Robyn J Quinlan

Learn More
Facial recognition is central to the diagnosis of many syndromes, and craniofacial patterns may reflect common etiologies. In the pleiotropic Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS), a primary ciliopathy with intraflagellar transport dysfunction, patients have a characteristic facial "gestalt" that dysmorphologists have found difficult to characterize. Here, we use(More)
Primary (nonmotile) cilia are currently enjoying a renaissance in light of novel ascribed functions ranging from mechanosensory to signal transduction. Their importance for key developmental pathways such as Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) and Wnt is beginning to emerge. The function of nodal cilia, for example, is vital for breaking early embryonic symmetry, Shh(More)
Wnt signalling regulates multiple aspects of brain development in vertebrate embryos. A large number of Wnts are expressed in the embryonic forebrain; however, it is poorly understood which specific Wnt performs which function and how they interact. Wnts are able to activate different intracellular pathways, but which of these pathways become activated in(More)
The leaf-cutting antAcromyrmex octospinosus was shown to filter out into its infrabuccal pocket from liquid food, particles down to ten μ in diameter. The pocket acted as a receptacle for material licked from the ants' fungus garden and from their own bodies, and for leaf wax licked from leaves used for fungus culture. The infrabuccal pellets of worker(More)
Recent studies have shown that the pharyngeal endoderm plays a critically important role in directing the development of the pharyngeal region of the vertebrate embryo. We have, however, had few insights into how the pharyngeal endoderm itself is patterned. Recently, several studies have suggested that retinoic acid is required for the development of the(More)
The pharyngeal arches are separated by endodermal outpocketings, the pharyngeal pouches. These are structures of considerable importance; they are required to segregate the mesenchymal populations of each arch and to induce the formation of arch components, and they generate specific derivatives, including the parathyroid and the thymus. The pharyngeal(More)
The oro-pharyngeal apparatus has its origin in a series of bulges found on the lateral surface of the embryonic head, the pharyngeal arches. Significantly, the development of these structures is extremely complex, involving interactions between a number of disparate embryonic cell types: ectoderm, endoderm, mesoderm and neural crest, each of which generates(More)
like receptor (TLR) signalling in helping drive this response by skewing haematopoiesis, during infection, towards the production of myeloid leukocytes. TLRs, an ancient class of pattern recognition receptor, recognise highly conserved invariant components of pathogens. We are investigating this replenishment strategy using optically transparent zebrafish(More)
genes that control motor neuron induction, subtype identity, and target specificity. Mice were mutagenized with ENU and outcrossed to an HB9-GFP transgenic reporter line that expresses GFP in spinal motor neurons and their axons. Litters were analyzed by fluorescence microscopy for recessive mutations that affect motor neuron induction and motor axon(More)
The enzymatic degradation of recalcitrant plant biomass is one of the key industrial challenges of the 21st century. Accordingly, there is a continuing drive to discover new routes to promote polysaccharide degradation. Perhaps the most promising approach involves the application of "cellulase-enhancing factors," such as those from the glycoside hydrolase(More)
  • 1