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The Current Neuroscientific Understanding Of Alzheimer's Disease, Rachel A. Brandes 2020 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Current Neuroscientific Understanding Of Alzheimer's Disease, Rachel A. Brandes

Pursuit - The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological illness characterized by the deterioration of brain regions implicated in memory and cognitive function. While researchers have yet to find a cure or effective treatment, they have gained a better understanding of its pathology and development. Through years of neuroscience research, scientists have discovered much of what happens in the brain during Alzheimer’s disease onset and how this causes its symptoms; many hypotheses regarding this aspect of the illness involve temporal lobe atrophy, neurofibrillary tangles, and amyloid plaques. Although Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people every day, it seems that most ...


A Closer Look At Muscle Breakdown: An Overview Of The Causes, Complications, And Diagnostics Of Rhabdomyolysis, Jamie Holchin 2020 Liberty University

A Closer Look At Muscle Breakdown: An Overview Of The Causes, Complications, And Diagnostics Of Rhabdomyolysis, Jamie Holchin

Senior Honors Theses

Rhabdomyolysis is the rapid breakdown of myocytes in skeletal muscle. This condition can be triggered by a variety of things including crush injury, drugs, prolonged exercise, and venom. Although the causes can vary, the general pathophysiology of rhabdomyolysis is similar. Increased intracellular calcium ion levels instigate the breakdown of cellular and certain organelle membranes of muscle cells. Reactive oxygen species form, ATP is depleted, and the sarcoplasmic reticulum, which regulates muscle contraction, is also damaged. Necrosis ensues, leading to toxic intracellular components spreading throughout the body. Rhabdomyolysis can then lead to several complications including acute renal injury and heart arrhythmias ...


Cryoem Structure Of Ctbp2 Confirms Tetrameric Architecture, Anne M. Jecrois, M. Michael Dcona, Xiaovan Deng, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Steven R. Grossman, Celia A. Schiffer, William E. Royer 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Cryoem Structure Of Ctbp2 Confirms Tetrameric Architecture, Anne M. Jecrois, M. Michael Dcona, Xiaovan Deng, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Steven R. Grossman, Celia A. Schiffer, William E. Royer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

C-terminal binding proteins 1 and 2 (CtBP1 and CtBP2) are transcriptional regulators that activate or repress many genes involved in cellular development, apoptosis and metastasis. CtBP proteins are activated under hypoxic conditions where NAD(H) levels tend to be higher. NADH-dependent activation of CtBP2 has direct implication in multiple types of cancers and poor patient prognosis. Previous studies have proposed dimeric CtBP as the relevant oligomeric state, however our studies with multi-angle light scattering have shown that the primary effect of NADH binding is to promote the assembly of two CtBP dimers into tetramers. Here, we present the cryoEM structures ...


The Effect Of Hypoxia On Brain Cell Proliferation In Weakly Electric Fish, Petrocephalus Degeni, Kaitlin Klovdahl 2020 Trinity College

The Effect Of Hypoxia On Brain Cell Proliferation In Weakly Electric Fish, Petrocephalus Degeni, Kaitlin Klovdahl

Senior Theses and Projects

Oxygen levels tend to remain at a steady state concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere, yet in some bodies of water, they can fluctuate and decrease drastically. Many organisms that inhabit the swamps, lakes, streams, and parts of the ocean where this occurs have evolved adaptations to manage this environmental uncertainty and continue normal oxygen consumption. The Lwamunda swamp in Uganda is chronically hypoxic, yet it is home to many species, including the electric fish Petrocephalus degeni. P. degeni are unusual by nature of their immense brain, and the Lwamunda swamp appears ill-suited for maintaining this large, metabolically active organ ...


