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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538174/schizophrenia-related-microdeletion-impairs-emotional-memory-through-microrna-dependent-disruption-of-thalamic-inputs-to-the-amygdala
#1
Tae-Yeon Eom, Ildar T Bayazitov, Kara Anderson, Jing Yu, Stanislav S Zakharenko
Individuals with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) are at high risk of developing psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia. Individuals with 22q11DS and schizophrenia are impaired in emotional memory, anticipating, recalling, and assigning a correct context to emotions. The neuronal circuits responsible for these emotional memory deficits are unknown. Here, we show that 22q11DS mouse models have disrupted synaptic transmission at thalamic inputs to the lateral amygdala (thalamo-LA projections). This synaptic deficit is caused by haploinsufficiency of the 22q11DS gene Dgcr8, which is involved in microRNA processing, and is mediated by the increased dopamine receptor Drd2 levels in the thalamus and by reduced probability of glutamate release from thalamic inputs...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533765/leptin-induces-mitosis-and-activates-the-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-in-neurogenic-regions-of-xenopus-tadpole-brain
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Melissa Cui Bender, Christopher J Sifuentes, Robert J Denver
In addition to its well-known role as an adipostat in adult mammals, leptin has diverse physiological and developmental actions in vertebrates. Leptin has been shown to promote development of hypothalamic circuits and to induce mitosis in different brain areas of mammals. We investigated the ontogeny of leptin mRNA, leptin actions on cell proliferation in the brain, and gene expression in the preoptic area/hypothalamus of tadpoles of Xenopus laevis. The level of leptin mRNA was low in premetamorphic tadpoles, but increased strongly at the beginning of metamorphosis and peaked at metamorphic climax...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532217/integration-of-bacterial-small-rnas-in-regulatory-networks
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Mor Nitzan, Rotem Rehani, Hanah Margalit
Small RNAs (sRNAs) are central regulators of gene expression in bacteria, controlling target genes posttranscriptionally by base pairing with their mRNAs. sRNAs are involved in many cellular processes and have unique regulatory characteristics. In this review, we discuss the properties of regulation by sRNAs and how it differs from and combines with transcriptional regulation. We describe the global characteristics of the sRNA-target networks in bacteria using graph-theoretic approaches and review the local integration of sRNAs in mixed regulatory circuits, including feed-forward loops and their combinations, feedback loops, and circuits made of an sRNA and another regulator, both derived from the same transcript...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532215/matrix-mechanosensing-from-scaling-concepts-in-omics-data-to-mechanisms-in-the-nucleus-regeneration-and-cancer
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Dennis E Discher, Lucas Smith, Sangkyun Cho, Mark Colasurdo, Andrés J García, Sam Safran
Many of the most important molecules of life are polymers. In animals, the most abundant of the proteinaceous polymers are the collagens, which constitute the fibrous matrix outside cells and which can also self-assemble into gels. The physically measurable stiffness of gels, as well as tissues, increases with the amount of collagen, and cells seem to sense this stiffness. An understanding of this mechanosensing process in complex tissues, including fibrotic disease states with high collagen, is now utilizing 'omics data sets and is revealing polymer physics-type, nonlinear scaling relationships between concentrations of seemingly unrelated biopolymers...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532145/mini-photobioreactors-for-in-vivo-real-time-characterization-and-evolutionary-tuning-of-bacterial-optogenetic-circuit
#5
Hsinkai Wang, Ya-Tang Yang
The current standard protocols for characterizing the optogenetic circuit of bacterial cells using flow cytometry in light tubes and light exposure of culture plates are tedious, labor-intensive, and cumbersome. In this work, we engineer a bioreactor with working volume of ~10 mL for in vivo real-time optogenetic characterization of E. coli with a CcaS-CcaR light-sensing system. In the bioreactor, optical density measurements, reporter protein fluorescence detection, and light input stimuli are provided by four light-emitting diode sources and two photodetectors...
