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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815561/early-segregation-of-the-adrenal-cortex-and-gonad-in-chicken-embryos
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Daisuke Saito, Koji Tamura, Yoshiko Takahashi
The adrenal gland is an endocrine organ that plays essential roles in stress responses. This organ consists of two types of tissues, adrenomedulla and adrenocortex, deriving from different embryonic origins. Whereas it is well accepted that the adrenomedulla derives from neural crest cells, the origin of the adrenocortex remains elusive. In addition, the adrenocortex and gonads, two major steroid hormone-producing tissues, have been thought to share the same origin, although the experimental evidence is lacking...
August 16, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813672/chromatin-and-transcriptional-analysis-of-mesoderm-progenitor-cells-identifies-hopx-as-a-regulator-of-primitive-hematopoiesis
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Nathan J Palpant, Yuliang Wang, Brandon Hadland, Rebecca J Zaunbrecher, Meredith Redd, Daniel Jones, Lil Pabon, Rajan Jain, Jonathan Epstein, Walter L Ruzzo, Ying Zheng, Irwin Bernstein, Adam Margolin, Charles E Murry
We analyzed chromatin dynamics and transcriptional activity of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) and KDR(+)/CD34(+) endothelial cells generated from different mesodermal origins. Using an unbiased algorithm to hierarchically rank genes modulated at the level of chromatin and transcription, we identified candidate regulators of mesodermal lineage determination. HOPX, a non-DNA-binding homeodomain protein, was identified as a candidate regulator of blood-forming endothelial cells...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812551/the-developmental-basis-for-the-recurrent-evolution-of-deuterostomy-and-protostomy
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José M Martín-Durán, Yale J Passamaneck, Mark Q Martindale, Andreas Hejnol
The mouth opening of bilaterian animals develops either separate from (deuterostomy) or connected to (protostomy) the embryonic blastopore, the site of endomesoderm internalization. Although this distinction preluded the classification of bilaterian animals in Deuterostomia and Protostomia, and has influenced major scenarios of bilaterian evolution, the developmental basis for the appearance of these different embryonic patterns remains unclear. To identify the underlying mechanisms, we compared the development of two brachiopod species that show deuterostomy (Novocrania anomala) and protostomy (Terebratalia transversa), respectively...
December 5, 2016: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811280/dan-nbl1-promotes-collective-neural-crest-migration-by-restraining-uncontrolled-invasion
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Rebecca McLennan, Caleb M Bailey, Linus J Schumacher, Jessica M Teddy, Jason A Morrison, Jennifer C Kasemeier-Kulesa, Lauren A Wolfe, Madeline M Gogol, Ruth E Baker, Philip K Maini, Paul M Kulesa
Neural crest cells are both highly migratory and significant to vertebrate organogenesis. However, the signals that regulate neural crest cell migration remain unclear. In this study, we test the function of differential screening-selected gene aberrant in neuroblastoma (DAN), a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) antagonist we detected by analysis of the chick cranial mesoderm. Our analysis shows that, before neural crest cell exit from the hindbrain, DAN is expressed in the mesoderm, and then it becomes absent along cell migratory pathways...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811218/wnt-signaling-positively-regulates-endothelial-cell-fate-specification-in-the-fli1a-positive-progenitor-population-via-lef1
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Kathleen Hübner, Kathrin S Grassme, Jyoti Rao, Nina K Wenke, Cordula L Zimmer, Laura Korte, Katja Mu Ller, Saulius Sumanas, Boris Greber, Wiebke Herzog
During vertebrate embryogenesis, vascular endothelial cells (ECs) and primitive erythrocytes become specified within close proximity in the posterior lateral plate mesoderm (LPM) from a common progenitor. However, the signaling cascades regulating the specification into either lineage remain largely elusive. Here, we analyze the contribution of β-catenin dependent Wnt signaling to EC and erythrocyte specification during zebrafish embryogenesis. We generated novel β-catenin dependent Wnt signaling reporters which, by using destabilized fluorophores (Venus-Pest, dGFP), specifically allow us to detect Wnt signaling responses in narrow time windows as well as in spatially restricted domains, defined by Cre recombinase expression (Tg(axin2BAC:Venus-Pest)(mu288); Tg(14TCF:loxP-STOP-loxP-dGFP)(mu202))...
August 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804953/basic-helix-loop-helix-transcription-factors-in-evolution-roles-in-development-of-mesoderm-and-neural-tissues
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REVIEW
Fuki Gyoja
Basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors have attracted the attention of developmental and evolutionary biologists for decades because of their conserved functions in mesodermal and neural tissue formation in both vertebrates and fruit flies. Their evolutionary history is of special interest because it will likely provide insights into developmental processes and refinement of metazoan-specific traits. This review briefly considers advances in developmental biological studies on bHLHs/HLHs. I also discuss recent genome-wide surveys and molecular phylogenetic analyses of these factors in a wide range of metazoans...
