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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646043/an-efficient-flp-based-toolkit-for-spatiotemporal-control-of-gene-expression-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Celia María Muñoz-Jiménez, Cristina Ayuso, Agnieszka Dobrzynska, Antonio Torres, Patricia de la Cruz Ruiz, Peter Askjaer
Site-specific recombinases are potent tools to regulate gene expression. In particular, the Cre and FLP enzymes are widely used to either activate or inactivate genes in a precise spatiotemporal manner. Both recombinases work efficiently in the popular model organism Caenorhabditis elegans but their use in this nematode is still only sporadic. To increase the utility of the FLP system in C. elegans we have generated a series of single-copy transgenic strains that stably express an optimized version of FLP in specific tissues or by heat induction...
June 23, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637651/pivotal-role-of-o-glcnac-modification-in-cold-induced-thermogenesis-by-brown-adipose-tissue-through-mitochondrial-biogenesis
#2
Natsuko Ohashi, Katsutaro Morino, Shogo Ida, Osamu Sekine, Mengistu Lemecha, Shinji Kume, Shi-Young Park, Cheol Soo Choi, Satoshi Ugi, Hiroshi Maegawa
Adipose tissues considerably influence metabolic homeostasis, and both white (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT) play significant roles in lipid and glucose metabolism. O-GlcNAc modification is characterized by the addition of N-acetylglucosamine to various proteins by O-GlcNAc transferase (Ogt), subsequently modulating various cellular processes. However, little is known about the role of O-GlcNAc modification in adipose tissues. Here, we report the critical role of O-GlcNAc modification in cold-induced thermogenesis...
June 21, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637242/yap-and-wwtr1-regulate-the-expression-of-sex-determining-genes-in-sertoli-cells-but-their-inactivation-does-not-cause-sex-reversal
#3
Adrien Levasseur, Marilène Paquet, Derek Boerboom, Alexandre Boyer
Yes-associated protein (YAP) and WW containing transcription regulator 1 (WWTR1) are two functionally redundant transcriptional regulators that are downstream effectors of the Hippo signaling pathway, and that act as major regulators of cell growth and differentiation. To elucidate their role in Sertoli cells, primary Sertoli cell culture from Yapflox/flox; Wwtr1flox/flox animals were infected with a Cre recombinase-expressing adenovirus. Concomitant inactivation of Yap and Wwtr1 resulted in a decrease in the mRNA levels of the male sex differentiation genes Dhh, Dmrt1, Sox9 and Wt1, whereas those of genes involved in female differentiation (Wnt4, Rspo1 and Foxl2) were induced...
June 16, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634346/generating-conditional-gene-knockouts-in-plasmodium-a-toolkit-to-produce-stable-dicre-recombinase-expressing-parasite-lines-using-crispr-cas9
#4
Ellen Knuepfer, Marta Napiorkowska, Christiaan van Ooij, Anthony A Holder
Successful establishment of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology in Plasmodium spp. has provided a powerful tool to transform Plasmodium falciparum into a genetically more tractable organism. Conditional gene regulation approaches are required to study the function of gene products critical for growth and erythrocyte invasion of blood stage parasites. Here we employ CRISPR/Cas9 to facilitate use of the dimerisable Cre-recombinase (DiCre) that is frequently used to mediate the excision and loss of loxP-flanked DNA sequences in a rapamycin controlled manner...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630260/cholesterol-auxotrophy-and-intolerance-to-ezetimibe-in-mice-with-srebp-2-deficiency-in-the-intestine
#5
Shunxing Rong, Jeffrey McDonald, Luke Engelking
Sterol regulatory element-binding protein-2 (SREBP-2) activates transcription of all genes needed for cholesterol biosynthesis. To study SREBP-2 function in intestine, we generated a mouse model (Vil-BP2(-/-) ) in which Cre recombinase ablates SREBP-2 in intestinal epithelia. Intestines of Vil-BP2(-/-) mice had reduced expression of genes required for sterol synthesis, in vivo sterol synthesis rates, and epithelial cholesterol contents. On a cholesterol-free diet, they displayed chronic enteropathy with histological abnormalities of both villi and crypts, growth restriction, and reduced survival that was prevented by supplementation of cholesterol in the diet...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629935/a-dicre-recombinase-based-system-for-inducible-expression-in-leishmania-major
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Renato E R S Santos, Gabriel L A Silva, Elaine V Santos, Samuel M Duncan, Jeremy C Mottram, Jeziel D Damasceno, Luiz R O Tosi
Here we present the establishment of an inducible system based on the dimerizable Cre recombinase (DiCre) for controlled gene expression in the protozoan parasite Leishmania. Rapamycin-induced DiCre activation promoted efficient flipping and expression of gene products in a time and dose-dependent manner. The DiCre flipping activity induced the expression of target genes from both integrated and episomal contexts broadening the applicability of the system. We validated the system by inducing the expression of both full length and truncated forms of the checkpoint protein Rad9, which revealed that the highly divergent C-terminal domain of Rad9 is necessary for proper subcellular localization...
