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    1. Developmental Biology

    Spatially resolved RNA-sequencing of the embryonic heart identifies a role for Wnt/β-catenin signaling in autonomic control of heart rate

    Silja Barbara Burkhard, Jeroen Bakkers
    A genome wide transcriptome dataset of the embryonic zebrafish heart with high spatial resolution was established and used to identify a novel mechanism regulating pacemaker function.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Distinct contributions of the thin and thick filaments to length-dependent activation in heart muscle

    Xuemeng Zhang et al.
    The Frank–Starling law of the heart and its underlying mechanism of length-dependent activation involve distinctive structural changes in both the thin and thick filaments of cardiac muscle cells.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Dynamic control of Hsf1 during heat shock by a chaperone switch and phosphorylation

    Xu Zheng et al.
    Quantitative dissection of the roles of chaperone binding and phosphorylation in regulating heat shock factor 1 leads to a predictive model of the dynamics of the yeast heat shock response.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    EED orchestration of heart maturation through interaction with HDACs is H3K27me3-independent

    Shanshan Ai et al.
    During heart maturation, embryonic ectoderm development as a chromatin remodeler triggers transcriptional silencing, while H3K27me3 is a passenger that is not sufficient for gene silencing.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Poly(A) tail length regulates PABPC1 expression to tune translation in the heart

    Sandip Chorghade et al.
    A poly(A) tail-based regulatory mechanism dynamically controls PABPC1 protein synthesis in cardiomyocytes and thereby titrates cellular translation in response to developmental and hypertrophic cues.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    High throughput in vivo functional validation of candidate congenital heart disease genes in Drosophila

    Jun-yi Zhu et al.
    A high-throughput functional validation system for large numbers of candidate disease genes enables in vivo functional testing of specific gene variants.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Revised roles of ISL1 in a hES cell-based model of human heart chamber specification

    Roberto Quaranta et al.
    Loss and gain-of-function investigation uncovers a regulatory network controlling human heart chamber specification in which the cardiac precursor gene ISL1 accelerates ventricular induction and antagonizes retinoic acid-driven atrial commitment.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    The translation elongation factor eEF1A1 couples transcription to translation during heat shock response

    Maria Vera et al.
    Eukaryotic translation elongation factor 1A1 controls the process of heat shock response, from transcriptional activation of the HSP70 gene, to HSP70 mRNA stabilization, nuclear export, and translation.
    1. Cell Biology

    Age-dependent diastolic heart failure in an in vivo Drosophila model

    Matthew P Klassen et al.
    As in humans, Drosophila hearts are able to maintain contractile performance during healthy aging, but this maintenance is associated with an increased susceptibility to progressive dysrhythmias that can lead to fibrillatory arrest.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Hypoxic mitophagy regulates mitochondrial quality and platelet activation and determines severity of I/R heart injury

    Weilin Zhang et al.
    Mitophagy regulates mitochondrial quality and mediates extensive mitochondrial degradation in (patho-)physiological settings and is one of the key components of hypoxic preconditioning which protects the heart from ischemia/reperfusion injury.