August 14, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803914/targeted-disruption-of-tcf12-reveals-heb-as-essential-in-human-mesodermal-specification-and-hematopoiesis
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Yang Li, Patrick M Brauer, Jastaranpreet Singh, Sintia Xhiku, Kogulan Yoganathan, Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Michele K Anderson
Hematopoietic stem cells arise from mesoderm-derived hemogenic endothelium (HE) during embryogenesis in a process termed endothelial-hematopoietic transition (EHT). To better understand the gene networks that control this process, we investigated the role of the transcription factor HEB (TCF12) by disrupting the TCF12 gene locus in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and inducing them to differentiate toward hematopoietic outcomes. HEB-deficient hESCs retained key features of pluripotency, including expression of SOX2 and SSEA-4 and teratoma formation, while NANOG expression was reduced...
August 2, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794185/id-genes-are-essential-for-early-heart-formation
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Thomas J Cunningham, Michael S Yu, Wesley L McKeithan, Sean Spiering, Florent Carrette, Chun-Teng Huang, Paul J Bushway, Matthew Tierney, Sonia Albini, Mauro Giacca, Miguel Mano, Pier Lorenzo Puri, Alessandra Sacco, Pilar Ruiz-Lozano, Jean-Francois Riou, Muriel Umbhauer, Gregg Duester, Mark Mercola, Alexandre R Colas
Deciphering the fundamental mechanisms controlling cardiac specification is critical for our understanding of how heart formation is initiated during embryonic development and for applying stem cell biology to regenerative medicine and disease modeling. Using systematic and unbiased functional screening approaches, we discovered that the Id family of helix-loop-helix proteins is both necessary and sufficient to direct cardiac mesoderm formation in frog embryos and human embryonic stem cells. Mechanistically, Id proteins specify cardiac cell fate by repressing two inhibitors of cardiogenic mesoderm formation-Tcf3 and Foxa2-and activating inducers Evx1, Grrp1, and Mesp1...
August 9, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794157/suppressor-of-fused-restraint-of-hedgehog-activity-level-is-critical-for-osteogenic-proliferation-and-differentiation-during-calvarial-bone-development
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Jianying Li, Ying Cui, Jie Xu, Qihui Wang, Xueqin Yang, Yan Li, Xiaoyun Zhang, Mengsheng Qiu, Ze Zhang, Zunyi Zhang
Hedgehog signaling plays crucial roles in the development of calvarial bone, relying on the activation of Gli transcription factors. However, the molecular mechanism of the role of regulated Gli protein level in osteogenic specification of mesenchyme still remains elusive. Here, we show by conditionally inactivating Suppressor of Fused (Sufu), a critical repressor of Hedgehog signaling, in Wnt1-Cre mediated cranial neural crest (CNC), or Dermo1-Cre mediated mesodermal lineages, that Sufu restraint of Hedgehog activity level is critical for differentiation of pre-osteogenic mesenchyme...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777944/human-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-atrial-and-ventricular-cardiomyocytes-develop-from-distinct-mesoderm-populations
#10
Jee Hoon Lee, Stephanie I Protze, Zachary Laksman, Peter H Backx, Gordon M Keller
The ability to direct the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to the different cardiomyocyte subtypes is a prerequisite for modeling specific forms of cardiovascular disease in vitro and for developing novel therapies to treat them. Here we have investigated the development of the human atrial and ventricular lineages from hPSCs, and we show that retinoic acid signaling at the mesoderm stage of development is required for atrial specification. Analyses of early developmental stages revealed that ventricular and atrial cardiomyocytes derive from different mesoderm populations that can be distinguished based on CD235a and RALDH2 expression, respectively...
August 3, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765210/an-interview-with-jim-smith
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Aidan Maartens
Jim Smith is Director of Science at the Wellcome Trust and a group leader at the Francis Crick Institute, where he was formerly Director of Research. A Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences, he was knighted for his services to medical research and science education in 2016. His lab works on mesoderm induction in the early vertebrate embryo. We met Jim in the Crick to hear about his life in science, his visions for the Crick and the Wellcome Trust, and his advice for early career scientists...
August 1, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764139/atlantooccipital-fusion-prevalence-and-its-developmental-and-clinical-correlation
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D K Sharma, Deepak Sharma, Vandana Sharma
INTRODUCTION: Atlantooccipital fusion or occipitalization of atlas or assimilation of atlas is a rare or uncommon abnormality recorded in anatomical, morphological and radiological studies. It is usually associated with reduction in dimensions of foramen magnum leading to acute or chronic neurovascular compression and clinical manifestations of varying severity. Though, atlantooccipital fusion is rare but it is important and significant for the physicians and surgeons for their diagnostic and therapeutic approach...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762752/oxidative-stress-in-mesenchymal-stem-cell-senescence-regulation-by-coding-and-non-coding-rnas
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Rosa Vono, Eva Jover Garcia, Gaia Spinetti, Paolo Madeddu
SIGNIFICANCE: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), adult stem cells with the potential of differentiation into mesodermal lineages, play an important role in tissue homeostasis and regeneration. In different organs, a subpopulation of MSCs is located near to the vasculature and possibly represents the original source of lineage-committed mesenchymal progenitors. Recent Advances. The plasticity and immune characteristics of MSCs render them a preferential tool for regenerative cell therapy. CRITICAL ISSUES: The culture expansion needed before MSC transplantation is associated with cellular senescence...
