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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419086/low-birth-weight-is-associated-with-impaired-murine-kidney-development-and-function
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Christina Barnett, Oluwadara Nnoli, Wasan Abdulmahdi, Lauren Nesi, Michael Shen, Joseph A Zullo, David L Payne, Tala Azar, Parth Dwivedi, Kunzah Syed, Jonathan Gromis, Mark Lipphardt, Edson Jules, Eric L Maranda, Amy Patel, May M Rabadi, Brian B Ratliff
BACKGROUND: Low birth weight (LBW) neonates have impaired kidney development that leaves them susceptible to kidney disease and hypertension during adulthood. The study here identifies events that blunt nephrogenesis and kidney development in the murine LBW neonate. METHODS: We examined survival, kidney development, GFR, gene expression, and cyto-/chemokines in the LBW offspring of malnourished (caloric and protein restricted) pregnant mice. RESULTS: Malnourished pregnant mothers gave birth to LBW neonates that had 40% reduced body weight and 54% decreased survival...
April 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340475/irinotecan-upregulates-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-3-expression-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-which-mitigates-irinotecan-induced-apoptosis
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Zeynep N Erdem, Stefanie Schwarz, Daniel Drev, Christine Heinzle, Andrea Reti, Petra Heffeter, Xenia Hudec, Klaus Holzmann, Bettina Grasl-Kraupp, Walter Berger, Michael Grusch, Brigitte Marian
BACKGROUND: Irinotecan (IRI) is an integral part of colorectal cancer (CRC) therapy, but response rates are unsatisfactory and resistance mechanisms are still insufficiently understood. As fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) mediates essential survival signals in CRC, it is a candidate gene for causing intrinsic resistance to IRI. METHODS: We have used cell line models overexpressing FGFR3 to study the receptor's impact on IRI response. For pathway blockade, a dominant-negative receptor mutant and a small molecule kinase inhibitor were employed...
March 21, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333962/different-regulation-of-limb-development-by-p63-transcript-variants
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Manabu Kawata, Yuki Taniguchi, Daisuke Mori, Fumiko Yano, Shinsuke Ohba, Ung-Il Chung, Tomomi Shimogori, Alea A Mills, Sakae Tanaka, Taku Saito
The apical ectodermal ridge (AER), located at the distal end of each limb bud, is a key signaling center which controls outgrowth and patterning of the proximal-distal axis of the limb through secretion of various molecules. Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs), particularly Fgf8 and Fgf4, are representative molecules produced by AER cells, and essential to maintain the AER and cell proliferation in the underlying mesenchyme, meanwhile Jag2-Notch pathway negatively regulates the AER and limb development. p63, a transcription factor of the p53 family, is expressed in the AER and indispensable for limb formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270602/integration-of-shh-and-fgf-signaling-in-controlling-hox-gene-expression-in-cultured-limb-cells
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Alan R Rodrigues, Nayuta Yakushiji-Kaminatsui, Yuji Atsuta, Guillaume Andrey, Patrick Schorderet, Denis Duboule, Clifford J Tabin
During embryonic development, fields of progenitor cells form complex structures through dynamic interactions with external signaling molecules. How complex signaling inputs are integrated to yield appropriate gene expression responses is poorly understood. In the early limb bud, for instance, Sonic hedgehog (Shh) is expressed in the distal posterior mesenchyme, where it acts as a mediator of anterior to posterior (AP) patterning, whereas fibroblast growth factor 8 (Fgf8) is produced by the apical ectodermal ridge (AER) at the distal tip of the limb bud to direct outgrowth along the proximal to distal (PD) axis...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257739/candidate-gene-analyses-of-3-dimensional-dentoalveolar-phenotypes-in-subjects-with-malocclusion
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Cole A Weaver, Steven F Miller, Clarissa S G da Fontoura, George L Wehby, Brad A Amendt, Nathan E Holton, Veeratrishul Allareddy, Thomas E Southard, Lina M Moreno Uribe
INTRODUCTION: Genetic studies of malocclusion etiology have identified 4 deleterious mutations in genes DUSP6,ARHGAP21, FGF23, and ADAMTS1 in familial Class III cases. Although these variants may have large impacts on Class III phenotypic expression, their low frequency (<1%) makes them unlikely to explain most malocclusions. Thus, much of the genetic variation underlying the dentofacial phenotypic variation associated with malocclusion remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated associations between common genetic variations in craniofacial candidate genes and 3-dimensional dentoalveolar phenotypes in patients with malocclusion...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251550/the-mystery-of-puberty-initiation-genetics-and-epigenetics-of-idiopathic-central-precocious-puberty-icpp
