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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103478/modulation-of-fast-narrowband-oscillations-in-the-mouse-retina-and-dlgn-according-to-background-light-intensity
#1
Riccardo Storchi, Robert A Bedford, Franck P Martial, Annette E Allen, Jonathan Wynne, Marcelo A Montemurro, Rasmus S Petersen, Robert J Lucas
Background light intensity (irradiance) substantially impacts the visual code in the early visual system at synaptic and single-neuron levels, but its influence on population activity is largely unexplored. We show that fast narrowband oscillations, an important feature of population activity, systematically increase in amplitude as a function of irradiance in both anesthetized and awake, freely moving mice and at the level of the retina and dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN). Narrowband coherence increases with irradiance across large areas of the dLGN, but especially for neighboring units...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103400/the-sufbc2-d-complex-is-required-for-the-biogenesis-of-all-major-classes-of-plastid-fe-s-proteins
#2
Xueyun Hu, Yukako Kato, Akihiro Sumida, Ayumi Tanaka, Ryouichi Tanaka
Iron-sulfur (Fe-S) proteins play crucial roles in plastids, participating in photosynthesis and other metabolic pathways. Fe-S clusters are thought to be assembled on a scaffold complex composed of SUFB, SUFC and SUFD proteins. However, several additional proteins provide putative scaffold functions in plastids, and, therefore, the contribution of SUFB, C and D proteins to overall Fe-S assembly still remains unclear. In order to gain insights regarding Fe-S cluster biosynthesis in plastids, we analyzed the complex composed of SUFB, C and D in Arabidopsis by blue-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis...
January 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103313/mycobacterium-marinum-degrades-both-triacylglycerols-and-phospholipids-from-its-dictyostelium-host-to-synthesise-its-own-triacylglycerols-and-generate-lipid-inclusions
#3
Caroline Barisch, Thierry Soldati
During a tuberculosis infection and inside lipid-laden foamy macrophages, fatty acids (FAs) and sterols are the major energy and carbon source for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Mycobacteria can be found both inside a vacuole and the cytosol, but how this impacts their access to lipids is not well appreciated. Lipid droplets (LDs) store FAs in form of triacylglycerols (TAGs) and are energy reservoirs of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Using the Dictyostelium discoideum/Mycobacterium marinum infection model we showed that M...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103268/direct-observation-of-enhanced-nitric-oxide-in-a-murine-model-of-diabetic-nephropathy
#4
Margien G S Boels, Ernst E H van Faassen, M Cristina Avramut, Johan van der Vlag, Bernard M van den Berg, Ton J Rabelink
Uncoupling of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) secondary to redox signaling is a central mechanism in endothelial and macrophage activation. To date studies on the production of nitric oxide (NO) during the development of diabetic complications show paradoxical results. We previously showed that recoupling eNOS by increasing the eNOS cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) could restore endothelial function and prevent kidney injury in experimental kidney transplantation. Here, we employed a diabetic mouse model to investigate the effects of diabetes on renal tissue NO bioavailability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103247/bombyx-mori-p-element-somatic-inhibitor-bmpsi-is-a-key-auxiliary-factor-for-silkworm-male-sex-determination
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Jun Xu, Shuqing Chen, Baosheng Zeng, Anthony A James, Anjiang Tan, Yongping Huang
Manipulation of sex determination pathways in insects provides the basis for a wide spectrum of strategies to benefit agriculture and public health. Furthermore, insects display a remarkable diversity in the genetic pathways that lead to sex differentiation. The silkworm, Bombyx mori, has been cultivated by humans as a beneficial insect for over two millennia, and more recently as a model system for studying lepidopteran genetics and development. Previous studies have identified the B. mori Fem piRNA as the primary female determining factor and BmMasc as its downstream target, while the genetic scenario for male sex determination was still unclear...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103132/functional-gains-in-energy-and-cell-metabolism-after-tspo-gene-insertion
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Guo-Jun Liu, Ryan J Middleton, Winnie Wai-Ying Kam, David Y Chin, Claire R Hatty, Ronald H Y Chan, Richard B Banati
Recent loss-of-function studies in tissue-specific as well as global Tspo (Translocator Protein 18 kDa) knockout mice have not confirmed its long assumed indispensability for the translocation of cholesterol across the mitochondrial inter-membrane space, a rate-limiting step in steroid biosynthesis. Instead, recent studies in global Tspo knockout mice indicate that TSPO may play a more fundamental role in cellular bioenergetics, which may include the indirect down-stream regulation of transport or metabolic functions...
