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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231245/signalling-crosstalk-at-the-leading-edge-controls-tissue-closure-dynamics-in-the-drosophila-embryo
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Raphaël Rousset, Fabrice Carballès, Nadège Parassol, Sébastien Schaub, Delphine Cérézo, Stéphane Noselli
Tissue morphogenesis relies on proper differentiation of morphogenetic domains, adopting specific cell behaviours. Yet, how signalling pathways interact to determine and coordinate these domains remains poorly understood. Dorsal closure (DC) of the Drosophila embryo represents a powerful model to study epithelial cell sheet sealing. In this process, JNK (JUN N-terminal Kinase) signalling controls leading edge (LE) differentiation generating local forces and cell shape changes essential for DC. The LE represents a key morphogenetic domain in which, in addition to JNK, a number of signalling pathways converges and interacts (anterior/posterior -AP- determination; segmentation genes, such as Wnt/Wingless; TGFβ/Decapentaplegic)...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230857/protein-phosphatase-4-coordinates-glial-membrane-recruitment-and-phagocytic-clearance-of-degenerating-axons-in-drosophila
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Lilly M Winfree, Sean D Speese, Mary A Logan
Neuronal damage induced by injury, stroke, or neurodegenerative disease elicits swift immune responses from glial cells, including altered gene expression, directed migration to injury sites, and glial clearance of damaged neurons through phagocytic engulfment. Collectively, these responses hinder further cellular damage, but the mechanisms that underlie these important protective glial reactions are still unclear. Here, we show that the evolutionarily conserved trimeric protein phosphatase 4 (PP4) serine/threonine phosphatase complex is a novel set of factors required for proper glial responses to nerve injury in the adult Drosophila brain...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230770/vegfa-impacts-early-myocardium-development-in-zebrafish
#3
Diqi Zhu, Yabo Fang, Kun Gao, Jie Shen, Tao P Zhong, Fen Li
Vascular endothelial growth factor A (Vegfa) signaling regulates cardiovascular development. However, the cellular mechanisms of Vegfa signaling in early cardiogenesis remain poorly understood. The present study aimed to understand the differential functions and mechanisms of Vegfa signaling in cardiac development. A loss-of-function approach was utilized to study the effect of Vegfa signaling in cardiogenesis. Both morphants and mutants for vegfaa display defects in cardiac looping and chamber formation, especially the ventricle...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230739/mnt%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-emerging%C3%A2-concepts%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-mnt-myc-antagonism
#4
Guang Yang, Peter J Hurlin
MYC family proteins play fundamental roles in stem and progenitor cell homeostasis, morphogenesis and cancer. As expected for proteins that profoundly affect the fate of cells, the activities of MYC are regulated at a multitude of levels. One mechanism with the potential to broadly affect the activities of MYC is transcriptional antagonism by a group of MYC-related transcriptional repressors. From this group, the protein MNT has emerged as having perhaps the most far-reaching impact on MYC activities. In this review, we discuss the current understanding of MNT, its regulation and how, as a MYC antagonist, it functions both as a tumor suppressor and facilitator of MYC-driven proliferation and oncogenesis...
February 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230156/drebrin-mediated-microtubule-actomyosin-coupling-steers-cerebellar-granule-neuron-nucleokinesis-and-migration-pathway-selection
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Niraj Trivedi, Daniel R Stabley, Blake Cain, Danielle Howell, Christophe Laumonnerie, Joseph S Ramahi, Jamshid Temirov, Ryan A Kerekes, Phillip R Gordon-Weeks, David J Solecki
Neuronal migration from a germinal zone to a final laminar position is essential for the morphogenesis of neuronal circuits. While it is hypothesized that microtubule-actomyosin crosstalk is required for a neuron's 'two-stroke' nucleokinesis cycle, the molecular mechanisms controlling such crosstalk are not defined. By using the drebrin microtubule-actin crosslinking protein as an entry point into the cerebellar granule neuron system in combination with super-resolution microscopy, we investigate how these cytoskeletal systems interface during migration...
