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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821725/interplay-between-maternal-slc6a4-mutation-and-prenatal-stress-a-possible-mechanism-for-autistic-behavior-development
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Calvin P Sjaarda, Patrick Hecht, Amy J M McNaughton, Audrina Zhou, Melissa L Hudson, Matt J Will, Garth Smith, Muhammad Ayub, Ping Liang, Nansheng Chen, David Beversdorf, Xudong Liu
The low activity allele of the maternal polymorphism, 5HTTLPR, in the serotonin transporter, SLC6A4, coupled with prenatal stress is reported to increase the risk for children to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Similarly, maternal Slc6a4 knock-out and prenatal stress in rodents results in offspring demonstrating ASD-like characteristics. The present study uses an integrative genomics approach to explore mechanistic changes in early brain development in mouse embryos exposed to this maternal gene-environment phenomenon...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821654/wnt9a-can-influence-cell-fates-and-neural-connectivity-across-the-radial-axis-of-the-developing-cochlea
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Vidhya Munnamalai, Ulrike J Sienknecht, R Keith Duncan, M Katie Scott, Ankita Thawani, Kristen N Fantetti, Nadia M Atallah, Deborah J Biesemeier, Kuhn H Song, Kirsten Luethy, Eric Traub, Donna M Fekete
Vertebrate hearing organs manifest cellular asymmetries across the radial axis that underlie afferent versus efferent circuits between the inner ear and the brain. Thus, understanding the molecular control of patterning across this axis has important functional implications. Radial axis patterning begins before the cells become postmitotic, and is likely linked to the onset of asymmetric expression of secreted factors adjacent to the sensory primordium. This study explores one such asymmetrically-expressed gene, Wnt9a, that becomes restricted to the neural edge of the avian auditory organ, the basilar papilla, by embryonic day (E) 5...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820910/impaired-dendritic-growth-and-positioning-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons-by-activation-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-signaling-in-the-developing-mouse
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Eiki Kimura, Ken-Ichiro Kubo, Toshihiro Endo, Wenting Ling, Kazunori Nakajima, Masaki Kakeyama, Chiharu Tohyama
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors exert multiple functions in mammalian cerebral cortex development. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a member of the bHLH-Per-Arnt-Sim subfamily, is a ligand-activated transcription factor reported to regulate nervous system development in both invertebrates and vertebrates, but the functions that AhR signaling pathway may have for mammalian cerebral cortex development remains elusive. Although the endogenous ligand involved in brain developmental process has not been identified, the environmental pollutant dioxin potently binds AhR and induces abnormalities in higher brain function of laboratory animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819138/cooperative-interaction-of-bmp-signalling-and-foxn1-gene-dosage-determines-the-size-of-the-functionally-active-thymic-epithelial-compartment
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Jeremy B Swann, Brigitte Krauth, Christiane Happe, Thomas Boehm
Thymopoiesis strictly depends on the function of the Foxn1 transcription factor that is expressed in the thymic epithelium. During embryonic development, initial expression of the Foxn1 gene is induced in the pharyngeal endoderm by mesenchyme-derived BMP4 signals. Here, by engineering a time-delayed feedback system of BMP inhibition in mouse embryos, we demonstrate that thymopoiesis irreversibly fails if Foxn1 gene expression does not occur during a defining time span in mid-gestation. We also reveal an epistatic interaction between the extent of BMP signalling and the gene dosage of Foxn1...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819136/the-possible-molecular-mechanisms-of-bisphenol-a-action-on-porcine-early-embryonic-development
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Jing Guo, Ming-Hui Zhao, Kyung-Tae Shin, Ying-Jie Niu, Yong-Dae Ahn, Nam-Hyung Kim, Xiang-Shun Cui
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an environmental contaminant widely used in the plastic industry. BPA has been demonstrated to be an endocrine disruptor and has an adverse effect on the embryonic development of mammals. However, the mechanism of action of BPA is limited. In this study, we investigated the role and mechanism of BPA in porcine embryonic development. First, the parthenotes were treated with different concentrations of BPA. We found that blastocyst formation was impaired and the parthenotes were arrested at the 4-cell stage after treatment with 100 μm BPA...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819115/genome-wide-identification-and-expression-profiling-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-auditory-and-vestibular-systems
