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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322735/stella-collaborates-in-distinct-mesendodermal-cell-subpopulations-at-the-fetal-placental-interface-in-the-mouse-gastrula
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Adam D Wolfe, Adriana M Rodriguez, Karen M Downs
The allantois-derived umbilical component of the chorio-allantoic placenta shuttles fetal blood to and from the chorion, thereby ensuring fetal-maternal exchange. The progenitor populations that establish and supply the fetal-umbilical interface lie, in part, within the base of the allantois, where the germ line is claimed to segregate from the soma. Results of recent studies in the mouse have reported that STELLA (DPPA-3, PGC7) co-localizes with PRDM1 (BLIMP1), the bimolecular signature of putative primordial germ cells (PGCs) throughout the fetal-placental interface...
March 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300473/cells-on-the-move-modulation-of-guidance-cues-during-germ-cell-migration
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Girish Deshpande, Justinn Barr, Offer Gerlitz, Lyubov Lebedeva, Yulii Shidlovskii, Paul Schedl
In Drosophila melanogaster the progenitors of the germ-line stem cells, the primordial germ cells (PGCs) are formed on the outside surface of the early embryo, while the somatic gonadal precursor cells (SGPs) are specified during mid-embryogenesis. To form the primitive embryonic gonad, the PGCs travel from outside of the embryo, across the mid-gut and then migrate through the mesoderm to the SGPs. The migratory path of PGCs is dictated by a series of attractive and repulsive cues. Studies in our lab have shown that one of the key chemoattractants is the Hedgehog (Hh) ligand...
March 16, 2017: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300214/corrigendum-hipstr-and-thousands-of-lncrnas-are-heterogeneously-expressed-in-human-embryos-primordial-germ-cells-and-stable-cell-lines
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Dinar Yunusov, Leticia Anderson, Lucas Ferreira DaSilva, Joanna Wysocka, Toshihiko Ezashi, R Michael Roberts, Sergio Verjovski-Almeida
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297718/dnd1-maintains-germline-stem-cells-via-recruitment-of-the-ccr4-not-complex-to-target-mrnas
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Masashi Yamaji, Miki Jishage, Cindy Meyer, Hemant Suryawanshi, Evan Der, Misaki Yamaji, Aitor Garzia, Pavel Morozov, Sudhir Manickavel, Hannah L McFarland, Robert G Roeder, Markus Hafner, Thomas Tuschl
The vertebrate-conserved RNA-binding protein DND1 is required for the survival of primordial germ cells (PGCs), as well as the suppression of germ cell tumours in mice. Here we show that in mice DND1 binds a UU(A/U) trinucleotide motif predominantly in the 3' untranslated regions of mRNA, and destabilizes target mRNAs through direct recruitment of the CCR4-NOT deadenylase complex. Transcriptomic analysis reveals that the extent of suppression is dependent on the number of DND1-binding sites. This DND1-dependent mRNA destabilization is required for the survival of mouse PGCs and spermatogonial stem cells by suppressing apoptosis...
March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295819/variants-in-bak1-spry4-and-gab2-are-associated-with-pediatric-germ-cell-tumors-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Erin L Marcotte, Nathan Pankratz, James F Amatruda, A Lindsay Frazier, Mark Krailo, Stella Davies, Jacqueline R Starr, C Lau Ching, Michelle Roesler, Erica Langer, Caroline Hallstrom, Anthony J Hooten, Jenny N Poynter
Germ cell tumors (GCT) are a rare form of childhood cancer that originate from the primordial germ cell. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified susceptibility alleles for adult testicular GCT (TGCT). We test whether these SNPs are associated with GCT in pediatric and adolescent populations. This case-parent triad study includes individuals with GCT diagnosed between ages 0-19. We evaluated 26 SNPs from GWAS of adult TGCT and estimated main effects for pediatric GCT within complete trios (N=366) using the transmission disequilibrium test...
March 13, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293300/silencing-markers-are-retained-on-pericentric-heterochromatin-during-murine-primordial-germ-cell-development
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Aristea Magaraki, Godfried van der Heijden, Esther Sleddens-Linkels, Leonidas Magarakis, Wiggert A van Cappellen, Antoine H F M Peters, Joost Gribnau, Willy M Baarends, Maureen Eijpe
BACKGROUND: In the nuclei of most mammalian cells, pericentric heterochromatin is characterized by DNA methylation, histone modifications such as H3K9me3 and H4K20me3, and specific binding proteins like heterochromatin-binding protein 1 isoforms (HP1 isoforms). Maintenance of this specialized chromatin structure is of great importance for genome integrity and for the controlled repression of the repetitive elements within the pericentric DNA sequence. Here we have studied histone modifications at pericentric heterochromatin during primordial germ cell (PGC) development using different fixation conditions and fluorescent immunohistochemical and immunocytochemical protocols...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289190/ampk-blocks-starvation-inducible-transgenerational-defects-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#7
Emilie Demoinet, Shaolin Li, Richard Roy
Life history events, such as traumatic stress, illness, or starvation, can influence us through molecular changes that are recorded in a pattern of characteristic chromatin modifications. These modifications are often associated with adaptive adjustments in gene expression that can persist throughout the lifetime of the organism, or even span multiple generations. Although these adaptations may confer some selective advantage, if they are not appropriately regulated they can also be maladaptive in a context-dependent manner...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289071/disorganization-of-the-germ-cell-pool-leads-to-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
#8
Ikko Kawashima, Kazuhiro Kawamura
The mammalian ovary is an organ that controls female germ cell development, storing them and releasing mature oocytes for transporting to the oviduct. During the fetal stage, female germ cells change from a proliferative state to meiosis before forming follicles with the potential for growth of surrounding somatic cells. Understanding of molecular and physiological bases of germ cell development in the fetal ovary contributed not only to the elucidation of genetic disorders in primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), but also advancement of novel treatments for patients with POI...
