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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432834/molecular-control-of-gut-formation-in-the-spider-parasteatoda-tepidariorum
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Natália Martins Feitosa, Matthias Pechmann, Evelyn E Schwager, Vitória Tobias-Santos, Alistair P McGregor, Wim G M Damen, Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca
The development of a digestive system is an essential feature of bilaterians. Studies of the molecular control of gut formation in arthropods have been studied in detail in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. However, little is known in other arthropods, especially in noninsect arthropods. To better understand the evolution of arthropod alimentary system, we investigate the molecular control of gut development in the spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum (Pt), the primary chelicerate model species for developmental studies...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430354/identification-of-morphogenetic-capability-limitations-via-a-single-starfish-embryo-larva-reconstruction-method
#2
Narudo Kawai, Ikuko Omori, Ritsu Kuraishi, Hiroyuki Kaneko
Reconstruction of a starfish embryo provides unique morphogenesis during the developmental process that is not observed in normal development. Here, we established a novel method for reconstruction from single embryos/larvae. By using this method, we investigated the morphogenetic capabilities in critical steps during the reconstruction process as showed by the reconstructed embryos generated from embryos/larvae at the six developmental stages, or from segregated ectodermal and/or endomesodermal cells. Additionally, the novel method addressed several problems found in prior methods related to reproducibly generating reconstructed embryos...
April 21, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430075/considerations-in-the-management-of-congenital-cranial-dermoid-cysts
#3
Syed Khalid, John Ruge
OBJECTIVE Congenital dermoid cysts (CDCs) develop from the entrapment of the surface ectoderm along the lines of embryonic fusion and have a capacity to grow. Given this capacity for continual expansion, the timing of removal and anticipation of possible epidural extension is important. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed records of patients with the diagnosis of dermoid cyst presenting over a period of 10 years. Baseline characteristics, histological reports, and surgical records were collected and analyzed...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428262/uncoupling-neurogenic-gene-networks-in-the-drosophila-embryo
#4
William A Rogers, Yogesh Goyal, Kei Yamaya, Stanislav Y Shvartsman, Michael S Levine
The EGF signaling pathway specifies neuronal identities in the Drosophila embryo by regulating developmental patterning genes such as intermediate neurons defective (ind). EGFR is activated in the ventral midline and neurogenic ectoderm by the Spitz ligand, which is processed by the Rhomboid protease. CRISPR/Cas9 was used to delete defined rhomboid enhancers mediating expression at each site of Spitz processing. Surprisingly, the neurogenic ectoderm, not the ventral midline, was found to be the dominant source of EGF patterning activity...
April 20, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426095/models-of-global-gene-expression-define-major-domains-of-cell-type-and-tissue-identity
#5
Andrew P Hutchins, Zhongzhou Yang, Yuhao Li, Fangfang He, Xiuling Fu, Xiaoshan Wang, Dongwei Li, Kairong Liu, Jiangping He, Yong Wang, Jiekai Chen, Miguel A Esteban, Duanqing Pei
The current classification of cells in an organism is largely based on their anatomic and developmental origin. Cells types and tissues are traditionally classified into those that arise from the three embryonic germ layers, the ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm, but this model does not take into account the organization of cell type-specific patterns of gene expression. Here, we present computational models for cell type and tissue specification derived from a collection of 921 RNA-sequencing samples from 272 distinct mouse cell types or tissues...
March 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424578/the-crb1-complex-following-the-trail-of-crumbs-to-a-feasible-gene-therapy-strategy
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REVIEW
Peter M Quinn, Lucie P Pellissier, Jan Wijnholds
Once considered science fiction, gene therapy is rapidly becoming scientific reality, targeting a growing number of the approximately 250 genes linked to hereditary retinal disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa and Leber's congenital amaurosis. Powerful new technologies have emerged, leading to the development of humanized models for testing and screening these therapies, bringing us closer to the goal of personalized medicine. These tools include the ability to differentiate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to create a "retina-in-a-dish" model and the self-formed ectodermal autonomous multi-zone, which can mimic whole eye development...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417916/metallothionein-gene-family-in-the-sea-urchin-paracentrotus-lividus-gene-structure-differential-expression-and-phylogenetic-analysis
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Maria Antonietta Ragusa, Aldo Nicosia, Salvatore Costa, Angela Cuttitta, Fabrizio Gianguzza
Metallothioneins (MT) are small and cysteine-rich proteins that bind metal ions such as zinc, copper, cadmium, and nickel. In order to shed some light on MT gene structure and evolution, we cloned seven Paracentrotus lividus MT genes, comparing them to Echinodermata and Chordata genes. Moreover, we performed a phylogenetic analysis of 32 MTs from different classes of echinoderms and 13 MTs from the most ancient chordates, highlighting the relationships between them. Since MTs have multiple roles in the cells, we performed RT-qPCR and in situ hybridization experiments to understand better MT functions in sea urchin embryos...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411398/bud-detachment-in-hydra-requires-activation-of-fgfr-and-a-rho-rock-myosin-ii-signaling-pathway-to-ensure-formation-of-a-basal-constriction
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Oliver Holz, David Apel, Patrick Steinmetz, Ellen Lange, Simon Hopfenmüller, Kerstin Ohler, Stefanie Sudhop, Monika Hassel
BACKGROUND: Hydra propagates asexually by exporting tissue into a bud, which detaches four days later as a fully differentiated young polyp. Prerequisite for detachment is activation of fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) signaling. The mechanism which enables constriction and tissue separation within the monolayered ecto- and endodermal epithelia is unknown. RESULTS: Histological sections and staining of F-actin by phalloidin revealed conspicuous cell shape changes at the bud detachment site indicating a localized generation of mechanical forces and the potential enhancement of secretory functions in ectodermal cells...
