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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350802/cellular-reprogramming-a-new-way-to-understand-aging-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Burcu Yener Ilce, Umut Cagin, Acelya Yilmazer
Increased life expectancy, due to the rise in life quality and the decline in mortality rates, is leading to a society in which the population aged 60 and over is growing more rapidly than the entire population. Although various models and model organisms have been employed to investigate the mechanism of aging, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are useful candidates to study human aging and age-related human diseases. This work discusses how iPSCs can be used as an alternative to the model organisms such as yeast, Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila melanogaster, or the mouse...
January 19, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346549/transcriptome-and-functional-analysis-in-a-drosophila-model-of-ngly1-deficiency-provides-insight-into-therapeutic-approaches
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Katie G Owings, Joshua B Lowry, Yiling Bi, Matthew Might, Clement Y Chow
Autosomal recessive loss-of-function mutations in N-Glycanase 1 (NGLY1) cause NGLY1 deficiency, the only known human disease of deglycosylation. Patients present with developmental delay, movement disorder, seizures, liver dysfunction, and alacrima. NGLY1 is a conserved cytoplasmic component of the Endoplasmic Reticulum Associated Degradation (ERAD) pathway. ERAD clears misfolded proteins from the ER lumen. However, it is unclear how loss of NGLY1 function impacts ERAD and other cellular processes and results in the constellation of problems associated with NGLY1 deficiency...
January 15, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344415/rhizoma-coptidis-and-berberine-as-a-natural-drug-to-combat-aging-and-aging-related-diseases-via-anti-oxidation-and-ampk-activation
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REVIEW
Zhifang Xu, Wei Feng, Qian Shen, Nannan Yu, Kun Yu, Shenjun Wang, Zhigang Chen, Seiji Shioda, Yi Guo
Aging is the greatest risk factor for human diseases, as it results in cellular growth arrest, impaired tissue function and metabolism, ultimately impacting life span. Two different mechanisms are thought to be primary causes of aging. One is cumulative DNA damage induced by a perpetuating cycle of oxidative stress; the other is nutrient-sensing adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and rapamycin (mTOR)/ ribosomal protein S6 (rpS6) pathways. As the main bioactive component of natural Chinese medicine rhizoma coptidis (RC), berberine has recently been reported to expand life span in Drosophila melanogaster, and attenuate premature cellular senescence...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329646/effects-of-gardenia-jasminoides-extracts-on-cognition-and-innate-immune-response-in-an-adult-drosophila-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Wei-Wei Ma, Ye Tao, Yan-Ying Wang, I-Feng Peng
Herbal extracts have been extensively used worldwide for their application on memory improvement, especially among aged and memory-deficit populations. In the present study, the memory loss induced by human Abeta protein over-expression in fruitfly Alzheimer's disease (AD) model was rescued by multiple extracts from Gardenia jasminoides. Three extracts that rich with gardenia yellow, geniposide, and gardenoside components showed distinct rescue effect on memory loss. Further investigation on adding gardenoside into a formula of Ganoderma lucidum, Panax notoginseng and Panax ginseng (GPP) also support its therapeutic effects on memory improvement...
December 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325071/viral-suppressors-of-rnai-employ-a-rapid-screening-mode-to-discriminate-viral-rna-from-cellular-small-rna
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Mohamed Fareh, Jasper van Lopik, Iason Katechis, Alfred W Bronkhorst, Anna C Haagsma, Ronald P van Rij, Chirlmin Joo
RNA interference (RNAi) is an indispensable mechanism for antiviral defense in insects, including mosquitoes that transmit human diseases. To escape this antiviral defense system, viruses encode suppressors of RNAi that prevent elimination of viral RNAs, and thus ensure efficient virus accumulation. Although the first animal Viral Suppressor of RNAi (VSR) was identified more than a decade ago, the molecular basis of RNAi suppression by these viral proteins remains unclear. Here, we developed a single-molecule fluorescence assay to investigate how VSRs inhibit the recognition of viral RNAs by Dcr-2, a key endoribonuclease enzyme in the RNAi pathway...
