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Drosophila human disease

Johanna Jakobsdottir, Sven J van der Lee, Joshua C Bis, Vincent Chouraki, David Li-Kroeger, Shinya Yamamoto, Megan L Grove, Adam Naj, Maria Vronskaya, Jose L Salazar, Anita L DeStefano, Jennifer A Brody, Albert V Smith, Najaf Amin, Rebecca Sims, Carla A Ibrahim-Verbaas, Seung-Hoan Choi, Claudia L Satizabal, Oscar L Lopez, Alexa Beiser, M Arfan Ikram, Melissa E Garcia, Caroline Hayward, Tibor V Varga, Samuli Ripatti, Paul W Franks, Göran Hallmans, Olov Rolandsson, Jan-Håkon Jansson, David J Porteous, Veikko Salomaa, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Kenneth M Rice, Hugo J Bellen, Daniel Levy, Andre G Uitterlinden, Valur Emilsson, Jerome I Rotter, Thor Aspelund, Christopher J O'Donnell, Annette L Fitzpatrick, Lenore J Launer, Albert Hofman, Li-San Wang, Julie Williams, Gerard D Schellenberg, Eric Boerwinkle, Bruce M Psaty, Sudha Seshadri, Joshua M Shulman, Vilmundur Gudnason, Cornelia M van Duijn
We performed an exome-wide association analysis in 1393 late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) cases and 8141 controls from the CHARGE consortium. We found that a rare variant (P155L) in TM2D3 was enriched in Icelanders (~0.5% versus <0.05% in other European populations). In 433 LOAD cases and 3903 controls from the Icelandic AGES sub-study, P155L was associated with increased risk and earlier onset of LOAD [odds ratio (95% CI) = 7.5 (3.5-15.9), p = 6.6x10-9]. Mutation in the Drosophila TM2D3 homolog, almondex, causes a phenotype similar to loss of Notch/Presenilin signaling...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Karol Cichewicz, Emma J Garren, Chika Adiele, Yoshinori Aso, Zhang Wang, Martin Wu, Serge Birman, Gerald M Rubin, Jay Hirsh
Dopamine (DA) is a neurotransmitter with conserved behavioral roles between invertebrate and vertebrate animals. In addition to its neural functions, in insects DA is a critical substrate for cuticle pigmentation and hardening. Drosophila tyrosine hydroxylase (DTH) is the rate limiting enzyme for DA biosynthesis. Viable brain DA deficient flies were previously generated using tissue selective GAL4-UAS binary expression rescue of a DTH null mutation and these flies show specific behavioral impairments. To circumvent the limitations of rescue via binary expression, here we achieve rescue utilizing genomically integrated mutant DTH...
October 19, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
Steven J Marygold, Madeline A Crosby, Joshua L Goodman
For nearly 25 years, FlyBase ( has provided a freely available online database of biological information about Drosophila species, focusing on the model organism D. melanogaster. The need for a centralized, integrated view of Drosophila research has never been greater as advances in genomic, proteomic, and high-throughput technologies add to the quantity and diversity of available data and resources.FlyBase has taken several approaches to respond to these changes in the research landscape. Novel report pages have been generated for new reagent types and physical interaction data; Drosophila models of human disease are now represented and showcased in dedicated Human Disease Model Reports; other integrated reports have been established that bring together related genes, datasets, or reagents; Gene Reports have been revised to improve access to new data types and to highlight functional data; links to external sites have been organized and expanded; and new tools have been developed to display and interrogate all these data, including improved batch processing and bulk file availability...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Megan E Garlapow, Logan J Everett, Shanshan Zhou, Alexander W Gearhart, Kairsten A Fay, Wen Huang, Tatiana V Morozova, Gunjan H Arya, Lavanya Turlapati, Genevieve St Armour, Yasmeen N Hussain, Sarah E McAdams, Sophia Fochler, Trudy F C Mackay
Food consumption is an essential component of animal fitness; however, excessive food intake in humans increases risk for many diseases. The roles of neuroendocrine feedback loops, food sensing modalities, and physiological state in regulating food intake are well understood, but not the genetic basis underlying variation in food consumption. Here, we applied ten generations of artificial selection for high and low food consumption in replicate populations of Drosophila melanogaster. The phenotypic response to selection was highly asymmetric, with significant responses only for increased food consumption and minimal correlated responses in body mass and composition...
October 5, 2016: Behavior Genetics
Esther Schnettler, Vatipally B Sreenu, Timothy Mottram, Melanie McFarlane
Mosquito-borne viruses are known to cause disease in humans and livestock and are often difficult to control due the lack of specific antivirals and vaccines. The Wolbachia endosymbiont has been widely studied for its ability to restrict positive strand RNA virus infection in mosquitoes, although little is known about the precise antiviral mechanism. In recent years, a variety of insect-specific viruses have been discovered in mosquitoes and an interaction with mosquito-borne viruses have been reported for some of them; however nothing is known about the effect of Wolbachia on insect specific virus infection in mosquitoes...