June 16, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624900/the-cre-inducer-doxycycline-lowers-cytokine-and-chemokine-transcript-levels-in-the-gut-of-mice
#7
Axel Kornerup Hansen, Sara Astrup Malm, Stine B Metzdorff
The antibiotic doxycycline is used as an inducer of recombinase (cre)-based conditional gene knockout in mice, which is a common tool to show the effect of disrupted gene functions only in one period of a research animal's life. However, other types of such antibiotics have been shown to have a strong impact on the immune system. Here we show that in C57BL/6 mice, the most commonly applied strain for genetic modification, doxycycline treatment lowered transcription of the genes Il1b, Il10, Il18, Tnf, Cxcl1, and Cxcl2 in the ileum, and of the gene Il18 in colon...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616754/sexually-dimorphic-distribution-of-prokr2-neurons-revealed-by-the-prokr2-cre-mouse-model
#8
Zaid Mohsen, Hosung Sim, David Garcia-Galiano, Xingfa Han, Nicole Bellefontaine, Thomas L Saunders, Carol F Elias
Prokineticin receptor 2 (PROKR2) is predominantly expressed in the mammalian central nervous system. Loss-of-function mutations of PROKR2 in humans are associated with Kallmann syndrome due to the disruption of gonadotropin releasing hormone neuronal migration and deficient olfactory bulb morphogenesis. PROKR2 has been also implicated in the neuroendocrine control of GnRH neurons post-migration and other physiological systems. However, the brain circuitry and mechanisms associated with these actions have been difficult to investigate mainly due to the widespread distribution of Prokr2-expressing cells, and the lack of animal models and molecular tools...
June 14, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614657/general-strategy-for-direct-cytosolic-protein-delivery-via-protein-nanoparticle-co-engineering
#9
Rubul Mout, Moumita Ray, Tristan Tay, Kanae Sasaki, Gulen Yesilbag Tonga, Vincent M Rotello
Endosomal entrapment is a key hurdle for most intracellular protein-based therapeutic strategies. We report a general strategy for efficient delivery of proteins to the cytosol through co-engineering of proteins and nanoparticle vehicles. The proteins feature an oligo(glutamate) sequence (E-tag) that binds arginine-functionalized gold nanoparticles, generating hierarchical spherical nanoassemblies. These assemblies fuse with cell membranes, releasing the E-tagged protein directly into the cytosol. Five different proteins with diverse charges, sizes, and functions were effectively delivered into cells, demonstrating the generality of our method...
