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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628038/crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing-ameliorates-neurotoxicity-in-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
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Su Yang, Renbao Chang, Huiming Yang, Ting Zhao, Yan Hong, Ha Eun Kong, Xiaobo Sun, Zhaohui Qin, Peng Jin, Shihua Li, Xiao-Jiang Li
Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine repeat in the Huntingtin gene (HTT). Although suppressing the expression of mutant HTT (mHTT) has been explored as a therapeutic strategy to treat Huntington's disease, considerable efforts have gone into developing allele-specific suppression of mHTT expression, given that loss of Htt in mice can lead to embryonic lethality. It remains unknown whether depletion of HTT in the adult brain, regardless of its allele, could be a safe therapy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625919/c1q-tnf-related-protein-1-promotes-endothelial-barrier-dysfunction-under-disturbed-flow
#2
Zhu Hui Liu, Chang Li, Jia Wei Chen, Ying Shen, Jie Gao, Wei Feng Shen, Rui Yan Zhang, Xiao Qun Wang, Lin Lu
Endothelial hyper-permeability is a major determinant factor that contributes to the accelerated development of atherosclerotic lesions at hemodynamically disturbed sites. Previously, we showed that C1q/TNF related protein (CTRP) 1 promotes endothelium-leukocyte interactions and inflammatory responses in vascular cells. Here, we sought to investigate the role of CTRP1 in modulation of endothelial permeability under disturbed flow condition. By using en face staining of mouse aorta, we found CTRP1 expression was significantly increased in vascular endothelial cells under disturbed flow as compared to steady laminar flow...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623169/mutation-of-the-inhibitory-ethanol-site-in-gabaa-%C3%AF-1-receptors-promotes-tolerance-to-ethanol-induced-motor-incoordination
#3
Yuri A Blednov, Cecilia M Borghese, Carlos I Ruiz, Madeline A Cullins, Adriana Da Costa, Elizabeth A Osterndorff-Kahanek, Gregg E Homanics, R Adron Harris
Genes encoding the ρ1/2 subunits of GABAA receptors have been associated with alcohol (ethanol) dependence in humans, and ρ1 was also shown to regulate some of the behavioral effects of ethanol in animal models. Ethanol inhibits GABA-mediated responses in wild-type (WT) ρ1, but not ρ1(T6'Y) mutant receptors expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes, indicating the presence of an inhibitory site for ethanol in the second transmembrane helix. In this study, we found that ρ1(T6'Y) receptors expressed in oocytes display overall normal responses to GABA, the endogenous GABA modulator (zinc), and partial agonists (β-alanine and taurine)...
June 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605434/a-knockin-mouse-model-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3-exhibits-prominent-aggregate-pathology-and-aberrant-splicing-of-the-disease-gene-transcript
#4
Biswarathan Ramani, Ginny M Harris, Rogerio Huang, Takahiro Seki, Geoffrey G Murphy, Maria do Carmo Costa, Svetlana Fischer, Thomas L Saunders, Guangbin Xia, Richard C McEachin, Henry L Paulson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593137/msk1-regulates-transcriptional-induction-of-arc-arg3-1-in-response-to-neurotrophins
#5
Chris J Hunter, Judit Remenyi, Sonia A Correa, Lucia Privitera, Kathleen M S E Reyskens, Kirsty J Martin, Rachel Toth, Bruno G Frenguelli, J Simon C Arthur
The immediate early gene activity-regulated cytoskeletal protein (Arc)/Arg3.1 and the neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) play important roles in synaptic plasticity and learning and memory in the mammalian brain. However, the mechanisms by which BDNF regulates the expression of Arc/Arg3.1 are unclear. In this study, we show that BDNF acts via the ERK1/2 pathway to activate the nuclear kinase mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase 1 (MSK1). MSK1 then induces Arc/Arg3.1 expression via the phosphorylation of histone H3 at the Arc/Arg3...
