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Qingqing Wei, Ruiqi Li, Liang Zhong, Haiyuan Mu, Shaopeng Zhang, Liang Yue, Jinzhu Xiang, Enhong Li, Minglei Zhi, Suying Cao, Jianyong Han
After zygotic genome activation and lineage specification, zygotes develop into late blastocysts comprising three distinct cell types. The molecular mechanisms underlying this progress are largely unknown in pigs. Here, we intended to analyze an extensive set of regulators at the single-cell level to define the events involved in the development of the porcine blastocysts. Using a quantitative microfluidics approach in single cells, we detected mRNA levels of 96 genes known to function in early embryonic development and maintenance of stem cell pluripotency simultaneously in 480 individual cells derived from porcine preimplantation embryos...
March 13, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Dinghui Yu, Ying Tan, Molee Chakraborty, Seth Tomchik, Ronald L Davis
The evolutionarily conserved Elongator Complex associates with RNA polymerase II for transcriptional elongation. Elp3 is the catalytic subunit, contains histone acetyltransferase activity, and is associated with neurodegeneration in humans. Elp1 is a scaffolding subunit and when mutated causes familial dysautonomia. Here, we show that elp3 and elp1 are required for aversive long-term olfactory memory in Drosophila RNAi knockdown of elp3 in adult mushroom bodies impairs long-term memory (LTM) without affecting earlier forms of memory...
April 2018: Learning & Memory
Qing Cai, Sen-Miao Tong, Wei Shao, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and deacetylases (HDACs) maintain dynamics of lysine acetylation/deacetylation on histones and non-histone substrates involved in gene regulation and cellular events. Hos2 is a class I HDAC that deacetylates unique histone H4-K16 site in yeasts. Here, we report that orthologous Hos2 deacetylates H4-K16 and is also involved in the acetylation of histone H3-K56 and the phosphorylation of histone H2A-S129 and cyclin-dependent kinase 1 CDK1-Y15 in Beauveria bassiana, a filamentous fungal insect pathogen...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
Mariko Nishibe, Yu Katsuyama, Toshihide Yamashita
The motor deficit of the reeler mutants has largely been considered cerebellum related, and the developmental consequences of the cortex on reeler motor behavior have not been examined. We herein showed that there is a behavioral consequence to reeler mutation in models examined at cortex-dependent bimanual tasks that require forepaw dexterity. Using intracortical microstimulation, we found the forelimb representation in the motor cortex was significantly reduced in the reeler. The reeler cortex required a significantly higher current to evoke skeletal muscle movements, suggesting the cortical trans-synaptic propagation is disrupted...
March 13, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
Zhaoqun Liu, Lingling Wang, Zhao Lv, Zhi Zhou, Weilin Wang, Meijia Li, Qilin Yi, Limei Qiu, Linsheng Song
It is becoming increasingly clear that neurotransmitters impose direct influence on regulation of the immune process. Recently, a simple but sophisticated neuroendocrine-immune (NEI) system was identified in oyster, which modulated neural immune response via a "nervous-hemocyte"-mediated neuroendocrine immunomodulatory axis (NIA)-like pathway. In the present study, the de novo synthesis of neurotransmitters and their immunomodulation in the hemocytes of oyster Crassostrea gigas were investigated to understand the autocrine/paracrine pathway independent of the nervous system...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Guoyu Yu, Chien-Jui Cheng, Song-Chang Lin, Yu-Chen Lee, Daniel E Frigo, Li-Yuan Yu-Lee, Gary E Gallick, Mark A Titus, Leta K Nutt, Sue-Hwa Lin
Although emerging evidence suggests a potential role of calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII) in prostate cancer (PCa), its role in PCa tumorigenesis is largely unknown. Here we examine whether the acetyl CoA-CaMKII pathway, first described in frog oocytes, promotes PCa tumorigenesis. In human PCa specimens, metastatic PCa expressed higher levels of active CaMKII compared to localized PCa. Correspondingly, basal CaMKII activity was significantly higher in the more tumorigenic PC3 and PC3-mm2 cells relative to the less tumorigenic LNCaP and C4-2B4 cells...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Research
Laurie Galvan, Laetitia Francelle, Marie-Claude Gaillard, Lucie de Longprez, Maria-Angeles Carrillo-de Sauvage, Géraldine Liot, Karine Cambon, Lev Stimmer, Sophie Luccantoni, Julien Flament, Julien Valette, Michel de Chaldée, Gwenaelle Auregan, Martine Guillermier, Charlène Joséphine, Fanny Petit, Caroline Jan, Margot Jarrige, Noëlle Dufour, Gilles Bonvento, Sandrine Humbert, Frédéric Saudou, Philippe Hantraye, Karine Merienne, Alexis-Pierre Bemelmans, Anselme L Perrier, Nicole Déglon, Emmanuel Brouillet
The neurobiological functions of a number of kinases expressed in the brain are unknown. Here, we report new findings on DCLK3 (doublecortin like kinase 3), which is preferentially expressed in neurons in the striatum and dentate gyrus. Its function has never been investigated. DCLK3 expression is markedly reduced in Huntington's disease. Recent data obtained in studies related to cancer suggest DCLK3 could have an anti-apoptotic effect. Thus, we hypothesized that early loss of DCLK3 in Huntington's disease may render striatal neurons more susceptible to mutant huntingtin (mHtt)...
