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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324752/tet-protein-function-during-drosophila-development
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Fei Wang, Svetlana Minakhina, Hiep Tran, Neha Changela, Joseph Kramer, Ruth Steward
The TET (Ten-eleven translocation) 1, 2 and 3 proteins have been shown to function as DNA hydroxymethylases in vertebrates and their requirements have been documented extensively. Recently, the Tet proteins have been shown to also hydroxylate 5-methylcytosine in RNA. 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmrC) is enriched in messenger RNA but the function of this modification has yet to be elucidated. Because Cytosine methylation in DNA is barely detectable in Drosophila, it serves as an ideal model to study the biological function of 5hmrC...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322640/conserved-roles-of-osiris-genes-in-insect-development-polymorphism-and-protection
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Chris R Smith, Claire Morandin, Moataz Noureddine, Swati Pant
Much of the variation among insects is derived from the different ways that chitin has been molded to form rigid structures, both internal and external. In this study, we identify a highly conserved expression pattern in an insect-only gene family, the Osiris genes, that is essential for development, but also plays a significant role in phenotypic plasticity and in immunity/toxicity responses. The majority of Osiris genes exist in a highly syntenic cluster, and the cluster itself appears to have arisen very early in the evolution of insects...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321168/tools-allowing-independent-visualization-and-genetic-manipulation-of-drosophilamelanogaster-macrophages-and-surrounding-tissues
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Attila Gyoergy, Marko Roblek, Aparna Ratheesh, Katarina Valoskova, Vera Belyaeva, Stephanie Wachner, Yutaka Matsubayashi, Besaiz J Sánchez-Sánchez, Brian Stramer, Daria E Siekhaus
Drosophila melanogaster plasmatocytes, the phagocytic cells among hemocytes, are essential for immune responses, but also play key roles from early development to death through their interactions with other cell types. They regulate homeostasis and signaling during development, stem cell proliferation, metabolism, cancer, wound responses and aging, displaying intriguing molecular and functional conservation with vertebrate macrophages. Given the relative ease of genetics in Drosophila compared to vertebrates, tools permitting visualization and genetic manipulation of plasmatocytes and surrounding tissues independently at all stages would greatly aid in fully understanding these processes, but are lacking...
January 10, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317541/dicer-2-promotes-mrna-activation-through-cytoplasmic-polyadenylation
#4
Olga Coll, Tanit Guitart, Ana Villalba, Catherine Papin, Martine Simonelig, Fatima Gebauer
Cytoplasmic polyadenylation is a widespread mechanism to regulate mRNA translation. In vertebrates, this process requires two sequence elements in target 3' UTRs, the U-rich cytoplasmic polyadenylation element and the AAUAAA hexanucleotide. In Drosophila melanogaster, cytoplasmic polyadenylation of Toll mRNA occurs independently of these canonical elements and requires a machinery that remains to be characterized. Here we identify Dicer-2 as a component of this machinery. Dicer-2, a factor previously involved in RNA interference (RNAi), interacts with the cytoplasmic poly(A) polymerase Wispy...
January 9, 2018: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297349/a-geometric-method-for-contour-extraction-of-drosophila-embryos
#5
Qi Li, Yongyi Gong
BACKGROUND: High resolution images of Drosophila embryos in their developmental stages contain rich spatial and temporal information of gene expression. Automatic extraction of the contour of an embryo of interest in an embryonic image is a critical step of a computational system used to discover gene-gene interaction on Drosophila. RESULTS: We propose a geometric method for contour extraction of Drosophila embryos. The key of the proposed geometric method is k-dominant point extraction that is a generalization of 3-dominant point extraction proposed in our previous work...
December 14, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287788/timeless2-plays-an-important-role-in-reproduction-and-circadian-rhythms-in-the-cricket-gryllus-bimaculatus
#6
Motoki Nose, Atsushi Tokuoka, Tetsuya Bando, Kenji Tomioka
The timeless2 (tim2) gene is an insect orthologue of the mammalian clock gene Timeless (mTim). Although its functional role has been extensively studied in mammals, little is known regarding its role in insects. In the present study, we obtained tim2 cDNA (Gb'tim2) from the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus and characterized its functional role in embryonic development, egg production, and circadian rhythms. Gb'tim2 gave rise to a 1432 amino acid protein, and showed approximately 65% homology to that of Drosophila melanogaster...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284184/disparate-patterns-of-thermal-adaptation-between-life-stages-in-temperate-vs-tropical-drosophila-melanogaster
#7
Brent L Lockwood, Tarun Gupta, Rosemary Scavotto
Many terrestrial ectothermic species exhibit limited variation in upper thermal tolerance across latitude. However, these trends may not signify limited adaptive capacity to increase thermal tolerance in the face of climate change. Instead, thermal tolerance may be similar among populations because behavioral thermoregulation by mobile organisms or life stages may buffer natural selection for thermal tolerance. We compared thermal tolerance of adults and embryos among natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster from a broad range of thermal habitats around the globe to assess natural variation of thermal tolerance in mobile vs...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278271/maternal-nanos-dependent-rna-stabilization-in-the-primordial-germ-cells-of-drosophila-embryos
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Seiko Sugimori, Yuji Kumata, Satoru Kobayashi
Nanos (Nos) is an evolutionary conserved protein expressed in the germline of various animal species. In Drosophila, maternal Nos protein is essential for germline development. In the germline progenitors, or the primordial germ cells (PGCs), Nos binds to the 3' UTR of target mRNAs to repress their translation. In contrast to this prevailing role of Nos, here we report that the 3' UTR of CG32425 mRNA mediates Nos-dependent RNA stabilization in PGCs. We found that the level of mRNA expressed from a reporter gene fused to the CG32425 3' UTR was significantly reduced in PGCs lacking maternal Nos (nos PGCs) as compared with normal PGCs...
