 2018: Zoological Research
Navneet Ammal Kaidery, Bobby Thomas
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative movement disorder characterized by preferential loss of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta and the presence of Lewy bodies containing α-synuclein. Although the cause of PD remains elusive, remarkable advances have been made in understanding the possible causative mechanisms of PD pathogenesis. An explosion of discoveries during the past two decades has led to the identification of several autosomal dominant and recessive genes that cause familial forms of PD...
March 14, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Benjamin Gottschalk, Christinae Klec, Markus Waldeck-Weiermair, Roland Malli, Wolfgang F Graier
Mitochondria are multifunctional organelles that essentially contribute to cell signaling by sophisticated mechanisms of communications. Live cell imaging studies showed that mitochondria are dynamic and complex structures that form ramified networks by directed movements, fission, and fusion events. There is emerging evidence that the morphology of mitochondria determines cellular functions and vice versa. Several intracellular signaling pathways and messengers including Ca2+ dynamically influence the architecture of mitochondria...
March 12, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Scott D Hamilton-Brehm, Lidia T Hristova, Susan R Edwards, Jeffrey R Wedding, Meradeth Snow, Brittany R Kruger, Duane P Moser
Chewed and expectorated quids, indigestible stringy fibers from the roasted inner pulp of agave or yucca root, have proven resilient over long periods of time in dry cave environments and correspondingly, although little studied, are common in archaeological archives. In the late 1960s, thousands of quids were recovered from Mule Spring Rockshelter (Nevada, USA) deposits and stored without consideration to DNA preservation in a museum collection, remaining unstudied for over fifty years. To assess the utility of these materials as repositories for genetic information about past inhabitants of the region and their movements, twenty-one quids were selected from arbitrary excavation depths for detailed analysis...
2018: PloS One
Julie Gauthier, Inge A Meijer, Davor Lessel, Niccolò E Mencacci, Dimitri Krainc, Maja Hempel, Konstantinos Tsiakas, Holger Prokisch, Elsa Rossignol, Margaret H Helm, Lance H Rodan, Jason Karamchandani, Miryam Carecchio, Steven J Lubbe, Aida Telegrafi, Lindsay B Henderson, Kerry Lorenzo, Stephanie E Wallace, Ian A Glass, Fadi F Hamdan, Jacques L Michaud, Guy A Rouleau, Philippe M Campeau
VPS13 protein family members, VPS13A through VPS13C, have been associated with various recessive movement disorders. We describe the first disease association of rare recessive VPS13D variants including a frameshift, missense and a partial duplication with a novel complex, hyperkinetic neurological disorder. The clinical features include developmental delay, a childhood onset movement disorder (chorea, dystonia or tremor) and progressive spastic ataxia or paraparesis. Characteristic brain MRI shows basal ganglia or diffuse white matter T2 hyperintensities as seen in Leigh syndrome and chorea-acanthocytosis...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Sumit Jamwal, Puneet Kumar
Alteration in neurotransmitters signaling in basal ganglia has been consistently shown to significantly contribute to the pathophysiological basis of Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. Dopamine is important neurotransmitter which play critical role in coordinated body movements. Alteration in level of brain dopamine and receptor radically contribute to irregular movements, glutamate mediated excitotoxic neuronal death and further leads to imbalance in the levels of other neurotransmitters viz. GABA, adenosine, acetylcholine and endocannabinoids...
March 1, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
Bor Luen Tang
The small GTPase Miro is best known for its regulation of mitochondrial movement by engaging with the microtubule-based motor proteins kinesin and dynein. Very recent findings have now showed that Miro also targets peroxisomes and regulates microtubule-dependent peroxisome motility. Moreover, Miro recruits and stabilizes the myosin motor Myo19 at the mitochondria to enable actin-based mitochondria movement, which is important for mitochondrial segregation during mitosis. Miro thus has much broader functions that previously known, and these new findings may have important implications on disease pathology...
March 4, 2018: Cells
Bo-Ying Zheng, Li-Jun Cao, Pu Tang, Kees van Achterberg, Ary A Hoffmann, Hua-Yan Chen, Xue-Xin Chen, Shu-Jun Wei
The Apoidea represent a large and common superfamily of the Hymenoptera including the bees and sphecid wasps. A robust phylogenetic tree is essential to understanding the diversity, taxonomy and evolution of the Apoidea. In this study, features of apoid mitochondrial genomes were used to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships. Twelve apoid mitochondrial genomes were newly sequenced, representing six families and nine subfamilies. Gene rearrangement events have occurred in all apoid mitochondrial genomes sequenced to date...