Beta-Amyloid Clustering Around Asc Fibrils Boosts Its Toxicity In Microglia, Lea L. Friker, Hannah Scheiblich, Inga V. Hochheiser, Rebecca Brinkschulte, Dietmar Riedel, Eicke Latz, Matthias Geyer, Michael T. Heneka 2020 University of Bonn Medical Center

Beta-Amyloid Clustering Around Asc Fibrils Boosts Its Toxicity In Microglia, Lea L. Friker, Hannah Scheiblich, Inga V. Hochheiser, Rebecca Brinkschulte, Dietmar Riedel, Eicke Latz, Matthias Geyer, Michael T. Heneka

Open Access Articles

Alzheimer's disease is the world's most common neurodegenerative disorder. It is associated with neuroinflammation involving activation of microglia by beta-amyloid (Abeta) deposits. Based on previous studies showing apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD (ASC) binding and cross-seeding extracellular Abeta, we investigate the propagation of ASC between primary microglia and the effects of ASC-Abeta composites on microglial inflammasomes and function. Indeed, ASC released by a pyroptotic cell can be functionally built into the neighboring microglia NOD-like receptor protein (NLRP3) inflammasome. Compared with protein-only application, exposure to ASC-Abeta composites amplifies the proinflammatory response, resulting in pyroptotic cell death, setting free ...


Abrogation Of Esophageal Carcinoma Development In Mir-31 Knockout Rats., Louise Y Fong, Cristian Taccioli, Alexey Palamarchuk, Guidantonio Malagoli Tagliazucchi, Ruiyan Jing, Karl J Smalley, Sili Fan, Joseph Altemus, Oliver Fiehn, Kay Huebner, John L Farber, Carlo M Croce 2020 Thomas Jefferson University

Abrogation Of Esophageal Carcinoma Development In Mir-31 Knockout Rats., Louise Y Fong, Cristian Taccioli, Alexey Palamarchuk, Guidantonio Malagoli Tagliazucchi, Ruiyan Jing, Karl J Smalley, Sili Fan, Joseph Altemus, Oliver Fiehn, Kay Huebner, John L Farber, Carlo M Croce

Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology Faculty Papers

MicroRNA-31 (miR-31) is overexpressed in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), a deadly disease associated with dietary Zn deficiency and inflammation. In a Zn deficiency-promoted rat ESCC model with miR-31 up-regulation, cancer-associated inflammation, and a high ESCC burden following N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine (NMBA) exposure, systemic antimiR-31 delivery reduced ESCC incidence from 85 to 45% (P = 0.038) and miR-31 gene knockout abrogated development of ESCC (P = 1 × 10-6). Transcriptomics, genome sequencing, and metabolomics analyses in these Zn-deficient rats revealed the molecular basis of ESCC abrogation by miR-31 knockout. Our identification of EGLN3, a known negative regulator of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB), as ...


Does Dna Methylation Matter In Fshd, Valentina Salsi, Frederique Magdinier, Rossella Ginevra Tupler 2020 University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Does Dna Methylation Matter In Fshd, Valentina Salsi, Frederique Magdinier, Rossella Ginevra Tupler

Open Access Articles

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) has been associated with the genetic and epigenetic molecular features of the CpG-rich D4Z4 repeat tandem array at 4q35. Reduced DNA methylation of D4Z4 repeats is considered part of the FSHD mechanism and has been proposed as a reliable marker in the FSHD diagnostic procedure. We considered the assessment of D4Z4 DNA methylation status conducted on distinct cohorts using different methodologies. On the basis of the reported results we conclude that the percentage of DNA methylation detected at D4Z4 does not correlate with the disease status. Overall, data suggest that in the case of FSHD1, D4Z4 ...


