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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814645/zygotic-genome-activation-occurs-shortly-after-fertilization-in-maize
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Junyi Chen, Nicholas Strieder, Nadia G Krohn, Philippe Cyprys, Stefanie Sprunck, Julia C Engelmann, Thomas Dresselhaus
The formation of a zygote via the fusion of an egg and sperm cell and its subsequent asymmetric division (ACD) herald the start of the plant's life cycle. Zygotic genome activation (ZGA) is thought to occur gradually, with the initial steps of zygote and embryo development being primarily maternally controlled, and subsequent steps being governed by the zygotic genome. Here, using maize (Zea mays) as a model plant system, we determined the timing of zygote development and generated RNA-Seq transcriptome profiles of gametes, zygotes, and apical and basal daughter cells...
August 16, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807882/control-of-nucleus-positioning-in-mouse-oocytes
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REVIEW
Maria Almonacid, Marie-Emilie Terret, Marie-Hélène Verlhac
The position of the nucleus in a cell can instruct morphogenesis in some cases, conveying spatial and temporal information and abnormal nuclear positioning can lead to disease. In oocytes from worm, sea urchin, frog and some fish, nucleus position regulates embryo development, it marks the animal pole and in Drosophila it defines the future dorso-ventral axis of the embryo and of the adult body plan. However, in mammals, the oocyte nucleus is centrally located and does not instruct any future embryo axis. Yet an off-centre nucleus correlates with poor outcome for mouse and human oocyte development...
August 11, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794059/evolution-and-development-of-monocot-stomata
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Paula J Rudall, Elisabeth D Chen, Erin Cullen
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Leaves of monocots are typically linear with parallel venation, though a few taxa have broad leaves. Studies of stomatal patterning and development in monocots required updating in the context of rapidly improving knowledge of both the phylogenetic and development-genetic context of monocots that facilitate studies of character evolution. METHODS: We used an existing microscope-slide collection to obtain data on stomatal structure across all the major monocot clades, including some species with relatively broad leaves...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768824/aladin-is-required-for-the-production-of-fertile-mouse-oocytes
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Sara Carvalhal, Michelle Stevense, Katrin Koehler, Ronald Naumann, Angela Huebner, Rolf Jessberger, Eric R Griffis
Asymmetric cell divisions depend upon the precise placement of the spindle apparatus. In mammalian oocytes, spindles assemble close to the cell's center but chromosome segregation takes place at the cell periphery where half of the chromosomes are expelled into small, non-developing polar bodies at anaphase. By dividing so asymmetrically, most of the cytoplasmic content within the oocyte is preserved, which is critical for successful fertilization and early development. Recently, we determined that the nucleoporin ALADIN participates in spindle assembly in somatic cells, and we have also shown that female mice homozygously null for ALADIN are sterile...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766983/lkb1-ampk-modulates-nutrient-induced-changes-in-the-mode-of-division-of-intestinal-epithelial-crypt-cells-in-mice
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Katherine Blackmore, Weinan Zhou, Megan J Dailey
Nutrient availability influences intestinal epithelial stem cell proliferation and tissue growth. Increases in food result in a greater number of epithelial cells, villi height and crypt depth. We investigated whether this nutrient-driven expansion of the tissue is the result of a change in the mode of intestinal epithelial stem cell division and if LKB1-AMPK signaling plays a role. We utilized in vivo and in vitro experiments to test this hypothesis. C57BL/6J mice were separated into four groups and fed varying amounts of chow for 18 h: (1) ad libitum, (2) 50% of their average daily intake (3) fasted or (4) fasted for 12 h and refed...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750296/the-role-of-l-type-calcium-channels-in-mouse-oocyte-maturation-activation-and-early-embryonic-development
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Gui-Fang He, Lei-Lei Yang, Shi-Ming Luo, Jun-Yu Ma, Zhao-Jia Ge, Wei Shen, Shen Yin, Qing-Yuan Sun
Calcium ion fluctuation is closely related to the transformation of cell cycle. However, little is known about the function of L-type calcium channel in mammalian oocyte and embryo development. We thus studied the roles of L-type calcium channel in mouse oocyte meiotic maturation, parthenogenetic activation and early embryonic development. We used the antagonist Amlodipine to block L-type calcium channel. Oocytes or zygotes were cultured to different time points with 0 μM, 10 μM, 30 μM and 50 μM Amlodipine...
July 18, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749250/discovery-of-thalicthuberine-as-a-novel-antimitotic-agent-from-nature-that-disrupts-microtubule-dynamics-and-induces-apoptosis-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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Claire Levrier, Anja Rockstroh, Brian Gabrielli, Maria Kavallaris, Melanie Lehman, Rohan A Davis, Martin C Sadowski, Colleen C Nelson
We report for the first time the mechanism of action of the natural product thalicthuberine (TH) in prostate and cervical cancer cells. TH induced a strong accumulation of LNCaP cells in mitosis, severe mitotic spindle defects and asymmetric cell divisions, ultimately leading to mitotic catastrophe accompanied by cell death through apoptosis. However, unlike microtubule-binding drugs (vinblastine and paclitaxel), TH did not directly inhibit tubulin polymerization when tested in a cell-free system, whereas it reduced cellular microtubule polymer mass in LNCaP cells...
July 27, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748182/mycobacteria-modify-their-cell-size-control-under-sub-optimal-carbon-sources
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Miles Priestman, Philipp Thomas, Brian D Robertson, Vahid Shahrezaei
The decision to divide is the most important one that any cell must make. Recent single cell studies suggest that most bacteria follow an "adder" model of cell size control, incorporating a fixed amount of cell wall material before dividing. Mycobacteria, including the causative agent of tuberculosis Mycobacterium tuberculosis, are known to divide asymmetrically resulting in heterogeneity in growth rate, doubling time, and other growth characteristics in daughter cells. The interplay between asymmetric cell division and adder size control has not been extensively investigated...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720411/modeling-mechanical-control-of-spindle-orientation-of-intestinal-crypt-stem-cells
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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...
August 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 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708292/fhod1-regulates-cytoplasmic-actin-based-spindle-migration-for-mouse-oocyte-asymmetric-cell-division
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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
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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
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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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REVIEW
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
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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
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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
#19
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
#20
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
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