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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227815/lab-on-chips-for-manipulation-of-small-scale-organisms-to-facilitate-imaging-of-neurons-and-organs
#1
Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai, Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai, Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai
Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) and Drosophila melanogaster (D. melanogaster) are widely-used model organisms for neurological and cardiac studies due to their simple neuronal (302 neurons in C. elegans) and cardiac (simple tubular organ in D. melanogaster) systems. However, their small sizes and continuous mobility impede their precise and timely manipulation, hence, limiting the assays that can be done using conventional manual methods. This has resulted in a need for technologies that allow multidirectional manipulation of model organisms to enable studies on target neurons and organs throughout the body...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226658/on-an-analogue-signal-processing-circuit-in-the-nematode-c-elegans
#2
Roghieh Skandari, Yuichi Iino, Jonathan H Manton, Roghieh Skandari, Yuichi Iino, Jonathan H Manton, Roghieh Skandari, Yuichi Iino, Jonathan H Manton
In this work we will work on analogue signal processing in the neural circuit of C. elegans which is able to detect the analogue signals from the environment and produce locomotive behaviours which are in accordance with experiments. The signals in C. elegans are processed in a purely analogue procedure, since no action potential has been recorded in its neural activity. We aim to show how signal processing can be executed in analogue domain in a living creature. In order to do that we will model two different behaviours of C...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226201/genomewide-association-study-of-alcohol-dependence-identifies-risk-loci-altering-ethanol-response-behaviors-in-model-organisms
#3
Amy E Adkins, Laura M Hack, Tim B Bigdeli, Vernell S Williamson, G Omari McMichael, Mohammed Mamdani, Alexis Edwards, Fazil Aliev, Robin F Chan, Poonam Bhandari, Richard C Raabe, Joseph T Alaimo, GinaMari G Blackwell, Arden A Moscati, Ryan S Poland, Benjamin Rood, Diana G Patterson, Dermot Walsh, John B Whitfield, Gu Zhu, Grant W Montgomery, Anjali K Henders, Nicholas G Martin, Andrew C Heath, Pamela A F Madden, Josef Frank, Monika Ridinger, Norbert Wodarz, Michael Soyka, Peter Zill, Marcus Ising, Markus M Nöthen, Falk Kiefer, Marcella Rietschel, Joel Gelernter, Richard Sherva, Ryan Koesterer, Laura Almasy, Hongyu Zhao, Henry R Kranzler, Lindsay A Farrer, Brion S Maher, Carol A Prescott, Danielle M Dick, Silviu A Bacanu, Laura D Mathies, Andrew G Davies, Vladimir I Vladimirov, Mike Grotewiel, M Scott Bowers, Jill C Bettinger, Bradley T Webb, Michael F Miles, Kenneth S Kendler, Brien P Riley
BACKGROUND: Alcohol Dependence (AD) shows evidence for genetic liability, but genes influencing risk remain largely unidentified. METHODS: We conducted a genomewide association study in 706 related AD cases and 1748 unscreened population controls from Ireland. We sought replication in 15,496 samples of European descent. We used model organisms to assess the role of orthologous genes in ethanol response behaviors. We tested one primate-specific gene for expression differences in case/control post-mortem brain tissue...
February 22, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224177/joint-toxicity-of-arsenic-copper-and-glyphosate-on-behavior-reproduction-and-heat-shock-protein-response-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#4
Yunbiao Wang, Anastasia N Ezemaduka, Zhuheng Li, Zhanyan Chen, Chuantao Song
The soil nematode Caenorhabditis elegans was used in 24-h acute exposures to arsenic (As), copper (Cu) and glyphosate (GPS) and to mixtures of As/Cu and As/GPS to investigate the effects of mixture exposures in the worms. A synergistic type of interaction was observed for acute toxicity with the As/Cu and As/GPS mixtures. Sublethal 24-h exposures of 1/1000, 1/100 and 1/10 of the LC50 concentrations for As, Cu and GPS individually and for As/Cu and As/GPS mixtures were conducted to observe responses in locomotory behavior (head thrashing), reproduction, and heat shock protein expression...
