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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720411/modeling-mechanical-control-of-spindle-orientation-of-intestinal-crypt-stem-cells
#1
Zsolt Bertalan, Stefano Zapperi, Caterina A M La Porta
Tissue development requires a control over the sequence of symmetric and asymmetric stem cell divisions to obtain the specific numbers of differentiated cells populating the tissue and stem cells residing in the niche. A good experimental model to study this process is the mouse intestinal crypt development, where it has been shown that stem cells follow an optimal strategy in which asymmetric division occurs only after all symmetric divisions have taken place to reach a fixed number of cells in the niche in the shortest time...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714971/budding-yeast-wee1-distinguishes-spindle-pole-bodies-to-guide-their-pattern-of-age-dependent-segregation
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Jette Lengefeld, Manuel Hotz, Meaghen Rollins, Kristin Baetz, Yves Barral
Many asymmetrically dividing cells unequally partition cellular structures according to age. Yet, it is unclear how cells differentiate pre-existing from newly synthesized material. Yeast cells segregate the spindle pole body (SPB, centrosome equivalent) inherited from the previous mitosis to the bud, while keeping the new one in the mother cell. Here, we show that the SPB inheritance network (SPIN), comprising the kinases Swe1 (also known as Wee1) and Kin3 (also known as Nek2) and the acetyltransferase NuA4 (also known as Tip60), distinguishes pre-existing from new SPBs...
July 17, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712722/cell-polarity-regulates-biased-myosin-activity-and-dynamics-during-asymmetric-cell-division-via-drosophila-rho-kinase-and-protein-kinase-n
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Anna Tsankova, Tri Thanh Pham, David Salvador Garcia, Fabian Otte, Clemens Cabernard
Cell and tissue morphogenesis depends on the correct regulation of non-muscle Myosin II, but how this motor protein is spatiotemporally controlled is incompletely understood. Here, we show that in asymmetrically dividing Drosophila neural stem cells, cell intrinsic polarity cues provide spatial and temporal information to regulate biased Myosin activity. Using live cell imaging and a genetically encoded Myosin activity sensor, we found that Drosophila Rho kinase (Rok) enriches for activated Myosin on the neuroblast cortex prior to nuclear envelope breakdown (NEB)...
July 7, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708292/fhod1-regulates-cytoplasmic-actin-based-spindle-migration-for-mouse-oocyte-asymmetric-cell-division
#4
Meng-Hao Pan, Fei Wang, Yujie Lu, Feng Tang, Xing Duan, Yu Zhang, Bo Xiong, Shao-Chen Sun
FHOD1 is a member of Diaphanous related formins (DRFs) which belongs to the Formin family. Previous studies have shown that the DFRs might affect several cellular functions such as morphogenesis, cytokinesis, cell polarity and embryonic differentiation. However, there is no evidence showing the functions of FHOD1 during oocyte meiosis. This study is aimed at exploring the roles of FHOD1 during the mammalian oocyte maturation. Immunofluorescent staining showed that FHOD1 was restricted to the nucleus in germinal vesicle (GV) stage of the oocytes, after the GV breakdown FHOD1 was primarily located at two poles of the spindle at both metaphase I and metaphase II stages...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701347/a-casein-kinase-1-prevents-expulsion-of-the-oocyte-meiotic-spindle-into-a-polar-body-by-regulating-cortical-contractility
#5
Jonathan R Flynn, Francis J McNally
During female meiosis, haploid eggs are generated from diploid oocytes. This reduction in chromosome number occurs through two highly asymmetric cell divisions resulting in one large egg and two small polar bodies. Unlike mitosis, where an actomyosin contractile ring forms between the sets of segregating chromosomes, the meiotic contractile ring forms on the cortex adjacent to one spindle pole, then ingresses down the length of the spindle to position itself at the exact midpoint between the two sets of segregating chromosomes...