February 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226535/probing-the-micromechanics-of-the-fastest-growing-plant-cell-the-pollen-tube
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Naveen Shamsudhin, Huseyin Baris Atakan, Nino Laubli, Hannes Vogler, Chengzhi Hu, Abu Sebastian, Ueli Grossniklaus, Bradley J Nelson, Naveen Shamsudhin, Huseyin Baris Atakan, Nino Laubli, Hannes Vogler, Chengzhi Hu, Abu Sebastian, Ueli Grossniklaus, Bradley J Nelson, Hannes Vogler, Ueli Grossniklaus, Nino Laubli, Bradley J Nelson, Naveen Shamsudhin, Huseyin Baris Atakan, Abu Sebastian, Chengzhi Hu
The pollen tube is a fast growing cellular protrusion that plays a key role in the reproductive process of flowering plants. It serves as an important model for studying cellular morphogenesis, anisotropic growth mechanisms, and cellular signaling in the plant sciences. The anisotropic growth of pollen tubes is driven by a finely tuned control of the intracellular turgor pressure and the extensibility of the cell wall. To decipher this internal feedback loop and mathematically model the growth process, a quantitative understanding of the mechanical properties of the cell wall is crucial, in addition to biochemical investigations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225779/combined-small-rna-and-degradome-sequencing-reveals-complex-microrna-regulation-of-catechin-biosynthesis-in-tea-camellia-sinensis
#7
Ping Sun, Chunzhen Cheng, Yuling Lin, Qiufang Zhu, Jinke Lin, Zhongxiong Lai
MicroRNAs are endogenous non-coding small RNAs playing crucial regulatory roles in plants. Tea, a globally popular non-alcoholic drink, is rich in health-enhancing catechins. In this study, 69 conserved and 47 novel miRNAs targeting 644 genes were identified by high-throughout sequencing. Predicted target genes of miRNAs were mainly involved in plant growth, signal transduction, morphogenesis and defense. To further identify targets of tea miRNAs, degradome sequencing and RNA ligase-mediated rapid amplification of 5'cDNA ends (RLM-RACE) were applied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223923/embryonic-and-postnatal-expression-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-mrna-in-mouse-brain
#8
Eiki Kimura, Chiharu Tohyama
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a member of the basic helix-loop-helix-Per-Arnt-Sim transcription factor family, plays a critical role in the developing nervous system of invertebrates and vertebrates. Dioxin, a ubiquitous environmental pollutant, avidly binds to this receptor, and maternal exposure to dioxin has been shown to impair higher brain functions and dendritic morphogenesis, possibly via an AhR-dependent mechanism. However, there is little information on AhR expression in the developing mammalian brain...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223369/ssp2-binding-activates-the-smk1-mapk
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Chong Wai Tio, Gregory Omerza, Timothy Phillips, Hua Jane Lou, Benjamin E Turk, Edward Winter
Smk1 is a meiosis specific MAPK in S. cerevisiae that couples spore morphogenesis to the completion of chromosome segregation. Similar to other MAPKs, Smk1 is controlled by phosphorylation of a threonine (T) and tyrosine (Y) in its activation loop. However, it is not activated by a dual-specificity MAPK kinase. Instead, T207 in Smk1's activation loop is phosphorylated by the CDK-activating kinase (Cak1), and Y209 is autophosphorylated in an intramolecular reaction that requires the meiosis-specific protein, Ssp2...
February 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222298/vascular-morphogenesis-an-integrin-and-fibronectin-highway
#10
Hellyeh Hamidi, Johanna Ivaska
A new study shows that endothelial cells use synaptic-like machinery to control polarized secretion and deposition of newly synthesised fibronectin. This process is coupled to active integrin recycling to the same locations and is fundamental for vascular development in zebrafish.