February 21, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223526/hypermutation-signature-reveals-a-slippage-and-realignment-model-of-translesion-synthesis-by-rev3-polymerase-in-cisplatin-treated-yeast
#5
Romulo Segovia, Yaoqing Shen, Scott A Lujan, Steven J M Jones, Peter C Stirling
Gene-gene or gene-drug interactions are typically quantified using fitness as a readout because the data are continuous and easily measured in high throughput. However, to what extent fitness captures the range of other phenotypes that show synergistic effects is usually unknown. Using Saccharomyces cerevisiae and focusing on a matrix of DNA repair mutants and genotoxic drugs, we quantify 76 gene-drug interactions based on both mutation rate and fitness and find that these parameters are not connected. Independent of fitness defects, we identified six cases of synthetic hypermutation, where the combined effect of the drug and mutant on mutation rate was greater than predicted...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221003/trends-in-high-throughput-and-functional-neuroimaging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#6
REVIEW
Yongmin Cho, Charles L Zhao, Hang Lu
The nervous system of Caenorhabditis elegans is an important model system for understanding the development and function of larger, more complex nervous systems. It is prized for its ease of handling, rapid life cycle, and stereotyped, well-cataloged development, with the development of all 302 neurons mapped all the way from zygote to adult. The combination of easy genetic manipulation and optical transparency of the worm allows for the direct imaging of its interior with fluorescent microscopy, without physically compromising the normal physiology of the animal itself...
February 21, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220799/impact-of-genetic-background-and-experimental-reproducibility-on-identifying-chemical-compounds-with-robust-longevity-effects
#7
Mark Lucanic, W Todd Plummer, Esteban Chen, Jailynn Harke, Anna C Foulger, Brian Onken, Anna L Coleman-Hulbert, Kathleen J Dumas, Suzhen Guo, Erik Johnson, Dipa Bhaumik, Jian Xue, Anna B Crist, Michael P Presley, Girish Harinath, Christine A Sedore, Manish Chamoli, Shaunak Kamat, Michelle K Chen, Suzanne Angeli, Christina Chang, John H Willis, Daniel Edgar, Mary Anne Royal, Elizabeth A Chao, Shobhna Patel, Theo Garrett, Carolina Ibanez-Ventoso, June Hope, Jason L Kish, Max Guo, Gordon J Lithgow, Monica Driscoll, Patrick C Phillips
Limiting the debilitating consequences of ageing is a major medical challenge of our time. Robust pharmacological interventions that promote healthy ageing across diverse genetic backgrounds may engage conserved longevity pathways. Here we report results from the Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program in assessing longevity variation across 22 Caenorhabditis strains spanning 3 species, using multiple replicates collected across three independent laboratories. Reproducibility between test sites is high, whereas individual trial reproducibility is relatively low...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220250/differing-roles-for-sur-2-med23-in-c-elegans-and-c-briggsae-vulval-development
#8
Karley K Mahalak, Abdulrahman M Jama, Steven J Billups, Adriana T Dawes, Helen M Chamberlin
Normal vulval development in the nematode Caenorhabditis briggsae is identical to that in the related Caenorhabditis elegans. However, several experiments suggest that there are differences between the two species with respect to the contribution of EGF/Ras signaling. To investigate these differences genetically, we have characterized a C. briggsae mutant strain that phenocopies the effect observed when C. briggsae animals are treated with U0126, an inhibitor of the EGF pathway component MEK. We identify that the gene affected in the mutant strain is Cbr-sur-2, which encodes a MED23 mediator complex protein that acts downstream of EGF signaling in C...
February 20, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218438/structural-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-nucleoside-hydrolase-from-c-elegans-reveals-the-role-of-two-active-site-cysteine-residues-in-catalysis
#9
Ranjan Kumar Singh, Jan Steyaert, Wim Versées
Nucleoside hydrolases (NHs) catalyze the hydrolysis of the N-glycoside bond in ribonucleosides and are found in all three domains of life. Although in parasitic protozoa a role in purine salvage has been well established, their precise function in bacteria and higher eukaryotes is still largely unknown. NHs have been classified into three homology groups based on the conservation of active site residues. While many structures are available of representatives of group I and II, structural information for group III NHs is lacking...
