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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215941/intron-specific-patterns-of-divergence-of-lin-11-regulatory-function-in-the-c-elegans-nervous-system
#1
Siavash Amon, Bhagwati P Gupta
The diversity of neurons in the nervous system is specified by many genes, including those that encode transcription factors (TFs) and play crucial roles in coordinating gene transcription. To understand how the spatiotemporal expression of TF genes is regulated to generate neuronal diversity, we used one member of the LIM-Hox family, lin-11, as a model that is necessary for the differentiation of amphid neurons in the nematode C. elegans and a related species C. briggsae. We characterized transcriptional regulation of lin-11 and uncovered regulatory roles of two of the largest introns, intron 3 and intron 7...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215940/elf5-is-a-principal-cell-lineage-specific-transcription-factor-in-the-kidney-that-contributes-to-aqp2-and-avpr2-gene-expression
#2
Justin Grassmeyer, Malini Mukherjee, Jennifer deRiso, Casey Hettinger, Monica Bailey, Satrajit Sinha, Jane E Visvader, Haotian Zhao, Eric Fogarty, Kameswaran Surendran
The mammalian kidney collecting ducts are critical for water, electrolyte and acid-base homeostasis and develop as a branched network of tubular structures composed of principal cells intermingled with intercalated cells. The intermingled nature of the different collecting duct cell types has made it challenging to identify unique and critical factors that mark and/or regulate the development of the different collecting duct cell lineages. Here we report that the canonical Notch signaling pathway components, RBPJ and Presinilin1 and 2, are involved in patterning the mouse collecting duct cell fates by maintaining a balance between principal cell and intercalated cell fates...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215939/live-imaging-analysis-of-germ-cell-proliferation-in-the-c-elegans-adult-supports-a-stochastic-model-for-stem-cell-proliferation
#3
Simona Rosu, Orna Cohen-Fix
The C. elegans adult hermaphrodite contains a renewable pool of mitotically dividing germ cells that are contained within the progenitor zone (PZ), at the distal region of the germline. From the PZ, cells enter meiosis and differentiate, ensuring the continued production of oocytes. In this study, we investigated the proliferation strategy used to maintain the PZ pool by using a photoconvertible marker to follow the fate of selected germ cells and their descendants in live worms. We found that the most distal pool of 6-8 rows of cells in the PZ (the distal third) behave similarly, with a fold expansion corresponding to one cell division every 6hours on average...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192080/evo-engineering-and-the-cellular-and-molecular-origins-of-the-vertebrate-spinal-cord
#4
REVIEW
Ben Steventon, Alfonso Martinez Arias
The formation of the spinal cord during early embryonic development in vertebrate embryos is a continuous process that begins at gastrulation and continues through to the completion of somitogenesis. Despite the conserved usage of patterning mechanisms and gene regulatory networks that act to generate specific spinal cord progenitors, there now exists two seemingly disparate models to account for their action. In the first, a posteriorly localized signalling source transforms previously anterior-specified neural plate into the spinal cord...
February 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189604/transcriptional-regulation-of-hhex-in-hematopoiesis-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-ontogeny
#5
Rosa Portero Migueles, Louise Shaw, Neil P Rodrigues, Gillian May, Korinna Henseleit, Kathryn G V Anderson, Hakan Goker, C Michael Jones, Marella F T R de Bruijn, Joshua M Brickman, Tariq Enver
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) emerge during development via an endothelial-to-hematopoietic transition from hemogenic endothelium of the dorsal aorta (DA). Using in situ hybridization and analysis of a knock-in RedStar reporter, we show that the transcriptional regulator Hhex is expressed in endothelium of the dorsal aorta (DA) and in clusters of putative HSCs as they are specified during murine development. We exploited this observation, using the Hhex locus to define cis regulatory elements, enhancers and interacting transcription factors that are both necessary and sufficient to support gene expression in the emerging HSC...
February 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185788/echinoderm-development-and-evolution-in-the-post-genomic-era
#6
REVIEW
Gregory A Cary, Veronica F Hinman
The highly recognizable animals within the phylum Echinodermata encompass an enormous disparity of adult and larval body plans. The extensive knowledge of sea urchin development has culminated in the description of the exquisitely detailed gene regulatory network (GRN) that governs the specification of various embryonic territories. This information provides a unique opportunity for comparative studies in other echinoderm taxa to understand the evolution and developmental mechanisms underlying body plan change...
February 6, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179190/species-specific-developmental-timing-is-maintained-by-pluripotent-stem-cells-ex-utero
#7
Christopher Barry, Matthew T Schmitz, Peng Jiang, Michael P Schwartz, Bret M Duffin, Scott Swanson, Rhonda Bacher, Jennifer M Bolin, Angela L Elwell, Brian E McIntosh, Ron Stewart, James A Thomson
How species-specific developmental timing is controlled is largely unknown. By following human embryonic stem (ES) cell and mouse epiblast stem (EpiS) cell differentiation through detailed RNA-sequencing time courses, here we show that pluripotent stem cells closely retain in vivo species-specific developmental timing in vitro. In identical neural differentiation conditions in vitro, gene expression profiles are accelerated in mouse EpiS cells compared to human ES cells with relative rates of differentiation closely reflecting the rates of progression through the Carnegie stages in utero...
