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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728680/at-the-base-of-colinear-hox-gene-expression-cis-features-and-trans-factors-orchestrating-the-initial-phase-of-hox-cluster-activation
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Roel Neijts, Jacqueline Deschamps
Hox genes are crucial players in the generation and pattering of the vertebrate trunk and posterior body during embryogenesis. Their initial expression takes place shortly after the establishment of the primitive streak, in the posterior-most part of the mouse embryo and is a determinant step for setting up the definitive Hox expression boundaries along the antero-posterior body axis. The developmental signals and epigenetic mechanisms underlying this early activation remained unsolved until recently. The development of novel embryo-derived model systems, combined with methods that examine chromatin status and chromosome conformation, led to deeper understanding of the process of Hox activation in the early embryo...
August 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724755/trim33-tif1-%C3%AE-is-essential-for-macrophage-and-neutrophil-mobilisation-to-developmental-or-inflammatory-cues
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Doris Lou Demy, Muriel Tauzin, Mylène Lancino, Véronique le Cabec, Michael Redd, Emi Murayama, Isabelle Maridonneau-Parini, Nikolaus Trede, Philippe Herbomel
Macrophages infiltrate and establish in developing organs from an early stage, often before these have become vascularised. Similarly, leukocytes in general can quickly migrate through tissues to any site of wounding. This unique capacity is rooted in their characteristic amoeboid motility, the genetic basis of which is poorly known. Trim33 (Tif1-γ), a nuclear protein that associates with specific DNA binding transcription factors to modulate gene expression, has been found mainly involved in hematopoiesis and gene regulation by TGF-ß...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718809/maternal-choline-supplementation-alters-fetal-growth-patterns-in-a-mouse-model-of-placental-insufficiency
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Julia H King, Sze Ting Cecilia Kwan, Jian Yan, Kevin C Klatt, Xinyin Jiang, Mark S Roberson, Marie A Caudill
Impairments in placental development can adversely affect pregnancy outcomes. The bioactive nutrient choline may mitigate some of these impairments, as suggested by data in humans, animals, and human trophoblasts. Herein, we investigated the effects of maternal choline supplementation (MCS) on parameters of fetal growth in a Dlx3+/- (distal-less homeobox 3) mouse model of placental insufficiency. Dlx3+/- female mice were assigned to 1X (control), 2X, or 4X choline intake levels during gestation. Dams were sacrificed at embryonic days E10...
July 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711491/copper-chaperone-atox1-regulates-pluripotency-factor-oct4-in-preimplantation-mouse-embryos
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Emanuele Celauro, Amisa Mukaj, Juan Carlos Fierro-González, Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede
Despite of the importance of copper (Cu) during pregnancy, the roles of Cu-binding proteins during early embryonic development are unknown. The Cu chaperone ATOX1 was recently suggested to have additional functions related to transcription and cancer. When we analyzed single-cell RNA transcript data from early mouse embryos, Atox1 transcript levels increased dramatically at the 8-cell stage and, at 16- and 32-cell embryo stages, matched those of Oct4 which expresses a transcription factor essential for pluripotency in the inner cell mass...
July 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709003/3d-chromatin-structures-of-mature-gametes-and-structural-reprogramming-during-mammalian-embryogenesis
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Yuwen Ke, Yanan Xu, Xuepeng Chen, Songjie Feng, Zhenbo Liu, Yaoyu Sun, Xuelong Yao, Fangzhen Li, Wei Zhu, Lei Gao, Haojie Chen, Zhenhai Du, Wei Xie, Xiaocui Xu, Xingxu Huang, Jiang Liu
High-order chromatin structure plays important roles in gene expression regulation. Knowledge of the dynamics of 3D chromatin structures during mammalian embryo development remains limited. We report the 3D chromatin architecture of mouse gametes and early embryos using an optimized Hi-C method with low-cell samples. We find that mature oocytes at the metaphase II stage do not have topologically associated domains (TADs). In sperm, extra-long-range interactions (>4 Mb) and interchromosomal interactions occur frequently...
