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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791475/regulation-and-function-of-odd-paired-in-tribolium-segmentation
#1
Chong Pyo Choe, Frank Stellabotte, Susan J Brown
The pair-rule gene odd-paired (opa) is required for the patterning of alternate segment boundaries in the early Drosophila embryo. Mutant phenotypes of opa display a typical pair-rule phenotype in which most of each odd-numbered denticle belt is eliminated. However, among the nine Drosophila pair-rule genes, opa is the only gene that is not expressed in stripes with double segmental periodicity; its transcript and protein are expressed in a broad domain within segmenting embryos. While expression patterns of orthologs of opa have been analyzed in several arthropod species, their regulation and function in segmentation were largely unknown...
August 8, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780641/the-flexible-stem-hypothesis-evidence-from-genetic-data
#2
REVIEW
Jean-Michel Gibert
Phenotypic plasticity, the ability of a given genotype to produce different phenotypes in response to distinct environmental conditions, is widely observed in the wild. It is believed to facilitate evolution and, under the "flexible stem hypothesis", it is thought that an ancestral plastic species can be at the origin of sister lineages with divergent phenotypes fixed by genetic assimilation of alternative morphs. We review here the genetic mechanisms underlying such phenomenon. We show several examples in which the same gene shows transcriptional plasticity in response to environmental factors and divergence of expression within or between species...
August 6, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752326/modified-whole-mount-in-situ-hybridisation-and-immunohistochemistry-protocols-without-removal-of-the-vitelline-membrane-in-the-appendicularian-oikopleura-dioica
#3
Takeshi A Onuma, Masaki Matsuo, Hiroki Nishida
The appendicularian Oikopleura dioica is a planktonic chordate that retains a tadpole shape throughout its life. Its simple and transparent body, invariant cell lineages, fast development and available genome and transcriptome resources make it a promising model organism for research in developmental biology. However, large-scale analysis of gene expression in O. dioica is limited owing to the laborious and time-consuming process of manual removal of the vitelline membrane, because devitellinisation of pre-hatching embryos causes failure of normal development...
July 27, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752327/a-conserved-plan-for-wiring-up-the-fan-shaped-body-in-the-grasshopper-and-drosophila
#4
George Boyan, Yu Liu, Sat Kartar Khalsa, Volker Hartenstein
The central complex comprises an elaborate system of modular neuropils which mediate spatial orientation and sensory-motor integration in insects such as the grasshopper and Drosophila. The neuroarchitecture of the largest of these modules, the fan-shaped body, is characterized by its stereotypic set of decussating fiber bundles. These are generated during development by axons from four homologous protocerebral lineages which enter the commissural system and subsequently decussate at stereotypic locations across the brain midline...
July 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721464/unexpected-ubx-expression-in-the-maxilliped-of-the-mystacocarid-crustacean-derocheilocharis-remanei-evidence-for-a-different-way-of-making-a-maxilliped
#5
Martin Fritsch, Stefan Richter
In terms of morphology, crustacean maxillipeds are hybrid appendages. They arise in anterior thoracic segments and display characteristics of both locomotory (thoracic) and feeding (gnathal) appendages. Maxillipeds are functionally integrated with the anterior gnathal appendages. Hox gene expression patterns and immunolabeling with the FP6.87 antibody, which detects conserved epitopes of UBX and ABD-A proteins, reveal that maxillipeds are consistently associated with a shift in the expression of the homeotic gene Ubx...
July 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699036/spatiotemporal-expression-of-a-twist-homolog-in-the-leech-helobdella-austinensis
#6
Jin-Se Kim, Brenda Irene Medina Jiménez, Hee-Jin Kwak, Soon Cheol Park, Ping Xiao, David A Weisblat, Sung-Jin Cho
Genes of the twist family encode bHLH transcription factors known to be involved in the regulation and differentiation of early mesoderm. Here, we report our characterization of Hau-twist, a twist homolog from the leech Helobdella austinensis, a tractable lophotrochozoan representative. Hau-twist was expressed in segmental founder cells of the mesodermal lineage, in subsets of cells within the mesodermal lineage of the germinal plate, in circumferential muscle fibers of a provisional integument during segmentation and organogenesis stages and on the ventral side of the developing proboscis...
July 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624889/transcriptional-control-of-unequal-cleavage-in-early-tubifex-embryos
#7
Momoe Aoki, Takashi Shimizu
Early embryos of the clitellate annelid Tubifex (oligochaete) undergo a series of unequal spiral cell divisions before the descendants of the D quadrant micromeres (cells 2d and 4d) divide bilaterally. Here, we show that inhibition of zygotic transcription by microinjection of α-amanitin (transcription inhibitor) exclusively converts unequal cleavage in cell 2d(11) (granddaughter of 2d) into equal cleavage while other unequal cleavages and ensuing bilateral cleavages in cells 4d and 2d(111) (great-granddaughter of 2d) all proceed in a normal fashion in the presence of this inhibitor...
