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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921913/high-resolution-imaging-of-muscle-attachment-structures-in-c-elegans
#1
Hiroshi Qadota, Yohei Matsunaga, Ken C Q Nguyen, Alexa Mattheyses, David H Hall, Guy M Benian
We used structured illumination microscopy (SIM) to obtain super-resolution images of muscle attachment structures in C. elegans striated muscle. SIM imaging of M-line components revealed two patterns: PAT-3 (β-integrin) and proteins that interact in a complex with the cytoplasmic tail of β-integrin and localize to the basal muscle cell membrane (UNC-112 (kindlin), PAT-4 (ILK), UNC-97 (PINCH), PAT-6 (α-parvin) and UNC-95), are found in discrete, angled segments with gaps. In contrast, proteins localized throughout the depth of the M-line (UNC-89 (obscurin) and UNC-98) are imaged as continuous lines...
September 16, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920944/the-dosage-dependent-effect-exerted-by-the-nm23-h1-h2-homolog-ndk-1-on-distal-tip-cell-migration-in-c-elegans
#2
Zsolt Farkas, Luca Fancsalszky, Éva Saskői, Alexandra Gráf, Krisztián Tárnok, Anil Mehta, Krisztina Takács-Vellai
Abnormal regulation of cell migration and altered rearrangement of the cytoskeleton are fundamental properties of metastatic cells. The first identified metastasis suppressor NM23-H1, which displays nucleoside-diphosphate kinase (NDPK) activity is involved in these processes. NM23-H1 inhibits the migratory and invasive potential of some cancer cells. Correspondingly, numerous invasive cancer cell lines (eg, breast, colon, oral, hepatocellular carcinoma, and melanoma) display low endogenous NM23 levels. In this review, we summarize mechanisms, which are linked to the anti-metastatic activity of NM23...
September 18, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919364/forward-and-reverse-genetics-approaches-to-uncover-metabolic-aging-pathways-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Arwen W Gao, Jelmi Uit de Bos, Mark G Sterken, Jan E Kammenga, Reuben L Smith, Riekelt H Houtkooper
The biological mechanisms of aging have been studied in depth and prominent findings in this field promote the development of new therapies for age-associated disorders. Various model organisms are used for research on aging; among these, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has been widely used and has provided valuable knowledge in determining the regulatory mechanisms driving the aging process. Many genes involved in lifespan regulation are associated with metabolic pathways and are influenced by genetic and environmental factors...
September 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916707/pqn-75-is-expressed-in-the-pharyngeal-gland-cells-of-caenorhabditiselegans-and-is-dispensable-for-germline-development
#4
Jesse D Rochester, Paige C Tanner, Catherine S Sharp, Karolina M Andralojc, Dustin L Updike
In Caenorhabditis elegans, five pharyngeal gland cells reside in the terminal bulb of the pharynx and extend anterior processes to five contact points in the pharyngeal lumen. Pharyngeal gland cells secrete mucin-like proteins thought to facilitate digestion, hatching, molting and assembly of the surface coat of the cuticle, but supporting evidence has been sparse. Here we show pharyngeal gland cell expression of PQN-75, a unique protein containing an N-terminal signal peptide, nucleoporin (Nup)-like phenylalanine/glycine (FG) repeats, and an extensive polyproline repeat domain with similarities to human basic salivary proline-rich pre-protein PRB2...
