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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Temporal transcription factors determine circuit membership by permanently altering motor neuron-to-muscle synaptic partnerships

    Julia L Meng et al.
    Acting in neuronal stem cells, temporal transcription factors, as a class of molecules, are uniquely potent determinants of circuit membership that establish expected patterns of wiring in the motor system.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Allosteric conformational ensembles have unlimited capacity for integrating information

    John W Biddle et al.
    The effective higher-order binding cooperativities arising from an ensemble of dynamically interchanging conformations are identified and shown to fully describe integration of binding information at thermodynamic equilibrium.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Cellular resolution models for even skipped regulation in the entire Drosophila embryo

    Garth R Ilsley et al.
    A statistical model is able to predict patterns of gene expression output in Drosophila embryos using only the cellular concentrations of transcription factors as input.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Geometric models for robust encoding of dynamical information into embryonic patterns

    Laurent Jutras-Dubé et al.
    Propagation, speed and shapes of genetic waves of expression during development can be modeled by a simple interplay between two transcriptional modules (dynamic/static), which explains robustness and precision of patterning.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Developmental Biology

    Dynamic multifactor hubs interact transiently with sites of active transcription in Drosophila embryos

    Mustafa Mir et al.
    The probability of transcription factors binding to their target sites is choreographed through the formation of dynamic multi-protein hubs that transiently interact with actively transcribing genes.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Developmental Biology

    Kinetic sculpting of the seven stripes of the Drosophila even-skipped gene

    Augusto Berrocal et al.
    Live quantitative monitoring of transcriptional bursting reveals that enhancers responding to different regulators use the same kinetic strategy to produce a complex composite pattern of developmental expression.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Quantitative system drift compensates for altered maternal inputs to the gap gene network of the scuttle fly Megaselia abdita

    Karl R Wotton et al.
    Quantitative system-level analysis of a pattern-forming gene regulatory network in a non-model organism shows that dynamic changes in gene expression evolve through quantitative system drift.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Shadow enhancers can suppress input transcription factor noise through distinct regulatory logic

    Rachel Waymack et al.
    Proper development depends on establishing precise gene expression patterns in spite of the inherent noise in transcription, shadow enhancers buffer this noise by binding distinct input transcription factors.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Decoding temporal interpretation of the morphogen Bicoid in the early Drosophila embryo

    Anqi Huang et al.
    Cell fates endowed by higher Bicoid concentration require input for longer duration, demonstrating a temporally non-linear morphogen-mediated pattern formation.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Establishment and maintenance of heritable chromatin structure during early Drosophila embryogenesis

    Shelby A Blythe, Eric F Wieschaus
    The patterns of chromatin architecture that underlie the initial embryonic cell fate decisions are established during a period of intense cell cycle activity, and these patterns are stably maintained even in highly condensed mitotic chromatin.