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The people behind the papers – Ross Carter, Yara Sánchez-Corrales, Verônica Grieneisen and Athanasius (Stan) Marée

Posted by on November 29th, 2017

Pavement cells in plant leaves were identified as a puzzle which deviated  from normal cell shape rules by D’Arcy Thompson in his classic text On Growth and Form. Now modern approaches allow researchers to revisit these problems and try to uncover the rules that govern pavement cell topology during leaf development. This week we feature a[…]

The people behind the papers – Qiang Shao, Stephanie Herrlinger and Jian-Fu (Jeff) Chen

Posted by on November 16th, 2017

Zika infection in humans is associated with birth defects including microcephaly. Zika has two major lineages – the Asian lineage, which has been associated with birth defects, and the African lineage, which has not – but the relative effects of each strain on brain development, and the effects of the related dengue virus that co-circulates with[…]

The people behind the papers – David Turner and Peter Baillie-Johnson

Posted by on November 6th, 2017

Embryonic patterning is dependent on the establishment of the anteroposterior (AP) and dorsoventral axes early in development. In mammals this occurs by a breaking of symmetry in the epiblast, however the molecular mechanisms controlling this process are still not fully understood. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that[…]

The people behind the papers – Sabrina Jan, Tinke Vormer, Sjoerd Repping and Ans MM van Pelt

Posted by on October 18th, 2017

During spermatogenesis, progenitor cells must undergo tightly regulated changes to produce functional gametes. However, the genetic control of this process in humans has eluded researchers. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that describes the changing genetic expression of cell during spermatogenesis. The co-first authors Sabrina Jan and Tinke[…]

The people behind the papers – Simon Lane and Keith Jones

Posted by on October 4th, 2017

Checkpoints ensure that mouse oocytes with DNA damage arrest in meiosis I, preventing non-viable embryo formation, however the mechanisms which activate this checkpoint have so far eluded researchers. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that reveals that the unique ability of mouse oocytes to sense DNA damage by[…]

The people behind the papers – Dan Dickinson

Posted by on September 29th, 2017

Cell polarisation is crucial for normal development and controlled by complex molecular interactions in the cytoplasm and at the membrane. Today we feature a paper recently published in Developmental Cell that describes  a single-cell biochemistry technique and its insights into polarity protein dynamics the developing worm embryo. We caught up with first author Dan Dickinson, who carried out the work as a postdoc[…]

The people behind the papers – Diane Shakes & friends

Posted by on September 20th, 2017

Development often involves the asymmetric partitioning of cellular components to daughters, and this process is crucial for successful gametogenesis. Today’s paper, published in the current issue of Development, explores the cytoskeletal mechanisms of spermatogenesis in different nematode species. We met the multi-lab team behind the work, starting with Diane Shakes (The College of William and Mary in[…]

The people behind the papers: Alaa Hachem and John Parrington

Posted by on August 16th, 2017

Embryogenesis begins with fertilisation, and defective activation of the egg by the sperm is implicated in human infertility. Today’s paper, published in the most recent issue of Development, investigates the role of the sperm protein PLCζ in egg activation and the calcium oscillations that accompany it. We caught up with co-first author Alaa Hachem and his[…]

The people behind the papers – Giri Dahal, Sarala Pradhan & Emily Bates

Posted by on August 2nd, 2017

Ion channels are famous for their roles in neurons and muscles, but the spectrum of phenotypes seen in ion channel mutants indicate a diversity of roles in development; the underlying mechanisms, however, have remained opaque. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that reveals a link between potassium channels and morphogen[…]

The people behind the papers – Ivette Olivares-Castiñeira & Marta Llimargas

Posted by on July 21st, 2017

The Drosophila tracheal system is a powerful model for understanding the genetic and cell biological control of tubulogenesis. In their new PLoS Genetics paper, Ivette Olivares-Castiñeira and her PI Marta Llimargas of the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona connect EGFR signalling to intracellular cell trafficking during tracheal morphogenesis. We caught up with Marta and Ivette to hear the story behind[…]