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Siying Ren, Yongfeng Luo, Hui Chen, David Warburton, Hilaire C Lam, Larry Wang, Ping Chen, Elizabeth P Henske, Wei Shi
The tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) proteins are critical negative regulators of the mTORC1 pathway. Germline mutations of TSC1 or TSC2 cause TSC, affecting multiple organs, including the kidney and lung, and causing substantial morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms of organ-specific disease in TSC remain incompletely understood, and the impact of TSC inactivation on mesenchymal lineage cells has not been specifically studied. We deleted Tsc2 specifically in mesoderm-derived mesenchymal cells of multiple organs in mice using the Dermo1-Cre driver...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Hui-Ju Tsai, Ching-Ping Tseng
Multiple functions of platelets in various physiological and pathological conditions have prompted considerable attention on understanding how platelets are generated and activated. Of the adaptor proteins that are expressed in megakaryocytes and platelets, Disabled-2 (Dab2) has been demonstrated in the past decades as a key regulator of platelet signaling. Dab2 has two alternative splicing isoforms p82 and p59. However, the mode of Dab2's action remains to be clearly defined. In this review, we highlight the current understanding of Dab2 expression and function in megakaryocytic differentiation, platelet activation and integrin signaling...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Mario Tirone, Valentina Conti, Fabio Manenti, Pier Andrea Nicolosi, Cristina D'Orlando, Emanuele Azzoni, Silvia Brunelli
Embryonic VE-Cadherin-expressing progenitors (eVE-Cad+), including hemogenic endothelium, have been shown to generate hematopoietic stem cells and a variety of other progenitors, including mesoangioblasts, or MABs. MABs are vessel-associated progenitors with multilineage mesodermal differentiation potential that can physiologically contribute to skeletal muscle development and regeneration, and have been used in an ex vivo cell therapy setting for the treatment of muscular dystrophy. There is currently a therapeutic need for molecules that could improve the efficacy of cell therapy protocols; one such good candidate is nitric oxide...
2016: PloS One
Hai-Qiang Dai, Bang-An Wang, Lu Yang, Jia-Jia Chen, Guo-Chun Zhu, Mei-Ling Sun, Hao Ge, Rui Wang, Deborah L Chapman, Fuchou Tang, Xin Sun, Guo-Liang Xu
Mammalian genomes undergo epigenetic modifications, including cytosine methylation by DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs). Oxidation of 5-methylcytosine by the Ten-eleven translocation (TET) family of dioxygenases can lead to demethylation. Although cytosine methylation has key roles in several processes such as genomic imprinting and X-chromosome inactivation, the functional significance of cytosine methylation and demethylation in mouse embryogenesis remains to be fully determined. Here we show that inactivation of all three Tet genes in mice leads to gastrulation phenotypes, including primitive streak patterning defects in association with impaired maturation of axial mesoderm and failed specification of paraxial mesoderm, mimicking phenotypes in embryos with gain-of-function Nodal signalling...
October 19, 2016: Nature
Aysegül Kaymak, Holger Richly
In the present study we addressed the function of the transcriptional activator Zrf1 in the generation of the three germ layers during in vitro development. Currently, Zrf1 is rather regarded as a factor that drives the expression of neuronal genes. Here, we have employed mouse embryonic stem cells and P19 cells to understand the role of Zrf1 in the generation of mesoderm-derived tissues like adipocytes, cartilage and heart. Our data shows that Zrf1 is essential for the transcriptional activation of genes that give rise to mesoderm and in particular heart development...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Elizabeth S Ng, Lisa Azzola, Freya F Bruveris, Vincenzo Calvanese, Belinda Phipson, Katerina Vlahos, Claire Hirst, Vanta J Jokubaitis, Qing C Yu, Jovana Maksimovic, Simone Liebscher, Vania Januar, Zhen Zhang, Brenda Williams, Aude Conscience, Jennifer Durnall, Steven Jackson, Magdaline Costa, David Elliott, David N Haylock, Susan K Nilsson, Richard Saffery, Katja Schenke-Layland, Alicia Oshlack, Hanna K A Mikkola, Edouard G Stanley, Andrew G Elefanty
The ability to generate hematopoietic stem cells from human pluripotent cells would enable many biomedical applications. We find that hematopoietic CD34(+) cells in spin embryoid bodies derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) lack HOXA expression compared with repopulation-competent human cord blood CD34(+) cells, indicating incorrect mesoderm patterning. Using reporter hESC lines to track the endothelial (SOX17) to hematopoietic (RUNX1C) transition that occurs in development, we show that simultaneous modulation of WNT and ACTIVIN signaling yields CD34(+) hematopoietic cells with HOXA expression that more closely resembles that of cord blood...