February 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218274/trapping-of-ivermectin-by-a-pentameric-ligand-gated-ion-channel-upon-open-to-closed-isomerization
#10
Nurit Degani-Katzav, Moshe Klein, Moran Har-Even, Revital Gortler, Ruthi Tobi, Yoav Paas
Ivermectin (IVM) is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic drug used to treat human parasitic diseases like river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. By activating invertebrate pentameric glutamate-gated chloride channels (GluCl receptors; GluClRs), IVM induces sustained chloride influx and long-lasting membrane hyperpolarization that inhibit neural excitation in nematodes. Although IVM activates the C. elegans heteromeric GluClα/β receptor, it cannot activate a homomeric receptor composed of the C. elegans GluClβ subunits...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215941/intron-specific-patterns-of-divergence-of-lin-11-regulatory-function-in-the-c-elegans-nervous-system
#11
Siavash Amon, Bhagwati P Gupta
The diversity of neurons in the nervous system is specified by many genes, including those that encode transcription factors (TFs) and play crucial roles in coordinating gene transcription. To understand how the spatiotemporal expression of TF genes is regulated to generate neuronal diversity, we used one member of the LIM-Hox family, lin-11, as a model that is necessary for the differentiation of amphid neurons in the nematode C. elegans and a related species C. briggsae. We characterized transcriptional regulation of lin-11 and uncovered regulatory roles of two of the largest introns, intron 3 and intron 7...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215939/live-imaging-analysis-of-germ-cell-proliferation-in-the-c-elegans-adult-supports-a-stochastic-model-for-stem-cell-proliferation
#12
Simona Rosu, Orna Cohen-Fix
The C. elegans adult hermaphrodite contains a renewable pool of mitotically dividing germ cells that are contained within the progenitor zone (PZ), at the distal region of the germline. From the PZ, cells enter meiosis and differentiate, ensuring the continued production of oocytes. In this study, we investigated the proliferation strategy used to maintain the PZ pool by using a photoconvertible marker to follow the fate of selected germ cells and their descendants in live worms. We found that the most distal pool of 6-8 rows of cells in the PZ (the distal third) behave similarly, with a fold expansion corresponding to one cell division every 6hours on average...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215526/canalization-of-c-%C3%A2-elegans-vulva-induction-against-anatomical-variability
#13
Guizela Huelsz-Prince, Jeroen Sebastiaan van Zon
It is a fundamental open question as to how embryos develop into complex adult organisms with astounding reproducibility, particularly because cells are inherently variable on the molecular level. During C. elegans vulva induction, the anchor cell induces cell fate in the vulva precursor cells in a distance-dependent manner. Surprisingly, we found that initial anchor cell position was highly variable and caused variability in cell fate induction. However, we observed that vulva induction was "canalized," i...
