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Jolanda van Hengel, Celine Van den Broeke, Tim Pieters, Louis Libbrecht, Ilse Hofmann, Frans van Roy
p120 catenin (p120ctn) is required for the stability of classic cadherins at the cell surface and is thought to play a central role in modulating cell-cell adhesion. Cytoplasmic p120ctn promotes cell motility, and probably other activities, by modulating the activities of RhoA, Rac and Cdc42. E-cadherin is expressed in periportal but not in perivenous hepatocytes. In contrast, all hepatocytes of normal mouse liver express N-cadherin. Cholangiocytes express exclusively E-cadherin. Mice with p120ctn ablation in hepatocytes and cholangiocytes (p120LiKO mice) were generated by Cre-loxP technology...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
Qi Zhang, Shuxian Lin, Ying Liu, Baozhi Yuan, Steph E Harris, Jian Q Feng
Patients with hypophosphatemia rickets (including DMP1 mutations) develop severe osteoarthritis (OA), although the mechanism is largely unknown. In this study, we first identified the expression of DMP1 in hypertrophic chondrocytes using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and X-gal analysis of Dmp1-knockout-lacZ-knockin heterozygous mice. Next, we characterized the OA-like phenotype in Dmp1 null mice from 7-week-old to one-year-old using multiple techniques, including X-ray, micro-CT, H&E staining, Goldner staining, scanning electronic microscopy, IHC assays, etc...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Zhongqiu Chen, Wen Ling, Guangdong Shang
Pseudomonas putida KT2440 is a saprophytic, generally recognized as safe microorganism that plays important roles in the biodegradation and production of value-added chemicals. Chromosomal gene deletion of P. putida KT2440 usually involves time-consuming gene coning, conjugal transfer and counterselection. Recently, we developed a P. putida KT2440 markerless gene deletion method based on recombineering and Cre/loxP site-specific recombination. PCR-based λ Red recombineering circumvents the tedious cloning steps and is more amenable to high-throughput manipulation...
October 7, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Tae Sub Park, Si Won Kim, Jeong Hyo Lee
Objective: Transgenic technology is widely used for industrial applications and basic research. Systems that allow for genetic modification play a crucial role in biotechnology for a number of purposes, including the functional analysis of specific genes and the production of exogenous proteins. In this study, we examined and verified the cumate-inducible transgene expression system in chicken DF1 and quail QM7 cells, as well as loxP element-mediated transgene recombination using Cre recombinase in DF1 cells...
October 20, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Ruijie Liu, Hadi Khalil, Suh-Chin J Lin, Michelle A Sargent, Allen J York, Jeffery D Molkentin
Nemo-like kinase (NLK) is an evolutionary conserved serine/threonine protein kinase implicated in development, proliferation and apoptosis regulation. Here we identified NLK as a gene product induced in the hearts of mice subjected to pressure overload or myocardial infarction injury, suggesting a potential regulatory role with pathological stimulation to this organ. To examine the potential functional consequences of increased NLK levels, cardiac-specific transgenic mice with inducible expression of this gene product were generated, as well as cardiac-specific Nlk gene-deleted mice...
2016: PloS One
Kun Yang, Yun Gao, Mingfu Yang, Zuoshang Xu, Qian Chen
Because the function of most non-coding (nc) RNAs is unknown, Cre-lox transgenic mice are useful tools to determine their functions in a tissue or developmental stage-specific manner. However, the technology faces challenges because expression of ncRNA-transgene lacks protein product. No antibody or peptide-tag can be used to trace ncRNA expression in mouse tissues in real time. Furthermore, transgene integration at different locus or orientations in the genome may result in recombination of genomic fragments in the Cre-lox system...
October 20, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
Qifang Long, Weipei Zhu, Jundong Zhou, Jinchang Wu, Weixian Lu, Cui Zheng, Dongmei Zhou, Ling Yu, Ru Yang
Ovarian cancer is one of the most lethal malignant gynecologic tumors with a high relapse rate worldwide. Cancer stem cells (CSC) have been identified in ovarian cancer and other malignant tumors as a small population of cells that are capable of self-renew and multi-differentiation. CD133 positive (CD133(+)) ovarian cancer stem cells have been reported to be more tumorigenic and more resistant to chemotherapeutic treatment. Thus, CD133 has emerged as one of the most promising therapeutic markers for ovarian cancer treatment...