Cell Cycle-Associated Expression Patterns Predict Gene Function In Mycobacteria, Aditya Bandekar, Sishir Subedi, Thomas Ioerger, Christopher M. Sassetti 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Cell Cycle-Associated Expression Patterns Predict Gene Function In Mycobacteria, Aditya Bandekar, Sishir Subedi, Thomas Ioerger, Christopher M. Sassetti

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

While the major events in prokaryotic cell cycle progression are likely to be coordinated with transcriptional and metabolic changes, these processes remain poorly characterized. Unlike many rapidly-growing bacteria, DNA replication and cell division are temporally-resolved in mycobacteria, making these slow-growing organisms a potentially useful system to investigate the prokaryotic cell cycle. To determine if cell-cycle dependent gene regulation occurs in mycobacteria, we characterized the temporal changes in the transcriptome of synchronously replicating populations of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). By enriching for genes that display a sinusoidal expression pattern, we discover 485 genes that oscillate with a period consistent with the cell ...


Peptidylarginine Deiminase Isozyme-Specific Pad2, Pad3 And Pad4 Inhibitors Differentially Modulate Extracellular Vesicle Signatures And Cell Invasion In Two Glioblastoma Multiforme Cell Lines, Pinar Uysal-Onganer, Amy MacLatchy, Rayan Mahmoud, Igor Kraev, Paul R. Thompson, Jameel M. Inal, Sigrun Lange 2020 University of Westminster

Peptidylarginine Deiminase Isozyme-Specific Pad2, Pad3 And Pad4 Inhibitors Differentially Modulate Extracellular Vesicle Signatures And Cell Invasion In Two Glioblastoma Multiforme Cell Lines, Pinar Uysal-Onganer, Amy Maclatchy, Rayan Mahmoud, Igor Kraev, Paul R. Thompson, Jameel M. Inal, Sigrun Lange

Open Access Articles

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive adult brain tumour with poor prognosis. Roles for peptidylarginine deiminases (PADs) in GBM have recently been highlighted. Here, two GBM cell lines were treated with PAD2, PAD3 and PAD4 isozyme-specific inhibitors. Effects were assessed on extracellular vesicle (EV) signatures, including EV-microRNA cargo (miR21, miR126 and miR210), and on changes in cellular protein expression relevant for mitochondrial housekeeping (prohibitin (PHB)) and cancer progression (stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM-1) and moesin), as well as assessing cell invasion. Overall, GBM cell-line specific differences for the three PAD isozyme-specific inhibitors were observed on modulation of EV-signatures, PHB, STIM-1 ...


Stride-A Fluorescence Method For Direct, Specific In Situ Detection Of Individual Single- Or Double-Strand Dna Breaks In Fixed Cells, Magdalena M. Kordon, Miroslaw Zarebski, Kamil Solarczyk, Hanhui Ma, Thoru Pederson, Jurek W. Dobrucki 2020 Jagiellonian University

Stride-A Fluorescence Method For Direct, Specific In Situ Detection Of Individual Single- Or Double-Strand Dna Breaks In Fixed Cells, Magdalena M. Kordon, Miroslaw Zarebski, Kamil Solarczyk, Hanhui Ma, Thoru Pederson, Jurek W. Dobrucki

Open Access Articles

We here describe a technique termed STRIDE (SensiTive Recognition of Individual DNA Ends), which enables highly sensitive, specific, direct in situ detection of single- or double-strand DNA breaks (sSTRIDE or dSTRIDE), in nuclei of single cells, using fluorescence microscopy. The sensitivity of STRIDE was tested using a specially developed CRISPR/Cas9 DNA damage induction system, capable of inducing small clusters or individual single- or double-strand breaks. STRIDE exhibits significantly higher sensitivity and specificity of detection of DNA breaks than the commonly used terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick-end labeling assay or methods based on monitoring of recruitment of repair proteins or ...


