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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934390/protein-phosphatase-1-regulates-huntingtin-exon-1-aggregation-and-toxicity
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Joana Branco-Santos, Federico Herrera, Gonçalo M Poças, Yolanda Pires-Afonso, Flaviano Giorgini, Pedro M Domingos, Tiago F Outeiro
Huntington's disease is neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine expansion in the N-terminal region of the huntingtin protein (N17). Here, we analysed the relative contribution of each phosphorylatable residue in the N17 region (T3, S13 and S16) towards huntingtin exon 1 (HTTex1) oligomerization, aggregation and toxicity in human cells and Drosophila neurons. We used bimolecular fluorescence complementation to show that expression of single phosphomimic mutations completely abolished HTTex1 aggregation in human cells...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933588/death-by-over-eating-the-gaucher-disease-associated-gene-gba1-identified-in-a-screen-for-mediators-of-autophagic-cell-death-is-necessary-for-developmental-cell-death-in-drosophila-midgut
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Santosh K Dasari, Eyal Schejter, Shani Bialik, Aya Shkedy, Vered Levin-Salomon, Smadar Levin-Zaidman, Adi Kimchi
Autophagy is critical for homeostasis and cell survival during stress, but can also lead to cell death, a little understood process that has been shown to contribute to developmental cell death in lower model organisms, and to human cancer cell death. We recently reported (1) on our thorough molecular and morphologic characterization of an autophagic cell death system involving resveratrol treatment of lung carcinoma cells. To gain mechanistic insight into this death program, we performed a signalome-wide RNAi screen for genes whose functions are necessary for resveratrol-induced death...
September 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932814/the-gut-commensal-microbiome-of-drosophila-melanogaster-is-modified-by-the-endosymbiont-wolbachia
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Rama K Simhadri, Eva M Fast, Rong Guo, Michaela J Schultz, Natalie Vaisman, Luis Ortiz, Joanna Bybee, Barton E Slatko, Horacio M Frydman
Endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria and the gut microbiome have independently been shown to affect several aspects of insect biology, including reproduction, development, life span, stem cell activity, and resistance to human pathogens, in insect vectors. This work shows that Wolbachia bacteria, which reside mainly in the fly germline, affect the microbial species present in the fly gut in a lab-reared strain. Drosophila melanogaster hosts two main genera of commensal bacteria-Acetobacter and Lactobacillus. Wolbachia-infected flies have significantly reduced titers of Acetobacter...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931407/the-emerging-roles-of-phosphatases-in-hedgehog-pathway
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REVIEW
Long Zhao, Liguo Wang, Chunli Chi, Wenwen Lan, Ying Su
Hedgehog signaling is evolutionarily conserved and plays a pivotal role in cell fate determination, embryonic development, and tissue renewal. As aberrant Hedgehog signaling is tightly associated with a broad range of human diseases, its activities must be precisely controlled. It has been known that several core components of Hedgehog pathway undergo reversible phosphorylations mediated by protein kinases and phosphatases, which acts as an effective regulatory mechanism to modulate Hedgehog signal activities...
September 20, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930984/high-fat-diet-feeding-and-high-throughput-triacylglyceride-assay-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#5
Soda Balla Diop, Ryan T Birse, Rolf Bodmer
Heart disease is the number one cause of human death worldwide. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between obesity and cardiac malfunction in humans, but more tools and research efforts are needed to better elucidate the mechanisms involved. For over a century, the genetically highly tractable model of Drosophila has been instrumental in the discovery of key genes and molecular pathways that proved to be highly conserved across species. Many biological processes and disease mechanisms are functionally conserved in the fly, such as development (e...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917942/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-testing-of-native-%C3%AE-conotoxins-from-the-injected-venom-of-conus-purpurascens
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Mickelene F Hoggard, Alena M Rodriguez, Herminsul Cano, Evan Clark, Han-Shen Tae, David J Adams, Tanja A Godenschwege, Frank Marí
α-Conotoxins inhibit nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and are used as probes to study cholinergic pathways in vertebrates. Model organisms, such as Drosophila melanogaster, express nAChRs in their CNS that are suitable to investigate the neuropharmacology of α-conotoxins in vivo. Here we report the paired nanoinjection of native α-conotoxin PIA and two novel α-conotoxins, PIC and PIC[O7], from the injected venom of Conus purpurascens and electrophysiological recordings of their effects on the giant fiber system (GFS) of D...