September 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916264/sidt2-transports-extracellular-dsrna-into-the-cytoplasm-for-innate-immune-recognition
#5
Tan A Nguyen, Blake R C Smith, Michelle D Tate, Gabrielle T Belz, Marilou H Barrios, Kirstin D Elgass, Alexandra S Weisman, Paul J Baker, Simon P Preston, Lachlan Whitehead, Alexandra Garnham, Rachel J Lundie, Gordon K Smyth, Marc Pellegrini, Meredith O'Keeffe, Ian P Wicks, Seth L Masters, Craig P Hunter, Ken C Pang
Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) is a common by-product of viral infections and acts as a potent trigger of antiviral immunity. In the nematode C. elegans, sid-1 encodes a dsRNA transporter that is highly conserved throughout animal evolution, but the physiological role of SID-1 and its orthologs remains unclear. Here, we show that the mammalian SID-1 ortholog, SIDT2, is required to transport internalized extracellular dsRNA from endocytic compartments into the cytoplasm for immune activation. Sidt2-deficient mice exposed to extracellular dsRNA, encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV), and herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) show impaired production of antiviral cytokines and-in the case of EMCV and HSV-1-reduced survival...
September 7, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915791/segmentation-and-classification-of-two-channel-c-elegans-nucleus-labeled-fluorescence-images
#6
Mengdi Zhao, Jie An, Haiwen Li, Jiazhi Zhang, Shang-Tong Li, Xue-Mei Li, Meng-Qiu Dong, Heng Mao, Louis Tao
BACKGROUND: Aging is characterized by a gradual breakdown of cellular structures. Nuclear abnormality is a hallmark of progeria in human. Analysis of age-dependent nuclear morphological changes in Caenorhabditis elegans is of great value to aging research, and this calls for an automatic image processing method that is suitable for both normal and abnormal structures. RESULTS: Our image processing method consists of nuclear segmentation, feature extraction and classification...
September 15, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915560/pharynx-mitochondrial-ca-2-dynamics-in-live-c-elegans-worms-during-aging
#7
Pilar Alvarez-Illera, Paloma García-Casas, Jessica Arias-Del-Val, Rosalba I Fonteriz, Javier Alvarez, Mayte Montero
Progressive decline in mitochondrial function is generally considered one of the hallmarks of aging. We have expressed a Ca(2+) sensor in the mitochondrial matrix of C. elegans pharynx cells and we have measured for the first time mitochondrial [Ca(2+)] ([Ca(2+)]M) dynamics in the pharynx of live C. elegans worms during aging. Our results show that worms stimulated with serotonin display a pharynx [Ca(2+)]M oscillatory kinetics that includes both high frequency oscillations (up to about 1Hz) and very prolonged "square-wave" [Ca(2+)]M increases, indicative of energy depletion of the pharynx cells...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915354/rose-essential-oil-delayed-ad-like-symptoms-by-skn-1-pathway-in-c-elegans
#8
Shuqian Zhu, Hong-Yu Li, Juan Dong, Wenqi Yang, Ting Liu, Yu Wang, Xin Wang, Meizhu Wang, Dejuan Zhi
There are no effective medications for delaying the progress of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world. In this study, our results with C. elegans showed that rose essential oil (REO) significantly inhibited AD-like symptoms of worm paralysis and hypersensivity to exogenous 5-HT in a dose-dependent manner. Its main components of β-citronellol and geraniol acted less effectively than the oil itself. REO significantly suppressed Aβ deposits and reduced the Aβ oligomers to alleviate the toxicity induced by Aβ over-expression...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914311/comparing-caenorhabditis-elegans-gentle-and-harsh-touch-response-behavior-using-a-multiplexed-hydraulic-microfluidic-device
#9
Patrick D McClanahan, Joyce H Xu, Christopher Fang-Yen
The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans is an important model system for understanding the genetics and physiology of touch. Classical assays for C. elegans touch, which involve manually touching the animal with a probe and observing its response, are limited by their low throughput and qualitative nature. We developed a microfluidic device in which several dozen animals are subject to spatially localized mechanical stimuli with variable amplitude. The device contains 64 sinusoidal channels through which worms crawl, and hydraulic valves that deliver touch stimuli to the worms...