July 13, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708332/oxidative-stress-and-cellular-and-tissue-damage-in-organogenic-outbred-mouse-embryos-after-moderate-perigestational-alcohol-intake
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Tamara A Coll, Gabriela Chaufan, Leticia Pérez-Tito, Martín R Ventureira, Cristian M A Sobarzo, María Del Carmen Ríos de Molina, Elisa Cebral
Perigestational alcohol consumption by CF-1 mouse, from before mating up to the period of embryo organogenesis, leads to retarded early embryo development and neural tube defects. Here, we addressed if perigestational alcohol ingestion up to Day 10 of pregnancy induces oxidative stress and changes in macromolecules and organ tissues of early organogenic embryos. Adult CF-1 female mice were administered 10% ethanol in their drinking water for 17 days prior to mating and until Day 10 of gestation, whereas control females were administered ethanol-free water...
July 14, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705869/auditory-cortex-interneuron-development-requires-cadherins-operating-hair-cell-mechanoelectrical-transduction
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Baptiste Libé-Philippot, Vincent Michel, Jacques Boutet de Monvel, Sébastien Le Gal, Typhaine Dupont, Paul Avan, Christine Métin, Nicolas Michalski, Christine Petit
Many genetic forms of congenital deafness affect the sound reception antenna of cochlear sensory cells, the hair bundle. The resulting sensory deprivation jeopardizes auditory cortex (AC) maturation. Early prosthetic intervention should revive this process. Nevertheless, this view assumes that no intrinsic AC deficits coexist with the cochlear ones, a possibility as yet unexplored. We show here that many GABAergic interneurons, from their generation in the medial ganglionic eminence up to their settlement in the AC, express two cadherin-related (cdhr) proteins, cdhr23 and cdhr15, that form the hair bundle tip links gating the mechanoelectrical transduction channels...
July 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701710/deficient-vitamin-e-uptake-during-development-impairs-neural-tube-closure-in-mice-lacking-lipoprotein-receptor-sr-bi
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Nicolás Santander, Carlos Lizama, María José Parga, Alonso Quiroz, Druso Pérez, Guadalupe Echeverría, Lorena Ulloa, Verónica Palma, Attilio Rigotti, Dolores Busso
SR-BI is the main receptor for high density lipoproteins (HDL) and mediates the bidirectional transport of lipids, such as cholesterol and vitamin E, between these particles and cells. During early development, SR-BI is expressed in extraembryonic tissue, specifically in trophoblast giant cells in the parietal yolk sac. We previously showed that approximately 50% of SR-BI(-/-) embryos fail to close the anterior neural tube and develop exencephaly, a perinatal lethal condition. Here, we evaluated the role of SR-BI in embryonic vitamin E uptake during murine neural tube closure...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695962/gdf11-smad-signalling-and-cdx-proteins-cooperate-to-activate-the-hoxc8-early-enhancer-in-hepg2-cells
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Stephen J Gaunt
Developing anatomy along the head-tail axis of bilaterian embryos is specified, to a large extent, by the overlapping patterns of expression of the Hox genes. Hox gene enhancers respond to a variety of signals in order to regulate these discreet domains of expression. For mouse Hoxc8, the 399bp "early enhancer" plays a major role. Activation of this enhancer is now examined using luciferase expression constructs transfected into HepG2 cells. Constructs are activated by the combined actions of Gdf11/Smad and Cdx protein signalling pathways, both of which are functional in early embryos...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695960/galectin-1-enhances-the-generation-of-neural-crest-cells
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Tsutomu Motohashi, Masahiro Nishioka, Daisuke Kitagawa, Norito Kawamura, Natsuki Watanabe, Takanori Wakaoka, Toshihiko Kadoya, Takahiro Kunisada
Neural crest (NC) cells are multipotent cells that emerge from the dorsal region of the neural tube. After delaminating from the neural tube, NC cells migrate throughout the developing embryo and differentiate into various cells: neurons and glial cells of the peripheral nervous system, melanocytes of skin, and skeletal elements of the face and head. We previously analyzed the gene expression profile of a NC subpopulation isolated from Sox10-IRES-Venus mice and found that the carbohydrate-binding protein, Galectin-1 (Gal-1) was strongly expressed in generating NC cells...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688895/differential-requirement-of-sufu-in-tissue-development-discovered-in-a-hypomorphic-mouse-model
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Maria A Hoelzl, Karin Heby-Henricson, Marco Gerling, José M Dias, Raoul V Kuiper, Cornelius Trünkle, Åsa Bergström, Johan Ericson, Rune Toftgård, Stephan Teglund
Suppressor of Fused (SUFU) is an essential negative regulator of the Hedgehog (HH) pathway and involved in GLI transcription factor regulation. Due to early embryonic lethality of Sufu(-/-) mice, investigations of SUFU's role later in development are limited to conditional, tissue-specific knockout models. In this study we developed a mouse model (Sufu(Ex456(fl)/Ex456(fl))) with hypomorphic features where embryos were viable up to E18.5, although with a spectrum of developmental defects of varying severity, including polydactyly, exencephaly and omphalocele...
