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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087660/the-morphophysiological-dormancy-in-amborella-trichopoda-seeds-is-a-pleisiomorphic-trait-in-angiosperms
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Bruno Fogliani, Gildas Gâteblé, Matthieu Villegente, Isabelle Fabre, Nicolas Klein, Nicolas Anger, Carol C Baskin, Charlie P Scutt
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent parsimony-based reconstructions suggest that seeds of early angiosperms had either morphophysiological or physiological dormancy, with the former considered as more probable. The aim of this study was to determine the class of seed dormancy present in Amborella trichopoda, the sole living representative of the most basal angiosperm lineage Amborellales, with a view to resolving fully the class of dormancy present at the base of the angiosperm clade. METHODS: Drupes of A...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087630/reconstitution-of-torso-signaling-in-cultured-cells-suggests-a-role-for-both-trunk-and-torsolike-in-receptor-activation
#2
Smita Amarnath, Leslie M Stevens, David S Stein
Formation of the Drosophila embryonic termini is controlled by the localized activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase, Torso. Both Torso and Torso's presumed ligand, Trunk, are expressed uniformly in the early embryo. Polar activation of Torso requires Torsolike, which is expressed by follicle cells adjacent to the ends of the developing oocyte. We find that Torso expressed at high levels in cultured Drosophila cells is activated by individual application of Trunk, Torsolike or another known Torso ligand, Prothoracicotropic Hormone...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087626/snail2-and-zeb2-repress-p-cadherin-to-define-embryonic-territories-in-the-chick-embryo
#3
Hervé Acloque, Oscar H Ocaña, Diana Abad, Claudio D Stern, M Angela Nieto
Snail and Zeb transcription factors induce epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) in embryonic and adult tissues by direct repression of E-Cadherin transcription. The repression of E-Cadherin transcription by the EMT inducers Snail1 and Zeb2 plays a fundamental role in defining embryonic territories in the mouse, as E-Cadherin needs to be downregulated in the primitive streak and in the epiblast concomitant with the formation of mesendodermal precursors and the neural plate, respectively. Here we show that in the chick embryo, E-Cadherin is weakly expressed in the epiblast at pre-primitive streak stages where it is substituted by P-Cadherin We also show that Snail2 and Zeb2 repress P-Cadherin transcription in the primitive streak and the neural plate, respectively...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087610/long-non-coding-rna-exchange-during-the-oocyte-to-embryo-transition-in-mice
#4
Rosa Karlic, Sravya Ganesh, Vedran Franke, Eliska Svobodova, Jana Urbanova, Yutaka Suzuki, Fugaku Aoki, Kristian Vlahovicek, Petr Svoboda
The oocyte-to-embryo transition (OET) transforms a differentiated gamete into pluripotent blastomeres. The accompanying maternal-zygotic RNA exchange involves remodeling of the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) pool. Here, we used next generation sequencing and de novo transcript assembly to define the core population of 1,600 lncRNAs expressed during the OET (lncRNAs). Relative to mRNAs, OET lncRNAs were less expressed and had shorter transcripts, mainly due to fewer exons and shorter 5' terminal exons. Approximately half of OET lncRNA promoters originated in retrotransposons suggesting their recent emergence...
January 13, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087459/wnt-signaling-balances-specification-of-the-cardiac-and-pharyngeal-muscle-fields
#5
Amrita Mandal, Andrew Holowiecki, Yuntao Charlie Song, Joshua S Waxman
Canonical Wnt/β-catenin (Wnt) signaling plays multiple conserved roles during fate specification of cardiac progenitors in developing vertebrate embryos. Although lineage analysis in ascidians and mice has indicated there is a close relationship between the cardiac second heart field (SHF) and pharyngeal muscle (PM) progenitors, the signals underlying directional fate decisions of the cells within the cardio-pharyngeal muscle field in vertebrates are not yet understood. Here, we examined the temporal requirements of Wnt signaling in cardiac and PM development...
