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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827097/unipotent-progenitors-contribute-to-the-generation-of-sensory-cell-types-in-the-nervous-system-of-the-cnidarian-nematostella-vectensis
#1
Henriette Busengdal, Fabian Rentzsch
Nervous systems often consist of a large number of different types of neurons which are generated from neural stem and progenitor cells by a series of symmetric and asymmetric divisions. The origin and early evolution of these neural progenitor systems is not well understood. Here we use a cnidarian model organism, Nematostella vectensis, to gain insight into the generation of neural cell type diversity in a non-bilaterian animal. We identify NvFoxQ2d as a transcription factor that is expressed in a population of spatially restricted, proliferating ectodermal cells that are derived from NvSoxB(2)-expressing neural progenitor cells...
August 18, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823919/loss-of-zinc-finger-mynd-type-containing-10-zmynd10-affects-cilia-integrity-and-axonemal-localization-of-dynein-arms-resulting-in-ciliary-dysmotility-polycystic-kidney-and-scoliosis-in-medaka-oryzias-latipes
#2
Daisuke Kobayashi, Anshin Asano-Hoshino, Takashi Nakakura, Toshiyuki Nishimaki, Satoshi Ansai, Masato Kinoshita, Motoyuki Ogawa, Haruo Hagiwara, Takahiko Yokoyama
Cilia and flagella are hair-like organelles that project from the cell surface and play important roles in motility and sensory perception. Motility defects in cilia and flagella lead to primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare human disease. Recently zinc finger MYND-type containing 10 (ZMYND10) was identified in humans as a PCD-associated gene. In this study, we use medaka fish as a model to characterize the precise functions of zmynd10. In medaka, zmynd10 is exclusively expressed in cells with motile cilia...
August 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821389/debris-buster-is-a-drosophila-scavenger-receptor-essential-for-airway-physiology
#3
Almut Wingen, Pilar Carrera, Olympia Ekaterini Psathaki, André Voelzmann, Achim Paululat, Michael Hoch
Scavenger receptors class B (SR-B) are multifunctional transmembrane proteins, which in vertebrates participate in lipid transport, pathogen clearance, lysosomal delivery and intracellular sorting. Drosophila has 14 SR-B members whose functions are still largely unknown. Here, we reveal a novel role for the SR-B family member Debris buster (Dsb) in Drosophila airway physiology. Larvae lacking dsb show yeast avoidance behaviour, hypoxia, and severe growth defects associated with impaired elongation and integrity along the airways...
August 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818669/notch-and-fgf-signaling-during-electrosensory-versus-mechanosensory-lateral-line-organ-development-in-a-non-teleost-ray-finned-fish
#4
Melinda S Modrell, Olivia R A Tidswell, Clare V H Baker
The lateral line system is a useful model for studying the embryonic and evolutionary diversification of different organs and cell types. In jawed vertebrates, this ancestrally comprises lines of mechanosensory neuromasts over the head and trunk, flanked on the head by fields of electrosensory ampullary organs, all innervated by lateral line neurons in cranial lateral line ganglia. Both types of sense organs, and their afferent neurons, develop from cranial lateral line placodes. Current research primarily focuses on the posterior lateral line primordium in zebrafish, which migrates as a cell collective along the trunk; epithelial rosettes form in the trailing zone and are deposited as a line of neuromasts, within which hair cells and supporting cells differentiate...
August 14, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818668/a-bipolar-role-of-the-transcription-factor-erg-for-cnidarian-germ-layer-formation-and-apical-domain-patterning
#5
Aldine R Amiel, Hereroa Johnston, Taylor Chock, Paul Dahlin, Marta Iglesias, Michael Layden, Eric Röttinger, Mark Q Martindale
Germ layer formation and axial patterning are biological processes that are tightly linked during embryonic development of most metazoans. In addition to canonical WNT, it has been proposed that ERK-MAPK signaling is involved in specifying oral as well as aboral territories in cnidarians. However, the effector and the molecular mechanism underlying latter phenomenon is unknown. By screening for potential effectors of ERK-MAPK signaling in both domains, we identified a member of the ETS family of transcription factors, Nverg that is bi-polarily expressed prior to gastrulation...