March 9, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Chao-Chieh Lin, Mayumi Kitagawa, Xiaohu Tang, Ming-Hsin Hou, Jianli Wu, Dan Chen Qu, Vinayaka Srinivas, Xiaojing Liu, J Will Thompson, Bernard Mathey-Prevot, Tso-Pang Yao, Sang Hyun Lee, Jen-Tsan Chi
The temporal activation of kinases and timely ubiquitin-mediated degradation is central to faithful mitosis. Here we present evidence that acetylation controlled by Coenzyme A synthase (COASY) and acetyltransferase CBP constitutes a novel mechanism that ensures faithful mitosis. We found that COASY knockdown triggers prolonged mitosis and multinucleation. Acetylome analysis reveals that COASY inactivation leads to hyper-acetylation of proteins associated with mitosis, including CBP and an Aurora A kinase activator, TPX2...
March 12, 2018: Nature Communications
Daniel Giglio, Lucie Podmolikova, Gunnar Tobin
Currently, we have assessed the neuronal control of the urinary bladder in radiation cystitis and whether interstitial cells contribute to the condition. Fourteen days following bladder irradiation (20 Gy) rats were sedated and the urinary bladder was cut in two sagittal halves where electrical field stimulation (EFS; 5-20 Hz) was applied on the pelvic nerve afferents or stretch (80 mN) on one half of the urinary bladder, while contractions were registered on the contralateral half of the urinary bladder in the absence and presence of increasing doses of imatinib (1-10 mg/kg; inhibitor of c-kit+ interstitial cells), atropine (1 mg/kg; to block muscarinic M3 receptors) or PPADS (2 mg/kg; to block P2X1 purinoceptors)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Atsushi Kurabayashi, Chiharu Tanaka, Waka Matsumoto, Seiji Naganuma, Mutsuo Furihata, Keiji Inoue, Yoshihiko Kakinuma
AIMS: Our previous study revealed that cyclic hindlimb ischaemia-reperfusion (IR) activates cardiac acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis through the cholinergic nervous system and cell-derived ACh accelerates glucose uptake. However, the mechanisms regulating glucose metabolism in vivo remain unknown. We investigated the effects and mechanisms of IR in mice under pathophysiological conditions. METHODS: Using IR-subjected male C57BL/6J mice, the effects of IR on blood sugar (BS), glucose uptake, central parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) activity, hepatic gluconeogenic enzyme expression and those of ACh on hepatocellular glucose uptake were assessed...
March 8, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Dan Gao, Fu-Sen Liang
The ability to edit specific epigenetic modifications at defined gene loci is pivotal to understand the biological function of these epigenetic marks. Here we describe a new inducible method to integrate the dCas9-based genome targeting with abscisic acid (ABA)-based chemically induced proximity (CIP) technologies to modify histone tail modifications at specific genome loci in living cells. ABA leads to rapid hetero-dimerization of the PYL and ABI proteins, which can be individually fused to dCas9 and a histone-modifying enzyme core domain...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Lars Edvinsson, János Tajti, Levente Szalárdy, László Vécsei
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP) is a neuropeptide implicated in a wide range of functions, such as nociception and in primary headaches. Regarding its localization, PACAP has been observed in the sensory trigeminal ganglion (TG), in the parasympathetic sphenopalatine (SPG) and otic ganglia (OTG), and in the brainstem trigeminocervical complex. Immunohistochemistry has shown PACAP-38 in numerous cell bodies of SPG/OTG, co-stored with vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and, to a minor degree, with choline acetyltransferase...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
Takayuki Amano, Tatsuki Fukami, Takuo Ogiso, Daisuke Hirose, Jeffrey P Jones, Tsuyoshi Taniguchi, Miki Nakajima
Dantrolene is used for malignant hyperthermia during anesthesia, and it sometimes causes severe liver injury as a side effect. Dantrolene is metabolized to acetylaminodantrolene, which is formed via the reduction of dantrolene to aminodantrolene and subsequent acetylation. Formation of hydroxylamine during the metabolic process may be associated with liver injury. We identified the enzymes responsible for dantrolene metabolism in humans to elucidate the mechanism of liver injury. Dantrolene reductase activity was not detected in human liver microsomes, but it was detected in cytosol...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Jianxin Wei, Su Dong, Kangning Yao, Maria Francesca Ysabelle M Martinez, Paine R Fleisher, Yutong Zhao, Haichun Ma, Jing Zhao
Ubiquitin E3 ligases mediate ubiquitination and degradation of intracellular proteins. We have shown that a relatively new Skp, Cullin, F-box (SCF) protein E3 ligase, SCF FBXL19, has an anti-inflammatory effect and controls actin cytoskeleton dynamics via targeting cell membrane receptor and small GTPases for their ubiquitination and degradation, but the molecular regulation of its subunit FBXL19 stability remains unclear. Here we show that FBXL19 degradation is controlled by the balance between its ubiquitination and acetylation...
