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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467404/basal-condensation-of-numb-and-pon-complex-via-phase-transition-during-drosophila-neuroblast-asymmetric-division
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Zelin Shan, Yuting Tu, Ying Yang, Ziheng Liu, Menglong Zeng, Huisha Xu, Jiafu Long, Mingjie Zhang, Yu Cai, Wenyu Wen
Uneven distribution and local concentration of protein complexes on distinct membrane cortices is a fundamental property in numerous biological processes, including Drosophila neuroblast (NB) asymmetric cell divisions and cell polarity in general. In NBs, the cell fate determinant Numb forms a basal crescent together with Pon and is segregated into the basal daughter cell to initiate its differentiation. Here we discover that Numb PTB domain, using two distinct binding surfaces, recognizes repeating motifs within Pon in a previously unrecognized mode...
February 21, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453546/a-drosophila-model-to-decipher-the-toxicity-of-nanoparticles-taken-through-oral-routes
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S Aurosman Pappus, Monalisa Mishra
In recent era, nanoparticles (NPs) are widely used in food, medicine and body implants. Besides it's wide use being a foreign particle it may have some noxious effect on the body. To understand the mechanistic role of NPs toxicity, Drosophila appeared to be a superior model organism. Toxicity of several nanoparticles were accessed using Drosophila. The NPs, after oral route of exposure enter into the gut, crosses the barrier of peritrophic membrane and induces apoptosis. The toxicity of NPs within gut resulted in developmental delay, with decrease in pupa count, fly hatching along with weight loss...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437009/the-bhlh-protein-nulp1-is-essential-for-femur-development-via-acting-as-a-cofactor-in-wnt-signaling-in-drosophila
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Q Zeng, Y Wan, P Zhu, M Zhao, F Jiang, J Chen, M Tang, X Zhu, Y Li, H Zha, Y Wang, M Hu, X Mo, Y Zhang, Y Deng, Y Chen, X Fan, Y Chen, X Ye, R Bodmer, K Ocorr, Z Jiang, J Zhuang, W Yuan, X Wu
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) protein families are a large class of transcription factors, which are associated with cell proliferation, tissue differentiation, and other important development process. We reported that the Nuclear localized protein-1 (Nulp1) might act as a novel bHLH transcriptional factor to mediate cellular functions. However, its role in development in vivo remains unknown. Here we show that Drosophila Nulp1 (dNulp1) mutants, generated by CRISPR/Cas9 targeting the Domain of Unknown Function (DUF654) in its C terminal, are partially homozygous lethal and the rare escapers have bent femurs, which are similar to the major manifestation of congenital bent-bone dysplasia in human Stuve-Weidemann syndrome...
February 12, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29408269/aedes-aegypti-antiviral-adaptive-response-against-denv-2
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Javier Serrato-Salas, Javier Izquierdo-Sánchez, Martha Argüello, Renáud Conde, Alejandro Alvarado-Delgado, Humberto Lanz-Mendoza
Priming is the conceptual term defining memory phenomenon in innate immune response. Numerous examples of enhanced secondary immune response have been described in diverse taxa of invertebrates; which naturally lacks memory response. In mosquitoes, a previous non-lethal challenge with some specific pathogens modify their immune response against the same microorganism; developing an improved antimicrobial reaction. In this work, we explore the ability of Aedes aegypti to mount a higher antiviral response upon a second oral DENV challenge...
February 2, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29374056/a-dual-role-of-the-extracellular-domain-of-drosophila-crumbs-for-morphogenesis-of-the-embryonic-neuroectoderm
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Shradha Das, Elisabeth Knust
Epithelia are highly polarised tissues and several highly conserved polarity protein complexes serve to establish and maintain polarity. The transmembrane protein Crumbs (Crb), the central component of the Crb protein complex, is required, among others, for the maintenance of polarity in most epithelia in the Drosophila embryo. However, different epithelia exhibit different phenotypic severity upon loss of crb Using a transgenomic approach allowed us to more accurately define the role of crb in different epithelia...