February 22, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213524/g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinase-2-grk-2-regulates-serotonin-metabolism-through-the-monoamine-oxidase-amx-2-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#14
Jianjun Wang, Jiansong Luo, Dipendra K Aryal, William C Wetzel, Richard Nass, Jeffrey L Benovic
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) regulate many animal behaviors. GPCR signaling is mediated by agonist-promoted interactions of GPCRs with heterotrimeric G proteins, GPCR kinases (GRKs) and arrestins. To further elucidate the role of GRKs in regulating GPCR-mediated behaviors, we utilized the genetic model system Caenorhabditis elegans. Our studies demonstrate that grk-2 loss-of-function strains are egg-laying defective and contain low levels of serotonin (5-HT) and high levels of the 5-HT metabolite 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213159/signal-transduction-cascades-in-axon-regeneration-insights-from-c-elegans
#15
REVIEW
Naoki Hisamoto, Kunihiro Matsumoto
Axon regeneration after nerve injury is a conserved biological process in many animals, including humans. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) has recently emerged as a genetically tractable model for studying regenerative responses in neurons. Extensive studies over several years using this organism have revealed a number of intrinsic and extrinsic signal transduction cascades that regulate axon regeneration, and these are found to be conserved from worms to humans. Further studies have demonstrated that these cascades consist of several signaling networks that ultimately merge into the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) cascade...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212785/the-role-of-driver-nodes-in-managing-epileptic-seizures-application-of-kuramoto-model
#16
Ali Mohseni, Shahriar Gharibzadeh, Fatemeh Bakouie
Synchronization is an important global phenomenon which could be found in a wide range of complex systems such as brain or electronic devices. However, in some circumstances the synchronized states are not desirable for the system and should be suppressed. For example, excessively synchronized activities in the brain network could be the root of neuronal disorders like epileptic seizures. According to the controllability theory of the complex networks, a minimum set of driver nodes has the ability to control the entire system...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209779/a-histone-h4-lysine-20-methyltransferase-couples-environmental-cues-to-sensory-neuron-control-of-developmental-plasticity
#17
Colin E Delaney, Albert T Chen, Jacqueline V Graniel, Kathleen J Dumas, Patrick J Hu
Animals change developmental fates in response to external cues. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, unfavorable environmental conditions induce a state of diapause known as dauer by inhibiting the conserved DAF-2 insulin-like signaling (ILS) pathway through incompletely understood mechanisms. We previously established a role for the C. elegans dosage compensation protein DPY-21 in the control of dauer arrest and DAF-2 ILS. Here we show that the histone H4 lysine 20 methyltransferase SET-4, which also influences dosage compensation, promotes dauer arrest in part by repressing the X-linked ins-9 gene, which encodes a new agonist insulin-like peptide (ILP) expressed specifically in the paired ASI sensory neurons that are required for dauer bypass...
February 16, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209513/isoamyl-alcohol-odor-promotes-longevity-and-stress-tolerance-via-daf-16-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
Chiho Kurino, Tsubasa Furuhashi, Kaori Sudoh, Kazuichi Sakamoto
The possibility that odor plays a role in lifespan regulation through effects on the nervous system is indicated by research on Caenorhabditis elegans. In fact, ablation of AWA and AWC, which are suggested as olfactory neurons, has been shown to extend lifespan via DAF-16, a homolog of FoxO. However, the effects of odor stimuli on the lifespan still remain unclear. Thus, we here aimed to clarify the effect of attractive and repulsive odors on longevity and stress tolerance in C. elegans and to analyze the pathways thereof...
February 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207921/pneumatic-stimulation-of-c-elegans-mechanoreceptor-neurons-in-a-microfluidic-trap
#19
Adam L Nekimken, Holger Fehlauer, Anna A Kim, Sandra N Manosalvas-Kjono, Purim Ladpli, Farah Memon, Divya Gopisetty, Veronica Sanchez, Miriam B Goodman, Beth L Pruitt, Michael Krieg
New tools for applying force to animals, tissues, and cells are critically needed in order to advance the field of mechanobiology, as few existing tools enable simultaneous imaging of tissue and cell deformation as well as cellular activity in live animals. Here, we introduce a novel microfluidic device that enables high-resolution optical imaging of cellular deformations and activity while applying precise mechanical stimuli to the surface of the worm's cuticle with a pneumatic pressure reservoir. To evaluate device performance, we compared analytical and numerical simulations conducted during the design process to empirical measurements made with fabricated devices...
February 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206822/the-effect-of-high-dose-ionizing-radiation-on-the-astrobiological-model-lichen-circinaria-gyrosa
#20
Rosa de la Torre, Ana Zélia Miller, Beatriz Cubero, M Luisa Martín-Cerezo, Marina Raguse, Joachim Meeßen
The lichen Circinaria gyrosa is an astrobiological model defined by its high capacity of resistance to space conditions and to a simulated martian environment. Therefore, it became part of the currently operated BIOMEX experiment on board the International Space Station and the recent STARLIFE campaign to study the effects of four types of space-relevant ionizing radiation. The samples were irradiated with helium and iron ions at doses up to 2 kGy, with X-rays at doses up to 5 kGy and with γ rays at doses from 6 to 113 kGy...
February 2017: Astrobiology
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