September 15, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912432/mitigating-motor-neuronal-loss-in-c-elegans-model-of-als8
#10
Wendy Zhang, Antonio Colavita, Johnny K Ngsee
ALS8 is a late-onset familial autosomal dominant form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) caused by a point mutation (P56S) in the VAPB gene (VAMP associated protein isoform B). Here, we generated two C. elegans models of the disease: a transgenic model where human VAPB wild-type (WT) or P56S mutant was expressed in a subset of motor neurons, and a second model that targeted inducible knockdown of the worm's orthologue, vpr-1. Overexpression of human VAPB in DA neurons caused a backward locomotion defect, axonal misguidance, and premature neuronal death...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910776/fastetch-a-fast-sketch-based-assembler-for-genomes
#11
Priyanka Ghosh, Ananth Kalyanaraman
De novo genome assembly describes the process of reconstructing an unknown genome from a large collection of short (or long) reads sequenced from the genome. A single run of a Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology can produce billions of short reads, making genome assembly computationally demanding (both in terms of memory and time). One of the major computational steps in modern day short read assemblers involves the construction and use of a string data structure called the de Bruijn graph. In fact, a majority of short read assemblers build the complete de Bruijn graph for the set of input reads, and subsequently traverse and prune low-quality edges, in order to generate genomic "contigs"-the output of assembly...
September 11, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910277/interplay-between-microtubule-bundling-and-sorting-factors-ensures-acentriolar-spindle-stability-during-c-elegans-oocyte-meiosis
#12
Timothy J Mullen, Sarah M Wignall
In many species, oocyte meiosis is carried out in the absence of centrioles. As a result, microtubule organization, spindle assembly, and chromosome segregation proceed by unique mechanisms. Here, we report insights into the principles underlying this specialized form of cell division, through studies of C. elegans KLP-15 and KLP-16, two highly homologous members of the kinesin-14 family of minus-end-directed kinesins. These proteins localize to the acentriolar oocyte spindle and promote microtubule bundling during spindle assembly; following klp-15/16 depletion, microtubule bundles form but then collapse into a disorganized array...
September 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904418/leaf-extracts-of-selected-gardening-trees-can-attenuate-quorum-sensing-and-pathogenicity-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1
#13
Kaimin Niu, Min Kuk, Haein Jung, Kokgan Chan, Sooki Kim
An increasing concern on resistance to multiple-antibiotics has led to the discovery of novel agents and the establishment of new precaution strategy. Numerous plant sources have been widely studied to reduce virulence of pathogenic bacteria by interfering cell-to-cell based communication called quorum sensing (QS). Leaf extracts of 17 gardening trees were collected and investigated for their anti-QS effects using a sensor strain Chromobacterium violaceum CV026. Methanolic extracts of K4 (Acer palmatum), K9 (Acer pseudosieboldianum) and K13 (Cercis chinensis) leaves were selected for further experiments based on their antagonism effect on QS without inhibiting C...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903999/cdc42-regulates-junctional-actin-but-not-cell-polarization-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-epidermis
#14
Yuliya Zilberman, Joshua Abrams, Dorian C Anderson, Jeremy Nance
During morphogenesis, adherens junctions (AJs) remodel to allow changes in cell shape and position while preserving adhesion. Here, we examine the function of Rho guanosine triphosphatase CDC-42 in AJ formation and regulation during Caenorhabditis elegans embryo elongation, a process driven by asymmetric epidermal cell shape changes. cdc-42 mutant embryos arrest during elongation with epidermal ruptures. Unexpectedly, we find using time-lapse fluorescence imaging that cdc-42 is not required for epidermal cell polarization or junction assembly, but rather is needed for proper junctional actin regulation during elongation...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903903/utilization-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-in-laboratory-teaching-of-genetics
#15
Xiao-Ying Ma, Ying-Lan Zhao, Fang-Xing Jia, Ya-Kun Song, Yu-Cong Xie
Caenorhabditis elegans is one of the most important model organisms in the study of biology. It is ideal for laboratory teaching due to its short life cycle and low cost. It enriches the teaching content and can motivate students' interest of learning. In this article, we have shown cased C. elegans for the observation of life cycle and mating, as well as the investigation of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and RNA interfere. In addition, we also discuss the details of the experimental design, basic requirement, preparations and related information...
