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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335041/the-cerebellum-and-its-wrapping-meninge-developmental-interplay-between-two-major-structures
#1
Martin Catala
Meninges have long been considered as a protective and supportive tissue for the central nervous system. Nevertheless, new developmental roles are now attributed to them. The meninges that surround the cerebellum come from the cephalic mesoderm. They are essential for the cerebellum to develop normally. They induce and maintain the basal lamina and glia limitans. In the absence of these structures, the external granular cells of the cerebellum migrate aberrantly and penetrate the subarachnoid space. The molecules involved in the recognition between the cerebellar primordium and the basal lamina belong to two groups in humans: dystroglycan and laminin on the one hand, and GPR56 and collagen III on the other...
March 23, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334937/dynamically-and-epigenetically-coordinated-gata-ets-sox-transcription-factor-expression-is-indispensable-for-endothelial-cell-differentiation
#2
Yasuharu Kanki, Ryo Nakaki, Teppei Shimamura, Taichi Matsunaga, Kohei Yamamizu, Shiori Katayama, Jun-Ichi Suehiro, Tsuyoshi Osawa, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Tatsuhiko Kodama, Youichiro Wada, Jun K Yamashita, Takashi Minami
Although studies of the differentiation from mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells to vascular endothelial cells (ECs) provide an excellent model for investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying vascular development, temporal dynamics of gene expression and chromatin modifications have not been well studied. Herein, using transcriptomic and epigenomic analyses based on H3K4me3 and H3K27me3 modifications at a genome-wide scale, we analysed the EC differentiation steps from ES cells and crucial epigenetic modifications unique to ECs...
March 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329675/trimethylation-and-acetylation-of-%C3%AE-catenin-at-lysine-49-represent-key-elements-in-esc-pluripotency
#3
Katrin Hoffmeyer, Dirk Junghans, Benoit Kanzler, Rolf Kemler
Wnt/β-catenin signaling is required for embryonic stem cell (ESC) pluripotency by inducing mesodermal differentiation and inhibiting neuronal differentiation; however, how β-catenin counter-regulates these differentiation pathways is unknown. Here, we show that lysine 49 (K49) of β-catenin is trimethylated (β-catMe3) by Ezh2 or acetylated (β-catAc) by Cbp. Significantly, β-catMe3 acts as a transcriptional co-repressor of the neuronal differentiation genes sox1 and sox3, whereas β-catAc acts as a transcriptional co-activator of the key mesodermal differentiation gene t-brachyury (t-bra)...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327614/partial-reprogramming-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-into-neurons
#4
Wenpo Chuang, Arun Sharma, Praveen Shukla, Guang Li, Moritz Mall, Kuppusamy Rajarajan, Oscar J Abilez, Ryoko Hamaguchi, Joseph C Wu, Marius Wernig, Sean M Wu
Direct reprogramming of somatic cells has been demonstrated, however, it is unknown whether electrophysiologically-active somatic cells derived from separate germ layers can be interconverted. We demonstrate that partial direct reprogramming of mesoderm-derived cardiomyocytes into neurons is feasible, generating cells exhibiting structural and electrophysiological properties of both cardiomyocytes and neurons. Human and mouse pluripotent stem cell-derived CMs (PSC-CMs) were transduced with the neurogenic transcription factors Brn2, Ascl1, Myt1l and NeuroD...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323620/discovery-of-novel-determinants-of-endothelial-lineage-using-chimeric-heterokaryons
#5
Wing Tak Wong, Gianfranco Matrone, XiaoYu Tian, Simion Alin Tomoiaga, Kin Fai Au, Shu Meng, Sayumi Yamazoe, Daniel Sieveking, Kaifu Chen, David M Burns, James K Chen, Helen M Blau, John P Cooke
We wish to identify determinants of endothelial lineage. Murine embryonic stem cells (mESC) were fused with human endothelial cells in stable, non-dividing, heterokaryons. Using RNA-seq it is possible to discriminate between human and mouse transcripts in these chimeric heterokaryons. We observed a temporal pattern of gene expression in the ESCs of the heterokaryons that recapitulated ontogeny, with early mesodermal factors being expressed before mature endothelial genes. A set of transcriptional factors not known to be involved in endothelial development was upregulated, one of which was POU class 3 homeobox 2 (Pou3f2)...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302184/cytokine-free-directed-differentiation-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-efficiently-produces-hemogenic-endothelium-with-lymphoid-potential
