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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942426/rapid-dna-synthesis-during-early-drosophila%C3%A2-embryogenesis-is-sensitive-to-maternal-humpty-dumpty-protein-function
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Shera Lesly, Jennifer L Bandura, Brian R Calvi
Problems with DNA replication cause cancer and developmental malformations. It is not fully understood how DNA replication is coordinated with development and perturbed in disease. We had previously identified the Drosophila gene humpty dumpty (hd) and showed that null alleles cause incomplete DNA replication, tissue undergrowth, and lethality. Animals homozygous for the missense allele, hd(272-9) , were viable, but adult females had impaired amplification of eggshell protein genes in the ovary, resulting in the maternal effects of thin eggshells and embryonic lethality...
September 23, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940692/dpff-1-transcription-factor-deficiency-causes-the-aberrant-activation-of-mpk-1-and-meiotic-defects-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-germline
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Emmanuel Villanueva-Chimal, Laura S Salinas, Laura P Fernández-Cardenas, Gabriela Huelgas-Morales, Alejandro Cabrera-Wrooman, Rosa E Navarro
The d4 family of transcription factors consists of three members in mammals. DPF1/neuro-d4 is expressed mainly in neurons and the peripheral nervous system, and is important for brain development. DPF2/requiem/ubi-d4 is expressed ubiquitously and presumably functions as an apoptotic factor, especially during the deprivation of trophic factors. DPF3/cer-d4 is expressed in neurons and in the heart, and is important for heart development and function in zebrafish. In Drosophila, there is only one member, dd4, whose function is still unknown, but it is expressed in many tissues and is particularly abundant in the brain of developing embryos and in adults...
September 23, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934338/effect-of-localized-hypoxia-on-drosophila-embryo-development
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Zhinan Wang, Shawn C Oppegard, David T Eddington, Jun Cheng
Environmental stress, such as oxygen deprivation, affects various cellular activities and developmental processes. In this study, we directly investigated Drosophila embryo development in vivo while cultured on a microfluidic device, which imposed an oxygen gradient on the developing embryos. The designed microfluidic device enabled both temporal and spatial control of the local oxygen gradient applied to the live embryos. Time-lapse live cell imaging was used to monitor the morphology and cellular migration patterns as embryos were placed in various geometries relative to the oxygen gradient...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919007/on-the-importance-of-protein-diffusion-in-biological-systems-the-example-of-the-bicoid-morphogen-gradient
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REVIEW
Cécile Fradin
Morphogens are proteins that form concentration gradients in embryos and developing tissues, where they act as postal codes, providing cells with positional information and allowing them to behave accordingly. Bicoid was the first discovered morphogen, and remains one of the most studied. It regulates segmentation in flies, forming a striking exponential gradient along the anterior-posterior axis of early Drosophila embryos, and activating the transcription of multiple target genes in a concentration-dependent manner...
September 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916168/scripting-a-place-in-time
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Thomas B Kornberg
Evidence in many experimental systems supports the idea that non-uniform distributions of morphogen proteins encode positional information in developing tissues. There is also strong evidence that morphogen dispersal is mediated by cytonemes and that morphogen proteins transfer from producing to receiving cells at morphogenetic synapses that form at sites of cytoneme contacts. This essay considers some implications of this mechanism and its relevance to various contexts including large single cells such as the pre-cellular Drosophila embryo and the ciliate Stentor...
September 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906063/models-of-convergent-extension-during-morphogenesis
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REVIEW
Asako Shindo
Convergent extension (CE) is a fundamental and conserved collective cell movement that forms elongated tissues during embryonic development. Thus far, studies have demonstrated two different mechanistic models of collective cell movements during CE. The first, termed the crawling mode, was discovered in the process of notochord formation in Xenopus laevis embryos, and has been the established model of CE for decades. The second model, known as the contraction mode, was originally reported in studies of germband extension in Drosophila melanogaster embryos and was recently demonstrated to be a conserved mechanism of CE among tissues and stages of development across species...