July 12, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701343/let-99-functions-in-the-astral-furrowing-pathway-where-it-is-required-for-myosin-enrichment-in-the-contractile-ring
#6
Kari L Price, Lesilee S Rose
The anaphase spindle determines the position of the cytokinesis furrow, such that the contractile ring assembles in an equatorial zone between the two spindle poles. Contractile ring formation is mediated by RhoA activation at the equator by the centralspindlin complex and midzone microtubules. Astral microtubules also inhibit RhoA accumulation at the poles. In the C. elegans one-cell embryo, the astral microtubule dependent pathway requires anillin, NOP-1 and LET-99. LET-99 is well characterized for generating the asymmetric cortical localization of the Gα-dependent force-generating complex that positions the spindle during asymmetric division...
July 12, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696245/the-histone-codes-for-meiosis
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Lina Wang, Zhiliang Xu, Muhammad Babar Khawar, Chao Liu, Wei Li
Meiosis is a specialized process that produces haploid gametes from diploid cells by a single round of DNA replication followed by two successive cell divisions. It contains many special events, such as programmed DNA double-strand break (DSB) formation, homologous recombination, crossover formation and resolution. These events are associated with dynamically regulated chromosomal structures, the dynamic transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodeling are mainly modulated by histone modifications, termed 'histone codes'...
September 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687645/deficiency-of-rgpg-causes-major-defects-in-cell-division-and-biofilm-formation-and-deficiency-of-lcp-proteins-leads-to-accumulation-of-cell-wall-antigens-in-culture-medium-by-streptococcus-mutans
#8
Arpan De, Sumei Liao, Jacob P Bitoun, Randy Roth, Wandy L Beatty, Hui Wu, Zezhang T Wen
S. mutans is known to possess rhamnose-glucose polysaccharides (RGP), a major cell wall antigen. S. mutans strains deficient of rgpG, encoding the first enzyme of the RGP biosynthesis pathway, were constructed by allelic exchange. The rgpG deficiency had no effect on growth rate, but caused major defects in cell division and altered cell morphology. Unlike the coccoid wild-type, the rgpG mutant existed primarily in chains of swollen, squarish dividing cells. Deficiency of rgpG also causes significant reduction in biofilm formation (P<0...
July 7, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685142/a-simple-microfluidic-platform-to-study-age-dependent-protein-abundance-and-localization-changes-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#9
Margarita Cabrera, Daniele Novarina, Irina L Rempel, Liesbeth M Veenhoff, Michael Chang
The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae divides asymmetrically, with a smaller daughter cell emerging from its larger mother cell. While the daughter lineage is immortal, mother cells age with each cell division and have a finite lifespan. The replicative ageing of the yeast mother cell has been used as a model to study the ageing of mitotically active human cells. Several microfluidic platforms, which use fluid flow to selectively remove daughter cells, have recently been developed that can monitor cell physiology as mother cells age...
April 13, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681703/hybrid-approach-to-model-the-spatial-regulation-of-t-cell-responses
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Anass Bouchnita, Gennady Bocharov, Andreas Meyerhans, Vitaly Volpert
BACKGROUND: Moving from the molecular and cellular level to a multi-scale systems understanding of immune responses requires the development of novel approaches to integrate knowledge and data from different biological levels into mechanism-based integrative mathematical models. The aim of our study is to present a methodology for a hybrid modelling of immunological processes in their spatial context. METHODS: A two-level hybrid mathematical model of immune cell migration and interaction integrating cellular and organ levels of regulation for a 2D spatial consideration of idealized secondary lymphoid organs is developed...
June 21, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674274/all-are-equal-but-some-are-more-equal-than-others-epigenetic-regulation-of-germ-line-stem-cell-fate-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#11
Sonam Mehrotra, Girish Deshpande
Adult stem cells are capable of both symmetric andasymmetric cell divisions. Asymmetric cell division allows self-renewal and gives rise to intermediate cells that ultimately differentiate into specific cell types. Consequently, adult stem cells play a key role in development and tissue homeostasis during the life span of an organism. Typically, adult stem cell divisions are regulated through coordination between non-autonomous signaling from the niche and cell-autonomous influences from stem cell-intrinsic factors...
