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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921294/temporal-dissociation-of-developmental-events-in-the-chick-eye-under-low-temperature-conditions
#1
Hideaki Iida, Tiantian Yang, Sadao Yasugi, Yasuo Ishii
The chick embryonic eye is an excellent model for the study of vertebrate organogenesis. Key events in eye development involve thickening, invagination and cytodifferentiation of the lens primordium. While these events occur successively at different developmental stages, the extent to which these events are temporally related is largely unknown. Here we show that the lens invagination is highly sensitive to temperature. Lowering of incubation temperature to 29°C at embryonic day 2 delayed the onset of invagination of the lens, but not thickening and cytodifferentiation, leading to abnormal protrusion of the eye...
December 6, 2016: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920879/recurrent-solitary-fibrous-tumor-of-lumbar-spine-with-vertebral-body-involvement-imaging-features-and-differential-diagnosis-with-report-of-a-case
#2
Zerwa Farooq, Zain Badar, Daniel Zaccarini, Felix B Tavernier, Anthony Mohamed, Rajiv Mangla
Solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) of the spine are exceedingly rare tumors of mesenchymal origin. Most spinal SFTs arise from the thoracic spine, followed by cervical spine, and last lumbar spine with only 6 cases reported in literature. SFTs represent a wide range of neoplasms, ranging from benign to malignant. These tumors can develop a late recurrence, even after a decade or more of initial presentation, requiring long-term follow-up. We present a case of recurrent SFT of the lumbar spine with vertebral body involvement, presenting more than a decade after initial resection...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920805/abaloparatide
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Stefano Gonnelli, Carla Caffarelli
Abaloparatide is an investigational analog of human PTHrP (1-34) being developed for the treatment of osteoporosis. The amino-acid sequence of abaloparatide is identical to that of PTHrP in the first 20 amino-acids, while over half of the remaining amino-acids are different. Some studies in animals and in humans reported that abaloparatide presented a potent anabolic activity with reduced effects on bone resorption as compared to that observed with teriparatide. This may be due to a more transient signaling response of abaloparatide related to differing affinities of the two drugs to the specific conformations of the PTH1 receptor...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920666/circuits-regulating-pleasure-and-happiness-the-evolution-of-the-amygdalar-hippocampal-habenular-connectivity-in-vertebrates
#4
Anton J M Loonen, Svetlana A Ivanova
Appetitive-searching (reward-seeking) and distress-avoiding (misery-fleeing) behavior are essential for all free moving animals to stay alive and to have offspring. Therefore, even the oldest ocean-dwelling animal creatures, living about 560 million years ago and human ancestors, must have been capable of generating these behaviors. The current article describes the evolution of the forebrain with special reference to the development of the misery-fleeing system. Although, the earliest vertebrate ancestor already possessed a dorsal pallium, which corresponds to the human neocortex, the structure and function of the neocortex was acquired quite recently within the mammalian evolutionary line...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920638/interstitial-1q21-1-microdeletion-is-associated-with-severe-skeletal-anomalies-dysmorphic-face-and-moderate-intellectual-disability
#5
Bruno F Gamba, Roseli M Zechi-Ceide, Nancy M Kokitsu-Nakata, Siulan Vendramini-Pittoli, Carla Rosenberg, Ana C V Krepischi Santos, Lucilene Ribeiro-Bicudo, Antonio Richieri-Costa
We report on a Brazilian patient with a 1.7-Mb interstitial microdeletion in chromosome 1q21.1. The phenotypic characteristics include microcephaly, a peculiar facial gestalt, cleft lip/palate, and multiple skeletal anomalies represented by malformed phalanges, scoliosis, abnormal modeling of vertebral bodies, hip dislocation, abnormal acetabula, feet anomalies, and delayed neuropsychological development. Deletions reported in this region are clinically heterogeneous, ranging from subtle phenotypic manifestations to severe congenital heart defects and/or neurodevelopmental findings...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919077/m-6-a-modulates-neuronal-functions-and-sex-determination-in-drosophila
#6
Tina Lence, Junaid Akhtar, Marc Bayer, Katharina Schmid, Laura Spindler, Cheuk Hei Ho, Nastasja Kreim, Miguel A Andrade-Navarro, Burkhard Poeck, Mark Helm, Jean-Yves Roignant
