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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550169/the-gliotransmitter-d-serine-promotes-synapse-maturation-and-axonal-stabilization-in-vivo
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Marion R Van Horn, Arielle Strasser, Lois S Miraucourt, Loredano Pollegioni, Edward S Ruthazer
The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is thought to play a key role in the refinement of connectivity in developing neural circuits. Pharmacological blockade or genetic loss-of-function manipulations that prevent NMDAR function during development result in the disorganization of topographic axonal projections. However, because NMDARs contribute to overall glutamatergic neurotransmission, such loss-of-function experiments fail to adequately distinguish between the roles played by NMDARs and neural activity in general...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548249/m%C3%A3-ller-glial-cell-reactivation-in-xenopus-models-of-retinal-degeneration
#2
Rahul Langhe, Albert Chesneau, Gabriele Colozza, Magdalena Hidalgo, Divya Ail, Morgane Locker, Muriel Perron
A striking aspect of tissue regeneration is its uneven distribution among different animal classes, both in terms of modalities and efficiency. The retina does not escape the rule, exhibiting extraordinary self-repair properties in anamniote species but extremely limited ones in mammals. Among cellular sources prone to contribute to retinal regeneration are Müller glial cells, which in teleosts have been known for a decade to re-acquire a stem/progenitor state and regenerate retinal neurons following injury...
May 26, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547827/digital-dissection-of-the-model-organism-xenopus-laevis-using-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography
#3
Laura B Porro, Christopher T Richards
The African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, is one of the most widely used model organisms in biological research. However, the most recent anatomical description of X. laevis was produced nearly a century ago. Compared with other anurans, pipid frogs - including X. laevis - exhibit numerous unusual morphological features; thus, anatomical descriptions of more 'typical' frogs do not detail many aspects of X. laevis skeletal and soft-tissue morphology. The relatively new method of using iodine-based agents to stain soft tissues prior to high-resolution X-ray imaging has several advantages over gross dissection, such as enabling dissection of very small and fragile specimens, and preserving the three-dimensional topology of anatomical structures...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545147/chromosome-divergence-during-evolution-of-the-tetraploid-clawed-frogs-xenopus-mellotropicalis-and-xenopus-epitropicalis-as-revealed-by-zoo-fish
#4
Martin Knytl, Ondřej Smolík, Svatava Kubíčková, Tereza Tlapáková, Ben J Evans, Vladimír Krylov
Whole genome duplication (WGD) generates new species and genomic redundancy. In African clawed frogs of the genus Xenopus, this phenomenon has been especially important in that (i) all but one extant species are polyploid and (ii) whole genome sequences of some species provide an evidence for genomic rearrangements prior to or after WGD. Within Xenopus in the subgenus Silurana, at least one allotetraploidization event gave rise to three extant tetraploid (2n = 4x = 40) species-Xenopus mellotropicalis, X. epitropicalis, and X...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539392/sodium-pump-regulation-of-locomotor-control-circuits
#5
Laurence David Picton, HongYan Zhang, Keith Thomas Sillar
Sodium pumps are ubiquitously expressed membrane proteins that extrude three N(a+) ions in exchange for two K(+) ions using ATP as an energy source. Recent studies have illuminated additional, dynamic roles for sodium pumps in regulating the excitability of neuronal networks in an activity-dependent fashion. Here we review their role in a novel form of short-term memory within rhythmic locomotor networks. The data we review derives mainly from recent studies on Xenopus tadpoles and neonatal mice. The role and underlying mechanisms of pump action broadly match previously published data from an invertebrate, the Drosophila larva...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536000/an-analysis-of-myod-dependent-transcription-using-crispr-cas9-gene-targeting-in-xenopus-tropicalis-embryos
#6
Caitlin McQueen, Mary Elizabeth Pownall
Myogenic regulatory factors (MRFs) are known to have essential roles in both the establishment and differentiation of the skeletal muscle cell lineage. MyoD is expressed early in the Xenopus mesoderm where it is present and active several hours before the activation of muscle differentiation genes. Previous studies in cultured cells and in Xenopus laevis have identified sets of genes that require MyoD prior to differentiation of skeletal muscle. Here we report results from experiments using CRISPR/Cas9 to target the MyoD gene in the diploid frog Xenopus tropicalis, that are analysed by RNA-seq at gastrula stages...
