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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809021/genetic-manipulation-of-the-avian-urogenital-system-using-in-ovo-electroporation
#1
Claire E Hirst, Olivier Serralbo, Katie L Ayers, Kelly N Roeszler, Craig A Smith
One of the advantages of the avian embryo as an experimental model is its in ovo development and hence accessibility for genetic manipulation. Electroporation has been used extensively in the past to study gene function in chicken and quail embryos . Readily accessible tissues such as the neural tube, somites, and limb bud, in particular, have been targeted. However, more inaccessible tissues, such as the embryonic urogenital system , have proven more challenging to study. Here, we describe the use of in ovo electroporation of TOL2 vectors or RCASBP avian viral vectors for the rapid functional analysis of genes involved in avian sex determination and urogenital development ...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807781/engrailed-controls-epaxial-hypaxial-muscle-innervation-and-the-establishment-of-vertebrate-three-dimensional-mobility
#2
Mohi U Ahmed, Ashish K Maurya, Louise Cheng, Erika C Jorge, Frank R Schubert, Pascal Maire, M Albert Basson, Philip W Ingham, Susanne Dietrich
Chordates are characterised by contractile muscle on either side of the body that promotes movement by side-to-side undulation. In the lineage leading to modern jawed vertebrates (crown group gnathostomes), this system was refined: body muscle became segregated into distinct dorsal (epaxial) and ventral (hypaxial) components that are separately innervated by the medial and hypaxial motors column, respectively, via the dorsal and ventral ramus of the spinal nerves. This allows full three-dimensional mobility, which in turn was a key factor in their evolutionary success...
August 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807662/a-preliminary-study-of-osmotic-dehydration-in-zebrafish-embryos-implications-for-vitrification-and-ultra-fast-laser-warming
#3
Michelle H Connolly, Estefania Paredes, Peter Mazur
To date, traditional cryopreservation techniques have not been amenable to zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos, due in part to their large yolky eggs, which have a low surface to volume ratio and limited permeability to water and cryoprotectants. However, recent vitrification and ultra-rapid warming studies in mice have demonstrated successful preservation by dehydrating 85% or more of their total water content. We hypothesized that this approach may help overcome the barriers to embryo cryopresrvation among D...
August 11, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769694/a-new-species-of-notodiaptomus-from-the-amazon-basin-crustacea-copepoda-calanoida-diaptomidae
#4
Daniel Previattelli, Gilmar Perbiche-Neves, Carlos E F da Rocha
A new Diaptomidae species is presented from the Neotropical region. It was found in two Amazonian lakes, Ressaca and Arapujá, both in Pará State, Brazil. The lakes are 400 km apart and threatened by the building of reservoirs for hydropower generation and pollution by human settlements. The new species resembles N. paraensis Dussart & Robertson, 1984, but it can be distinguished from this species and other congeners in having a special process on the fifth leg basis of the male, by the place of insertion of lateral spine in the last segment of right P5 of male, the shape and relationship between length and width of segments of male and female P5 exopodite 2 with stout inner process bearing short setules and outer small spine, exopodite 3, with two terminal setae, outer smaller; endopodite 1-segmented with one subterminal seta and oblique comb of spinules, the presence of a line of dorsal spinules at the distal margin of thoracic somites in both sexes...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769658/a-new-anchialine-stephos-scott-from-the-yucatan-peninsula-with-notes-on-the-biogeography-and-diversity-of-the-genus-copepoda-calanoida-stephidae
#5
Eduardo Suárez-Morales, Martha A Gutiérrez-Aguirre, Adrián Cervantes-Martínez, Thomas M Iliffe
Surveys of the anchialine crustacean fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula (YP), Mexico, have revealed the occurrence of calanoid copepods. The genus Stephos Scott, 1892, belonging to the family Stephidae is among the most frequent and widely distributed groups in anchialine caves but has not been hitherto recorded from the YP. Recent collections from an anchialine cave in an island off the northern coast of the YP yielded many specimens of a new species of Stephos. The new taxon, S. fernandoisp. n., is described here based on male and female specimens...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768919/pediatric-craniovertebral-junction-surgery
#6
Nobuhito Morota
The craniovertebral junction (CVJ) has attracted more attention in pediatric medicine in recent years due to the progress in surgical technologies allowing a direct approach to the CVJ in children. The CVJ is the site of numerous pathologies, most originating in bone anomalies resulting from abnormal CVJ development. Before discussing the surgical approaches to CVJ, three points should be borne in mind: first, that developmental anatomy demonstrates age-dependent mechanisms and the pathophysiology of pediatric CVJ anomalies; second, that CT-based dynamic simulations have improved our knowledge of functional anatomy, enabling us to locate CVJ lesions with greater certainty; and third, understanding the complex structure of the pediatric CVJ also clarifies the surgical anatomy...
