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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196404/a-p57-conditional-mutant-allele-that-allows-tracking-of-p57-expressing-cells
#1
Despoina Mademtzoglou, Sonia Alonso-Martin, Ted Hung-Tse Chang, Keren Bismuth, Bernadette Drayton-Libotte, Frédéric Aurade, Frédéric Relaix
p57(Kip2) (p57) is a maternally expressed imprinted gene regulating growth arrest which belongs to the CIP/KIP family of Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitors. While initially identified as a cell cycle arrest protein through inhibition of cyclin and cyclin-dependent kinase complexes, p57 activity has also been linked to differentiation, apoptosis, and senescence. In addition, p57 has recently been shown to be involved in tumorigenesis and cell fate decisions in stem cells. Yet, p57 function in adult tissues remains poorly characterized due to the perinatal lethality of p57 knock-out mice...
February 14, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193895/p53-regulates-the-cardiac-transcriptome
#2
Tak W Mak, Ludger Hauck, Daniela Grothe, Filio Billia
The tumor suppressor Trp53 (p53) inhibits cell growth after acute stress by regulating gene transcription. The mammalian genome contains hundreds of p53-binding sites. However, whether p53 participates in the regulation of cardiac tissue homeostasis under normal conditions is not known. To examine the physiologic role of p53 in adult cardiomyocytes in vivo, Cre-loxP-mediated conditional gene targeting in adult mice was used. Genome-wide transcriptome analyses of conditional heart-specific p53 knockout mice were performed...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193684/an-agonist-of-the-protective-factor-sirt1-improves-functional-recovery-and-promotes-neuronal-survival-by-attenuating-inflammation-after-spinal-cord-injury
#3
Haihong Chen, Hao Ji, Ming Zhang, Zude Liu, Lifeng Lao, Chao Deng, Jianwei Chen, Guibin Zhong
Targeting posttraumatic inflammation is crucial for improving locomotor function. SIRT1 has been shown to play a critical role in disease processes such as hepatic inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis and acute lung inflammation by regulating inflammation. However, the role of SIRT1 in spinal cord injury (SCI) is unknown. We hypothesized that SIRT1 plays an important role in improving locomotor function after SCI by regulating neuroinflammation. In this study, we investigated the effect of SIRT1 in SCI using pharmacological intervention (SRT1720) and the Mx1-Cre/loxP recombination system to knock out target genes...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191637/mammary-alveolar-epithelial-cells-convert-to-brown-adipocytes-in-post-lactating-mice
#4
Antonio Giordano, Jessica Perugini, David M Kristensen, Loris Sartini, Andrea Frontini, Shingo Kajimura, Karsten Kristiansen, Saverio Cinti
During pregnancy and lactation, subcutaneous white adipocytes in the mouse mammary gland transdifferentiate reversibly to milk-secreting epithelial cells. In this study, we demonstrate by transmission electron microscopy that in the post-lactating mammary gland interscapular multilocular adipocytes found close to the mammary alveoli contain milk protein granules. Use of the Cre-loxP recombination system allowed showing that the involuting mammary gland of whey acidic protein-Cre/R26R mice, whose secretory alveolar cells express the lacZ gene during pregnancy, contains some X-Gal-stained and uncoupling protein 1-positive interscapular multilocular adipocytes...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182872/enhanced-critical-size-calvarial-bone-healing-by-ascs-engineered-with-cre-loxp-based-hybrid-baculovirus
#5
Shih-Chun Lo, Kuei-Chang Li, Yu-Han Chang, Mu-Nung Hsu, Li-Yu Sung, Truong Anh Vu, Yu-Chen Hu
Calvarial bone repair remains challenging for adults. Although adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) hold promise to heal bone defects, use of ASCs for critical-size calvarial bone repair is ineffective. Stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) is a chemokine capable of triggering stem cell migration. Although recombinant SDF-1 protein is co-delivered with other molecules including BMP-2 to facilitate calvarial bone repair, these approaches did not yield satisfactory healing. This study aimed to exploit a newly developed Cre/loxP-based hybrid baculovirus for efficient gene delivery and prolonged transgene expression in ASCs...