December 26, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261646/a-conserved-maternal-specific-repressive-domain-in-zelda-revealed-by-cas9-mediated-mutagenesis-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Danielle C Hamm, Elizabeth D Larson, Markus Nevil, Kelsey E Marshall, Eliana R Bondra, Melissa M Harrison
In nearly all metazoans, the earliest stages of development are controlled by maternally deposited mRNAs and proteins. The zygotic genome becomes transcriptionally active hours after fertilization. Transcriptional activation during this maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) is tightly coordinated with the degradation of maternally provided mRNAs. In Drosophila melanogaster, the transcription factor Zelda plays an essential role in widespread activation of the zygotic genome. While Zelda expression is required both maternally and zygotically, the mechanisms by which it functions to remodel the embryonic genome and prepare the embryo for development remain unclear...
December 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247011/histone-demethylase-activity-of-utx-is-essential-for-viability-and-regulation-of%C3%A2-hox-gene-expression-in%C3%A2-drosophila
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Ömer Copur, Jürg Müller
The trimethylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27me3) by Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) is essential for repression of Polycomb target genes. The role of enzymatic demethylation of H3K27me3 by the KDM6-family demethylases Utx, Uty and JmjD3 is however less clear. Studies in both mice and worms led to the proposal that KDM6 proteins but not their H3K27me3 demethylase activity is critical for normal development. Here, we investigated the requirement of the demethylase activity of the single KDM6 family member Utx in Drosophila We generated Drosophila expressing full-length but catalytic inactive Utx protein and found that these mutants show the same phenotypes like animals lacking Utx protein...
December 15, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242288/a-role-for-mono-methylation-of-histone-h3-k27-in-gene-activity-in-drosophila
#11
Liangjun Wang, Preeti Joshi, Ellen L Miller, LeeAnn Higgins, Matthew Slattery, Jeffrey A Simon
Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) is a conserved chromatin-modifying enzyme that methylates histone H3 on lysine-27 (K27).  PRC2 can add one, two, or three methyl groups and the fully methylated product, H3-K27me3, is a hallmark of Polycomb-silenced chromatin.  Less is known about functions of K27me1 and K27me2 and the dynamics of flux through these states.  These modifications could serve mainly as intermediates to produce K27me3 or they could each convey distinct epigenetic information.  To investigate this, we engineered a variant of Drosophila melanogaster PRC2 which is converted into a mono-methyltransferase...
December 14, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236253/iclip-of-the-piwi-protein-aubergine-in-drosophila-embryos
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Bridlin Barckmann, Jérémy Dufourt, Martine Simonelig
Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are a class of small noncoding RNAs bound to specific Argonaute proteins, the PIWI proteins. piRNAs target mRNAs by complementarity to silence them; they play an important role in the repression of transposable elements in the germ line of many species. piRNAs and PIWI proteins are also involved in diverse biological processes through their role in the regulation of cellular mRNAs. In the Drosophila embryo, they contribute to the maternal mRNA decay occurring during the maternal-to-zygotic transition...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205681/meroistic-oogenesis-of-drosophila-in-section-in-situ
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Alexandra L Mattei, Mariana F Wolfner
Some insects, such as Drosophila melanogaster, produce eggs by meroistic oogenesis. In this process, the developing oocyte remains connected by cytoplasmic bridges to its sister "nurse" cells, which synthesize molecules and organelles for the future embryo. In the ovary, shown brighter in this micro-CT (X-ray computed tomography) scan of the abdomen of a female fly at 8 h post-mating, egg-chambers made of oocyte and nurse cells are lined up progressively in tubules called ovarioles.
December 4, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194761/development-and-use-of-a-piggybac-based-jumpstarter-system-in-drosophila-suzukii
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Fu-Chyun Chu, William Klobasa, Nathaniel Grubbs, Marcé D Lorenzen
Spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive pest that primarily attacks fresh, soft-skinned fruit. Although others have reported successful integration of marked piggyBac elements into the D. suzukii genome, with a very respectable transgenesis rate of ∼16%, here we take this work a step further by creating D. suzukii jumpstarter strains. These were generated through integration of a fluorescent-marked Minos element carrying a heat shock protein 70-driven piggyBac transposase gene. We demonstrate that there is a dramatic increase in transformation rates when germline transformation is performed in a transposase-expressing background...
