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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811312/myosin-ii-is-not-required-for-drosophila-tracheal-branch-elongation-and-cell-intercalation
#1
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
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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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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/28797121/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice-with-heterozygous-mutation-in-tmed2
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Wenyang Hou, Swati Gupta, Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Libin Yuan, Loydie A Jerome-Majewska
The transmembrane emp24 domain/p24 (TMED) family are essential components of the vesicular transport machinery. Members of the TMED family serve as cargo receptors implicated in selection and packaging of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) luminal proteins into coatomer (COP) II coated vesicles for anterograde transport to the Golgi. Deletion or mutations of Tmed genes in yeast and Drosophila results in ER-stress and activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR). The UPR leads to expression of genes and proteins important for expanding the folding capacity of the ER, degrading misfolded proteins, and reducing the load of new proteins entering the ER...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794204/chromosome-topology-guides-the-drosophila-dosage-compensation-complex-for-target-gene-activation
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Tamás Schauer, Yad Ghavi-Helm, Tom Sexton, Christian Albig, Catherine Regnard, Giacomo Cavalli, Eileen Em Furlong, Peter B Becker
X chromosome dosage compensation in Drosophila requires chromosome-wide coordination of gene activation. The male-specific lethal dosage compensation complex (DCC) identifies and binds to X-chromosomal high-affinity sites (HAS) from which it boosts transcription. A sub-class of HAS, PionX sites, represent first contacts on the X. Here, we explored the chromosomal interactions of representative PionX sites by high-resolution 4C and determined the global chromosome conformation by Hi-C in sex-sorted embryos. Male and female X chromosomes display similar nuclear architecture, concordant with clustered, constitutively active genes...
August 9, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791646/studying-nonproliferative-roles-for-egfr-signaling-in-tissue-morphogenesis-using-dorsal-closure-of-the-drosophila-embryo
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Bruce Reed, Nicholas Harden
For several decades, genetic analysis in Drosophila has made important contributions to the understanding of signaling by Egfr. Egfr has been well characterized with regard to its oncogenic potential but is also being studied for its roles in organismal development. We have recently developed dorsal closure of the Drosophila embryo as a system for characterizing Egfr regulation of events that do not involve proliferation, as no cell divisions occur during this process. Dorsal closure is essentially a developmental wound healing event with parallels to vertebrate developmental epithelial fusions such as neural tube closure and palate fusion...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791475/regulation-and-function-of-odd-paired-in-tribolium-segmentation
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Chong Pyo Choe, Frank Stellabotte, Susan J Brown
The pair-rule gene odd-paired (opa) is required for the patterning of alternate segment boundaries in the early Drosophila embryo. Mutant phenotypes of opa display a typical pair-rule phenotype in which most of each odd-numbered denticle belt is eliminated. However, among the nine Drosophila pair-rule genes, opa is the only gene that is not expressed in stripes with double segmental periodicity; its transcript and protein are expressed in a broad domain within segmenting embryos. While expression patterns of orthologs of opa have been analyzed in several arthropod species, their regulation and function in segmentation were largely unknown...
August 8, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760733/wasp-arp2-3-dependent-actin-polymerization-influences-fusogen-localization-during-cell-cell-fusion-in-c-elegans-embryos
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Yan Zhang, Yihong Yang, Zhiwen Zhu, Guangshuo Ou
Cell-cell fusion is essential for development and physiology. Actin polymerization was implicated in the C. elegans fusogen EFF-1 engagement in a reconstituted Drosophila cell culture system, and the actin-binding protein spectraplakin links EFF-1 to the actin cytoskeleton and promotes cell-cell fusions in C. elegans larvae. However, it remains unclear whether and how fusogens and the actin cytoskeleton are coordinated in C. elegans embryos. Here, we used live imaging analysis of GFP knock-in and RNAi embryos to study the embryonic cell-cell fusions in C...
July 31, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753244/functional-characterization-of-the-transcriptional-regulatory-elements-of-three-highly-expressed-constitutive-genes-in-the-jewel-wasp-nasonia-vitripennis
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P D Shirk, R B Furlong, A Dolan, J H Werren
The jewel wasp, Nasonia vitripennis Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae), is an easily reared parasitoid that is providing an ever increasingly malleable model for examining the biology and genetics of Hymenoptera. Utilizing genomic and transcriptome resources, 5' upstream transcriptional regulatory sequences (TREs) from three highly expressed genes were identified and cloned. Criteria for TRE selection included the presence of an adjacent gene 5' of the translation initiation site. One gene was methylated whereas the other two were nonmethylated...