March 3, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Li Dong, Matteo Cornaglia, Gopalan Krishnamani, Jingwei Zhang, Laurent Mouchiroud, Thomas Lehnert, Johan Auwerx, Martin A M Gijs
The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is an important model organism for biomedical research and genetic studies relevant to human biology and disease. Such studies are often based on high-resolution imaging of dynamic biological processes in the worm body tissues, requiring well-immobilized and physiologically active animals in order to avoid movement-related artifacts and to obtain meaningful biological information. However, existing immobilization methods employ the application of either anesthetics or servere physical constraints, by using glue or specific microfluidic on-chip mechanical structures, which in some cases may strongly affect physiological processes of the animals...
2018: PloS One
Antonietta Rosella Farina, Lucia Cappabianca, Luciana Gneo, Pierdomenico Ruggeri, Andrew Reay Mackay
Alternative TrkAIII splicing characterises advanced stage metastatic disease and post-therapeutic relapse in neuroblastoma (NB), and in NB models TrkAIII exhibits oncogenic activity. In this study, we report a novel role for TrkAIII in signaling ER stress to the mitochondria in SH-SY5Y NB cells that results in glycolytic metabolic adaptation. The ER stress-inducing agents DTT, A23187 and thapsigargin activated the ER stress-response in control pcDNA SH-SY5Y and TrkAIII expressing SH-SY5Y cells and in TrkAIII SH-SY5Y cells increased TrkAIII targeting to mitochondria and internalisation into inner-mitochondrial membranes...
February 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Sook Kyung Park, Sang Jin Ko, Sang Kyoo Paik, Jong-Cheol Rah, Kea Joo Lee, Yong Chul Bae
To provide information on the glutamatergic synapses on the trigeminal motoneurons, which may be important for understanding the mechanism of control of jaw movements, we investigated the distribution of vesicular glutamate transporter (VGLUT)1-immunopositive (+) and VGLUT2 + axon terminals (boutons) on the rat jaw-closing (JC) and jaw-opening (JO) motoneurons, and their morphological determinants of synaptic strength by retrograde tracing, electron microscopic immunohistochemistry, and quantitative ultrastructural analysis...
February 23, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
Shafqat Rasool, Naoto Soya, Luc Truong, Nathalie Croteau, Gergely L Lukacs, Jean-François Trempe
Mutations in PINK1 cause autosomal recessive Parkinson's disease (PD), a neurodegenerative movement disorder. PINK1 is a kinase that acts as a sensor of mitochondrial damage and initiates Parkin-mediated clearance of the damaged organelle. PINK1 phosphorylates Ser65 in both ubiquitin and the ubiquitin-like (Ubl) domain of Parkin, which stimulates its E3 ligase activity. Autophosphorylation of PINK1 is required for Parkin activation, but how this modulates the ubiquitin kinase activity is unclear. Here, we show that autophosphorylation of Tribolium castaneum PINK1 is required for substrate recognition...
February 23, 2018: EMBO Reports
Jin Young Bae, Jae Sik Lee, Sang Jin Ko, Yi Sul Cho, Jong-Cheol Rah, Hee Jung Cho, Mae Ja Park, Yong Chul Bae
The neurons in the trigeminal mesencephalic nucleus (Vmes) innervate jaw-closing muscle spindles and periodontal ligaments, and play a crucial role in the regulation of jaw movements. Recently, it was shown that many boutons that form synapses on them are immunopositive for glycine (Gly+), suggesting that these neurons receive glycinergic input. Information about the glycine receptors that mediate this input is needed to help understand the role of glycine in controlling Vmes neuron excitability. For this, we investigated the expression of glycine receptor subunit alpha 3 (GlyRα3) and gephyrin in neurons in Vmes and the trigeminal motor nucleus (Vmo), and the Gly+ boutons that contact them by light- and electron-microscopic immunocytochemistry and quantitative ultrastructural analysis...
February 19, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
Ricardo A Maselli, Jessica Vázquez, Leah Schrumpf, Juan Arredondo, Marian Lara, Jonathan B Strober, Peter Pytel, Robert L Wollmann, Michael Ferns
BACKGROUND: Monogenic defects of synaptic vesicle (SV) homeostasis have been implicated in many neurologic diseases, including autism, epilepsy, and movement disorders. In addition, abnormal vesicle exocytosis has been associated with several endocrine dysfunctions. METHODS: We report an 11 year old girl with learning disabilities, tremors, ataxia, transient hyperglycemia, and muscle fatigability responsive to albuterol sulfate. Failure of neuromuscular transmission was confirmed by single fiber electromyography...
