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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211874/datf4-regulation-of-mitochondrial-folate-mediated-one-carbon-metabolism-is-neuroprotective
#1
Ivana Celardo, Susann Lehmann, Ana C Costa, Samantha Hy Loh, L Miguel Martins
Neurons rely on mitochondria as their preferred source of energy. Mutations in PINK1 and PARKIN cause neuronal death in early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD), thought to be due to mitochondrial dysfunction. In Drosophila pink1 and parkin mutants, mitochondrial defects lead to the compensatory upregulation of the mitochondrial one-carbon cycle metabolism genes by an unknown mechanism. Here we uncover that this branch is triggered by the activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4). We show that ATF4 regulates the expression of one-carbon metabolism genes SHMT2 and NMDMC as a protective response to mitochondrial toxicity...
February 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209589/second-generation-drosophila-chemical-tags-sensitivity-versatility-and-speed
#2
Ben Sutcliffe, Julian Ng, Thomas O Auer, Mathias Pasche, Richard Benton, Gregory S X E Jefferis, Sebastian Cachero
Labeling and visualizing cells and subcellular structures within thick tissues, whole organs and even intact animals is key to studying biological processes. This is particularly true for studies of neural circuits where neurons form submicron synapses but have arbors that may span millimeters in length. Traditionally, labeling is achieved by immunofluorescence; however diffusion of antibody molecules (>100 kDa) is slow and often results in uneven labeling with very poor penetration into the centre of thick specimens; these limitations can be partially addressed by extending staining protocols to over a week (Drosophila brain) and months (mice)...
February 16, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208692/economic-impact-of-the-introduction-and-establishment-of-drosophila-suzukii-on-sweet-cherry-production-in-switzerland
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REVIEW
Dominique Mazzi, Esther Bravin, Manuela Meraner, Robert Finger, Stefan Kuske
First detected in Switzerland in 2011, the invasive Drosophila suzukii, spotted wing drosophila, has caused recurring costs for growers of berries and fruit. Recommended management approaches rely on a set of methods, tailored to suit crop requirements under the prevailing local conditions. Control of D. suzukii represents a substantial economic burden for growers, in terms of material, equipment, new infrastructure and extra labour. However, those growers who invest wisely to deliver unblemished produce are rewarded with high payoffs...
February 8, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205638/effects-of-mir-146a-on-the-osteogenesis-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-bone-regeneration
#4
Qing Xie, Wei Wei, Jing Ruan, Yi Ding, Ai Zhuang, Xiaoping Bi, Hao Sun, Ping Gu, Zi Wang, Xianqun Fan
Increasing evidence has indicated that bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2) coordinates with microRNAs (miRNAs) to form intracellular networks regulating mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) osteogenesis. This study aimed to identify specific miRNAs in rat adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) during BMP2-induced osteogenesis, we selected the most significantly down-regulated miRNA, miR-146a, to systematically investigate its role in regulating osteogenesis and bone regeneration. Overexpressing miR-146a notably repressed ADSC osteogenesis, whereas knocking down miR-146a greatly promoted this process...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205624/the-small-molecule-auten-99-autophagy-enhancer-99-prevents-the-progression-of-neurodegenerative-symptoms
#5
Tibor Kovács, Viktor Billes, Marcell Komlós, Bernadette Hotzi, Anna Manzéger, Anna Tarnóci, Diána Papp, Fanni Szikszai, Janka Szinyákovics, Ákos Rácz, Béla Noszál, Szilvia Veszelka, Fruzsina R Walter, Mária A Deli, Laszlo Hackler, Robert Alfoldi, Orsolya Huzian, Laszlo G Puskas, Hanna Liliom, Krisztián Tárnok, Katalin Schlett, Adrienn Borsy, Ervin Welker, Attila L Kovács, Zsolt Pádár, Attila Erdős, Adam Legradi, Annamaria Bjelik, Károly Gulya, Balázs Gulyás, Tibor Vellai
Autophagy functions as a main route for the degradation of superfluous and damaged constituents of the cytoplasm. Defects in autophagy are implicated in the development of various age-dependent degenerative disorders such as cancer, neurodegeneration and tissue atrophy, and in accelerated aging. To promote basal levels of the process in pathological settings, we previously screened a small molecule library for novel autophagy-enhancing factors that inhibit the myotubularin-related phosphatase MTMR14/Jumpy, a negative regulator of autophagic membrane formation...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199832/age-related-changes-in-insulin-like-signaling-lead-to-intermediate-term-memory-impairment-in-drosophila
#6
Kento Tanabe, Motoyuki Itoh, Ayako Tonoki
Insulin and insulin-growth-factor-like signaling (IIS) plays important roles in the regulation of development, growth, metabolic homeostasis, and aging, as well as in brain functions such as learning and memory. The temporal-spatial role of IIS in learning and memory and its effect on age-dependent memory impairment remain unclear. Here, we report that intermediate-term memory (ITM), but not short-term memory (STM), in Drosophila aversive olfactory memory requires transient IIS during adulthood. The expression of Drosophila insulin-like peptide 3 (Dilp3) in insulin-producing cells and insulin receptor function in the fat body are essential for ITM...