July 28, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743695/ectopic-application-of-the-repressive-histone-modification-h3k9me2-establishes-post-zygotic-reproductive-isolation-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Hua Jiang, Jordi Moreno-Romero, Juan Santos-González, Geert De Jaeger, Kris Gevaert, Eveline Van De Slijke, Claudia Köhler
Hybrid seed lethality as a consequence of interspecies or interploidy hybridizations is a major mechanism of reproductive isolation in plants. This mechanism is manifested in the endosperm, a dosage-sensitive tissue supporting embryo growth. Deregulated expression of imprinted genes such as ADMETOS (ADM) underpin the interploidy hybridization barrier in Arabidopsis thaliana; however, the mechanisms of their action remained unknown. In this study, we show that ADM interacts with the AT hook domain protein AHL10 and the SET domain-containing SU(VAR)3-9 homolog SUVH9 and ectopically recruits the heterochromatic mark H3K9me2 to AT-rich transposable elements (TEs), causing deregulated expression of neighboring genes...
July 25, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742996/how-primordial-germ-cells-destroy-somatic-signals
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Lynn Cooley
The Germ Cell-Less (GCL) protein is a key regulator of primordial germ cell (PGC) formation in Drosophila embryos. Reporting in this issue of Developmental Cell, Pae et al. (2017) show that GCL blocks somatic cell fate by specifically destroying the Torso Receptor Tyrosine Kinase.
July 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735680/dynamic-control-of-dntp-synthesis-in-early-embryos
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Yonghyun Song, Robert A Marmion, Junyoung O Park, Debopriyo Biswas, Joshua D Rabinowitz, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
Exponential increase of cell numbers in early embryos requires large amounts of DNA precursors (deoxyribonucleoside triphosphates (dNTPs)). Little is understood about how embryos satisfy this demand. We examined dNTP metabolism in the early Drosophila embryo, in which gastrulation is preceded by 13 sequential nuclear cleavages within only 2 hr of fertilization. Surprisingly, despite the breakneck speed at which Drosophila embryos synthesize DNA, maternally deposited dNTPs can generate less than half of the genomes needed to reach gastrulation...
August 7, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734352/real-time-observation-of-perturbation-of-a-drosophila-embryo-s-early-cleavage-cycles-with-microfluidics
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Zeqing Bai, Hongcun Bao, Yingying Yuan, Xiaohang Yang, Yongmei Xi, Min Wang
It is of great importance to understand biochemical system's behavior toward environmental perturbation during the development of living organisms. Here a microfluidic platform for Drosophila embryo's online development and observation is presented. The system is capable of developing the embryo's anterior and posterior halves controlled at different temperature environments, and it can be easily coupled with a confocal microscope for real-time image acquisition. The microfluidic chip is consisted of a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) substrate with a thickness of 4...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730682/structure-and-development-of-the-subesophageal-zone-of-the-drosophila-brain-i-segmental-architecture-compartmentalization-and-lineage-anatomy
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Volker Hartenstein, Jaison J Omoto, Kathy T Ngo, Darren Wong, Philipp A Kuert, Heinrich Reichert, Jennifer K Lovick, Amelia Younossi-Hartenstein
The subesophageal zone (SEZ) of the Drosophila brain houses the circuitry underlying feeding behavior and is involved in many other aspects of sensory processing and locomotor control. Formed by the merging of four neuromeres, the internal architecture of the SEZ can be best understood by identifying segmentally reiterated landmarks emerging in the embryo and larva, and following the gradual changes by which these landmarks become integrated into the mature SEZ during metamorphosis. In previous works, the system of longitudinal fibers (connectives) and transverse axons (commissures) has been utilized as a scaffold that provides internal landmarks for the neuromeres of the larval ventral nerve cord...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727785/novel-crispr-cas9-gene-drive-constructs-reveal-insights-into-mechanisms-of-resistance-allele-formation-and-drive-efficiency-in-genetically-diverse-populations
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Jackson Champer, Riona Reeves, Suh Yeon Oh, Chen Liu, Jingxian Liu, Andrew G Clark, Philipp W Messer