Ncapg Dynamically Coordinates The Myogenesis Of Fetal Bovine Tissue By Adjusting Chromatin Accessibility, Xin Hu, Yishen Xing, Xing Fu, Qiyuan Yang, Ling Ren, Yahui Wang, Qian Li, Junya Li, Lupei Zhang 2020 University of Liège

Ncapg Dynamically Coordinates The Myogenesis Of Fetal Bovine Tissue By Adjusting Chromatin Accessibility, Xin Hu, Yishen Xing, Xing Fu, Qiyuan Yang, Ling Ren, Yahui Wang, Qian Li, Junya Li, Lupei Zhang

Open Access Articles

NCAPG is a subunit of condensin I that plays a crucial role in chromatin condensation during mitosis. NCAPG has been demonstrated to be associated with farm animal growth traits. However, its role in regulating myoblast differentiation is still unclear. We used myoblasts derived from fetal bovine tissue as an in vitro model and found that NCAPG was expressed during myogenic differentiation in the cytoplasm and nucleus. Silencing NCAPG prolonged the mitosis and impaired the differentiation due to increased myoblast apoptosis. After 1.5 days of differentiation, silencing NCAPG enhanced muscle-specific gene expression. An assay for transposase-accessible chromatin- high throughput sequencing ...


Ck2-Dependent Phosphorylation Of The Brg1 Chromatin Remodeling Enzyme Occurs During Mitosis, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Dominic T. Haokip, Yeonsoo Yoon, Pablo Reyes-Gutierrez, Jaime A. Rivera, Anthony N. Imbalzano 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Ck2-Dependent Phosphorylation Of The Brg1 Chromatin Remodeling Enzyme Occurs During Mitosis, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Dominic T. Haokip, Yeonsoo Yoon, Pablo Reyes-Gutierrez, Jaime A. Rivera, Anthony N. Imbalzano

Open Access Articles

Brg1 (Brahma-related gene 1) is one of two mutually exclusive ATPases that can act as the catalytic subunit of mammalian SWI/SNF (mSWI/SfigureNF) chromatin remodeling enzymes that facilitate utilization of the DNA in eukaryotic cells. Brg1 is a phospho-protein, and its activity is regulated by specific kinases and phosphatases. Previously, we showed that Brg1 interacts with and is phosphorylated by casein kinase 2 (CK2) in a manner that regulates myoblast proliferation. Here, we use biochemical and cell and molecular biology approaches to demonstrate that the Brg1-CK2 interaction occurred during mitosis in embryonic mouse somites and in primary myoblasts derived ...


An Atlas Of Cell Types In The Mammalian Epididymis And Vas Deferens, Vera D. Rinaldi, Elisa Donnard, Kyle Gellatly, Morten Rasmussen, Alper Kucukural, Onur Yukselen, Manuel Garber, Upasna Sharma, Oliver J. Rando 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

An Atlas Of Cell Types In The Mammalian Epididymis And Vas Deferens, Vera D. Rinaldi, Elisa Donnard, Kyle Gellatly, Morten Rasmussen, Alper Kucukural, Onur Yukselen, Manuel Garber, Upasna Sharma, Oliver J. Rando

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Following spermatogenesis in the testis, mammalian sperm continue to mature over the course of approximately 10 days as they transit a long epithelial tube known as the epididymis. The epididymis is comprised of multiple segments/compartments that, in addition to concentrating sperm and preventing their premature activation, play key roles in remodeling the protein, lipid, and RNA composition of maturing sperm. In order to understand the complex roles for the epididymis in reproductive biology, we generated a single cell atlas of gene expression from the murine epididymis and vas deferens. We recovered all the key cell types of the epididymal ...


Regulation Of Zebrafish Melanocyte Development By Ligand-Dependent Bmp Signaling, Alec Gramann, Arvind M. Venkatesan, Melissa Guerin, Craig J. Ceol 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Regulation Of Zebrafish Melanocyte Development By Ligand-Dependent Bmp Signaling, Alec Gramann, Arvind M. Venkatesan, Melissa Guerin, Craig J. Ceol

Open Access Articles

Preventing terminal differentiation is important in the development and progression of many cancers including melanoma. Recent identification of the BMP ligand GDF6 as a novel melanoma oncogene showed GDF6-activated BMP signaling suppresses differentiation of melanoma cells. Previous studies have identified roles for GDF6 orthologs during early embryonic and neural crest development, but have not identified direct regulation of melanocyte development by GDF6. Here, we investigate the BMP ligand gdf6a, a zebrafish ortholog of human GDF6, during the development of melanocytes from the neural crest. We establish that the loss of gdf6a or inhibition of BMP signaling during neural crest development ...