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Sofia Leka-Emiri, George P Chrousos, Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein
Puberty is a major developmental stage. Damaging mutations, considered as "mistakes of nature", have contributed to the unraveling of the networks implicated in the normal initiation of puberty. Genes involved in the abnormal hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis development, in the normosmic idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (nIHH), in the X-linked or autosomal forms of Kallmann syndrome and in precocious puberty have been identified (GNRH1, GNRHR, KISS1, GPR54, FGFR1, FGF8, PROK2, PROKR2, TAC3, TACR3, KAL1, PROK2, PROKR2, CHD7, LEP, LEPR, PC1, DAX1, SF-1, HESX-1, LHX3, PROP-1)...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205287/upstream-regulation-for-initiation-of-restricted-shh-expression-in-the-chick-limb-bud
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Haruka Matsubara, Daisuke Saito, Gembu Abe, Hitoshi Yokoyama, Takayuki Suzuki, Koji Tamura
BACKGROUND: The organizing center, which serves as a morphogen source, has crucial functions in morphogenesis in animal development. The center is necessarily located in a certain restricted area in the morphogenetic field, and there are several ways in which an organizing center can be restricted. The organizing center for limb morphogenesis, the ZPA (zone of polarizing activity), specifically expresses the Shh gene and is restricted to the posterior region of the developing limb bud...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195315/genetic-testing-facilitates-prepubertal-diagnosis-of-congenital-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism
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C Xu, M Lang-Muritano, F Phan-Hug, A A Dwyer, G P Sykiotis, D Cassatella, J Acierno, M Mohammadi, N Pitteloud
Neonatal micropenis and cryptorchidism raise the suspicion of congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CHH), a rare genetic disorder caused by gonadotropin-releasing hormone deficiency. Low plasma testosterone levels and low gonadotropins during minipuberty provide a clinical diagnostic clue, yet these tests are seldomly performed in general practice. We report a male neonate with no family history of reproductive disorders who was born with micropenis and cryptorchidism. Hormonal testing at age 2.5 months showed low testosterone (0...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125843/pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-peptide-pacap-a-novel-secretagogue-regulates-secreted-morphogens-in-newborn-rat-retina
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Monika Lakk, Viktoria Denes, Karmen Kovacs, Orsolya Hideg, Bence F Szabo, Robert Gabriel
Purpose: Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP)1-38 has been reported to be responsible for regulation of a disparate array of developmental processes in the central nervous system, and its antiapoptotic effect has been revealed in numerous models, pointing to its relevance in the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders. However, its function in retinal development remains unclear. Here, we aimed to point out that versatility can be achieved through interaction with other regulators, in which PACAP can act indirectly on the retinal microenvironment...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987378/in-vitro-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells-derived-from-human-olfactory-bulb-into-dopaminergic-like-neurons
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Rafieh Alizadeh, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei, Mansoureh Soleimani, Fatemeh Moradi, Shahram Mohammadpour, Jahangir Ghorbani, Ali Safavi, Maryam Sarbishegi, Vahid Pirhajati Mahabadi, Leila Alizadeh, Mahmoudreza Hadjighassem
This study describes a new accessible source of neuronal stem cells that can be used in Parkinson's disease cell transplant. The human olfactory bulb contains neural stem cells (NSCs) that are responsible for neurogenesis in the brain and the replacement of damaged cellular components throughout life. NSCs are capable of differentiating into neuronal and glial cells. We isolated NSCs from the olfactory bulb of brain-death donors and differentiated them into dopaminergic neurons. The olfactory bulb tissues obtained were cultured in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium/nutrient mixture F12, B27 supplemented with basic fibroblast growth factor, epidermal growth factor and leukemia inhibitory factor...