October 18, 2016: Oncology Research
Ernesto Schiffrin
For many years we have studied models of hypertension in which endothelin-1 (ET-1) is overexpressed. These include DOCA-salt hypertensive rats, Dahl-salt sensitive rats, and stroke prone SHR, in all of which ET-1-mediated mechanisms play a role in blood pressure elevation and vascular injury. In humans we demonstrated overexpression of ET-1 in the endothelium of small arteries from stage 2 hypertensive patients. We have also produced a mouse that overexpresses human ET-1 in the endothelium using a Tie-2 promoter, which exhibited increased oxidative stress and inflammation, hypertrophic remodeling and endothelial dysfunction of small arteries but only slight blood pressure elevation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Pierre Paradis, Suellen C Coelho, Sofiane Ouerd, Júlio C Fraulob-Aquino, Stefan Offermanns, Ernesto L Schiffrin
OBJECTIVE: The mechanisms of blood pressure (BP) regulation by endothelin (ET)-1 produced by endothelial cells are complex and remain unclear. Recently, we developed a transgenic mouse with tamoxifen-inducible endothelium-restricted human ET-1 overexpression (ieET-1) using Cre/loxP technology. ieET-1 mice exhibited a BP increase after three weeks of induction in an ET type A receptor-dependent manner, in absence of evident vascular injury. It is unknown whether long-term exposure to ET-1 overexpression results in persistent BP elevation and vascular injury...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Pu Yang, Bradley M Schmit, Chunhua Fu, Kenneth DeSart, S Paul Oh, Scott A Berceli, Zhihua Jiang
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling disorder has emerged as a common molecular signature for aortic aneurysm development. The timing of postnatal maturation plays a key role in dictating the biological outcome of TGF-β signaling disorders in the aortic wall. In this study, we investigated the impact of deficiency of TGFβ receptors on the structural homeostasis of mature aortas. We used an inducible Cre-loxP system driven by a Myh11 promoter to delete Tgfbr1, Tgfbr2, or both in smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of adult mice...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Marcio A Torsoni, Beatriz C Borges, Jessica L Cote, Susan J Allen, Erica Mahany, David Garcia-Galiano, Carol F Elias
A temporary and reversible inhibition of the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis is adaptive when energy reserves are diminished, allowing individual survival and energy accumulation for eventual reproduction. The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) works as a cellular sensor of the AMP/ATP ratio and ultimately of energy availability. Activation of AMPK suppresses ATP-consuming processes and stimulates ATP-producing pathways. The AMPK α2 catalytic subunit is expressed in multiple hypothalamic nuclei including those associated with reproductive control, i...
October 12, 2016: Endocrinology
Samantha L P Schilit, Masato Ohtsuka, Rolen M Quadros, Channabasavaiah B Gurumurthy
Microinjection of DNA expression cassettes into fertilized zygotes has been a standard method for generating transgenic animal models. While efficient, the injected DNA integrates randomly into the genome, leading to potential disruption of endogenous genes or regulatory elements, variation in copy number, or integration into heterochromatic regions that inhibit transgene expression. A recently developed method addresses such pitfalls of traditional transgenesis by targeting the transgene to predetermined sites in the genome that can safely harbor exogenous DNA...
October 11, 2016: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
Fuun Kawano, Risako Okazaki, Masayuki Yazawa, Moritoshi Sato
Genome engineering techniques represented by the Cre-loxP recombination system have been used extensively for biomedical research. However, powerful and useful techniques for genome engineering that have high spatiotemporal precision remain elusive. Here we develop a highly efficient photoactivatable Cre recombinase (PA-Cre) to optogenetically control genome engineering in vivo. PA-Cre is based on the reassembly of split Cre fragments by light-inducible dimerization of the Magnet system. PA-Cre enables sharp induction (up to 320-fold) of DNA recombination and is efficiently activated even by low-intensity illumination (∼0...