June 30, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674273/septal-membrane-localization-by-c-terminal-amphipathic-%C3%AE-helices-of-mind-in-bacillus-subtilis-mutant-cells-lacking-minj-or-diviva
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Kazuki Ishikawa, Satoshi Matsuoka, Hiroshi Hara, Kouji Matsumoto
The Min system, which inhibits assembly of the cytokinetic protein FtsZ, is largely responsible for positioning the division site in rod-shaped bacteria. It has been reported that MinJ, which bridges DivIVA and MinD, is targeted to the cell poles by an interaction with DivIVA, and that MinJ in turn recruits MinCD to the cell poles. MinC, however, is located primarily at active division sites at the mid-cell when expressed from its native promoter. Surprisingly, we found that B. subtilis MinD is located at nascent septal membranes and at an asymmetric site on lateral membranes between nascent septal membranes in filamentous cells lacking MinJ or DivIVA...
June 30, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669599/inactivation-of-stat3-signaling-impairs-hair-cell-differentiation-in%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-developing-mouse-cochlea
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Qianqian Chen, Yizhou Quan, Naitao Wang, Chengying Xie, Zhongzhong Ji, Hao He, Renjie Chai, Huawei Li, Shankai Yin, Y Eugene Chin, Xunbin Wei, Wei-Qiang Gao
Although STAT3 signaling is demonstrated to regulate sensory cell differentiation and regeneration in the zebrafish, its exact role is still unclear in mammalian cochleae. Here, we report that STAT3 and its activated form are specifically expressed in hair cells during mouse cochlear development. Importantly, conditional cochlear deletion of Stat3 leads to an inhibition on hair cell differentiation in mice in vivo and in vitro. By cell fate analysis, inactivation of STAT3 signaling shifts the cell division modes from asymmetric to symmetric divisions from supporting cells...
July 11, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665270/meru-couples-planar-cell-polarity-with-apical-basal-polarity-during-asymmetric-cell-division
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Jennifer J Banerjee, Birgit L Aerne, Maxine V Holder, Simon Hauri, Matthias Gstaiger, Nicolas Tapon
Polarity is a shared feature of most cells. In epithelia, apical-basal polarity often coexists, and sometimes intersects with planar cell polarity (PCP), which orients cells in the epithelial plane. From a limited set of core building blocks (e.g. the Par complexes for apical-basal polarity and the Frizzled/Dishevelled complex for PCP), a diverse array of polarized cells and tissues are generated. This suggests the existence of little-studied tissue-specific factors that rewire the core polarity modules to the appropriate conformation...
June 30, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659600/comparative-genetic-proteomic-and-phosphoproteomic-analysis-of-c-elegans-embryos-with-a-focus-on-ham-1-stox-and-pig-1-melk-in-dopaminergic-neuron-development
#15
Sarah-Lena Offenburger, Dalila Bensaddek, Alejandro Brenes Murillo, Angus I Lamond, Anton Gartner
Asymmetric cell divisions are required for cellular diversity and defects can lead to altered daughter cell fates and numbers. In a genetic screen for C. elegans mutants with defects in dopaminergic head neuron specification or differentiation, we isolated a new allele of the transcription factor HAM-1 [HSN (Hermaphrodite-Specific Neurons) Abnormal Migration]. Loss of both HAM-1 and its target, the kinase PIG-1 [PAR-1(I)-like Gene], leads to abnormal dopaminergic head neuron numbers. We identified discrete genetic relationships between ham-1, pig-1 and apoptosis pathway genes in dopaminergic head neurons...