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220862/induction-of-hair-follicle-dermal-papilla-cell-properties-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-multipotent-lngfr-thy-1-mesenchymal-cells
#11
Ophelia Veraitch, Yo Mabuchi, Yumi Matsuzaki, Takashi Sasaki, Hironobu Okuno, Aki Tsukashima, Masayuki Amagai, Hideyuki Okano, Manabu Ohyama
The dermal papilla (DP) is a specialised mesenchymal component of the hair follicle (HF) that plays key roles in HF morphogenesis and regeneration. Current technical difficulties in preparing trichogenic human DP cells could be overcome by the use of highly proliferative and plastic human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). In this study, hiPSCs were differentiated into induced mesenchymal cells (iMCs) with a bone marrow stromal cell phenotype. A highly proliferative and plastic LNGFR(+)THY-1(+) subset of iMCs was subsequently programmed using retinoic acid and DP cell activating culture medium to acquire DP properties...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219946/distinct-intracellular-ca-2-dynamics-regulate-apical-constriction-and-differentially-contribute-to-neural-tube-closure
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Makoto Suzuki, Masanao Sato, Hiroshi Koyama, Yusuke Hara, Kentaro Hayashi, Naoko Yasue, Hiromi Imamura, Toshihiko Fujimori, Takeharu Nagai, Robert E Campbell, Naoto Ueno
Early in the development of the central nervous system, progenitor cells undergo a shape change, called apical constriction, that triggers the neural plate to form a tubular structure. How apical constriction in the neural plate is controlled, and contributes to tissue morphogenesis, are not fully understood. In this study, we show that intracellular calcium ions (Ca(2+)) are required for Xenopus neural tube formation, and that there are two types of Ca(2+)-concentration changes, a single-cell and a multicellular wave-like fluctuation, in the developing neural plate...
February 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219945/novel-fixed-z-dimension-fizd-kidney-primordia-and-an-organoid-culture-system-for-time-lapse-confocal-imaging
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Ulla Saarela, Saad Ullah Akram, Audrey Desgrange, Aleksandra Rak-Raszewska, Jingdong Shan, Silvia Cereghini, Veli-Pekka Ronkainen, Janne Heikkilä, Ilya Skovorodkin, Seppo J Vainio
Tissue, organ and organoid cultures provide suitable models for developmental studies, but our understanding of how the organs are assembled at the single cell level still remains unclear. We describe here a novel Fixed Z-Dimension (FiZD) culture setup that permits high-resolution confocal imaging of organoids and embryonic tissues. In a FiZD culture a permeable membrane compresses the tissues onto a glass coverslip and the spacers adjust the thickness, enabling the tissue to grow for up to 12 days. Thus the kidney rudiment and the organoids can adjust to the limited Z-dimensional space and yet advance the process of kidney morphogenesis, enabling long-term time-lapse and high-resolution confocal imaging...
February 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217776/iron-acquisition-in-fungal-pathogens-of-humans
#14
Gaurav Bairwa, Won Hee Jung, James W Kronstad
The devastating infections that fungal pathogens cause in humans are underappreciated relative to viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases. In recent years, the contributions to virulence of reductive iron uptake, siderophore-mediated uptake and heme acquisition have been identified in the best studied and most life-threatening fungal pathogens: Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans and Aspergillus fumigatus. In particular, exciting new work illustrates the importance of iron acquisition from heme and hemoglobin in the virulence of pathogenic yeasts...
February 20, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216382/the-physical-basis-of-coordinated-tissue-spreading-in-zebrafish-gastrulation
#15
Hitoshi Morita, Silvia Grigolon, Martin Bock, S F Gabriel Krens, Guillaume Salbreux, Carl-Philipp Heisenberg
Embryo morphogenesis relies on highly coordinated movements of different tissues. However, remarkably little is known about how tissues coordinate their movements to shape the embryo. In zebrafish embryogenesis, coordinated tissue movements first become apparent during "doming," when the blastoderm begins to spread over the yolk sac, a process involving coordinated epithelial surface cell layer expansion and mesenchymal deep cell intercalations. Here, we find that active surface cell expansion represents the key process coordinating tissue movements during doming...