February 6, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167205/vascular-budding-in-symplegma-brakenhielmi-and-the-evolution-of-coloniality-in-styelid-ascidians
#8
Stefania Gutierrez, Federico D Brown
Individuals of colonial animals (e.g. zooids) are in continuous turnover. In ascidians colonial or solitary species have evolved by convergence multiple times. Colonial Botryllus and Botrylloides are well-studied genera that exhibit colony-wide developmental mechanisms that regulate synchronous and orchestrated cycles of budding and turnover of zooids. The origins of modular developmental mechanisms that facilitated the evolution of coloniality in this group remain unclear. To reconstruct ancestral states of coloniality we studied Symplegma brakenhielmi, a sister taxon of the botryllids...
February 3, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161524/john-saunders-zpa-sonic-hedgehog-and-digit-identity-how-does-it-really-all-work
#9
REVIEW
Jianjian Zhu, Susan Mackem
Among John Saunders' many seminal contributions to developmental biology, his discovery of the limb 'zone of polarizing activity' (ZPA) is arguably one of the most memorable and ground-breaking. This discovery introduced the limb as a premier model for understanding developmental patterning and promoted the concept of patterning by a morphogen gradient. In the 50 years since the discovery of the ZPA, Sonic hedgehog (Shh) has been identified as the ZPA factor and the basic components of the signaling pathway and many aspects of its regulation have been elucidated...
February 2, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161523/myomaker-is-required-for-the-fusion-of-fast-twitch-myocytes-in-the-zebrafish-embryo
#10
Weibin Zhang, Sudipto Roy
During skeletal muscle development, myocytes aggregate and fuse to form multinucleated muscle fibers. Inhibition of myocyte fusion is thought to significantly derail the differentiation of functional muscle fibers. Despite the purported importance of fusion in myogenesis, in vivo studies of this process in vertebrates are rather limited. Myomaker, a multipass transmembrane protein, has been shown to be the first muscle-specific fusion protein essential for myocyte fusion in the mouse. We have generated loss-of-function alleles in zebrafish myomaker, and found that fusion of myocytes into syncytial fast-twitch muscles was significantly compromised...
February 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161522/emouseatlas-an-atlas-based-resource-for-understanding-mammalian-embryogenesis
#11
REVIEW
Chris Armit, Lorna Richardson, Shanmugasundaram Venkataraman, Liz Graham, Nicholas Burton, Bill Hill, Yiya Yang, Richard Baldock
The eMouseAtlas resource is an online database of 3D digital models of mouse development, an ontology of mouse embryo anatomy and a gene-expression database with about 30K spatially mapped gene-expression patterns. It is closely linked with the MGI/GXD database at the Jackson Laboratory and holds links to almost all available image-based gene-expression data for the mouse embryo. In this resource article we describe the novel web-based tools we have developed for 3D visualisation of embryo anatomy and gene expression...
February 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161521/germ-cell-regeneration-mediated-enhanced-mutagenesis-in-the-ascidian-ciona-intestinalis-reveals-flexible-germ-cell-formation-from-different-somatic-cells
#12
Keita Yoshida, Akiko Hozumi, Nicholas Treen, Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto, Maki Shirae-Kurabayashi, Yasunori Sasakura
The ascidian Ciona intestinalis has a high regeneration capacity that enables the regeneration of artificially removed primordial germ cells (PGCs) from somatic cells. We utilized PGC regeneration to establish efficient methods of germ line mutagenesis with transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs). When PGCs were artificially removed from animals in which a TALEN pair was expressed, somatic cells harboring mutations in the target gene were converted into germ cells, this germ cell population exhibited higher mutation rates than animals not subjected to PGC removal...
February 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159525/celsr1-coordinates-the-planar-polarity-of-vestibular-hair-cells-during-inner-ear-development
#13
Jeremy S Duncan, Michelle L Stoller, Andrew F Francl, Fadel Tissir, Danelle Devenport, Michael R Deans
Vestibular hair cells of the inner ear are specialized receptors that detect mechanical stimuli from gravity and motion via the deflection of a polarized bundle of stereocilia located on their apical cell surfaces. The orientation of stereociliary bundles is coordinated between neighboring cells by core PCP proteins including the large adhesive G-protein coupled receptor Celsr1. We show that mice lacking Celsr1 have vestibular behavioral phenotypes including circling. In addition, we show that Celsr1 is asymmetrically distributed at cell boundaries between hair cells and neighboring supporting cells in the developing vestibular and auditory sensory epithelia...