July 5, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686586/quantifying-transcription-factor-dna-binding-in-single-cells-in-vivo-with-photoactivatable-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy
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Ziqing Winston Zhao, Melanie D White, Yanina D Alvarez, Jennifer Zenker, Stephanie Bissiere, Nicolas Plachta
Probing transcription factor (TF)-DNA interactions remains challenging in complex in vivo systems such as mammalian embryos, especially when TF copy numbers and fluorescence background are high. To address this difficulty, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) can be combined with the use of photoactivatable fluorescent proteins to achieve selective photoactivation of a subset of tagged TF molecules. This approach, termed paFCS, enables FCS measurements within single cell nuclei inside live embryos, and obtains autocorrelation data of a quality previously only attainable in simpler in vitro cell culture systems...
July 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680154/the-adverse-effects-of-auditory-stress-on-mouse-uterus-receptivity-and-behaviour
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Zahra Jafari, Jamshid Faraji, Behroo Mirza Agha, Gerlinde A S Metz, Bryan E Kolb, Majid H Mohajerani
Stress during gestation has harmful effects on pregnancy outcome and can lead to spontaneous abortion. Few studies, however, have addressed the impact of gestational stress, particularly auditory stress, on behavioural performance and pregnancy outcome in mice. This study aimed to examine the effect of two types of gestational stress on uterus receptivity and behavioural performance. Pregnant C57BL/6 mice were randomly assigned to either auditory or physical stress conditions or a control condition from gestational days 12-16...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663132/developmental-neurogenesis-in-mouse-and-xenopus-is-impaired-in-the-absence-of-nosip
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Meike Hoffmeister, Julia Krieg, Alexander Ehrke, Franziska A Seigfried, Lisa Wischmann, Petra Dietmann, Susanne J Kühl, Stefanie Oess
BACKGROUND: Genetic deletion of Nosip in mice causes holoprosencephaly, however, the function of Nosip in neurogenesis is currently unknown. RESULTS: We combined two vertebrate model organisms, the mouse and the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, to study the function of Nosip in neurogenesis. We found, that size and cortical thickness of the developing brain of Nosip knockout mice were reduced. Accordingly, the formation of postmitotic neurons was greatly diminished, concomitant with a reduced number of apical and basal neural progenitor cells in vivo...
June 27, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663058/the-induction-of-tumour-suppressor-protein-p53-limits-the-entry-of-cells-into-the-pluripotent-inner-cell-mass-lineage-in-the-mouse-embryo
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L Ganeshan, X L Jin, C O'Neill
The early preimplantation embryo is susceptible to a range of exogenous stresses which result in their reduced long-term developmental potential. The P53 tumour suppressor protein is normally held at low levels in the preimplantation embryo and we show that culture stress induces the expression of a range of canonical P53-response genes (Mdm2, Bax and Cdkn1a). Culture stress caused a P53-dependent loss of cells from resulting blastocysts, and this was most evident within the inner cell mass population. Culture stress increased the proportion of cells expressing active caspase-3 and undergoing apoptosis, while inhibition of caspase-3 increased the number of cells within the inner cell mass...