#6
Yekaterina Galat, Svetlana Dambaeva, Irina Elcheva, Aaruni Khanolkar, Kenneth Beaman, Philip M Iannaccone, Vasiliy Galat
BACKGROUND: The robust generation of human hematopoietic progenitor cells from induced or embryonic pluripotent stem cells would be beneficial for multiple areas of research, including mechanistic studies of hematopoiesis, the development of cellular therapies for autoimmune diseases, induced transplant tolerance, anticancer immunotherapies, disease modeling, and drug/toxicity screening. Over the past years, significant progress has been made in identifying effective protocols for hematopoietic differentiation from pluripotent stem cells and understanding stages of mesodermal, endothelial, and hematopoietic specification...
March 17, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300473/cells-on-the-move-modulation-of-guidance-cues-during-germ-cell-migration
#7
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/28298438/single-cell-analysis-reveals-lineage-segregation-in-early-post-implantation-mouse-embryos
#8
Jing Wen, Yanwu Zeng, Zhuoqing Fang, Junjie Gu, Laixiang Ge, Fan Tang, Zepeng Qu, Jing Hu, Yaru Cui, Kunshan Zhang, Junbang Wang, Siguang Li, Yi Sun, Ying Jin
The mammalian post-implantation embryo has been extensively investigated at the tissue level. However, to unravel the molecular basis for the cell-fate plasticity and determination, it is essential to study the characteristics of individual cells. Especially, the individual definitive endoderm (DE) cells have not been characterized in vivo. Here, we report gene expression patterns in single cells freshly isolated from mouse embryos on days 5.5 and 6.5. Initial transcriptome data from 124 single cells yielded signature genes for the epiblast, visceral endoderm, and extra-embryonic ectoderm and revealed a unique distribution pattern of fibroblast growth factor (Fgf) ligands and receptors...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296185/chip-ldb1-interacts-with-tailup-islet1-to-regulate-cardiac-gene-expression-in-drosophila
#9
Kathrin Werner, Cornelia Donow, Petra Pandur
The LIM-homeodomain transcription factor Tailup (Tup) is a component of the complex cardiac transcriptional network governing specification and differentiation of cardiac cells in Drosophila. LIM-domain containing factors are known to interact with the adaptor molecule Chip/Ldb1 to form higher order protein complexes to regulate gene expression thereby determining a cell's developmental fate. However, with respect to Drosophila heart development, it has not been investigated yet, whether Chip and tup interact to regulate the generation of different cardiac cell types...
March 15, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294393/the-new-msc-mscs-as-pericytes-are-sentinels-and-gatekeepers
#10
REVIEW
Arnold I Caplan
Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells, hMSCs, were first named over 25 years ago with the "stem cell" nomenclature derived from the fact that we and others could cause these cells to differentiate into a number of different mesodermal phenotypes in cell culture. The capacity to form skeletal tissue in vitro encouraged the use of hMSCs for the fabrication of tissue engineered skeletal repair tissue with subsequent transplantation to in vivo sites. With the current realization that MSCs are derived from perivascular cells, pericytes, and the immunomodulatory and trophic capabilities of MSCs in both in vitro and in vivo test systems, a complete re-evaluation of the role and functions of MSCs in the body was required...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289143/transcription-factor-wilms-tumor-1-regulates-developmental-rnas-through-3-utr-interaction
#11
Ruthrothaselvi Bharathavikru, Tatiana Dudnakova, Stuart Aitken, Joan Slight, Mara Artibani, Peter Hohenstein, David Tollervey, Nick Hastie
Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) is essential for the development and homeostasis of multiple mesodermal tissues. Despite evidence for post-transcriptional roles, no endogenous WT1 target RNAs exist. Using RNA immunoprecipitation and UV cross-linking, we show that WT1 binds preferentially to 3' untranslated regions (UTRs) of developmental targets. These target mRNAs are down-regulated upon WT1 depletion in cell culture and developing kidney mesenchyme. Wt1 deletion leads to rapid turnover of specific mRNAs. WT1 regulates reporter gene expression through interaction with 3' UTR-binding sites...