January 26, 2018: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29364239/cell-aggregation-assays-to-evaluate-the-binding-of-the-drosophila-notch-with-trans-ligands-and-its-inhibition-by-cis-ligands
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Ashutosh Pandey, Hamed Jafar-Nejad
Notch signaling is an evolutionarily conserved cell-cell communication system used broadly in animal development and adult maintenance. Interaction of the Notch receptor with ligands from neighboring cells induces activation of the signaling pathway (trans-activation), while interaction with ligands from the same cell inhibits signaling (cis-inhibition). Proper balance between trans-activation and cis-inhibition helps establish optimal levels of Notch signaling in some contexts during animal development. Because of the overlapping expression domains of Notch and its ligands in many cell types and the existence of feedback mechanisms, studying the effects of a given post-translational modification on trans- versus cis-interactions of Notch and its ligands in vivo is difficult...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29361571/stereotypical-architecture-of-the-stem-cell-niche-is-spatiotemporally-established-by-mir-125-dependent-coordination-of-notch-and-steroid-signaling
#7
Andriy S Yatsenko, Halyna R Shcherbata
Stem cell niches act as signaling platforms that regulate stem cell self-renewal and sustain stem cells throughout life; however, the specific developmental events controlling their assembly are not well understood. Here we show that during Drosophila ovarian germline stem cell niche formation, the status of Notch signaling in the cell can be reprogrammed. This is controlled via steroid-induced miR-125, which targets a negative regulator of Notch signaling, Tom. Thus, miR-125 acts as a spatiotemporal coordinator between paracrine Notch and endocrine steroid signaling...
January 22, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343637/tyrosine-phosphorylation-and-proteolytic-cleavage-of-notch-are-required-for-non-canonical-notch-abl-signaling-in-drosophila-axon-guidance
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Ramakrishnan Kannan, Eric Cox, Lei Wang, Irina Kuzina, Qun Gu, Edward Giniger
Notch signaling is required for the development and physiology of nearly every tissue in metazoans. Much of Notch signaling is mediated by transcriptional regulation of downstream target genes, but Notch controls axon patterning in Drosophila by local modulation of Abl tyrosine kinase signaling, via direct interactions with the Abl co-factors Disabled and Trio. Here, we show that Notch-Abl axonal signaling requires both of the proteolytic cleavage events that initiate canonical Notch signaling. We further show that some Notch protein is tyrosine phosphorylated in Drosophila, that this form of the protein is selectively associated with Disabled and Trio, and that relevant tyrosines are essential for Notch-dependent axon patterning but not for canonical Notch-dependent regulation of cell fate...
January 17, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335529/transient-scute-activation-via-a-self-stimulatory-loop-directs-enteroendocrine-cell-pair-specification-from-self-renewing-intestinal-stem-cells
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Jun Chen, Na Xu, Chenhui Wang, Pin Huang, Huanwei Huang, Zhen Jin, Zhongsheng Yu, Tao Cai, Renjie Jiao, Rongwen Xi
The process through which multiple types of cell-lineage-restricted progenitor cells are specified from multipotent stem cells is unclear. Here we show that, in intestinal stem cell lineages in adult Drosophila, in which the Delta-Notch-signalling-guided progenitor cell differentiation into enterocytes is the default mode, the specification of enteroendocrine cells (EEs) is initiated by transient Scute activation in a process driven by transcriptional self-stimulation combined with a negative feedback regulation between Scute and Notch targets...
January 15, 2018: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333477/notch-ligand-binding-assay-using-flow-cytometry
#10
Shweta Varshney, Pamela Stanley
Notch signaling is an evolutionary conserved signaling pathway that plays an indispensable role during development, and in the maintenance of homeostatic processes, in a wide variety of tissues (Kopan, 2012; Hori et al., 2013). The multifaceted roles of Notch signaling are stringently regulated at different levels. One of the most important aspects of regulation is the binding of different Notch ligands to each Notch receptor (NOTCH1-NOTCH4). Canonical ligands Delta or Serrate (in Drosophila), and Delta-like (DLL1 and DLL4) or Jagged (JAG1 and JAG2) (in mammals), are transmembrane glycoproteins...