February 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196122/detrimental-elavl-1-hur-dependent-gsk3%C3%AE-mrna-stabilization-impairs-resolution-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#7
Olivia Hoffman, Nana Burns, István Vadász, Holger K Eltzschig, Michael G Edwards, Christine U Vohwinkel
A hallmark of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is accumulation of protein-rich edema in the distal airspaces and its removal is critical for patient survival. Previous studies have shown a detrimental role of Glycogen Synthase Kinase (GSK) 3β during ARDS via inhibition of alveolar epithelial protein transport. We hypothesized that post-transcriptional regulation of GSK3β could play a functional role in ARDS resolution. To address this hypothesis, we performed an in silico analysis to identify regulatory genes whose expression correlation to GSK3β messenger RNA utilizing two lung cancer cell line array datasets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196077/enhancer-of-polycomb-coordinates-multiple-signaling-pathways-to-promote-both-cyst-and-germline-stem-cell-differentiation-in-the-drosophila-adult-testis
#8
Lijuan Feng, Zhen Shi, Xin Chen
Stem cells reside in a particular microenvironment known as a niche. The interaction between extrinsic cues originating from the niche and intrinsic factors in stem cells determines their identity and activity. Maintenance of stem cell identity and stem cell self-renewal are known to be controlled by chromatin factors. Herein, we use the Drosophila adult testis which has two adult stem cell lineages, the germline stem cell (GSC) lineage and the cyst stem cell (CySC) lineage, to study how chromatin factors regulate stem cell differentiation...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183243/life-history-traits-of-an-extended-longevity-phenotype-of-drosophila-melanogaster
#9
S Deepashree, Thimmappa Shivanandappa, Saraf R Ramesh
BACKGROUND: Aging or senescence is a complex biological phenomenon. Artificially selected Drosophila for extended longevity is one of the experimental models used to understand the mechanisms involved in aging and to test various theories. OBJECTIVE: To examine the life history traits and biochemical defenses in relation to aging in an extended longevity phenotype of Drosophila melanogaster. METHODS: Life history traits viz., survivability, fecundity, development time, dry weight, wing size, lipid content, starvation, desiccation and cold resistances, locomotory ability, antioxidant enzyme activities and reactive oxygen species level between control and selected lines of D...
February 9, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178568/midgut-derived-activin-regulates-glucagon-like-action-in-the-fat-body-and-glycemic-control
#10
Wei Song, Daojun Cheng, Shangyu Hong, Benoit Sappe, Yanhui Hu, Neil Wei, Changqi Zhu, Michael B O'Connor, Pavlos Pissios, Norbert Perrimon
While high-caloric diet impairs insulin response to cause hyperglycemia, whether and how counter-regulatory hormones are modulated by high-caloric diet is largely unknown. We find that enhanced response of Drosophila adipokinetic hormone (AKH, the glucagon homolog) in the fat body is essential for hyperglycemia associated with a chronic high-sugar diet. We show that the activin type I receptor Baboon (Babo) autonomously increases AKH signaling without affecting insulin signaling in the fat body via, at least, increase of Akh receptor (AkhR) expression...
