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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Early asymmetric cues triggering the dorsal/ventral gene regulatory network of the sea urchin embryo

    Vincenzo Cavalieri, Giovanni Spinelli
    During early embryogenesis of the sea urchin, asymmetrical positioning of the dorsal/ventral organizer relies upon the suppression of organizer activities in dorsal blastomeres by the Hbox12 homeodomain-containing repressor.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    A map of human PRDM9 binding provides evidence for novel behaviors of PRDM9 and other zinc-finger proteins in meiosis

    Nicolas Altemose et al.
    In humans, specific sequence features can predict whether meiotic recombination occurs at sites bound by the protein PRDM9, whose DNA-binding zinc-finger domain can unexpectedly bind to gene promoters and to other copies of PRDM9.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Sox10-dependent neural crest origin of olfactory microvillous neurons in zebrafish

    Ankur Saxena et al.
    Sensory neurons in the olfactory system develop from two different regions of the ectoderm, the olfactory placode and the cranial neural crest, whereas sensory neurons within the eye and ear develop from just one region.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Anterior CNS expansion driven by brain transcription factors

    Jesús Rodriguez Curt et al.
    The expansion of the anterior Drosophila CNS is driven by increased progenitor generation and prolonged proliferation, mediated by brain-restricted genes and the PRC2.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    An epigenetic switch ensures transposon repression upon dynamic loss of DNA methylation in embryonic stem cells

    Marius Walter et al.
    The various transposon families of the mammalian genome can adopt different types of repressive chromatin responses upon DNA methylation loss.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Muscle niche-driven Insulin-Notch-Myc cascade reactivates dormant Adult Muscle Precursors in Drosophila

    Rajaguru Aradhya et al.
    Adult muscle precursors (AMP) cells in Drosophila send out filopodia to interact with neighbouring muscles, which drive the reactivation of AMPs via an Insulin-Notch-Myc cascade.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Receptor tyrosine kinases modulate distinct transcriptional programs by differential usage of intracellular pathways

    Harish N Vasudevan et al.
    PDGF and FGF signal via distinct intracellular pathways to confer different cellular outcomes during craniofacial development.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Spatiotemporal mosaic self-patterning of pluripotent stem cells using CRISPR interference

    Ashley RG Libby et al.
    Dynamic control of intrinsic pluripotent multicellular self-organization to yield robust symmetry breaking patterns that recapitulate morphogenic processes associated with developmental events.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Identification of RBPMS as a mammalian smooth muscle master splicing regulator via proximity of its gene with super-enhancers

    Erick E Nakagaki-Silva et al.
    By focusing on RNA-binding proteins whose genes have super enhancers in smooth muscle cells, the protein RBPMS was identified as an alternative splicing master regulator.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Critical roles of ARHGAP36 as a signal transduction mediator of Shh pathway in lateral motor columnar specification

    Heejin Nam et al.
    Shh, produced by postmitotic spinal neurons, plays crucial roles in the specification of the lateral motor column of the spinal cord through ARHGAP36.