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    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    A functional genomics screen in planarians reveals regulators of whole-brain regeneration

    Rachel H Roberts-Galbraith et al.
    A gene expression-guided functional screen identifies factors and cell types that regulate diverse aspects of neural regeneration in planarians.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Reciprocal and dynamic polarization of planar cell polarity core components and myosin

    Erin Newman-Smith et al.
    Planar cell polarity (PCP) components and myosin show a parallel temporal polarization in the Ciona notochord and the mutual interaction between these proteins is required for proper tissue-wide polarity.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Nodal and planar cell polarity signaling cooperate to regulate zebrafish convergence and extension gastrulation movements

    Margot LK Williams, Lilianna Solnica-Krezel
    Nodal signaling regulates gastrulation cell behaviors largely in parallel with planar cell polarity signaling and is sufficient for ex vivo extension of embryonic explants.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Meru couples planar cell polarity with apical-basal polarity during asymmetric cell division

    Jennifer J Banerjee et al.
    Meru is a factor that provides tissue-specific information to the core polarity machinery by linking planar to apical-basal polarity in asymmetrically dividing sensory organ precursors.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Conserved functional antagonism of CELF and MBNL proteins controls stem cell-specific alternative splicing in planarians

    Jordi Solana et al.
    A conserved alternative splicing program is specific to planarian stem cells and is controlled by the highly conserved splicing factors CELF and MBNL; therefore, this mode of regulating stem cells is likely ancestral to all animals.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Wnt, Ptk7, and FGFRL expression gradients control trunk positional identity in planarian regeneration

    Rachel Lander, Christian P Petersen
    Signaling molecules expressed in overlapping body-wide transcriptional gradients determine central axis positional identity in whole-body regeneration.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Light-induced depigmentation in planarians models the pathophysiology of acute porphyrias

    Bradford M Stubenhaus et al.
    Physiological porphyrin biosynthesis causes photosensitivity in fasted planarians, providing an experimentally tractable animal model of acute porphyrias.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Mutations associated with human neural tube defects display disrupted planar cell polarity in Drosophila

    Ashley C Humphries et al.
    Human neural tube closure defects associated mutations in planar cell polarity (PCP) genes are causative of the disease, as revealed in the intricate Drosophila PCP model.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Coordination of planar cell polarity pathways through Spiny-legs

    Abhijit A Ambegaonkar, Kenneth D Irvine
    A direct connection between distinct planar cell polarity systems orients cells, answering long-standing questions regarding the relationship between systems and the orientation of cell polarity.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Egr-5 is a post-mitotic regulator of planarian epidermal differentiation

    Kimberly C Tu et al.
    The dynamic homeostasis of the planarian epidermis serves as an experimental paradigm to study stem cell dynamics and post-mitotic specification of diverse functional cell fates.