September 14, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894169/an-embryonic-system-to-assess-direct-and-indirect-wnt-transcriptional-targets
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Jahnavi Suresh, Nathan Harmston, Ka Keat Lim, Prameet Kaur, Helen Jingshu Jin, Jay B Lusk, Enrico Petretto, Nicholas S Tolwinski
During animal development, complex signals determine and organize a vast number of tissues using a very small number of signal transduction pathways. These developmental signaling pathways determine cell fates through a coordinated transcriptional response that remains poorly understood. The Wnt pathway is involved in a variety of these cellular functions, and its signals are transmitted in part through a β-catenin/TCF transcriptional complex. Here we report an in vivo Drosophila assay that can be used to distinguish between activation, de-repression and repression of transcriptional responses, separating upstream and downstream pathway activation and canonical/non-canonical Wnt signals in embryos...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894158/biophysical-characterisation-of-the-novel-zinc-binding-property-in-suppressor-of-fused
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Amira Jabrani, Staëlle Makamte, Emilie Moreau, Yasmine Gharbi, Anne Plessis, Lucia Bruzzone, Matthieu Sanial, Valérie Biou
Suppressor of Fused (SUFU) is a highly conserved protein that acts as a negative regulator of the Hedgehog (HH) signalling pathway, a major determinant of cell differentiation and proliferation. Therefore, SUFU deletion in mammals has devastating effects on embryo development. SUFU is part of a multi-protein cytoplasmic signal-transducing complex. Its partners include the Gli family of transcription factors that function either as repressors, or as transcription activators according to the HH activation state...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891464/concentration-dependent-chromatin-states-induced-by-the-bicoid-morphogen-gradient
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Colleen E Hannon, Shelby A Blythe, Eric F Wieschaus
In Drosophila, graded expression of the maternal transcription factor Bicoid (Bcd) provides positional information to activate target genes at different positions along the anterior-posterior axis. We have measured the genome-wide binding profile of Bcd using ChIP-seq in embryos expressing single, uniform levels of Bcd protein, and grouped Bcd-bound targets into four classes based on occupancy at different concentrations. By measuring the biochemical affinity of target enhancers in these classes in vitro and genome-wide chromatin accessibility by ATAC-seq, we found that the occupancy of target sequences by Bcd is not primarily determined by Bcd binding sites, but by chromatin context...
September 11, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889977/novel-organelles-with-elements-of-bacterial-and-eukaryotic-secretion-systems-weaponize-parasites-of-drosophila
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Mary Ellen Heavner, Johnny Ramroop, Gwenaelle Gueguen, Girish Ramrattan, Georgia Dolios, Michael Scarpati, Jonathan Kwiat, Sharmila Bhattacharya, Rong Wang, Shaneen Singh, Shubha Govind
The evolutionary success of parasitoid wasps, a highly diverse group of insects widely used in biocontrol, depends on a variety of life history strategies in conflict with those of their hosts [1]. Drosophila melanogaster is a natural host of parasitic wasps of the genus Leptopilina. Attack by L. boulardi (Lb), a specialist wasp to flies of the melanogaster group, activates NF-κB-mediated humoral and cellular immunity. Inflammatory blood cells mobilize and encapsulate Lb eggs and embryos [2-5]. L. heterotoma (Lh), a generalist wasp, kills larval blood cells and actively suppresses immune responses...
September 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883798/eye-development-in-sepia-officinalis-embryo-what-the-uncommon-gene-expression-profiles-tell-us-about-eye-evolution
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Boudjema Imarazene, Aude Andouche, Yann Bassaglia, Pascal-Jean Lopez, Laure Bonnaud-Ponticelli
In metazoans, there is a remarkable diversity of photosensitive structures; their shapes, physiology, optical properties, and development are different. To approach the evolution of photosensitive structures and visual function, cephalopods are particularly interesting organisms due to their most highly centralized nervous system and their camerular eyes which constitute a convergence with those of vertebrates. The eye morphogenesis in numerous metazoans is controlled mainly by a conserved Retinal Determination Gene Network (RDGN) including pax, six, eya, and dac playing also key developmental roles in non-retinal structures and tissues of vertebrates and Drosophila...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883443/planar-polarized-rab35-functions-as-an-oscillatory-ratchet-during-cell-intercalation-in-the-drosophila-epithelium
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Cayla E Jewett, Timothy E Vanderleest, Hui Miao, Yi Xie, Roopa Madhu, Dinah Loerke, J Todd Blankenship
The coordination between membrane trafficking and actomyosin networks is essential to the regulation of cell and tissue shape. Here, we examine Rab protein distributions during Drosophila epithelial tissue remodeling and show that Rab35 is dynamically planar polarized. Rab35 compartments are enriched at contractile interfaces of intercalating cells and provide the first evidence of interfacial monopolarity. When Rab35 function is disrupted, apical area oscillations still occur and contractile steps are observed...
September 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875934/me31b-globally-represses-maternal-mrnas-by-two-distinct-mechanisms-during-the-drosophila-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
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Miranda Wang, Michael Ly, Andrew Lugowski, John D Laver, Howard D Lipshitz, Craig A Smibert, Olivia S Rissland
In animal embryos, control of development is passed from exclusively maternal gene products to those encoded by the embryonic genome in a process referred to as the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT). We show that the RNA-binding protein, ME31B, binds to and represses the expression of thousands of maternal mRNAs during the Drosophila MZT. However, ME31B carries out repression in different ways during different phases of the MZT. Early, it represses translation while, later, its binding leads to mRNA destruction, most likely as a consequence of translational repression in the context of robust mRNA decay...
