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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222105/stat3-cdc25a-dependent-cell-proliferation-promotes-embryonic-axis-extension-during-zebrafish-gastrulation
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Yinzi Liu, Diane S Sepich, Lilianna Solnica-Krezel
Cell proliferation has generally been considered dispensable for anteroposterior extension of embryonic axis during vertebrate gastrulation. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3), a conserved controller of cell proliferation, survival and regeneration, is associated with human scoliosis, cancer and Hyper IgE Syndrome. Zebrafish Stat3 was proposed to govern convergence and extension gastrulation movements in part by promoting Wnt/Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) signaling, a conserved regulator of mediolaterally polarized cell behaviors...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221003/trends-in-high-throughput-and-functional-neuroimaging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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REVIEW
Yongmin Cho, Charles L Zhao, Hang Lu
The nervous system of Caenorhabditis elegans is an important model system for understanding the development and function of larger, more complex nervous systems. It is prized for its ease of handling, rapid life cycle, and stereotyped, well-cataloged development, with the development of all 302 neurons mapped all the way from zygote to adult. The combination of easy genetic manipulation and optical transparency of the worm allows for the direct imaging of its interior with fluorescent microscopy, without physically compromising the normal physiology of the animal itself...
February 21, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217903/an-evo-devo-perspective-on-multicellular-development-of-myxobacteria
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REVIEW
Juan A Arias Del Angel, Ana E Escalante, León Patricio Martínez-Castilla, Mariana Benítez
The transition to multicellularity, recognized as one the major transitions in evolution, has occurred independently several times. While multicellular development has been extensively studied in zygotic organisms including plant and animal groups, just a few aggregative multicellular organisms have been employed as model organisms for the study of multicellularity. Studying different evolutionary origins and modes of multicellularity enables comparative analyses that can help identifying lineage-specific aspects of multicellular evolution and generic factors and mechanisms involved in the transition to multicellularity...
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211207/social-amoebae-mating-types-do-not-invest-unequally-in-sexual-offspring
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Tracy E Douglas, David C Queller, Joan E Strassmann
Unequal investment by different sexes in their progeny is common and includes differential investment in the zygote and differential care of the young. The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum has a sexual stage in which isogamous cells of any two of the three mating types fuse to form a zygote which then attracts hundreds of other cells to the macrocyst. The latter cells are cannibalized and so make no genetic contribution to reproduction. Previous literature suggests that this sacrifice may be induced in cells of one mating type by cells of another, resulting in a higher than expected production of macrocysts when the inducing type is rare and a giving a reproductive advantage to this social cheat...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209967/optimization-of-the-production-of-knock-in-alleles-by-crispr-cas9-microinjection-into-the-mouse-zygote
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Aurélien Raveux, Sandrine Vandormael-Pournin, Michel Cohen-Tannoudji
Microinjection of the CRISPR/Cas9 system in zygotes is an efficient and comparatively fast method to generate genetically modified mice. So far, only few knock-in mice have been generated using this approach, and because no systematic study has been performed, parameters controlling the efficacy of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated targeted insertion are not fully established. Here, we evaluated the effect of several parameters on knock-in efficiency changing only one variable at a time. We found that knock-in efficiency was dependent on injected Cas9 mRNA and single-guide RNA concentrations and that cytoplasmic injection resulted in more genotypic complexity compared to pronuclear injection...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209344/a-mathematical-view-for-ordinary-differential-equation-models-comment-on-epigenetic-game-theory-how-to-compute-the-epigenetic-control-of-maternal-to-zygotic-transition-by-qian-wang-et-al
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199879/gene-expression-patterns-regulating-embryogenesis-based-on-the-integrated-de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-the-japanese-flounder
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Yuanshuai Fu, Liang Jia, Zhiyi Shi, Junling Zhang, Wenjuan Li
The Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) is one of the most important commercial and biological marine fishes. However, the molecular biology involved during embryogenesis and early development of the Japanese flounder remains largely unknown due to a lack of genomic resources. A comprehensive and integrated transcriptome is necessary to study the molecular mechanisms of early development and to allow for the detailed characterization of gene expression patterns during embryogenesis; this approach is critical to understanding the processes that occur prior to mesectoderm formation during early embryonic development...
January 25, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199302/untimely-expression-of-gametogenic-genes-in-vegetative-cells-causes-uniparental-disomy
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H Diego Folco, Venkata R Chalamcharla, Tomoyasu Sugiyama, Gobi Thillainadesan, Martin Zofall, Vanivilasini Balachandran, Jothy Dhakshnamoorthy, Takeshi Mizuguchi, Shiv I S Grewal
Uniparental disomy (UPD), in which an individual contains a pair of homologous chromosomes originating from only one parent, is a frequent phenomenon that is linked to congenital disorders and various cancers. UPD is thought to result mostly from pre- or post-zygotic chromosome missegregation. However, the factors that drive UPD remain unknown. Here we use the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model to investigate UPD, and show that defects in the RNA interference (RNAi) machinery or in the YTH domain-containing RNA elimination factor Mmi1 cause high levels of UPD in vegetative diploid cells...
