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We previously showed that FGF was capable of inducing Xenopus gastrula ectoderm cells in culture to express position-specific neural markers along the anteroposterior axis in a dose-dependent manner. However, conflicting results have been obtained concerning involvement of FGF signaling in the anterior neural induction in vivo using the same(More)
The molecular mechanisms that govern the coordinated programs of axonogenesis and cell body migration of the cerebellar granule cell are not well understood. In Pax6 mutant rats (rSey2/rSey2), granule cells in the external germinal layer (EGL) fail to form parallel fiber axons and to migrate tangentially along these fibers despite normal expression of(More)
The apical ectodermal ridge (AER) is an essential structure for vertebrate limb development. Wnt3a is expressed during the induction of the chick AER, and misexpression of Wnt3a induces ectopic expression of AER-specific genes in the limb ectoderm. The genes beta-catenin and Lef1 can mimic the effect of Wnt3a, and blocking the intrinsic Lef1 activity(More)
The vertebrate nervous system is initially induced from a section of dorsal ectoderm by signal(s) from the underlying dorsal mesoderm during gastrulation. In an effort to identify the neural inducing factor(s) emanating from the dorsal mesoderm, we have examined the inductive action of various growth factors by applying them to ectoderm cells from Xenopus(More)
Differentiation of CNS glia is regulated by Notch signaling through neuron-glia interaction. Here, we identified Delta/Notch-like EGF-related receptor (DNER), a neuron-specific transmembrane protein, as a previously unknown ligand of Notch during cellular morphogenesis of Bergmann glia in the mouse cerebellum. DNER binds to Notch1 at cell-cell contacts and(More)
Drosophila Flamingo is a 7-pass transmembrane cadherin that is necessary for dendritic patterning and axon guidance. How it works at the molecular level and whether homologs of Flamingo play similar roles in mammalian neurons or not have been unanswered questions. Here, we performed loss-of-function analysis using an RNAi system and organotypic brain slice(More)
During neuronal migration in the developing brain, it is thought that the centrosome precedes the nucleus and provides a cue for nuclear migration along the microtubules. In time-lapse imaging studies of radially migrating granule cells in mouse cerebellar slices, we observed that the movements of the nucleus and centrosome appeared to occur independently(More)
Lissencephaly is a devastating neurological disorder caused by defective neuronal migration. LIS1 (official symbol PAFAH1B1, for platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase, isoform 1b, subunit 1) was identified as the gene mutated in individuals with lissencephaly, and it was found to regulate cytoplasmic dynein function and localization. Here we show that(More)
Most organs scale proportionally with body size through regulation of individual cell size and/or cell number. Here we addressed how postmitotic and morphologically complex cells such as neurons scale with the body size by using the dendritic arbor of one Drosophila sensory neuron as an assay system. In small adults eclosed under a limited-nutrition(More)
Vertebrate neural development is initiated during gastrulation by the inductive action of the dorsal mesoderm (Spemann's organizer in amphibians) on neighbouring ectoderm, which eventually gives rise to the central nervous system from forebrain to spinal cord. Here we present evidence that bFGF can mimic the organizer action by inducing Xenopus ectoderm(More)