January 9, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316506/expansion-microscopy-development-and-neuroscience-applications
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REVIEW
Emmanouil D Karagiannis, Edward S Boyden
Many neuroscience questions center around understanding how the molecules and wiring in neural circuits mechanistically yield behavioral functions, or go awry in disease states. However, mapping the molecules and wiring of neurons across the large scales of neural circuits has posed a great challenge. We recently developed expansion microscopy (ExM), a process in which we physically magnify biological specimens such as brain circuits. We synthesize throughout preserved brain specimens a dense, even mesh of a swellable polymer such as sodium polyacrylate, anchoring key biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids to the polymer...
January 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305299/identification-of-oaf-and-pvrl1-as-candidate-genes-for-an-ocular-anomaly-characterized-by-keratolenticular-dysgenesis-and-ectopia-lentis
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Dezső David, Deepti Anand, Carlos Araújo, Brian Gloss, Joana Fino, Marcel Dinger, Päivi Lindahl, Minna Pöyhönen, Laivuori Hannele, João Lavinha
Keratolenticular dysgenesis (KLD) and ectopia lentis are congenital eye defects. The aim of this study is the identification of molecular genetic alterations responsible for those ocular anomalies with neurologic impairment in an individual with a de novo balanced chromosome translocation t(11;18)(q23.3;q11.2)dn. Disruption of OAF, the human orthologue of the Drosophila oaf, by the 11q23.3 breakpoint results in reduced expression of this transcriptional regulator. Furthermore, four most likely nonfunctional chimeric transcripts comprising up to OAF exon 3, derived from the der(11) allele, have also been identified...
January 2, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304113/discovery-of-indolylpiperazinylpyrimidines-with-dual-target-profiles-at-adenosine-a2a-and-dopamine-d2-receptors-for-parkinson-s-disease-treatment
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Yi-Ming Shao, Xiaohua Ma, Priyankar Paira, Aaron Tan, Deron Raymond Herr, Kah Leong Lim, Chee Hoe Ng, Gopalakrishnan Venkatesan, Karl-Norbert Klotz, Stephanie Federico, Giampiero Spalluto, Siew Lee Cheong, Yu Zong Chen, Giorgia Pastorin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra of the human brain, leading to depletion of dopamine production. Dopamine replacement therapy remains the mainstay for attenuation of PD symptoms. Nonetheless, the potential benefit of current pharmacotherapies is mostly limited by adverse side effects, such as drug-induced dyskinesia, motor fluctuations and psychosis. Non-dopaminergic receptors, such as human A2A adenosine receptors, have emerged as important therapeutic targets in potentiating therapeutic effects and reducing the unwanted side effects...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300972/a-recurrent-de-novo-missense-mutation-in-ubtf-causes-developmental-neuroregression
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Camilo Toro, Roderick T Hori, May Christine V Malicdan, Cynthia J Tifft, Amy Goldstein, William A Gahl, David R Adams, Fauni Harper, Lynne A Wolfe, Jianfeng Xiao, Mohammad M Khan, Jun Tian, Kevin A Hope, Lawrence T Reiter, Michel G Tremblay, Thomas Moss, Alexis L Franks, Chris Balak, Mark S LeDoux
UBTF (upstream binding transcription factor) exists as two isoforms; UBTF1 regulates rRNA transcription by RNA polymerase 1, whereas UBTF2 regulates mRNA transcription by RNA polymerase 2. Herein, we describe 4 patients with very similar patterns of neuroregression due to recurrent de novo mutations in UBTF (GRCh37/hg19, NC_000017.10:g.42290219C>T, NM_014233.3:c.628G>A) resulting in the same amino acid change in both UBTF1 and UBTF2 (p.Glu210Lys [p.E210K]). Disease onset in our cohort was at 2.5 to 3 yrs and characterized by slow progression of global motor, cognitive and behavioral dysfunction...