October 17, 2016: Nature Biotechnology
Jesús M Gómez-Salinero, Marina M López-Olañeta, Paula Ortiz-Sánchez, Javier Larrasa-Alonso, Alberto Gatto, Leanne E Felkin, Paul J R Barton, Inmaculada Navarro-Lérida, Miguel Ángel Del Pozo, Pablo García-Pavía, Balaji Sundararaman, Giovanna Giovinazo, Gene W Yeo, Enrique Lara-Pezzi
Embryonic stem cells (ESC) have the potential to generate all the cell lineages that form the body. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying ESC differentiation and especially the role of alternative splicing in this process remain poorly understood. Here, we show that the alternative splicing regulator MBNL1 promotes generation of the atypical calcineurin Aβ variant CnAβ1 in mouse ESCs (mESC). CnAβ1 has a unique C-terminal domain that drives its localization mainly to the Golgi apparatus by interacting with Cog8...
September 28, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
Inger Kjær
INTRODUCTION: This three-part article summarizes ideas already described elsewhere by the author. Part 1. New way of diagnosing the dentition. For diagnostic purposes origin and appearance of the three tissue types - ectoderm, mesoderm (ectomesenchyme) and peripheral nerves - are depicted on orthopantomograms. Same tissue types are marked on the root surface (peri-root sheet). Part 2. Factors provoking root resorption. Resorption can be explained from the composition of the peri-root sheet...
September 2016: L' Orthodontie Française
Satoru Otsuru, Kathleen M Overholt, Timothy S Olson, Ted J Hofmann, Adam J Guess, Victoria M Velazquez, Takashi Kaito, Massimo Dominici, Edwin M Horwitz
Despite years of extensive investigation, the cellular origin of heterotopic ossification (HO) has not been fully elucidated. We have previously shown that circulating bone marrow-derived osteoblast progenitor cells, characterized by the immunophenotype CD45-/CD44+/CXCR4+, contributed to the formation of heterotopic bone induced by bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2. In contrast, other reports have demonstrated the contribution of CD45+ hematopoietic derived cells to HO. Therefore, in this study, we developed a novel triple transgenic mouse strain that allows us to visualize CD45+ cells with red fluorescence and mature osteoblasts with green fluorescence...
October 7, 2016: Bone
Ralf Janssen
This paper summarizes our current knowledge on the expression and assumed function of Drosophila and (other) arthropod segmentation gene orthologs in Onychophora, a closely related outgroup to Arthropoda. This includes orthologs of the so-called Drosophila segmentation gene cascade including the Hox genes, as well as other genetic factors and pathways involved in non-drosophilid arthropods. Open questions about and around the topic are addressed, such as the definition of segments in onychophorans, the unclear regulation of conserved expression patterns downstream of non-conserved factors, and the potential role of mesodermal patterning in onychophoran segmentation...
October 7, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
Ilaria Piccini, Marcos Araúzo-Bravo, Guiscard Seebohm, Boris Greber
Cardiac induction of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is a process bearing increasing medical relevance, yet it is poorly understood from a developmental biology perspective. Anticipated technological progress in deriving stably expandable cardiac precursor cells or in advancing cardiac subtype specification protocols will likely require deeper insights into this fascinating system. Recent improvements in controlling hESC differentiation now enable a near-homogeneous induction of the cardiac lineage. This is based on an optimized initial stimulation of mesoderm-inducing signaling pathways such as Activin and/or FGF, BMP, and WNT, followed by WNT inhibition as a secondary requirement...
December 2016: Genomics Data
Bin Mao, Shu Huang, Xulin Lu, Wencui Sun, Ya Zhou, Xu Pan, Jinfeng Yu, Mowen Lai, Bo Chen, Qiongxiu Zhou, Song Mao, Guohui Bian, Jiaxi Zhou, Tatsutoshi Nakahata, Feng Ma
The development of human erythroid cells has been mostly examined in models of adult hematopoiesis, while their early derivation during embryonic and fetal stages is largely unknown. We observed the development and maturation of erythroblasts derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) by an efficient co-culture system. These hPSC-derived early erythroblasts initially showed definitive characteristics with a glycophorin A(+) (GPA(+)) CD34(low)CD36(-) phenotype and were distinct from adult CD34(+) cell-derived ones...