June 26, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649443/a-multiscale-model-of-early-cell-lineage-specification-including-cell-division
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Alen Tosenberger, Didier Gonze, Sylvain Bessonnard, Michel Cohen-Tannoudji, Claire Chazaud, Geneviève Dupont
Embryonic development is a self-organised process during which cells divide, interact, change fate according to a complex gene regulatory network and organise themselves in a three-dimensional space. Here, we model this complex dynamic phenomenon in the context of the acquisition of epiblast and primitive endoderm identities within the inner cell mass of the preimplantation embryo in the mouse. The multiscale model describes cell division and interactions between cells, as well as biochemical reactions inside each individual cell and in the extracellular matrix...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648899/transient-hes5-activity-instructs-mesodermal-cells-toward-a-cardiac-fate
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Ana G Freire, Avinash Waghray, Francisca Soares-da-Silva, Tatiana P Resende, Dung-Fang Lee, Carlos-Filipe Pereira, Diana S Nascimento, Ihor R Lemischka, Perpétua Pinto-do-Ó
Notch signaling plays a role in specifying a cardiac fate but the downstream effectors remain unknown. In this study we implicate the Notch downstream effector HES5 in cardiogenesis. We show transient Hes5 expression in early mesoderm of gastrulating embryos and demonstrate, by loss and gain-of-function experiments in mouse embryonic stem cells, that HES5 favors cardiac over primitive erythroid fate. Hes5 overexpression promotes upregulation of the cardiac gene Isl1, while the hematopoietic regulator Scl is downregulated...
July 11, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646221/aberrant-activation-of-the-human-sex-determining-gene-in-early-embryonic-development-results-in-postnatal-growth-retardation-and-lethality-in-mice
#18
Tatsuo Kido, Zhaoyu Sun, Yun-Fai Chris Lau
Sexual dimorphisms are prevalent in development, physiology and diseases in humans. Currently, the contributions of the genes on the male-specific region of the Y chromosome (MSY) in these processes are uncertain. Using a transgene activation system, the human sex-determining gene hSRY is activated in the single-cell embryos of the mouse. Pups with hSRY activated (hSRY(ON)) are born of similar sizes as those of non-activated controls. However, they retard significantly in postnatal growth and development and all die of multi-organ failure before two weeks of age...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646146/optical-coherence-microscopy-as-a-novel-non-invasive-method-for-the-4d-live-imaging-of-early-mammalian-embryos
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Karol Karnowski, Anna Ajduk, Bartosz Wieloch, Szymon Tamborski, Krzysztof Krawiec, Maciej Wojtkowski, Maciej Szkulmowski
Imaging of living cells based on traditional fluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy has delivered an enormous amount of information critical for understanding biological processes in single cells. However, the requirement for a high numerical aperture and fluorescent markers still limits researchers' ability to visualize the cellular architecture without causing short- and long-term photodamage. Optical coherence microscopy (OCM) is a promising alternative that circumvents the technical limitations of fluorescence imaging techniques and provides unique access to fundamental aspects of early embryonic development, without the requirement for sample pre-processing or labeling...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637295/inhibition-of-polyamine-synthesis-causes-entry-of-the-mouse-blastocyst-into-embryonic-diapause1
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Jane C Fenelon, Bruce D Murphy
Embryonic diapause is a common reproductive strategy amongst mammals, requiring an intimate cross-talk between the endometrium and the blastocyst. To date, the precise molecular signals responsible are unknown in the mouse or any other mammal. Previous studies in the mink implicate polyamines as major regulators of the control of diapause. In the mouse, inhibiting the rate-limiting enzyme of polyamine synthesis, ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1) during early pregnancy largely prevents implantation, but the fate of the non-implanted embryos is unknown...
June 16, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
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