August 14, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811219/trinucleotide-repeat-containing-6c-tnrc6c-is-essential-for-microvascular-maturation-during-distal-airspace-sacculation-in-the-developing-lung
#6
Hua Guo, Yana Kazadaeva, Fabian E Ortega, Narasimaswamy Manjunath, Tushar J Desai
GW182 (also known asTNRC6) family members are critically involved in the final effector phase of miRNA-mediated mRNA repression. The three mammalian paralogs, TNRC6a, b and c, are thought to be redundant based on Argonaute (Ago) binding, tethering assays, and RNAi silencing of individual members in cell lines. To test this idea, we generated TNRC6a, b and c knockout mice. TNRC6a mutants die at mid-gestation, while b- and c- deleted mice are born at a Mendelian ratio. However, the majority of TNRC6b and all TNRC6c mutants die within 24h after birth, the latter with respiratory failure...
August 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811218/wnt-signaling-positively-regulates-endothelial-cell-fate-specification-in-the-fli1a-positive-progenitor-population-via-lef1
#7
Kathleen Hübner, Kathrin S Grassme, Jyoti Rao, Nina K Wenke, Cordula L Zimmer, Laura Korte, Katja Mu Ller, Saulius Sumanas, Boris Greber, Wiebke Herzog
During vertebrate embryogenesis, vascular endothelial cells (ECs) and primitive erythrocytes become specified within close proximity in the posterior lateral plate mesoderm (LPM) from a common progenitor. However, the signaling cascades regulating the specification into either lineage remain largely elusive. Here, we analyze the contribution of β-catenin dependent Wnt signaling to EC and erythrocyte specification during zebrafish embryogenesis. We generated novel β-catenin dependent Wnt signaling reporters which, by using destabilized fluorophores (Venus-Pest, dGFP), specifically allow us to detect Wnt signaling responses in narrow time windows as well as in spatially restricted domains, defined by Cre recombinase expression (Tg(axin2BAC:Venus-Pest)(mu288); Tg(14TCF:loxP-STOP-loxP-dGFP)(mu202))...
August 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811217/regulation-and-phylogeny-of-skeletal-muscle-regeneration
#8
REVIEW
Meryem B Baghdadi, Shahragim Tajbakhsh
One of the most fascinating questions in regenerative biology is why some animals can regenerate injured structures while others cannot. Skeletal muscle has a remarkable capacity to regenerate even after repeated traumas, yet limited information is available on muscle repair mechanisms and how they have evolved. For decades, the main focus in the study of muscle regeneration was on muscle stem cells, however, their interaction with their progeny and stromal cells is only starting to emerge, and this is crucial for successful repair and re-establishment of homeostasis after injury...
August 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807780/mgl-1-on-aiy-neurons-translates-starvation-to-reproductive-plasticity-via-neuropeptide-signaling-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#9
Haelim Jeong, Young-Ki Paik
Reproductive plasticity is the ability of an animal to modulate its reproductive functions in response to environmental changes. For example, Caenorhabditis elegans, a free-living nematode, can adjust the onsets of oogenesis and embryogenesis under harsh environmental conditions, including starvation. However, the molecular mechanisms used to perceive and translate environmental signals into reproductive functional adjustments remain largely uncharacterized. We discovered that in C. elegans, the glutamate receptor homolog MGL-1 initiated reproductive plasticity in response to starvation...
August 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807781/engrailed-controls-epaxial-hypaxial-muscle-innervation-and-the-establishment-of-vertebrate-three-dimensional-mobility
#10
Mohi U Ahmed, Ashish K Maurya, Louise Cheng, Erika C Jorge, Frank R Schubert, Pascal Maire, M Albert Basson, Philip W Ingham, Susanne Dietrich
Chordates are characterised by contractile muscle on either side of the body that promotes movement by side-to-side undulation. In the lineage leading to modern jawed vertebrates (crown group gnathostomes), this system was refined: body muscle became segregated into distinct dorsal (epaxial) and ventral (hypaxial) components that are separately innervated by the medial and hypaxial motors column, respectively, via the dorsal and ventral ramus of the spinal nerves. This allows full three-dimensional mobility, which in turn was a key factor in their evolutionary success...