September 28, 2016: Journal of General Virology
Peiwen Liu, Yunqiao Dong, Jinbao Gu, Santhosh Puthiyakunnon, Yang Wu, Xiao-Guang Chen
BACKGROUND: In eukaryotic organisms, Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) control the activities of mobile genetic elements and ensure genome maintenance. Recent evidence indicates that piRNAs are involved in multiple biological pathways, including transcriptional regulation of protein-coding genes, sex determination and even interactions between host and pathogens. Aedes albopictus is a major invasive species that transmits a number of viral diseases in humans. Ae. albopictus has the largest genome and the highest abundance of repetitive sequences when compared with members that belong to Culicidae with a published genome...
September 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Ipsita Mohanty, Animesha Rath, Namita Mahapatra, Rupenangshu K Hazra
Vector-borne diseases particularly those transmitted by mosquitoes like Dengue are among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in human population. There are no effective vaccines or treatment against dengue fever till date and the control methods are limited. So, new approaches are urgently in need to reverse these trends. Vector control is currently the primary intervention tool. Strategies that reduce or block pathogen transmission by mosquitoes have been proposed as a means of augmenting current control measures to reduce the growing burden of vector-borne diseases...
July 2016: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
P Githure M'Angale, Brian E Staveley
BACKGROUND: Parkinson disease (PD) is a debilitating movement disorder that afflicts 1-2% of the population over 50 years of age. The common hallmark for both sporadic and familial forms of PD is mitochondrial dysfunction. Mammals have at least twenty proapoptotic and antiapoptotic Bcl-2 family members, in contrast, only two Bcl-2 family genes have been identified in Drosophila melanogaster, the proapoptotic mitochondrial localized Debcl and the antiapoptotic Buffy. The expression of the human transgene α-synuclein, a gene that is strongly associated with inherited forms of PD, in dopaminergic neurons (DA) of Drosophila, results in loss of neurons and locomotor dysfunction to model PD in flies...
2016: PeerJ
Krzysztof Jagla, Benoit Kalman, Thomas Boudou, Sylvie Hénon, Sabrina Batonnet-Pichon
The use of the adapted models to decipher patho-physiological mechanisms of human diseases is always a great challenge. This is of particular importance for early-onset myopathies, in which pathological mutations often impact not only on muscle structure and function but also on developmental processes. Mice are currently the main animal model used to study neuromuscular disorders including the early-onset myopathies. However strategies based on simple animal models and on transdisciplinary approaches exploring mechanical muscle cell properties emerge as attractive, non-exclusive alternatives...
September 23, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Mohammad Abdur Rashid, Mahmuda Haque, Mohammed Akbar
Oxidative stress in the brain is the major cause of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseases or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Under conditions of oxidative stress, the production of highly reactive oxygen species (ROS) overwhelms antioxidant defenses, resulting in the modification of macromolecules and their deposition in neuronal cell tissues. ROS plays an important role in neuronal cell death that they generate reactive aldehydes from membrane lipid peroxidation...
2016: Advances in Neurobiology
Maria do Carmo Costa, Naila S Ashraf, Svetlana Fischer, Yemen Yang, Emily Schapka, Gnanada Joshi, Thomas J McQuade, Rahil M Dharia, Mark Dulchavsky, Michelle Ouyang, David Cook, Duxin Sun, Martha J Larsen, Jason E Gestwicki, Sokol V Todi, Magdalena I Ivanova, Henry L Paulson
No disease-modifying treatment exists for the fatal neurodegenerative polyglutamine disease known both as Machado-Joseph disease and spinocerebellar ataxia type 3. As a potential route to therapy, we identified small molecules that reduce levels of the mutant disease protein, ATXN3. Screens of a small molecule collection, including 1250 Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs, in a novel cell-based assay, followed by secondary screens in brain slice cultures from transgenic mice expressing the human disease gene, identified the atypical antipsychotic aripiprazole as one of the hits...
September 19, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Merve Kasap, Kendra Bonnett, Eric J Aamodt, Donard S Dwyer
The Na(+) leak-current channel (NALCN) regulates locomotion, respiration and intellectual development. Previous work highlighted striking similarities between characteristic movement phenotypes of NALCN-deficient animals (Drosophila and C. elegans) and the major symptoms of Parkinson's disease and primary progressive freezing gait. We have discovered novel physiological connections between the NALCN, K(+) channels and gap junctions that mediate regulation of locomotion in C. elegans. Drugs that block K(+) channels and gap junctions or that activate Ca(++) channels significantly improve movement of NALCN-deficient animals...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Koji Matsukawa, Tadafumi Hashimoto, Taisei Matsumoto, Ryoko Ihara, Takahiro Chihara, Masayuki Miura, Tomoko Wakabayashi, Takeshi Iwatsubo
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive and selective loss of motor neurons. Causative genes for familial ALS (fALS), e.g., TARDBP or FUS/TLS, have been found, among which mutations within the profilin 1 (PFN1) gene have recently been identified in ALS18. To elucidate the mechanism whereby PFN1 mutations lead to neuronal death, we generated transgenic Drosophila melanogaster overexpressing human PFN1 in the retinal photoreceptor neurons. Overexpression of wild-type or fALS mutant PFN1 caused no degenerative phenotypes in the retina...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Benjamin P Towler, Christopher I Jones, Kirsty L Harper, Joseph A Waldron, Sarah F Newbury
In a complex organism, cell proliferation and apoptosis need to be precisely controlled in order for tissues to develop correctly. Excessive cell proliferation can lead to diseases such as cancer. We have shown that the exoribonuclease Dis3L2 is required for the correct regulation of proliferation in a natural tissue within the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. Dis3L2 is a member of a highly conserved family of exoribonucleases that degrade RNA in a 3'-5' direction. We show that knockdown of dis3L2 in the Drosophila wing imaginal discs results in substantial wing overgrowth due to increased cellular proliferation rather than an increase in cell size...
