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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861107/piwi-like-protein-hiwi2-is-aberrantly-expressed-in-retinoblastoma-cells-and-affects-cell-cycle-potentially-through-otx2
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Suganya Sivagurunathan, Jayamuruga Pandian Arunachalam, Subbulakshmi Chidambaram
Retinoblastoma (RB), a childhood cancer, is caused by biallelic mutation of the RB1 gene, but its development is not clearly understood. Furthermore, the presence of a cancer stem cell subpopulation in RB might impact its treatment. PIWI protein, known for its role in stem cell self-renewal, is aberrantly expressed in cancers. We examined the role of the PIWI-like protein HIWI2 in RB and its effect on the stem cell markers in cells of the RB line, Y79. The expression of HIWI2 is significantly increased in Y79 compared with its level in HeLa and ARPE19 cells...
2017: Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853082/reprogramming-of-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-under-the-effect-of-bfgf-in-vitro
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E V Shafei, A M Kurinov, A V Kuznetsova, M A Aleksandrova
We studied the effect of bFGF on human retinal pigment epithelial cells in vitro In ARPE-19 cells, enhanced expression of KLF4 mRNA and reduced expression of PAX6, MITF, and OTX2 mRNA specific for retinal pigment epithelium were observed after bFGF application. The expression of KLF4 mRNA peaked in 72 h after bFGF application and then sharply decreased, which was accompanied by a 3-fold increase in TUBB3 mRNA expression (neuronal marker). Immunocytochemical analysis showed that in the presence of bFGF, some cells retained epithelial properties and showed positive staining for connexin-43, while others had long axon-like processes and demonstrated positive staining for βIII-tubulin, which attests to their neuronal transdifferentiation...
August 29, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829770/combinatorial-regulation-of-a-blimp1-prdm1-enhancer-in-the-mouse-retina
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Taylor S Mills, Tatiana Eliseeva, Stephanie M Bersie, Grace Randazzo, Jhenya Nahreini, Ko Uoon Park, Joseph A Brzezinski
The mouse retina comprises seven major cell types that exist in differing proportions. They are generated from multipotent progenitors in a stochastic manner, such that the relative frequency of any given type generated changes over time. The mechanisms determining the proportions of each cell type are only partially understood. Photoreceptors and bipolar interneurons are derived from cells that express Otx2. Within this population, Blimp1 (Prdm1) helps set the balance between photoreceptors and bipolar cells by suppressing bipolar identity in most of the cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814475/developmental-pathway-genes-and-neural-plasticity-underlying-emotional-learning-and-stress-related-disorders
#4
Marissa E Maheu, Kerry J Ressler
The manipulation of neural plasticity as a means of intervening in the onset and progression of stress-related disorders retains its appeal for many researchers, despite our limited success in translating such interventions from the laboratory to the clinic. Given the challenges of identifying individual genetic variants that confer increased risk for illnesses like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, some have turned their attention instead to focusing on so-called "master regulators" of plasticity that may provide a means of controlling these potentially impaired processes in psychiatric illnesses...
September 2017: Learning & Memory
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/28800615/pitx3-and-en1-determine-the-size-and-molecular-programming-of-the-dopaminergic-neuronal-pool
#6
Willemieke M Kouwenhoven, Lars von Oerthel, Marten P Smidt
Mesodiencephalic dopaminergic (mdDA) neurons are located in the ventral midbrain. These neurons form the substantia nigra (SNc) and the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Two transcription factors that play important roles in the process of terminal differentiation and subset-specification of mdDA neurons, are paired-like homeodomain transcription factor 3 (Pitx3), and homeobox transcription factor Engrailed 1 (En1). We previously investigated the single Pitx3KO and En1KO and observed important changes in the survival of mdDA neurons of the SNc and VTA as well as altered expression of pivotal rostral- and caudal-markers, Ahd2 and Cck, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779972/critical-role-of-trpc1-in-thyroid-hormone-dependent-dopaminergic-neuron-development
#7
Chunhai Chen, Qinglong Ma, Ping Deng, Jianjing Yang, Lingling Yang, Min Lin, Zhengping Yu, Zhou Zhou
Thyroid hormones play a crucial role in midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neuron development. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study, we revealed that thyroid hormone treatment evokes significant calcium entry through canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels in ventral midbrain neural stem cells and this calcium signaling is essential for thyroid hormone-dependent DA neuronal differentiation. We also found that TRPC1 is the dominant TRPC channel expressed in ventral midbrain neural stem cells which responds to thyroid hormone...