August 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803967/igdb-2-an-ig-fniii-protein-binds-the-ion-channel-lgc-34-and-controls-sensory-compartment-morphogenesis-in-c-elegans
#11
Wendy Wang, Elliot A Perens, Grigorios Oikonomou, Yun Lu, Shai Shaham
Sensory organ glia surround neuronal receptive endings (NREs), forming a specialized compartment important for neuronal activity, and reminiscent of glia-ensheathed synapses in the central nervous system. We previously showed that DAF-6, a Patched-related protein, is required in glia of the C. elegans amphid sensory organ to restrict sensory compartment size. LIT-1, a Nemo-like kinase, and SNX-1, a retromer component, antagonize DAF-6 and promote compartment expansion. To further explore the machinery underlying compartment size control, we sought genes whose inactivation restores normal compartment size to daf-6 mutants...
August 10, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802829/embryonic-zebrafish-primary-cell-culture-for-transfection-and-live-cellular-and-subcellular-imaging
#12
Wiebke A Sassen, Franziska Lehne, Giulio Russo, Sven Wargenau, Stefan Dübel, Reinhard W Köster
Although having great potential for live cell imaging to address numerous cell biological questions with high spatial and temporal resolution, primary cell cultures of zebrafish embryos are not widely used. We present an easy-to-use protocol for preparing primary cell cultures of 2 dpf zebrafish embryos allowing for live cell imaging of fully differentiated cells such as neurons and myocytes. We demonstrate that different cell types can be identified by morphology and expression of transgenic cell type-specific fluorescent reporters and that fluorescent cells can be sorted by flow cytometry to prepare an enriched culture...
August 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800946/three-tctn-proteins-are-functionally-conserved-in-the-regulation-of-neural-tube-patterning-and-gli3-processing-but-not-ciliogenesis-and-hedgehog-signaling-in-the-mouse
#13
Chengbing Wang, Jia Li, Qing Meng, Baolin Wang
Tctn1, Tctn2, and Tctn3 are membrane proteins that localize at the transition zone of primary cilia. Tctn1 and Tctn2 mutations have been reported in both humans and mice, but Tctn3 mutations have been reported only in humans. It is also not clear whether the three Tctn proteins are functionally conserved with respect to ciliogenesis and Hedgehog (Hh) signaling. In the present study, we report that loss of Tctn3 gene function in mice results in a decrease in ciliogenesis and Hh signaling. Consistent with this, Tctn3 mutant mice exhibit holoprosencephaly and randomized heart looping and lack the floor plate in the neural tube, the phenotypes similar to those of Tctn1 and Tctn2 mutants...
August 8, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790015/retinoic-acid-controls-early-neurogenesis-in-the-developing-mouse-cerebral-cortex
#14
Carole Haushalter, Laure Asselin, Valérie Fraulob, Pascal Dollé, Muriel Rhinn
A tight regulation of neuron production is required to generate a functional cerebral cortex and is achieved by a proper balance between proliferation and differentiation of progenitor cells. Though the vitamin A (retinol) active derivative retinoic acid (RA) has been implicated as one of the signals acting during mammalian forebrain neurogenesis, its function at the onset of neurogenesis as well as during establishment of cortical layers and neuronal subtypes remains elusive. One limitation is that murine mutants for genes encoding key enzymes involved in RA synthesis die during early embryonic development...