May 20, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534180/the-c-terminal-kinesin-motor-kifc1-may-participate-in-nuclear-reshaping-and-flagellum-formation-during-spermiogenesis-of-larimichthys-crocea
#7
Dan-Dan Zhang, Xin-Ming Gao, Yong-Qiang Zhao, Cong-Cong Hou, Jun-Quan Zhu
Spermatogenesis is a highly ordered process in the differentiation of male germ cells. Nuclear morphogenesis is one of the most fundamental cellular transformations to take place during spermatogenesis. These striking transformations from spermatogonia to spermatozoa are a result of phase-specific adaption of the cytoskeleton and its association with molecular motor proteins. KIFC1 is a C-terminal kinesin motor protein that plays an essential role in acrosome formation and nuclear reshaping during spermiogenesis in mammals...
May 23, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534121/organic-anion-transporters-oat1-and-oat3-are-crucial-biopterin-transporters-involved-in-bodily-distribution-of-tetrahydrobiopterin-and-exclusion-of-its-excess
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Akiko Ohashi, Kaori Mamada, Tomonori Harada, Masako Naito, Tomihisa Takahashi, Shin Aizawa, Hiroyuki Hasegawa
Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) is a common coenzyme of phenylalanine-, tyrosine-, and tryptophan hydroxylases, alkylglycerol monooxygenase, and NO synthases (NOS). Synthetic BH4 is used medicinally for BH4-responsive phenylketonuria and inherited BH4 deficiency. BH4 supplementation has also drawn attention as a therapy for various NOS-related cardio-vascular diseases, but its use has met with limited success in decreasing BH2, the oxidized form of BH4. An increase in the BH2/BH4 ratio leads to NOS dysfunction. Previous studies revealed that BH4 supplementation caused a rapid urinary loss of BH4 accompanied by an increase in the blood BH2/BH4 ratio and an involvement of probenecid-sensitive but unknown transporters was strongly suggested in these processes...
May 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533950/are-invasive-populations-characterized-by-a-broader-diet-than-native-populations
#9
Julien Courant, Solveig Vogt, Raquel Marques, John Measey, Jean Secondi, Rui Rebelo, André De Villiers, Flora Ihlow, Charlotte De Busschere, Thierry Backeljau, Dennis Rödder, Anthony Herrel
BACKGROUND: Invasive species are among the most significant threats to biodiversity. The diet of invasive animal populations is a crucial factor that must be considered in the context of biological invasions. A broad dietary spectrum is a frequently cited characteristic of invasive species, allowing them to thrive in a wide range of environments. Therefore, empirical studies comparing diet in invasive and native populations are necessary to understand dietary requirements, dietary flexibility, and the associated impacts of invasive species...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533765/leptin-induces-mitosis-and-activates-the-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-in-neurogenic-regions-of-xenopus-tadpole-brain
#10
Melissa Cui Bender, Christopher J Sifuentes, Robert J Denver
In addition to its well-known role as an adipostat in adult mammals, leptin has diverse physiological and developmental actions in vertebrates. Leptin has been shown to promote development of hypothalamic circuits and to induce mitosis in different brain areas of mammals. We investigated the ontogeny of leptin mRNA, leptin actions on cell proliferation in the brain, and gene expression in the preoptic area/hypothalamus of tadpoles of Xenopus laevis. The level of leptin mRNA was low in premetamorphic tadpoles, but increased strongly at the beginning of metamorphosis and peaked at metamorphic climax...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533163/grin2b-gain-of-function-mutations-are-sensitive-to-radiprodil-a-negative-allosteric-modulator-of-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptors
#11
Brice Mullier, Christian Wolff, Zara Amanda Sands, Philippe Ghisdal, Pierandrea Muglia, Rafal Marian Kaminski, Véronique Marie André
De novo gain of function mutations in GRIN2B encoding the GluN2B subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor have been linked with epileptic encephalopathies, including infantile spasms. We investigated the effects of radiprodil, a selective GluN2B negative allosteric modulator and other non-selective NMDA receptor inhibitors on glutamate currents mediated by NMDA receptors containing mutated GluN2B subunits. The experiments were performed in Xenopus oocytes co-injected with the following human mRNAs: GRIN1/GRIN2B, GRIN1/GRIN2B-R540H, GRIN1/GRIN2B-N615I and GRIN1/GRIN2B-V618G...