March 13, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289133/hox-mediated-endodermal-identity-patterns-the-pharyngeal-muscle-formation-in-the-chordate-pharynx
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Keita Yoshida, Azusa Nakahata, Nicholas Treen, Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto, Yasunori Sasakura
The pharynx, possessing gill slits and the endostyle, is a characteristic of chordates that is a complex of multiple tissues well organized along the anterior-posterior (AP) axis. Although Hox genes show AP coordinated expression in the pharyngeal endoderm, tissue specific roles of these factors for establishing the regional identities within this tissue is largely unknown. Here, we show that Hox1 is essential for the establishment of AP axial identity of the endostyle, a major structure of the pharyngeal endoderm, in the ascidian Ciona intestinalis We found that Hox1 knockout causes posterior to anterior transformation of the endostyle identity, and Hox1 represses Otx expression and anterior identity, and vice versa...
March 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288160/efficient-and-robust-differentiation-of-endothelial-cells-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-via-lineage-control-with-vegf-and-cyclic-amp
#13
Takeshi Ikuno, Hidetoshi Masumoto, Kohei Yamamizu, Miki Yoshioka, Kenji Minakata, Tadashi Ikeda, Ryuzo Sakata, Jun K Yamashita
Blood vessels are essential components for many tissues and organs. Thus, efficient induction of endothelial cells (ECs) from human pluripotent stem cells is a key method for generating higher tissue structures entirely from stem cells. We previously established an EC differentiation system with mouse pluripotent stem cells to show that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is essential to induce ECs and that cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) synergistically enhances VEGF effects. Here we report an efficient and robust EC differentiation method from human pluripotent stem cell lines based on a 2D monolayer, serum-free culture...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287551/temporal-ordering-of-dynamic-expression-data-from-detailed-spatial-expression-maps
#14
Charlotte S L Bailey, Robert A Bone, Philip J Murray, J Kim Dale
During somitogenesis, pairs of epithelial somites form in a progressive manner, budding off from the anterior end of the pre-somitic mesoderm (PSM) with a strict species-specific periodicity. The periodicity of the process is regulated by a molecular oscillator, known as the "segmentation clock," acting in the PSM cells. This clock drives the oscillatory patterns of gene expression across the PSM in a posterior-anterior direction. These so-called clock genes are key components of three signaling pathways: Wnt, Notch, and fibroblast growth factor (FGF)...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287249/mtorc1-and-mtorc2-play-different-roles-in-regulating-cardiomyocyte-differentiation-from-embryonic-stem-cells
#15
Bei Zheng, Jiadan Wang, Leilei Tang, Jiana Shi, Danyan Zhu
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine/threonine kinase and functions through two distinct complexes, mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and complex 2 (mTORC2), with their key components Raptor and Rictor, to play crucial roles in cellular survival and growth. However, the roles of mTORC1 and mTORC2 in regulating cardiomyocyte differentiation from mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells are not clear. In this study, we performed Raptor or Rictor knockdown experiments to investigate the roles of mTORC1 and mTORC2 in cardiomyocyte differentiation...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287244/functional-differences-between-tcf1-isoforms-in-early-xenopus-development
#16
Giulietta Roël, Olaf Van Den Broek, Olivier Destrée
