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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Eye morphogenesis driven by epithelial flow into the optic cup facilitated by modulation of bone morphogenetic protein

    Stephan Heermann et al.
    The lens-averted domains of the optic vesicle are reservoirs of neuroretinal cells that flow into the developing optic cup in a process that is critically influenced by BMP signaling.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Distinct expression requirements and rescue strategies for BEST1 loss- and gain-of-function mutations

    Qingqing Zhao et al.
    BEST1 autosomal dominant loss-of-function mutations surprisingly behave in a dominant-negative manner, whereas gain-of-function mutations exhibit a strong dominant effect that necessitates CRISPR/Cas9-mediated suppression of the endogenous mutant allele in gene therapy.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Neuroscience

    CSF1R blockade induces macrophage ablation and results in mouse choroidal vascular atrophy and RPE disorganization

    Xiao Yang et al.
    Vascular degeneration of the choroid and RPE disorganization were associated with pharmacological macrophage ablation, indicating that insufficiency of macrophage function may be a mechanism underlying age- and AMD-associated pathology.
    1. Neuroscience

    The β-alanine transporter BalaT is required for visual neurotransmission in Drosophila

    Yongchao Han et al.
    BalaT-dependent β-alanine trafficking pathway in retinal pigment cells is critical for maintaining synaptic transmission of photoreceptor neurons in Drosophila.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    OTX2 represses sister cell fate choices in the developing retina to promote photoreceptor specification

    Miruna Georgiana Ghinia Tegla et al.
    A retinal gene regulatory network prevents the formation of alternative cell fates from non-stochastic retinal progenitor cells.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    An atlas of cell types in the mouse epididymis and vas deferens

    Vera D Rinaldi et al.
    A systematic survey of the epididymis identifies the cell types involved in post-testicular maturation of sperm.
    1. Developmental Biology

    An abundant quiescent stem cell population in Drosophila Malpighian tubules protects principal cells from kidney stones

    Chenhui Wang, Allan C Spradling
    Drosophila renal stem cells are exceptional in abundance, require induction to produce a single cell type, principal cells, and mitigate damage during adulthood associated with external stresses.
    1. Medicine
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Tissue Engineering: Building a better model of the retina

    Milica Radisic
    Researchers have combined organ-on-a-chip engineering with the benefits of organoids to make improved models of the human retina.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Mouse Tmem135 mutation reveals a mechanism involving mitochondrial dynamics that leads to age-dependent retinal pathologies

    Wei-Hua Lee et al.
    The murine protein TMEM135 is a critical link between aging and age-dependent diseases.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Neuroscience

    Epigenomic landscapes of retinal rods and cones

    Alisa Mo et al.
    Genome-wide analysis of DNA methylation and accessible chromatin shows that retinal rods and cones have distinct epigenomic features that reflect differences in their development and function.