February 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195163/targeted-gene-knock-in-by-crispr-cas-ribonucleoproteins-in-porcine-zygotes
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Ki-Eun Park, Anne Powell, Shelley E S Sandmaier, Chan-Mi Kim, Alan Mileham, David M Donovan, Bhanu P Telugu
The domestic pig is an important "dual purpose" animal model for agricultural and biomedical applications. There is an emerging consensus in the biomedical community for the use of large animal models such as pigs to either serve as an alternative, or complement investigations from the mouse. However, the use of pig has not proven popular due to technical difficulties and time required in generating models with desired genetic modifications. In this regard, the ability to directly modify the genome in the zygote and generate edited animals is highly desirable...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193734/mitochondrial-depolarization-in-yeast-zygotes-inhibits-clonal-expansion-of-selfish-mtdna
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Iuliia E Karavaeva, Sergey A Golyshev, Ekaterina A Smirnova, Svyatoslav S Sokolov, Fedor F Severin, Dmitry A Knorre
Non-identical copies of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) compete with each other within a cell and the result depends on their replication rates. Using yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells as a model, we studied the effects of mitochondrial inhibitors on the competition between wild type mtDNA and mutant selfish mtDNA in heteroplasmic zygotes. We found that decreasing mitochondrial transmembrane potential by adding uncouplers or valinomycin changes the competition outcomes in favor of the wild type mtDNA. This effect was significantly lower in the cells with disrupted mitochondria fission or repressed autophagy-related genes ATG8, ATG32 or ATG33 implying that heteroplasmic zygotes activate mitochondrial degradation in response to the depolarization...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192787/m-6-a-dependent-maternal-mrna-clearance-facilitates-zebrafish-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
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Boxuan Simen Zhao, Xiao Wang, Alana V Beadell, Zhike Lu, Hailing Shi, Adam Kuuspalu, Robert K Ho, Chuan He
The maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) is one of the most profound and tightly orchestrated processes during the early life of embryos, yet factors that shape the temporal pattern of vertebrate MZT are largely unknown. Here we show that over one-third of zebrafish maternal messenger RNAs (mRNAs) can be N(6)-methyladenosine (m(6)A) modified, and the clearance of these maternal mRNAs is facilitated by an m(6)A-binding protein, Ythdf2. Removal of Ythdf2 in zebrafish embryos decelerates the decay of m(6)A-modified maternal mRNAs and impedes zygotic genome activation...
February 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191882/corrigendum-two-step-cell-polarization-in-algal-zygotes
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Kenny A Bogaert, Tom Beeckman, Olivier De Clerck
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190810/visualization-of-the-spatial-arrangement-of-nuclear-organization-using-three-dimensional-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-in-early-mouse-embryos-a-new-easi-fish-chamber-glass-for-mammalian-embryos
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Masataka Nakaya, Hideyuki Tanabe, Shingo Takamatsu, Misaki Hosokawa, Tasuku Mitani
The fertilized oocyte begins cleavage, leading to zygotic gene activation (ZGA), which re-activates the resting genome to acquire totipotency. In this process, genomic function is regulated by the dynamic structural conversion in the nucleus. Indeed, a considerable number of genes that are essential for embryonic development are located near the pericentromeric regions, wherein the heterochromatin is formed. These genes are repressed transcriptionally in somatic cells. Three-dimensional fluorescence in situ hybridization (3D-FISH) enables the visualization of the intranuclear spatial arrangement, such as gene loci, chromosomal domains, and chromosome territories (CTs)...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188442/patients-with-mccune-albright-syndrome-have-a-broad-spectrum-of-abnormalities-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract-and-pancreas
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Laura D Wood, Michaël Noë, Wenzel Hackeng, Lodewijk A A Brosens, Feriyl Bhaijee, Marija Debeljak, Jun Yu, Masaya Suenaga, Aatur D Singhi, Atif Zaheer, Alison Boyce, Cemre Robinson, James R Eshleman, Michael G Goggins, Ralph H Hruban, Michael T Collins, Anne Marie Lennon, Elizabeth A Montgomery
McCune-Albright Syndrome (MAS) is a rare sporadic syndrome caused by post-zygotic mutations in the GNAS oncogene, leading to constitutional mosaicism for these alterations. Somatic activating GNAS mutations also commonly occur in several gastrointestinal and pancreatic neoplasms, but the spectrum of abnormalities in these organs in patients with MAS has yet to be systematically described. We report comprehensive characterization of the upper gastrointestinal tract in seven patients with MAS and identify several different types of polyps, including gastric heterotopia/metaplasia (7/7), gastric hyperplastic polyps (5/7), fundic gland polyps (2/7), and a hamartomatous polyp (1/7)...