December 17, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974186/classical-and-non-classical-causes-of-gh-deficiency-in-the-paediatric-age
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REVIEW
Natascia Di Iorgi, Giovanni Morana, Anna Elsa Maria Allegri, Flavia Napoli, Roberto Gastaldi, Annalisa Calcagno, Giuseppa Patti, Sandro Loche, Mohamad Maghnie
Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) may result from a failure of hypothalamic GHRH production or release, from congenital disorders of pituitary development, or from central nervous system insults including tumors, surgery, trauma, radiation or infiltration from inflammatory diseases. Idiopathic, isolated GHD is the most common sporadic form of hypopituitarism. GHD may also occur in combination with other pituitary hormone deficiencies, and is often referred to as hypopituitarism, combined pituitary hormone deficiency (CPHD), multiple pituitary hormone deficiency (MPHD) or panhypopituitarism...
December 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913219/tbx2-regulates-anterior-neural-specification-by-repressing-fgf-signaling-pathway
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Gun-Sik Cho, Dong-Seok Park, Sun-Cheol Choi, Jin-Kwan Han
During early embryogenesis, FGF signals regulate the antero-posterior (AP) patterning of the neural plate by promoting posterior cell fates. In particular, BMP signal-mediated attenuation of FGF pathway plays a critical role in the determination of the anterior neural region. Here we show that Tbx2, a T-box transcriptional repressor regulates anterior neural specification by suppressing FGF8 signaling pathway in Xenopus embryo. Tbx2 is expressed in the anterior edge of the neural plate in early neurulae. Overexpression and knockdown of Tbx2 induce expansion and reduction in the expression of anterior neural markers, respectively...
January 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899509/sensory-evolution-in-blind-cavefish-is-driven-by-early-embryonic-events-during-gastrulation-and-neurulation
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Hélène Hinaux, Lucie Devos, Maryline Blin, Yannick Elipot, Jonathan Bibliowicz, Alexandre Alié, Sylvie Rétaux
Natural variations in sensory systems constitute adaptive responses to the environment. Here, we compared sensory placode development in the blind cave-adapted morph and the eyed river-dwelling morph of Astyanax mexicanus Focusing on the lens and olfactory placodes, we found a trade-off between these two sensory components in the two morphs: from neural plate stage onwards, cavefish have larger olfactory placodes and smaller lens placodes. In a search for developmental mechanisms underlying cavefish sensory evolution, we analyzed the roles of Shh, Fgf8 and Bmp4 signaling, which are known to be fundamental in patterning the vertebrate head and are subtly modulated in space and time during cavefish embryogenesis...
December 1, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853465/epigenetic-dna-methylation-profiling-with-msre-a-quantitative-ngs-approach-using-a-parkinson-s-disease-test-case
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Adam G Marsh, Matthew T Cottrell, Morton F Goldman
Epigenetics is a rapidly developing field focused on deciphering chemical fingerprints that accumulate on human genomes over time. As the nascent idea of precision medicine expands to encompass epigenetic signatures of diagnostic and prognostic relevance, there is a need for methodologies that provide high-throughput DNA methylation profiling measurements. Here we report a novel quantification methodology for computationally reconstructing site-specific CpG methylation status from next generation sequencing (NGS) data using methyl-sensitive restriction endonucleases (MSRE)...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845689/expression-patterns-of-fgf8-and-shh-in-the-developing-external-genitalia-of-suncus-murinus
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Mami Miyado, Kenji Miyado, Akihiro Nakamura, Maki Fukami, Gen Yamada, Sen-Ichi Oda
Reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal interactions and several signalling pathways regulate the development of the genital tubercle (GT), an embryonic primordium of external genitalia. The morphology of the adult male external genitalia of the Asian house musk shrew Suncus murinus (hereafter, laboratory name: suncus) belonging to the order Eulipotyphla (the former order Insectivora or Soricomorpha) differs from those of mice and humans. However, the developmental process of the suncus GT and its regulatory genes are unknown...