August 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901288/multiple-conserved-cell-adhesion-protein-interactions-mediate-neural-wiring-of-a-sensory-circuit-in-c-elegans
#16
Byunghyuk Kim, Scott W Emmons
Nervous system function relies on precise synaptic connections. A number of widely-conserved cell adhesion proteins are implicated in cell recognition between synaptic partners, but how these proteins act as a group to specify a complex neural network is poorly understood. Taking advantage of known connectivity in C. elegans, we identified and studied cell adhesion genes expressed in three interacting neurons in the mating circuits of the adult male. Two interacting pairs of cell surface proteins independently promote fasciculation between sensory neuron HOA and its postsynaptic target interneuron AVG: BAM-2/neurexin-related in HOA binds to CASY-1/calsyntenin in AVG; SAX-7/L1CAM in sensory neuron PHC binds to RIG-6/contactin in AVG...
September 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900141/dianxianning-improved-amyloid-%C3%AE-induced-pathological-characteristics-partially-through-daf-2-daf-16-insulin-like-pathway-in-transgenic-c-elegans
#17
Dejuan Zhi, Dong Wang, Wenqi Yang, Ziyun Duan, Shuqian Zhu, Juan Dong, Na Wang, Ningbo Wang, Dongqing Fei, Zhanxin Zhang, Xin Wang, Meizhu Wang, Hongyu Li
Dianxianning (DXN) is a traditional Chinese formula, and has been approved in China for treating epilepsy since 1996. Here anti-Alzheimer's disease activity of DXN has been reported. DXN improved AD-like symptoms of paralysis and 5-HT sensitivity of transgenic Aβ1-42 C. elegans. In worms, DXN significantly increased Aβ monomers and decreased the toxic Aβ oligomers, thus reducing Aβ toxicity. DXN significantly suppressed the expression of hsp-16.2 induced by juglone, and up-regulated sod-3 expression. These results indicated that DXN increased stress resistance and protected C...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898827/purification-and-antioxidant-activity-of-phycocyanin-from-synechococcus-sp-r42dm-isolated-from-industrially-polluted-site
#18
Ravi R Sonani, Stuti Patel, Bela Bhastana, Kinnari Jakharia, Mukesh G Chaubey, Niraj K Singh, Datta Madamwar
The cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. R42DM, isolated from an industrially polluted site Vatva, Gujarat, India was recognized to produce phycocyanin (PC) as major phycobiliprotein. In present study, the combinatorial approach of chemical and physical methods i.e. Triton-X 100 treatment and ultra-sonication was designed for extraction of PC. From cell extract, the intact and functional-PC was purified up to purity 4.03 by ammonium sulphate fractionation and ion-exchange chromatography. The PC displayed considerable in vitro antioxidant and radical-scavenging activity...
August 31, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898676/developmental-erk-signaling-goes-digital
#19
Coralie Dessauges, Olivier Pertz
Reporting in Developmental Cell, de la Cova et al. (2017) present a biosensor to measure ERK activity dynamics in C. elegans larvae. They find that fate decision signaling involves frequency-modulated, digital ERK activity pulses. These findings may explain how graded morphogen signals are converted into precise and robust cell fate patterns.
September 11, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898441/three-dimensional-reconstruction-of-the-pharyngeal-gland-cells-in-the-predatory-nematode-pristionchus-pacificus
#20
Metta Riebesell, Ralf J Sommer
Pristionchus pacificus is a model system in evolutionary biology and for comparison to Caenorhabditis elegans. As a necromenic nematode often found in association with scarab beetles, P. pacificus exhibits omnivorous feeding that is characterized by a mouth-form dimorphism, an example of phenotypic plasticity. Eurystomatous animals have a dorsal and a sub-ventral tooth enabling predatory feeding on other nematodes whereas stenostomatous animals have only a dorsal tooth and are microbivorous. Both mouth forms of P...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Morphology
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