January 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179232/kidney-specific-genetic-deletion-of-both-ampk-%C3%AE-subunits-causes-salt-and-water-wasting
#6
Yoskaly Lazo-Fernández, Goretti Baile, Patricia Meade, Pilar Torcal, Laura Martínez, Carmen Ibañez, Maria Luisa Bernal, Benoit Viollet, Ignacio Giménez
AMP-activated kinase (AMPK) controls cell energy homeostasis by modulating ATP synthesis and expenditure. In vitro studies have suggested AMPK may also control key elements of renal epithelial electrolyte transport but in vivo physiological confirmation is still insufficient. We studied sodium renal handling and extracellular volume regulation in mice with genetic deletion of AMPK catalytic subunits. AMPKα1 knockout (KO) mice exhibit normal renal sodium handling and a moderate antidiuretic state. This is accompanied by higher urinary aldosterone excretion rates and reduced blood pressure...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168960/sex-specific-neurodevelopmental-programming-by-placental-insulin-receptors-on-stress-reactivity-and-sensorimotor-gating
#7
Stefanie L Bronson, Jennifer C Chan, Tracy L Bale
BACKGROUND: Diabetes, obesity, and overweight are prevalent pregnancy complications that predispose offspring to neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and schizophrenia. Although male individuals are three to four times more likely than female individuals to develop these disorders, the mechanisms driving the sex specificity of disease vulnerability remain unclear. Because defective placental insulin receptor (InsR) signaling is a hallmark of pregnancy metabolic dysfunction, we hypothesized that it may be an important contributor and novel mechanistic link to sex-specific neurodevelopmental changes underlying disease risk...
December 30, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163952/unintended-targeting-of-dmp1-cre-reveals-a-critical-role-for-bmpr1a-signaling-in-the-gastrointestinal-mesenchyme-of-adult-mice
#8
Joohyun Lim, Joseph Burclaff, Guangxu He, Jason C Mills, Fanxin Long
Cre/loxP technology has been widely used to study cell type-specific functions of genes. Proper interpretation of such data critically depends on a clear understanding of the tissue specificity of Cre expression. The Dmp1-Cre mouse, expressing Cre from a 14-kb DNA fragment of the mouse Dmp1 gene, has become a common tool for studying gene function in osteocytes, but the presumed cell specificity is yet to be fully established. By using the Ai9 reporter line that expresses a red fluorescent protein upon Cre recombination, we find that in 2-month-old mice, Dmp1-Cre targets not only osteocytes within the bone matrix but also osteoblasts on the bone surface and preosteoblasts at the metaphyseal chondro-osseous junction...
2017: Bone Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158225/visualizing-the-enteric-nervous-system-using-genetically-engineered-double-reporter-mice-comparison-with-immunofluorescence
#9
Yanfen Jiang, Hui Dong, Lars Eckmann, Elaine M Hanson, Katherine C Ihn, Ravinder K Mittal
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The enteric nervous system (ENS) plays a crucial role in the control of gastrointestinal motility, secretion and absorption functions. Immunohistochemistry has been widely used to visualize neurons of the ENS for more than two decades. Genetically engineered mice that report specific proteins can also be used to visualize neurons of the ENS. The goal of our study was to develop a mouse that expresses fluorescent neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), the two proteins expressed in 95% of the ENS neurons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139373/development-of-caco-2-cells-co-expressing-cyp3a4-and-nadph-cytochrome-p450-reductase-using-a-human-artificial-chromosome-for-the-prediction-of-intestinal-extraction-ratio-of-cyp3a4-substrates
#10
Toru Takenaka, Kanako Kazuki, Naomoto Harada, Jiro Kuze, Masato Chiba, Takahiro Iwao, Tamihide Matsunaga, Satoshi Abe, Mitsuo Oshimura, Yasuhiro Kazuki
The Caco-2 cells co-expressing cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 and NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase (CPR) were developed using a human artificial chromosome (HAC) vector. The CYP3A4 and CPR genes were cloned into the HAC vector in CHO cells using the Cre-loxP system, and the microcell-mediated chromosome transfer technique was used to transfer the CYP3A4-CPR-HAC vector to Caco-2 cells. After seeding onto semipermeable culture inserts, the CYP3A4-CPR-HAC/Caco-2 cells were found to form tight monolayers, similar to the parental cells, as demonstrated by the high transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) value and comparable permeability of non-CYP3A4 substrates between parent and CYP3A4-CPR-HAC/Caco-2 cell monolayers...