June 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611151/fate-mapping-neurons-and-glia-derived-from-dbx1-expressing-progenitors-in-mouse-preb%C3%A3-tzinger-complex
#10
Andrew Kottick, Caroline A Martin, Christopher A Del Negro
The brainstem preBötzinger complex (preBötC) generates the inspiratory breathing rhythm, and its core rhythmogenic interneurons are derived from Dbx1-expressing progenitors. To study the neural bases of breathing, tamoxifen-inducible Cre-driver mice and Cre-dependent reporters are used to identify, record, and perturb Dbx1 preBötC neurons. However, the relationship between tamoxifen administration and reporter protein expression in preBötC neurons and glia has not been quantified. To address this problem, we crossed mice that express tamoxifen-inducible Cre recombinase under the control of the Dbx1 gene (Dbx1(Cre)(ERT)(2)) with Cre-dependent fluorescent reporter mice (Rosa26(tdTomato)), administered tamoxifen at different times during development, and analyzed tdTomato expression in the preBötC of their offspring...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608929/high-grade-serous-carcinomas-arise-in-the-mouse-oviduct-via-defects-linked-to-the-human-disease
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Yali Zhai, Rong Wu, Rork Kuick, Michael S Sessine, Stephanie Schulman, Megan Green, Eric R Fearon, Kathleen R Cho
Recent studies suggest that the most common and lethal type of "ovarian" cancer, high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC), usually arises from epithelium on the fallopian tube fimbriae, and not from the ovarian surface epithelium (OSE). We have developed Ovgp1-iCreER(T2) mice in which the Ovgp1 promoter controls expression of tamoxifen (TAM)-regulated Cre recombinase in oviductal epithelium - the murine equivalent of human fallopian tube epithelium (FTE). We employed Ovgp1-iCreER(T2) mice to show that FTE-specific inactivation of several different combinations of tumour suppressor genes recurrently mutated in human HGSCs - namely Brca1, Trp53, Rb1, and Nf1 - results in serous tubal intraepithelial carcinomas (STICs) that progress to HGSC or carcinosarcoma, and to widely metastatic disease in a subset of mice...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600811/inducible-knockdown-of-pregnancy-associated-plasma-protein-a-gene-expression-in-adult-female-mice-extends-life-span
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Laurie K Bale, Sally A West, Cheryl A Conover
Pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A) knockout (KO) mice, generated through homologous recombination in embryonic stem cells, have a significantly increased lifespan compared to wild-type littermates. However, it is unknown whether this longevity advantage would pertain to PAPP-A gene deletion in adult animals. In the present study, we used tamoxifen (Tam)-inducible Cre recombinase-mediated excision of the floxed PAPP-A (fPAPP-A) gene in mice at 5 months of age. fPAPP-A mice, which were either positive (pos) or negative (neg) for Tam-Cre, received Tam treatment with quarterly boosters...
June 9, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591722/critical-role-of-%C3%AE-1-integrin-in-postnatal-beta-cell-function-and-expansion
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Jason Peart, Jinming Li, Hojun Lee, Matthew Riopel, Zhi-Chao Feng, Rennian Wang
β1 integrin is essential for pancreatic beta-cell development and maintenance in rodents and humans. However, the effects of a temporal beta-cell specific β1 integrin knockout on adult islet function are unknown. We utilized a mouse insulin 1 promoter driven tamoxifen-inducible Cre-recombinase β1 integrin knockout mouse model (MIPβ1KO) to investigate β1 integrin function in adult pancreatic beta-cells. Adult male MIPβ1KO mice were significantly glucose intolerant due to impaired glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in vivo and ex vivo at 8 weeks post-tamoxifen...
May 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589361/the-aid-cre-ert2-model-a-tool-for-monitoring-b-cell-immune-responses-and-generating-selective-hybridomas
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Simon Le Gallou, Takuya Nojima, Daisuke Kitamura, Jean-Claude Weill, Claude-Agnès Reynaud
Expression of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) is the hallmark of B cells engaged in an immune response in germinal centers. We designed an inducible fate-mapping reporter mouse in which AID-expressing B cells could be timely and irreversibly marked, by knockin at the Aicda locus of a tamoxifen-inducible Cre recombinase. This mouse model allows notably for the long-term follow-up of memory B cells and plasma cells engaged in an immune response. We describe here a protocol to generate hybridomas from small memory subsets that can be easily traced and identified in this mouse line through Cre-activated fluorescent reporters...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580288/restoration-of-lepr-in-%C3%AE-cells-of-lepr-null-mice-does-not-prevent-hyperinsulinemia-and-hyperglycemia
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Anna M D'souza, Timothy J Kieffer
OBJECTIVE: The adipose-derived hormone leptin plays an important role in regulating body weight and glucose homeostasis. Leptin receptors are expressed in the central nervous system as well as peripheral tissues involved in regulating glucose homeostasis, including insulin-producing β cells of the pancreas. Previous studies assessing the role of leptin receptors in β cells used Cre-loxP to disrupt the leptin receptor gene (Lepr) in β cells, but variable results were obtained. Furthermore, recombination of Lepr was observed in the hypothalamus or exocrine pancreas, in addition to the β cells, and Lepr in non-β cells may have compensated for the loss of Lepr in β cells, thus making it difficult to assess the direct effects of Lepr in β cells...