January 2, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281970/transcriptional-effects-of-a-positive-feedback-circuit-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Jarosław Bryk, R Guy Reeves, Floyd A Reed, Jai A Denton
BACKGROUND: Synthetic systems that use positive feedback have been developed to control human disease vectors and crop pests. The tTAV system, which has been deployed in several insect species, relies on a positive feedback circuit that can be inhibited via dietary tetracycline. Although insects carrying tTAV fail to survive until adulthood in the absence of tetracycline, the exact reason for its lethality, as well as the transcriptomic effects of an active positive feedback circuit, remain unknown...
December 28, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277877/comparative-genomics-in-drosophila
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Martin Oti, Attilio Pane, Michael Sammeth
Since the pioneering studies of Thomas Hunt Morgan and coworkers at the dawn of the twentieth century, Drosophila melanogaster and its sister species have tremendously contributed to unveil the rules underlying animal genetics, development, behavior, evolution, and human disease. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies launched Drosophila into the post-genomic era and paved the way for unprecedented comparative genomics investigations. The complete sequencing and systematic comparison of the genomes from 12 Drosophila species represents a milestone achievement in modern biology, which allowed a plethora of different studies ranging from the annotation of known and novel genomic features to the evolution of chromosomes and, ultimately, of entire genomes...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276722/validating-candidate-congenital-heart-disease-genes-in-drosophila
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Jun-Yi Zhu, Yulong Fu, Adam Richman, Zhe Han
Genomic sequencing efforts can implicate large numbers of genes and de novo mutations as potential disease risk factors. A high throughput in vivo model system to validate candidate gene association with pathology is therefore useful. We present such a system employing Drosophila to validate candidate congenital heart disease (CHD) genes. The protocols exploit comprehensive libraries of UAS-GeneX-RNAi fly strains that when crossed into a 4×Hand-Gal4 genetic background afford highly efficient cardiac-specific knockdown of endogenous fly orthologs of human genes...
June 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260004/comparative-genomics-identifies-male-accessory-gland-proteins-in-five-glossina-species
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Muna F Abry, Kelvin M Kimenyi, Daniel Masiga, Benard W Kulohoma
Accessory gland proteins (ACPs) are important reproductive proteins produced by the male accessory glands (MAGs) of most insect species. These proteins are essential for male insect fertility, and are transferred alongside semen to females during copulation. ACPs are poorly characterized in Glossina species (tsetse fly), the principal vector of the parasite that causes life-threatening Human African Trypanosomiasis and Animal trypanosomiasis in endemic regions in Africa. The tsetse fly has a peculiar reproductive cycle because of the absence of oviposition...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249285/%C3%AE-synuclein-induces-mitochondrial-dysfunction-through-spectrin-and-the-actin-cytoskeleton
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Dalila G Ordonez, Michael K Lee, Mel B Feany
Genetics and neuropathology strongly link α-synuclein aggregation and neurotoxicity to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease and related α-synucleinopathies. Here we describe a new Drosophila model of α-synucleinopathy based on widespread expression of wild-type human α-synuclein, which shows robust neurodegeneration, early-onset locomotor deficits, and abundant α-synuclein aggregation. We use results of forward genetic screening and genetic analysis in our new model to demonstrate that α-synuclein expression promotes reorganization of the actin filament network and consequent mitochondrial dysfunction through altered Drp1 localization...
December 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245900/gulp1-ced-6-ameliorates-amyloid-%C3%AE-toxicity-in-a-drosophila-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Wai Yin Vivien Chiu, Alex Chun Koon, Jacky Chi Ki Ngo, Ho Yin Edwin Chan, Kwok-Fai Lau
Amyloidogenic processing of APP by β- and γ-secretases leads to the generation of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ), and the accumulation of Aβ in senile plaques is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Understanding the mechanisms of APP processing is therefore paramount. Increasing evidence suggests that APP intracellular domain (AICD) interacting proteins influence APP processing. In this study, we characterized the overexpression of AICD interactor GULP1 in a Drosophila AD model expressing human BACE and APP695...