July 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550373/black-carp-vasa-identifies-embryonic-and-gonadal-germ-cells
#8
Ting Xue, Miao Yu, Qihua Pan, Yizhou Wang, Jian Fang, Lingyu Li, Yu Deng, Kai Chen, Qian Wang, Tiansheng Chen
Identification of molecular markers is an essential step in the study of germ cells. Vasa is an RNA helicase and a well-known germ cell marker that plays a crucial role in germ cell development. Here, we identified the Vasa homolog termed Mpvasa as the first germ cell marker in black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus). First, a 2819-bp full-length Mpvasa complementary DNA (cDNA) was cloned by PCR using degenerated primers of conserved sequences and gene-specific primers. The Mpvasa cDNA sequence encodes a 637-amino acid protein that contains eight conserved characteristic motifs of the DEAD box protein family, and shares high identity to grass carp (81%) and zebrafish (74%) vasa homologs...
July 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477155/the-cuticular-nature-of-corneal-lenses-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#9
Aaron L Stahl, Mark Charlton-Perkins, Elke K Buschbeck, Tiffany A Cook
The dioptric visual system relies on precisely focusing lenses that project light onto a neural retina. While the proteins that constitute the lenses of many vertebrates are relatively well characterized, less is known about the proteins that constitute invertebrate lenses, especially the lens facets in insect compound eyes. To address this question, we used mass spectrophotometry to define the major proteins that comprise the corneal lenses from the adult Drosophila melanogaster compound eye. This led to the identification of four cuticular proteins: two previously identified lens proteins, drosocrystallin and retinin, and two newly identified proteins, Cpr66D and Cpr72Ec...
July 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474175/the-hmga-gene-family-in-chordates-evolutionary-perspectives-from-amphioxus
#10
Matteo Bozzo, Simone Macrì, Daniela Calzia, Riccardo Sgarra, Guidalberto Manfioletti, Paola Ramoino, Thurston Lacalli, Robert Vignali, Mario Pestarino, Simona Candiani
High mobility group A proteins of vertebrates, HMGA1 and 2, are chromatin architectural factors involved in development, cell differentiation, and neoplastic transformation. Here, we characterize an amphioxus HMGA gene ortholog and analyze its expression. As a basal chordate, amphioxus is well placed to provide insights into the evolution of the HMGA gene family, particularly in the transition from invertebrates to vertebrates. Our phylogenetic analysis supports the basal position of amphioxus, echinoderm, and hemichordate HMGA sequences to those of vertebrate HMGA1 and HMGA2...
June 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417205/an-eclosion-hormone-like-gene-participates-in-the-molting-process-of-palaemonid-shrimp-exopalaemon-carinicauda
#11
Lihong Zhou, Shihao Li, Zhiwei Wang, Fuhua Li, Jianhai Xiang
Molting behavior is an important physiological process related to metamorphosis, growth, and reproduction in crustaceans. Previous studies indicated that the molting process was controlled by 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) and upstream hormones, peptides, and environmental factors, which regulate 20E function. Eclosion hormone (EH) in insect is a kind of neuropeptide that is regulated by 20E and triggers ecdysis behavior at the end of molting process. However, the function of eclosion hormone gene during the molting process in crustaceans is still largely unknown...
June 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280925/a-soxc-gene-related-to-larval-shell-development-and-co-expression-analysis-of-different-shell-formation-genes-in-early-larvae-of-oyster
#12
Gang Liu, Pin Huan, Baozhong Liu
Among the potential larval shell formation genes in mollusks, most are expressed in cells surrounding the shell field during the early phase of shell formation. The only exception (cgi-tyr1) is expressed in the whole larval mantle and thus represents a novel type of expression pattern. This study reports another gene with such an expression pattern. The gene encoded a SoxC homolog of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas and was named cgi-soxc. Whole-mount in situ hybridization revealed that the gene was highly expressed in the whole larval mantle of early larvae...
June 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280924/pupal-development-and-pigmentation-process-of-a-polka-dotted-fruit-fly-drosophila-guttifera-insecta-diptera
#13
Yuichi Fukutomi, Keiji Matsumoto, Kiyokazu Agata, Noriko Funayama, Shigeyuki Koshikawa
Various organisms have color patterns on their body surfaces, and these color patterns are thought to contribute to physiological regulation, communication with conspecifics, and signaling with the environment. An adult fly of Drosophila guttifera (Insecta: Diptera: Drosophilidae) has melanin pigmentation patterns on its body and wings. Though D. guttifera has been used for research into color pattern formation, how its pupal development proceeds and when the pigmentation starts have not been well studied. In this study, we defined the pupal stages of D...
June 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220250/differing-roles-for-sur-2-med23-in-c-elegans-and-c-briggsae-vulval-development
#14
Karley K Mahalak, Abdulrahman M Jama, Steven J Billups, Adriana T Dawes, Helen M Chamberlin
Normal vulval development in the nematode Caenorhabditis briggsae is identical to that in the related Caenorhabditis elegans. However, several experiments suggest that there are differences between the two species with respect to the contribution of EGF/Ras signaling. To investigate these differences genetically, we have characterized a C. briggsae mutant strain that phenocopies the effect observed when C. briggsae animals are treated with U0126, an inhibitor of the EGF pathway component MEK. We identify that the gene affected in the mutant strain is Cbr-sur-2, which encodes a MED23 mediator complex protein that acts downstream of EGF signaling in C...