September 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916816/striking-diflubenzuron-resistance-in-culex-pipiens-the-prime-vector-of-west-nile-virus
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Linda Grigoraki, Arianna Puggioli, Konstantinos Mavridis, Vassilis Douris, Mario Montanari, Romeo Bellini, John Vontas
Culex pipiens mosquitoes cause severe nuisance and transmit human diseases including West Nile. Vector control by insecticides is the main tool to prevent these diseases and diflubenzuron is one of the most effective mosquito larvicides used in many places. Here, high levels of resistance were identified in Cx. pipiens from Italy, with a Resistance Ratio of 128 fold. The phenotype was associated with mutations at amino acid I1043 (I1043M and I1043L) of the Chitin synthase gene, which showed significantly higher frequency in bioassay survivors...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912696/swing-boat-inducing-and-recording-locomotor-activity-in-a-drosophila-melanogaster-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Johannes Berlandi, Fang-Ju Lin, Oliver Ambrée, Dirk Rieger, Werner Paulus, Astrid Jeibmann
Recent studies indicate that physical activity can slow down progression of neurodegeneration in humans. To date, automated ways to induce activity have been predominantly described in rodent models. To study the impact of activity on behavior and survival in adult Drosophila melanogaster, we aimed to develop a rotating tube device "swing boat" which is capable of monitoring activity and sleep patterns as well as survival rates of flies. For the purpose of a first application, we tested our device on a transgenic fly model of Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894399/drosophila-melanogaster-deciphering-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Florence Hui Ping Tan, Ghows Azzam
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most widespread neurodegenerative disorder worldwide. Its pathogenesis involves two hallmarks: aggregation of amyloid beta (Aβ) and occurrence of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). The mechanism behind the disease is still unknown. This has prompted the use of animal models to mirror the disease. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster has garnered considerable attention as an organism to recapitulate human disorders. With the ability to monopolise a multitude of traditional and novel genetic tools, Drosophila is ideal for studying not only cellular aspects but also physiological and behavioural traits of human neurodegenerative diseases...
March 2017: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893863/bin1-directly-remodels-actin-dynamics-through-its-bar-domain
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Nina M Dräger, Eliana Nachman, Moritz Winterhoff, Stefan Brühmann, Pranav Shah, Taxiarchis Katsinelos, Steeve Boulant, Aurelio A Teleman, Jan Faix, Thomas R Jahn
Endocytic processes are facilitated by both curvature-generating BAR-domain proteins and the coordinated polymerization of actin filaments. Under physiological conditions, the N-BAR protein Bin1 has been shown to sense and curve membranes in a variety of cellular processes. Recent studies have identified Bin1 as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, although its possible pathological function in neurodegeneration is currently unknown. Here, we report that Bin1 not only shapes membranes, but is also directly involved in actin binding through its BAR domain...
September 11, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892780/natural-diversity-facilitates-the-discovery-of-conserved-chemotherapeutic-response-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Stefan Zdraljevic, Erik C Andersen
Organismal fitness depends on adaptation to complex niches where chemical compounds and pathogens are omnipresent. These stresses can lead to the fixation of alleles in both xenobiotic responses and proliferative signaling pathways that promote survival in these niches. However, both xenobiotic responses and proliferative pathways vary within and among species. For example, genetic differences can accumulate within populations because xenobiotic exposures are not constant and selection is variable. Additionally, neutral genetic variation can accumulate in conserved proliferative pathway genes because these systems are robust to genetic perturbations given their essential roles in normal cell-fate specification...
September 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884217/critical-genomic-regulation-mediated-by-enhancer-of-polycomb
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REVIEW
Naomi E Searle, Lorraine Pillus
Enhancer of Polycomb (EPC) was first identified for its contributions to development in Drosophila and was soon-thereafter purified as a subunit of the NuA4/TIP60 acetyltransferase complex. Since then, EPC has often been left in the shadows as an essential, yet non-catalytic subunit of NuA4/TIP60; however, its deep conservation and disease association make clear that it warrants additional attention. In fact, recent studies in yeast demonstrated that its Enhancer of Polycomb, Epl1, was just as important for gene expression and acetylation as is the catalytic subunit of NuA4...
September 7, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883096/cog7-deficiency-in-drosophila-generates-multifaceted-developmental-behavioral-and-protein-glycosylation-phenotypes
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Anna Frappaolo, Stefano Sechi, Tadahiro Kumagai, Sarah Robinson, Roberta Fraschini, Angela Karimpour Ghahnavieh, Giorgio Belloni, Roberto Piergentili, Katherine H Tiemeyer, Michael Tiemeyer, Maria Grazia Giansanti
Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) comprise a family of human multi-systemic diseases caused by recessive mutations in genes required for protein N-glycosylation. More than 100 distinct forms of CDGs have been identified and most of them cause severe neurological impairment. The Conserved Oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex mediates tethering of vesicles carrying glycosylation enzymes across the Golgi cisternae. Mutations affecting human COG1, COG2, COG4-COG8 cause monogenic forms of inherited, autosomal recessive, CDGs...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882306/the-drosophila-model-system-to-study-tau-action
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Megan B Trotter, Tyler D Stephens, James P McGrath, Michelle L Steinhilb
The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is a powerful model system for applying molecular, cellular, and genetic approaches to understanding human tauopathies, including Alzheimer's disease. Here, we provide an introduction to using Drosophila as a tauopathy model system and describe several protocols that we use to analyze human tau protein expressed in flies. Methods to detect tau expression include light and scanning electron microscopy in the fly eye, confocal microscopy of primary neuronal cultures, and preparation of tissue homogenates for separation by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with analysis by Western blotting...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882225/animal-models-to-study-microrna-function
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Arpita S Pal, Andrea L Kasinski
The discovery of the microRNAs, lin-4 and let-7 as critical mediators of normal development in Caenorhabditis elegans and their conservation throughout evolution has spearheaded research toward identifying novel roles of microRNAs in other cellular processes. To accurately elucidate these fundamental functions, especially in the context of an intact organism, various microRNA transgenic models have been generated and evaluated. Transgenic C. elegans (worms), Drosophila melanogaster (flies), Danio rerio (zebrafish), and Mus musculus (mouse) have contributed immensely toward uncovering the roles of multiple microRNAs in cellular processes such as proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis, pathways that are severely altered in human diseases such as cancer...