May 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526829/super-enhancers-and-broad-h3k4me3-domains-form-complex-gene-regulatory-circuits-involving-chromatin-interactions
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Fan Cao, Yiwen Fang, Hong Kee Tan, Yufen Goh, Jocelyn Yeen Hui Choy, Bryan Thean Howe Koh, Jiong Hao Tan, Nicolas Bertin, Aroul Ramadass, Ewan Hunter, Jayne Green, Matthew Salter, Alexandre Akoulitchev, Wilson Wang, Wee Joo Chng, Daniel G Tenen, Melissa J Fullwood
Stretched histone regions, such as super-enhancers and broad H3K4me3 domains, are associated with maintenance of cell identity and cancer. We connected super-enhancers and broad H3K4me3 domains in the K562 chronic myelogenous leukemia cell line as well as the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line with chromatin interactions. Super-enhancers and broad H3K4me3 domains showed higher association with chromatin interactions than their typical counterparts. Interestingly, we identified a subset of super-enhancers that overlap with broad H3K4me3 domains and show high association with cancer-associated genes including tumor suppressor genes...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525642/dynamics-of-sequestration-based-gene-regulatory-cascades
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Tatenda Shopera, William R Henson, Tae Seok Moon
Gene regulatory cascades are ubiquitous in biology. Because regulatory cascades are integrated within complex networks, their quantitative analysis is challenging in native systems. Synthetic biologists have gained quantitative insights into the properties of regulatory cascades by building simple circuits, but sequestration-based regulatory cascades remain relatively unexplored. Particularly, it remains unclear how the cascade components collectively control the output dynamics. Here, we report the construction and quantitative analysis of the longest sequestration-based cascade in Escherichia coli...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524655/tunable-control-of-an-escherichia-coli-expression-system-for-the-overproduction-of-membrane-proteins-by-titrated-expression-of-a-mutant-lac-repressor
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Seong Keun Kim, Dae-Hee Lee, Oh Cheol Kim, Jihyun F Kim, Sung Ho Yoon
Most inducible expression systems suffer from growth defects, leaky basal induction, and inhomogeneous expression levels within a host cell population. These difficulties are most prominent with the overproduction of membrane proteins that are toxic to host cells. Here, we developed an Escherichia coli inducible expression system for membrane protein production based on titrated expression of a mutant lac repressor (mLacI). Performance of the mLacI inducible system was evaluated in conjunction with commonly used lac operator-based expression vectors using a T7 or tac promoter...
May 19, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524267/synaptic-activity-suppresses-expression-of-neurogenic-differentiation-factor-2-in-an-nmda-receptor-dependent-manner
#9
Fading Chen, Benjamin J Hall
Neurogenic differentiation factor 2 (NeuroD2) is a highly expressed transcription factor in the developing central nervous system. In newborn neurons, NeuroD2-mediated gene expression promotes differentiation, maturation, and survival. In addition to these early, cell-intrinsic developmental processes, NeuroD2 in post-mitotic neurons also regulates synapse growth and ion channel expression to control excitability. While NeuroD2 transactivation can be induced in an activity-dependent manner, little is known about how expression of NeuroD2 itself is regulated...
May 19, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516429/cardinal-epigenetic-role-of-non-coding-regulatory-rnas-in-circadian-rhythm
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REVIEW
Utpal Bhadra, Pradipta Patra, Manika Pal-Bhadra
Circadian rhythm which governs basic physiological activities like sleeping, feeding and energy consumption is regulated by light-controlled central clock genes in the pacemaker neuron. The timekeeping machinery with unique transcriptional and post-transcriptional feedback loops is controlled by different small regulatory RNAs in the brain. Roles of the multiple neuronal genes, especially post-transcriptional regulation, splicing, polyadenylation, mature mRNA editing, and stability of translation products, are controlled by epigenetic activities orchestrated via small RNAs...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514446/identification-of-preoptic-sleep-neurons-using-retrograde-labelling-and-gene-profiling
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Shinjae Chung, Franz Weber, Peng Zhong, Chan Lek Tan, Thuc Nghi Nguyen, Kevin T Beier, Nikolai Hörmann, Wei-Cheng Chang, Zhe Zhang, Johnny Phong Do, Shenqin Yao, Michael J Krashes, Bosiljka Tasic, Ali Cetin, Hongkui Zeng, Zachary A Knight, Liqun Luo, Yang Dan
In humans and other mammalian species, lesions in the preoptic area of the hypothalamus cause profound sleep impairment, indicating a crucial role of the preoptic area in sleep generation. However, the underlying circuit mechanism remains poorly understood. Electrophysiological recordings and c-Fos immunohistochemistry have shown the existence of sleep-active neurons in the preoptic area, especially in the ventrolateral preoptic area and median preoptic nucleus. Pharmacogenetic activation of c-Fos-labelled sleep-active neurons has been shown to induce sleep...