August 1, 2017: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735239/effects-of-a-glyphosate-based-herbicide-in-pejerrey-odontesthes-humensis-embryonic-development
#7
Yuri Dornelles Zebral, Patrícia Gomes Costa, Bruna de Castro Knopp, Luize Real Lansini, Bruna Zafalon-Silva, Adalto Bianchini, Ricardo Berteaux Robaldo
Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) are the major pesticides used worldwide. Among them, the Roundup formulations are the most popular. Some aspects of GBH toxicity are well known, such as induction of oxidative stress. However, embryotoxicity is scarcely known. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of exposure to different Roundup Transorb R concentrations (0.36, 1.80, 3.62 and 5.43 mg glyphosate a.e./L) on Odontesthes humensis embryonic development. Embryos were sampled at three exposure times (48, 72 and 96 h)...
October 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719048/developmental-mechanisms-of-intervertebral-disc-and-vertebral-column-formation
#8
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716577/apoptosis-related-genes-induced-in-response-to-ketamine-during-early-life-stages-of-zebrafish
#9
Luís M Félix, Cindy Serafim, Ana M Valentim, Luís M Antunes, Manuela Matos, Ana M Coimbra
Increasing evidence supports that ketamine, a widely used anaesthetic, potentiates apoptosis during development through the mitochondrial pathway of apoptosis. Defects in the apoptotic machinery can cause or contribute to the developmental abnormalities previously described in ketamine-exposed zebrafish. The involvement of the apoptotic machinery in ketamine-induced teratogenicity was addressed by assessing the apoptotic signals at 8 and 24 hpf following 20min exposure to ketamine at three stages of early zebrafish embryo development (256 cell, 50% epiboly and 1-4 somites stages)...
July 14, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716076/klf8-regulates-left-right-asymmetric-patterning-through-modulation-of-kupffer-s-vesicle-morphogenesis-and-spaw-expression
#10
Che-Yi Lin, Ming-Yuan Tsai, Yu-Hsiu Liu, Yu-Fen Lu, Yi-Chung Chen, Yun-Ren Lai, Hsin-Chi Liao, Huang-Wei Lien, Chung-Hsiang Yang, Chang-Jen Huang, Sheng-Ping L Hwang
BACKGROUND: Although vertebrates are bilaterally symmetric organisms, their internal organs are distributed asymmetrically along a left-right axis. Disruption of left-right axis asymmetric patterning often occurs in human genetic disorders. In zebrafish embryos, Kupffer's vesicle, like the mouse node, breaks symmetry by inducing asymmetric expression of the Nodal-related gene, spaw, in the left lateral plate mesoderm (LPM). Spaw then stimulates transcription of itself and downstream genes, including lft1, lft2, and pitx2, specifically in the left side of the diencephalon, heart and LPM...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716037/phylogeny-expression-patterns-and-regulation-of-dna-methyltransferases-in-early-development-of-the-flatfish-solea-senegalensis
#11
Joana Firmino, Carlos Carballo, Paula Armesto, Marco A Campinho, Deborah M Power, Manuel Manchado
BACKGROUND: The identification of DNA methyltransferases (Dnmt) expression patterns during development and their regulation is important to understand the epigenetic mechanisms that modulate larval plasticity in marine fish. In this study, dnmt1 and dnmt3 paralogs were identified in the flatfish Solea senegalensis and expression patterns in early developmental stages and juveniles were determined. Additionally, the regulation of Dnmt transcription by a specific inhibitor (5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine) and temperature was evaluated...