2017: Advances in Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871787/nmr-spectroscopy-based-metabolomics-of-drosophila-model-of-huntington-s-disease-suggests-altered-cell-energetics
#16
Virender Singh, Raj Kumar Sharma, Thamarailingam Athilingam, Pradip Sinha, Neeraj Sinha, Ashwani Kumar Thakur
Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disorder induced by aggregation of the pathological form of Huntingtin protein that has expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) repeats. In the Drosophila model, for instance, expression of transgenes with polyQ repeats induce HD-like pathologies progressively correlating with the increasing lengths of these repeats. Previous studies on both animal models and clinical samples have revealed metabolite imbalances during HD progression. To further explore the physiological processes linked to metabolite imbalances during HD, we have investigated 1D (1)H NMR spectroscopy-based metabolomics profile of Drosophila HD model...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863169/effects-of-small-molecule-amyloid-modulators-on-a-drosophila-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Małgorzata Pokrzywa, Katarzyna Pawełek, Weronika Elżbieta Kucia, Szymon Sarbak, Erik Chorell, Fredrik Almqvist, Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede
Alpha-synuclein (aS) amyloid formation is involved in Parkinson's disease (PD); therefore, small molecules that target aS and affect its aggregation are of interest as future drug candidates. We recently reported modified ring-fused 2-pyridones that modulate aS amyloid formation in vitro. Here, we describe the effects of such molecules on behavioral parameters of a Drosophila model of PD (i.e., flies expressing human aS), using a new approach (implemented in a commercially available FlyTracker system) to quantify fly mobility...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859623/ancient-human-mirnas-are-more-likely-to-have-broad-functions-and-disease-associations-than-young-mirnas
#18
Vir D Patel, John A Capra
BACKGROUND: microRNAs (miRNAs) are essential to the regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes, and improper expression of miRNAs contributes to hundreds of diseases. Despite the essential functions of miRNAs, the evolutionary dynamics of how they are integrated into existing gene regulatory and functional networks is not well understood. Knowledge of the origin and evolutionary history a gene has proven informative about its functions and disease associations; we hypothesize that incorporating the evolutionary origins of miRNAs into analyses will help resolve differences in their functional dynamics and how they influence disease...
August 31, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856763/the-fly-eye-through-the-looking-glass
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REVIEW
Justin P Kumar
The developing eye-antennal disc of Drosophila melanogaster has been studied for more than a century and it has been used as a model system to study diverse processes such as tissue specification, organ growth, programmed cell death, compartment boundaries, pattern formation, cell fate specification, and planar cell polarity. The findings that have come out of these studies have informed our understanding of basic developmental processes as well as human disease. For example, the isolation of a white-eyed fly ultimately led to a greater appreciation of the role that sex chromosomes play in development, sex determination, and sex linked genetic disorders...
August 30, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855971/the-effect-of-nipped-b-like-nipbl-haploinsufficiency-on-genome-wide-cohesin-binding-and-target-gene-expression-modeling-cornelia-de-lange-syndrome
#20
Daniel A Newkirk, Yen-Yun Chen, Richard Chien, Weihua Zeng, Jacob Biesinger, Ebony Flowers, Shimako Kawauchi, Rosaysela Santos, Anne L Calof, Arthur D Lander, Xiaohui Xie, Kyoko Yokomori
BACKGROUND: Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is a multisystem developmental disorder frequently associated with heterozygous loss-of-function mutations of Nipped-B-like (NIPBL), the human homolog of Drosophila Nipped-B. NIPBL loads cohesin onto chromatin. Cohesin mediates sister chromatid cohesion important for mitosis but is also increasingly recognized as a regulator of gene expression. In CdLS patient cells and animal models, expression changes of multiple genes with little or no sister chromatid cohesion defect suggests that disruption of gene regulation underlies this disorder...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
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