#2 - Atad3a As A Novel Mitochondrial Oncogene In Head And Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Caleb Jensen 2019 Augusta University

#2 - Atad3a As A Novel Mitochondrial Oncogene In Head And Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Caleb Jensen

Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC)

For patients with head and neck cancer whose tumors are HPV negative HPV(-), current therapy does not lead to significant longevity and most succumb to loco-regional recurrence of the primary tumor. We discovered that HPV(-) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) highly expressed ATPase family AAA-domain containing protein 3A (ATAD3A). ATAD3A is the mitochondrial protein, which has been demonstrated as an oncogene in breast and lung cancer. However, nothing has been reported regarding its role in HNSCC. Using the HPV(-) HNSCC cell line HN12 as a cell model, we show here that knockout of ATAD3A expression by CRISPR-CAS9 in ...


Bta-Mir-24-3p Controls The Myogenic Differentiation And Proliferation Of Fetal, Bovine, Skeletal Muscle-Derived Progenitor Cells By Targeting Acvr1b, Xin Hu, Yishen Xing, Ling Ren, Yahui Wang, Qian Li, Xing Fu, Qiyuan Yang, Lingyang Xu, Luc Willems, Junya Li, Lupei Zhang 2019 University of Liège

Bta-Mir-24-3p Controls The Myogenic Differentiation And Proliferation Of Fetal, Bovine, Skeletal Muscle-Derived Progenitor Cells By Targeting Acvr1b, Xin Hu, Yishen Xing, Ling Ren, Yahui Wang, Qian Li, Xing Fu, Qiyuan Yang, Lingyang Xu, Luc Willems, Junya Li, Lupei Zhang

Open Access Articles

MicroRNAs modulate a variety of cellular events, including skeletal muscle development, but the molecular basis of their functions in fetal bovine skeletal muscle development is poorly understood. In this study, we report that bta-miR-24-3p promotes the myogenic differentiation of fetal bovine PDGFRalpha(-) progenitor cells. The expression of bta-miR-24-3p increased during myogenic differentiation. Overexpression of bta-miR-24-3p significantly promoted myogenic differentiation, but inhibited proliferation. A dual-luciferase assay identified ACVR1B as a direct target of bta-miR-24-3p. Similarly, knocking down ACVR1B by RNA interference also significantly inhibited proliferation and promoted the differentiation of bovine PDGFRalpha(-) progenitor cells. Thus, our study provides a mechanism in ...


Control Of Cellular Responses To Mechanical Cues Through Yap/Taz Regulation, Ishani Dasgupta, Dannel McCollum 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Control Of Cellular Responses To Mechanical Cues Through Yap/Taz Regulation, Ishani Dasgupta, Dannel Mccollum

Open Access Articles

To perceive their three-dimensional environment, cells and tissues must be able to sense and interpret various physical forces like shear, tensile, and compression stress. These forces can be generated both internally and externally in response to physical properties, like substrate stiffness, cell contractility, and forces generated by adjacent cells. Mechanical cues have important roles in cell fate decisions regarding proliferation, survival, differentiation as well as the processes of tissue regeneration and wound repair (1). Aberrant remodeling of the extracellular space and/or defects in properly responding to mechanical cues likely contributes to various disease states such as fibrosis, muscle diseases ...


