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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237257/iron-homeostasis-controls-myeloid-blood-cell-differentiation-in-drosophila
#1
Sunggyu Yoon, Bumsik Cho, Mingyu Shin, Ferdinand Koranteng, Nuri Cha, Jiwon Shim
Iron is an essential divalent ion for aerobic life. Life has evolved to maintain iron homeostasis for normal cellular and physiological functions and therefore imbalances in iron levels exert a wide range of consequences. Responses to iron dysregulation in blood development, however, remain elusive. Here, we found that iron homeostasis is critical for differentiation of Drosophila blood cells in the larval hematopoietic organ, called the lymph gland. Supplementation of an iron chelator, bathophenanthroline disulfate (BPS) results in an excessive differentiation of the crystal cell in the lymph gland...
December 14, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234670/mitochondrial-energy-metabolism-is-required-for-lifespan-extension-by-the-spastic-paraplegia-associated-protein-spartin
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Julia Ring, Patrick Rockenfeller, Claudia Abraham, Jelena Tadic, Michael Poglitsch, Katherina Schimmel, Julia Westermayer, Simon Schauer, Bettina Achleitner, Christa Schimpel, Barbara Moitzi, Gerald N Rechberger, Stephan J Sigrist, Didac Carmona-Gutierrez, Guido Kroemer, Sabrina Büttner, Tobias Eisenberg, Frank Madeo
Hereditary spastic paraplegias, a group of neurodegenerative disorders, can be caused by loss-of-function mutations in the protein spartin. However, the physiological role of spartin remains largely elusive. Here we show that heterologous expression of human or Drosophila spartin extends chronological lifespan of yeast, reducing age-associated ROS production, apoptosis, and necrosis. We demonstrate that spartin localizes to the proximity of mitochondria and physically interacts with proteins related to mitochondrial and respiratory metabolism...
November 30, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227247/stress-induced-cdk5-activity-enhances-cytoprotective-basal-autophagy-in-drosophila-melanogaster-by-phosphorylating-acinus-at-serine437
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Nilay Nandi, Lauren K Tyra, Drew Stenesen, Helmut Krämer
Cdk5 is a post-mitotic kinase with complex roles in maintaining neuronal health. The various mechanisms by which Cdk5 inhibits and promotes neurodegeneration are still poorly understood. Here, we show that in Drosophila melanogaster Cdk5 regulates basal autophagy, a key mechanism suppressing neurodegeneration. In a targeted screen, Cdk5 genetically interacted with Acinus (Acn), a primarily nuclear protein, which promotes starvation-independent, basal autophagy. Loss of Cdk5, or its required cofactor p35, reduces S437-Acn phosphorylation, whereas Cdk5 gain-of-function increases pS437-Acn levels...
December 11, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222116/our-views-of-dynamic-n6-methyladenosine-rna-methylation
#4
Boxuan Zhao, Sigrid Nachtergaele, Ian A Roundtree, Chuan He
We thank Darnell et al. in their Divergent Views article for noting our contributions to recent progress in the field of RNA modifications. We agree with many of the viewpoints expressed: that a majority of messenger RNA N6-methyladenosine (m6A) methylation occurs co-transcriptionally, that one of the main functions of m6A methylation on mRNA is to mark sets of transcripts for expedited turnover, and that this methylation may not dramatically affect splicing in HeLa cells. However, although the impact of m6A methylation on splicing appears to be modest in many cell lines, we suggest to be cautious because m6A methylation is enriched in long exons and overrepresented in transcripts with alternative splicing variants...
December 8, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218733/a-gene-driven-recovery-mechanism-drosophila-larvae-increase-feeding-activity-for-post-stress-weight-recovery
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Masasuke Ryuda, Miku Tabuchi, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Takashi Matsumura, Masanori Ochiai, Yoichi Hayakawa
Recovery from weight loss after stress is important for all organisms, although the recovery mechanisms are not fully understood. We are working to clarify these mechanisms. Here, we recorded enhanced feeding activity of Drosophila melanogaster larvae from 2 to 4 h after heat stress at 35°C for 1 h. During the post-stress period, expression levels of sweet taste gustatory receptor genes (Grs), Gr5a, Gr43a, Gr64a, and Gr64f, were elevated, whereas bitter taste Grs, Gr66a, and Gr33a, were decreased in expression and expression of a non-typical taste receptor Gr, Gr68a, was unchanged...