March 13, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286111/spermatogenesis-disruption-by-dioxins-epigenetic-reprograming-and-windows-of-susceptibility
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J Richard Pilsner, Mikhail Parker, Oleg Sergeyev, Alexander Suvorov
Dioxins are a group of highly persistent chemicals that are generated as by-products of industrial and natural processes. Reduction in sperm counts are among the most sensitive endpoints of dioxin toxicity. The exact mechanism by which dioxins reduce sperm counts is not known. Recent data implicate the role of epididymal factors rather than disruption of spermatogenesis. Studies reviewed here demonstrate that dioxins induce the transfer of environmental conditions to the next generation via male germline following exposures during the window of epigenetic reprogramming of primordial germ cells...
March 7, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284906/bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-signaling-in-animal-reproductive-system-development-and-function
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REVIEW
Amaneet K Lochab, Cassandra G Extavour
In multicellular organisms, the specification, maintenance, and transmission of the germ cell lineage to subsequent generations are critical processes that ensure species survival. A number of studies suggest that the Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) pathway plays multiple roles in this cell lineage. We wished to use a comparative framework to examine the role of BMP signaling in regulating these processes, to determine if patterns would emerge that might shed light on the evolution of molecular mechanisms that may play germ cell-specific or reproductive roles across species...
March 8, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278531/of-mice-and-men-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-studies-of-primordial-germ-cell-specification
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Deepti Lava Kumar, Tony DeFalco
Specification of mouse primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors of sperm and eggs, involves three major molecular events: repression of the somatic program, reacquisition of pluripotency, and reprogramming to a unique epigenetic ground state. Gene knockout studies in mouse models, along with global transcriptome analyses, have revealed the key signaling pathways and transcription factors essential for PGC specification. Knowledge obtained from these studies has been utilized extensively to develop robust in vitro PGC induction models not only in mice but also in humans...
March 2017: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256590/cd61-promotes-the-differentiation-of-canine-admscs-into-pgc-like-cells-through-modulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Jia Fang, Yudong Wei, Changrong Lv, Sha Peng, Shanting Zhao, Jinlian Hua
Previous studies have shown that CD61 (integrin-β3) promotes the differentiation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) into germ-like cells. However, the mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we showed that overexpression of CD61 in canine adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (cADMSCs) promotes their differentiation into primordial germ cell (PGC)-like cells. Quantitative real-time PCR, immunocytochemistry and western blot detected higher levels of PGC-specific markers in CD61-overexpressed cADMSCs compared with those in control cells...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254784/assembly-of-embryonic-and-extra-embryonic-stem-cells-to-mimic-embryogenesis-in-vitro
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Sarah Ellys Harrison, Berna Sozen, Neophytos Christodoulou, Christos Kyprianou, Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
Mammalian embryogenesis requires intricate interactions between embryonic and extra-embryonic tissues to orchestrate and coordinate morphogenesis with changes in developmental potential. Here, we combine mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and extra-embryonic trophoblast stem cells (TSCs) in a 3D-scaffold to generate structures whose morphogenesis is remarkably similar to natural embryos. By using genetically-modified stem cells and specific inhibitors, we show embryogenesis of ESC- and TSC-derived embryos, ETS-embryos, depends on crosstalk involving Nodal signaling...