June 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654420/lineage-commitment-of-embryonic-cells-involves-mek1-dependent-clearance-of-pluripotency-regulator-ventx2
#16
Pierluigi Scerbo, Leslie Marchal, Laurent Kodjabachian
During early embryogenesis, cells must exit pluripotency and commit to multiple lineages in all germ-layers. How this transition is operated in vivo is poorly understood. Here, we report that MEK1 and the Nanog-related transcription factor Ventx2 coordinate this transition. MEK1 was required to make Xenopus pluripotent cells competent to respond to all cell fate inducers tested. Importantly, MEK1 activity was necessary to clear the pluripotency protein Ventx2 at the onset of gastrulation. Thus, concomitant MEK1 and Ventx2 knockdown restored the competence of embryonic cells to differentiate...
June 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652378/caenorhabditis-elegans-ces-1-snail-represses-pig-1-melk-expression-to-control-asymmetric-cell-division
#17
Hai Wei, Bo Yan, Julien Gagneur, Barbara Conradt
Snail-like transcription factors affect stem cell function through mechanisms that are incompletely understood. In the C. elegans NSM neuroblast lineage, CES-1 Snail coordinates cell cycle progression and cell polarity to ensure the asymmetric division of the NSM neuroblast and the generation of two daughter cells of different sizes and fates. We have previously shown that CES-1 Snail controls cell cycle progression by repressing the expression of cdc-25.2 CDC25. However, the mechanism through which CES-1 Snail affects cell polarity has been elusive...
June 26, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651114/isolation-and-functional-interrogation-of-adult-human-prostate-epithelial-stem-cells-at-single-cell-resolution
#18
Wen-Yang Hu, Dan-Ping Hu, Lishi Xie, Ye Li, Shyama Majumdar, Larisa Nonn, Hong Hu, Toshi Shioda, Gail S Prins
Using primary cultures of normal human prostate epithelial cells, we developed a novel prostasphere-based, label-retention assay that permits identification and isolation of stem cells at a single cell level. Their bona fide stem cell nature was corroborated using in vitro and in vivo regenerative assays and documentation of symmetric/asymmetric division. Robust WNT10B and KRT13 levels without E-cadherin or KRT14 staining distinguished individual stem cells from daughter progenitors in spheroids. Following FACS to isolate label-retaining stem cells from label-free progenitors, RNA-seq identified unique gene signatures for the separate populations which may serve as useful biomarkers...
June 16, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650475/division-site-selection-linked-to-inherited-cell-surface-wave-troughs-in-mycobacteria
#19
Haig A Eskandarian, Pascal D Odermatt, Joëlle X Y Ven, Mélanie T M Hannebelle, Adrian P Nievergelt, Neeraj Dhar, John D McKinney, Georg E Fantner
Cell division is tightly controlled in space and time to maintain cell size and ploidy within narrow bounds. In bacteria, the canonical Minicell (Min) and nucleoid occlusion (Noc) systems together ensure that division is restricted to midcell after completion of chromosome segregation(1). It is unknown how division site selection is controlled in bacteria that lack homologues of the Min and Noc proteins, including mycobacteria responsible for tuberculosis and other chronic infections(2). Here, we use correlated optical and atomic-force microscopy(3,4) to demonstrate that morphological landmarks (waveform troughs) on the undulating surface of mycobacterial cells correspond to future sites of cell division...
June 26, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644708/the-arabidopsis-mind-mutation-causes-aberrant-ftsz1-ring-placement-and-moderate-heterogeneity-of-chloroplasts-in-the-leaf-epidermis
#20
Makoto T Fujiwara, Mana Yasuzawa, Shun Sasaki, Takeshi Nakano, Yasuo Niwa, Shigeo Yoshida, Tomoko Abe, Ryuuichi D Itoh
Symmetric division of leaf mesophyll chloroplasts requires MinD and MinE, which work together to suppress division other than at the mid-chloroplast. arc11 is a MinD loss-of-function mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana. In arc11 plants, asymmetric chloroplast division, as well as its delay or arrest, results in extreme size polymorphism of chloroplasts in mature mesophyll cells. The current study examined chloroplast phenotypes in the epidermis of arc11 leaves. Fluorescence microscopy analysis revealed that epidermal chloroplasts in mature leaves exhibited moderate heterogeneity in size...
June 23, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
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