April 15, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411123/the-lens-growth-process
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Steven Bassnett, Hrvoje Šikić
The factors that regulate the size of organs to ensure that they fit within an organism are not well understood. A simple organ, the ocular lens serves as a useful model with which to tackle this problem. In many systems, considerable variance in the organ growth process is tolerable. This is almost certainly not the case in the lens, which in addition to fitting comfortably within the eyeball, must also be of the correct size and shape to focus light sharply onto the retina. Furthermore, the lens does not perform its optical function in isolation...
April 11, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407484/autoreactive-t-cells-and-chronic-fungal-infection-drive-esophageal-carcinogenesis
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Feng Zhu, Jami Willette-Brown, Na-Young Song, Dakshayani Lomada, Yongmei Song, Liyan Xue, Zane Gray, Zitong Zhao, Sean R Davis, Zhonghe Sun, Peilin Zhang, Xiaolin Wu, Qimin Zhan, Ellen R Richie, Yinling Hu
Humans with autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED), a T cell-driven autoimmune disease caused by impaired central tolerance, are susceptible to chronic fungal infection and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, the relationship between autoreactive T cells and chronic fungal infection in ESCC development remains unclear. We find that kinase-dead Ikkα knockin mice develop APECED-like phenotypes, including impaired central tolerance, autoreactive T cells, chronic fungal infection, and ESCCs expressing specific human ESCC markers...
April 12, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406475/depletion-of-polycomb-repressive-complex-2-core-component-eed-impairs-fetal-hematopoiesis
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Wenhua Yu, Fang Zhang, Shiyan Wang, Yi Fu, Jiahuan Chen, Xiaodong Liang, Huangying Le, William T Pu, Bing Zhang
Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), a H3K27me3 methyltransferase complex, promotes the development of many organs by silencing ectopic transcription program. However, currently little is known about the role of PRC2 in blood and vascular development. In this study, we interrogated the function of embryonic ectoderm development (EED), a core PRC2 component, in both endothelial and hematopoietic tissues by inactivating a floxed murine EED allele with Tie2Cre, which catalyzes recombination in endothelial and hematopoietic lineages...
April 13, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405153/esophageal-squamous-papillomas-with-focal-dermal-hypoplasia-and-eosinophilic-esophagitis
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Eric A Pasman, Theresa A Heifert, Cade M Nylund
Focal dermal hypoplasia (FDH) is a rare disorder of the mesodermal and ectodermal tissues. Here we present an eight-year-old female known to have FDH who presents with poor weight gain and dysphagia. She was diagnosed with multiple esophageal papillomas and eosinophilic esophagitis. She was successfully treated with argon plasma coagulation and ingested fluticasone propionate, which has not been described previously in a child.
March 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403827/a-novel-mutation-in-homeobox-dna-binding-domain-of-hoxc13-gene-underlies-pure-hair-and-nail-ectodermal-dysplasia-ectd9-in-a-pakistani-family
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Anwar Kamal Khan, Noor Muhammad, Abdul Aziz, Sher Alam Khan, Khadim Shah, Abdul Nasir, Muzammil Ahmad Khan, Saadullah Khan
BACKGROUND: Pure hair and nail ectodermal dysplasia (PHNED) is a congenital disorder of hair abnormalities and nail dysplasia. Both autosomal recessive and dominant inheritance fashion of PHNED occurs. In literature, to date, five different forms of PHNED have been reported at molecular level, having three genes known and two loci with no gene yet. METHODS: In this study, a four generations consanguineous family of Pakistani origin with autosomal recessive PHNED was investigated...
April 12, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395807/generation-and-characterization-of-human-ipsc-line-from-cd34-cells-isolated-from-umbilical-cord-blood-belonging-to-indian-origin
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Sophia Fernandes, Manasi Talwadekar, Raju Agarwal, Velu Nair, Vaijayanti Kale, Lalita Limaye
We describe here the reprogramming of CD34(+) cells isolated from umbilical cord blood obtained after full term delivery of a healthy female child of Indian origin. The cells were nucleofected by episomal vectors expressing Oct4, Sox2, L-Myc, Klf4, Lin28 and p53DD (negative mutation in p53). Colonies were identified by alkaline phosphatase staining and characterized for expression of pluripotency markers at protein level by immunofluorescence, flow cytometry and at transcript level by PCR. Genomic stability of the cell line was checked by G-banded karyotype...