September 14, 2016: RNA Biology
Tingting Wang, Ryan T Jones, Jenna M Whippen, Graeme W Davis
The homeostatic modulation of neurotransmitter release, termed presynaptic homeostatic potentiation (PHP), is a fundamental type of neuromodulation, conserved from Drosophila to humans, that stabilizes information transfer at synaptic connections throughout the nervous system. Here, we demonstrate that α2δ-3, an auxiliary subunit of the presynaptic calcium channel, is required for PHP. The α2δ gene family has been linked to chronic pain, epilepsy, autism, and the action of two psychiatric drugs: gabapentin and pregabalin...
September 13, 2016: Cell Reports
Chung-Han Hsieh, Atossa Shaltouki, Ashley E Gonzalez, Alexandre Bettencourt da Cruz, Lena F Burbulla, Erica St Lawrence, Birgitt Schüle, Dimitri Krainc, Theo D Palmer, Xinnan Wang
Mitochondrial movements are tightly controlled to maintain energy homeostasis and prevent oxidative stress. Miro is an outer mitochondrial membrane protein that anchors mitochondria to microtubule motors and is removed to stop mitochondrial motility as an early step in the clearance of dysfunctional mitochondria. Here, using human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived neurons and other complementary models, we build on a previous connection of Parkinson's disease (PD)-linked PINK1 and Parkin to Miro by showing that a third PD-related protein, LRRK2, promotes Miro removal by forming a complex with Miro...
August 25, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
Mohammad Haddadi, Samaneh Reiszadeh Jahromi, Upendra Nongthomba, T Shivanandappa, S R Ramesh
Oxidative stress is one of the major etiological factors implicated in pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. Since neurons are more sensitive to oxidative damage there is an increasing interest in developing novel antioxidant therapies, especially herbal preparations due to their safety profile and high efficiency. In this regard, the neuroprotective potential of a novel antioxidant compound, 4-hydroxyisophthalic acid (4-HIPA) isolated from aqueous extract of Decalepis hamiltonii roots was examined using transgenic Drosophila model of taupathy expressing wild-type and mutant forms of 2N4R isoform of human microtubule associated protein tau (MAPT)...
September 9, 2016: Neurochemistry International
Nicolas Melis, Isabelle Rubera, Marc Cougnon, Sébastien Giraud, Baharia Mograbi, Amine Belaid, Didier F Pisani, Stephan M Huber, Sandra Lacas-Gervais, Konstantina Fragaki, Nicolas Blondeau, Paul Vigne, Christian Frelin, Thierry Hauet, Christophe Duranton, Michel Tauc
The eukaryotic initiation factor 5A (eIF5A), which is highly conserved throughout evolution, has the unique characteristic of post-translational activation through hypusination. This modification is catalyzed by two enzymatic steps involving deoxyhypusine synthase (DHPS) and deoxyhypusine hydroxylase (DOHH). Notably, eIF5A may be involved in regulating the lifespan of Drosophila during long-term hypoxia. Therefore, we investigated the possibility of a link between eIF5A hypusination and cellular resistance to hypoxia/anoxia...
September 9, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Susumu Hirabayashi
Accumulating epidemiological evidence indicates a strong clinical association between obesity and an increased risk of cancer. The global pandemic of obesity indicates a public health trend towards a substantial increase in cancer incidence and mortality. However, the mechanisms that link obesity to cancer remain incompletely understood. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been increasingly used to model an expanding spectrum of human diseases. Fly models provide a genetically simpler system that is ideal for use as a first step towards dissecting disease interactions...
September 1, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Josep M Comeron, Jordan Reed, Matthew Christie, Julia S Jacobs, Jason Dierdorff, Daniel F Eberl, J Robert Manak
Accurate and rapid identification or confirmation of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), point mutations and other human genomic variation facilitates understanding the genetic basis of disease. We have developed a new methodology (called MENA (Mismatch EndoNuclease Array)) pairing DNA mismatch endonuclease enzymology with tiling microarray hybridization in order to genotype both known point mutations (such as SNPs) as well as identify previously undiscovered point mutations and small indels. We show that our assay can rapidly genotype known SNPs in a human genomic DNA sample with 99% accuracy, in addition to identifying novel point mutations and small indels with a false discovery rate as low as 10%...
2016: Microarrays
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