August 26, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138551/deletion-of-p22-phox-dependent-oxidative-stress-in-the-hypothalamus-protects-against-obesity-by-modulating-%C3%AE-3-adrenergic-mechanisms
#11
Heinrich E Lob, Jiunn Song, Chansol Hurr, Alvin Chung, Colin N Young, Allyn L Mark, Robin L Davisson
A role for oxidative stress in the brain has been suggested in the pathogenesis of diet-induced obesity (DIO), although the underlying neural regions and mechanisms remain incompletely defined. We tested the hypothesis that NADPH oxidase-dependent oxidative stress in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN), a hypothalamic energy homeostasis center, contributes to the development of DIO. Cre/LoxP technology was coupled with selective PVN adenoviral microinjection to ablate p22(phox) , the obligatory subunit for NADPH oxidase activity, in mice harboring a conditional p22(phox) allele...
January 26, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123942/fetal-development-of-subcutaneous-white-adipose-tissue-is-dependent-on-zfp423
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Mengle Shao, Chelsea Hepler, Lavanya Vishvanath, Karen A MacPherson, Napoleon C Busbuso, Rana K Gupta
OBJECTIVE: Zfp423 is a multi zinc-finger transcription factor expressed in preadipocytes and mature adipocytes in vivo. Our recent work has revealed a critical role for Zfp423 in maintaining the fate of white adipocytes in adult mice through suppression of the beige cell thermogenic gene program; loss of Zfp423 in mature adipocytes of adult mice results in a white-to-beige phenotypic switch. However, the exact requirements of Zfp423 in the fetal stages of early adipose development in vivo have not been clarified...
January 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123935/deletion-of-histone-deacetylase-3-in-adult-beta-cells-improves-glucose-tolerance-via-increased-insulin-secretion
#13
Jarrett R Remsberg, Benjamin N Ediger, Wesley Y Ho, Manashree Damle, Zhenghui Li, Christopher Teng, Cristina Lanzillotta, Doris A Stoffers, Mitchell A Lazar
OBJECTIVE: Histone deacetylases are epigenetic regulators known to control gene transcription in various tissues. A member of this family, histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3), has been shown to regulate metabolic genes. Cell culture studies with HDAC-specific inhibitors and siRNA suggest that HDAC3 plays a role in pancreatic β-cell function, but a recent genetic study in mice has been contradictory. Here we address the functional role of HDAC3 in β-cells of adult mice. METHODS: An HDAC3 β-cell specific knockout was generated in adult MIP-CreERT transgenic mice using the Cre-loxP system...
January 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116732/generation-of-a-mouse-model-with-smooth-muscle-cell-specific-loss-of-the-expression-of-ppar%C3%AE
#14
Yohann Rautureau, Pierre Paradis, Ernesto L Schiffrin
An inducible tissue-specific knockout (KO) technique has been used to study the role of genes in the adult heart. This KO technique circumvents the developmental effect that could otherwise be observed in a tissue-specific KO. The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) γ is a transcription factor that when activated has been shown to improve vascular remodeling and endothelial function in hypertensive rodents. Here we describe an inducible tissue specific KO protocol used to study the role of PPARγ in smooth muscle cells (SMC) in angiotensin (Ang) II-induced hypertension in adult mice...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100033/relaxin-3-inputs-target-hippocampal-interneurons-and-deletion-of-hilar-relaxin-3-receptors-in-floxed-rxfp3-mice-impairs-spatial-memory
#15
M Haidar, G Guèvremont, C Zhang, Rad Bathgate, E Timofeeva, C M Smith, A L Gundlach
Hippocampus is innervated by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) 'projection' neurons of the nucleus incertus (NI), including a population expressing the neuropeptide, relaxin-3 (RLN3). In studies aimed at gaining an understanding of the role of RLN3 signaling in hippocampus via its Gi/o -protein-coupled receptor, RXFP3, we examined the distribution of RLN3-immunoreactive nerve fibres and RXFP3 mRNA-positive neurons in relation to hippocampal GABA neuron populations. RLN3-positive elements were detected in close-apposition with a substantial population of somatostatin (SST)- and GABA-immunoreactive neurons, and a smaller population of parvalbumin- and calretinin-immunoreactive neurons in different hippocampal areas, consistent with the relative distribution patterns of RXFP3 mRNA and these marker transcripts...