February 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803896/roles-of-fgf-signals-in-heart-development-health-and-disease
#16
REVIEW
Nobuyuki Itoh, Hiroya Ohta, Yoshiaki Nakayama, Morichika Konishi
The heart provides the body with oxygen and nutrients and assists in the removal of metabolic waste through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. It is the first organ to form during embryonic morphogenesis. FGFs with diverse functions in development, health, and disease are signaling proteins, mostly as paracrine growth factors or endocrine hormones. The human/mouse FGF family comprises 22 members. Findings obtained from mouse models and human diseases with FGF signaling disorders have indicated that several FGFs are involved in heart development, health, and disease...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793834/early-molecular-events-during-retinoic-acid-induced-differentiation-of-neuromesodermal-progenitors
#17
Thomas J Cunningham, Alexandre Colas, Gregg Duester
Bipotent neuromesodermal progenitors (NMPs) residing in the caudal epiblast drive coordinated body axis extension by generating both posterior neuroectoderm and presomitic mesoderm. Retinoic acid (RA) is required for body axis extension, however the early molecular response to RA signaling is poorly defined, as is its relationship to NMP biology. As endogenous RA is first seen near the time when NMPs appear, we used WNT/FGF agonists to differentiate embryonic stem cells to NMPs which were then treated with a short 2-h pulse of 25 nM RA or 1 µM RA followed by RNA-seq transcriptome analysis...
December 15, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732850/astroglial-mediated-remodeling-of-the-interhemispheric-midline-is-required-for-the-formation-of-the-corpus-callosum
#18
Ilan Gobius, Laura Morcom, Rodrigo Suárez, Jens Bunt, Polina Bukshpun, William Reardon, William B Dobyns, John L R Rubenstein, A James Barkovich, Elliott H Sherr, Linda J Richards
The corpus callosum is the major axon tract that connects and integrates neural activity between the two cerebral hemispheres. Although ∼1:4,000 children are born with developmental absence of the corpus callosum, the primary etiology of this condition remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate that midline crossing of callosal axons is dependent upon the prior remodeling and degradation of the intervening interhemispheric fissure. This remodeling event is initiated by astroglia on either side of the interhemispheric fissure, which intercalate with one another and degrade the intervening leptomeninges...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721656/role-of-mirna-9-in-brain-development
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REVIEW
Balachandar Radhakrishnan, A Alwin Prem Anand
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small regulatory RNAs involved in gene regulation. The regulation is effected by either translational inhibition or transcriptional silencing. In vertebrates, the importance of miRNA in development was discovered from mice and zebrafish dicer knockouts. The miRNA-9 (miR-9) is one of the most highly expressed miRNAs in the early and adult vertebrate brain. It has diverse functions within the developing vertebrate brain. In this article, the role of miR-9 in the developing forebrain (telencephalon and diencephalon), midbrain, hindbrain, and spinal cord of vertebrate species is highlighted...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699475/tooth-agenesis-and-orofacial-clefting-genetic-brothers-in-arms
#20
REVIEW
M Phan, F Conte, K D Khandelwal, C W Ockeloen, T Bartzela, T Kleefstra, H van Bokhoven, M Rubini, H Zhou, C E L Carels
Tooth agenesis and orofacial clefts represent the most common developmental anomalies and their co-occurrence is often reported in patients as well in animal models. The aim of the present systematic review is to thoroughly investigate the current literature (PubMed, EMBASE) to identify the genes and genomic loci contributing to syndromic or non-syndromic co-occurrence of tooth agenesis and orofacial clefts, to gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying their dual involvement in the development of teeth and facial primordia...
December 2016: Human Genetics
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