May 17, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511982/characteristic-and-intermingled-neocortical-circuits-encode-different-visual-object-discriminations
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Guo-Rong Zhang, Hua Zhao, Nathan Cook, Michael Svestka, Eui M Choi, Mary Jan, Robert G Cook, Alfred I Geller
Synaptic plasticity and neural network theories hypothesize that the essential information for advanced cognitive tasks is encoded in specific circuits and neurons within distributed neocortical networks. However, these circuits are incompletely characterized, and we do not know if a specific discrimination is encoded in characteristic circuits among multiple animals. Here, we determined the spatial distribution of active neurons for a circuit that encodes some of the essential information for a cognitive task...
May 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510022/aspects-of-protein-dna-interactions-a-review-of-quantitative-thermodynamic-theory-for-modelling-synthetic-circuits-utilising-laci-and-ci-repressors-iptg-and-the-reporter-gene-lacz
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REVIEW
Peter D Munro, Gary K Ackers, Keith E Shearwin
Protein-DNA interactions are central to the control of gene expression across all forms of life. The development of approaches to rigorously model such interactions has often been hindered both by a lack of quantitative binding data and by the difficulty in accounting for parameters relevant to the intracellular situation, such as DNA looping and thermodynamic non-ideality. Here, we review these considerations by developing a thermodynamically based mathematical model that attempts to simulate the functioning of an Escherichia coli expression system incorporating two of the best characterised prokaryotic DNA binding proteins, Lac repressor and lambda CI repressor...
December 2016: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507136/ocd-candidate-gene-slc1a1-eaat3-impacts-basal-ganglia-mediated-activity-and-stereotypic-behavior
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Isaac D Zike, Muhammad O Chohan, Jared M Kopelman, Emily N Krasnow, Daniel Flicker, Katherine M Nautiyal, Michael Bubser, Christoph Kellendonk, Carrie K Jones, Gregg Stanwood, Kenji Fransis Tanaka, Holly Moore, Susanne E Ahmari, Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic, disabling condition with inadequate treatment options that leave most patients with substantial residual symptoms. Structural, neurochemical, and behavioral findings point to a significant role for basal ganglia circuits and for the glutamate system in OCD. Genetic linkage and association studies in OCD point to SLC1A1, which encodes the neuronal glutamate/aspartate/cysteine transporter excitatory amino acid transporter 3 (EAAT3)/excitatory amino acid transporter 1 (EAAC1)...
May 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506232/rp58-and-p27-kip1-coordinate-cell-cycle-exit-and-neuronal-migration-within-the-embryonic-mouse-cerebral-cortex
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Olivier Clément, Isabel Anne Hemming, Ivan Enghian Gladwyn-Ng, Zhengdong Qu, Shan Shan Li, Michael Piper, Julian Ik-Tsen Heng
BACKGROUND: During the development of the mammalian cerebral cortex, newborn postmitotic projection neurons are born from local neural stem cells and must undergo radial migration so as to position themselves appropriately to form functional neural circuits. The zinc finger transcriptional repressor Rp58 (also known as Znf238 or Zbtb18) is critical for coordinating corticogenesis, but its underlying molecular mechanism remains to be better characterised. FINDINGS: Here, we demonstrate that the co-expression of Rp58 and the cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor (CDKI) p27(kip1) is important for E14...
