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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428331/a-personalized-model-of-coq2-nephropathy-rescued-by-the-wild-type-coq2-allele-or-dietary-coenzyme-q10-supplementation
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Jun-Yi Zhu, Yulong Fu, Adam Richman, Zhanzheng Zhao, Patricio E Ray, Zhe Han
Clinical studies have identified patients with nephrotic syndrome caused by mutations in genes involved in the biosynthesis of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a lipid component of the mitochondrial electron transport chain and an important antioxidant. However, the cellular mechanisms through which these mutations induce podocyte injury remain obscure. Here, we exploited the striking similarities between Drosophila nephrocytes and human podocytes to develop a Drosophila model of these renal diseases, and performed a systematic in vivo analysis assessing the role of CoQ10 pathway genes in renal function...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420493/etiology-of-human-genetic-disease-on-the-fly
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REVIEW
Clement Y Chow, Lawrence T Reiter
The model organism Drosophila melanogaster has been at the forefront of genetic studies since before the discovery of DNA. Although human disease modeling in flies may still be rather novel, recent advances in genetic tool design and genome sequencing now confer huge advantages in the fly system when modeling human disease. In this review, we focus on new genomic tools for human gene variant analysis; new uses for the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) in detection of background alleles that influence a phenotype; and several examples of how multigenic conditions, both complex disorders and duplication and/or deletion syndromes, can be effectively studied in the fly model system...
April 15, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418693/validating-the-predicted-effect-of-astemizole-and-ketoconazole-using-a-drosophila-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Katarzyna Styczyńska-Soczka, Luigi Zechini, Lysimachos Zografos
Parkinson's disease is a growing threat to an ever-ageing population. Despite progress in our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease, all therapeutics currently available only act to improve symptoms and do not stop the disease process. It is therefore imperative that more effective drug discovery methods and approaches are developed, validated, and used for the discovery of disease-modifying treatments for Parkinson's. Drug repurposing has been recognized as being equally as promising as de novo drug discovery in the field of neurodegeneration and Parkinson's disease specifically...
April 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415023/drosophila-models-of-prionopathies-insight-into-prion-protein-function-transmission-and-neurotoxicity
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REVIEW
Pedro Fernandez-Funez, Jonatan Sanchez-Garcia, Diego E Rincon-Limas
Prion diseases (PrD) are unique neurodegenerative conditions with sporadic, genetic, and infectious etiologies. The agent responsible for these pathologies is a misfolded conformation of the prion protein (PrP). Although a process of autocatalytic "conversion" is known to mediate disease transmission, important gaps still remain regarding the physiological function of PrP and its relevance to pathogenesis, the molecular and cellular mechanisms mediating neurotoxicity and transmission, and the PrP conformations responsible for neurotoxicity...
April 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409340/drosophila-malpighian-tubules-a-model-for-understanding-kidney-development-function-and-disease
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Naveen Kumar Gautam, Puja Verma, Madhu G Tapadia
The Malpighian tubules of insects are structurally simple but functionally important organs, and their integrity is important for the normal excretory process. They are functional analogs of human kidneys which are important physiological organs as they maintain water and electrolyte balance in the blood and simultaneously help the body to get rid of waste and toxic products after various metabolic activities. In addition, it receives early indications of insults to the body such as immune challenge and other toxic components and is essential for sustaining life...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406522/inhibition-of-polyglutamine-aggregation-by-similar-huntingtin-n-terminal-sequences-prospective-molecules-for-preclinical-evaluation-in-huntington-s-disease
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Gunasekhar Burra, Ashwani Kumar Thakur
The mutant huntingtin protein (mHtt) fragments with expanded polyglutamine sequence forms microscopically visible aggregates in neurons, a hallmark of Huntington's disease (HD). The aggregation process and aggregates are possible targets of therapeutic intervention in HD. Due to lack of treatment and cure, the patients die within 15-20 years after the disease onset. Therefore, discovering therapeutic molecules that may either inhibit the aggregation mechanism or downregulate the toxic effects of mhtt are highly needed...
April 12, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405636/when-transporters-fail-to-be-transported-how-to-rescue-folding-deficient-slc6-transporters
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Sonja Sucic, Ameya Kasture, H M Mazhar Asjad, Carina Kern, Ali El-Kasaby, Michael Freissmuth
The human dopamine transporter (hDAT) belongs to the solute carrier 6 (SLC6) gene family. Point mutations in hDAT (SLC6A3) have been linked to a syndrome of dopamine transporter deficiency or infantile dystonia/parkinsonism. The mutations impair DAT folding, causing retention of variant DATs in the endoplasmic reticulum and subsequently impair transport activity. The folding trajectory of DAT itself is not understood, though many insights have been gained from studies of folding-deficient mutants of the closely related serotonin transporter (SERT); i...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Neurology & Neuromedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404605/proteomics-analysis-identifies-orthologs-of-human-chitinase-like-proteins-as-inducers-of-tube-morphogenesis-defects-in-drosophila
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Sandra G Zimmerman, Gennifer E Merrihew, Michael J MacCoss, Celeste A Berg
Elevated levels of human chitinase-like proteins (CLPs) are associated with numerous chronic inflammatory diseases and several cancers, often correlating with poor prognosis. Nevertheless, there is scant knowledge of their function. The CLPs normally mediate immune responses and wound healing, and when upregulated, they can promote disease progression by remodeling tissue, activating signaling cascades, stimulating proliferation and migration, and by regulating adhesion. We identified Imaginal disc growth factors (Idgfs), orthologs of human CLPs CHI3L1, CHI3L2, and OVGP1, in a proteomics analysis designed to discover factors that regulate tube morphogenesis in a Drosophila melanogaster model of tube formation...