December 1, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191551/the-drosophila-lymph-gland-is-an-ideal-model-for-studying-hematopoiesis
#15
Shichao Yu, Fangzhou Luo, Li Hua Jin
Hematopoiesis in Drosophila melanogaster occurs throughout the entire life cycle, from the embryo to adulthood. The healthy lymph gland, as a hematopoietic organ during the larval stage, can give rise to two mature types of hemocytes, plasmatocytes and crystal cells, which persist into the pupal and adult stages. Homeostasis of the lymph gland is tightly controlled by a series of conserved factors and signaling pathways, which also play key roles in mammalian hematopoiesis. Thus, revealing the hematopoietic mechanisms in Drosophila will advance our understanding of hematopoietic stem cells and their niche as well as leukemia in mammals...
November 27, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187214/synthetic-enhancer-design-by-in-silico-compensatory-evolution-reveals-flexibility-and-constraint-in-cis-regulation
#16
Kenneth A Barr, Carlos Martinez, Jennifer R Moran, Ah-Ram Kim, Alexandre F Ramos, John Reinitz
BACKGROUND: Models that incorporate specific chemical mechanisms have been successful in describing the activity of Drosophila developmental enhancers as a function of underlying transcription factor binding motifs. Despite this, the minimum set of mechanisms required to reconstruct an enhancer from its constituent parts is not known. Synthetic biology offers the potential to test the sufficiency of known mechanisms to describe the activity of enhancers, as well as to uncover constraints on the number, order, and spacing of motifs...
November 29, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167399/protein-o-mannosyltransferases-affect-sensory-axon-wiring-and-dynamic-chirality-of-body-posture-in-the-drosophila-embryo
#17
Ryan Baker, Naosuke Nakamura, Ishita Chandel, Brooke Howell, Dmitry Lyalin, Vladislav M Panin
Genetic defects in protein O-mannosyltransferases, POMT1 and POMT2, underlie severe muscular dystrophies. POMT genes are evolutionarily conserved in metazoan organisms. In Drosophila, both male and female POMT mutants show a clockwise rotation of adult abdominal segments, suggesting a chirality of underlying pathogenic mechanisms. Here we described and analyzed a similar phenotype in POMT mutant embryos that show left-handed body torsion. Our experiments demonstrated that coordinated muscle contraction waves are associated with asymmetric embryo rolling, unveiling a new chirality marker in Drosophila development...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158889/non-canonical-dorsoventral-patterning-in-the-moth-midge-clogmia-albipunctata
#18
Karl R Wotton, Anna Alcaine-Colet, Johannes Jaeger, Eva Jiménez-Guri
Background: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are of central importance for dorsal-ventral (DV) axis specification. They are core components of a signalling cascade that includes the BMP ligand decapentaplegic (DPP) and its antagonist short gastrulation (SOG) in Drosophila melanogaster. These components are very ancient, with orthologs involved in DV patterning in both protostomes and deuterostomes. Despite such strong conservation, recent comparative work in insects has revealed interesting differences in the way the patterning function of the DV system is achieved in different species...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158446/drosophila-embryonic-type-ii-neuroblasts-origin-temporal-patterning-and-contribution-to-the-adult-central-complex
#19
Kathleen T Walsh, Chris Q Doe
Drosophila neuroblasts are an excellent model for investigating how neuronal diversity is generated. Most brain neuroblasts generate a series of ganglion mother cells (GMCs) that each make two neurons (type I lineage), but sixteen brain neuroblasts generate a series of intermediate neural progenitors (INPs) that each produce 4-6 GMCs and 8-12 neurons (type II lineage). Thus, type II lineages are similar to primate cortical lineages, and may serve as models for understanding cortical expansion. Yet the origin of type II neuroblasts remains mysterious: do they form in the embryo or larva? If they form in the embryo, do their progeny populate the adult central complex, as do the larval type II neuroblast progeny? Here we present molecular and clonal data showing that all type II neuroblasts form in the embryo, produce INPs, and express known temporal transcription factors...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158336/severe-fertility-effects-of-sheepish%C3%A2-sperm-caused-by-failure-to-enter-female-sperm-storage-organs-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#20
Masatoshi Tomaru, Takashi Ohsako, Masahide Watanabe, Naoto Juni, Hiroshi Matsubayashi, Hiromi Sato, Ayako Takahashi, Masa-Toshi Yamamoto
In Drosophila, mature sperm are transferred from males to females during copulation, stored in the sperm storage organs of females, and then utilized for fertilization. Here, we report a gene named sheepish (shps) of D. melanogaster that is essential for sperm storage in females. shps mutant males, although producing morphologically normal and motile sperm that are effectively transferred to females, produce very few offspring. Direct counts of sperm indicated that the primary defect was correlated to failure of shps sperm to migrate into the female sperm storage organs...
November 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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