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Cristina M Crava, Sukania Ramasamy, Lino Ometto, Gianfranco Anfora, Omar Rota-Stabelli
Chemosensory perception allows insects to interact with the environment by perceiving odorant or tastant molecules; genes encoding chemoreceptors are the molecular interface between the environment and the insect, and play a central role in mediating its chemosensory behavior. Here we explore how the evolution of these genes in the emerging pest Drosophila suzukii correlates with the peculiar ecology of this species. We annotated approximately 130 genes coding for gustatory receptors (GRs) and divergent ionotropic receptors (dIRs) in D...
October 19, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Zhenzhen Yan, Bin Hu, Zhigang Huang, Ling Zhong, Xiying Guo, Anxi Weng, Feng Xiao, Wenping Zeng, Yan Zhang, Jiuping Ding, Panpan Hou
Large-conductance Ca2+- and voltage-activated potassium (BK) channels are widely expressed in tissues. As a voltage and calcium sensor, BK channels play significant roles in regulating the action potential frequency, neurotransmitter release, and smooth muscle contraction. After associating with the auxiliary β2 subunit, mammalian BK(β2) channels (mouse or human Slo1/β2) exhibit enhanced activation and complete inactivation. However, how the β2 subunit modulates the Drosophila Slo1 channel remains elusive...
2016: PloS One
Adrienne Wang, Jacob Mouser, Jason Pitt, Daniel Promislow, Matt Kaeberlein
Pediatric mitochondrial disorders are a devastating category of diseases caused by deficiencies in mitochondrial function. Leigh Syndrome (LS) is the most common of these diseases with symptoms typically appearing within the first year of birth and progressing rapidly until death, usually by 6-7 years of age. Our lab has recently shown that genetic inhibition of the mechanistic target of rapamycin (TOR) rescues the short lifespan of yeast mutants with defective mitochondrial function, and that pharmacological inhibition of TOR by administration of rapamycin significantly rescues the shortened lifespan, neurological symptoms, and neurodegeneration in a mouse model of LS...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
A T Branco, L Schilling, K Silkaitis, D K Dowling, B Lemos
Reproduction and aging evolved to be intimately associated. Experimental selection for early-life reproduction drives the evolution of decreased longevity in Drosophila whereas experimental selection for increased longevity leads to changes in reproduction. Although life history theory offers hypotheses to explain these relationships, the genetic architecture and molecular mechanisms underlying reproduction-longevity associations remain a matter of debate. Here we show that mating triggers accelerated mortality in males and identify hundreds of genes that are modulated upon mating in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster...
October 12, 2016: Heredity
Steven J Marygold, Madeline A Crosby, Joshua L Goodman
For nearly 25 years, FlyBase ( has provided a freely available online database of biological information about Drosophila species, focusing on the model organism D. melanogaster. The need for a centralized, integrated view of Drosophila research has never been greater as advances in genomic, proteomic, and high-throughput technologies add to the quantity and diversity of available data and resources.FlyBase has taken several approaches to respond to these changes in the research landscape. Novel report pages have been generated for new reagent types and physical interaction data; Drosophila models of human disease are now represented and showcased in dedicated Human Disease Model Reports; other integrated reports have been established that bring together related genes, datasets, or reagents; Gene Reports have been revised to improve access to new data types and to highlight functional data; links to external sites have been organized and expanded; and new tools have been developed to display and interrogate all these data, including improved batch processing and bulk file availability...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Tzu-Fang Lou, Chase A Weidmann, Jordan Killingsworth, Traci M Tanaka Hall, Aaron C Goldstrohm, Zachary T Campbell
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) collaborate to control virtually every aspect of RNA function. Tremendous progress has been made in the area of global assessment of RBP specificity using next-generation sequencing approaches both in vivo and in vitro. Understanding how protein-protein interactions enable precise combinatorial regulation of RNA remains a significant problem. Addressing this challenge requires tools that can quantitatively determine the specificities of both individual proteins and multimeric complexes in an unbiased and comprehensive way...