April 12, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401457/comparative-studies-of-vertebrate-iduronate-2-sulfatase-ids-genes-and-proteins-evolution-of-a-mammalian-x-linked-gene
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REVIEW
Roger S Holmes
IDS is responsible for the lysosomal degradation of heparan sulfate and dermatan sulfate and linked to an X-linked lysosomal storage disease, mucopolysaccharidosis 2 (MPS2), resulting in neurological damage and early death. Comparative IDS amino acid sequences and structures and IDS gene locations were examined using data from several vertebrate genome projects. Vertebrate IDS sequences shared 60-99% identities with each other. Human IDS showed 47% sequence identity with fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) IDS...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399880/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-parkin-substrates-in-drosophila-neurons
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Aitor Martinez, Benoit Lectez, Juanma Ramirez, Oliver Popp, James D Sutherland, Sylvie Urbé, Gunnar Dittmar, Michael J Clague, Ugo Mayor
BACKGROUND: Parkin (PARK2) is an E3 ubiquitin ligase that is commonly mutated in Familial Parkinson's Disease (PD). In cell culture models, Parkin is recruited to acutely depolarised mitochondria by PINK1. PINK1 activates Parkin activity leading to ubiquitination of multiple proteins, which in turn promotes clearance of mitochondria by mitophagy. Many substrates have been identified using cell culture models in combination with depolarising drugs or proteasome inhibitors, but not in more physiological settings...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389210/shape-of-my-heart-cell-cell-adhesion-and-cytoskeletal-dynamics-during-drosophila-cardiac-morphogenesis
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REVIEW
Christopher M J McFaul, Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has recently emerged as an excellent system to investigate the genetics of cardiovascular development and disease. Drosophila provides an inexpensive and genetically-tractable in vivo system with a large number of conserved features. In addition, the Drosophila embryo is transparent, and thus amenable to time-lapse fluorescence microscopy, as well as biophysical and pharmacological manipulations. One of the conserved aspects of heart development from Drosophila to humans is the initial assembly of a tube...
April 4, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388438/lsm12-and-me31b-ddx6-define-distinct-modes-of-posttranscriptional-regulation-by-ataxin-2-protein-complex-in-drosophila-circadian-pacemaker-neurons
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Jongbo Lee, Eunseok Yoo, Hoyeon Lee, Keunhee Park, Jin-Hoe Hur, Chunghun Lim
ATAXIN-2 (ATX2) has been implicated in human neurodegenerative diseases, yet it remains elusive how ATX2 assembles specific protein complexes to execute its physiological roles. Here we employ the posttranscriptional co-activator function of Drosophila ATX2 to demonstrate that LSM12 and ME31B/DDX6 are two ATX2-associating factors crucial for sustaining circadian rhythms. LSM12 acts as a molecular adaptor for the recruitment of TWENTY-FOUR (TYF) to ATX2. The ATX2-LSM12-TYF complex thereby stimulates TYF-dependent translation of the rate-limiting clock gene period (per) to maintain 24 hr periodicity in circadian behaviors...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379402/slp-2-interacts-with-parkin-in-mitochondria-and-prevents-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-parkin-deficient-human-ipsc-derived-neurons-and-drosophila
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Alessandra Zanon, Sreehari Kalvakuri, Aleksandar Rakovic, Luisa Foco, Marianna Guida, Christine Schwienbacher, Alice Serafin, Franziska Rudolph, Michaela Trilck, Anne Grünewald, Nancy Stanslowsky, Florian Wegner, Valentina Giorgio, Alexandros A Lavdas, Rolf Bodmer, Peter P Pramstaller, Christine Klein, Andrew A Hicks, Irene Pichler, Philip Seibler
Mutations in the Parkin gene (PARK2) have been linked to a recessive form of Parkinson's disease (PD) characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. Deficiencies of mitochondrial respiratory chain complex I activity have been observed in the substantia nigra of PD patients, and loss of Parkin results in the reduction of complex I activity shown in various cell and animal models. Using co-immunoprecipitation and proximity ligation assays on endogenous proteins, we demonstrate that Parkin interacts with mitochondrial Stomatin-like protein 2 (SLP-2), which also binds the mitochondrial lipid cardiolipin and functions in the assembly of respiratory chain proteins...
