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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Analysis of cellular behavior and cytoskeletal dynamics reveal a constriction mechanism driving optic cup morphogenesis

    María Nicolás-Pérez et al.
    High-resolution live imaging analysis shows a constriction mechanism that drives zebrafish optic cup morphogenesis and highlights the role of the extracellular matrix in transmitting tensions beyond the cellular level.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Radially patterned cell behaviours during tube budding from an epithelium

    Yara E Sanchez-Corrales et al.
    Quantitative analysis in quasi-3D reveals apically driven cell behaviours that are closely coordinated across the tissue to allow ordered tube invagination through a focal point.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Two-step regulation of trachealess ensures tight coupling of cell fate with morphogenesis in the Drosophila trachea

    Takefumi Kondo, Shigeo Hayashi
    The Drosophila tracheal fate is stabilized by the combination of transcriptional programs to control tissue architecture and tissue-level input sensitive to tubular geometry, ensuring the robust mechanism of organ determination.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Drosophila non-muscle myosin II motor activity determines the rate of tissue folding

    Claudia G Vasquez et al.
    The rate of cell and tissue contraction scales with the motor activity of myosin 2.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Chiral cell sliding drives left-right asymmetric organ twisting

    Mikiko Inaki et al.
    Left-right asymmetric rotation of the Drosophila hindgut is driven by "cell sliding," a novel cellular behavior induced by chiral cell deformation, in which cells change their position relative to subjacent neighbors as sliding directionally.
    1. Cell Biology

    Crumbs is an essential regulator of cytoskeletal dynamics and cell-cell adhesion during dorsal closure in Drosophila

    David Flores-Benitez, Elisabeth Knust
    The evolutionarily conserved polarity protein Crumbs links the regulation of cytoskeleton dynamics and cell-cell adhesion with epithelial morphogenesis.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Decoupling from yolk sac is required for extraembryonic tissue spreading in the scuttle fly Megaselia abdita

    Francesca Caroti et al.
    Extraembryonic tissue spreading in the scuttle fly Megaselia abdita requires mechanical decoupling from the underlying yolk sac.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Organ Size: Connecting physical cues and tissue patterning

    Damian Dalle Nogare, Ajay B Chitnis
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
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    The major β-catenin/E-cadherin junctional binding site is a primary molecular mechano-transductor of differentiation in vivo

    Jens-Christian Röper et al.
    The primary molecular mechanosensor involved in a physiological process of mechanically induced cell fate differentiation is revealed here for the first time in vivo, highly sensitive and potentially shared by all metazoan epithelia.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Germ layer-specific regulation of cell polarity and adhesion gives insight into the evolution of mesoderm

    Miguel Salinas-Saavedra et al.
    The expression of 'bilaterian-mesodermal’ genes changes the epithelial properties of the endomesoderm during the embryogenesis of the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis.