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REVIEW
Bruna B Brandão, Beatriz A Guerra, Marcelo A Mori
Metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes are a major public health issue worldwide. These diseases are often linked to a dysfunctional adipose tissue. Fat is a large, heterogenic, pleiotropic and rather complex tissue. It is found in virtually all cavities of the human body, shows unique plasticity among tissues, and harbors many cell types in addition to its main functional unit - the adipocyte. Adipose tissue function varies depending on the localization of the fat depot, the cell composition of the tissue and the energy status of the organism...
February 7, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214359/gene-expression-plasticity-in-response-to-salinity-acclimation-in-threespine-stickleback-ecotypes-from-different-salinity-habitats
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Taylor C Gibbons, David C H Metzger, Timothy M Healy, Patricia M Schulte
Phenotypic plasticity is thought to facilitate the colonization of novel environments and shape the direction of evolution in colonizing populations. However, the relative prevalence of various predicted patterns of changes in phenotypic plasticity following colonization remain unclear. Here we use a whole-transcriptome approach to characterize patterns of gene expression plasticity in the gills of a freshwater-adapted and a saltwater-adapted ecotype of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) exposed to a range of salinities...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213964/when-sensing-is-gambling-an-experimental-system-reveals-how-plasticity-can-generate-tunable-bet-hedging-strategies
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Colin S Maxwell, Paul M Magwene
Genotypes can persist in unpredictable environments by 'hedging their bets' and producing diverse phenotypes. Theoretical studies have shown that the phenotypic variability needed for a bet-hedging strategy can be generated by factors either inside or outside an organism. However, sensing the environment and bet hedging are frequently treated as distinct evolutionary strategies. Furthermore, nearly all empirical studies of the molecular underpinnings of bet-hedging strategies to date have focused on internal sources of variability...
February 18, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212607/a-case-of-modular-phenotypic-plasticity-in-the-depth-gradient-for-the-gorgonian-coral-antillogorgia-bipinnata-cnidaria-octocorallia
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Iván Calixto-Botía, Juan A Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Phenotypic plasticity, as a phenotypic response induced by the environment, has been proposed as a key factor in the evolutionary history of corals. A significant number of octocoral species show high phenotypic variation, exhibiting a strong overlap in intra- and inter-specific morphologic variation. This is the case of the gorgonian octocoral Antillogorgia bipinnata (Verrill 1864), which shows three polyphyletic morphotypes along a bathymetric gradient. This research tested the phenotypic plasticity of modular traits in A...
February 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209528/decellularized-human-colorectal-cancer-matrices-polarize-macrophages-towards-an-anti-inflammatory-phenotype-promoting-cancer-cell-invasion-via-ccl18
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M L Pinto, E Rios, A C Silva, S C Neves, H R Caires, A T Pinto, C Durães, F A Carvalho, A P Cardoso, N C Santos, C C Barrias, D S Nascimento, P Pinto-do-Ó, M A Barbosa, F Carneiro, M J Oliveira
Macrophages are frequently identified in solid tumors, playing important roles in cancer progression. Their remarkable plasticity makes them very sensitive to environmental factors, including the extracellular matrix (ECM). In the present work, we investigated the impact of human colorectal tumor matrices on macrophage polarization and on macrophage-mediated cancer cell invasion. Accordingly, we developed an innovative 3D-organotypic model, based on the decellularization of normal and tumor tissues derived from colorectal cancer patients' surgical resections...
February 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209166/intra-tumor-heterogeneity-from-a-cancer-stem-cell-perspective
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REVIEW
Pramudita R Prasetyanti, Jan Paul Medema
Tumor heterogeneity represents an ongoing challenge in the field of cancer therapy. Heterogeneity is evident between cancers from different patients (inter-tumor heterogeneity) and within a single tumor (intra-tumor heterogeneity). The latter includes phenotypic diversity such as cell surface markers, (epi)genetic abnormality, growth rate, apoptosis and other hallmarks of cancer that eventually drive disease progression and treatment failure. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been put forward to be one of the determining factors that contribute to intra-tumor heterogeneity...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206857/phenotypic-plasticity-in-response-to-seasonal-variation-in-populations-of-culex-melanoconion-bastagarius
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Jeronimo Alencar, Cecilia Ferreira de Mello, Hélcio R Gil-Santana, Christina S da Silva, Juliana S Sarmento, Ana Laura Carbajal de La Fuente
The present study aimed to determine the effects of seasonal variation on phenotypic variation in Culex bastagarius, using geometric morphometric analysis based on wing shape and size. Samples were collected in the Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mosquitoes were captured once every 2 months (December 2012-January 2014) using light traps. The results of geometric morphometric analysis revealed variations in wing size; however, variability was not evident in wing shape. The present study provides novel data regarding phenotypic plasticity of Cx...
