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    1. Developmental Biology

    Integrated β-catenin, BMP, PTEN, and Notch signalling patterns the nephron

    Nils O Lindström et al.
    The patterning of the nephron is driven by a gradient in the activity of β-catenin and further defined by a network of BMP, PTEN and NOTCH signalling.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Cell volume changes contribute to epithelial morphogenesis in zebrafish Kupffer’s vesicle

    Agnik Dasgupta et al.
    During Kupffer's vesicle morphogenesis, cell volume anisotropy impacts cell shape changes.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    PAX3-FOXO1 transgenic zebrafish models identify HES3 as a mediator of rhabdomyosarcoma tumorigenesis

    Genevieve C Kendall et al.
    The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor, HES3, acts downstream of the PAX3-FOXO1 fusion oncogene to impair muscle differentiation and promote tumorigenesis in rhabdomyosarcoma, a childhood muscle cancer.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Gdf3 is required for robust Nodal signaling during germ layer formation and left-right patterning

    Jose L Pelliccia et al.
    Genetic analyses demonstrate that Gdf3/Vg1 is a maternal effect gene required for robust Nodal signaling during different phases of embryogenesis including germ-layer formation, Kupffer's vesicle morphogenesis, and left-right patterning.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Synchronization of endothelial Dll4-Notch dynamics switch blood vessels from branching to expansion

    Benedetta Ubezio et al.
    Increasing levels of the growth factor Vegfa disrupt blood vessel branching morphogenesis and drive diameter increase by synchronizing Notch signalling fluctuations between endothelial cells.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Distinct mesoderm migration phenotypes in extra-embryonic and embryonic regions of the early mouse embryo

    Bechara Saykali et al.
    At gastrulation, mesoderm arises as a migratory germ layer that will participate to both foetal and placental development through region-dependant adaptation of cytoskeleton composition, cell shape and migration mode.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Maternally regulated gastrulation as a source of variation contributing to cavefish forebrain evolution

    Jorge Torres-Paz et al.
    Phenotypic evolution can originate from variations in very precocious developmental events, starting even before fecundation, during the fabrication of the egg in the mother's gonad.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Fringe proteins modulate Notch-ligand cis and trans interactions to specify signaling states

    Lauren LeBon et al.
    Fringe proteins modulate cis inhibitory, same-cell interactions between the Notch receptor and its ligands to control whether, and in which direction, cells can signal to one another.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Delta-like 1 and Delta-like 4 differently require their extracellular domains for triggering Notch signaling in mice

    Ken-ichi Hirano et al.
    Notch ligand, Dll4 needs the flexible loop structure in the MNNL domain of the extracellular region to efficiently trigger the Notch signaling.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Unique morphogenetic signatures define mammalian neck muscles and associated connective tissues

    Eglantine Heude et al.
    Genetic studies in the mouse provide a blueprint of the embryonic origins of neck muscles originating from cranial and somitic mesoderm, as well as associated connective tissue.