February 10, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181558/an-air-liquid-interphase-approach-for-modeling-the-early-embryo-maternal-contact-zone
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S Chen, S E Palma-Vera, M Langhammer, S P Galuska, B C Braun, E Krause, A Lucas-Hahn, J Schoen
We developed an air-liquid interphase culture procedure for mammalian oviduct epithelial cells leading to the formation of functional epithelial tissues, which generate oviduct fluid surrogates. These in vitro oviduct epithelia can be co-cultured with living zygotes and enable embryonic development up to the blastocyst stage without addition of embryo culture medium. The described strategy is broadly applicable to analyze early embryo-maternal interactions under standardized in vitro conditions.
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176880/crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-manipulation-to-create-single-amino-acid-substituted-and-floxed-mice-with-a-cloning-free-method
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Xiaolong Ma, Chao Chen, Jennifer Veevers, XinMin Zhou, Robert S Ross, Wei Feng, Ju Chen
Clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) technology is a powerful tool to manipulate the genome with extraordinary simplicity and speed. To generate genetically modified animals, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing is typically accomplished by microinjection of a mixture of Cas9 DNA/mRNA and single-guide RNA (sgRNA) into zygotes. However, sgRNAs used for this approach require manipulation via molecular cloning as well as in vitro transcription. Beyond these complexities, most mutants obtained with this traditional approach are genetically mosaic, yielding several types of cells with different genetic mutations...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171749/a-molecular-framework-for-the-embryonic-initiation-of-shoot-meristem-stem-cells
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Zhongjuan Zhang, Elise Tucker, Marita Hermann, Thomas Laux
The establishment of pluripotent stem cells is a key event during plant and animal embryogenesis, but the underlying mechanisms remain enigmatic. We show that in the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana, expression of the shoot meristem stem cell marker CLV3 becomes detectable in transition stage embryos. Surprisingly, the key regulator of stem cell homeostasis WUSCHEL (WUS) is expressed but dispensable for stem cell initiation. Rather, the WUS paralog WOX2, a regulator of embryo patterning initiated in the zygote, functions in this process by shielding stem cell progenitors from differentiation...
February 6, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168627/disturbances-in-the-ploidy-level-in-the-gynogenetic-sterlet-acipenser-ruthenus
#18
D Fopp-Bayat, K Ocalewicz, M Kucinski, M Jankun, B Laczynska
Artificial mitotic gynogenesis, a chromosome set manipulation, is applied to provide the homozygous progeny with only maternal inheritance. Here, gynogenetic development was induced in the sterlet Acipenser ruthenus L. (Acipenseridae) by activation of the eggs originating from albino females with the UV-irradiated spermatozoa from wild-coloured males, followed by the heat shock applied to suppress the first mitotic division in the haploid zygotes. All experimentally obtained gynogenetic offspring possessed recessive albino coloration...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167048/biochemical-fractionation-of-time-resolved-drosophila-embryos-reveals-similar-transcriptomic-alterations-in-replication-checkpoint-and-histone-mrna-processing-mutants
#19
Fabio Alexis Lefebvre, Louis Philip Benoit Bouvrette, Julie Bergalet, Eric Lécuyer
In higher eukaryotes, maternally provided gene products drive the initial stages of embryogenesis until the zygotic transcriptional program takes over, a developmental process called the midblastula transition (MBT). In addition to zygotic genome activation, the MBT involves alterations in cell-cycle length and the implementation of DNA damage/replication checkpoints that serve to monitor genome integrity. Previous work has shown that mutations affecting histone mRNA metabolism or DNA replication checkpoint factors severely impact developmental progression through the MBT, prompting us to characterize and contrast the transcriptomic impact of these genetic perturbations...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166967/embryonic-development-of-the-grass-pufferfish-takifugu-niphobles-from-egg-to-larvae
#20
V Gallego, M Yoshida, D Kurokawa, J F Asturiano, G J Fraser
Tetraodontidae (pufferfish) family members carry the smallest genomes among vertebrates, and these pocket-sized genomes have directly contributed to our understanding of the structure and evolution of higher animals. The grass pufferfish (Takifugu niphobles) could be considered a potential new model organism for comparative genomics and development due to the potential access to embryos, and availability of sequence data for two similar genomes: that of spotted green pufferfish (Tetraodon nigroviridis) and Fugu (Takifugu rubripes)...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
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