February 14, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Anneliese Hoffmann, Sandro Käser, Martin Jakob, Simona Amodeo, Camille Peitsch, Jiří Týč, Sue Vaughan, Benoît Zuber, André Schneider, Torsten Ochsenreiter
In almost all eukaryotes, mitochondria maintain their own genome. Despite the discovery more than 50 y ago, still very little is known about how the genome is correctly segregated during cell division. The protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei contains a single mitochondrion with a singular genome, the kinetoplast DNA (kDNA). Electron microscopy studies revealed the tripartite attachment complex (TAC) to physically connect the kDNA to the basal body of the flagellum and to ensure correct segregation of the mitochondrial genome via the basal bodies movement, during the cell cycle...
February 6, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jimena Hebe Martinez, Agustina Alaimo, Roxana Mayra Gorojod, Soledad Porte Alcon, Federico Fuentes, Federico Coluccio Leskow, Mónica Lidia Kotler
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative movement disorder caused by the loss of dopaminergic neurons from substantia nigra. It is characterized by the accumulation of aggregated α-synuclein as the major component of the Lewy bodies. Additional common features of this disease are the mitochondrial dysfunction and the activation/inhibition of autophagy both events associated to the intracellular accumulation of α-synuclein. The mechanism by which these events contribute to neural degeneration remains unknown...
January 27, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Sin Hui Neo, Bor Luen Tang
Sirtuins and their pharmacological activators/inhibitors have been associated with a range of neuroprotective effects or disease modifying influences in neurological disorders. Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal-dominant, progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by movement disorder, psychiatric symptoms and cognitive decline. The monogenic mutation in HD encodes a variant of the protein Huntingtin (HTT). The disease is a consequence of a CAG repeat extension leading to an abnormally long polyglutamine (Q) stretch at HTT's N-terminus, which likely confers a toxic gain of function to the mutant polypeptide...
2018: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Roozbeh Behrooz, Mohammad Kaboli, Véronique Arnal, Masoud Nazarizadeh, Atefeh Asadi, Amin Salmanian, Mohsen Ahmadi, Claudine Montgelard
Northern and western mountains of Iran are among the most important biodiversity and endemism hot spots for reptiles in the Middle East. Among herpetofauna, the montivipers represent an emblematic and fragmented endemic group for which estimating their level of genetic differentiation and defining conservation priorities is urgently needed. Here, we present the most comprehensive phylogenetic study on the Montivipera raddei species group comprising all five known taxa, among which three are endemic to Iran...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Heredity
Fangjia Luo, Kyoko Shinzawa-Itoh, Kaede Hagimoto, Atsuhiro Shimada, Satoru Shimada, Eiki Yamashita, Shinya Yoshikawa, Tomitake Tsukihara
Cytochrome c oxidase (CcO), the terminal oxidase in cellular respiration, couples proton pumping to O2 reduction. Mammalian CcO resides in the inner mitochondrial membrane. Previously, a model of H-pathway proton pumping was proposed based on various CcO crystal structures. However, all previously determined structures were solved using crystals obtained at pH 5.7, which differs from the environmental pH of CcO in the inner membrane. The structures of fully oxidized and ligand-free reduced CcO at pH 7.3 have now been determined...
February 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Bruno K Rodiño-Janeiro, Cristina Martínez, Marina Fortea, Beatriz Lobo, Marc Pigrau, Adoración Nieto, Ana María González-Castro, Eloísa Salvo-Romero, Danila Guagnozzi, Cristina Pardo-Camacho, Cristina Iribarren, Fernando Azpiroz, Carmen Alonso-Cotoner, Javier Santos, Maria Vicario
Disturbed intestinal epithelial barrier and mucosal micro-inflammation characterize irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Despite intensive research demonstrating ovarian hormones modulation of IBS severity, there is still limited knowledge on the mechanisms underlying female predominance in this disorder. Our aim was to identify molecular pathways involved in epithelial barrier dysfunction and female predominance in diarrhea-predominant IBS (IBS-D) patients. Total RNA and protein were obtained from jejunal mucosal biopsies from healthy controls and IBS-D patients meeting the Rome III criteria...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
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