January 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394251/eed-orchestration-of-heart-maturation-through-interaction-with-hdacs-is-h3k27me3-independent
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Shanshan Ai, Yong Peng, Chen Li, Fei Gu, Xianhong Yu, Yanzhu Yue, Qing Ma, Jinghai Chen, Zhiqiang Lin, Pingzhu Zhou, Huafeng Xie, Terence W Prendiville, Wen Zheng, Yuli Liu, Stuart H Orkin, Da-Zhi Wang, Jia Yu, William T Pu, Aibin He
In proliferating cells, where most Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) studies have been performed, gene repression is associated with PRC2 trimethylation of H3K27 (H3K27me3). However, it is uncertain whether PCR2 writing of H3K27me3 is mechanistically required for gene silencing. Here we studied PRC2 function in postnatal mouse cardiomyocytes, where the paucity of cell division obviates bulk H3K27me3 rewriting after each cell cycle. EED (Embryonic Ectoderm Development) inactivation in the postnatal heart (Eed(CKO)) caused lethal dilated cardiomyopathy...
April 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394114/ovarian-teratoma-in-routine-biopsy-material-during-a-five-year-period
#16
Marina Kos, Jasmina Nikić, Tanja Leniček
Teratomas are tumors derived from germ cells, most frequently arising in the gonads. The aim of this study was to determine the number of ovarian teratomas diagnosed in the routine biopsy material at Ljudevit Jurak Clinical Department of Pathology, Sestre milosrdnice University Hospital Center during a 5-year period, as well as their clinical, gross and microscopic characteristics. Teratomas accounted for 48.6% (n=166) of primary ovarian tumors. The patient mean age was 34.74±12.37 years. Difference in the incidence of teratoma between the left and right ovary was not significant; bilateral teratoma was found in 13 patients...
June 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393894/loss-of-polycomb-group-protein-pcgf1-severely-compromises-proper-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells
#17
Yun Yan, Wukui Zhao, Yikai Huang, Huan Tong, Yin Xia, Qing Jiang, Jinzhong Qin
The Polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1) is essential for fate decisions of embryonic stem (ES) cells. Emerging evidence suggests that six major variants of PRC1 complex, defined by the mutually exclusive presence of Pcgf subunit, regulate distinct biological processes, yet very little is known about the mechanism by which each version of PRC1 instructs and maintains cell fate. Here, we disrupted the Pcgf1, also known as Nspc1 and one of six Pcgf paralogs, in mouse ES cells by the CRISPR/Cas9 technology. We showed that although these mutant cells were viable and retained normal self-renewal, they displayed severe defects in differentiation in vitro...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392220/modeling-developmental-and-tumorigenic-aspects-of-trilateral-retinoblastoma-via-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#18
Yishai Avior, Elyad Lezmi, Dorit Yanuka, Nissim Benvenisty
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) provide a platform for studying human development and understanding mechanisms underlying diseases. Retinoblastoma-1 (RB1) is a key regulator of cell cycling, of which biallelic inactivation initiates retinoblastoma, the most common congenital intraocular malignancy. We developed a model to study the role of RB1 in early development and tumor formation by generating RB1-null hESCs using CRISPR/Cas9. RB1(-/-) hESCs initiated extremely large teratomas, with neural expansions similar to those of trilateral retinoblastoma tumors, in which retinoblastoma is accompanied by intracranial neural tumors...
March 22, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390077/aberrant-hras-transcript-processing-underlies-a-distinctive-phenotype-within-the-rasopathy-clinical-spectrum
#19
Francesca Pantaleoni, Dorit Lev, Ion C Cirstea, Marialetizia Motta, Francesca Romana Lepri, Lisabianca Bottero, Serena Cecchetti, Ilan Linger, Stefano Paolacci, Elisabetta Flex, Antonio Novelli, Alessandra Carè, Reza Ahmadian, Emilia Stellacci, Marco Tartaglia
RASopathies are a group of rare, clinically related conditions affecting development and growth, and are caused by germline mutations in genes encoding signal transducers and modulators with a role in the RAS signaling network. These disorders share facial dysmorphia, short stature, variable cognitive deficits, skeletal and cardiac defects, and a variable predisposition to malignancies. Here, we report on a de novo 10-nucleotide-long deletion in HRAS (c.481_490delGGGACCCTCT, NM_176795.4; p.Leu163ProfsTer52, NP_789765...
April 8, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389033/enamel-molecular-identity-of-its-transepithelial-ion-transport-system
#20
REVIEW
Rodrigo S Lacruz
Enamel is the most calcified tissue in vertebrates. It differs from bone in a number of characteristics including its origin from ectodermal epithelium, lack of remodeling capacity by the enamel forming cells, and absence of collagen. The enamel-forming cells known as ameloblasts, choreograph first the synthesis of a unique protein-rich matrix, followed by the mineralization of this matrix into a tissue that is ∼95% mineral. To do this, ameloblasts arrange the coordinated movement of ions across a cell barrier while removing matrix proteins and monitoring extracellular pH using a variety of buffering systems to enable the growth of carbonated apatite crystals...
March 29, 2017: Cell Calcium
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