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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346668/rad51-and-rtel1-compensate-telomere-loss-in-the-absence-of-telomerase
#1
Margaux Olivier, Cyril Charbonnel, Simon Amiard, Charles I White, Maria E Gallego
Replicative erosion of telomeres is naturally compensated by telomerase and studies in yeast and vertebrates show that homologous recombination can compensate for the absence of telomerase. We show that RAD51 protein, which catalyzes the key strand-invasion step of homologous recombination, is localized at Arabidopsis telomeres in absence of telomerase. Blocking the strand-transfer activity of the RAD51 in telomerase mutant plants results in a strikingly earlier onset of developmental defects, accompanied by increased numbers of end-to-end chromosome fusions...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346415/acute-multi-sgrna-knockdown-of-keops-complex-genes-reproduces-the-microcephaly-phenotype-of-the-stable-knockout-zebrafish-model
#2
Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Ronen Schneider, Charlotte A Hoogstraten, Jeremy F P Ullmann, David Schapiro, Amar J Majmundar, Amy Kolb, Kaitlyn Eddy, Shirlee Shril, Daniela A Braun, Annapurna Poduri, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Until recently, morpholino oligonucleotides have been widely employed in zebrafish as an acute and efficient loss-of-function assay. However, off-target effects and reproducibility issues when compared to stable knockout lines have compromised their further use. Here we employed an acute CRISPR/Cas approach using multiple single guide RNAs targeting simultaneously different positions in two exemplar genes (osgep or tprkb) to increase the likelihood of generating mutations on both alleles in the injected F0 generation and to achieve a similar effect as morpholinos but with the reproducibility of stable lines...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345963/deletion-of-estrogen-receptor-alpha-in-skeletal-muscle-results-in-impaired-contractility-in-female-mice
#3
Brittany C Collins, Tara L Mader, Christine A Cabelka, Melissa R Iñigo, Espen E Spangenburg, Dawn A Lowe
Estradiol deficiency in females can result in skeletal muscle strength loss, and treatment with estradiol mitigates the loss. There are three primary estrogen receptors and estradiol elicits effects through these receptors in various tissues. Ubiquitous estrogen receptor α (ERα) knockout mice exhibit numerous biological disorders, but little is known regarding the specific role of ERα in skeletal muscle contractile function. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of skeletal muscle specific ERα deletion on contractile function, hypothesizing that ERα is a main receptor through which estradiol affects muscle strength in females...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345354/lack-of-functional-selectin-ligand-interactions-enhances-innate-immune-resistance-to-systemic-listeria-monocytogenes-infection
#4
Gerard Agbayani, Komal Gurnani, Ahmed Zafer, Subash Sad, Lakshmi Krishnan
Selectin-ligand interactions are important for leukocyte homing and functionality. The roles of selectin-ligand interactions in modulating immunity to intracellular infections are not completely understood. Mice lacking the expression of fucosyltransferase-IV and -VII (Fucosyltransferase-IV and -VII double knockout, FtDKO) exhibit deficient functionality of selectin-ligand interactions. We addressed the kinetics of infection and immunity to Listeria monocytogenes (LM), an intracellular pathogen, in FtDKO mice...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345310/a-potential-role-of-knockout-serum-replacement-as-a-porcine-follicular-fluid-substitute-for-in-vitro-maturation-lipid-metabolism-approach
#5
Jun-Xue Jin, Sanghoon Lee, Erif Maha Nugraha Setyawan, Anukul Taweechaipaisankul, Geon A Kim, Ho Jae Han, Curie Ahn, Byeong Chun Lee
The use of supplements, such as porcine follicular fluid (pFF), fetal bovine serum and human serum albumin are widely used during in vitro maturation (IVM) in different species but these supplements contain undefined components that cause technical difficulties in standardization and influence the efficiency of IVM. Knockout serum replacement (KSR) is a synthetic protein source, without any undefined growth factors or differentiation-promoting factors. Therefore, it is feasible to use KSR as a defined component for avoiding effects of unknown molecules in an IVM system...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345196/surfactant-protein-c-dampens-inflammation-by-decreasing-jak-stat-activation-during-lung-repair
