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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. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Maternal spindle transfer overcomes embryo developmental arrest caused by ooplasmic defects in mice

    Nuno Costa-Borges et al.
    Maternal spindle transfer is a feasible approach to enhance embryonic developmental of compromised oocytes, which can represent a new strategy for patients with forms of infertility refractory to current treatments.
    1. Developmental Biology

    ZP4 confers structural properties to the zona pellucida essential for embryo development

    Ismael Lamas-Toranzo et al.
    Zona pellucida requires ZP4 protein to efficiently protect the developing embryo during in vivo pre-implantation development.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Position- and Hippo signaling-dependent plasticity during lineage segregation in the early mouse embryo

    Eszter Posfai et al.
    Lineage specification and commitment are synchronized in the developing trophectoderm lineage of the mouse embryo, but are asynchronous events in the maturing inner cell mass, revealing a window of plasticity in this lineage.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    The interplay of stiffness and force anisotropies drives embryo elongation

    Thanh Thi Kim Vuong-Brender et al.
    Elongation of C. elegans embryos requires stiffness and force to be specifically oriented in a coordinated manner in different cells.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Embryo polarity in moth flies and mosquitoes relies on distinct old genes with localized transcript isoforms

    Yoseop Yoon et al.
    Isoform-specific transcript localization underlies the evolutionary diversity of anterior axis determinants in embryos of dipteran insects.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Identification of PNG kinase substrates uncovers interactions with the translational repressor TRAL in the oocyte-to-embryo transition

    Masatoshi Hara et al.
    The threonine kinase controls maternal mRNA translation phosphorylate components of the translational machinery, including translational repressors, which appear to inactivate to promote the oocyte-to-embryo transition.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Developmental Biology

    A novel optical microscope for imaging large embryos and tissue volumes with sub-cellular resolution throughout

    Gail McConnell et al.
    A new type of microscope reveals detail of organelles inside every cell in the entirety of an intact embryo or tissue region over 100 cubic millimeters in volume.
  1. Eph and Ephrin function in dispersal and epithelial insertion of pigmented immunocytes in sea urchin embryos

    Oliver A Krupke et al.
    Eph receptor signaling commonly excludes migrating embryonic cells from regions of high ligand density; however, in sea urchin embryos pigmented immunocytes are attracted to regions expressing high levels of Ephrin.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Enhancer additivity and non-additivity are determined by enhancer strength in the Drosophila embryo

    Jacques P Bothma et al.
    Quantitative live imaging assays reveal that multiple enhancers often fail to work in an additive fashion in the patterning of the Drosophila embryo, and sometimes even interfere with one another.