July 17, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710810/putative-binding-sites-for-mir-125-family-mirnas-in-the-mouse-lfng-3-utr-affect-transcript-expression-in-the-segmentation-clock-but-mir-125a-5p-is-dispensable-for-normal-somitogenesis
#12
Kanu Wahi, Sophia Friesen, Vincenzo Coppola, Susan E Cole
BACKGROUND: In vertebrate embryos, a "segmentation clock" times somitogenesis. Clock-linked genes, including Lunatic fringe (Lfng), exhibit cyclic expression in the presomitic mesoderm (PSM), with a period matching the rate of somite formation. The clock period varies widely across species, but the mechanisms that underlie this variability are not clear. The half-lives of clock components are proposed to influence the rate of clock oscillations, and are tightly regulated in the PSM. Interactions between Lfng and mir-125a-5p in the embryonic chicken PSM promote Lfng transcript instability, but the conservation of this mechanism in other vertebrates has not been tested...
July 14, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705896/bmp-signaling-maintains-a-mesoderm-progenitor-cell-state-in-the-mouse-tailbud
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Richa Sharma, Maxwell E R Shafer, Eric Bareke, Mathieu Tremblay, Jacek Majewski, Maxime Bouchard
Caudal somites are generated from a pool of progenitor cells located in the tailbud region. These progenitor cells form the presomitic mesoderm that gradually differentiates into somites under the action of the segmentation clock. The signals responsible for tailbud mesoderm progenitor pool maintenance during axial elongation are still elusive. Here, we show that Bmp signaling is sufficient to activate the entire mesoderm progenitor gene signature in primary cultures of caudal mesoderm cells. Bmp signaling acts through the key regulatory genes brachyury (T) and Nkx1-2 and contributes to the activation of several other regulators of the mesoderm progenitor gene network...
August 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701377/microrna-206-modulates-an-rtn4a-cxcr4a-thbs3a-axis-in-newly-forming-somites-to-maintain-and-stabilize-the-somite-boundary-formation-of-zebrafish-embryos
#14
Cheng-Yung Lin, Jun-Yu He, Chih-Wei Zeng, Moo-Rumg Loo, Wen-Yen Chang, Po-Hsiang Zhang, Huai-Jen Tsai
Although microRNA-206 (miR-206) is known to regulate proliferation and differentiation of muscle fibroblasts, the role of miR-206 in early-stage somite development is still unknown. During somitogenesis of zebrafish embryos, reticulon4a (rtn4a) is specifically repressed by miR-206. The somite boundary was defective, and actin filaments were crossing over the boundary in either miR-206-knockdown or rtn4a-overexpressed embryos. In these treated embryos, C-X-C motif chemokine receptor 4a (cxcr4a) was reduced, while thrombospondin 3a (thbs3a) was increased...