December 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306967/identification-of-tarsal-less-peptides-from-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#11
Guangli Cao, Yongchang Gong, Xiaolong Hu, Min Zhu, Zi Liang, Lixu Huang, Lei Yu, Jian Xu, Kun Li, Mian Sahib Zar, Renyu Xue, Chengliang Gong
The polycistronic and non-canonical gene tarsal-less (tal, known as pri) was reported to be required for embryonic and imaginal development in Drosophila; however, there are few reports of the tal gene in the silkworm Bombyx mori. Here, we cloned a tal-like (Bmtal) gene, and a sequence analysis showed that the Bmtal cDNA (1661 bp) contains five small open reading frames (smORFs) (A1, A2, A3, A4, and B) that encode short peptides of 11-12 (A1-A4) amino acid residues containing an LDPTG(E)L(Q)(V)Y motif that is conserved in Drosophila Tal, as well as a 32-amino-acid B peptide...
January 6, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276156/a-phyllopod-mediated-feedback-loop-promotes-intestinal-stem-cell-enteroendocrine-commitment-in-drosophila
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Chang Yin, Rongwen Xi
The intestinal epithelium in the Drosophila midgut is maintained by intestinal stem cells (ISCs), which are capable of generating both enterocytes and enteroendocrine cells (EEs) via alternative cell fate specification. Activation of Delta-Notch signaling directs ISCs for enterocyte generation, but how EEs are generated from ISCs remains poorly understood. Here, we identified Phyllopod (Phyl) as a key regulator that drives EE generation from ISCs. Phyl, which is normally suppressed by Notch, functions as an adaptor protein that bridges Tramtrack 69 (Ttk69) and E3 ubiquitin ligase Sina for degradation...
December 15, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210315/expression-of-lamina-proteins-lamin-and-kugelkern-suppresses-stem-cell-proliferation
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Roman Petrovsky, Jörg Großhans
The nuclear lamina is involved in numerous cellular functions, such as gene expression, nuclear organization, nuclear stability, and cell proliferation. The mechanism underlying the involvement of lamina is often not clear, especially in physiological or developmental contexts. Here we investigate the role and activity of farnesylated lamina proteins Lamin (Lam) and Kugelkern (Kuk) in proliferation control of intestinal stem cells (ISCs) in adult Drosophila flies. We found that ISCs mutant for Lam or kuk proliferate, whereas overexpression of Lam or Kuk strongly suppressed proliferation...
December 6, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208636/homeodomain-interacting-protein-kinase-promotes-tumorigenesis-and-metastatic-cell-behavior
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Jessica A Blaquiere, Kenneth Kin Lam Wong, Stephen D Kinsey, Jin Wu, Esther M Verheyen
Aberrations in signaling pathways that regulate tissue growth often lead to tumorigenesis. Homeodomain interacting protein kinase (Hipk) family members are reported to have distinct and contradictory effects on cell proliferation and tissue growth. From these studies it is clear that much remains to be learned about the roles of Hipk family protein kinases in proliferation and cell behaviour. Previous work has shown that Drosophila Hipk is a potent growth regulator, thus we predicted that it could have a role in tumorigenesis...
November 20, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208631/the-drosophila-junctophilin-gene-is-functionally-equivalent-to-its-four-mammalian-counterparts-and-is-a-modifier-of-a-huntingtin-poly-q-expansion-and-the-notch-pathway
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Eduardo Calpena, Víctor López Del Amo, Mouli Chakraborty, Beatriz Llamusí, Rubén Artero, Carmen Espinós, Máximo I Galindo
Members of the Junctophilin (JPH) protein family have emerged as key actors in all excitable cells with critical implications for human pathophysiology. In mammals this family consists in four members (JPH1-4) that are differentially expressed throughout excitable cells. The analysis of knockout mice lacking JPH subtypes has demonstrated their essential contribution to physiological functions in skeletal and cardiac muscles, and neurons. Moreover, mutations in the human JPH2 gene are associated with hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathies; mutations in JPH3 are responsible for the neurodegenerative Huntington's disease-like-2 (HDL2), whereas JPH1 acts as a genetic modifier in CMT2K peripheral neuropathy...