October 10, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Yang Gao, Deborah Stuart, Jennifer S Pollock, Takamune Takahashi, Donald E Kohan
Nitric oxide (NO) inhibits collecting duct (CD) Na+ and water reabsorption. Mice with CD-specific knockout (KO) of NO synthase 1 (NOS1) have salt-sensitive hypertension. In contrast, the role of NOS3 in CD salt and water reabsorption is unknown. Mice with CD NOS3 KO were generated with loxP-flanked exons 9-12 (encodes the calmodulin binding site) of the NOS3 gene and the aquaporin-2 promoter-Cre transgene. There were no differences between control and CD NOS3 KO mice, irrespective of sex, in food intake, water intake, urine volume, urinary Na+ or K+ excretion, plasma renin concentration, blood pressure or pulse during 7 days of normal (0...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Mitsunari Nakajima, Takashi Watanabe, Rui Aoki, Risei Shimizu, Satoshi Okuyama, Yoshiko Furukawa
Wnt1-Cre- and Wnt1-GAL4 double transgenic (dTg) mice are used to study neural crest cell lineages by utilizing either the Cre/loxP or the GAL4/UAS system. We have previously shown that these mice exhibit behavioral abnormalities that resemble certain behaviors of psychiatric disorders and histologic alterations in the cholinergic and glutamatergic systems in the brain. The objective of the current study was to extend the behavioral analyses in these mice and to determine whether there were any sex-specific differences in the prevalence or severity of these behaviors...
September 27, 2016: Brain Research
Rebecca Dumbell, Alexei Leliavski, Olga Matveeva, Christopher Blaum, Anthony H Tsang, Henrik Oster
The circadian rhythm of glucocorticoids affects diverse physiological systems, including stress responses and the coordination of rhythmic functions in peripheral and central tissues. Circadian clocks are considered to be important coordinators of glucocorticoid release and loss of the core clock component BMAL1 leads to ablation of behavioural and physiological rhythms, hypocortisolism, impaired ACTH and behavioural stress responses. Transplantation and conditional clock gene knock-down studies in mice suggest an important role of local adrenocortical clock function in this context...
October 3, 2016: Endocrinology
Zulaykho Shamansurova, Paul Tan, Basma Ahmed, Emilie Pepin, Ondrej Seda, Julie L Lavoie
OBJECTIVE: We previously demonstrated that the handle-region peptide, a prorenin/renin receptor [(P)RR] blocker, reduces body weight and fat mass and may improve insulin sensitivity in high-fat fed mice. We hypothesized that knocking out the adipose tissue (P)RR gene would prevent weight gain and insulin resistance. METHODS: An adipose tissue-specific (P)RR knockout (KO) mouse was created by Cre-loxP technology using AP2-Cre recombinase mice. Because the (P)RR gene is located on the X chromosome, hemizygous males were complete KO and had a more pronounced phenotype on a normal diet (ND) diet compared to heterozygous KO females...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Ashlee Van't Veer, Karen L Smith, Bruce M Cohen, William A Carlezon, Anita J Bechtholt
INTRODUCTION: Studies in laboratory animals and humans indicate that endogenous opioids play an important role in regulating the rewarding value of various drugs, including ethanol (EtOH). Indeed, opioid antagonists are currently a front-line treatment for alcoholism in humans. Although roles for mu- and delta-opioid receptors have been characterized, the contribution of kappa-opioid receptors (KORs) is less clear. There is evidence that changes in KOR system function can decrease or increase EtOH drinking, depending on test conditions...
September 2016: Brain and Behavior
Kuei-Chang Li, Shih-Chun Lo, Li-Yu Sung, Ya-Hsin Liao, Yu-Han Chang, Yu-Chen Hu
Repairing large calvarial bone defects remains a challenging task. Previously, it was discovered that that miR-148b, when acting in concert with bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2), enhanced the osteogenesis of human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs) and improved calvarial bone healing in nude mice. However, the molecular target of miR-148b remained elusive. Here it is revealed that miR-148b directly targets NOG, whose gene product (noggin) is an antagonist to BMPs and negatively regulates BMP-induced osteogenic differentiation and bone formation...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Ai-Qun Yu, Nina Pratomo, Tee-Kheang Ng, Hua Ling, Han-Saem Cho, Susanna Su Jan Leong, Matthew Wook Chang
Yarrowia lipolytica is a non-pathogenic, dimorphic and strictly aerobic yeast species. Owing to its distinctive physiological features and metabolic characteristics, this unconventional yeast is not only a good model for the study of the fundamental nature of fungal differentiation but is also a promising microbial platform for biochemical production and various biotechnological applications, which require extensive genetic manipulations. However, genetic manipulations of Y. lipolytica have been limited due to the lack of an efficient and stable genetic transformation system as well as very high rates of non-homologous recombination that can be mainly attributed to the KU70 gene...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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