August 2, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713249/crispr-cas9-mediated-zebrafish-knock-in-as-a-novel-strategy-to-study-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-development
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Gokul Kesavan, Avinash Chekuru, Anja Machate, Michael Brand
The midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB) acts as an organizer and controls the fate of neighboring cells to develop into either mesencephalic (midbrain) or metencephalic (hindbrain) cells by secreting signaling molecules like Wnt1 and Fgf8. The zebrafish is an excellent vertebrate model for studying MHB development due to the ease of gene manipulation and the possibility of following cellular dynamics and morphogenetic processes using live imaging. Currently, only very few reporter and/or Cre-driver lines are available to study gene expression at the MHB, hampering the understanding of MHB development, and traditional transgenic technologies using promoter/enhancer fragments or bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-mediated transgenesis often do not faithfully recapitulate endogenous expression patterns...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635509/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-dopaminergic-neurons-from-adult-common-marmoset-fibroblasts
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Scott C Vermilyea, Scott Guthrie, Michael Meyer, Kim Smuga-Otto, Katarina Braun, Sara Howden, James A Thomson, Su-Chun Zhang, Marina E Emborg, Thaddeus G Golos
The common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus; Cj) is an advantageous nonhuman primate species for modeling age-related disorders, including Parkinson's disease, due to their shorter life span compared to macaques. Cj-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (Cj-iPSCs) from somatic cells are needed for in vitro disease modeling and testing regenerative medicine approaches. Here we report the development of a novel Cj-iPSC line derived from adult marmoset fibroblasts. The Cj-iPSCs showed potent pluripotency properties, including the development of mesodermal lineages in tumors after injection to immunocompromised mice, as well as ectoderm and endoderm lineages after in vitro differentiation regimens, demonstrating differentiated derivatives of all three embryonic layers...
September 1, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620275/genome-wide-target-analyses-of-otx2-homeoprotein-in-postnatal-cortex
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Akiko Sakai, Ryuichiro Nakato, Yiwei Ling, Xubin Hou, Norikazu Hara, Tomoya Iijima, Yuchio Yanagawa, Ryozo Kuwano, Shujiro Okuda, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Sayaka Sugiyama
Juvenile brain has a unique time window, or critical period, in which neuronal circuits are remodeled by experience. Mounting evidence indicates the importance of neuronal circuit rewiring in various neurodevelopmental disorders of human cognition. We previously showed that Otx2 homeoprotein, essential for brain formation, is recaptured during postnatal maturation of parvalbumin-positive interneurons (PV cells) to activate the critical period in mouse visual cortex. Cortical Otx2 is the only interneuron-enriched transcription factor known to regulate the critical period, but its downstream targets remain unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619944/early-life-stress-confers-lifelong-stress-susceptibility-in-mice-via-ventral-tegmental-area-otx2
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Catherine J Peña, Hope G Kronman, Deena M Walker, Hannah M Cates, Rosemary C Bagot, Immanuel Purushothaman, Orna Issler, Yong-Hwee Eddie Loh, Tin Leong, Drew D Kiraly, Emma Goodman, Rachael L Neve, Li Shen, Eric J Nestler
Early life stress increases risk for depression. Here we establish a "two-hit" stress model in mice wherein stress at a specific postnatal period increases susceptibility to adult social defeat stress and causes long-lasting transcriptional alterations that prime the ventral tegmental area (VTA)-a brain reward region-to be in a depression-like state. We identify a role for the developmental transcription factor orthodenticle homeobox 2 (Otx2) as an upstream mediator of these enduring effects. Transient juvenile-but not adult-knockdown of Otx2 in VTA mimics early life stress by increasing stress susceptibility, whereas its overexpression reverses the effects of early life stress...
June 16, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612405/a-comparative-transcriptomic-analysis-of-development-in-two-astyanax-cavefish-populations
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Bethany A Stahl, Joshua B Gross
Organisms that are isolated into extreme environments often evolve extreme phenotypes. However, global patterns of dynamic gene expression changes that accompany dramatic environmental changes remain largely unknown. The blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, has evolved a number of severe cave-associated phenotypes including loss of vision and pigmentation, craniofacial bone fusions, increased fat storage, reduced sleep, and amplified nonvisual sensory systems. Interestingly, surface-dwelling forms have repeatedly entered different caves throughout Mexico, providing a natural set of "replicate" instances of cave isolation...
September 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575744/decreased-neural-precursor-cell-pool-in-nadph-oxidase-2-deficiency-from-mouse-brain-to-neural-differentiation-of-patient-derived-ipsc
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Zeynab Nayernia, Marilena Colaianna, Natalia Robledinos-Antón, Eveline Gutzwiller, Frédérique Sloan-Béna, Elisavet Stathaki, Yousef Hibaoui, Antonio Cuadrado, Jürgen Hescheler, Marie-José Stasia, Tomo Saric, Vincent Jaquet, Karl-Heinz Krause
There is emerging evidence for the involvement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the regulation of stem cells and cellular differentiation. Absence of the ROS-generating NADPH oxidase NOX2 in chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) patients, predominantly manifests as immune deficiency, but has also been associated with decreased cognition. Here, we investigate the role of NOX enzymes in neuronal homeostasis in adult mouse brain and in neural cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). High levels of NOX2 were found in mouse adult neurogenic regions...
April 24, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514120/mouth-development
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REVIEW
Justin Chen, Laura A Jacox, Francesca Saldanha, Hazel Sive
A mouth is present in all animals, and comprises an opening from the outside into the oral cavity and the beginnings of the digestive tract to allow eating. This review focuses on the earliest steps in mouth formation. In the first half, we conclude that the mouth arose once during evolution. In all animals, the mouth forms from ectoderm and endoderm. A direct association of oral ectoderm and digestive endoderm is present even in triploblastic animals, and in chordates, this region is known as the extreme anterior domain (EAD)...