October 4, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
June Baik, Alessandro Magli, Naoyuki Tahara, Scott A Swanson, Naoko Koyano-Nakagawa, Luciene Borges, Ron Stewart, Daniel J Garry, Yasuhiko Kawakami, James A Thomson, Rita C R Perlingeiro
Mechanisms of haematopoietic and cardiac patterning remain poorly understood. Here we show that the BMP and Wnt signalling pathways are integrated in an endoglin (Eng)-dependent manner in cardiac and haematopoietic lineage specification. Eng is expressed in early mesoderm and marks both haematopoietic and cardiac progenitors. In the absence of Eng, yolk sacs inappropriately express the cardiac marker, Nkx2.5. Conversely, high levels of Eng in vitro and in vivo increase haematopoiesis and inhibit cardiogenesis...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Kaoru S Imai, Clare Hudson, Izumi Oda-Ishii, Hitoyoshi Yasuo, Yutaka Satou
Many animal embryos use nuclear β-catenin (nβ-catenin) during the segregation of endomesoderm (or endoderm) from ectoderm. This mechanism is thus likely to be evolutionarily ancient. In the ascidian embryo, nβ-catenin reiteratively drives binary fate decisions between ectoderm and endomesoderm at the 16-cell stage, and then between endoderm and margin (mesoderm and caudal neural) at the 32-cell stage. At the 16-cell stage, nβ-catenin activates endomesoderm genes in the vegetal hemisphere. At the same time, nβ-catenin suppresses the DNA-binding activity of a maternal transcription factor Gata...
October 5, 2016: Development
Heidi Bildsoe, Xiaochen Fan, Emilie E Wilkie, Ator Ashoti, Vanessa J Jones, Melinda Power, Jing Qin, Junwen Wang, Patrick P L Tam, David A F Loebel
This article contains data related to the research article entitled "Transcriptional targets of TWIST1 in the cranial mesoderm regulate cell-matrix interactions and mesenchyme maintenance" by Bildsoe et al. (2016) [1]. The data presented here are derived from: (1) a microarray-based comparison of sorted cranial mesoderm (CM) and cranial neural crest (CNC) cells from E9.5 mouse embryos; (2) comparisons of transcription profiles of head tissues from mouse embryos with a CM-specific loss-of-function of Twist1 and control mouse embryos collected at E8...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Gaia Gozzi, Sonia T Chelbi, Paola Manni, Loredana Alberti, Sergio Fonda, Sara Saponaro, Luca Fabbiani, Francesco Rivasi, Jean Benhattar, Lorena Losi
TBX15 is a gene involved in the development of mesodermal derivatives. As the ovaries and the female reproductive system are of mesodermal origin, the aim of the present study was to determine the methylation status of the TBX15 gene promoter and the expression levels of TBX15 in ovarian carcinoma, which is the most lethal and aggressive type of gynecological tumor, in order to determine the role of TBX15 in the pathogenesis of ovarian carcinoma. This alteration could be used to predict tumor development, progression, recurrence and therapeutic effects...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Rudolf Winklbauer, Serge E Parent
Adhesion differences are the main driver of cell sorting and related processes such as boundary formation or tissue positioning. In the early amphibian embryo, graded variations in cadherin density and localized expression of adhesion-modulating factors are associated with regional differences in adhesive properties including overall adhesion strength. The role of these differences in embryonic boundary formation has not been studied extensively, but available evidence suggests that adhesion strength differentials are not essential...
September 30, 2016: Mechanisms of Development
Milana A Kulakova, Nadezhda I Bakalenko, Elena L Novikova
Hox genes are the key regulators of axial regionalization of bilaterian animals. However, their main function is fulfilled differently in the development of animals from different evolutionary branches. Early patterning of the developing embryos by Hox gene expression in the representatives of protostomes (arthropods, mollusks) starts in the ectodermal cells. On the contrary, the instructive role of the mesoderm in the axial patterning was demonstrated for vertebrates. This makes it difficult to understand if during the axial regionalization of ancestral bilaterians Hox genes first expressed in the developing mesoderm or the ectoderm...
October 3, 2016: Development Genes and Evolution
Yuuri Yasuoka, Chuya Shinzato, Noriyuki Satoh
Blastoporal expression of the T-box transcription factor gene brachyury is conserved in most metazoans [1, 2]. Its role in mesoderm formation has been intensively studied in vertebrates [3-6]. However, its fundamental function near the blastopore is poorly understood in other phyla. Cnidarians are basal metazoans that are important for understanding evolution of metazoan body plans [7, 8]. Because they lack mesoderm, they have been used to investigate the evolutionary origins of mesoderm [1, 9-11]. Here, we focus on corals, a primitive clade of cnidarians that diverged from sea anemones ∼500 mya [12]...
September 15, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Silvia Urbansky, Paula González Avalos, Maike Wosch, Steffen Lemke
Gastrulation constitutes a fundamental yet diverse morphogenetic process of metazoan development. Modes of gastrulation range from stochastic translocation of individual cells to coordinated infolding of an epithelial sheet. How such morphogenetic differences are genetically encoded and whether they have provided specific developmental advantages is unclear. Here we identify two genes, folded gastrulation and t48, which in the evolution of fly gastrulation acted as a likely switch from an ingression of individual cells to the invagination of the blastoderm epithelium...
September 29, 2016: ELife
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