June 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589361/the-aid-cre-ert2-model-a-tool-for-monitoring-b-cell-immune-responses-and-generating-selective-hybridomas
#6
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/28575529/abnormal-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-neurotransmission-in-a-kcnq2-model-of-early-onset-epilepsy
#7
Taku Uchida, Christoph Lossin, Yukiko Ihara, Masanobu Deshimaru, Yuchio Yanagawa, Susumu Koyama, Shinichi Hirose
OBJECTIVE: Mutations of the KCNQ2 gene, which encodes the Kv 7.2 subunit of voltage-gated M-type potassium channels, have been associated with epilepsy in the neonatal period. This developmental stage is unique in that the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is inhibitory in adults, triggers excitatory action due to a reversed chloride gradient. METHODS: To examine whether KCNQ2-related neuronal hyperexcitability involves neonatally excitatory GABA, we examined 1-week-old knockin mice expressing the Kv 7...
June 2, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564646/constitutive-activation-of-smoothened-in-the-renal-collecting-ducts-leads-to-renal-hypoplasia-hydronephrosis-and-hydroureter
#8
Deepak Prasad Gupta, Jae-Won Hwang, Eui-Sic Cho, Won Kim, Chang Ho Song, Ok Hee Chai
Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) signaling plays a major role in and is essential for regulation, patterning, and proliferation during renal development. Smoothened (Smo) plays a pivot role in transducing the Shh-glioma-associated oncogene Kruppel family member. However, the cellular and molecular mechanism underlying the role of sustained Smo activation in postnatal kidney development is still not clearly understood. Using a conditional knockin mouse model that expresses a constitutively activated form of Smo (SmoM2) upon Homeobox-B7-mediated recombination (Hoxb7-Cre), the effects of Shh signaling were determined in postnatal kidney development...
June 1, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564603/2-hg-inhibits-necroptosis-by-stimulating-dnmt1-dependent-hypermethylation-of-the-rip3-promoter
#9
Zhentao Yang, Bin Jiang, Yan Wang, Hengxiao Ni, Jia Zhang, Jinmei Xia, Minggang Shi, Li-Man Hung, Jingsong Ruan, Tak Wah Mak, Qinxi Li, Jiahuai Han
2-hydroxyglutarate-(2-HG)-mediated inhibition of TET2 activity influences DNA hypermethylation in cells harboring mutations of isocitrate dehydrogenases 1 and 2 (IDH1/2). Here, we show that 2-HG also regulates DNA methylation mediated by DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1). DNMT1-dependent hypermethylation of the RIP3 promoter occurred in both IDH1 R132Q knockin mutant mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEFs) and 2-HG-treated wild-type (WT) MEFs. We found that 2-HG bound to DNMT1 and stimulated its association with the RIP3 promoter, inducing hypermethylation that reduces RIP3 protein and consequently impaired RIP3-dependent necroptosis...
May 30, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552557/distinct-requirements-for-fgfr1-and-fgfr2-in-primitive-endoderm-development-and-exit-from-pluripotency
#10
Andrei Molotkov, Pierre Mazot, J Richard Brewer, Ryan M Cinalli, Philippe Soriano
Activation of the FGF signaling pathway during preimplantation development of the mouse embryo is known to be essential for differentiation of the inner cell mass and the formation of the primitive endoderm (PrE). We now show using fluorescent reporter knockin lines that Fgfr1 is expressed in all cell populations of the blastocyst, while Fgfr2 expression becomes restricted to extraembryonic lineages, including the PrE. We further show that loss of both receptors prevents the development of the PrE and demonstrate that FGFR1 plays a more prominent role in this process than FGFR2...
June 5, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552546/use-of-the-crispr-cas9-system-for-genome-editing-in-cultured-drosophila-ovarian-somatic-cells
#11
Hirotsugu Ishizu, Tetsutaro Sumiyoshi, Mikiko C Siomi
The CRISPR-Cas9 system can be used for genome engineering in many organisms. PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) play a crucial role in repressing transposons to maintain genome integrity in Drosophila ovaries, and cultured ovarian somatic cells (OSCs) are widely used to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the piRNA pathway. However, the germline-specific piRNA amplification system known as the ping-pong machinery does not occur in OSCs, making them unsuitable for elucidating the underlying mechanisms...