January 10, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078501/the-tissue-culture-laboratory-of-dr-george-otto-gey-60%C3%A2-yrs-ago-as-recalled-by-a-former-student
#6
Charles T Ambrose
George Otto Gey was a pioneer in tissue culture, having introduced the roller drum, the HeLa cell line, and the use of human fetal cord serum and beef embryo extract. During his career (1920s-1960s), the field of tissue culture was in its infancy and not yet dependent upon commercial biological supply houses. While the early techniques of cell culture have been greatly improved upon, of historical interest may be personal observations of the Gey Tissue Culture Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Medical School, as recalled by a medical student working there in the 1950s...
January 11, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077765/acute-embryonic-anoxia-exposure-favours-the-development-of-a-dominant-and-aggressive-phenotype-in-adult-zebrafish
#7
Catherine M Ivy, Cayleih E Robertson, Nicholas J Bernier
Eutrophication and climate change are increasing the incidence of severe hypoxia in fish nursery habitats, yet the programming effects of hypoxia on stress responsiveness in later life are poorly understood. In this study, to investigate whether early hypoxia alters the developmental trajectory of the stress response, zebrafish embryos were exposed to 4 h of anoxia at 36 h post-fertilization and reared to adults when the responses to secondary stressors were assessed. While embryonic anoxia did not affect basal cortisol levels or the cortisol response to hypoxia in later life, it had a marked effect on the responses to a social stressor...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077488/id2-controls-specification-of-lgr5-intestinal-stem-cell-progenitors-during-gut-development
#8
Lira Nigmatullina, Maxim Norkin, Margarita M Dzama, Berith Messner, Sergi Sayols, Natalia Soshnikova
The adult intestinal stem cells (ISCs), their hierarchies, mechanisms of maintenance and differentiation have been extensively studied. However, when and how ISCs are established during embryogenesis remains unknown. We show here that the transcription regulator Id2 controls the specification of embryonic Lgr5(+) progenitors in the developing murine small intestine. Cell fate mapping analysis revealed that Lgr5(+) progenitors emerge at E13.5 in wild-type embryos and differ from the rest on the intestinal epithelium by a characteristic ISC signature...
January 11, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074435/plk1-inhibition-leads-to-a-failure-of-mitotic-division-during-the-first-mitotic-division-in-pig-embryos
#9
Zixiao Zhang, Changchao Chen, Panpan Cui, Yaya Liao, Lingyun Yao, Yue Zhang, Rong Rui, Shiqiang Ju
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to examine the dynamic distribution of polo-like 1 kinase (Plk1) and the possible role it plays in first mitotic division during early porcine embryo development. METHODS: Indirect immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy imaging techniques combined with western blot analyses were used to study the dynamic expression and subcellular localization of Plk1 protein in pig parthenogenetic embryos. Finally, a selective Plk1 inhibitor, GSK461364, was used to evaluate the potential role of Plk1 during this special stage...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073982/urinary-triclosan-concentrations-and-early-outcomes-of-in-vitro-fertilization-embryo-transfer
#10
Rui Hua, Yao Zhou, Biao Wu, Zhongwei Huang, Yongtong Zhu, Yali Song, Yanhong Yu, Hong Li, Song Quan
Triclosan (TCS) exists ubiquitously in the environment. Several in vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated that TCS exerts endocrine disruptive effects on reproduction, but data from human populations are limited and conflicting. The objective of our study was to investigate whether high urinary TCS concentration is adversely associated with early reproductive outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET). This prospective cohort study was conducted from September 2015 to June 2016, including 156 infertile women undergoing their first IVF-ET cycle...
March 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073917/the-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-rnf114-and-tab1-degradation-are-required-for-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
#11
Ye Yang, Cheng Zhou, Ying Wang, Weixiao Liu, Chao Liu, Liying Wang, Yujiao Liu, Yongliang Shang, Mingrui Li, Shuai Zhou, Yuanting Wang, Wentao Zeng, Jianli Zhou, Ran Huo, Wei Li
The functional role of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway during maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) remains to be elucidated. Here we show that the E3 ubiquitin ligase, Rnf114, is highly expressed in mouse oocytes and that knockdown of Rnf114 inhibits development beyond the two-cell stage. To study the underlying mechanism, we identify its candidate substrates using a 9,000-protein microarray and validate them using an in vitro ubiquitination system. We show that five substrates could be degraded by RNF114-mediated ubiquitination, including TAB1...