January 19, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103122/ptk2-mediated-degradation-of-atg3-impedes-cancer-cells-susceptible-to-dna-damage-treatment
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Ke Ma, Wan Fu, Ming Tang, Chaohua Zhang, Tianyun Hou, Ran Li, Xiaopeng Lu, Yanan Wang, Jingyi Zhou, Xue Li, Luyao Zhang, Lina Wang, Ying Zhao, Wei-Guo Zhu
ATG3 (autophagy related 3) is an E2-like enzyme essential for autophagy; however, it is unknown whether it has an autophagy-independent function. Here, we report that ATG3 is a relatively stable protein in unstressed cells, but it is degraded in response to DNA-damaging agents such as etoposide or cisplatin. With mass spectrometry and a mutagenesis assay, phosphorylation of tyrosine 203 of ATG3 was identified to be a critical modification for its degradation, which was further confirmed by manipulating ATG3(Y203E) (phosphorylation mimic) or ATG3(Y203F) (phosphorylation-incompetent) in Atg3 knockout MEFs...
January 19, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103118/park2-dependent-mitophagy-induced-by-acidic-postconditioning-protects-against-focal-cerebral-ischemia-and-extends-the-reperfusion-window
#8
Zhe Shen, Yanrong Zheng, Jiaying Wu, Ying Chen, Xiaoli Wu, Yiting Zhou, Yang Yuan, Shousheng Lu, Lei Jiang, Zhenghong Qin, Zhong Chen, Weiwei Hu, Xiangnan Zhang
Prompt reperfusion after cerebral ischemia is critical for neuronal survival. Any strategies that extend the limited reperfusion window will be of great importance. Acidic postconditioning (APC) is a mild acidosis treatment that involves inhaling CO2 during reperfusion following ischemia. APC attenuates ischemic brain injury although the underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated. Here we report that APC reinforces ischemia-reperfusion-induced mitophagy in middle cortical artery occlusion (MCAO)-treated mice, and in oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)-treated brain slices and neurons...
January 19, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102766/soluble-p-selectin-rescues-mice-from-anthrax-lethal-toxin-induced-mortality-through-psgl-1-pathway-mediated-correction-of-hemostasis
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Der-Shan Sun, Yao-Wen Chang, Jyh-Hwa Kau, Hsin-Hsien Huang, Pei-Hsun Ho, Yin-Jeh Tzeng, Hsin-Hou Chang
As one of the virulence factors of Bacillus anthracis, lethal toxin (LT) induces various pathogenic responses including the suppression of the coagulation system. In this study, we observed that LT markedly increased the circulating soluble P-selectin (sP-sel) levels and microparticle (MP) count in wild-type but not P-selectin (P-sel, Selp(-)(-)(-)) or P-sel ligand-1 (PSGL-1, Selplg(-)(-)(-)) knockout mice. Because sP-sel induces a hypercoagulable state through PSGL-1 pathway to generate tissue factor-positive MPs, we hypothesized that the increase in plasma sP-sel levels can be a self-rescue response in hosts against the LT-mediated suppression of the coagulation system...