April 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379367/a-drosophila-model-of-als-reveals-a-partial-loss-of-function-of-causative-human-pfn1-mutants
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Chi-Hong Wu, Anthony Giampetruzzi, Helene Tran, Claudia Fallini, Fen-Biao Gao, John E Landers
Mutations in the profilin 1 (PFN1) gene are causative for familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (fALS). However, it is still not fully understood how these mutations lead to neurodegeneration. To address this question, we generated a novel Drosophila model expressing human wild-type and ALS-causative PFN1 mutants. We show that at larval neuromuscular junctions (NMJ), motor neuron expression of wild-type human PFN1 increases the number of ghost boutons, active zone density, F-actin content, and the formation of filopodia...
April 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377694/drosophila-melanogaster-as-a-model-organism-to-study-rna-toxicity-of-repeat-expansion-associated-neurodegenerative-and-neuromuscular-diseases
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REVIEW
Alex C Koon, Ho Yin Edwin Chan
For nearly a century, the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has proven to be a valuable tool in our understanding of fundamental biological processes, and has empowered our discoveries, particularly in the field of neuroscience. In recent years, Drosophila has emerged as a model organism for human neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders. In this review, we highlight a number of recent studies that utilized the Drosophila model to study repeat-expansion associated diseases (READs), such as polyglutamine diseases, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2), and C9ORF72-associated amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/frontotemporal dementia (C9-ALS/FTD)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363125/pause-go-from-the-discovery-of-rna-polymerase-pausing-to-its-functional-implications
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REVIEW
Andreas Mayer, Heather M Landry, L Stirling Churchman
The synthesis of nascent RNA is a discontinuous process in which phases of productive elongation by RNA polymerase are interrupted by frequent pauses. Transcriptional pausing was first observed decades ago, but was long considered to be a special feature of transcription at certain genes. This view was challenged when studies using genome-wide approaches revealed that RNA polymerase II pauses at promoter-proximal regions in large sets of genes in Drosophila and mammalian cells. High-resolution genomic methods uncovered that pausing is not restricted to promoters, but occurs globally throughout gene-body regions, implying the existence of key-rate limiting steps in nascent RNA synthesis downstream of transcription initiation...
March 28, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362802/comparison-of-independent-screens-on-differentially-vulnerable-motor-neurons-reveals-alpha-synuclein-as-a-common-modifier-in-motor-neuron-diseases
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Rachel A Kline, Kevin A Kaifer, Erkan Y Osman, Francesco Carella, Ariana Tiberi, Jolill Ross, Giuseppa Pennetta, Christian L Lorson, Lyndsay M Murray
The term "motor neuron disease" encompasses a spectrum of disorders in which motor neurons are the primary pathological target. However, in both patients and animal models of these diseases, not all motor neurons are equally vulnerable, in that while some motor neurons are lost very early in disease, others remain comparatively intact, even at late stages. This creates a valuable system to investigate the factors that regulate motor neuron vulnerability. In this study, we aim to use this experimental paradigm to identify potential transcriptional modifiers...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359145/neuroprotective-effects-of-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-1b-inhibition-against-er-stress-induced-toxicity
#18
Yu-Mi Jeon, Shinrye Lee, Seyeon Kim, Younghwi Kwon, Kiyoung Kim, Chang Geon Chung, Seongsoo Lee, Sung Bae Lee, Hyung-Jun Kim
Several lines of evidence suggest that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) is known to regulate the ER stress signaling pathway, but its role in neuronal systems in terms of ER stress remains largely unknown. Here, we showed that rotenone-induced toxicity in human neuroblastoma cell lines and mouse primary cortical neurons was ameliorated by PTP1B inhibition...
March 28, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352227/a-novel-genetic-screen-identifies-modifiers-of-age-dependent-amyloid-%C3%AE-toxicity-in-the-drosophila-brain
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Lautaro F Belfiori-Carrasco, María S Marcora, Nadia I Bocai, M Fernanda Ceriani, Laura Morelli, Eduardo M Castaño
The accumulation of amyloid β peptide (Aβ) in the brain of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients begins many years before clinical onset. Such process has been proposed to be pathogenic through the toxicity of Aβ soluble oligomers leading to synaptic dysfunction, phospho-tau aggregation and neuronal loss. Yet, a massive accumulation of Aβ can be found in approximately 30% of aged individuals with preserved cognitive function. Therefore, within the frame of the "amyloid hypothesis", compensatory mechanisms and/or additional neurotoxic or protective factors need to be considered and investigated...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347500/versatility-of-peroxisomes-an-evolving-concept
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REVIEW
Rachayeeta Deb, Shirisha Nagotu
Research spanning almost 50 years has highlighted unique characteristics and irreplaceable list of diverse functions performed by peroxisomes in various model systems. Peroxisomes are single membrane bound highly dynamic organelles ubiquitous to most eukaryotic cells. Proliferation by division of pre-existing organelles and the role of endoplasmic reticulum in the biogenesis of these organelles is now well established. The earliest identified conserved functions of peroxisomes are β-oxidation of fatty acids and reactive oxygen species metabolism...
April 2017: Tissue & Cell
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