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Integrative control of development

This section considers studies in the control of developmental processes including epigenetic studies, cell signaling and systems biology approaches to developmental biology.

  1. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes and hypothyroidism produce adverse effects on body weight and sexual maturity by inhibiting body growth and metabolism. The occurrence of diabetes is always accompanied with thyroid dysfunction. Thus,...

    Authors: Nazar Ali KOREJO, Quanwei WEI, Kaizhi ZHENG, Dagan MAO, Rashid Ali KOREJO, Atta Hussain SHAH and Fangxiong SHI

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2018 18:15

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    The Runt-related transcription factors (Runx) are a family of evolutionarily conserved transcriptional regulators that play multiple roles in the developmental control of various cell types. Among the three ma...

    Authors: Sebastian Nieke, Nighat Yasmin, Kiyokazu Kakugawa, Tomomasa Yokomizo, Sawako Muroi and Ichiro Taniuchi

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2017 17:14

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    The quality and yield of duck feathers are very important economic traits that might be controlled by miRNA regulation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanism underlying the crosstalk be...

    Authors: Xingyong Chen, Kai Ge, Min Wang, Cheng Zhang and Zhaoyu Geng

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2017 17:12

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    Nuclear receptors are a highly conserved set of ligand binding transcription factors, with essential roles regulating aspects of vertebrate and invertebrate biology alike. Current understanding of nuclear rece...

    Authors: Susanne Vogeler, Tim P. Bean, Brett P. Lyons and Tamara S. Galloway

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:33

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    Ion-transport mechanisms and gap junctions are known to cooperate in creating bioelectric phenomena, like pH gradients, voltage gradients and ion fluxes within single cells, tissues, organs, and whole organism...

    Authors: Julia Lautemann and Johannes Bohrmann

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:24

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    Insect metamorphosis relies on temporal and spatial cues that are precisely controlled. Previous studies in Drosophila have shown that untimely activation of genes that are essential to metamorphosis results in g...

    Authors: Kimberly Regna, Peri T. Kurshan, Benjamin N. Harwood, Adam M. Jenkins, Chao-Qiang Lai, Marc A.T. Muskavitch, Alan S. Kopin and Isabelle Draper

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:15

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    The contribution of programmed cell death (PCD) to muscle wasting disorders remains a matter of debate. Drosophila melanogaster metamorphosis offers the opportunity to study muscle cell death in the context of de...

    Authors: Yadav Kuleesha, Wee Choo Puah and Martin Wasser

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:12

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    Mollusca is the second largest phylum in nature. The shell of molluscs is a remarkable example of a natural composite biomaterial. Biomineralization and how it affects mollusks is a popular research topic. The...

    Authors: Mi Zhao, Yu Shi, Maoxian He, Xiande Huang and Qi Wang

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:9

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    The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, acting through three homologous transcription factors (GLI1, GLI2, GLI3) in vertebrates, plays multiple roles in embryonic organ development and adult tissue homeostasis. A...

    Authors: Katherine Gurdziel, Kyle R. Vogt, Gary Schneider, Neil Richards and Deborah L. Gumucio

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:4

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    Biliary atresia (BA) is a human infant disease with inflammatory fibrous obstructions in the bile ducts and is the most common cause for pediatric liver transplantation. In contrast, the sea lamprey undergoes ...

    Authors: Yu-Wen Chung-Davidson, Chu-Yin Yeh, Ugo Bussy, Ke Li, Peter J. Davidson, Kaben G. Nanlohy, C. Titus Brown, Steven Whyard and Weiming Li

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2015 15:47

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  11. Content type: Methodology article

    Components of the limb musculoskeletal system have distinct mesoderm origins. Limb skeletal muscles originate from somites, while the skeleton and attachments (tendons and connective tissues) derive from limb ...

    Authors: Adeline Bourgeois, Joana Esteves de Lima, Benjamin Charvet, Koichi Kawakami, Sigmar Stricker and Delphine Duprez

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2015 15:39

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    Hox genes encode master regulators of regional fate specification during early metazoan development. Much is known about the initiation and regulation of Hox gene expression in Drosophila and vertebrates, but ...