February 12, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215352/photoreceptors-in-the-dark-a-functional-white-collar-like-complex-and-other-putative-light-sensing-components-encoded-by-the-genome-of-the-subterranean-fungus-tuber-melanosporum
#16
Raffaele Gerace, Barbara Montanini, Marco Proietto, Elisabetta Levati, Cristina De Luca, Andrea Brenna, Patrizia Filetici, Annegret Kohler, Simone Ottonello, Paola Ballario
Light is perceived and transduced by fungi, where it modulates processes as diverse as growth and morphogenesis, sexual development and secondary metabolism. A special case in point is that of fungi with a subterranean, light-shielded habitat such as Tuber spp. Using as reference the genome sequence of the black truffle Tuber melanosporum, we used bioinformatic prediction tools and expression data to gain insight on the photoreceptor systems of this hypogeous ectomycorrhizal fungus. These include a chromophore-less opsin, a putative red-light-sensing phytochrome not expressed at detectable levels in any of the examined lifecycle stages, and a nearly canonical two-component (WC-1/WC-2) photoreceptor system similar to the Neurospora white collar complex (WCC)...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215348/in%C3%A2-vitro-secretomic-analysis-identifies-putative-pathogenicity-related-proteins-of-sporisorium-scitamineum-the-sugarcane-smut-fungus
#17
Leonard Barnabas, N M R Ashwin, Kalimuthu Kaverinathan, Anna Rita Trentin, Micaela Pivato, Amalraj Ramesh Sundar, Palaniyandi Malathi, Rasappa Viswanathan, Paolo Carletti, Giorgio Arrigoni, Antonio Masi, Ganesh Kumar Agrawal, Randeep Rakwal
Sporisorium scitamineum, the sugarcane smut pathogen, relies predominantly on its secretome to successfully colonise its host, in accordance with other related smut fungi. Considering the significance of deciphering its secretome, we have examined alterations in the in vitro secretome of S. scitamineum in response to synthetic and sugarcane meristem tissue-amended growth media, so as to identify host signal responsive secretory proteins. Secretory proteins that were differentially abundant and exclusively secreted in response to host extract media were identified by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis coupled with MALDI-TOF/TOF MS...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215337/in-vivo-analysis-of-morphogenesis-in-plants
#18
T Stanislas, O Hamant, J Traas
Although many molecular regulators of morphogenesis have been identified in plants, it remains largely unknown how the molecular networks influence local cell shape and how cell growth, form, and position are coordinated during tissue and organ formations. So far, analyses of gene function in morphogenesis have mainly focused on the qualitative analysis of phenotypes, often providing limited mechanistic insight into how particular factors act. For this reason, there has been a growing interest in mathematical and computational models to formalize and test hypotheses...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215336/micropipette-aspiration-a%C3%A2-unique-tool-for-exploring-cell-and-tissue-mechanics-in-vivo
#19
K Guevorkian, J-L Maître
Cell and tissue mechanical properties are paramount in controlling morphogenesis. Microaspiration techniques allow measuring the absolute values of mechanical properties in space and time in vivo. Here, we explain how to build a microaspiration setup that can be used for both cellular and tissue scale measurements. At the cellular scale, microaspiration allows the mapping in space and time of surface tensions of individual interfaces within a tissue to understand the forces shaping it. At the tissue scale, microaspiration can be used to measure macroscopic mechanical properties such as the viscoelasticity and tissue surface tension that regulate the dynamics of tissue deformation...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215335/optogenetic-inhibition-of-apical-constriction-during-drosophila-embryonic-development
#20
G Guglielmi, S De Renzis
Morphogenesis of multicellular organisms is driven by changes in cell behavior, which happen at precise locations and defined developmental stages. Therefore, the studying of morphogenetic events would greatly benefit from tools that allow the perturbation of cell activity with spatial and temporal precision. We recently developed an optogenetic approach to modulate cell contractility with cellular precision and on fast (seconds) timescales during Drosophila embryogenesis. We present here a protocol to handle genetically engineered photosensitive Drosophila embryos and achieve light-mediated inhibition of apical constriction during tissue invagination...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
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