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Kathy Ushakov, Tal Koffler-Brill, Aviv Rom, Kobi Perl, Igor Ulitsky, Karen B Avraham
Mammalian genomes encode multiple layers of regulation, including a class of RNA molecules known as long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). These are >200 nucleotides in length and similar to mRNAs, they are capped, polyadenylated, and spliced. In contrast to mRNAs, lncRNAs are less abundant and have higher tissue specificity, and have been linked to development, epigenetic processes, and disease. However, little is known about lncRNA function in the auditory and vestibular systems, or how they play a role in deafness and vestibular dysfunction...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818870/fra-2-negatively-regulates-postnatal-alveolar-septation-by-modulating-myofibroblast-function
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Kazuyuki Tsujino, John T Li, Tatsuya Tsukui, Xin Ren, Latifa Bakiri, Erwin F Wagner, Dean Sheppard
Mice that globally over-express the transcription factor, Fos-related antigen-2 (Fra-2), develop extensive pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary vascular remodeling. To determine if these phenotypes are a consequence of ectopic Fra-2 expression in vascular smooth muscle cells and myofibroblasts, we generated mice that over-express Fra-2 specifically in these cells types (α-SMA-rtTA; tetO-Fra-2). Surprisingly, these mice did not develop vascular remodeling or pulmonary fibrosis, but developed a spontaneous emphysema-like phenotype characterized by alveolar enlargement...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818668/a-bipolar-role-of-the-transcription-factor-erg-for-cnidarian-germ-layer-formation-and-apical-domain-patterning
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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/28818098/sex-chromosomes-drive-gene-expression-and-regulatory-dimorphisms-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Rachael J Werner, Bryant M Schultz, Jacklyn M Huhn, Jaroslav Jelinek, Jozef Madzo, Nora Engel
BACKGROUND: Pre-implantation embryos exhibit sexual dimorphisms in both primates and rodents. To determine whether these differences reflected sex-biased expression patterns, we generated transcriptome profiles for six 40,XX, six 40,XY, and two 39,X mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells by RNA sequencing. RESULTS: We found hundreds of coding and non-coding RNAs that were differentially expressed between male and female cells. Surprisingly, the majority of these were autosomal and included RNA encoding transcription and epigenetic and chromatin remodeling factors...
August 17, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815502/flping-genes-on-and-off-in-drosophila
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Bonnie M Weasner, Jinjin Zhu, Justin P Kumar
The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has been a favorite experimental system of developmental biologists for more than a century. One of the most attractive features of this model system is the clarity by which one can analyze mutant phenotypes. Most genes are found in single copies, and loss-of-function mutants often have obvious phenotypes that can be analyzed during development and in adulthood. As with all metazoans, a significant fraction of Drosophila genes are used during both embryonic and postembryonic development, and null mutants often die during embryogenesis thereby precluding the analysis of postembryonic tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815458/backbone-and-side-chain-resonance-assignments-of-ca-2-4-calmodulin-bound-to-beta-calcineurin-a-cambd-peptide
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C Andrew Fowler, Maria F Núñez Hernandez, Susan E O'Donnell, Liping Yu, Madeline A Shea
Calcineurin (CaN) is a heterodimeric and highly conserved serine/threonine phosphatase (PP2B) that plays a critical role in coupling calcium signals to physiological processes including embryonic cardiac development, NF-AT-regulated gene expression in immune responses, and apoptosis. The catalytic subunit (CaNA) has three isoforms (α, β, and γ,) in humans and seven isoforms in Paramecium. In all eukaryotes, the EF-hand protein calmodulin (CaM) regulates CaN activity in a calcium-dependent manner. The N- and C-domains of CaM (CaMN and CaMC) recognize a CaM-binding domain (CaMBD) within an intrinsically disordered region of CaNA that precedes the auto-inhibitory domain (AID) of CaNA...