    Authors: Wan-Ju Liu, John S Reece-Hoyes, Albertha JM Walhout and David M Eisenmann

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2014 14:17

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    Serotonin (5-HT) is well known as widely distributed modulator of developmental processes in both vertebrates and invertebrates. It is also the earliest neurotransmitter to appear during neuronal development. ...

    Authors: Konstantin Glebov, Elena E Voronezhskaya, Marina Yu Khabarova, Evgeny Ivashkin, Leonid P Nezlin and Evgeni G Ponimaskin

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2014 14:14

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    Temperature affects virtually all cellular processes. A quick increase in temperature challenges the cells to undergo a heat shock response to maintain cellular homeostasis. Heat shock factor-1 (HSF-1) functio...

    Authors: János Barna, Andrea Princz, Mónika Kosztelnik, Balázs Hargitai, Krisztina Takács-Vellai and Tibor Vellai

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:32

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    Oxygen sensing is a near universal signaling modality that, in eukaryotes ranging from protists such as Dictyostelium and Toxoplasma to humans, involves a cytoplasmic prolyl 4-hydroxylase that utilizes oxygen and...

    Authors: Yuechi Xu, Zhuo A Wang, Rebekah S Green and Christopher M West

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:31

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    Hox proteins are transcription factors involved in crucial processes during animal development. Their mode of action remains scantily documented. While other families of transcription factors, like Smad or Sta...

    Authors: Barbara Lambert, Julie Vandeputte, Sophie Remacle, Isabelle Bergiers, Nicolas Simonis, Jean-Claude Twizere, Marc Vidal and René Rezsohazy

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:29

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    In chondrichthyans, basal osteichthyans and tetrapods, vertebral bodies have cartilaginous anlagen that subsequently mineralize (chondrichthyans) or ossify (osteichthyans). Chondrocytes that form the vertebral...

    Authors: Anabela Bensimon-Brito, João Cardeira, Maria Leonor Cancela, Ann Huysseune and Paul Eckhard Witten

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:28

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    Mouse limb bud is a prime model to study the regulatory interactions that control vertebrate organogenesis. Major aspects of limb bud development are controlled by feedback loops that define a self-regulatory ...

    Authors: Aimée Zuniga, Frédéric Laurent, Javier Lopez-Rios, Christian Klasen, Nicolas Matt and Rolf Zeller

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:23

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    A metamorphic life-history is present in the majority of animal phyla. This developmental mode is particularly prominent among marine invertebrates with a bentho-planktonic life cycle, where a pelagic larval f...

    Authors: Josh Sutherby, Jamie-Lee Giardini, Julia Nguyen, Gary Wessel, Mariana Leguia and Andreas Heyland

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:14

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Developmental Biology 2013 13:30

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    Identifying DNA sequences (enhancers) that direct the precise spatial and temporal expression of developmental control genes remains a significant challenge in the annotation of vertebrate genomes. Locating th...

    Authors: Sumantra Chatterjee, Guillaume Bourque and Thomas Lufkin

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2011 11:63

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    The development of vertebrate limbs has been a traditional system to study fundamental processes at work during ontogenesis, such as the establishment of spatial cellular coordinates, the effect of diffusible ...

    Authors: Istvan Gyurján, Bernhard Sonderegger, Felix Naef and Denis Duboule

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2011 11:47

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    The transcription factor Nkx2-1 (also known as TTF-1, Titf1 or T/EBP) contains two apparently redundant activation domains and is post-translationally modified by phosphorylation. We have generated mouse mutan...

    Authors: Daniel Silberschmidt, Alina Rodriguez-Mallon, Prathiba Mithboakar, Gaetano Calì, Elena Amendola, Remo Sanges, Mariastella Zannini, Marzia Scarfò, Pasquale De Luca, Lucio Nitsch, Roberto Di Lauro and Mario De Felice

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2011 11:9

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Developmental Biology 2016 16:29