September 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493069/comparison-of-molecular-marker-expression-in-early-zebrafish-brain-development-following-chronic-ethanol-or-morpholino-treatment
#15
Chengjin Zhang, Oswald Boa-Amponsem, Gregory J Cole
This study was undertaken to ascertain whether defined markers of early zebrafish brain development are affected by chronic ethanol exposure or morpholino knockdown of agrin, sonic hedgehog, retinoic acid, and fibroblast growth factors, four signaling molecules that are suggested to be ethanol sensitive. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to 2% ethanol from 6 to 24 hpf or injected with agrin, shha, aldh1a3, or fgf8a morpholinos. In situ hybridization was employed to analyze otx2, pax6a, epha4a, krx20, pax2a, fgf8a, wnt1, and eng2b expression during early brain development...
August 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476222/pituitary-hypoplasia
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REVIEW
Mariam Gangat, Sally Radovick
This article summarizes pituitary development and function as well as specific mutations of genes encoding the following transcription factors: HESX1, LHX3, LHX4, POU1F1, PROP1, and OTX2. Although several additional genetic defects related to hypopituitarism have been identified, this article focuses on these selected factors, as they have been well described in the literature in terms of clinical characterization of affected patients and molecular mechanisms of action, and therefore, are very relevant to clinical practice...
June 2017: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455373/chip-seq-analysis-of-genomic-binding-regions-of-five-major-transcription-factors-highlights-a-central-role-for-zic2-in-the-mouse-epiblast-stem-cell-gene-regulatory-network
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Kazunari Matsuda, Tomoyuki Mikami, Shinya Oki, Hideaki Iida, Munazah Andrabi, Jeremy M Boss, Katsushi Yamaguchi, Shuji Shigenobu, Hisato Kondoh
To obtain insight into the transcription factor (TF)-dependent regulation of epiblast stem cells (EpiSCs), we performed ChIP-seq analysis of the genomic binding regions of five major TFs. Analysis of in vivo biotinylated ZIC2, OTX2, SOX2, POU5F1 and POU3F1 binding in EpiSCs identified several new features. (1) Megabase-scale genomic domains rich in ZIC2 peaks and genes alternate with those rich in POU3F1 but sparse in genes, reflecting the clustering of regulatory regions that act at short and long-range, which involve binding of ZIC2 and POU3F1, respectively...
June 1, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424350/tau-haploinsufficiency-causes-prenatal-loss-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-reduction-of-transcription-factor-orthodenticle-homeobox-2-expression
#18
Meige Zheng, Luyan Jiao, Xiaolu Tang, Xianhong Xiang, Xiaomei Wan, Yan Yan, Xingjian Li, Guofeng Zhang, Yonglin Li, Bin Jiang, Huaibin Cai, Xian Lin
Homozygous tau knockout (Mapt(-/-)) mice develop age-dependent dopaminergic (DA) neuronal loss in the substantia nigra (SN) and ventral tegmental area (VTA), supporting an important function of tau in maintaining the survival of midbrain dopaminergic neurons (mDANs) during aging. However, it remains to be determined whether the microtubule-associated protein tau regulates the differentiation and survival of mDANs during embryonic developmental stages. Here, we show that tau haploinsufficiency in postnatal day 0 (P0) heterozygous (Mapt(+/-)) pups, but not a complete loss of tau in the Mapt(-/-) littermates, led to a significant reduction of DA neurons in the VTA...
April 19, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401018/otx2-expression-contributes-to-proliferation-and-progression-in-myc-amplified-medulloblastoma
#19
REVIEW
Yining Lu, Collin M Labak, Neha Jain, Ian J Purvis, Maheedhara R Guda, Sarah E Bach, Andrew J Tsung, Swapna Asuthkar, Kiran K Velpula
Medulloblastoma is one of the most prevalent pediatric brain malignancies, accounting for approximately 20% of all primary CNS tumors in children under the age of 19. OTX2 is the member of a highly conserved family of bicoid-like homeodomain transcription factors responsible for the regulation of cerebellar development and of current investigational interest in the tumorigenesis of medulloblastoma. Recent studies have revealed that Group 3 and Group 4 medulloblastomas show marked overexpression of OTX2 with a concurrent amplification of the MYC and MYCN oncogenes, respectively, correlating with anaplasticity and unfavorable patient outcomes...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388256/intrafamilial-variability-in-syndromic-microphthalmia-type-5-caused-by-a-novel-variation-in-otx2
#20
Puneeth H Somashekar, Anju Shukla, Katta M Girisha
BACKGROUND: Anophthalmia/microphthalmia/coloboma (MAC) spectrum encompasses the most severe malformations of the eye. Together, they have an incidence of 2 in 10,000 births and can be unilateral or bilateral. These disorders are genetically heterogeneous. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We ascertained a large three-generation family with multiple members showing variable phenotypes of syndromic microphthalmia. Exome sequencing was performed for the proband and his affected maternal aunt...
April 7, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
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