January 10, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073502/lethal-effects-of-ichthyotoxic-raphidophytes-chattonella-marina-c-antiqua-and-heterosigma-akashiwo-on-post-embryonic-stages-of-the-japanese-pearl-oyster-pinctada-fucata-martensii
#12
Leila Basti, Kiyohito Nagai, Jiyoji Go, Sho Okano, Tatsuya Oda, Yuji Tanaka, Satoshi Nagai
The inimical effects of the ichthyotoxic harmful algal bloom (HAB)-forming raphidophytes Heterosigma akashiwo, Chattonella marina, and Chattonella antiqua on the early-life stages of the Japanese pearl oyster Pinctada fucata martensii were studied. Fertilized eggs and developing embryos were not affected following exposure to the harmful raphidophytes; however, all three algal species severely affected trochophores and D-larvae, early-stage D-larvae, and late-stage pre-settling larvae. Exposure to C. marina (5×10(2)cellsml(-1)), C...
November 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072387/embryonic-origin-of-adult-stem-cells-required-for-tissue-homeostasis-and-regeneration
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Erin L Davies, Kai Lei, Christopher W Seidel, Amanda E Kroesen, Sean A McKinney, Longhua Guo, Sofia Mc Robb, Eric J Ross, Kirsten Gotting, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado
Planarian neoblasts are pluripotent, adult somatic stem cells and lineage-primed progenitors required for production and maintenance of all differentiated cell types, including the germline. Neoblasts, originally defined as undifferentiated cells residing in the adult parenchyma, are frequently compared to embryonic stem cells yet their developmental origin remains obscure. We investigated the provenance of neoblasts during S. mediterranea embryogenesis, and report that neoblasts arise from an anarchic, cycling piwi-1+ population wholly responsible for production of all temporary and definitive organs during embryogenesis...
January 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069986/mechanisms-involved-in-porcine-early-embryo-survival-following-ethanol-exposure
#14
Florence Pagé-Larivière, Céline Campagna, Marc-André Sirard
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is still a cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities. However, little is known about the impact of ethanol on preimplantation embryos and the molecular mechanisms involved. We aimed to determine the toxicogenomic impacts and the mechanisms involved in preimplantation embryonic survival following 0.2% ethanol exposure in porcine embryos. Gene expression changes were measured with a porcine embryo specific microarray and confirmed by RT-qPCR. Compared to control, ethanol exposure led to a 43% decrease in blastocyst rate and activated pathways associated with oxidative stress and nervous system damage, such as TP53 and TGF...
January 9, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069738/fbxl5-inactivation-in-mouse-brain-induces-aberrant-proliferation-of-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
#15
Takayoshi Yamauchi, Masaaki Nishiyama, Toshiro Moroishi, Atsuki Kawamura, Keiichi I Nakayama
FBXL5 is the substrate recognition subunit of an SCF-type ubiquitin ligase that serves as a master regulator of iron metabolism in mammalian cells. We previously showed that mice with systemic deficiency of FBXL5 fail to sense intracellular iron levels and die in utero at embryonic day (E) 8.5 as a result of iron overload and subsequent oxidative stress. This early embryonic mortality has thus impeded study of the role of FBXL5 in brain development. We have now generated mice lacking FBXL5 specifically in Nestin-expressing neural stem-progenitor cells (NSPCs) in the brain...