In Xenopus gastrula stage embryos, four isoforms of Tcf1 (B, C, D and E) are present with high amino acid sequence conservation compared to fish, mice and human. We studied possible functional differences between these Tcf1 isoforms during early Xenopus development. After overexpression of single Tcf1 isoforms, two distinct phenotypes were observed. Overexpression of the B or D isoforms of Tcf1, which both lack a C-clamp, enhances early canonical Wnt signaling and induces ectopic dorsal mesoderm at the expense of ventrolateral mesoderm prior to gastrulation, causing severe antero-dorzalization of embryos...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287088/sfrp5-identifies-murine-cardiac-progenitors-for-all-myocardial-structures-except-for-the-right-ventricle
#17
Masayuki Fujii, Akane Sakaguchi, Ryo Kamata, Masataka Nagao, Yutaka Kikuchi, Silvia M Evans, Masao Yoshizumi, Akihiko Shimono, Yumiko Saga, Hiroki Kokubo
Upon acquirement of pulmonary circulation, the ancestral heart may have been remodelled coincidently with, or accompanied by, the production and rearrangement of progenitor cells. However, the progenitor populations that give rise to the left ventricle (LV) and sinus venosus (SV) are still ambiguous. Here we show that the expression of Secreted frizzled-related protein Sfrp5 in the mouse identifies common progenitors for the outflow tract (OFT), LV, atrium and SV but not the right ventricle (RV). Sfrp5 expression begins at the lateral sides of the cardiac crescent, excluding early differentiating regions, and continues in the venous pole, which gives rise to the SV...
March 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286175/cilia-dependent-gli-processing-in-neural-crest-cells-is-required-for-tongue-development
#18
Grethel Millington, Kelsey Elliott, Ya-Ting Chang, Ching-Fang Chang, Andrzej Dlugosz, Samantha A Brugmann
Ciliopathies are a class of diseases caused by the loss of a ubiquitous, microtubule-based organelle called a primary cilium. Ciliopathies commonly result in defective development of the craniofacial complex, causing midfacial defects, craniosynostosis, micrognathia and aglossia. Herein, we explored how the conditional loss of primary cilia on neural crest cells (Kif3a(f/f);Wnt1-Cre) generated aglossia. On a cellular level, our data revealed that aglossia in Kif3a(f/f);Wnt1-Cre embryos was due to a loss of mesoderm-derived muscle precursors migrating into and surviving in the tongue anlage...
March 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279973/three-dimensional-cardiac-microtissues-composed-of-cardiomyocytes-and-endothelial-cells-co-differentiated-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#19
Elisa Giacomelli, Milena Bellin, Luca Sala, Berend J van Meer, Leon G J Tertoolen, Valeria V Orlova, Christine L Mummery
Cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells in the heart are in close proximity and in constant dialogue. Endothelium regulates the size of the heart, supplies oxygen to the myocardium and secretes factors that support cardiomyocyte function. Robust and predictive cardiac disease models that faithfully recapitulate native human physiology in vitro would therefore ideally incorporate this cardiomyocyte-endothelium crosstalk. Here, we have generated and characterized human cardiac microtissues in vitro that integrate both cell types in complex 3D structures...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279709/vegf-signaling-promotes-vascular-endothelial-differentiation-by-modulating-etv2-expression
#20
Satish Casie Chetty, Megan S Rost, Jacob Ryan Enriquez, Jennifer A Schumacher, Kristina Baltrunaite, Andrea Rossi, Didier Y R Stainier, Saulius Sumanas
Vasculogenesis involves the differentiation of vascular endothelial progenitors de novo from undifferentiated mesoderm, their migration and coalescence to form the major embryonic vessels and the acquisition of arterial or venous identity. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (Vegf) signaling plays multiple roles during vascular development. However, its function during embryonic vasculogenesis has been controversial. Previous studies have implicated Vegf signaling in either regulating arteriovenous specification or overall vascular endothelial differentiation...
March 7, 2017: Developmental Biology
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