May 19, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532679/the-functional-interaction-between-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-and-ly-6-neurotoxin-proteins-in-locusta-migratoria
#12
Haibo Bao, Yixi Zhang, Yang Liu, Na Yu, Zewen Liu
Failures in expressing insect nAChRs (nicotinic acetylcholine receptors) limit the understanding of their functional properties, although insect nAChRs have been developed as insecticide targets for decades. Some accessory proteins can modulate nAChRs, but only a few have been identified in insects, including lynx from Ly-6/neurotoxin superfamily. Until now, only one to three lynx were identified in one insect species. Here, 11 lynx were identified in Locusta migratoria with common features of Ly-6/neurotoxin members...
May 19, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522692/mitotic-chromosome-assembly-despite-nucleosome-depletion-in-xenopus-egg-extracts
#13
Keishi Shintomi, Fukashi Inoue, Hiroshi Watanabe, Keita Ohsumi, Miho Ohsugi, Tatsuya Hirano
The nucleosome is the fundamental structural units of eukaryotic chromatin. During mitosis, duplicated nucleosome fibers are organized into a pair of rod-shaped structures (chromatids) within a mitotic chromosome. However, it remains unclear whether nucleosome assembly is indeed an essential prerequisite for mitotic chromosome assembly. Here, we combined mouse sperm nuclei and Xenopus cell-free egg extracts depleted of the histone chaperone Asf1 and found that chromatid-like structures could be assembled even in the near-absence of nucleosomes...
May 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516122/two-electrode-voltage-clamp-recordings-in-xenopus-laevis-oocytes-reconstitution-of-abscisic-acid-activation-of-slac1-anion-channel-via-pyl9-aba-receptor
#14
Cun Wang, Jingbo Zhang, Julian I Schroeder
Two-Electrode Voltage-Clamp (TEVC) recording in Xenopus laevis oocytes provides a powerful method to investigate the functions and regulation of ion channel proteins. This approach provides a well-known tool to characterize ion channels or transporters expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. The plasma membrane of the oocyte is impaled by two microelectrodes, one for voltage sensing and the other one for current injection. Here we list a protocol that allows robust reconstitution of multi-component signaling pathways...
January 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515174/functional-assessment-of-sodium-chloride-co-transporter-ncc-mutants-in-polarized-mammalian-epithelial-cells
#15
Lena Lindtoft Rosenbaek, Federica Rizzo, Nanna MacAulay, Olivier Staub, Robert A Fenton
The thiazide-sensitive sodium chloride co-transporter, NCC, is important for maintaining serum sodium (Na+) and, indirectly, serum potassium (K+) levels. Functional studies on NCC have used cell lines with native NCC expression, transiently transfected non-polarized cell lines or Xenopus laevis oocytes. Here, we developed polarized Madin-Darby canine kidney type I (MDCKI) mammalian epithelial cell lines with tetracycline-inducible human NCC expression to study NCC activity and membrane abundance in the same system...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514120/mouth-development
#16
REVIEW
Justin Chen, Laura A Jacox, Francesca Saldanha, Hazel Sive
A mouth is present in all animals, and comprises an opening from the outside into the oral cavity and the beginnings of the digestive tract to allow eating. This review focuses on the earliest steps in mouth formation. In the first half, we conclude that the mouth arose once during evolution. In all animals, the mouth forms from ectoderm and endoderm. A direct association of oral ectoderm and digestive endoderm is present even in triploblastic animals, and in chordates, this region is known as the extreme anterior domain (EAD)...