January 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102587/dietary-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-reduces-atherosclerosis-and-modifies-gut-flora-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
#10
Toshihiro Sakurai, Akiko Sakurai, Ye Chen, Boris L Vaisman, Marcelo J Amar, Milton Pryor, Seth G Thacker, Xue Zhang, Xujing Wang, Yubo Zhang, Jun Zhu, Zhi-Hong Yang, Lita A Freeman, Alan T Remaley
SCOPE: α-Cyclodextrin (α-CD), a cyclic polymer of glucose, has been shown to lower plasma cholesterol in animals and humans; however, its effect on atherosclerosis has not been previously described. METHODS AND RESULTS: apoE-knockout mice were fed either low-fat diet (LFD; 5.2% fat, w/w), or Western high fat diet (21.2% fat) containing either no additions (WD), 1.5% α-CD (WDA); 1.5% β-CD (WDB); or 1.5% oligofructose-enriched inulin (WDI). Although plasma lipids were similar after 11 weeks on the WD vs...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102564/pkn2-is-essential-for-mouse-embryonic-development-and-proliferation-of-mouse-fibroblasts
#11
Sally Danno, Koji Kubouchi, Mona Mehruba, Manabu Abe, Rie Natsume, Kenji Sakimura, Satoshi Eguchi, Masahiro Oka, Masanori Hirashima, Hiroki Yasuda, Hideyuki Mukai
PKN2, a member of the protein kinase N (PKN) family, has been suggested by in vitro culture cell experiments to bind to Rho/Rac GTPases and contributes to cell-cell contact and cell migration. To unravel the in vivo physiological function of PKN2, we targeted the PKN2 gene. Constitutive disruption of the mouse PKN2 gene resulted in growth retardation and lethality before embryonic day (E) 10.5. PKN2(-/-) embryo did not undergo axial turning and showed insufficient closure of the neural tube. Mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) derived from PKN2(-/-) embryos at E9...
January 19, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102545/-rice-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-oscpk17-targets-plasma-membrane-intrinsic-protein-and-sucrose-phosphate-synthase-and-is-required-for-a-proper-cold-stress-response
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M Cecília Almadanim, Bruno M Alexandre, Margarida T G Rosa, Helena Sapeta, António E Leitão, José C Ramalho, TuKiet T Lam, Sónia Negrão, Isabel A Abreu, M Margarida Oliveira
Calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs) are involved in plant tolerance mechanisms to abiotic stresses. Although CDPKs are recognized as key messengers in signal transduction, the specific role of most members of this family remains unknown. Here we test the hypothesis that OsCPK17 plays a role in rice cold stress response by analyzing OsCPK17 knockout, silencing, and overexpressing rice lines under low temperature. Altered OsCPK17 gene expression compromises cold tolerance performance, without affecting the expression of key cold stress-inducible genes...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102206/g%C3%AE-13-negatively-controls-osteoclastogenesis-through-inhibition-of-the-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-nfatc1-signalling-pathway
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Mengrui Wu, Wei Chen, Yun Lu, Guochun Zhu, Liang Hao, Yi-Ping Li
Many positive signalling pathways of osteoclastogenesis have been characterized, but negative signalling pathways are less well studied. Here we show by microarray and RNAi that guanine nucleotide-binding protein subunit α13 (Gα13) is a negative regulator of osteoclastogenesis. Osteoclast-lineage-specific Gna13 conditional knockout mice have a severe osteoporosis phenotype. Gna13-deficiency triggers a drastic increase in both osteoclast number and activity (hyper-activation), mechanistically through decreased RhoA activity and enhanced Akt/GSK3β/NFATc1 signalling...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102192/the-impact-of-micrornas-on-transcriptional-heterogeneity-and-gene-co-expression-across-single-embryonic-stem-cells
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Gennaro Gambardella, Annamaria Carissimo, Amy Chen, Luisa Cutillo, Tomasz J Nowakowski, Diego di Bernardo, Robert Blelloch
MicroRNAs act posttranscriptionally to suppress multiple target genes within a cell population. To what extent this multi-target suppression occurs in individual cells and how it impacts transcriptional heterogeneity and gene co-expression remains unknown. Here we used single-cell sequencing combined with introduction of individual microRNAs. miR-294 and let-7c were introduced into otherwise microRNA-deficient Dgcr8 knockout mouse embryonic stem cells. Both microRNAs induce suppression and correlated expression of their respective gene targets...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102062/the-role-of-il-17-in-a-lipopolysaccharide-induced-rhinitis-model
#15
Jun Sang Bae, Ji Hye Kim, Eun Hee Kim, Ji Hun Mo
PURPOSE: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a cell wall component of Gram-negative bacteria and important for pro-inflammatory mediators. This study aimed to establish a rhinitis model using ovalbumin (OVA) and LPS in order to evaluate the role of interleukin (IL)-17 in the pathogenesis of an LPS-induced non-eosionophilic rhinitis model. METHODS: Mice were divided into 4 groups and each group consisted of 10 mice (negative control group, allergic rhinitis model group, 1-μg LPS treatment group, and 10-μg LPS treatment group)...