March 9, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
L Chen, B Yu, D Luo, M Lin
BACKGROUND: The mechanism underlying gastrointestinal (GI) dysmotility associated with chronic pancreatitis (CP) has not been fully elucidated, and enteric nervous system (ENS) has an important regulatory role in gastrointestinal motor function. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of ENS in the colonic hypomotility induced by trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) infusion which mimics CP. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were submitted to CP which was induced by pancreatic infusion of 2% TNBS, or sham group with treatment of equal saline...
March 9, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Ke Li, Ting-Ting Zhang, Feng Wang, Bing Cui, Chen-Xi Zhao, Jiao-Jiao Yu, Xiao-Xi Lv, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Zhao-Na Yang, Bo Huang, Xia Li, Fang Hua, Zhuo-Wei Hu
Metformin has beneficial effects of preventing and treating cancers on type 2 diabetic patients. However, the role of metformin in non-diabetic cancer patients and the precise molecular mechanisms against cancer have not yet been sufficiently elucidated. We recently reported that the pseudokinase protein TRIB3 acts as a stress sensor linking metabolic stressors to cancer promotion by inhibiting autophagy and ubiquitin-proteasomal degradation systems; genetically abrogating of TRIB3 expression reduces tumourigenesis and cancer progression...
March 9, 2018: Oncogene
Z M Liu, F Fang, C H Ding, W H Zhang, J Deng, C H Chen, X Wang, J Liu, Z Li, X L Jia, J S Zeng, S Y Qian
Objective: To investigate the clinical and genetic features of congenital myasthenia syndrome with episodic apnea (CMS-EA) caused by gene mutation of choline acetyltransferase (CHAT) Methods: The clinical data of 2 patients with congenital myasthenia syndrome were collected, and both were diagnosed from 2013 to 2015 in Beijing Children's Hospital, Capital Medical University. The clinical features and gene mutation characteristics were analyzed, and the patients were followed-up for therapeutic efficacy. Results: The two patients (case 1 and case 2) had the onset soon after birth and at 3 months after birth respectively...
March 2, 2018: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Andrea Boente Juncal, Aida G Mendez, Carmen Vale, Mercedes R Vieytes, Luis M Botana
Spirolides are marine toxins, produced by dinoflagellates that act as potent antagonists of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. These compounds are not toxic for humans and since there are no reports of human intoxications caused by this group of toxins they are not yet currently regulated in Europe. Currently 13-desmethyl spirolide C, 13,19-didesmethyl spirolide C and 20-methyl spirolide G are commercially available as reference materials. Previous work in our laboratory has demonstrated that after 4 days of treatment of primary mice cortical neurons with 13-desmethyl spirolide C, the compound ameliorated the glutamate induced toxicity and increased acetylcholine levels and the expression of the acetylcholine synthesizing enzyme being useful both in vitro and in vivo to decrease the brain pathology associated with Alzheimer´s disease...
March 8, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
LiLi Wang, Rodney F Minchin, Neville J Butcher
Human arylamine N-acetyltransferase 1 (NAT1) has been associated with cancer cell growth and invasion, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. NAT1 is located on the short arm of chromosome 8 (8p21), a region that is commonly deleted in colon cancer. Previously, it was reported that HT-29 colon cancer cells, which have a large deletion at 8p21-22, show marked morphological changes, increased E-cadherin expression and altered cell-cell contact inhibition following down-regulation of NAT1 with shRNA...
2018: PloS One
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