May 17, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513167/quercetin-luteolin-phloretin-and-morin-are-dietary-flavonoid-inhibitors-of-monocarboxylate-transporter-6
#17
Robert Spencer Jones, Mark Parker, Marilyn Emily Morris
Monocarboxylate transporter 6 (MCT6; SLC16A5) has been recognized for its role as a xenobiotic transporter, with characterized substrates probenecid, bumetanide, and nateglinide. To date, the impact of commonly ingested dietary compounds on MCT6 function has not been investigated and therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate a variety of flavonoids for their potential MCT6-specific interactions. Flavonoids are a large group of polyphenolic phytochemicals found in commonly consumed plant-based products that have been recognized for their dietary health benefits...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511229/hplc-based-activity-profiling-for-gabaa-receptor-modulators-in-searsia-pyroides-using-a-larval-zebrafish-locomotor-assay
#18
Fahimeh Moradi-Afrapoli, Hannes van der Merwe, Maria De Mieri, Anke Wilhelm, Marco Stadler, Pieter C Zietsman, Steffen Hering, Kenneth Swart, Matthias Hamburger
A dichloromethane extract from leaves of Searsia pyroides potentiated gamma aminobutyric acid-induced chloride currents by 171.8 ± 54% when tested at 100 µg/mL in Xenopus oocytes transiently expressing gamma aminobutyric acid type A receptors composed of α1β2γ2s subunits. In zebrafish larvae, the extract significantly lowered pentylenetetrazol-provoked locomotion when tested at 4 µg/mL. Active compounds of the extract were tracked with the aid of HPLC-based activity profiling utilizing a previously validated zebrafish larval locomotor activity assay...
May 16, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511005/characterization-of-l-theanine-excitatory-actions-on-hippocampal-neurons-towards-the-generation-of-novel-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-modulators-based-on-its-backbone
#19
Fatiha Sebih, Matthieu Rousset, Salima Bellahouel, Marc Rolland, Marie Celeste de Jesus Ferreira, Janique Guiramand, Catherine Cohen-Solal, Gérard Barbanel, Thierry Cens, Mohammed Abouazza, Adrien Tassou, Maud Gratuze, Céline Meunier, Pierre Charnet, Michel Vignes, Valérie Rolland
L-Theanine (or L-γ-N-ethyl-glutamine) is the major amino acid found in Camellia sinensis. It has received much attention because of its pleiotropic physiological and pharmacological activities leading to health benefits in humans, especially. We describe here a new, easy, efficient and environmentally-friendly chemical synthesis of L-Theanine and L-γ-N-propyl-Gln and their corresponding D isomers. L-Theanine, and its derivatives obtained so far, exhibited partial co-agonistic action at N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, with no detectable agonist effect at other glutamate receptors, on cultured hippocampal neurons...
May 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506997/the-phosphatase-pgam5-antagonizes-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-embryonic-anterior-posterior-axis-patterning
#20
Verena Rauschenberger, Dominic B Bernkopf, Sabrina Krenn, Kowcee Jalal, Jens Heller, Jürgen Behrens, Marc Gentzel, Alexandra Schambony
The scaffold protein Dishevelled is a central intracellular component of Wnt signaling pathways. Various kinases have been described that regulate and modulate Wnt signaling through phosphorylation of Dishevelled. However, besides the general protein phosphatases 1 and 2 (PP1 and PP2), no specific protein phosphatases have been identified. Here, we report on the identification and functional characterization of the protein phosphatase Pgam5 in vitro and in vivo Pgam5 is a novel antagonist of Wnt/β-Catenin signaling in human cells and Xenopus embryogenesis...
May 15, 2017: Development
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