March 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101763/mir-126-affects-brain-heart-interaction-after-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
#16
Jieli Chen, Chengcheng Cui, Xiaoping Yang, Jiang Xu, Poornima Venkat, Alex Zacharek, Peng Yu, Michael Chopp
Cardiovascular diseases are approximately three times higher in patients with neurological deficits than in patients without neurological deficits. MicroRNA-126 (MiR-126) facilitates vascular remodeling and decreases fibrosis and is emerging as an important factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases and cerebral stroke. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decreased miR-126 after ischemic stroke may play an important role in regulating cardiac function. Wild-type (WT), specific conditional-knockout endothelial cell miR-126 (miR-126(EC-/-)), and miR-126 knockout control (miR-126(fl/fl)) mice were subjected to distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAo) (n = 10/group)...
January 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101375/aurora-a-promotes-the-establishment-of-spindle-assembly-checkpoint-by-priming-the-haspin-aurora-b-feedback-loop-in-late-g2-phase
#17
Fazhi Yu, Ya Jiang, Lucy Lu, Mimi Cao, Yulong Qiao, Xing Liu, Dan Liu, Terry Van Dyke, Fangwei Wang, Xuebiao Yao, Jing Guo, Zhenye Yang
Aurora-A kinase functions mainly in centrosome maturation, separation and spindle formation. It has also been found to be amplified or overexpressed in a range of solid tumors, which is linked with tumor progression and poor prognosis. Importantly, Aurora-A inhibitors are being studied in a number of ongoing clinical trials. However, whether and how Aurora-A has a role in the regulation of the mitotic checkpoint is controversial. Additionally, the function of nuclear-accumulated Aurora-A in late G2 phase is not clear...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100787/polymorphic-variants-of-human-protein-l-isoaspartyl-methyltransferase-affect-catalytic-activity-aggregation-and-thermal-stability-implications-for-the-etiology-of-neurological-disorders-and-cognitive-aging
#18
Charity Juang, Baihe Chen, Jean-Louis Bru, Katherine Nguyen, Eric Huynh, Mahsa Momen, Jeungjin Kim, Dana W Aswad
Protein L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT/PCMT1), a product of the human pcmt1 gene, catalyzes repair of abnormal L-isoaspartyl linkages in age-damaged proteins. Pcmt1 knockout mice exhibit a profound neuropathology and die 30-60 days postnatal from an epileptic seizure. Here we express 15 reported variants of human PIMT and characterize them with regard to their enzymatic activity, thermal stability, and propensity to aggregation. One mutation, R36C, renders PIMT completely inactive, while two others, A7P and I58V, exhibit activity that is 80-100% higher than wild type...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100747/selective-deletion-of-sodium-salt-taste-during-development-leads-to-expanded-terminal-fields-of-gustatory-nerves-in-the-adult-mouse-nucleus-of-the-solitary-tract
#19
Chengsan Sun, Edith Hummler, David L Hill
: Neuronal activity plays a key role in the development of sensory circuits in the mammalian brain. In the gustatory system, experimental manipulations now exist, through genetic manipulations of specific taste transduction processes, to examine how specific taste qualities (i.e., basic tastes) impact the functional and structural development of gustatory circuits. Here, we used a mouse knock-out model in which the transduction component used to discriminate sodium salts from other taste stimuli was deleted in taste bud cells throughout development...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100499/gremlin1-plays-a-key-role-in-kidney-development-and-renal-fibrosis
#20
Rachel H Church, Imran Ali, Mitchel Tate, Deborah Lavin, Arjun Krishnakumar, Helena M Kok, Roel Goldschmeding, Finian Martin, Derek Brazil
Grem1, an antagonist of bone morphogenetic proteins, plays a key role in embryogenesis. A highly specific temporospatial gradient of Grem1 and BMP signalling is critical to normal lung, kidney and limb development. Grem1 levels are increased in renal fibrotic conditions including acute kidney injury, diabetic nephropathy, chronic allograft nephropathy and immune glomerulonephritis. A small number of grem1-/- whole body knockout mice on a mixed genetic background (8 %) are viable, with a single, enlarged left kidney and grossly normal histology...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
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