Leptin Induces Cell Migration And Invasion In A Fak-Src- Dependent Manner In Breast Cancer Cells, Juan Carlos Juarez-Cruz, Miriam Daniela. Zuniga-Eulogio, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Eduardo Castaneda-Saucedo, Miguel Angel. Mendoza-Catalan, Carlos Ortuno-Pineda, Ma Elena. Moreno-Godinez, Socrates Villegas-Comonfort, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito 2019 Autonomous University of Guerrero

Leptin Induces Cell Migration And Invasion In A Fak-Src- Dependent Manner In Breast Cancer Cells, Juan Carlos Juarez-Cruz, Miriam Daniela. Zuniga-Eulogio, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Eduardo Castaneda-Saucedo, Miguel Angel. Mendoza-Catalan, Carlos Ortuno-Pineda, Ma Elena. Moreno-Godinez, Socrates Villegas-Comonfort, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito

Open Access Articles

Breast cancer is the most common invasive neoplasia, and the second leading cause of the cancer deaths in women worldwide. Mammary tumorigenesis is severely linked to obesity, one potential connection is leptin. Leptin is a hormone secreted by adipocytes, which contributes to the progression of breast cancer. Cell migration, metalloproteases secretion, and invasion are cellular processes associated with various stages of metastasis. These processes are regulated by the kinases FAK and Src. In this study, we utilized the breast cancer cell lines MCF7 and MDA-MB-231 to determine the effect of leptin on FAK and Src kinases activation, cell migration, metalloprotease ...


Leptin Promotes Expression Of Emt-Related Transcription Factors And Invasion In A Src And Fak-Dependent Pathway In Mcf10a Mammary Epithelial Cells, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Miriam Zuniga-Eulogio, Arvey Tacuba-Saavedra, Magdalena Bueno-Salgado, Andrea Sanchez-Carvajal, Yovani Vargas-Santiago, Miguel A. Mendoza-Catalan, Eduardo Perez Salazar, Alejandra Garcia-Hernandez, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito 2019 Autonomous University of Guerrero

Leptin Promotes Expression Of Emt-Related Transcription Factors And Invasion In A Src And Fak-Dependent Pathway In Mcf10a Mammary Epithelial Cells, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Miriam Zuniga-Eulogio, Arvey Tacuba-Saavedra, Magdalena Bueno-Salgado, Andrea Sanchez-Carvajal, Yovani Vargas-Santiago, Miguel A. Mendoza-Catalan, Eduardo Perez Salazar, Alejandra Garcia-Hernandez, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito

Open Access Articles

Leptin is one of the main adipokines secreted in breast tissue. Leptin promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), cell migration and invasion in epithelial breast cells, leading to tumor progression. Although, the molecular mechanisms that underlie these events are not fully understood, the activation of different signaling pathways appears to be essential. In this sense, the effects of leptin on the activation of kinases like Src and FAK, which regulate signaling pathways that activate the EMT program, are not completely described. Therefore, we investigated the involvement of these kinases using an in vitro model for leptin-induced EMT process in the non-tumorigenic MCF10A ...


Extensive Ribosome And Rf2 Rearrangements During Translation Termination, Egor Svidritskiy, Gabriel Demo, Anna B. Loveland, Chen Xu, Andrei A. Korostelev 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Extensive Ribosome And Rf2 Rearrangements During Translation Termination, Egor Svidritskiy, Gabriel Demo, Anna B. Loveland, Chen Xu, Andrei A. Korostelev

Open Access Articles

Protein synthesis ends when a ribosome reaches an mRNA stop codon. Release factors (RFs) decode the stop codon, hydrolyze peptidyl-tRNA to release the nascent protein, and then dissociate to allow ribosome recycling. To visualize termination by RF2, we resolved a cryo-EM ensemble of E. coli 70S*RF2 structures at up to 3.3 A in a single sample. Five structures suggest a highly dynamic termination pathway. Upon peptidyl-tRNA hydrolysis, the CCA end of deacyl-tRNA departs from the peptidyl transferase center. The catalytic GGQ loop of RF2 is rearranged into a long beta-hairpin that plugs the peptide tunnel, biasing a nascent ...


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