December 2016: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205577/epigenetic-signatures-of-invasive-status-in-populations-of-marine-invertebrates
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Alba Ardura, Anastasija Zaiko, Paloma Morán, Serge Planes, Eva Garcia-Vazquez
Epigenetics, as a DNA signature that affects gene expression and enables rapid reaction of an organism to environmental changes, is likely involved in the process of biological invasions. DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism common to plants and animals for regulating gene expression. In this study we show, for the first time in any marine species, significant reduction of global methylation levels during the expansive phase of a pygmy mussel (Xenostrobus securis) recent invasion in Europe (two-year old), while in older introductions such epigenetic signature of invasion was progressively reduced...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205544/structural-environment-built-by-akap12-colon-mesenchymal-cells-drives-m2-macrophages-during-inflammation-recovery
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Jun-Mo Yang, Hye Shin Lee, Ji Hae Seo, Ji-Hyeon Park, Irwin H Gelman, Eng H Lo, Kyu-Won Kim
Macrophages exhibit phenotypic plasticity, as they have the ability to switch their functional phenotypes during inflammation and recovery. Simultaneously, the mechanical environment actively changes. However, how these dynamic alterations affect the macrophage phenotype is unknown. Here, we observed that the extracellular matrix (ECM) constructed by AKAP12+ colon mesenchymal cells (CMCs) generated M2 macrophages by regulating their shape during recovery. Notably, rounded macrophages were present in the linear and loose ECM of inflamed colons and polarized to the M1 phenotype...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202817/adaptive-shaping-of-the-behavioural-and-neuroendocrine-phenotype-during-adolescence
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Tobias D Zimmermann, Sylvia Kaiser, Michael B Hennessy, Norbert Sachser
Environmental conditions during early life can adaptively shape the phenotype for the prevailing environment. Recently, it has been suggested that adolescence represents an additional temporal window for adaptive developmental plasticity, though supporting evidence is scarce. Previous work has shown that male guinea pigs living in large mixed-sex colonies develop a low-aggressive phenotype as part of a queuing strategy that is adaptive for integrating into large unfamiliar colonies. By contrast, males living in pairs during adolescence become highly aggressive towards strangers...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202664/lrrk2-mouse-models-dissecting-the-behavior-striatal-neurochemistry-and-neurophysiology-of-pd-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Mattia Volta, Heather Melrose
Mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) are the most common genetic cause of familial Parkinson's disease (PD), resembling the sporadic disorder. Intensive effort has been directed toward LRRK2 mouse modeling and investigation, aimed at reproducing the human disease to inform mechanistic studies of pathogenesis and design of neuroprotective therapies. The physiological function of LRRK2 is still under exploration, but a clear role in striatal neurophysiology and animal behavior has emerged. Alterations in LRRK2 impair dopamine (DA) transmission, regulation and signaling, in addition to corticostriatal synaptic plasticity...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202626/cancer-cells-exhibit-clonal-diversity-in-phenotypic-plasticity
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Robert Austin Mathis, Ethan S Sokol, Piyush B Gupta
Phenotypic heterogeneity in cancers is associated with invasive progression and drug resistance. This heterogeneity arises in part from the ability of cancer cells to switch between phenotypic states, but the dynamics of this cellular plasticity remain poorly understood. Here we apply DNA barcodes to quantify and track phenotypic plasticity across hundreds of clones in a population of cancer cells exhibiting epithelial or mesenchymal differentiation phenotypes. We find that the epithelial-to-mesenchymal cell ratio is highly variable across the different clones in cancer cell populations, but remains stable for many generations within the progeny of any single clone-with a heritability of 0...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202516/modeling-the-genetic-regulation-of-cancer-metabolism-interplay-between-glycolysis-and-oxidative-phosphorylation
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Linglin Yu, Mingyang Lu, Dongya Jia, Jianpeng Ma, Eshel Ben-Jacob, Herbert Levine, Benny A Kaipparettu, Jose' N Onuchic
Abnormal metabolism is a hallmark of cancer, yet its regulation remains poorly understood. Cancer cells were considered to utilize primarily glycolysis for ATP production, referred to as the Warburg effect. However, recent evidence suggests that oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) plays a crucial role during cancer progression. Here we utilized a systems biology approach to decipher the regulatory principle of glycolysis and OXPHOS. Integrating information from literature, we constructed a regulatory network of genes and metabolites from which we extracted a core circuit containing HIF-1, AMPK, and ROS...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202411/dopamine-and-dopamine-receptor-d1-associated-with-decreased-social-interaction
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Qiang Liu, Jieyun Shi, Rongfei Lin, Tieqiao Wen
Deficits in social interaction are hallmarks of neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, its underlying mechanism is still unclear. Here, we show that the loss of dendritic cell factor 1 (Dcf1) in the nervous system of mice induces social interaction deficiency, autism-like behaviour, and influences social interaction via the dopamine system. Dopamine receptor D1 agonist rescues this social cognition phenotype, and improves short-term plasticity. Together, this study presents a new genetic mechanism that affects social interaction and may provide a new way to improve positive social interaction and treat autism spectrum disorders...