March 2, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253363/mutation-in-cpsf6-cfim68-cleavage-and-polyadenylation-specificity-factor-subunit-6-causes-short-3-utrs-and-disturbs-gene-expression-in-developing-embryos-as-revealed-by-an-analysis-of-primordial-germ-cell-migration-using-the-medaka-mutant-naruto
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Takao Sasado, Hisato Kondoh, Makoto Furutani-Seiki, Kiyoshi Naruse
Our previous studies analyzing medaka mutants defective in primordial germ cell (PGC) migration identified cxcr4b and cxcr7, which are both receptors of the chemokine sdf1/cxcl12, as key regulators of PGC migration. Among PGC migration mutants, naruto (nar) is unique in that the mutant phenotype includes gross morphological abnormalities of embryos, suggesting that the mutation affects a broader range of processes. A fine genetic linkage mapping and genome sequencing showed the nar gene encodes Cleavage and Polyadenylation Specificity Factor subunit 6 (CPSF6/CFIm68)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247049/translational-control-of-germ-cell-decisions
#15
Kumari Pushpa, Ganga Anil Kumar, Kuppuswamy Subramaniam
Germline poses unique challenges to gene expression control at the transcriptional level. While the embryonic germline maintains a global hold on new mRNA transcription, the female adult germline produces transcripts that are not translated into proteins until embryogenesis of subsequent generation. As a consequence, translational control plays a central role in governing various germ cell decisions including the formation of primordial germ cells, self-renewal/differentiation decisions in the adult germline, onset of gametogenesis and oocyte maturation...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244655/the-plasticity-of-germ-cell-cancers-and-its-dependence-on-the-cellular-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Daniel Nettersheim, Hubert Schorle
So far, the understanding of germ cell cancer (GCC) pathogenesis is based on a model, where seminomas and non-seminomas represent distinct entities although originating from a common precursor termed germ cell neoplasia in situ (GCNIS). Embryonal carcinomas (ECs), the stem cell population of the non-seminomas, is pluri- to totipotent and able to differentiate into cells of all three germ layers, giving rise to teratomas or tumours mimicking extraembryonic tissues (yolk sac tumours, choriocarcinomas). With regard to gene expression, (epi)genetics and histology, seminomas are highly similar to GCNIS and primordial germ cells, but limited in development...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243826/differentiation-of-mouse-primordial-germ-cells-into-functional-oocytes-in-vitro
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Kanako Morohaku, Yuji Hirao, Yayoi Obata
Various complex molecular events in oogenesis cannot be observed in vivo. As a bioengineering technique for female reproductive tissues, in vitro culture systems for female germ cells have been used to analyze oogenesis and preserve germ cells for over 20 years. Recently, we have established a new methodological approach for the culture of primordial germ cells (PGCs) and successfully obtained offspring. Our PGC culture system will be useful to clarify unresolved mechanisms of fertility and sterility from the beginning of mammalian oogenesis, before meiosis...
February 27, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235998/the-epigenetic-modifications-and-the-anterior-to-posterior-characterization-of-meiotic-entry-during-mouse-oogenesis
#18
Xia-Fei Fu, Fan Yang, Shun-Feng Cheng, Yan-Ni Feng, Lan Li, Paul W Dyce, Wei Shen, Xiao-Feng Sun
The meiotic initiation of mammalian oogonia is a critical step during the development of primordial germ cells (PGCs) to mature oocytes. In this study, a systematic investigation of epigenetic modifications and DAZL gene expression during oogonia meiotic entry were performed. We found that the expression of DAZL was epigenetically regulated by DNA methylation of CpG islands within its promoter region. During meiotic entry, a continuously increasing level of 5hmC, a stable epigenetic marker usually associated with the activation of gene expression, was observed from 11...
February 24, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235822/transient-translational-quiescence-in-primordial-germ-cells
#19
Nathalie Oulhen, S Zachary Swartz, Jessica Laird, Alexandra Mascaro, Gary Wessel
Stem cells in animals often exhibit a slow cell cycle and/or low transcriptional activity referred to as quiescence. Here we report that the translational activity in the primordial germ cells (PGCs) of the sea urchin embryo (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) is quiescent. We measured new protein synthesis with O-propargyl-puromycin, and L-homopropargylglycine, Click-iT technologies and determined that these cells synthesize protein at only 6% the level of their adjacent somatic cells. Knock-down of translation of the RNA-binding protein Nanos2 by morpholino anti-sense oligonucleotides, or knock-out of the Nanos2 gene by CRISPR/Cas9 resulted in a significant, but partial increase (47%) in general translation specifically in the PGCs...
February 24, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224044/mastl-is-essential-for-anaphase-entry-of-proliferating-primordial-germ-cells-and-establishment-of-female-germ-cells-in-mice
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Sanjiv Risal, Jingjing Zhang, Deepak Adhikari, Xiaoman Liu, Jingchen Shao, Mengwen Hu, Kiran Busayavalasa, Zhaowei Tu, Zijiang Chen, Philipp Kaldis, Kui Liu
In mammals, primordial germ cells (PGCs) are the embryonic cell population that serve as germ cell precursors in both females and males. During mouse embryonic development, the majority of PGCs are arrested at the G2 phase when they migrate into the hindgut at 7.75-8.75 dpc (days post coitum). It is after 9.5 dpc that the PGCs undergo proliferation with a doubling time of 12.6 h. The molecular mechanisms underlying PGC proliferation are however not well studied. In this work. Here we studied how MASTL (microtubule-associated serine/threonine kinase-like)/Greatwall kinase regulates the rapid proliferation of PGCs...
2017: Cell Discovery
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