Ekaterina Myasnikova

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Morphogen gradients contribute to pattern formation by determining positional information in morphogenetic fields. Interpretation of positional information is thought to rely on direct, concentration-threshold-dependent mechanisms for establishing multiple differential domains of target gene expression. In Drosophila, maternal gradients establish the(More)
Genetic studies have revealed that segment determination in Drosophila melanogaster is based on hierarchical regulatory interactions among maternal coordinate and zygotic segmentation genes. The gap gene system constitutes the most upstream zygotic layer of this regulatory hierarchy, responsible for the initial interpretation of positional information(More)
Here we characterize the expression of the full system of genes which control the segmentation morphogenetic field of Drosophila at the protein level in one dimension. The data used for this characterization are quantitative with cellular resolution in space and about 6 min in time. We present the full quantitative profiles of all 14 segmentation genes(More)
BACKGROUND The concentration gradient of Bicoid protein which determines the developmental pathways in early Drosophila embryo is the best characterized morphogen gradient at the molecular level. Because different developmental fates can be elicited by different concentrations of Bicoid, it is important to probe the limits of this specification by analyzing(More)
We describe a data pipeline developed to extract the quantitative data on segmentation gene expression from confocal images of gene expression patterns in Drosophila. The pipeline consists of five steps: image segmentation, background removal, temporal characterization of an embryo, data registration and data averaging. This pipeline was successfully(More)
In order to reconstruct the establishment of the body pattern over time in Drosophila embryos, we have developed automated methods for detecting the age of an embryo on the basis of knowledge about its gene expression patterns. In this paper we perform temporal classification of confocal images of expression patterns of genes controlling segmentation by(More)
The segmentation gene network in Drosophila embryo solves the fundamental problem of embryonic patterning: how to establish a periodic pattern of gene expression, which determines both the positions and the identities of body segments. The gap gene network constitutes the first zygotic regulatory tier in this process. Here we have applied the systems-level(More)
BACKGROUND Accuracy of the data extracted from two-dimensional confocal images is limited due to experimental errors that arise in course of confocal scanning. The common way to reduce the noise in images is sequential scanning of the same specimen several times with the subsequent averaging of multiple frames. Attempts to increase the dynamical range of an(More)
In modern functional genomics registration techniques areused to construct reference gene expression patterns and createa spatiotemporal atlas of the expression of all the genes in anetwork. In this paper we present a software package calledGCPReg, which can be used to register the expression patterns ofsegmentation genes in the early Drosophila embryo. The(More)
Quantitative measurements derived using sophisticated microscopy techniques are essential for understanding the basic principles that control the behavior of biological systems. Here we describe a data pipeline developed to extract quantitative data on segmentation gene expression from confocal images of gene expression patterns in Drosophila. The pipeline(More)