May 25, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552346/ubiquitination-deficient-mutations-in-human-piwi-cause-male-infertility-by-impairing-histone-to-protamine-exchange-during-spermiogenesis
#12
Lan-Tao Gou, Jun-Yan Kang, Peng Dai, Xin Wang, Feng Li, Shuang Zhao, Man Zhang, Min-Min Hua, Yi Lu, Yong Zhu, Zheng Li, Hong Chen, Li-Gang Wu, Dangsheng Li, Xiang-Dong Fu, Jinsong Li, Hui-Juan Shi, Mo-Fang Liu
Genetic studies have elucidated critical roles of Piwi proteins in germline development in animals, but whether Piwi is an actual disease gene in human infertility remains unknown. We report germline mutations in human Piwi (Hiwi) in patients with azoospermia that prevent its ubiquitination and degradation. By modeling such mutations in Piwi (Miwi) knockin mice, we demonstrate that the genetic defects are directly responsible for male infertility. Mechanistically, we show that MIWI binds the histone ubiquitin ligase RNF8 in a Piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA)-independent manner, and MIWI stabilization sequesters RNF8 in the cytoplasm of late spermatids...
June 1, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510727/alternative-splicing-in-the-c-terminal-tail-of-cav2-1-is-essential-for-preventing-a-neurological-disease-in-mice
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Tomonori Aikawa, Takaki Watanabe, Taisuke Miyazaki, Takayasu Mikuni, Minoru Wakamori, Miyano Sakurai, Hidenori Aizawa, Nobutaka Ishizu, Masahiko Watanabe, Masanobu Kano, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Kei Watase
Alternative splicing (AS) that occurs at the final coding exon (exon 47) of the Cav2.1 voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) gene produces two major isoforms in the brain, MPI and MPc. These isoforms differ in their splice acceptor sites; human MPI is translated into a polyglutamine tract associated with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6), whereas MPc splices to an immediate stop codon, resulting in a shorter cytoplasmic tail.To gain insight into the functional role of the AS in vivo and whether modulating the splice patterns at this locus can be a potential therapeutic strategy for SCA6, here we created knockin mice that exclusively express MPc by inserting the splice-site mutation...
May 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507102/foxo3-pgc-1%C3%AE-signaling-axis-is-essential-for-cancer-stem-cell-properties-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Motofumi Kumazoe, Mika Takai, Shun Hiroi, Chieri Takeuchi, Mai Kadomatsu, Takashi Nojiri, Hiroaki Onda, Jaehoon Bae, Yuhui Huang, Kanako Takamatsu, Shuya Yamashita, Kenji Kangawa, Hirofumi Tachibana
In 95% of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), recurrence is observed following chemotherapy. Findings from several studies have indicated that cancer stem cells (CSCs) are resistant to anti-cancer agents and may be involved in cancer recurrence and metastasis. The CD44 protein is a major CSC marker, and CD44 also plays an indispensable role in the CSC properties in several cancers, including pancreatic cancer; however, no clinical approach exists to inhibit CD44 activity. Here, we have performed knockin/knock down experiments and we demonstrate that the forkhead box O3 (FOXO3)/liver kinase B1 (LKB1)/AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/PPAR-γ co-activator-1β (PGC- 1β)/pyruvate dehydrogenase -A1 (PDHA1) pathway is essential for CD44 expression and CSC properties...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505490/heat-induced-temperature-dysregulation-and-seizures-in-dravet-syndrome-gefs-gabrg2-q390x-mice
#15
Timothy A Warner, Zhong Liu, Robert L Macdonald, Jing-Qiong Kang
It has been established that febrile seizures and its extended syndromes like generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures (FS) plus (GEFS+) and Dravet syndrome have been associated with mutations especially in SCN1A and GABRG2 genes. In patients, the onset of FS is likely due to the combined effect of temperature and inflammation in genetically vulnerable individuals because fever is often associated with infection. Much effort has been spent to understand the mechanisms underlying fever induction of seizures...