#6
Huiyan Jin, Andrzej K Ciechanowicz, Alanna R Kaplan, Lin Wang, Ping Xia Zhang, Yi-Chien Lu, Rachel E Tobin, Brooke A Tobin, Lauren Cohn, Caroline J Zeiss, Patty J Lee, Emanuela M Bruscia, Diane S Krause
Surfactant Protein C (SPC), a key component of pulmonary surfactant, also plays a role in regulating inflammation. SPC deficiency in patients and mouse models is associated with increased inflammation and delayed repair, but the key drivers of SPC-regulated inflammation in response to injury are largely unknown. This study focuses on a new mechanism of SPC as an anti-inflammatory molecule using SPC-TK/SPC-KO (surfactant protein C-thymidine kinase/surfactant protein C knockout) mice, which represent a novel sterile injury model that mimics clinical acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345057/sodium-chloride-inhibits-ifn-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-but-not-il-4-production-by-invariant-nkt-cells
#7
Dongjin Jeong, Hye Young Kim, Doo Hyun Chung
Invariant NKT (iNKT) cells are a distinct subset of T cells that exert Janus-like functions in vivo by producing IFN-γ and IL-4. Sodium chloride modulates the functions of various immune cells, including conventional CD4+ T cells and macrophages. However, it is not known whether sodium chloride affects iNKT cell function, so we addressed this issue. Sodium chloride inhibited IFN-γ, but not IL-4, production by iNKT cells upon TCR or TCR-independent (IL-12 and IL-18) stimulation in a dose-dependent manner. Consistently, sodium chloride reduced the expression level of tbx21, but not gata-3, in iNKT cells stimulated with TCR engagement or IL-12 + IL-18...
January 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345054/isoflurane-anesthesia-in-aged-mice-and-effects-of-a1-adenosine-receptors-on-cognitive-impairment
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Chun-Long Zuo, Chun-Man Wang, Jin Liu, Ting Shen, Jiang-Ping Zhou, Xin-Rui Hao, Yi-Zhao Pan, Hua-Cheng Liu, Qing-Quan Lian, Han Lin
AIMS: Isoflurane may not only accelerate the process of Alzheimer's disease (AD), but increase the risk of incidence of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). However, the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. This study was designed to investigate whether isoflurane contributed to the POCD occurrence through A1 adenosine receptor (A1AR) in aged mice. METHODS: We assessed cognitive function of mice with Morris water maze (MWM) and then measured expression level of two AD biomarkers (P-tau and Aβ) and a subtype of the NMDA receptor (NR2B) in aged wild-type (WT) and homozygous A1 adenosine receptor (A1AR) knockout (KO) mice at baseline and after they were exposed to isoflurane (1...
January 17, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345004/epidermal-permeability-barrier-function-and-sphingolipid-content-in-the-skin-of-sphingomyelin-synthase-2-deficient-mice
#9
Koji Nomoto, Yurina Itaya, Ken Watanabe, Tadashi Yamashita, Toshiro Okazaki, Yoshihiro Tokudome
BACKGROUND: Sphingomyelin synthase (SMS) is an enzyme that generates sphingomyelin (SM) from ceramide (CER) and phosphatidylcholine. SM in the epidermis is a precursor of CER, an important lipid for epidermal permeability barrier function. However, the physiological role of SMS in skin is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To uncover the function of SMS in skin, we investigated sphingolipid metabolism enzyme activity in skin, SM content in the epidermis, CER content in the stratum corneum (SC) and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) as an indicator of barrier function in SMS2-knockout (KO) mice...
January 17, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344510/ablation-of-fgfr2-in-fibroblasts-ameliorates-kidney-fibrosis-after-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-mice
#10
Zhuo Xu, Chunsun Dai
Background: Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are heparin-binding proteins involved in a variety of biological processes. However, the role and mechanisms of FGF/FGFR2 signaling in fibroblast activation and kidney fibrosis need further investigation. Methods: In this study, a mouse model with fibroblast-specific FGFR2 gene disruption was generated. The knockouts were born normal and no kidney dysfunction or histological abnormality was found within 2 months after birth...
