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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    The Drosophila Sp8 transcription factor Buttonhead prevents premature differentiation of intermediate neural progenitors

    Yonggang Xie et al.
    The Drosophila equivalent of the human transcription factor Sp8 acts to ensure that neural progenitor cells undergo an appropriate number of cell divisions, thereby helping to regulate brain development and guard against tumor formation.
    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
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Tailless/TLX reverts intermediate neural progenitors to stem cells driving tumourigenesis via repression of asense/ASCL1

    Anna E Hakes, Andrea H Brand
    Increased expression of Drosophila Tailless (TLX homologue) reverts intermediate progenitors to neural stem cells, inducing tumourigenesis via Asense repression and reflecting mutually exclusive TLX and ASCL1 expression in human glioblastoma.
    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. 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

    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.