September 6, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870996/vestigial-like-3-is-a-novel-ets1-interacting-partner-and-regulates-trigeminal-nerve-formation-and-cranial-neural-crest-migration
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Emilie Simon, Nadine Thézé, Sandrine Fédou, Pierre Thiébaud, Corinne Faucheux
Drosophila Vestigial is the founding member of a protein family containing a highly conserved domain, called Tondu that mediates their interaction with members of the TEAD family of transcription factors (Scalloped in Drosophila). In Drosophila, the Vestigial/Scalloped complex controls wing development by regulating the expression of target genes through binding to MCAT sequences. In vertebrates, there are four Vestigial-like genes whose functions are still not well understood. Here we describe the regulation and function of vestigial-like 3 (vgll3) during Xenopus early development...
September 4, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860209/the-drosophila-embryo-at-single-cell-transcriptome-resolution
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Nikos Karaiskos, Philipp Wahle, Jonathan Alles, Anastasiya Boltengagen, Salah Ayoub, Claudia Kipar, Christine Kocks, Nikolaus Rajewsky, Robert P Zinzen
By the onset of morphogenesis, Drosophila embryos consist of about 6000 cells that express distinct gene combinations. Here, we used single-cell sequencing of precisely staged embryos and devised DistMap, a computational mapping strategy to reconstruct the embryo and to predict spatial gene expression approaching single-cell resolution. We produce a virtual embryo with about 8000 expressed genes per cell. Our interactive "Drosophila-Virtual-Expression-eXplorer" (DVEX) database generates three-dimensional virtual in situ hybridizations and computes gene expression gradients...
August 31, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855635/highly-efficient-dna-free-gene-disruption-in-the-agricultural-pest-ceratitis-capitata-by-crispr-cas9-ribonucleoprotein-complexes
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Angela Meccariello, Simona Maria Monti, Alessandra Romanelli, Rita Colonna, Pasquale Primo, Maria Grazia Inghilterra, Giuseppe Del Corsano, Antonio Ramaglia, Giovanni Iazzetti, Antonia Chiarore, Francesco Patti, Svenia D Heinze, Marco Salvemini, Helen Lindsay, Elena Chiavacci, Alexa Burger, Mark D Robinson, Christian Mosimann, Daniel Bopp, Giuseppe Saccone
The Mediterranean fruitfly Ceratitis capitata (medfly) is an invasive agricultural pest of high economic impact and has become an emerging model for developing new genetic control strategies as an alternative to insecticides. Here, we report the successful adaptation of CRISPR-Cas9-based gene disruption in the medfly by injecting in vitro pre-assembled, solubilized Cas9 ribonucleoprotein complexes (RNPs) loaded with gene-specific single guide RNAs (sgRNA) into early embryos. When targeting the eye pigmentation gene white eye (we), a high rate of somatic mosaicism in surviving G0 adults was observed...
August 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821389/debris-buster-is-a-drosophila-scavenger-receptor-essential-for-airway-physiology
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Almut Wingen, Pilar Carrera, Olympia Ekaterini Psathaki, André Voelzmann, Achim Paululat, Michael Hoch
Scavenger receptors class B (SR-B) are multifunctional transmembrane proteins, which in vertebrates participate in lipid transport, pathogen clearance, lysosomal delivery and intracellular sorting. Drosophila has 14 SR-B members whose functions are still largely unknown. Here, we reveal a novel role for the SR-B family member Debris buster (Dsb) in Drosophila airway physiology. Larvae lacking dsb show yeast avoidance behavior, hypoxia, and severe growth defects associated with impaired elongation and integrity along the airways...
August 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811312/myosin-ii-is-not-required-for-drosophila-tracheal-branch-elongation-and-cell-intercalation
#18
Amanda Ochoa-Espinosa, Stefan Harmansa, Emmanuel Caussinus, Markus Affolter
The Drosophila tracheal system consists of an interconnected network of monolayered epithelial tubes that ensures oxygen transport in the larval and adult body. During tracheal dorsal branch (DB) development, individual DBs elongate as a cluster of cells, led by tip cells at the front and trailing cells in the rear. Branch elongation is accompanied by extensive cell intercalation and cell lengthening of the trailing stalk cells. Although cell intercalation is governed by Myosin II (MyoII)-dependent forces during tissue elongation in the Drosophila embryo that lead to germ-band extension, it remained unclear whether MyoII plays a similar active role during tracheal branch elongation and intercalation...
August 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809832/phagocytosis-assay-for-apoptotic-cells-in-drosophila-embryos
#19
Saori Nonaka, Aki Hori, Yoshinobu Nakanishi, Takayuki Kuraishi
The molecular mechanisms underlying the phagocytosis of apoptotic cells need to be elucidated in more detail because of its role in immune and inflammatory intractable diseases. We herein developed an experimental method to investigate phagocytosis quantitatively using the fruit fly Drosophila, in which the gene network controlling engulfment reactions is evolutionally conserved from mammals. In order to accurately detect and count engulfing and un-engulfing phagocytes using whole animals, Drosophila embryos were homogenized to obtain dispersed cells including phagocytes and apoptotic cells...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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-center nucleus correlates with poor outcome for mouse and human oocyte development...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
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