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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    The scaffold protein Nde1 safeguards the brain genome during S phase of early neural progenitor differentiation

    Shauna L Houlihan, Yuanyi Feng
    Differentiation-specific maintenance of genome integrity during S-phase is essential for establishing both the structure and function of the cerebral cortex.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    The splicing regulator PTBP1 controls the activity of the transcription factor Pbx1 during neuronal differentiation

    Anthony J Linares et al.
    The RNA binding protein PTBP1 controls an extensive program of alternative splicing in embryonic stem cells, one function of which is to repress neuronal transcriptional programs.
    1. Neuroscience

    Sexual Differentiation: A matter of timing

    Michael W Perry, Claude Desplan
    A genetic pathway involved in development works together with the sex-determination pathway to control the timing of sexually dimorphic neural development in C. elegans.
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    1. Neuroscience
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    The retromer complex safeguards against neural progenitor-derived tumorigenesis by regulating Notch receptor trafficking

    Bo Li et al.
    The retromer complex serves as a bomb squad to retrieve and disarm the potentially harmful pool of Notch receptors in a timely manner and thereby safeguards against brain tumor formation.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Stem cell-derived cranial and spinal motor neurons reveal proteostatic differences between ALS resistant and sensitive motor neurons

    Disi An et al.
    Stem cell-derived motor neurons with differential ALS vulnerability identified proteasome activity as a possible mechanism that explains their differential sensitivity.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Inter-dependent apical microtubule and actin dynamics orchestrate centrosome retention and neuronal delamination

    Ioannis Kasioulis et al.
    Microtubules are nucleated by the centrosome of the primary cilium in the apical end-foot of neuroepithelial cells and inter-dependent microtubule and actin dynamics are required here to orchestrate delamination of newborn neurons.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    A Myt1 family transcription factor defines neuronal fate by repressing non-neuronal genes

    Joo Lee et al.
    First comprehensive genetic analysis of a Myt1 family protein reveals that neurogenesis requires direct repression of non-neuronal identities by the Myt1 family protein through MuvB co-repressor complex.
    1. Neuroscience

    Combinatorial programming of human neuronal progenitors using magnetically-guided stoichiometric mRNA delivery

    Sayyed M Azimi et al.
    A technology allows rapid screening of vast numbers of transcriptional factor combinatorials on stem cell programming.
    1. Developmental Biology

    E proteins sharpen neurogenesis by modulating proneural bHLH transcription factors’ activity in an E-box-dependent manner

    Gwenvael Le Dréau et al.
    Rather than acting as passive and neutral co-factors for proneural proteins, E proteins play an active role in modulating the way the distinct proneural proteins instruct neurogenesis.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    A transcription factor collective defines the HSN serotonergic neuron regulatory landscape

    Carla Lloret-Fernández et al.
    The collective action of six transcription factors selects and activates the regulatory regions of the HSN serotonergic neuron effector genes constituting a signature that can be used for the novo identification of HSN expressed genes.