February 7, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176635/modes-of-action-resistance-and-toxicity-of-insecticides-targeting-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
#11
Makoto Ihara, Steven D Buckingham, Kazuhiko Matsuda, David B Sattelle
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are members of the cys-loop superfamily of ligand-gated ion channels (cys-loop LGICs) and mediate fast cholinergic synaptic transmission in the nervous system of insects. The completion of many insect genome projects has greatly enhanced our understanding of the individual subunits that make up nAChR gene families from an insect genetic model organism (Drosophila melanogaster), crop pests, disease vectors and beneficial (pollinator) species. In addition to considerable insect nAChR subunit diversity, individual subunits can be subject to alternative splicing and RNA editing and these post-transcriptional modifications can add significantly to the diversity of nAChR receptor subtypes...
February 6, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173693/pro-apoptotic-role-of-the-human-ypel5-gene-identified-by-functional-complementation-of-a-yeast-moh1%C3%AE-mutation
#12
Ji Young Lee, Do Youn Jun, Ju Eun Park, Gi Hyun Kwon, Jong-Sik Kim, Young Ho Kim
To examine the pro-apoptotic role of the human ortholog (YPEL5) of the Drosophila Yippee protein, the cell viability of Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant strain with deleted MOH1, the yeast ortholog, were compared with that of the wild-type (WT)-MOH1 strain after exposure to different apoptogenic stimulants, including UV irradiation, methyl methanesulfonate (MMS), camptothecin (CPT), heat shock, and hyperosmotic shock. The moh1Δ mutant exhibited an enhanced cell viability compared with the WT-MOH1 strain when treated with lethal UV irradiation, 1...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163218/atypical-dopamine-efflux-caused-by-3-4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone-mdpv-via-the-human-dopamine-transporter
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Aparna Shekar, Jenny I Aguilar, Greta Galli, Nicholas V Cozzi, Simon D Brandt, Arnold E Ruoho, Michael H Baumann, Heinrich J G Matthies, Aurelio Galli
Synthetic cathinones are similar in chemical structure to amphetamines, and their behavioral effects are associated with enhanced dopaminergic signaling. The past ten years of research on the common constituent of bath salts, MDPV (the synthetic cathinone 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone), has aided the understanding of how synthetic cathinones act at the dopamine (DA) transporter (DAT). Several groups have described the ability of MDPV to block the DAT with high-affinity. In this study, we demonstrate for the first time, a new mode of action of MDPV, namely its ability to promote DAT-mediated DA efflux...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161445/is-diapause-an-ancient-adaptation-in-drosophila
#14
Valeria Zonato, Lewis Collins, Mirko Pegoraro, Eran Tauber, Charalambos P Kyriacou
D. melanogaster enters a state of reproductive arrest when exposed to low temperatures (12°C) and shorter photoperiods. A number of studies have suggested that diapause has recently evolved in European D. melanogaster populations, that it is not present in the sibling species D. simulans, that it is non-photoperiodic in American D. melanogaster populations, and that it spontaneously terminates after 6-8weeks. We have studied the overwintering phenotype under different conditions and observe that American, European and, surprisingly, African D...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152299/development-of-a-reporter-system-for-in-vivo-monitoring-of-%C3%AE-secretase-activity-in-drosophila
#15
Young Gi Hong, Seyun Roh, Donggi Paik, Sangyun Jeong
The γ-secretase complex represents an evolutionarily conserved family of transmembrane aspartyl proteases that cleave numerous type-I membrane proteins, including the β-amyloid precursor protein (APP) and the receptor Notch. All known rare mutations in APP and the γ-secretase catalytic component, presenilin, which lead to increased amyloid βpeptide production, are responsible for early-onset familial Alzheimer's disease. β-amyloid protein precursor-like (APPL) is the Drosophila ortholog of human APP. Here, we created Notch- and APPL-based Drosophila reporter systems for in vivo monitoring of γ-secretase activity...