N(6)-methyladenosine RNA (m(6)A) is a prevalent messenger RNA modification in vertebrates. Although its functions in the regulation of post-transcriptional gene expression are beginning to be unveiled, the precise roles of m(6)A during development of complex organisms remain unclear. Here we carry out a comprehensive molecular and physiological characterization of the individual components of the methyltransferase complex, as well as of the YTH domain-containing nuclear reader protein in Drosophila melanogaster...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918540/in-vivo-quantification-of-spatially-varying-mechanical-properties-in-developing-tissues
#7
Friedhelm Serwane, Alessandro Mongera, Payam Rowghanian, David A Kealhofer, Adam A Lucio, Zachary M Hockenbery, Otger Campàs
The mechanical properties of the cellular microenvironment and their spatiotemporal variations are thought to play a central role in sculpting embryonic tissues, maintaining organ architecture and controlling cell behavior, including cell differentiation. However, no direct in vivo and in situ measurement of mechanical properties within developing 3D tissues and organs has yet been performed. Here we introduce a technique that employs biocompatible, magnetically responsive ferrofluid microdroplets as local mechanical actuators and allows quantitative spatiotemporal measurements of mechanical properties in vivo...
December 5, 2016: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918537/the-genome-and-transcriptome-of-japanese-flounder-provide-insights-into-flatfish-asymmetry
#8
Changwei Shao, Baolong Bao, Zhiyuan Xie, Xinye Chen, Bo Li, Xiaodong Jia, Qiulin Yao, Guillermo Ortí, Wenhui Li, Xihong Li, Kristin Hamre, Juan Xu, Lei Wang, Fangyuan Chen, Yongsheng Tian, Alex M Schreiber, Na Wang, Fen Wei, Jilin Zhang, Zhongdian Dong, Lei Gao, Junwei Gai, Takashi Sakamoto, Sudong Mo, Wenjun Chen, Qiong Shi, Hui Li, Yunji Xiu, Yangzhen Li, Wenteng Xu, Zhiyi Shi, Guojie Zhang, Deborah M Power, Qingyin Wang, Manfred Schartl, Songlin Chen
Flatfish have the most extreme asymmetric body morphology of vertebrates. During metamorphosis, one eye migrates to the contralateral side of the skull, and this migration is accompanied by extensive craniofacial transformations and simultaneous development of lopsided body pigmentation. The evolution of this developmental and physiological innovation remains enigmatic. Comparative genomics of two flatfish and transcriptomic analyses during metamorphosis point to a role for thyroid hormone and retinoic acid signaling, as well as phototransduction pathways...
December 5, 2016: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917935/the-effects-of-light-exposure-during-incubation-on-embryonic-development-and-hatchling-traits-in-lizards
#9
Yong-Pu Zhang, Shu-Ran Li, Jun Ping, Shi-Wen Li, Hua-Bin Zhou, Bao-Jun Sun, Wei-Guo Du
Light is an environmental factor that is known to profoundly affect embryonic development in some oviparous vertebrates, but such effects are unstudied in reptiles. We investigated the light sensitivity of lizard embryos by examining the thickness and light transmittance of eggshells as well as the effect of light on embryonic development and hatchling traits in four lizard species, the Chinese skink (Plestiodon chinensis), the northern grass lizard (Takydromus septentrionalis), the oriental leaf-toed gecko (Hemidactylus bowringii) and the Japanese gecko (Gekko japonicus)...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917158/a-zebrafish-model-for-chlamydia-infection-with-the-obligate-intracellular-pathogen-waddlia-chondrophila
#10
Alexander G J Fehr, Maja Ruetten, Helena M B Seth-Smith, Lisbeth Nufer, Andrea Voegtlin, Angelika Lehner, Gilbert Greub, Philip S Crosier, Stephan C F Neuhauss, Lloyd Vaughan
Obligate intracellular chlamydial bacteria of the Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae (PVC) superphylum are important pathogens of terrestrial and marine vertebrates, yet many features of their pathogenesis and host specificity are still unknown. This is particularly true for families such as the Waddliacea which, in addition to epithelia, cellular targets for nearly all Chlamydia, can infect and replicate in macrophages, an important arm of the innate immune system or in their free-living amoebal counterparts...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916025/the-role-of-the-extracellular-biophysical-cues-in-modulating-hippo-yap-pathway
#11
Jung-Soon Mo
The Hippo signaling pathway plays an essential role in adult tissue homeostasis and organ size control. In Drosophila and vertebrates, it consists of a highly conserved kinase cascade, which involve MST and Lats that negatively regulate the activity of downstream transcription coactivators, YAP and TAZ. Through its interaction with TEADs and other transcription factors, they mediate both proliferative and antiapoptotic gene expression and thus regulate tissue repair and regeneration. Dysregulation or mutation of the Hippo pathway is linked to tumorigenesis and cancer development...