December 8, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211718/pirna-mediated-regulation-of-transposon-alternative-splicing-in-the-soma-and-germ-line
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Felipe Karam Teixeira, Martyna Okuniewska, Colin D Malone, Rémi-Xavier Coux, Donald C Rio, Ruth Lehmann
Transposable elements can drive genome evolution, but their enhanced activity is detrimental to the host and therefore must be tightly regulated. The Piwi-interacting small RNA (piRNA) pathway is vital for the regulation of transposable elements, by inducing transcriptional silencing or post-transcriptional decay of mRNAs. Here we show that piRNAs and piRNA biogenesis components regulate precursor mRNA splicing of P-transposable element transcripts in vivo, leading to the production of the non-transposase-encoding mature mRNA isoform in Drosophila germ cells...
December 6, 2017: Nature
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/29208230/learning-from-connectomics-on-the-fly
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REVIEW
Philipp Schlegel, Marta Costa, Gregory Sxe Jefferis
Parallels between invertebrates and vertebrates in nervous system development, organisation and circuits are powerful reasons to use insects to study the mechanistic basis of behaviour. The last few years have seen the generation in Drosophila melanogaster of very large light microscopy data sets, genetic driver lines and tools to report or manipulate neural activity. These resources in conjunction with computational tools are enabling large scale characterisation of neuronal types and their functional properties...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208219/neuronal-modulation-of-d-melanogaster-sexual-behaviour
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REVIEW
Bárður Eyjólfsson Ellendersen, Anne C von Philipsborn
Drosophila melanogaster sexual behaviour relies on well-studied genetically determined neuronal circuits. At the same time, it can be flexible and is modulated by multiple external and internal factors. This review focuses on how physiological state, behavioural context and social experience impact sexual circuits in the two sexes. We discuss how females tune receptivity and other behaviours depending on mating status and how males adjust courtship intensity based on sexual satiety, age and the conflicting drive for aggression...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203880/evidence-for-a-novel-function-of-awd-in-maintenance-of-genomic-stability
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Patrizia Romani, Serena Duchi, Giuseppe Gargiulo, Valeria Cavaliere
The abnormal wing discs (awd) gene encodes the Drosophila homolog of NME1/NME2 metastasis suppressor genes. Awd acts in multiple tissues where its function is critical in establishing and maintaining epithelial integrity. Here, we analysed awd gene function in Drosophila epithelial cells using transgene-mediated RNA interference and genetic mosaic analysis. We show that awd knockdown in larval wing disc epithelium leads to chromosomal instability (CIN) and induces apoptosis mediated by activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase...
December 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203815/role-of-ventral-medullary-catecholaminergic-neurons-for-respiratory-modulation-of-sympathetic-outflow-in-rats
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Davi J A Moraes, Leni G H Bonagamba, Melina P da Silva, Julian F R Paton, Benedito H Machado
Sympathetic activity displays rhythmic oscillations generated by brainstem inspiratory and expiratory neurons. Amplification of these rhythmic respiratory-related oscillations is observed in rats under enhanced central respiratory drive or during development of neurogenic hypertension. Herein, we evaluated the involvement of ventral medullary sympatho-excitatory catecholaminergic C1 neurons, using inhibitory Drosophila allatostatin receptors, for the enhanced expiratory-related oscillations in sympathetic activity in rats submitted to chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) and following activation of both peripheral (hypoxia) and central chemoreceptors (hypercapnia)...
December 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196744/a-simple-high-throughput-assay-to-evaluate-water-consumption-in-the-fruit-fly
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Man-Tat Lau, Yong Qi Lin, Stefan Kisling, James Cotterell, Yana A Wilson, Qiao-Ping Wang, Thang M Khuong, Noman Bakhshi, Tiffany A Cole, Lisa J Oyston, Adam R Cole, G Gregory Neely
Water intake is essential for survival and thus under strong regulation. Here, we describe a simple high throughput system to monitor water intake over time in Drosophila. The design of the assay involves dehydrating fly food and then adding water back separately so flies either eat or drink. Water consumption is then evaluated by weighing the water vessel and comparing this back to an evaporation control. Our system is high throughput, does not require animals to be artificially dehydrated, and is simple both in design and implementation...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196461/mirna-suppression-of-a-notch-repressor-directs-non-neuronal-fate-in-drosophila-mechanosensory-organs
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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/29194454/development-of-a-tissue-specific-ribosome-profiling-approach-in-drosophila-enables-genome-wide-evaluation-of-translational-adaptations
#14
Xun Chen, Dion Dickman
Recent advances in next-generation sequencing approaches have revolutionized our understanding of transcriptional expression in diverse systems. However, measurements of transcription do not necessarily reflect gene translation, the process of ultimate importance in understanding cellular function. To circumvent this limitation, biochemical tagging of ribosome subunits to isolate ribosome-associated mRNA has been developed. However, this approach, called TRAP, lacks quantitative resolution compared to a superior technology, ribosome profiling...