January 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150056/myc-inhibits-jnk-mediated-cell-death-in-vivo
#16
Jiuhong Huang, Yu Feng, Xinhong Chen, Wenzhe Li, Lei Xue
The proto-oncogene Myc is well known for its roles in promoting cell growth, proliferation and apoptosis. However, in this study, we found from a genetic screen that Myc inhibits, rather than promotes, cell death triggered by c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling in Drosophila. Firstly, expression of Drosophila Myc (dMyc) suppresses, whereas loss of dMyc enhances, ectopically activated JNK signaling-induced cell death. Secondly, dMyc impedes physiologically activated JNK pathway-mediated cell death. Thirdly, loss of dMyc triggers JNK pathway activation and JNK-dependent cell death...
February 1, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147270/auxilin-underlies-progressive-locomotor-deficits-and-dopaminergic-neuron-loss-in-a-drosophila-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Li Song, Yijing He, Jiayao Ou, Yongbo Zhao, Ruoyu Li, Jingjing Cheng, Chin-Hsien Lin, Margaret S Ho
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder that exhibits motor and non-motor symptoms, as well as pathological hallmarks, including dopaminergic (DA) neuron death and formation of α-synuclein (α-Syn) Lewy bodies. Cyclin-G-associated kinase (GAK), a PD susceptibility gene identified through genome-wide association studies (GWAS), is a ubiquitous serine/threonine kinase involved in clathrin uncoating, though its PD-related function remains elusive. Here, we implicate the Drosophila GAK homolog, auxilin (aux), in a broad spectrum of parkinsonian-like symptoms...
January 31, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145456/enhancing-gene-regulatory-network-inference-through-data-integration-with-markov-random-fields
#18
Michael Banf, Seung Y Rhee
A gene regulatory network links transcription factors to their target genes and represents a map of transcriptional regulation. Much progress has been made in deciphering gene regulatory networks computationally. However, gene regulatory network inference for most eukaryotic organisms remain challenging. To improve the accuracy of gene regulatory network inference and facilitate candidate selection for experimentation, we developed an algorithm called GRACE (Gene Regulatory network inference ACcuracy Enhancement)...
February 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143951/single-molecule-sequencing-of-the-drosophila-serrata-genome
#19
Scott L Allen, Emily K Delaney, Artyom Kopp, Stephen F Chenoweth
Long read sequencing technology promises to greatly enhance de novo assembly of genomes for non-model species. Although the high error rates of long reads have been a stumbling block, sequencing at high coverage permits the self-correction of many errors. Here we sequence and de novo assemble the genome of Drosophila serrata, a species from the montium subgroup that has been well studied for latitudinal clines, sexual selection, and gene expression but which lacks a reference genome. Using 11 PacBio SMRT cells, we generated 12 Gbp of raw sequence data comprising approximately 65x whole genome coverage...
January 30, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137300/discovery-and-functional-prioritization-of-parkinson-s-disease-candidate-genes-from-large-scale-whole-exome-sequencing
#20
Iris E Jansen, Hui Ye, Sasja Heetveld, Marie C Lechler, Helen Michels, Renée I Seinstra, Steven J Lubbe, Valérie Drouet, Suzanne Lesage, Elisa Majounie, J Raphael Gibbs, Mike A Nalls, Mina Ryten, Juan A Botia, Jana Vandrovcova, Javier Simon-Sanchez, Melissa Castillo-Lizardo, Patrizia Rizzu, Cornelis Blauwendraat, Amit K Chouhan, Yarong Li, Puja Yogi, Najaf Amin, Cornelia M van Duijn, Huw R Morris, Alexis Brice, Andrew B Singleton, Della C David, Ellen A Nollen, Shushant Jain, Joshua M Shulman, Peter Heutink
BACKGROUND: Whole-exome sequencing (WES) has been successful in identifying genes that cause familial Parkinson's disease (PD). However, until now this approach has not been deployed to study large cohorts of unrelated participants. To discover rare PD susceptibility variants, we performed WES in 1148 unrelated cases and 503 control participants. Candidate genes were subsequently validated for functions relevant to PD based on parallel RNA-interference (RNAi) screens in human cell culture and Drosophila and C...
January 30, 2017: Genome Biology
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