August 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464208/knock-knock-knockin-on-bile-duct-s-door-the-tip-of-the-biopsy-forceps-technique-probing-the-route-during-freehand-intubated-direct-cholangioscopy
#16
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461508/conditional-knockin-of-dnmt3a-r878h-initiates-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-mtor-pathway-involvement
#17
Yu-Jun Dai, Yue-Ying Wang, Jin-Yan Huang, Li Xia, Xiao-Dong Shi, Jie Xu, Jing Lu, Xian-Bin Su, Ying Yang, Wei-Na Zhang, Pan-Pan Wang, Song-Fang Wu, Ting Huang, Jian-Qing Mi, Ze-Guang Han, Zhu Chen, Sai-Juan Chen
DNMT3A is frequently mutated in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). To explore the features of human AML with the hotspot DNMT3A R882H mutation, we generated Dnmt3a R878H conditional knockin mice, which developed AML with enlarged Lin(-)Sca1(+)cKit(+) cell compartments. The transcriptome and DNA methylation profiling of bulk leukemic cells and the single-cell RNA sequencing of leukemic stem/progenitor cells revealed significant changes in gene expression and epigenetic regulatory patterns that cause differentiation arrest and growth advantage...
May 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422748/therapeutic-inhibition-of-soluble-brain-tnf-promotes-remyelination-by-increasing-myelin-phagocytosis-by-microglia
#18
Maria Karamita, Christopher Barnum, Wiebke Möbius, Malú G Tansey, David E Szymkowski, Hans Lassmann, Lesley Probert
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory CNS demyelinating disease in which remyelination largely fails. Transmembrane TNF (tmTNF) and TNF receptor 2 are important for remyelination in experimental MS models, but it is unknown whether soluble TNF (solTNF), a major proinflammatory factor, is involved in regeneration processes. Here, we investigated the specific contribution of solTNF to demyelination and remyelination in the cuprizone model. Treatment with XPro1595, a selective inhibitor of solTNF that crosses the intact blood-brain barrier (BBB), in cuprizone-fed mice did not prevent toxin-induced oligodendrocyte loss and demyelination, but it permitted profound early remyelination due to improved phagocytosis of myelin debris by CNS macrophages and prevented disease-associated decline in motor performance...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407484/autoreactive-t-cells-and-chronic-fungal-infection-drive-esophageal-carcinogenesis
#19
Feng Zhu, Jami Willette-Brown, Na-Young Song, Dakshayani Lomada, Yongmei Song, Liyan Xue, Zane Gray, Zitong Zhao, Sean R Davis, Zhonghe Sun, Peilin Zhang, Xiaolin Wu, Qimin Zhan, Ellen R Richie, Yinling Hu
Humans with autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED), a T cell-driven autoimmune disease caused by impaired central tolerance, are susceptible to chronic fungal infection and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, the relationship between autoreactive T cells and chronic fungal infection in ESCC development remains unclear. We find that kinase-dead Ikkα knockin mice develop APECED-like phenotypes, including impaired central tolerance, autoreactive T cells, chronic fungal infection, and ESCCs expressing specific human ESCC markers...
April 12, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404732/roles-of-the-traf6-and-pellino-e3-ligases-in-myd88-and-rankl-signaling
#20
Sam Strickson, Christoph H Emmerich, Eddy T H Goh, Jiazhen Zhang, Ian R Kelsall, Thomas Macartney, C James Hastie, Axel Knebel, Mark Peggie, Francesco Marchesi, J Simon C Arthur, Philip Cohen
It is widely accepted that the essential role of TRAF6 in vivo is to generate the Lys63-linked ubiquitin (K63-Ub) chains needed to activate the "master" protein kinase TAK1. Here, we report that TRAF6 E3 ligase activity contributes to but is not essential for the IL-1-dependent formation of K63-Ub chains, TAK1 activation, or IL-8 production in human cells, because Pellino1 and Pellino2 generate the K63-Ub chains required for signaling in cells expressing E3 ligase-inactive TRAF6 mutants. The IL-1-induced formation of K63-Ub chains and ubiquitylation of IRAK1, IRAK4, and MyD88 was abolished in TRAF6/Pellino1/Pellino2 triple-knockout (KO) cells, but not in TRAF6 KO or Pellino1/2 double-KO cells...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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