August 1, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761818/effects-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-derivatives-on-hematopoiesis-and-hematopoietic-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Sara Aqmasheh, Karim Shamsasanjan, Parvin Akbarzadehlaleh, Davod Pashoutan Sarvar, Hamze Timari
Hematopoiesis is a balance among quiescence, self-renewal, proliferation, and differentiation, which is believed to be firmly adjusted through interactions between hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) with the microenvironment. This microenvironment is derived from a common progenitor of mesenchymal origin and its signals should be capable of regulating the cellular memory of transcriptional situation and lead to an exchange of stem cell genes expression. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have self-renewal and differentiation capacity into tissues of mesodermal origin, and these cells can support hematopoiesis through release various molecules that play a crucial role in migration, homing, self-renewal, proliferation, and differentiation of HSPCs...
June 2017: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761157/sorting-at-embryonic-boundaries-requires-high-heterotypic-interfacial-tension
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Laura Canty, Eleyine Zarour, Leily Kashkooli, Paul François, François Fagotto
The establishment of sharp boundaries is essential for segregation of embryonic tissues during development, but the underlying mechanism of cell sorting has remained unclear. Opposing hypotheses have been proposed, either based on global tissue adhesive or contractile properties or on local signalling through cell contact cues. Here we use ectoderm-mesoderm separation in Xenopus to directly evaluate the role of these various parameters. We find that ephrin-Eph-based repulsion is very effective at inducing and maintaining separation, whereas differences in adhesion or contractility have surprisingly little impact...
July 31, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749258/coelomic-teratoma-in-a-blue-and-yellow-macaw-ara-ararauna
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Letícia B de Oliveira, Willian H M Santos, Alessandra V de Araújo, Anelise C Nepomuceno, Roselene Ecco
A 2-mo-old, female blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) presented with severe abdominal distension, pain, and respiratory distress. Ultrasonographic examination detected a heterogeneous mass with multiple anechoic areas, compatible with a multilocular cyst, occupying most of the coelomic cavity. Postmortem examination revealed a mass of 12.0 × 8.5 × 5.0 cm, which had an irregular surface and was connected by a pedicle to the ileum. This mass compressed and displaced the liver, proventriculus, gizzard, and intestines cranially to the left...
June 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743003/patterned-disordered-cell-motion-ensures-vertebral-column-symmetry
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Dipjyoti Das, Veena Chatti, Thierry Emonet, Scott A Holley
The biomechanics of posterior embryonic growth must be dynamically regulated to ensure bilateral symmetry of the spinal column. Throughout vertebrate trunk elongation, motile mesodermal progenitors undergo an order-to-disorder transition via an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and sort symmetrically into the left and right paraxial mesoderm. We combine theoretical modeling of cell migration in a tail-bud-like geometry with experimental data analysis to assess the importance of ordered and disordered cell motion...
July 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731612/mesoderm-lineage-3d-tissue-constructs-are-produced-at-large-scale-in-a-3d-stem-cell-bioprocess
#18
Jae Min Cha, Athanasios Mantalaris, Sunyoung Jung, Yurim Ji, Oh Young Bang, Hojae Bae
Various studies have presented different approaches to direct pluripotent stem cell differentiation such as applying defined sets of exogenous biochemical signals and genetic/epigenetic modifications. Although differentiation to target lineages was successfully regulated, such conventional methods are often complicated, laborious, and not cost-effective to be employed to the large-scale production of 3D stem cell-based tissue constructs. In this study, we developed a 3D-culture platform that could realize the large-scale production of mesoderm lineage tissue constructs from embryonic stem cells (ESCs)...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720483/left-right-patterning-breaking-symmetry-to-asymmetric-morphogenesis
#19
REVIEW
Daniel T Grimes, Rebecca D Burdine
Vertebrates exhibit striking left-right (L-R) asymmetries in the structure and position of the internal organs. Symmetry is broken by motile cilia-generated asymmetric fluid flow, resulting in a signaling cascade - the Nodal-Pitx2 pathway - being robustly established within mesodermal tissue on the left side only. This pathway impinges upon various organ primordia to instruct their side-specific development. Recently, progress has been made in understanding both the breaking of embryonic L-R symmetry and how the Nodal-Pitx2 pathway controls lateralized cell differentiation, migration, and other aspects of cell behavior, as well as tissue-level mechanisms, that drive asymmetries in organ formation...
July 15, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719048/developmental-mechanisms-of-intervertebral-disc-and-vertebral-column-formation
#20
REVIEW
Lisa Y Lawson, Brian D Harfe
The vertebral column consists of repeating units of ossified vertebrae that are adjoined by fibrocartilagenous intervertebral discs. These structures form from the embryonic notochord and somitic mesoderm. In humans, congenital malformations of the vertebral column include scoliosis, kyphosis, spina bifida, and Klippel Feil syndrome. In adulthood, a common malady affecting the vertebral column includes disc degeneration and associated back pain. Indeed, recent reports estimate that low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide...
July 18, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
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