May 15, 2017: Neural Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503137/reward-network-immediate-early-gene-expression-in-mood-disorders
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REVIEW
Claire E Manning, Elizabeth S Williams, Alfred J Robison
Over the past three decades, it has become clear that aberrant function of the network of interconnected brain regions responsible for reward processing and motivated behavior underlies a variety of mood disorders, including depression and anxiety. It is also clear that stress-induced changes in reward network activity underlying both normal and pathological behavior also cause changes in gene expression. Here, we attempt to define the reward circuitry and explore the known and potential contributions of activity-dependent changes in gene expression within this circuitry to stress-induced changes in behavior related to mood disorders, and contrast some of these effects with those induced by exposure to drugs of abuse...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500704/meta-analysis-of-the-transcriptome-reveals-a-core-set-of-shade-avoidance-genes-in-arabidopsis
#17
Romina Sellaro, Manuel Pacín, Jorge J Casal
The presence of neighboring vegetation modifies the light input perceived by photo-sensory receptors, initiating a signaling cascade that adjusts plant growth and physiology. Thousands of genes can change their expression during this process, but the structure of the transcriptional circuit is poorly understood. Here we present a meta-analysis of transcriptome data from Arabidopsis thaliana exposed to neighbor signals in different contexts, including organs where growth is promoted or inhibited by these signals...
May 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499404/anterograde-monosynaptic-transneuronal-tracers-derived-from-herpes-simplex-virus-1-strain-h129
#18
Wen-Bo Zeng, Hai-Fei Jiang, Ya-Dong Gang, Yi-Ge Song, Zhang-Zhou Shen, Hong Yang, Xiao Dong, Yong-Lu Tian, Rong-Jun Ni, Yaping Liu, Na Tang, Xinyan Li, Xuan Jiang, Ding Gao, Michelle Androulakis, Xiao-Bin He, Hui-Min Xia, Ying-Zi Ming, Youming Lu, Jiang-Ning Zhou, Chen Zhang, Xue-Shan Xia, Yousheng Shu, Shao-Qun Zeng, Fuqiang Xu, Fei Zhao, Min-Hua Luo
BACKGROUND: Herpes simplex virus type 1 strain 129 (H129) has represented a promising anterograde neuronal circuit tracing tool, which complements the existing retrograde tracers. However, the current H129 derived tracers are multisynaptic, neither bright enough to label the details of neurons nor capable of determining direct projection targets as monosynaptic tracer. METHODS: Based on the bacterial artificial chromosome of H129, we have generated a serial of recombinant viruses for neuronal circuit tracing...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497795/a-simple-optogenetic-mapk-inhibitor-design-reveals-resonance-between-transcription-regulating-circuitry-and-temporally-encoded-inputs
#19
Raquel M Melero-Fernandez de Mera, Li-Li Li, Arkadiusz Popinigis, Katryna Cisek, Minna Tuittila, Leena Yadav, Andrius Serva, Michael J Courtney
Engineering light-sensitive protein regulators has been a tremendous multidisciplinary challenge. Optogenetic regulators of MAPKs, central nodes of cellular regulation, have not previously been described. Here we present OptoJNKi, a light-regulated JNK inhibitor based on the AsLOV2 light-sensor domain using the ubiquitous FMN chromophore. OptoJNKi gene-transfer allows optogenetic applications, whereas protein delivery allows optopharmacology. Development of OptoJNKi suggests a design principle for other optically regulated inhibitors...
May 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496137/tumor-suppressor-menin-is-required-for-subunit-specific-nachr-%C3%AE-5-transcription-and-nachr-dependent-presynaptic-facilitation-in-cultured-mouse-hippocampal-neurons
#20
Angela M Getz, Fenglian Xu, Frank Visser, Roger Persson, Naweed I Syed
In the central nervous system (CNS), cholinergic transmission induces synaptic plasticity that is required for learning and memory. However, our understanding of the development and maintenance of cholinergic circuits is limited, as the factors regulating the expression and clustering of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) remain poorly defined. Recent studies from our group have implicated calpain-dependent proteolytic fragments of menin, the product of the MEN1 tumor suppressor gene, in coordinating the transcription and synaptic clustering of nAChRs in invertebrate central neurons...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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