December 5, 2016: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915075/building-the-case-for-a-novel-teleost-model-of-non-breeding-aggression-and-its-neuroendocrine-control
#12
Laura Quintana, Lucía Zubizarreta, Cecilia Jalabert, Gervasio Batista, Rossana Perrone, Ana Silva
In vertebrates, aggression has been traditionally associated with high levels of circulating androgens in breeding males. Nevertheless, the centrality of androgens as primary modulators of aggression is being reconsidered in at least in two particular cases: 1) territorial aggression outside the breeding season, and 2) aggression by females. We are developing the weakly electric fish, Gymnotus omarorum, as a novel, advantageous model system to address these two alternative forms of aggression. This species displays a short, escalated contest, after which a clear hierarchical status emerges...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915066/the-impact-of-hospital-teaching-status-on-timing-of-intervention-inpatient-morbidity-and-mortality-after-surgery-for-vertebral-column-fractures-with-spinal-cord-injury
#13
Rafael De la Garza Ramos, Jonathan Nakhla, Rani Nasser, Ajit Jada, Daniel M Sciubba, Merritt D Kinon, Reza Yassari
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of hospital teaching status on the timing of intervention and inpatient morbidity and mortality after surgery for acute spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2002 - 2011) were reviewed. Patients were included if they had a diagnosis of closed vertebral column fracture with SCI, underwent spine surgery, and were admitted urgently or emergently. Early intervention (the day of or the day after admission), inpatient morbidity and mortality rates were compared between patients admitted to teaching versus nonteaching hospitals...
November 30, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914912/identification-of-foxj1-effectors-during-ciliogenesis-in-the-foetal-respiratory-epithelium-and-embryonic-left-right-organiser-of-the-mouse
#14
Michael Stauber, Marina Weidemann, Oliver Dittrich-Breiholz, Katharina Lobschat, Leonie Alten, Michaela Mai, Anja Beckers, Michael Kracht, Achim Gossler
Formation of motile cilia in vertebrate embryos is essential for proper development and tissue function. Key regulators of motile ciliogenesis are the transcription factors FOXJ1 and NOTO, which are conserved throughout vertebrates. Downstream target genes of FOXJ1 have been identified in a variety of species, organs and cultured cell lines; in murine embryonic and foetal tissues, however, FOXJ1 and NOTO effectors have not been comprehensively analysed and our knowledge of the downstream genetic programme driving motile ciliogenesis in the mammalian lung and ventral node is fragmentary...