July 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695966/dyrk2-displays-muscle-fiber-type-specific-function-during-zebrafish-early-somitogenesis
#15
Wei Sun, Shuang Jiao, Xungang Tan, Peijun Zhang, Feng You
Dual specificity tyrosine-phosphorylation regulated kinase 2 (DYRK2) is a serine/threonine kinase. In zebrafish, DYRK2 is expressed in the lateral somites and adaxial cells at the early stage of embryo development. However, its role in early myogenesis had not been elucidated yet. Here, we report that DYRK2 mRNA and MyoD mRNA were colocalized in the muscle progenitor cells in somites, including both the posterior compartment of the lateral somites and adaxial cells. Knockdown of DYRK2 reduced the levels of MyoD transcripts in the muscle progenitor cells in somites...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695959/migration-behavior-of-pgcs-and-asymmetrical-gonad-formation-in-pond-smelt-hypomesus-nipponensis
#16
Eisuke Takahashi, Yu Shimizu, Hirotaro Urushibata, Yutaka Kawakami, Katsutoshi Arai, Etsuro Yamaha
In teleost fish, the gonad originates from primordial germ cells (PGCs) and somatic cells. However, it is not clear whether the final gonadal position is determined by anteroposterior and dextrosinistral differentiation of endodermal organs or by the distribution of PGCs. The pond smelt has a transparent body even after hatching, enabling clear observation of PGC distribution and endodermal differentiation. Here, we first examined normal embryonic development to define the spatio-temporal characteristics of our developmental model...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691257/tbx6l-and-tbx16-are-redundantly-required-for-posterior-paraxial-mesoderm-formation-during-zebrafish-embryogenesis
#17
Zachary T Morrow, Adrienne M Maxwell, Kazuyuki Hoshijima, Jared C Talbot, David J Grunwald, Sharon L Amacher
BACKGROUND: T-box genes encode a large transcription factor family implicated in many aspects of development. We are focusing on two related zebrafish T-box genes, tbx6l and tbx16, that are expressed in highly overlapping patterns in embryonic paraxial mesoderm. tbx16 mutants are deficient in trunk, but not tail, somites; we explored whether presence of tail somites in tbx16 mutants was due to compensatory function provided by the tbx6l gene. RESULTS: We generated two zebrafish tbx6l mutant alleles...
July 10, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667352/endothelium-derived-fibronectin-regulates-neonatal-vascular-morphogenesis-in-an-autocrine-fashion
#18
Christopher J Turner, Kwabena Badu-Nkansah, Richard O Hynes
Fibronectin containing alternatively spliced EIIIA and EIIIB domains is largely absent from mature quiescent vessels in adults, but is highly expressed around blood vessels during developmental and pathological angiogenesis. The precise functions of fibronectin and its splice variants during developmental angiogenesis however remain unclear due to the presence of cardiac, somitic, mesodermal and neural defects in existing global fibronectin KO mouse models. Using a rare family of surviving EIIIA EIIIB double KO mice, as well as inducible endothelial-specific fibronectin-deficient mutant mice, we show that vascular development in the neonatal retina is regulated in an autocrine manner by endothelium-derived fibronectin, and requires both EIIIA and EIIIB domains and the RGD-binding α5 and αv integrins for its function...
June 30, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655569/the-hypaxial-origin-of-the-epaxially-located-rhomboid-muscles
#19
Minu Saberi, Qin Pu, Petr Valasek, Tannaz Norizadeh-Abbariki, Ketan Patel, Ruijin Huang
In vertebrates, skeletal muscles of the body are made up of epaxial and hypaxial muscles based on their innervation and relative position to the vertebral column. The epaxial muscles are innervated by the dorsal branches of the spinal nerves and comprise the intrinsic (deep) back muscles, while the hypaxial muscles are innervated by the ventral branches of the spinal nerves including the plexus and consist of a heterogeneous group of intercostal, abdominal, and limb as well as girdle muscles. The canonical view holds that the epaxial muscles are derived from the medial halves of the somites, whereas the hypaxial muscles are all derived from the lateral somitic halves...
June 26, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628137/-antagonistic-effect-of-quercetin-on-pm2-5-toxicity-in-the-rat-s-embryonic-development-in-vitro
#20
A Q Fan, J Q Feng, W Liu, M J Zhang, T Liu, Y L Zhou, Y J Xu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the antagonistic effect of quercetin on fine particulate matter (PM2.5)-induced embryonic developmental toxicity in vitro. METHODS: PM2.5 was collected on glass fiber filters by PM2.5 samplers during the heating period of Dec. 2015 to Mar. 2016 in an area of Haidian District, Beijing City. The sampled filters were cut into 1 cm×3 cm pieces followed by sonication. The PM2.5 suspension was filtered into a 10 cm glass dish through 8 layers of sterile carbasus and stored at -80 °C until freeze drying...
June 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
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