Caitlin Collin

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The adult mammalian brain maintains populations of neural stem cells within discrete proliferative zones. Understanding of the molecular mechanisms regulating adult neural stem cell function is limited. Here, we show that MYST family histone acetyltransferase Querkopf (Qkf, Myst4, Morf)-deficient mice have cumulative defects in adult neurogenesis in vivo,(More)
DiGeorge syndrome, caused by a 22q11 microdeletion or mutation of the TBX1 gene, varies in severity greatly, even among monozygotic twins. Epigenetic phenomena have been invoked to explain phenotypic differences in individuals of identical genetic composition, although specific chromatin modifications relevant to DiGeorge syndrome are elusive. Here we show(More)
Although many genes are known to be critical for early hematopoiesis in the embryo, it remains unclear whether distinct regulatory pathways exist to control hematopoietic specification versus hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) emergence and function. Due to their interaction with key regulators of hematopoietic commitment, particular interest has focused on the(More)
We report that embryos deficient in the histone acetyltransferase Moz (Myst3/Kat6a) show histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) hypoacetylation, corresponding H3K9 hypermethylation, and reduced transcription at Hox gene loci. Consistent with an observed caudal shift in Hox gene expression, segment identity is shifted anteriorly, such that Moz-deficient mice show a(More)
Neuronal migration is integral to the development of the cerebral cortex and higher brain function. Cortical neuron migration defects lead to mental disorders such as lissencephaly and epilepsy. Interaction of neurons with their extracellular environment regulates cortical neuron migration through cell surface receptors. However, it is unclear how the(More)
The Plant homeodomain finger gene 6 (PHF6) was identified as the gene mutated in patients suffering from the Börjeson-Forssman-Lehmann Syndrome (BFLS), an X-linked mental retardation disorder. BFLS mental disability is evident from an early age, suggesting a developmental brain defect. The PHF6 protein contains four nuclear localisation signals and two(More)
Mutations of the reelin gene cause severe defects in cerebral cortex development and profound intellectual impairment. While many aspects of the reelin signaling pathway have been identified, the molecular and ultimate cellular consequences of reelin signaling remain unknown. Specifically, it is unclear if termination of reelin signaling is as important for(More)
Mutations in the NHS (Nance-Horan Syndrome) gene lead to severe congenital cataracts, dental defects and sometimes mental retardation. NHS encodes two protein isoforms, NHS-A and -1A that display cell-type dependent differential expression and localization. Here we demonstrate that of these two isoforms, the NHS-A isoform associates with the cell membrane(More)
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