December 2017: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344294/cardiomyocyte-restricted-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-6-lrp6-deletion-leads-to-lethal-dilated-cardiomyopathy-partly-through-drp1-signaling
#11
Zhidan Chen, Yang Li, Ying Wang, Juying Qian, Hong Ma, Xiang Wang, Guoliang Jiang, Ming Liu, Yanpeng An, Leilei Ma, Le Kang, Jianguo Jia, Chunjie Yang, Guoping Zhang, Ying Chen, Wei Gao, Mingqiang Fu, Zheyong Huang, Huiru Tang, Yichun Zhu, Junbo Ge, Hui Gong, Yunzeng Zou
Low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 6 (LRP6), a wnt co-receptor, regulates multiple functions in various organs. However, the roles of LRP6 in the adult heart are not well understood. Methods: We observed LRP6 expression in heart with end-stage dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) by western blot. Tamoxifen-inducible cardiac-specific LRP6 knockout mouse was constructed. Hemodynamic and echocardiographic analyses were performed to these mice. Results: Cardiac LRP6 expression was dramatically decreased in patients with end-stage dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) compared to control group...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343851/ndrg2-facilitates-colorectal-cancer-differentiation-through-the-regulation-of-skp2-p21-p27-axis
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Liangliang Shen, Xuan Qu, Huichen Li, Chunsheng Xu, Mengying Wei, Qinhao Wang, Yi Ru, Bei Liu, Yuqiao Xu, Kai Li, Junbi Hu, Lifeng Wang, Yongzheng Ma, Mengyang Li, Xiaofeng Lai, Lei Gao, Kaichun Wu, Libo Yao, Jianyong Zheng, Jian Zhang
Poorly differentiated colorectal cancers (CRCs) are more aggressive and lack targeted therapies. We and others previously reported the predominant role of tumor-suppressor NDRG2 in promoting CRC differentiation, but the underlying mechanism is largely unknown. Herein, we demonstrate that NDRG2 induction of CRC cell differentiation is dependent on the repression of E3 ligase Skp2 activity. In patients and Ndrg2 knockout mice, NDRG2 and Skp2 are negatively correlated and associated with cell differentiation stage...
January 18, 2018: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343769/ckamp44-modulates-integration-of-visual-inputs-in-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
#13
Xufeng Chen, Muhammad Aslam, Tim Gollisch, Kevin Allen, Jakob von Engelhardt
Relay neurons in the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) receive excitatory inputs from retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Retinogeniculate synapses are characterized by a prominent short-term depression of AMPA receptor (AMPAR)-mediated currents, but the underlying mechanisms and its function for visual integration are not known. Here we identify CKAMP44 as a crucial auxiliary subunit of AMPARs in dLGN relay neurons, where it increases AMPAR-mediated current amplitudes and modulates gating of AMPARs. Importantly, CKAMP44 is responsible for the distinctive short-term depression in retinogeniculate synapses by reducing the rate of recovery from desensitization of AMPARs...
January 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343656/crispr-cas9-mediated-generation-of-obese-and-diabetic-mouse-models
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Jae-Il Roh, Junghoon Lee, Seong Uk Park, Young-Shin Kang, Jaehoon Lee, Ah-Reum Oh, Dong Joon Choi, Ji-Young Cha, Han-Woong Lee
Mouse models of obesity (ob/ob) and diabetes (db/db) in which the leptin (Lep) and Leptin receptor (Lepr) genes have been mutated, respectively, have contributed to a better understanding of human obesity and type 2 diabetes and to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these metabolic diseases. In this study, we report the first CRISPR-Cas9-induced Lep and Lepr KO mouse models by co-microinjection of Cas9 mRNA and sgRNAs that specifically targeted Lep or Lepr in C57BL/6J embryos. Our newly established Lep and Lepr knockout (KO) mouse models showed phenotypic disorders nearly identical to those found in ob/ob and db/db mice, such as an increase in body weight, hyperglycemia, and hepatic steatosis...
January 16, 2018: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343638/commissural-neurons-transgress-the-cns-pns-boundary-in-absence-of-ventricular-zone-derived-netrin-1
#15
Juan Antonio Moreno-Bravo, Sergi Roig Puiggros, Heike Blockus, Chloé Dominici, Pavol Zelina, Patrick Mehlen, Alain Chédotal
During the development of the central nervous system (CNS), only motor axons project into peripheral nerves. Little is known about the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control the development of a boundary at the CNS surface and prevent CNS neuron emigration from the neural tube. It has previously been shown that a subset of spinal cord commissural axons abnormally invades sensory nerves in Ntn1 hypomorphic embryos and Dcc knockouts. However, whether netrin 1 also plays a similar role in the brain is unknown...
January 17, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343636/non-cell-autonomous-control-of-precerebellar-neuron-migration-by-slit-and-robo-proteins
#16
Chloé Dominici, Quentin Rappeneau, Pavol Zelina, Stéphane Fouquet, Alain Chédotal
During development, precerebellar neurons migrate tangentially from the dorsal hindbrain to the floor plate. Their axons cross it but their cell bodies stop their ventral migration upon reaching the midline. It has previously been shown that Slit chemorepellents and their receptors, Robo1 and Robo2, might control the migration of precerebellar neurons in a repulsive manner. Here, we have used a conditional knockout strategy in mice to test this hypothesis. We show that the targeted inactivation of the expression of Robo1 and Robo2 receptors in precerebellar neurons does not perturb their migration and that they still stop at the midline...