November 30, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914064/computational-tools-for-aiding-rational-antibody-design
#15
Konrad Krawczyk, James Dunbar, Charlotte M Deane
Antibodies are a group of proteins responsible for mediating immune reactions in vertebrates. They are able to bind a variety of structural motifs on noxious molecules tagging them for elimination from the organism. As a result of their versatile binding properties, antibodies are currently one of the most important classes of biopharmaceuticals. In this chapter, we discuss how knowledge-based computational methods can aid experimentalists in the development of potent antibodies. When using common experimental methods for antibody development, we often know the sequence of an antibody that binds to our molecule, antigen, of interest...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913640/the-drosophila-hox-gene-ultrabithorax-acts-both-in-muscles-and-motoneurons-to-orchestrate-formation-of-specific-neuromuscular-connections
#16
Christian Hessinger, Gerhard M Technau, Ana Rogulja-Ortmann
Hox genes are known to specify motoneuron pools in the developing vertebrate spinal cord and to control motoneuronal targeting in several species. However, the mechanisms controlling axial diversification of muscle innervation patterns are still largely unknown. We present data showing that the Drosophila Hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) acts in the late embryo to establish target specificity of ventrally projecting RP motoneurons. In abdominal segments A2 to A7, RP motoneurons innervate the ventro-lateral muscles VL1-4, with VL1 and VL2 being innervated in a Wnt4-dependent manner...
December 2, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913619/the-caenorhabditis-elegans-nf2-merlin-molecule-nfm-1-non-autonomously-regulates-neuroblast-migration-and-interacts-genetically-with-the-guidance-cue-slt-1-slit
#17
Matthew P Josephson, Rana Aliani, Megan L Norris, Matthew E Ochs, Mahekta Gujar, Erik A Lundquist
During nervous system development, neurons and their progenitors migrate to their final destinations. In Caenorhabditis elegans, the bilateral Q neuroblasts and their descendants migrate long distances in opposite directions, despite being born in the same posterior region. QR on the right migrates anteriorly and generates the AQR neuron positioned near the head, and QL on the left migrates posteriorly, giving rise to the PQR neuron positioned near the tail. In a screen for genes required for AQR and PQR migration, we identified an allele of nfm-1, which encodes a molecule similar to vertebrate NF2/Merlin, an important tumor suppressor in humans...
December 2, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913274/two-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-5-genes-exhibit-different-yet-conserved-functions-in-development-and-growth
#18
Guo-Dong Zheng, Chun-Xue Zhou, Si-Tong Lin, Jie Chen, Xia-Yun Jiang, Shu-Ming Zou
Insulin-like growth factor binding-protein 5 (igfbp5), the most conserved member of the IGFBP family in vertebrates, plays a critical role in controlling cell survival, growth, differentiation, and apoptosis. Here, we characterized the expression patterns of igfbp5a and igfbp5b in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), which are retained in many fish species, likely from the teleost-specific whole-genome duplication. Both igfbp5a and igfbp5b encode 268- and 263-aa peptides, respectively, which share a sequence identity of 71%...
November 29, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912243/vomeronasal-receptors-in-vertebrates-and-the-evolution-of-pheromone-detection
#19
Liliana Silva, Agostinho Antunes
Pheromones were identified as chemical signals used for intraspecific communication in insects (e.g., sexual attraction) in the 1950s. However, only almost 40 years later the vomeronasal receptors type-1 (V1R) and type-2 (V2R) were identified, usually associated with the presence of a vomeronasal organ (VNO). VRs are widespread in amphibians, reptiles, and mammals, but birds lost the VNO. Similarly, fishes lack VRs and a VNO but can still detect pheromones, instead using the olfactory receptors related to class A and class C G protein-coupled receptors...
November 28, 2016: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912002/a-novel-application-of-multi-event-modeling-to-estimate-class-segregation-in-a-highly-migratory-oceanic-vertebrate
#20
T K Chapple, T Chambert, P E Kanive, S J Jorgensen, J J Rotella, S D Anderson, A B Carlisle, B A Block
Spatial segregation of animals by class (i.e., maturity or sex) within a population due to differential rates of temporary emigration (TE) from study sites can be an important life history feature to consider in population assessment and management. However, such rates are poorly known; new quantitative approaches to address these knowledge gaps are needed. We present a novel application of multi-event models that takes advantage of two sources of detections to differentiate temporary emigration from apparent absence to quantify class segregation within a study population of double-marked (photo-identified and tagged with coded acoustic transmitters) white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in central California...
December 2016: Ecology
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