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    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    A network of heterochronic genes including Imp1 regulates temporal changes in stem cell properties

    Jinsuke Nishino et al.
    A set of genes that are turned on only within time-limited windows—including genes encoding RNA binding molecules, let-7 microRNAs and IMP1—control developmental switches in stem cell properties between fetal development and adulthood.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Longevity is impacted by growth hormone action during early postnatal period

    Liou Y Sun et al.
    Transient hormonal alterations during early critical developmental periods can have a crucial and long-lasting effect on lifespan in mice.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Homeodomain protein Otp affects developmental neuropeptide switching in oxytocin neurons associated with a long-term effect on social behavior

    Einav Wircer et al.
    Experiments in zebrafish reveal a new role for a critical hypothalamic transcription factor, orthopedia, in controlling developmental neuropeptide balance in a discrete oxytocin-producing neuronal circuit whose disrupted development affects social behavior.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    A critical role for mTORC1 in erythropoiesis and anemia

    Zachary A Knight et al.
    Transcription profiling of activated cells using Phospho-Trap, a new method for identifying activated cells, reveals a critical role for mTOR signaling in red blood cell development and the pathogenesis of anemia
    1. Developmental Biology

    Neuropilin-1 functions as a VEGFR2 co-receptor to guide developmental angiogenesis independent of ligand binding

    Maria V Gelfand et al.
    Interactions between Neuropilin-1 and VEGFR2, rather than VEGF-Neuropilin-1 binding, underlie Neuropilin-1's critical function in VEGF-mediated vascular development.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    SRSF3 promotes pluripotency through Nanog mRNA export and coordination of the pluripotency gene expression program

    Madara Ratnadiwakara et al.
    RNA-binding protein SRSF3 mediates critical changes in RNA processing of pluripotency genes, which reveals functional consequences of regulated RNA processing during stem cell self-renewal and early development.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Dendritic mitochondria reach stable positions during circuit development

    Michelle C Faits et al.
    Mitochondria reach stable positions in dendrites during a critical developmental period of high motility.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    CRISPR-mediated genetic interaction profiling identifies RNA binding proteins controlling metazoan fitness

    Adam D Norris et al.
    Synthetic genetic analysis in C. elegans identifies pairs of RNA binding protein genes that play a critical role in organism health and development.
    1. Plant Biology

    Regulation of rice root development by a retrotransposon acting as a microRNA sponge

    Jungnam Cho, Jerzy Paszkowski
    Retrotransposon-derived messenger RNA plays a critical role in rice root development via sequestration of miR171, which suggests a novel trans-acting regulation by transposable elements.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Epithelial geometry regulates spindle orientation and progenitor fate during formation of the mammalian epidermis

    Kimberly Box et al.
    Early in mammalian epidermal development, basal epidermal progenitor cells utilize packing and three-dimensional geometry, rather than cortical polarity cues, to inform division orientation and progenitor cell fate.