June 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579418/early-genetic-restoration-of-lubricin-expression-in-transgenic-mice-mitigates-chondrocyte-peroxynitrite-release-and-caspase-3-activation
#16
K M Larson, L Zhang, G J Badger, G D Jay
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the ability of endogenous lubricin secretion to restore joint health following a brief <21 day, postnatal lubricin-null state, in a C57BL/6J Prg4 gene trap (GT) mouse under the control of cre-recombinase. Previously we showed that re-expression of lubricin at 21 days was partly restorative of joint lubrication. DESIGN: The tibio-femoral joints of adult C57BL/6J mice containing lubricin, lacking lubricin, and postnatally lacking lubricin until restoration of lubricin expression at 7 days or 14 days of age were evaluated ex vivo...
June 1, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575114/early-derivation-of-igm-memory-cells-and-bone-marrow-plasmablasts
#17
Amber M Papillion, Kevin J Kenderes, Jennifer L Yates, Gary M Winslow
IgM memory cells are recognized as an important component of B cell memory in mice and humans. Our studies of B cells elicited in response to ehrlichial infection identified a population of CD11c-positive IgM memory cells, and an IgM bone marrow antibody-secreting cell population. The origin of these cells was unknown, although an early T-independent spleen CD11c- and T-bet-positive IgM plasmablast population precedes both, suggesting a linear relationship. A majority of the IgM memory cells detected after day 30 post-infection, also T-bet-positive, had undergone somatic hypermutation, indicating they expressed activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550025/30-years-of-the-mineralocorticoid-receptor-mineralocorticoid-receptor-null-mice-informing-cell-type-specific-roles
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Timothy J Cole, Morag J Young
The mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) mediates the actions of two important adrenal corticosteroid hormones, aldosterone and cortisol. The cell signalling roles of the MR in vivo have expanded enormously since the cloning of human MR gene 30 years ago and the first MR gene knockout in mice nearly 20 years ago. Complete ablation of the MR revealed important roles postnatally for regulation of kidney epithelial functions, with MR-null mice dying 1-2 weeks postnatally from renal salt wasting and hyperkalaemia, with elevated plasma renin and aldosterone...
July 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539323/etv1-positive-cells-give-rise-to-brafv600e-mutant-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
#19
Leili Ran, Devan Murphy, Jessica Sher, Zhen Cao, Shangqian Wang, Edward Walczak, Youxin Guan, Yuanyuan Xie, Shipra Shukla, Yu Zhan, Cristina R Antonescu, Yu Chen, Ping Chi
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) is the most common subtype of sarcoma. Despite clinical advances in the treatment of KIT/PDGFRA-mutant GIST, similar progress against KIT/PDGFRA-wild type GIST, including mutant BRAF-driven tumors, have been limited by a lack of model systems. ETV1 is a master regulator in the intestinal cells of Cajal (ICC), thought to be the cells of origin of GIST. Here we present a model in which the ETV1 promoter is used to specifically and inducibly drive Cre recombinase in ICC as a strategy to study GIST pathogenesis...
May 24, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526298/regulation-of-the-glycerol-transporter-aquaporin-3-by-histone-deacetylase-3-and-p53-in-keratinocytes
#20
Vivek Choudhary, Lawrence O Olala, Karen Kagha, Zhi-Qiang Pan, Xunsheng Chen, Rong Yang, Abigail Cline, Inas Helwa, Lauren Marshall, Ismail Kaddour-Djebbar, Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, Wendy B Bollag
Aquaporin-3 (AQP3), a water and glycerol channel, plays an important role in epidermal function, with studies demonstrating its involvement in keratinocyte proliferation, differentiation and migration and epidermal wound healing and barrier repair. Increasing speculation about the use of histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors to treat skin diseases led us to investigate HDAC's role in the regulation of AQP3. The broad-spectrum HDAC inhibitor, suberolyanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) induced AQP3 mRNA and protein expression in a dose- and time-dependent manner in normal keratinocytes...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
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