January 17, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343555/antagonism-of-integrin-cd11b-affords-protection-against-endotoxin-shock-and-polymicrobial-sepsis-via-attenuation-of-hmgb1-nucleocytoplasmic-translocation-and-extracellular-release
#17
Huiting Zhou, Yanhong Li, Huan Gui, He Zhao, Ming Wu, Gang Li, Yiping Li, Zhenjiang Bai, Zhimin Yin, H Paul Redmond, Jian Wang, Jiang Huai Wang, Zhihui Zhao
High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a chromatin-binding nuclear protein, plays a critical role in sepsis by acting as a key "late-phase" inflammatory mediator. Integrin CD11b is essential for inflammatory cell activation and migration, thus mediating inflammatory responses. However, it is unclear whether CD11b participates in the development of sepsis. In this study, we report that CD11b contributes to LPS-induced endotoxin shock and microbial sepsis, as antagonism of CD11b with the CD11b blocking Ab or CD11b inhibitor Gu-4 protects mice against LPS- and microbial sepsis-related lethality, which is associated with significantly diminished serum HMGB1 levels...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343547/molecular-pathways-for-immune-recognition-of-preproinsulin-signal-peptide-in-type-1-diabetes
#18
Deborah Kronenberg-Versteeg, Martin Eichmann, Mark A Russell, Arnoud de Ru, Beate Hehn, Norkhairin Yusuf, Peter A van Veelen, Sarah J Richardson, Noel G Morgan, Marius K Lemberg, Mark Peakman
The signal peptide region of preproinsulin (PPI) contains epitopes targeted by human leucocyte antigen-A (HLA-A)-restricted (HLA-A0201, A2402) cytotoxic T-cells as part of the pathogenesis of β-cell destruction in type 1 diabetes. We extended PPI epitope discovery to disease-associated HLA-B*1801 and HLA-B*3906 (risk) and HLA-A*1101 and HLA-B*3801 (protective) alleles revealing that 4/6 alleles present epitopes derived from the signal peptide region. During co-translational translocation of PPI, its signal peptide is cleaved and retained within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane, implying it is processed for immune recognition outside of the canonical, proteasome-directed pathway...
January 17, 2018: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343526/mutations-in-cyb561-causing-a-novel-orthostatic-hypotension-syndrome
#19
Maarten P van den Berg, Rowida Almomani, Italo Biaggioni, Martijn van Faassen, Pim van der Harst, Herman H Silljé, Irene Mateo Leach, Marc Hemmelder, Gerjan Navis, Gert-Jan Luijckx, Arjan P de Brouwer, Hanka Venselaar, Marcel M Verbeek, Paul A van der Zwaag, Jan D Jongbloed, J P van Tintelen, Ron A Wevers, Ido P Kema
Rationale: Orthostatic hypotension is a common clinical problem, but the underlying mechanisms have not been fully delineated. Objective: We describe two families, with four patients in total, suffering from severe life-threatening orthostatic hypotension due to a novel cause. Methods and Results: As in dopamine β-hydroxylase deficiency (DβH), concentrations of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the patients were very low. Plasma DβH activity, however, was normal and the DBH gene had no mutations. Molecular genetic analysis was performed to determine the underlying genetic cause...
January 17, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343518/fibroblast-specific-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-dictates-the-outcome-of-aki
#20
Dong Zhou, Haiyan Fu, Liangxiang Xiao, Hongyan Mo, Hui Zhuo, Xiaojun Tian, Lin Lin, Jianhua Xing, Youhua Liu
AKI is a devastating condition with high morbidity and mortality. The pathologic features of AKI are characterized by tubular injury, inflammation, and vascular impairment. Whether fibroblasts in the renal interstitium have a role in the pathogenesis of AKI is unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of fibroblast-specific β-catenin signaling in dictating the outcome of AKI, using conditional knockout mice in which β-catenin was specifically ablated in fibroblasts (Gli1-β-cat-/-). After ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), Gli1-β-cat-/- mice had lower serum creatinine levels and less morphologic injury than Gli1-β-cat+/+ littermate controls...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
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