January 18, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098199/optogenetic-modulation-of-urinary-bladder-contraction-for-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction
#16
Jae Hong Park, Jin Ki Hong, Ja Yun Jang, Jieun An, Kyu-Sung Lee, Tong Mook Kang, Hyun Joon Shin, Jun-Kyo Francis Suh
As current clinical approaches for lower urinary tract (LUT) dysfunction such as pharmacological and electrical stimulation treatments lack target specificity, thus resulting in suboptimal outcomes with various side effects, a better treatment modality with spatial and temporal target-specificity is necessary. In this study, we delivered optogenetic membrane proteins, such as channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) and halorhodopsin (NpHR), to bladder smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of mice using either the Cre-loxp transgenic system or a viral transfection method...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090567/the-rna-polymerase-iii-subunit-polr3b-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-small-intestinal-crypts-in-mice
#17
Julia Kieckhaefer, Sabina Lukovac, Diana Z Ye, Dolim Lee, Danielle J Beetler, Michael Pack, Klaus H Kaestner
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The continuously self-renewing mammalian intestinal epithelium, with high cellular turnover, depends on adequate protein synthesis for its proliferative capacity. RNA polymerase III activity is closely related to cellular growth and proliferation. Here, we studied the role of Polr3b, a large RNA polymerase III subunit, in the mammalian intestinal epithelium. METHODS: We derived mice with an intestinal epithelium-specific hypomorphic mutation of the Polr3b gene, using VillinCre-mediated gene ablation...
November 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078648/generation-of-a-floxed-allele-of-the-mouse-microrna-200-clusters
#18
Hongyan Ren, Cong Tao, Kui Li, Yanzhen Bi, Xinmin Zheng
MicroRNA-8 and its target gene, u-shaped (ush), regulate body size in Drosophila. As the mouse homolog of the Drosophila miR-8, whether the miR-200 family has similar functions and how they perform their regulatory roles in body size control is unknown. In order to discover the biological function of the miR-200s in vivo, we generated mice lacking the miR-200b/200a/429 gene cluster using the Cre/loxp system. miR-200b/200a/429 null mutant mice were viable, fertile, and showed normal development.
January 11, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076846/effect-of-trp53-gene-deficiency-on-brain-injury-after-neonatal-hypoxia-ischemia
#19
Ana A Baburamani, Kristina S Sobotka, Regina Vontell, Carina Mallard, Veena G Supramaniam, Claire Thornton, Henrik Hagberg
Hypoxia-ischemia (HI) can result in permanent life-long injuries such as motor and cognitive deficits. In response to cellular stressors such as hypoxia, tumor suppressor protein p53 is activated, potently initiating apoptosis and promoting Bax-dependent mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Trp53 genetic inhibition on injury development in the immature brain following HI. HI (50 min or 60 min) was induced at postnatal day 9 (PND9) in Trp53 heterozygote (het) and wild type (WT) mice...
January 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063344/reducing-persistent-polyomavirus-infection-increases-functionality-of-virus-specific-memory-cd8-t-cells
#20
Qingsong Qin, Matthew Lauver, Saumya Maru, Eugene Lin, Aron E Lukacher
Mouse polyomavirus (MuPyV) causes a smoldering persistent infection in immunocompetent mice. To lower MuPyV infection in acutely and persistently infected mice, and study the impact of a temporal reduction in viral loads on the memory CD8 T cell response, we created a recombinant MuPyV in which a loxP sequence was inserted into the A2 strain genome upstream of the early promoter and another loxP sequence was inserted in cis into the intron shared by all three T antigens. Using mice transgenic for tamoxifen-inducible Cre recombinase, we demonstrated that reduction in MuPyV load during persistent infection was associated with differentiation of virus-specific CD8 T cells having a superior recall response...
February 2017: Virology
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