February 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153546/differential-wnt-signaling-activity-limits-epithelial-gland-development-to-the-anti-mesometrial-side-of-the-mouse-uterus
#14
Jyoti Goad, Yi-An Ko, Manish Kumar, Shafiq M Syed, Pradeep S Tanwar
In mice, implantation always occurs towards the antimesometrial side of the uterus, while the placenta develops at the mesometrial side. What determines this particular orientation of the implanting blastocyst remains unclear. Uterine glands are critical for implantation and pregnancy. In this study, we showed that uterine gland development and active Wnt signaling activity is limited to the antimesometrial side of the uterus. Dkk2, a known antagonist of Wnt signaling, is only present at the mesometrial side of the uterus...
January 30, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143705/non-autonomous-role-of-cdc42-in-cell-cell-communication-during-collective-migration
#15
Nathalie Colombié, Valérie Choesmel-Cadamuro, Jennifer Series, Gregory Emery, Xiaobo Wang, Damien Ramel
Collective cell migration is involved in numerous processes both physiological, such as embryonic development, and pathological such as metastasis. Compared to single cell migration, collective motion requires cell behaviour coordination through an as-yet poorly understood but critical cell-cell communication mechanism. Using Drosophila border cell migration, we show here that the small Rho GTPase Cdc42 regulates cell-cell communication. Indeed, we demonstrate that Cdc42 controls protrusion formation in a cell non-autonomous manner...
January 28, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131856/embryology-meets-molecular-biology-deciphering-the-apical-ectodermal-ridge
#16
REVIEW
Jamie M Verheyden, Xin Sun
More than sixty years ago, while studying feather tracks on the shoulder of the chick embryo, Dr. John Saunders used Nile Blue dye to stain the tissue. There, he noticed a darkly stained line of cells that neatly rims the tip of the growing limb bud. Rather than ignoring this observation, he followed it up by removing this tissue and found that it led to a striking truncation of the limb skeletons. This landmark experiment marks the serendipitous discovery of the apical ectodermal ridge (AER), the quintessential embryonic structure that drives the outgrowth of the limb...
January 25, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130054/the-polychaete-to-clitellate-transition-an-evodevo-perspective
#17
REVIEW
Dian-Han Kuo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 24, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118981/monitoring-p53-by-mdm2-and-mdmx-is-required-for-endocrine-pancreas-development-and-function-in-a-spatio-temporal-manner
#18
Yiwei Zhang, Shelya X Zeng, Qian Hao, Hua Lu
Although p53 is not essential for normal embryonic development, it plays a pivotal role in many biological and pathological processes, including cell fate determination-dependent and independent events and diseases. The expression and activity of p53 largely depend on its two biological inhibitors, MDM2 and MDMX, which have been shown to form a complex in order to tightly control p53 to an undetectable level during early stages of embryonic development. However, more delicate studies using conditional gene-modification mouse models show that MDM2 and MDMX may function separately or synergistically on p53 regulation during later stages of embryonic development and adulthood in a cell and tissue-specific manner...
January 22, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118982/sox4-regulates-gonad-morphogenesis-and-promotes-male-germ-cell-differentiation-in-mice
#19
Liang Zhao, Michel Arsenault, Ee Ting Ng, Enya Longmuss, Tevin Chui-Ying Chau, Sunny Hartwig, Peter Koopman
The group C SOX transcription factors SOX4, -11 and -12 play important and mutually overlapping roles in development of a number of organs. Here, we examined the role of SoxC genes during gonadal development in mice. All three genes were expressed in developing gonads of both sexes, predominantly in somatic cells, with Sox4 being most strongly expressed. Sox4 deficiency resulted in elongation of both ovaries and testes, and an increased number of testis cords. While female germ cells entered meiosis normally, male germ cells showed reduced levels of differentiation markers Nanos2 and Dnmt3l and increased levels of pluripotency genes Cripto and Nanog, suggesting that SOX4 may normally act to restrict the pluripotency period of male germ cells and ensure their proper differentiation...
January 21, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109717/dicer-1-regulates-proliferative-potential-of-drosophila-larval-neural-stem-cells-through-bantam-mirna-based-down-regulation-of-the-g1-s-inhibitor-dacapo
#20
Animesh Banerjee, Jagat Kumar Roy
The present work elucidates the role of miRNA in cell cycle regulation during brain development in Drosophila. Here we report that lineage specific depletion of dicer-1, a classically acknowledged miRNA biogenesis protein in neuroblasts leads to a reduction in their numbers and size in the third instar larval central brain. These brains also showed lower number of mitotically active cells and when homozygous mitotic clones were generated in an otherwise heterozygous dicer-1 mutant background via MARCM technique, they showed reduced number of progeny cells in individual clones, substantiating the adverse effect of the loss of dicer-1 on the proliferative potential of neuroblasts...
January 18, 2017: Developmental Biology
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