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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Zebrafish embryonic explants undergo genetically encoded self-assembly

    Alexandra Schauer et al.
    Blastoderm tissue organization and patterning in zebrafish explants is driven by a genetically encoded and controlled self-assembly mechanism, rather than a bonafide self-organization mechanism.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Wnt proteins can direct planar cell polarity in vertebrate ectoderm

    Chih-Wen Chu, Sergei Y Sokol
    Vertebrate early ectoderm displays planar polarity manifested by a fluorescent sensor and this polarity can be instructed by Wnt ligands.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    TGFβ signalling is required to maintain pluripotency of human naïve pluripotent stem cells

    Anna Osnato et al.
    Identifying the pathways that support human naive-state pluripotent stem cells provides insights into the signalling-based regulation of human pluripotency and enables informed decisions to improve conditions for pluripotent cell culture.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    An in vitro stem cell model of human epiblast and yolk sac interaction

    Kirsty ML Mackinlay et al.
    Human yolk sac-like cells, which share characteristics with the post-implantation human hypoblast, can model the interaction between the epiblast and hypoblast that occurs during early human development.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Nkx2.5 marks angioblasts that contribute to hemogenic endothelium of the endocardium and dorsal aorta

    Lyad Zamir et al.
    Live imaging coupled with cell lineage tracing in chick and mouse embryos reveal that the cardiac regulatory gene Nkx2.5 is also transiently expressed in early extra-cardiac hemogenic angioblasts that migrate to the heart, yolk sac and dorsal aorta.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Developmental Biology

    Zygotic pioneer factor activity of Odd-paired/Zic is necessary for late function of the Drosophila segmentation network

    Isabella V Soluri et al.
    Mechanisms for shaping the chromatin accessibility landscape operate during development to regulate how embryonic patterning information is interpreted at the level of gene regulatory networks.
    1. Developmental Biology

    The Apelin receptor enhances Nodal/TGFβ signaling to ensure proper cardiac development

    Ashish R Deshwar et al.
    The Apelin receptor acts as a rheostat to ensure that the proper levels of Nodal signaling are achieved for proper cell fate specification at the onset of gastrulation, in particular for cardiac progenitor development.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Uncoupling apical constriction from tissue invagination

    SeYeon Chung et al.
    Spatially coordinated apical constriction occurs during Drosophila salivary gland invagination, but the salivary gland can form fully internalized and elongated tubes even when this process is completely blocked.
    1. Developmental Biology

    A Tgfbr1/Snai1-dependent developmental module at the core of vertebrate axial elongation

    André Dias et al.
    During vertebrate axial extension, the tail bud originates from the activation of a developmental module in a subset of axial progenitors, concurrent but different to gastrulation.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Rapid changes in morphogen concentration control self-organized patterning in human embryonic stem cells

    Idse Heemskerk et al.
    Live cell imaging demonstrates that the dynamics of ligand presentation influence signaling through two closely related morphogen signaling pathways in dramatically different ways.