October 8, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Felix Muerdter, Alexander Stark
A recent study visualizes nascent RNAs in live Drosophila embryos to establish a connection between enhancer strength and the frequency of transcriptional bursts. Interestingly, one enhancer can simultaneously activate two core promoters, challenging models of enhancer-core-promoter communication via direct protein-protein contacts.
October 10, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Zi-Li Ren, Jing Zhang, Hai-Dong Li, Ming-Jie Chu, Li-Song Zhang, Xiao-Kang Yao, Yong Xia, Xian-Hai Lv, Hai-Qun Cao
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is a key enzyme which present in the central nervous system of living organisms. Organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) that serve as insecticides are AChE inhibitors which have been used widely in agriculture. A series of novel OPs containing pyrazole moiety have been designed and synthesized. The biological evaluation indicated compound 4e appeared 81% larvicidal activity against P. xylostella at the concentration of 0.1 mg/L and the inhibition of AChE by compound 4e was distinctly enhanced with the increasing doses...
October 1, 2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Amanda Field, Jie Xiang, W Ray Anderson, Patricia Graham, Leslie Pick
The orphan nuclear receptor Ftz-F1 is expressed in all somatic nuclei in Drosophila embryos, but mutations result in a pair-rule phenotype. This was explained by the interaction of Ftz-F1 with the homeodomain protein Ftz that is expressed in stripes in the primordia of segments missing in either ftz-f1 or ftz mutants. Ftz-F1 and Ftz were shown to physically interact and coordinately activate the expression of ftz itself and engrailed by synergistic binding to composite Ftz-F1/Ftz binding sites. However, attempts to identify additional target genes on the basis of Ftz-F1/ Ftz binding alone has met with only limited success...
2016: PloS One
S A James, R Burke, D L Howard, K M Spiers, D J Paterson, S Murphy, G Ramm, R Kirkham, C G Ryan, M D de Jonge
Coordination chemistry underlies the structure/function of biological metal complexes. Contextualising this chemical information within an organism's physiology is critical for enhancing the understanding of bioinorganic chemistry but few high-fidelity probes are available. Here we develop fluorescence X-ray absorption near-edge structure tomography as a means for studying the spatial arrangement of biological coordination chemistry within intact organisms, and demonstrate the approach by mapping the distribution of cuprous and cupric complexes within Drosophila melanogaster...
September 27, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Oyinkan Sofola-Adesakin, Mobina Khericha, Inge Snoeren, Leo Tsuda, Linda Partridge
Several species of β-amyloid peptides (Aβ) exist as a result of differential cleavage from amyloid precursor protein (APP) to yield various C-terminal Aβ peptides. Several N-terminal modified Aβ peptides have also been identified in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains, the most common of which is pyroglutamate-modified Aβ (AβpE3-42). AβpE3-42 peptide has an increased propensity to aggregate, appears to accumulate in the brain before the appearance of clinical symptoms of AD, and precedes Aβ1-42 deposition...
October 7, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Lianggong Ding, Ye Lei, Yanping Han, Yuhong Li, Xunming Ji, Lei Liu
As fundamental processes in mitochondrial dynamics, mitochondrial fusion, fission and transport are regulated by several core components, including Miro. As an atypical Rho-like small GTPase with high molecular mass, the exchange of GDP/GTP in Miro may require assistance from a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF). However, the GEF for Miro has not been identified. While studying mitochondrial morphology in Drosophila, we incidentally observed that the loss of vimar, a gene encoding an atypical GEF, enhanced mitochondrial fission under normal physiological conditions...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Sara Sameni, Adeela Syed, J Lawrence Marsh, Michelle A Digman
Huntington disease (HD) is an autosomal neurodegenerative disorder caused by the expansion of Polyglutamine (polyQ) in exon 1 of the Huntingtin protein. Glutamine repeats below 36 are considered normal while repeats above 40 lead to HD. Impairment in energy metabolism is a common trend in Huntington pathogenesis; however, this effect is not fully understood. Here, we used the phasor approach and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) to measure changes between free and bound fractions of NADH as a indirect measure of metabolic alteration in living cells...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Bartek Wilczynski, Jerzy Tiuryn
Here, we provide a new software tool, called FastBill, for prediction of evolutionarily conserved cis-regulatory modules. It improves on the previous version of our program, called Billboard, by improving the statistical significance calculation. It is also faster than the original Billboard, allowing for large-scale analyses, including multiple informant species. We illustrate the utility of FastBill by performing a large-scale computational experiment of enhancer prediction in the promoter area of more than 150 Drosophila melanogaster genes that possess annotated experimentally verified enhancers...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
Alireza Tofangchi, Anthony Fan, M Taher A Saif
Several in vitro and limited in vivo experiments have shown that neurons maintain a rest tension along their axons intrinsically. They grow in response to stretch but contract in response to loss of tension. This contraction eventually leads to the restoration of the rest tension in axons. However, the mechanism by which axons maintain tension in vivo remains elusive. The objective of this work is to elucidate the key cytoskeletal components responsible for generating tension in axons. Toward this goal, in vivo experiments were conducted on single axons of embryonic Drosophila motor neurons in the presence of various drugs...
October 4, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Prem Rajak, Moumita Dutta, Salma Khatun, Moutushi Mandi, Sumedha Roy
This study reveals protective role of l-ascorbic acid (25, 50 and 100μg/mL) against toxic impacts of acute sub-lethal exposure of Acephate (5μg/mL) in a non-target organism Drosophila melanogaster. Organismal effect was evident from increased impairment in climbing activities (9 folds) of treated individuals who also manifested altered ocular architecture. These anomalies were reduced with l-ascorbic acid (l-AA) supplementation. Acephate induced apoptotic lesions in eye imaginal discs and gut confirmed tissue damage that also reduced with l-AA co-treatment...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Qingxiang Zhou, Scott J Neal, Francesca Pignoni
A host of classical and molecular genetic tools make Drosophila a tremendous model for the dissection of gene activity. In particular, the FLP-FRT technique for mitotic recombination has greatly enhanced gene loss-of-function analysis. This technique efficiently induces formation of homozygous mutant clones in tissues of heterozygous organisms. However, the dependence of the FLP-FRT method on cell division, and other constraints, also impose limits on its effectiveness. We describe here the generation and testing of tools for Mutant Analysis by Rescue Gene Excision (MARGE), an approach whereby mutant cells are formed by loss of a rescue transgene in a homozygous mutant organism...
October 3, 2016: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
Qingxiang Zhou, Linlin Yu, Markus Friedrich, Francesca Pignoni
Drosophila has three types of visual organs, the larval eyes or Bolwig's organs (BO), the ocelli (OC) and the compound eyes (CE). In all, the bHLH protein Atonal (Ato) functions as the proneural factor for photoreceptors and effects the transition from progenitor cells to differentiating neurons. In this work, we investigate the regulation of ato expression in the BO primordium (BOP). Surprisingly, we find that ato transcription in the BOP is entirely independent of the shared regulatory DNA for the developing CE and OC...
September 29, 2016: Developmental Biology
Luca Schiesari, Gabriele Andreatta, Charalambos P Kyriacou, Michael B O'Connor, Rodolfo Costa
Diapause is an actively induced dormancy that has evolved in Metazoa to resist environmental stresses. In temperate regions, many diapausing insects overwinter at low temperatures by blocking embryonic, larval or adult development. Despite its Afro-tropical origin, Drosophila melanogaster migrated to temperate regions of Asia and Europe where females overwinter as adults by arresting gonadal development (reproductive diapause) at temperatures <13°C. Recent work in D. melanogaster has implicated the developmental hormones dILPs-2 and/or dILP3, and dILP5, homologues of vertebrate insulin/insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), in reproductive arrest...
2016: PloS One
Justin B Lack, Jeremy D Lange, Alison D Tang, Russell B Corbett-Detig, John E Pool
The Drosophila Genome Nexus is a population genomic resource that provides D. melanogaster genomes from multiple sources. To facilitate comparisons across data sets, genomes are aligned using a common reference alignment pipeline which involves two rounds of mapping. Regions of residual heterozygosity, identity-by-descent, and recent population admixture are annotated to enable data filtering based on the user's needs. Here, we present a significant expansion of the Drosophila Genome Nexus, which brings the current data object to a total of 1,121 wild-derived genomes...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
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