January 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069533/myrteae-phylogeny-calibration-biogeography-and-diversification-patterns-increased-understanding-in-the-most-species-rich-tribe-of-myrtaceae
#16
Thais N C Vasconcelos, Carol E B Proença, Berhaman Ahmad, Daniel S Aguilar, Reinaldo Aguilar, Bruno S Amorim, Keron Campbell, Itayguara R Costa, Plauto S De-Carvalho, Jair E Q Faria, Augusto Giaretta, Pepijn W Kooij, Duane F Lima, Fiorella F Mazine, Brigido Peguero, Gerhard Prenner, Matheus F Santos, Julia Soewarto, Astrid Wingler, Eve J Lucas
Myrteae (c. 2500 species; 51 genera) is the largest tribe of Myrtaceae and an ecologically important groups of angiosperms in the Neotropics. Systematic relationships in Myrteae are complex, hindering conservation initiatives and jeopardizing evolutionary modelling. A well-supported and robust phylogenetic hypothesis was here targeted towards a comprehensive understanding of the relationships within the tribe. The resultant topology was used as a base for key evolutionary analyses such as age estimation, historical biogeography and diversification rate patterns...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068562/epigenetic-histopathological-and-transcriptomic-effects-following-exposure-to-depleted-uranium-in-adult-zebrafish-and-their-progeny
#17
Kewin Gombeau, Jean-Paul Bourdineaud, Jean-Luc Ravanat, Olivier Armant, Virginie Camilleri, Isabelle Cavalie, Magali Floriani, Christelle Adam-Guillermin
This study investigated the effects of adult zebrafish exposure to a nominal concentration of 20μgL(-1) of depleted uranium (DU) for six days upon DNA methylation, gene expression and the appearance of histopathological damage in their progeny. In the embryos at the 2-8 cell stage, the parental exposure induced significant DU accumulation, with levels seven times higher than those measured in the control embryos, but in larvae 96h post-fertilisation (hpf), uranium concentration had already returned to a level identical to that of the control larvae...
December 8, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065758/vitamin-e-reduces-endosulfan-induced-toxic-effects-on-morphology-and-behavior-in-early-development-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#18
K Dale, J D Rasinger, K L Thorstensen, S Penglase, S Ellingsen
The aim of this study was to investigate if vitamin E (α-TOC) modulates the developmental toxicity of the pesticide endosulfan (ESF), using a modified zebrafish embryotoxicity test (ZET). Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos were exposed from 6 to 72 h post fertilization (hpf) to either ESF (0.1-50 mg/L) or α-TOC (0.01-3 mM) alone or in combination. The effects of these exposures on embryonic morphology, larval behavior and antioxidant gene expression were analyzed. Phenotypic analysis at 48 hpf showed that ESF led to a dose-dependent increase in embryonic deformities, including axis malformations, pericardial edema and reduced pigmentation...
January 5, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065605/early-commissural-diencephalic-neurons-control-habenular-axon-extension-and-targeting
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Carlo A Beretta, Nicolas Dross, Luca Guglielmi, Peter Bankhead, Marina Soulika, Jose A Gutierrez-Triana, Alessio Paolini, Lucia Poggi, Julien Falk, Soojin Ryu, Marika Kapsimali, Ulrike Engel, Matthias Carl
Most neuronal populations form on both the left and right sides of the brain. Their efferent axons appear to grow synchronously along similar pathways on each side, although the neurons or their environment often differ between the two hemispheres [1-4]. How this coordination is controlled has received little attention. Frequently, neurons establish interhemispheric connections, which can function to integrate information between brain hemispheres (e.g., [5]). Such commissures form very early, suggesting their potential developmental role in coordinating ipsilateral axon navigation during embryonic development [4]...
December 29, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065312/using-fast-acting-temperature-sensitive-mutants-to-study-cell-division-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
T Davies, S Sundaramoorthy, S N Jordan, M Shirasu-Hiza, J Dumont, J C Canman
Fast-acting temperature-sensitive (ts) mutations are powerful conditional tools for studying transient cellular processes such as cytokinesis. Fast-acting ts cytokinesis-defective mutants are functional at the permissive temperature; yet show a fully penetrant loss-of-function cytokinesis failure phenotype when upshifted to the restrictive temperature. Fast-acting ts mutations thus allow functional tunability and rapid and reversible protein inactivation by simply shifting the temperature at precise times throughout cell division...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
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