November 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242366/the-landscape-of-human-mutually-exclusive-splicing
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Klas Hatje, Raza-Ur Rahman, Ramon O Vidal, Dominic Simm, Björn Hammesfahr, Vikas Bansal, Ashish Rajput, Michel Edwar Mickael, Ting Sun, Stefan Bonn, Martin Kollmar
Mutually exclusive splicing of exons is a mechanism of functional gene and protein diversification with pivotal roles in organismal development and diseases such as Timothy syndrome, cardiomyopathy and cancer in humans. In order to obtain a first genomewide estimate of the extent and biological role of mutually exclusive splicing in humans, we predicted and subsequently validated mutually exclusive exons (MXEs) using 515 publically available RNA-Seq datasets. Here, we provide evidence for the expression of over 855 MXEs, 42% of which represent novel exons, increasing the annotated human mutually exclusive exome more than fivefold...
December 14, 2017: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237767/a-new-method-to-characterize-function-of-the-drosophila-heart-by-means-of-optical-flow
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Hauke Mönck, David Toppe, Eva Michael, Stephan Sigrist, Vincent Richter, Diana Hilpert, Davide Raccuglia, Marina Efetova, Martin Schwärzel
The minuteness of Drosophila poses a challenge to quantify performance of its tubular heart and computer-aided analysis of its beating heart has evolved as a resilient compromise between instrumental costs and data robustness. Here, we introduce an optical flow algorithm (OFA) that continuously registers coherent movement within videos of the beating Drosophila heart and uses this information to subscribe the time course of observation with characteristic phases of cardiac contraction or relaxation. We report that the OFA combines high discriminatory power with robustness to characterize the performance of the Drosophila tubular heart using indicators from human cardiology...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236963/stearic-acid-supplementation-in-high-protein-to-carbohydrate-p-c-ratio-diet-improves-physiological-and-mitochondrial-functions-of-drosophila-melanogaster-parkin-null-mutants
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Rijan Bajracharya, S Bustamante, J William O Ballard
Optimizing dietary macronutrients benefits the prevention and management of many human diseases but there is conflicting dietary advice for Parkinson's disease (PD), and no single strategy is universally recommended. Recently, it was shown that dietary stearic acid (C18:0) improves survival and mitochondrial functions in the parkin null Drosophila model of PD. Here we incorporate stearic acid into high protein and high carbohydrate diets and study survival, climbing ability, mitochondrial membrane potential, respiration, basal reactive oxygen species and conduct lipidomics assays...
December 11, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230001/diacylglycerol-triggers-rim101-pathway-dependent-necrosis-in-yeast-a-model-for-lipotoxicity
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Patrick Rockenfeller, Martin Smolnig, Jutta Diessl, Mina Bashir, Vera Schmiedhofer, Oskar Knittelfelder, Julia Ring, Joakim Franz, Ines Foessl, Muhammad J Khan, René Rost, Wolfgang F Graier, Guido Kroemer, Andreas Zimmermann, Didac Carmona-Gutierrez, Tobias Eisenberg, Sabrina Büttner, Stephan J Sigrist, Ronald P Kühnlein, Sepp D Kohlwein, Campbell W Gourlay, Frank Madeo
The loss of lipid homeostasis can lead to lipid overload and is associated with a variety of disease states. However, little is known as to how the disruption of lipid regulation or lipid overload affects cell survival. In this study we investigated how excess diacylglycerol (DG), a cardinal metabolite suspected to mediate lipotoxicity, compromises the survival of yeast cells. We reveal that increased DG achieved by either genetic manipulation or pharmacological administration of 1,2-dioctanoyl-sn-glycerol (DOG) triggers necrotic cell death...
December 11, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225171/ctbp-represses-dpp-signaling-as-a-dimer
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B I Cai-Li, Fei Meng, Lin Yang, Lin Cheng, Ping Wang, C H E N Meng-Meng, Ming Fang, Hao Xie
C-terminal binding protein (CtBP) is a highly conserved transcriptional co-repressor in animal development and human diseases. In Drosophila, CtBP is critical for fly development and is thought to exert its repressive roles in many signaling pathways including Dpp/BMP pathway. Here we provide evidence that although wild type CtBP negatively and dominantly influences Dpp signaling in fly presumptive wings, mutant CtBP unable to form dimer does not, indicating that dimerization is required for the repression role of CtBP in Dpp signaling in vivo...
December 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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