August 16, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809032/a-sensitive-and-versatile-in-situ-hybridization-protocol-for-gene-expression-analysis-in-developing-amniote-brains
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Pei-Shan Hou, Takuma Kumamoto, Carina Hanashima
The detection of specific RNA molecules in embryonic tissues has wide research applications including studying gene expression dynamics in brain development and evolution. Recent advances in sequencing technologies have introduced new animal models to explore the molecular principles underlying the assembly and diversification of brain circuits between different amniote species. Here, we provide a step-by-step protocol for a versatile in situ hybridization method that is immediately applicable to a range of amniote embryos including zebra finch and Madagascar ground gecko, two new model organisms that have rapidly emerged for comparative brain studies over recent years...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809021/genetic-manipulation-of-the-avian-urogenital-system-using-in-ovo-electroporation
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Claire E Hirst, Olivier Serralbo, Katie L Ayers, Kelly N Roeszler, Craig A Smith
One of the advantages of the avian embryo as an experimental model is its in ovo development and hence accessibility for genetic manipulation. Electroporation has been used extensively in the past to study gene function in chicken and quail embryos . Readily accessible tissues such as the neural tube, somites, and limb bud, in particular, have been targeted. However, more inaccessible tissues, such as the embryonic urogenital system , have proven more challenging to study. Here, we describe the use of in ovo electroporation of TOL2 vectors or RCASBP avian viral vectors for the rapid functional analysis of genes involved in avian sex determination and urogenital development ...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808228/loss-of-usp9x-disrupts-cell-adhesion-and-components-of-the-wnt-and-notch-signaling-pathways-in-neural-progenitors
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Susitha Premarathne, Mariyam Murtaza, Nicholas Matigian, Lachlan A Jolly, Stephen A Wood
Development of neural progenitors depends upon the coordination of appropriate intrinsic responses to extrinsic signalling pathways. Here we show the deubiquitylating enzyme, Usp9x regulates components of both intrinsic and extrinsic fate determinants. Nestin-cre mediated ablation of Usp9x from embryonic neural progenitors in vivo resulted in a transient disruption of cell adhesion and apical-basal polarity and, an increased number and ectopic localisation of intermediate neural progenitors. In contrast to other adhesion and polarity proteins, levels of β-catenin protein, especially S33/S37/T41 phospho-β-catenin, were markedly increased in Usp9x (-/Y) embryonic cortices...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807939/prc2-mediated-transcriptomic-alterations-at-the-embryonic-stage-govern-tumorigenesis-and-clinical-outcome-in-mycn-driven-neuroblastoma
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Shoma Tsubota, Satoshi Kishida, Teppei Shimamura, Miki Ohira, Satoshi Yamashita, Dongliang Cao, Shinichi Kiyonari, Toshikazu Ushijima, Kenji Kadomatsu
Pediatric cancers such as neuroblastoma are thought to involve a dysregulation of embryonic development. However, it has been difficult to identify the critical events that trigger tumorigenesis and differentiate them from normal development. In this study, we report the establishment of a spheroid culture method that enriches early-stage tumor cells from TH-MYCN mice, a preclinical model of neuroblastoma. Using this method, we found that tumorigenic cells were evident as early as day E13.5 during embryo development, when the MYC and PRC2 transcriptomes were significantly altered...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807937/hnf1b-loss-exacerbates-the-development-of-chromophobe-renal-cell-carcinomas
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Eric Jonasch, Mianen Sun, Pan Tong, Wen Kong, Baijun Dong, Yiran Huang, In Young Park, Lijun Zhou, Xian-De Liu, Zhiyong Ding, Xuesong Zhang, Shanshan Bai, Peter German, Reid Powell, Quan Wang, Xuefei Tong, Nizar M Tannir, Surena F Matin, W Kimryn Rathmell, Gregory N Fuller, Ian E McCutcheon, Cheryl Lyn Walker, Jing Wang
Chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (ChRCC) is characterized by major changes in chromosomal copy number (CN). No model is available to precisely elucidate the molecular drivers of this tumor type. HNF1B is a master regulator of gene expression. Here we report that the transcription factor HNF1B is downregulated in the majority of ChRCC and that the magnitude of HNF1B loss is unique to ChRCC. We also observed a strong correlation between reduced HNF1B expression and aneuploidy in ChRCC patients. In murine embryonic fibroblasts or ACHN cells, HNF1B deficiency reduced expression of the spindle checkpoint proteins MAD2L1 and BUB1B, and the cell cycle checkpoint proteins RB1 and p27...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807725/the-rnf146-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-is-required-for-the-control-of-wnt-signaling-and-body-pattern-formation-in-xenopus
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Xuechen Zhu, Rui Xing, Renbo Tan, Rongyang Dai, Qinghua Tao
The RING finger protein Rnf146 encodes an E3 ubiquitin ligase capable of targeting poly-ADP-ribosylated substrates for proteasomal degradation. Rnf146 has been identified as a critical regulator of Axin1 and thus of Wnt/β-catenin signaling. However its physiological significance in vertebrate embryonic development remains to be demonstrated. In this study, we take advantages of early Xenopus embryos to demonstrate that Rnf146 is essential for embryonic pattern formation. Depletion of zygotic Rnf146 using a translation blocking morpholino oligo (MO) results in anteriorized development and increased expression the anterior marker gene Otx2, consistent the notion that Rnf146 is a positive regulator of Wnt/β-catenin signaling through negatively regulating Axin1 expression...
August 11, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803914/targeted-disruption-of-tcf12-reveals-heb-as-essential-in-human-mesodermal-specification-and-hematopoiesis
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Yang Li, Patrick M Brauer, Jastaranpreet Singh, Sintia Xhiku, Kogulan Yoganathan, Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Michele K Anderson
Hematopoietic stem cells arise from mesoderm-derived hemogenic endothelium (HE) during embryogenesis in a process termed endothelial-hematopoietic transition (EHT). To better understand the gene networks that control this process, we investigated the role of the transcription factor HEB (TCF12) by disrupting the TCF12 gene locus in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and inducing them to differentiate toward hematopoietic outcomes. HEB-deficient hESCs retained key features of pluripotency, including expression of SOX2 and SSEA-4 and teratoma formation, while NANOG expression was reduced...
August 2, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803248/a-functional-assay-for-sick-sinus-syndrome-genetic-variants
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Chuanchau J Jou, Cammon B Arrington, Spencer Barnett, Jiaxiang Shen, Scott Cho, Xiaoming Sheng, Patrick C McCullagh, Neil E Bowles, Chase M Pribble, Elizabeth V Saarel, Thomas A Pilcher, Susan P Etheridge, Martin Tristani-Firouzi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Congenital Sick Sinus Syndrome (SSS) is a disorder associated with sudden cardiac death due to severe bradycardia and prolonged pauses. Mutations in HCN4, the gene encoding inward Na+/K+ current (If), have been described as a cause of congenital SSS. The objective of this study is to develop an SSS model in embryonic zebrafish, and use zebrafish as a moderate-throughput assay to functionally characterize HCN4 variants. METHODS: To determine the function of hcn4 in zebrafish, embryos were either bathed in the If -specific blocker (ZD-7288), or endogenous hcn4 expression was knocked down using splice-blocking morpholinos...
August 11, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802262/small-noncoding-rna-expression-during-extreme-anoxia-tolerance-of-annual-killifish-austrofundulus-limnaeus-embryos
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Claire Louise Riggs, Jason E Podrabsky
Small noncoding RNAs (sncRNA) have recently emerged as specific and rapid regulators of gene expression, involved in a myriad of cellular and organismal processes. MicroRNAs, a class of sncRNAs, are differentially expressed in diverse taxa in response to environmental stress, including anoxia. In most vertebrates, a brief period of oxygen deprivation results in severe tissue damage or death. Studies on sncRNA and anoxia have focused on these anoxia-sensitive species. Studying sncRNAs in anoxia-tolerant organisms may provide insight into adaptive mechanisms supporting anoxia tolerance...
August 11, 2017: Physiological Genomics
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