June 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154937/spatiotemporal-expression-of-foxo4-foxo6a-and-foxo6b-in-the-developing-brain-and-retina-are-transcriptionally-regulated-by-pi3k-signaling-in-zebrafish
#15
Sheng-Jia Lin, Ming-Chang Chiang, Hung-Yu Shih, Kun-Chun Chiang, Yi-Chuan Cheng
The forkhead box subclass O (FoxO) family of proteins is a group of highly evolutionary conserved transcription factors that regulate various cellular processes and embryonic development. Dysregulated expressions of FOXO genes have been identified in numerous tumors and genetic disorders. The expression of FOXO/Foxo, particularly FOXO4/Foxo4 and FOXO6/Foxo6, in the developing nervous system has not been fully characterized. Here, we identified zebrafish foxo4, foxo6a, and foxo6b homologs and demonstrated that all three genes were expressed in the developing nervous system...
June 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214944/the-vascular-plants-open-system-of-growth
#16
REVIEW
Alice Basile, Marco Fambrini, Claudio Pugliesi
What is fascinating in plants (true also in sessile animals such as corals and hydroids) is definitely their open and indeterminate growth, as a result of meristematic activity. Plants as well as animals are characterized by a multicellular organization, with which they share a common set of genes inherited from a common eukaryotic ancestor; nevertheless, circa 1.5 billion years of evolutionary history made the two kingdoms very different in their own developmental biology. Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms, arose during the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago), and up to date, they count around 235,000 species, representing the largest and most diverse group within the plant kingdom...
March 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133699/genomic-organization-phylogenetic-comparison-and-expression-profiles-of-the-spl-family-genes-and-their-regulation-in-soybean
#17
Rajiv K Tripathi, Ridhi Goel, Sweta Kumari, Anil Dahuja
SQUAMOSA Promoter-Binding Protein-Like (SPL) genes form a major family of plant-specific transcription factors and play an important role in plant growth and development. In this study, we report the identification of 41 SPL genes (GmSPLs) in the soybean genome. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that these genes were divided into five groups (groups 1-5). Further, exon/intron structure and motif composition revealed that the GmSPL genes are conserved within their same group. The N-terminal zinc finger 1 (Zn1) of the SBP domain was a CCCH (Cys3His1) and the C terminus zinc finger 2 (Zn2) was a CCHC (Cys2HisCys) type...
March 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101674/posterior-tail-development-in-the-salamander-eurycea-cirrigera-exploring-cellular-dynamics-across-life-stages
#18
Janet L Vaglia, Chet Fornari, Paula K Evans
During embryogenesis, the body axis elongates and specializes. In vertebrate groups such as salamanders and lizards, elongation of the posterior body axis (tail) continues throughout life. This phenomenon of post-embryonic tail elongation via addition of vertebrae has remained largely unexplored, and little is known about the underlying developmental mechanisms that promote vertebral addition. Our research investigated tail elongation across life stages in a non-model salamander species, Eurycea cirrigera (Plethodontidae)...
March 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035495/molecular-cloning-phylogenetic-analysis-and-expression-patterns-of-lateral-suppressor-like-and-regulator-of-axillary-meristem-formation-like-genes-in-sunflower-helianthus-annuus-l
#19
Marco Fambrini, Mariangela Salvini, Claudio Pugliesi
The wild sunflower (Helianthus annuus) plants develop a highly branched form with numerous small flowering heads. The origin of a no branched sunflower, producing a single large head, has been a key event in the domestication process of this species. The interaction between hormonal factors and several genes organizes the initiation and outgrowth of axillary meristems (AMs). From sunflower, we have isolated two genes putatively involved in this process, LATERAL SUPPRESSOR (LS)-LIKE (Ha-LSL) and REGULATOR OF AXILLARY MERISTEM FORMATION (ROX)-LIKE (Ha-ROXL), encoding for a GRAS and a bHLH transcription factor (TF), respectively...
March 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987051/expression-patterns-indicate-that-bmp2-4-and-chordin-not-bmp5-8-and-gremlin-mediate-dorsal-ventral-patterning-in-the-mollusk-crassostrea-gigas
#20
Sujian Tan, Pin Huan, Baozhong Liu
Though several bilaterian animals use a conserved BMP2/4-Chordin antagonism to pattern the dorsal-ventral (DV) axis, the only lophotrochozoan species in which early DV patterning has been studied to date, the leech Helobdella robusta, appears to employ BMP5-8 and Gremlin. These findings call into question the conservation of a common DV patterning mechanism among bilaterian animals. To explore whether the unusual DV patterning mechanism in H. robusta is also used in other lophotrochozoan species, we investigated the expression of orthologous genes in the early embryo of a bivalve mollusk, Crassostrea gigas...
March 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
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