December 1, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193778/a-substitution-mutation-in-ospelota-confers-bacterial-blight-resistance-by-activating-the-salicylic-acid-pathway
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Xiao-Bo Zhang, Bao-Hua Feng, Hui-Mei Wang, Xia Xu, Yong-Feng Shi, Yan He, Zheng Chen, Atul Prakash Sathe, Lei Shi, Jian-Li Wu
We previously reported a spotted-leaf mutant pelota (originally termed HM47) in rice displaying arrested growth and enhanced resistance to multiple races of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. Here, we report the map-based cloning of the causal gene OsPELOTA (originally termed splHM47 ). We identified a single base substitution from T to A at position 556 in the coding sequence of OsPELOTA, effectively mutating Phe to Ile at position 186 in the translated protein sequence. Both functional complementation and over-expression could rescue the spotted-leaf phenotype...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
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/29186673/disparate-postsynaptic-induction-mechanisms-ultimately-converge-to-drive-the-retrograde-enhancement-of-presynaptic-efficacy
#17
Pragya Goel, Xiling Li, Dion Dickman
Retrograde signaling systems are fundamental modes of communication synapses utilize to dynamically and adaptively modulate activity. However, the inductive mechanisms that gate retrograde communication in the postsynaptic compartment remain enigmatic. We have investigated retrograde signaling at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction, where three seemingly disparate perturbations to the postsynaptic cell trigger a similar enhancement in presynaptic neurotransmitter release. We show that the same presynaptic genetic machinery and enhancements in active zone structure are utilized by each inductive pathway...
November 28, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177687/epigenetic-factors-polycomb-pc-and-suppressor-of-zeste-su-z-2-negatively-regulate-longevity-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#18
Vasanthi Dasari, Surabhi Srivastava, Shagufta Khan, Rakesh K Mishra
The process of aging is a hallmark of the natural life span of all organisms and individuals within a population show variability in the measures of age related performance. Longevity and the rate of aging are influenced by several factors such as genetics, nutrition, stress, and environment. Many studies have focused on the genes that impact aging and there is increasing evidence that epigenetic factors regulate these genes to control life span. Polycomb (PcG) and trithorax (trxG) protein complexes maintain the expression profiles of developmentally important genes and regulate many cellular processes...
November 27, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166596/the-gcn2-atf4-signaling-pathway-induces-4e-bp-to-bias-translation-and-boost-antimicrobial-peptide-synthesis-in-response-to-bacterial-infection
#19
Deepika Vasudevan, Nicholas K Clark, Jessica Sam, Victoria C Cotham, Beatrix Ueberheide, Michael T Marr, Hyung Don Ryoo
Bacterial infection often leads to suppression of mRNA translation, but hosts are nonetheless able to express immune response genes through as yet unknown mechanisms. Here, we use a Drosophila model to demonstrate that antimicrobial peptide (AMP) production during infection is paradoxically stimulated by the inhibitor of cap-dependent translation, 4E-BP (eIF4E-binding protein; encoded by the Thor gene). We found that 4E-BP is induced upon infection with pathogenic bacteria by the stress-response transcription factor ATF4 and its upstream kinase, GCN2...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163299/behavioral-evidence-for-enhanced-processing-of-the-minor-component-of-binary-odor-mixtures-in-larval-drosophila
#20
Yi-Chun Chen, Dushyant Mishra, Sebastian Gläß, Bertram Gerber
A fundamental problem in deciding between mutually exclusive options is that the decision needs to be categorical although the properties of the options often differ but in grade. We developed an experimental handle to study this aspect of behavior organization. Larval Drosophila were trained such that in one set of animals odor A was rewarded, but odor B was not (A+/B), whereas a second set of animals was trained reciprocally (A/B+). We then measured the preference of the larvae either for A, or for B, or for "morphed" mixtures of A and B, that is for mixtures differing in the ratio of the two components...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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