A functioning gene drive system could fundamentally change our strategies for the control of vector-borne diseases by facilitating rapid dissemination of transgenes that prevent pathogen transmission or reduce vector capacity. CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive promises such a mechanism, which works by converting cells that are heterozygous for the drive construct into homozygotes, thereby enabling super-Mendelian inheritance. Although CRISPR gene drive activity has already been demonstrated, a key obstacle for current systems is their propensity to generate resistance alleles, which cannot be converted to drive alleles...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720706/broadly-expressed-repressors-integrate-patterning-across-orthogonal-axes-in-embryos
#16
Theodora Koromila, Angelike Stathopoulos
The role of spatially localized repressors in supporting embryonic patterning is well appreciated, but, alternatively, the role ubiquitously expressed repressors play in this process is not well understood. We investigated the function of two broadly expressed repressors, Runt (Run) and Suppressor of Hairless [Su(H)], in patterning the Drosophila embryo. Previous studies have shown that Run and Su(H) regulate gene expression along anterior-posterior (AP) or dorsal-ventral (DV) axes, respectively, by spatially limiting activator action, but here we characterize a different role...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710464/analysis-of-mitochondrial-organization-and-function-in-the-drosophila-blastoderm-embryo
#17
Sayali Chowdhary, Darshika Tomer, Dnyanesh Dubal, Devashree Sambre, Richa Rikhy
Mitochondria are inherited maternally as globular and immature organelles in metazoan embryos. We have used the Drosophila blastoderm embryo to characterize their morphology, distribution and functions in embryogenesis. We find that mitochondria are relatively small, dispersed and distinctly distributed along the apico-basal axis in proximity to microtubules by motor protein transport. Live imaging, photobleaching and photoactivation analyses of mitochondrially targeted GFP show that they are mobile in the apico-basal axis along microtubules and are immobile in the lateral plane thereby associating with one syncytial cell...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706074/germ-line-inherited-h3k27me3-restricts-enhancer-function-during-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
#18
Fides Zenk, Eva Loeser, Rosaria Schiavo, Fabian Kilpert, Ozren Bogdanović, Nicola Iovino
Gametes carry parental genetic material to the next generation. Stress-induced epigenetic changes in the germ line can be inherited and can have a profound impact on offspring development. However, the molecular mechanisms and consequences of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance are poorly understood. We found that Drosophila oocytes transmit the repressive histone mark H3K27me3 to their offspring. Maternal contribution of the histone methyltransferase Enhancer of zeste, the enzymatic component of Polycomb repressive complex 2, is required for active propagation of H3K27me3 during early embryogenesis...
July 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705899/a-novel-function-for-the-i%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitor-cactus-in-promoting-dorsal-nuclear-localization-and-activity-in-the-drosophila-embryo
#19
Maira Arruda Cardoso, Marcio Fontenele, Bomyi Lim, Paulo Mascarello Bisch, Stanislav Y Shvartsman, Helena Marcolla Araujo
The evolutionarily conserved Toll signaling pathway controls innate immunity across phyla and embryonic patterning in insects. In the Drosophila embryo, Toll is required to establish gene expression domains along the dorsal-ventral axis. Pathway activation induces degradation of the IκB inhibitor Cactus, resulting in a ventral-to-dorsal nuclear gradient of the NFκB effector Dorsal. Here, we investigate how cactus modulates Toll signals through its effects on the Dorsal gradient and on Dorsal target genes...
August 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695964/segmentation-gene-expression-patterns-in-bactrocera-dorsalis-and-related-insects-regulation-and-shape-of-blastoderm-and-larval-cuticle
#20
Worramin Suksuwan, Xiaoli Cai, Lertluk Ngernsiri, Stefan Baumgartner
The oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, is regarded as a severe pest of fruit production in Asia. Despite its economic importance, only limited information regarding the molecular and developmental biology of this insect is known to date. We provide a detailed analysis of B. dorsalis embryology, as well as the expression patterns of a number of segmentation genes known to act during patterning of Drosophila and compare these to the patterns of other insect families. An anterior shift of the expression of gap genes was detected when compared to Drosophila...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
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