August 5, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790014/bmp2-expression-in-the-endocardial-lineage-is-required-for-av-endocardial-cushion-maturation-and-remodeling
#15
Jacob G Saxon, Daniel R Baer, Julie A Barton, Travis Hawkins, Bingruo Wu, Thomas C Trusk, Stephen E Harris, Bin Zhou, Yuji Mishina, Yukiko Sugi
Distal outgrowth, maturation and remodeling of the endocardial cushion mesenchyme in the atrioventricular (AV) canal are the essential morphogenetic events during four-chambered heart formation. Mesenchymalized AV endocardial cushions give rise to the AV valves and the membranous ventricular septum (VS). Failure of these processes results in several human congenital heart defects. Despite this clinical relevance, the mechanisms governing how mesenchymalized AV endocardial cushions mature and remodel into the membranous VS and AV valves have only begun to be elucidated...
August 5, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28784295/meninges-derived-cues-control-axon-guidance
#16
Tracey A C S Suter, Zachary J DeLoughery, Alexander Jaworski
The axons of developing neurons travel long distances along stereotyped pathways under the direction of extracellular cues sensed by the axonal growth cone. Guidance cues are either secreted proteins that diffuse freely or bind the extracellular matrix, or membrane-anchored proteins. Different populations of axons express distinct sets of receptors for guidance cues, which results in differential responses to specific ligands. The full repertoire of axon guidance cues and receptors and the identity of the tissues producing these cues remain to be elucidated...
August 4, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782527/glue-protein-production-can-be-triggered-by-steroid-hormone-signaling-independent-of-the-developmental-program-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#17
Yuya Kaieda, Ryota Masuda, Ritsuo Nishida, MaryJane Shimell, Michael B O'Connor, Hajime Ono
Steroid hormones regulate life stage transitions, allowing animals to appropriately follow a developmental timeline. During insect development, the steroid hormone ecdysone is synthesized and released in a regulated manner by the prothoracic gland (PG) and then hydroxylated to the active molting hormone, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), in peripheral tissues. We manipulated ecdysteroid titers, through temporally controlled over-expression of the ecdysteroid-inactivating enzyme, CYP18A1, in the PG using the GeneSwitch-GAL4 system in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster...
August 4, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780049/netrin1-establishes-multiple-boundaries-for-axon-growth-in-the-developing-spinal-cord
#18
Supraja G Varadarajan, Samantha J Butler
The canonical model for netrin1 function proposed that it acted as a long-range chemotropic axon guidance cue. In the developing spinal cord, floor-plate (FP)-derived netrin1 was thought to act as a diffusible attractant to draw commissural axons to the ventral midline. However, our recent studies have shown that netrin1 is dispensable in the FP for axon guidance. We have rather found that netrin1 acts locally: netrin1 is produced by neural progenitor cells (NPCs) in the ventricular zone (VZ), and deposited on the pial surface as a haptotactic adhesive substrate that guides Dcc(+) axon growth...
August 3, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780048/parallel-embryonic-transcriptional-programs-evolve-under-distinct-constraints-and-may-enable-morphological-conservation-amidst-adaptation
#19
Assaf Malik, Tsvia Gildor, Noa Sher, Majed Layous, Smadar Ben-Tabou de-Leon
Embryonic development evolves by balancing stringent morphological constraints with genetic and environmental variation. The design principle that allows developmental transcriptional programs to conserve embryonic morphology while adapting to environmental changes is still not fully understood. To address this fundamental challenge, we compare developmental transcriptomes of two sea urchin species, Paracentrotus lividus and Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, that shared a common ancestor about 40 million years ago and are geographically distant yet show similar morphology...
August 2, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778799/hmmr-mediates-anterior-neural-tube-closure-and-morphogenesis-in-the-frog-xenopus
#20
Angela Prager, Cathrin Hagenlocher, Tim Ott, Alexandra Schambony, Kerstin Feistel
Development of the central nervous system requires orchestration of morphogenetic processes which drive elevation and apposition of the neural folds and their fusion into a neural tube. The newly formed tube gives rise to the brain in anterior regions and continues to develop into the spinal cord posteriorly. Conspicuous differences between the anterior and posterior neural tube become visible already during neural tube closure (NTC). Planar cell polarity (PCP) -mediated convergent extension (CE) movements are restricted to the posterior neural plate, i...
August 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
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