November 20, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205612/homeodomain-interacting-protein-kinase-phosphorylates-the-drosophila-paired-box-protein-6-pax6-homologues-twin-of-eyeless-and-eyeless
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E L Steinmetz, D N Dewald, U Walldorf
Homeodomain-interacting protein kinase (Hipk), the Drosophila homologue of mammalian HIPK2, plays several important roles in regulating differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, and stress responses and acts as a mediator for signals of diverse pathways, such as Notch or Wingless signalling. The Paired box protein 6 (Pax6) has two Drosophila homologues, Twin of eyeless (Toy) and Eyeless (Ey). Both stand atop the retinal determination gene network (RDGN), which is essential for proper eye development in Drosophila...
December 4, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196461/mirna-suppression-of-a-notch-repressor-directs-non-neuronal-fate-in-drosophila-mechanosensory-organs
#17
Joshua Kavaler, Hong Duan, Rajaguru Aradhya, Luis F de Navas, Brian Joseph, Boris Shklyar, Eric C Lai
Although there is abundant evidence that individual microRNA (miRNA) loci repress large cohorts of targets, large-scale knockout studies suggest that most miRNAs are phenotypically dispensable. Here, we identify a rare case of developmental cell specification that is highly dependent on miRNA control of an individual target. We observe that binary cell fate choice in the Drosophila melanogaster peripheral sensory organ lineage is controlled by the non-neuronally expressed mir-279/996 cluster, with a majority of notum sensory organs exhibiting transformation of sheath cells into ectopic neurons...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171103/adult-functions-for-the-drosophila-dhr78-nuclear-receptor
#18
Stefanie Marxreiter, Carl S Thummel
BACKGROUND: The Testicular Receptors 2 and 4 (TR2, TR4) comprise a small subfamily of orphan nuclear receptors. Genetic studies in mouse models have identified roles for TR4 in developmental progression, fertility, brain development, and metabolism, as well as genetic redundancy with TR2. Here we study the adult functions of the single Drosophila member of this subfamily, DHR78, with the goal of defining its ancestral functions in the absence of genetic redundancy. RESULTS: We show that DHR78 mutants have a shortened lifespan, reduced motility, and mated DHR78 mutant females display a reduced feeding rate...
November 24, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157562/erk-regulates-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-in-fission-deficient-drosophila-follicle-cells-during-differentiation
#19
Darshika Tomer, Rohan Chippalkatti, Kasturi Mitra, Richa Rikhy
Mitochondrial morphology regulatory proteins interact with signaling pathways involved in differentiation. In Drosophila oogenesis, EGFR signaling regulates mitochondrial fragmentation in posterior follicle cells (PFCs). EGFR driven oocyte patterning and Notch signaling mediated differentiation are abrogated when PFCs are deficient for the mitochondrial fission protein Drp1. It is not known whether fused mitochondrial morphology in drp1 mutant PFCs exerts its effects on these signaling pathways through change in mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) activity...
November 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155828/role-of-co-repressor-genomic-landscapes-in-shaping-the-notch-response
#20
Stephen K K Chan, Gustavo Cerda-Moya, Robert Stojnic, Kat Millen, Bettina Fischer, Silvie Fexova, Lenka Skalska, Maria Gomez-Lamarca, Zoe Pillidge, Steven Russell, Sarah J Bray
Repressors are frequently deployed to limit the transcriptional response to signalling pathways. For example, several co-repressors interact directly with the DNA-binding protein CSL and are proposed to keep target genes silenced in the absence of Notch activity. However, the scope of their contributions remains unclear. To investigate co-repressor activity in the context of this well defined signalling pathway, we have analysed the genome-wide binding profile of the best-characterized CSL co-repressor in Drosophila, Hairless, and of a second CSL interacting repressor, SMRTER...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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