February 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202061/in-vitro-generation-of-sertoli-like-and-haploid-spermatid-like-cells-from-human-umbilical-cord-perivascular-cells
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Ekaterina Shlush, Leila Maghen, Sonja Swanson, Shlomit Kenigsberg, Sergey Moskovtsev, Tanya Barretto, Andrée Gauthier-Fisher, Clifford L Librach
BACKGROUND: First trimester (FTM) and term human umbilical cord-derived perivascular cells (HUCPVCs), which are rich sources of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), can give rise to Sertoli cell (SC)-like as well as haploid germ cell (GC)-like cells in vitro using culture conditions that recapitulate the testicular niche. Gamete-like cells have been produced ex vivo using pluripotent stem cells as well as MSCs. However, the production of functional gametes from human stem cells has yet to be achieved...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201983/comparative-analysis-of-the-mitochondrial-genomes-of-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides-sensu-lato-insights-into-the-evolution-of-a-fungal-species-complex-interacting-with-diverse-plants
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Xiaofei Liang, Xianglin Tian, Wenkui Liu, Tingyu Wei, Wei Wang, Qiuyue Dong, Bo Wang, Yanan Meng, Rong Zhang, Mark L Gleason, Guangyu Sun
BACKGROUND: The fungal species complex Colletotrichum gloeosporioides sensu lato contains over 20 plant-interacting species. These species exhibit different life styles (e.g., endophytes, foliar and fruit pathogens) and show considerable variation in host and tissue adaptation strategies. Accurate species delimitation in C. gloeosporioides s.l. is very challenging due to nascent lineage boundaries and phenotypic plasticity, which strongly impedes studies of the complex's host-interaction biology...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198431/investigation-of-hippocampal-synaptic-transmission-and-plasticity-in-mice-deficient-in-the-actin-binding-protein-drebrin
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Claudia G Willmes, Till G A Mack, Julia Ledderose, Dietmar Schmitz, Christian Wozny, Britta J Eickholt
The dynamic regulation of the actin cytoskeleton plays a key role in controlling the structure and function of synapses. It is vital for activity-dependent modulation of synaptic transmission and long-term changes in synaptic morphology associated with memory consolidation. Several regulators of actin dynamics at the synapse have been identified, of which a salient one is the postsynaptic actin stabilising protein Drebrin (DBN). It has been suggested that DBN modulates neurotransmission and changes in dendritic spine morphology associated with synaptic plasticity...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197719/regulatory-crosstalk-between-micrornas-and-hormone-signalling-cascades-controls-the-variation-on-seed-dormancy-phenotype-at-arabidopsis-thaliana-seed-set
#18
Yang Liu, Yousry A El-Kassaby
We employed an Illumina sequencing approach to identify candidate microRNA cohorts that may greatly contribute to seed dormancy modulation and to construct a microRNA-gene regulatory network in hormone signalling cascades. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important signalling molecules and regulate many developmental programs of plants. Some miRNAs have been integrated into gene regulatory networks (GRNs) and coordinate developmental plasticity, but few study systematically investigated how phenotypical variations are regulated through differential expression of miRNA tags in GRNs during seed set...
February 14, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197369/the-transcriptome-of-lung-tumor-infiltrating-dendritic-cells-reveals-a-tumor-supporting-phenotype-and-a-microrna-signature-with-negative-impact-on-clinical-outcome
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Lotte Pyfferoen, Elisabeth Brabants, Celine Everaert, Nancy De Cabooter, Kelly Heyns, Kim Deswarte, Manon Vanheerswynghels, Sofie De Prijck, Glenn Waegemans, Melissa Dullaers, Hamida Hammad, Olivier De Wever, Pieter Mestdagh, Jo Vandesompele, Bart N Lambrecht, Karim Y Vermaelen
Targeting immunomodulatory pathways has ushered a new era in lung cancer therapy. Further progress requires deeper insights into the biology of immune cells in the lung cancer micro-environment. Dendritic cells (DCs) represent a heterogeneous and highly plastic immune cell system with a central role in controlling immune responses. The intratumoral infiltration and activation status of DCs are emerging as clinically relevant parameters in lung cancer. In this study, we used an orthotopic preclinical model of lung cancer to dissect how the lung tumor micro-environment affects tissue-resident DCs and extract novel biologically and clinically relevant information...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196513/metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-5-may-be-involved-in-macrophage-plasticity
#20
Lali Shanshiashvili, Elene Tsitsilashvili, Nino Dabrundashvili, Irine Kalandadze, David Mikeladze
BACKGROUND: Macrophages are a functionally heterogeneous cell population and depending on microenvironments they polarize in two main groups: M1 and M2. Glutamic acid and glutamate receptors may participate in the regulation of macrophage plasticity. To investigate the role of glutamatergic systems in macrophages physiology, we performed the transfection of mGluR5 cDNAs into RAW-264.7 cells. RESULTS: Comparative analysis of modified (RAW-mGluR5 macrophages) and non-modified macrophages (RAW-macrophages) has shown that the RAW-mGluR5 macrophages absorbed more glutamate than control cells and the amount of intracellular glutamate correlated with the expression of excitatory amino acid transporters -2 (EAAT-2)...
February 14, 2017: Biological Research
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