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    1. Developmental Biology

    Hedgehog signaling via Gli2 prevents obesity induced by high-fat diet in adult mice

    Yu Shi, Fanxin Long
    Targeted activation of Hedgehog signalling via Gli2 facilitated the reduction of high-fat-diet-induced obesity and improvement of whole-body glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in adult mice.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Mating and male pheromone kill Caenorhabditis males through distinct mechanisms

    Cheng Shi et al.
    Male C. elegans die through two distinct mechanisms – mating-induced germline activation, and potent male pheromone toxicity – but the latter is unique to males of androdioecious species (made up of hermaphrodites and males).
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    A multi-scale model for hair follicles reveals heterogeneous domains driving rapid spatiotemporal hair growth patterning

    Qixuan Wang et al.
    Regional differences in activator and inhibitor signals alter hair cycle pace across mouse skin and produce unique fur renewal 'landscapes', with fastest renewal on the ventrum and slowest renewal on the ear pinnae.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Morphologic diversity of cutaneous sensory afferents revealed by genetically directed sparse labeling

    Hao Wu et al.
    The first survey of the complete morphologies of nerve endings in the skin of mice has revealed enormous structural diversity.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Longitudinal analysis of Plasmodium sporozoite motility in the dermis reveals component of blood vessel recognition

    Christine S Hopp et al.
    Malaria parasites enter the host via the skin, where they are inoculated by an infected mosquito as it probes for blood: the inoculation site is a bottleneck for the parasite and the only time when the parasite is extracellular for more than a few minutes, thus possibly presenting the best opportunity for antibody-mediated inhibition of infection.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Stimulation of hair follicle stem cell proliferation through an IL-1 dependent activation of γδT-cells

    Pedro Lee et al.
    Wounded epidermal keratinocytes emit a signal that activates a specialized T-cell in the skin, leading to an increase in hair follicle stem cell numbers that contributes to tissue repair.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    An alternative splicing switch in FLNB promotes the mesenchymal cell state in human breast cancer

    Ji Li et al.
    Splicing by QKI and RBFOX1 regulates the function of the actin-binding protein FLNB by creating an isoform frequently observed in human cancers that dictates tumor cell plasticity.
    1. Neuroscience

    Computation identifies structural features that govern neuronal firing properties in slowly adapting touch receptors

    Daine R Lesniak et al.
    Computer simulations show that the firing patterns of branched touch receptors can be set in part by the organization of their sensory endings in the skin.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    The cellular basis of mechanosensory Merkel-cell innervation during development

    Blair A Jenkins et al.
    Touch-sensitive neurons are patterned during mammalian skin development by placode-derived keratinocytes and Bone Morphogenetic Protein signaling.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    MicroRNA-203 represses selection and expansion of oncogenic Hras transformed tumor initiating cells

    Kent Riemondy et al.
    Inhibition of microRNA-203 by oncogenic HRas mutations promotes skin cancer initiation.